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Sunday, August 28, 2016

We're lending a hand in Louisiana!

Friends, family, friends of family and family of friends (or anybody else who will listen), my friend Alyssa and I work together, and our employer was generous enough to give us an extra day off over Labor Day Weekend. Instead of lounging around overcrowded swimming pools and shotgunning beers on Brooklyn rooftops, we decided to use that extra time wisely - we're taking our talents to Baton Rouge. I myself have family in the area (shoutout to my cousin Michelle who JUST gave birth to a beautiful baby boy this week) and have seen how little coverage this devastating tragedy has received from the media. The people of Louisiana need as much help (and as many supplies) as they can get, and we want to contribute.

Alyssa and I are not capable of writing checks at this time, but we are incredibly compassionate people that want to do something for the relief of the victims of the flooding in Louisiana. We're going to rent a car, pack it to the brim of the most needed and necessary supplies for flood victims, and head down south to lend a hand. We've already been accepted by All Hands Volunteers and have been scheduled to get to work!

We would be flattered and very grateful if you donated to our Go Fund Me campaign - our goal is to raise enough money to cover our rental car and necessities for Alyssa and I - and of course to bring as many supplies as possible with us. Any remaining money will be donated to the relief of the flood victims in Louisiana.

We hope you are able to donate - and either was we would appreciate if you could share this with your friends and family.


Sarah & Alyssa

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Monday, August 15, 2016

this week in words

1. Aside from my obsessing over Beirut, Beck, and Bruce Springsteen, I discovered a new artist named Lawrence Taylor. He's a 23 year old singer-songwriter from Birmingham, England and has been described to have "accomplished songwriting capabilities, addictive vocals – soothing and gravely in equal measure – and infectious guitar melodies". From the second I started listening to his Bang Bang EP, I haven't stopped. 

While the title track "Bang Bang" is clearly a catchy hit, the song "Chains" stands out to me lyrically. I'm itching for this EP to come out on vinyl like RIGHT NOW. In the mean time, buy the EP here or listen on Spotify. Please blame me for your new addiction. Swoon.

2. My friend Hannah from The Fashion Cookbook and I had a fantastic visit a couple weeks ago and finally hit up the Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar. I don't believe you can go wrong with alcohol-infused popsicles swimming in a healthy serving of prosecco, but here's my honest verdict: I have a pretty dope rooftop in Brooklyn myself with skyline views where I can serve 15 friends a very similar cocktail for the same price (a hefty $24 for one drink is even outrageous for one who lives in New York) and we won't have to fight for a table or a spot to take an Instagram-worthy photo (that isn't all that Instagram-worthy IMO). 

If you want to go to a rooftop in New York City, head to Bar 65 in Midtown. It's still very pricey, but it's less pricey and has the very best view of the city. You know those $32 tickets to the tourist-swarmed Top of the Rock attraction? This is a floor above Top of the Rock, you don't have to wait in line, and a glass of rose will set you back a cool $14-$16 (which is pocket change compared to Loopy Doopy). Just make a reservation here and dress nice. You're welcome!  

3. I'm a 29 year old woman and I just committed to watching the entire Star Wars series. Three movies in and I already think I'm a Jedi Master, don't worry. 

4. My weekly shopping obsession is H&M's fall line. I'm in love with black, white, and neutrals, and this collection is destined to send me into broke girl mode. I have to walk by the windows on 5th Avenue every morning while heading into work and I already know where every penny of my paycheck is going.

5. This one time I got a sample of a fragrance in Sephora because I thought it smelled amazing. The lovely lady working at said Sephora made sure to remind me multiple times that this was a men's fragrance and then proceeded to label the sample in very bold letters "MEN'S FRAGRANCE" -- which is fine I guess -- but I'm pretty sure I'm allowed to wear any fragrance I'd like. Months later, I was pretty stoked when I received an e-mail this weekend from Chanel delivering news of a new scent called "Boy", which they state "challenges tradition and transcends gender". Since I essentially have a cologne fetish, I'm interested in seeing what this is all about.

Friday, August 12, 2016

these flats were made for walking

Flats can be just as powerful, fashionable, and fabulous as your favorite pair of boots and heels. You just have to rock the right pair at the right time. Check out a few of these chic flat styles that are sure to make your heels jealous this fall.

Ballet Flats
Yes, those pretty ballet flats you have from five years ago are still in style, but they're probably no where near as pristine as they were when you bought them.

If they have a bit more scuffs than shine, it might be time to invest in some new ballet flats. The good news is that a new pair will likely last you another five years. Ballet flats are a classic fashion staple. Their simple design goes with just about anything from jeans, to dresses, to skirts, and there's never an event where they're inappropriate. Check out the must-have ballet flats on W's list for inspiration on new designs.

Lace Up Gladiators
Who would have thought gladiators would still be around years after their resurgence in 2009? Even back then they looked too trendy to stick around, and all those straps just seemed impractical.

Well, designers have revamped the style again and they're back and better than ever. An article from E! Online said Jenna Dewan Tatum killed it in gladiators, expertly balancing her shoes with a flirty, red polkadot dress and crossbody bag. Diane Kruger also used a similar tactic, balancing her bold midi dress with a mid-calf style sandal. They're still show stoppers, but they serve better as a way to complete an outfit, rather than a piece you should work your outfit around.

Loafers also came back in a big way this year. These simple, yet classic shoes are comfortable, stylish, and easy to pair with a variety of pieces.

Some women are a little intimidated by loafers, because they can look a bit masculine, but if you look at the images of loafers among Lyst's array of flats, a lot of the modern designs incorporate softer lines and posh accents to give them a feminine angle. The toes are also rounded more so than men's loafers, and you can easily find women's designs in brighter colors and shimmery exterior.

If you're still concerned that they look too masculine, grab a pair in suede. It will soften the overall look of the shoe.

You probably already have some other stylish shoes and the always necessary flip flops. Get out there and grab some stylish flat this season, and your footwear collection will be complete.

Monday, August 8, 2016

this week in words

I've decided that I can use my blog for more than just a page of outfit photos - but also as a platform for my voice, for myself and anybody else. These posts are pieces of my journey that I would like to share with you and as a reward of my personal growth.

Each week, I will share a few things I learned or experienced. They could be deep thoughts, a fun product I discovered, or a silly story. I hope you enjoy! 

1. You will survive! The heat wave, that is. Humidity is not something I plan on getting used to, and the last few weeks have been punishment for my stubborn attitude. Some tools for survival? I sealed every single opening in the apartment so absolutely no hot air could get in, I embraced my natural curls, I took my makeup to work (because I would literally sweat everything off before I walked out the door), and slept naked, of course. 

2. I learned that I'm not a terrible person. I can be extremely hard on myself because I rarely think about decisions before I make them. I was overcome with emotion due to a few situations, and at one point, I hit a peak. I can usually keep my composure, but this time, I couldn't handle it. Shortly after this breaking point, I spent some time with an individual who asked me what my Myers-Briggs Personality Type was. I was always curious about this, but often got too distracted to look into it. 

Long story short, the personality test felt SPOT ON. Whether it's accurate or not, it validated some of my decisions and reactions. I understood myself so much more and I realized that I don't have to explain why I feel what I feel. I also felt less alone and more proud of who I was than ever before. Some people are meant to appear in your life for a reason, and this friend was at the right place at the right time.

3. On a lighter note, Zara's new collection is to die for. I'm already getting a feel for my fall wardrobe, thanks to these bits of inspiration:

4. I rediscovered a happy hour spot that I used to frequent in college. I haven't visited yet, but $3.50 cocktails in the middle of midtown are telling me that it's going to happen very soon.

5. I meal planned like a boss. My friend Alyssa and I got together last Monday night and grocery shopped, cooked, and obviously we drank wine. The budget for lunch all week? $25. How many (healthy) meals did we get? 8. SERIOUSLY. $3.12 per meal is less than my Starbucks in the morning. Cheers to that!