{Looks} I Love

I don’t know if it’s this new week or the new season, but there are some seriously slammin fall looks out there. So this weekend, I thought I would just give you a taste of what’s inspiring my closet this week!

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Kendi Skeen {Kendi Everyday}

5N2A4488Bradley Agather {Luella & June}

aSUIT 107Blair Eadie {Atlantic-Pacific}

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Wendy Nguyen {Wendy’s Lookbook}

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Excuse me while I go shop my blog feed. Enjoy the weekend!

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Everything’s Better in Leather

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OH. THANK. HEAVENS…Y’ALL I can wear boots again. And Leather. And Plaid. Aka, I am now the happiest girl alive. Scratch that, I’ll be the happiest when the Cardinals win the world series again this year, but we don’t have to talk about just yet. Fall means oh so many wonderful things:  Dropping temperatures, oktoberfests, playoff baseball, Saturday tailgates, college football, Halloween, MY BIRTHDAY … to name a few. One thing I miss about the Midwest is how quickly the temperature drops when fall arrives! Well, now that I am back, it has definitely not disappointed. God bless you, St. Louis.

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Wearing: J.Crew shirt, MINKPINK skirt, Ivanka Trump booties (similar here & here), Kate Spade Earrings + Watch,  J.Crew Bracelet (similar), Ray Ban sunnies

 

Investing

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End of Season sales get me every.single. time. I’ve been in denial that my shopping habit was kicking back up to an extreme level as of late, but taking an inventory today of my recent purchases over the past month has made it quite clear: July has been an addition/rebuilding month for my wardrobe. I see this in both a positive and a negative light. The negative: I am on a temp hourly pay right now, which means I probably could not afford most of what I bought. The positive: I didn’t buy anything that a) won’t last me at least a couple of years and b) will go out of style any time soon. Aka, I invested.

This is definitely a first for me, and despite the dent in my bank account, I am pretty proud of my purchases. And can I also add that I didn’t pay full price for ANYTHING?! Baller right here, y’all.

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Heads up:

+Piperlime: 20% off site wide for the next 3 days (includes the up to 70% off sale! — these may be ordered in the next…oh…10 minutes)

+The Outnet – somehow I always forget about this site.

+Shopbop just keeps adding to their already-amazing sale!

+Neiman Marcus // Cusp — this one is a doozy. The End of the Season Sale just kicked off, and there are so many great designers on sale right now.

Good Luck. Stay Hydrated. Happy Shopping Season.

Hello Fall?

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale consistently marks the time during the summer that my attention and attraction move from sandals and sundresses to jeans and jackets — aka everything fall.  It just feels like something new and exciting is around the corner, even though we have this season every.single.year. September –> November months are my favorite, not only because my birthday falls in the fall { LOL }, but the weather and the football and the food and the fashion and… did I mention the weather? Fall is simply perfection.

It does not help that pre-fall collections start arriving in all of my favorite stores, online shops, and blogs.   I know I may be jumping the gun, but I have recently been trying to get a head start on decking out my closet for fall, usually sweating during the process as I try on sweaters, jeans, and boots in 100 degree weather.

I’m currently attempting to hold myself back from buying these to see if they are on greater discount at Nordstrom  (5 days until I can shop…5 days….). Continually seeing my beautiful friend Katie rock her denim vest is not helping my situation either, as I can totally see a vest like hers helping me transition into the cooler weather (this and this are great J Brand alternatives on sale right now…help). And, of course, what would fall be without Rag & Bone boots.

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It’s called self-control, Sarah….and patience :: Two qualities that I obviously lack when it comes to a new wardrobe season.

 

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{Eight} Things

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*sigh* God bless Fridays. Unlike last weekend, tomorrow and Sunday are looking like prime days to lounge by the pool, read, and just unwind from one hectic and buuuusssssyyyyy week. As I wait for my 2 cups of coffee to kick in, I give you all the creativity I could muster this morning with my favorite 8 things for the week. Enjoy!

1/ Because you know I have an odd obsession with dressing men {My poor brother}. Get some expert tips from the stylists from Domaine on “Dude Dressing”

2/ Books and Coffee. Well that pretty much sums up my life. (and FYI: an entire tumblr dedicated to coffee shops. Hello bliss)

3/NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE. I’m dying for early access and might actually cave and get a Nordstrom card)

4/ hahaha. Anne Hathaway’s facial expressions kill me. I just got a laugh from this. Princess Diaries still sits at the top of my “Favorite Movies” list

5/Stripes are just everywhere right now. After seeing Molly style this Saint James tee, I am thinking that it is the perfect staple to transition from summer to fall

6/ Oh look. Another coffee post. Can anyone tell what’s on my mind this morning? I would just love to vacation to this cabin the in woods for a week…or a month…

7/Distressed Jeans are having a moment. And I’ll join the bandwagon and snag some up as soon as the temperature drops a tad {Oh hey Shopbop, thanks for reading my mind and putting the “Denim Boutique” as the front page today}

8/ Alright guys, seriously. If you have yet to listen to Green River Ordinance…GO DO IT NOW! I’m not joking, they are incredible. The perfect folky-country-rock tunes to spice up your playlist.

Happy Weekend, y’all! I hope yours is as relaxing as I plan on making mine!

 

3 Hours of Highway

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The perfect opening to this post would go something like: “I just love surprises.” But if you ask any of my close friends, they would tell you straight-up that I am way too much of a control-freak to appreciate being surprised. {Case and point: my birthday this past year….so sorry about that}. So while, no, I absolutely hate being surpriseD, I love being the surpriseR. This past weekend was one of my best friend’s birthday, and, on a whim, I packed my multiple bags (for 2 days…I have a packing problem), headed to Athens, surprised sweet Daniela, sang “22” one too many times, and enjoyed a weekend catching up with friends, running my old routes around town, and frolicking around Athens.

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I vaguely remember the days when 10 hours  and 619 miles separated me from my best friends and my favorite town. I guess you could say I’m adjusting well to living just across the stateline as this weekend marks my second of 3 weekends in a row that I will have spent in Athens this summer {…don’t judge me. I have recent-college-grad syndrome.} It is just so freeing to know that all I have to do is hop in the car, hop on the interstate, and make it to Athens in a third of the time it used to take me. I’ll tell you one thing: my bank account loves this short distance since it no longer has to set aside a chunk of change for flights! I guess at some point I should probably just stay put and spend a weekend in Birmingham…

On that note, let’s talk about my past week. I started my fellowship at Time Inc, and y’all, it is just the bomb. The severe marketing nerd has officially come out, and I love every bit of work I have done this far. My boss assigned me two projects this week, and I was almost tempted to bring work with me to Athens just so that 1) it gave me an excuse to hit up Two Story Coffeehouse again but 2) I just really, really want to work on them! I guess that’s what the actual work hours are for? One of the many pleasures of working at a big company is the dress code. I have had way too much fun picking “business casual” outfits. Who knew that work outfits could be so wonderful? Colorful linen pants and fun Anthropologie skirts make up most of my daily wear. My dream has finally come true: I now have a reason to wear heels each day of the week.

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please excuse the shameless selfies.

And with that, I am off to spend the sunny, 80-degree day getting my tan on and enjoying Georgia for all its glory.

Glory Glory to ole Georgia,

xo

Sarah

Live Colorfully

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It’s Officially Summer! To celebrate being done with finals and to take advantage of the gorgeous weather today, Lizzy and I decided to go on a little adventure. We ended up about 15 minutes outside of town, in a random field with one of the most beautiful backdrops for photos that I have found in Georgia. I feel continually blessed to live in a town and a state with no shortage of color come spring and summer time.

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top to bottom– blouse: J.Crew  (old but similar here), Joe’s Jeans (similar here) , heels: Prabal Gurung x Target heels, necklace: Kate Spade, watch: La Mer

This is Not my Boyfriend’s

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Yesterday, taking advantage of the gorgeous Georgia spring weather, Christian and I decided to take a stroll around downtown Athens (with the ulterior motive of going just because we are seniors and getting seriously sentimental about leaving our college town…I don’t want to talk about it). In the conversation lull between catching up on weekend happenings and commenting on the weather, I made the offhanded comment of “Don’t you wish we could just wear boy’s clothes sometimes and not get judged for it?”

Now let’s be honest for a second: typical college-girl wear is an oversized flannel (and t-shirt in warmer months), jeans/jorts, and flip flow. But no…this is not the boy-wear I was speaking of. I was referring to more of the polished look than the I-just-rolled-out-of-bed-and-don’t-feel-like-wearing-anything-flattering-or-tight-fitting look.

Some of the most effortlessly chic outfits I see and wear myself are the ones that include boyfriend-inspired elements. Correct me if I’m wrong, but who doesn’t love a girl in a plain white tee, flattering (aka well-fitting) boyfriend jeans, sandals, and a statement piece of jewelry? Yes, I am wearing this exact outfit right now, and yes I feel damn sexy.

I do not intend on starting to fill my closet with pieces from the men’s department, mainly because I refuse to give up my fun floral skirts, sky-high heels, and lace tops. That being the case, there is still something to be said for menswear-inspired women’s wear. I get it – boys don’t want to see me in slouchy clothes all the time just like I’d prefer men not to wear jeans and shirts that look like they’ve been spray-painted on. There is, of course, something empowering about feeling and dressing like a woman, but every now and then, I opt for laid-back-chic in my boyfriend jeans OR oversized tee.

My muse: Helena from Brooklyn Blonde . Her style is the perfect balance of feminine and comfort, with eclectic and unique ensembles. She brilliantly balances lengths and layers, and her blog is my go-to guide to when to wear heels with jeans (aka EVERY DAY!) and what type of shirt to pair with my crazy floral jeans.

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I don’t know what it is, but I think some of these simpler tops and slouched jeans just calms down my outfits. I have a tendency to sometimes over-accessorize or go overboard on prints, but the touches of classic menswear gives outfits a much-needed balance! Enjoy showing up your man in clothes he wishes he could pull off.

xo,

Sarah

Onward Reserve

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I have been living in the south for 4 years now, and if there is one thing I’ve learned here, it’s that southern mamas raise there boys to dress proper{ly}. I will shamelessly confess that one of my original draws to the south was to find myself a true southern gentleman – I’m talking the whole package: yes ma’ams and tailgating, bow ties and fishing, seersucker pants and visors, and a killer collection of vineyard vines & southern proper tees.

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{Unfortunately, I’ve had no such luck…yet. I’m still holding out hope. Maybe my lack of a southern accent is hindering me in this field}

I mentioned last week that I have been in an oddly preppy mood as of late. That mood was only heightened by my recent trip to the Onward Reserve store in Downtown Athens this weekend.

Combine my preppy mood with my love of dressing fellas, and it’s really no wonder that this store immediately became my haven. Not only do they stock premiere southern apparel from brands such as Coast, Southern Proper, Vineyard Vines, and Five Mile, but they also offer small gadgets, accessories, and gifts for any dapper gentleman! I was even able to pick up three gifts for my brother, a boy so firmly against southern culture and dress. (Just a small ploy of mine to add some class and southern charm to this life).  Because he would hate me if I dressed him, I instead went for this Whiskey Ball,  the PERFECT and unique gift! I know nothing about drinking whiskey, but, according to the guy that worked there, it’s awesome and doesn’t water down your drink. I also picked up a pocket knife and a SICK leather wallet with bullet detail.

This little store embodies southern charm and sophistication, and I hope that one day I will be lucky enough to purchase clothing from here! But for the outdoorsman, the frat star, the relaxed collegiate, the man who values style, or even a belle as keen on dressing men as me, Onward Reserve is your one-stop destination for all things Southern. (shop them online here).

While I am still a serious sucker for the backwards baseball cap + well-fitting jeans + t-shirt + pull-over look, don’t expect me to say no to this southern style of dress anytime soon.

Staying Proper,

Sarah

Photo Credit: Southern Gentleman (if you want a peak into the world of a frat star, check this out), Southern Proper, Onward Reserve

NYC State of Mind

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BOOOM! It’s finally here–my long-awaited trip to New York City commences in (count ’em) TWO DAYS! I’ve been dreaming, planning, packing, and preparing for this trip for months now, and I absolutely cannot wait to finally land in the fashion capital of the U.S.! I’ve vowed to make this my one last hooray with winter. My sweaters and boots and scarves and hats will get 5 more short days of wear before I pack them up and fully embrace March + Spring (aka neon, floral, flats, light denim).

When I asked my friend Olivia exactly what to pack, this was her advice: “dress well because you never know what will happen or who you will meet.” OMG pressure. 5 days = 10 outfits right?! False. I don’t have time or room in my suitcase for 10 outfits, because, well, it’s NYC…my shopping addiction is bound to get the best of me so I should probably leave some room in my bag for some goodies and newbies. The question now becomes: what to pack. This is my thought–pack clothing that can take you straight from a day traipsing around the city to a night out on the town.

Images via: This Time Tomorrow, dreams+jeans, Gal Meets Glam, Atlantic-Pacific, Eat.Sleep.Wear

The key that I”m finding=layers. Cozy sweaters, skinny jeans, tights, flats (and/or heels depending on how big of a purse I bring), a chic hat and scarf. That I can do. Unfortunately, I don’t have the closets, the connections, or (admittedly) the fashion sense of these ladies. So for a 22-year-old college student, this is my idea of a perfect outfit for a day out in NYC in 50 degree weather in early March.

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Look forward to real pictures of my trip coming up next week! Until then–

xo,

Sarah