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:
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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! 

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Loosen Up My Buttons Babe

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Hello Readers!
I’m back again, and without the month long gap in between. I hope you’re impressed…and that you’re doubly impressed when I tell you I have two outfits all queued up for you. But you only get one today– gotta make these things last!
Today’s outfit is from a couple days ago when I just went out for errands and to eat, so it’s casual and comfy.
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Gray cotton dress: Ross, $10
Navy button up shirt: Daisy Exchange, $8
Leopard scarf: (from Spain!!) souvenir from my friend Brenna
Cognac riding boots: Kohl’s, Christmas gift
Pearl earrings: Claire’s, birthday gift
Fossil watch: Ross, graduation gift
Outfit total: $18

This outfit is just something I threw together kind of last minute. We’ve been having unseasonably warm weather for November in Oklahoma, so I wanted to take advantage of a beautiful day and wear a dress without needing leggings or tights. It was still a bit windy, so I paired it with my favorite scarf and added a long sleeve shirt. I love the button up shirt over a dress look, and you’ll definitely be seeing that from me again.
I got this navy button up for really cheap from Daisy Exchange, and I love it. It looks really nice, but it’s still very soft and not too tight across the bust like a lot of button ups I try on. I’ve worn it with a ton of other stuff but just never managed to get it on the blog until now.
And of course, it wouldn’t be a fall outfit post on my blog unless I added my favorite Dana Buchman boots, a Christmas gift from my lovely parents last year.
Hope you like my outfit, and stay tuned for another one coming very soon, where I will be trying something a little different…

Pax,
Sara

Guess Who’s Back, Back Again

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Oh dear, Dear Readers.
I have been a bit remiss lately, haven’t I?
But perhaps you’ll excuse me, because as you can see, I have been redesigning the ol’ blog a bit. What do you all think? I’ve been doing this blog for a year and a half now, and I was ready for a change, so I updated everything.
Also, I finally have a new outfit for you all! I’ve meant to post some other things that I’ve been wearing lately but for some reason or another I never managed to get a picture of any of them. But tonight after going out for dinner, I made a stand, and my mom kindly took a picture of tonight’s outfit. So here it is:
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Slouchy grey sweater: Daisy Exchange, $6
Black leggings: Target, $4
Black tall boots: Factory Connection, $10
Braided caramel headband: handmade by me
Pearl clip earrings: birthday gift
Watch: graduation gift
Outfit total: $20

I’m absolutely obsessed with this sweater. It is ridiculously comfortable and I feel like I could pair it with anything. Shockingly, I decided to pair it with my ever present black leggings today 🙂
I have to admit the sweater is my sister’s, however, and I’m so jealous she got such a steal. It really is the perfect oversized sweater, and I borrow it from my sister any time I can.
I’m also super excited to announce that I have now secured a pair of black boots, brand new, for ten dollars that I absolutely love. So now I don’t have to cheat with my other too expensive black boots when I want to post on the blog!
I was lazy today and this outfit was pretty casual, so I just threw my hair up with my favorite headband (made by me!) and my pearl earrings for a touch of class (haha). Here’s a closer view:
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So here’s my outfit, I’m finally back! Hope you all love it…
as always 🙂

Pax,
Sara

PS Just a fun behind the scenes note, my mom was taking pictures for the post tonight, and we ended up with an interesting bit of phenomenon….
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Let me say, this is completely unedited. So I’ll just leave this here for you, along with my friend Richie’s description: “It’s a hermaphrogeist!”

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

Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time

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Guys. I don’t even know why I say I’m going to post by a certain time, because I never do it. Seriously. I was going to say I have a special extra post for you all tomorrow, but let’s be real here, it’s probably not going to happen tomorrow. But it will eventually, at least. As for this post, it is my Christmas outfit, yaaay! Now, let me just inform you if you didn’t know, Oklahoma got a white Christmas, and it was lovely. However, it required that I dress warmly, which doesn’t always make for super cute clothing. I also was trying to be comfortable, so admittedly this outfit reflects that. But I still think it’s a cute way to stay warm and comfortable for a lovely Christmas time. Here it is:
Green long sweater: thrift store near my college, $2
Black leggings: Target clearance, $4
Tan boot socks: Christmas present, (but I know they were from Kohl’s and were about $6)
Black tall boots: local thrift store, $4.53
Gold heart locket: gift from my mom
Red jewel hair clip: Target, $4
Outfit total: $20.53

Guys… I hope you all are impressed. How can you beat a cute sweater for TWO DOLLARS?? I know you can’t really tell, but it’s cable knit so I stayed warm, but it was also light and short-sleeved so I didn’t get super hot whenever I came in from the cold. I love leggings with slouchy tops and boots, it’s pretty much my favorite outfit right now. I’ve been planning on wearing this top for Christmas for like a month. My good friend Morgan told me about a resale shop in my college town that I somehow had never heard of, and when I went to check it out I got the following: the green sweater, a long black skirt, three belts, a pair of boots, and a locket. Now, get this… the price? ELEVEN DOLLARS. I was blown away, best deal I’ve ever gotten I’m pretty sure.
Now, did you see those boots there? And did you see the price?? Tall black boots- for LESS THAN FIVE DOLLARS. I know I have talked up my $25 boots and admitted that sometimes you have to just spend a little more for something. But what I also should remember, and what this blog is all about, is that when you are even partially dedicated to being a bargain shopper, you can get the most fantastic deals. Here’s a little better look at the boots:
LESS THAN FIVE DOLLARSThese boots are NICE. They have only the little bit of scuffing on the toe, barely noticeable when not viewing a zoomed in picture of them. I almost had a cow I was so excited when I saw these. Now I have an alternative pair of shoes to show you all anytime I wear my other boots to make sure the outfit stays affordable. You can also see my lovely cream boots socks more clearly here, an awesome gift this Christmas from my mother. This outfit about defines comfort for me, I’ve spent most of my break wearing leggings, boots, and long tops, and now lately I’ve been able to add some of the super cute boots socks I got to it. I like to think of it as lazy chic.
You can’t see it at all in the first picture, so here’s what my hair looked like:
IMG_7519My gold locket is present, of course, and then I added the hair jewel for a touch of red to make Christmas colors. Excuse my crazy hair haha as you may have noticed, I’m not exactly super chic in that area. Partially, as you all might not be surprised to hear, it’s because I am too poor to buy hair products. The other two reasons are, 1.) I am lazy, and 2.) I have no idea how to do hair. The same goes for makeup. I really just focus on the clothes and do not meddle with matters beyond me ha.
Now here’s a festive photo of my sister and I in front of our tree, and one of us with our stockings:
IMG_7497IMG_7498Haha my sister looks like she is on drugs in the second one. She and my father have a notoriously chronic issue of keeping their eyes open for pictures. But seriously, check out all that loot. I cleaned up this Christmas! My favorite gifts I got were boots socks, a brand new pair of boots (which you’ll be seeing soon), a bag of my favorite candy, Toblerone, some house slippers, and an adorable new case for my phone. What were some of your favorite gifts? Were any fashion related? Please leave me a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

Pax,
Sara

P.S. Here is what I REALLY was hoping for this Christmas:
christmas peetaAll I want for Christmas is you… clearly words written with Peeta in mind.
And if you are a Peeta lover like me, I have a belated Christmas gift for you. This image comes from an absolutely hilarious site called Peeta’s Cardboard Chronicles, I recommend it highly, I’ve just been scrolling through and cracking up. 

The Giving of the Thanks

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Whoa. It’s been well over a month since my last post.
So. I am wayyyy behind, since I am about to post my Thanksgiving outfit, and Christmas is less than a week a way (IT’S LESS THAN A WEEK WHAT ON EARTH). But don’t be alarmed, since you SO obviously were, there is a flurry of posts coming your way (probably). I have my outfit for Christmas planned and it will be on here, and I also have the pictures already from an outfit I wore before school got out. I apologize that it’s been so long, but with finals, during which I got violently sick and had to reschedule a test, then my Nana being sick and briefly in the hospital (she’s better now!), and a flurry of Christmas preparation, all belated, I have been really busy and very uninspired to bestir myself to post. Also, the pictures I have are not the best and again bear the marks of my poor attempts at editing, so I’m sorry for that as well! I’m also very disappointed, because I had the BEST dress picked out to wear to my school’s fall semester graduation that would have been perfect for the blog, but I was sadly struck ill, as I mentioned.
Now, all excuses and explanations aside, here is the outfit I wore for Thanksgiving:

thanksgiving edit 1Pink satin and black lace top: Daisy Exchange, $8
Black skinny jeans: Forever 21, $10.50
Black flower headband: Cato, Christmas gift but I know it was only like $3
Black boots: Ross, $25
Outfit total without boots: $21.50
Outfit total with boots: $46.50

We ate Thanksgiving dinner at my dad’s niece’s house, an absolutely gorgeous two-story house that’s a hundred years old. There were tons of people there besides just my family, and I actually didn’t know most of them! I really wanted to look very nice without being too overdressed, and I think this outfit strikes a great balance of dressy but not formal.
Now, I do apologize because I actually wore alternate shoes earlier in the day that would have kept this under $25, but we somehow didn’t manage to get a picture. I hope that you all won’t count it as cheating if I total outfits without these boots, as I explained in my post after I bought them. I just think that they represent a good bargain in and of themselves at only $25. And even with my non-stop wearage of them, they still are holding up perfectly.
As for my shirt, I am in love with it. I think it looks expensive and trendy, and I’ve seen similar shirts to it on tons of models, etc. I don’t necessarily think this color is the most flattering to my coloring, but I loved the shirt so much I just honey badgered it and didn’t care at all.
Then, of course, we have my staple black skinny jeans and my darling boots. I wish you could see my headband a little closer because I really adore it. We somehow didn’t get a picture of it either, but that’s probably because holidays are always chaos for the Rowe family. Here’s a slightly better view:
Thanksgiving edit 2It’s a black flower and has pearls and jewels in its center. I like big flowery headbands or clips and this one is very noticeable without being too flashy. Note my lovely sister, whose outfit was actually also very cute and cheaper than mine! I’m hoping to get her on here sometime to do a guest post, or at least a guest outfit. And finally, to round out my Thanksgiving post, the thing I am most thankful for- my family.
thanksgiving edit 3And in the spirit of gratitude and thankfulness, I am so thankful that I have never had to face the kind of tragedy that the victims’ families in Connecticut have to face. I am thankful my loved ones are safe with me. Some things, there’s simply no words for, and yet I feel I would be insensitive and remiss not to at least mention what happened. I only must say that the world is crying for them all, myself included, and my heart is broken. In light of that, I am posting what I feel is a much more appropriate pin than a Peeta one:
ctNever forget.

Now, especially, I wish you all pax,
Sara

These Boots Were Made For Walkin’

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Heyyyy everyone.
I’m actually slightly unsure as to how I should go about this post. You see, I’m going to do something completely out of keeping with the requirements I put on myself for this blog, and it feels a little like cheating.  But, for the overall idea of what I’m trying to do with this blog, I think this is an important post to have.
Also, when it comes down to it, it’s my blog and I can break my rules if I wanna! Haha that being said, let me explain what I mean.
I have been searching for a pair of really cute tall boots for almost a year now. I’ve found a couple of pairs that were almost right, but never quite. You saw one of the cheap pairs I bought in my last post, Affair of the Heart. They’re cute, but they just weren’t exactly what I was imagining every time I droolingly pored over the endless pairs of fabulous boots I saw every time I looked at Pinterest.
So, this brings me to one of the sad but inescapable facts of fashion I’ve been forced to accept: sometimes, you just have to pay a lot to get something you really love.
But, and you might remember that I talked about this in my very first outfit post, these are things I call investment pieces. And my investment pieces, even though they are much more than I would normally ever pay, are not nearly as expensive as other people’s.
So take for example, the pair of tall nice boots I’ve been dreaming of. Well, everywhere I’ve looked, the cheapest I’ve seen any is $35, and they’ve usually been much more than that. And much of the time, they have not looked like they were even close to worth that much in quality. So, when I wandered in Ross (a local discount wholesale clothing store) and spotted the pair of tall black boots I’d been dreaming of, I realized in about ten minutes that I was going to be purchasing them once I’d discovered that they were only $25.
So, somewhat impulsively, I bought a pair of boots for $25. That was difficult to stomach, because that is literally the budget for one of my entire outfits on here! But in a way, those boots are like an outfit all in themselves. I have seriously worn them probably 10 times since I got them a little over a week ago. They match everything, and I just love them. So, I’m going to include them in my outfit today, and I hope you’ll forgive me. But the rest of my outfit is definitely under $25!
(Photo credit: ma mere)

Green dress: Daisy Exchange, $6.50
Camel-colored blazer: Papaya via Daisy Exchange, $6.50
Caramel braided belt: Local thrift store, $1.80
Caramel braided headband: Handmade by me!
Black leggings: Target, $3
Outfit total without boots: $17.80
Outfit total with boots: $42.80

I also feel like I could get away with this because I could easily add a pair of flats I have to this outfit that were under $7 that would put this under $25. In the future if I wear my boots in a post, I will also try to take a picture with alternative shoes that keep the outfit under $25!
Now, for the outfit. I wore this to dinner last Sunday night with two of my really good friends, Katelyn and Richie. We ate at a local Irish pub (it’s called Sean Cummings, and if you’re interested I highly recommend it). I wanted something that looked nice but wasn’t too dressy. I was also meeting Kate’s new boyfriend so I wanted to make sure I made a good first impression!
I love the color green because I think it is my best color, so when I see a cute cheap green dress it’s hard for me to say no. Another recent fashion trend I’m so in love with is blazers. Daisy Exchange had a ton when I went in, but apparently I have the shoulders of a man because the only one I could fit in was this one I bought. I absolutely love this color, I think it matches well with so many different things. It was also a little more unique than  the other blazers I saw because it comes to points in the front.
My signature belt is, naturally, present and now you all can see a better picture of my headband that I bragged about in my last post. Be impressed, because that thing took some work. I simply bought some strips of leather and some thin elastic at the craft store. Then I braided it together and handsewed the elastic on. I do not recommend this method, as I ended up bending my needle and stabbing myself a few times. But I have yet to learn to use a sewing machine and I was too impatient to wait before I made this.
I finished this off with my old, worn black leggings from Target and my beloved boots because it was cool and rainy that night. And thus you have my pub outfit!
I apologize, because I know this post was pretty long but I hope you all like my outfit and my boots! And remember, if you really love something, don’t feel too guilty to splurge every once in a while.

Pax,
Sara

P.S. This is one my favorite Peeta pins ever. I seriously laughed for like five minutes the first time I saw it. Enjoy!