School Outfits: Week 3

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School Outfits: Week 2

Happy Friday everyone!

This week was a short week of school for me so I have three instead of four outfits to show you this week. The reason for the short week was because there was no school Monday due to Labor Day and I normally do not attend school on Fridays. Onto the outfits..

Tuesday: Orange Is The New Black

Guys, please excuse the names I make up for these outfits. I am just having some fun here with my fashion look book of the week. So I call this one orange is the new black because obviously, these two colors are in this outfit. The orange and black are intentionally paired together because I am beyond excited for Halloween! Yes, I am fully aware that we are barely beginning September right now. This skirt is from Target and it’s by Victoria Beckham’s fashion line. I am obsessed with anything that has actual pockets on them. This blouse I’m wearing is from Dillards and the designer is Alice Blue. I named this look orange is the new black because before I bought this orange skirt, I always wore this blouse with black pants or a black skirt. I really love the orange though.

 

 

Wednesday: Simple September

This outfit is just a simple white t-shirt with faded orange pants. To prevent this look from looking too plain, I paired it with some leopard printed flats I got from Charlotte Russe. When I am not sure what to wear, I always go for a white t-shirt and jeans and dress it up with some nice shoes and a dressy-casual jacket and I am set for the day. White top is from Express, pants are from Gap, and this denim jacket was thrifted.

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Thursday: Going For The Gold

This last look has some gold accents to it with the shoes, the belt and the sunglasses. I normally wear silver when it comes to metallics, but I wanted a simple change. The shoes are from Steve Madden and are comfortable without sacrificing style. I always appreciate a stylish pair of sneakers. The pants are from Express and belt and sunglasses are from the store Rue21. My top is also from Target. Yes, I really like clothes from Target apparently!

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That is all I have for this week’s outfits. I am already onto week 3 starting Monday! Time if flying by so fast. Have a great evening and stay stylish!

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Outfits For School: Week 1

So I just completed my first day back to school and I already know that this semester will have new challenges for me. This is the first semester that my boyfriend is attending the same school as me and he is even taking some classes with me now that I made a change to my minor. I already know which classes will require more study time and which ones I am feeling confident in. Although the first week is always one of the most hectic, I wasn’t going to show it by dressing like a hot mess! Here are the outfits I wore for my first week back to school!

MONDAY: CLASSY CHIC

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I kept things pretty simple yet put together for my first day back because I wanted an outfit that wasn’t too over the top, but still eye-catching. Plus, dresses are one of my favorite things to wear!

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I also wanted to make sure that this outfit didn’t look like it was stuck in summer mode and not welcoming to fall, so I added a light jacket and some cool boots to go with it.

TUESDAY: Laid-Back Girly

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This outfit is more laid back than the Monday outfit because I wore some workout tights as pants and some chunky heeled boots that give a feminine approach yet feel like sneakers. The lavender purple top and stone necklace add the girly appeal. This is the perfect outfit to wear if you are going to be doing a lot of walking and have a full day ahead of you.

WEDNESDAY: READY TO ROCK

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This outfit gave me that rocker off duty feeling because of the military printed jeans and the semi ripped white jacket that stands out. I LOVE this outfit. I love that it grabs attention and stands out from basic denim. I also love how well the black and white pieces worked with the military print.

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THURSDAY: REDDY FOR ANYTHING

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My favorite color in the whole wide world is red! I decided to wear my favorite color as I completed my first week back to school. I will definitely be wearing red more this fall and I named this look ‘Reddy For Anything’ because I really want an optimistic start to a new semester with new classes, new people, and new experiences. As excited as I was to go back to school, by the time I finished my homework, I was so ready for the weekend!

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So there you have it. all the outfits I wore for my first week back to school. I normally do not go to school on Fridays since I work most of the day, but please let me know if you would like me to include a Friday outfit anyway! Also let me know which of these outfits was your favorite. I am going to do an outfits of the week blog post every week of this semester and hopefully it will give you some outfit inspiration!

Have a happy Saturday and stay stylish!

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Ready For Fall

I just finished my first week of the fall semester and I am both excited and overwhelmed. I cannot stand the first day where either you are put in the spot to talk about yourself or you have to listen to your professor overwhelm you with their syllabi of what you are expected to do for the entire semester, all crammed into one class. I really cannot stand talking about myself, but I do love hearing about what other people have to say. I often see that people will post things saying, “Good-bye Summer,” or “Summer is over,” and being super bummed out about going back to school. Well I am here to tell you that I love summer too, but I am also that nerdy person who actually looks forward to going back to school and saying, good-bye summer and hello fall! I was that odd kid who couldn’t wait for summer to be over so I could learn more.

My persona in school is very different than the person I am outside of school. I tend to be very serious and focused in school and most of the time I keep to myself. I would only speak if called upon or if participation was being counted as a percentage of my grade. On the other hand, if I am not in school, I am the complete opposite of the person I just described. I suddenly become a loud mouth who has an opinion on everything. I make my presence known everywhere I go instead of keeping to myself. And don’t even get me started on my vocabulary when not in student mode.

Anyways…

I am over the summer heat we have in Texas. Lately I have been enjoying the cool mornings where it is about 80 degrees with a cool breeze. The fact that 80 degree weather is considered cool to me, should tell you how hot it gets in my hometown. This leads me to the image above. I am holding a big bridal shower box over my head in order to shield my face from the sun. My mom thought it was too funny to not take a picture.

My favorite season is fall. I love the way that the leaves turn orange and red. I love that the weather is not too hot or cold. I love the fashion trends during this time! I am going to be going crazy with that. I also love the holidays that fall during this time such as Halloween and Thanksgiving. Oh, and pumpkin spice everything is the key to my heart.

Yes, during this time is school. Yes, I am going to have to be studying. Yes, I am completely aware of responsibilities during the fall season, but it is still my favorite.

I cannot wait to show you all some fall outfits I am planning on wearing this year. What season is your favorite?

Stay positive about going back to school and stay stylish!

 

 

Art

Today’s blog will be a continuation of my back-to-school theme, but will still be a little different. Monday I showed you guys a sporty look I created with the athletic student in mind and then yesterday I wrote my blog that had to do with taking care of business and placed an image of my business student look on it. Yesterday I talked about my personal struggle of realizing the STEM career field wasn’t for me, but that women of STEM amaze me every single day. Today, I will be showing you guys a blast from the past with some images of anything art related that I have done in the past because I am now channeling my inner art student!

I know that those who study art doesn’t just mean that you do art work. I understand. So I am also going to talk about my experience in my high school musical, Hairspray!!

This experience was definitely the highlight of my senior year and high school career. We had about a 3 hour rehearsal everyday after school from mid October thru early December. Throughout this time there was so many things going on in my life. First of all, I didn’t tell anyone that I was going to audition. Secondly, my ex was also auditioning and I was still not completely comfortable around him. Third, his new chick he had been talking to was the queen of acting at our high school. Fourth, I knew NOBODY. I made new friends during auditions, but none of them made it on the list, so I was back to knowing nobody again. Fifth, my ex and his new chick made the cut -.- and on top of all of this, my friend Ricky was in the hospital throughout this whole time due to his colon cancer returning.

My ex almost became my dance partner, which is why I thank God every day for my friend and dance partner, Rene.

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Rene became my dance partner. He was a junior while I was a senior. He kept me strong throughout this entire production and I really couldn’t have asked for a better partner.

hairspray2Here I am pictured with all the other female, “nicest kids in town” and this photo was taken at the very end of the play when we all had to come out and bow. This was a very proud moment for me because I almost didn’t try out after seeing how many people were auditioning and my ex boyfriend. What made this play most important to me is that it was dedicated to my friend Ricky’s passing that same month. I forgot all about fear at that moment. I forgot all about my ex and his new girl. I forgot all about how I was way outside of my comfort zone and just went out there!

With that said, never be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. You may end up having the best time of your life!

 

 

On a side note, Hurricane Harvey is causing some storms here in South Texas. It looks like my city is going to get hit pretty hard. Weather reports predict that we are going to get 8-12 inches of rain through Saturday and Sunday. My first day back at school will depend on the extent of the rain and of course, the aftermath flooding will cost. If I am a little behind on blog posts, please do not be alarmed, I am probably just going to be with my family or maybe just experiencing power outages.

South Texas followers, use your common sense and turn around, don’t drown! Stay safe, and stay stylish.

 

 

 

24%

When you hear someone say scientist or doctor, do you think of a man or a woman?

48% of women make up the U.S. workforce, and about 24% of women work in STEM jobs.

STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, are all subjects that have always intimidated me. I wanted to be a veterinarian when I was a little girl. I aced biology my freshman year of high school, but fell flat on my face when I took AP chemistry the following year. I proceeded with the belief that a vet’s life was for me, despite the voice in the back of my head that told me that this wasn’t working out.

When I finally listened to that voice, it was one of the most confusing times of my life. All my childhood, I was set on being a vet. I only had one more year of high school left before my college career would be depending on some sort of plan. I did not have a plan B. I never thought I would need it.

My dad would remind me about the demand for female engineers being high and that if I were to go into engineering in college, I would be guaranteed a job right out of college. I let this sit in my mind for a while. My father does civil engineering. I think he is a genius. I am blown away to this day, of the things my father is capable of accomplishing as an engineer. He recently passed his PE exam and didn’t even pass it the first time. His second attempt successfully declared him as a licensed engineer. YAY!!!

As much as it would have been super cool to say that my father and I are both engineers, I just genuinely did not have an interest in it. This put me back in square one.

Throughout this time, I wrote a lot. I found comfort in writing works of fiction, narratives, poems, my day, experiences and so forth. So I figured, why not be an English professor or a journalist? So there I went again, believing that my plan B was sure enough, the life for me, but then I took my Intro to English Studies class and never felt more miserable in my life! This was last spring semester, so I took a leap of faith and changed my english minor to business.

That brings me back here to where I am in life right now. I took another leap of faith by leaving my retail job and applying for a campus job that was in the field of Information and Communication Technologies. God knows I am probably one of the least tech savvy millenials ever! How was I ever going to last in a technology based job?

I’m glad to say that I have been at my current job for almost two years already.

That may not seem like a long time, but this is the longest time I have ever been at any part time job I’ve had. My technology skills have improved since being here and I know that it has made me a more knowledgeable being. Seeing my female co-workers work here has inspired me greatly. They’ll honestly never truly know.

I wish I could say that I am a woman in science. I think it is so cool and admirable. I also know that it takes a lot of work. It takes a lot of studying. It takes determination. It takes passion and strength from the inside and out. My woman STEM students and workers, I salute you for being a part of the 24% we have out there in the nation right now. I hope to see this number grow.

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Taking Care Of Business

The more August comes along, the more people are having to say goodbye to their summer vacation and go back to class. My older brother who goes to UTSA, started his first day of the fall semester today and man, did he have mixed feelings about it.

The initial feeling I get when I know I am going to go back to school is excitement. I look forward to learning new things, having new classmates and getting even closer to graduating. Once these thoughts and feelings get put off to the side, I feel dreadful. I dread the homework. I dread the quizzes and the tests. I dread all the deadlines. I dread looking for parking and getting stuck in a group assignment that will have me doing most if not all of the work.

I personally go back to school next week. So this week I am going to be taking care of business right before I get back to class. What kind of business? The kind where you set spare time aside to have some last minute fun! But also the kind where you make some personal investments.

The other day I released my first ever YouTube video. The project was filmed last week, but the delay came in when it came time to do the voiceover. I had no microphone and without it, the audio would’ve came out a bit scratchy and I didn’t want that to happen. So the other day my boyfriend and I went to pick up the microphone he put on lay-away and the remaining total was $97. I put in $75 and it honestly hurt even though I knew I was making an investment on something that I would use for future videos.

Instead of taking photos, we edited the video, did the voice over, and uploaded it onto YouTube. I love the fact that my boyfriend helps me out a lot with my fashion endeavors, but I am going to make a day where he only has to worry about is being a boyfriend.

Today I went ahead and made some time for the girls. We are going to have completely different schedules once school starts, so we made it a point to hang out without worrying about homework one last time before we head into the fall semester. Normally this is the part where I put a picture of all three of us, but I have something even better to share….

You can see some snaps on Snapchat of my two best friends playing Guitar Hero if you follow me! Just search, AlamoCitySara

After hanging out with the girls, I came home and worked out. I am trying very hard to do a little workout every day. Let’s be honest, I’ve been slacking in that department lately.

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Taking care of any type of business may seem draining, frustrating, time consuming, expensive and so forth, but at the end of the day it is nice to feel accomplished or satisfied that you gave it your best shot

That’s all I have for you guys today. Take care of business. Stay stylish.