I Feel Pretty, Oh, So Pretty

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Oooooooo, Readers. This will be my spooookiest post yet, because, of course… it’s All Hallows’ Eve! This post will feature some very scary things, including boos and the most terrifying unibrow you’ll probably ever see. It will also feature my favorite outfit to date. So try not to cover your eyes, because there is some exciting stuff to see!
My outfit for this post is one I wore for class on a particularly pretty day when I just wanted to wear something I found particularly pretty. Here it is:
(Photo credit: Katie Schwarz)

Blue patterned dress: Target clearance, $7.48
Black tights: Walmart, $3
Red flats: Target clearance, $7
Grey belt: Came with a pair of pants from Old Navy!
Grey headband: Dollar General, $1
Red and gold ring: Target, $3
Gold heart locket: Christmas gift
Outfit total: $21.48

I’m not going to lie, I am in love with this outfit. I saw this dress at Target and freaked out when I realized it was on sale. I am very fond of the style of gauzy, see through dresses over an underdress. I loved the geometric pattern, the alternation between light and dark blue, and the red and gold accents at the bottom. It just looked so interesting to me, and there are a million different way I can think of to accessorize it.
Another reason I am especially fond of this dress is because I think it is very flattering to my shape. I played soccer for my whole life, and when I finally quit after my freshman year of college, I put on weight that soccer had always kept off. It’s been a little difficult to learn to dress my body in the best way possible with its changes. I think this outfit does an excellent job. The proportions of the dress flatter my best parts and hide the not as best. It minimizes my chest, which is a little generous for how short I am. The A-line flare of the skirt gives me a fuller shape through my hips but cinches in my waist, especially with the addition of the belt, helping to balance everything out.
As for the rest of my outfit, I love dresses with tights and flats. I loved the pop of red from my shoes that picked up in the skirt and echoed in my ring and necklace. Here’s a little closer look at them, by the way:
I love that necklace, which my mom got me for Christmas. It’s really convenient because I can wear it like this, with the red stone showing in the middle, or flipped over as just a plain gold locket, like I did in my post It’s Gonna Be A Long, Hot Summer. You can also see my headband a little better here, since it’s not very noticeable in the other pictures considering it was a typical excessively windy day in Oklahoma and my hair was crazy.
I felt so happy wearing this outfit, and I think you can tell. I completely understand that some days, are just sweatpants days. As a life long soccer player, I had sweatpant months. But I think that dressing up just makes you feel good. But I think that no matter what you wear, if you love your clothes and rock them, your confidence will make you look fabulous. Of course, for me a talented photographer always helps. So of course, a special thanks to Katie Schwarz for her lovely photos, as always!
Now, I promised you boos, so I will now deliver:

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I give you my precious baby kitty, Boo-Boo 🙂
As for the terrifying unibrow, I give you my Halloween costume:

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Frida Kahlo is not impressed with your Halloween shenanigans. (And in the spirit of my blog, the only thing I bought for this outfit was some red lipstick. Everything I else I already had!)
Finally, my Peeta pin:

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Even Frida is impressed by Halloween Peeta.

Pax,
Sara

PS Happy 75th birthday yesterday to my beautiful and wonderful Nana, still as ornery as ever.
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These Boots Were Made For Walkin’

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Heyyyy everyone.
I’m actually slightly unsure as to how I should go about this post. You see, I’m going to do something completely out of keeping with the requirements I put on myself for this blog, and it feels a little like cheating.  But, for the overall idea of what I’m trying to do with this blog, I think this is an important post to have.
Also, when it comes down to it, it’s my blog and I can break my rules if I wanna! Haha that being said, let me explain what I mean.
I have been searching for a pair of really cute tall boots for almost a year now. I’ve found a couple of pairs that were almost right, but never quite. You saw one of the cheap pairs I bought in my last post, Affair of the Heart. They’re cute, but they just weren’t exactly what I was imagining every time I droolingly pored over the endless pairs of fabulous boots I saw every time I looked at Pinterest.
So, this brings me to one of the sad but inescapable facts of fashion I’ve been forced to accept: sometimes, you just have to pay a lot to get something you really love.
But, and you might remember that I talked about this in my very first outfit post, these are things I call investment pieces. And my investment pieces, even though they are much more than I would normally ever pay, are not nearly as expensive as other people’s.
So take for example, the pair of tall nice boots I’ve been dreaming of. Well, everywhere I’ve looked, the cheapest I’ve seen any is $35, and they’ve usually been much more than that. And much of the time, they have not looked like they were even close to worth that much in quality. So, when I wandered in Ross (a local discount wholesale clothing store) and spotted the pair of tall black boots I’d been dreaming of, I realized in about ten minutes that I was going to be purchasing them once I’d discovered that they were only $25.
So, somewhat impulsively, I bought a pair of boots for $25. That was difficult to stomach, because that is literally the budget for one of my entire outfits on here! But in a way, those boots are like an outfit all in themselves. I have seriously worn them probably 10 times since I got them a little over a week ago. They match everything, and I just love them. So, I’m going to include them in my outfit today, and I hope you’ll forgive me. But the rest of my outfit is definitely under $25!
(Photo credit: ma mere)

Green dress: Daisy Exchange, $6.50
Camel-colored blazer: Papaya via Daisy Exchange, $6.50
Caramel braided belt: Local thrift store, $1.80
Caramel braided headband: Handmade by me!
Black leggings: Target, $3
Outfit total without boots: $17.80
Outfit total with boots: $42.80

I also feel like I could get away with this because I could easily add a pair of flats I have to this outfit that were under $7 that would put this under $25. In the future if I wear my boots in a post, I will also try to take a picture with alternative shoes that keep the outfit under $25!
Now, for the outfit. I wore this to dinner last Sunday night with two of my really good friends, Katelyn and Richie. We ate at a local Irish pub (it’s called Sean Cummings, and if you’re interested I highly recommend it). I wanted something that looked nice but wasn’t too dressy. I was also meeting Kate’s new boyfriend so I wanted to make sure I made a good first impression!
I love the color green because I think it is my best color, so when I see a cute cheap green dress it’s hard for me to say no. Another recent fashion trend I’m so in love with is blazers. Daisy Exchange had a ton when I went in, but apparently I have the shoulders of a man because the only one I could fit in was this one I bought. I absolutely love this color, I think it matches well with so many different things. It was also a little more unique than  the other blazers I saw because it comes to points in the front.
My signature belt is, naturally, present and now you all can see a better picture of my headband that I bragged about in my last post. Be impressed, because that thing took some work. I simply bought some strips of leather and some thin elastic at the craft store. Then I braided it together and handsewed the elastic on. I do not recommend this method, as I ended up bending my needle and stabbing myself a few times. But I have yet to learn to use a sewing machine and I was too impatient to wait before I made this.
I finished this off with my old, worn black leggings from Target and my beloved boots because it was cool and rainy that night. And thus you have my pub outfit!
I apologize, because I know this post was pretty long but I hope you all like my outfit and my boots! And remember, if you really love something, don’t feel too guilty to splurge every once in a while.

Pax,
Sara

P.S. This is one my favorite Peeta pins ever. I seriously laughed for like five minutes the first time I saw it. Enjoy!

Affair of the Heart

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Hello Dear Readers,
I am running a bit late with this post because I’ve had the pictures for awhile. My outfit for today comes from one of the things I love most in life- The Great State Fair of Oklahoma. Every September, we off-road it in sketchy mudpits that briefly become parking lots, hike over overgrown lots and gravel roads to pay way too much money to get in, and spend a short, magical period of time lost in a wonderland of fried or bacon flavored everything (this year Fried Kool-Aid and Bacon Cinnamon Rolls were some quality options), screaming machines and howling carnies, displays and shopping of every imaginable kind, and the most bewildering assortment of people you’ll ever see. It is seriously heaven. For my outfit, it was still warm this September when the fair rolled around but I also wanted to protect my feet from the mystery puddles and quicksand pits that periodically spring up at the fair. This was the result:
Black sheath dress: Daisy Exchange, $5
Caramel braided belt: local thrift store, $1.80
Caramel braided headband: handmade by me
Leopard bracelet: Cato clearance, $1.50
Knee boots: my roommate’s*
Outfit total: $8.10*

*Okay, so I cheated a little bit again. These boots, which are my roommate Katelyn’s, are probably really, really expensive. She’s not sure how much because they were a Christmas present, but let me just tell you, you can tell sometimes when something is really expensive. These are. I LUST after these boots, and Katelyn angelically indulges my constant requests to wear them. However, these are most definitely not the boots I wore to the fair, because I’d never be so sacrilegious as to ruin boots that magical by wearing them to the fair. So, this is actually what my outfit looked like:
Brown riding boots: Ebay, $9.89
Other stuff: same as above
Real outfit total: $17.99

I do apologize, but I just love Kate’s boots so much that I could not resist showing you them. And, really, doesn’t it count as them being free since I borrowed them? As for my boots, I was very excited to get them for under $10 with shipping, but as I mentioned before, you can tell these are not really, really expensive boots. They’re not even expensive; much less really, really so. However, I thought they looked okay and they certainly withstood the fair really well.
About my dress, I admit that I absolutely adore it. It’s so simple and yet I just fell in love, especially with the criss-cross back (as you might be able to tell since I made my mother take a picture of it). It felt hippie-ish to me, so I paired it with my ever present favorite belt (Spoiler: that belt is in my next outfit post, which I already have the pictures waiting for) and one of my proudest accomplishments, the headband I made basically to match that exact belt. I have a close-up picture of it from this outfit, but considering my hair looks like a drunk person tried to make an Adele poof and failed miserably in these pictures, I’m going to save showing it closely to you guys  for my next post (yep, it’s in the next post, too). I also threw on my leopard bracelet just for a touch of print to draw it together. And this is my interpretation of fair chic.
My next post will hopefully be up within the next week, because I took pictures of the outfit I wore tonight to dinner with some good friends. Maybe if you guys leave me some comments, I’ll post sooner 🙂
One more note, I made a Twitter for this page, so please follow me @storybooksara and retweet my outfits, I’m really trying to get this blog out there (big surprise). I am also thinking about making a Facebook page for my stuff, but right now I’m still afraid that’s too pretentious haha.
Now, for my random tangent away from fashion, which I have a bad feeling is going to become a regular thing at the end of my posts:
The English soccer team I avidly support beat one of the giants of the league, Manchester United (19 championships and counting), for the first time at Man U’s stadium, Old Trafford, for the first time in 23 years. So whether you know nothing of soccer, or you’re completely obsessed like I am, give a shout out to my Tottenham Hotspur for a historic win. COYS!!!!!
And, now for my Peeta/Josh Hutcherson pin.

Peeta/ Josh Hutcherson: One of the few things I love more than Katelyn’s boots.

Pax,
Sara