I’m Sailing Away

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Hello, my wonderful Readers!
I apologize, because I’ve been TERRIBLE lately and just haven’t bothered to post any of my actual outfits. I’ve just been Polyvoreing like a fool. But FINALLY I took a stand, and actually took pictures for a real outfit post!

My designer comparison outfit:
anchors dress

Hooked on Haute Dress, Modcloth: $50
H&M Pattern-knit Cardigan: $50
AE Strappy Criss-Cross Sandals: $30
Heart Key Pendant Necklace: $30
Outfit total: $160

My bargain copycat outfit:

With cardigan

With cardigan

Without cardigan

Without cardigan

Navy anchor dress: Old Navy, $11
White long cardigan: Target, $4.50
Leather criss-cross sandals: Daisy Exchange, $6
Silver key necklace: Forever 21, $2.50
Fossil watch: graduation gift
Outfit total: $24

This is the outfit I wore to see the OKC Ballet’s performance of Beauty and the Beast with my mom, one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I absolutely adore ballet, and this was my second time to attend. The first performance I saw was The Nutcracker back in December, and I’ve just been obsessed with it ever since.
Belle is my favorite Disney character, so I was determined to attend this performance, which was unbelievably wonderful. Watching ballet is just this enthralling, absorbing experience for me– the best way to describe it that I can think of is the way that Julia Roberts’ character feels while watching opera in Pretty Woman is the same way I feel watching ballet.

The amazing seats we got (regularly $49 a piece, but we got them for $12 each!!!)

The amazing seats we got (regularly $49 a piece, but we got them for $12 each!!!)

But ANYWAYS. To the actual outfit. I fell in love with this dress– call me cliche, but I wholeheartedly love the whole anchor pattern thing, and the dress just felt so comfortable and effortlessly pretty. My sister had a coupon from her Old Navy card, so I got it even cheaper than it was already on sale for.
That’s one of my biggest bargain shopping tips– if there’s somewhere you really love and shop at regularly and they offer some kind of card or credit card, seriously consider getting it. Old Navy gives a lot of really great discounts and they send them out pretty often, so it’s one I’d recommend investing in.
In case I got cold in the civic center where the ballet was, I brought along the cardigan, which I got a few months ago and wear with everything now because it’s loose and flowy, and white goes with most things.
These shoes I got a couple weeks ago at Daisy Exchange, and I thought they added a casual touch while still matching my glasses (which are new since I lasted posted–and which I also needed to be able to see any of the ballet haha). I think the sandals are perfect for spring/summer. They’re versatile and match a lot of stuff, and also are very comfortable.
Then I finished it off with my silver key necklace, though it’s hard to see in the picture, my Fossil watch, and a ring my parents bought me for Valentine’s day that I’m obsessed with.
I thought it was a cute, easy, but still elegant look to wear for a Saturday afternoon ballet! As always, hopefully you love my outfit as much as I do– and I’m sorry about the long absence! I’ll try and do better, promise 🙂

Pax,
Sara

PS Just another huge thank you to my lovely mother, who is the only other member of my family interested in ballet and who shared my joy and enthrallment in the experience, for taking me! Love you ma mere!

A little dark and blurry but oh well!

A little dark and blurry but oh well!

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Let It Go, Let It Go

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Hello again, Dear Readers!
Tonight I have the first of a veritable DELUGE of outfit posts that will be coming your way. I wore this out to see the new Disney movie Frozen with my beloved childhood friend Cindy, and I love it almost as much as I love the movie…and Cindy! (Seriously guys, it’s soooo lovely, you have to see it. I now have an intense crush on an animated character.)

Here is my expensive designer look:

frozen outfit copy

Target Merona V-Neck Cardigan: $23
L.A. Air Leopard Tank: $20
Toast Stretch Corduroy Skinny Jean: $145
ASOS Casper Knee High Boots: $57
Outfit total: $245

Bargain copycat look:
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Colorblock cardigan: Daisy Exchange, $6.50
White leopard tank: American Eagle clearance, $5.50
Teal skinny corduroys: Daisy Exchange, $6.50
Tall black riding boots: Factory Connection, $10
Pearl clips: Claire’s, birthday gift
Pearl ring: state fair, gift
Outfit total: $28.50

Okay… so I know I’m a little over budget, but it’s only by $3.50. Plus I wanted to take this opportunity to bring you an outfit with a few more pieces than normal. Usually because I am trying to stay below the 25 dollar mark on here, the outfits I end up posting are almost inevitably very simple, like a dress and boots. Today I managed to bring you a shirt, pants, cardigan, AND boots, and still for under $30. Notice I left out earrings or a ring on my designer piece because I wasn’t including the price of the ones I was wearing in my bargain outfit.
I really love the color scheme of this outfit, with the colorblocking of the cardigan, which is incredibly loose and comfortable. I love the tank top I’m wearing, and though you can’t see it, it also has a tiger on it. But luckily the leopard is what showed through, because leopards are my favorite animals! 🙂 I thought the colors in the cardigan also paired well with the teal of my corduroys, which I have been wearing a ton lately. I finished with my very cheap, but still really nice black boots to tie everything together, and my usual pearl clip earrings and pearl ring.
As always, I hope you love this outfit as much as I do, and I’d like to take this time to beg you all again to follow me on Pinterest and pin some of my outfits to help me spread the word! I’d also love if you’d follow me on Polyvore, as well 🙂
And please stay tuned on here, because I have three outfits waiting for you all!

Pax,
Sara

PS If you all are feeling especially kind, please go check out my other blog and the story of how my sister wrecked her car and led us into utter chaos (Note: no sisters or other motor vehicilists  were harmed in the making of this story. Also, vehicilists is the weirdest word ever, I’m convinced).

Pumped Up Kicks

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Hi everyone!
I’m really excited about today’s post, it’s a little different than anything else I’ve posted on here before and I think it’s fabulous. I also have a lot of pictures as well. Today was my mom’s birthday, and we went out to dinner at TGI Friday’s:
 IMG_8252IMG_8255IMG_8256IMG_8257Striped dress: Forever 21, $7
Red cardigan: local thrift store, $0.50
Navy tights: Target, $5
Red Converse high tops: Ross, $7.50
Gold heart locket: Christmas gift
Leopard ring: gift
Gold knot ring: antique mall, $3
Outfit total: $23.00

So what do you think? I just wanted to keep wearing this because I felt pretty cool in it haha. I’ve had those Converse for literally years, but I NEVER wore them. I was just never sure how to wear high tops, they always looked dumb to me no matter what I put them with. But when I was a junior, I got a new roommate who had a pair of high tops that she absolutely rocked by folding them down. By that point I’d forgotten I even had the high tops because they were thrown back in the dark depths of my closet at home. This year I stumbled across them and began trying to play around with ways to wear them but still struggled. Finally, I just picked a way and went with it, and I actually ended up loving it. Now I keep trying to wear them with everything.
As for the rest, I actually just pretty much threw this outfit together. The dress is my sister’s,  and she uses it to cover up the light from her clock at night haha I just decided to try it on. Every weekend when I come home from school, I just bring a few major things home like a few pairs of shoes and pants. I just happened to be wearing those tights when I came home, so I had them when I normally wouldn’t. The cardigan, which I hope you noted was FIFTY CENTS, was one I found a few years ago at a thrift store. My sister had been looking for a red cardigan, and at fifty cents I thought it was worth it to buy it and bring it home to see if she liked it or not. It turned out to be one we both loved.
My jewelry is familiar if you’ve seen many of my outfits, because I wear my heart necklace all time. I’ve also worn the leopard ring before; it was a gift from my amazing friend Morgan and I love it. You may have noticed I was wearing another much smaller ring on my other hand, here’s a closer picture of it and my other jewlery:
IMG_8253I have a confession to make: I’ve been being a little dishonest while I’ve been doing this blog. I’ve never shown this ring before in a post, but I wear it every single day, all the time. It’s just so small and thin that it never really shows up in pictures. But here it is now, in all its glory. It’s really strange to me, because I got this a couple of years ago on Spring Break in an antique mall in Jefferson, Texas. It’s vintage and handmade, and it was only three dollars. I loved how small and delicate it was, and I’ve always loved knotwork rings, so I simply had to have it. Suddenly, fairly recently, it seems like the infinity symbol has become hugely popular and I’ve seen rings similar or just like this all over Pinterest and the internet for really expensive. I was just grateful to get mine so cheaply, and it’s got all the character of a handmade, vintage ring. I actually see it as a sort of promise ring to myself, that I’ll always remember to believe in a love that lasts forever. I used to wear it on my ring finger, but it’s just the slightest bit too big. After it came off in a glove that I actually threw into the trash at the daycare where I work, I decided it had to move onto my (fatter) middle finger, where it’s been ever since.
So that is my outfit for today! I hope you love it as much as I do. It felt fun, young, and a little bit more flirtatious, while still being stylish. I really loved the pairing of a dress with high top sneakers, while the cardigan added a touch of sophistication that kept it from becoming a little too sexy for this easily flustered girl!
Also, notice I tried something different with my hair. I got it cut recently and added some layers after I-don’t-know-how-long. Today I tried straightening it, even though I think my hair looks much better curled, and made a braid headband. BOOM. Faaaaancy.

Pax,
Sara

PS Today’s post title comes from the song of the same name by Foster the People.

With a Laugh She is Slipping Through the Lilies on the Water

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Alright, everyone.
I am suuuper excited for this post, because it’s one of the best deals I’ve had in ages. In direct contrast to my last outfit, it’s a girly dress in spring colors. I just wore this for class on Monday:

 Floral print dress: Daisy Exchange, $3
White cardigan: local thrift store, $3
Black stone necklace: my mom’s
Black boots*: Salvation Army, $4.53
Outfit total: $10.53

CHEAPEST. OUTFIT. POST. EVERRRRR!!!!!!
Look at that dress! It is so cute, and it was only THREE DOLLARS. I have no idea why it was on sale for so cheap at Daisy Exchange. I only got it a week or so ago, so I know it’s still cool weather and everything, but it’s almost spring time and I think this is a perfect spring dress. I wore it on one of those tentatively warm days that crop up during the transition from winter to spring. It was nice during the day, but I eventually had to change in the evening because it got really cool.
I think the floral print with the pastels makes for a pretty, feminine look, especially paired with the simple white cardigan. It reminded me of a Monet painting of water lilies!
But what I like about this outfit is that, paired with the black boots and black necklace, I think it gives a harder edge to the outfit. I wore it with my 25 dollar boots that I love so much, because they have buckles on them that give an almost motorcycle boot feel to them. Combined with the black necklace, which is made entirely of irregularly shaped stones, it felt edgier and added an interesting element to the outfit, a contrast between hard and soft that I liked.
As I mentioned, I wore my more expensive boots…. buuuut…. I remembered to take a picture for you all in my cheaper boots!

 Here you can see the dress better. It actually had a little bit of boning in the bodice that give the dress some structure. It created a contrast in the dress itself between hard and soft, with the structure top and the flowy skirt. The band around the waist also made me look smaller. Overall, I thought it was a very flattering dress as well; and ONLY THREE DOLLARS!
So there you have it, guys, one of the best bargains I’ve found in ages! Stay tuned for my next outfit, wherein I will also take a picture of the amazing shoes I found today that I am absolutely in love with (Hint: THEY ARE OXFORDS!!! AHHHHH!!!)

Pax,
Sara

PS I have always made it a point on this blog to have my title come from some poem, lyric, or even famous quote but I realized I never mentioned that. So, from now on, I’m going to make sure and include a link at the bottom of each post to whatever my post title comes from. Here is today’s, which comes from a poem called Water Lilies, which is actually by AA Milne, who wrote Winnie the Pooh 🙂 The other source I considered was this poem by one of my favorite poets, Sara Teasdale. I highly recommend her, and this poem, which is a little bit darker (like some elements of my outfit!)

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 🙂