My New Custom Phone Case

custom palm print phone case with CaseApp
When CaseApp approached me about designing my own skin or case for one of my devices I was ecstatic, and a little overwhelmed. In today’s world there are already so many choices; options to “customize” and make your device your own. But with summer looming towards us and a few tropical trips planned, I knew what I had to do. I had to get creative and let my artiste flag fly.

I found an image of a palm print background and played around with my own as well as their software. I ended up creating a case for my iPhone; a fun case that when I look at it everyday will remind me of the warm weather that is to come.
custom palm print phone case with CaseApp
custom palm print phone case with CaseApp

custom case c/o CaseApp
get your own for 20% off with code “LART20”

What do you think of my new case? What fun prints are YOU most looking forward to this summer?!

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Experience: Austin Motel

Austin motel
The neon lights are lit as the marquee tells us this hotel is “No Additives, No Preservatives, Family Owned since 1938”. The Austin Motel has been keeping this city weird for as long as it’s been around, catering to the hip and trendy in a way that’s nostalgic yet modern; somehow the dichotomy works.

After checking in at the front desk and sparing a few moments for the resident cat we made our way to our suite. “It’s like staying in Grandma’s pool house” we both muse as we explore the space, noting the threadbare towels next to the dual-rain head standing shower. The king size bed, warm and cozy with a 90s style aesthetic is the perfect place for a quick nap before heading out to explore the hip ‘hood of South Congress Street that the hotel anchors.
Austin motel
Austin motel

Austin motel
Austin motel
Austin motel

Austin motel
Even in the winter, Austin’s daytime temps reach near the 80s. Thank god for the pool, overlooking the river and Downtown Austin; far away enough from the hustle and bustle to feel like your own little oasis, but still close enough to see the sky light up and hear the copious amounts of live music from nearby bars and venues.
Austin motel

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Power Dressing

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There’s something powerful about a classic blazer; no matter the size, shape, or what you pair it with you feel powerful in one. I found this vintage Escada blazer on Ebay and mannn I feel like a future CEO every time I throw it on. The 90s style blazer is a perfect throwback brought new again as it’s akin to the modern “boyfriend blazer” style. Pairing it with jeans and fun shoes make it perfect for a professional yet trendy casual Friday look.

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vintage Escada blazer (similar here, here on a budget)
ASOS jeans (get them here)
heels by Public Desire (on sale under $15 here) (similar here)
vintage Gucci belt (similar here, here)

photos by Dana

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What’s your favorite classic or vintage style?

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Why You Should Be Following Me On Social Media

You mean to tell me, that you’re here, at my blog….and you’re not following me on social media?OH MAN are you missing out!

For 1; Social media is where the blogging’s happening now. Instant-gratification in the membrane, baby! Here’s why you should be following me on your phone and not on your email/blog roll/etc.

Twitter (@QueSeraSahra)
Everyday on Twitter I share a #QSSPickOfTheDay ; a fun shopping item I think we all need in our lives. Somedays it’s my favorite beauty product of the moment, somedays it’s a covetable Gianvitto Rossi jacket…Tuesdays its shoes, because, well #shoesdaytuesday.
ALSO I get pretty funny around my “time of the month”; I’m talking rock star quips about life, my boyfriend, and my road to becoming anti-social. It’s pretty great. At least in my opinion.
I also participate in Twitter chats so if there’s some vital information about blogging or fashion I think the world should know, I’ll retweet it or share it with you!

InstaGram ( @QueSeraSahra)
So, you like my style, eh? My InstaGram is where you should be following. I try to post my daily outfits (only the cool ones- I promise), as well as foodporn and house’grams. Basically, the images you’d see on the blog but, like, just without a webpage. 21st Century style.

SnapChat (@QueSeraSahra)
Follow me on SnapChat if you like my FACE! But no, really. Here’s where I post some pretty mundane stuff like trying out the new face-filter of the day, prepping those meals for their perfect foodporn instagram close ups, my meals at restaurants, and driving through some cool cities. Don’t worry, I rarely am a talking SnapChatter. I promise you poor souls won’t be subjected to my annoying voice or loud concert music (the mute button is a favorite).

Pinterest (@QueSeraSahra)
Pinterest is not so much for the ME ME ME but more of a place where I store my inspirations. It’s a well organized place for seasonal sartorial style, festive hosting ideas, home décor, and more. I also cross post from my blog every so often, but mostly it’s just re-pinned images of things I find beautiful.

Where do you follow me? Where should I follow you!? Let me know in the comments!

Darkest Florals

Spring is in the AIR folks! Maybe what that groundhog said might be true after all…

I’m loving being able to jet out sans shearling lined footwear and being able to break out my cute flats and airy blouses, sans sweater overlay. What about you? I can’t wait for full on spring and seeing the trees turn and bloom especially the cherry blossoms here in DC!

blouse via shopRefine (similar here, here), and budget vers. here)
Levi’s Curve ID jeans
Topshop flats (get em here)

photos by Dana

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Our Calming Blue Bedroom

It’s been a year and a half but I think it’s safe to say…we have finished our bedroom. When you move into a new house it feels like the work is never done; you’re always wanting to update new things, pick out final touches, et cetera. It took us a while with our bedroom. We had Ikea bedding and curtains and knew we wanted to upgrade, as well as adding tasteful yet minimal decor. We also updated the things you can’t see but make our bed our oasis. We upgraded to a new memory foam mattress topper with temperature techonology (to keep me warm and Z cool), as well as a new fluffy duvet, since we both had  had ours since our college days.

I think we’ve finally achieved a happy balance in our bedroom-for now! I still dream of updating the side tables but have a very specific design in mind, so those will take patience. But other than that, I LOVE our bedroom; I love our cloud bed and it’s truly the place of rest and relaxation in our home.

West Elm Velvet duvet & Shams (get them here!)
Throw pillow from Crate & Barrel
the fluffiest duvet found on Amazon (seriously, get it here)
Visco mattress topper (get yours here for under $100!)
West Elm curtains (get them here)(love these too)
Anthropologie finials (get them here)
“No Vacancy” Print c/o Oliver Gal Artist Co (see it here)

Paint colors:
light blue is Lookout Point by Benjamin Moore
dark blue is Adriatic Sea by Benjamin Moore

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Experience: Thunderbird Hotel

Thunderbird Hotel in Marfa Texas

The quintessential neon “Hotel” sign, vintage lounge chairs around the pool, cacti in the zen yard. The rugged exterior of Thunderbird Hotel in Marfa, Texas is a brilliant contrast to the rustic and modern interiors.

Z and I stayed here during our Western Texas roadtrip, after our initial night in a teepee. It was nice to move somewhere with indoor plumbing, and Thunderbird Hotel was definitely the right choice for us.Thunderbird Hotel in Marfa Texas

Thunderbird Hotel in Marfa Texas

After checking in across the street at the newly opened Capri (the hotel’s check in and store mainstay), we made our way through the garden and up to our second floor corner suite. The room was cozy and the cowhide rug and leather butterfly chair made us feel right at home, considering we have both in our DC abode. White tiling flanked the bathroom where we found fluffy white towels and the most amazing smelling bath necessities by local Texas company Dear Clark.

Thunderbird Hotel in Marfa Texas

Thunderbird Hotel in Marfa Texas

Thunderbird Hotel in Marfa Texas

Thunderbird Hotel in Marfa Texas

Thunderbird Hotel in Marfa Texas

After venturing out to explore Marfa we came back for an after dinner drink at Capri, which is just about the coolest hotel bar I’ve been in outside of Manhattan. I found that the owners are from New York City and had the whole staff trained by NYers, which explains the unique taste and the care in the crafting of everything from their interiors to the cocktails. We ran into a shop owner we’d seen earlier in the day (in a town of 2,000 it’s hard not to keep seeing the same people) and chatted the night away about all things Texas.

Now, Thunderbird Hotel isn’t for everyone. It lacks a television, telephone, mini fridge, and other “amenities” like that; probably under the guise that you’re visiting a new place to explore and not lounge around with TV. But for us adventurers it was the perfect place to lay our heads and spend lazy mornings in each others company.

Thunderbird Hotel in Marfa Texas

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Chilly Daze

March is here and although the Groundhog told us we’d have an early spring there’s still a wintery chill in the air. As much as I’m looking forward to lighter jackets and less layers I’ll miss my cozy winter accessories. Especially after such a gorgeous weekend (3 days + of 60 degree days) it’s hard to pack back on the layers and prepare for what looks like a snowy end of the week. 

All Saints wool and pony hair jacket (get it here) (similar here)
Jocelyn hat via Refine DC (similar here)
J.Crew leather gloves (get them here
Vintage Louis Vuitton boots (similar here, here)

photos by Dana

 

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5 Things I Read Daily

Everyone is always talking about routines, especially at the beginning of a new season or year. Part of my routine when I wake up (after grabbing a cup of coffee and lazily scrolling through InstaGram) is to catch up on the daily news in multiple forms, not just fashion. Here’s a peak at what I read!

  1. I start my morning with Washington Post’s Morning Mix; it’s a collection of the top news stories from around the country and world. You can read it online, but I love that it goes straight to my inbox in an easy to read format.
  2. While I’m in my inbox I read the Daily Skimm, which is also available online but like I said #easyaccess. It’s a humorously written account of the biggest news in the world. Do yourself a solid and sign up now here!
  3. Next up, Refinery29.com is entered into the browser. I honestly really really wish they would put their “8 things to Know” into an email blast form (they just launched it as an app but TBH I think it’s a waste of iPhone storage) but once I get on the site it makes me click into other stories and fun reads that are less news-y.
  4. After all the celeb gossip and lifestyle tips I head to ApartmentTherapy for some décor inspiration. I love being inspired by other people’s homes and the before and afters always give me such home for my own home!
  5. Lastly, I check out PopVille, which is a must for any DCer. It has news about road closures, traffic, safety, and events… My favorite is checking between 3:30 and 4:00pm for the Afternoon Animal Fix!

 

I try to get all my reading done before I start work for the day, but if it’s a slow day I’ll recheck these or check out a few others.

Do you have any daily readings in your life? What do you suggest I add to my list!?

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Girl Crush: Olivia Palermo

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I know this isn’t breaking news; Olivia Palermo is a Street Style Star. She’s been on my radar ever since her The City days where she battled it out with Whitney Port. Back then while I appreciated her style, it wasn’t me. It didn’t resonate with the still punk-y college girl on a college girl budget. Now that I’m a big girl and both of our styles have evolved I can definitely say that I look to Olivia for inspiration.

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Olivia Palermo Silk Scarf Fur Coat

She’s feminine and flirty, but her cut throat attitude still shines through. She’s not afraid to make a bold statement or try something new, and I love that. It’s something old Sahra and new Sahra both appreciate her for. And lucky for me, and all the other girls who look to Olivia with #goals flashing in our minds, she has created a totally affordable collection for Nordstrom’s; and it’s full of gorgeous pieces that need to get in my closet STAT.