Monday, November 6, 2017


What I wore: Leather motorcycle jacket from Wilson's Leather (similar), black open-front sweater from Macy's (similar), chambray shirt dress (similar),  black leggings from Lularoe, my favorite blue beanie (similar) and black leather boots (similar).

- S

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Work It Work It Work It

Since starting my current job I've been trying to develop a personal style that both pleases me and fits with the business casual dress code requirements. Too often business casual clothes can look frumpy or bland, and I never want to sacrificing style for my job. Finding a wardrobe that worked best for me involved a bit of trial and error but I think I've finally found the perfect balance.

After obsessing over the Goldstein sisters' wardrobes in "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" earlier this year, I found these Tina inspired trousers from J. Crew (similar). I love pairing those with this olive blouse from Loft (similar) and a cardigan sweater (similar). All I need now is a cropped bob and a long coat. I'll be off helping Newt hunt down escaped nifflers before you know it.

Just ignore the unironed shirt, clearly I haven't learned all the rules of fashion blogging yet.

When I asked my friend Sandy if she would snap some photos of me on our break, I wasn't expecting to feel so ridiculous standing out by a parking lot full of empty cars. Most likely the handful of people present at the time were not paying attention to what we were doing, but I could not stop giggling. Thankfully Sandy still managed to get some good shots.

What do you guys like to wear to work? Any business casual staples you'd recommend?

- S

Saturday, October 14, 2017

I'm Back Baby!

Hey! Hi. How you doin'? Holy moly, it's been a while.

After almost eight months of silence maybe it's time to catch you up on my life. Several exciting things have happened while I've been away from this blog and I wouldn't want you to feel left out.

Most importantly, I became an aunt! I have a squishy, adorable, sweet cheeked nephew named Levi who was born in June and is the best snuggle buddy ever.


I also got a new job. At the end of January I left my position at the library and started working in the billing department of a local home care service. The new job was a huge adjustment at first. Both my schedule and my work environment completely changed, and it took months before I could handle anything other than work and sleep. I may have enough money to pay my bills now, but I miss only working three days a week.

In May I came home with "a brand new car!" (Read that in your best Oprah voice.) Words cannot describe how happy this car has made me. Let's just say, no-car Sarah was slowly losing her marbles and would not have lasted another month without having a serious mental breakdown. Every time I get in my car now I want to start singing "Independent Women Part 1" by Destiny's Child.
Okay maybe I should still be admitted for psychological evaluation....

May was also the month my youngest cousin graduated from high school, a long lost friend helped me sign up for Beachbody, and I got bangs for the first time since I was 5 years old.

The summer months were packed with family gatherings, wine tastings, beach days, and birthday celebrations. I guess my life has been a lot more than work after all. Looking back on these pictures makes it all feels like a big blur though. Time has flown by this year and my body feels like it's barely stopped moving.

In August I was able to take the train to Chicago to spend an extended weekend with my friend Gabby. I hung out with her friendly cats, spent a ridiculous amount of time in various bookstores, walked around a handful of Chicago neighborhoods, and got lost inside the Art Institute. After a week in the city I felt more inspired to paint, write, and live than I do after most days in my home town. It's good to get out of the usual bubble and see other parts of the world, even if it's not visiting another country or half way across the globe.

My life has not lacked excitement over the past eight months, but I still missed writing to you all. I'm happy to be back and hopefully this time it'll last.

- S

Sunday, April 23, 2017

April's Refrain

I've had so much to say lately. So much I've wanted to write about on here. So much to catch you up on and too many words crammed in my head to get them all out in one place. It's been three months and I'm feeling a little rusty.

Forgive me. It's not for lack of ideas, or even lack of time, that it's taken me this long to write anything. Bridging the gap between an old habit and the feeling of starting fresh has been more difficult than it's ever been in the past. The more I thought about writing the harder it became, and the farther I let this blog slip away the easier it was to forget.

Maybe I'll fill in the gaps a bit more later, or maybe I won't, but for now I'll leave you with some music inspiration. Here's a full playlist option, or listen to each individual song below.

Keep Running by Tei Shi

Crowded Places by Banks

Carry You by Novo Amor

Belong by San Fermin

Love and Fear by Imelda May

Hate That You Know Me by Bleachers

You Can Cry Tomorrow by Betty Who

Say You Do by Tei Shi

Muddy Waters by LP

Happiness Will Ruin This Place by San Fermin

Silver by Waxahatchee

Nighttime Hunger by Overcoats

Lifetimes by Oh Wonder

Fire by Beth Ditto

Green Light by Lorde

Mama Say by Betty Who

Don't Take the Money by Bleachers


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Style Inspiration: A Blend of Vintage and Modern

My style has always been vintage inspired; so when I was seeking inspiration for my wardrobe this winter I wasn't surprised to find myself leaning on the past. Whether it's 1920's style hats and coats from the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie, or rich colors and plaid accents from the Outlander series, I'm constantly marveling at the lines and textures of vintage clothing. If you really think about it, all fashion is based on the past. Much like any aspect of the world today, it's all just a variation on what's been done before. The more modern outfits I've been inspired by lately all have nods to the past, whether it's wide leg pants, wool coats, full eyebrows, thick sweaters or mom jeans. Certain styles will remain in our lives forever.

Most importantly, what I'm really inspired by is the type of women wearing these garments, whether they're real or fictional. I'm inspired by strong women who can look feminine while also sticking up for themselves. Women who look put together. Women who are able to remain a bit of a mystery, and women who exude a sense of confidence. It's my goal in life to be one of these women. To be fearless and independent in my personal style and my life.

- S