Oh A Leopard Can’t Change Its Spots

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Hello, Dear Readers!
I’m sorry I’ve been rather lazy this month, but my soul has been very crushed by fruitless jobhunting and I haven’t felt like blogging. I have had the photos for this outfit ready for some time, but I honestly just haven’t had the energy to make a post (pathetic, I know). But that all changes tonight! A few weekends ago, my cousins who are missionaries in Mexico came up to visit, and we had an enormous family get together, kind of like a second Christmas. We so rarely get to see them, only every few years, so it was wonderful to have them back. It was also wonderful to have so much of the rest of my family together as well– we haven’t had that big of a get together since I was a little girl.

Here’s my designer comparison outfit:

Amour Vert Suchi Silk Leopard Blouse: $199
DSQUARED2 Corduroy Super Slim Jean: $318
Nubuck Pointy Toe Ballet Flat: $20
Outfit total: $537

Here’s my bargain copycat outfit:

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You can see my shirt a little better here

You can see my shirt a little better here

Leopard ruffle blouse: Daisy Exchange, $6.50
Red skinny corduroys: Old Navy, Christmas gift ($15)
Black pointy toe flats: Cato, donated to me by a friend
Black headband: Forever 21, $1.50
Pearl earrings: Claire’s, birthday gift
Outfit total: $23

As you may know, I absolutely love leopard, but somehow I had never managed to buy myself a leopard shirt before. I had already checked out at Daisy Exchange when I walked by this shirt, and I ended up going back to try it on and ended up buying it (obviously). It just looks so classy to me, and I feel like this is a blouse I could dress up or down and pair with so many things.
These red corduroy jeans I found at Old Navy and fell in love with, and my sister bought them for me for Christmas. I really am getting into corduroy pants, and I had been wanting red skinny jeans forever, so they seemed perfect–another really great, versatile piece that I feel like I can pair with so many different things.
I paired them with my black flats, which I felt looked dressy for our big family dinner but wasn’t as formal as heels would be. That’s what I was trying to go for with the whole look, actually, and I think I found a nice balance between the two.
My hair is (FINALLY) getting long enough to braid, so I’ve pretty much been braiding it nonstop haha and of course I love to throw on a headband and my pearl clips just to finish everything off.
As always, I hope you love my outfit as much as I did!

Pax,
Sara

PS Here are a couple photos of my family from the day. One of my cousins lives in this big, amazing century old house, and she held the get together there so all our family could fit!

My sister and I in the middle, and then our cousin Caden is sitting behind us, my cousin Kylie is on my lap, and our soon to be cousin Gabby is sitting with my sister

My sister and I in the middle, and then our cousin Caden is sitting behind us, my cousin Kylie is on my lap, and our soon to be cousin Gabby is sitting with my sister

My sister and I with our hilarious cousin Emily, who lives with her missionary family in Mexico

My sister and I with our hilarious cousin Emily, who lives with her missionary family in Mexico

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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:

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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).

Loosen Up My Buttons Babe

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Hello Readers!
I’m back again, and without the month long gap in between. I hope you’re impressed…and that you’re doubly impressed when I tell you I have two outfits all queued up for you. But you only get one today– gotta make these things last!
Today’s outfit is from a couple days ago when I just went out for errands and to eat, so it’s casual and comfy.
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Gray cotton dress: Ross, $10
Navy button up shirt: Daisy Exchange, $8
Leopard scarf: (from Spain!!) souvenir from my friend Brenna
Cognac riding boots: Kohl’s, Christmas gift
Pearl earrings: Claire’s, birthday gift
Fossil watch: Ross, graduation gift
Outfit total: $18

This outfit is just something I threw together kind of last minute. We’ve been having unseasonably warm weather for November in Oklahoma, so I wanted to take advantage of a beautiful day and wear a dress without needing leggings or tights. It was still a bit windy, so I paired it with my favorite scarf and added a long sleeve shirt. I love the button up shirt over a dress look, and you’ll definitely be seeing that from me again.
I got this navy button up for really cheap from Daisy Exchange, and I love it. It looks really nice, but it’s still very soft and not too tight across the bust like a lot of button ups I try on. I’ve worn it with a ton of other stuff but just never managed to get it on the blog until now.
And of course, it wouldn’t be a fall outfit post on my blog unless I added my favorite Dana Buchman boots, a Christmas gift from my lovely parents last year.
Hope you like my outfit, and stay tuned for another one coming very soon, where I will be trying something a little different…

Pax,
Sara

Rompin’ Stompin’ Blues

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Hey everyone!
Today’s outfit is super simple and casual, perfect for a summer day of just eating lunch and running errands around town. Check it out:
picisto-20130630000310-970969Navy romper: Daisy Exchange, $5
Bronze gladiator sandals: Walmart, $7
Bronze flower clip earrings: thrift store, $0.99
Braided leather headband: gift
Leopard bracelet: gift
Outfit total: $13

So I was on the fence for a long time about this whole romper phenomenon. At first, I was completely disgusted by rompers (much like with leggings). Then I reluctantly was won over by the comfort and convenience  (much like with leggings). But I could never seem to find any that looked decent on me. Then one day when I was shopping at Daisy Exchange, I found this simple romper on clearance. It’s made of cotton, which I preferred to some of the more unflattering, thinner material of rompers that I had tried on before, and I decided to give it a shot. I ended up absolutely loving.
It’s such a convenient thing to throw on during the summer, and it’s cool and easy to accessorize. I went with my usual bronze accents for a casual look. Hopefully you like my laid-back summer style!

Pax,
Sara

IT’S MY SPECIAL ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY POST!!!

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Greetings, Dear Readers!
I am so excited about today’s post because today, May 29, 2013, marks the one year anniversary of me beginning this blog. YIPPIEEEEEEEEE!!!!
But seriously, I cannot believe it. It seems crazy to me that an entire year has passed since I posted that first hopeful, excited post sharing my idea for my blog. I was terrified but so eager to get started. Over the year, I have only become more passionate about what I’m doing as I’ve had people discover my blog and give me such wonderful encouragement. So in honor of my one year anniversary, I am going to share a few stats with you all really quick.
MY YEAR IN REVIEW!
Number of followers: 39 (AHHHHH!!!!)
Most views in one day: 160 (on October 30, 2012)
Total number of views: 3,203 (What…INSANE)
Most popular post: These Boots Were Made For Walkin’ (198 views)
Number of different countries viewers came from: 47 (including Macao, which I had never heard of before someone from there looked at my blog!)
 
Over all, I have to say that looking at all that is simply amazing. I am overwhelmed to think that at my blog has been looked at least 3,000 TIMES (I’m guessing that I probably account for at about 200ish views on my own blog haha). So I can only say thank you from the bottom of my heart, you don’t know how much it means to me that you all take the time to care about what I’m doing here. 
So to really say thank you, today I am bringing you guys two outfits in one post! For Memorial Day Weekend, my family and I went out of town and stayed at a gorgeous, fancy hotel. 
My first outfit is my look for the daytime:
IMG_8840IMG_8842IMG_8845Black scoop-neck tee: Old Navy, $5
Olive shorts: Daisy Exchange, $4.50
Leopard flats: Deb (in the local mall), $5
Gold key necklace: Forever 21, $2.50
Outfit total: $17

This was a comfortable outfit to wear for lunch and riding in the car, as well as for our visit to Miranda Lambert’s store in Tishomingo, The Pink Pistol (love you, Miranda!!). 
The black shirt is casual and pairs well with a million different things. The shorts are a neutral color that I wear constantly in the summer because they also go so well with everything, and they are stretchy, comfortable, and cool (a big priority in the ridiculously hot summers of Oklahoma). 
I have had these flats for probably six or seven years but I unfortunately lost them for a large portion of it. I was excited when I found them in the past year and I have worn them quite a bit. Considering I obsessively love leopard, I find that I am really fond of them. And finally, my key necklace is making its third appearance in a row on my blog haha but I promise my evening outfit does not include it! Speaking of my evening outfit, here it is:IMG_8870Gray scoop-neck shirt: Target, $5.25
Black lace high-waisted skirt: Target, $5.98
Silver loop sandals: Factory Connection, $5
Black lace headband: K-Mart, $1.99
Silver heart necklace: Forever 21, $3.58
Outfit total: $21.80

Like my daytime outfit, this is a simple and comfortable look for the evening. My favorite part of it is the black lace skirt I got from Target. It made me feel skinny and feminine, which always is a boost to my confidence haha. I bought this gray shirt at the same time, actually, because I loved how well they paired together. Like the other items of my post, all the pieces of this outfit are ones that can pair with a large variety of other pieces. I’ve worn both the silver necklace and the silver sandals before in posts on here and they are staples of my wardrobe. And of course, I’m rocking my required wristband that you had to wear for the pool area, I thought the pop of yellow was SUCH a nice touch.
I thought it was a cute, but still dressy outfit to wear out for the evening at our fancy hotel. Seriously, though, it was really fancy:

GIANT BUFFALO IN FRONT OF WATERFALLS

GIANT BUFFALO IN FRONT OF WATERFALLS

My sister and I in the fancy pool.

My sister and I in the fancy pool.

So there it is, friends. My one year anniversary post. I am so proud and also humbled that I have had enough support to make keeping this blog going that long worthwhile, and that people have become interested as this year has passed. I can only say thank you and repeat how much your support means to me. Hopefully in the next year my blog can grow even more and reach an even larger audience. I really do love creating outfits that make me feel beautiful but don’t break my budget. I truly do consider myself to be passionate about fashion, and I believe that it should be something that is accessible to people of all economic statuses. Fashion is something that has allowed me to develop my personality and express myself, as well as giving me confidence, and I want to inspire other people to believe they can have that experience, too. I want people to love their bodies and celebrate their style, whatever it may be, and I hope that by putting myself out there I can give others the confidence to do so. Hopefully if you’ve found my blog, I have been able to do that for you, and that I’ll be able to keep doing it.
Thank you again, Readers of mine. You all make this worthwhile 🙂

Pax,
Sara

 

Green with Envy

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Hello everyone!
I apologize because it’s been so long, but May has been a very busy month for me. I am going to make up for it, though, because I have three outfits coming your way.   First up, today’s look is formal because I wore it to my wonderful friend Kady’s wedding:
IMG_8743IMG_8748IMG_8746Emerald dress: Old Navy, $13
Tan platform sandals: Target, $8
Key necklace: Forever 21, $2.50
Heart necklace: Gift
Leopard ring: Gift
Outfit total: $23.50

I have had this dress for two years, and I have just never found much of an opportunity to wear it. It’s just dressy enough that it seems a little formal for every day, and I have a bad tendency to always want to go out and buy a new dress instead of wearing ones I already own when I have a formal event to go to. But I adore this dress; I got it when it finally went on clearance at Old Navy after I had longingly coveted it at regular price for months. I think it was originally around $35, and I almost cried when it finally was cheap enough that I could afford it.
Green is far and away my best color (in my opinion) because it makes my generally murky hazel eyes actually pop. I love the silky-looking material and the high-necked, high-waisted style, it feels vintage to me. I also find it very flattering to my shape, as well as being terribly comfortable.
Everything else I’m wearing has appeared in the blog before. These are my go-to high heel shoes because they are the only ones I can wear longer than thirty minutes. Being a neutral color, they are also easy to match with a lot of things.
My heart necklace you probably have seen if you have looked at my blog at all, and my key one was newly introduced last post. Now, I generally don’t like the double necklace look and I don’t know that I have actually worn it as an adult. But I decided on a bit of a whim to do so because the dress was so simple that I felt it wouldn’t be too much if I wore the two together. I also loved the idea of a heart and a key to wear to a wedding 🙂
Finally, I paired it with my leopard ring for a bit of a pattern. I started out wearing some dangly leopard clip-on earrings to match, but you couldn’t really even see them around my wild hair and they also started hurting my ears so I took them off haha. And so I didn’t include them here, but I bet they’ll come up again.
And so that’s my wedding outfit! Just a special congratulations to Kady and Matt Blair; I went to high school with both of them and I have rarely seen a couple more perfectly matched for each other. They both are sweet, wonderful people and I was so honored to be a part of their special day! I actually caught the bouquet and got to take a picture with the lovely bride, which was just the best 🙂
In other news, I took a trip this weekend for Memorial Day and I have a double header coming at you guys soon. Also, I’m hopeful that pretty soon I’ll have a special post coming to you guys from a guest blogger, so stay tuned!

Pax,
Sara

PS My post title describes how I felt about Kady’s beautiful wedding!

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.