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I Dress Like a New Yorker

NYFW Street Style on DC Blogger Que Sera Sahra
The time has come again for the bi-annual pilgrimage of fashionistas to the holy grail of heavenly style…New York.

If you’ve been following me for a while you know that I no longer attend; I watch the shows online and steer clear of the 18 hour days. I’m getting too old for that ish and I had my fill during my teenage and early 20’s. Still, though, I maintain my personal style and the streets of DC have become my omnipresent personal NYFW. I’m not out here in the ubiquitous pattern play of a thousand styles, but I’m doing my thing. I LOVE NYFW, don’t get me wrong, and the street style is something so unique in itself. But with these frigid February temps I’m happy to be watching from the warmth of my office checking out the street wear and recaps from other bloggers I love (shoutout to the DC Gals over there representing this week-> Primp&Proper, Southern Anchors, and The Black Blazer! )
NYFW Street Style on DC Blogger Que Sera Sahra
NYFW Street Style on DC Blogger Que Sera Sahra
NYFW Street Style on DC Blogger Que Sera Sahra
NYFW Street Style on DC Blogger Que Sera Sahra

skirt from Romwe (get it here)
J.Crew sweater (similar here)
Ralph Lauren top (get it here)
Aldo boots (sold out)(similar here)(budget style here)
bag by Pamela Barsky (shop here!)

photos by Mark Chen

NYFW Street Style on DC Blogger Que Sera Sahra

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My NoLA Photodiary

St Louis Cathedral in New Orleans
Every year I make it a goal to visit one new country and one new state. in 2015 I ticked off the country with South Africa but as the end of the year loomed I hadn’t been to a new state yet. What’s a type-a girl who needs her goals met to do? Plan a last minute birthday weekend trip with her beau!

We chose to go in December, straddling our 5 day apart birthdays, hoping to flee what should have been a chilly mid-atlantic winter. While DC hadn’t been cold New Orleans turned out to be the perfect mid-month respite from all things holiday and festive; a trip to focus on us and enjoy the celebration of our birthdays. Here’s a peak into some of my favorite images we snapped on our trip:
QSS in New Orleans
New Orleans Street performers
Brunch at Criollo in New Orleans
Classic Beignets in New Orleans

We loved being able to walk around with our drinks in hand all over New Orleans. We did the classic “Hurricanes” and Long Island Iced Teas the first day but we’re not keen on sweets so we swapped for beer, mimosas, or negronis for the rest of the trip.

We also loved all the great food! From our Birthday Brunch at Criollo to the ubiquitous beignets, we were never starving or undersatiated. Even in December the city was alive with drinks and food and so many people. It was such a great experience to get away and explore a new culture that is Franco-American in so many ways.
QSS in New Orleans
QSS in New Orleans
QSS in New Orleans
QSS in New Orleans
QSS in New Orleans

Have you ever travelled to New Orleans? Be sure to check out the rest of my trip and my stay at Loft 523 here!

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Va-Va-Valentine

Valentine’s Day is NEXT weekend! Can you believe it? Where has the time gone?

I’m gearing up for a weekend in the mountains with Z and our close couple-friends. I’ll be packing a good mix of cozy PJs and sultry underthings which, I realized while packing, are all from the same amazing company- Adore Me. (<- I wish I had a cool discount code but I don’t because I’m not affiliated with Adore Me, I just love them and think you will too!)

I signed up for Adore Me nearly 2 years ago. I’m a busty but petite girl and was so excited to find that they carried my size and each bra came with a matching panty. UM YES. I always feel better when my undergarments match; like I can take on the world but nobody has to know. As I’ve been adding to my collection monthly I’ve started to branch out. they’re PJ’s are soft and chic, and they’re joggers made me actually want to try the athleisure trend outside of the house. While the fabric isn’t the best (it’s no French Chantilly lace) the bras are a great quality and style for the price. I really fell in love with the sleepwear selection, too, and couldn’t live without my robe! Now for the best part of this subscription service- it’s only $39.99 a month. $40 for a box of fun is what I’m all about! Bonus: Every 5th set is FREE.  And they ship FAST so you can order now and have it just in time for the big weekend. If you’ve never tried it before then your first set is only $24.99!

Here’s a few of my fave picks to get you ready for an ADORE-able Valentine’s Day:

one // two // three // four // five // six

What do you think of these picks? What’s your go-to place to shop for something like this!?

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School Girl

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.

Be sure to stay tuned for more from our trip to Texas!

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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)

Tell me if you check out TheRealReal and what you think of these picks!

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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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