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  listened to some amazing live music and had a delicious dinner, and it was just lovely!

Here is my designer comparison outfit:
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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

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 😡 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 😉 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.

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! 

Jingle Bells

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Hello, friends!
I hope you had a most wonderful and merry Christmas. Mine was filled with family, good food, and naps– a recipe for happiness!
Today I’m wrapping up my run of outfits for the blog by doing something a little different. I’m putting my outfit I wore for Christmas up, which technically does qualify for the blog…. But here’s the thing– Everything I am wearing was a gift, which I thought was appropriate for a Christmas outfit! So check it out:

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Notice Finn lounging in the corner of the picture.

Notice Finn lounging in the corner of the picture.

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Jingle Bells Sweater: handed down to me by my sister (I think it was originally my mom’s)
Black leggings: my sister’s
Red and white striped socks: gift from my best friend Kasey
Tribal print fold down boots: Christmas gift from my parents
Red bow: I included it in the last post as costing $3, but truthfully my mom bought it for me

I felt both festive and comfortable in this outfit– I also felt very loved wearing gifts from the important people in my life. Hopefully your Christmas was just as merry and bright as mine, and filled with the ones you love!

I’ll probably be taking a little break from this blog to celebrate the new year and to work on a special project for my other blog, but stay tuned– you never know when I might throw something up on here! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and thank you to all of you for making this worth doing!

Pax,
Sara

PS Of course I couldn’t post this outfit without including these pictures, apparently my cats photobombing me is turning into a regular thing:

Sighhhh.

Sighhhh.

Why do I even try?

Why do I even try?

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!”

Hello Again, Hello My Friends, Hello

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So.
I have to tell you, Readers, that life has been a little rough on me lately. I’ve been mysteriously sick for almost two months. One of the most horrible, hardest things I’ve ever experienced also happened when my beloved, wonderful cat of sixteen years, Boo, passed away on September 8th (you can read about it on my other blog if you like). Life has seemed pretty bleak, lately, truth to tell.
Finally this Tuesday, I was able to see a specialist, who has prescribed me some medicines that have actually been helping. Of course, the day after I finally started feeling well, I have begun developing some sort of sinus/ upper respiratory infection thing, which has made me miserable. I slept most of the day today after being up all night coughing and sneezing and with a runny nose. But when I finally emerged from my stupor this evening, I was feeling much improved, and so the fam and I decided to go out to dinner at a local Irish pub that I really love. I hadn’t been since May (I actually posted the outfit I wore on here) so I was very excited to go back.
But the thing I was most excited about is that it finally was cold enough today to wear LEGGINGS. If you have followed my blog for awhile, you know I am an enormous fan of wearing leggings, a long, loose shirt, and tall boots. It’s like the easiest, most comfortable outfit combo imaginable, and I admit I probably post variations of that exact thing on here far too much. But you all have had a break from that all summer, so I feel no guilt in sharing this outfit with you now 🙂
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Plum dolman top: Target, $5.98
Black leggings: Target, $4
Cognac tall boots: Christmas gift
Pearl ring: State Fair booth, $5
Tortoiseshell watch: graduation gift
Pearl clip earrings: birthday gift
Braided leather headband: homemade
Outfit total: $14.98

Okay, okay, I know I’m kind of cheating on this one since three of the things I’m wearing were gifts that I happen to know are expensive. But the boots I wore tonight are my favorite, and I did get them as a Christmas gift so technically they count. And honestly, I’m going to be wearing them all the time so I’ve just accepted they’re kind of cheating.
Mostly I just wanted to show off this lovely plum top. I think the color is gorgeous, and the fit is super flattering. I love the little insets of lace on the shoulders, they go all across the back, too, and I think they give it a special touch. I love fluttery wing sleeves, and my favorite thing about this top is that I looked at it and knew immediately is would be long enough to wear with leggings haha. Now, it’s confession time– this top is actually a maternity top hahaha. But good lord please don’t think I mean I am confessing I am pregnant. I am NOT. But I have long had this love/hate relationship with Target’s maternity clothes. It seems like EVERY TIME I go and look through their clearance racks, I’ll pick up things over and over that I think are really cute before realizing they are maternity. It makes me crazy, so I finally just said, I don’t care! And went ahead and bought it for myself; it was on clearance after all. I don’t think you can tell it’s maternity if you don’t know. What about you, did you guess?
I finished this very pretty top off with my old friends, a pair of black leggings, which I have been longing to wear all summer but have simply been far too hot to do so. Naturally, I paired them with my favorite boots, then added some pretty little touches with the pearl earrings, the pearl ring, my watch, and my favorite headband, which I made myself and which perfectly matches my boots. Hopefully you’re as excited for this outfit as I was to put on a pair of leggings tonight!

Pax,
Sara

Southern Belle

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Hi guys!
So I’ve had this post ready for you since Spring Break, but I put it off because I was busy doing something really exciting. The other day, Katie Elliott from Tag a Trend contacted me and invited me to participate in her blog. This is how it works: each week, she picks a popular trend, then invites readers to submit their own photos of themselves wearing that particular trend. She then puts them on her website with a link to each wearer’s blog. It’s such a wonderful idea because it helps other blogs become more recognized while also uniting people with a love for fashion.
This week’s trend was leggings, and when she asked if I would be interested I nearly did a little dance. It was perfect, because 1. I love leggings, as you all know, and 2. The outfit post I was about to put up had leggings! So hopefully I will be featured soon on her blog, which I encourage you to check out, along with her facebook page for the group.
So now, without further ado, one of my looks I submitted:
IMG_7874IMG_7877IMG_7875Denim button up shirt: Polo brand, free from clothes swap
Black leggings: Target, $4
Cream tank top: originally my sister’s, free
Cognac tall boots: Dana Buchman, Christmas present
Black lace headband: K-Mart, $1.99
Vintage bronze flower clip earrings: thrift store, $0.99
Outfit total: $6.98

Snap, guys. I can’t believe how many amazing things I got from the clothes swap I did with my friends! This shirt is Ralph Lauren, and it’s ridiculously adorable + comfortable. It’s perfect to wear with leggings, and adding the riding boots just makes a really comfortable outfit look dressed up, especially with the details of the earrings and the headband. The denim shirt trend is really becoming a thing, and I think this is a gloriously cute example of it. It also flattered my body proportions and made my waist look smaller. Over all I just felt like I looked really put together but it was such an easy look!
Instead of putting a picture of the other boots I have similar to these, I went ahead and just put the brand. I never wear those other boots since I got my new ones for Christmas. I really didn’t pay for my new ones so they actually do qualify for this blog, because lord knows I use lots of other clothing I got for free from other people! So from now on I’m just going to use them. That’s another good tip I have about being fashionable on a budget- if there’s one item you really, really love but it’s expensive, ask for it to be a present for a holiday or birthday. Those boots were one of my main presents from my parents for Christmas, and I’ve been blissfully happy with them. It’s a way to actually have a little better chance to get one of those big ticket items you know you could never afford normally.
I wore this outfit out to dinner with my family while we were in Natchez, Mississippi on Spring Break. I was trying to channel a little bit of a modern southern belle with this look, what do you think? We ate at a really cool Thai restaurant in an old building, where my mom snapped this picture of me on her camera phone:
haunted faceOh, yeah, just my face getting haunted, nbd.
But we honestly don’t know how this happened. My mom, sister, and myself all have the same phones, and we all take a LOT of pictures, and we’ve never seen anything like this happen. So….who knows…..
Speaking of ghosts and old things, we spent a lot of Spring Break looking at old plantations because my mom loves them. We toured one that was really pretty, and I actually have a bonus outfit for you guys that I’m throwing in on this post, because I only have one picture that my mom just happened to take of me and you can’t see it super well. Here it is:
IMG_7918Leopard scarf: gift, free
Mint shirt: clothes swap, free
Black skinny jeans: Forever 21, $10.50
Tall cognac boots: Dana Buchman, Christmas present

This picture is of me on the old mounting block, which I thought was appropriate in my riding-style boots haha. Well, I feel like I’ve talked enough for this post, so I will say goodbye, and I hope you’ll check out the Tag a Trend blog, who I have to give a special thank you to for the invite to participate in what they do!

Pax,
Sara

PS I feel like today’s title speaks for itself!