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!

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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.

J’Ador, Mon Amour

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Hi everyone!
I’m excited to have an outfit to post for you all! I’ve really been enjoying writing on my other blog, and I so hope you’ve been following and enjoying it as well. But it’s nice to get back here and share a good bargain with you guys! My outfit today is one I just wore for class and out to go thrifting (and that is foreshadowing, because I’ve got a purchase to show you). Here it is:
mon amour“Mon Amour” top: Forever 21, $11
Navy shorts: Old Navy, $7
Navy canvas shoes: Target, $9
Silver heart necklace: Forever 21, gift (but I think around $3-4)
Outfit total: $27 (or $30 if you include the necklace)

I apologize for being a couple dollars over! I paid a little bit more for a top than I’m usually willing to, but it’s just because this is one of my favorite shirts I’ve ever bought. I love absolutely everything about it; color scheme, the stripes, the whimsical print, the “my love” in French (sorry that it’s backwards to you all). It’s also baggy enough that I can wear it on a fat day as easily as a feel-good one. It also works with almost any bottom I pair with it, from skirts to skinny jeans to leggings. And, as you can see, with shorts. That’s right, shorts. Because Oklahoma weather is so insane, I can wear shorts in January. (Fun fact: I wore this outfit on Monday, and then this morning, we were in a tornado watch. Wow, Oklahoma.)
I love these shorts, too, they’re one of my most utilized. Navy pairs well with tons of different colors, and these shorts are longer and looser so that they are more appropriate for a greater variety of places.
I wore these shoes in my very first post when I was on vacation in St. Louis. I actually haven’t really been able to wear them much since another post I did, the one of my museum outfit, because, while we were on that vacation, we went to a cave (a very common leisure activity for my family), and they got soaked and the plastic sole of one of them split. It was only recently that I found some shoe glue and fixed them. Fashion tip: don’t wear canvas shoes in a cave. The cave doesn’t care how cute they look with your outfit.
Finally, my necklace. It was a gift for my birthday one year, and like my bronze heart necklace, it is one of the ones I wear the most. I love hearts, and I love that it’s a longer necklace. I think they’re easier to wear than short necklaces. And, of course, I felt that a heart necklace was the perfect accessory to a shirt that says “Mon Amour.”
Now, as I mentioned, I wore this to go to a thrift store (making me feel like a huge loser, this picture was taken in the mirror of the thrift store bathroom/dressing room, since it’s the same thing). As I am incredibly poor, I haven’t been shopping in ages. But, at this thrift store the last time I went, I got boots, a shirt, three belts, a necklace, and the sweater I wore for Christmas for eleven dollars. I had high hopes I could find something inexpensive. And, indeed, I found this cute shirt for astonishingly cheap:
 This nautical-inspired shirt with the cute navy monogram was mine for the price offfff….. 91 cents. That’s right. NINETY-ONE CENTS. I paid not even a dollar for it. I hope that you all are suitably impressed.
Anyway, that’s all for this post! I hope you guys will check out my other blog, and share this one as well!

Pax,
Sara