You Ain’t Nothing But A Hound Dog

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Hello, Readers!
I know it’s been a while since I posted one of my own actual outfits, but I have been very busy working on a project on my other blog called “The Single Lady’s Calendar” that I created with my dear friend Cindy. Here’s a little sneak peek:
Fictional Boyfriend February

Haha it’s exactly what it sounds like, and I would LOVE if you go check it out. But back to the business at hand! My outfit for this post is from Valentine’s Day, one of my favorite days of the year (even though I am a Single Lady lol). One of the reasons I love Valentine’s so much is because it gives me an excuse to really dress up a little more than I normally would. For V-Day this year, I went to dinner with my parents at the restaurant where my sister works so we could see her!
Here is my designer comparison outfit:
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L’Agence Sheer Yoke Panel Sleeveless Blouse: $99
Weekend by MAXMARA Spigola Skirt: $227
Strappy D’Orsay Pointy Toe Flats from Charlotte Russe: $25
Juicy Couture Sophia Skinny Belt: $48
Outfit total: $399

Here’s my bargain copycat outfit:
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Black mesh neck sleeveless blouse: Target, $6.47
Black and white houndstooth skirt: Target, $5.98
Red skinny belt: Forever 21, came with another dress
Red open toe flats: Target, $7
Black tights: Target, $4.50
Outfit total: $23.95

I am crazy about this outfit. I bought the top and the skirt together because I just loved them so much that I couldn’t not. The top is silky looking, and I love the high neck with the illusion panel on the top– it’s still a little sexy without being too revealing, and I can imagine pairing it with so many different things.
I have always loved houndstooth print, but it can sometimes be difficult to wear, or to find a pattern that is just right. The instant I saw this skirt I knew I wanted it, and I actually just picked up the shirt as something to try it on with, and ended up falling in love with the whole look.
It was still a little bit cool on Valentine’s so I added my black tights, and then went with the traditional touch of red to accent the black and white color scheme–and also because it was Valentine’s, of course 🙂
The belt, which came with a dress I bought a long time ago, added just the right touch, and the flats made everything look nice without being too formal. I added my pearl earrings to make it a little more classy, and then styled my hair a little fancier than I usually do, going for a bit of a vintage-y look.
All in all, I felt absolutely beautiful–even if I didn’t have a date! As always, I hope you love my outfit as much as I do 🙂

Pax,
Sara

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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

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

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Merry Christmas Eve, Dear Readers!
I’m bringing to you the last of my promised slew of posts–which I saved for Christmas Eve because it is a Christmas outfit! I wore this to a friend’s Christmas party… and again today, just because I love it so much!

Here’s my expensive outfit:

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Wood Adrien Striped Top: $100
Zara Ankle Cropped Trousers: $40
Woven Leather Geometric Oxfords: $45
Rosy Red Dolly Bow Headband: $11
Vintage Christmas Vest: $9
Outfit total: $205

Here’s my bargain outfit:
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Blue and white striped shirt: Old Navy, $7
Red cropped pants: Daisy Exchange (originally New York and Co.), $6.50
Christmas vest: my mother’s
Tan Oxfords: Daisy Exchange, $6.50
Red bow: Fair booth, $3
Outfit total: $23

I needed a vest to wear to my friend’s Christmas party, so I asked my mom if she had any likely prospects– and she produced this absolute gem. This sweater is just adorable, I love the moose (reindeer?) and all the little red hearts everywhere. I just built the rest of the outfit around it, borrowing my sister’s blue and white striped shirt and pairing it with my red cropped pants and Oxfords. Then I topped it with a red bow, which just seemed perfect for Christmas. I honestly adore this outfit, and think it is perfect!
When I got home from my party, I wanted to take a few pictures of me in my Christmas outfit with my cats… and so here they are!

Finny cat!

Finny cat!

Gus Gus!

Gus Gus!

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This did not go well…

Close enough!

Close enough!

It's time to play "Who's Eyes Are Crazier?: The Cat Lady or the Cat Edition"

It’s time to play “Who’s Eyes Are Crazier?: The Cat Lady or the Cat Edition”

So there it is, friends– my Christmas outfit! As always, I hope you love it as much as I do. And from me and my family and the cats, Merry Christmas from Chic By Any Other Name!

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Pax,
Sara

I Heard the Sound of the Floral Dance

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Since I took such a long hiatus, I’m making it up to you all by posting two posts within less than a week!
And get ready– today’s outfit is one of my all time favorites!
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Floral and lace tank top: Ross, $10
Red crop pants: Daisy Exchange, $6.50
Black gladiator sandals: Walmart, $8
Screwback earrings: gift
Outfit total: $24.50

This is a relatively simple outfit, but the pieces really speak for themselves– something to keep in mind when trying to bargain shop. If you buy unique pieces that stand out, you don’t need to add tons of accessories or things like that to make a chic outfit. I’ve had this top for years and I have always adored it, but somehow I could never find quite the right thing to wear with it. I love the peek-a-boo lace on the top, the bright, pretty floral pattern, and the ruffly, feminine hem.
When I was going to lunch today, I was excited because it has been rainy and so it was finally cool enough to wear pants instead of shorts. I got these red crop pants fairly recently and featured them in another post, but haven’t really had a chance to wear them during the summer. As I was looking through my closet for an appropriate top, the floral just jumped out at me, and as soon as I tried it on I knew it was perfect.
The red really makes the pattern of the flowers pop, and pairing the crop pants with a tank top still keeps the look summery enough, especially with simple black gladiator sandals. I was perfectly happy with that look, but it occurred to me that the antique screwback earrings my mom bought for me would be simply perfect, and I think they add the perfect touch. I also was very excited to finally wear my hair down without worrying about it getting ridiculously sweaty, so I actually made an effort. I went with a vaguely vintage style and I actually thought it looked quite nice!

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So there it is! Hopefully you like my classy summer look, it’s certainly one of my favorites (and I expect I’ll be wearing this particular outfit a lot haha!)

Pax,
Sara

PS The title of today’s post comes from a charming old Cornish song called “The Floral Dance” which you can find the lovely lyrics to in the link.

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.

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:
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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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