Little Blue Box

“The blues are because you’re getting fat and maybe it’s been raining too long, you’re just sad that’s all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you’re afraid and you don’t know what you’re afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling? Well, when I get it the only thing that does any good is to jump in a cab and go to Tiffany’s. Calms me down right away. The quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there. If I could find a real-life place that’d make me feel like Tiffany’s, then – then I’d buy some furniture and give the cat a name!”
– Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

I recently traveled to NYC for Thanksgiving! This was my second trip to the big apple, however I’m not sure my first trip really counts since I was only in the city for 12 hours as a stop along the way to Boston for a conference in college.

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One of my favorite adventures during my Thanksgiving trip, was visiting Tiffany & Company’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue. The magnificent building, in all its wonder, was dripping in jewels, I assume decked out for the holidays. I could hardly contain myself as we made our way across the street and into the store, making sure everyone in our party took time to admire the whimsical window displays.

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In true Sarah fashion, our visit to Tiffany’s was definitely an adventure. While visiting the engagement floor, we tried on the iconic Tiffany setting, the particular ring with a diamond just shy of 2 carats, and the ring got stuck on my finger! The experienced associate wasn’t the least bit worried and even assured me “You want it to be tight, you don’t want it to fall off.” We ooh’ed and ahh’ed over the stunning ring and I snapped a quick photo. Once I found out how much the ring was worth I started getting nervous… it was pretty tight… what if it wouldn’t come off?! That would be my luck, after all.

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But no worries. The associate got it off without a problem and then we admired a breathtaking 10 carat diamond engagement ring, and… then we got lost.

Since it was a very busy day, we decided instead of waiting for an elevator down, we’d just take the stairs. However, we wound up on a floor that we definitely weren’t qualified to visit and couldn’t figure out how to make it back to the main floor! Tiffany employees are amazing though! They guided us back to main floor and all was well.

The flagship Tiffany’s store is gorgeous. Not just because of the Christmas decorations, but every detail. There’s a timeless elegance about every aspect of every floor.

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Before traveling to NYC recently, I watched the documentary Crazy About Tiffany’s on Hulu. (I highly recommend it, if you’re as “crazy about Tiffany’s” as I am!) I have been such a big fan of the brand for a long time. Like many, I discovered Tiffany and Company through watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s in my late teens. I immediately adored Audrey Hepburn and the Tiffany shade of blue.

In college, I wrote about Tiffany and Company in brand evaluation assignments, advertising course assignments, and even gave a speech in my public speaking course about buying a diamond ring at Tiffany’s – making sure to discuss the brand’s significance in the engagement ring world with the iconic Tiffany Setting.

During my brief visit to NYC in college, everyone in the group I traveled with had somewhere they wanted to see in the limited time we had to explore. My pick was Tiffany’s flagship store and we managed to get there just as it was getting dark. I was elated! See photo below 🙂

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While I have yet to make the kind of money I would need to buy diamonds at Tiffany’s, I was overjoyed to bring home a little blue box of my own from Thanksgiving in New York! I bought a lovely Tiffany heart-shaped glass ornament. The associate was incredibly sweet and shared in my excitement over what might have been one of the smallest sales she’s ever made. Hahaha.

And no, I haven’t hung the ornament on my Christmas tree yet because that would require untying the pristine white ribbon. 😉

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Tweed Shift Dress and Bow Blouse

As I️ mentioned in my last post, comfort and practicality are major priorities for go-to outfits during this busy season of professional events. So this tweed shift dress from Loft is another perfect piece to have in your closet this fall if you need cute options for similar events!

It’s got pockets, great detail in the fringe trim and a hint of color in the tweed.

Throw it over a white button down or bow blouse like the one I’m wearing and you’re set! Or grab a cardigan!

I’ve paired my dress and blow blouse with simple black tights and some chunky-heeled boots.

This dress is final sale for less than $40 right now! Get it here.

My boots are from a few years back and were also from Loft. The shirt is another great find from a previous year and I️ can’t find a similar option at this time but will update this post if I️ find one!! I️ think a white oxford button down could possibly look cute as an alternative! But again, nothing wrong with a throwing on a cute sweater too!

(Another) “Busy” Season

It’s seem like there are three major “busy” seasons in my line of work. We have the legislative session, the summer meeting season and the annual meeting season. They don’t really coincide with the standard four seasons the world operates on but much like college, they almost feel like “semesters.”

Each busy season comes with its own challenges and stressors but there’s something exciting about each as well.

I’m in the midst of annual meeting season and that usually means attending more events. These events usually mean dressing up a little more than my typical office clothes and one of my go-to dresses this season has been a stylish and comfy Tyler Boë Cindy dress. If you’re familiar with the Tyler Boë brand, the Cindy dress is very similar to the Kim dress just without the cowl neck.

I love the simple look and inverted pleat that helps flatter most every body type.

And of course the pockets are just the icing on the cake. At events, and just being on-the-go in general, the pockets are an absolute necessity. I’m usually photographing speakers or attendees mingling and trying to post to our social media accounts throughout events. The ample pocket space holds my camera lens cap, phone and usually a jump drive or my keys, easily.

Additionally, this dress looks great with flats (ideal for work events), or boots for when I want to dress it up a little more, and I can throw on a hat for a fun weekend look!

I bought this hat at Target and dress from a local boutique, The Cotton Patch in the Lansdowne Shoppes. These dresses go incredibly fast (usually at the very beginning of the season). Tyler Boë offers so many great patterns and colors, so if you love this one, I highly recommend trying the Cindy style or any of the similar styles. It doesn’t appear that the hat is still available, but a similar one can be found here.

Hair Products: My Favorite Cheap Finds and Ones Worth Splurging

It seems to me there are some products out there that just don’t perform as well as they should for the cost. On the other hand, I’m always pleasantly surprised when a great drug store standard outperforms the salon brand. Today I thought I’d share some of my go-to beauty products, both splurge-worthy and budget friendly.

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Hair Products: Splurge Worthy

  1. John Frieda Hair Dryer  This hair dryer will change your life. Okay maybe not, but it should definitely help to cut down on the amount of time you spend drying your hair each morning. If you have thick hair like I do, there’s nothing you dread more than drying your hair in the getting ready process. My hair dryer has helped to ease those pains.
  2. Big Sexy Hair Blow Dry Volume Gel  As I had mentioned above, I have thick hair. I have some volume just from the massive amount of hair on my head but I always feel like I need more. I didn’t realize just how much this volume gel helped until one morning when I didn’t use it and my hair was lifeless and flat and I couldn’t figure out why! I now use it every morning.
  3. Kenra Color Maintenance Shampoo and Conditioner  I have long searched for satisfactory color-safe shampoo and conditioner. I came across Kenra at my local Ulta this summer and have fell in love with it! Not only does it smell AMAZEBALLS, but it really works! I don’t feel like it is any way dulling my color and I don’t have issues with it weighing down or leaving a strange film on my hair. The other issue I seem to always have with color-safe shampoo and conditioner is that feeling of my hair never being clean – not a prob with Kenra Color Maintenance though!
  4. Big Sexy Hair What a Tease Styler  THIS STUFF! Oh man, if you only go out and buy one of the items listed in this blog post, I hope it’s this one. Game changer right here. I love volume. As if that wasn’t already obvi. So when I came across this little can of magic I was so enthralled! Basically, as you are back combing (teasing) your hair, spray a bit of this somewhat toward the root of each section before teasing. Bam. The magic happens. Volume will multiply before your eyes. You’re welcome.
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 Hair Products: Cheap Finds
  1. Teasing Brush Again about the volume… This little friend is what you need if you’re getting ready for a date, a holiday gathering or church (yes, you know the saying “the higher the hair the closer to heaven” is definitely true). This tool will give you the mega volume if you tease approximately the top to top back 1/3 of your hair haha.
  2. L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hair Care Total Repair Extreme Split Ends Fixer I’m growing my hair out and it’s like a whole new world. I mean yes I had long hair once upon a time… When I was like 13. But I don’t remember what that was like. So for a good 9 years or so, I was constantly getting my hair cut because I rocked a short ‘do. Well when you don’t cut the dead stuff off every few weeks anymore like you had, you get these unruly split ends. So I ran to Walgreens after about the 58th time of catching myself awkwardly staring and picking at my split ends during meetings and conference calls. I decided to try this L’Oréal serum and am seeing results! If you’re in the same boat, I recommend giving it a shot.
  3. Pantene Pro-V Stylers Anti-Humidity Maximum Hold Hair Spray My go-to since like the 9th grade. This stuff is basically concrete in a can. No other has compared yet. If you’re looking for maximum hold and something to withstand the humidity of a Kentucky summer (or somewhere further south I suppose) this is your stuff.
  4. Teasing Comb “Why a teasing comb when you’ve already got a teasing brush” you ask? Well because you don’t want to leave your house looking like you stuck your finger in an electrical outlet. And because sometimes you don’t need Dolly Parton hair. (Hard to imagine such a day but there are those days in your life too, I’m sure of it.) This comb will also help tease your hair decently high and more importantly smooth the top hairs after all the teasing action so you can walk about society with a more polished look.

 

Well there ya go. Let me know what you think! Do you use any of these products? Have something else you just adore that I should try? Let me know!

Bachelorette Pad in the Making: Breakfast with Audrey

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Bachelorette Pad in the Making: Breakfast with Audrey

This is the little space I’ve designated as a “dining area” in my apartment.

I’m really getting into decorating now that I’ve got a place of my own and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the things I have found so far.

So as I go about this gigantic project of decorating my apartment (it’s rather large for just me but I love it) I thought I might blog about my findings and share my go-to places for decor.

One of my biggest goals is to search until I find the pieces I want at prices I’m actually willing to pay. So I will be giving the prices and as many details as possible about each “find.”

Table & chairs – $189 walmart.com
Flatweave rug – $182.65 walmart.com
Breakfast at Tiffany’s poster – $5 Office Max like 5 years ago.
“Fancy” poster frame $20ish Walmart
Vase – $8 I think. Target
Flowers – $14 roughy, Michaels
Leopard print coasters – $1 each Dollar Tree

Walmart may not have much to offer in the home goods section of your local store, but online they have an amazing selection!

Pinterest is always a wonderful tool for ideas and inspiration but I’ve found that until I had a clear idea of what theme or style I wanted, Pinterest just kept adding too many other ideas into the mix. Ideas of stuff other people like and had deemed stylish. Not necessarily “my style.” So I came across a website/blog “The Everygirl” and started following their Instagram account as well as some of their editors. From there, I picked up on other places and people to follow on Instagram and Pinterest. I started to take note of the things that really stuck out and then went back to Pinterest searches for very specific things. Which lead me to Etsy, where I was able to purchase some of the exacts items I fell in love with on Pinterest!

Beyond that, I’ve started going to flea markets and antique stores, dollar stores, places like TJ Maxx and Tuesday Morning.

Hoping to post more apartment photos and details soon! Leave a comment if you’d like the full description of the table and chairs or rug to order!

Cozy Sunday In

Cozy Sunday In

Have you ever seen the movie “Love and Other Disasters” starring Brittany Murphy?

Well it’s one my favorite go-to chick flicks.  Murphy plays ultra-chic, carefree “Jacks” and it’s impossible not to be envious of her glamorous everyday look in what I believe to be a total “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” spoof.

While the movie itself isn’t as well put together as Jacks, it’s a feel-good movie I recommend if for no other reason than for fashion inspiration.

When I interned in D.C. there was one weekend it was so miserably hot that I stayed in my room, ordered delivery and binge watched Brittany Murphy films. I wish I had become a fan of her’s while she was still alive because she was one classy lady in my book.

So anyway, this was an outfit I threw together one Sunday back in February with Jacks on the brain. Who says you have to have somewhere to go in order to look/feel cute? Not I! 😉

Here I’m channeling Jacks in a sweet pair of black ballet flats I scored at Marshall’s one weekend shopping with my fab friend Blair, comfy black legging style yoga pants from Target and a cozy snow leopard print sweater from The Loft. Lipstick is an oldie but one of my go-to shades: Rimmel London 006 Blush Pink.

Earrings are Chloe + Isabel Crystal Pave Hoop Earrings and can be found at my online boutique.

What’s your favorite Brittany Murphy movie?

xo Sarah