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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Pajama Pants and a Faux Fur

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What I Wore Brand Grade
Gray top Zara (on sale) (unknown – estimate a C)
Navy pajama pants Zara (on sale) (unknown – estimate a C)
Faux fur stole H&M C
Blue gradient bib necklace Apricot Lane Los Altos (unknown – estimate a C)
Sunglasses Dior via Nordstrom Nordstrom: B+ / Dior: C-
Leather tote Coach (love this version from Cuyana) (unknown)

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Layering a faux fur and an oversize necklace above pajama-esque trousers made me feel like a savvy Hollywood star. Secretly comfortable glamour is where it’s at, darling.

We spent New Year’s in LA visiting my good friend Cara, which was a lovely time. It was a short trip, but we managed to fit in a trip to The Grove, where I picked up these Zara pieces. Buying clothes while vacationing is one of my favorite things: not only do I like shopping in the first place, having a memento that can actually be worn and enjoyed often brings back a little ray of the sunshine that was that vacation and injects it into the everyday.

What I’m really saying: find a way to enjoy a glamorous bit of happiness every day. You deserve it, #getitgirl.

Xo, Sarah

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Dolman Sweater Dimension

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What I Wore Brand Better World Shopper Grade (2012 ed.)
Dolman sweater H&M C
Waxed skinny jeans H&M C
Fitted puffer coat French Connection via Piperlime (similar Calvin Klein option here) Piperlime (Gap): B+
Lariat necklace BaubleBar (unknown)
Sunglasses Dior via Nordstrom Nordstrom: B+ / Dior: C-
Leather tote Coach (love this version from Cuyana) (unknown)
Ballet flats Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Nordstrom: B+

When I reflect on the past year, I almost can’t believe everything I fit into such a short span of time. I share some achievements here on the blog, but the personal victories are even more powerful. I hope I can be an inspiration for the fellow #getitgirl and feel very grateful that I have this creative outlet to share my voice.

My favorite gift this holiday season was a book from my husband, Legends: Women Who Have Changed the World Through the Eyes of Great Women Writers. Part of the biography on Susan Sontag references her search for self-transcendance, and as she wrote, “case studies of [her own] evolving sensibility.”

This strikes a particular chord with me. Blogging has chronicled my evolving style in so many ways for the past few years (my long-time readers remember the start of the #getitgirl era with my first Tumblr blog, which played a significant role in launching my career). From the way I dress to the way I process the world, I hope I never stop changing.

Here’s to a happy, healthy and successful 2014!

Cheers! Sarah

P.S. As I mentioned before, I am striving to make a difference with the way I shop. Using The Better World Shopping Guide (2012 edition) to help me make educated decisions, every dollar I spend makes a difference. I’ll be noting my “grades” moving forward in outfit posts to help keep me accountable and to show one can dress well – at every price point – while supporting ethical business.

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Paris in California

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Black, paper-bag midi skirt: ASOS // 3/4-sleeve sweater: J.Crew Factory // Quilted puffer coat: French Connection via Piperlime // Tiered pavé necklace: Target (old) // Sunglasses: Dior  via Nordstrom // Men’s watch: Invicta // Kitten heel pumps: Tahari via DSW // Leather tote: Coach

I bought this skirt a while ago but never wore it because the waist is too big (so be sure to order down a size). Today, I just really wanted to wear it, so I cinched it up and ran out the door. The midi length kept my legs warm enough during California’s version of this nationwide cold snap, but some microfiber tights would be perfect for adding an extra layer in other parts of the country.

Speaking of countries, one of my friends is headed to France and Switzerland in a few days and I am supremely jealous. Please join me in pretending this photo shoot happened in Paris. Thanks.

Xo, Sarah

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Winter Vest

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Leather vest: H&M // Faux leather leggings: Alloy // Navy blouse with faux leather shoulder detail: H&M (love this Vince option) // Wedge booties: Cole Haan via Piperlime // Long gloves: Nordstrom Rack // Leather tote: Coach

One of the perks of both le hubs and I working from home is that we can sometimes sneak away for a quick lunchtime date. This morning, after he had multiple conference calls and I worked on cranking out a number of large projects, we decided to forego our self-imposed lunchtime restaurant moratorium and indulge in a teensy little hooky from real life. The sweet potato fries are a little sweeter when the two of us are snuggled into a warm booth on a chilly day.

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.

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Quilted Puffer Coat

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Faux leather leggings: Alloy // Quilted puffer: French Connection via Piperlime (sold out, love this Burberry Brit option) // Black day jacket: Dolce & Gabbana via Encore in Burlingame, CA // White blouse: H&M // Oversize camel scarf: H&M (in-store) // Canvas leopard loafers: Sam & Libby for Target (old, similar here via DSW) // White-framed reflective sunglasses: H&M (beautiful Gucci version here)  // Pavé link bracelet: BaubleBar // Men’s watch: Invicta // Tote: Coach (also love this vegan option from Oasap)

I am times-fifty-excited about these leggings. They’re 5″ longer than regular leggings, AKA there isn’t a flood today. Haaay!

Thanksgiving break was such a fulfilling long weekend – see the highlights on Instagram. I somehow still crammed in a full workweek, but it felt so much shorter when broken up by a the holiday festivities and a little [too much; sorry wallet #notsorry] online retail therapy. Then, on Monday, I launched a new, multi-page feature on my client’s website to coordinate with an ad campaign launch. This is the kind of stuff that makes my heart pitter-patter.

Hashtag getitgirl. Hashtag this was an amazing span of days. Hashtag I love the holidays. Hashtag I am being Totes McGoats informal with my writing here because I just cranked out a bajillion marketing pieces and a 2014 business plan.

Xo, Sarah

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