I’m Feelin’ Twenty-Two

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Well, hello there.
Guess what?
You are now reading the words of a certified, official twenty-two year old. That’s right, guys. I’m old now. That means I’m wise, and you should listen to me. Translation: you should read my blog alllll the time!
Now, I planned to give you guys two posts for turning the ol’ two-two. But. For the past month I unfortunately have been having problems where I get sick every time I eat. It’s been especially bad this past week, and during dinner with my family on my birthday, I got really, really ill and just didn’t exactly feel up to taking pictures of my eveningwear. But, lucky for you, I felt fine during the day and got a picture of what I wore out to lunch and shopping with my dad.
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Geometric pattern maxi dress: Daisy Exchange, $6
Bronze gladiator sandals: Walmart, $7
Bronze heart necklace: Body Central, $1
Pearl clip earrings: Claire’s, BIRTHDAY PRESENT!!!
Outfit total: $14

I took advantage of it being my special day to borrow this maxi dress from my sister since she couldn’t say no! She just got it very recently, and I’ve been drooling over it because I love it so much. It’s very comfortable and casual while still being elegant, and I felt gorgeous the whole day. I wore my favorite necklace and sandals, as you all will be well familiar with if you are regular visitors to my blog, and I finished with my pearl earrings that my dad got me for my birthday.
I have been absolutely dying to have some pearl and some diamond clips since I lost both my pairs I had 😦 but lo and behold, Claire’s had a pack of clip earrings that included both and my lovely father actually came into Claire’s and bought them for me, though I could tell he was uncomfortable in such a place haha. And of course, I added my watch that I got as a graduation present as a final touch, but since it was a gift, that means I don’t have to include it, right? 😉
Hope you all love my birthday outfit, I felt both grown-up but still young in it, and it was the perfect outfit to celebrate my day in!

Pax,
Sara

PS Though I think Taylor Swift needs to start singing some age appropriate songs, I couldn’t deny that her song was the undeniably perfect title for my 22nd birthday post!

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I Feel Pretty, Oh, So Pretty

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Oooooooo, Readers. This will be my spooookiest post yet, because, of course… it’s All Hallows’ Eve! This post will feature some very scary things, including boos and the most terrifying unibrow you’ll probably ever see. It will also feature my favorite outfit to date. So try not to cover your eyes, because there is some exciting stuff to see!
My outfit for this post is one I wore for class on a particularly pretty day when I just wanted to wear something I found particularly pretty. Here it is:
(Photo credit: Katie Schwarz)

Blue patterned dress: Target clearance, $7.48
Black tights: Walmart, $3
Red flats: Target clearance, $7
Grey belt: Came with a pair of pants from Old Navy!
Grey headband: Dollar General, $1
Red and gold ring: Target, $3
Gold heart locket: Christmas gift
Outfit total: $21.48

I’m not going to lie, I am in love with this outfit. I saw this dress at Target and freaked out when I realized it was on sale. I am very fond of the style of gauzy, see through dresses over an underdress. I loved the geometric pattern, the alternation between light and dark blue, and the red and gold accents at the bottom. It just looked so interesting to me, and there are a million different way I can think of to accessorize it.
Another reason I am especially fond of this dress is because I think it is very flattering to my shape. I played soccer for my whole life, and when I finally quit after my freshman year of college, I put on weight that soccer had always kept off. It’s been a little difficult to learn to dress my body in the best way possible with its changes. I think this outfit does an excellent job. The proportions of the dress flatter my best parts and hide the not as best. It minimizes my chest, which is a little generous for how short I am. The A-line flare of the skirt gives me a fuller shape through my hips but cinches in my waist, especially with the addition of the belt, helping to balance everything out.
As for the rest of my outfit, I love dresses with tights and flats. I loved the pop of red from my shoes that picked up in the skirt and echoed in my ring and necklace. Here’s a little closer look at them, by the way:
I love that necklace, which my mom got me for Christmas. It’s really convenient because I can wear it like this, with the red stone showing in the middle, or flipped over as just a plain gold locket, like I did in my post It’s Gonna Be A Long, Hot Summer. You can also see my headband a little better here, since it’s not very noticeable in the other pictures considering it was a typical excessively windy day in Oklahoma and my hair was crazy.
I felt so happy wearing this outfit, and I think you can tell. I completely understand that some days, are just sweatpants days. As a life long soccer player, I had sweatpant months. But I think that dressing up just makes you feel good. But I think that no matter what you wear, if you love your clothes and rock them, your confidence will make you look fabulous. Of course, for me a talented photographer always helps. So of course, a special thanks to Katie Schwarz for her lovely photos, as always!
Now, I promised you boos, so I will now deliver:

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I give you my precious baby kitty, Boo-Boo 🙂
As for the terrifying unibrow, I give you my Halloween costume:

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Frida Kahlo is not impressed with your Halloween shenanigans. (And in the spirit of my blog, the only thing I bought for this outfit was some red lipstick. Everything I else I already had!)
Finally, my Peeta pin:

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Even Frida is impressed by Halloween Peeta.

Pax,
Sara

PS Happy 75th birthday yesterday to my beautiful and wonderful Nana, still as ornery as ever.
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