I Heard the Sound of the Floral Dance

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Since I took such a long hiatus, I’m making it up to you all by posting two posts within less than a week!
And get ready– today’s outfit is one of my all time favorites!
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Floral and lace tank top: Ross, $10
Red crop pants: Daisy Exchange, $6.50
Black gladiator sandals: Walmart, $8
Screwback earrings: gift
Outfit total: $24.50

This is a relatively simple outfit, but the pieces really speak for themselves– something to keep in mind when trying to bargain shop. If you buy unique pieces that stand out, you don’t need to add tons of accessories or things like that to make a chic outfit. I’ve had this top for years and I have always adored it, but somehow I could never find quite the right thing to wear with it. I love the peek-a-boo lace on the top, the bright, pretty floral pattern, and the ruffly, feminine hem.
When I was going to lunch today, I was excited because it has been rainy and so it was finally cool enough to wear pants instead of shorts. I got these red crop pants fairly recently and featured them in another post, but haven’t really had a chance to wear them during the summer. As I was looking through my closet for an appropriate top, the floral just jumped out at me, and as soon as I tried it on I knew it was perfect.
The red really makes the pattern of the flowers pop, and pairing the crop pants with a tank top still keeps the look summery enough, especially with simple black gladiator sandals. I was perfectly happy with that look, but it occurred to me that the antique screwback earrings my mom bought for me would be simply perfect, and I think they add the perfect touch. I also was very excited to finally wear my hair down without worrying about it getting ridiculously sweaty, so I actually made an effort. I went with a vaguely vintage style and I actually thought it looked quite nice!

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So there it is! Hopefully you like my classy summer look, it’s certainly one of my favorites (and I expect I’ll be wearing this particular outfit a lot haha!)

Pax,
Sara

PS The title of today’s post comes from a charming old Cornish song called “The Floral Dance” which you can find the lovely lyrics to in the link.

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You Make It Easy, Easy, Easy to Get Away

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Heyyy, everybody.
So. I know it’s been ages and I have been neglecting this blog shamefully, but I have been crazy busy. Also, in the summer in Oklahoma I tend to spend most of my time lounging indoors instead of dressing up and going out, so I haven’t had too many outfits that would even be worth posting. Today, however, I finally roused myself, made an effort, and actually took some pictures for you.
20130809_17205620130809_174947Floral print maxi dress: Ross, $10
Black gladiator sandals: Walmart, $8
Silver headband: Forever 21, $1.50
Silver dangle clips: Claire’s, gift
Fossil watch: Ross, gift
Outfit total: $19.50

Ah, summer, the optimal time for maxi dresses. I only have one other maxi dress (which I have featured on this blog before) and I have been looking for another cute, easy one to wear this summer for ages. I found this a few weeks ago, and instantly fell in love with the print. Red is my favorite color, and I love it paired with black and white. There’s hints of other colors in it as well, like gray and purple. It makes for a very easy to accessorize dress! It’s also convenient because it has built-in padding and you don’t even have to wear a bra. Slightly scandalous, perhaps, but it makes the dress so easy to just throw on.
Today I went for a slightly boho look, with the silver headband and my dangly silver earrings with the leaves and flowers. I paired it with my black gladiator sandals for the finishing touch on a simple, summery look.
As for my watch, technically it qualifies because it was a gift, but I must be honest that it was more expensive than my entire outfit budget! It was a graduation gift from my parents, and I absolutely love it. Sadly, I have freakishly small wrists so I hadn’t been able to wear it since I got it, until finally a few weeks ago I managed to take enough links out  so it would fit. I have been wearing it almost nonstop since, and I really wanted to share it with you because I love it so much!

I love this dress and the whole look, I think it’s perfect for summer while still looking put together– I posed in front of my pool to really get a summery background haha. The maxi can easily be dressed up or down, and I think it was such a steal for only ten bucks! Hopefully you love it as much as me, and I am so glad to be back 🙂

Pax,
Sara

Summer Lovin’

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Hello, Friends!
It is officially summer here in Oklahoma, because we have officially opened our pool (which, if you haven’t read about on my other blog, was an enormously embarrassing trial for me that you can check out here). Tonight I’m going to bring you one of my favorite outfits of the season so far. It’s a very adorable dress that I have already worn six or seven times since getting it a couple weeks ago:
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Floral print dress: Gap outlet, $7.49
Bronze gladiator sandals: Walmart clearance, $7
Bronze heart necklace: Body Central, $1
Pink flower earrings: Cato, gift from my mom
Leather bracelet: gift from friend

I was beyond excited when I saw this dress on such huge clearance at the Gap store in our local outlet mall. There was a lot of them left, and I could not understand why everyone wasn’t buying them up! I thought the print was adorable, and I loved the colors. Flutter sleeves also tend to be a flattering look on most people. I also think the deep vee neck is a flattering neckline on me. I just loved everything about it.
The sandals are my favorite ones; I got them at Walmart ages ago and I wear them constantly in the summer, especially with the bronze heart necklace, which is probably my favorite. I’ve featured both pretty frequently on here haha. I was originally going to wear bronze earrings, but then I happened to see the pink flower ones my mom got me at Cato on clearance a while ago, and thought they just matched the print of the dress perfectly. The bracelet was a souvenir my friend brought me back, and it felt like it added just the right touch. Here’s a closer view of all the jewelry and the print of the dress:
IMG_9213I wore this out to dinner with my family tonight. We tried a new Mexican restaurant and this fun summer outfit just seemed perfect. I’m pretty sure this dress is going to be my go-to dress for the summer, because you can dress it up or down, and I can accessorize it with pretty much anything.
I felt lovely in this outfit, and hopefully you like it, too!

Pax,
Sara

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!)