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California winter may not be considered intense by most, but when the high is only 60°F, doubling up on jackets and adding a faux fur is necessary to keep me warm. Don’t ask me how I handled Midwest winters as a college swimmer, literally walking almost a mile across campus with wet hair in negative temperatures. I don’t know. I was ridiculous.

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Fitted puffer jacket: French Connection via Piperlime // Black day jacket: Dolce & Gabbana, vintage via Encore in Burlingame, CA // Black v-neck: J.Crew // Waxed denim: Target (old, amazing J Brand option here) // Faux fur stole: H&M (last year) // Nude pumps: Nine West via Piperlime // Black tote: Coach // Men’s watch: Akribos // Cocktail ring: Nordstrom Rack // Stud earrings: Target // Sunglasses: Dior // Red nail polish: Chanel 475 Dragon (found in-store)

I actually got a phone call about my old swimming team and how they were doing at the latest meets as we were doing this shoot, and my photog-husband just kept shooting. He’s getting better and better with photography, and was even just featured in SFGate as my official photographer. Proud of you, boo!

If you haven’t noticed the Parisian theme going here lately, I’ll fill you in: I would like a vacation and a somehow gluten- and dairy-free croissant stat, please.

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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The New Boardroom Chic

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Jumpsuit: Vince via Nordstrom Rack // White blazer: H&M // Sandal heels: Zara // Handbag: Michael Kors Astrid Satchel // Aviators: c/o Ellison Sunglass Co. // Pavé triangles necklace: H&M, part of a set // Black pavé bracelet: Target // Gemstone bracelet: Forever21 // Men’s watch: Invicta

I wore this modified suit for a day of client meetings and delivering completed projects. There is nothing quite as fulfilling as creating something unique that gets the people going. When I think back on the career I’d set my sights on through college – saving America’s health care – I am so grateful that I changed course, even though it meant building something from nothing and some restless nights. Now, I get to explore creative options and create exciting projects, and I love it. Having my blog on the side to feed my passions, too, is amazing. #ilovetheinternet

Making a new boardroom for myself is so exciting. And speaking of new things, these strappy Zara heels were my first shoe purchase from them and I am in love. Can’t wait to rock them every day when it warms up more.

Xo, Sarah

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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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Sparkle + Stripes

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Striped top with sequins: Target. Faux ostrich skirt: H&M. Glasses: Zagg frames c/o Warby Parker contest. Rope and gold necklace: Target. Men’s watch: Invicta, borrowed from le hubs. Gem bracelet: Forever21 (similar).

I love wearing pieces that are more comfortable than they seem. This outfit is full of sneakily snuggly sparkles, which this Monday definitely needed. I’m so glad that I won these Warby Parker Zagg glasses over the holidays thanks to a Twitter contest – they give my eyes a much-needed break from contacts and I love the shape and their social responsibility factor.

Our internet went out over the weekend, and I didn’t mind terribly much because I was having a great time weekend-ing with some lovely people. We tried all the troubleshooting tricks for two days to cure those misbehaving signal ourselves, but ended up with an 8 AM Monday morning time window for Comcast. There are few things I want to do at 8 AM anymore, let alone cross my fingers that someone comes to bring the world back into my apartment. So, do you know the cure for the Monday morning blues? The Monday navy-blues-with-sequins-sparkle-stripes-and-a-favorite-fuzzy-skirts. It’s the truth, mate. Ahoy, into the week!

I just love the internet. Hit me full force and let me sail off into your dreamy sea full of possibility. (We’re back in business, baby.)

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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My First DVF

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sarah's Ambitions - My First DVF

Sarah's Ambitions - My First DVF

Wrap skirt: Diane von Furstenburg. Turtleneck: Target. Vest: Kenneth Cole Reaction, old. Glitter heels: Target. Wristlet: Coach.

I like to think this skirt and I had the perfect meet-cute. We bumped into each other at Neiman Marcus Last Call and fell in love.

Luckily, it was during a post-holidays sale, so our little rendezvous of a lifetime was also a major bargain. With its classic fit and material but fun color and snap details, this is a piece I will be able to repurpose for years to come. Picture it in spring with a floral top, or even a simple, white shirt. The black band along the bottom is everything, making it mix even easier. On-trend for 2013 and a workable piece for many seasons to come. Allow me to state the obvious: I love this skirt.

Marking significant events sartorially has always been my thing. When I was younger, I always wanted to buy clothes on vacation, so I could remember that beach or that mountain every time I wore it, rather than having a trinket on a shelf. Now that I’m forging my future and starting my own business, purchasing my first designer piece of clothing is an oh-so-perfect way to commemorate the occasion. Plus, Diane von Furstenburg is a pretty faboosh role model herself. Pretty perfect skirt. #fashiongirlsolutions

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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