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What to Wear? The Wedding

12 Apr

This post is the final post of the “what to wear?” wedding series.  The wedding!  There are so many styles of weddings out there it is almost impossible to capture all in one blog post, but I will attempt to address style dilemmas for the most common scenarios.  So…which way to go first:


Let’s start with the “unwritten” rules of wedding etiquette, according to The Knot.com here are some “Dos and Don’ts” for weddings:

  • Don’t wear white because it competes with the bride. There are plenty of other colors available. This rule may seem outdated, but it’s actually just good etiquette to not compete with the bride on her special day.
  • Don’t wear black or sequins during the daytime. Anything too sparkly will make you look overdressed.
  • Don’t worry about wearing the same colors as the bridesmaids or mothers. You can’t possibly coordinate with everyone in the wedding party.
  • Do wear something feminine and appropriate, out of respect for your hosts. Clubwear, overtly sexy clothing (strapless, see-through, etc) doesn’t belong at a wedding. If you have to ask if it’s appropriate, it probably isn’t.
  • Don’t wear opera-length gloves (to top of arm) with anything but sleeveless or strapless gowns.
  • Do take off gloves to eat or drink.
  • Do use good judgment if the invitation doesn’t specify the formality of the event. A pastel suit or soft floral dress for daytime or a LBD for evening (after 6 p.m.) will take you almost anywhere.
  • Even at a casual wedding, use good judgment when it comes to getting dressed. Casual can mean a pretty sundress (like for a coastal or beach wedding) but rarely means something as sloppy as jeans or shorts.

OK…Now that we have the Dos and Don’ts here are my style suggestions for wedding receptions based on the type:

  • Informal Daytime: Short dress or suit (business attire OK for morning weddings)
  • Informal Evening: Cocktail dress (which is any dressier dress — for example, a LBD– that’s not full-length.)
  • Semi-Formal Daytime: Short dress or suit
  • Semi-formal Evening: Cocktail dress
  • Formal Daytime: Short dress or suit. Hats and gloves optional (although it’s rare to see hats and gloves at most weddings.)
  • Formal Evening or Black-Tie: Long or dressy short cocktail (beading, glam accessories, wrap)
  • Ultra-formal or White Tie: Long gown, extra glitz (furs, diamonds, etc.)

Here are some of my picks from MiUS Collection boutique:

Informal-day time wedding:

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Add a cardi and jewels to accessorize this daytime wedding appropriate frocks.

Evening/Formal Receptions: 

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All these beautiful dresses are made in the USA and available at MiUS Collection.

If there are other wedding styles you want me to address, feel free to make comments and I can answer them for you.

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St Patrick’s Day Meal

14 Mar

I am not Irish and neither is my husband, but on St Patrick’s day EVERYONE is…right?!?!? So we celebrate St Patrick’s day with a traditional meal and I thought it would be a fun blog post to share my recipes with you.   First, I begin with Corned Beef and Cabbage with soda bread and we finish our meal with some Guinness (of course!)


I’ve used this for a long time, and always get compliments on the tenderness and delicious meat. Although I would like to claim this delicious recipe, it actually comes from Allrecipes.com, here it is:

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 3 Hours
Ready In: 3 Hours 20 Minutes
Servings: 8
4 1/2 pounds corned beef brisket
5 black peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 onion, peeled and left whole
2 bay leaves
1 pinch salt
1 small head cabbage, cored and cut into
6 large potatoes, quartered
4 large carrots, peeled and sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons butter
1. In a 6 quart Dutch oven, Place the beef brisket, peppercorns, garlic powder, onion, bay leaves and salt. Fill pan with water to cover everything plus one inch. Bring to a boil and cook for 20 minutes. Skim off any residue that floats to the top. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 2 to 3 hours, until meat can be pulled apart with a fork.
2. Once the meat is done, add the cabbage, potatoes and carrots, pressing them down into the liquid. Simmer for an additional 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Skim off any oil that comes to the surface. Stir in the butter and parsley. Remove the pot from the heat.
3. Remove meat from the pot and place onto a serving dish and let rest for 15 minutes. Also remove vegetables to a bowl and keep warm. Slice meat on the diagonal against the grain. Serve meat on a platter and spoon juices over meat and vegetables.

Try this tried-and-true recipe for plain Irish soda bread with buttermilk that is a snap to prepare. Make it early in the day, as it tastes best after sitting for a few hours:


Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour 10 Minutes
Ready In: 1 Hour 25 Minutes
Servings: 12
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/3 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
2. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda. Blend egg and buttermilk together, and add all at once to the flour mixture. Mix just until moistened. Stir in butter. Pour into prepared pan.
3. Bake for 65 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the bread comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Wrap in foil for several hours, or overnight, for best flavor.

We hope you enjoy your St Patrick’s Day  and give yourself a little luck o’ the Irish with an Irish feast.

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St Patrick’s Day Sale

11 Mar

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A Great & Cozy Layering Option: The Cape / Poncho

7 Jan

In the past, it’s been the classic cardigan as your “go-to” layering option for cooler weather, but set your sites on the poncho (or cape) this winter and spring!  Designers have revived the cape and it has become practical, and not to mention, super cozy! Throw this on over most anything: Skinny jeans, trousers, dresses, leggings…the list goes on! It adds instant polish to even the most casual, thrown together look. Celebrities have embraced the cape as it is the ultimate in ladylike apparel and refinement (below are Kate Hudson, Kim Kardashian, Jessica Simpson and Lea Michelle)

Celebrity Style

Celebrity Style

Lea Michelle wearing plaid cape

Lea Michelle wearing plaid cape

This is a great option to add versatility to your wardrobe, so here are some made in the USA options from the MiUS Collection to give you ideas on where and how to wear these lovely styles:

For Sunday brunch with the girls, go weekend chic! Throw this tribal print poncho over denim with a solid long sleeve tee or blouse peaking out from underneath. Add a bootie and a mimosa and you’re sure to impress!

Tribal print poncho

Tribal print poncho

For work days, this will become your go-to! Take a look at this breathtaking cape, throw it on over tights for a super sophisticated look or your black pants. Did I mention how great the contrast of over-sized and tights or skinny cut pants look!?!?! The over-sized poncho is sure to create an instant SLIMMING effect.  Oh and keep in mind that, if you are wearing a skirt or dress, make sure its a fitted bottom (pencil style skirt) no need to add extra volume at the bottom.

Sequin Poncho/cape

Sequin Poncho/cape

Or Relax a little with this beautiful plaid cape , pair it leggings and flats or Uggs with your coffee in hand, there’s no denying your laid back sense of style. 😉 Take a look at how we re-did Rachel Weiz celebrity style with USA made clothing in one of our previous posts.

Burberry Wool Cape

Burberry Wool Cape

 Whether you decide to pair it with your most comfortable pair of leggings or jeans, your new brightly-hued fitted skirt, or even a cocktail dress, the cape possibilities are endless – just keep in mind these hot tips:
  1. Do not over style yourself when it comes to accessories, including shoes, your handbag, and jewelry, since the cape is such a bold piece!
  2. As I previously mentioned -Pair your chosen cape/capelet/poncho with a fitted bottom since the piece already has a lot of movement, drape, and flow to it – no need to add more bulk!
  3. You definitely don’t have to stick to your everyday go-to shade of black or nude for these. Look for bright colors and trendy patterns like plaid/tartan and tweed, or sequin (refer to options above)!
Now that you are all set in terms of knowing about the trend, and know a few stylish ways to wear your cape, capelet, or poncho…if you are looking to add options, variety and style to your wardrobe in 2013, get yourself a cape/poncho!  They really are one of those pieces you’ll want to have in your closet due to their ease and versatility. And you are in luck, starting today at MiUS Collection, we are running a sale on our USA Made outerwear!  Take 15% off capes and sweaters on the site.  Use code: layering13   Offer expires: 01/13/13

If you already have a piece, share how YOU style it below in the comments!

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