Oh A Leopard Can’t Change Its Spots

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Hello, Dear Readers!
I’m sorry I’ve been rather lazy this month, but my soul has been very crushed by fruitless jobhunting and I haven’t felt like blogging. I have had the photos for this outfit ready for some time, but I honestly just haven’t had the energy to make a post (pathetic, I know). But that all changes tonight! A few weekends ago, my cousins who are missionaries in Mexico came up to visit, and we had an enormous family get together, kind of like a second Christmas. We so rarely get to see them, only every few years, so it was wonderful to have them back. It was also wonderful to have so much of the rest of my family together as well– we haven’t had that big of a get together since I was a little girl.

Here’s my designer comparison outfit:

Amour Vert Suchi Silk Leopard Blouse: $199
DSQUARED2 Corduroy Super Slim Jean: $318
Nubuck Pointy Toe Ballet Flat: $20
Outfit total: $537

Here’s my bargain copycat outfit:

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You can see my shirt a little better here

You can see my shirt a little better here

Leopard ruffle blouse: Daisy Exchange, $6.50
Red skinny corduroys: Old Navy, Christmas gift ($15)
Black pointy toe flats: Cato, donated to me by a friend
Black headband: Forever 21, $1.50
Pearl earrings: Claire’s, birthday gift
Outfit total: $23

As you may know, I absolutely love leopard, but somehow I had never managed to buy myself a leopard shirt before. I had already checked out at Daisy Exchange when I walked by this shirt, and I ended up going back to try it on and ended up buying it (obviously). It just looks so classy to me, and I feel like this is a blouse I could dress up or down and pair with so many things.
These red corduroy jeans I found at Old Navy and fell in love with, and my sister bought them for me for Christmas. I really am getting into corduroy pants, and I had been wanting red skinny jeans forever, so they seemed perfect–another really great, versatile piece that I feel like I can pair with so many different things.
I paired them with my black flats, which I felt looked dressy for our big family dinner but wasn’t as formal as heels would be. That’s what I was trying to go for with the whole look, actually, and I think I found a nice balance between the two.
My hair is (FINALLY) getting long enough to braid, so I’ve pretty much been braiding it nonstop haha and of course I love to throw on a headband and my pearl clips just to finish everything off.
As always, I hope you love my outfit as much as I did!

Pax,
Sara

PS Here are a couple photos of my family from the day. One of my cousins lives in this big, amazing century old house, and she held the get together there so all our family could fit!

My sister and I in the middle, and then our cousin Caden is sitting behind us, my cousin Kylie is on my lap, and our soon to be cousin Gabby is sitting with my sister

My sister and I in the middle, and then our cousin Caden is sitting behind us, my cousin Kylie is on my lap, and our soon to be cousin Gabby is sitting with my sister

My sister and I with our hilarious cousin Emily, who lives with her missionary family in Mexico

My sister and I with our hilarious cousin Emily, who lives with her missionary family in Mexico

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It’s Been A Long December

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Hello, Readers!
Happy New Year! It’s time for my very first post of 2014 🙂 I hope your holidays were lovely, and that 2014 is your best year yet. 2013 was a year of enormous changes for me, that started out very wonderfully with graduating college and ended up not so well with the death of two of my beloved pets and my inability to find a job. I’m definitely ready to put it behind me, and I hope to make 2014 much happier all around. 
I went out to eat with my parents for New Year’s because my sister, who works as a waitress, had to work that night. Since she couldn’t come party with us, we took the party to her!
Here’s my designer outfit, which I previewed already:
new year's expensive

H&M Chiffon Blouse: $33
Mango Miniskirt with Zippers: $20
Pretty Polly Semi Sheer Polka Dot Tights: $32
Sole Society Tierra Cap Toe Pump: $65
Charloutte Rousse Metallic Tribal Dangle Earrings: $5
Outfit total: $155

My bargain copycat look:IMG_1731

Polka dot sheer blouse: Target, $4.50
Black cotton mini skirt: Ross, $3.99
Sparkly black leggings: my sister’s
Black heeled boots: Target, $7.50
Gold dangle earrings: Christmas gift from Skye!
Outfit total: $15.99

I definitely wanted to go with something a little more dressy to ring in the new year, and I thought this outfit fit the bill. I just recently bought this shirt, and I loved the flowy material tucked into the tight skirt. I’ve had this skirt for a few years, actually, and I love it because you can dress it up or down, and it’s incredibly comfortable! 
I borrowed the sparkly leggings from my sister because, 1. it was very cold and 2. I just love a touch of sparkle for New Year’s! I paired them with my high-heeled boots, which I thought were a nice mixture of dressiness and warmth haha. Then for the finishing touch I added my gorgeous new earrings I got for Christmas from my best friend Skye (thank you Skye-cloud!).
I also made an effort with my hair and makeup, so I hope you guys are impressed haha.
I felt very glamorous and confident ringing in 2014, and, as always, I hope you all love my outfit as much as I do! 
Stay tuned, I should have a new outfit post up in the next couple of days from what I wore to my friend D’Erin’s wedding last night– I’ve been looking forward to wearing this outfit since I got the invitation to D’s wedding, so I can’t wait to share it with you all!

Pax,
Sara

PS I just want to mention the title of today’s post, which is from one of my favorite songs by the Counting Crows. As one year ends and another one dawns, I always find myself thinking of these lyrics:
And it’s been a long December and there’s reason to believe
Maybe this year will be better than the last
I can’t remember all the times I tried to tell my myself
To hold on to these moments as they pass 

Those little lines always help me look forward with optimism and hope towards a new year, while still remembering to appreciate what I’ve had in the past one! 

In the Navy

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Hi again, everyone!
I’m not going to lie, I’m really impressed with myself for posting so close together. I’m also really impressed that I had 10 people like my last post! Eeee! To some of you, that may not seem like a lot, but that’s the most I’ve ever gotten on a post on this blog. So thank you so much for that! The whole purpose of this blog is to try and inspire or help other people, so it’s always nice to get a little feedback. Speaking of, I had a couple readers comment on some of my posts as well, and it just made my day. I love to hear from you guys, and it’s wonderful knowing people really are reading and liking my blog.
So on to my next outfit! I just wore this to school the other day, when it was a little bit nicer outside. I also had a Spanish presentation, so I wanted to wear something a little bit dressier.
DSCN1319DSCN1328DSCN1321Navy bow sheer blouse: Old Navy, $12
White tank top: Old Navy, $3
Black skinny jeans: Forever 21, $10.50
Zebra flats: Target, Christmas gift
Outfit total: $25.50

I really liked this outfit, it felt a little more elegant than what I usually wear, mostly because of the top. It looks super chic; it’s flowy and navy is a color that just makes things look more put-together. I especially am in love with the collar on this shirt, I think the little tied bow and the loose sleeves gives the blouse an almost nautical air. I went with a white undershirt because I wanted the navy to stand out against the black of my pants, and it also tied in the lighter color of my shoes. I used to think black and navy were an absolute disaster together, but as I’ve gotten older it’s become one of my favorite color combinations to wear. It’s easy for them to get lost against each other, but if done right I think they are wonderful complement colors.
I also love the cuffed jeans look, it makes jeans seem less causal and more polished because the tight fit can give the illusion of tailoring. And a great print flat with a more simplistic outfit just gives a lovely bit of pop. The zebra stripes on my flats really brought the look together for me because they gave something interesting to go with very simple color pairings.
I hope you all will also be impressed because I tried to tame my hair into a little bit more recognizable style, and I liked how it turned out.
All in all, I thought it came out pretty well and I was feeling very confident during the day in it, especially during my presentation. Stay tuned, because I am wearing an outfit as I type that I hope to get on here within the next week! It is very different from this one, I can assure you, and I hope you’re looking forward to it! Keep those comments coming and please, please share with your friends. And I’d still love to see some of your bargain outfits as well if you’re willing to share!

Pax,
Sara

She’s A Wild One

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Hello there friends!
I’ve been having lots of fun enjoying the end of my semester winding down. We get out at the beginning of December; I can hardly believe that the first semester of my senior year of college is almost over. In case you were wondering, I had a fantastic time on Halloween, and I will include my second costume at the end of this post.
Now, with the end of the semester closing in we have certain events that happen every year at the same time. Last week was the fall induction and luncheon of the Hypatia honor society on my campus. I was inducted last year, but on campus members are encouraged to attend and I am never above a free lunch. Also, a number of my friends, including one of my dearest, Stephanie Hart, were getting inducted and I wanted to see it. Hypatia’s induction is a more formal event, and you’re encouraged to dress nicely. My outfit today was honestly completely thrown together at the last minute. I’d forgotten the luncheon was happening that day until Stephanie texted me and asked me about it like an hour or so beforehand haha. But I must admit, I was pretty pleased with the result:
(Photo credit: Katelyn Howard)

Black button up blouse: Old Navy, $7.50
Tan pencil skirt: Old Navy, $7.48
Leopard cardigan: Wet Seal, $12 but I borrowed it from Katelyn so free!
Brown braided belt: $0.99
Black criss-cross heels: Ross, $12
Gold heart locket: Gift from my mom
Outfit total: $27. 97

Now, you may feel that I’m cheating a little here because I didn’t count the cost of Katelyn’s cardigan, but as promised, since I wore expensive shoes I took a picture with alternate, cheaper shoes! (Excuse the quality, it was taken on my phone and poorly edited by myself haha)
(Photo credit: Tiffany Cordova)
All items same as above, with cardigan and not heels included: $27.97
Black studded sandals: Daisy Exchange, $4.50
Outfit total: $32.47

I know that this outfit is a little over, but considering it’s a more formal outfit I thought I could get away with it. And if you don’t count the cost of the cardigan, it’s only $20.47! So really, I’m going to count it as being under and a great bargain!
You might remember that I mentioned before how much I love leopard, and let me just reiterate it: I am obsessed with leopard and with this cardigan. I also have the most amazing leopard ring on that my amazing friend Morgan gave me but you can’t see it in these pictures. But not to worry, I took a picture of it! Note that it has adorable hearts on the sides in the metal!

I bought this black blouse from Old Navy a long time ago, along with another one exactly like it except in pink. They’re very silky-feeling and look nice, but the material doesn’t wrinkle nearly as bad as silk. I also must confess that I absolutely adore pencil skirts; I wish they looked better on me. If I hadn’t had a cardigan to wear with this one I probably wouldn’t have worn it because I don’t think they look that great on me. The belt was a helpful touch that brought everything together. And, of course, I included my favorite necklace.

The black heels are ones I bought last Valentine’s Day for my hot date with my roomie Kate haha. I love how they criss-cross and they have a very vintage, 20s feel to me. They were definitely an impulse purchase, along with a new dress, but I don’t regret them even though they were pretty expensive. I will admit, however, that I cannot walk in them for a period longer than 30ish minutes so it was a good thing I sat during the initiation (I was out of breath after walking from my apartment to the ballroom, which is a walk of approximately 3-5 minutes).
The black sandals I wore alternatively are probably my favorite pair of sandals. I got them this summer from Daisy Exchange for $4.50, I couldn’t believe it. They are even padded, so they are super comfortable. I also like their design; they are simple but with interesting details.  Please excuse my hair, which I think looks horrible, but I didn’t have time to fix it between my class and the initiation.
Now, I promised I’d show you my second Halloween costume in case you missed my first, which was Frida Kahlo (available for viewing in my last post). I mentioned earlier that last Valentine’s Day my date was my roommate, and next Valentine’s Day I will probably also be equally single because, alas, I am a crazy cat lady. Here is the proof:
And in case you noticed it, my tights do have holes ripped into them to simulate cats clawing them. Because I am that dedicated to being the best cat lady I can be. And in that spirit, enjoy my Peeta pin. I’m not going to lie, I actually made this one.
Ahhh… a girl can dream.

Pax,
Sara

P.S. Just because I love you all, here’s my outfit from my actual Hypatia initiation last year. My hair is outrageously short because I’d gotten the worst haircut of my life only a few weeks beforehand. My dress is $20 from Gap, actually, and my shoes were $4 from a thrift store, and the tights were my sister’s (who is with me in this picture). The earrings were a present, as well. So, technically, this outfit qualifies for the blog 🙂