Stylish, Sparkly & Sweet: Wedding Wear

Silver lace dress: Betsy & Adam via Macy’s (similar here) // Red lipstick: Maybelline 14-Hour in Continuous Cranberry // Gray nail polish: Chanel 559 Frenzy via Nordstrom // Round sunglasses: Target // Black wristlet: Coach (old, new version here) // Black wedges: Steve Madden (last season, similar here) // Men’s watch: Kenneth Cole, my gift to le hubs on our wedding day (similar here) // Floral bracelet: what I wore on our wedding day

Last weekend, two of our good friends held a gorgeous wedding celebration in Sonoma, California, and it was the most magical wedding. In addition to the mermaid swimming about the pool, the unicorn at the end of the ceremony, the bagpipes and the custom cocktails in mason jars, the love this couple celebrated at their wedding is a thing of beauty so rare and so special, it’s the stuff of legends.

The night before, le hubs and I met after work for a quick dress shopping session and landed this beauty. As soon as I saw it, I knew — despite it being in the Petites’ sale section and me being 5’11”. Luckily, I didn’t even need to alter it! Serendipitous sartorial success, I say. I wanted something a little more romantic than my go-to LBD, and this silvery, lace dress was just what I was hoping to find for the “garden cocktail” attire.

Tip: wear wedges to any wedding that will be outside. You don’t want to aerate the lawn with your heels!

My favorite part of this ensemble? I fully plan to layer this dress with a sweater and make it werk for work. Just as I repurpose my wedding jewelry on a weekly basis, I love wearing pieces chosen for special occasions in everyday life. It keeps the magic alive (and makes the cost-per-wear even better).

Xo, Sarah

Sliver of Sun

Cable sweater: Gap // White button-up: Banana Republic // Black pleated skirt: Forever21 (in stores, similar in yellow here) // Round sunglasses: Target (in stores, similar here) // Lip gloss: L’Oreal le Gloss in Violet Attitude // Gold cord necklace: Target // Leopard faux calfhair belt: Target (in stores, similar from Express here) // Watch: Invicta, borrowed from le hubs // Black leather wedges: Steve Madden (last season, similar here)

To snap these photos, le hubs and I found the last sliver of sun still hitting the ground and used it until there was nothing left but a pink glow in the sky. Now that we both commute quite a distance, finding the opportunity to photo shoots is a rare thing. This night, we were each able to leave our offices a little early, so we snuck in a trip to Whole Foods for some grocery shopping before running home to our puppies. Just this season, I took on an affinity for sunflowers. Perhaps its the Midwest in me grasping for something familiar, or perhaps I’m just drawn to their ineffable, innate radiance of happiness.

I saw this sweater on Gap’s Facebook page and immediately fell in love. That same afternoon, le hubs and I ran to the new Gap concept store in San Mateo, CA at Hillsdale Mall and lucky me, it was on sale! The new store there is also fabulous — I’m moderately obsessed. There is an adorable neon “Heart of the Peninsula” sign (check out my Instagram!), a movie board with the store’s name, and my favorite part, clean, contemporary shopping with my favorite styles and colors. (FYI, I heard they are having a fun event for FNO next week!)

The coming of fall and close of summer has me torn. In my little city by the bay, summer is just starting (bye, fog!), and farther south, temperatures are starting to turn, much as the leaves did in my home state this time of year. This outfit was my compromise, with a little autumn inspiration thrown into the summer ensemble. I’m torn in more than a sartorial sense, though: while I love seeing the Pacific outside my window every morning, the sunshine of the Peninsula is calling my name. Let’s see if my sunflowers hold me over.

Xo, Sarah

It’s Electric

Hot pink blouse: Pleione via Nordstrom Rack (similar here) // Hot pink lipstick: Maybelline Super Stay 14-Hour in Eternal Rose // Black pleated mini: Forever21 // Wrapped chain necklace: Forever21 // Silver and rhinestone watch: Relic // Floral rhinestone bracelet: from my wedding // Black leather wedges: Steve Madden (similar here) // Round sunglasses: Target (similar Stella McCartney here, swoon!) // Black patent shoulder bag: Coach // Red nail polish: Chanel in Dragon 475

What is an outfit shoot without a little Coco Rocha risk-taking pose work? And what would my wardrobe be without some brights to add a jolt to my classic black staples?

I have been loving my Maybelline Super Stay 14-Hour lipstick, of which I now own three shades. This hot pink ‘Eternal Rose,’ a fierce, red ‘Continuous Cranberry’ and an oh-so-sweet pink, ‘Ultimate Blush.’ I have gotten more compliments on my lipstick than ever!

Since I don’t get to model for my day job, I’m living out the dream here. (But, Karl, Michael, Valentino, Diane, Donna . . . if you’re reading this, I wear an 8 in couture sizing.) The beauty in this is that as long as I fit into my own definition of “the right measurements,” all is well.

If you’ve been paying attention to the Olympics, you know that swimmers’ bodies aren’t exactly 34-24-34. I have the medals and the scars to prove my allegiance to the sport, and although a positive body image is a concept I still struggle to wrangle on a daily basis, seeing people who have the same body shape as me (obviously with more muscle) on TV has helped me embrace my lanky limbs and athletic shoulders better than ever before.

I can’t tell you how many times I have started a shopping trip feeling inspired, excited to try on all of my amazing finds, but instead leave empty handed, feeling simultaneously deflated and bloated. When you’re 5’11” and your inseam is 5″ longer than average, it’s difficult to get hems to lay in the right places and easy to feel like the ill-fitting clothes make a misfit of you.

We all have our hangups. I’m just trying to make the majority of mine be on the people who plant these seeds of doubt — instead of myself.

Xo, Sarah

The Greatest Comeback

Tuxedo blazer: H&M (similar here) // Cream half-button tank: Gap // Black pleated maxi skirt: Laundry by Shelli Segal (similar here) // Black wedges: Steve Madden (similar here) // Tan Hamilton handbag: Michael Kors

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It’s a Celebration!

Tangerine Dress: H&M (in-store only) // Black Wedges: Steve Madden (in brown here, similar black here) // Handbag: Coach (old) // Round Sunglasses: Target (in-store only) // Icicle Necklace: ModCloth (prize from a Digitally Chic event) // Gold and Ivory Cocktail Ring: Forever21 (old)

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