Block Party

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Woooow.

So apparently the last time I posted was June 27, 2014.

Geez, there’s really no excuse for that kind of gap. I just got lazy, guys, that’s the sad truth. But I’ve got a few posts saved up, and I’m going to post those, and then I’ll TRY to get back to my poor, long neglected blog!

Today’s outfit comes from waaay back in June, when the sister of my very first best friend got married. Ironically, it was at the same place as the outfit from my last post, which was from another of my friend’s weddings! So many weddings in 2014, guys.

Here is my designer comparison outfit:

maxi dress compare

Abi Colorblock Maxi Dress by Market and Spruce: $88
Call it Spring Aralian Wedges: $55
ModCloth Nautical Nostalgic Navigation Necklace: $10
Charter Club Simulated Pearl Stud: $17
Outfit total: $170

My copycat bargain outfit:

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Colorblock dress: Ross, $12
Turquoise peep toe wedges: Cato, $3.99
Bronze heart necklace: Body Central, $1
Pearl clips: Claire’s, birthday present
Outfit total: $17

I loved the fun, bright colors of this outfit and it was cool and comfortable for an outdoor summer wedding. The pop of the turquoise and the navy against the white really helped the color block of this dress to stand out. I tried to keep my jewelry simple so the dress would be the focal point, and I think a heart necklace is always perfect for a wedding ­čÖé

It’s always exciting to find a maxi dress that’s the correct length for my short self. This one was just a touch to long, but with my little wedges it ended up perfect–thankfully they matched perfectly!

Again, I know it’s been a ridiculous amount of time since I’ve been posting on this blog, but I promise I’ll try to get back into the swing of things!

Thank you for sticking me with, you guys are the best!

Pax,
Sara

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As always, I like to include it when I get a funny behind the scenes picture, and those usually include me getting photobombed by a cat. My boy Gustav was for some reason VERY interested when we were taking these outfit pictures, so I’ll include a couple with him ­čÖé

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What are you even doing?

What are you even doing?

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IT’S MY TWO YEAR BLOG ANNIVERSARY!!!!

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Hi everyone!!
I am SO EXCITED, because today marks two years since I posted my first ever outfit post on my blog. It’s so hard to believe how long it’s been and how much both my life, my style, and myself have changed!
Today’s outfit comes from a dinner date with one my childhood best friends Cindy.

Est. 1997, y'all.

Est. 1997, y’all.

We went to this cool restaurant, Picasso’s, which is in an artsy area of OKC called the Paseo District. We ┬álistened to some amazing live music and had a delicious dinner, and it was just lovely!

Here is my designer comparison outfit:
boho breeze

CALYPSO St. Barth Jael Elephant Motif Cotton Shirt: $175
Old Navy Black Cropped Leggings: $15
Minnetonka Hi-Top Back Zip Boot: $55
Outfit total: $245

Here’s my bargain copycat outfit:
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Print see-through shirt: Old Navy, $7
Black leggings: Target, $4
Fringed moccasin booties: Daisy Exchange, $6.50
White tank top: Abercrombie, $5
Outfit total: $22.50

I just love this look, and I’m proud to wear it for my two year blog anniversary! The top is so colorful and slightly exotic looking (I looove long tunics), and I knew it was perfect to pair with my very boho (slightly hipster) moccasins. You all know how much I love my leggings and I thought they were just right for the casual, relaxed vibe of the look.
You also might notice I did something different with my hair– it’s a braid crown!!! I just impulsively tried it and ended up loving how it looked, to my shock haha. I thought it also fit in perfectly with my very hippie sort of look lol.
As always, I hope you love my outfit as much as I do. And, whether this is the first post you’ve ever read or you’ve been with me since that first mess of a post on this blog, THANK YOU for reading. You guys make what I do worthwhile!!

Pax,
Sara

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┬álike 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! ­čÖé
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!

 

It’s All Greek to Me

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Hi everyone!
Since I’ve been so bad lately about posting, I’ve made a conscious effort to get some outfit posts lined up lately, and I’ve already got another waiting after this one!
Today’s outfit comes from one of my favorite events of all time, a wedding!

Designer comparison outfit:
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Calypso St. Barth Sarah Asymmetric Maxi Dress: $319
Ralph Lauren Dover Leather Platform Wedge Sandals: $54
Rakuten Chandelier Drop Earrings: $25
Stacks on Stacks Bangle Set: $18
Quetzalcoatl Leather Headband: $34
Outfit total: $450

My bargain copycat outfit:
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Green Grecian style dress: Daisy Exchange, $6.50
Cognac wedges: Target, $8
Leather braided headband: handmade
Gold dangle earrings: Christmas gift
Gold bracelet (I took it off before this picture, oops!): my mom’s
Outfit total: $14.50

I wore this outfit to my friend Jessica’s wedding–it was at a vineyard, and literary themed, and absolutely gorgeous! The weather was perfect and there was no wind (a miracle in Oklahoma), and it was overall the most lovely day for a wedding you could imagine. I am so happy for Jess and her new husband!

My friends Lyssa and Katie, the bride Jess in her stunning floral wedding dress, and me!

My friends Lyssa and Katie, the bride Jess in her stunning floral wedding dress, and me!

I wanted to go with something comfortable but still pretty, and I thought this was a fun, easy dress that suited an outdoor wedding. I loved the almost minty green color and also the Grecian elements to this dress and at $6.50┬áI couldn’t believe how cheap it was. It was actually a few sizes too big, but it came with the lovely gold belt and I was able to drape it so that you didn’t really notice it too much. This dress was also flowy and easy to dance in, and let me tell you I danced my butt off and had the best time!
I added my go-to nice occasion shoes (since they’re the only ones I can wear comfortably for a long time haha), my trusty leather braided headband, and my gorgeous gold clip earrings my best friend Skye got me for Christmas. I also was wearing a gold bracelet I got from my mom but I kept banging it into stuff so I took it off before this picture and forgot to put it back on for it :/
I really liked mixing the neutral, more earthy elements of the tan wedges and the leather headband with the more classic elements of the gold braid and flowy pastel green of the dress. I thought it gave it something of a boho goddess feel, and was an interesting change from the usual gold accessories I initially thought to pair it with.
Here’s a pic of me and my dear friends Katie and Lyssa, who I partied with during the wedding. You can also see my earrings and headband a little closer.

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As always, I hope you like my outfit as much as I do, and stay tuned for my next outfit post, which should be coming up soon! ­čÖé

Pax,
Sara

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:

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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┬áadore┬áballet, 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┬áwonderful.┬áWatching 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 ­čÖé

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!

Take It Easy

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Hi everyone!
Sorry I took a bit of a break on here, I posted the designer outfit for today’s post a while ago and meant to follow with this post right after, but I got busy substitute teaching for the first time– a disastrous experience you can read all about on my other blog if you’d like.
A winter storm just hit Oklahoma yesterday, and this outfit is from a week or so ago in sunnier times, so I’m looking back on it longingly. It is currently snowy and freezing outside right now.

Here is my designer outfit:
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Vero Moda Newly Diamond Sleeveless Shirt: $34
Madewell Knit Leggings: $35
Ked’s Champion Original Sneakers: $40
Namrata Joshipura Sequined Pattered Turban Headband: $28
(I’m not including the ring or earrings since I didn’t put my own ring or earrings in my copycat price)
Outfit total: $137

My copycat outfit:
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White sleeveless blouse: Old Navy, $4.50
Black leggings: Target, $4
Navy imitation Keds: Target, $9
Blue headband: soccer store, $4 for a roll
Outfit total: $21.50

I wore this out to dinner at TGI Friday’s with my family– where I was offered a kid’s menu ­čśí I ordered myself a nice big drink to make myself feel better haha. I love this outfit because it is so casual and comfortable. I’m really into the sleeveless blouse trend that I’ve been starting to see on the internet, and so I was crazy excited when I found this blouse on clearance at Old Navy for so little. I can imagine wearing this in the summer with shorts or a skirt and staying cool while still having an easy elegance.
Some days, you just don’t feel like wearing real pants, and since I graduated and haven’t been able to find a job, those days have become pretty much every day. Another thing I love about this blouse is that it is long enough to pair with leggings without feeling like my business is all hanging out.
I paired it with my fake navy Keds from Target to keep it really laidback, and I added the braided pigtails with a headband because I thought it was casual but cute. The stuff my headband is made of is actually called prewrap, and if you don’t know it’s like this very thin, stretchy foam-like material that people generally use to wrap injuries in sports (ie sprained ankles, etc.). In soccer, however, we have long used it to keep our hair out of our face while playing, and it makes for a great headband. I liked that it gave it just the littlest bit of a sporty vibe.
And, of course, I added my pearl earrings, just to bring it all together.

So there you have it, my casual and easy look for a weekend night out to dinner. Expect to see this shirt again come summer ­čśë As always, I hope you love my outfit as much as I do!

Pax,
Sara

PS As so often happens, while trying to take pictures of this outfit one of my cats decided to wander in and photobomb me, and I thought I’d share it with you:

Thanks, Gustav.

Thanks, Gustav.

Sighhhh.

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:
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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 ­čÖé
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 ­čÖé

Pax,
Sara