Bye Bye “Manfriend”, this lady has got herself a FIANCE!

So, apparently turning 30 isn’t so bad because this little lady got herself a FIANCE! It was the most special, fun, exciting, & joyous moment and it was 1,000x better than anything I could have imagined!

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Now for story time…

About 7 months ago, it hit me that I was going to turn 30 this year! Tone and I have been living our lives and lovin’ every minute of it, but a time comes when one realizes that we gotta move this thing along! And, that moment for me, was on NYE when I offered/gave him a little time-line ultimatum that I simply couldn’t bare the thought of turning thirty and us not being engaged! So, fast forward to July 21st (my birthday) and we’re driving to the country club that we are members at and where Tone plays a lot of golf.  How he convinced me to play golf on MY birthday is a miracle but I was being a good sport and I do enjoy a little golf every now and then.  So, we are driving to the club about 4:30 in the afternoon and I find myself getting a little mad because in my head I’m thinking like, “really??? You can’t even meet a 6 month and 21 day deadline?” because I had NO idea he was going to propose while we were playing!

So we get out to the first hole and of course I hit four terrible shots, two with driver and two with hybrid.  And then I get even more mad and frustrated and contemplated throwing in the towel and getting my drank on! But after a moment of venting, and a few heavy sips of my mandarin & soda, I was back in good spirits and then hit three really good chip shots! Like, it went straight and in the air.  Miracle, I know!  And then we get onto the green and I lip two putts and Tony kept insisting to me that I tap it in.  And after telling me that three times, I said “why does it matter? I shot like a 12 on this hole!” and then while bending down to pick up the ball, I noticed a little gray bag just sitting there so delicately in the hole.  I then bent down again to pick it up and the rest…. well it’s a big blur but I do know that he asked and I said yes!  And then our friends and family came out of the house that is right on the hole (they were inside watching the entire time!) and I was so happy to see everyone! And my GF, Michelle whom took these photos, crawled out of the bushes/ruff where she was secretly hiding taking pictures and TD & Karly (our friends who met us on the course) were video taping it with a GoPro!

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And then we went back to the Baranowski’s house to celebrate! I even asked him when it was over, “So, are we not golfing?” and he was like NO, we’re going to party babe! I was 99% thrilled about this, but there was a very tiny part of me that wanted to play because I actually hit three good shots on the one and only hole we played!

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I see my mom busted out her binoculars!
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And then we had to go back to the hole and re-enact the moment!

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Thank you to everyone for the sweet wishes and kind words; we are overjoyed and completely on cloud 9!

Sabby Style Survey + Giveaway!

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Photography by Michelle Bazis at The Adventure Culture

Hey sister-friends and happy Monday! Today is back to reality after a very exciting week (30th birthday and engagement, if you are a new blog visitor!) and to kick it off, I am asking all of my amazing readers to do me a huge favor and take a quick, 10 question survey on what YOU THINK Sabby Style is!  I am in the process of hiring a web designer to give this space a facelift and make it much more interactive and fun for my readers! Which is where you gals come in 🙂 Your feedback will help me make your experience the best it can be and will help me grow my business and brand! Sometimes it’s difficult to look at yourself and reflect with an objective eye, which is exactly the reason I am seeking your thoughts and opinions!  Thank you so much for your ongoing support of this little blog and I can’t wait to continue this journey with you all!

And to sweeten the deal a bit, I’ve teamed up with BTB Jewelry to giveaway this amazing gold, blue, and chartreuse tassel necklace to one lucky lady who takes the survey! All you have to do is click the survey link, fill it out, and voila! Easy peezy.  The survey will close next Thursday (in 10 days!) and I will  announce the winner in a blog post!

TAKE THE SABBY STYLE SURVEY

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 White Blouse (old) but similar and under $13! // Denim (wearing a size 27 for reference and they run big!) // Heels (old) but similar // Neon Bag // Earrings // Necklace c/o BTB Jewelry // Blue & Gold Watch // Crystal Bracelet // Spike Bracelets // Teal Bangle c/o Antebellum Baubles

Review of My #NSale Purchases…

Hi friends and happy Friday! So today I’m sharing my #NSale purchases and letting you know how things fit/run, quality, etc. so you can shop with confidence and ease!  But hop to it because things are selling out quickly and the sale is over at the end of this month!

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Pink/Gray/Cream Long Sweater – Wearing size XS and is TTS!

Luggage Mules – Not part of the #NSale but they are on sale and perfect for fall!

Puppy on Bed – Not for Sale 🙂

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White Asymmetrical Sweater – Wearing size Small, runs big!

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White Roll-Sleeve Tunic – SO CUTE! Wearing size Small and fits perfect!

Leopard Pumps – they are very comfy and just the right heel height!

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Striped Tee – Cute & Casual! Runs a bit big, I’m wearing a Small!

Black Jacket – In looooove.  Not part of the #NSale but I’ve been eyeing it for foreverrrr!

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Blue/White Stripe High-Low Tee – Wearing a Medium, Runs narrow in arms!

Pink/Tan Reversible Vegan Leather Tote – Not part of the #NSale but the price is just right!

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Black & White Shirttail Sweater – wearing size Small and fits TTS!

Monogram Necklace (yes, it’s my new initials!!) – get size 3XL

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Light Brown Cowl Neck Sweater – Runs BIG! Wearing size Small.

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Leopard Calf Hair Heels // Luggage Mules

What do you guys think of my picks? I am pretty set for Fall and Winter!!! Have a great day!

Thirty, Flirty, & Thriving!

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Blog Edit — I wrote this post before Tony asked me to marry him! And engagement story coming to this blog soon 🙂 So needless to say, my 30th Birthday was a dream come true!  Hi Sister-Friends! This post may be a bit long winded, so bear with me because I just turned 30 and I cannot even believe it!  Like, where the hell did the past ten years of my 20’s go??? I thought I would have more anxt and nervous feelings of oldness, but surprisingly I feel pretty dang great.

At a quick glance, let’s take a walk down memory lane!  I graduated from UNL & UNO with my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.  I interned and worked at some pretty great places and then found my amazing job at Heartland Family Service.  I achieved my goal and dream to start my own blog and grew it into a successful business and passion!  For the past 9 years, I’ve gotten to be a puppy mom t0 Franklin (9) and Roger (6) whom we love soooo much.  Tony and I started dating when I was just a baby at the age of 22, so needless to say, we’ve grown up and grown together the past 7.5 years and I blessed beyond measure to have him in my life!  We’ve vacationed to Mexico (3x), NYC, KC (3x), and Hawaii!  I’ve become an animal advocate because God has put this cause on my heart!  I know I am called to be the voice for those animals who need help and love.  And me wearing my heart on my sleeve does not fall far from the tree, because I honestly have the most amazing parents that anyone could ask for.  They still would do (and they do) anything for their girls and I am so lucky to call them mine! I love it when people tell me I look/sound/act just like my mom… because CoCo is pretty bomb.com!

And you know what else is a bonus, I feel that I’ve never looked better! How can that be you may ask at the old age of thirty?  Let me tell you that I’m the most comfortable in my skin & in my own style now more than I have ever been!  I know what works for me and what doesn’t.  I know that I have a strong, healthy, capable body and no matter if I still don’t have a super flat tummy or the most toned arms in the world, I still feel incredibly happy with who I am, on the inside and out.  I just feel at home.  And if that means that I’m getting wiser (and older), then 30 is nothing to be sad about!  So all in all, the past ten years were one hell of a ride and I cannot wait to see what the next decade has in store!

This past weekend we had a little early birthday celebration in which Tone and I went to our favorite Saturday spot for sushi and sips, and this is the outfit I wore.  I’m adding more black into my wardrobe and fell in love with these black booties!  I had been eyeing a pair of Dolce Vita nude peep-toe booties that looked just like this, but with a price tag of almost two-hundo, and knowing that I really did not need another pair of nude shoes, I never pulled the trigger.  And thank goodness I didn’t because much to my delight, the shoes I’m wearing are almost an exact match to the DV style and I definitely did need a good pair of black booties for the Fall, and they were under $40!

This was a new look for me (wearing black shoes… I don’t know why I have such a thing against them but I’m stepping out, yo!) and I felt super comfortable in it.  What do you gals think?  Since we took these photos with my iPhone, we didn’t grab any close ups of the items, so I’ve pulled some images so you can see the deets!

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Black Booties

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Gold Bib Necklace (I haven’t stopped wearing it since it arrived!)

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Yellow Mini Bag (obsessed!) // Similar (and less expensive) options here and here

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Denim Shorts // Black Top (old) but similar // Watch // Earrings // Rose Gold Bracelets

Thanks so much for reading today and have an awesome day, loves!

Floral Shorts + Two More #NSALE Buys!

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Top (sold out) but this version and this are amazing! // Shorts – under $40! // Orange Necklace c/o iCrave Jewels // Tote (sold out) but how fab is this striped tote – under $40 and this MK bag – under $190! // Watch // Tassel Bracelets // Heels

Hi gal pals and hooray for Saturday!  What is everyone up to this weekend? We have no plans and I am actually quite excited about that! I wore this outfit last Saturday to a Havana Nights theme party at our friend’s house and it was so, so, sooooooo hot!  I’m talking in the hundreds and 1,000% humidity level.  Hence the very shiny face seen!  But aside from the sweaty mess that commenced after these pictures, I was so excited to finally wear these shorts I purchased a month or so ago! I took them to Hawaii and never ended up wearing them and I was so bummed.  I had planned to pair them with a white 3/4 sleeve linen shirt but gosh, it was just too steamy for that so I opted for this cream peplum top instead!  It was a fun look for an evening spent with friends, drinking mojitos, and eating lots of cuban cuisine!

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And has anyone been scoping out the deals over at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?! I picked up two more things last night and cannot wait for them to arrive!

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Blue High-Low Top // Under $13.00

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The most perfect pair of heels that will go with everythinggggggg // Under $90!

Have an awesome weekend, friends!

FALLING … for the NSALE!

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TODAY IS THE DAY.  THE DAY THAT EVERYONE AND THEIR MOTHER (which is the case) can shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!  Okay.  I’m not going to beat around the bush and say “oh man, I can’t decide what items to get because I can’t get them all” because to be frank, I did in fact get everything you are seeing her.  Before you go judging (hey, we all do, we’re human and God still loves us!), in my defense, I did a huge closet clean out and sold well more than what I actually spent.  Which is why it took me a while to finally pull the trigger because I knew I had to sell, sell, sell and part with items to make room for new! And, now that I feel I am fully stocked up for Fall & Winter, I plan to go on a no-shopping stint for the next few months.  So, if you see me talking about sales, new items, and the “oh I must have this” stuff, give me grief and remind me of this blog post! Hey, if it’s writing then I have to stick to it 🙂

Okay, so moving past the first stages of grief, I am now blissfully in acceptance because you guys, I am ready for Fall, ya’ll! I kept adding and removing things from my shopping cart, which helps me really think about what I truly want, and these are the pieces that I kept coming back to over and over.  I’m all about the black, earth neutrals, and soft tones, as of late, which you can clearly see from the picture above, but you know I have my punchy, bright and colorful accessories that I will add to my looks to make it Sabby!

Are you having trouble deciding what to get? Well I can relate, so let me share what I kept in mind while making my purchases.  1.) Fit, Fit, Fit.  I know what does, and doesn’t, look good on my body type.  So while I see so many fab blogging friends rocking some fierce things, I have to stop myself from getting it for myself because I know that it just won’t flatter my body.  Like boyfriend jeans for example.  It must be my petite frame and larger chest that makes these suppose-to-be laid back, cool girl jeans, I just look like I am wearing my man’s baggy jeans! Which is why I went with the olive, stretchy denim with mild rips & tears that are a medium rise.  These kinds of jeans flatter and that I cannot say no to!  2.) Tops that can be dressed up and down.  Thankfully I am in a line of work that does not require super corporate attire, so I look for pieces that I can wear to the office and on date-night.  I love to wear things over and over (as we should) so I have to be sure I can come up with at least 5 ways to wear it before I even buy it!  And 3.) Do I need another bag? Purses are one of my weaknesses which is why I spent three weeks debating on this pink/taupe, reversible, tote! Not because of the price tag (which is under $50 btw!), but because I know I don’t need just another bag.  But a tote, that I do need.  And it will blend perfectly with the soft blush and neutral tones I am loving right now.  And it will hold all my shit! Hey, real talk here 🙂

Thanks so much for reading today, I know it was lengthy, but it means the world to me.  Don’t forget to leave your comments and let me know what you are planning to get for yourselves! And tag me on IG, too!

Easy Breezy…

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Hey chicks! How is everyone’s week going so far? I wore this easy breezy outfit last Sunday to a 1st birthday party! My cousin Kimmy (check out her amazing hand-made stationary right here, it is SO cute!) has two boys, Elijah & Jack, and I refer to them as my nephews because even though Kim and I are cousins, we were like sisters growing up, with us being 3 years apart.  So her boys are the first grandkids in our family and it is such a joy watching them grow into little people!

It has been in the hundreds here this past week so this was the perfect outfit for a very hot and humid afternoon birthday gathering!
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Tee // Shorts // Heels // Purse (sold out) but love this and this! // Coral Necklace (old) but great version here! // Monogram Necklace // Watch // Tassel Bracelets

Have a great day and thanks so much for swinging by Sabby Style today!

Tassels, Leopard… Oh My!

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You. Guys.  These tassel earrings had me at yellow!  How fun are they?! I have been diggin’ on yellow as of late (I just got a new neon yellow mini bag!) and these pretty babies are making themselves right at home!  I love how much they popped  against the black and paired perfectly with my leopard clutch!  You can get both my earrings and bag over at Le Boutique Shop!

Great denim alert!!! I just got these BLANK jeans and they’ve quickly become my new favorites!  The fit is great (wearing a 27 for size reference) and the distressed accents are very on trend right now.  The denim is soft and has that already been worn and broken-in feel, which is awesome because who likes wearing stiff pants??? Not I!  They’re a little long but no worries, this girl cuffs all her pants, whether they are short or not!  Oh, and the price-point = very nice!

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Thanks so much for reading and be sure to have an awesome day, GF’s!

Pit & Peak of the Week!

Hi sister-friends! I feel terrible that there hasn’t been a pit & peak of the week post in a while and I am here to tell you all, I vow to be a better blogging babe!  I’m kind of going through a mid-life crisis/what does life have in store for me/I want to blog & personal style full-time/but I love my job/OMG I’m turning 30 next week/re-evaluating 2015 goals, etc, etc.  Thanks for your patience, kindness, and your reading eyes that come and visit me when I post (and even when I don’t)!  You all mean the world to me and without this outlet, I truly wouldn’t feel like myself.

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Okay, sappy moment over, and let’s get on with the Pit & Peak of the Week!

PIT // I came down with strep throat! Boo 😦 I can’t tell you the last time I was sick and man, oh, man, it was no bueno! Thankfully I have a great job that is very flexible and allows us to log-in and work from home when we’re feeling down and out.  But the antibiotics are getting their groove on in my system and I’m feeling much better! Thanks for all the well wishes and healthy vibes on IG!

PEAK // Two words… Shark. Week.  Yes, I seriously loooooove Shark Week! My favorite times of the year are the start of Creighton basketball season, Christmas, oh and yes, shark week.  I have always been fascinated with marine life and wanted to be a marine biologist when I grew up! Though I may have not gone down that career path, my love for marine life (well, and all animals, really) has never faded and I enjoy learning more and more about those deep sea wonders!  I have always wanted to go to Sea World ever since I was a little girl, but then that documentary called Black Fish came out and then my despise for Sea World began and that dream died, so I live out my curiosity and awe of those animals through Shark Week and hefty doses of Whale Wars, and lots of Discovery Channel watching, too!


I hope you all have an awesome day and weekend and thanks so much for reading today!

Hawaii Vacay Part #1

Hi friends! How is everyone doing on this fine Fri-Yay? I have been home sick the past two days so I finally got around to uploading our Hawaii pics!  We visited the island of Maui and it was absolutely breath-taking.  I mean.  The true definition of paradise!  These pictures are from a day spent at Napili Beach with the fam-bam!  There was 12 of us in total and we had an awesome time!

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Tony and his mom, Hollie!

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Uncle Dave, Tony, Cousin Max, Max’s GF Taylor, Aunt Daphnie, and Hollie!

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Tone swore he wasn’t going in the ocean because of his fear/mighty respect/fear for sharks but he quickly became quite the snorkeler!  This day we saw a huge pod of spinning dolphins!

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I have lots (and lots) of pictures to share and will also be doing an IG-Hawaii edition round-up on here soon, too!  Thanks so much for stopping by today; means the world to me!