Author Archives: Sahra

I’ve Got That Red Lip Classic Thing That You Like

Cape Town, South Africa has rapidly become one of my favorite cities. With that infamous Mediterranean climate, famed mountains, a plethora of unique wildlife, and some of the world’s most gorgeous beaches it’s hard to find another city to compete. Before I delve into a recap of my trip here’s a look at another outfit I wore. I wore this flirty polka dot dress to lunch at The Roundhouse, a picnic themed restaurant on the side of a mountain, then to relax along the beach of Camps Bay sipping South African wine and enjoying the spectacular views [with the love of my life].

polka dot dress by White House/Black Market

Red tote c/o Linell Ellis

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This is Something Bigger Than Us and Beyond Bliss

Tell me something I need to know
Then take my breath and never let it go
If you just let me invade your space
I’ll take the pleasure, take it with the pain

My first outfit post from my trip to South Africa! I wore this on our first night out to a burger joint in the upscale Randburg neighborhood of Johannesburg. The airy temperatures are my perfect dream; sunny days lending way to chilly nights that require a light jacket for layering. I think I’m learning that I was born for a mediterranean climate…and I’m dreading heading back to the states for “sprinter”. Until then, this is the first of many looks coming to you full of sun-drenched looks to help us into the coming season.backless

Top c/o Olive and Oak
Uniqlo pants
Zara mules
vintage bag

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Packing Essentials

As you’re reading this I’m far away from land; flying over the African continent as I make my way to South Africa for a glorious two weeks with my boyfriend to celebrate our anniversary. Here’s a peak into some of what I packed for the trip! (because I know y’all love a good flatlay)

The Carry On:

In the Suitcase:

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Designer Spotlight: Olive & Oak

Olive and Oak, NYC based contemporary label known for the softest knits and on-trend pieces owned by husband and wife, chats with me in their Garment District showroom about their brand. A fairly new brand, they launched in 2011 after coming up with the name to symbolize good fortune (olive branch and oak trees). They’ve rocketed into the opening level contemporary brand offering chic pieces to the budget savvy.

What sparked the interest in contemporary womenswear?
We’ve always been in the industry; We had a clothing line before and realized the need for more budget conscious pieces. We’re not trendsetters, but we knew we wanted it to be on-trend and affordable.

What did you do before launching O+O?
We had our higher price point clothing line, Priorities.

Where do you find inspiration?
We’re not trendsetters, were trend followers. We do our research to be on the cusp of rising trends. We have a good grasp on our customers and what they want so we try to make it easy for them with everyday wearable trends. We hang on to all of our samples from past seasons and when a style works well for us we just give it a quick update for the new season, as well as adding new styles based on trends.

Who is the O+O girl?
She’s trendy and budget conscious.

What trends are you looking forward to this spring?
Florals, rompers, and cohesive separates.

What’s your favorite piece from the spring collection?
This lightweight black belted vest. It’s such an easy piece to work with.

What are your future goals for the line?
Growth, evolve, and to learn more from our customers.

Any plans to expand?
Not at the moment but maybe someday we could venture into shoes.

Where can you find and buy O+O?
We have an online shop, as well as these stockists across the country.
Growth, evolve, and to learn more from our customers.

Any plans to expand?
Not at the moment but maybe someday we could venture into shoes.

Where can you find and buy O+O?
We have an online shop, as well as these stockists across the country, as well as on PiperLime, NastyGal, and LuLu’s.

What do you think of this brand? Have you ever seen or worn them before? Be sure to check back to see how I style some of their pieces on my trip to Africa!

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It’s a Lonely Road Where the Forgotten Go

where your misery finds its company.
It’s a long way down to the sacred ground
where the reaper’s playing for keeps

Spring is officially in the air…or at least the hints of it. It’s a weird time of year, this transitional season. You’re like, so over layers of tights and wool socks, thick sweaters and Uggs (#sorrynotsorry for what I wore when I was cold) yet the temps aren’t quite that warm yet that you can go bare-legs. It doesn’t help that in a mere three days I will be basking in the 90 degree African sun. I’m getting by on cozy light-weight sweaters and jeans (no HeatTech tights underneath) and breaking in my cozy new sandals. Casual, yet cool (or at least trying to be).

How are you dressing for these temps?

sweater c/o Olive + Oak

DIY jeans

Birkingstock sandals via DSW

bucket bag c/o Moda Luxe

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1821 Bitters

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It’s no secret that I love a good drink. Lucky for me, I found a man who’s even more passionate than I am about booze. He’s always trying new concoctions, mixes, and brands of liquor for tasty libations. Bitters, most commonly used in old fashioneds, have been commonplace on our bar cart with various flavors in rotation. This holiday season I found 1821 Bitters and knew, with their unique flavorings and small batch flair, that they were the perfect addition. They’re so good, I had to share with you readers!

If you didn’t know, bitters are a common ingredient in classic cocktails. They’re high in alcohol content so are not meant to be drank on their own (neat or on the rocks). Seriously, don’t try it. Due to their potency it is best to only drop 2-3 drips into each drink so as to not overpower the cocktail.

I got a three-pack sampler of craft bitters including the flavors Earl Grey, Japanese Chili and Lime, and Tart Cherry and Saffron. Let’s start with Z and I’s favorite, the Earl Grey; it tastes quite like the tea, light and smooth. Mixed with whiskey in an old fashioned or a Manhattan and it’s the perfect afternoon sipper. For a bit of flair on a warm day I’ll even add it to a classic gin and tonic (and skip the lime)!

Next up, the Japanese Chili and Lime is a spicy blend for the adventurous drinker. I know it’s a bold pairing, but I put this into a margarita with extra orange juice; a fruity spice bomb in my mouth with every sip! For even more fruity fun I’ll swap mango juice for ‘Rita mix and use a spicy habanero tequila. I just love to live life spicy, YA know!?

Lastly, the Tart Cherry and Saffron. When Z first got these it was the most puzzling bitters to find a use for; the unique pairing of flavors threw us off mentally, but make sense in smell and taste. Paired into a classic martini is the best way we’ve chosen to enjoy this, letting the cherry flavors embody everything else.

1821 Bitters, named after their prohibition era high time, are out of this world delicious, and a great gift for any cocktail enthusiast in your life. Looking to start small? 1821 Bitters also offers the classic cocktail bitters set. Want even bolder flavor? Check out their full stock and be sure to follow them!

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It Still Takes Two to Make a House a Home

You and I both know that the house is haunted
And you and I both know that the ghost is me
You used to catch me in your bed sheets just rattlin your chains
Well back then baby, it didn’t seem so strange



An outfit post at last! This winter, much like last year’s, has been brutal. My last outfit posts were rough enough to get shot and then I did a lookbook photoshoot, also cold. So basically I’ve been avoiding standing outside in near freezing temps. Yesterday’s snow storm was so pretty, though, it was hard to not want to go out and shoot a quick casual look, amidst walking the dog and letting him eat all the snow his little heart desires.

A silk-cashmere turtleneck sweater layered with a Canadian Tuxedo seemed like the perfect winter layers, lest we not forget the Uniqlo HeatTech socks (I will never stop raving about them). I have always been an Ugg gal in the winter, but this year Z bought me these limited edition Sperry x  J.Crew boots, which I love. Lined with shearling they’re as cozy as my uggs, but the rubber and leather gives it a more utilitarian look, while also being mountain-girl-chic (or so I keep trying to tell myself).





Zara chambray (here)
Banana Republic Turtleneck
Sperry TopSider for J.Crew boots
Uniqlo HeatTech socks (get yours here)

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