{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}

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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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Birthday Wishes

Birthday Wishes

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It’s hard to believe that next week I’ll be turning 23 years old.  So where exactly is the typical 23 year old suppose to be in life? Married? Secure Job? Well-traveled? I can’t quite say for a fact where I “wish” I was, because I honestly am pretty happy where I am. I have the world at my finger tips, all the ambition in the world, and friends that love me and that I can count on. What more can I ask for?  I have a feeling that I’m going to treat myself to a 23rd birthday present and then {hopefully} take a shopping diet until Christmas. All of these gems are pretty tempting though.

 

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

 

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

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

Hello Weekend

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Poor Puppy. I feel ya. That’s exactly what my week felt like–an uphill battle the whole way. But there’s good news the top: IT’S THE WEEKEND! Most of my weekend will be spent at the swimming pool. Tanning? Nope. Swimming? Nope. I’ll actually be working the Bulldog Last Chance swim meet here at UGA. Wait–I get to be surrounded by future Olympians in speedos? Yeah I’d say I’m one lucky girl. What else is on tap this weekend?

In one week (ahhhh 7 DAYS) I will be boarding a plane to New York City! I’ve been packing ever since we booked our flight, but I have jitters just thinking about it. NYC is one of the fashion capitals of the world, so you know I have to look my best. So you can imagine my thoughts as I walk into my closet to decide what to bring: “Well, darn, I have absolutely nothing to wear.” (story of my life). Hopefully my trip looks a bit like this:

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In Other Shopaholic News:

  • Club Monaco is having a wonderful promotion right now! Spend $150, get 20% off! (Plus a student discount…I couldn’t love this store any more!) I’m dying to get my hands on this dress after seeing it on Liz of Sequins & Stripes as well as this lovely  number that will take me right from winter to spring! 
  • I’m in the midst of a serious obsession with Cusp, a section of Neiman Marcus that literally has every designer that I obsess over (Alice +Olivia, Rebecca Taylor, 7FAM, Vince, Joie to name a few). They are also having a wonderful spring event, offering 40-65% off of a lot of their Spring Arrivals! Check it out! I’m eying this floral dress as well as these J Brand Jeans
  • I used to be pretty skeptical of statement jewelry. Why would I want a massive piece that engulfs my  neck or overtakes my slim fingers? Well, that skepticism was over as soon as I saw Anthropologie’s line of necklaces. They. Are. To. Die. For. My mom got me a gift card recently that I decided to use yesterday on this piece. I cannot WAIT to wear it with this black dress that I purchased along with it. Hello updated LBD.

Hope you all have an absolutely amazing weekend!

xo,

Sarah

Mixing It Up

It may not be the “newest” trend. It may not be the easiest trend to pull off. But I am falling head over heals for mixed prints. Don’t get me wrong: I still love the structure and simplicity of the always-chic black top + blue denim + flats look, but I am definitely becoming more adventurous when it comes to constructing outfits.

These ladies serve as my inspiration for my daily outfit takes, and they all look stunning in the “mixed is the new matched” trend.

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{Julia Engel @ Gal Meets Glam}

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{Liz Cherkasova @ Late Afternoon}

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{Bradley Agather @ Luella & June}

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{via Luella & June}

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{Jacey Duprie @ Damsel in Dior}

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{Blair Eadie @ Atlantic-Pacific}

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{Blair Eadie @ Atlantic-Pacific}

And now for some tips and tricks via Refinery 29:

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My Take::::

For the Crew in You

J Crew: shirt//skirt//necklace//pumps//shades//bag

 

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Top (sold out but similar here)//Denim//Heels//Cuff//Clutch//Earrings
Be Daring! Go ahead a mix and match your closet accents pieces!
xo,
Sarah

 

Why Don’t You…?

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I’m sorry…you want me to do what?

{Before continuing, please take a moment and read the above…and digest it. If you’re anything like me, it took a second to remember (or realize) that this was written in the 1930’s, yet it is still just as eccentric and outstanding as ever}

In August 1936, Diana Vreeland debuted her “Why Don’t You…” column in Harper’s Bazaara column offering the women of the post-Great Depression era a call to action that was nearly impossible to say no to: Why Not?

Now, it’s not only the famed column that every fashion editor wishes she’d thought of, it’s the list of activities that every girl wishes she had the confidence to carry out. Vreeland inspired women to think outside of the norms, lines, and hems of style and to create for themselves a fashion all their own. She presented reasonable and outrageous ideas that excited young fashionistas and spurred them to test the bounds of couture and of society. To make the point and break a few rules of her own, publishers physically skewed Vreeland’s article on the page as if to boast that even the structured pages of a magazine could keep her from combating trends.

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Diana Vreeland is not known to everybody, and she is not great beauty. All the more reason for women to understand that fame and good looks do not alone lead to inspiring the ages.

To imitate this impeccably witty and wise woman with a “Why Don’t You…” post of my own would prove only a futile attempt at Vreeland-esque creativity. Aside from that, her suggestions still ring just as novel, brilliant, and inspiring in 2013 as they did in 1936. So Why Not let Vreeland ask you herself.

Why Don’t You…?

  • have a yellow satin bed entirely quilted in butterflies?
  • have a private staircase from your bedroom to the library with a needlework carpet with notes of music worked on each step–the whole spelling your favorite tune?
  • cover a big cork bulletin board in bright pink felt, banded with bamboo, and pin with colored thumb-tacks all your various enthusiasms as your life varies from week to week?
  • own, as does one extremely smart woman, twelve diamond roses of all sizes?
  • wear, like the Duchess of Kent, three enormous diamond stars arranged in your hair in front?
  • fit your clothes easily? Only English & Americans have this mania for snappy tightness
  • paint a map of the world on all four walls of your boys’ nursery so they won’t grow up with a provincial point of view?

These are her “Why Don’t You’s” Now it’s time to make a list all my own. What are yours?

xo

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On the Verge of Creativity

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I can make you a list a mile long of words that i would use to describe myself. “Creative” would not be on that list.

Over the summer as I perused through every new fashion magazine I could find, I started noticing photographs and ads that I found extraordinarily beautiful and inspiring along with words and phrases that seemed to speak to me. So why leave these wonders stuck in the pages of a magazine? I began tearing them out and kept them in a folder, thinking that maybe one day I would find some use for them. Finally, when I started noticing that my fashion folder was overflowing, I sat down and decided to create a fashion collage, an inspiration board if you will.

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From the pages of Vogue to the pages of my monthly Free People catalog, I compiled my favorites and framed them into collages that I could hang around my room and my future home.

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I feel like I can now say that I have found my inspiration to create. Hopefully it spills over into other aspects of my life!

Aspirations and Inspirations

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Yes, yes…I know…I’m a little behind on the “Happy New Year. Here are my resolutions” post. I’ve been a little too busy reading other bloggers’ New Years posts, squeezing in some last-minute relaxation before heading back to Georgia, and, as of today, arriving back in Georgia for my (eeeeeekkk) final semester of college! {Like…what?!?!}

2012 was a year full of growth (and mess ups), a year that I never ever wish to repeat but a year that was necessary in order to help me be the person I am now. Needless to say, I am SUPER ready for 2013 and all that is possible in this upcoming year.

Enough with the drab. Here comes my Fab {Five} Aspirations for 2013 followed by my Inspirations for each:

1. Graduate and Get a Job – *tear* I’m growing up. I have my sights set on Chicago, San Francisco, LA, NYC, or St Louis

2. Be Young – be fun, be adventurous, take risks. Aka: live a little. I have spent that last 16 years of my life being focused on school. And in my final semester before entering the “real world,” I honestly just want to LIVE and soak up life. {so tempted to break into Taylor Swift’s “22” right now…sing along with me}

3. Become aware of my finances – slightly contradictory of #2, but as I find myself “updating my closet” more (aka shopping like I have no limit on my credit card), I hope to mold myself into one financially fit fashionista in 2013.

4. Get a new haircut – I experimented with full-on bangs in August, but ended up going back to my typical side-swept bangs after realizing that bangs are quite difficult to keep up in college. So, my goal, whether tomorrow or the day after I graduate, is to change my hair.

5. Blog – It takes a dedicated, talented, and creative person to keep up a blog. I’m determined to fully understand this whole blogosphere.

Inspiration behind my Aspirations –>;;

1. Krystal Bick @ This Time Tomorrow

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If I could name one blogger that I admire most (and also want to BE), Krystal would be my choice. She not only has a closet that I would die for, but her job as the fashion editor at Google is without a doubt my Dream Job. I am an aspiring and passionate marketer with a fashion hobby, and a job that combines the two is one that I am on the hunt for! I wish to harness Krystal’s knowledge of style and marketing together, for it is one powerful combo.

2. “22”

–I can’t get through this song without tapping my feet, singing along, or dancing on my bed WHILE singing completely off tune–

3. Alaina Kaczmarski and Danielle Moss @ The Every Girl dot com

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— but, more specifically, THIS post named “Fund the Life of Your Dreams: Focusing on Finances in 2013”

– Side Note and slight pitch: The Every Girl dot com was named Forbes’ “Top 10 Sites for Millennial Women” AND “Top 100 Sites for Women” in 2012. (full list here) It features Career, Fashion, Budget, Beauty, Health, & Travel advice + much more!

4. Last year, one of my guy friends commented that I have kept the same hair style (give or take a couple of inches) since 9th grade. My reaction: FAIL! Time to take #2 to the next level and be risky with my haircut.

{The Middle Part}

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{Alexa Chung-My original bang Inspiration}

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{Miraslova Duma -A Russian designer rocking my dream center part/cropped style (as well as an overall style I’d die to pull off) }

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5. Julia Engel @ Gal Meets Glam dot com – In college, Julia created a blog business plan in one of her classes, and look it where it got her! She’s driven and stylish, successful and chic. She found the secret to blogging in college, and I want to search and find that secret as well!

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Here’s to a new year, new goals, and new chances!

xo