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Hump Day Dupe

Hey guys, welcome to another Hump Day Dupe! I’m thinking of bringing this series back, as it’s been awhile since I did one and I think they’re pretttty great. But really, Let me know what YOU think in the comments and let me know if you want to see more posts like this!birkinThe Birkin; the iconic Hermes bag that exudes subtle elegance, and wealth. A basic Birkin costs a couple thousand at least, but adding colors and unique rare leathers can bring a bag over $40,000. Yes, that’s for reals. While even some quality knock offs can cost $1,500 there are plenty of other options around, I like this $22.50 option from Ami Clubwear.

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Gift Guide: 13 Books for The Blogger on Your Lists

Bloggers are fans of wishlists, this I know. With the holidays just around the corner, I wanted to do a series of wishlists, all non-apparel. This week is the first, and I’m going to discuss the best books in the business for anyone in your life interested in fashion! Many of these I already own, and are ones I highly recommend. The 3 I do not own are on my own wishlist, as I’ve heard great review!book wishlist1: The Boss of You
I own this book; it’s highlighted, underlined, crammed with notebook pages of my own notes. It’s full of exercises and steps to get you where you want to be in your business, whether it’s owning your own store, or the business of blogging, or anything!

2. A to Zoe
I love this book for many reasons; it’s a great coffee table book, it’s by an intelligent and iconic stylist, and goes over anything and everything you could need to know about dressing for various events and curating the perfect wardrobe.

3. Writing for the Fashion Business
This book was recquired reading for my college degree, yet it’s something I go back to time and time again and definitely suggest to anyone who takes writing for their blog seriously, or has aspirations of becoming a fashion writer.

4. Alexa Chung’s IT
This book is SO NEW to the market, yet has come with some great reviews. A collection of photos, blurbs, and stories about the iconic “it” girl is inspiration enough for any blogger coveting the “it” factor.

5. Fashion of the 20th Century
Another great coffee table book, this one is for the blogger who is visually stimulated, as it covers 100+ apparel ads spanning the history of fashion.

6. Man Repeller: Seeking Love, Finding Overalls
As a long time follower of the musings of Leandra behind Man Repeller, I was super stoked when she wrote a book. One of my favorite things about her blog was her way with words; her whitty rhetoric, her uncanny ability to perfectly use SAT level verbs to describe fashion, and her effortless analogies. While I have yet to pick this baby up, I need to. And so does every blogger you know!

7. The TeenVogue Handbook
This book is perfect for the fashionista in your life who has yet figured out her niche, or where she wants to go within the industry. I bought this book in college when I was at that level, and the in depth descriptions of the positions and jobs within the fashion industry helped give me a better overall view of the business, as well as helping me hone in on my favorite aspects.

8. The Fashion Book
Dictionary-like, this mini-book offers basic information about iconic designers and fashion terminology alphabetically. The cover and size also makes it a great reference book to keep on your desk or night stand! There’s also a heftier, larger version available perfect for the coffee table!

9. Fifty Dresses that Changed the World
If your blogger wants to run the world with the air of sartorial intelligence, knowledge of the iconic fashions is necessary. This book will show what it takes to make a stand out piece and to be inspired by the greats.

10. Lauren Conrad’s Style
Another celebrity penned book, this one talks about style basics, proportion, and how to dress for both the ‘burbs and the city life. Probably my all time favorite celeb book.

11. Lauren Conrad’s Beauty
LC can do no wrong; she always looks flawless, which is why she’s been on our radar for so long. I mean, do I really  need to be the one to tell you how long its been since Laguna Beach was on the airwaves? Instead, read this book and take beauty tips from the gorgeous star.

12. Born to Blog
Not yet in my position, but a book I’ve skimmed through before and love. It’s great for those just beginning to ponder blogging for fun or to make it a business. Born to Blog offers easy steps with thorough explaining to help you get off on the right foot.

13. Vogue The Covers
Last but not least, every blogger would love this iconic book of inspiration. Whether for their bookshelf, desk, or coffee table this book showcases over 120 years worth of fashion history, beginning from the days when Vogue was merely sketches and Sears ads.

Do you own any of these books? What do you think of my picks for your blogger this season!?

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Spring Wishlist: Marble Everything

Marble isn’t just for dreaming up your ideal kitchen plans anymore! Prabal Gurung and Helmut Lang (among others) have made it a spring trend on the rise! The stone printed trend has infiltrated all aspects of stylish aesthetic from accessories to workwear, athletic attire to phone cases. I’ve already hopped on the bandwagon with my Society6 phone case, but these wishlist items are on my radar, and hopefully soon in my closet!

adidas by Stella McCartney ‘Run’ Print Tights

H&M – Long Chiffon Blouse

Jordan Carlyle Ocean Drive iPhone 6 Case

Kiind Of Slit-Front Marbled-Print Midi Skirt

THE WALART The Black Marble Travel Wallet

Rebecca Minkoff Marlow Mini Bag

00:00:Mm Midnight Methods marble print sweater

Robert Rodriguez Carrara Marble-Print Short Skirt

Olive + Oak Marble Print Box Tank

What do you think of this trend? Do you own, or are planning to own, any of these pieces?!

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Colors of the Masquerade, Watch As They Fall Away

weeks went by but felt like hours
Spring would lie in summer showers
In my hair were winter flowers

Nothing says spring in DC more than the cherry blossoms that litter the sidewalks. A sea of pink is the perfect backdrop for all things feminine, including this day time look. I’m loving the need to not wear a jacket until after the sun goes down and that I’ve been able to bring back this perfect blouse!

top c/o Cooper and Ella
UniQlo legging jeans
clutch by Charming Charlie
necklace via Side Dish Mobile
LifeStride flats

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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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What’s In My Bag: Styling Edition

If you’ve ever perused my “about” page, you may have seen the long list of taglines and odd jobs I associate with my name. Having been in the fashion industry for roughly 10 years, I’ve acquired various skill sets to use at different times. One of my favorite freelance projects is styling; pulling clothes from vendors and stores, accessories, shoes, etc. Going to a photoshoot or runway show and working behind the scenes.

Today I want to talk about what’s in my bag when I’m wardrobe styling! Whenever I get hired for wardrobe styling I need to make sure I have anything and everything I could possibly need for the clothes and the model on a photoshoot. I tend to pack these things into a large weekender bag, like this perforated black faux leather one by R&Em Rebecca Minkoff. With it’s long shoulder strap and dual short straps, it’s ideal for lugging around in the crook of my arm or cross body, which is great when you’re also carrying a garment bag of dresses and shoes.

One of the most important things I pack is my handheld Jiffy Steamer. It’s as reliable as its full size commercial counterpart, but with the portability of a hair dryer. Having this on hand makes sure I get out any wrinkles or folds in clothes before they’re shot, as well as making sure pleats are perfect!
PINS PINS PINS; a stylists bet friend. T Pins and safety pins and even clothes pins are all used to pull clothes that may not fit properly into place.
Baby wipes and dryer sheets; a little obscure but highly necessary. Baby whipes are sensitive enough to get off any make up that makes it’s way onto the clothes or deodorant stains without harming the delicate fabrics. Dryer sheets are a great tool for reducing static, which happens when models are changing in and out of clothes and accessories quickly.

Double sided tape is a necessity for making sure clothes drape the way you want them too, and for keeping boobies in them! I love Tide To-Go pens for a quick stain dissolver. And Vaseline is a great thing to have on hand for the models; the dewey glowing skin is a big trend, especially when doing a spring or summer photoshoot. One thing to remember though, is to keep it far from borrowed clothes, as the oils will stain.

What do you think!? Be sure you’re following me to see some behind the scenes shots of a recent shoot I did and the final lookbook!

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What Happened With QSS

Hello followers. Sahra here, trusty blogger of nearly 6 years. You may have noticed my recent absence from the blogosphere, and may or may not have been left with some burning questions. Now, as we start 2015, I’m here to answer them.

Jamberry nail wraps in black and white graphic prints #beautyblogger

Woah. Your blog is gone/down!? Where’d it go?
Long story short, it’s gone. During the transfer of hosts my domain was unregistered for all of a couple of days in which a company snatched it up. Those Jerks!

What about your business? And all that was “Que Sera Sahra”? Don’t you own the rights?
Me, not being the brightest, thought “wow, I have such a unique name no one else will want it, I don’t need to trademark it yet”. Guys, Trademark your stuff.

Can you sue them for taking your name? Can they legally do that to a business?
Technically, they cannot legally take ownership if I was conducting business (I was). I have discussed and considered legal action.
Unfortunately, I don’t think the legal fees and time would be worth it to re-claim the domain.

So what about blogging?
I’ve been blogging for, as I said, nearly 6 years. The past few months have been a refocus and regroup. I’ve toyed with the idea of staying put as a non blogger, bringing it back as it’s former “Effortless Cool”, and/or starting a whole new blog/project. For now, though, as my InstaGram now says, I’m going to focus on “a beautiful existence, not a bloggable life”.  If you ever get burnt out, I suggest a hiatus; it’s so freeing.

Some of your posts are missing, what’s up with that?
When the domain was acquired I didn’t have time/access to take back the posts that had been done through the new host. Sadly, those posts are forever lost.

Your email ( isn’t working; how can I get in contact with you?
You can email me with questions, freelance proposals, to get coffee, or for fun at

What have you been doing in your time away?
Painting; still wearing cool clothes when it’s not -5 degrees, spending time with my fur babies and boyfriend, planning trips, traveling.

Do you have any plans for a grand return?
Not as of present; but that’s not to say I won’t plan some wicked re-launch with the most amazing sh*t yet someday in the future.
2015 Pantone Color of The year: Marsala  blogger must-have accessories

Anyway, thank you all for your continued support. If you want to keep up with my daily outfits, I suggest following me on InstaGram (@QueSeraSahra). Also, feel free to ask any lingering questions in the comments and I’ll be happy to answer them!

XO Sahra

Fall hues and sweater dresses