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31.12.12

One Year Blogiversary: A Year In Outtakes

For those of you who wondered if I'd dropped off the face of the earth, fret not! Once again I have upcoming exams, which unfortunately means revising throughout the festive period; hence the recent lack of posts. However, I did want to squeeze in this post, as today my blog is officially one year old! My style and blog has evolved a lot throughout the course of the year; and 83 posts, 498 followers, and an incomprehensible number of outtakes later, my blog has finally reached it's first birthday since it first arrived on the blogosphere. (Warning: this post is about to become somewhat sentimental) I can't believe it's only been a year since my first (terribly lackluster, might I add) post. Thanks to you the time has passed extraordinarily quickly, and I still can't believe that so many of you clicked the 'follow' button, and read my nonsensical ramblings on a regular basis. It means the world to me that you enjoy what my blog has to offer, so thank you incredible quantities for following me, leaving feedback and welcoming me with open arms into the blogosphere. I can't wait to share more of my outfits and thoughts with you in the new year, as I have lots of new exciting ideas just waiting to be revealed!

Anyway, without further adieu, I thought I'd put together this post of bloopers, so that we can all have a giggle at my expense. Enjoy!

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo
P.S I hope you all have an absolutely wonderful new year, and I'll be sending you lots of positive vibes for 2013! I'd love to hear about your new year's resolutions, so feel free to leave them in the comments below!

2.12.12

Sundays Always Come Too Late



Coat: Primark
Plaid shirt: Primark
Tee: Urban Outfitters
Skirt: vintage
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell Tardys
Beanie: Topman

I was totally channeling Kevin McAllister when I purchased this beanie from Topman. It makes me want to gorge on vast quantities of ice cream and plant numerous well thought-out booby traps around my house. However, instead of doing said activities, I spent the day at the Christmas markets for the third consecutive weekend. I suppose you could say I'm getting into the festive spirit, and, truth be told, I am. As I mentioned in my previous outfit post, I'm a massive child when it comes to Christmas, so I don't mess around when it comes to engaging in the various festivities. I even bought myself a gingerbread latte from Starbucks: they're limited edition, so I felt the urge to snatch one up before it's too late! 

The only downside to my weekend was the fact that I woke up with a dreadful cold, aka  the worst feeling in the history of ever. Over the past few days I've sneezed an incomprehensible number of times, and started to amass quite an impressive collection of used tissues which have begun to overflow from the constraints of my bin. To top it all off, the current colour of my nose would rival that of Rudolph's (more festive puns. See what I did there?), and I look as though I've smeared red eyeshadow around my eyes- not a good look! Plus, my voice isn't raspy and deep, like some people find sexy; oh no, it resembles more of the hallmark 'I'm sick' nasally voice. Oh, woe is me! Anyway, I'll finally stop boring you all with my complaints and put you out of your misery. 

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo

1.12.12

Bloggers Of The Month: November



If I had to describe Kate's style, the first thing that springs to mind would be 'grunge-cool'. It is for this reason that I've selected her blog to feature in this month's post, as she is my go-to gal when I'm in need of a bit of street-style inspiration. In fact, Kate is among my over-growing list 'thrifty inspirations', and it was through her charity shop hauls on YouTube that I first discovered her. Not only does she know how to find a good bargain in the charity shops, but she also posts brilliant DIY tutorials, which are ideal if you're looking to revamp or spruce up some old furniture. If you enjoy reading my blog, then I'm certain you'll love 'Kate This is What I Do'. 



Maya is currently- without a doubt- my favourite blogger. In fact, I love her blog so much that I'm finding it difficult to articulate just how cool she is; although I'm sure the photos above will enlighten you. Her photos are always breathtakingly beautiful; her outfits never fail to hit the nail on the head; and her posts look like something straight out of Rookie, or some kind of awesome teen magazine from the 90's. Actually, while I'm on the subject of Rookie, I'm convinced that Maya is some sort of long-lost sister of Tavi Gevinson's, as they're, like, practically the same person. These are just a few of the reasons as to why 'A Fidelity For Fashion' has been included in this post, so I strongly urge you to check out Maya's blog for yourself. Only then will you know what I'm blithering on about. 

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo

21.11.12

Christmas Gift Guide: Under £10

Since we're rapidly approaching the month of December, I thought it'd be appropriate to post the first of my Christmas gift guide series. There will be three in total (under £10, under £25, and under £50) which I hope you'll be obtain inspiration from. Happy shopping!



Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo

18.11.12

Winter Coat





Jumper: Primark
Shirt dress: vintage
Hat: H&M
Coat: Primark
Boots: Varanni

Yesterday I took a trip to Manchester's German markets: an activity which has become somewhat of a tradition over the past few Christmases. I know what some of you may be thinking, and my retort would be "it's never early to begin celebrating Christmas." If I had it my way, every single day of the year would be Christmas, and I'd spend my existence in a quaint gingerbread cottage nestled away in a forest somewhere, regardless of the obvious links to Hansel and Gretel. Anyway, it seems I've diverged on a tangent. On my visit to the markets I spent the day swathed in this stunning beige wool coat, and boy did it keep me snug! "Where did you purchase such a beauty?", I hear you cry. The answer to your niggling question is- drum roll please- Primark! I was shocked myself to find a garment of such quality and aesthetic splendour buried among the disorderly, clothes-strewn racks of Primark. It reminds me of something that a certain Miss Chung would throw on when gallivanting around New York City, during another day of epitomising perfection. 

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo

11.11.12

Gold Leopard Print





Jumper: Topshop
Jeans: Primark
Belt: Primark
Hat: H&M
Boots: Varanni
Necklace: Topshop

I'm not usually one to wear jeans- in fact, I think it's been about two years since I last did so- however after recently clearing out my wardrobe, I thought it necessary to invest in a few basic interchangeable pieces, which would be wearable with the majority of my clothes. When buying a pair of jeans, I didn't want to opt for the quintessential 'blue jean', so I decided to purchase this pair in a khaki colour, which are incidentally in keeping with this season's military trend. In my opinion, jeans can often look a little boring and monotonous, so I thought I'd pair them with this pair of buckled biker boots, which are another recent purchase of mine, in addition to being a brilliant dupe for Chloé's Susanna boots (minus the extortionate price tag). The embellishment on the boots combined with the jumper really adds a little va-va-voom and je ne sais quoi to an otherwise dull ensemble. 

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo

6.11.12

Ebay Wishlist #1

It's no secret that I'm a bit of a bargain lover, so it's no wonder that I'm also a self-confessed Ebay-aholic. I thought I'd start this regular feature on my blog in order to let you all now what I've been loving from Ebay, as I find it incredibly useful for highstreet dupes at much lower prices. I hope you enjoy it, and I'd love to hear what you've been coveting from the magnificent marketplace that is Ebay!


Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo

4.11.12

Bloggers of The Month: October



With Pre-Raphaelite looks, eloquently written posts, and a killer sense of style, Arabella's blog is wonderfully bewitching and dreamy. She's no stranger to the heritage and baroque aesthetic, which becomes evident as soon as you see her outfit posts. I perpetually find myself in awe at the beautiful garments that she wears like pieces of art, laden with opulent detailing and lavish prints. Arabella is definitely, without a shadow of a doubt, one of my style inspirations for this season. 



Ever since I discovered Lucy's YouTube channel, I've been head-over-heels in love with her eclectic sense of style. She is my greatest thrifty role model, as her alter ego would most likely be aptly named 'Bargain Queen'. If, like me, you're obsessed with vintage clothing and thrifting, then there's a 100% chance you'll adore Lucy's sense of style as much as I do. Plus, she's a fellow cat lady, and unfortunately she's currently mourning the death of one of her cats, so make sure that you head over to her blog to show her some love.  



Not only does Lizzie have an absolutely amazing taste in music, but her sense of style is pretty great too. She never fails to look elegantly refined, yet she does so with a casual laid-back twist, which is a look that I'm a huge fan of. I'm adamant that you could give her any item of clothing, and she'd always manage to pull it off flawlessly. Oh, and did I mention how envious I am of her hair? 

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo

P.S. Don't forget to check out my Ebay sale (click here), as there is only one day left. Thanks!

1.11.12

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Crop top: vintage
Mesh top: thrifted
Shorts: thrifted
Cardigan: vintage
Belt: Greek markets
Necklace: thrifted
Bag: Ebay
Shoes: Office

I apologise that this post is rather lackluster, but I'd just like to let you all know that I'm selling a few pieces on Ebay (click here) at the moment, so please check them out! 

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo

27.10.12

Trick or Treat




Top: vintage
Skirt: Primark
Shoes: Office
Cardigan: vintage
Coat: Primark
Necklace: Ebay

I am now officially and safely back in England, despite my horrendous flight home. Sat behind me were two young toddlers; one of which thought it appropriate to kick the back of my seat for two and a half hours, whilst the other felt it necessary to scream at the top of his lungs for a similar amount of time. In addition to this disorderly-duo, there were numerous young children acting in the same manner on what could only described as a flight from hell, to say the least. Some of you may disagree, but children like those are the reason I cannot stand kids. When was it decided among society that perpetually howling, bald, toothless tots were cute?! It angers me no end that women are expected to magically transform into baby-making-machines once they reach the age of thirty- it's not as if we have a worldwide baby shortage on our hands! But who would impose such a dreadful construct upon us? There's only one answer to this question: the patriarchy. Anyway, I'll conclude this minor rant for now, and get on with the rest of the post.

I saw a very similar skirt to this one on Lucy from Lulutrixabelle, and I immediately felt an inclination to own one myself. I was planning on ordering one from Asos, however whilst I was in Spain I popped into Primark for a much-needed umberella- the phrase "the rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain", massive lie- and I came across this one in the sale for a mere 3. It's actually a pencil skirt, so it sits just below my knee, however I felt it didn't quite suit me as much as I had hoped, so I decided to roll it over at the top to make it into more of a bodycon skirt. I love how something which would traditionally be considered office-wear can be transformed into a much more casual look, courtesy of various layers and an oversized band tee. This necklace is also a recent purchase of mine, and it only cost me £1.50! Ebay is absolutely fantastic for cheap replicas of jewellery from the highstreet, as you can purchase the majority of it for under £2. Although the seller was located in Hong Kong, and thus the package took roughly three weeks to arrive, it was definitely worth it due to the incredibly low cost and free postage and packaging. I'd highly recommend purchasing clothing or accessories from distant sellers, as it's certainly less damaging to your wallet than, say, a necklace from Topshop. 

Although it's only been a week since my previous post (the usual extent of my interludes), I've been feeling quite disconnected from the blogosphere as of late. Luckily I still have another week left off school, so I'll put in the effort to post more frequently during this period. 

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo

20.10.12

Autumnal








Jumper: thrifted
Jeans: vintage
Socks: Urban Outfitters
Creepers: Koi Couture
Watch: vintage 
Belt: Spanish markets

After thinking long and hard (for about 2 minutes), I've come to the conclusion that this jumper is, in the simplest of terms, the epitome of all things Autumnal. The patterns, hues and overall fit of it seem to encompass everything that could possibly spring to mind when I think of this season. It was for this reason that I decided today would be the ideal time to dust it off and wear it, after it had been sitting in my wardrobe for virtually an entire year. I say my wardrobe, but I really mean my sister's. One of the greatest advantages of having a sibling is the fact that it enables you to gain access to an additional wardrobe full of clothing, and, let's face it, nobody can ever have too many clothes. Speaking of things making a reappearance, I thought that now would be the perfect, most socially acceptable time to start wearing my favourite dark lipstick again. It seems as though sporting a darker shade of lipstick on your lips throughout the warmer months is practically the equivalent of committing social suicide, although personally I much prefer them to the more summery colours. That being said, you could never take me away from my red lipstick. As the majority of you are probably aware, I'm a bit of a self-confessed lipstick junkie, and I'd feel naked without! 

On Friday I broke up from school for a fortnight's break. Whilst I'd love to be able to utilise this time to frequently update my blog, I'm going to Spain tomorrow, so unfortunately this wont be an option until my return on Friday. I'll definitely ensure that I make up for lost time! 

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo

6.10.12

Saved By The Bell





Tee: vintage
Skirt: Topshop
Jacket: New Look
Creepers: Koi Couture
Necklace: Forever 21
Scarf: vintage

This print on this t-shirt reminds me of Saved By The Bell, a program I watched religiously back in the days when Nickelodeon was literally the best thing ever. Please tell me you haven't forgotten 'As Told By Ginger', 'Hey Arnold!', 'Rugrats', 'The Wild Thornberrys' and 'The Amanda Show'. I know what you're thinking,  and the answer is yes, I did watch far too much TV for my own good.

I've been wearing my hair like this on a regular basis recently. I don't know if it's because the child within me is attempting to intervene with the real world (if you remember Dolly from CBBC's Tracy Beaker then you'll understand what I'm talking about. Apologies if this post seems to be a rambling mess in which I remissness about my childhood TV favourites), or because lately I've because completely and utterly obsessed with Grimes. If her music hasn't yet tantalised your ears, then it's basically (I use this word very loosely) a blend of 70's disco, 80's synth-pop, 90's R&B and 00's new age electronica; which, although may initially appear daunting and overwhelming, is a real delight to listen to. I must admit, 'electronic' isn't a genre that I frequently listen to, but I suprisingly found myself diggin' it (yes, I really did use that phrase.) In addition to making brilliant music, Grimes also has an impeccably eclectic and individual sense of style, consisting of a predominant 90's grunge influence infused with sci-fi and sports-luxe vibes, which is a look that I've become a fan of as of lately.

On Friday we were given a 'study day', which students lower down the school most commonly consider a day off. However, this year I found myself weighed down with masses of work, ranging from regular homework, to controlled assessment preparation and research, to revision, to art prep pieces. Unfortunately, stress and I don't particularly mesh well, so earlier this evening I found myself amidst what appeared to be a miniature breakdown. Unfortunately by the looks of it I'll be spending the duration of tomorrow knuckling down in an attempt to finish my yet-to-be-completed work- wish me luck!

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo

P.S. Koi Couture are currently holding a giveaway on their Facebook page, so I urge you all to head down there straight away!

3.10.12

Autumn Playlist

A few weeks ago we were graced at last with the arrival of Autumn, which just so happens to be my favourite season. Especially for the occasion I hand-picked this selection of songs; all of which are ideal for crisp Autumnal-morning strolls down paths trodden with orange hued leaves, fully clad in mittens and a chunky knit scarf. Enjoy!


Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo

1.10.12

Bloggers of The Month: September



It was only recently that I stumbled upon Taylor's blog, but I instantaneously fell in love with her effortlessly edgy sense of style, and I immediately knew that she had to be featured in my next 'Bloggers of The Month' post. She has the kind of wardrobe that I'd love to raid, and with under one hundred followers she definitely deserves much more credit than she receives. Not only has she mastered the ability to pull off any piece and make it exude a kind of grungy vibe, but she has the most enviable collection of accessories that I've ever laid my eyes upon.




It's difficult for me to express in terms of words the sheer awesomeness that is Angelina's blog, or Angelina as a person for that matter. Her outfits never fail to captivate me, and I often find myself lost for words at the extent of perfection that encapsulates her sense of style. Similarly to myself, Angelina is a bit of a self-confessed addict when it comes to oversized t-shirt dresses and tie-dye, so I'm sure you can understand why I love her as much as I do. Her posts are always extremely interesting to read as well, which is something that I personally look for in a good blogger. 



On top of running her brilliant blog, Dominique also has an equally amazing YouTube channel, which I urge you all to check out. I am infinitely jealous of her gorgeous purple hair and collection of UNIF clothing and shoes, as well as her aptitude to look amazing in absolutely anything. Dominique is the kind of girl that naturally exudes coolness whilst perfectly pulling off the 90's revival look, which I eulogise her for.

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo

29.9.12

Supersonic





Jacket: thrifted
Top: Primark
Leggings: Urban Outfitters
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell 
Rings: Topshop

This oversized tank top is another addition to my wardrobe from my recent trip to the men's section of Primark. As soon as I laid my eyes upon it I felt nostalgic from times bygone, as me and my sister would endlessly play Sonic The Hedgehog on my dad's old Sega Mega Drive. There's something about the satisfaction of triumphantly beating Dr Robotnik on a pixelated screen that today's modern-day technology just cannot outdo, and I'm beyond devastated that I haven't been lucky enough to grow up in a decade prior to this one. I wont even begin to list reasons as to why, because I'm sure it'd be infinite in length. 

A few weeks ago I purchased this plaid jacket from a local car boot sale, however when I got home I was relatively disappointed with the boxy fit of it, and thus ended up giving it to my sister who had much more of a love for it than I did. Despite this, I quite liked how it looked with this outfit, as I felt that it added to the grungy oversized theme, regardless of the blatant lumberjack-esque look. Somehow I can't quite imagine myself hacking down pine trees with suspenders draped over my shoulders, axe in tow... 

Rambling aside, the lovely Evie of What Evie Wore Next recently interviewed me for her blog, so if you're wondering who my style icons are, where I like to shop, or information of a similar nature, then I suggest you check it out.

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo

23.9.12

Got Beef?







T-shirt dress: Primark
Parka: Primark
Sunglasses: Ebay
Beanie: Ebay
Bracelet/rings: Topshop
Creepers: Koi Couture

My friend Anna (Twitter) has an absolutely impeccable sense of style, and lately I've been admiring her for wearing large men's t-shirts as oversized dresses. I thought I'd try out this look for myself, so I popped down to my local Primark to pick up a few cheap men's tees. Although I don't often shop in Primark, I usually find that their men's section is brilliant if you're in need of a few new graphic t-shirts to spice up your wardrobe, and I was thrilled to find this one for the thrifty price of £3. I love the grungy vibe that it exudes (especially when paired with a beanie) and the slouchy, baggy fit to it- it'll be perfect to layer with for a casual look during Autumn and Winter. Plus, I recently noticed that I have a tendency to wear dark hues of black, blue and green, so the fact that this t-shirt is a bright red is an added bonus. 

I decided to throw on my favourite round sunglasses to conceal my exhaustion, and the fact that I woke up with a terrible cold this morning. Hopefully they did the trick! Anyhow, I must dash, as me and my sister have plans to watch a film complete with microwave popcorn and refreshing face masks- the perfect lazy Sunday afternoon activity! 

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo
(P.S. if you want to see an almost-daily dosage of my everyday life, then be sure to follow me on Instagram. My username is 'sarahcolee', or you could simply click on the link in the sidebar.)