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Crop Top + High Waist

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WHAT I WORE BRAND GRADE
Tweed crop top Zara C
High-waist pants Old BCBG, love these CONSCIOUS H&M pants C
Pointed-toe heels Calvin Klein via Nordstrom Rack C
Faux leather jacket Old Target, great ASOS alternative here (free 2-day shipping with code EXPRESSUSA) C
Black, semi-structured, faux leather handbag Zara (yes, I bought it in black and in white – it’s only $36!) C
Sheer pink lip gloss NYX Butter Gloss in “Creme Brulee” via Nordstrom Rack B+

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My husband and I are nearing five years together, and between that and applying for a rental house we really adore (fingers extra-crossed), we had a lot to almost-celebrate. So we almost made reservations, and instead ended up at the chef’s bar at Scratch in Mountain View. Dinner and drinks were delicious and it was just the date night we needed.

Since I work in luxury real estate marketing and business development on the San Francisco Peninsula, the fact that this market is incredibly robust makes what I do even more exciting. On the flip side, as a participant in the salmon run of renters fighting the current to move upstream, it can get frustrating. Hashtag love-hate relationship. I have a lot of hope riding on this story ending well!

Xo, Sarah

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Incognito in Paris

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WHAT I WORE BRAND GRADE
Soft white shirt Amour Vert A
Fit-and-flare black skirt Zara C
Black leather flats Sam Edelman via Nordstrom B+
Faux leather jacket Old Target, great ASOS alternative here C
White, semi-structured, faux leather handbag Zara C
Oversize sunglasses Dior via Nordstrom B+
Gold “loveyou” necklace Etsy, gift from my husband (sold out, similar here) A
Pale pink nail polish Mineral Fusion in “Blushing Crystal” via Whole Foods A

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If I was going to be a Parisian spy, this is what I’d wear. I would be terrible at it, but I would feel like my style was working with the crowds. It’s all about the way you choose to feel, no?

I wore this for a day of weekend fun with my husband. It was pretty chilly by the time we took these pictures – I can’t wait for California summer.

My favorite thing about this outfit is that Amour Vert planted a tree when I bought this top. Look good, feel good, do good.

Xo, Sarah

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White Zara Dress

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WHAT I WORE BRAND GRADE
White dress Zara (love this) C
Gold “love” necklace Nordstrom Rack B+
Faux leather jacket Target (this is a great alternative from CK) C (for alt)
Oversize cat eye sunglasses Dior via Nordstrom B+
Gold gladiator sandals Target, old (love these from Nordstrom) B+ (for alt)
Black flap handbag J.Crew C
Red nail polish MineralFusion “Crimson Clay” via Whole Foods A

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I picked up this dress while on a too-quick trip to LA. Zara was having a sale and I fell in love. It was too busy there to even try things on, but this dress was one of those things that you just see and know. It was the same with my wedding dress (on a majorly different level). Sometimes, you just know. You know?

Xo, Sarah

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All Black Everything

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WHAT I WORE BRAND WORLD SHOPPER GRADE
Black tank top H&M (shop similar) C
Black faux leather pants H&M (shop similar) C
Black designer coat Vintage Dolce & Gabbana A
“loveyou” necklace Etsy, just like Kourtney Kardashian’s A
“love” pendant necklace Nordstrom Rack B+
Printed black scarf Zara C
Black ballet flats Sam Edelman via Nordstrom B+
Black flap purse J.Crew C
Red nail polish MineralFusion “Crimson Clay” via Whole Foods A

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Finding the right balance in life is always tough. Perhaps what I actually mean to say is that organizing one’s priorities in a sustainable way is always tough. My absolutes: Family is always first. Providing for them is second. Now I’m working out the details of fitting in things that are more “for me”: blogging, exercising, watching Scandal, painting, saving items to my ASOS cart, spending an hour on the phone with Cara talking about everything and nothing, daydreaming about owning a home and redoing the kitchen and master suite, etc. You know, the uzhe.

Scheduling my days and falling into routines has made a huge difference. Now I have enough space in my life to filter in more of the art of living.

Same time tomorrow? It’s a date.

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Wear White Whenever

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WHAT I WORE BRAND GRADE
White blouse H&M C
White elephant pants Zara (estimated C)
Faux leather jacket Target (this is a great alternative from Calvin Klein) D (3 years old)
Lucite perfume necklace H&M C
Love bottle necklace Forever21 (gorgeous eco option via Etsy) (estimated D)
Oversize D sunglasses Forever21 (fab ASOS version I adore) (estimated D)
Men’s watch Invicta (unknown)
Pavé links bracelet BaubleBar (love this one from Nordstrom) (unknown)
Leopard loafers Target (want these ones from J.Crew, cute ASOS version) D (last season)
Leather tote Coach (great ASOS version here) (unknown)

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Wearing winter whites feels like a sweet little reminder that warmer days are just around the corner. No fashion rules allowed. Wear white whenever.

The night before, I was thankfully wearing all-black PJs when I decided on a whim to pull out my canvases and sketch papers. Acrylics and charcoals are mess-y. I had almost forgotten how good it feels to create art. It’s like simultaneously illuminating a warm glow in my soul and putting a piece of it onto a canvas. It’s a beautiful phenomenon, regardless of how much I like the pieces I make.

One rule I am making: make more time for art, and no wearing white then.

Xo, Sarah

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Turtleneck + Mini

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WHAT I WORE BRAND GRADE
Black turtleneck sweater H&M C
Faux-feather mini H&M (last year) C
Wool coat H&M C
Leather tote Coach via Nordstrom (Beautiful option from Cuyana) Nordstrom: B+
Ballet flats Sole Society (want these UGGs and these Cole Haans) (unknown)
Sunglasses Dior via Nordstrom Nordstrom: B+ / Dior: C-
Gold men’s watch Passed down from le hubs’ grandpa A
Pavé link bracelet BaubleBar (gorg vintage mashup option via Etsy) (unknown)
Black pavé bangle Target (eco-chic option via Etsy) D (old)

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California winters are the only way I can handle the treacherous season that is winter anymore. Polar vortex, ugh, no. I’ve been spoiled by this amazing state and there is no turning back. After three years here, I am enamored, through and through.

This year, I have gravitated towards adding classic pieces (with a twist) to my wardrobe. A fluffy mini and oversize turtleneck is the perfect example of this. Serious staples with a touch of whimsy.

Ok, you caught me. I just really wanted to write “whimsy.” It’s been a seriously long week. Happy Friday, #getitgirl.

Xo, Sarah

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Paris Chic Meets Cali Cool

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WHAT I WORE BRAND GRADE
Black dress Amour Vert (estimated A)
Grayscale scarf H&M Men’s C
Faux leather jacket Target (Great coated denim alternative by AG Adriano Goldschmied) D (3 years old)
Pavé ring necklace H&M C
Black microfiber tights Legg’s (Love these Nordstrom tights) (unknown)
Leather tote Coach (Beautiful option from Cuyana) (unknown)
Ballet flats Sam Edelman via Nordstrom (want these UGGs and these Cole Haans) Nordstrom: B+
Sunglasses Dior via Nordstrom Nordstrom: B+ / Dior: C-
Men’s watch Kenneth Cole New York via Nordstrom Rack (almost identical here) Nordstrom: B+

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A chic LBD is my go-to for a simple, polished look, and this comfortable Amourt Vert beauty is a dream come true. It has long sleeves that are actually long enough, ruching for textural interest and incredibly soft fabric. I can’t wait for warmer weather to wear it with just a statement necklace and oversize sunglasses.

I’m particularly in love with this dress because it’s more than just a stylish closet staple. Many friends have asked me how I will be able to dress fashionably while maintaining an environmentally conscious lifestyle and shopping only ethical brands. I am happy to report that many amazing companies like Amour Vert have taken eco fashion from granola to glamorous, proving, as Amour Vert says, “it is possible to be both fashionable and environmentally responsible.”

Finding amazing brands like this is encouraging and inspiring. Think of the impact we could have on the planet if everyone started wearing organic cotton, decreasing the world’s usage of pesticides by 10% and insecticides by 25%. Making the switch to support ethical brands was a bit challenging to get started, but only because I had to break old habits. Now that I’m becoming more familiar with responsible companies, I feel much more confident in shopping to make a difference.

Xo, Sarah

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Pajama Pants and a Faux Fur

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What I Wore Brand Grade
Gray top Zara (on sale) (unknown – estimate a C)
Navy pajama pants Zara (on sale) (unknown – estimate a C)
Faux fur stole H&M C
Blue gradient bib necklace Apricot Lane Los Altos (unknown – estimate a C)
Sunglasses Dior via Nordstrom Nordstrom: B+ / Dior: C-
Leather tote Coach (love this version from Cuyana) (unknown)

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Layering a faux fur and an oversize necklace above pajama-esque trousers made me feel like a savvy Hollywood star. Secretly comfortable glamour is where it’s at, darling.

We spent New Year’s in LA visiting my good friend Cara, which was a lovely time. It was a short trip, but we managed to fit in a trip to The Grove, where I picked up these Zara pieces. Buying clothes while vacationing is one of my favorite things: not only do I like shopping in the first place, having a memento that can actually be worn and enjoyed often brings back a little ray of the sunshine that was that vacation and injects it into the everyday.

What I’m really saying: find a way to enjoy a glamorous bit of happiness every day. You deserve it, #getitgirl.

Xo, Sarah

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Dolman Sweater Dimension

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What I Wore Brand Better World Shopper Grade (2012 ed.)
Dolman sweater H&M C
Waxed skinny jeans H&M C
Fitted puffer coat French Connection via Piperlime (similar Calvin Klein option here) Piperlime (Gap): B+
Lariat necklace BaubleBar (unknown)
Sunglasses Dior via Nordstrom Nordstrom: B+ / Dior: C-
Leather tote Coach (love this version from Cuyana) (unknown)
Ballet flats Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Nordstrom: B+

When I reflect on the past year, I almost can’t believe everything I fit into such a short span of time. I share some achievements here on the blog, but the personal victories are even more powerful. I hope I can be an inspiration for the fellow #getitgirl and feel very grateful that I have this creative outlet to share my voice.

My favorite gift this holiday season was a book from my husband, Legends: Women Who Have Changed the World Through the Eyes of Great Women Writers. Part of the biography on Susan Sontag references her search for self-transcendance, and as she wrote, “case studies of [her own] evolving sensibility.”

This strikes a particular chord with me. Blogging has chronicled my evolving style in so many ways for the past few years (my long-time readers remember the start of the #getitgirl era with my first Tumblr blog, which played a significant role in launching my career). From the way I dress to the way I process the world, I hope I never stop changing.

Here’s to a happy, healthy and successful 2014!

Cheers! Sarah

P.S. As I mentioned before, I am striving to make a difference with the way I shop. Using The Better World Shopping Guide (2012 edition) to help me make educated decisions, every dollar I spend makes a difference. I’ll be noting my “grades” moving forward in outfit posts to help keep me accountable and to show one can dress well – at every price point – while supporting ethical business.

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Paris in California

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Black, paper-bag midi skirt: ASOS // 3/4-sleeve sweater: J.Crew Factory // Quilted puffer coat: French Connection via Piperlime // Tiered pavé necklace: Target (old) // Sunglasses: Dior  via Nordstrom // Men’s watch: Invicta // Kitten heel pumps: Tahari via DSW // Leather tote: Coach

I bought this skirt a while ago but never wore it because the waist is too big (so be sure to order down a size). Today, I just really wanted to wear it, so I cinched it up and ran out the door. The midi length kept my legs warm enough during California’s version of this nationwide cold snap, but some microfiber tights would be perfect for adding an extra layer in other parts of the country.

Speaking of countries, one of my friends is headed to France and Switzerland in a few days and I am supremely jealous. Please join me in pretending this photo shoot happened in Paris. Thanks.

Xo, Sarah

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