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Dressing for winter without bulky layers
When the temperatures are cold I’m not a happy camper. I’ve had legitimate frost bite twice and used to have full blown anxiety attacks during bitter New York winters. I also don’t like dressing in bulky layers, and I really don’t like losing my sartorial edge to the forces of winter. Over the years, though, I’ve managed to find the warmest layers that are thin enough to not look like you’re a marshmallow. So here’s a peak at what I wear to stay warm -and cute-during these cold spells!
Dressing for winter without bulky layers
Dressing for winter without bulky layers

UniQlo HeatTech turtleneck (only $8! Get it here
J.Crew blazer (get it here)
UniQlo warm lined plaid skirt (get it here)
Misha NoNoo for Aldo Rise shoes
UniQlo HeatTech tights (get them here for $10)

Photos by Mark Chen

Dressing for winter without bulky layers

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Prada Marfa

Prada Marfa
One of the top reasons people have ever heard of Marfa, Texas is because of Prada Marfa. The “store” is an art installation located on the highway smack dab in the desert of Western Texas, 30+ miles from the nearest town. You can’t go in and shop, and there’s only one of each shoe out (to deter theft), but it’s still a really cool concept that fashion girls flock to for their perfect photo opp, myself included.
Prada Marfa
Prada Marfa
Prada Marfa
Prada Marfa
Prada Marfa
Prada Marfa
Prada Marfa
Prada Marfa
Prada Marfa
Hilariously, two weeks before we arrived someone created a play on the iconic Prada store with a Target located just outside the town of Marathon, Texas. I was really kicking myself that I didn’t have any Target bags in the car but it was still a hilarious juxtaposition.
Prada Marfa
Prada Marfa
Prada Marfa

Madewell Flea Market Flares (shop them here!)
Kale Sweatshirt (get it here)
H&M Hat (get it here)
South Africa Tee from South Africa

Prada Marfa

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Experience: El Cosmico

El Cosmico Marfa
Every year I resolve to visit at least one new state. 2016’s came early in the year with a surprise trip to Texas that Z organized as a Christmas gift. One of the most exciting aspects of the trip was being able to spend a night in an actual teepee, in the desert of Western Texas. After hearing that desert temps can be utterly freezing I was a littler nervous, but the prospect still had me ready to give it a try. We flew into Austin spending a night in Music City and then hit the road for 7 hours west to the art hub of Marfa.
El Cosmico Marfa
El Cosmico Marfa
El Cosmico Marfa
We arrived to Marfa’s El Cosmico around sunset, just in time to check out our teepee among the changing colors of the sky. We made our way to our space, one of 3 teepees on the “campground” nestled between decked out RVs, yurts, and safari tents. We started a fire (they’re gas run so it was easy and fast to light!), turned on our heated mattresses (#heavenly), and snuggled in with a bottle of red wine from the El Cosmico store.
El Cosmico Marfa
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El Cosmico Marfa
El Cosmico Marfa
El Cosmico Marfa
After a warm night’s sleep (and a couple of freezing layered runs to the communal, space heater-run bathroom) my internal clock woke me up in time to catch the planetary alignment and watch the sunrise. When you’re out in the flatlands of the desert the sun rises fast, but I tried my best to capture the ombre colors racing across the sky. It helped that Western Texas is notorious for its clear skies that have some of the best stargazing, and it totally lived up to it’s name!
El Cosmico Marfa
El Cosmico Marfa

We spent the morning grabbing a lazy breakfast at Buns N’ Roses and enjoying the warm fire as the temperature outside raced towards warmth. We made another lap around the El Cosmico store, stocking up on postcards, tee shirts, and bumper stickers before heading out to our next hotel-and a much needed shower (because even though the temps were warming I still wasn’t ready for an outdoor shower in January).

 

All in All, I totally loved staying at El Cosmico.

While it’s known to be packed (as the whole town swells with tourists) from mid-March through November it was great to be able to see and stay in such a cool and unique area which was perfect for bloggertunities. If you ever head to Marfa I definitely recommend El Cosmico for at least one night. I suggest the teepee if it’s a more romantic trip (thanks Z :*) but if you’re going with your girls then I suggest the RV campers, which sleep more people and each have their own (outdoor) shower and bathroom.

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Girl Crush: Nicole Richie

It’s been a while since I posted an ode to a fashionable woman. I’d been a bit uninspired lately, to be honest, seeing so many carbon copies of styles or ones that were just trying too hard. and then I remembered the petite icon with purple hair; Nicole Richie. Girl went from a train wreck to a style guru basically overnight, and she just keeps getting better and better. She’s maintained her outgoing and borderline crass personality, which I’ve always been fond of, yet she’s grown it up a bit, as well as becoming quite the doting parent. Every once in a while I just have to binge watch Candidly Nicole for her style and humor.

girl makes me want to grab a bottle of bleach and go thrift shopping, all while trying to lose 10 pounds.

what do you think of Nicole Richie? Do you idolize her personal style?

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Jonas + Jackets

Band of Outsiders winter Jacket from TheRealReal
Winter storm Jonas has officially arrived to the East Coast! Though I’ve narrowly escaped it by vacationing in Texas (follow along on Instagram and Snapchat: username QueSeraSahra on both!) that doesn’t mean I can’t commiserate. Growing up in New England I saw my fair share of record-breaking blizzards and have learned that the key to staying warm is a good coat; and even better when it can be a stylish one. Z got me this jacket for my birthday from TheRealReal, an online consignment shop full of designer goodies that have been authenticated and thoroughly checked to ensure its condition.

Band of Outsiders winter Jacket from TheRealReal
Band of Outsiders winter Jacket from TheRealReal

Jacket by Band of Outsiders via TheRealReal
Elizabeth and James Sunglasses via Ditto
Misha Nonoo for Aldo RISE heels
American Eagle Jeans
photos by Mark Chen

Band of Outsiders winter Jacket from TheRealReal
My jacket is by Band of Outsiders, who I recently excitedly found out might be making a comeback soon! In the meantime though, I stalk TheRealReal for designer goodies of jackets, bags, shoes, and accessories. And, due to the winter weather, I figured I’d share some of my favorite winter jacket finds for you!

Here are my top 10 picks from TheRealReal !

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1. Dolce and Gabbana Houndstooth jacket ($356!)
2. Versace Fur Collar Coat ($636)
3. Rick Owens Draped Mohair Coat ($476)
4. Marc Jacobs Cashmere belted Coat ($295)
5. Chanel Ostrich Feather Cape ($8,500 of gorgeousness)
6. Alice + Olivia Leopard Print Jacket ($125)
7. Oscar De La Renta Mink Jacket ($1,695)
8. Hache Knit Trimmed Coat ($245)
9. Chanel Quilted Mohair Coat ($725)
10. Opening Ceremony Motorcycle Jacket ($108)

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Come Clean Summer Breezes

You leave it up to me
Just the thought of you leavin’
Had me on my knees
Suede Boots and the Sleeveless Trench
Welp, it’s happened guys. The temperatures have dipped to freezing and winter is here to stay, it seems. While we’ve steal escaped snow thus far, I’m sure it’s on its way.
That being said, here’s my last bare-skin-bearing look for the next few months.
I wore this look during my Birthday Weekend in New Orleans; the look was cozy and comfortable enough for eating, drinking, and walking my way through the French Quarter.
Suede Boots and the Sleeveless Trench
Suede Boots and the Sleeveless Trench

thrifted boots (similar here)
Banana Republic Dress (so cozy, get it here!)
Romwe Vest/Sleeveless Trench (get it here!) (also love this one)
Thrifted Gucci Bag (thrift your own here for $160!)

Suede Boots and the Sleeveless Trench

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Agave Spa Travel Kit

Agave Spa Review + Free Travel Set for YOU

As I get older I’ve found myself getting more into beauty. Not so much make up, as I’m pretty basic when it comes to that, but more so to taking care of my skin and making sure that I put my best face forward. While I’m still fairly young and my skin isn’t too sensitive I’ve been working hard to find the perfect concoction for my skin. Agave Spa saw my plight for more products to try and sent me a wonderful travel kit to test, just in time for my trip to New Orleans.

I was super excited to try Agave Spa‘s products for a silly reason-I love tequila so I figured I’d love beauty products made from the same plant! Makes sense, right? But in actuality, it’s pretty great.

Agave Spa Review + Free Travel Set for YOU

Agave Spa Review + Free Travel Set for YOU

My favorite product from this kit is the Agave and Pearl Anti-Aging serum. With a slightly oceany scent and a cool, calming application this product felt lightweight and easy on my face. After starting with that every morning I’d add on the Agave Moisturizer which left my skin smelling fresh without looking dewy or clogged.

Want to try Agave Spa products for yourself? Use code “QSSFree” at checkout for a special discount!
Agave Spa Free Travel Set for YOU

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The End is Here…for 2015

Another year is coming to a close. I’m  usually big on reflection all throughout the year, but the last week of December I get especially ruminative. I make yearly goal lists and I’m proud to say that 2015 I checked off most of mine, including things like visiting a new state, visiting a new country, trying foods I don’t normally like, cooking at home more, and reading more.
2015 in Review

2015 was AMAZING. I can’t stress that enough. It started by ringing in the New Year with my boyfriend and one of my best friends. We embraced snowstorms galore, traveled to not one but two new countries (the UK and South Africa!). I saw the wild animals of Africa and pet a leopard, I fed a bear in Maine. I hiked abroad and at home. I started a new job that has embraced me and given me so many more opportunities. We started to run an AirBnB out of our spare room. I tried out new beauty products, and even managed to get a face regimen down (finally). We tested cars, we bought a new car. I contributed guest posts to other blogs and websites. I finally joined SnapChat. I spent a few months volunteering my time with cats. We adopted a kitten of our own. I visited a new state, Louisiana, just in the nick of time. And while it doesn’t seem like much, 2015 was by far the best year of my life as of yet.

2015 in Review

 

and 2016 is already looking promising…

We’re headed to Marfa, Texas in 3 weeks (kicking off with my New State early!)

Our big annual trip is in the works for March

I’m planning some minor changes to the blog…want to help curate them? Fill out this reader survey and help make 2016 the best year YET for QSS!

Have a wonderful New Year, my dear followers, and I’ll see you in 2016!

XO Sahra

Experience: Loft 523 in New Orleans

Loft 523 Boutique Hotel in New Orleans NOLA
For our birthdays this year Z and I decided to treat ourselves to a little trip south. We thought December would be chilly in DC so we chose New Orleans; a city and state we have never been to together and one known for imbibing and dining; which was just how we wanted to spend our birthdays!
Loft 523 Boutique Hotel in New Orleans NOLA
While you wait for the whole travel diary I wanted to show you guys our wonderful hotel. We stayed at Loft 523, an International House boutique hotel located in New Orleans’ CBD district, just two blocks from the infamous French Quarter. Loft 523 is a little hard to find due to minimal signage, but also gives to that feeling of exclusivity. Upon arrival we checked in and were immediately upgraded to the Penthouse; talk about a great birthday surprise! We made our way to the top floor of the building, bags in tow, ready to check this place out.
Loft 523 Boutique Hotel in New Orleans NOLA
Loft 523 Boutique Hotel in New Orleans NOLA
Loft 523 Boutique Hotel in New Orleans NOLA
Loft 523 Boutique Hotel in New Orleans NOLA
The room was gorgeous; set up like a studio loft with high ceilings and expansive walls this place was roomy with fresh air to spare. The furnishings were modern-rustic with wood pallet tables, iron metals, and a neutral color palette. Perfect for our styles, as opposed to any quintessential French décor you expect in the former Franco-colony. Being the penthouse our room came with a private deck overlooking the city center which made this former NYer feel right at home. We spent our nights between meals and bars on this balcony sipping from our to-go cups and listening to the barges along the Mississippi River float by.
Loft 523 Boutique Hotel in New Orleans NOLA

For the best part (to me): the bathroom. The porcelain stand-alone tub called to me as soon as we checked into the hotel (don’t worry, I let it down easy and whispered “later”). The open shower is also a great perk and something I generally love about fancier hotels. Plenty of plush white towels and an assortment of Aveda products made for quite the luxurious semi-drunk bathing experience.

Interested in seeing more? Check out their InstaGram and see my “takeover” of their handle to share some more fun things to do at the hotel and nearby!
Loft 523 Boutique Hotel in New Orleans NOLA
Loft 523 Boutique Hotel in New Orleans NOLA

We had such a wonderful time in New Orleans and I think most of that is thanks to Loft 523. It was so great to be slightly removed from the hubbub of fun but still within walking distance and the cozy bed and bath were perfect for those quintessential New Orleans hangovers. Even better when the concierge can bring anything you like to your room, including OJ and Advil. If you’re headed to New Orleans I definitely recommend the stay.

Be sure to stay tuned for more from my trip to New Orleans….and an upcoming trip somewhere special next month!

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Holiday Glitz

Glam holiday dressing with DC Blogger Que Sera Sahra
Christmas is upon us! While the weather outside hasn’t gotten the memo it seems everyone else has. It’s so exciting seeing everyone get into the gifting and giving spirit, everyone happy and smiling and wishing everyone well.

This season and for our annual holiday cards we did something a little different. After a photo shoot with photographer Mark Chen in an abandoned mansion we decided to don some festive wear and get some shots in. The end result is here! I’m in love with the photos; unexpected and cool. I chose the dress because it was slightly festive with shimmering green, but also because it reminds me so much of the omnipresent AW Gucci ads’ green pleated skirt.

Glam holiday dressing with DC Blogger Que Sera Sahra
Glam holiday dressing with DC Blogger Que Sera Sahra
Glam holiday dressing with DC Blogger Que Sera Sahra
TopShop dress (get it here)
Aldo Rise x Misha NoNoo heels (get them here for under $80!)
Derek Lam Sunglasses via Ditto
Glam holiday dressing with DC Blogger Que Sera Sahra

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday full of family and joy! <3

XO Sahra