Hello Again, Hello My Friends, Hello

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So.
I have to tell you, Readers, that life has been a little rough on me lately. I’ve been mysteriously sick for almost two months. One of the most horrible, hardest things I’ve ever experienced also happened when my beloved, wonderful cat of sixteen years, Boo, passed away on September 8th (you can read about it on my other blog if you like). Life has seemed pretty bleak, lately, truth to tell.
Finally this Tuesday, I was able to see a specialist, who has prescribed me some medicines that have actually been helping. Of course, the day after I finally started feeling well, I have begun developing some sort of sinus/ upper respiratory infection thing, which has made me miserable. I slept most of the day today after being up all night coughing and sneezing and with a runny nose. But when I finally emerged from my stupor this evening, I was feeling much improved, and so the fam and I decided to go out to dinner at a local Irish pub that I really love. I hadn’t been since May (I actually posted the outfit I wore on here) so I was very excited to go back.
But the thing I was most excited about is that it finally was cold enough today to wear LEGGINGS. If you have followed my blog for awhile, you know I am an enormous fan of wearing leggings, a long, loose shirt, and tall boots. It’s like the easiest, most comfortable outfit combo imaginable, and I admit I probably post variations of that exact thing on here far too much. But you all have had a break from that all summer, so I feel no guilt in sharing this outfit with you now 🙂
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Plum dolman top: Target, $5.98
Black leggings: Target, $4
Cognac tall boots: Christmas gift
Pearl ring: State Fair booth, $5
Tortoiseshell watch: graduation gift
Pearl clip earrings: birthday gift
Braided leather headband: homemade
Outfit total: $14.98

Okay, okay, I know I’m kind of cheating on this one since three of the things I’m wearing were gifts that I happen to know are expensive. But the boots I wore tonight are my favorite, and I did get them as a Christmas gift so technically they count. And honestly, I’m going to be wearing them all the time so I’ve just accepted they’re kind of cheating.
Mostly I just wanted to show off this lovely plum top. I think the color is gorgeous, and the fit is super flattering. I love the little insets of lace on the shoulders, they go all across the back, too, and I think they give it a special touch. I love fluttery wing sleeves, and my favorite thing about this top is that I looked at it and knew immediately is would be long enough to wear with leggings haha. Now, it’s confession time– this top is actually a maternity top hahaha. But good lord please don’t think I mean I am confessing I am pregnant. I am NOT. But I have long had this love/hate relationship with Target’s maternity clothes. It seems like EVERY TIME I go and look through their clearance racks, I’ll pick up things over and over that I think are really cute before realizing they are maternity. It makes me crazy, so I finally just said, I don’t care! And went ahead and bought it for myself; it was on clearance after all. I don’t think you can tell it’s maternity if you don’t know. What about you, did you guess?
I finished this very pretty top off with my old friends, a pair of black leggings, which I have been longing to wear all summer but have simply been far too hot to do so. Naturally, I paired them with my favorite boots, then added some pretty little touches with the pearl earrings, the pearl ring, my watch, and my favorite headband, which I made myself and which perfectly matches my boots. Hopefully you’re as excited for this outfit as I was to put on a pair of leggings tonight!

Pax,
Sara

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Thank You, Mwojcie, for the Super Sweet Blogging Award!!

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Hello, Readers!
I am beyond thrilled to post today, because I have been nominated for my first blogging award here on Chic By Any Other Name! It is for the Super Sweet Blogging Award:

An award with cupcakes?! That is my kind of award!!

The nomination has come from the incredibly talented , who has a wonderful blog called Life Measured in Coffee Spoons. Like I was, mwojcie is an English major, so I especially enjoy reading her blog. She has also been Freshly Pressed, so you KNOW she’s good! Please check out her blog, she is fantastic, and I am so honored she nominated my blog for this award.
I was nominated for this a week ago, so I have been a bit belated in accepting it. I have still been having issues with being sick and I’m going to have to see a specialist, so I haven’t been blogging too much lately. I also always feel overwhelmed trying to pick other bloggers to nominate, there are so many talented people and both times I’ve been nominated for awards I always feel slightly presumptuous nominating people who have so many bloggers following them and are so talented. But hopefully you will go check them out for yourselves after seeing them here, so I am excited to accept this award. So here I go!

The rules for the Super Sweet Blogging Award:
1. Thank the Super Sweet Blogger who nominated you.
2. Answer 5 Super Sweet Questions
3. Include the Super Sweet Blogging Award image in your blog post.
4. Nominate a baker’s dozen (13) other bloggers.
5. Notify the nominees of their nomination on their blog.

The 5 Super Sweet Questions: 

1. Cookies or Cake?

Definitely cake. I love cake. I am a dedicated lover of dessert, and cake is often my preferred dessert item. Don’t freak out but… I don’t even really like cookies that much. Except Milanos. Ohhhhh, Milanos.

2. Chocolate or Vanilla?

Twist. Hahaha is that cheating? Or to specify, I generally prefer Braum’s chocolate ice cream but I always want vanilla cake.

3. Favorite Sweet Treat?

I hate being that person who doesn’t have an answer, but I honestly never could choose. I just couldn’t. I just love dessert as a whole, so if dessert can count as my favorite, then that’s what I choose.

4. When do you crave sweet things the most? 

I could eat dessert every day, truthfully. But I am actually pretty traditional, and I generally like my dessert after a meal. (I keep assuming that by sweet things that it means dessert, but it occurs to me that might not be the case but I’m still just going to roll with it.)

5. Sweet Nickname?

Sara is rather hard to make a nickname out of, since it’s already so short. Most people actually just call me by my whole name, Sararowe, like it’s one, long word. Generally, they just say it so fast that they combine the two names and take out the last ‘A’ in Sara and just say it like there’s one ‘R’, so Sarowe is probably the most common nickname. A lot of people have called me Rowe, and I can’t even tell you the number of nicknames that have come from that, including “Roweboat,” “Roweingboat,” and “Rowe, Rowe, Rowe Your Boat.” At the restaurant I worked at for my first ever job, one of the guys actually called me DeathRowe, which was slightly unsettling. So, there’s been a lot of them haha.

Now here are my 13 fabulous nominees. Please go check them all out, I’ve linked their names to their About pages, or just a recent post on their blog, so click them and enjoy! I’ve tried to nominate mostly fashion related blogs, just FYI 🙂

The Baker’s Dozen (13) Nominees

1. everydayinadress
2. yendiephan
3. beilovebei
4. christinadang (I cheated a little bit, Christina is also the one behind yendiephan, but that page has a lot of her fashion portfolio, and this is her personal blog, and they are both worth checking out and following!)
5. gongjumonica
6. evelinagalli
7. stylebysisters
8. masonbentley
9. missuschi  
10. thecontemporarygentleman
11. boldmode
12. refashionista
13. lesleycarter (this one isn’t exactly fashion-related, but I think her blog is just too awesome not to include!)