IT’S MY SPECIAL ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY POST!!!

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Greetings, Dear Readers!
I am so excited about today’s post because today, May 29, 2013, marks the one year anniversary of me beginning this blog. YIPPIEEEEEEEEE!!!!
But seriously, I cannot believe it. It seems crazy to me that an entire year has passed since I posted that first hopeful, excited post sharing my idea for my blog. I was terrified but so eager to get started. Over the year, I have only become more passionate about what I’m doing as I’ve had people discover my blog and give me such wonderful encouragement. So in honor of my one year anniversary, I am going to share a few stats with you all really quick.
MY YEAR IN REVIEW!
Number of followers: 39 (AHHHHH!!!!)
Most views in one day: 160 (on October 30, 2012)
Total number of views: 3,203 (What…INSANE)
Most popular post: These Boots Were Made For Walkin’ (198 views)
Number of different countries viewers came from: 47 (including Macao, which I had never heard of before someone from there looked at my blog!)
 
Over all, I have to say that looking at all that is simply amazing. I am overwhelmed to think that at my blog has been looked at least 3,000 TIMES (I’m guessing that I probably account for at about 200ish views on my own blog haha). So I can only say thank you from the bottom of my heart, you don’t know how much it means to me that you all take the time to care about what I’m doing here. 
So to really say thank you, today I am bringing you guys two outfits in one post! For Memorial Day Weekend, my family and I went out of town and stayed at a gorgeous, fancy hotel. 
My first outfit is my look for the daytime:
IMG_8840IMG_8842IMG_8845Black scoop-neck tee: Old Navy, $5
Olive shorts: Daisy Exchange, $4.50
Leopard flats: Deb (in the local mall), $5
Gold key necklace: Forever 21, $2.50
Outfit total: $17

This was a comfortable outfit to wear for lunch and riding in the car, as well as for our visit to Miranda Lambert’s store in Tishomingo, The Pink Pistol (love you, Miranda!!). 
The black shirt is casual and pairs well with a million different things. The shorts are a neutral color that I wear constantly in the summer because they also go so well with everything, and they are stretchy, comfortable, and cool (a big priority in the ridiculously hot summers of Oklahoma). 
I have had these flats for probably six or seven years but I unfortunately lost them for a large portion of it. I was excited when I found them in the past year and I have worn them quite a bit. Considering I obsessively love leopard, I find that I am really fond of them. And finally, my key necklace is making its third appearance in a row on my blog haha but I promise my evening outfit does not include it! Speaking of my evening outfit, here it is:IMG_8870Gray scoop-neck shirt: Target, $5.25
Black lace high-waisted skirt: Target, $5.98
Silver loop sandals: Factory Connection, $5
Black lace headband: K-Mart, $1.99
Silver heart necklace: Forever 21, $3.58
Outfit total: $21.80

Like my daytime outfit, this is a simple and comfortable look for the evening. My favorite part of it is the black lace skirt I got from Target. It made me feel skinny and feminine, which always is a boost to my confidence haha. I bought this gray shirt at the same time, actually, because I loved how well they paired together. Like the other items of my post, all the pieces of this outfit are ones that can pair with a large variety of other pieces. I’ve worn both the silver necklace and the silver sandals before in posts on here and they are staples of my wardrobe. And of course, I’m rocking my required wristband that you had to wear for the pool area, I thought the pop of yellow was SUCH a nice touch.
I thought it was a cute, but still dressy outfit to wear out for the evening at our fancy hotel. Seriously, though, it was really fancy:

GIANT BUFFALO IN FRONT OF WATERFALLS

GIANT BUFFALO IN FRONT OF WATERFALLS

My sister and I in the fancy pool.

My sister and I in the fancy pool.

So there it is, friends. My one year anniversary post. I am so proud and also humbled that I have had enough support to make keeping this blog going that long worthwhile, and that people have become interested as this year has passed. I can only say thank you and repeat how much your support means to me. Hopefully in the next year my blog can grow even more and reach an even larger audience. I really do love creating outfits that make me feel beautiful but don’t break my budget. I truly do consider myself to be passionate about fashion, and I believe that it should be something that is accessible to people of all economic statuses. Fashion is something that has allowed me to develop my personality and express myself, as well as giving me confidence, and I want to inspire other people to believe they can have that experience, too. I want people to love their bodies and celebrate their style, whatever it may be, and I hope that by putting myself out there I can give others the confidence to do so. Hopefully if you’ve found my blog, I have been able to do that for you, and that I’ll be able to keep doing it.
Thank you again, Readers of mine. You all make this worthwhile 🙂

Pax,
Sara

 

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Green with Envy

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Hello everyone!
I apologize because it’s been so long, but May has been a very busy month for me. I am going to make up for it, though, because I have three outfits coming your way.   First up, today’s look is formal because I wore it to my wonderful friend Kady’s wedding:
IMG_8743IMG_8748IMG_8746Emerald dress: Old Navy, $13
Tan platform sandals: Target, $8
Key necklace: Forever 21, $2.50
Heart necklace: Gift
Leopard ring: Gift
Outfit total: $23.50

I have had this dress for two years, and I have just never found much of an opportunity to wear it. It’s just dressy enough that it seems a little formal for every day, and I have a bad tendency to always want to go out and buy a new dress instead of wearing ones I already own when I have a formal event to go to. But I adore this dress; I got it when it finally went on clearance at Old Navy after I had longingly coveted it at regular price for months. I think it was originally around $35, and I almost cried when it finally was cheap enough that I could afford it.
Green is far and away my best color (in my opinion) because it makes my generally murky hazel eyes actually pop. I love the silky-looking material and the high-necked, high-waisted style, it feels vintage to me. I also find it very flattering to my shape, as well as being terribly comfortable.
Everything else I’m wearing has appeared in the blog before. These are my go-to high heel shoes because they are the only ones I can wear longer than thirty minutes. Being a neutral color, they are also easy to match with a lot of things.
My heart necklace you probably have seen if you have looked at my blog at all, and my key one was newly introduced last post. Now, I generally don’t like the double necklace look and I don’t know that I have actually worn it as an adult. But I decided on a bit of a whim to do so because the dress was so simple that I felt it wouldn’t be too much if I wore the two together. I also loved the idea of a heart and a key to wear to a wedding 🙂
Finally, I paired it with my leopard ring for a bit of a pattern. I started out wearing some dangly leopard clip-on earrings to match, but you couldn’t really even see them around my wild hair and they also started hurting my ears so I took them off haha. And so I didn’t include them here, but I bet they’ll come up again.
And so that’s my wedding outfit! Just a special congratulations to Kady and Matt Blair; I went to high school with both of them and I have rarely seen a couple more perfectly matched for each other. They both are sweet, wonderful people and I was so honored to be a part of their special day! I actually caught the bouquet and got to take a picture with the lovely bride, which was just the best 🙂
In other news, I took a trip this weekend for Memorial Day and I have a double header coming at you guys soon. Also, I’m hopeful that pretty soon I’ll have a special post coming to you guys from a guest blogger, so stay tuned!

Pax,
Sara

PS My post title describes how I felt about Kady’s beautiful wedding!

Bottoms Up

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Hi guys!
It’s time for my first outfit post as a COLLEGE GRADUATE. Oooooh. I wore this outfit out tonight to eat dinner with one of my best friends, Richie. He’s from Ireland but goes to school here in Oklahoma. On Monday he goes back home for the summer, so we decided to have dinner at an Irish pub, as has become our tradition. One of my much earlier outfit posts was from when we went to the same pub, so feel free to check it out as well. But now, here is my look from tonight:

IMG_8686IMG_8698Blue and white striped tee: Daisy Exchange (originally Forever 21 Men), $6.50
Red pants: Daisy Exchange (originally New York and Co.), $6.50
Navy canvas shoes: Target, $9
Gold key necklace: Forever 21, $2.50
Ruby and diamond screw-back earrings: antique store, gift from my mom ($6.50)
Outfit total: $24.50 (or $31 with the earrings)

So I’ve really been into a red, white, and blue color palette lately, I know, but I just bought this outfit today so I really wanted to share it with you. I went to lunch with my amazing friend Tiffany today, and we went to Daisy Exchange after. I limited myself to just buying these pants and the shirt, along with one other shirt (for $3.50! It will end up in this blog, I promise). I simply couldn’t turn down the pants, I love the bright pop of red and I think they’ll be a wonderful accent piece to pair with so much stuff. I was so excited that they fit AND that they were so cheap. They were the star of this outfit for me, and they’ll probably show up again pretty soon haha.
The shirt is actually labeled as Forever 21 Men’s, but I loved the looser fit and the v-neck. I paired it with my navy fake Keds for a casual look that I thought was appropriate to a pub, but I put my hair up to show off the absolutely amazing earrings I got from an antique store when we went out of town this weekend for my dad’s birthday to give it a feminine touch. My mom was incredibly nice and bought them for me, so I thought I could get away with adding them in here 🙂 They’re very vintage and have the classic screw-back. It’s the first pair of screw-back earrings I’ve ever worn, so I took a couple of tries to get them up on properly.
I finished the look off with a simple gold key necklace to tie everything in. I really love the key necklace (I bought one in silver, too, because they were only $2.50), it’s a medium length that goes well with tons of different necklines and it also is simple enough to pair with most outfits for a pretty touch. 

So that’s my look, hope you like it! And you should check out the interesting experience I had on the trip where I purchased the earrings over on my other blog, it was pretty crazy!

Pax,
Sara

PS My title comes from the well-known phrase, which I thought worked perfectly both because I wore this to the pub and because I am so excited about my new red pants!