Designer Sunnies – Budget pricing

Hello to all my fellow budget shoppers! I know there are plenty of girls out there who like nice shit but refuse to spend the insane amount of money listed on the price tag. Well fear not! I have found a trick to avoid this issue…. other than a sample sale haha! Read More

Something Navy, Touch of Floral


This entire look from head to toe was put together by my personal shopper Serina as I spoke about in my previous post. She knew that I was on the hunt for dresses and finding ways to show off my waist line.. this dress sure as hell does just that. My favorite color is blue so I knew it was going to be a potential buy before putting it on… the moment that I did… it was all over, I didn’t care about the price tag I just HAD TO HAVE IT! At that point I forgot about the prices of these dresses and I was just beyond excited about having this dress. Serina suggested that I can wear this to work with flats, or pair it with a cute pump or sandal for a bridal shower or a night out. I loved that she gave me ideas and options that I could wear this with.. she even said I can wear it with low top converse sneakers. At that moment she totally sold me on this dress.


The lines of this dress are perfect for my body shape, they go inwards towards my waist and out. Bringing the attention to my waist line which is where I want it to be. But the shoes. OH THE SHOES!


These were a splurge and not something I would normally splurge on either. I have seen this floral embroidery every where… girls walking down the street, on instagram, in ads, just everywhere. But everyone had them in the same style.. the shirts, the jeans, the shorts, the bags, the sneakers… just not heels. Hence why I purchased them. They are a bigger platform which is something I am more comfortable wearing and walking in. Although in these photos I was sweating immensely since the humidity level was about 80-90%. I’m sure you can see my hair growing by the shot throughout these photos haha!

Outfit details…

xx Sarah

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White Hot City: My Personal Shopping Experience


The name of my blog can be quite comical to some and questionable to others.. this girl can’t figure out what to wear – why should we follow her? I get it, I get it. It isn’t that I have not a clue of what I should be wearing, I just struggle with which outfit I want to wear first. Options are my thing and sometimes I pick too many and spend way too much time deciding which outfit would go great with what day. This may be relatable to most girls, it is a daily struggle… especially after you go shopping!

Serina reached out to me via instagram and I was always curious what it would be like to work with a personal shopper. Would she tell me I am doing everything wrong? Will she push me to buy things I don’t necessarily need? Will she guilt me into buying things because she feels I ABSOLUTELY NEED IT?! Within the first few minutes of meeting here all of those worries and concerns went right outside onto Broadway blowing away with the hustle and bustle of the streets. She prefers to do a closet evaluation to see the items that I do have, what I could use and what I am really looking for. Due to my impossible schedule I just recommended looking through my instagram feed because it is everything in my closet (minus the sweat shirts and hoodies I hoard). This gave her a really good idea of my style and she listened to the items I was particularly looking for.

By the time I met her at Club Monaco she had already started pulling pieces and had me trying things on to figure out my size (which the sizes I gave her were a little too big haha) and the styles of dresses I was looking for. I love wearing dresses in the summer and I was really on the hunt for items I can wear to work and out on the town. Plus I booked a California trip at the end of the summer so items I could wear there too! She pulled this BEAUTIFUL white dress I cannot believe how quickly I fell in love with it! Now I am going to be up front with you all, this is not the type of price range I would normally EVER shop in.. this is a HUGE splurge in my book and for my followers. Before jumping to conclusions like so…


She was very well aware of the price range I was looking for and pulled mostly from the sales racks… What she did recommend is having staple pieces in my closet that I can wear for a long period of time. Spending that extra money will go a long way, especially if you are going to get a lot of use out of it. I was willing to buy one or two items that I could continuously use for multiple seasons and that I know my favorite little shopper of my closet (my brother’s girlfriend who is like the little sister I have always wanted) will definitely steal. It was a dress I knew if I walked away from I wouldn’t be able to duplicate it exactly how I wanted. So with that in mind I knew I was only going to be purchasing 2 dresses from the store… I have another item I got that I am hoping to take some awesome photos for you all as well! It was a basic item that her and I just loved!

The entire experience of shopping with Serina was nothing but amazing. It felt as if I was shopping with a friend who knew what style and lines flattered me most but the best was she loved fashion just as much as I do. Being around another fashionista just felt awesome, she knew exactly what I was talking about and made it all the more fun.. She was also able to read my face when I didn’t like an item or a particular style. She encouraged me to at least try them on to see if I don’t like it which pushed me past my comfort zone. In a particular case of a button down skirt she had me try on she was right that it did indeed flatter my body type, but it wasn’t something I would wear.. as flattering as it was it just wasn’t my style. She didn’t push me and just said “I see your not crazy about it, no worries let’s move onto the next item!”

She gave me lots of tips and tricks of the items that I did pick out and what to look for. This dress in particular was just a loving favorite and I didn’t want to take it off haha! It was an elastic waist which flattered my pear shape figure.. it pulled in smaller at my waist and that is something that I am always looking for. The cold shoulders and off the shoulder look is something I have been loving, I mean who hasn’t been loving this trend?! The details on the shoulder were also absolutely beautiful. If you can’t tell I am rather obsessed with showing the lace up detail on the sleeves of this dress, aren’t they stunning? Plus it was white and I am LOVING WHITE for the summer! It makes me look a lot tanner than I really am 😀 Lastly, the length, it was the perfect length for my petite frame. No hemming – YAY!


We headed over to Bloomingdales shortly after and picked up another 2 dresses from there. Serina kept my budget in mind the entire shopping trip and knew that there was a sale coming up – she gave me the option if I wanted to wait for the sale where she can return the items for me so I can get the sales discount or find the items online for me to buy. She really does go the extra mile when it comes to her shopping experience. Why pay full price for something if it is going to go on sale?! She had a serious point, the bummer was that the items I had weren’t going on sale but in total cost under $100 each. I wasn’t passing them up, they were mine!! I am determined to get photos of these dresses for you all to see and pushing myself to get it done sooner rather than later!

Overall I absolutely LOVED my experience with her. Her first order of business is to get to know you and your style – what you love, what you hate, the items you are looking for, and ideas of where to wear them too! I loved that she gave me multiple places and ideas of where I can wear these items which made my indecision a hell of a lot easier! Although we didn’t purchase a pair of shoes for this dress she recommended some options for me such as sandals or my white converse sneakers. I LOVED that she remembered how much I’ve worn them in my posts and how much I LOVE to wear them. For today’s post I went with these cute sandals I picked up from DSW the day of my photoshoot. Probably the wrong idea of impulsively purchasing something but I do love the girly detail on them 🙂

I would most definitely recommend working with her and I am absolutely going to work with her again in the fall and probably every season after that haha! Serina will make any girl feel comfortable shopping with her and she knows how to push for sales or when a good time to wait for them to go on sale. She even found one of the items I was debating over online for a cheaper price – shopping ninja strategies!! Below is the link to her website and don’t forget to follow her on instagram as well!

www.serinamariani.com


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xx Sarah

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Catching up… Repeat Offender

The month of December can easily become the never ending list of things to do. From holiday shopping to holiday parties and preparing for the end of the year celebrations, it is like the energizer bunny. And that is exactly what had happened to me. Being a bit of a procrastinator can be a good and bad thing, the positive side was I didn’t miss any posts that I had planned for the month… but the downfall is that I lacked the time to prepare for the first of the year. Working a full time job and running my blog can be a lot to juggle, any blogger who works full time will tell you that. My blog isn’t a burden to me what so ever, I get more disappointed that I have no time to share my creativity on here because it is something I truly enjoy doing. So since my weekends are normally filled with styling outfits, taking pictures, editing and writing .. the holidays put a halt on that. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day fell on the weekend, although it was strange not doing anything for my blog that weekend it felt really nice to spend time with my family. Even my Christmas gifts were in reference to my blog! Sometimes I wonder if any one reads this thing, I know some do but I understand that life happens and you can’t read every bit of my sometimes lengthy posts.. like this one.

I don’t want to get too much into what I received for Christmas (since I want to use some of them for posts on here) but I will tell you one of my favorite gifts of all. My brother doesn’t read my blog (that I am aware of) so his gift was probably the most surprising of all. Opal is my birthstone and it is so different from all of the other birthstones. From afar it may look almost like a white stone but it has a rainbow crystal look up close. Since I had first gotten my ears pierced (at the lovely age of 7) I fell in love with this stone. It was different, like me. I can’t tell you how long I had these earrings, but I had them in my possession forever it seemed. Unfortunately one day the post broke off, I was devastated. Another pair of opal earrings I had owned I was terrified to wear, the stone was knocked out during a haircut. Luckily I was able to place the stone back in but I hadn’t really worn them since (besides not liking the pear shape they came in). Having another pair of opal earrings was something I really wanted because I knew I would wear them every day… and jewelry isn’t something I ever cheap out on. I purchased myself a pair of diamond earrings because I am woman hear me roar & I don’t need a boyfriend to do so #independentwoman #girlsruntheworld After awhile I had completely forgotten about this and tried to fill my void with other fake earrings, that I couldn’t even wear for a long period of time without my ears turning green. So on Christmas morning I was looking forward to getting my Christmas chocolate in my stocking like I do every year. At the very bottom of my stocking was a tiny box that said “SISTER” on it. When I opened it up and saw these earrings I was floored. I couldn’t believe he got me new earrings! It was such a sentimental gift, especially from my little brother. The relationship I have with my brother is the typical older sister and little brother bickering… we communicate mostly by making fun of each other. So during the holidays it is the one time we put the bickering aside for just one day. Normally he knows to get me something related to the New York Rangers so this was a real surprise for me on Christmas morning. Who knew little brothers could be so sweet? 

Since this is a fashion/beauty blog, I can’t not talk about fashion…. when the above 2 paragraphs had nothing to do with fashion. But they were leading up to this I swear! The title of this post is about being a repeat offender.We all have those outfits that we really favor, I don’t care about being a fashion repeat offender. Kate Middleton does it all the time. Ok maybe not as often as I do but I am not technically a royal princess. In my own world I am.. where every one is happy with pizza and puppies. Point is, if you like the outfit. WEAR IT DAMNIT!

My Christmas Holiday Party look. In the beginning of the month I attended what my friends from college have named “A Horrible Christmas Brunch” or “Christmustache.” The boys go with the later name, but being a girl I can’t participate in how they do. We meet up for brunch and then bar hop for the rest of the day and into the night. The residents of Park Slope haven’t hated us too much yet. Last year I was unable to attend as I was away in California visiting my best friend. It is not a day I like to miss out on. Now that you understand what we do during this party, you will understand my attire. I wanted to keep it casual, yet a little festive. Wearing winter whites is my new thing this year, it is risky (especially with this crew). I took the chance any way. My outerwear was rather questionable, but I hate having a large coat with me while at the bars. Since I loved this outfit so much, I decided to wear it to my Christmas Lunch for work too.

Tradition continues, those who cannot attend will be the face of the Lama on my friend Tom’s shirt.

If you are wondering where he got this amazing sweater, it is from Target

Outfit details:


Christmas: I couldn’t get a full head to toe look on Christmas Day because my little cousins immediately dragged me to show me all of their new Christmas presents and to watch the shows their American Girl dolls would be performing. I must say this top got double the wear within the last 2 weekends of the year. Not only did I wear this top on Christmas Day but I also wore it on New Years Eve. If it looks familiar, it is from my Black Friday Haul. To make an extremely long story short: I ordered this on Black Friday, 2-3 weeks later my package still hadn’t arrived, contacted Missguided: YOUR PACKAGE IS LOST. Me: LOST?! WHAT DO YOU MEAN LOST?! Missguided: “its ok we’ll fix it”, they sent my items overnighted without any extra charges & honored their Black Friday prices, got my items a few days later, happiness.
For Christmas, I wore this top with my new favorite Express Mid Rise Jeans and Suede Sandals. It was 60 degrees out on Christmas in New York. I’m still shocked too… With a nice cat eye (which took me 20 minutes to do!) and a red lip, it was a fun classic make up look with my new gold top.

Outfit Details…

I loved this top so much I included it in my “overnight bag” while visiting my best friend in her new apartment. She shops in my closet so I had to bring 100 options with me. My new overnight bag broke about 100 feet from my car #chronicoverpacker I was really looking forward to wearing my custom shirt that my cousin had made. What I had forgotten is that I folded it in my bag. WRONG MOVE. When I took it out the bottom line had started to lift, it made me very sad. She had just moved in and we couldn’t find her iron… I couldn’t bear to think of ruining the entire shirt so I did not wear it. Instead, I wore the same awesome gold crushed satin top from Missguided. I kept the same makeup look from the pictures that I took because I enjoy looking like a raccoon. One bad ass raccoon.


Outfit Details…

My Best friend’s Outfit details may look familiar….

Now as I have stated that I normally do blogging on the weekends, so here are my excuses why there will only be a few posts this week….

  1. the holidays were on the weekend and I can only take pictures on the weekend. Why?
    1. by the time I get home from work the sun is down
    2. Weather
    3. Lack nice lighting inside/ don’t own “studio lighting”
  2. my only day off this week, the weather decided to be weather
    1. it rained.
    2. I take my own pictures (a majority of the time) so using a tripod in the rain isn’t something I feel comfortable with
  3. I refuse to put half ass quality blog posts – Brooke from the Notebrooke spoke about this and I really agree with her on this one. I don’t want to put out a post just to put out a post. or even do it for the gram.

Stay tuned for more new looks this year! I’m really excited for the new things to come and have a full 365 on this blog!!

xx Sarah

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Silver & Gold: Holiday Make-up Looks

Continuing with the make up looks this week.. These can be worn for Christmas or even New Years. I love both looks!

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Silver Look Details:

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Eyes:

  1. Laura Mercier powder under my eyes… this is going to get messy ladies!
  2. Inner corner of my eyes: I used Verve from the front of my eye to the middle, then packing on Pistol in the middle.
  3. Middle to outer corner of my eyes: I blended Pistol and MAC Knight Divine together
  4. Crease: I went in with a MAC Brush using Satin Taupe to blend out my crease.. I then took a MAC Brush to blend everything out.. constantly blending this look. Since my eyes really pop when I add some purple shadow, I took the color Busted and added this to my crease as well.. blend, blend, blend!
  5. Using the Urban Decay Setting Spray I picked up the color Gun Metal from the first palette and sprayed some setting spray.. I placed this color on the middle of my eyes for more of a silver effect.
  6. Outer Corner: because I can’t help myself when it comes to a smokey eye I added some of the color Dark side to the outer corners of my eyes and blended this until I was satisfied with the look.
  7. Smoke it out! : using a smudging brush, I first took MAC Knight Divine and blended this on my bottom lash line.. after I cleaned the brush off and picked up the same Dark side color and went over this for a more layered effect.
  8. Liner & Lashes: this was a huge tip from my cousin, I used the gel liner before adding my false lashes.

Face:

Lips:

Golden Look Details:

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  1. Again I used the Laura Mercier (linked above) powder to set under my eyes, I knew this was going to get a little messy.
  2. I packed on the UD half baked color all over my lid, I wanted this to be mainly gold and not have any other shades of gold involved.
  3. Crease: I blended MAC Soft Brown in my crease to soften this look, since it is a matte color I knew it wouldn’t take away from the golden look I was trying to achieve.
  4. Liner: I can’t resist a good winged liner look and I normally do this with a very neutral look, since this was going to be festive I decided to wing it. Using the Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid liner it was a bit easier to draw out my desired winged look rather than using the gel liner. I haven’t used this liner much but I expected the pigmentation to be deeper since it is a black liner. I had to go over my liner a few times to get the dark black look I wanted.
  5. Mascara & Lashes!
  6. Lips: Oh this lip color is just. I don’t even have a word. It SLAYS. This is by Colour Pop Cosmetics in the shade prim.

Face:

xx Sarah

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Frosty Makeup Look

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It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done any make up looks. Honestly I was waiting to get my new camera so I could have better quality photos of my make up looks. I’ve seen this look all over social media, at least the eye make up.. even on the run ways. But I have never tried it out myself. With this frosty look I wanted to add a pop of color with the Too Faced Matte Liquid lip in Candy Cane. It is the holiday season after all.. Might as well try to be festive!

Eyes:

Lips:

Face:

Top details.. Free People Ottoman Cotton Textured Turtleneck Tunic | similar cheaper option from Tillys or Forever 21

 

 

xx Sarah

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