New Season, New Bag


Rebecca Minkoff’s bags have been my go to since my early 20’s. Where I’m from every single girl had a Michael Kors bag. And I mean EVERYONE. As you know I PREFER and LOVE to stand out from the crowd, so I went against what everyone normally had….. and then that became popular. Despite its popularity, I refused to let the bag go. It was my go to purse for the evening and weekends. This bad boy went EVERYWHERE with me… dates, bars, hockey games, vacations, etc. It wasn’t until recently that I noticed it was time to retire my favorite bag… or at least give it a bit of a break.

I had been eyeing this new bag for some time now. It honestly reminded me of the Chanel bag I hope one day to buy myself, just the quilting aspect. Putting the purchase off and waiting for a sale was my reasoning not to spend money on a new bag that I didn’t per say NEED, my old one wasn’t falling apart. After a long, hectic few weeks of non-stop happenings I caved… on the way home from somewhere I said to myself “Fuck it, I’M GETTING THE BAG RIGHT NOW” Amazon Prime – add to cart – DONE!

I am in love with this bag and so happy I finally purchased it. Since it has black hardware it can go with just about anything! Here are some shots from my first photoshoot with this bag, it was definitely an excuse to reshoot this outfit again 😉

 

xx Sarah

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OOTD Photoshoot

When it comes to fashion and style, the photo has to tell a story. Without a story, nothing will draw you in – where is she going? what is she doing? where can I wear this? oh and where can I get it? I have written this before, whether any one reads this or not is still unknown, but I take my own photos. Yes I am my own photographer – with the help of a tripod and a self timer, all previous photos were taken by me, myself and I. The sucky part about this is it takes me a lot longer to achieve the story I am trying to create – being in 2 places at once is rather difficult & they have yet to perfect cloning. What I learned from the Create & Cultivate Mentor Power hour? OUTSOURCING!

From my research and asking other bloggers, photographers can be rather pricey. I want to be able to still afford these photos since this is mostly a hobby right now, I do not make any money from blogging. Although it would be nice to make a profit & work with other brands – I am not there yet. Plus any money that I did make would go directly back towards everything for my blog, such as a photographer.

When Rowell reached out to me I was excited and nervous – I didn’t want to be disappointed by how much it would possibly cost. Luckily the pricing was within my budget and I was super excited to experience a photoshoot in NYC. All of my favorite bloggers take photos on the streets and in the cross walks, to be one of them for a minute was magical! Rowell was super awesome and helped me feel comfortable taking photos in public, its not that easy when people are all around sometimes looking at you giving you the feeling they are thinking “what is she doing, who does she think she is” or my favorite “CAN YOU GET OUT OF MY WAY I HAVE SOME PLACE TO BE” Often I am one of the later because I am running for my bus on the way out of the office. I did my best to put my focus directly on the camera and think happy thoughts – which resulted in RBF (Resting Bitch Face) haha!

I really enjoyed walking around and chatting while stopping and taking pictures. It felt more natural rather than a strict photoshoot. As I said photos are meant to tell a story… so here is what this photo series is about. We met up by Bryant Park and walked along the streets of the exact outfit I wore to work. Although a majority of my pictures are in front of my garage, house or in my yard I really do wear these outfits out and about! Showcasing my outfit on the streets feels more relatable, at least to me. This is exactly where I would have walked on my lunch hour. Working in Manhattan is a dream, and I am working on the dream of actually living in Manhattan. Simply walking a few blocks I can get some inspiration – whether it be a place I want to go, an outfit I want to wear, some food I want to try or a piece of art I want to create. Its endless. Everyone is constantly moving at a rapid pace, in New York its the constant go go go go GOOOO. Often I find myself moving so fast that I walk 5 blocks out of my way because I stop thinking and I am too busy observing my surroundings – from the comfort of my oversized sunglasses of course.

I can’t wait to put more looks together and take more photos of my life on the go!

 

Outfit details…

xx Sarah

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Reversible Florals


Florals for spring? So ground breaking! Any one else sick of hearing/reading that phrase? Yeah me too. As true as it may be, the weather lately has not been matching the “April showers brings May flowers” phrase. May had plenty of up and down weather, now that it is June I am waiting for consistent sunshine. Without sunshine I get rather depressed, vitamin D is a very strong vitamin lemme tell ya!

When I first spotted this top at Dynamite it made me excited for the warmer weather and the reversible feature. At first I didn’t notice the large sign that said “REVERSIBLE TOP” on the rack, after trying it on I knew this would be something I could wear at work and on the weekends – bang for you buck. After walking out of the dressing room it finally hit me that I could turn the shirt around and quickly have a day to night look. This is what happens when you are constantly on the go!!


This top incorporates a few different trends here. We have the cold shoulders which has continued from the fall/winter into spring/summer trends and the lace up trend as well. I adore both of them! The lace up can be part of the front or the back… much like a mullet you can be business in the front and party in the back 🙂

Outfit details…

Dynamite Reversible Top

 

xx Sarah

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Summer Sweaters & Shorts


With this wacky spring/summer weather Mother Nature is like the Katy Perry song “Hot and Cold.” For those in between days I found this is the perfect outfit. This sweater I got on sale from Express and its pretty light weight.. still has the cozy factor which is a must in my world. If it ain’t cozy, then I don’t want it. The shorts are new and from American Eagle… what caught my attention was the different washes of denim mixed with these shorts. I hate wearing lighter washed denim because it makes me look a lot wider than I really am, the camera adds 10 pounds which doesn’t help either. The side panels of the shorts had the darker denim to make me feel comfortable but the lighter denim in the middle, everything else was ripped which makes me happy – I love destroyed denim!!


The shoes! I know every celebrity has been wearing these and weather or not they are a quick trend I don’t really care. I fully plan on purchasing at least one more pair of these slide sandals. Maybe not with a giant silk bow on it but they are comfortable. Walking as much as I do on a daily basis I need comfortable shoes. I live in sneakers so with the warmer weather coming I was looking for an alternative – and here they are!


Outfit details…

 

xx Sarah

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Target Summer Skirt


Every year I always head to target for maxi dresses and skirts. They always have the best selection and prices. Year after year I get use out of these until I can’t stand them any longer, which is pretty rare. Recently I saw the movie Moana with my little cousin who knows every single word from start to finish, it is like Frozen all over again but I LOVE Hawaii and anything that has to do with the ocean. I had been so inspired that I wanted to find some fun maxi skirts that were tropical inspired. Without the stereotypical bright prints and ugly Hawaiian shirts. My favorite color is black so the closest color outside of the black, white and gray family is navy! Blue is my favorite color after all and I love most shades of it.

I purchased a size small because I wanted to wear it at my waist, the two slits in the front make it easier to walk in too. I actually wore this exact outfit on Memorial Day Weekend to a family BBQ. It was the perfect kick off to summer outfit. Although some may consider wearing dresses and skirts so much more dressier rather than casual, I disagree. Once the warmer weather hits I cannot stand to wear jeans or pants. My legs need to be free and its such a nice feeling… especially after eating some pizza… ahh no constriction from your jeans. Its amaazzzinng.

This top is from the sister store to Dynamite. Obviously where else would I shop since I am addicted to everything from Dynamite. Garage is a bit of a younger store but I like the prices to buy some basics. I got this last season for a summer concert. It is a crop top which I only wear with high waisted jeans or skirts. It just looks strange with my body type and I only push myself so far out of my comfort zone… we all have our limits.

Outfit details…

 

xx Sarah

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Summer Basics


My every day wardrobe where I am not thinking twice about what I am wearing before running out the door is simple and basic. A basic tee and jeans and my converse sneakers. No matter what time of year you can always find me in some form of this on a daily basis. It is the one outfit that I never have to think twice about wearing. In the summertime I trade in jeans for shorts.

This year was the first year I decided that I no longer wanted to wear the same Hollister shorts I had been squeezing into for years. And I say squeezing into because my weight has fluctuated over the years. It is hard for me to justify the idea of buying shorts that are more than $50 or even anything near $100. The answer is simple, I am wearing them for 3 months out of the year, it isn’t worth me spending the money on it. But now I am considering buying at least one nice pair of jean shorts.. since I am getting older an partying on the weekends until 5AM isn’t part of my lifestyle any longer. In the meantime I wanted to find something that wasn’t super duper short like my Hollister jeans shorts. The shorts I am wearing in today’s post are from American Eagle…. I have always heard that they have the best fitting jeans. Personally I will disagree, they don’t perfectly fit my body type nor do I feel comfortable in them. I wanted to give their shorts a chance since I did hear such great reviews about them. Honestly, these shorts are extremely comfortable. They are a bit of a longer cut compared to my Hollister shorts which is something I was looking for. Who wears short shorts? Not Sarah… well at least not all the time any more haha! Purchasing this and one other pair on Memorial Day I was able to get them on sale and a free hat which is what I’m wearing.

These shorts were so comfortable that I didn’t give a hoot with the 100 cars that were driving buy or all of my neighbors who decided to come outside all at once while I took photos of myself on my front stoop. Where I live it is normally the quietest street in America. Hardly do cars ever come flying by consistently and you hear the leaves tumble, the branches in the wind and the rare horn honking from the main street near by. Nope, not the day I decided to take some pictures out front! It was the most awkward moment in my neighborhood. Cars slowing down looking at me probably thinking “WHAT THE HELL IS THIS GIRL DOING??” or “WHO DOES SHE THINK SHE IS?” At least these are the phrases I make up in my mind of what they are probably thinking. I went ahead and kept with a theme. The I don’t care of what is happening around me but I am focused on doing what I normally do… which in today’s day and age is being on your phone. Jesus Christmas did that sentence make me sound old. It’s the truth. We are constantly on our cell phones and not paying attention to what is happening around us. Its a comfort zone, including for myself. Giving that focus on my phone while I was snapping my self timer photos away made it a little less awkward. It didn’t make my resting bitch face go away though.

Outfit details…

xx Sarah

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Quick belated OOTD: Dynamite jumpsuit


Recently I had my little cousin’s Christening – I saw this jumpsuit in Dynamite and fell in love. Not only was the color something new (well at least this shade of blue) but I LOVED the slits in the front! It was the perfect in between of pants and the flow of a dress. Anything with wide legs also is a favorite of mine. It gives my body shape a straighter look when the focus becomes on my waist rather than the curves of the lower half of my body. What are you favorite styled jumpsuits?


Can’t forget about the necklace… another find in Dynamite 😘

xx Sarah

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