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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 (info@queserasahra.com) 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 Sahra.Schukraft@gmail.com

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

Monday Morning Inspiration

 Ok to close some doors.

Over the years I’ve occasionally felt a pang of absence, thinking back to failed and broken up friendships and wondering where we went wrong, much like one does after a bad break up. As I get older friendships seem to be less of a messy break up and more of a cohesive falling out, yet when you realize it you still feel sad, upset, and lost.

It’s wonderful when you start to realize that it’s okay that these relationships slip through the cracks. There’s no need to keep people in your life who no longer offer insight, joy, or compassion like what you need. I hope you go forth this Monday and recognize that the people in your life today are there for a reason, and those that are gone are okay.

XO Sahra

Beachy Getaway Wishlist

It’s the middle of July. I have yet to go to the beach. Who am I even more? This year’s sandy vacations are starting late, the first one I’ll be headed off to is in two weeks time (I can make it, I can do it). I’m getting by by working my butt off to save some extra money for outlet shopping splurges and innumerable beachside margaritas. Oh, and pondering new items to bring with me! Here’s a peek into my beachy wishlist for this year:
Beachy Getaway Must Haves via Que Sera Sahra
Nothing says “beach vibes” quite like a gauzey caftan from Calypso St Barth; perfect for all day wear, no matter where my beach wanderings bring me.
if you follow me on Twitter, you’ll have noticed it has been like THE HARDEST thing in my life to find a swimsuit.Asos fuller bust bikini is a perfect mix of cleavage-covering and cut out bearing.
Mirrored Sunnies a la Ray ban via Urban Outfitters make reading/sleeping less of a spectation.
This Yes Way Rose tote is perfect to carry all my belongings from the house to the sand to the bar.
To pair with the bag, a bottle of 2012 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rose, yes WAY.
Book: Darling You Can’t Do Both And Other Noise To Ignore for some light yet positive reading.
Pendleton Towel via South Moon Under to stay dry and cozy while getting my tan on.
Fuji Instax to capture memories instantly. It was on my goals for 2014 to capture more on film, and what better way!

Have you been to the beach yet this summer? What are your beach must-haves?

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Upcoming DC Event: Boulevard of Chic

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Food trucks, fashion trucks, the world is on the move. Cashing in on this mobile phenomenon, Boulevard of Chic is the DMV’s first fashion truck event; and I’m one of the VIP Bloggers for the event!
Slated to take place on Saturday, April 26th from 12-6pm. That’s a full day of shopping, sips and snacks, and sunny fun. Local and non-local fashion and accessory trucks will be selling their goods, from handmade to new to vintage. It’s free to attend, so what are you waiting for!? Mark your calendars NOW! And if you come, be sure to say hello!!
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Buffalo Exchange Celebrates 40 years!

buff 5As an UnderEmployed Fashionista one might say I’m a savvy thrifting shopper. One of my favorite spots is Buffalo Exchange, particularly the one in Georgetown. So when the manager told me about their 40th anniversary party and sale I knew I HAD to be there! I mean, I try to get there on a weekly basis (I’m waiting for someone with size 6.5 feet to just purge their shoe closet), but this was going to be bigger and better.

Saturday morning came and an excited me and not-as-enthralled Z drove into Georgetown ready to see an airstream and some killer vintage pieces. While the bustling city proved to be too busy for a silver bus, the event carried on inside with face painting, amazing deals, free swag, and some seriously buzzing shoppers and associates. Due to it being their anniversary, they brought in some classic Arizona and vintage pieces from boots and satchels to shimmery sequined dresses and accessories. I found some amazing pieces (as always), but unfortunately no shoes (as always), but even the man got some great things.
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I took home some limited edition reusable bags, tee shirts, stickers, pens, pins, and temporary tattoos, as well as a copy of their most recent lookbook (LOVE the boho southern inspirations for summer). Donations at the event went towards Yellowstone National Park, and with my BF’s love of all things buffalo, it’s safe to say he’s pleased with the logo’d swag. All this to celebrate 40 amazing years of fabulous thrifting? HELL YES! While most of the southern tour dates are finished, the tour itself isn’t quite done. Be sure to check here to see if the silver airstream party is coming to you soon! And follow the adventures on the interwebs with #Bufex74 !

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