Blinded By Rainbows

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Hello again!
I hope you all are impressed because I’m posting again so soon like I actually said I would–I’m proud of myself haha.
Today’s outfit is one I wore to substitute teach, and it’s pretty colorful haha.

Designer comparison outfit:floral dress

Multi Colour Plus Bodycon Midi Dress with Floral Panel: $35
Shoe Republic Fiat – Fuchsia: $55
Gold-Tone Circle Filigree Chandelier Earrings: $18
Jane Norman Leaf Detail Cuff Bracelet: $16
Pink, Blue, and Turquoise Braid Necklace: $34
Outfit total: $158

My bargain copycat outfit:
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Black and pattern panel dress: Target, $11.48
Turquoise peep-toe wedges: Cato, $3.99
Multi-color bubble necklace: Christmas gift
Gold dangle earrings: Christmas gift
Gold bracelet: my mom’s
Outfit total: $15.47

This is definitely one of the more unusual dresses I’ve ever worn. I wasn’t sure if I liked it the first time I saw it or not. I was very attracted to all the bright mish-mash of rainbow colors, but the design looked like a Rorschach test to me haha.
After I tried it on, I really liked the structured, tight-fitting top with the flared, flutter skirt. It took me a couple visits, but I eventually ended up buying it, and I’ve fallen in love with it a little bit more all the time!
Like I mentioned, I wore this to sub so I wanted to make sure I looked very professional but still cute. I added my favorite statement necklace my friend Lyssa got me and matched it with my ridiculously cheap turquoise wedges I got on sale at Cato (I bought a black pair too because how can you say no to nice shoes for four bucks?!). Then I finished with my gold earrings from Skye and my mom’s gold bracelet–which I’m aware I wore in my last outfit post, but that outfit inspired me on this one! 🙂
Okay. Now for the truth. That outfit isn’t really exactly the one I wore–I put on those wedges, wore them around for like ten minutes as I was getting ready to leave, and just decided I was too tired to wear heels that day. It’s not that they’re not comfortable–they are, very! But wearing any heels, no matter how comfy or low-heeled they are, is a workout for my calves, and I just couldn’t be bothered. Here’s what I really wore:
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That’s right– boring, sensible black flats haha. But hey, my feet and legs didn’t hurt a bit at the end of the day! If you’re wondering what the total was with the shoe change, a friend of mine actually gave me those so they don’t add anything to my total.
As always, I hope you like my outfit as much as I did, and I’ll have another outfit coming your way relatively soon, so keep an eye out for it!

Pax,
Sara

PS I recently did a color run called Color Me Rad with my sister and two of my closest friends. Since this post is about colorful clothes, I figured this would be an appropriate place to share a couple of my favorite pictures from the day.

My sister and I before and after

My sister and I before and after

Tiffany, Rachel, me, and Kasey

Tiffany, Rachel, me, and Kasey

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I definitely got colored rad!

 

You Ain’t Nothing But A Hound Dog

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Hello, Readers!
I know it’s been a while since I posted one of my own actual outfits, but I have been very busy working on a project on my other blog called “The Single Lady’s Calendar” that I created with my dear friend Cindy. Here’s a little sneak peek:
Fictional Boyfriend February

Haha it’s exactly what it sounds like, and I would LOVE if you go check it out. But back to the business at hand! My outfit for this post is from Valentine’s Day, one of my favorite days of the year (even though I am a Single Lady lol). One of the reasons I love Valentine’s so much is because it gives me an excuse to really dress up a little more than I normally would. For V-Day this year, I went to dinner with my parents at the restaurant where my sister works so we could see her!
Here is my designer comparison outfit:
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L’Agence Sheer Yoke Panel Sleeveless Blouse: $99
Weekend by MAXMARA Spigola Skirt: $227
Strappy D’Orsay Pointy Toe Flats from Charlotte Russe: $25
Juicy Couture Sophia Skinny Belt: $48
Outfit total: $399

Here’s my bargain copycat outfit:
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Black mesh neck sleeveless blouse: Target, $6.47
Black and white houndstooth skirt: Target, $5.98
Red skinny belt: Forever 21, came with another dress
Red open toe flats: Target, $7
Black tights: Target, $4.50
Outfit total: $23.95

I am crazy about this outfit. I bought the top and the skirt together because I just loved them so much that I couldn’t not. The top is silky looking, and I love the high neck with the illusion panel on the top– it’s still a little sexy without being too revealing, and I can imagine pairing it with so many different things.
I have always loved houndstooth print, but it can sometimes be difficult to wear, or to find a pattern that is just right. The instant I saw this skirt I knew I wanted it, and I actually just picked up the shirt as something to try it on with, and ended up falling in love with the whole look.
It was still a little bit cool on Valentine’s so I added my black tights, and then went with the traditional touch of red to accent the black and white color scheme–and also because it was Valentine’s, of course 🙂
The belt, which came with a dress I bought a long time ago, added just the right touch, and the flats made everything look nice without being too formal. I added my pearl earrings to make it a little more classy, and then styled my hair a little fancier than I usually do, going for a bit of a vintage-y look.
All in all, I felt absolutely beautiful–even if I didn’t have a date! As always, I hope you love my outfit as much as I do 🙂

Pax,
Sara

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