What I Wore This Week

My Bender from The Breakfast Club look. Oversized coat, denim jacket, plaid shirt

Leather jacket, camisole, black pants, loafers

Oversized coat, culottes, black tee, Adidas

Striped sweater, moto jacket, skinny jeans, red hunter boots, Lulu Guinness umbrella

Outfit 1 (My Bender from The Breakfast Club look) – Oversized Jacket | Plaid shirt | Denim Jacket | Jeans | Adidas | Purse |
Outfit 2 – Leather Jacket | camisole | Black Jeans | Shoes | Purse | Watch |
Outfit 3 – Oversized Jacket | T-shirt | Culottes | Adidas | Purse |
Outfit 4 – Striped Sweater | Leather Jacket | Jeans | Rainboots | Knit Hat | Umbrella |


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I get irrationally angry when one day no avocados are ripe and 24 hours later every single one of them are ripe and I have a day to eat them before they start to brown. I try to buy them in various stages of ripeness too but this still seems to happen. On the menu for tonight? Guacamole (which I love I just hate having to eat them all in one day) :/

I finally sat down on Saturday night to pull out all the Christmas gifts that I bought and actually go through them and make an inventory. I should of done that from the start but I never got around to it. When you start buying gifts 10 months in advance it’s easy to forget what you got which making it hard to know what you still need to get. I did better than I thought though, and only have a handful of things left to get.. Have you started yet?

I remember years ago I would go grocery shopping only every two weeks. I would occasionally have to run to the store for something I ran out of but it’s nothing like today. I feel like I am constantly buying food and household goods and it is bloody expensive. Do you have any suggestions on how to cut down on this? Maybe a great meal plan or something that would work for picky kids because I literally am running errands every day to pick up something. It’s ridiculous. The weather is still decent, but when it gets colder and snow comes it’s really going to suck going out and walking for miles each day just to pick up random things.

So off to a new and hopefully productive week. I have a couple of hauls to drop off at the donation centre a massive amount of emails to go through and some holiday gifts guides to start because Tis the season ;)

Is there anything you are looking for in a gift guide or other subject that you are interested in seeing? 

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Weekly Reads and Finds

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Did you see yesterday’s post with a few fall fashion ideas? The above header shows the outfits in mini form. You can see the pieces above or head over to the post to read more about it.

I have weirdly got into the habit of washing my hair in the sink and letting it air dry while I have breakfast, coffee, and putz around on the internet (otherwise known as waking myself up). Then I wrap it in a towel and shower normally minus hair wash. It speeds up the hair drying time which I hate doing, but I find it a weird habit that I started out of nowhere.

Tom’s birthday is sneaking up and I have no idea what to get him. What I did plan out was going to cost me $70 U.S. to ship here which is completely insane so I had to scrap that idea. I am open to suggestions ;)

I was hoping to have a quiet weekend but my to-do list keeps getting longer, so let’s start it off by some weekly reads and finds. There are a couple of good sales on now so scroll down below to check out my picks.

Have a great weekend!

Weekly Reads (and maybe videos):

Weekly Finds:

  • Do you like A Christmas Story? Neca  made figures of Ralphie and his father that should be out in retailers now. I love giving collectables like this as gifts (or keeping for myself) and these are awesome. The dad even comes with the leg lamp :)
  • There are a few sales this weekend but the most notable are Nordstrom’s Fall Sale (which is a biggie and goes through Nov 12th) and Banana Republic where you get 40% off with the code BRAMILY until Nov 6. I’m going to post some of my picks from each sale.

Banana Republic Sale Picks

 

Nordstrom Fall Clearance Sale Picks

 

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A Few Fall Fashion Outfit Ideas

Black Blouse, Blue Jeans, Oversized check Blazer, scarf, green booties, and circle purse #fallfashion #livelovesaraBlack Blouse | Blue Jeans | Oversized Check Blazer | Green Scarf | Green Boots | Circle Purse |



striped turtleneck, jeans, leather jacket, fur collar scarf, purse, and studded loafers #fallfashion #livelovesaraStriped Turtleneck | Highrise Jeans | Leather Jacket | Faux Fur Scarf | Studded Loafers | Black Purse |



White Blouse, girlfriend jeans, green coat, striped scarf, striped leather gloves, cognac purse, and leopard boots #fallfashion #livelovesaraWhite Print Blouse | Girlfriend Jeans | Green Coat | Scarf | Striped Leather Gloves | Cognac Purse | Leopard Boots |



It started as few fall fashion ideas but they are more general than just fall. As you have probably already guessed, I like to put outfits together. I get a weird thrill pulling things and seeing different looks I can make with them. It’s a personal challenge of mine to take something from my wardrobe and mix it a way that I have never worn it before.

This goes back to highschool when 90% of my clothes were thrifted, and this only increased when I worked in retail. I wasn’t the best salesperson because I don’t have it in me to push things on people, but I was probably the most honest and helpful. I would never tell you something looked good to make a sale, I would spend as long as someone needed to help them find the right pieces. Some of my favourite parts was putting together outfits for people so they could see how to wear something because more often than not customers came in with no idea of where to even start. You could see it with the confused or scared “deer in headlight” look they would have. This is why items that are on mannequins sell better; it’s because a customer is able to visualize how it can be worn and how they may wear it.

I distinctly remember us having a shirt that wasn’t very becoming on the hanger sitting in our store forever and not selling  a single one. I made a bet that I could get them all sold by the end of the weekend and I did. I did this by using the shirt on two different mannequins, in two different areas of the store (one window display, and one further inside) and in two completely different looks. People literally came in while they were walking by and asked for the outfit in the window. That is the idea of what I try to do here. I bring outfits together to try and help those of us that either don’t like to or don’t know how to get the most out of their wardrobe.

I hope that by posting outfits someone will see something they own (or similar) and think “I’ve never thought to wear it like that before”. I probably should have been a stylist, I would have gained a lot of satisfaction from that.

So here are a few fall inspired (or winter and spring) looks that should appeal to various tastes.

*Side note: I love the faux fur collar/scarf above. It is a quick way to add some visual fun to any coat. It also comes in a few more colours.

Have a great weekend guys :)

Grey turtleneck sweater, faux leather pants, wool cape, striped knit hat, red purse, and adidas superstars #fallfashion #livelovesaraGrey Knit Turtleneck | Faux Leather Pants | Wool Cape | Striped Knit Hat | Red Crossbody | Adidas Superstars |



Nirvana sweatshirt, grey jeans, yellow velvet blazer, black purse, and chelsea boots #fallfashion #livelovesaraNirvana Sweatshirt | Grey Jeans | Yellow Velvet Blazer | Black Purse | Chelsea Boots |



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What I Wore This Week

Kids Wednesday Addams and Cousin It Halloween costume #diy #livelovesara #halloweencostume #wednesdayaddams

Checkered blazer, band t-shirt, cropped jeans, booties

My Carmen Sandiego inspired look. Fedora, Trench, skinny jeans, Gucci dupes

Zara Dressing room selfie. Lace peplum top, boyfriend jeans, leather jacket, Gucci dupes

Oversized cardigan, band tee, boyfriend jeans, beanie, and Adidas
Outfit 1 – Check blazer (really old so it totally pays to keep things sometimes) similar style | Band Tee (similar) | Cropped Jeans • Mango (plus size) | Booties Ecco | Purse • Botkier |
Outfit 2 – My Carmen Sandiego inspired outfit | Fedora | Trench | Black Blouse | Dark Skinny Jeans | Loafers | Purse |
Outfit 3 – Lace Peplum top (plus size) | Leather Jacket | Boyfriend Jeans | Loafers | Purse |
Outfit 4 – Band Tee • Junk Food Clothing (similar) | Oversized Cardigan | Boyfriend Jeans | Knit Beanie | Adidas | Purse |


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On Saturday there was a Halloween event nearby so Merle got to try on and test out her costume. It was a success and you can see it above (here is my diy for the Cousin It bucket). She is all about the costumes while her sister is just more about that candy (always has been) and I guarantee by the time for bed on Halloween night she will already be thinking about what she wants to dress up for next year.

Also on Saturday night I decided that it was a most excellent idea to move the living room around. And by most excellent I obviously mean not the brightest idea. I wanted to make room for the Christmas tree and figured it was a good time to start. I ended up too tired and going bed before I finished so I had to deal with the mess on Sunday morning which totally sucked.  I also ended up scratching the shit out of my knuckles when my hands got stuck moving a desk. Good times. I think the result is pretty good though. Much roomier aside from the fact that there are 4 baskets of laundry in there to be folded and put away. I so hate folding and putting away laundry.

It was so cold in my bedroom last night I had to build a tent of pillows and blankets around my face with only a breathing hole. It’s my favourite way to sleep, so I am happy it’s cold enough now. Do you like to sleep in a freezing room?

My 12 (almost 13) year old wants to read IT, but I don’t want to let her yet because of some super graphic scenes. I haven’t read much of his stuff because I scare easily, but she seems to have more of her dad’s tastes in movies and books. Is there a Stephen King book that isn’t quiet as bad as that one? What about Pet Cemetery, Kujo, or Carrie? If you have read any of those? Will it be too scary for a kid that has a pretty high tolerance for scary stuff?

Last year I bought Merle this cat Feisty Pet from Vat 19 (she loves Vat19 and watches their Youtube videos all the time). So if you are looking for an inexpensive gift for people/kids with unique tastes this may be for them. They are pretty awesome eh?

Who is going out on November 1st to buy all the mark down Halloween candy?

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Weekly Reads and Finds

Camel coats, oversized sweater, leather leggings, Adidas, and Whole Foods

This grainy photo from last night was from when I made a late night dash to Whole Foods (see red circle) to pick up muffins. I am addicted, so if you get the chance to try the Sweet Potato and Marshmallow muffins from there do it. They are amazing.

Did you see the DIY that I posted yesterday? While the photography and layout isn’t great, the whole project wasn’t an epic fail which I call a win.

Ever since Roo saw this pin, she has wanted to replicate it at home. I found him online and I totally want to buy him to surprise them I just don’t know where the hell we’d put him. I don’t know if they would be 100% on board of getting rid of our regular tree in favour of this ;)

Weekly Reads (and maybe videos):

  • This library is officially on my bucket list. I can imagine sitting there for hours at a time. This is one reason that I don’t like living in such a new country. You miss out on wonderful things like this.
  • These Maps of Britain and Ireland’s ancient tribes, kingdoms and DNA are so interestingEver since I found out that I have such deep roots from the UK and it covers about 65% of my DNA I find I have serious interest in the area. I did before too but even more so now. It kind of makes me realize why I had such a draw here to begin with.
  • Did you know that The Smithsonian has a Tween Tribune (and a Smithsonian Junior, and Teen Tribune)? I didn’t either but now I have this site bookmarked for us to check out frequently.
  • I’m not going to lie. This Lasagna Roll looks so damn good. I may have to attempt to make it soon.
  • Here is a trip down memory lane. And also an annoying song to get stuck in to your head. Your welcome ;)

Weekly Finds:

  • Ugh why is J.Crew so expensive? I know they have sales constantly and people have told me never to pay full price there because they are constantly having sales. Anyway, I adore this coat. This is my favourite shade of green. This is for when you love striped shirts but you don’t want them all to look the same. Also, how did I not know that they have clothes for kids?
  • Lord + Taylor is having and extra 15% off with the code LTDAYS. Is it weird that I want a rain slicker? It comes in that green I like I would just worry that I would be too Christmasy with my red rainboots ;)
  • H&M is having up to 50% off select tops (sweaters and jackets are in the list too). I love this wrap cardigan (It comes in brown too), and camel coloured turtleneck sweater. This leopard coat is amazing….I know because I tried it on 3 days ago. And if you are going to any holiday christmas parties I have found the perfect Christmas sweater. I looks and feels like gold garland. It’s fab.
  • Ann Taylor is having 50% off wear now styles and and up to an extra 50% off sale. This skirt is super cute and a great deal. I can picture wearing it with a vintage band tee, and checkered blazer (I have a thing for mixed prints right now). These print pants are cute too (and would wear with the same as above and maybe my new loafers) and with an extra 50% the price is great.
  • Anthropologie is having an extra 40% off sale. This tunic is gorgeous. I’d either half tuck it or loosely tie it on the side. A galaxy print kimono, or a brocade floral belt are like a statement piece additions to an outfit.
  • Remember the episode of Friends where Rachel was buying stuff from Pottery Barn but had to lie because Phoebe hated Pottery Barn? She kept saying it was from Colonial times, or times of yore. It was hilarious. Anyway Pottery Barn is having up various deals in different departments with the percentages of ranging from 20% – 40%. I am a faux fur throw addict and they have a huge selection of them. I’m fairly certain this is for Halloween but I think I might need it just because.

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