Sunday, August 24, 2014

Casual Sunday

Happy Sunday all! Here you have it, a typical outfit for a day of errands, where chic meets comfort. Before leaving my house, I assure myself that I'll be back within a given time frame, because picking up vitamins and shampoo shouldn't be too hard, right? Wrong. I'm not a huge fan of shopping at department stores but walking into Target/Walmart/etc. is like entering a vortex where everything becomes relevant. It's kind of like in Percy Jackson & the Olympians when they eat the lotus flowers and forget why they're even at the casino. [That umbrella looks like it'll come in handy....I'm almost out of Febreze...I'll probably need those power tools for when I need to fix something that might break in my future house 10 years from now] I don't have a shopping problem but it's like I'm trying to overcompensate for all of the possible dilemmas and scenarios I'll come across in the future. Does anyone else do this? :p

I finally styled my recent purchases from Shopbop; I was satisfied with everything about this order. I know some of you were concerned with the designer prices on Shopbop but they do sell more affordable options like this Michael Kors bag and Converse!

H&M denim button up // Free People tank // ACNE skinnies //
Michael Kors cross-body // Converse 
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Topshop sunnies // Michael Kors watch

Xo, Sarah

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Accept More, Judge Less

We live in a critical world, where nothing goes unsaid and not a word can be muttered without people anxiously waiting to jump at the chance to prove you wrong. Ideal? No, but it's inevitable and quite frankly innate in our society. The fashion industry and political environment (along with many others) require a thick skin for success, it's practically in the job description. But wouldn't it be nice if we could learn to be more open and less judgemental?
This inspirational tee from Le Motto is the very essence of what I'm talking about, they get it! Le Motto sees to inspire change through various positive messages on their tees. Head over to Le Motto to join the movement!  

"Because words do have power" 

I'm not even going to lie I misread this as "love." Wouldn't that have been a tattoo fail lol!

 Le Motto tee 
Only jeggings 
Nike Free 5.0+
Ardene aviators

Xo, Sarah

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tweedle Do's and Don'ts of Business Casual

Last time I checked it was summer, the forecast says otherwise. On the plus side of this unruly weather, I could finally pull out this tweed jacket (Zara) from the depths of my closet, just another one of those purchases that you convince yourself you need but never get around to wearing. Shopaholic 101, people! 

I put together this little number for a day at the office. There really isn't a fine line for appropriate business casual attire, especially since the definition of "business casual" depends upon your profession or job. Just remember to dress the part and carry yourself with class. Here are some general tips to dress for success & crack the business casual dress code. 

Do's & Don'ts

Tailored clothing are a must. No one likes a sloppy dresser. Put away that cleavage and stick to the arm length rule that we all despised in middle school when it comes to skirts. 

Open toed shoes are permissible but that being said, a pedicure is essential. Personally I prefer a pointed toe pump, I mean you can't go wrong with a pointed toe pump. 

Avoid jeans. Some business may allow it but if you're not sure, opt out of denim all together just to be safe. And we get that those ripped boyfriend jeans are all the rage but save them for the weekend.   

Keep your accessories to a minimum. Same goes for make-up. This isn't the time and place to channel your inner Gaga. 

Leggings are not pants. Such a simple concept yet people still don't seem to realize that leggings are not to be worn as pants...ever. 

Avoid becoming a walking billboard. Prints are encouraged but plastering yourself with brands is a no. Opt for clothing free of largely visible brand names. 

Cropped tops are a no. We get that you've been at the gym working on those abs for months but I assure you they'd be better appreciated at the beach. 

Zara jacket // Dailylook skinnies // T by Alexander Wang muscle tee // Zara heels
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Forever 21 necklace

Xo, Sarah

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Two Truths & a Lie

Today's post is quite personal and I was unsure whether or not to share but here goes.

It's Saturday morning (one week ago) and I'm sitting in a room with a group of Uni students for leadership training. Our session has ended but there's time to kill. "Lets play Two Truths & and a Lie" says the session moderator. "Okay" I think to myself "it's time to prove yourself"(Like I even had anything to prove, I'm successful and whether they know it or not is irrelevant) Anyways, I thought "these people are judging me and they know absolutely nothing more than my name, let's give them something to judge." "Hmm... I have 4 siblings, I own a successful business and I'm fluent in Spanish" I'm slightly ashamed of loosing my composure (regarding my success) but it was done. *Queue the awkward silence* Five seconds later the room breaks out into the usual chatter.

"You definitely don't own a business"
"The lie is that you own a business, how can you at 18?"
"You probably speak Spanish!"
"I'm not sure about the business thing"

As much as I'd love to understand Spanish soap operas Dora was not that good of a teacher. After a minute of back and forth discussion the lie was revealed. "What kind of business do you own?" asks the moderator in a sarcastic tone. I told her and in that moment she was the dictionary definition of shocked and surprised all in one. I should probably mention that the session was on equity and after spending an hour and a half discussing the topic, I could literally feel the irony. It's become apparent that there are actually people out there that think coming from a successful family, being privileged and having a career at a young age is surprising if you're not white. I'm not trying to play the race card as I've never even considered it my entire life but people need to understand that some of the most successful people worldwide are actually NOT white. 

Let me rewind and put this into context.  My entire university career, I've been judged by the colour of my skin and I can't tell you how unusual it was for me, I guess I was just not expecting it when I first stepped onto campus three years ago. It was odd for me because I've grown up and lived in two towns with little to no ethnic diversity and identified myself accordingly. Growing up and branching out, the insults I would get are "whitewashed" and being judged for knowing the hottest cultural music and films. In Uni, I've never actually been verbally insulted but have experienced it in other ways with students and TAs. I was raised to maintain composure and never make my wealth or success apparent and always felt like I had to be the bigger person. Although, in the rare moment when one discovers where I live or what I do, its funny that they suddenly want to be friends but I cater to NO gold diggers!

In Uni, I expected that things would be the same as they had all my life and I'd fall in with the same crowd. That was not the case at the beginning. This is not something that I talk about simply because it has no bearing on my life, I'm unaffected by others' ignorance. There are plenty of tough moments but I opt out of self pity parties because I know that people have it worse off. Call me emotionally challenged but I can't get torn up every time I miss an opportunity because of other peoples ignorance. I've learned to make my own opportunities and cease the ones out there. To this day I've never been turned down after an interview because I don't hold back during these moments. My personality has gotten me where I am and I can't let those who judge based on their perception of certain people bring me down.

I want to be clear that I discriminate against no one, not even to reciprocate the judgement and discrimination I receive. I'm not sharing this with you to gain moral support but rather to show you that composure and class are some of the most important factors in success. Flashy cars and a closet full of designer goods are nice but long lived success requires much more than money and status. Love all, do wrong to none.

Have you experienced anything like this? How did you deal with it?

Sheinside blouse
Kate & Mel heels
AMI Clubwear cross-body

Xo, Sarah

Friday, August 15, 2014

Just Me & My Converse

Getting dolled up and conquering my daily tasks in the perfect pumps are nice but so are casual Friday's in ripped denim and Chuck Taylors. When it comes to Converse, white is versatile and my all time favourite, I can't even tell you how many pairs I've ever owned. Converse are an easy casual go-to but I'm interested in seeing if any of you have tried dressing them up. Share in the comments below! 

Today was also one of those days where no matter what you're doing or who you're meeting, make-up is just out of the question. Well, close enough; BB cream is always necessary for that summer glow!  I envy people with blemish free and perfectly toned skin.  Ever since I started wearing foundation on a regular basis, I've noticed that my skin is not at it's best. Maintaining healthy skin requires persistence, a good diet and hydration which is a lot harder than it sounds. Hopefully the detox I'm starting soon will deliver the visible results I'm looking for!

Xo, Sarah