Holiday Wish List

With the Holiday’s approaching at what seems like warp speed. Your mind is all over the place with gifts you need to buy for your family & friends and things that you want for yourself, its ok to have a few “To Me, Love Santa (aka me)” gifts under the tree. Currently I’m at the age where I am too old to get gifts from my family members and very single that I don’t have a significant other that gets me nice gifts. So its completely up to me here.

The grinch has a serious point ūüėā

As I wrote in my previous post (Black Friday shopping), I wrote about the things that I needed to get. Quickly summing up the things that I needed, we can throw that idea out of the window because here are the items that I REALLY REALLY WANT. No budget, just wishing, like I just won the lotto .. now lets jump right in!

Oh we can’t forget the bag that every girl dreams of having…

 

One day Chanel.. One day…

What does your wish list look like? I’d love to know!

xx Sarah

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Black Friday Online Haul

I hope after a nice 4 day weekend everyone is adjusting to the swing of things. A¬†long holiday weekend filled with non-stop eating and socializing and shopping we all feel like we need a break from things. Can’t stop now though, not with the holidays right around the corner! Previously I have posted about how to get your black belt in shopping on a black Friday. I truly hope this helped some of you when it came to shopping. This year I decided to go on a different route when it came to shopping, staying at home in bed and all of my shopping was completed online. Last year I did venture to the stores after my holiday dinner, luckily I had Thanksgiving at my house so I didn’t have to worry about the long travels home and then to the stores. What I discovered is that most of the stores begin their “Black Friday Sales” on Thanksgiving, so there is no need to wake up at the crack of dawn or in the middle of the night to head to the stores. This worked out in my benefit because I was able to quickly get what I needed and leave before the insane crowd of people arrived to cash in on these sales.

This year after my family left, I jumped on my laptop to see if there was anything left in the wish lists that I had created the weekend prior. Unfortunately, half of the items I was lusting after were no longer in my size or completely sold out. My bank account rejoiced with this news… I on the other hand was disappointed & saddened¬†but realized that there were no need for half of the clothing items I wanted.. I mean how often was I going to wear a royal blue suede jacket? Probably once. On the positive side there tends to always be a sale during the holidays so IF some of these items were to come back in stock (like this beautiful black suede and faux fur jacket from ASOS) then I may consider it a sign from the shopping gods to purchase it… but let’s talk about what I DID purchase.

The great thing about shopping online is that I had multiple tabs open after adding everything to the carts so I can compare what I was buying. Sometimes you don’t realize that you gravitate towards similar colors or styles. With Express I knew that I wanted to buy a ton of sweaters that I could wear to work and I desperately needed a couple pair of jeans to hold me over until I can buy a nicer pair or 2 or 3. We all go through a point in our lives where our body shape changes, for me personally it was from all of the “excessive partying” lifestyle. After a bit of a health wake up call I was forced to change my “partying lifestyle” ways to a healthier one. What hadn’t changed is that I am a shopping addict. So after purchasing MANY stretchy jeans, none of them fit me. That’s the unfortunate part of those types of jeans, they stretch out but never stretch back in… so I have to have a few pairs to hold me over until I can buy at least 2 nice pairs (at a discount of course ūüėČ )

Most of the sweaters I got I wanted to be able to wear for multiple occasions, who doesn’t want multiple looks out of one item? I know I do. My main goal was a balance of casual and dressy items. Since I also recently purchased an all white outfit, I decided this winter I wanted to wear some more lighter shades rather than my gothic Wednesday Addams go to look. Missguided was having a sale that was 50%! I pinned this gold off the shoulder top a few months ago and decided this had to be one of my holiday looks. Luckily it was in stock and in my size. The Dynamite off the shoulder look is some what similar but longer sleeved, a girl needs options! These looks I can wear all throughout the winter and show off the metallic trend for the winter. A win, win in my book.

Adding a little bit more color into my wardrobe is a challenge, I’ll admit. Since pink/blush tones are a trend for the fall/winter I wanted to slowly dip my toes into this trend. In my¬†Quick post: Turkey Day outfits¬†I suggested this sweater as an option for a holiday look, now I wouldn’t recommend anything that I wouldn’t wear myself. The more I thought about it, the more I liked it… stay tuned for how I feel about wearing pink rather than white or black. Missguided also had a cool graphic shirt that had part of LA & NY on it, I have a secret love for California… truly I do. Last spring I really didn’t feel like coming home while visiting¬†there because who doesn’t love sunshine every single day?!

Now onto the classic slip dress. I’m pretty sure this isn’t something that you are suppose to wear out in public but I don’t really care. I’m not one to follow the “fashion rules.” If I like it, I’ll wear it….. and Shay Mitchell posted this in her winter look book (which you can watch all of its awesomness here). I’m really excited to create a look with this and see how many looks I can get out of it. During the spring/summer months I love wearing dresses and rompers because I don’t like wearing pants. It is so freeing not wearing any pants. During the winter I become a person with so many layers because IT IS BRICK outside. So I’ve decided to challenge myself on wearing dresses in the winter.. stay tuned for the posts where I let you know if I turned purple or blue from it.

Below are the links to all of the items that I purchased. Any one get any major deals or purchase an item that they have been lusting for that went on sale? I’d love to know! Leave your thoughts below in the comments!

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  1. Missguided crushed satin bardot blouse gold
  2. Urban Outfitters Slip Dress
  3. Dynamite Mixed Fabric Sweater – Pink
  4. Express Side Zip Hi-Lo Hem Crew Neck Sweater
  5. Express Fitted Crew Neck Sweater – Deep Violet
  6. Missguided contrast sleeve cold shoulder tunic white
  7. Dynamite Satin Off the Shoulder Blouse
  8. Express Black Mid Rise Jean Legging
  9. Express Crew Neck Shaker Knit Sweater – Soft Ivory
  10. Express Solid Dark Mid Rise Jean Leggings
  11. Missguided black spliced city of new york print t shirt

 

Lastly, my most expensive purchase was my new camera! This was a serious splurge and a major investment. It isn’t the first time I have considered buying a DSLR camera, when I was in college I really found a love for photography.. Mostly it would be during family events and I had a lot of fun doing it. My little cousins were my main focus and now their parents have at least 500 photos or more of them because of my constant snapping. Now that I have a very good reason (my blog) it is worth having. If you recall my tip for comparing your items, this can become confusing. And it did. What I thought I was ordering was actually the Canon Rebel t5 and not the Canon Rebel t5i. Ironically I noticed this hiccup 2 days later… when I was writing this post…

Operation Dumbass:


Since I now realized why people go to the STORE to PURCHASE ELECTRONICS, I have learned my lesson. If I would have gone to Best Buy I could have easily avoided this entire debacle… but it wouldn’t be me if there weren’t some type of hilarious stupid moment. In a complete panic I call the store to find out when the sale ends, which was Saturday. I ordered my camera on Thursday night… the camera won’t be delivered until the follow week. CRAP. Calling my friend in a panic I ask if she will come with me to keep me calm as I rush to Best Buy to get the camera I REALLY wanted… they claimed to have 3 available in stores. Well. I get there. And they do not. Son of a biscuit eating bull dog.

THIS. CAN’T. BE. HAPPENING!


I explained my dumbass-ery to the sales associate/really awesome dude and he totally understood my situation. He even checked the storage room to make sure they didn’t have any in stock. And they still didn’t. Instead of letting me leave the store all upset he told me to order it with them and he would wave the shipping for me. AWESOME. But he wasn’t done just yet with the sale.. he made sure it was 1 day shipping. Legend – WAIT FOR IT – DARY. LEGENDARY! THANK YOU BEST BUY FOR HELPING ME WITH MY DUMBASS PURCHASING MISHAP. Working in customer service can be tough, and it is something I completely understand. I knew he was only doing his job by giving me the let down information and I didn’t dare take it out on him, I only inquired if I should purchase it online myself or if it would be easier in store. He assured me that by purchasing it through the store I would get it faster and if I ordered it online I wouldn’t get my beautiful camera until mid-December. Operation Dumbass ended successfully in my book. Lesson for all of you: GO TO THE STORE!
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Special thanks to my friend Alison for accompanying me on Operation Dumbass, your calming presence was much needed as was your laughter. Huge thanks to Best Buy, your employees really go above & beyond for their customers… and for laughing with me that tryptophan is dangerous when shopping online. You guys are great!¬†

xx Sarah

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Thanksgiving: OOTD

Today is a day of thanks. I honestly don’t want this to be too much of a sappy post but I think it is going to be.. All I want to say is Thank you.

Thank you for all of my followers on my blog and all social media for following my little blog and reading my rambles about fashion & enjoying my humor (hopefully you are because I swear I’m really funny). Since today is a day of thanks, I just wanted to take the time and let you all know how grateful I am for everything. I was brave enough to take the plunge into this blogging world with the “delicate push” from my best friend and everyone that I have interacted with along the way (although it has only been a short period of time) has been nothing but wonderful. Even the more successful bloggers have been so sweet in answering any questions I have about blogging and giving advice about searching for creativity. Although my blog may be small and only just starting out, to even be considered in the same creative category is unreal. I am beyond thankful for everything.

All of my family and friends have been super supportive of my blog & helping me get the word out, I am eternally grateful that you have helped me and have even enjoyed reading my posts. I really love sharing my looks and my knack for finding deals.. I was never the type to shy away from sharing my secrets of shopping and where I have gotten any clothing item. This is a great platform for me to share it even more and I truly hope you have all enjoyed reading it and sharing with your friends.

I hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving with their families and friends!


Today I wanted to dress appropriately for the large feast I am about to endure. Wearing a dress is more “giving” around the middle and allows me to continue to eat like a maniac all day long. Since wearing sweatpants is frowned upon at the holidays in my house, I wanted to be comfortable enough but dressy enough. This dress was perfect for today.. AND I can get more use out of this for work, hanging out with my friends or even a casual date night. I paired it with my American Eagle booties, which are celebrating their purchasing anniversary today ūüôā


Outfit details…

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL OF YOU!

Use this meal as preparation for the Black Friday Sales tomorrow… or if you are like me, staying home and shopping online! ūüėČ

xx Sarah

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Black Friday: How to get a black belt in shopping

If you’re a budget shopper like I am, then you know when to look for the deals and steals. Black Friday is probably the most popular shopping day of the year followed by Cyber Monday. As a marketing major this was a heavily discussed topic in a majority of my classes. From advertising & drawing the customer in to the different demographic breakdown. I could go on forever but that isn’t why you are reading this post. Here are some of my tips and tricks for Black Friday Shopping.

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1. Prepare

I don’t know how else to stress this enough but being prepared is definitely your #1 to do.¬†This isn’t just shopping for the hell of it. This is serious. This sale could make or break your day. And I am getting way too serious about this way too quickly. What I’m trying to say is making a list of the things that you need & want is the best way to start. For me I try to think of the items I have been putting off purchasing for whatever reason it may be. So this year I am looking for sweaters, jeans, shoes and a DSLR¬†Camera. Those are the items that I NEED.

Quick marketing geek moment here – the difference between a¬†want and a¬†need. You NEED water to live, but you¬†WANT the expensive water… fashionable reference: you¬†NEED¬†new jeans because everything you own doesn’t fit but you¬†WANT the designer jeans that are beyond out of your price range. See the difference? Ok moving on…

Be like Santa and make a list of the items that you are looking for, it makes it easier when searching for a Black Friday deal. This also includes items for your family and friends!! Cannot forget your loved ones, fortunately most of my list (minus the children) revolves around similar items that I am looking for.

Another suggestion is looking at your favorite brand or department stores website for gifts. They usually have a gift giving section where everything is pre-picked for you and by category. There is an option for clothing, accessories, technology and a budget. Often when I am unsure of what to get someone I look at the “hottest and latest” items online. You’d be surprised how many ideas you can find from these. Check out¬†Bloomingdales,¬†Nordstroms,¬†Macys,¬†Sephora¬†(check out my¬†Sephora’s VIB Sale¬†post for ideas!) ,¬†ASOS¬†even has a gift guide! Don’t shy away from the bigger departments, you never know what deals and awesome (affordable) gifts you can find.

2. Search

Once your list is completed it is time to look at the deals. I know this can be overwhelming for some because the flyers and emails and ads are IN YOUR FACE. Ah, marketing at its finest. Here is a tip, look at your favorite stores! It is so much easier to know where to look when you already know the stores that you shop in. For me personally I will be looking in: Express, ASOS, Dynamite Clothing (duh), Macys, DSW, and Amazon.

You can check out this website:¬†The Black Friday¬†for a list of deals on multiple websites.¬†Express¬†shows all of their Black Friday deals along with their current deals, they are always having some type of sale which I am eternally grateful for. Dynamite¬†usually doesn’t announce their Black Friday Deals until the day before, I discovered this last year. However, you can always get 15% off of your purchases year round.

Ok so Amazon is not a store but DO NOT over look this website. I cannot begin to tell you the amount of items that I have purchased from here. Recently they have been promoting¬†their Amazon Fashion Line… this is designer clothing ladies! Not a knock off. THE REAL DEAL!

3. Compare

Currently, I have Best Buy and Amazon up head to head for my DSLR Camera.. I will tell you that I am going with Cannon. From my research and questions written to other bloggers I have learned that Cannon is very reputable and purchasing a 50mm lense is a necessity. Once I look at my final decision I will compare the prices and see which has the better deal. Even better about this decision? I can do this from my own home, in my bed or my couch looking like a complete bum. SELF FIVE!

Express tends to have really nice sweaters and great deals. Last year I got a really nice sweater for myself and for my mom.. I regretted not purchasing more of them. So this year I have made my list and I am checking it 100 times. SO MANY OPTIONS!

Often I find myself on my laptop with 100 tabs open from different websites and I make my wish lists on them or add them to the cart if I have no wish list option. What I do next is I compare my lists to other sites I am on, sometimes you tend to gravitate towards a similar item and you get more than one. It is ok but if you trying to stay on budget there is no need to have the same shirt in the same color. For example, this fall season I have been loving the army green tones and I already have 2 sweaters in this color. Actually 3 if you want to count my jewel toned color sweater (jump back to Sweater Weather) . So there is no need for me to get ANOTHER green sweater.

4. Final Decisions

Now that you’ve acted like Santa, made your list, checked it twice, made sure you were not naughty but nice. It is time for your final decisions. You know what you need and from what stores.

If you follow me on twitter you will know that I have been struggling on whether or not I want to go to the stores to shop or would I rather sit at home post turkey day meals comfortably and shop online. Most stores have the same sales online as they do in stores. In the past I have experienced both chaos shopping and quiet Black Friday shopping. My first Black Friday shopping experience seemed to be complete and utter madness, those videos and pictures of people on top of each other fighting to get into the stores are no lies. The stress and anxiety had set in. I was sweating, the shoe department became so small that I had to get out. I had been in Macys looking for boots and it became so overwhelming that I ended up buying a pair that I hated, so unfortunate. My other mistake was that I had no game plan or list of what to get so I was very scattered while shopping on a budget. If I had planned out where to go then I might not have missed a better sale instead of settling for what I had seen in front of me because I just wanted to leave.

The following year I decided to go alone and completely prepared. I had scoped out what I needed online and where to get it. It was war, with a full belly of turkey and a quick nap prior I was ready for the crows.. I had mapped out exactly where to go from start to finish, nothing in between. Once I got there, it was quiet. Tumble weeds of mall garbage just floating by.. what was this?! 10:30PM on Thanksgiving the year prior was maddening! Immediately I took advantage and slowed my pace. I got everything that I had needed and left without any stress or anxiety. When I returned home my mom LOVED one of the sweaters I had gotten, but I refused to go back to the mall to get her just one. So we sat online together and she picked out a few things she liked and I got the same deal online!

Certain items I can’t just order online.. like jeans and shoes. I need to try them on. Ladies this is a serious golden rule: ALWAYS TRY THE ITEM ON FIRST! I cannot tell you how many times I have purchased something without trying it on and I couldn’t return it or exchange it. So I may have to force myself to venture to the stores to try these items on and get the really awesome deals. If you have the time to head to the stores PRIOR to Black Friday then ¬†I suggest this plan: try on all of the items you are looking for and write the style number and size down so you can purchase the items online, do find out of the items are in store only just in case.

5. Happy Shopping!

Among all of the chaos and swiping of cards, do enjoy yourselves! There isn’t anything more satisfying than scoring a major deal or finding your loved ones the perfect gift. Growing up I was taught that it isn’t the size or the amount of money that you spend on someone but the thought behind it, a small little gift can make someone’s day.

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xx Sarah

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Layers of White


This is the first ever white monochromatic look I have ever done. And I mean EVER. There have always been a few reasons as to why I wouldn’t… 1. because I am clumsy, there is a chance I will spill something or just get the clothes dirty within the first hour of wearing it. 2. because I am so fair. Let me go a little further into why I avoid wearing so much white…

Although wearing black head to toe has never been a problem for me and actually makes me look paler than I already am, I’ve always had a complex about being so fair. Since I was younger I always had milky fair skin, in the summer time I would tan but as I got older that tan turned into me burning. It is the Irish genes that truly shine through. Sometimes people would ask if I was feeling ok because I was so fair, others would make comments about me being so fair that I was transparent. During my teenaged years this of course bothered me and quickly became an insecurity. How does one fight against this? Easy, get a fake tan. This was such a disastrous  process. Tanning lotions didn’t work because nothing at the time worked with my skin tone that didn’t make me look like I was orange… so I went the route that every girl my age had been doing. Tanning Beds. This went on from my teenage years into my college years and even post graduate years. As horrible as it was for my skin, I didn’t care because I did not want to be made fun of any longer. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I decided I didn’t care about being so fair any more. My Aunt who has beautiful fair skin looks SO MUCH YOUNGER than her real age, why? Because she took care of her skin! She protected her skin from the sun! The damage that I probably did to my skin already can’t be reversed obviously but I can take care of my skin going forward, which is what I decided to do. And I am really glad that I decided to accept my beautiful milky skin tone because it shows.. now I am complimented about how nice my skin looks. Those tanning beds truly have serious damage and no one wants to look like a used leather suit case. Now I will be honest that I have gotten a spray tan this past year but I finally found a place that will adapt to my skin tone, not just a one color deal. So not only did I not look orange but it was a perfect sun-kissed glow for a special occasion, not just because.

So lets jump back into my outfit because this is a fashion blog after all. I found my inspiration through instagram, of course, and I have previously posted about her – Miamiamine. Her style is beautiful and I really loved this look she put together from her Instagram.. I was able to find the exact cowl neck tunic she was wearing (with a discounted price) but the rest of her outfit was still out of my league in the price department. The cream waterfall cardigan was perfect for this look, I wanted something a little longer since I would be wearing it to my cousin’s baby shower. It was a bold move to wear all white, especially since the little ones would be there but I wanted to take that fashionable risk! When I got the coat in the mail from Missguided it was the first order I ever made from them and was unsure about how their sizes ran… it is a little bit bigger on me than I would’ve liked it to be, however.. I can wear a thicker sweater underneath this for future use so I wasn’t too upset. The material is very soft and almost felt material.

Having a creative personality and mind can be good and bad sometimes.. I always have a vision in my head and it drives me absolutely mad if I cannot bring it to life or how I saw it in my mind. Putting this outfit on for the first time was exactly that. I was unsure. The color of whites did not match, the shoes I was pairing it with were making me uncertain… it was almost a complete disaster. So what I have learned to do is take a step back, put it away and let it go for the night, come back to it tomorrow. After sleeping on it, I realized that I am never going to get the whites to match.. not only is it different fabric and material but it brings a nicer contrast of white. Now I am also ballin on a budget here, so buying new shoes for one outfit is utterly ridiculous. Ladies, listen up. If you cannot think of at least 5 places and events that you can wear the item to in under 60 seconds then IT IS NOT WORTH THE PURCHASE. I knew I would never wear grey/silver knee high boots to work, out with friends, to dinner, to the club/bar, to a ranger game. Just no. I wouldn’t. I used my noodle and I borrowed a friends pair of shoes.. it is worth it to shop in your friends closet, its a money saver for that one time use you may need it for. Although I may just buy these shoes myself because I can think of multiple places I’d wear them (work, out with friends, holidays or holiday events or a date).

Outfit details….

  • Free People Ottoman Tunic in Cream – I purchased this from Gilt, at the time they had my size (I am wearing a size small) currently they only have medium & larges left, you can buy the same one from Lord & Taylor here. And if you’d rather not splurge here are two affordable options: Macys option or forever 21 option (style tip: these aren’t long enough to wear them as a dress so I recommend wearing it with jeans or even leggings)
  • Missguided Waterfall Coat – helpful hint: I used a coupon code from retail me not to get money off of this coat ūüėČ
  • DSW Dolce Vita Chelsea Booties – I convinced my friend to get these earlier this season & she has gotten a lot of use out of them. They are super comfortable and I highly recommend getting these booties.

It was a miracle that I didn’t get this outfit dirty for the entirety of the baby shower. That included my little cousins climbing on me to sit on my lap, avoiding projectile vomit from my goddaughter, the waiter not spilling anything on me when bringing my food/taking away my plate, spilling any type of food while eating (I told you I’m clumsy), spilling drinks, etc. The shower itself was absolutely beautiful… my cousin Nicole has amazing style, I am always sending her pictures of outfits or potential buys. She has a black belt in online shopping so I take her word when it comes to new websites and the fitting/make of the clothes. Throughout her pregnancy this year she has continued her amazing style, and let me tell you she finds the cutest and most comfortable outfits! Its such an amazing gift.. and speaking of gift, she is having a little girl who I cannot wait to meet.. I already have many little cousins and a majority of them are girls but one more is even more fun. Playing dress up with them and all fun girly things, plus I get to see their personal style grow as they grow up.

 

 Congrats again to this beautiful mama to be! I wasn’t kidding when I wrote that she has amazing style!

 

xx Sarah

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Grey Tones for the Fall


Sometimes a girl just needs to put on a pair of heels. Today happened to be that day. I felt like being a little dressier than usual. My first instinct was to pair this outfit with converse, typical. So I decided to mix it up a bit.

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I know Monica, shocking. Let’s get to how I styled this outfit shall we?


I really love wearing a leather jacket, year round if I could handle it. I got this faux leather jacket from Dynamite which is a little bit heavier than the other one I’ve been wearing mostly. Wearing it with this nice Express grey sweater gave me a bit of extra warmth. I added a big silver statement necklace to this look to dress it up a bit, sometimes it just takes one nice accessory that will change the entire look. With a darker wash denim and my go to black heels I was ready to go. My poor feet didn’t appreciate the lack of warmth but at least my upper body did! This could also be another go to look for thanksgiving. Check out my post for more ideas here.

Outfit details…

xx Sarah

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Rock the Joggers

This just in: I AM STILL NOT JOGGING IN THESE. NOT EVEN WITH SNEAKERS.


We all have that go to look for when we need to run around to make errands or go shopping. Mostly this look is geared for shopping and trying on 100 different outfits, but hey you can wear this to the grocery store, grab some lunch, meet up with a girlfriend to discuss the juicy details of the reality show you watched the night before. The list goes on.

I purchased these joggers from Dynamite earlier in September, obviously I needed them in black because what other color do I wear all the time? HA!

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My really awesome Blink-182 shirt I got at one of their shows, when Tom was still in the band. That’s how long ago it was. Since I was a teenager I loved going to concerts and I always pick up a shirt or a hoodie when I go.. Mostly because you can’t find these shirts at anywhere other than their tour merch stand.

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Sorry dudettes, but it’s true.. I’ve listed below all the places where you can find something similar or if you want to get some of their latest tour merch. What I really love about this look is my new Nike sneakers. I have waited I don’t know how long to get these, why the wait? Laziness? Probably. Point is, they are SUPER comfortable and I’m trying to find excuses to wear them with everything. This athleisure trend is perfection for my style right now. Actually in general, but we won’t get into that.


What I’m wearing…


Accessory details…

 

If your wondering at what age I’ll stop wearing band tees? Its never. Been rocking that “trend” since ’03

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xx Sarah

 

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