Urban Fedora: Sharing my shopping secrets


Finally I have returned!! I am so happy to be back in the groove of things once again. As I am typing this I am pool side after shooting some quick looks at home. Balancing a full time job and a blog isn’t the easiest task to do. No matter what my full time paying job will always come first, it is a steady income and I am trying to get the ball moving for my marketing career. My work environment is amazing and isn’t something I am easily distracted from… the only distractions is the million options for snacks we have in the kitchen. Other than that I am a busy bee from the moment I walk in to the moment I leave to commute home. Tired is an understatement especially when my weekends are filled with many events.

The holiday weekend I used to recharge my batteries… it continued into the week where I needed some time off. It wasn’t that I hated blogging, i just didn’t have the time or effort that I wanted and prefer to have when I do things for my blog. I always loved the entire creative process and that is something that will never change. I will continue to evolve with the changing processes which I am trying to get into place before the summer is over. I am hoping at least. It is a small goal but I am trying to stay focused on the positive and most important things here, which is the creativity. I will never post anything just to be “consistent.” My consistency is that I have a full time job and this is something I do as a hobby. A hobby which I love and adore… I truly hope one day something can blossom from this, but right now I am still at the beginning stages of it all. The interactions I have had so far have been nothing but wonder and awesome! I love interacting with other bloggers through social media or anyone who leaves a comment. If my funny comment or caption made them smile when they were having a crummy day then I am happy, or if it made them happy or laugh in general then that makes me happy. If it inspires someone to go out and buy the exact outfit or something similar then that makes me happy. Can you tell my goal here is to be happy? Haha!

I woke up feeling like it was time for me to jump back in. It was an itch I needed to scratch and I am sooooo fucking happy to be back! Oh my god! It felt like a century!!! This particular look I have been hoarding in my brain for some time. I share with you all over the winter how I turned this slip dress into a top. And I did it again. Converting my looks into different seasons is 1. Fun 2. making my get my bang for my buck. No doubt I was inspired by a few of the bloggers I followed but these were items I already had in my closet. No need for me to go out and buy anything new. Which is a point I want to make. If you see someone wearing something and you want to recreate the look always look in your closet first before spending the money on an entire new look. This could be something you wear just once, its not worth spending extra money if you don’t have to.


This is my creative process when trying to recreate a look that I see:

  1.  Where is the look from?
    • If this is another bloggers outfit, head over to their website to see if they linked the look.  9 out of 10 times they linked all of the items they are wearing, and sometimes looks for less or similar options if it is sold out.
    • Too lazy? Sign up for like to know it. Most bloggers are associated with this app. You can download it through your phone or sign up here. If you screen shot the look it will show up in the app with the outfit details
  2. Check your closet
    • Always look in your own closet and dresser to see if you already have this look or something similar..even if it is one or 2 pieces from your wardrobe that you already have.. not only is this saving you money but you are creating a look that you are inspired by
  3. Price decision
    • If there is a particular item that you cannot live without decide if it is worth the purchase:
      • Can you see yourself wearing it more than once?
      • Can you name 3-5 places/occasions where you would wear this?
      • Can you find this item for less on Amazon or a similar item somewhere else you frequently shop?
    • Out of my budget.. like waaayy out of my budget
      • OK so I cannot afford this right now or maybe even ever – what are my options?
        • Save up for that item, whether it be a pair of jeans, purse, sunglasses, dress, shoes
        • Check to see if you can find a similar option for something in your price range.. thjs goes into the “fast fashion” topic that was discussed at the Create & Cultivate conference that I attended in May. I am going to get super honest with you… From a designers POV, it sucks… you work you ass off to get your company off the ground and your items are marked at a certain price range because of the quality… from a middle class working girl POV, I can’t afford to spend $200+ on all of these items, especially if it is a trend.. this is going to go out of style in a year so why spend the extra money when I can get almost the same item from a different store that sells in my price range. I get it because I am living that life style now. Is there a way to balance this out? YES! I recommend in investing in designer items that you are going to get every day use out of. Bags, every day shoes, jackets, sunglasses, glasses, jeans. These are items that I am willing to spend a little extra money on… I am not saying spend a grand or more on that one bag or that one coat, be reasonable here and use your noggin and judgement on what you feel comfortable with

These are just some tips and tricks that I use when I am shopping. I even see my cousins who tend to buy the designer items use this rule of thumb when shopping. Why spend a ton of money on just one item when I can find more than one and spend the same amount of money? I hope these tips help you out the next time you are searching for an item or see something you like online. It isn’t about having the in trend items or wishing you were them on these lavish vacations when following these bloggers or social media influencers.. it is about finding inspiration and motivation to make your life better. If seeing a girl constantly travel makes you jealous, wipe off the green mug and book a vacation somewhere or find a place you really want to visit and start saving. Being the green eyed monster isn ‘t going to get you far in life, but using it as motivation to push yourself to do things and flipping a negative feeling into a positive one a better outlook on life in my opinion.

Outfit details…

Accessories…

xx Sarah

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Slip into this trend: weekend look

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See what I did there? Made a pun in the title. Get it?

Slip dresses have been a major trend this past fall.. I’ve always been the type of girl to always wear pants when it came to the colder months. The thought of exposing my legs to the cold weather and wind, its just a hard core no… until I saw this slip dress. There are so many ways to wear it and the best part is that you can layer this look.

Today I am wearing an outfit that was inspired by something I saw on Pintrest. Recently I got these over the knee suede boots, which are the knock off to my coveted Stuart Weitzman lowlanders. I found these beauties in DSW, what gravitated me towards them is that they were wide calf.. something that tends to be rare in stores. Although they are suede and the fabric has more give compared to leather,  the other suede over the knee boots that I had tried on were more fitted, even with a pair of jeans on. I didn’t want to cut of the circulation in my legs so I decided to go with the wider calf pair which I couldn’t walk away from.

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This slip dress was a nice find from Urban Outfitters… for a long while I have been looking for a nice slip dress. A friend of mine had ordered one online and when it arrived it did not look the same on her as the model in the photo. So I knew this was something that I had to truly take my time in searching for. Unfortunately throughout all of the stores near me I could not find anything that was close to what I had in mind. I was getting to the point where I was going to buy a slip from the lingerie sections of the stores. It shouldn’t have been that difficult to find, a simple black slip dress with lace accents. And then. Shay Mitchell came the rescue, just as her character Emily has done many times in Pretty Little Liars.. she made my life SO. MUCH. EASIER…. and the end of the 2 month long search for a slip dress. She posted this in her winter look book and even shared where it was from. Perfect timing since it was right before Black Friday. It was $30 which isn’t a terrible price, especially because I had seen it on a person.. and she was moving around. I saw how it fit and how it moved. The detail in this slip dress also caught my eye.. the cut on the side of the dress added a bit more of a sexier feeling to the look, plus it had the lace detailing at the bottom of the dress that I had been looking for without breaking the bank. End of search.

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This slip dress trend doesn’t end there though.. there are so many different kinds of slip dresses you can purchase. Velvet, suede, satin, silk, lace, etc. What everyone has been doing is layering with these dresses. So if you feel more comfortable with a t-shirt underneath this dress then go for it. If you want to layer it with a sweater you can too.. layering for the winter months is definitely key for staying warm.. and fashionable. I do recommend being able to try on these slip dresses. Although I ordered mine online, I did see it on a person before I got it. This was a bit of a difference, at least to me.

Since I like to wear all black I added my go to Forever 21 cropped leather jacket and my all time favorite Ray Ban sunglasses. The choker I got from Dynamite earlier this season, it had been awhile since I had worn this and since I’ve been wearing more scarves lately its hard to show off a choker. This also help accent the gold in the hardware of my jacket and my bag. I don’t know how many times I’ve shown off this bag, but it really was worth the investment in getting.

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Outfit details…

 

Side note: I finally was able to use my fancy camera for these pictures! Still learning about how to work the camera but I hope these photos are better quality than my previous ones. HUGE THANKS to my friend Alison who took all of these pictures for me. She’s so much fun to shoot with, always knows how to keep a girl laughing!

xx Sarah

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