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Monday, June 29, 2015

queen of the darkness

There's nothing I love more than a road trip or an adventure. Living in California has given me access to so many beautiful places that I never thought I would see - and there's still so much more to explore! Joshua Tree is absolutely one of my favorite places - especially camping with my friends at the Jumbo Rocks campground.

All black is the go-to look for many, and I can't say I stray too far from that concept either. I wore three pieces for this look - a sexy little one piece, some lace lines shorts, and a flawy kimono. They all tied together to become something almost magical. The regal darkness of this outfit really boosts the dramatics of the landscape.

Onesie & kimono: Charlotte Russe
Shorts: Forever 21

Photography by the talented Stephen LaMarche

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Bend the Rules: The Finals

There’s no hiding this, if you follow my Instagram or Twitter accounts, you know I’m Cavs crazy right now. It’s all I can think about, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I can’t help but feel overwhelming pride and immense love for my hometown of Akron, Ohio as LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers push their way through the NBA Finals to potentially earn the first championship that the city of Cleveland has seen in 51 years.

I’ve said this many times, but being from the same city, born in the same hospital, and to have crossed paths many times with the king himself only ignites my drive and creativity. Inspired by the HP x360 Behind the Scenes video, I asked Akronites and other Cavs fans (and maybe a couple Warriors fans, uh oh) how they’ve bent the rules like LeBron to achieve success. As you can see in the HP x360 Behind the Scenes video, different people can feel the same kind of success by achieving different goals. 

I’ve bent the rules more times than I can count, and I’ve never regretted doing this once. I left the typical life in Ohio (as much as I love my home state) with a good job that could have easily grown into something bigger, a steady and healthy relationship, and the whole white picket fence story. I picked up and left it all for a life in New York City, and did it again for a life out here in Los Angeles. Starting over is scary, and so is putting yourself out there in vulnerable situations, but I’ve never been afraid to move on to the next job, cut ties with poisonous people, or insert myself into a new life if it means that I’m living to my best capability. I remember when LeBron left Ohio, the burning of jerseys, the anger. I was sad, I actually cried, but I knew that I wanted to do the same thing. LeBron and his journey definitely inspired me to pick up and go (but I don’t think I’ll be coming home like he did). 

So, what did these fellow friends and (temporary) enemies say?

“I believe the most successful people are the rule breakers and risk takers. Just recently I decided to leave corporate America and my comfort zone to pursue my dream of becoming a fashion stylist.” - Marni, Cavs Fan

“To be anything more than ordinary, you cannot follow the same limitations as everyone else. You have to push the rules  right to their edge to do something special and be successful. “ – Mark, Cavs Fan

“I sneak my dog into the office and hide her under my desk even though I’m not allowed.” - Jason, Warriors Fan

“I was offered a job in Hawaii, so I packed up all of my stuff and moved in 1 week.” - Brandon, Warriors Fan

“I get what I want by making people decide the rules should not apply to me. If they forget those rules exist, I can't get in trouble, and the best part is that they are then invested in my success. “ – Tim, Cavs Fan

“I’m rule-less” - Nina, Warriors Fan

“Cognitive dissonance." – Steve, Warriors Fan

“Dude, I don’t bend rules, I’m a straight shooter.” - Jason, Warriors Fan

How do you bend the rules to achieve success?
Watch the HP x360 Behind the Scenes video HERE.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

love for the land

Tis the season for competition! 

I was rewarded with a pretty fantastic compliment from on of my dearest dude friends, and he said “Sarah, you’re like the perfect amount of female sports fan. You’re not annoyingly into it, you still have your own interests, but you have your teams and you know enough about every sport to be able to hold your own while watching a game”. I mean, those weren’t the exact words, but pretty much. Now while I was typing this, I was thinking of what my readers would think – who cares what a guy thinks? You’re a woman, you can be whatever kind of sports fan you want to be. Yadda yadda. Simply put - it’s a compliment to me! 

Anyway, aside from fashion passionately speaking to me, I can get really into a game, especially when the heart of my hometown is involved. Being raised in Akron has given me the classic Midwest qualities: a good attitude, a bubbly and polite personality, and constant appreciation. Being from Akron has also given me pride because of the incredible people that have also come from this town – The Black Keys, Chrissy Hynde, and yes, LeBron James. We were born in the same hospital, we’ve crossed paths and been at the same parities and events, we probably even order the same kind of burger at Swenson's. Yes, this is all really, really cool. But the best part is, this small city in the Midwest has something to be SO proud of. A champion that came home. And all I can hope for is that LeBron and his team can give Akron and Cleveland something even better – the championship that Northeast Ohio has been deprived of since 1964. 

Oh, the outfit… 

Skirt: Forever 21
Shoes: Madewell