Friday, May 30, 2014

Sunflowers


Ugggghhhhhhh...what a long week. I have to admit that blogging hasn't been much of a priority, what with school and work. I had a paper outline due at the beginning of the week and I was the only one in my department for the week with a deadline looming over me. I feel bad that I wasn't able to do more, only because I didn't want my coworker/buddy to come back to pure chaos come Monday. I did the best that I could though, and only had one major freak out. I think I mentioned this before, but I have a big problem with anxiety. I used to get panic attacks fairly regularly but over the past few years, with therapy and hard work,  I was able to manage it much better. That doesn't mean they don't still happen though. When they do happen, I sort of feel like all that hard work was for nothing, which in turn makes the anxiety attacks worse. Anyways, the point is, that considering the situation I was in, I count myself lucky that I only had one. Small victories right?

So after a mostly blah week weather wise, today was pretty nice out, so I wanted to summer it up a little. The skirt and shoes are from ModCloth. I have never ordered shoes from them before. Mostly because shoes jack up the shipping price significantly, but also because they carry so many brands, it makes it sort of hard to figure what might work size wise. The shoes are a tad big, but I think sizing down would have been a mistake. I managed to wear them all day and so far, no blisters. I had wanted a pair of mustard heels for awhile and I had a coupon code, so I figured why not. They weren't as mustard yellow as I though they would be but all in all, I'm quite pleased with them.


The skirt was from the same order. Oddly enough, I wasn't planning on pairing them together but when I was getting ready for work this morning, it just sort of made sense. I got a lot of compliments about the skirt from all the ladies in my office. It's great for summer and is an appropriate length. It does manage to catch a lot of wind though, which caused me to have to hold it down several times so I wouldn't flash people. I didn't think this would be a problem since it's much longer than some of the other skirts I own but you can't stop the wind. I imagine that this will get a lot of wear this summer.


I hope everyone has an awesome weekend. Tomorrow will just be a relaxing day, maybe get some errands done, maybe have a Veronica Mars marathon, who knows.

Top: Forever 21
Cardigan: H&M
Shoes and Skirt: ModCloth

~Sarah

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Seersucker


I very rarely post stuff on the weekends. Mostly because I wear pjs or jeans and a t-shirt, which I figure isn't worth the effort of setting up the camera. However, the last few days have been really nice and sunny outside. I was finally able to not wear tights with my dresses and I really wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to get some sun. I'm very careful about sun exposure since I have a tendency to burn (also I'm not going to lie, I don't want skin cancer) but when I can, I try to get at least a bit of color so I don't look like a ghost.

I realize that I haven't posted in the last little bit and I touched on that in my last entry. I just started my summer class so I'm not sure I'll have much time to right now either. However, I still hope to get in at least a post a week. Another reason for my lack of posting: I got my PS3 repaired! It cost around 70$ but it was worth it. I know new ones are not that expensive right now but; 1. I forgot to back up all my save data and 2. I have a launch console that's backwards compatible so I have like 15 years worth of game saves on it. When it first broke I will admit, I cried like a baby. Since I had the power supply fixed, I went and downloaded Child of Light. It's adorable since it's told in rhymes, but whats most important is that the game play is excellent.  It's much like Grandia for the battle system, which if you've never played a Grandia game, you need to get on that right away.  It was one of my favorite PS1 RPGs, right up there with Suikoden 2 and Final Fantasy 7. Anyways, it's a really good game so far, it's on multiple platforms and at around 15$, there's no excuse not give Child of Light a shot.


So on to the clothes. Last year, I had gone down to the states with some friends, saw this Jessica Simpson dress at TJ Maxx and I fell in love. They didn't have it in my size, so I sort of forgot about it. Then a few months back, it and other Jessica Simpson seersucker dresses, kept popping up on a lot of style blogs that I read. I decided to start scouring eBay for it, but since it was at least a year old, I wasn't sure I would find it, or at least not in my size. Well the eBay gods were kind to me that day and I found it for around 30$ which was great. Much like a couple of other of my Jessica Simpson dresses, a size 12 is still a little snug in the chest, but it fits fine everywhere else that sizing up wouldn't be worth it. I can breath comfortably and I can sit in it, so works for me.


The shoes are Keds I bought last summer and are super comfortable. This photo made me realize that I really need to vacuum.

Dress: Jessica Simpson via eBay
Cardigan: Old Navy
Shoes: Keds

~Sarah

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

White Stripes


Hello everyone, I'm not dead, just busy. It's been almost a month since my last post and I'm pretty sure I was all "I'm going to post more often now" in the last one...whoops.

Anyways, I'm hoping things will have died down for May since April was pretty much a write off. Work was hectic and I experienced a few personal matters during that time that I won't bore you with, but I feel like I might have a second wind. School starts again for me next week, so I'm sort of looking forward to that. The summer session is a perfect time to take courses. The semester is shorter so that's good, but because of that, it might be a bit hectic. It finishes in June though so I will still get to enjoy at least part of my summer.

Speaking of warmer weather, it really doesn't even feel like spring yet. Canada doesn't get a real spring, ya know? Where it's like 17 degrees out, and sort of sunny, and you can get away with being outside with no jacket on at lunch time. No...we don't have that. We have Winter 2, where it's still freezing outside and going out bare legged is just asking for trouble. Yes, I realize that this is a stereotype, but it's the truth.


I wanted to maybe feel a bit more springy by wearing white. This effect is totally lost when you're wearing a super dark cardigan and black tights though. The dress is very comfortable and it's got pockets. Even though it's lined, it's still quite see-through. This isn't an issue now since, you know, tights, but come that 3 month period when we have a summer, this might be a bit of an issue. I hate slips with a passion but I think I might have to wear one with this dress.



Man...my floor is really scratched. I really do need to find a better space to take these photos. I've always thought about taking them outside but I feel kind of odd doing it, especially since I'm on my own with a tripod. How do you get past that initial felling of people watching you?  Does it ever really go away?

White Dress: Gap
Blue polka dot cardigan: Forever 21
Tights: Urban Outfitters
Stripe shoes: Payless

~Sarah



Monday, March 31, 2014

Stripes and Bikes



Today sort of almost felt like it could maybe be spring sometime soon. There's a certain amount of slush that's making me optimistic. Much like everywhere else, we keep getting a healthy dumping of snow every other day that I'm just about done with. Today gave me hope though. I wore just a pair of tights and I didn't freeze, and I wore sun glasses. SUN GLASSES!  About friggin time.


It is still March though, so layers are a practical and logical thing to wear. I'm getting antsy though. I have so many dresses I really want to wear but they're all so springy I feel sort of out of place wearing them just yet.

I've worn most of these pieces before but never together. I felt like this would have been a pretty good Saint Patricks day outfit as well. Clearly others felt the same way, since I got this as a comment from a friend; "That's a lot of green and it's nice, but it's so 2 weeks ago." Well, you got me there.


I got another pair of wedges from Payless, this time for 10 bucks! Works for me, since they're super comfortable. Plus, grey pretty much works with everything. Too bad my tights are covered in fur, or pet glitter, from my beloved fur babies. I was already having a difficult time trying to get photos since the lighting was a bit off, but the two of them just weren't having it and kept getting antsy and in my shots, so I decided to take photos of them for a change.


You try saying no to these two. Tengen has since collapsed next to me while I write, while Waffles is still clawing at the window to get at the birds. It really is Spring.


Green bike print shirt: Gap
Black V neck sweater: Mexx
Green stripe skirt: Gap
Black tights: Target
Grey wedges: Payless

~Sarah


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Stripes and Dots 2.0



I realize I didn't post anything for St-Patrick's day, but when I got home, I noticed the battery on the camera was dead. I know this might come as a  shock but I wore green!  I'd like to think not in a way that was over kill or tacky though. Since it was another holiday, the social committee at work threw another shindig full of snacks. A friend and I decided that since it was probably going to be all sugar, we'd provide something salty. I just brought Triscuts and cheese, since I sort of forgot to prepare anything in advance. Brie: the life saver of parties. Anyways, I had grabbed a bunch of left over cake and brought it home for Dave.I was a genius and left the plastic container on the coffee table instead of putting it away after  he and I had a slice, right at Tengen's mouth level.  So the next day, she had managed to scarf down chocolate and vanilla cake in the 15 minutes where Dave left for school and I came home from work.  There was a slightly chewed up container on the floor and crumbs all over the carpet. Her breath still smelled like cake. I know she's a smart dog but I honestly didn't think she would go for the plastic container. She had a bit of an upset stomach, which resulted in her puking on our bed at 12 am, but otherwise she is fine, which is all that matters.

So keeping in mind that I didn't post anything green on Monday, I figured I would do it today. The dress is actually mint and blue, which I absolutely love as a color combination. I would have never thought of putting it together though. I remember my mom always telling me: "Blue and green should not be seen, unless it's in the washing machine." I'm not really sure where that came from, but it's one of those things that always stuck with me.


This cardigan is getting a butt load of use, let me tell you. One of the best and most practical purchases I've made in awhile. The belt was really great...at first. Each time I wear it, it seems to get loose over the span of the day and just sort of just pops off. It's only got one belt peg rather than two, which I think is the problem. Sure enough, it popped open after I ate lunch, which seems to be a common theme with me and clothing. Least it didn't happen in front of a bunch of people like the last time.


I'm really glad I decided to splurge and buy these shoes last summer. I really like them and they're quite comfortable. I'll be honest though, I'm not quite sure how well they worked with this outfit. I think if I wasn't wearing tights, it wouldn't seem too bad. Maybe it's the strap from the shoes, or maybe it's just me. Ah well, they can't all be winners, right? I think I'm still in the process of learning what works and what doesn't. I have to say that it was only in the last, I think 5 years, that I really started getting into clothes. I've got a lot of catching up to do.


Blue polka dot cardigan: Forever 21
Blue and mint stripe dress: Gap
Blue bow belt: Anthropologie
Blue tights: Old
Mint shoes: Bait footwear

~Sarah

Friday, March 7, 2014

Deer



Happy Friday! I'm glad this week is finally over. No more overtime for awhile, which is awesome. I can finally stop getting up at 6 am. I think this post is going to be pretty short since I'm just exhausted.

I purchased this dress from Mod Cloth (on sale of course) about a month ago. I was hesitating getting it since all the reviews said it was really tight in the bust. I figured I'd get an XL since that's my usual go to size for non stretchy clothing. I know the sizing varies on Mod Cloth since they sell so many brands, so the user reviews do come in handy. In this case, they were right; it's tight in the chest, but not uncomfortably so. Throughout the day, it got more relaxed and didn't feel nearly as snug as it did when I first put it on. I got a lot of compliments about this dress too which is always reassuring.  I really liked the print, but I wasn't sure if maybe it was a bit too young for me. I think the longer length balances it out though. It's always a nice surprise when you come across a cute and fun dress but that also has some actual length to it as well. I know I've mentioned  before that I'm concerned with dress length since I hate flashing people.


The sweater is just a basic one from H&M I bought at the beginning of Fall when I realized I didn't have a full length black cardigan. It's really practical and I wear it fairly regularly. The shoes were purchased last summer, also on sale, for about 20 dollars. They were in my summer shoe box but I thought the colors matched quite nicely. I don't know why I haven't worn them in awhile since they aren't specifically a summer shoe or anything.



That's about it for now.Time for some more Supernatural! Have a good weekend everyone.

Deer dress: Mod Cloth
Black cardigan: H&M
Black tights: Urban Outfitters
Shoes: 1861

~Sarah

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Polka dots 3.0



My lord it's only Wednesday. Work has been hectic over the last few, well months really, but I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. It gets super busy this time of year and so I just have to do one final big push without burning out in the process.

It was another meeting free day, so I wore my super comfy mid-rise jeans again, They really are awesome and incredibly comfortable. Plus, I find they do wonders for my legs. Since January I have been wearing my giant Sorel winter boots. These suckers are heavy, and I'm not talking about normal winter boot heavy, I'm talking like an extra 5 pounds a leg kind of heavy. I get winded just trying to go up a flight of stairs in them. Maybe that's just saying more about my overall health than the boot weight. Anyways,  I can honestly say, my legs are starting to look dare I say, almost cut. I had forgotten I had muscles under there. I always find that come the winter months I get super lazy with my exercise routine, and combined with my not so great blood pressure, I really should put more effort in to working out. I'm not saying walking around in these boots makes up for it, but it has become a source of extra activity during these colder months. Point being, my legs are getting toned. If anyone has some fun suggestions to stay fit during the winter months, I'd love to hear them. Gyms have never been my thing so I got an exercise bike, which I use but sometimes it just gets super boring.


Ah yes, another polka dot cardigan. I got it with a gift card I received for my birthday and was bought from Target. I also bought a few other things with the card, including socks. OOooOOoo so exciting I know, but I needed new fuzzy ones, so thank you Michelle! The sweater is covered with grey and orange dots so it's got a lot of potential. I'm looking forwards to pairing it with other outfits.  The top was a Mod Cloth purchase. It's a little big and  I probably could have gone down a size, but shipping back to them from Canada is really expensive. It's a very stretchy jersey type fabric, and is very soft. My issue with it is that the collar didn't lay super flat, even after I gave it a quick ironing. I would still recommend it though, since it's inexpensive, comfortable and a nice spring-y color.



Last but not least, I got new glasses... again. I had gotten some back in August and didn't get the 1 year protection plan. I usually do but I'm pretty good with my glasses, so I didn't bother this time around. Well, one of the lenses got really, really scratched. I was pretty upset since I spent almost 300 bucks on them. Dave went for an eye exam recently, so he decided to buy his glasses online. I had never even considered it since I though you needed to be measured for them and everything. He was pleased with his purchases and considering the price of them online, I decided to give it a shot myself. I'm quite happy with the results. With shipping I paid a whopping 45$ for a pair of prescription glasses. I am never going to buy glasses in store again, I can tell you that much. I still use my other pair, since I really liked them but mostly as back ups.  Also, I  don't like taking close ups of myself, I never know where to look.


Polka dot cardigan: Target (Buy it here)
Mint top: Mod Cloth (Buy it here)
Jeans: Old Navy
Shoes: Payless
Glasses: Zenni (Buy it here)

~Sarah

Friday, February 28, 2014

Balloons 2.0



It was particularly cold again today, so I decided to wear pants. I can't stress enough how done I am with winter. I've often contemplated where I could move too so I wouldn't have to deal with such blistering cold anymore. However, I'm really bad in extreme heat too, and I'd rather dress in layers to stay warm than try to stay cool in humidity. Come summer time, I'll probably complain about the heat as well, so there's just no winning.

I had a meeting again today, so that meant a little more effort in my appearance. I got this blouse a few months back on sale and I'll be honest, this is the only cardigan I have managed to get it to work with. I don't know if its the neck ruffle or something but I'm having a difficult time  integrating it in to my wardrobe. I like it and think it's super cute, but I'm not sure how practical it is. It's sleeveless so maybe once the warmer weather rolls by, I can get some more outfit ideas. Suggestions are welcome.


The blouse is covered in black balloons which I thought was awesome. Someone at work told me it looked like dripping ink,but I though the balloons were pretty obvious. The cardigan was a steal at Target. It's got little black pompoms all over the front, which I just love. Like my other pompom sweater, I have to be careful washing it as to have them not fall off. One came a bit loose but even with my minimal sewing skills, I was able to fix it no problem. Something to take into consideration if you plan on purchasing it and it's currently on sale.



The pants are another pair of the mid rise Rock Star jeans from Old Navy I mentioned before. As always, they are super comfortable and it keeps my belly in check. They aren't always in stock online in my size, but every once and awhile they pop up on sale, so I decided to buy another pair, this time in a dark wash rather than black.

This past week has been exhausting, so I am really excited about just relaxing this weekend. I've been trying to play some more Bravely Default. If you're playing it, then I'm sure you can agree that rebuilding Norende and getting townsfolk via street pass is addictive. If that was all nonsense to you, I say play the game because it is awesome!


Balloon blouse: Anthropologie
Blue pompom cardigan: Target (Buy it here)
Blue jeans: Old Navy (Buy it here)
Blue wedges: Payless (Buy it here)

~Sarah

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Keys



Another day, another outfit. I've been feeling pretty run down over the past few days and think I might be coming down with something. Hopefully I can fight it off before it turns into a real cold. I started doing some over time at work as well and now would be a crappy time to get sick. Ah well, you do what you can.

So I was going for comfort today and this cardigan does the trick. It's got sparkly elbow patches, which I tried to take a photo of but they kept coming out super blurry. You'll just have to take my word for it. You know when you like something a lot, and then someone makes a random comment about it and then you can't un-see it? This cardigan is a prime example of that. I was super excited when I wore it the first time, since I was on an elbow patch kick. The patches on this sweater are made of sequins and are sort of dusty rose color and I thought it was really pretty. Dave being Dave though, said it looked like I had two giant scabs on my elbows. Now I can't stop seeing scabs every time I wear this cardigan. He didn't totally ruin it for me though since I clearly still wear it, and it's really comfy and stretchy.

The dress was purchased last spring and I've gotten a lot of use out of it, I just never bothered to photograph it until now. As you can see it's got keys all over it.


The issue I've come to realize is that almost all of my clothing has prints on it. Every once in awhile I try to mix them up a bit. Sometimes subtly like today with the plaid scarf, or like the stripes and polka dot post I made recently. Usually I try to stick to the same color pallets if I'm going to mix and match. I'm a little bit hesitant to go over the top and bold though, and I'm always envious of those who manage to pull it off so successfully.


I can also safely say that I think I might be done with winter this year. I really can't wait for it get warmer again.  I'm sick of walking around in my giant winter boots and having to pile on the layers to keep warm outside, only to start sweating profusely once indoors. Plus, you know, I bought a bunch of dresses I'm looking forward to wearing. Woo!


Plaid scarf: H&M
Pink cardigan: Old Navy
Blue key print dress: Old Navy
Blue tights: old, can't remember
Blue sparkle shoes: Toms

~Sarah

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Kisses



I hope everyone had a nice Valentines day. My office has a social committee that organizes little get together the for holidays. This time around, they set up a candy bar and a chocolate fountain. I really appreciate all the effort that they put in to these events. It's a nice change of pace and really makes the difference when it comes to office moral.

I spent my evening in my pj's playing Bravely Default on the 3DS. If you love Final Fantasy as a series, then this game is a must have. It literally has all the elements of a FF title, from job classes to phoenix downs. I'm not sure why Square Enix didn't just make it a FF title, but either way, it's a great RPG so far, and I'm loving every minute of it.

So even though I didn't have any date plans on actual Valentines day, I still wanted to dress up a little bit for work. I bought this cardigan over the Christmas holidays, but was having a difficult time trying to pair it with stuff. It's a bit too big, but a smaller size wouldn't have fit since the front panels are sort of a silky fabric with no stretch.


I tried to use a belt to hide the fact that it was a little baggy, which I think worked out pretty well. This is the first time I wore this cardigan, so maybe once I wash it, it will shrink a little bit. As you can see it's covered with kisses which I thought was perfect for Valentines day. It was part of the L'Wren Scott collection that Banana Republic did a few months back. As usual, I refused to pay full price for this cardigan since it would have been around 100$. If you're willing to wait though, you can get things at a fraction of the price, since Banana republic lets you stack coupon codes.



I paired the cardigan with a red dress I got back at Christmas and some black and white shoes I have owned for years but never really wore. I have a ton of shoes but very few of them are heels. These ones aren't super high and are practical, so I never got rid of them. Maybe I will start to wear them a bit more often now that I dug them from out the closet.


Kisses cardigan: Banana Republic
Red dress: Jacob
Black bow belt: Talbots
Tights: Urban Outfitters
Black and white shoes: Le Chateau

~Sarah

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Stripes and Dots


Two posts in the same week? Whaaaaaaat?  With Valentines day tomorrow, I've been wracking my brain over what to wear to work just because I have now become one of those people who dresses up for holidays. I never in a million years thought that I would be that kind of person. I've got ideas but I'm not sure how it'll turn out. If successful, then expect another post. I don't have any actual Valentines day plans since Dave works, but because I've been feeling very anxious over this past week (like panic attack levels) I decided a nice night in would be perfect. Season 5 of Supernatural isn't going to watch itself after all. We're going to go out on the Saturday to see the Lego Movie and have sushi, so I'm excited for the weekend.

This dress is from Mod Cloth and I got when they were having their super sale. I was hesitant to buy it at first since the reviews indicated it was quite short. I decided to take a chance with it anyways. I do find it on the short side for sure, but with tights, this isn't a problem. I'm a bit under 5'7, so not ridiculously tall or anything, but the length combined with the weight of the fabric would make it terrible on a windy day, so I don't think I would wear this without tights. It is obviously a summer dress based on the fabric, which is a very light and unlined but I think it's totally wearable on a milder fall/winter day as well. As you can see blow, it wrinkles quite a bit too, but it's not the end of the world. A friend has already called dibs on this dress, so I guess I have to make sure I don't damage or shrink it since she's already made her claim on it.


But the bonus part of this dress? POCKETS! I still don't know why this isn't standard in dresses.


It was a friends birthday today, so a bunch of us decided to take him out to lunch.  During the meal, it was pointed out that I wear a lot of polka dots and that a friend of mine thought of me and how proud I would be of her, when purchasing  her first polka dot cardigan. *single tear* I'm so proud! I think it's just a cute and easy pattern to work with, quite frankly. It seems works with stripes, which I have a lot of, so it's got that going for it.


I realize that this outfit is all blue, but I think the white and different patterns makes it interesting. I feel if I'm going to have a monochromatic outfit, I need to mix it up a bit.


Blue stripe dress: Mod Cloth
Blue polka dot cardigan: Forever 21
Blue tights: Old
Blue wedges: Payless

~Sarah

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Gingham


It's been an odd week or so. So last week my wrist felt like it was on fire because I turned a knob funny. By the time the weekend came, I could barely use it. This really sucked because I went bridesmaid dress shopping on the Saturday and made it unnecessarily uncomfortable to try on clothes. However, no stupid swollen wrist will ever stop me from clothes shopping pfffft. Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on how you look at it) 5 girls were limited to one changing room so I had help with zippers. David's Bridal is a freaking mad house, let me tell you. I never though it would be as crowded as that, so it was quite overwhelming. I'm guessing that's what most weekends are like though, so I do not envy the people who work there. I got a dress though, that remained within the budget I set for myself, with straps and that would require little to no alterations. It was snug in the boob area but not the point where I couldn't breath, and this is a thing I have learned to accept with dresses. I least they aren't going to be moving and there is no chance of them popping out.

Anyways, the point being, that by the time I got home, my wrist was so bad I had to ice it and drug up to be able to make it through the night. What's worse was that it was preventing me from playing video games (Bravely Default anyone?), which is my nightmare. I went to the doctors just to make sure it wasn't anything more serious than a sprain or pulled muscle, which it wasn't. The x-ray technician asked if I had fallen or something, so she laughed when I said I lost a battle with a knob at work but if anyone asked, I got into a bare knuckle boxing match.

So because of my crappy wrist incident, I didn't get to post on Friday, although I did add a photo to the style gallery over at Mod Cloth. If anyone is super interested as to where I got the articles of clothing from, it was pretty much all Anthropologie. For this outfit, I was aiming for comfort, and warmth since it was -20c this morning. I have a bunch of button downs and a bunch of cardigans that don't get much action in the winter months since I usually just wear regular sweaters.


I like this cardigan a lot but the buttons are pretty flimsy so I try not to button it up very much. I always like things with bows on them, so once this went on sale last summer I grabbed it up as quickly as I could.


Since I'm always, as my friends say, matchy-matchy, I decided to wear my grey Toms. You can't tell from the photo, but they have a shiny rainbow thread running through there was well, which picks up the green from the gingham shirt.


Grey bow cardigan: Jacob
Green gingham shirt: Banana Republic
Belt: I stole it from Dave
Black jeans: Old Navy
Grey shoes: Toms

~Sarah

Monday, February 3, 2014

Bikes




Today's post will be relatively short since my wrist is sort of acting up. I was fiddling around with my arm rest on my chair at work and in doing so, my wrist cracked really loudly. It's been sore since, so I'm going to ease up on the typing. A friend laughed at me for messing up my wrist by turning a knob. It's not the worst thing to have happened though. I once threw out my back washing my hands. It only takes one stupid movement to cause a serious amount of pain.

I realized that a good chunk of the time, my photos don't pick up all the details of my outfits. This is mostly because it takes me forever to get one decent picture to begin with. I'll say it again, I am not a photographer. This time around, I tried to get a few more shots though, to show some of the details.




So as you can see, the shirt has tiny bicycles on it. I have no idea why bike prints appeal to me so much, considering I am piss poor at cycling. It's really sad. I'm super paranoid about getting hit by a car. I have a hard time heading to the grocery store on my bike, let alone work. Trying to bike in a city is like a nightmare to me. It sucks because I really like my bike. I'm hoping this summer, I will use it more and maybe branch out so that I'm more comfortable being mobile around cars and other bikes.

The shirt is super comfortable and a rare occasion where a button down actually fits me properly. The necklace was a purchase I made last summer. I think this might be the first time I've actually worn it though. I never knew what to pair it with, especially since I don't own much pink (which is changing). The dress was something I had been eyeing for awhile now, but was quite expensive originally. Banana Republic was having a sale online and they also sent me a coupon code for my birthday, so combined I paid maybe 35$ for it. I got the shirt in the same order and had no intention of pairing them together until it arrived in the mail.

Black dress: Banana Republic (Buy it here)
Pink bike shirt: Old Navy (Buy it here) 
Rose necklace: Old-can't remember where I bought it from
Cat shoes: Call It Spring

~Sarah

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Stripes



So the weather has been so unpleasant lately, that I've been more concerned with keeping warm than with style. I recently bought some industrial Sorel boots since my current pair are on their last leg. This is seriously a pain in the butt since they didn't even last a whole winter. They didn't do much to keep my feet warm either, which is really surprising since you always hear such great things about the brand. The new ones I got were men's boots (which were cheaper than the women's version for some reason) from Marks Work Warehouse, that I'm pretty sure are used for arctic expeditions or something. They're good down to -73c so if these babies don't keep my feet warm, I don't know what will. I've always had terrible circulation so once it gets to about 0c outside, it starts to be a problem. They're huge and I'm getting a really good leg workout from them. I'm going dog sledding with Dave (his Christmas gift) in February so I needed something that would allow me to be outside for a few hours. I don't want to spend the entire outing complaining because I can't feel my feet, especially considering this is a gift and it's supposed to be fun. Now that I have my giant boots, I should be good to go.

Today is also my 31st birthday, so I wanted to put some effort in my appearance. I had a nice lunch with friends and Dave is in the process of doing the dishes so he can make me pizza from scratch; he makes a great deep dish. I got some pretty sweet gifts too, including a sonic screwdriver (iee!) a massage, and a digital meat thermometer. I have to admit that so far, my 30's are starting off pretty good. My early 20's were a very difficult period for me and I'm glad that it's in the past. I expect some bumps in my 30's too, but I will be better equipped to deal with them. I fully admit to having mixed feelings about getting older. I'm starting to find way more gray hairs than I did before but it helps that I  don't feel any older than I did say 5 years ago.

So for the clothes, all of this outfit was on sale, so bonus points for that. I find that the shirt is a bit big but if I had gone smaller, it probably would have been too small. The shoes are from Payless and are AWESOME. They are a basic round toe wedge but it's not crazy high or anything, so I can walk without feeling clumsy. They are also really cushy inside and are one of the most comfortable shoe I've owned, right out of the box. The colors are pretty basic (they have red ones too but online only) so they're practical, and because it's Payless, they were really inexpensive.

Red and blue stripe shirt: J.Crew Factory
Blue and black stripe skirt: Gap
Black tights: Target
Blue wedges: Payless

~Sarah

Monday, January 13, 2014

Oranges


Happy Monday! Today started off sort of crappy but eventually ended up being not to bad. I'm still fighting off the last bit of my cold. Hopefully it won't get worse, but I  did get to spend the entire weekend resting up and watching the first season of Supernatural. I had no idea how good that show is, at least the first season is anyways.

So this orange dress has been in a previous post, and as I mentioned, I have a really hard time pairing it with stuff. I can easily just wear it on it's own but I wanted to try something a bit different. Also, while unseasonably mild, it's still January so warmth was important. I decided to try and pair it with an orange checkered shirt that I've had for awhile now. I don't wear it super often because it gapes a bit at some of the buttons. I usually wear it under stuff  like sweaters or cardigans as a layering piece. I never thought to try it with this dress, but it made sense since it's pretty much the same color. I think it worked out pretty well. I got a lot of comments on it at work, which were all positive. It's also nice to get in a bit of color during the drab winter months.

So for my hair, I'm using one of those bun donuts you see everywhere. I had owned one before but it ended up falling in the toilet. That's a fairly standard rule for me; if it falls in, it's done. Anyways, I was having trouble finding one that wasn't huge, since I don't have enough hair to cover the giant donuts. I found a small one at H&M for a few bucks that works much better than my previous one. The joys of having thin hair. Ah well, not impossible to style, just requires a little bit more effort.


Orange dress: Old Navy
Orange checkered shirt: Old Navy
Black bow belt: Talbots
Tights: Target
Orange shoes: Bait footwear

~Sarah

Friday, January 10, 2014

Sparkles



It's been a hectic first week back at work and I'm glad it's over with. I'm already looking forward to the next bit of time off. I've also already managed to catch my first cold of the year, yaaaay...

I had a  bit of a rough start to the day. I woke up quite sick, so I decided to take a few cold pills to try and make it through the day. I really try to avoid taking cold medication if I can, because even the daytime stuff still makes me extra groggy and I always feel like a zombie. I made myself a quick breakfast and ended up choking on my granola and having a terrible coughing fit for about 10 minutes. You know that bit at the bottom of the cereal box that's pretty much just dust and crumbs? I managed to choke on that. After that,  while I was struggling to take out the trash,  I tripped over my garbage can lid and face planted right into a wall. All this and it wasn't even 8 am. The rest of the day, while not terrible, wasn't great either. At least it's Friday and I have the whole weekend to try and feel better.

So clothes wise,I wanted something super comfortable, since I was clearly having a not so great day. I dunno what it is about wearing a tuque when you have a cold that's so comforting. All of the elements of this outfit are fairly basic, but I still tried to make it a bit special. I didn't have any appointments today so I didn't feel the need to try and look all spiffy, but I also can't rule out someone just stopping by either. The shoes are super sparkly and the top has little gold polka dots all over it. Just because I feel like crap doesn't mean I have to look it.

I'm keeping it a short post because I just really want to have a bowl of soup and then sleep it off. Not the best start to the new year but I've had worse.

Red hat:  Old
Peter pan top: Target (Buy it here)
Yellow cardigan: Joe Fresh
Jeans: Forever 21
Sparkle loafers: Old

~Sarah

Monday, January 6, 2014

Boats



First post of the new year and first day back at work after a much needed rest. I've been wearing sweat pants for  most of my vacation and it was great, but it's also nice to get back in to the swing of things outfit wise. Besides, I hop into PJ's fairly quickly once I get home anyways.

I decided to take this semester off from school since the last month has been overwhelming with both work and personal stuff that hasn't completely died down yet. I had to think about if I would have the time to really devote to a course this term and figured maybe the break for a few months would be what I need to let things settle down a little. I am a bit disappointed in myself since I was aiming to take at least 1 course a semester, but I also know myself well enough to realize when I might have a bit too much on my plate. It's already taken me almost 10 years to chip away at a degree, whats a few more months?

So for this outfit, was the results of some boxing day sales hunting. The skirt and sweaters were both on sale by a significant amount so I'm pleased that I didn't spend much. I have pointed out before that I am big into the nautical theme and though this would be a good example of that, while still keeping me warm. It was much nicer today than it has been in awhile since last week was getting to around -30C with the wind, so I figured I could get away with a skirt. I'm not sure if I will be able to still do so over the next few days. The skirt was a steal from 60$ to 9$ and the sweater was only 15 bucks. Good haul if I do say so myself. The next few outfits will probably include more items that I found on sale over my vacation.


Blue boat sweater: Old Navy (Buy it here)
Blue and black skirt: Gap (Buy it here)
Black tights: old, can't remember
Orange wingtips: Bait footwear (Buy it here)

~Sarah