Hello, Favorites

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 Faux leather shorts: Zara // Oversize black cardigan: Express (layered, old) // Large scarf: Marc Jacobs for Neiman Marcus + Target // Handbag: Michael Kors Hamilton tote // Bow flats: Ivanka Trump via Nordstrom // Cateye sunglasses: Target // Men’s watch: Invicta // Gem bracelet: Forever21 // Black pavé bracelet: Target

In the midst of some big demands on my time (#getitgirlproblems), going with my favorites is the clear choice for outfits. I’d write you a book about how much I love these shorts but I’m too busy, so I’ll catch you later.

Xo, Sarah

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Dolman and a Fur Skirt

 

 

 

 

Sarah's Ambitions - Dolman and a Fur Skirt

Sarah's Ambitions - Dolman and a Fur Skirt

Sweater: Gap. Skirt: H&M. Handbag: Michael Kors. Sunglasses: Target. Flats: Ivanka Trump via Nordstrom. Dog tags: Express. Bracelet: Forever21. Watch: Invicta, borrowed from le hubs.

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that big things have been happening in my life. Rather, I have earned some big changes for myself. I just went AWOL from the grind and am starting my own company, and I am effervescent with excitement, pride and ambition. It’s definitely more than the fact that I haven’t been tan in two years, I swear.

I wore this outfit for a day at my home office, then out to a cozy dinner with le hubs. This Gap sweater has been in high rotation ever since I bought it, with its perfectly boyfriendy-but-chic shape.

Another big announcement: I finally made the leap to the beautiful world of DSLR photography and I’m not going back. I’m in love, I’m in love, and I don’t care who knows it.

Cheers to all my #getitgirl friends out there. Bravo.

Xo, Sarah

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In the Navy

Sarah's Ambitions - In the Navy

Sarah's Ambitions - In the Navy

Sarah's Ambitions - In the Navy

Sarah's Ambitions - In the Navy

Sarah's Ambitions - In the Navy

Sarah's Ambitions - In the Navy

Navy shirt: Express (old). Navy pants: BCBGeneration. Bag: Hamilton by Michael Kors. Glitter heels: Target. Faux leather moto: Target. Round sunglasses: Target. Wishbone necklace: c/o Rocksbox. Gem bracelet: Forever21. Men’s watch: Invicta. Floral bracelet: my wedding jewelry.

2013 is proving to be the year of the #getitgirl. All of the hard work I put in over the last few years has helped me get to where I am today, and I must admit, I’m pretty proud.

The wishbone necklace I’m wearing was a gift from Rocksbox, a really neat jewelry subscription service that lets you rock designer pieces for $19 a month, shipped right to your door. This piece has become a favorite of mine – a wishbone is symbolic of luck, but the right amount of graceful effort is what gets the prize. True #getitgirl material.

Monochrome has been my favorite trend of late, from this all-navy outfit to my last all-white ensemble to my go-to black attire. What about you? I can’t wait to share all my adventures in style over the next year.

Xo, Sarah

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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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Maxed Out Chic

White fisherman sweater: Gilly Hicks // Black pleated maxi skirt: Laundry by Shelli Segal via TJMaxx (similar here by THEORY) // Faux leather moto: Target (last year, similar from this season here)// Pointed black pumps: Nine West via Nordstrom // Burgundy handbag: Michael Kors Astrid Satchel // Black and gold necklace: Forever21 // Gold dog tags: Express // Tiered gold necklace: Target

This maxi skirt was a staple for me over the summer, and now that cooler weather has hit, I wanted to find ways to wear it year-round. I bought this Gilly Hicks sweater while back home in Minnesota last month (Mall of America, I miss you so) and I am kind of obsessed with layering it over all my staple pieces now. Maxing out all of my chic options is a good thing in my book!

As I mentioned yesterday, I love using fashion to bolster my inner #getitgirl and stay motivated, no matter how maxed out I may be in the rest of my life. The inspiration is never-ending when you remix your favorite pieces. Chin up, heels on, layered necklaces, done. Bazinga!

Xo, Sarah 

Shorts Chic

Faux fur vest: Rachel Zoe (last year, new version here) // Black cardigan: Express (old, new version here) // Sheer black blouse: Pleione via Nordstrom Rack (similar here) // Perfect black cami: Banana Republic // Bow belt shorts: Mimi Chica (similar here) // Espadrille wedges: Target (similar here) // Round sunglasses: Target (similar here with flair) // Gold layered necklace: H&M (last year, similar here)

Getting things done requires an outfit that can move, and being myself requires that it be chic. What better combination than a faux fur vest by one of my favorites, Rachel Zoe, and some bow-belted shorts? I have been loving an all-black combination with a little pizazz for a chic surprise; so quintessentially NY while I enjoy my CA lifestyle. Maybe someday I’ll try the big city, but for now, I’m loving my beautiful bay.

Xo, Sarah

Love and Mod Tuxedos

Tuxedo blazer: H&M (similar here) // Belted black shorts: Mimi Chica (old, similar here) // White button-up: Express Men (borrowed from le hubs) // Microfiber tights: L’eggs // Black pointed heels: Nine West

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A Fresh Start on Stylish Ambitions

I am so excited to be launching my new blog! With a refined focus and more inspiration than ever, I am proud to give you the new Sarah’s Ambitions. I’ll be delivering ambitiously stylish fashion, beauty and lifestyle posts, and the new #Getitgirl features may just be my favorite. But most of all, I feel like a real, live fashion blogger: here is my first-ever outfit post!

Faux leather moto: Target (on sale now!) // Mint sweatshirt: Gap // Black scarf: Uptown Minneapolis boutique (similar here) // Destroyed denim: Express // Pointed heels: Nine West // Mini wristlet: Coach (similar here)

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