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Crop Top + High Waist

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WHAT I WORE BRAND GRADE
Tweed crop top Zara C
High-waist pants Old BCBG, love these CONSCIOUS H&M pants C
Pointed-toe heels Calvin Klein via Nordstrom Rack C
Faux leather jacket Old Target, great ASOS alternative here (free 2-day shipping with code EXPRESSUSA) C
Black, semi-structured, faux leather handbag Zara (yes, I bought it in black and in white – it’s only $36!) C
Sheer pink lip gloss NYX Butter Gloss in “Creme Brulee” via Nordstrom Rack B+

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My husband and I are nearing five years together, and between that and applying for a rental house we really adore (fingers extra-crossed), we had a lot to almost-celebrate. So we almost made reservations, and instead ended up at the chef’s bar at Scratch in Mountain View. Dinner and drinks were delicious and it was just the date night we needed.

Since I work in luxury real estate marketing and business development on the San Francisco Peninsula, the fact that this market is incredibly robust makes what I do even more exciting. On the flip side, as a participant in the salmon run of renters fighting the current to move upstream, it can get frustrating. Hashtag love-hate relationship. I have a lot of hope riding on this story ending well!

Xo, Sarah

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Incognito in Paris

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WHAT I WORE BRAND GRADE
Soft white shirt Amour Vert A
Fit-and-flare black skirt Zara C
Black leather flats Sam Edelman via Nordstrom B+
Faux leather jacket Old Target, great ASOS alternative here C
White, semi-structured, faux leather handbag Zara C
Oversize sunglasses Dior via Nordstrom B+
Gold “loveyou” necklace Etsy, gift from my husband (sold out, similar here) A
Pale pink nail polish Mineral Fusion in “Blushing Crystal” via Whole Foods A

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If I was going to be a Parisian spy, this is what I’d wear. I would be terrible at it, but I would feel like my style was working with the crowds. It’s all about the way you choose to feel, no?

I wore this for a day of weekend fun with my husband. It was pretty chilly by the time we took these pictures – I can’t wait for California summer.

My favorite thing about this outfit is that Amour Vert planted a tree when I bought this top. Look good, feel good, do good.

Xo, Sarah

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Float On

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WHAT I WORE BRAND GRADE
Floaty white tank Zara C
Skinny waxed denim H&M C
Strappy black heels Zara (new version here) C
Faux leather jacket Old Target, great ASOS alternative here (save 20% with code XTRA20) C
White, semi-structured, faux leather handbag Zara C
Oversize sunglasses Dior via Nordstrom B+
Pavé charm necklace H&M, also love this Etsy option C/A
Oversize jewel ring Nordstrom Rack, my gift to myself after a big career win (this one is beautiful) B+
Pale pink nail polish Mineral Fusion in “Blushing Crystal” via Whole Foods A
Sheer pink lip gloss NYX Butter Gloss in “Creme Brulee” via Nordstrom Rack B+

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Friday style: add equal parts floaty tank, messy bun, grayscale fashion and happy hour.

Don’t worry, even if things end up a bit too heavy, we’ll all float on alright.

Xo, Sarah

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Dancing in the Rain

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WHAT I WORE BRAND GRADE
Ballerina-pink sweater Zara C
Faux-leather leggings H&M C
Black trench coat H&M C
Black stiletto booties Old Ralph Lauren, love this style at Ann Taylor C
White, semi-structured handbag Zara C
Pavé charm necklace H&M, also love this Etsy option C/A
Rose-pink nail polish Mineral Fusion in “Jewel” via Whole Foods A
Sheer pink lip gloss NYX Butter Gloss in “Creme Brulee” via Nordstrom Rack B+
 Pink umbrella  Totes C

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Adding a splash of pink to this drizzly day was just what the gray weather needed. The ballerina theme continued with my high bun, now my go-to hairstyle for rain. With a few spritzes of my new favorite hairspray, I was good to go. Switching to cruelty-free beauty products has been quite the project, and I am excited to share a roundup of my finds soon!

We took these photos before last week’s sad events. Sometimes, blogging about personal style can feel very vain, but I hope that by sharing a piece of myself and the ways I strive to live responsibly will both inspire others – and me – to do more. Life has definitely not just moved on for David and me, and I am not sure how, exactly, it will. I am so happy to have my boo by my side and am very grateful for the support we have received. Being silly together, crying together, being together: that is how we will heal.

Xo, Sarah

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The Perfect Boyfriend Jean

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WHAT I WORE BRAND GRADE
Boy fit jeans Zara C
Sleeveless turtleneck DIY cut from old top with too-short sleeves, similar here A
Black and white scarf Zara C
Faux leather jacket Old Target, similar here C
White, semi-structured handbag Zara C
Black heels Calvin Klein via Nordstrom Rack B+
Black men’s sunglasses Kenneth Cole Reaction via Nordstrom Rack B+
Black and silver watch Kenneth Cole Reaction via Nordstrom Rack B+
Rose-pink nail polish Mineral Fusion in “Jewel” via Whole Foods A
Sheer pink lip gloss NYX Butter Gloss in “Creme Brulee” via Nordstrom Rack B+

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After hunting everywhere for the perfectly loose boyfriend jean at all of my favorite stores and striking out, I thought it would be a stroke of pure luck to find something that fit my tall frame without overwhelming my legs. Then I read Kim’s post about boyfriend vs. boy jeans and saw her amazing find from Zara.

I immediately went on the hunt, scouring every level of the store. I finally found that same pair – but alas, they were far too short on me. Then that luck finally hit. Hiding behind a jacket, I saw some jeans that looked both long enough and not-too-destroyed. Gold had been struck!

My perfect boyfriend jean is actually a boy jean. I can’t stop wearing them! They’re not so loose that they fall down or catch when I’m walking, and they also still look good with a top that has a little volume. I think I’m going to buy them in every color.

Xo, Sarah

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Black and White for Spring

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WHAT I WORE BRAND GRADE
Black turtleneck sweater H&M (similar) C
White high-waist jeggings Zara C
Textured grey coat H&M (similar) C
Oversize cateye sunglasses Dior via Nordstrom B+
White semi-structured handbag Zara C
Black ballet slippers Sam Edelman via Nordstrom B+
White “infinity” bracelet Banana Republic, gift from my husband B+
Red nail polish Mineral Fusion in “Crimson Clay” via Whole Foods A

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It finally feels like spring-like in northern California, and while I am excited for the warmer weather to come, I know how badly we need the rain and subsequently overcast days. In the meantime, layering warmer pieces over things like these amazing, high-waist, side-zip skinny jeans is my M.O. Normally, I would have worn these with a tall pair of heels, but my favorites suddenly gave me blisters over the weekend so I stuck with comfy flats!

We have a couple big things on our plate right now that I am very much looking forward to wrapping: figuring out taxes (#selfemploymentstressors) and house hunting. Competition for rentals in the neighborhoods we like can be so intense that landlords often don’t even return calls or emails the first day a listing goes live – it’s already rented. I’m considering wearing braids every day so I have something crossed for good luck at all times.

Xo, Sarah

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All Black Everything

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WHAT I WORE BRAND WORLD SHOPPER GRADE
Black tank top H&M (shop similar) C
Black faux leather pants H&M (shop similar) C
Black designer coat Vintage Dolce & Gabbana A
“loveyou” necklace Etsy, just like Kourtney Kardashian’s A
“love” pendant necklace Nordstrom Rack B+
Printed black scarf Zara C
Black ballet flats Sam Edelman via Nordstrom B+
Black flap purse J.Crew C
Red nail polish MineralFusion “Crimson Clay” via Whole Foods A

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Finding the right balance in life is always tough. Perhaps what I actually mean to say is that organizing one’s priorities in a sustainable way is always tough. My absolutes: Family is always first. Providing for them is second. Now I’m working out the details of fitting in things that are more “for me”: blogging, exercising, watching Scandal, painting, saving items to my ASOS cart, spending an hour on the phone with Cara talking about everything and nothing, daydreaming about owning a home and redoing the kitchen and master suite, etc. You know, the uzhe.

Scheduling my days and falling into routines has made a huge difference. Now I have enough space in my life to filter in more of the art of living.

Same time tomorrow? It’s a date.

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Wear White Whenever

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WHAT I WORE BRAND GRADE
White blouse H&M C
White elephant pants Zara (estimated C)
Faux leather jacket Target (this is a great alternative from Calvin Klein) D (3 years old)
Lucite perfume necklace H&M C
Love bottle necklace Forever21 (gorgeous eco option via Etsy) (estimated D)
Oversize D sunglasses Forever21 (fab ASOS version I adore) (estimated D)
Men’s watch Invicta (unknown)
Pavé links bracelet BaubleBar (love this one from Nordstrom) (unknown)
Leopard loafers Target (want these ones from J.Crew, cute ASOS version) D (last season)
Leather tote Coach (great ASOS version here) (unknown)

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Wearing winter whites feels like a sweet little reminder that warmer days are just around the corner. No fashion rules allowed. Wear white whenever.

The night before, I was thankfully wearing all-black PJs when I decided on a whim to pull out my canvases and sketch papers. Acrylics and charcoals are mess-y. I had almost forgotten how good it feels to create art. It’s like simultaneously illuminating a warm glow in my soul and putting a piece of it onto a canvas. It’s a beautiful phenomenon, regardless of how much I like the pieces I make.

One rule I am making: make more time for art, and no wearing white then.

Xo, Sarah

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Turtleneck + Mini

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WHAT I WORE BRAND GRADE
Black turtleneck sweater H&M C
Faux-feather mini H&M (last year) C
Wool coat H&M C
Leather tote Coach via Nordstrom (Beautiful option from Cuyana) Nordstrom: B+
Ballet flats Sole Society (want these UGGs and these Cole Haans) (unknown)
Sunglasses Dior via Nordstrom Nordstrom: B+ / Dior: C-
Gold men’s watch Passed down from le hubs’ grandpa A
Pavé link bracelet BaubleBar (gorg vintage mashup option via Etsy) (unknown)
Black pavé bangle Target (eco-chic option via Etsy) D (old)

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California winters are the only way I can handle the treacherous season that is winter anymore. Polar vortex, ugh, no. I’ve been spoiled by this amazing state and there is no turning back. After three years here, I am enamored, through and through.

This year, I have gravitated towards adding classic pieces (with a twist) to my wardrobe. A fluffy mini and oversize turtleneck is the perfect example of this. Serious staples with a touch of whimsy.

Ok, you caught me. I just really wanted to write “whimsy.” It’s been a seriously long week. Happy Friday, #getitgirl.

Xo, Sarah

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Paris Chic Meets Cali Cool

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WHAT I WORE BRAND GRADE
Black dress Amour Vert (estimated A)
Grayscale scarf H&M Men’s C
Faux leather jacket Target (Great coated denim alternative by AG Adriano Goldschmied) D (3 years old)
Pavé ring necklace H&M C
Black microfiber tights Legg’s (Love these Nordstrom tights) (unknown)
Leather tote Coach (Beautiful option from Cuyana) (unknown)
Ballet flats Sam Edelman via Nordstrom (want these UGGs and these Cole Haans) Nordstrom: B+
Sunglasses Dior via Nordstrom Nordstrom: B+ / Dior: C-
Men’s watch Kenneth Cole New York via Nordstrom Rack (almost identical here) Nordstrom: B+

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A chic LBD is my go-to for a simple, polished look, and this comfortable Amourt Vert beauty is a dream come true. It has long sleeves that are actually long enough, ruching for textural interest and incredibly soft fabric. I can’t wait for warmer weather to wear it with just a statement necklace and oversize sunglasses.

I’m particularly in love with this dress because it’s more than just a stylish closet staple. Many friends have asked me how I will be able to dress fashionably while maintaining an environmentally conscious lifestyle and shopping only ethical brands. I am happy to report that many amazing companies like Amour Vert have taken eco fashion from granola to glamorous, proving, as Amour Vert says, “it is possible to be both fashionable and environmentally responsible.”

Finding amazing brands like this is encouraging and inspiring. Think of the impact we could have on the planet if everyone started wearing organic cotton, decreasing the world’s usage of pesticides by 10% and insecticides by 25%. Making the switch to support ethical brands was a bit challenging to get started, but only because I had to break old habits. Now that I’m becoming more familiar with responsible companies, I feel much more confident in shopping to make a difference.

Xo, Sarah

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