White Monochrome

Ivory angora sweater: Ann Taylor. Sheer white blouse: Bellatrix via Nordstrom Rack. White skinny jeans: Gap. Ivory pea coat: Express, old. Bordeaux handbag: Michael Kors Astrid satchel. Burgundy snakeprint pumps: Target. Round sunglasses: Target. Baubled necklace: White House Black Market. Gold and rhinestone necklace: Forever21. Tiered gold and rope necklace: Target. Pavé pendant: Target. Men’s watch: Invicta, borrowed from le hubs. Gold cuff: Forever21. Gold and rhinestone bracelet: Forever21.

I did a major closet inventory over the holiday and set aside the clothes I never wear. That left me with a very minimal wardrobe – which is 50% black, 25% white and much of the rest are pieces I’m not too wild about, feeble attempts at adding color. You could say I have pigeonholed my style, but I prefer the term ‘Parisian chic.’ While I do want to invest in more fun pieces (Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific always inspires me), right now, being able to mix and match everything is practically perfect in every way. I can Mary Poppins together a polished outfit in ten seconds flat, and the remix capabilities are endless. Now I just need her never-ending bag of amazing outfits and décor.

This outfit was my solution for a day that started with pouring rain. The monochrome look is so fun, and I wanted to flip it from my typical all-black ensemble to something a little more holiday-inspired and trendy. It also made my shoes and handbag really pop – a guy walking by even complimented them!

How will you rock the monochrome trend? Maybe next time I’ll go all out and do neon pink.

Xo, Sarah

P.S. I tried a new setting with my digital camera instead of using my iPhone after reading this Blog Trends article on non-DSLR photography, and I love how the photos turned out a little bit Michael-Kors-editorial-meets-Juergen-Teller-lighting. I’m still experimenting with my photography – share your tips below, too!

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Feeling Good

Aviator sunglasses: 1903s in black c/o Ellison Sunglass Co. // Angora sweater: Ann Taylor // Faux leather skater skirt: H&M // Faux fur vest: Rachel Zoe (last season, similar from this season here) // Black opaque tights: L’eggs via Walgreen’s (similar from ASOS here) // Black bow flats: Ivanka Trump via Nordstrom (sold out, similar here) // Bordeaux handbag: Michael Kors Astrid satchel // Gold tiered necklace: Target // Men’s watch: Invicta, borrowed from le hubs

When I discovered Ellison Sunglass Co. through The Facets Magazine, I was really moved. Not only do they have beautiful design, with every purchase of a pair of Ellison sunglasses, they cover the cost of a corrective eye surgery for someone in need. Their motto, “Look Good. Do Good.” is exactly what I love to see in fashion. Brands that find a way to give back top my list, and I couldn’t be more proud of my Ellison 1903s! Le hubs also loves them and has already borrowed them a few times. Nothing like a pair of his-and-hers sunglasses to make a relationship solid!

This #getitgirl is also feeling good about life. On a sartorial note, I have been slowly adding some spice to my wardrobe of basics, and I am loving the way my style is growing. This applies to life, too: as I grow wiser and more seasoned, that makes the sweetness that much better.

Xo, Sarah

Layered Fall Love

Angora blend sweater: Ann Taylor // Printed dress: Gap // Bordeaux Astrid Satchel: Michael Kors // Black pointed bow flats: Ivanka Trump via Nordstrom (similar here)

Perfume bottle necklace: H&M (similar I adore here) // Tiered gold rope necklace: Target // Gold dog tags necklace: Express // Gold and silver watch: Invicta, borrowed from le hubs // Round sunglasses: Target // Red nail polish: Chanel 475 Dragon // Red lipstick: Maybelline Continuous Cranberry

Fall is here and the change of the season has le hubs and me ready for change ourselves. I’m layering my favorite pieces (this new Gap dress and Ann Taylor sweater are currently topping my list, and I got them both on sale!), le hubs finally tried a slim cut for his jeans (and they look amazing!) and our puppies’ sweaters will soon make an appearance for evening walks — but it goes deeper than simply the sartorial sense.

In short, the Longs are calling on their ambitions and making big things happen. Every day is another opportunity for wisdom to grow, doubts to diminish and love to flourish, and we’re layering it all on this fall.

Xo, Sarah

P.S. And sometimes, when you’ve been a #getitgirl and you’ve been working really hard, you get to treat yourself to a gorgeous, bordeaux handbag from Michael Kors. Luckily, my day to do so just happened and I am enamored with the result! Can I get a co-sign??