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:
new year's expensive

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! 

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Now I’m Stepping Out This Old Brown Shoe, Baby, I’m in Love with You

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Hi again, errrybodyyy.
I’ve got something really cool to talk about in this post, so I’m going to do it slightly differently. First, I’ll just show you my outfit. I was channeling a little bit of fifties today with the full skirt and the oxfords (OXFORDS!!!):

Finn wouldn't get out of my shoes pictures.

Finn wouldn’t get out of my shoe pictures.

 Gray flowy top: Clothes swap, free
Olive skirt: Old Navy clearance, $7.99
Leopard scarf: gift from friend
Tan oxfords: Daisy Exchange, $6.50
Silver headband: borrowed from sister
Bronze flower clip earrings: thrift store, $0.99
Outfit total: $15.48

Okay, I have a lot to talk about now! As you might have noticed, I got the cute flowy gray shirt I’m wearing from something called a clothes swap. This was something I’d never heard of until my friend Lyssa invited me to participate in one this week. The idea is fairly simply: a group of friends get together, bring extra clothes, shoes, jewelry, etc. that they don’t want, and put them out for everybody else to look at. If you see something you like, you put a sticky note with your name on it. After everyone has looked over everything, you simply get to take whatever you liked. If there is something that more than person wants, you just flip a coin or something along those lines to decide who gets it.
The swap I went to was an absolute blast and I got some other amazing stuff that you’ll definitely be seeing on here in the future. I think it’s just a fantastic idea, because, I mean, you get rid of stuff you don’t want and get free clothes in return. How can you beat that?!
Now, as I mentioned in my last post, these are the shoes I got the other day that I AM OBSESSED WITH. They are seriously like my ideal pair of oxfords. I love the color and style, and they fit perfectly. They also have a very vintage look, and since they’re not brand new they have a lot of character. And they were SIX FIFTY!! I looked the brand up online (Very Volatile), and these shoes go for like $50-60 when new. It was a bolt of unbelievable favor shown to me by the thrifting gods the day I found these, and in my size to boot.
You’ve seen my skirt before, and my beloved scarf appears repeatedly in this blog. The earrings I’m wearing are probably my favorite, they’re vintage from a thrift store. As you might know, I love bronze and they are a perfect accent to many of my outfits. Another thing I particularly like about them is that they’re comfortable. A problem with a lot of clips is that they have the tendency to pinch and hurt my ears after I wear them too long. That is not a problem with these. They were one of the best 99 cents I ever spent.
So there you have it! I wore this outfit to school today as I picked up my cap and gown. Barely a month until I graduate college, guys. I can’t even believe it:

cap and gownReppin’ the Class of 2013! (And Tottenham, as you can see in the background of my room, even though they put up a shameful performance today in the Europa League. Still love my Spurs though!)

PS The title of today’s post comes from this chill Beatles’s Song, Old Brown Shoe.