Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Fall Foxes (Smitten Kitten Unique Boutique)


I'm going to preface this post by saying what we are all thinking - these are the most fall-in-New-England photos ever taken. I know. I KNOW! The lake, the leaves, the colors on my dress, and the cute little foxes snoozin' among the acorns and fluttering leaves. 


What can I say? I LIVE IN NEW ENGLAND!

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

If a Black Cat Should Cross Your Path...

How MUCH bad luck comes to you when a black cat crosses your path REALLY? Asking for a friend...

Because the last thing I need right now is more bad luck so if inserting these black kitties into these photos means I am ASKING for a curse of some kind, I am SCREWED.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Scarlett Fever (Collectif)

What is it about trench coats that make you feel like a badass when you're wearing them?

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Don't Tess with Me (Dolly and Dotty)

Well, I had a fun surprise recently! I love to enter giveaways and contests that my fellow blogger goddesses hold and sometimes I even win them! Sometimes - let's not get too crazy here. I still stand by the claim that I am not very lucky and don't win very many contests. 

Recently, one of my favorite style bloggers, The Soubrette Brunette, had a Dolly and Dotty giveaway. I, of course, immediately entered and did all the required steps to be qualified to win. Like all the other giveaways I enter, I promptly forgot about it and carried on with life.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

What's Sara Reading? A Happy Catastrophe

 

Oh my word. I haven't shared a book review in A YEAR!? How is that even POSSIBLE? I seriously have no idea where the last 12 months have gone but, then again, I guess you could say I had a few other things on my mind since then.

Well, despite the gargantuan gap, I am here today to share a book review and inspired outfit! Let's bring the "What's Sara Reading?" series back from the literary dead, shall we? I ordered A Happy Catastrophe during a Kindle sale, thinking nothing of it besides thinking it sounded like a good read, and it became a happy little moment of kismet.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Falling for Fall (Vintage Sweater)

#SorryNotSorry that, from my perspective, it's now fall. I can't help it. While I enjoyed some warmer weather this summer, once we enter the months that end in "ber," it's FALL and all things spook. Then the countdown to Christmas is ON!

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Juggling Judy (Collectif)



When I think of the name Judy (of which this gorgeous dress is named), I think of two things: my mother (I feel like everyone knows a mom named Judy) and that truly bizarre YouTube channel that blew up back in the beginning of viral videos by the name of Fred. Anyone else obsessively watch his videos as tweens and quote them daily? "I LOVE Judy! But she's such a brat!" No? No one? Just me and my sister?

OK then. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Ch-Ch-Changes (Unique Vintage)

Well! As the title of this post may suggest, this summer has been full of surprises, twists, and turns. Some of them I am not sharing openly with the world but on top of those private challenges, there haven some cherries on top, let me tell you!

As you may have heard from Instagram and last week's blog (I mentioned it there quickly), I am now unemployed. I took a week off earlier this month to use up from PTO I'd soon lose and upon my return - at 9am on Monday morning - I had a meeting with my boss and HR in which I was told my position had been eliminated. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Misty Eyed (ft. Ebone & Ivory)


Check out my new wheels! Ever since Cody and I rented cruiser bikes in New Orleans last December to ride through the park, I have been dying to get my own bike. I had a bike growing up but was never very athletic or cared much about it. 


I found these Huffy cruisers earlier in the year but cut to COVID and suddenly you couldn't find a bike anywhere or if you did, the cost was WAY up and not worth it. Still, I kept a couple different models in my favorites and kept an eye on them. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Summer but Make it Spooky (Tatyana)

Did I save the best dress from Tatyana for last? Not sure as they were ALL just lovely. However, I definitely saved the best photos for last because now that we're inching toward mid-August, I feel my spooky side beginning to surface. 
Once September hits, I am in full fall mode and with that comes changing leaves, apple cider, pumpkins, and Halloween decorations! I cannot WAIT to dig my Halloween supplies out of storage and get this house spook-ified. 

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Day In, Day Out (Tatyana)


I know, I know - TWO blogs in the same week?! I can't remember the last time I posted twice in one week. Actually, I used to post twice a week EVERY week in the first years of this blog. Looking back I have NO idea how I kept up with that schedule but I guess I had more time on my hands back then.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

What a Catch, Doheny (Unique Vintage)


Before we get started, did anyone catch the reference in the blog title? Here's a hint - I replaced "Donnie" with "Doheny." No? No one? Aw come on! Gotta find my mid-2000's emo appreciators out there somewhere...


I did a little birthday shopping a couple weeks ago (I feel like I have said this a few times already...perhaps I did A LOT of birthday shopping, oops!) and decided that instead of feeling bad about all my pretty dresses that certainly won't fit anymore (hello extra fluff! WeLcOmE tO mY LiFe!), I'd splurge on a few new ones that will! 

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

32 Looks Good On You (ft. Pastello Dresses)


Although I had originally hoped it would arrive for the second-best holiday of the year, National Donut Day (obviously, Christmas comes first), there have been so many shipping delays lately that it did not even come CLOSE. It was all A-OK, however! Instead, this adorable handmade dress from Pastello Dress on Etsy came just in time for my birthday weekend!

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Hey There, Jemima (Collectif x ModCloth)


Sometimes ya just need a new, reliable, summery staple for the hot days when you can barely think let alone bother getting properly dressed. And boy do we get plenty of those every summer!


I try to make sure I have a few easy dresses I can pull on and be good to do with. Typically they're sleeveless cotton dresses, ones that don't take much effort (and even better if they don't require a bra!).

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

cRaZy CaT LaDy (Bernie Dexter)


This Crazy Cat Lady dress by Bernie Dexter was one of those dresses that pulled a switcheroo on me the more I saw it. When it was first released, I thought the collar and sleeves of this new style were adorable and the print was cute but wasn't sold on making sure it was added to my wardrobe.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Way Out West (British Retro)


It finally arrived! This gorgeous swing dress from British Retro that I ordered before all this COVID madness began finally made it to me! It was no one's fault, international shipping has been massively impacted by everything and it's arrival just took quite a bit longer than expected.


Tuesday, April 21, 2020

April 21, 2020



Little one, you were supposed to be born today but we are not welcoming you or meeting you and while I never got to hear your heart beating or feel you move within me, I felt you leave me and know you existed.

You never even got the chance.

Little one, you were supposed to be mine, supposed to grow and grow to emerge screaming, full of life in my arms.

I never even got the chance.

Little one, you'll never know how much you meant to me, how much you still mean to me, and how much you'll always mean to me even though we never met.

We never even got the chance.

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(A huge thank you to DJ Kerr for helping me get my idea onto paper in the form of the line drawing above to symbolize the life that was never given the chance)

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Mellow Yellow (Unique Vintage)


Quick mid-month check in time - how's everyone doing? Things have been interesting on my end! I was furloughed from my job a couple weeks ago. I didn't expect that to happen but then boom, the CEO called for an urgent conference call and all 40 of the employees on it were told they were laid off "temporarily" until mid-May. I put that in quotes just because...well, I can't say I believe it to be true. I don't see this ending by mid-May or companies getting back their footing so soon. But I suppose we'll see what happens!


I won't lie - I am mostly A-OK with what happened. I was getting burnt out at work and hadn't taken much time off in a very long time so having forced time off is kind of a blessing. Sure, I am a bit worried about my job not resuming come May but I also have been making the most of this unexpected time off.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

April Showers... (Collectif x Modern Millie's)


Like many Collectif pieces, I spotted this Demira dress and fell madly in love with it. I bookmarked it and waited because when it comes to Collectif, I try so badly to wait until either the end of summer or end of winter. Why? Because they always have their 50% off everything sale at the end of those seasons and even though it's risky, I try to only buy during their sales so I can get more for my money.


It's hard when things I adore are sold out by then (it happens from time to time) but it usually works out to my advantage and I walk away with some great scores and a restock of my wardrobe for the following season.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Coming Up Roses (Lindy Bop)


Despite the current mania that is the world (let's not even get me started on that), I am feeling the spring fever and was delighted when Lindy Bop reached out about collaborating for the upcoming season again. Have you seen some of the new pretties on their site recently? It was SO hard to choose one thing to feature today.


Ultimately, I chose this Shannon Rose Plaid Check Midi Dress for a few reasons. For one thing, I am ALWAYS down to add another long sleeve dress to my wardrobe to keep me going on cooler days. Bonus points if the sleeves are comfortable and the dress isn't restrictive.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Lucky Charms (Eva Rose)


When I wore this outfit to work, so many people started asking me when it became Christmas again, which was so funny to me since I felt like I was giving off St. Patrick's Day vibes more than Santa Claus.


I have absolutely zero Irish genetics in my body but hey, why not share a St. Paddy's outfit to get ready for the big day for those who follow me that ARE? Happy St. Patrick's Day season, my peanuts!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Happy Galentine's Day (Collectif)


Happy Galentine's Day, my little peanuts! I am honoring Galentine's instead of Valentine's today because I want to have some girl talk. There is something I've been dying to share for ages now but had no idea where to share it. I know there are tons of others who would benefit from it though and feel the need to share my experience and decided Galentine's Day was the right time to do it. I wanna talk periods.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

UR Sweet: Red Velvet Blossom Cookies


I've had this blog for 6 years now (WTF HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?) and I think I've shared Valentine's Day treats nearly every single year! I'm impressed with myself! Knowing that I feel like I can't let anyone down (the whopping 20 of you that even read my recipe posts, ha!).


This year, I went for simplicity. I knew I liked the idea of a festive cookie or something pretty simple and then I saw this twist on the classic peanut butter blossom cookie concept and my mind was blown. OF COURSE! Why NOT make the blossom cookie with other flavors?

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Where the Buffalo Roam... (Collectif)


You know, sometimes I wonder if my blog titles confuse the heck out of people. They don't always make sense. I usually sit here, think of either the name of the dress I'm wearing (or the brand name of the dress I'm wearing) or what is on the print or fabric and whatever comes to mind first becomes the title. In this case, well, this dress is made with a white buffalo plaid fabric, so I started singing "Home on the Range."


DON'T ASK ME WHY. MY BRAIN IS WEIRD, OKAY?