Pumped Up Kicks

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Hi everyone!
I’m really excited about today’s post, it’s a little different than anything else I’ve posted on here before and I think it’s fabulous. I also have a lot of pictures as well. Today was my mom’s birthday, and we went out to dinner at TGI Friday’s:
 IMG_8252IMG_8255IMG_8256IMG_8257Striped dress: Forever 21, $7
Red cardigan: local thrift store, $0.50
Navy tights: Target, $5
Red Converse high tops: Ross, $7.50
Gold heart locket: Christmas gift
Leopard ring: gift
Gold knot ring: antique mall, $3
Outfit total: $23.00

So what do you think? I just wanted to keep wearing this because I felt pretty cool in it haha. I’ve had those Converse for literally years, but I NEVER wore them. I was just never sure how to wear high tops, they always looked dumb to me no matter what I put them with. But when I was a junior, I got a new roommate who had a pair of high tops that she absolutely rocked by folding them down. By that point I’d forgotten I even had the high tops because they were thrown back in the dark depths of my closet at home. This year I stumbled across them and began trying to play around with ways to wear them but still struggled. Finally, I just picked a way and went with it, and I actually ended up loving it. Now I keep trying to wear them with everything.
As for the rest, I actually just pretty much threw this outfit together. The dress is my sister’s,  and she uses it to cover up the light from her clock at night haha I just decided to try it on. Every weekend when I come home from school, I just bring a few major things home like a few pairs of shoes and pants. I just happened to be wearing those tights when I came home, so I had them when I normally wouldn’t. The cardigan, which I hope you noted was FIFTY CENTS, was one I found a few years ago at a thrift store. My sister had been looking for a red cardigan, and at fifty cents I thought it was worth it to buy it and bring it home to see if she liked it or not. It turned out to be one we both loved.
My jewelry is familiar if you’ve seen many of my outfits, because I wear my heart necklace all time. I’ve also worn the leopard ring before; it was a gift from my amazing friend Morgan and I love it. You may have noticed I was wearing another much smaller ring on my other hand, here’s a closer picture of it and my other jewlery:
IMG_8253I have a confession to make: I’ve been being a little dishonest while I’ve been doing this blog. I’ve never shown this ring before in a post, but I wear it every single day, all the time. It’s just so small and thin that it never really shows up in pictures. But here it is now, in all its glory. It’s really strange to me, because I got this a couple of years ago on Spring Break in an antique mall in Jefferson, Texas. It’s vintage and handmade, and it was only three dollars. I loved how small and delicate it was, and I’ve always loved knotwork rings, so I simply had to have it. Suddenly, fairly recently, it seems like the infinity symbol has become hugely popular and I’ve seen rings similar or just like this all over Pinterest and the internet for really expensive. I was just grateful to get mine so cheaply, and it’s got all the character of a handmade, vintage ring. I actually see it as a sort of promise ring to myself, that I’ll always remember to believe in a love that lasts forever. I used to wear it on my ring finger, but it’s just the slightest bit too big. After it came off in a glove that I actually threw into the trash at the daycare where I work, I decided it had to move onto my (fatter) middle finger, where it’s been ever since.
So that is my outfit for today! I hope you love it as much as I do. It felt fun, young, and a little bit more flirtatious, while still being stylish. I really loved the pairing of a dress with high top sneakers, while the cardigan added a touch of sophistication that kept it from becoming a little too sexy for this easily flustered girl!
Also, notice I tried something different with my hair. I got it cut recently and added some layers after I-don’t-know-how-long. Today I tried straightening it, even though I think my hair looks much better curled, and made a braid headband. BOOM. Faaaaancy.

Pax,
Sara

PS Today’s post title comes from the song of the same name by Foster the People.

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Southern Belle

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Hi guys!
So I’ve had this post ready for you since Spring Break, but I put it off because I was busy doing something really exciting. The other day, Katie Elliott from Tag a Trend contacted me and invited me to participate in her blog. This is how it works: each week, she picks a popular trend, then invites readers to submit their own photos of themselves wearing that particular trend. She then puts them on her website with a link to each wearer’s blog. It’s such a wonderful idea because it helps other blogs become more recognized while also uniting people with a love for fashion.
This week’s trend was leggings, and when she asked if I would be interested I nearly did a little dance. It was perfect, because 1. I love leggings, as you all know, and 2. The outfit post I was about to put up had leggings! So hopefully I will be featured soon on her blog, which I encourage you to check out, along with her facebook page for the group.
So now, without further ado, one of my looks I submitted:
IMG_7874IMG_7877IMG_7875Denim button up shirt: Polo brand, free from clothes swap
Black leggings: Target, $4
Cream tank top: originally my sister’s, free
Cognac tall boots: Dana Buchman, Christmas present
Black lace headband: K-Mart, $1.99
Vintage bronze flower clip earrings: thrift store, $0.99
Outfit total: $6.98

Snap, guys. I can’t believe how many amazing things I got from the clothes swap I did with my friends! This shirt is Ralph Lauren, and it’s ridiculously adorable + comfortable. It’s perfect to wear with leggings, and adding the riding boots just makes a really comfortable outfit look dressed up, especially with the details of the earrings and the headband. The denim shirt trend is really becoming a thing, and I think this is a gloriously cute example of it. It also flattered my body proportions and made my waist look smaller. Over all I just felt like I looked really put together but it was such an easy look!
Instead of putting a picture of the other boots I have similar to these, I went ahead and just put the brand. I never wear those other boots since I got my new ones for Christmas. I really didn’t pay for my new ones so they actually do qualify for this blog, because lord knows I use lots of other clothing I got for free from other people! So from now on I’m just going to use them. That’s another good tip I have about being fashionable on a budget- if there’s one item you really, really love but it’s expensive, ask for it to be a present for a holiday or birthday. Those boots were one of my main presents from my parents for Christmas, and I’ve been blissfully happy with them. It’s a way to actually have a little better chance to get one of those big ticket items you know you could never afford normally.
I wore this outfit out to dinner with my family while we were in Natchez, Mississippi on Spring Break. I was trying to channel a little bit of a modern southern belle with this look, what do you think? We ate at a really cool Thai restaurant in an old building, where my mom snapped this picture of me on her camera phone:
haunted faceOh, yeah, just my face getting haunted, nbd.
But we honestly don’t know how this happened. My mom, sister, and myself all have the same phones, and we all take a LOT of pictures, and we’ve never seen anything like this happen. So….who knows…..
Speaking of ghosts and old things, we spent a lot of Spring Break looking at old plantations because my mom loves them. We toured one that was really pretty, and I actually have a bonus outfit for you guys that I’m throwing in on this post, because I only have one picture that my mom just happened to take of me and you can’t see it super well. Here it is:
IMG_7918Leopard scarf: gift, free
Mint shirt: clothes swap, free
Black skinny jeans: Forever 21, $10.50
Tall cognac boots: Dana Buchman, Christmas present

This picture is of me on the old mounting block, which I thought was appropriate in my riding-style boots haha. Well, I feel like I’ve talked enough for this post, so I will say goodbye, and I hope you’ll check out the Tag a Trend blog, who I have to give a special thank you to for the invite to participate in what they do!

Pax,
Sara

PS I feel like today’s title speaks for itself!

Now I’m Stepping Out This Old Brown Shoe, Baby, I’m in Love with You

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Hi again, errrybodyyy.
I’ve got something really cool to talk about in this post, so I’m going to do it slightly differently. First, I’ll just show you my outfit. I was channeling a little bit of fifties today with the full skirt and the oxfords (OXFORDS!!!):

Finn wouldn't get out of my shoes pictures.

Finn wouldn’t get out of my shoe pictures.

 Gray flowy top: Clothes swap, free
Olive skirt: Old Navy clearance, $7.99
Leopard scarf: gift from friend
Tan oxfords: Daisy Exchange, $6.50
Silver headband: borrowed from sister
Bronze flower clip earrings: thrift store, $0.99
Outfit total: $15.48

Okay, I have a lot to talk about now! As you might have noticed, I got the cute flowy gray shirt I’m wearing from something called a clothes swap. This was something I’d never heard of until my friend Lyssa invited me to participate in one this week. The idea is fairly simply: a group of friends get together, bring extra clothes, shoes, jewelry, etc. that they don’t want, and put them out for everybody else to look at. If you see something you like, you put a sticky note with your name on it. After everyone has looked over everything, you simply get to take whatever you liked. If there is something that more than person wants, you just flip a coin or something along those lines to decide who gets it.
The swap I went to was an absolute blast and I got some other amazing stuff that you’ll definitely be seeing on here in the future. I think it’s just a fantastic idea, because, I mean, you get rid of stuff you don’t want and get free clothes in return. How can you beat that?!
Now, as I mentioned in my last post, these are the shoes I got the other day that I AM OBSESSED WITH. They are seriously like my ideal pair of oxfords. I love the color and style, and they fit perfectly. They also have a very vintage look, and since they’re not brand new they have a lot of character. And they were SIX FIFTY!! I looked the brand up online (Very Volatile), and these shoes go for like $50-60 when new. It was a bolt of unbelievable favor shown to me by the thrifting gods the day I found these, and in my size to boot.
You’ve seen my skirt before, and my beloved scarf appears repeatedly in this blog. The earrings I’m wearing are probably my favorite, they’re vintage from a thrift store. As you might know, I love bronze and they are a perfect accent to many of my outfits. Another thing I particularly like about them is that they’re comfortable. A problem with a lot of clips is that they have the tendency to pinch and hurt my ears after I wear them too long. That is not a problem with these. They were one of the best 99 cents I ever spent.
So there you have it! I wore this outfit to school today as I picked up my cap and gown. Barely a month until I graduate college, guys. I can’t even believe it:

cap and gownReppin’ the Class of 2013! (And Tottenham, as you can see in the background of my room, even though they put up a shameful performance today in the Europa League. Still love my Spurs though!)

PS The title of today’s post comes from this chill Beatles’s Song, Old Brown Shoe.

With a Laugh She is Slipping Through the Lilies on the Water

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Alright, everyone.
I am suuuper excited for this post, because it’s one of the best deals I’ve had in ages. In direct contrast to my last outfit, it’s a girly dress in spring colors. I just wore this for class on Monday:

 Floral print dress: Daisy Exchange, $3
White cardigan: local thrift store, $3
Black stone necklace: my mom’s
Black boots*: Salvation Army, $4.53
Outfit total: $10.53

CHEAPEST. OUTFIT. POST. EVERRRRR!!!!!!
Look at that dress! It is so cute, and it was only THREE DOLLARS. I have no idea why it was on sale for so cheap at Daisy Exchange. I only got it a week or so ago, so I know it’s still cool weather and everything, but it’s almost spring time and I think this is a perfect spring dress. I wore it on one of those tentatively warm days that crop up during the transition from winter to spring. It was nice during the day, but I eventually had to change in the evening because it got really cool.
I think the floral print with the pastels makes for a pretty, feminine look, especially paired with the simple white cardigan. It reminded me of a Monet painting of water lilies!
But what I like about this outfit is that, paired with the black boots and black necklace, I think it gives a harder edge to the outfit. I wore it with my 25 dollar boots that I love so much, because they have buckles on them that give an almost motorcycle boot feel to them. Combined with the black necklace, which is made entirely of irregularly shaped stones, it felt edgier and added an interesting element to the outfit, a contrast between hard and soft that I liked.
As I mentioned, I wore my more expensive boots…. buuuut…. I remembered to take a picture for you all in my cheaper boots!

 Here you can see the dress better. It actually had a little bit of boning in the bodice that give the dress some structure. It created a contrast in the dress itself between hard and soft, with the structure top and the flowy skirt. The band around the waist also made me look smaller. Overall, I thought it was a very flattering dress as well; and ONLY THREE DOLLARS!
So there you have it, guys, one of the best bargains I’ve found in ages! Stay tuned for my next outfit, wherein I will also take a picture of the amazing shoes I found today that I am absolutely in love with (Hint: THEY ARE OXFORDS!!! AHHHHH!!!)

Pax,
Sara

PS I have always made it a point on this blog to have my title come from some poem, lyric, or even famous quote but I realized I never mentioned that. So, from now on, I’m going to make sure and include a link at the bottom of each post to whatever my post title comes from. Here is today’s, which comes from a poem called Water Lilies, which is actually by AA Milne, who wrote Winnie the Pooh 🙂 The other source I considered was this poem by one of my favorite poets, Sara Teasdale. I highly recommend her, and this poem, which is a little bit darker (like some elements of my outfit!)

The Woods are Lovely, Dark, and Deep

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Hi again everyone!
I’m just rolling with these posts, it’s crazy. I already have the pictures for my NEXT post, in fact. I hope you all are as excited as I am!
These pictures from today are the look of disappointment. I planned to be wearing a huge sweater with giant sweatpants and snow boots, because last Monday when I wore this WE WERE SUPPOSED TO HAVE A BLIZZARD. But only a part of the state got it, and we didn’t even have snow left on the ground the following morning. You can read about my irritation with this on my other blog.
My outfit for today, as I mentioned in my last post, is very different from most of the stuff I post on here. I generally tend to wear more feminine clothes, with a plethora of dresses. Today’s outfit is in a completely different vein:

DSCN1331DSCN1363Hunter green v-neck: free from a friend
Skinny leg blue jeans: American Eagle, $17
Brown lace up boots: Ebay (originally Bonnibel), $7.49
Leopard scarf: gift from a friend
Outfit total: $24.49

I like to think of this as my outdoorsman outfit. I feel slightly like a hipster about to go on a hike through the woods while wearing it. It’s definitely a more masculine look than I generally tend towards.
The shirt I’m wearing is possibly my favorite shirt. I think green, especially a darker green like this, is the color I look the best in. It’s also incredibly comfortable, can be paired with a variety of different things, and dressed up or down. Also, best of all, I got it for free. I attend a school that is awash in foreign students, especially on our soccer team. I was at a going away party for a Scottish boy who had graduated, and someone pointed out to me a tablefull of clothes he was just giving away to whoever wanted them because he didn’t want to try and take everything back home to Scotland. I leaped upon this shirt, and I also got a few other things I really love (I’m wearing a really comfortable pullover I got from him as I type). So, the moral of this anecdote is make sure you attend going away parties of foreign people, because they might be randomly giving their clothes away.
The jeans I’m wearing are my favorite pair of blue jeans, and I wear them more than anything except my black skinny jeans from Forever 21. I’ve always been the type to skimp on jeans purchases, and I always end up getting really cheap ones from Old Navy or the thrift store or Ross that aren’t always the best quality and don’t really fit that well. I am one of those people with an awkward shape that never seems to appropriately fit into jeans. Either they’re the right length but don’t fit in the waist, or they fit in the waist and are way too long. It’s very frustrating, so it never seemed worth it to buy expensive jeans. But a few months ago I just happened to be in American Eagle during a big sale, with my sister also having a coupon. I also had just got paid ( a dangerous state to go shopping in). I tried on a pair of lighter wash skinny jeans and a pair of dark wash boot cut jeans, and THEY FIT. I was beyond excited. They were on sale for cheap, and they were also much more well made than any other jeans I’d had before. I bought them both, and have never regretted it. Another reiteration of a lesson I’ve learned: sometimes if you pay a little more, it’s totally worth. Luckily I still didn’t pay that much for these jeans!
As for my boots, I got them from Ebay last May, one of my first Ebay purchases. They were so cheap and I thought they were fabulous (even though my sister thinks they are hideous). But I was once told by an English guy that they were “sick” and I completely agree. I love the trend towards masculine, heavy duty boots for women, and I think these echo that while still staying feminine enough not to overwhelm me. I pretend the bleach spots on it are artistic and they came like that, but honestly you are looking at the consequences of working at a daycare. I mopped with bleach while wearing these, and paid the price.
My scarf you’ve seen before; it’s a gift from one of my oldest, dearest friends Brenna that she got for me in Europe (SO COOL GUYS). I like to wear it with my green shirt, especially, because it’s my two free gifts from foreign lands. It’s by far my favorite scarf, and I really do wear it all the time. It’s perfect due to my love affair with leopard. You’ve also seen my glasses before, and I promised you all I would give you a better look at them than the last time, so here’s a poor quality, but close-up shot of me wearing them, as well as a stock photo of them online:

DSCN1339geek glassesThey’re Geek Eyewear brand, as you can see, and a tortoiseshell print. I’m kind of in love with them, because I love tortoiseshell print AND cat eye glasses, so it’s a perfect combination. The frames were also really cheap.
So there you have it, my hipster hiker look. Hope you love it, and look for a complete change in my upcoming post, which features (shockingly) a dress.

Pax,
Sara