Deed of the Week: Stop Making Excuses

Halfway through the semester and I am already pretty exhausted! I went out of my way to catch up on homework and school work so I could dedicate this weekend to working on getting some videos on YouTube up. I mentioned in a previous post that I am trying to learn how to video edit and film a little bit more because I want to branch out to YouTube. I figured that this would be the best time of the year to start a channel because of Halloween. This holiday gives me an opportunity to show my creative side with costumes and makeup so I figured, why not?!

I am going to hopefully release a costume video tomorrow and then a different one on Wednesday. This week’s characters are both Disney characters, one is a male character and the other is a female. I think you guys will know who the female character is if you are following me on Instagram. I am eager to show you guys what I have been working on and I hope you will all like what you see.

YouTube is one of those things that I thought would be interesting to do so I stopped making excuses and decided to just go for it. I want you to challenge yourself to set aside some time and think about something that you have always wanted to do, yet find yourself making excuses. Figure out what is preventing you and ignore those excuses and just go for it! If you needed some encouragement to get out and do something, this is it. What is something that you have always wanted to do? Take the first step this week and see how far it takes you and just keep going!

if you’ve seen the Bernie Mac show, you will remember when Jordan said the greatest simile which is, “Excuses are just like butts, everyone’s got one but they all stink!”

Stay stylish!

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Things To Come

I’ve really missed blogging on here on a daily basis, but I know that this change was necessary in order for me to continue to grow in my fashion endeavors. Today’s blog is going to be a simple update on my whereabouts and I am currently working my butt off with being a full-time student and part time employee, but these things all make me want to try harder at being great at what I do and what I want to do is share my enthusiasm for fashion with others who feel the same way that I do. I am expanding my horizons by learning how to film and edit videos, become more comfortable in front of the camera during photo shoots, and just generally be more involved. I am doing these things on top of work, homework and studying, but just because this is challenging, it does not mean that it is impossible.

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These goals are difficult and yes, I find myself getting frustrated when things do not seem like they are going well and I feel like no progress is being made, but great things do not happen overnight. I am still trying my hardest to be patient.

I am in the process of trying to learn how to film and edit videos so that I can start my own YouTube channel that revolves around fashion and who knows, maybe makeup every once in a while. I am using Halloween as an opportunity to recreate some costumes and makeup looks and I am pretty much filming the process so I can show you guys. I am planning on doing a total of 4 or 5 different characters so as soon as the weather here gets a whole lot better, I will be doing many photo shoots and videos. I really hope it all comes together in the end and I really hope that this endeavor will take me far.

I am open to any advice or suggestions any of you guys have when it comes to photo shoots, filming or video editing, I am all ears and it’s much appreciated. This is all I have for you all for now, as soon as I get the first video up, I will let you all know!

Stay Stylish and Good Night!

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New Blog Schedule

Hello everyone, I hope you are looking forward to the weekend ahead of us and will get some time to relax from the hard work you did all week. I have now completed week 5 of school and I have to admit, this was the hardest week yet. I struggled a lot this week and I ultimately found myself just being spread out way too thin. Even though I am happy with everything going on in my life and really do not have anything to complain about, I know that my mind cannot be all over the place all the time. As you guys know, I love blogging around night time when I am finally home after a long day and I get to sit down and talk to you all, but sometimes I find myself feeling semi-satisfied with my blogs because I know that my blog post can be so much better in quality. After giving this some thought, I am deciding to only post blogs on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.

Hear me out, on Sunday I think it is still a great thing to give you guys all a little weekly challenge and I want to continue to do this. Plus Sundays give me an excuse to talk to you all before my week starts. Wednesdays are right in the middle of the week and my availability is at its highest on this day out of the entire week. This gives me time to really take time with writing out my blog. Fridays were chosen because I love doing outfits of the week and it gives me a chance to give you all something to read before you head right into the weekend. Even though I will no longer be posting every day, fear not because I will not go MIA and I will still post daily on my other social medias which are Instagram and SnapChat and you can find me at AlamoCitySara

Since the weather has been rainy and crappy, I wasn’t able to take outfit pictures this week, but I will still show you all the outfits once the weather clears up a bit. I am about 40 followers away from hitting 100 followers on here! Thank you to everyone who has followed my blog! I will talk to you all again on Sunday. Enjoy your Saturday in the meantime! Stay Stylish!

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When Is Enough, Enough?

When is enough, enough?

Instead of making a made-up scenario, I am going to point out some news that has had my attention for a few days now…

As some of you may know, Hobby Lobby got blasted with outrage when a customer named Daniell Rider declared that the store’s faux cotton stems were racist and offensive pieces towards African Americans who picked cotton as slaves back in the times of our ancestors. The customer posted her thoughts on how selling faux cotton stems was wrong and upsetting on her social medias which in turn, caught many social media user’s attention and made the national news.

When it comes to any opinion, there will be those who agree, and those who disagree. If something like cotton is deemed as offensive in the year 2017 because of how times were hundreds of years ago when slaves constantly picked it…this tells me that cotton in general must be offensive to those who agree with Rider. So are we to just get rid of cotton completely? Cotton clothes, blankets and towels, q-tips, cotton balls or hell, cotton candy?

If Hobby Lobby is forced to get rid of their faux cotton stems, other arts and crafts or home decor stores would have to do the same thing. I honestly have faux cotton stems in my own house from the Magnolia store in Waco, TX or as you may know, one of Fixer Upper’s Chip and Joanna Gaines’ stores that sell home decor.

I mention them because this leads me to the next piece of news that has been on my mind…

Judging from my blog on Thursday night, you know that I love to shop at Target. I am also fully aware that Chip and Joanna Gaines are opening up a line in Target stores that will take place on November 5, 2017. You would think that this is good news, but not everyone shared my excitement when this announcement came out.

There was backlash on Joanna Gaines’ twitter account when she made the announcement. The couple is also known for their Christian faith and the public is fully aware that Target expresses “liberal-leaning” views when the store announced that they will allow transgender customers to use the bathroom that best fit with their gender identity. I personally have no problem with the Fixer Upper couple releasing a line in Target stores. As for the transgender community, I have no problem with people choosing to live their life as the opposite gender they were born being. Whether I am upset about what is happening or not, I will still offend someone one way or another.

When is enough, enough?

I don’t appreciate how nothing we say or do is acceptable among all human beings because of one thing or another. I can’t help but feel that we seem to be making big things out of little things. So my deed of the week for you is to not let things be so quick to upset you! Even if you do not agree with someone, if it doesn’t affect your life, don’t let it ruin your day! And if you must stand up for something you believe in, don’t be trying to shove your beliefs down people’s throats if they are resistant. I know things can be better, but things can also be way worse! Enjoy things and learn to live in the moment instead of letting the weight of the world bring you down so much.

I know this was a long and different blog for me to write about, but I think that these things are important for humanity to remember before they let someone get the best of them. Stay calm, stay positive and stay stylish.

Never Say Never!

Can you recall a time where you said you would never wear something like that?

I remember all that time and laugh while shaking my head side-to-side in disbelief. I remember how not even a year ago I said that I would NEVER wear white pants or long pencil skirts. It’s funny how these items made their way into my closet. So what changed?

I began this fashion blog in order to give some outfit inspiration and talk about things relative in the fashion world that I hope is relateable and/or enjoyable to read.

Today I am going to show you some photos I took earlier today where I am wearing a long pencil skirt that I thought I would never, ever wear. So here it goes!

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Everything in this outfit are all things that I said I would never wear!

Starting from the shoes, I remember how I said I would never wear shoes that showed my toes. I used to be self-conscious about my toes because of how little they were. My pinky toe is so small, the nail looks like it’s hardly there when I cut my nails!

The skirt, as I mentioned earlier, was that long pencil skirt that I said I would never wear yet this snakeskin one from Boohoo is my favorite! I love skirts, but long length skirts and dresses always intimidated me because I am a short person (5 ft. 2 in) and I felt that I could not pull it off. I think this skirt is very figure flattering and I am really thinking of getting another skirt like this.

The top is a band top! I LOVE band shirts, but I recall a time where I only wanted to wear a band shirt if it was a t-shirt. I used to hate tank tops. I didn’t want to be showing my arms. I had twig arms my whole life and I felt weak. I wouldn’t leave the house in a tank top or in a sleeveless blouse because I didn’t like the way my arms looked.

The choker necklace is also something I thought I wouldn’t wear. I always thought that it looked like a had a collar like my pet cat or something, but the choker necklaces I am seeing everywhere are so cute! I’m obsessed!

Never say never to things without giving them a try. You’ll be surprised to see what actually looks good on you! Keep an open mind and stay stylish! 😉

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Fashion Deed Of The Week 2

It’s Sunday night. Where did the weekend go?

I am going to follow through with the Sunday night trend where I give you a random act of kindness challenge that I want you to apply this week.

Here is the scenario:

You just get paid and you want to treat yourself to a little shopping spree inside your favorite store. You clock out of your shift in excitement and make your way straight to the store. You walk in and aren’t helped by anyone. In fact, you aren’t even greeted when you walk into the door, yet you see associates looking at you as you make your way into the store. As you shop, you notice that the employees are just talking among one another and pay no attention you or to the other customers unless someone directly approaches them and asks for help. You buy what you want to buy, but then decide to go to a different store. In this next store, you are approached by an associate who asks you if you need any help. You kindly tell them that you just want to take a look around. The associate introduces themself and encourages you to ask them for anything you may need help with. In this second store, you experience great customer experience and have a great time there versus the first store you walked into where you weren’t even acknowledged.

Where am I going with this?

I know that not everyone works retail, but retail jobs aren’t the only jobs that require you to work on your customer service skills or people skills. If you are at work, do your best and treat your customers the same way that you would want to be treated. I have worked retail and call centers and I can tell you right now that I have had to provide customer service in both of these jobs and have done my best to help people out the best way that I can. It’s really disheartening when you work all day and provide good customer service yet go somewhere as a customer and get treated with poor customer service. Am I right?

Let’s switch things around…

Let’s say that you are the customer and you need assistance with something, remember that an associate or employee is not your slave that you can talk down to and demand things right then and there. Do NOT be that customer that can ruin and associate’s day!

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I understand frustration on both ends. Maybe you’re an angry customer who has gone to several places yet no one has been able to help you. Or maybe you’re an employee who has been treated rudely by many customers and it is really bringing you down. Either way it sucks. It’s miserable. It’s no fun. So don’t be that person. Respect one another. Act as a decent human being.

Please remember this blog whether you are a customer wanting to go to the store, or an employee who is going to clock into work. Be kind. Do your best. Be helpful.

That is all I have for you guys tonight. I will talk to you all on Monday! Stay stylish 🙂

 

The Power of Compliments

Everyone who enters your life, enters it for a reason. When I first started this blog, I viewed it as a necessary assignment I needed to do in order to pass my class and get closer to that degree. I didn’t think an assignment could turn into some type of passion. I always thought that if I were to become a fashion blogger that no one would really take it seriously. I was so wrong.

This past summer had a lot of growth in store for me. Growth that I didn’t ask for or initially thought that I needed. I made a change to my degree. I started my fitness journey. I allowed myself to cry instead of holding it all in all the damn time. I thought of those I really cared about when I felt like giving up. I studied harder. I ran faster. I allowed myself to change and let go of fear. I got more creative and expressive. And I did not apologize for it.

Although a new endeavor is exciting, it is also very tiring. I remember when I first started my fashion account on Instagram that I thought that success was determined by how many followers I had. I thought success depended on how many fashion companies used your photos on their accounts and gave you a shout-out…so when these things were not happening the way that I wanted them to, I grew discouraged.

Today I was walking out of my last class consumed by all these thoughts when this student sees my suede cat cap and told me how much he loved it and that he hadn’t seen anything like that before. We talked about fashion for a while and he told me I had a unique style. It was at that moment when I remembered why I am working on my fashion account so much. People think I dress pretty good!

I took that chance to tell him about AlamoCitySara on Instagram and Snapchat and he gave me a follow! I bring him up because he was a reminder as to why I have made it this far on both my social medias and blog. I am almost at 200 followers on Instagram! Leroy, the student who complimented my style, became my 197th follower this afternoon.

Don’t be afraid to compliment each other’s style! It can really make someone’s day or make them much more assure of themselves as they enter new chapters in their life.

Oh, and here is the hat that made this whole encounter with Leroy happen.

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Don’t give up on your dreams beauties. The right people will walk into your life and stay.

-Stay Stylish