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

 

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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.

“L” is For The Way You Look At Me

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Hi everyone!
I hope you had an absolutely lovely Valentine’s Day, I definitely did. I actually wrote about it on my other blog if you are interested, where I talk about why I love Valentine’s so much, even though I’ve been boyfriendless on V-Day for the past 8 years. One of the reasons I do is because Valentine’s gives me a great excuse to dress up a little more than I normally do, and that is the outfit I am bringing you!

IMG_7563IMG_7561Fuchsia lace dress: Daisy Exchange, $8.50
Black leggings: Target, $3
Boot socks: Kohl’s, Christmas gift ($6)
Caramel braided belt: local thrift store, $1.80
Cognac boots: Kohl’s, Christmas gift
Gold heart necklace: Christmas gift
Outfit total: $19.30*

*Again, I did terrible, and I forgot to take a picture with my alternative cheap boots, but here’s a picture of them by themselves, they really are very similar to the ones I have on in the picture:
Tall cognac boots: local thrift store, $4
Combined with rest of outfit: $23.30

I wish I hadn’t had to wear the leggings, but it was pretty cold on Valentine’s Day in Oklahoma, so sometimes one must be more sensible than fashionable. I adore this dress though, it fit me perfectly and I loved the lace because I thought it made it a little more dressy. I also don’t really have any other clothes in that color so it was nice to add such a bright, pretty color to my wardrobe. My trusty belt and necklace make their return in this outfit, and the boots and boot socks helped keep my feet warm on a chilly day.
I got up extra early before class on Valentine’s so I could curl my hair with a curling iron (a never before tried feat, so be impressed). I was amazed at how well it came out, it looked kind of 20s and I loved it. Unfortunately, by the time this picture was taken in the evening, the curls had mostly fallen out. My hair hates curls, much to my intense frustration. So anyway, this was my Valentine’s outfit, I felt lovely in it and I hope you like it as well! And I promise, my next outfit won’t have boots, boot socks, or leggings in it!

Pax,
Sara

PS On a great suggestion from one of my readers, I’m hoping you will reply to my outfit post with whatever you wore on Valentine’s Day, or just any outfit you really love, that you think is a great bargain! I would appreciate it so much, and I’d love to hear from you guys in the comments!

Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time

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Guys. I don’t even know why I say I’m going to post by a certain time, because I never do it. Seriously. I was going to say I have a special extra post for you all tomorrow, but let’s be real here, it’s probably not going to happen tomorrow. But it will eventually, at least. As for this post, it is my Christmas outfit, yaaay! Now, let me just inform you if you didn’t know, Oklahoma got a white Christmas, and it was lovely. However, it required that I dress warmly, which doesn’t always make for super cute clothing. I also was trying to be comfortable, so admittedly this outfit reflects that. But I still think it’s a cute way to stay warm and comfortable for a lovely Christmas time. Here it is:
Green long sweater: thrift store near my college, $2
Black leggings: Target clearance, $4
Tan boot socks: Christmas present, (but I know they were from Kohl’s and were about $6)
Black tall boots: local thrift store, $4.53
Gold heart locket: gift from my mom
Red jewel hair clip: Target, $4
Outfit total: $20.53

Guys… I hope you all are impressed. How can you beat a cute sweater for TWO DOLLARS?? I know you can’t really tell, but it’s cable knit so I stayed warm, but it was also light and short-sleeved so I didn’t get super hot whenever I came in from the cold. I love leggings with slouchy tops and boots, it’s pretty much my favorite outfit right now. I’ve been planning on wearing this top for Christmas for like a month. My good friend Morgan told me about a resale shop in my college town that I somehow had never heard of, and when I went to check it out I got the following: the green sweater, a long black skirt, three belts, a pair of boots, and a locket. Now, get this… the price? ELEVEN DOLLARS. I was blown away, best deal I’ve ever gotten I’m pretty sure.
Now, did you see those boots there? And did you see the price?? Tall black boots- for LESS THAN FIVE DOLLARS. I know I have talked up my $25 boots and admitted that sometimes you have to just spend a little more for something. But what I also should remember, and what this blog is all about, is that when you are even partially dedicated to being a bargain shopper, you can get the most fantastic deals. Here’s a little better look at the boots:
LESS THAN FIVE DOLLARSThese boots are NICE. They have only the little bit of scuffing on the toe, barely noticeable when not viewing a zoomed in picture of them. I almost had a cow I was so excited when I saw these. Now I have an alternative pair of shoes to show you all anytime I wear my other boots to make sure the outfit stays affordable. You can also see my lovely cream boots socks more clearly here, an awesome gift this Christmas from my mother. This outfit about defines comfort for me, I’ve spent most of my break wearing leggings, boots, and long tops, and now lately I’ve been able to add some of the super cute boots socks I got to it. I like to think of it as lazy chic.
You can’t see it at all in the first picture, so here’s what my hair looked like:
IMG_7519My gold locket is present, of course, and then I added the hair jewel for a touch of red to make Christmas colors. Excuse my crazy hair haha as you may have noticed, I’m not exactly super chic in that area. Partially, as you all might not be surprised to hear, it’s because I am too poor to buy hair products. The other two reasons are, 1.) I am lazy, and 2.) I have no idea how to do hair. The same goes for makeup. I really just focus on the clothes and do not meddle with matters beyond me ha.
Now here’s a festive photo of my sister and I in front of our tree, and one of us with our stockings:
IMG_7497IMG_7498Haha my sister looks like she is on drugs in the second one. She and my father have a notoriously chronic issue of keeping their eyes open for pictures. But seriously, check out all that loot. I cleaned up this Christmas! My favorite gifts I got were boots socks, a brand new pair of boots (which you’ll be seeing soon), a bag of my favorite candy, Toblerone, some house slippers, and an adorable new case for my phone. What were some of your favorite gifts? Were any fashion related? Please leave me a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

Pax,
Sara

P.S. Here is what I REALLY was hoping for this Christmas:
christmas peetaAll I want for Christmas is you… clearly words written with Peeta in mind.
And if you are a Peeta lover like me, I have a belated Christmas gift for you. This image comes from an absolutely hilarious site called Peeta’s Cardboard Chronicles, I recommend it highly, I’ve just been scrolling through and cracking up. 

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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