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I rocked this outfit on Cara’s blog, and getting back in the swing of things felt fab-u-lous. This particular outfit was meant for a client meeting that got pushed, so I ended up wearing it for errands and a dinner date. Oh, I was fancy, huh?

Shop this outfit:

Sweater dress: J.Crew Factory // Wool coat: H&M (only $99!) // Winter floral scarf: old, via Nordstrom Rack (similar by Echo) // Nude pumps: Nine West via Piperlime // Black tote: Coach (the perfect size for a laptop and portfolio) // Round sunglasses: Target (in-store) // Men’s watch: Invicta (old, similar by Victorinox Swiss Army) // Pavé bracelet: BaubleBar (on sale for $58 right now!) // Red nail polish: Chanel in 475 Dragon (found in-store)

So much has happened since my last post, but let’s skip to where we are right now… I have an Anna-Wintour-gone-fashion-blogger haircut and I’m currently really into wearing an Olivia-Pope-wardrobe-on-a-#getitgirl-20-something-budget. Yep, that sums it up.

In honor of the Thanksgiving season, I’d like to take a paragraph to acknowledge some amazing people who have impacted me lately. A very heartfelt shoutout to Cara of Cara’s Cliche for being there every day (#unlimitedtextingandhashtags) and encouraging me to do me. A warm sendoff to Terra of Stylish White Female for the years of style inspiration and laughs; you will be sorely missed. And a grateful thank-you to Jessica of What I Wore for being a down-to-earth inspiration and mentor.

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!