Back to School Fashion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Let’s admit it, the best thing about going back to school has probably got to be the back to school shopping. Get excited for the new school year to start by getting yourself the beautiful red Mikarose Pleated Collar Top to casually match with a pair of blue skinny jeans and a tan trench jacket! How else can one compliment a bright top without a set of Mikarose Antique Gold Sunflower Earrings and a Mikarose Gold Necklace with Baby Yellow Teardrops? Put on your backpack and nail polish and you’re finally prepared to take on the new year as a new you!

…Fit for a Fashionista..

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Who says you can’t be comfy and fashionable at the same time? With our Mikarose Cotton A-line Striped Skirt, you can wear a cozy button down shirt, sweater, and your favorite pair of Sperry’s to make the outfit look ten times more dressy! The best way to make an outfit look even more put together is to accessorize. Try completing this outfit with a simple but glamorous pair of Mikarose Silver with White Pearls Earrings!

…Summer in the Fall..

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Bring the summer into the school year by wearing it on your clothes! The Mikarose Full Print Knee-Length Skirt makes the perfect statement for the new school year. Wear a chambray top underneath a Mikarose V-Neck Button Down Cardigan to add even more color to the look!

…Classy Casual..

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One of our favorite skirts, the Mikarose Side Peplum Skirt, can be dressed down for school with a casual button down and a pink lip. To keep it classy, try wearing a pearl necklace and our Miranda Shoes!

…Sail Me Away..

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Our Mikarose Satin Bow Top is such an essential in the closet! The bow on the shirt can be complimented by a pearl necklace, but it would also look great with tons of other items! How we like to style it is with a Mikarose Horizontal Striped Cotton Full Skirt. Make the striped navy skirt stand out even more with a navy sailor blazer and hot pink shoe and lip!

…Sophisticated Student.. 

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Lace up for school with the Mikarose Lace Pencil Skirt and tuck in a basic white button down for a sophisticated and charming look! The Mikarose Lara Suede Pumps add to the chicness of the outfit and matches perfectly with a brown bag. A red lip and the Gold Necklace with Small White Teardrop ties the entire look together!

…Comfortable Babe..

photo 4Leggings have been so popular this year thanks to their amazing comfort! This Mikarose Perfectly Comfortable Outfit can make you feel as though you are right in your pajamas, but they look so much more trendy! Tone down the patterned leggings with an oversized sweater and fur vest. Our Julianna Riding Boots are just as comfortable to walk all around campus in. Remember to throw on your orange lipstick and the Mikarose Austen Cream Dangle Earrings so you don’t look “too comfortable” at school!

…On Wednesdays We Wear Polka Dots..

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We all know of the movie Mean Girls, which happens to take place in a dramatic high school setting. Because it’s time for back-to-school, this outfit is inspired by the characters of the film, especially shown by the pink items like the Mikarose Pink Luster Earrings. Our Mikarose Med Length Pencil Skirt increases the preppy vibe from the outfit, along with a gingham button down and nude heels!

…For the Edgy Girl..

photo 3School can make us feel a little dreary sometimes. It’s not necessarily bad, because you can embrace your dark side by showing off the edgy Mikarose Maya Maxi Dress and Thin Faux Leather Belt with a black leather jacket on top. Make the dress stand out with a Green with Envy Bubble Necklace and a metallic gold sandal!

Healthy and Easy Summer Meals

With summer vacations and being on the road, it is hard to eat healthy.  I find myself grabbing fast food more frequently and never wanting to turn on the oven.  This month I tried 4 new healthy meals and they were SO good I decided to share them with you.  Because fashion is more than clothes, it is about feeling like your best self.

The number one winner (with grownups and kids alike) were the black bean, corn, and sweet potato enchiladas from Averie Cooks.  Using black bean and corn salsa available in the fresh food section of most grocery stores cuts down on prep time and adds the perfect texture and flavor to the sweet potatoes.  The only addition that I added was a little salt, pepper, and cumin to the sweet potatoes before adding the salsa and cheese.  Amazing.  My husband and I had to resort to “rock, paper, scissors” for the leftovers.

Next up,also from Averie Cooks,  would be her take on the quinoa caprese salad.  YUM!  Our family is anti-tomato, so we substitute roasted red peppers for the tomatoes and tossed in the other veggies we had lingering in the fridge.  So yummy!  The real secret is to cook your quinoa the right way.  I used to be anti-quinoa, but then a friend explained the best way to cook it and now I can’t get enough.  Here is the secret…RINSE the quinoa well, cook in low sodium chicken broth, and use the rice cooker.  Perfection.  And I was amazed at how well it paired with the salad.  We added baby spinach and italian greens we had on hand and devoured the whole salad for dinner.  You’re welcome.

This may not be an official meal, but for my family, healthy and delicious muffins round out breakfast and snacks in the most delicious way. These Applesauce Cinnamon Oat muffins were delightful and easy to make.  I made a few changes that fit what I had on hand…I subbed coconut oil for the canola oil, did 50/50 whole wheat and white flours, and used almond milk instead of regular milk. The real key is not to skip the delicious crumbly topping.

And last, but certainly not least is one pan mexican quinoa.  I am officially on the quinoa train.  This recipe infused the quinoa with the most delicious mexican flavors and was SO easy to throw together.  It will be making a regular appearance in our summer menu…and probably all the other seasons as well.

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Do you have a favorite easy meal?  Add the hashtag #mikaroserecipes so we can see them!  Because now that I have shared my favorites, I have no clue what I am making tonight.  Share your ideas and save my family from cold cereal.

Remember the Ladies

“If we mean to have Heroes, Statesmen and Philosophers, we should have learned women. The world perhaps would laugh at me, and accuse me of vanity, but you I know have a mind too enlarged and liberal to disregard the Sentiment. If much depends as is allowed upon the early Education of youth and the first principals which are instill’d take the deepest root, great benefit must arise from literary accomplishments in women. ”  - Abigail Adams

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This week we are celebrating the great actions which led to our country declaring its independence from England.  You will hear well deserved praise for George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and John Adams.  But, you may not hear about the contributions made by their female counterparts who played an integral role in our nation’s founding.  Often overlooked, these women influenced policy, fought on the frontlines of the revolution, nursed the sick and wounded, held families together, and made unfathomable sacrifices in fighting for the freedom they valued so highly. One of those women was Abigail Adams.

As the wife of John Adams, Abigail was an active participant in the earliest days of the revolution.  While John Adams was often traveling for his law practice or for the continental congress, Abigail tended to their home, farm, and children alone.  Her economic prowess allowed their farm and finances to prosper as she made savvy property transactions and business deals during John’s long absences.  Living near Boston, they were in the thick of the earliest conflicts between the British troops and sons of liberty. The terrifying realities of a revolution pressed upon her life daily.  Friends were killed in conflicts, small pox was rampant, goods were in short supply, and uncertainty permeated every aspect of their lives.  Even in the midst of so much turmoil, Abigail remained a staunch supporter of liberty and the quest for independence.

Although John and Abigail were frequently separated, they shared a unity of heart mind through their almost 1200 letters.  In these letters we see the devotion of Abigail to her family, her God, and her country. We also get a glimpse of her sharp wit and the value her husband placed on her opinion.  In one of her most famous letters, Abigail encouraged John to “remember the ladies” as he was forming this new country,

“I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And, by the way, in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.”

She was also a staunch opponent to slavery as well as an advocate for the education of women.  As first lady she was actively involved in politics as well as establishing the face of our fledgling country. The wife of one president and mother to another, her influence and wisdom shaped America.  In short, a remarkable woman by any standard.

“A people fired … with love of their country and of liberty, a zeal for the public good, and a noble emulation of glory, will not be disheartened or dispirited by a succession of unfortunate events. But like them, may we learn by defeat the power of becoming invincible.” -Abigail Adams

 

If you are looking to learn more about this remarkable heroine, here are a few options:

Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution by Natalie S. Bober

First Family: Abigail and John Adams by Joseph Ellis

And the stunning John Adams miniseries (available to watch on Amazon Prime) really brings the relationship between  John and Abigail to life.

4th of July

Independence Day is just around the corner and we want to help you look your best!

4th of July Fashion

Here are a few fashion tips to keep you celebrating in style:

1) Use the patriotic color pallete without looking like the star spangled banner.  Pair a flowy red top with jeans, capris, shorts, a solid maxi skirt, or a cute pencil skirt.

The navy stripes on our Maxi dress or stripe full skirt are a stylish alternative that will carry you through the summer.  The Maya Maxi dress is fully lined, allowing it to highlight all your best assets and conceal any flaws.  This best selling dress flatters a variety of shapes and sizes…we all bought one in our office!  We love the striped cotton skirt‘s nautical flair and flattering shape.

2) Unless you are heading to the pool, leave the flip flops at home and switch them out for wedges or nice sandals.  You can have the comfort and dress up even the simplest outfit.

3) Red lip gloss or lip stain.  We love Revlon’s Lip Stain in “Romantic” which flatters most skin tones and gives a great casual red lip.

4) The messy braid is perfect for a BBQ and then watching fireworks. We love this easy look that Rachel Blison is rocking.  Check out the easy tutorial HERE.  Another similar look that we love is this double braided ponytail.  We love updating the simple ponytail with texture and interest of the braids.

We hope you have a happy and safe 4th of July!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dressing your body after baby

One of our facebook fans asked us for suggestions about dressing her “after baby” body. We asked the moms in our office for their suggestions and came up with some great ideas for celebrating the transitional phase that us moms go through after baby. Here are top suggestions:

The Tahlia Dress

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The Chiffon Top and Aztec Maxi Skirt

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The Ivy Dress

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And honorable mention to our flattering Melinda Dress, Stripe Skirt, and best selling Bailey Dress (which really does look good on everyone).

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We hope these suggestions help you dress your post baby body and celebrate the amazing fact that you created a human.  Remember to define the waist, look for items that flow away from problem areas, and high quality fabrics that flatter and don’t cling.  And most importantly, cuddle that sweet new addition. Congratulations Mikarose moms!

 

Mikarose Pick of the Week

Our featured item of the week is our versatile Sarah Dress .  This dress looks good online, but trust me, it is even more impressive in person.  We love the fabric that is breathable, comfortable, and flattering.  It has just the right amount of stretch and the gray is flattering to almost any skin tone.  My personal favorite feature is that it can be worn so many ways.  Like most of you, I am a woman on a budget, so a new dress needs to earn its place in my wardrobe.  This dress does that for me.   I can dress it up for date night or a wedding.  And it is darling dressed down for brunch or a day out with the family.  Even just heels and a cute necklace make it a go-to for church or the office.  And although we are all firmly in summer fashion mode….Fall will be here before you know it and this dress pairs well with cardigans, boots, tights, and blazers.  You won’t know how you lived without it.

 

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Create your own look using our Sarah Dress on Polyvore, send us the link at facebook@mikarose.com, and we will send you a coupon code to use on your next Mikarose purchase!

Let’s see what your inner fashionista can do with this canvas.

Because everyone should feel like a princess…

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Kate Middleton is a favorite for fashion inspiration here in the Mikarose office.  We love her classic taste, modest dresses, and seemingly effortless style.  This week she wore a beautiful black and white dress to the National Maritime Museum.  Crisp black and white never goes out of style, making this high contrast outfit a must have for any wardrobe.  While you may not be able to purchase the same dress owned by a princess, we think that our Elizabeth dress has the same timelessly elegant feel as Kate’s dress.  Don’t you agree?

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Because even without a princess budget, you can still dress like one.

Favorite Chicken Recipe

One of the things we love here at Mikarose is FOOD. Many of us love to try new recipes and compare notes.  I wanted to share with you one of my favorite chicken recipes.  This is  a really easy dish to make.  I would make this ahead of time and refrigerate it for at least 4 hours.  Instead of cooking it on the stove, I always do it on a barbeque and it turns out perfect every time.  I make it with Thai Sticky rice, but you can use whatever rice you want.

If you give it a try, Please come back and let us know what you thought of it.

Have fun!!!!

 

Lime & Coconut Chicken

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Serves 4

Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr 25 min

Ingredients

  1. 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  2. 3 tbsp oil
  3. zest of 1 lime
  4. 1 tsp ground cumin
  5. 1 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  6. 2 tbsp soy sauce
  7. 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  8. 2 tbsp sugar
  9. 2 tsp curry powder
  10. 1/2 cup coconut milk
  11. pinch cayenne
  12. 1 small fresh hot chili, such as Thai or Serrano, minced (optional)
  13. 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  14. Fresh limes, cut into wedges
Instructions
  1. Trim fat from chicken breasts.  Starting on thick side of the breasts slice the chicken breasts almost in half, then open each like a book.
  2. Place each open breast between two pieces of plastic wrap, wax paper or inside a large, open, Ziploc bag.
  3. Using a small heavy pan, bottle or smooth meat mallet lightly pound out each breast into even thickness.
  4. Mix all remaining ingredients except fresh cilantro and limes.
  5. Add chicken and marinade to a large bowl or Ziploc bag and chill in the refrigerator for up to two hours.
  6. Your chicken doesn’t take long to cook so you can use this time to get your dishes prepped and ready.
  7. Once you are ready to cook the chicken, remove each breast from the marinade.
  8. Pour the marinade into a small saucepan and bring to a rolling boil.  Boil continuously for at least 2 minutes, stirring occasionally so it doesn’t burn.
  9. In a heavy skillet or grill pan, heat a splash of oil over high heat.
  10. Cook the chicken in batches to prevent over crowding the pan.
  11. Place the breasts in the hot pan and cook without turning for a couple minutes
  12. Flip the breasts over and cook until the other side is golden, it shouldn’t take long depending on the thickness of your chicken.
  13. Place cooked breasts on a plate in a warm oven or under foil while cooking the remaining chicken.
  14. Sprinkle with fresh lime juice and cilantro. Serve with sauce on the side.
    Adapted from        Chaos in the Kitchen   

Window Shopping Wednesday

Today on the blog we are featuring The Ugly Sister Boutique in Hudson, WI. They sell a portion of MIKAROSE Clothing in their Boutique! Check out their cute clothing and our interview with them!

429647_556635474368493_1380881929_nQ: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your Boutique. (Location, items sold, etc)

A: Morning, I have had the boutique a little over a year now.  We are located downtown Hudson WI.  The name came about when I lost all my hearing.  When I finally decided to try the boutique I knew I wanted it to be something fun for all ages and a place where women could come and feel good about themselves and no judgment.  I just felt life was too short to take everything so seriously.  So that is why I named the boutique The Ugly Sister.  I don’t have an ugly sister, I don’t think any one is ugly.  But it was a catchy name, and I wanted them to feel that if they didn’t feel pretty they could come into the boutique and feel good.

Q: What is the best way for people to look at your merchandise? (Website, Facebook, etc)
A: We carry all sizes and that is what I love about Mikarose.  Trendy clothes in Majesty sizes.  You see here at the boutique, we don’t go by Junior, Missy and Plus.  Here we go by Princess, Queen and your Majesty. Everything new we get in can be found on FB.
Q: What do you enjoy most about running a boutique/business?
A: I love people!  I have been in customer service over 35 years and I just love people.  I love when they come in just hum drum and they go ready my cards or find something they love in their size.  That is what makes my day.
Q: What do you love about MIKAROSE Clothing? What makes them different from just any clothing?
A: Mikarose carries contemporary, trendy, clothes for the modern women.  I love that they are conscious of the larger women with longer sleeves and put time in thinking of what they would like to wear.  They don’t make their clothes far out but yet not like every other line you see.