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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)

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?

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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Boogie Woogie Woogie

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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.

Xo, Sarah

P.S. I realized I interlace my fingers when I’m intensely checking email. I love finding little quirks!

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Cherry Blossom Spring

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Drop-waist peplum: H&M. White pencil skirt: Banana Republic. Faux leather moto: Target. Pointed bow flats: Invanka Trump via Nordstrom. Handbag: Michael Kors Astrid satchel. Triangle necklace: H&M. Round sunglasses: Target. Gem bracelet: Forever21. Men’s watch: Invicta.

Living in California has a million benefits, one of them being early spring. When the cherry tree blossoms appear, it feels like a new lease on the year and I love it. I’ve been doing some major spring cleaning around my apartment (decorating details on the blog soon!) and in my life (chao, clutter and chaos), and it feels amazing.

This drop-waist peplum is so my jam. The fit is extra comfortable, and I like the way it pairs with a pencil skirt for a client meeting, how I wore it in these photos. I’m also planning on rocking it with boyfriend jeans or a pair of leather leggings for a more casual look.

Happy spring-ing!

Xo, Sarah

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Jumpsuit for Joy

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Jumpsuit: Vince via Nordstrom Rack (similar Rachel Roy). Ballet flats: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom. Faux leather moto: Target. Leopard haircalf belt: Target. Gold box clutch: Target. Perfume pendant: H&M. Rhinestone bracelet: Forever21 (similar from Nordstrom). Men’s watch: Invicta. Round sunglasses: Target.

When I saw this jumpsuit at Nordstrom Rack, I thought there was no way it would fit. I’m 5’11″ with a 37″ inseam and a tiny torso, so nothing pre-fab fits my whole body – except this. And it was on major sale, as in I would have paid the original $295 but instead I only paid $59. Like, come on, is this real life? Jumping for joy.

I’m really liking setting my own rules for office suit attire. My boss says a jumpsuit is entirely acceptable in my home office (#selfemployedbenefits). I also actually wore this to a client meeting, and while running other business errands. Managing my own business is challenging, but I know that it will pay off in the long run and I am loving creating my own future. The biggest thing is finding your groove, then digging in and pushing forward.

Xo, Sarah

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Blushing Pink

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Sarah's Ambitions - Blushing Pink

Sarah's Ambitions - Blushing Pink

Skirt: BCBG Max Azria (similar). Turtleneck: Target. Jacket: Target (new version). Bag: Michael Kors Hamilton. Ballet flats: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom. Sunglasses: Target. Pavé necklace: Target. Pendant: H&M. Watch: Invicta, borrowed from le hubs. Bracelet: Forever21. Heart ring: Forever21. Stud earrings: Target.

Growing your own business is tough, guys! It’s the most liberating thing I have ever done, but also the most demanding. Despite late nights and lost sleep, I am still really proud. (Read: thank goodness for MAC concealer and Caribou K-Cups.)

We snapped these one morning before I ran to a client meeting. Le hubs is getting better and better with photos – major props, boo. This blushing pink skirt was purchased entirely for its shape, and I wasn’t sure how I’d make this color work with my fair complexion. Clearly, I went with what I love best!

This year has been off to a fabulous start. What is your favorite thing of 2013 so far? Mine is starting my own business and all of the pros and cons that have ensued. A learning curve has always been my forte, and this metamorphosis has certainly proven to be all I had hoped and more.

Xo, Sarah

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Dolman and a Fur Skirt

 

 

 

 

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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

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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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Mini A-Go-Go

Feathered mini skirt: H&M. Black v-neck tee: Target. Faux leather moto: Target. Tan handbag: Michael Kors Hamilton Tote. Black pointed flats with a bow: Ivanka Trump via Nordstrom. Black-and-white bauble necklace in gold: White House Black Market. Pavé pendant necklace: Target. Perfume pendant necklace: H&M. Men’s watch: Invicta, borrowed from le hubs. Jewel bracelet: Forever21. Gold strand bracelet: Forever21. Round sunglasses: Target.

Despite the à gogo length of leg happening over here, this is one of my favorite ensembles to run around and get things done. The fluffy mini is extremely comfortable (even when we did this shoot on the chilly, chilly beach) and stacks of jewelry make everything better. Write that truth down.

Le hubs and I have come to a crossroads in our life, and as usual, we are taking the road less traveled by. It is making all the difference, and I am loving it. We are so a-go-go every day and I wouldn’t have it any other way, except on the days that I just need a nap. But there’s no time for a nap right now, I’m à gogo on my go-go.

Xo, Sarah

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Stylish, Sparkly & Sweet: Wedding Wear

Silver lace dress: Betsy & Adam via Macy’s (similar here) // Red lipstick: Maybelline 14-Hour in Continuous Cranberry // Gray nail polish: Chanel 559 Frenzy via Nordstrom // Round sunglasses: Target // Black wristlet: Coach (old, new version here) // Black wedges: Steve Madden (last season, similar here) // Men’s watch: Kenneth Cole, my gift to le hubs on our wedding day (similar here) // Floral bracelet: what I wore on our wedding day

Last weekend, two of our good friends held a gorgeous wedding celebration in Sonoma, California, and it was the most magical wedding. In addition to the mermaid swimming about the pool, the unicorn at the end of the ceremony, the bagpipes and the custom cocktails in mason jars, the love this couple celebrated at their wedding is a thing of beauty so rare and so special, it’s the stuff of legends.

The night before, le hubs and I met after work for a quick dress shopping session and landed this beauty. As soon as I saw it, I knew — despite it being in the Petites’ sale section and me being 5’11″. Luckily, I didn’t even need to alter it! Serendipitous sartorial success, I say. I wanted something a little more romantic than my go-to LBD, and this silvery, lace dress was just what I was hoping to find for the “garden cocktail” attire.

Tip: wear wedges to any wedding that will be outside. You don’t want to aerate the lawn with your heels!

My favorite part of this ensemble? I fully plan to layer this dress with a sweater and make it werk for work. Just as I repurpose my wedding jewelry on a weekly basis, I love wearing pieces chosen for special occasions in everyday life. It keeps the magic alive (and makes the cost-per-wear even better).

Xo, Sarah