Wednesday, March 20, 2019

What's Sara Reading? Matchmaking for Beginners


Full disclosure, I am STILL reading "Matchmaking for Beginners" by Maddie Dawson, but considering this series is called What's Sara READING and not What Has Sara READ, I think I can get away with it this time.


I am a little more than halfway through with a lot to discover but I love it so far. It's got a little bit of magic to it but not in a "ohhh I'm reading a fantasy novel" way at all. Dawson has managed to weave it into the story without it being overly cliche or cheesy.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

In the Kitchen Redux + Body Positivity (Bernie Dexter)


This post will be a bit different. Sure, I am sharing a Bernie Dexter dress that I recently scored at discount on the Bernie Dexter Collective on Facebook, but I wanted to share it to discuss something I feel very strongly about - body positivity.


What does this precious dress have to do with body positivity (BOPO)? Well, some may recognize it and may be wondering "don't you have this dress already, Sara? Haven't we seen this before many times?"

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Cranberry Orange Muffins (Vegan)


Growing up, I used to LOVE cranberry orange muffins. I loved the tart and sweet combo and the fruitiness of them. Whenever we'd get muffins from Dunkin Donuts or as a treat when we'd go food shopping, I always opted for a cranberry orange muffin over the more popular chocolate chip or blueberry.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Swaying in the Breeze (Collectif Janet Leafy Swing Dress)


You never know what you'll find when Collectif throws their huge 50% off sale. Part of you doesn't want to look (the sensible part) but you know you'll just regret it later. And of course you'd regret it because at half off, you can stock up on all your favorite Collectif from the season.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Vintage Ruby Red Coat (Rogers in the Square)


Every so often, you stumble upon a vintage item without planning to and find a gem.


This coat, for example. This ruby red, beautiful vintage coat made by Rogers in the Square, is quite the gem!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

What's Sara Reading? Under Rose Tinted Skies


Once in awhile, I divulge in a Young Adult book. I've always loved YA more than adult fiction and have shared quite a few here in my "What's Sara Reading?" series. It's always fun to grab a new YA to break up what can feel like the dry monotonous world of adult fiction (anyone else out there feel me?).


Speaking of, look at me sharing ANOTHER book review and inspired outfit just one month after the previous? I am off to a good start...

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Chocolate Chip Raspberry Valentine's Day Cookies


It's the most decadent time of the year! You might have heard the best time for sweets is Christmas or Easter but YA HEARD WRONG, MARTHA!


Valentine's Day is where it's at and now that it's February, I am kicking off my Valentine's Cheer. As I have always done, I am bringing you some Valentine's inspired outfits but sneaking in some goodies because WHAT ELSE WOULD I DO?

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Warm & Fuzzy (Asos)


Ya'll know by now that I love scoring beautiful things at awesome prices - it's why I often share how I find items in Buy/Sell/Trade groups on Facebook. Retro gals all over the globe selling items that either don't fit properly or have been worn but are in excellent condition?! Yes please!


You know what they say: another gal's discarded beauty is another's treasure...

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

What's Sara Reading? Goodbye, Sweet Girl (Tatyana)


What is this? A book inspired outfit post? Whaaaaaaat?


Yeah, I know, it has been A MINUTE since I shared one (my last one was, oh boy, May of last year!) but as I was chatting with Kristina from Eyre Effect in her comment section recently, I decided I needed to bring back the book reviews. After all, when In a Nutshell came to be, the blog was supposed to focus on style, books, and recipes - my world, in a nutshell (BOOM! Get it?).

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Simply the Best: 2018 in a Nutshell


'Tis the season for bloggers to recap 2018! I love sharing these posts every year. For one, it's interesting and fun to look at my stats and see what posts were the most engaging and clearly the favorite month to month.


Sometimes, as a content creator, we get so amped for a post and think "oh this is gonna be a hit..." only for it to do just OK. Then other times, we're feeling meh about a post or photos and it gets more comments and views than any other post that year. Content creation is funny, folks!


I was also told last year by a reader that these recaps are the best for new readers - they get to see the highlights of the blog from the entire year and bring them up to speed if they've only been following for the later part of the year. I never considered that but love that these posts are beneficial for some! In the past, I've shared my personal favorites but last year I opted to share the ones that performed best each month and that was equally as fun! So I decided to keep it going for this year's post. So without further ado, let's review 2018 (and oh what a year it was!).

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Phoenix (Voodoo Vixen)


Do you have re-occurring dreams? Or re-occurring dream themes?


I definitely do! I used to think it was anxiety caused but mine occurs randomly in recent years so it's hard to tell for sure.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Order Up! Our Retro Diner Wedding


Our photos are here! Our photos are here! Praise the wedding gods, our wedding photos are here!


If I am being honest, we got these bad boys back a couple weeks before Christmas (earlier than expected!) but I wanted to share them with family and enjoy them to myself for a bit before sharing some highlights. I figured after the holidays would be the perfect time!