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!

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(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.

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