Wednesday, August 27, 2014

From NSFW to SFW

Lulu's top, Forever21 tank dress, Old Navy booties

Well helloooo there! Man, I almost forgot how this thing works it's been so long. There's so much to say and clearly not enough time (or space) so I'm gonna keep it real simple and say that I hope to be back soon :) 

While my heart has been hoping to use this space more for writing and less for fashion, I had an idea for something (a potential series?) that could possibly be helpful to some of you! So outfit post it is to welcome me back to the blog world. 

Lately I've been trying to get real creative with outfits to keep me from shopping, and I've realized my closet has a lot more possibilities than I give it credit for. I'm sure I'm not alone when I admit I've bought an item - or passed up on one entirely - that in my mind has no place in the classy, "normal" outfit-wearing world. For example: crop tops, backless shirts or dresses, bathing suit cover-ups, etc. Things you would never wear to work or to meet your boyfriend's parents or to anything that you wouldn't want people thinking you're dressed totes inapropes for the occasion. So then we assign different clothes for different events, and hardly stray from those rules in our mind, which keeps us from being creative with how many different ways we can actually wear something.

That's a lot of words to say: in this case, I took a somewhat backless top and threw it over a simple, casual dress so I could wear it to work since it never sees the light of day otherwise. The day before that, I wore a crop top that I had really only labeled as my "Stagecoach shirt" with a high-waisted skirt  and am proud to say I felt totally appropriate leaving the house in it. So I'm hoping to post a few more of these kind of looks in case it helps you get creative with the clothes you have. I miss you guys and this place a lot. Have the very best day, I'll try not to stay away as long next time ;)








xoxo 
Sara B.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Stuck


This space - and the activity of blogging - has become such an area of contention for me lately. Feelings of longing swirled with obligation and disappointment enter my heart every time I remember my blog and how long it's been since the last time I've written. It's hard to filter the voices to find which is the right one. The one telling me to be more disciplined and return to a passion of mine, the one telling me to give myself grace and let it go, the one from others saying I should start my blog back up again. And then there's the reality of time and what I'm physically even able to accomplish every day. I have a full-time job, relationships to maintain, weekend plans and getaways. It's hard to believe there was a time when I knew how to balance all that plus a blog, because lately it has seemed impossible.

But after a few months away, I started to learn that "giving myself a break" actually came at a cost. It was a slow seep into a stagnant every day rut that took me weeks to pinpoint. I felt it most at work. I have felt uninspired and lethargic and mostly kinda "meh." It's not a feeling of sadness or depression, just a a feeling one might have when you're running (or maybe walking in my case) on a treadmill and recognizing you're not actually going anywhere. You're stuck.

After dropping several outside commitments and hobbies of mine in the name of rest, I realized that ironically the things I gave up so I could have a life were the very things that were providing me with life to begin with. They were things that benefitted other people besides myself. Projects that ignited my creativity and made me excited. Challenges I conquered and felt a sense of accomplishment after the fact. It's no wonder I'm experiencing feelings of unfulfillment in other areas of my life when I stopped pursuing the things that were most true to the core of who I am.

In all this I had an important revelation that I had lost sight of somewhere along the way. I can best summarize it in a quote that you no doubt have pinned on your Pinterest quote board somewhere, but it's truth is profound and crucial for the way we conduct our lives: "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." - Howard Thurman. As much as I love certain aspects of my job and what I do there, I was not made to do PR. That isn't what makes me feel alive (don't worry co-workers who might be reading this, I'm not quitting). What I do in those 8-10 hours I'm at work every day is probably not going to change the world. But the things that light me up inside and make me feel invigorated? The things I was born to do? Pursuing those things might actually change the world. And I don't want to lose site of that because I have tunnel vision towards my next paycheck. I owe it to myself and to the world to pursue the unique person I was created to be.

So I'll start small. With this new post that took me way too long to write. With the discipline to actually get up early and run this morning. And with a commitment to not forget about the things I was born to do, but instead to push forward with a tenacious heart that recognizes the weight and beauty of the perfectly individual calling that was placed on my life. It's time for me to get un-stuck.

(And because it's been awhile, here are a few pretty snapshots from my life these past months):








From my heart,
Sara B.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Tres Chic


Hi! Welp, I chopped my hair and thought that was a worthy reason to pop back into the blog. I was ready for a change and am real happy I didn't end up chickening out. I'm thankful I have a hairstylist I love and trust so much too (her name is Tera Tanner and she works at Proper Hair in Costa Mesa if you're searching for one!) Change is good for the soul guys (I really wanted to use "y'all" there but felt like way too much of an imposter. It's my goal to work that into a real sentence of mine at some point this year).

I hope your 2014 is off to a good start so far. Did you pick a word for your year by any chance? In the past I've spent more time talking about this (see here for 2012 and 2013's words), but this year I thought I would briefly share my word for now. Perhaps for added accountability, or just to encourage you to participate in this practice if you're willing. But the word that clearly came to me for this year was "Rest." To those that know me well, it's not surprising that I'm pretty much always busy. It's a trait I've come to really dislike in myself, yet I'm never quite sure how to go about changing it. I think for starters I have to get real comfortable with the word 'no.' More importantly, I need to recognize that it's less about turning something or someone down, but rather about saying 'yes' to a life for myself that embodies balance, purpose, grace, and calm. In return, I can pour a much better version of myself into the things I do choose to keep on my calendar.

The second aspect of "rest" that struck me this year has to do with letting go of my frantic and futile attempts to better myself on my own, and instead resting in the restorative and transformative love and peace found in Jesus. How I want to be someone that rests in Him first and foremost. 

Please let me know if you chose a word for your year. I would love to hear it. Have a very happy weekend :)




Forever 21 'Tres Chic' sweater, Old Navy jeans, No Rest for Bridget jacket, Zara shoes (old), Zou Styles clutch (c/o)

xoxo,
Sara B.

Photos by Miss Kelsey

Monday, January 13, 2014

Sequins Forever

Forever 21 top + blazer, Old Navy jeans (similar), Alloy shoes (similar)

Every time I go to buy something with sequins, I think that I must be making a terrible, impractical mistake. That one human should not own so many sparkly objects in their closet. But then every time I wear them I'm reminded that sequins are always a good choice. They make me so happy (see this photo for evidence). I love finding ways to incorporate them into everyday outfits and don't even mind all the "it's no longer NYE" comments I get ;) Happy Monday friends!




Photos by Kelsey

xoxo
Sara B.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Falling in Love

Forever 21 jacket, Zara top, BB Dakota skirt, Target booties, Forever 21 necklace and ring, Fing'rs nails

Hi! It's been awhile, I know. Happy New Year's Eve! I know people have mixed feelings about making new year's resolutions, but I've always been a fan. It just feels like a good time to set goals alongside a bunch of other people motivated to start fresh and better themselves in the coming year.

 While I would like to say that one of my planned resolutions is to blog more consistently, I don't think I'm realistically ready for that kind of a commitment. What I do know is that I want to prioritize what's important to me this coming year - the things that bring life to myself and those around me - and keep working on those things. Are outfit posts a part of that? Maybe. But I also know there are deeper things I hope to accomplish through this space and I'm excited to pursue those intentionally in the months to come. So stay tuned ;)

Along the lines of resolutions and reflecting on the past year, I want to say something about falling in love. If you were to ask me on the eve of every Jan 1st what my hopes and dreams are for the coming year, I would most likely include "falling in love" in my response, whether I say it verbally, or just silently wish it in my heart. I would be referring to romantic love. The kind that sweeps you off your feet and makes hearts beam from your eyes. This year I learned something really important about falling in love, firsthand. Because I fell in love more times and more days than I can count. But it wasn't with a boy. It was with my friends who light up my life every day. It was with my family who makes my heart want to burst at the seams. It was with my home and this island and the sunsets I get to watch at the end of my street. I have felt more joy this year than ever before. God has shown me that falling in love is not reserved for one relationship. And how much better it is to fall in love with every aspect of your life, including my relationship with Him. So it's with much gratitude I'm able to say I'm ending this year with an overflowing heart rather than a heart left longing for a hope unfulfilled. I share this in hopes of re-defining your definition of love if you are similar to me, and pray that you fall head over heels in love with the life you have been given, just as it is.

Happy New Year sweet friends, I can't wait to see what 2014 holds for us. 





Pics by Kelsey

xoxo
Sara B.