Fashion Challenge!

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I’ve done a lot of thinking, and I’ve decided that I’d like to do a weekly fashion challenge for the readers of this blog.  Every Wednesday I’ll post a new challenge, and it’s up to you to accept it or not.

Weekly Challenge for the Week of 1/25

It has been said many times that the brown and black color combo is against fashion rules.  But, your challenge this week is to prove that statement wrong.  Using your own clothing, coordinate a black and brown outfit (other colors can be present, but your outfit should highlight black and brown the most).  If possible, and if you want to, post a picture of your outfit for everybody to see when completed!

Here are a few examples of black and brown outfits to help inspire you (they’re a tad blurry, but oh well, it’s the thought that counts, right?):

Good luck!

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No special title for today.

© 2012 sarahjanefashion

© 2012 sarahjanefashion

 

© 2012 sarahjanefashion

I hope you all have had a good year so far! Mine’s been fairly decent; I’ve gotten to use my camera a lot which was one of my goals and so I can’t really complain. The pictures above were all shot and edited by me, and the model in them is a close friend of mine. I’m very, very pleased with how they turned out. :)

Thanks for reading!

 

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Oh, the woes.

I can’t decide if I’m extremely lazy or just extremely unmotivated. Either way, I haven’t gotten much done this winter break other than watch my brothers play their new Madden game on the Xbox 360 and hope that the next day I wake up unusually energized and ready to get stuff done. Did that ever happen? Not in the slightest. It didn’t help that I had to spend Christmas Eve and the two days prior sick in bed with a fever, and let me tell you, it’s no fun being gypped of two Christmas Day feasts. In a way, though, it was probably a blessing in disguise, because I’m sure I would have consumed an unnecessarily high number of calories had the circumstances been different.

But enough about my illness. On Christmas morning, I managed to sit up long enough to unwrap a couple of presents, one of them being a new camera. Now, it’s not one of those fancy twist this and turn that cameras by any means, but it is quite the little trooper.

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Thankfully, the day after Christmas my stomach bug finally decided to exit, and so I was able to take it out for a test run and was more than pleased with the quality. Here’s a few of my favorites that I took and edited:

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So I guess I should talk about my resolutions for 2012 now, huh? They’re short and sweet and to the point. I want to finish the book I’m writing (I’m only on my 4th chapter, but that’s better than nothing, right?), finish the short film me and my brother have going, improve my photography skills, and continue to pursue fashion. Wish me luck! I hope you all had a great holiday!

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The result of zero motivation.

Have you ever waked up (woken up?) in the morning, looked in the mirror, and said to yourself, “There is absolutely no way that I’m putting effort into my appearance today…” ? Well, I have those days often, and they seemed to want to reoccur multiple times this week – finals week, for those of you that already didn’t know.

I’m a crammer. Always have been, always will. I put off studying until the last possible minute and then cram information into my head faster than a car drives on a highway. Decent comparison there? No? You’re probably right.

Anywho, as the title says, I’ve had almost zero motivation to do anything this week besides cram for finals which, gladly, I ended up doing very well on. I usually run three miles a day, but the past two days I’ve skipped out on that and instead spent my nights eating poppyseed bread and watching Modern Family reruns.

So where exactly am I going with this? Well, basically, having no motivation left me uninspired for fashion. I’ve donned sweatpants and Nikes this whole week (not one of my proudest moments) and not once did the thought, “Hey, you should really blog about some good ol’ fashion!” cross my mind. Unfortunate? Yes. Blame worthy? Hopefully not.

But today I decided I should post something, because I know that if I ignore my blog for more than three days I’ll never get on it again. So I threw together an extremely basic, casual outfit that I hope will maybe spark some winter clothing ideas for you all.

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Thanks for reading!

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Amazing fashion finds.

I’m a sucker for good deals. If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that 95% of the time I refuse to pay full retail for something. Even if the sale is only 10% off, that’s still a little better than paying full price. Right? So anywho, I like to spend my free time online shopping…okay, online window shopping. It’s the weirdest thing; people ask me all the time why I bother window shopping if I’m not going to buy something, and honestly, I don’t really have an answer why. I just like to look at things. :)

Since Christmas is approaching, I’ve been spending a lot more time doing this. I’ve excitedly told my mom and friends about more sales than I can probably remember, and all I get in return is “Sarah, you love fashion waaay too much.” Haha. So I decided to share some of these things with you all, instead!

These adorable boots were originally $89.99 at Kohls. If you click on the link underneath them, however, you’ll see that they’re now on sale for $35.00! Besides flats, boots are probably one of the main must-haves of the winter season. They keep you warm, they’re fashionable, and they last a long time!

There was something oddly striking about these lace-up boots. I’m a big fan of gray, so maybe that’s it, or maybe it’s the strap across the front. Either way, these boots are very cute and are on sale for $35.00 (they’re originally $75.00!) They’d probably look best with dark skinny jeans and either a dark blue, purple, or black top.

At $50.00, these shoes are a tad more expensive than the two I’ve shown above, but they’re half off their original price of $100.00 which is a pretty huge deal. And not to mention, they’re gorgeous and sleek, so it doesn’t get much better than that. I’ve always wanted a nice pair of gold shoes. :)

Despite my usual sophisticated tastes, I’ve always loved bows, and the fact that this one is sparkly makes it all the more better. This lovely purse is on sale for $26.99, quite a big difference from its original price of $45.00. It’s fairly important to invest in a nice purse for every season, and this one seems like a pretty good candidate for winter with its large size and, of course, its cuteness.

Expect quite a few more fashion finds in the upcoming week. Happy shopping!

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Dresses: my personal lifesavers.

This lovely model in my photo is a close friend of mine, who has granted permission for this to be posted on my blog.

I am a huge, huge fan of dresses. There are few brands of jeans (and pants, for that matter) that actually fit right on me, and so I resort to dresses a lot of the time. The dress in the picture above is one of my favorites for many reasons: it’s cute, it’s simple, it’s elegant, and it can be worn during any season.

A closer look:

(I apologize for the bad image quality and the awkward position of the dress.)

My mom bought this dress for me at Cargo Largo. The brand? Etcetera. The price? $19.98! Definitely a great deal. If it’s cold outside, like it is today, I usually pair it with black tights and black boots – if I want a pop of color, though, I opt for dark purple or navy tights. When my mom first presented it to me, I was a bit hesitant to keep it; I thought it looked a tad too big and frumpy. But I tried it on, and alas, it fit amazingly- the material clung to my body and even slimmed me down and it was the perfect length.

So anyways, if you haven’t yet purchased a winter dress, I’d definitely get on that.  They’re so simple, yet so easy to be transformed into a fancy outfit- going out for a night? Add a jacket and some jewelry and you’re good to go!

Thanks for reading, everybody!

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Making a point?

Okay, I’m going to be honest. Not only am I somewhat of a mild cheapskate, but I’m also very, very practical. If you looked through my closet (which isn’t really a closet, it’s a giant clothing rack in the middle of my room), you will not find a single piece that’s worth more than $60 itself. And I only say $60 because I have a few pairs of jeans that are around that price; however, I don’t think I’ve ever spent more than $25 on a shirt. If I see something that I like that’s more than that, I will quite literally wait until it goes on sale before I even consider buying it.

With that out of the way, I can now explain my thought process behind this. The majority of my wardrobe happens to be staples; staples, if you didn’t know, are your basics – solid colored shirts, tanks, jeans, etc – things that you can pair well with other things. For example, let’s say you pull out a white v-neck and think, “Hey, I think I want to wear this today.” If you have any kind of interest in fashion at all, then you most likely won’t throw that on by itself and head out the door. No, you’re going to want to add maybe a jacket, some jewelry, and if you’re feeling particularly snazzy that day, maybe even a scarf. Those things by themselves are considered staples, because you could put them in other outfits and they’ll still work. Every person should have a pretty large assortment of staples – v-necks, as mentioned, tees, cardigans, jackets, jeans, jewelry, etc. And once those are out of the way, you can opt for some more expensive items that you won’t wear as often.

It makes absolutely no sense to me when people, and by people I specifically mean others my age, drop $50 on every shirt they own when I know they’re only going to wear it once before they go out and replace it with another $50 shirt. Of course, if you can afford that, then go right ahead, but I for one am a teenager whose parents would refuse to spend that much on me, and my part-time job wouldn’t ever be able to support that way of shopping.

So those are my thoughts. :) I do enjoy buying something fancy on occasion, of course, I just don’t think that my entire wardrobe should be made up of items I’m going to grow out of in a year or so. And one day, if I’m living in New York as a fashion designer when what I’m wearing is exceptionally more important, this will probably change. Until then, the local mall will just have to suffice. ;)

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First post.

This is the first blog that I’ve actually put time and effort into; I’ve started, and failed miserably, others, but never have I gone so far to pick out a theme and an avatar. Yay for me?

So like other blogs, I guess I’ll spend this first post talking about what I’ll be blogging from now on. Because I’m a very organized neat-freak, I made a cute little list. :)

1. Outfit ideas – This is a given. Expect lots of fashionable outfit ideas, and as a plus, they’ll all be fairly inexpensive. You’ll probably recognize a lot of the stores and/or websites I grab things from, but in my personal opinion, I believe that a lot of the times it’s not the brand of a specific piece you’re wearing, it’s the outfit as a whole. I will, however, try to keep up with popular trends and brands. :)

2. Fashion photography – Might as well get it out of the way now; I like photography. Okay, that’s an understatement. I LOVE photography. And editing photos. So occasionally I’ll post photos of people wearing outfits I’ve put together.

3. Sarah’s color of the month – A lot of my outfit ideas will correlate with my favorite color of the month. I’m not the kind of person to follow fashion rules so strictly that I’m going to forbid you to wear a certain color at a certain time; no, I like to make a statement and show everybody that I can pull off anything at anytime.

That’s pretty much what I’ve got so far. If you have any ideas, feel free to let me know. :) Until next time, guys! Have a good night and for those that this applies to, good luck on all your finals!

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