J’Ador, Mon Amour

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Hi everyone!
I’m excited to have an outfit to post for you all! I’ve really been enjoying writing on my other blog, and I so hope you’ve been following and enjoying it as well. But it’s nice to get back here and share a good bargain with you guys! My outfit today is one I just wore for class and out to go thrifting (and that is foreshadowing, because I’ve got a purchase to show you). Here it is:
mon amour“Mon Amour” top: Forever 21, $11
Navy shorts: Old Navy, $7
Navy canvas shoes: Target, $9
Silver heart necklace: Forever 21, gift (but I think around $3-4)
Outfit total: $27 (or $30 if you include the necklace)

I apologize for being a couple dollars over! I paid a little bit more for a top than I’m usually willing to, but it’s just because this is one of my favorite shirts I’ve ever bought. I love absolutely everything about it; color scheme, the stripes, the whimsical print, the “my love” in French (sorry that it’s backwards to you all). It’s also baggy enough that I can wear it on a fat day as easily as a feel-good one. It also works with almost any bottom I pair with it, from skirts to skinny jeans to leggings. And, as you can see, with shorts. That’s right, shorts. Because Oklahoma weather is so insane, I can wear shorts in January. (Fun fact: I wore this outfit on Monday, and then this morning, we were in a tornado watch. Wow, Oklahoma.)
I love these shorts, too, they’re one of my most utilized. Navy pairs well with tons of different colors, and these shorts are longer and looser so that they are more appropriate for a greater variety of places.
I wore these shoes in my very first post when I was on vacation in St. Louis. I actually haven’t really been able to wear them much since another post I did, the one of my museum outfit, because, while we were on that vacation, we went to a cave (a very common leisure activity for my family), and they got soaked and the plastic sole of one of them split. It was only recently that I found some shoe glue and fixed them. Fashion tip: don’t wear canvas shoes in a cave. The cave doesn’t care how cute they look with your outfit.
Finally, my necklace. It was a gift for my birthday one year, and like my bronze heart necklace, it is one of the ones I wear the most. I love hearts, and I love that it’s a longer necklace. I think they’re easier to wear than short necklaces. And, of course, I felt that a heart necklace was the perfect accessory to a shirt that says “Mon Amour.”
Now, as I mentioned, I wore this to go to a thrift store (making me feel like a huge loser, this picture was taken in the mirror of the thrift store bathroom/dressing room, since it’s the same thing). As I am incredibly poor, I haven’t been shopping in ages. But, at this thrift store the last time I went, I got boots, a shirt, three belts, a necklace, and the sweater I wore for Christmas for eleven dollars. I had high hopes I could find something inexpensive. And, indeed, I found this cute shirt for astonishingly cheap:
 This nautical-inspired shirt with the cute navy monogram was mine for the price offfff….. 91 cents. That’s right. NINETY-ONE CENTS. I paid not even a dollar for it. I hope that you all are suitably impressed.
Anyway, that’s all for this post! I hope you guys will check out my other blog, and share this one as well!

Pax,
Sara

Man, I Ain’t Changed, But I Know I Ain’t the Same

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Hello Readers!
I called it, didn’t I? I told you this post wouldn’t come for awhile. It was, admittedly, a lot longer while than I anticipated, but there is a reason for that- I’ve decided to do something a little different. I figured it’s a new year, and I’m ready to do something new. So… I’m going to start a new blog. Now, don’t worry (as I wistfully picture you shouting in distress because you love this blog so much), I am going to continue this blog as well. But I’m going to basically cut out all excess things not relating to an outfit. I already feel like I talk about too much extra, unrelated stuff on here. I want to be able to do that, but this doesn’t feel like the place.
So, instead, I’m starting a blog where I’ll be able to post anything. There’ll still be fashion, but there will also be cats and soccer and pictures of my life and my random musings and Peeta pins galore. It’s just somewhere that I can express myself (I am, after all, an English major!). I’m at the beginning of my last semester of college, and I just want to be able to record this hugely transitional period in my life as I move from being a student, something I’ve been continually since the age of three, to whoever I become and the things that end up defining this new me. It’s both scary and exhilarating, and when I’m most emotional, I deal with it by writing.
I hope you’ll follow me to this new blog, and I also hope you’ll still enjoy this one. I’m going to continue posting outfits on here, it’s just that I don’t get to post nearly as often as I like. It’s much harder than I imagined to get quality pictures for the outfit posts and so the number of posts is obviously much smaller than I’d wish.
So if you’re interested in hearing a lot more from me than just how much I like cheap clothes, here’s the link to my new blog.
Now, that aside, I still have an outfit for you! So here it is, and I’m warning you, it’s another lazy boots and leggings combo…
Cream fisherman’s sweater: local thrift store, $5
Black leggings: Target, $3
Leopard scarf: gift from my friend Brenna, $?
Cream boot socks: Christmas gift from Kohl’s, $6
Cognac tall boots: Christmas gift from Kohl’s, not sure of the price
Outfit total: ?*

*Aaaand, it’s a selfie at Target in the dressing room, I’m SO cool haha. Now, as promised, here are the boots I got for Christmas that I am absolutely obsessed with (wearing them now as I type this). They’re a brand called Dana Buchman and we got them at Kohl’s day after Christmas sale, hugely discounted. They were originally $109, but I think my parents got them for around 40ish bucks. As that is clearly over my outfit budget, be impressed- I have provided alternate boots for this outfit! Here they are:
Tall caramel wedge boots: local thrift store, $4
Outfit total: $18

This is one of my favorite outfits to wear. Any really cold day, as long as I haven’t worn it too recently, this is the look I go with. The sweater is big and warm and comfy, and I love it. I found it in the men’s section at the thrift store by my house. I apologize that I didn’t manage to get a picture of the outfit with the actual alternate boots on, but they actually look pretty close to the more expensive ones. The scarf I’m wearing is one of my most favorite and most utilized accessories. Brenna (my very first best friend that I met in kindergarten) got it for me from Spain as a souvenir when she went to Europe. It is seriously like the best accessory piece I’ve ever had. I wear it constantly when it gets cool, with most everything. I generally wear it three or four times a week, actually (it just looks so good!). I am, as I’ve mentioned, completely obsessed with leopard and this is one of the most gorgeous leopard prints I’ve ever seen.
Now, something else I’d like to start doing on this blog is posting pictures of bargains I buy. I tend to buy things in big bunches, because I get a lot of stuff for really cheap. I plan to start showing you guys my finds so maybe I can post a little more, even if it’s not necessarily an outfit. As I pointed out, my picture from today’s post was taken at Target, and I got some really cute stuff there. Here it is!
2013-01-14_13-15-48_979Black blazer: $7.48
Turquoise drape top: $5.98
Navy and gold patterned pencil skirt: $8.48

I am SO excited I finally found a black blazer. It’s a big size, so it’s loose and drapey, perfect to wear with belts or over stuff. The turquoise top, I just loved the color and the fit was flattering. I actually also got it in a coral color as well. I was crazy about the pattern of the skirt, and it fit perfectly. The sides are scrunched and look bigger so it gives the appearance that I actually have hips haha.
But I’m going to finally wrap up this post since it’s the longest I’ve done in ages. I hope you are excited about the new format and about my other blog, I’d love if you’d check it out and share it. But regardless of what you do, thank you so much for reading this right now 🙂

Pax,
Sara

Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time

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Guys. I don’t even know why I say I’m going to post by a certain time, because I never do it. Seriously. I was going to say I have a special extra post for you all tomorrow, but let’s be real here, it’s probably not going to happen tomorrow. But it will eventually, at least. As for this post, it is my Christmas outfit, yaaay! Now, let me just inform you if you didn’t know, Oklahoma got a white Christmas, and it was lovely. However, it required that I dress warmly, which doesn’t always make for super cute clothing. I also was trying to be comfortable, so admittedly this outfit reflects that. But I still think it’s a cute way to stay warm and comfortable for a lovely Christmas time. Here it is:
Green long sweater: thrift store near my college, $2
Black leggings: Target clearance, $4
Tan boot socks: Christmas present, (but I know they were from Kohl’s and were about $6)
Black tall boots: local thrift store, $4.53
Gold heart locket: gift from my mom
Red jewel hair clip: Target, $4
Outfit total: $20.53

Guys… I hope you all are impressed. How can you beat a cute sweater for TWO DOLLARS?? I know you can’t really tell, but it’s cable knit so I stayed warm, but it was also light and short-sleeved so I didn’t get super hot whenever I came in from the cold. I love leggings with slouchy tops and boots, it’s pretty much my favorite outfit right now. I’ve been planning on wearing this top for Christmas for like a month. My good friend Morgan told me about a resale shop in my college town that I somehow had never heard of, and when I went to check it out I got the following: the green sweater, a long black skirt, three belts, a pair of boots, and a locket. Now, get this… the price? ELEVEN DOLLARS. I was blown away, best deal I’ve ever gotten I’m pretty sure.
Now, did you see those boots there? And did you see the price?? Tall black boots- for LESS THAN FIVE DOLLARS. I know I have talked up my $25 boots and admitted that sometimes you have to just spend a little more for something. But what I also should remember, and what this blog is all about, is that when you are even partially dedicated to being a bargain shopper, you can get the most fantastic deals. Here’s a little better look at the boots:
LESS THAN FIVE DOLLARSThese boots are NICE. They have only the little bit of scuffing on the toe, barely noticeable when not viewing a zoomed in picture of them. I almost had a cow I was so excited when I saw these. Now I have an alternative pair of shoes to show you all anytime I wear my other boots to make sure the outfit stays affordable. You can also see my lovely cream boots socks more clearly here, an awesome gift this Christmas from my mother. This outfit about defines comfort for me, I’ve spent most of my break wearing leggings, boots, and long tops, and now lately I’ve been able to add some of the super cute boots socks I got to it. I like to think of it as lazy chic.
You can’t see it at all in the first picture, so here’s what my hair looked like:
IMG_7519My gold locket is present, of course, and then I added the hair jewel for a touch of red to make Christmas colors. Excuse my crazy hair haha as you may have noticed, I’m not exactly super chic in that area. Partially, as you all might not be surprised to hear, it’s because I am too poor to buy hair products. The other two reasons are, 1.) I am lazy, and 2.) I have no idea how to do hair. The same goes for makeup. I really just focus on the clothes and do not meddle with matters beyond me ha.
Now here’s a festive photo of my sister and I in front of our tree, and one of us with our stockings:
IMG_7497IMG_7498Haha my sister looks like she is on drugs in the second one. She and my father have a notoriously chronic issue of keeping their eyes open for pictures. But seriously, check out all that loot. I cleaned up this Christmas! My favorite gifts I got were boots socks, a brand new pair of boots (which you’ll be seeing soon), a bag of my favorite candy, Toblerone, some house slippers, and an adorable new case for my phone. What were some of your favorite gifts? Were any fashion related? Please leave me a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

Pax,
Sara

P.S. Here is what I REALLY was hoping for this Christmas:
christmas peetaAll I want for Christmas is you… clearly words written with Peeta in mind.
And if you are a Peeta lover like me, I have a belated Christmas gift for you. This image comes from an absolutely hilarious site called Peeta’s Cardboard Chronicles, I recommend it highly, I’ve just been scrolling through and cracking up.