Woohoo, I’m baaack! It was an unfortunate series of events, Mr. Snicket: we moved out of our Pacifica apartment rather unexpectedly (read: fire balls in the living room and sewage in the bathroom – seriously) and had just gotten our furniture into our new place when I was diagnosed with mononucleosis. Oh, hai, illness I have forgotten existed since high school, BRB after I make plans to accommodate you in my twenty-something life with Bay Area rent and car payments and puppies and marriage.
Stop the (digital) presses, this #getitgirl needed some major shut-eye. I was operating on a schedule of work for 3 hours, nap for three hours, work for three hours, nap for three hours . . . well, I am happy to report I am no longer perma-PJ’d and have regained some color in my cheeks!
Can you tell how much we love our new apartment from these photos? I now have my own office and am in the midst of decorating it. I can’t wait to share it on the blog – I still need to find some art and am waiting on a #megachic rug to arrive. Having my own work space has proven to be incredibly beneficial for my creativity and focus and I fully intend on making the most of every minute! You know, #getitgirl style.
Sunshine is back in San Francisco, and its arrival was just what I needed after a bit of a bummer day. I just put on this light, upbeat ensemble and kept pushing through. That morning’s arrival of this Missoni scarf couldn’t have been more perfectly timed. I opened up my purchase from Gilt (their order fulfillment department is ba-na-nas; I didn’t think this could possibly arrive in time for this post), tossed it around my neck with what I hoped was reminiscent of a Parisian je ne sais quoi and skipped out the door. The power of a comfortable, confident outfit is really quite something.
As if a gorgeous piece of an iconic fashion house wasn’t enough to brighten my mood, I have some great news: we’re going shopping and getting some deals.
I have partnered with Gilt City SF to give one of my lovely readers 2 tickets to the Gilt City Warehouse Sale in San Francisco on Saturday, May 18th. They’re clearing out their warehouse, which means crazily good prices and some unbeatable finds.
To enter, use the Rafflecopter box below. There are 4 ways you can earn entries before 11:59 PM Pacific Time on Tuesday, 5/14/13:
Mandatory: Leave a comment and tell me your favorite designer you hope to score at the sale
You can repeat this every day for additional entries: Tweet about the giveaway – see sample tweet in Rafflecopter
Extra entry: Follow @GiltCitySF for daily deals
Extra Entry: Like Gilt City on Facebook for fashionable fun
Good luck! I will be shopping the sale, too, and can’t wait to share my finds! You can buy tickets online here. Designer shopping at insanely good pricing? Now that is what I want to hear.
***UPDATE: 9 AM, 5.15.13*** Congratulations, Sierra! Her comment entry was randomly selected by Random.org through Rafflecopter to be the winning entry. Look for an email from me!
Don’t fret if you didn’t win – you can still score tickets here, and they are still only $10! This is a warehouse sale that is not to be missed! Share your fashionable finds on Twitter and Instagram and tag me @sarahsambitions and hashtag #raidthewarehouse so I can see what you scored. I’ll be sharing my finds, too!
Sometimes, you just need to throw on what you find and run out the door. I was really busy rolling out some client projects last week, so I grabbed an easy combo before trucking to my favorite coffee shop for crunch time.
Despite getting dressed in a minute flat, I felt confident in this ensemble. The right outfit, one that is comfortable but classic, is like armor; makeup is the war paint. And there is nothing more comfortable than these elastic-waist shorts – I’ll let the faux leather chic-ness fool you into thinking they are more classic than comfort.
What’s your go-to power outfit? My style lately has evolved to be a bit more casual since that is the norm with my clients, but when I need to rock the situation, a smart dress, a blazer and walkable-but-powerful heels make me feel like a million dollars.
Lately my life has been all work, work, work. I am learning how to strike a balance that works for me and I am so excited for some big changes that le hubs and I have planned for the next few months. (Stay tuned!)
For this shoot, we met up for lunch and found this little stretch of oyster shell beach on the Bay right across from the restaurant. I learned that much of this particular city was formerly oyster beds, and the “soil” is full of their pearly shells – resulting in a beautiful beach.
It’s fun to think of what the future can hold and where we will go. The world is my oyster, and I am very proud of what I have already accomplished. I recently had a great conversation with another #getitgirl I admire. It reaffirmed my faith in the power of hard work and perseverance. Each of the two of us is a self-made self-starter, and sharing the motivation is empowering and inspiring. I’m willing to bet many of you are the same way.
Later that day, another #getitgirl friend and I were talking about people who let you down. If you think about it, maybe that’s why so many people I admire have unique, self-made beginnings to their stories: like an oyster, it takes an irritant to start the creation of the pearl. While in application to life I doubt the necessity of major obstacles early on, perhaps that just makes the end result that much better for those of us who don’t just rise to the occasion, but spread our wings and soar.
Pink tank:Zara // White blazer: H&M // Black faux leather shorts:Zara (I seriously own two identical pairs; total must-have staple piece!) // Handbag:Michael Kors Hamilton // Bow flats: Ivanka Trump via Nordstrom // Ring necklace: H&M // Pyramid ring: Forever21 // Mirrored rose sunglasses: H&M // Pink lipgloss:“Smooth Talker” c/o BareMinerals
I wore this outfit for a day of working at a local café, where I got some real sunshine for the first time in a long time. It was deliciously warm and entirely addictive. The weather in San Francisco (and the neighboring city where I live, one step farther down the coast) is often a bit too chilly and a bit too cloudy for this sunbaby’s liking, so the fact that one can drive 25 minutes and be tomando las rayas del sol is perfection. I took in those rays like there was no tomorrow . . . but then I came back again the next day and fully plan to again and again. Claaaaro que sí. Of course.
Last week, I attended a BareMinerals event all about moxie – a concept I love. They sent me home with some beautiful lip glosses, and this “Smooth Talker” is the perfectly pastel pink for a punchy, confident little beauty boost. Its slightly minty-fresh tingle and sheer, no-nonsense hue had my moxie at full force all day long. Perfect for the #getitgirl!
After seeing one of my favorite bloggers, Late Afternoon, rocking an all-white maxi and crop-top outfit on her Instagram at Coachella, I knew I had to make it happen. This music-festival-inspired ensemble has just been waiting to happen. I was too young for the midriff trend last time around and probably won’t want to the next time it strikes, so, boom.
This weekend was completely restorative to everything except my wallet. I enjoyed lazy mornings, some excellent meals with great people, some shopping and plenty of family time. This particular day, I brunched at Twenty-Five Lusk with Adiel of It’s Because I Think Too Much, after which we traipsed around Union Square. Then Dave and I ran more errands and had dinner at our favorite burger place.
I could get used to all of this . . . oh, hai, Monday. Didn’t see you coming.
Lime green skirt: Diane von Furstenburg via Last Call Neiman Marcus // Black v-neck: Target (layered) // Large black scarf: Marc Jacobs for Target + Neiman Marcus // Faux leather moto: Target // Patent kitten heels: Tahari via DSW // Round sunglasses: Target // Gem bracelet: Forever21 // Men’s watch: Invicta // Pavé bracelet: Target
Another day, another outfit for busy client meetings. Let’s make it electric and make the #getitgirl motivation even easier to find.
Boogie woogie woogie.
P.S. I realized I interlace my fingers when I’m intensely checking email. I love finding little quirks!
Faux leather shorts: Zara. Black scarf: Marc Jacobs for NM + Target. Sweatshirt jacket: Macy’s (old). Burgundy faux snakeskin pumps: Target. Handbag: Michael Kors Astrid Satchel. Gold bracelet, gem bracelet and LOVE rings: Forever21. Aviator sunglasses: Ellison Sunglass Co (c/o).
These shorts were a find months in the making. I had been dreaming about a pair of faux leather shorts ever since I spied a Vince look book ages ago, with a gorgeous pair my heart said I had to have, to which my bank account promptly replied with a no. I was looking for an affordable pair with enough inseam to be appropriate for everyday wear, when I finally stumbled across these beauties. A few quick clicks later and I was eagerly awaiting my first online Zara purchase’s arrival!
Online shopping is definitely growing on me now that I work from home. Efficient and Christmas-like? If only every decision was so easy! And if only I could justify doing this every week. #collegedebtcomesfirst
The response to my post about body image and blogging last week was fabulous. Especially on social media, people of all ages poured over with support, appreciation and reflection. I know I’m not alone in the fight against the mirror, so I am very glad to have shared this and hope it can inspire more people to love themselves even just a bit more.