Best Friends


Friends come and go, but best friends are forever.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about friendship, especially in adulthood. I’ve always been a very observant and realistic person; I didn’t create those ubiquitous high school friendships.These people, we’d just be friends because of a shared generic class and minimal commonalities. I was of the mind that after school was over I’d be leaving and these people wouldn’t be there with me, so why try too hard, ya know? They were great friends at the time, but not my lifelong besties. Sad but true.

After high school, though, I started embracing friendships. Living in New York City and visiting “back home” opened me up to so many people, and without the constraints of distance and shared classes I was able to make friends based on genuine interests. I met T at a concert and after party where we relished in our vegetarianism and animal activism. We both enjoyed bold colored hair (I believe mine at the time was green) and big city living. T moved to LA, where I’d visit from time to time, and she’d come see me in NYC, stopping by on one of her tours. We weren’t always super close, and we’d sometimes go a few months without talking or texting. But the best part about best friends is that that’s okay! Anytime we’d start talking again we’d pick right back up, the same upbeat chatting as always.

She came to visit this past weekend and it was so great to girl out! We noshed on vegan snacks, got in some good shopping and of course, gabbing and playing with my pets in my room.

What are your favorite things to do with your best friends?



sweater c/o Ami Clubwear (get it here)
bronze friendship bracelet c/o Uncommon Goods (get it here)
T’s friendship watch c/o Sara Designs NYC (get it here)

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Charleston Photo Diary


Our anniversary generally results in a fun, lengthy vaca outside of the country (last year, the year before ). With this year being all about exploring our own backyard (the United States) we decided to do a long weekend somewhere close.

Z has always had an affinity for Charleston and it’s quintessential southern charm. Dreaming of seersucker suits and bowites with some low country eats we booked our trip to the Capital of the South and headed on down.

We drank at Prohibition, ate dinner at Husk (which was formerly the #1 restaurant in the country), shopped along King Street, ate the best meal ever at Magnolias (seriously, the best veggie bowl I’ve ever had), relaxed in Battery Park and along the Waterfront Park. We encountered about 60 bachelor, bachelorette, and wedding parties. We popped into The Spectator Hotel embracing the chic, relaxing ambiance. An afternoon snack and drink at The Roof showed us the best view of the city. We brunched at Macintosh’s and enjoyed their bottomless mimosas.






We didn’t make it to Magnolia Plantation, or any of the outer islands, giving us plenty to do for our next trip there.

What do you think of my trip? Have you been to Charleston and have any other suggestions!?

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Perspextive

J Crew trousers (get them on sale here)
Public Desire booties (get them here!)(similar here)
GAP shirt (similar here)

The lucite block heel and a skin tight patent boot of the ubiquitous “perspex bootie” is fastly on the rise. After first being shown on the Dior runway for Fall 2015 these shoes are finally making it mainstream with celebs like Kim K and Kylie Jenner donning them. Now they’re making their way into the blogosphere via fast fashion dupes.

When I found this pair by Public Desire I KNEW I had to have them. They arrived and I was in love, but also perplexed. How can I style these? How do not look like night walk in the day?

I decided they’re such a statement they need something minimal and almost conservative to go with them. And that I CAN make them work appropriate. Next time though I’m going bold and baring.

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Space Cadet

I was 11; I took solace in dreaming of the great unknown expanse that was “space”. My bedroom’s floral yellow wallpaper came crumbling down at the hands of my adolescent fingers, replaced by creamy blue paint. ‘Round the ceiling fan I went, painting a ying yang, dividing my ceiling between light and dark. On the dark side I painted stars in their correct constellations adding glow in the dark paint to give my room the perfect outdoor ambiance.

I’m in my 20s now and I still read the NASA blogs weekly (my favorite being anything about the Hubble Telescope). I listen to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s podcasts about ‘Star Talk’. Every trip to a quiet town outside the city means my Celestron telescope is packed. Our favorite Smithsonian museum is the National Air and Space Museum where I can touch a moon rock and take a simulation ride through space. I’m still a little space science nerd deep down, and always will be.



J.Crew blazer (old) (similar here)
Slow Factory scarf (shop here)
Shooting Star Meteorite bracelet c/o Uncommon Goods (get it here)

Check out more cool UncommonGoods picks here: http://www.uncommongoods.com/sets/handmade-jewelry http://www.uncommongoods.com/gifts/mothers-day-gifts/mothers-day-gifts

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Experience: Terlingua & Big Bend

Terlingua & Big Bend photodiary
Go to Terlingua, they said; it’s a ghost town, they said.

During our trip to South Western Texas I made a point to do something that was so Texas. I’ve somehow never been horseback riding in my life, and the desert of Texas felt like the right place for my first experience. We booked a sunset ride at the Big Bend Stables and asked around for advice on what to do near the area before hand. A friend had told us about Terlingua, and plenty of locals suggested it as well calling the “ghost town” a must see.
Personally, I found the place to be in a sort of confused limbo of Nationality and overall vibe. After reading a brief history of the town we found that it has flip-flopped between a Mexican and American territory almost too many times to count; really cool. It has also flitted between being a ghost of a town to being a happening place of prosperity. At present it survives on tourism, allowing guests to spend a few nights in a “renovated” brick home and filling their cars with souvenirs from the lone gift shop.

None the less, it was a cool experience with views you couldn’t beat. Can you believe some of those mountain in the distance are actually Mexico!?
Terlingua & Big Bend photodiary
Terlingua & Big Bend photodiary
Terlingua & Big Bend photodiary
Terlingua & Big Bend photodiary
Terlingua & Big Bend photodiary
Terlingua & Big Bend photodiary
After a few hours in the blistering sun we made our way down the road for our sunset ride with Big Bend Stables. Z’s horse was named “Whiskey” (of course) and mine was named “BonBon” and boy, did he love to eat! Despite him stopping for a trail side snack every few moments it was a great first horseback riding experience. And seeing the Texan sun set from the top of a mesa with my love was just the most romantic!
Terlingua & Big Bend photodiary
Terlingua & Big Bend photodiary
Terlingua & Big Bend photodiary

 

What do you think of the deep south of Texas? Have you ever been to Big Bend National Park?

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The Denim Romper

Madewell Denim Romper
Last week I had the pleasure of being invited up to The Clubhouse; the showroom modeled home of Nordstrom’s private shopping experience, Trunk Club. After being a men’s only club they’ve finally branched out to include the other gender, and I couldn’t be more excited!

After spending an hour on the phone with my personal stylist Nikki she definitely got a feel for my style and preferences. When I showed up on Monday evening I was handed a glass of champagne to accompany the rack of clothes specially picked for me. Keeping my budget and personal style preferences in mind (bold; feminine yet edgy) there was a great selection of pieces for me to choose from with budgets across the board. I fell in love with a few pieces, one being this Madewell culotte jumpsuit, because how could you not!? It was the perfect light and airy piece to bring with me on my weekend in Charleston.
Madewell Denim Romper
Madewell Denim Romper
Madewell Denim Romper
Madewell Denim Romper

Madewell jumpsuit (get it here)(similar)
Public Desire heels (on sale here)(similar)
vintage Gucci bag (similar here)
lipstick: Bite Amoure Bouche in “Beetroot” c/o Influenster (get it here)

Madewell Denim Romper

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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!