I’m SOLE Serious…

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I take my foot wear very seriously and happy feet are a must in my book!  But I find it easy to write off those tender heels and arch aches and chalk it up to the mentality that beauty is pain.  Well after too many killer heels (literally and figuratively), I’ve decided to get smart and serious about my foot care!  Through the blogosphere and IG, I had heard a lot of positive reviews about Solemates and their thorough line of foot care products.  So I figured I would try as many as I could and maybe like one or two… because who ever really loves every single product??? Well let me tell you, I did and I do!  Holy moly, these products really do work.  And well, to boot! <— So punny, I know 🙂

Solemates Complete Collection

You know when you are dressed to the nines in your favorite summer party dress and an adorable pair of strappy heels? And you are feeling fierce girl! Then you realize that not only is it an outdoor wedding, but that you (in your heels) have to walk what seems to be a mile on grass to get to your seat.  And with every step you take, your heels sink deep into the dewy ground.  You get to your seat and your worst fears are confirmed, you have about 3 inches of mud and dirt on your precious party heels!  Sure, if they’re patent then they’ll just wipe off, but what if they’re not?! Not only does your fierce attitude and confidence plummet, but your absolute favorite pair of heels are ruined!  This has happened to me one too many times and I am happy to say it never will again thanks to Solemates and these super smart, functional, and sleek heel caps that prevent you from sinking into the grass!

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Solemates Shoe Buff

I don’t know about you, but I am tough on my shoes.  Especially those few pairs that I wear 2-4x a week (umm hello nude heels, I am talking to you!), and I love a product that gives me even more wear and longevity!  This shoe buff is super convenient thanks to it’s little handy-dandy holder, and works like a charm.  I had it in my purse last week and I am so happy I did because right before heading into an awards banquet dinner, I looked down at my shoes to see that they were in desperate need of some TLC.  I was so relieved to have my shoe buff in my tote and after just a few swipes, my kicks were looking refreshed and rejuvenated!

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Solemates Leather Protector

We spend good money on our shoes and handbags and you can be darn sure that I will do everything I can to ensure that they stay beautiful for years to come!  So I was quite eager to try the Solemates Leather Protector spray, seeing that winter is right around the corner (like snow this Friday people!) and I have a few leather goods that I needed to winterize.  Well I kiiiiiind of went to town because I literally sprayed everything with this!  My favorite gray leather Tory Burch satchel, a few other Kate Spade leather bags, and pretty much every pair of shoes I own.  This protectant can be used on shoes or handbags. Trust me when I say that it is imperative to protect your prized investments from rain, salt, snow, or sleet!  Just like we wax our cars to prevent rust and fading paint, we need to be sure to protect our closet staples.  This product works on Leather, Suede and even Fabric!
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Solemates Blister Blocker

There is nothing worse than busting out a new pair of shoes and you are SO EXCITED to rock them all day just to find out that by 10am, you are suffering from some major blisters!  I absolutely hate breaking in shoes.  In fact, when I read reviews and it says “after you break them in, they’re great”…. Yeah, no thanks, I’ll pass.  I work hard for my money and therefor want the products I buy to work hard for me!  So in the event that those shoes you-just-had-to-have and refuse to take back because they are just too pretty, end up giving you the dreaded blister (or 5), have no fear because the Solemates Blister Blocker is here!  The Blister Blocker Anti-Friction Balm creates an invisible barrier to help prevent blisters. It glides on smoothly to bare feet without leaving any greasy residue. It’s amazing for breaking in new shoes or for preparing your feet for those particularly long days.

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Thank you so much to Solemates for not only sponsoring this post, but for creating such wonderful products that keep our feet and footwear happy and healthy!  All opinions are my own.

 

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Cozy Pink Sweater + Giveaway!

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Photography by The Adventure Culture by Michelle Bazis and Heidi Thorson

Hi sister-friends and happy Friday!!!  How was everyone’s week? Ours was super busy-bee with work events and we had our first snow fall!  Yes, you are reading that right.  And it also rained cats and dogs, hailed golfballs, and we had lightening strike our neighbor’s tree.  Yeah, super bizarro weather!

Anywho, it’s no secret that I love every single shade of pink, so when I saw this super cozy pink sweater from Chicwish, I seriously couldn’t resist!  It is such a pretty shade of pastel pink and it has that over-sized feel without looking like you’re wearing a potato sack.  And not only are blush tones very in for Fall & Winter, this little number will transition flawlessly into Spring.  Making it the perfect addition to any outfit on those cool April days! I paired it with this darling tee and super adorable (and comfy!) booties from Peter Pyper and my favorite pair of light-wash ripped jeans.  It was a casual yet chic outfit for a coffee date in Dundee with Michelle and Heidi!

Speaking of floral tee and booties, I am hosting a giveaway on Instagram with Peter Pyper to bring one lucky lady the chance to win their choice between the tee or the shoes!  Head on over and join in on the fun!!! (@sarasab)

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Pink Sweater c/o Chicwish // Floral Tee (not online yet) + Booties c/o Peter Pyper // Reversible Tote // Similar Jeans // Monogram Necklace (3XL – 18in Chain) // KS Necklace // Sunnies // Watch // Bracelets – Mesh + Crystal Slip On, Clover Bangle, Rope Cuff, Gold Leaf Bangle // Nail Polish // Phone Cover // Earrings // Lips – Step 1 & Step 2

Thank you to Chicwish for sponsoring this post!

Cozy at Home with Gordmans

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Hi gals and happy Monday!  I am so excited to share that I have teamed up with Gordmans to show YOU how I get cozy at home [Bedroom Style] and on a budget!  Gordmans offers incredible home decor pieces at even better prices and the style and aesthetic of what they carry is on-point.  I joined forces with a few other bloggers who are also showing us how they incorporate Gordmans Fall Style into their home decor, so be sure to check out these fellow blogging babes! [Katalina Girl] [Life On Virginia Street]

Also, Gordmans has granted us the pleasure to offer YOU a 20% off coupon!  Just follow this link and shop away!

Now, let’s break down all the goodies I picked up last weekend at Gordmans!


Gray/Blue Cheetah Tassel PillowGray/Silver Pillow – White/Gray Velour Throw Blanket (navy option linked)

You guys.  I am all about the pillows.  Seriously!  The more throw pillows, the better!  Tony disagrees because he is a trooper and sometimes makes the bed when I don’t have time in the morning before work.  And he knows I cannot stand when our bed isn’t made!  It’s all fun and games until I come home to a disheveled bedroom and a messy bed!  So yes, I have an unhealthy addiction with really cute throw pillows.  It’s not good.  Or is it??? Usually the pillows I pick out are way over budget, but to my delightful surprise, the enormous selection of affordable throw pillows that Gordmans has is truly a pillow hoarder’s dream!

Throw Blankets (really soft and cozy throw blankets) are also a major weakness of mine.  Therefor,  felt like a kid in a candy store when trying to choose just one!  The patterns, fabrics, colors, fringe, etc.!  I mean, how is a girl to choose.  This gray and white geo print fringe number definitely had to make it’s way home with me!


White Heart Mug (not online yet)

When I can quench my thirst (hobby) for collecting coffee mugs, and for under $6 bucks, I skip down the aisles drunk on the brown stuff!  I saw this darling white heart-handle mug, and it’s 20 ounce cup of goodness, and knew it would have a place in my cabinet!  Gordmans has such a great selection of mugs, tumblers, and water bottles in all shapes, sizes, and colors!  Like pillows, more the merrier.


Silver-Mirrored Picture Frame (similar) – Gray Lamp (cool option) – White Ceramic Fragrance Bead Holder – Silver/White Candle

You know when you have certain spaces in your room/house that are your “me” place.  Where, on the outside it looks pretty and neat, but hiding in the drawers is an ungodly amount of used tissues and a heaping pile of receipts for items that you’ll “probably return”.  Well for me, that place is definitely my nightstand!  Lately, I’ve been feeling uninspired and unsure as to how I wanted to spruce it up.  But literally after a few short minutes of roaming the aisles, I was pleasantly overwhelmed with how many fun and unique items Gordmans carries!  They sure do have an abundance of darling home goodies.  We will eventually be getting new, all-white bedroom furniture, but in the mean time, I am incorporating interesting accent items into our bedroom to keep it fresh and airy!


Blue Painted Canvas ( not online but love this one) – Silver Eiffel Tower (not online but this Eiffel Tower Canvas is perfection!) – “Happily Ever” After Jewelry Plate (not online) (Parisian Jewelry Plate)

I’m a sucker for uplifting sayings and I can always make room for more!  I believe that a woman’s bedroom should be a place of serenity, positivity, and a safe space to retreat when the daily grind gets tough and you need a reprieve.  Adding little quotes on neat decor pieces that remind us to be happy, be great, and to just be, are what makes a house a home.  Gordmans has such a great selection of painted canvases, framed prints, and all sorts of fun wall art!  I had such a hard time deciding on only one to bring home with me!

I bought this silver Eiffel Tower and “Happily Ever After” Eiffel Tower jewelry plate because I will be traveling to Paris in March!  I love when pieces not only inspire but actually tell your story and remind you of the greatest adventures, and I imagine that these two items will do just that.  Not only will our London and Paris trip be one for the books, but getting engaged to Tony truly was the most amazing day of my life and I can’t wait to live Happily Ever After.


And look who happened to come home in the middle of shooting our room?! Oh my sweet Tone.  He is down-right goofy, always smiling and laughing, and he melts my heart!  Still after 7.5+ years, he steals my heart and there is no one else I would rather create a home with.

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Thank you to Gordmans for sponsoring this post and helping me feather my nest!

And don’t forget to spread the love to these gals who are also featuring their Gordmans Fall Style!

Blush, White + Gray Shades

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Hey girls!  When a shirt perfectly describes how you feel approximately 50% of your waking hours, one must get it, wear it as many times as socially acceptable, and when someone asks you why your a crab apple, you just point to your shirt, and say, enough said.  LOL! But legit, I am hungry all. the. time.  I eat about 5-6 times a day and when hunger strikes, I seriously do get testy!  So the message here is that hangry-ness happens and no one is safe!  This Hangry Tee from Sheinside.com is just under $9 and can most definitely be dressed up or down.  I’ve worn it as seen here, but have also paired it with leggings, a big cozy sweater, and my white chucks for a Starbucks afternoon this past weekend!

I love dressing up simple tops and graphic tees with a great structured blazer and my more-holes-than-fabric favorite pair of jeans!  The fitted jacket and pointed-toe heels take this from basic to date-night chic in a blink of an eye!  When wearing a top that has a saying or vivid print, I like to keep my jewelry simple, but that doesn’t mean understated!  The beautiful necklace and silver bangle bracelets from Musana Jewelry were the perfect match for this neutral look!  Musana’s Mission is very simple…Helping women become empowered and strong while providing fierce fashion.  Their artisans work full-time at a workshop in Lugazi, Uganda. For most of them, it’s the first time they’ve received a steady salary. The financial stability of employment allows artisans to provide their children with a stable home, nutritious food, medical care and an education.

My necklace and bangles are fresh off their Fall line! Be sure to check out the rest of the collection and know you are giving back while rockin’ your fabulous jewelry!

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Hangry Tee c/o Sheinside.com // Necklace & Bangles c/o Musana Jewelry // Similar Blazer // Similar Jeans // Heels // Similar Clutch // Earrings // Sunnies // Watch // Lips – Step 1 + Step 2

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

Michael Kors Holiday 2015

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Photography by The Adventure Culture by Michelle Bazis and Heidi Thorson

Similar White Peplum Top // Pink Blazer // Similar Jeans // Similar Heels // Similar Clutch // Sunnies // Watch // Mesh & Crystal Necklace c/o Michael Kors // Pink Lips – Step 1, Step 2 // Earrings

It’s probably no secret that I have an affinity for all things pink, ripped jeans, snakeskin heels, peplum tops, big sunglasses, and some pretty bomb.com jewelry.  This outfit combines my fashion favorites and I seriously can’t get enough!  I pulled this outfit together on a whim and really like how it all came together.  And want to know why and how I did that??? Well with the bling!  The jewelry is the literal icing on the cake!  This gorgeous Michael Kors necklace is the definiton of frosting!  I was beyond excited to partner with Michael Kors to help launch their Holiday 2015 Jewelry Line and I couldn’t be more ecstatic with how seriously fabulous each piece is.  The silver mesh-like chain and sparkling Swarovski crystals make this necklace a cut above the rest with just enough dazzle for any occasion!

This collection may be deemed “holiday” but let me stress that these necklaces, earrings, and bracelet can be worn beautifully all year long! 

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Girly Meets Glam is how I would describe these mesh and crystal earrings!  And I knew they would be the perfect accessory for this look that featured a flirty hemmed pink dress and my cropped black moto jacket! Just enough cool girl edge while remaining true to my pink-loving and colorful self!

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The matching mesh gold and Swarovski crystals necklace and bracelet brought instant polish to an otherwise casual (and very Fall-esque) outfit of a plaid shirt and cozy sweater!  You gals know that I always rock a very stacked wrist, and this bracelet might be the perfect addition to my collection.  I’ve been wearing it every day! I mix and match it with my other favorite bracelets and my favorite two-toned boyfriend watch.  When in #ootd doubt?  Throw on the biggest sunnies you own, grab your favorite bag, and top it all off with some serious bling, bling!

The juxtaposition of mesh & metal paired with delicately placed stones allows this necklace to be styled in a thousand different ways.  As you can see, there is nothing “holiday party” about these looks.  In fact, these are outfits that can be worn all year round and for a variety of occasions!  That is why I stand behind jewelry investment pieces because they truly are timeless, of the highest quality, and never go out of style.  (<— Having a T-Swift moment right here)!

Thank you to Michael Kors for sponsoring this post!  All opinions are my own!

Love is Greater + Giveaway

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LOVE IS GREATER.  Such a beautiful message.  This raglan, off-the-shoulder, sweatshirt from Hello, Grace was created with the heart in mind.  This particular saying is near and dear to my heart because for me, love is the most important gift we can not only give to others, but give to ourselves.  And we aren’t stopping there!  10% of every sale is donated to Love Bought International. They are a Christian organization that is currently in the process of building an orphanage in Bogata, Columbia.

And because I LOVE ALL OF YOU, we are teaming up to give away a Love is Greater sweatshirt to one lucky lady! Head over to my Instagram, @sarasab, to enter!

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Love Is Greater sweatshirt c/o Hello, Grace // Blue Jeggings (under $30 and I’m wearing a M) // Heels (almost identical under $90) and (similar under $40) // Reversible Tote // Monogram Necklace – size 3XL and 18 inch Chain // Earrings // Lips 1 & 2 // Watch // Clover Bangles & Neena Cuffs c/o Bauble Boutique

Plaid + Cozy Knit Sweater

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Photography by The Adventure Culture by Michelle Bazis and Heidi Thorson

I have officially fallen in love with layers in this plaid and cozy knit combo!  Not all oversized sweaters are created equal but this one, well it broke the mold.  It is a warm neutral that literally pairs lovely with everything!  I’m a short gal, so I am a bit leery about large sweaters because sometimes they seem to swallow me up and all that is left are these tiny little legs and feet – not cute, not chic.  But this sweater fits great and I love the two different fabrics used on the sleeves and pockets, which gives it some dimension and interest!  It is a one size item but don’t let that deter you because I think it would look lovely on every body and every size!

You can layer it like I did with your favorite plaid flannel shirt or take it to casual town with your go-to plain white tee and some boyfriend jeans.  Throw on a pair of leopard heels or flats for an instant outfit! (use code INTHEFAM for 25% off these leopard flats & leopard heels)!

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In fact, it was so cozy that I wrapped Michelle in my sweater!

Cozy Knit Sweater c/o Sheinside // Necklace & Bracelet (available online 10/28) similar Bracelet and Necklace c/o Michael Kors // Flannel Top (last year) but great option here // Denim // Mules // Sunnies // Earrings // Watch // Bag (sold out) but love this satchel! // Coffee Cozy c/o Rockin Robin Shop // Lips 1 & Lips 2