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

 

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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.

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

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

{Eight} Things

My To-Do list over this lovely MLK Weekend!

1. Take a day trip with friends// 2. Take to the Streets looking Chic// 3. Experiment with Colors!// 4. anyone who says diamonds are a girl’s best friend has never owned a puppy//  5. Play Dress Up! Explore your closet and create new outfits from old pieces// 6. Crack open that book (or magazine in my case) that’s gathering dust// 7. Entertain. Enjoy Company. Try your hand at cooking// 8. Pop open that bubbly, lady! You’ve earned it

Enjoy your day off!

xo

Photo Credits: Sunnies + Stilettos, Sterling Style, Free People

Queen of Spades

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{LIFE IS ONE BIG ‘DO – DRESS ACCORDINGLY}

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My Kate Spade obsession is currently at its peak after being able to enjoy an actual Kate Spade store in STL over Christmas Break as opposed to shopping and viewing online. I normally stay away from pink, but I could not afford to pass up this clever & stunning fabric clutch with its #popofcolorIMG_1576

{Sunnies: Anthropology, Nook Cover: Kate Spade NY}

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{Boots: Ivanka Trump; Leather Skirt: Hinge @ Nordstrom (old); Jacket: JCrew, Arm Candy: Le Mer, Sisa @ BLUSH; Clutch: Kate Spade New York}

Glitz and Glam

 

It is honestly my dream to pull off head-to-toe glitter and sequin. Tacky? Probably. Appropriate for a 22 year old? Don’t doubt it. An inner love for glitter starts from childhood, when time spent dreaming of princesses and royalty and ball gowns and crowns.

And then you grow up. And one day, you look past the cheaply made sparkle shoes made only for those brave souls going to their first prom in 9th grade, and see shoes like these:

And then girls like these two rocking the shine, sparkle, and sass that I can only dream of wearing:

  

…and then I just have to admit: I absolutely love these looks. I just wish there was a way to pull it off every day of the week, every time of the year minus New Years when if you don’t wear something that glitters, you are basically an outcast.

                            

{See: glitz minus the tacky}

                   

There is a popular pin floating around interest that goes something like: “Some girls were born with Glitter in their veins.” Well, living proof is right here, baby. Living the dream has never taken on such a literal meaning as living for the glitter I played with as a child.

{Most photos here were via Pinterest}