Snake Print Pencil Skirt

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Finding outfits that express your personal style but still feel like they go with the flow of my clients’ offices can be tricky. Enter: layering. A floaty, cropped tank paired with a chic, statement pencil skirt, and I’m in love.

Walking Coco and Chanel is one of my favorite things to do, especially at the end of the work day because by then, their puppy energy is beginning to wear off and we can focus more on exploring our new neighborhood rather than burning off steam. This often results in a lot of practice with “drop it,” haha.

Outfit details while shopping to make a difference:

WHAT I WORE BRAND GRADE
Floaty crop top Zara (sold out, very similar) C
Snake print pencil skirt Ann Taylor (sold out, love this one or this ASOS option) C
Encrusted necklace Zara (similar via Nordstrom) C
Reflective sunglasses H&M (old, similar ASOS here and here) C
Black heels Calvin Klein via Nordstrom Rack (fab Cole Haan here and here) B+
White handbag Zara, get it before it’s discontinued! C

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After learning about Ann Taylor’s work to support women’s rights and ethical business with their “Responsibly Ann” initiative, I was smitten with the brand. Supporting brands that make it easy to look good and do good is what this is all about.

Xo, Sarah

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Float On

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Friday style: add equal parts floaty tank, messy bun, grayscale fashion and happy hour.

Don’t worry, even if things end up a bit too heavy, we’ll all float on alright.

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Outfit details while shopping to make a difference:

WHAT I WORE BRAND GRADE
Floaty white tank Zara C
Skinny waxed denim H&M C
Strappy black heels Zara (new version here) C
Faux leather jacket Old Target, great ASOS alternative here (save 20% with code XTRA20) C
White, semi-structured, faux leather handbag Zara C
Oversize sunglasses Dior via Nordstrom B+
Pavé charm necklace H&M, also love this Etsy option C/A
Oversize jewel ring Nordstrom Rack, my gift to myself after a big career win (this one is beautiful) B+
Pale pink nail polish Mineral Fusion in “Blushing Crystal” via Whole Foods A
Sheer pink lip gloss NYX Butter Gloss in “Creme Brulee” via Nordstrom Rack B+

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Xo, Sarah

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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

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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Fall 2012 Trend Seeker: Oxblood

1) Sonia Kashuk nail polish in ‘Stop Whining’ // 2) Prada sunglasses in bordeaux // 3) Michael Kors Astrid Satchel from my recent outfit post // 4) Forever21 faux fur collar // 5) Schutz ‘Frost’ booties via Piperlime

Autumn is a season of change. In my home state, temperatures drop and daylight grows scarce enough to encourage deciduous trees to explode in a burgundy and sienna symphony. In San Francisco, we get rain, some vibrant sunsets and full poetic fashion license to express ourselves with the hottest trends and a heavy dose of individuality.

This fall, oxblood is huge, and so on point. Call it wine, burgundy, bordeaux — I’ve even heard rouge — whatever the name, this deep, dark rose color still is as sweet. The rich, enveloping undertone sets the stage for a warmly accessorized season. Try these fun pieces to add a little pop to your staples. I paired it with black and white, my go-to outfit, but some mixed prints of the same burgundy color family would make a great weekend ensemble for the bold fashionista.

No matter how you say it or style it, this color is sure to be a superb sartorial addition this season. Stock up on accessories and you can’t go wrong. They’ll pair and mix with ease!

Xo, Sarah

Maxed Out Chic

White fisherman sweater: Gilly Hicks // Black pleated maxi skirt: Laundry by Shelli Segal via TJMaxx (similar here by THEORY) // Faux leather moto: Target (last year, similar from this season here)// Pointed black pumps: Nine West via Nordstrom // Burgundy handbag: Michael Kors Astrid Satchel // Black and gold necklace: Forever21 // Gold dog tags: Express // Tiered gold necklace: Target

This maxi skirt was a staple for me over the summer, and now that cooler weather has hit, I wanted to find ways to wear it year-round. I bought this Gilly Hicks sweater while back home in Minnesota last month (Mall of America, I miss you so) and I am kind of obsessed with layering it over all my staple pieces now. Maxing out all of my chic options is a good thing in my book!

As I mentioned yesterday, I love using fashion to bolster my inner #getitgirl and stay motivated, no matter how maxed out I may be in the rest of my life. The inspiration is never-ending when you remix your favorite pieces. Chin up, heels on, layered necklaces, done. Bazinga!

Xo, Sarah 

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