Styling A Dress As A Shirt
 
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This idea came about super randomly. When, a few weeks ago, I put this dress overtop my jeans, just so I could have the cute bell sleeve in an Instagram flat-lay. But, I realized, if I just tucked in the dress it makes an amazing boho flowy shirt.

So, this was something I started doing for the in-between weather for Spring. On days where the weather is nice, I can wear this amazing For Love And Lemons dress as a dress, but when the weather gets a little colder (or I want to cover up my pale legs) I can wear this dress as a shirt.

I wanted to share with y’all this tip/idea! If you have a thinner dress that is really flowy, try tucking it in in the front and leaving the back flowy and long. Just make sure you are tucking the fabric in a lot in the front, so as to give yourself a waist and hide the extra fabric. It’s really as easy as that!

Hope that helps you get more milage out of your current wardrobe. I know it will help we wear more pieces different ways and for all types of weather.

xxo,

Sarah

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This idea came about super randomly. When, a few weeks ago, I put this dress overtop my jeans, just
 
My Home Decor Inspiration
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If you follow me on IG you’ll know I’ve been obsessing over Chip & Joanna, Fixer upper, and basically the entire franchise {I even went to the library to get their book}. I honestly have no idea where to start when it comes to interior design and creating a home I want to be in. I am just hoping that interior design is in my blood since my grandma used to own her own interior design business, but if that isn’t the case I want to start educating myself {and educating you!} , hence the book.

The photo above is kind of my inspiration / vibe I want for my apartment (/Mikes apt since we are moving in together at the end of June). I want it to be a mix of woods, natural textures, antiques, and some modern pieces. I’m not exactly sure what “style” I’m going for, but I just want it to be unique to me/mike and not something I copied off of Pinterest.

I’m hoping I can pass along what I learn, share my mistakes, and show you how to design a home/apartment you love. So stay tuned for more blog posts/IG stories on the topic!

DIY: Coconut Body Scrub
 
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I lovlies! Today I wanted to share a DIY that I have been loving lately. About a month ago I tried making this body scrub and have been addicted ever since. It’s pretty much the easiest DIY ever and you most likely have the ingredients already on hand. Plus, for the container, just use a glass jar from tomato sauce (remove the label to make it look cute).

I love having this ready in the bathroom for when I want to feel super clean and fresh. It’s also great to use before you apply fake tan, going on a beach trip, or just want to be super soft. So ready on below for the easiest DIY of your life.

Oh, and it smells AMAZING.

Ingredients:

  • Coconut oil (at room temp - so it’s liquidy)

  • Granulated sugar (mine was brown, but it can be white too!)

  • Essential oils (optional)

  • Glass jar (Used a Rao’s tomato sauce jar)

Steps:

  1. Pour around 1/2 cup of sugar into your jar.

  2. Add around 2-3 table spoons of coconut oil at room temperature. Add enough to where the mixture sticks together, but not so much that it becomes to much of a liquid. You want it to have some movement, but to still keep it’s form. (Think of the consistency of your favorite lip scrub!)

  3. Add 4-5 drops of your choice of essential oil (which is optional)! I chose lavender and am obsessed with how the smell turned out. If no essential oil is added, it will smell like coconut oil which is fab to.

It’s literally THAT easy! Share if you make some yourself below :)

How To: Cut Down on Screen Time
 
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No, this isn’t another blog post about how phones are ruining our lives. That’s a little dramatic, even for me. I’m here to let you in on a few simple tricks that help me worry less about what’s going on in the world of Instagram and focus more on living my life. These tips keep me from getting distracted 24/7 and help put my phone in the background of my life, not the forefront.

I also want to note that this isn’t a new thing for me; It’s not just empty advice that I don’t even follow myself. I’ve been doing this for as long as I’ve had an iPhone (aka a really long time) and it works.

For my lock screen, I made sure of a few things to help discourage me from always tapping/glancing at my phone.

Turn off “Rise to wake”

This feature honestly bugs the crap out of me. I recently changed phones and it automatically turned on. Basically what it means is if I’m holding my phone while walking or doing literally anything, it lights up every time there is sudden movement. This might sound like a great feature in theory but in reality I was constantly accidentally skipping songs or disabling my phone by accident. I’m not about that so I turned it off and you can too. It’s so easy!

Go to Settings > display & brightness > tap button to turn off rise to wake

Keep your phone on Do Not Disturb

WOW. What a life changer. To activate Do Not Disturb just tap the white moon icon on your drop down menu. When turned on, it stops your phone from lighting up every single time you get a notification.

I find that this helps me keep my attention on what is going on around me because I have to make a conscious decision to click my phone to see what the notifications are. Not being constantly bombarded with notifications and messages also helps me feel less stressed (especially in NYC).

BUT, be sure to put those people whose calls you don’t want to miss on your favorites list because if not they will automatically be sent to voicemail.

Settings > do not disturb > turn on “Do Not Disturb” toggle

Turn off Banner iMessage Notifications

This one may seem extreme because pretty much everyone uses this feature but, trust me, you won’t miss it. This turns off the notification you get at the top of your screen every time you get a text message. I find that with them on, I get so easily distracted and always immediately tap the text message to respond. It’s important to remember that it isn’t a crime not to answer someone right away (or at all) if you don’t want to.

Settings > notifications > messages > unclick “Banners”

I feel like these 3 easy steps have not only helped me stay focused during moments like important conversations and meetings, but have given me the time I need to start learning how to fully live my own life instead of being constantly worried about how others are living theirs. Making checking my phone a conscious decision instead of a mindless habit is a major key to have a little more balance between real life & digital life.

How To Stop Yourself From Buying ALL The Things
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I recently was talking to someone about how i keep myself from wasting money on unnecessary things. Its something that can be so easy to do, especially with this consumerism culture are are living in today.

You can get caught up in needing the new it bag you see on your favorite influencer or the mask that will make all your skin problems go away. I even find it hard to see an Instagram ad and not want it immediately (IG targeting is SO good these days).

So how do you put the credit card down and not give into what you want?

I’ve come up with a verrry simple method. I make a note in my phone of all of the things I want/need to buy. At a glance iI see what I really need to be spending my money on, and what I probably should be spending on. It gives you a perspective that takes you out of the consumerism mindset and shows you what you really need vs. what you want.

I typically wait 1-2 weeks before buying clothing/makeup/beauty though since I feel like the time helps me see if I really want it or if I was just caught up in thinking I needed it. If an item stays on my list for along time, I probably REALLY want it and can buy it and know I’m not wasting my money.

I hope that helps some of you be better about saving some $$ and ont wasting it on what is trendy at the moment.

xo

Sarah

Easy Tequila Grapefruit HoneyRosemary Cocktail
 
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For the Super Bowl weekend (I know, it’s taken me awhile to get this up!), I made these cocktails to bring to our friends apartment. They are super easy to make and taste so yummy! Would be perfect for any plans you have with your girlfriends for Valentine’s day.

Read below for instructions :)

P.s. I made a modified version of this recipe. I’m not THAT creative.

Ingredients (makes 6 drinks):

  • 1 bottle Jaja Tequila (or any tequila)

  • 3 Izzy grapefruit drinks

  • 1/2 cup honey

  • Bunch of rosemary

How to make: Rosemary honey

Put 1/2 cup of honey into a sauce pan and heat until it starts to bubble. Add 3 sprigs of rosemary (or as much as you want) and let bubble for 1 minute. Turn off heat and let rosemary seep for at least 30 minutes.

How to make: Cocktail

Mix together 1 shot tequila, 1/2 bottle Izzy drinks, and a tablespoon of rosemary honey. Add ice and garnish with a slide of grapefruit and rosemary! It’s THAT easy.

Feel free to adjust to you own taste :)

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Your Brand Should Create A Feeling
 
Your brand should create a feeling
 

Now this title might make you a little confused. What do you mean my brand should have a feeling? That doesn’t even make sense?? Well listen up ladies & gentleman, I have something to say about branding.

This idea I had while perusing Pinterest. I’ve seen so many articles on “Choose the right font to attract your ideal client” or something to that extent. And while (obviously) it is very important for your brand that you choose the correct font, it also is a misleading title.

Your ideal client is attracted to your brand because when they come to your site, see an image you created on Pinterest, or visit your Instagram page they feel something when viewing your content. What I’m saying is, it’s not specifically the font it’s every element of your brand put together.

When I was a lot newer to graphic design, I devoured these articles like I would be instantly popular overnight because I chose the right font. Or if I made the right Pinterest image, it would go viral and I’d be able to book clients left and right.

What I’ve learned is it’s all of the little things that come together to make your brand whole. And when done correctly, a person can get a scene of who you are/who your brand is the second they see anything created by you. THAT is what is important, not that you choose the right font.

Okay, rant over. What are your thoughts? Let me know below, I always love a good discussion.


This week's moodboard
 
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This week’s moodbard is one that was concepted for the Just Honey brand! I love the earthy tones with a pinch of warm golden yellow to give the palette a richness.

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Grapefruit Watercolor Desktop & iPhone Background
 
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Hey ladies! Today I wanted to share a more expanded version of my Instagram post. My mom asked me for this as an iPhone / desktop wall paper, so I thought I’d share that with the rest of you. Thanks Mom!

I wanted to bring a little fun and some bright colors to these horrible winter months (can you tell I hate winter?) I love snow for maybe 1 week, then I want it to be summer/spring again.

Below you can find an iPhone wallpaper and a desktop wallpaper. Download away :)


 
 
My morning skincare routine + WTF I’m doing to my face
 
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If you’re unsure of what I’m talking about go look at my latest IGTV!

So, I feel like skincare is a little confusing to people. I mean it’s also confusing to me too. There are so many products out there that it’s pretty impossible to even know what to put on your face. The products I’ve listed below are the ones that have been working pretty well for my skin. I still switch it up a little, but some are main staples (I’ll get to that later).

The real hero of the show are all the weird hand movements I’m making in this video. And it’s called facial massage! The Skinny Confidential can explain it waaaay better in her video here. Basically what you need to know is you are helping your lymphatic system drain it’s self better which reduces the puffiness of your face. The result is a slimmer and tighter face, who doesn’t want that?!

Also take a detailed notice at the way I do this to my eyes. I push the fluid toward my tear duct which drains all the puffiness out of your eyes. Seriously this is the only thing that has gotten rid of my under eye puffiness, which I used to have a lot of.

Try it out for yourself, all you need is an oil or moisturizer.


Why I'm Loving Body Suits Right Now
 
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In keeping with my new years resolution of trying to show the well rounded life of a graphic designer, I wanted to share a piece of clothing I’ve been loving recently.

And if you can’t tell from the title, it’s body suits!

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There are so many reasons why I love them, but one of the main ones is that I don’t have to tuck in my shirt every. single. time. I go to the bathroom. Does that bug anyone else? It bothers me so much. Happy to not have to do that anymore. Also I love the look they give. It’s so clean and never baggy which is perf.

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I always thought of body suits as something classified under going out, but recently have seen them in a new light and wanted to share! I will link some of the one’s I have/want below {including the one in the picture above}.