Kitten Heel

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I just started showering before bed and not drying my hair, which has a million benefits, three of which I will outline here. First, no holding a heavy blow dryer above my head (I had bilateral shoulder reconstructions in college and if I can avoid overhead exercise, that’s always my first choice). Second, no heat damage. Third, I wake up with shiny curls. Um, what. Deadpan whyamIjustlearningthis face.

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Oversize faux fur stole: H&M Paris Collection (similar from TopShop) // Destroyed skinny ankle jeans: Paige Denim (great for long legs, want these for this winter) // Black silk button-up: MICHAEL Michael Kors (similar by Vince Camuto) // Wool coat: H&M // Patent kitten heels: Tahari via DSW (similar by Michael Kors, lust-worthy by Jimmy Choo) // Pavé link bracelet: BaubleBar // Cocktail ring: Nordstrom Rack // Leather tote: Coach // Glasses: Warby Parker, c/o contest // Red nail polish: Chanel 475 Dragon (so many gorgeous colors)

I helped my hair with some strategic curling iron tendrils to get this look, but this takes an estimated 0.01% of the effort I usually exert on my head every day. Be prepared for more of this, at least until I grow out my haircut (if that ever happens).

So, this outfit. Comfy. Simple. Quick. Good for getting back to work deadlines that require more attention. On that note, bye.

Xo, Sarah

P.S. Kitten heels: good for getting things done, but still feeling like you’re wearing clackers.

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Easy Chic

Faux fur: H&M. Aviators: 1903s c/o Ellison Sunglass Co. Black jacket: Springfield (purchased in Spain, Spring 2009). Sheer black button-up: Pleione via Nordstrom Rack. Camisole: Banana Republic. Bootcut denim: Gap Long & Lean. Bordeaux handbag: Astrid Satchel by Michael Kors. Black pumps: Steve Madden. Men’s watch: Invicta, borrowed from le hubs.

This outfit was very quick to assemble and get out the door. We had places to be and people to see without time to get ready — which is why I love stocking up on go-to pieces like these that don’t require much strategizing in case of emergency.

Xo, Sarah

P.S. A smile is always in season and is the easiest accessory ;)

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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