I’m Sailing Away

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Hello, my wonderful Readers!
I apologize, because I’ve been TERRIBLE lately and just haven’t bothered to post any of my actual outfits. I’ve just been Polyvoreing like a fool. But FINALLY I took a stand, and actually took pictures for a real outfit post!

My designer comparison outfit:
anchors dress

Hooked on Haute Dress, Modcloth: $50
H&M Pattern-knit Cardigan: $50
AE Strappy Criss-Cross Sandals: $30
Heart Key Pendant Necklace: $30
Outfit total: $160

My bargain copycat outfit:

With cardigan

With cardigan

Without cardigan

Without cardigan

Navy anchor dress: Old Navy, $11
White long cardigan: Target, $4.50
Leather criss-cross sandals: Daisy Exchange, $6
Silver key necklace: Forever 21, $2.50
Fossil watch: graduation gift
Outfit total: $24

This is the outfit I wore to see the OKC Ballet’s performance of Beauty and the Beast with my mom, one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I absolutely adore ballet, and this was my second time to attend. The first performance I saw was The Nutcracker back in December, and I’ve just been obsessed with it ever since.
Belle is my favorite Disney character, so I was determined to attend this performance, which was unbelievably wonderful. Watching ballet is just this enthralling, absorbing experience for me– the best way to describe it that I can think of is the way that Julia Roberts’ character feels while watching opera in Pretty Woman is the same way I feel watching ballet.

The amazing seats we got (regularly $49 a piece, but we got them for $12 each!!!)

The amazing seats we got (regularly $49 a piece, but we got them for $12 each!!!)

But ANYWAYS. To the actual outfit. I fell in love with this dress– call me cliche, but I wholeheartedly love the whole anchor pattern thing, and the dress just felt so comfortable and effortlessly pretty. My sister had a coupon from her Old Navy card, so I got it even cheaper than it was already on sale for.
That’s one of my biggest bargain shopping tips– if there’s somewhere you really love and shop at regularly and they offer some kind of card or credit card, seriously consider getting it. Old Navy gives a lot of really great discounts and they send them out pretty often, so it’s one I’d recommend investing in.
In case I got cold in the civic center where the ballet was, I brought along the cardigan, which I got a few months ago and wear with everything now because it’s loose and flowy, and white goes with most things.
These shoes I got a couple weeks ago at Daisy Exchange, and I thought they added a casual touch while still matching my glasses (which are new since I lasted posted–and which I also needed to be able to see any of the ballet haha). I think the sandals are perfect for spring/summer. They’re versatile and match a lot of stuff, and also are very comfortable.
Then I finished it off with my silver key necklace, though it’s hard to see in the picture, my Fossil watch, and a ring my parents bought me for Valentine’s day that I’m obsessed with.
I thought it was a cute, easy, but still elegant look to wear for a Saturday afternoon ballet! As always, hopefully you love my outfit as much as I do– and I’m sorry about the long absence! I’ll try and do better, promise 🙂

Pax,
Sara

PS Just another huge thank you to my lovely mother, who is the only other member of my family interested in ballet and who shared my joy and enthrallment in the experience, for taking me! Love you ma mere!

A little dark and blurry but oh well!

A little dark and blurry but oh well!

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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:
sleeveless blouse designer

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.

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

Bottoms Up

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Hi guys!
It’s time for my first outfit post as a COLLEGE GRADUATE. Oooooh. I wore this outfit out tonight to eat dinner with one of my best friends, Richie. He’s from Ireland but goes to school here in Oklahoma. On Monday he goes back home for the summer, so we decided to have dinner at an Irish pub, as has become our tradition. One of my much earlier outfit posts was from when we went to the same pub, so feel free to check it out as well. But now, here is my look from tonight:

IMG_8686IMG_8698Blue and white striped tee: Daisy Exchange (originally Forever 21 Men), $6.50
Red pants: Daisy Exchange (originally New York and Co.), $6.50
Navy canvas shoes: Target, $9
Gold key necklace: Forever 21, $2.50
Ruby and diamond screw-back earrings: antique store, gift from my mom ($6.50)
Outfit total: $24.50 (or $31 with the earrings)

So I’ve really been into a red, white, and blue color palette lately, I know, but I just bought this outfit today so I really wanted to share it with you. I went to lunch with my amazing friend Tiffany today, and we went to Daisy Exchange after. I limited myself to just buying these pants and the shirt, along with one other shirt (for $3.50! It will end up in this blog, I promise). I simply couldn’t turn down the pants, I love the bright pop of red and I think they’ll be a wonderful accent piece to pair with so much stuff. I was so excited that they fit AND that they were so cheap. They were the star of this outfit for me, and they’ll probably show up again pretty soon haha.
The shirt is actually labeled as Forever 21 Men’s, but I loved the looser fit and the v-neck. I paired it with my navy fake Keds for a casual look that I thought was appropriate to a pub, but I put my hair up to show off the absolutely amazing earrings I got from an antique store when we went out of town this weekend for my dad’s birthday to give it a feminine touch. My mom was incredibly nice and bought them for me, so I thought I could get away with adding them in here 🙂 They’re very vintage and have the classic screw-back. It’s the first pair of screw-back earrings I’ve ever worn, so I took a couple of tries to get them up on properly.
I finished the look off with a simple gold key necklace to tie everything in. I really love the key necklace (I bought one in silver, too, because they were only $2.50), it’s a medium length that goes well with tons of different necklines and it also is simple enough to pair with most outfits for a pretty touch. 

So that’s my look, hope you like it! And you should check out the interesting experience I had on the trip where I purchased the earrings over on my other blog, it was pretty crazy!

Pax,
Sara

PS My title comes from the well-known phrase, which I thought worked perfectly both because I wore this to the pub and because I am so excited about my new red pants!

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.

In the Navy

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Hi again, everyone!
I’m not going to lie, I’m really impressed with myself for posting so close together. I’m also really impressed that I had 10 people like my last post! Eeee! To some of you, that may not seem like a lot, but that’s the most I’ve ever gotten on a post on this blog. So thank you so much for that! The whole purpose of this blog is to try and inspire or help other people, so it’s always nice to get a little feedback. Speaking of, I had a couple readers comment on some of my posts as well, and it just made my day. I love to hear from you guys, and it’s wonderful knowing people really are reading and liking my blog.
So on to my next outfit! I just wore this to school the other day, when it was a little bit nicer outside. I also had a Spanish presentation, so I wanted to wear something a little bit dressier.
DSCN1319DSCN1328DSCN1321Navy bow sheer blouse: Old Navy, $12
White tank top: Old Navy, $3
Black skinny jeans: Forever 21, $10.50
Zebra flats: Target, Christmas gift
Outfit total: $25.50

I really liked this outfit, it felt a little more elegant than what I usually wear, mostly because of the top. It looks super chic; it’s flowy and navy is a color that just makes things look more put-together. I especially am in love with the collar on this shirt, I think the little tied bow and the loose sleeves gives the blouse an almost nautical air. I went with a white undershirt because I wanted the navy to stand out against the black of my pants, and it also tied in the lighter color of my shoes. I used to think black and navy were an absolute disaster together, but as I’ve gotten older it’s become one of my favorite color combinations to wear. It’s easy for them to get lost against each other, but if done right I think they are wonderful complement colors.
I also love the cuffed jeans look, it makes jeans seem less causal and more polished because the tight fit can give the illusion of tailoring. And a great print flat with a more simplistic outfit just gives a lovely bit of pop. The zebra stripes on my flats really brought the look together for me because they gave something interesting to go with very simple color pairings.
I hope you all will also be impressed because I tried to tame my hair into a little bit more recognizable style, and I liked how it turned out.
All in all, I thought it came out pretty well and I was feeling very confident during the day in it, especially during my presentation. Stay tuned, because I am wearing an outfit as I type that I hope to get on here within the next week! It is very different from this one, I can assure you, and I hope you’re looking forward to it! Keep those comments coming and please, please share with your friends. And I’d still love to see some of your bargain outfits as well if you’re willing to share!

Pax,
Sara