Liebster Award

Sarah's Ambitions | Liebster Award and definition

lieb•ster (German) n. sweetheart, beloved person, darling

The Liebster Award is given by fellow bloggers to blogs with great potential. It is a wonderful way to find new blogs and support one another. A big thank-you to my fellow #getitgirl and sweet blogger, Emily of Bows and Depos, for nominating me.

(Typically, this award is for “newer” blogs, but I edited the language a bit. I have been blogging for a while and some of my favorite bloggers below have also been around for a few years.)

The rules of the award are as follows:

  • Mention the person who nominated you with a link to their blog
  • Answer the eleven questions they asked
  • Nominate eleven other bloggers with a smaller following but a lot of potential
  • Create eleven of your own questions for them to answer
  • Notify your nominees

Below are my answers to the questions asked by Emily of Bows and Depos:

1. How would you describe your style?

Classic with a twist

2. What is your dream career?

The one I have built for myself over the past year! I do luxury real estate marketing and business development for top agents. The combination of creativity and strategy is ideal for me. I have loved HGTV ever since cable introduced us, and my background in fashion marketing bodes well for the hot California markets, where trends and style are just as important as the numbers.

3. Why did you start blogging?

I started my first blog in 2011 to help me launch my career. It got me noticed, got me interviews and got my foot in the door!

4. What is your favorite brand?

Right now I’m particularly loving Amour Vert, H&M, ASOS, Zara, J.Crew and Banana Republic. All have accessible price points and also maintain ethical business practices. Over the next few years, I want to expand my wardrobe to be more eco-friendly and less fast fashion.

5. Tell me something weird about yourself.

I can’t go bowling because I have four screws in each shoulder.

6. If you could make one dream purchase, what would it be?

An eco home with ocean views and a steel frame in southern California.

7. Pick one: Chanel or Céline bag?

Both. One is completely iconic, the other is perfectly minimalist: my two loves.

8. What is your one beauty must-have?

Alba Botanica very emollient body lotion – I buy it at Whole Foods.

9. What is your favorite flower?

It’s a tie between white roses (any kind), light pink peonies and magenta tulips.

10. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be, and why?

I’d love to spend a month in Spain. I traveled there in college for 10 days, and it just wasn’t enough.

11. Hamburger or hotdog?

Hamburger.


My nominees:

Cara’s Cliche
You know when you just find your long-lost sister on the internet?

Claire Crisp
Favorite NYC fashion blogger

PlogStyle
Found each other on Instagram and have loved every outfit since

Allergic to Vanilla
Everything from glitzy-glam to borrowed-from-the-boys

Not Dressed As Lamb
Fun style with witty commentary and a savvy attitude

Long Legged Lady
The title says so much, but also love her tweets

Beth Animal Print
Chic style you can actually wear every day

j’adore couture
Perennial favorite, one of my original blogging inspirations

Sun Devil Style
Found this #getitgirl on Twitter and can’t wait to see where she goes

Sechys Diary
She flies around the world and is effortlessly chic doing it

Bows and Depos
Serious #getitgirl with seriously cute style – and thank you for nominating me!

These are among the few blogs I take the time to read on a regular basis with my hectic #getitgirl lifestyle. A sincere thank-you for keeping me inspired and entertained! Blogging is a big undertaking, and I so appreciate the hard work and little piece of themselves these gifted women share on the internet.


My questions:

  1. How would you describe your style?
  2. What are your favorite brands and collections?
  3. What is your #1 goal for this year?
  4. Where did you grow up, where do you live now, and where do want to live in ten years?
  5. What is your favorite aspirational style blog?
  6. Five things you’d pack for a trip to Paris fashion week:
  7. What was the last book you read?
  8. If you could learn another language, what would it be?
  9. Big night out, you can only choose one: eyeliner or lipstick?
  10. Trend you never tried but kind of wish you had?
  11. What skill would you like to learn or develop?

What a fun way to connect the blogging community. I have met some amazing people through blogging and am proud and honored to be a part of this trend-setting, motivated #getitgirl group.

Xo, Sarah

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Miss Representation and the Power of the #Getitgirl

Finding this article on Buzzfeed this morning was, in some ways, a breath of fresh air. It feels good to know I am not the only one who notices the major failings with the way women are portrayed in the media – and the way women are treated. Seeing a number of these instances compiled, however, compelled me to write this.

I have personally experienced sexism in many ways. I have been sexually harassed in the workplace. I was bullied with untrue rumors about my sex life in college. I have been treated as though I am property of men. I have been told to calm down and have been labeled hysterical, and I have been called a little girl. I have also been told that I should just cope and stop making it a big deal, because that’s just the way it is.

No.

This is what pushed me to become self-employed. I refuse to subject myself to misogynistic discrimination and harassment, and as a bonus, I enjoy running my own business. I did once have dreams of climbing the corporate ladder, picturing myself as the west coast’s next Anna Wintour, or the VP of Marketing at a Fortune 500.

So what encouraged me to change course? Being self-employed, I can have more schedule and workplace location flexibility, make more money and have more job stability. Finally, and most importantly, I don’t have to deal with sexism in the workplace because I am highly selective with my clients and only work with people who see me for my talents and my work ethic, not my physical appearance or my gender. All of these things were far more attractive benefits to me than the title, power, honor or recognition that would have come from working in corporate.

There is a fundamental problem here, though. I shouldn’t have been forced to choose self-employment over corporate success based on discrimination and harassment. If I wanted to become self-employed for the other reasons, that is one thing. My hand being forced is another.

Staying quiet is not an option here. The #getitgirl doesn’t stand for discrimination, misogyny, patriarchal gender roles or sexism. Banding together and working to change the way women are portrayed in the media and working to change the way we even view ourselves is incredibly important.

So, please: no more articles about which female is sexier or who wore it better. No more slut-shaming with dress codes or selfies. No more evaluating female professionals based on their makeup and style.

The power to change this poisonous ideology lies within us. Stand up for yourself and for others in those difficult situations. Don’t play into the problem by letting comments slide or by playing along. This isn’t play, it’s strong women building strong careers and a strong future.

Respectfully,

Sarah

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The World Is My Oyster

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Dress: Zara // White blazer: H&M (similar here from Zara) // Pavé triangles necklace: H&M // Love in a bottle necklace: Forever21 // Triangle ring: H&M // Handbag: Michael Kors Hamilton // Ballet flats: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom // Sunglasses: Target // Eyeglasses (that you are in fact peeping through my sunglasses): c/o Warby Parker contest

Lately my life has been all work, work, work. I am learning how to strike a balance that works for me and I am so excited for some big changes that le hubs and I have planned for the next few months. (Stay tuned!)

For this shoot, we met up for lunch and found this little stretch of oyster shell beach on the Bay right across from the restaurant. I learned that much of this particular city was formerly oyster beds, and the “soil” is full of their pearly shells – resulting in a beautiful beach.

It’s fun to think of what the future can hold and where we will go. The world is my oyster, and I am very proud of what I have already accomplished. I recently had a great conversation with another #getitgirl I admire. It reaffirmed my faith in the power of hard work and perseverance. Each of the two of us is a self-made self-starter, and sharing the motivation is empowering and inspiring. I’m willing to bet many of you are the same way.

Later that day, another #getitgirl friend and I were talking about people who let you down. If you think about it, maybe that’s why so many people I admire have unique, self-made beginnings to their stories: like an oyster, it takes an irritant to start the creation of the pearl. While in application to life I doubt the necessity of major obstacles early on, perhaps that just makes the end result that much better for those of us who don’t just rise to the occasion, but spread our wings and soar.

Have a pearlescent Friday. You have earned it.

Xo, Sarah

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#Getitgirl Dreams and Courage

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This quote is a healthy reminder to believe in yourself and go for the gold. That Walt is sure an inspiring soul.

How will you be courageous today? I’m tackling my to-do list and added two networking events to my calendar. Plus, I have been wanting to ask for something to help my career – so I just did it, and it opened a door! Moral of the story: the #getitgirl needs to get after it for herself if others are going to rev up the wild ride.

Get it, girl.

Xo, Sarah

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#Getitgirl Interview: Kelli Ryder

Sarah's Ambitions: Getitgirl Interview, Kelli Ryder

Kelli of Leopard and Lavender is one of my favorite bloggers and has been a great inspiration to me. She has an amazing career that she built for herself, and Kelli essentially epitomizes what it means to be a #getitgirl! Read on for more of her fabulous story and motivating tips.

Kelli Ryder, 25, San Francisco, CA

What is your job title, and what do you do? I am an Associate Editor at Rue Magazine – which allows me to have a few roles each day. I run a lot of social media, answer Rue’s general inquiry emails, and help with any miscellaneous projects. I also live my passion – the editorial side! I have about 10 articles I’m responsible for (ranging in frequency: weekly, bi-weekly, monthly). Each article can contain a variety of tasks, including assisting on photo shoots, rounding up product, coordinating with contributors, and of course writing copy. It is seriously so much fun – I work with an amazing group of women, have a lot of creative freedom, and have had so many “pinch-me” moments. I wake up some days and can’t believe where my life has gone. I feel very, very fortunate.

How did you connect the dots to get where you are today with your career? I had been wrapped up in the blogging world for years: I’ve had my own blog and really loved writing and developing my “voice.” I’ve been very interested in all things social media and made sure to keep up to date on any new platforms and trends. And of course – fashion and design are my first true loves. I just kept myself immensely interested in these things as hobbies. I’ve never had very many readers or followers, but I’ve been consistent and stuck with it because I truly enjoy it.

Turning that into a career ended up being much more natural than I dreamed of. I actually started with a career in e-commerce. I worked at a great company, but I was really unhappy. It was the worst feeling because I had this blossoming career – and I absolutely hated it. When I moved to San Francisco, I decided I was going to make a change. Searching for jobs was a struggle. I wasn’t qualified for the jobs I wanted, but I was extremely anxious because I couldn’t stand the thought of returning to a job I WAS qualified for. Funny, right?? Applying for jobs and keeping your fingers crossed you won’t get it.

I quickly figured out I wasn’t going to get an interview anywhere unless I had some connections… AKA it is all about who you know. I dragged my boyfriend to a Rue Magazine party hosted at the Gap. I don’t know if I thought I’d magically be brave and go up and talk to strangers, because my shyness conquered and we definitely stood and sipped drinks by ourselves. We did make a cameo in the photo booth, and so I was stalking Rue’s Facebook page looking for the photos. Before the photos went up, they posted a request for a college intern. I wrote Crystal (the Editor in Chief) a very passionate email about why a 25-year-old wanted the internship. We met two days later and I started that weekend.

Of course, accepting an internship made things a little more monetarily difficult. But the moment I met with Crystal, it was no question I’d take the internship. The opportunity was worth everything, so I needed to make it work – no questions asked. I sold my car (who needs it in the city anyways?!) and picked up a little freelancing to have grocery money. I also worked my buns off to prove I wanted to be a more permanent part of Team Rue. Taking the internship was obviously a risk (both personally and financially), and I am thankful every day it paid off. :)

How do you stay motivated? Like anyone, I often feel discouraged or frustrated. To avoid getting burned out, I just keep my focus on the grand scheme of things. I am very verbal with my goals – I write them down and always refer back to them. I remind myself of the big picture with every menial task – I treat an awesome photo shoot the same way I would a data entry task, as an opportunity to get closer to my goals. This helps me do my best even if I sort of want to take a nap. Essentially, my number one motivation is refusing to compromise my dreams. I will absolutely have the life I imagined because I’m going to make it happen.

Sarah's Ambitions - Getitgirl Interview, Kelli Ryder

Aside from being a #getitgirl, what do you like to do in your free time? Since I’m still new to San Francisco, I try to explore a lot. I love to walk, so I’ll pick a neighborhood I haven’t spent much time in and walk there. It’s good exercise – HELLO, hills – and I’ve found lots of cute spots. I do yoga each morning, and I like to negate that yoga workout with a champagne cocktail. Yoga and champagne are basically the same level of relaxation therefore necessary to my existence. I also am enjoying not being in a long distance relationship anymore – so I spend lots of time with my boyfriend, Tim.

What are your top tips for fellow #getitgirls?

  1. Figure out your passion and find a way to make it real life. I knew I loved the blogging community, so I decided early on I’d frantically figure out a way to make it my career. And I don’t use the word frantically lightly – you really have to hustle to create a solution that transitions your dream into a reality.
  2. Write down your goals, it helps keep you accountable and solidifies what you want. If you feel discouraged, re-read them. If it helps, write them in a cute notebook. Also, don’t misplace it.
  3. Drink lots of water and snack on veggies throughout the day – I’m serious. It helps your energy levels which assists with motivation. If I’m all carbed up on waffles, my brain is foggy and I tend to nap. Water + veggies = a seriously productive work session. Waffles = mid-day nap.
  4. DON’T be too hard on yourself. So often I feel embarrassed by my young age, my inexperience, or the fact I don’t have 20,000 followers. I have to step back and look at all I’ve accomplished thus far and remind myself I have had a pretty kick-ass 6 months.
  5. DO celebrate every single accomplishment with champagne. EVERY single one. Giving yourself positive reinforcement is perhaps the most important thing you can do to be a #getitgirl. If you don’t like champagne, celebrate with chocolate pudding, a new nail polish color, an episode of the Kardashians… you know, your version of champagne.

My favorite tip is #4. Kelli’s #getitgirl attitude and amazing tips have me ready to take on my big goals! How will you make it happen this week?

Xo, Sarah

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#Getitgirl Interview: Sarah Long

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I‘m so excited to kick off my newest column, the #Getitgirl Interview, where I’ll chat with admirable #getitgirl fashionistas about their careers, goals and tips. What better way to start than with the original #getitgirl? Xo

Sarah Long, 24, San Francisco

What is your job title, and what do you do? I am self-employed and do marketing for small businesses. I love making fun ideas come to life and working with other creative people to make the vision a reality. Eventually, I want to focus more on fashion, whether that means making my blog an even bigger and better part of my life or embarking on a new style journey.

How did you connect the dots to get where you are today with your career? I moved to California at the start of 2011 with nothing but my ambitions, sheer hope and a car – my husband’s transfer took an extra two months, so I was flying solo for a while. I was actually working as a nanny because I had no idea how I could do what I wanted after realizing I didn’t want to use my college degree. I stumbled across the blogging world and became enamored with the idea of curating my own mini-mag, and the rest is history! After starting my own blog, I went to an event at Madewell in San Francisco, where I first met some of the people I knew so well from Twitter. One of them was working in online fashion marketing, and when she left the position, she recommended me after seeing what I could do with my blog. My career – and blog – have grown and evolved a lot since then as I have carved my niche. I’d love to get into the editorial side of fashion and hope my blog can help open doors for me there.

How do you stay motivated? I love the journey even more than the victory; I like learning along the way and seeing the possibilities fall into place. I don’t have a specific end goal right now – I am focusing more on being authentic and experiencing the world with my eyes open. There are so many unique opportunities, and by immersing myself in the fashion and style world I learn more and more about how I can build my dream career.  Moulding it as I go is very inspiring. If I am ever in need of a quick shot of inspiration, I scroll through my favorited tweets for sweet reminders of camaraderie in the blogging world or click through images from the latest Chanel runway.

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Aside from being a #getitgirl, what do you like to do in your free time? Quiet weekend mornings at home with my husband and my puppies are my favorite. If it’s followed by some afternoon shopping and a burger, even better. I focus so much on the grind during the week, and I have learned I so much value my down time. My dad used to read The King’s Stilts by Dr. Seuss to me before bed, and its message is one of my favorites. “And when they played they really played. And when they worked they really worked.”

What are your top tips for the ambitious #getitgirl in all of us? Engage with people you admire on social media. Twitter has opened so many doors for me, just by being myself and having conversations – it’s actually how I got my internship at The Glitter Guide. Talking with others is a great way to learn about different career opportunities and aspects of your dream field. Don’t compare yourself to others, either. Be the best you. One piece of advice I need to work on myself is putting blinders up. The blogging world can get really competitive, and sometimes meanies pop up. Don’t even let them on your radar.

Thanks so much for reading along! I can’t wait to share more #getitgirl stories with you.

Xo, Sarah

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Girls Night Out!

You’re invited!

If you’ve ever been to a wedding show, you know how fun it is to walk around and take in all of the beautiful items, learn about different neat things for one’s big day and indulge in a little food and beverage. Girl’s Night Out is like that, only better, because 1) you don’t have to deal with the stress of planning a wedding, 2) you will walk away pampered and refreshed and 3) you’re doing it for a good cause!

On Thursday, September 20th, from 6-8 PM, gather up your girlfriends and head over to the Danville Livery for Girls Night Out! Tickets are $10 (all of which goes to the Always Dream Foundation — keep reading!) and get you into all of the evening’s events, including pampering (like a free Pinkies manicure — ob-sessed!), a fashion show, workshops, personal shopping, food, champagne, prizes and more! It’s like #getitgirl appreciation night.

Plus, Kristi Yamaguchi will be there promoting her Always Dream Foundation, dedicated to empowering children to reach their dreams through education and inspiration. This is even cooler than Pinterest — their current initiative, Always Reading, is helping children from low-income families get access to interactive e-tablets to encourage literacy with proven programs. Not only do 100% of the ticket sales go toward the Foundation, 10% of all merchandise sales do, too!

So, join me in the fashion and beauty fun, and in fostering young #getitpeople with Kristi Yamaguchi in a few Thursdays! I can’t wait to be pampered and do a little shopping (did I mention everyone gets 10% off merchandise, in addition to 10% of sales being donated to the Always Dream Foundation?). Yamaguchi will also be showing her new fitness line of clothing.

To recap: get pampered, hang out out me, see models strut their stuff, help Kristi Yamaguchi inspire and teach young #getitgirls and #getitguys, score 10% off of hot new workout ensembles and other fun merchandise — and then walk away with a swag bag full of goodies! Plus, there is a Girls Night Out cocktail event afterward at Martini Sky (cocktail coupon inside the swag bag!).

Hope to see you there! I would love to meet you!

Xo, Sarah

P.S. Get your tickets here (and get excited!): http://www.danvillelivery.com/blog/