Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halloween Ideas for Costumes and Fun

Hello lovelies!
Halloween is here!
If you're like me, you've procrastinated until the day before Halloween to pull together a costume, so here are some ideas I've been playing around with in my head! Some of these can be thrown together, but some require a little more effort!

Single Ideas.
The Indian and The Princess are classics. They can both be done cheaply and quickly with a tutu and crown for the Princess, or a brown dress and some feathers for the Indian, orrr if you were ahead of the game, you can buy/make a super decked out version. I think both are cute.

Modern Twists on Old Ideas.
I personally think Honey Boo Boo is hilarious (I did that for Halloween
last year) and that obviously just takes princess to another level. It's cute and makes you stand out a bit more than all the other "princessy" girls, and you can also fake a bad southern accent. yes please.

Another modern twist on an "oldie but goodie" would be being a fox. It's still an animal, but you can joke and sing "What does the fox say?" all night long. This is personally what I'm doing and I think it's super cute. I was a lion when I was little so I'm going to have so much fun collaging those two pictures together.
Couple Ideas. My favorite couple ideas are a loofa and a bar of soap, a princess and a prince (pick any Disney movie basically), mustard and ketchup or salt and pepper (classic!), or my newest faves, War and Peace or Peace and Quiet. One of you is a hippie and the other is either a mime or wears all black and has fake weapons. Lots can be done with that, I think. I'm of course partial to Disney Prince and Princess, duhh, but all of them are easy and cute! This is my favorite Disney Prince and Princess "come to life" look, obvi.
Party Ideas. If you haven't noticed, I'm obsessed with fall. Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are my favorite holidays. So I've been spending obsessive amounts of time on Pinterest looking at party decorations. You're welcome. The themed trail mix is probably my favorite! Easy, clean, anddd cute, I can dig it. And as far as the donuts on little witches brooms, that is just precious. For games, I think bobbing for apples is classic and I've always wanted to do it! I also like the idea of the candy corn bingo as you can eat the pieces once you're done! I think that guessing what's in a bowl of something by touching it while you're blindfolded freaks me out, but I'd like to watch other people do it!
So that's all I have! I hope you've enjoyed this and maybe it sparked an idea for your costume or Halloween party! If you have any cool costume ideas, please fill me in, I'm lacking creativity at the moment! 
What are you going to be for Halloween? Any fun plans? 
All my love, 
      Sarah 
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

It's the big things

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Today's post is going to be a bit different than usual! If you aren't good with emotions, like moi, here's your warning, it is personal. However, if you love serious topics and somewhat sappy lessons, let's dive straight into the deep end!

So in the last year a half or so, I've gone through some very big changes in my life. On July 31, 2012 (2 weeks before I left for university) my older sister Mallory passed away, caused by Cystic Fibrosis, something she had all her life. But the funny thing about it is, even while going through a double lung transplant, you would never have known she was sick. She was, and still is, so incredible to me. I have trouble swallowing pills while here she is taking all these meds, getting all these procedures, and still having a normal life. She impacted so many people with the way that she lived such a positive life and cherished every day that she had. She never let having CF get her down and always tried to get the message out that no matter what, life is meant to be lived to the fullest and you can't waste it, no matter what issues or struggles you have to face, because we're all dying, it's just that only some of us realize that. 

The reason this is weighing on me now, more than on an average day, is because on October 12th she would've been 25. It's strange saying that because to me that's such a big number. By then I'd like to be married (edit: reading this a year later and all I can say is HA HA HA to that 18 year old Sarah) with a good career and on my way to having a family. I'm not going to lie and say that I don't get angry and wonder why bad things happen to good people and question God and my beliefs all the time, but I do know that none of these things help. What I do find helps is finding hope and love in all the little things, as cliche as that sounds. I take the time to appreciate every beautiful day and clear blue sky. I am overjoyed when I get a good parking spot or when just the perfect thing I'm looking for appears just when I need it. 

This Friday is my younger sister Hannah's one year anniversary of being chemo free. So yes, if you're doing the math in your head, my younger sister was dealing with ALL (acute lymphoblastic leukemia) at the time of my other sister getting a lung transplant and having all sorts of medical ups and downs. I am excited and so, so happy that this wonderful milestone has come for her. I am very proud of her, and I really don't say that enough. 

You may be wondering why I've chosen to write and share this with you, and really, I don't know. I don't deal with emotions in general, and with big things I sort of shove them away and never speak of them again, but this little piece of internet space that I have is a bit like therapy for me, in the way that I can write it, deal with a bit of it, and then put it away again once I'm ready. Lately I've been so mixed up and very up and down emotions wise, and sitting down to write about it has helped a bit. I'm all over the place, I know, but welcome to my head. 

People ask me a lot how I deal with those things and still am so happy and productive and positive, and in contrary to the title of this post, it's all the little things. There are so many little things that we pass up everyday in our rush to do the next thing, and when you stop to see them, actually see and appreciate them, your viewpoint of life changes a lot. In so many ways I wouldn't be the person I am now if these things hadn't happened to me. I had to grow up, very quickly, and in some ways I am harsher and more critical of people who complain about things that are so trivial to me. I get angry that some people's biggest problems are what they are going to wear when they go out and sometimes I get so frustrated with them that I want to scream at them, but really I'm a bit jealous. I wish that I could be as carefree and worry free as they are. I really am. But sometimes, I have a totally different perspective on life than other people my age. I know who I am and what I want, and don't feel like other people's judgements have to run my life. I know (for the most part) what the truly important things in life are, and why it is critically important that you cherish them while you have the time to. And to know these things at such young age is something I consider a huge blessing. I volunteer and get involved with so many things. I speak about organ donations and why they are so important. I do my best everyday to have a positive impact on each person I meet, even if it's just holding a door or smiling at them and saying "good morning" because it makes me happy.  There's this quote that sort of sums it all up for me by J Nelson and it goes "All I can do is love her, and love the world, emulate her by living with daring and spirit and joy." 

I never ever in my wildest nightmares thought that I would lose my sister. We always knew it was possible, so we made sure to make big things out of all the little things and make sure we knew how much we loved each other, but in the end, you never have enough time. I could've had a year's warning and I would not have had enough laughs and pep talks and trash tv watching and "i love you's". So take the time today to say what you feel and be who you are and love who and what you have, without all the worries. Because when it's gone, no matter how much you wish it back to you, it's gone. So I apologize for the bit of a downer that I just threw your way, but the fact is, time will run out, so cliche or not, you better start seizing the day! 

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P.S. - I do not say these things for your sympathy or your attention. I say it because it is true and it is my life, and also because this little plot of internet is mine to do with as I please, and today, it pleases me to vent.
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Monday, October 28, 2013

What's in a weekend..?

Hello lovelies!
How was your weekend? Mine was pretty great, if I say so myself! Starting on Friday, even though I was stressed about my test, I woke up, had a great breakfast, and listened to The Story of my Life (New One Direction song, duhh.) on the radio for the first time ever! It. Is. Amazing. After three hours of listening studying, I took my test, and man, oh man, it was terrible. It's one of those things when you study every line of the notes and get to the test and you're like "Where did my teacher finds these things because we obviously aren't reading the same book!" Buttt, what's done is done, so afterwards I got the best salad ever and watched all the Halloween YouTube videos I had been missing. Great afternoon right there!

On Friday night, I went to see the new Romeo and Juliet and totally loved it! I've always loved the story, even though it's so sad, but I thought the movie was wonderful. In the old movies that you watch in English class the characters have no chemistry and to me, it's a bit dull. In this one, the chemistry is great and you actually feel like they truly love each other even though it's only been a day. Also, the clothes and sets are beautiful. I highly recommend it! I have a mild crush on Douglas Booth now, oh dear.
I saw the movie at Perkins Rowe, which is sort of like and outdoor shopping center, and I thought the decorations beautiful. The trees were all lit up and the fountain looked magical!



I also stopped into Urban Outfitters and found this hilarious sweater. Enjoy!

Saturday was homecoming for LSU but I was sick, so I stayed in my room all day to study and rest before the game! I took a few pics of the stadium and of course the cheesy one with the field in the background!

Also, at LSU we do lawn decorations made of rolled paper for Homecoming week, so here is a picture of Chi O's! The theme was going back in time so we focused on when LSU was a military academy!

Sunday morning I woke up and drove home to have lunch with my family at my grandparents! I really am so blessed to have such a great family and it was nice to be able to de-stress and refocus before this week. As I said in my Friday post, it was not a great week for me last week, but being able to relax and spend time with my family away from school work really helped! I also went to the store with my little sister to help her pick out makeup and ended up getting these two things! I was so happy to get the Rimmel Kate Moss 107 lipstick because I've seen and heard so many good things about it and one of my favorite YouTubers Zoella always uses it, and so far I'm loving it! It's pretty dark, and can get everywhere if you're not careful (I'm not), but it's such a pretty a/w color! The Revlon Colorburst gloss is in 016 Bordeaux and I saw this on SarahBelle93x's channel! The minute I saw the color I had to have it! I've never been a gloss fan (so sticky!) but this one is magical! It's obviously not as smooth as lipstick or balm, but hardly sticky at all and sooo pigmented (smells great too)! I wore it all day yesterday!


So that's all for me! Happy Monday!

What did you get up to this weekend? What are your plans for this week?

All my love,
      Sarah
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Friday, October 25, 2013

"All my stuff and things..."

Hello lovelies!
So this week has been a bit odd for me. I am usually a very positive, go getter type of person, but for some reason I've been a bit off lately. I've had soo much to do this week and I feel like I've let it get me down (I let it take way longer than it should have) and just get me off track in general. In an effort to get my head back on straight, I've put together a few things that make me happy, as well as a few things that inspire me. I feel like when I get bogged down by all the little things I need a reminder of what my goals are and how awesome it will be when I reach them. SO if you've been having a wonderful week, then I hope this makes your Friday even better. If not, keep reading and lets cheer up and refocus together! *Btw, if you're reading this from a feeder site like Bloglovin, the format may look extremely weird! Check out the original post to get the whole wonderful effect!*

Macaroons.

It literally makes me so happy just to look at them! They are precious to look at and even better to eat! I guess it's the Blair Waldorf in me, but I've always wanted to have some delivered to my door. Oh, wouldn't that be so nice!

Quotes.

Sometimes, when I'm bored or having a miserable day, I go to the quote section on Pinterest and just scroll for a bit. On my last little "pick me up" session I found these two. They are just lovely and really make me realize that even though my classes are so boring at the moment (why do I need to learn about tax policy?) and although I may be stressed about my test today, when I am a kick-butt politician and lawyer, all those classes will be worth it!
















The Royal Family.

If you're visiting Sarah Smile for the first time, then you may not know I'm obsessed with all things British. But I am. And these photos from Prince George's christening made me so inexplicably happy. It sounds so weird to say, because I don't mean the royal part (necessarily), but this is exactly what my dream future would look like. They look so happy, and so in love, in a real, un-staged way. Ahh, I love them.

Old Books.

There is nothing I love more than picking up an old favorite book of mine, opening it right up the middle, and pressing my nose inside. Then when you flutter all the pages and the wonderful old book smell just surrounds you, that's the greatest feeling. I couldn't imagine my life if I didn't know how o read and write, as most obviously, I wouldn't be writing to you now, but I also wouldn't be the well-rounded, well-educated person I am now. I have learned so much because of my favorite books and characters, and the smell of an old book just encapsulates all that for me.

Good Thoughts.
For me, good, positive thoughts are an absolute must. I simply cannot stand negative people. I have always felt that you are you, and I am me, and we have every right to just be who we are. You don't have to like everything I like or do everything I do, but that doesn't mean you need to discourage me or try to make me ashamed of it. I am who I am, and I am very proud of that, as I feel everyone should be. I try to be positive and encouraging and I really believe in the power of a positive attitude to make everything better. This quote made me laugh, but it also made me want to smile at everyone tomorrow and look very "sunshiny!"

As one last little tidbit, I'd like to share a funny story about Oxford that I forgot to include in my earlier post. Obviously, I did not know where I was going and game day was absolutely crazy! Whilst I was trying to find my way to the bathrooms, I noticed the crowd started parting, sort of making a path, and people were giving me little high-fives every now and then and cheering. Now as weird as that sounds, especially since I was wearing away team colors, I didn't think anything of it until the football team (and band) walked up behind me and someone pulled me aside to tell me I was walking the Walk of Champions. Oh yes, the special pre-game walk for the band and football team to greet the fans. So unlike my original assumption, the crowd was not parting because they knew I was a princess. Total letdown.

After all those wonderful things (and also the 95% I just made on my comparative politics exam Wednesday), I feel so much better already! Here's to a lovely weekend!

What are some of your favorite "pick me up" things? Are any of ours the same? 

All my love,
      Sarah

P.S. - Leave me a comment if you got the post title reference! If so, you rock! (;


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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Liebster Blog Award

Hello lovelies! 
Today I am doing the Liebster Blog Award post! 

I got the idea from The Urban Princess and I thought it was pretty cool! To take part in it, you list 11 facts about yourself, answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you, and then ask 11 questions for the people you nominate! Here goes! 

My 11 facts: 

  1. I have lived in the same house my whole life.
  2. I am a very picky eater and cannot will not eat things with weird textures like boiled carrots, grits, apple sauce, and apple pie. If it mixes crunchy and smushy, no thanks. 
  3. I am obsessed with the early 1900s and also the 50s. I love the charm, decadence, and chivalry. 
  4. I don't really have a favorite color, but my favorite color combo (which will also be my wedding colors, I've decided) is baby pink, gold, and white. 
  5. I listen to any kind of music besides screamo and really vulgar rap and I always have something on. 
  6. My dream job would be being the First Lady. 
  7. If I could live anywhere in the world it'd be in London. (Primrose Hill as Mrs. Styles to be specific, thankyouverymuch) 
  8. In the 8th grade I won front row seats to a Jonas Brothers concert. Best night I've ever had, to date. 
  9. I LOVE shopping for baby clothes/accessories, so much so that my best friends will shame me out of the baby stores when we go shopping. 
  10. My family are my best friends. I went home every weekend last year because I  couldn't handle it! Sunday lunches with my grandparents = the best! 
  11. I can plan like a champ, but making decisions is hard for me, as you'll see in my 11 questions. 


11 questions from Urban Princess: 

1) If you could be a celebrity for the day, who would you be and why?
Lou Teasdale. Hair dresser and BFF to Harry Styles. Duh. 

2) If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
I'd change my first name to Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth I is one of my favorite people ever) and my middle name would be Grace, Charlotte, or Amelia.

3) If you could only buy clothes from one brand for the rest of your life, where would it be?
J. Crew. And I'd probably really love it.

4) What is your favourite film?
I can't really decide so I'll tell you all of them, of course. Titanic is one I could watch over and over, and I do. Somewhere in Time gets me every time as I'm a sucker for love and I mean, it's just perfect. Go Netflix it. Love Actually is my Christmas go-to and Pretty in Pink is always a classic (I <3 Blane). My absolute favorite movie to watch on a sad or rainy day is Steel Magnolias. It portrays everything I love about small town South so well! 


5) Do you have any special talents?
I write very well and I'd consider that a talent. Not on the bloggy blog specifically, but in school and poetry on my own. 

6) What colour do you think represents your personality?
I'd say gold (; It's shiny and sparkly (not to mention royal) and it makes people happy! 

7) What was/is your favourite subject at school and why?
Ahhh! It's a mix between English and Politics! I love to read and write, but then I also love the history and strategy of Politics. 

8) Would you rather wear face makeup or eye/lip makeup for the rest of your life?
Face. I already have long eyelashes so if I had to say good bye to mascara, I guess I could, but I have dark circles, so.....

9) What is your guilty pleasure?
Netflix and YouTube. So internet basically. Also, searching #HarryStyles on any form of social media. It's such a problem. 

10) Would you rather be poor and happy or rich and lonely?
Poor and happy, definitely. I believe in love more than anything else, and to live without that would never work for me. Money doesn't buy class or happiness  so I could do without if I had to. 

11) Do you prefer wearing bright colours or monochrome?
I wear lots of white and navy but I generally pair it with plaids or bright colors, so I guess that's your answer! 

My 11 questions for you: 
  1. If you had one day left to live, what would you do?
  2. Describe yourself in 5 words or less?
  3. What is your favorite song? 
  4. What is your favorite place you've ever traveled? 
  5. If you could only wear one piece of jewelry for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  6. Have you ever played sports?
  7. If time/money wasn't an issue, what would you be when you grow up? (;
  8. What is your favorite movie/TV show?
  9. If you could go back in time to one decade, which would you choose? 
  10. What is your weirdest habit?
  11. Who was your childhood celebrity crush? 
So there you go! I hope you learned some things about me while laughing at my ridiculous answers! I'm not going to tag anyone, instead I'm going to say that if you found this funny/interesting and you do it on your blog, please leave me a link in the comments! I'd love to see y'alls answers! 

For those or you without blogs, leave me a silly fact about yourself in the comments! I'd love to get to know y'all! 


All my love, 
      Sarah
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Monday, October 21, 2013

C'est la vie

Hello lovelies! 
         As you may know if you follow me on twitter or instagram, this weekend I travelled to Oxford, Mississippi for the LSU vs. Ole Miss game! Now before I talk about my weekend, let me just tell you, I have anxiety about doing new things, to the point that I will stress myself so much over something before it even happens, that I will convince myself not to do it. I had been planning on going to the game since summer, and early last week my anxiety took over and I had decided not to go. I was worried about SUCH stupid things like: What will I wear? What if I get lost and stranded in a place where I know only 1 person? What if I go out and an accident/something bad happens? What if the weather is bad and I have no fun? What if, what if, what if..? I never even thought "What if you have fun and everything works out okay, Sarah?" Long story short, on Thursday night at about 11, I had a semi-revelation. I thought about how stupid it was that I was stressing over things that hadn't happened yet, most of them being small or trivial things. I mean, cute pictures? Really, Sarah?? I told myself that if I didn't stop being such a worry-wart, I would grow old wishing I had been more of a "jump in head first" sort of person (something I worry about on a daily basis already, #weirdo), so I texted my friends in the middle of the night that I was going (and of course got no sleep because I was mentally packing and planning in my head, seriously) and that was that! We left school the next day at noon! So now that that's out of the way, I can tell you all about my trip! Kicking it off with a silly snap chat! 
On the way there, we stopped in a small town to visit my friend's grandparents. I absolutely love small southern towns, and this one was just precious. I took a picture of this old church because it was just a picture perfect day, and one of my favorite parts of small towns are the churches and main streets. Great photog skillz, I know. 

When I got there Friday night, I hung out with my friend LB (who I stayed with) and we had pizza and just lounged around until we decided to go out! I don't generally like taking/posting pictures from bars, so this is what you get! My newest furry friend, Samson! 


The next morning we took our time getting up and ready and got to The Grove(where they tailgate) at about 2:30. It was absolutely insane. We tailgate here at LSU, but we are more spread out and I generally spend my time around the fraternity tailgates, so I don't really see the family, business tailgates. At Ole Miss, everyone is in one area and it was a bit overwhelming. 
I tried to take a picture so you could get the full effect, but this doesn't even capture it. There are 100s of tents all back to back for as far as you can see. I really liked it once I got used to it, very cool. 


For those of you not familiar with tailgating, you generally set up a tent and hang out, eat, and drink before the game. In the South, we take our tailgating just as seriously as our football. These people had little chandeliers, full out dining tables with candles and place settings, catered food, and satellites with multiple TVs for pregame and game coverage. It. Was. Awesome. Here are two of my favorite, albeit smaller, tailgates that I saw. 

After tailgating for a while, I took a little walking tour of the middle of campus and really loved it! There is so much history at Ole Miss and I love love loved the historical facts and old buildings. The Lyceum is where James Meredith, the first African American admitted to Ole Miss registered. There was also a night long riot and other things that took place there when he registered. It's pretty interesting history! The other brick building in the picture is the oldest building on campus and it used to be a chapel (told you I love old churches)! There are even buildings there from the Civil War, and if you like history, you'd enjoy googling it! It was so much fun!
Last but not least, the game! Right before the game started, a guy gave me a ticket (fo free!) and I got really good seats on the end zone! Even though we lost (which was a huge upset, in popular opinion) it was such a fun game! Very cold, but I enjoyed yelling at all the players (arrgh), being up close to the field and getting to see everything, and do all of our cheers and chants! 

On Sunday, I just woke up late and drove home to Baton Rouge! In the end, I'm glad I went. Everything didn't all go perfectly, and I didn't like the pictures I took (ugh), but I had fun, and got to spend time with my friends while seeing some pretty cool things, and isn't that what it's all about? If the picture is cute, but I'm not really having fun and enjoying it, what's the point? So to sum it all up, in the future, I am going to try to worry less, and live more. And by live, I mean live life and enjoy it, not just for the insta pics, because no one's life is as picture perfect as they make it look online...I can vouch for that. 

Do you get anxious and stressed like I do? How do you handle that and enjoy things without worrying so much? Tips would be great! 

All my love, 
      Sarah

P.S. - Just found this video that goes with the theme. Enjoy the flashback! 




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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Fall Favorites


Hello lovelies! 
If you're a new follower from my guest post on Mason...Like the Jar, then you'll recognize this post! If not, I've reposted it (with added extras at the bottom of course!) so you don't miss out! I’ve included my fav outfit, jackets, accessories, and even some of my favorite tracks at the moment! Anddd we’re off!


fall favorites




1. Coziest. Outfit. EVER.
            Okay so I can totally vouch for the fact that this J. Crew flannel is both the cutest and softest thing I have purchased so far this fall. I’m obsessed with the colors in the plaid and it’s so easy to throw on with an infinity scarf and leggings or skinnies and head out the door! It’s a great length in the front and back and not very boxy or anything, because I have those issues with some other button downs. All in all, I totally recommend it.  Also, there is nothing better than throwing on a pair of leggings, dressing it up with a cute top and accessories, and heading out the door! Not to mention the comfy-ness and easiness of an infinity scarf…can you say PERFECT?
2. Fabulous Footies
            For this one, I couldn’t choose between bean or “duck” boots and riding boots, so I included them both (this is why I have a shopping problem. Oops)! I am actually planning on adding bean boots to my Christmas list as I see them everywhere and they are both cute and functional, which is obviously a must since the rain in the South in the winter is cuh-razy. Of course, I had to include the Tory Burch Juliet riding boots, but I’m also loving these and these as well! They are classic and I personally fell like riding boots are a staple in any fall wardrobe. For a less pricey option with all the classic cuteness, check these out! I have them and they are SUPER comfortable on my feet and wallet.
3. Adorable Outerwear
            In this category, I picked the three options I wear most! This year, I got my first Patagonia synchilla pullover in a deep hunter green color. I absolutely love it! It goes well with Nike shorts, leggings, or jeans, and the front pocket is super convenient for my phone or license when I need to get to it quickly! I thought I’d mind that it doesn’t have pockets, but it’s so cute and warm that I don’t at all!
Next up, is the excursion vest from J. Crew. This came out last year and I’ve lusted after it ever since then. I popped into the J. Crew factory close to me a couple weekends ago and bought it the minute I saw it. They also have it in a navy and cream (my favorite colors), and I honestly want it in each color. It goes well with everything I want to pair it with and is super comfy.
Last but not least, CAPES! I picked up my first cape from Anthropologie last winter, and oh boy, I am seriously obsessed now. It all started because I’m obsessed with Duchess Kate, but that’s a whole other post…! I have two now, and I wear them all the time as soon as it gets cold enough. To me, they have a vintage feel to them, and not everyone wears them, so they make me feel all cute and royal! I’ve worn them with button downs and jeans, as well as with dresses and tights, so they are much more versatile than you’d think! #oliviapopewannabe
4. Nail Polish Necessities
            These three colors are my absolute favorite at the moment. The navy is Essie After School Boy Blazer, and I really love it. I have very pale skin so I was a little worried about how dark it would be, but it works very well, not to mention that it goes with everything! The green color is OPI Jade is the New Black, and again, while I was scared that it’d be too dark, it works out perfectly…matches with everything, and can you tell dark green is my favorite color at the moment??  The Butter London polish is called “All Hail the Queen” (ah, love it) and may just be my favorite. It looks different depending on the lighting and what it’s paired with, but it always looks great. It’s sparkly, but not in a third grade way, and while I’d say it looks like a creamy beige-ish color, it’s so much better than that! Definitely worth checking out!
5. Adorable Accessories
            Ahh, accessories. In my opinion, they make or break an outfit, so obviously I love them. I included the Louis Vuitton Speedy simply because I love mine and the shape and neutral colors can go with anything and top it off in a simple, but still cute, polished way. The monogram necklace isn’t just a fall accessory, I wear mine year around, but it’s a simple addition that can be worn with most anything, and doesn’t require much effort, so I love it. One of my favorite fall accessories is a deep red lip. I can’t always pull them off, but I really liked this shade. It’s Chanel Rouge Allure and it’s a matte color. Lastly, I alwayssss have a pair of sunnies with me, and my favorites for fall are my monogrammed wayfarers and my aviators.
6. Mood Music!
            Okay, I’m not going to lie and say I haven’t let a few Christmas songs play on my shuffle, but for now, I’ve included only fall-ish songs. Obviously, Lorde is everywhere at the moment, and I just feel like Royals is different than anything else on my IPod right now (and super sassy, duhh).  Counting Stars, About a Girl, and Who You Love are all different, but I really love them, they’ve totally hooked me. As far as Flowers in the Window goes, I found it because it’s one of Harry Styles’ favorites and I mean, that makes me love it already. I didn’t like it at first listen but now it just makes me so happy, mini car concerts and all! Bruises by Train makes me think about all sorts of things about life and I’ve just come to really love it. I think it has a nice meaning for everyone.
7. YouTubers and Bloggers 
             You may be thinking that this is such a weird category that has nothing to do with fall, but since these are my favorites, and it's currently fall, it totally goes, mkay? This week is mid-term week (arghh) and I've just been having very stressed out days and long nights, and it's only Wednesday. So my point in saying that, is that for a 2 hour veg out  quick study break, I usually turn to my Bloglovin (follow me here) or Youtube. I never used to use Youtube, much less have an account and people that I subscribed too, but now I'm shamelessly obsessed and look forward to their funny videos for a cheer-up/de-stress sesh. Zoella and Louise are friends that do makeup tutorials as well as life vlogs. They are so SO funny and I love their accents. I have also just found their friend Tanya Burr who does all things fashion and makeup and I love her tutorials! Great make-up ideas and fashion hauls! *Heads up - most of these people are British, you're welcome* Next up are Tyler Oakley, Troye Sivan, and Joey Graceffa. Again, so hilarious. They do little funny videos and Joey does daily vlogs. I find myself talking like them now and I love it.  Last but so not least, Alfie, Jim Chapman (engaged to Tanya Burr), Marcus Butler, and Jack and Finn Harries! They are all young-ish guys who have the most wonderful accents and great senses of humor. Jack and Finn (who are twins...eep!) travel a lot and do tons of charity work too, so go check them out, but be warned, you WILL fall in love. Again, you're welcome!
               As far as blogs go, I check College Prepster daily, and have since senior year, and I feel like Carly is one of my real life friends. She lives in New York now and if you haven't heard of her, you should check her out! I'm incredibly jealous of her life! While we're discussing people I wish I could "freaky friday" with, Amy Norris of Well Educated deff makes the list. She's adorable, is British, and goes to college in London. What more do you want? 

So that’s it! I hope you liked hearing about all my favorites as much as I like them! I didn't mean to overload you with links and a 10 trillion page post, but I'm loving so many things at the moment, and if they make me laugh, why not share them with you, right? What are some of your fall favorites? Is there an amazing blog that I'm missing out on? I'd love ideas for new clothes (even though I shouldn't) and fun ideas for things to do! 
      All my love,
             Sarah 
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Monday, October 14, 2013

Another Weekend Gone By...

Hello lovelies!
So, as promised, here is my weekend update!
On Friday night, my sorority had a party that we call Grub (Girls Round Up Boys). The theme was dynamic duos and my date and I went as a fangirl/groupie and a rockstar..so real to my life. I won't post pictures here, for my friends' privacy...but they are on my instagram if you would like to see them! They should be showing up on the sidebar! (you can totally follow me while you're if you'd like to keep up with my day-to-day life!)

Something super exciting that happened on Saturday was my guest post on Mason...Like the Jar! I was very nervous about posting it because Mason (and her blog) is so awesome and I wanted my guest post to do her blog, and her readers justice! The lovely comments I got, both on my blog and on my post, were so nice and lovely and I'm so lucky to have such sweet people reading all my ramblings! Y'all are all little blessings! (:

Saturday morning, I was not feeling my best, so I drove home and stopped at this little coffee shop/cafe where I used to work in high school! They serve the best breakfast and lunch and the place is just the cutest (I did not take a picture of my whole plate because I was so embarrassed by the fact that I literally ordered about 7 things..but yum)! Y'all should know that I'm very big on cozy atmospheres in coffee shops, my room, libraries, classrooms, anything really, and this is one of my favorite places that makes me feel so at home (also, if you look closely you may see my best friend C "posing" behind the counter...she works there)! It's also right on the train track and listening to (and watching the little kids run to watch..so cute!) the train pass is one of my favorite things to do. Anyways, after a breakfast of champions (eggs, bacon, pecan waffle, oh my!), my mom and I were off to Target where I bought some preeety cool things!

Okay, so I'm obsessed with anything fall in general, but especially fall-ish scented candles. The pumpkin spice is my favorite because it is strong and such a good smell for cold days in! The salted caramel is a tad sweeter, but still so, so lovely! They were on sale for buy 3 get 1 free, so my mom bought the same scents as mine, as we've been burning them all weekend!





This fall themed macaroni was just too cute to pass up and I will definitely be posting an artsy insta pic when I make it, so be on the lookout!









Sunday was just a day filled with family! My grandparents just got back from almost 3 weeks in Rome, so we had lunch there (a usual Sunday occurrence) and then I stopped at my dad's before heading back to school! Sunday night consisted of laundry (yuck!) and starting Dawson's Creek Season 1! I loved that show so much when I was about middle school to early high school age and I have such great memories of watching it with my older sister. If anyone wants a really good series to start, I definitely recommend it!


Being in my own room with my big, comfy bed was so nice, especially since last week was busy and hectic with tests and assignments! Here's a little peek of what my room at home looks like (I also have a gold crown above my bed, duh), and I promise to do a whole post on my dorm soon!
Hope you enjoyed reading all about my weekend! Please leave me a comment if you did anything fun and festive this weekend! I'm dying to get over to the pumpkin patch and take some cute fall pictures!
    All my love,
           Sarah
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Thursday, October 10, 2013

These Are My Favorite Things! (for now anyway)

Hello lovelies!
Now that you guys already know I'm a bit nosy curious, you should know I'm a big fan of monthly favorites videos and posts! Now I don't really like change, so my favorites don't change that often, but I figured I'd post about what I'm loving right now. Most of them are beauty products, so I'll get the one that isn't out of the way first.


These note cards came in a set of 50 from Walmart (yes, I know!). They are scalloped and have the cutest cursive on them. They also came with the most adorable envelopes with a pattern on the back flap. I love stationary and love that these have "hello" cards for just normal, everyday notes, as well as matching "thank you" cards. At $10, I consider these a steal! (and that packaging...eep!)



Now these next two I've been having for a while, but that just means that I keep buying them because I love them and they work. SO well. They are a bit on the higher end of the price spectrum with the BB cream at about $36 and the Urban Decay makeup setting spray about $20. They last very long though, so there's my excuse. Anyway, I originally bought the BB cream because my skin is extremely light and I wanted something with light to moderate coverage that did more things than just cover my skin. Now, my skin rarely breaks out, so if you need a bit more than just something to even out your skin, I wouldn't recommend this. However, I have been nothing but pleased with it. It's great for sensitive skin as it has no weird harsh ingredients and it moisturizes my skin without making it oily. LOVE it. The makeup setting spray does exactly what you would think. I spray it about twice on my face right after my foundation and blush, then powder after. It holds your makeup on very well and the de-slick formula which I have just keeps it from getting oily throughout the day.

I'm gonna go ahead and do my three favorite hair products all together because otherwise this post will be a jillion pages long! For those of you who don't know, my hair is very long. I am obsessed with making sure it stays healthy and my most recent challenge has been trying to get it to has a bit of volume. Growing up, I never used any "special formula" hair things, I just always used whatever my family used. Now that I live on my own, I totally see why they do special formulas. The very first time I used the shampoo and conditioner together and blowdryed my hair (upside down) the results were great. It was soooo much lighter than usual and really had body! It was such a great purchase! The leave-in conditioner is my favorite because its cheap, smells amazing (sort of like cologne, but in the best way...and I smell it all day), and makes my hair very soft without weighing it down. Per-fect. All of these are relatively inexpensive being that they're from my local supermarket (under $15 for all three).

Keeping with the hair trend, this is one of my favorite dry shampoos. I wash my hair every other day, so I don't have a problem with oil as much, but again, I have a volume issue. I also really like the Suave version because it's great for volume, but this one won out for me because it smells really good. I love when the wind flips my hair and it still smells great hours later, and with this, it definitely does. They are both fairly inexpensive at about $4 a bottle. (I also really love the classic, clean packaging!)






Next is my moisturizer. I don't remember to put this on every night, but I use it at least 4 times a week. I really love that it doesn't sit on top of my skin and make it feel yuck. It sinks right in and when I wake my skin is perfectly soft, but not oily...which is just how it should be, right? I think this cost me under $10 and it has lots of vitamins and nutrients to make your skin as wonderful and healthy as it should be!




Last but definitely not least, my favorite lip color at the moment is Rimmel Vintage Pink and it's a moisture renew one. I have it on my lips as I'm writing this and they are so soft! I hate lip gloss because it's so sticky, and so I wear lipsticks for the softness, and this is one of my favorites! It almost feels like chapstick, except not as liquid-y, but definitely not waxy at all. It looks very purple in the picture, but as you can see from the swatch on my very pale skin, it actually shows up like a deeper pink. It changes with the lighting, but I am very pleased with this color as it is great for fall and easy to wear with anything! Again, relatively inexpensive at maybe about $6.



I hope you've enjoyed seeing all my favorite things at the moment, and if you have any recommendations for me, please leave a comment! I'd love to hear your thoughts!
All my love,
      Sarah


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Monday, October 7, 2013

Weekend Update

Hello lovelies! 
So I'm thinking that from now on I'll do a post every Monday about all the things I got up to during the weekend. Sounds good? Mmkay. And we're off!
So Friday night, I got together with my best friend K (for anonymity reasons I'll only use initials, and plus it's so Gossip Girl!) and we made mini pizza out of Pillsbury biscuits. It was delicious and oh so easy to make! All we used was tomato sauce, cheese, pepperoni, and the biscuits themselves. It made 8 pizzas and we were full after 1 and a half so there were lots of leftovers! I'll link you to a full explanation here, but this should be all the motivation you need.

Next up, on Saturday morning, I went to a conference put on by my university called "Elect Her!" and it was so lovely! I learned all kinds of great things about campaign strategies and how to get elected to the position you want, as well as the importance of women being involved in the legislature.  After that, I spent the whole afternoon studying, again with K! We have this cool little coffee shop on campus, totally Rory Gilmore-ish, and I tried to capture it's brilliance, but pictures really don't do it justice.
While I'm on the subject of not being able to blog an atmosphere, let me just tell you about where we ate dinner. There is this place called Louie's on campus and it's a 50s type diner that is so so cool. While we were there the LSU game was playing on the radio and we just sat, ate, smelled all the wonderful smells of them cooking and baking, and enjoyed the old school atmosphere of listening to a game on the radio. Tres cool. (;

When we got back to my hall, K, my roommate, my roommate's boyfriend, and I played tons of rounds of "Apples to Apples." Now, I know you're probably like "Is this girl really playing cards on a Saturday night?" and the answer is "yes, yes I am." And it was so so much fun really. We laughed so hard at some points that we cried, and I loved it! If you've never played it before you really should try it out! This was, of course, my favorite card.


As far as Sunday goes, it pretty much looked like this all day. I read books, caught up on schoolwork, and read all my previously unread blogs on bloglovin! It was so amazing to be so very lazy!

And that's that! Leave me a comment and let me know what you got up to this weekend!
All my love,
      Sarah

P.S. - I've just made a new header...do you like it?

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