“Grown Up Bags”

Picture this:

My mom and I are walking inside of Dillards and I spy the cutest Betsey Johnson clutch purse. What makes it so adorable is the fact that it looked like an old school camera. If you know me, I usually like to purchase clothing and accessories that make me happy when I see it. There has to be something special about it. It has to be a beautiful print or color and unique, so it’s no wonder I was drooling over a camera looking clutch.

I immediately scurried to the nearest a mirror and started posing with this quirky clutch hanging next to my right hip. My mom slowly walked her way over to me with her eyebrows raised and her arms crossed. I couldn’t help but notice and turned around to face her. This is when she said a little something like this:

“Don’t you think you have too many quirky things like that? I think it’s time you started investing in grown-up bags…”

I was confounded by her response. Clearly she did not think that this camera purse was all that great the way that I did. I want to blog about a transitional time in my fashion selection. Yes, it’s true what my mom said. I really do need to start investing in more professional bags. I really do need to start buying more blazers and slacks instead of skirts and quirky accessories…but what she said to me was such a killjoy and I honestly didn’t feel like my chirpy self the rest of the time we were at the mall.

I am 22 years old which isn’t old at all. Even though I love to look my best each day, I try to find fun ways to do it so that I never see it as a chore. When I can inspire someone else to dress up, it makes my soul insanely happy. I am not a fashion blogger that looks like she is ready to go to the office. I am not a fashion blogger that buys the latest styles and trends as soon as they come out. I look for what makes me happy and what is affordable. Often, the “grown-up” handbags that my mom wants me to buy rarely go on sale. Oh, and even when they are on sale, it is still outside of my budget. I have lots of purses, but I do not have a purse that doesn’t have at least one detail that makes it stand out.

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If any of you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw that I sold some name brand purses to NTY Clothing Exchange and you’re wondering why I’m making a post of not having grown-up bags, when I clearly had a Guess and Michael Kors bag in my possession. The truth is, those bags were not originally mine. They were given to me by my boyfriend’s boss’s wife who was cleaning out her closet. You may think that I’m pretty dumb for giving them away, but that’s fine with me. The truth is, I can’t hold on to something that I know that I will not wear. Ever.

I knew the value of these purses and as NTY’s brand representative, I knew that selling it to them was the best thing I could do. NTY Clothing Exchange is a reseller store that invests in name brand clothing and accessories and they sell them at 70% retail price. I was happy to help them receive new additions to their hand bag family. Was my mom sad to see me give these bags away? Yes. But that’s okay. I will stick to my quirky purse collection. I am not saying that I will never invest in a bag that is more professional, what I’m saying is that I will one day find a bag that both my mom and I can come to an agreement on. For now, I will continue walking the world with my lightning bolt, cookie, calavera, fringy, and crazy printed purses!

Be happy with what you have right now and don’t forget about the things that make you YOU! I hope you all are having a great weekend. Stay Stylish!

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Becoming A Brand Rep

Being a brand rep is a pretty big deal to me and I want to share what it’s like with you all in today’s blog! I also have a new video waiting for you all to see on my YouTube channel! Subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already and give my video a thumbs up if you enjoyed watching it!

So I am a brand rep for the resale store NTY Clothing Exchange. As of right now, these stores only have 5 locations which are in San Antonio, TX., Knoxville, TN., Minnetonka, MN., Clay, NY., and Rochester, NY. I am looking at my DM’s in my Instagram account and the first message I sent to them was back on January 10th this year. I told them that I was going to be going to their store for the first time because I had some name brand clothing that I wanted to sale. They were very friendly in the response and although it was quite a drive from my house, I made my way over to not only sell my clothes, but take a look around their store.

I had heard about NTY on the Great Day SA show and thought that it was a wonderful thing to sale name brand clothing in great condition for an affordable price. I am all about affordability, but don’t get me wrong, I will splurge every now and then because life is too short! For the most part, I really try to stretch my dollar. Ever since hearing about the store, I wanted to go. And mind you, I saw them on TV before I even created my fashion account. Alamo City Sara was not even thought about. I was still camera shy and hated being photographed, but the outfit compliments never stopped coming my way.

Fast-forward a few months later, on March 5, the store sent me a message asking if I would be interested in being a brand rep for their store. I think I read that message a hundred times just to make sure it wasn’t just a pigment of my imagination. From there I had my first meeting with the store and associates on March 26. I spent a good 2 hours there picking out outfits with Easter and Fiesta in mind and ended up modeling about 5 different outfits. You can see some outfits and video on their Instagram account or even check out my Instagram account.

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First Outfit I Put Together Inside NTY’s Dressing Room

I ended up making some purchases from the store so I can mix and match some of their pieces with things that I already own and I am so happy that I was given an opportunity to truly help my fashion forward family promote and find clothes and accessories that are name brand, great quality, and affordable.

I am not sure when my next meeting with the store will be, but my Instagram and Snapchat family will be the first to know about it! So hint, hint…FOLLOW ME 😀

Don’t forget to watch my YouTube video, enjoy the rest of your week and stay stylish!

5 Other Ways To Get Over A Bad Day/Setbacks

I left my house at 7:30 a.m. and came back home almost 12 hours later. I kept reflecting on my day and the more I thought of it, the more defeated I realized I felt. How could I wake up feeling so confident, yet feel so down within the same day? Many of you know that a lot can happen in a day. A LOT.

I am a whole lot better now because I realized that there is no use crying over spilled milk and that my setbacks will never ever, overpower my comebacks. Aside from the first 5 things I do to recover that you saw in my video, here are the other 5 ways to make your comeback stronger than any of your set backs. These are different than the first 5 because it now involves others rather than just yourself.

6. Take ownership of your mistake, but keep your dignity.

Oh man. That already sounds hard, but accidents happen! Sometimes our own setbacks happen because we mess up on our end. Maybe we missed a deadline or maybe we accidentally did or said something we shouldn’t have. Whatever happened, if you know you were in the wrong, take a deep breath and take ownership of your mistake. Address it, apologize, whatever it was…do not let pride prevent you from making things right. However, keep your dignity! Do not cry, beg or blame. Remain professional. You’re a sophisticated individual who is better than making a scene like a child. This is probably the hardest step out of the 5, but it is the first thing you need to do in order for the others to work out.

7. Clear Things Out

I mean this in various ways. First off, GET ORGANIZED. Clean out that desk at work, your room, your car, your purse and even your backpack if you’re a student. Sometimes mess in itself can cause us to be overwhelmed so get organized! Keep what you need, and toss what you don’t need. Secondly and more importantly, communication. Clear out what you have been holding inside. Just say it. If there was a big misunderstanding, make it known so that it is prevented again in the future.

8. Ask For Help

If you’re anything like me, you dread asking others for help. Maybe it’s because you feel like you’re interrupting them, or maybe you feel like they’ll think you’re dumb for asking a certain question, but you need to free yourself from those thoughts. In this life, we are all here to learn. Take it upon yourself to seek knowledge. Everyone benefits in the end.

9. Don’t Be Close Minded

I know that the public can sometimes have rocky relationships with the media, but I want you to think of a journalist for a moment. Journalist often have to report stories and try their best to capture both sides of the story. A good journalist is able to do this fine, but a great journalist is able to do this in a way that both sides have a clear voice in the story and neither one of those voices is the journalist! What I’m saying is, to be neutral. Do not judge and pick sides, especially in the work place! Hear others out and try to understand them. This also ties into seeking knowledge. Know when to be a team player and when it’s best to remain neutral.

10. Get Involved.

Listen here, we can all say those four words, “I don’t have time,” but it’s a fact that we can always make time for things that need to get done. Like work, school, homework and all that serious stuff, but don’t forget about the things that make you happy! The things that you naturally gravitate towards. For me, it’s fashion blogging. If I had the “I don’t have time,” mentality, I would not be writing this and I would not be making YouTube videos or have my fashion account on Instagram. I also would have never gotten over my camera shyness! Or gotten the chance to meet interesting people and I know that I probably wouldn’t be anywhere near as happy right now. By doing what you love, you will find yourself getting involved in a community of like-minded individuals who will give you advice, support you and even be friends with! In the process, you may even learn more things about yourself.

Alrighty everyone, I hope that my video and blog motivate you on your own recovery process of going through a bad day. Just remember that your mistakes do not define who you are. Just like my statement in the beginning of my video says, you know who you are. Life is full of setbacks. There are going to be days where the world acts like it’s against you and nothing is going according to plan, but that shouldn’t leave you defeated forever. Life is hard, but that fact shouldn’t stop you from living it!

Keep going and stay stylish.

10 Ways

Skirts Every Woman Should Have

Hello everyone, first off, I want to thank everyone who wished me happy birthday today! I am now 22 years old and I am very eager to see the opportunities this year has in store for me. I also want to acknowledge Martin Luther King Jr. day today and say that I am thankful for the rights I have in modern times because many before me believed in a change for the better and worked so hard to make it happen.

Today I want to talk about skirts that every woman should have in her closet! I released another YouTube video today as a part of my closet series and not only do I show you all some of my skirts, these skirts I chose are examples of the types of skirts I think need to be in everyone’s closet!

  1. The Sweater Skirt- Since it’s winter time, I’m sure there is a heightened interest in keeping warm in the fashion world so I think that a sweater skirt is a must-have in any woman’s closet. The sweater skirt needs to be made of thick material that is going to keep you warm and not lift up whenever there is a gust of wind! sweater skirt
  2. Leather/Solid Black Skirt- If you’re not into a sweater skirt, leather skirts will also keep you warm. I always get faux leather skirts and as long as the leather is not a thin material, it is another good alternative to keep warm. Also, everyone needs a solid black skirt to pair with anything. leather skirt
  3. Brown Skirt- Black is not the only neutral color option! brown skirt
  4. Basic Pencil Skirt- When you need to get down to business, but putting on pants is not an option, a pencil skirt is the way to go! I don’t think I need to really explain this one too much. pencil
  5. Fun Pencil Skirt- New York & Company has some really good pencil skirt options that are a little bit more fun and non-traditional that neutral colored ones. fun pencil
  6. Bell Shaped Skirt- a bell shaped skirt is a skirt that is fitted on top and flares out as is gets closer to the hem. These skirts come in various lengths and I usually wear these when I don’t feel like wearing a pencil skirt. This one is from Forever 21bellskirt
  7. Printed Skirt- not every bottom apparel needs to be solid. Don’t be plain, stand out! printed
  8. Bright Colored Skirt-because your clothes should never bore you! bright skirt
  9. Sequined Skirt-Sequined skirts is more of a party option, but your closet shouldn’t be all work and no play! I think sequined skirts are perfect! In my YouTube video below I have a mini sequined skirt, but I also wanted to show a sequined skirt in a longer length as well. sequin skirts

A great website that has almost all of these types of skirts on it is Lulu’s! Here is their website if you want to check it out:

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And last, but not least, my latest YouTube video for you all to watch and see my own personal picks of the skirts I think every woman should have!

Before I go, I want to welcome anyone new who has joined my blog! I hope you like the topics I write about and find them helpful. My video shows other social media outlets that you can find me on, now including Poshmark!

Thank you guys for reading and stay stylish!

Cleaning and Poshmark

My birthday is right around the corner. In fact, my birthday is on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It is a few days from now and I look forward to a weekend of fun with the people I love the most. My family took me out to dinner and told me that they did not want to let my actual birthday day to go by without doing anything so my dad is going to make me my favorite cake! I am writing to you guys today because I have a new YouTube video out now! I decided to film myself cleaning my awfully messy closet and the process that I personally go through when I clean my closet. I am going to try my best to maintain the cleanliness of my closet and break old habits of just tossing clothes here and there. If you would like to see how I cleaned my closet, please give my video a watch, thumbs up and subscribe to my channel!

One thing that I did not mention in my video, but I will mention here, is that I now have a Poshmark account! For those of you who aren’t familiar with this app, it is an app where you can buy and sell all your fashion items to and from others. I was hesitant to make a Poshmark account since I dislike the fact that everything needs to be an app you must download on your phone, but I went ahead and got myself Poshmark after re-seller stores did not take my items for their worth.

You guys, I have some never before worn dresses from Gianni Bini and Hell Bunny and some other cool things you may like! Cleaning out my closet made me really ask myself whether or not certain items still needed a space in my closet and because of this, anyone who finds me on Poshmark can look at some of my items and purchase it! I promise you guys that I do not charge that much for these designer items!

This is the link to my Closet on Poshmark: https://poshmark.com/closet/alamocitysara

Thank you all for reading my blog and stay stylish!

 

Imperfect Things About Me That Make Me Perfectly Happy!

No one is perfect. We hear this all the time, but we often need to be reminded constantly about this fact! I see all these models on Instagram for example and there are times where I find myself comparing my body to their body. Or I see a fashion blogger with a big closet full of clothes and it makes me look at my own closet wishing it was just like theirs. Whether you think someone is perfect because of how they look, who they are, or what their lifestyle appears to be like, do not feel like you and your life is not good enough. In today’s blog I am going to point out imperfect things about myself that make me feel happy at the end of the day.

  1. My Random Dimple- When I smirk or have a smug face rather than actually smiling, a random dimple on my right cheek will appear! I think dimples are adorable. Especially when it’s a dimple from smiling, but what makes my dimple so imperfect is that it will only appear when I am making a weird smirk or face.happy5
  2. My Square Shaped Butt- I have heard people describe butts in various ways and for a while, it seemed like everyone was just all about the bass! Social media has also made it seem that the only good looking butts were either the really round ones or the heart shaped ones, but my butt is more of a square shaped butt. Despite my butt not fitting into the mold of the most desirable shape there is, I still think it’s round enough!happy4
  3. My height- I am 5ft 2 in. tall and I always wished I was taller! But the way I see it is that I can always wear heels to be taller on those days were I really cannot stand my own height.happy.jpg
  4. My Knee Scars- You cannot tell that much in this photo, but I have scars on both my knees. My favorite things to wear are dresses and skirts and I absolutely cannot stand pants! The scar on my left knee looks like the Nike logo and the scar on the right knee is from skidding on the street after tripping in the middle of my afternoon run. My mom was so upset and freaked out after seeing all that blood. The reason I love my scars is because there are some crazy stories behind them.dscn59681.jpg
  5. My Sorta Flat Tummy- Us women always freak out about our bodies! STOP! One thing that stands out when I am wearing high waisted skirts especially, is that there is always this center crease across my stomach that shows that my stomach is folding a little when I am sitting down or when I am not purposely sucking my stomach in. So my stomach is only sorta flat, who cares? This makes me happy because it reminds me that I am well fed! You can also see this tummy thing in that last picture.happy3

Last Day of School Outfit + Future Plans

“I AM SO DONE!”

I know many of you hear these words when someone has had enough of whatever is going on and are really frustrated. HOWEVER…I am actually saying this in total happiness and joy because I have officially completed the Fall semester of 2017! I can finally focus more on my personal endeavors for the next two weeks, which means I will hopefully have some more YouTube videos posted on my channel for you all to see as well as more blog posts on here. I still post daily on my Instagram account which you can find at: alamocitysara

I miss writing on here and I know that I haven’t been as active as I have in the past, but with the workload of being a full-time student out of the way, I know this will change. I have only received one final grade which was a 97 in Business Communication. I am still waiting for my other grades, but as soon as I get them, I will let you all know. With that said, I want to take a moment to congratulate anyone who may be graduating this year! I personally do not know anyone who is, but for those all around the world who are…

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Although I am done with school for now until Spring, I wanted to show you guys what I wore for the last day of school. I wanted to end this tough semester on a good note, so I wore my power color: Red!

MY OUTFIT

My mom thinks that I am obsessed with plaid and you know what? She’s absolutely right! Especially red plaid! Black and red just go so well together and I just love wearing these colors. More than half my closet consists of these two colors together and I wouldn’t want my wardrobe to be any other way. A lot of those who have red hair refrain from wearing red clothing because they think it will be a bit of an overkill, but in my book I strongly disagree.

To quote Sheryl Crow’s lyrics, “If it makes you happy, it can’t be that bad!”

Everything in this outfit are pieces that I’ve had for at least two years. The plaid top is from Macy’s and the brand is Material Girl. You cannot see it in this picture, but on the back of this blouse where my shoulders are, there are black sequins! Sequins are a must in your outfit if you plan on going out on New Years Eve!

My leather skirt was on clearance at Express. Still a shopper on a budget here! The tights are from Target and the flats are from Shoedazzle. I’m due for a new pair of black flats now that I think about it. I also want to bring up the fact that when I woke up yesterday morning, I had no idea what to wear. When in doubt, go for one of your go-to outfits or keep your outfit neutral with a pop of color. This will give you an effortlessly cool look for the day.

MY PLANS

  1. Loved Ones

Other than my fashion endeavors, I plan on spending some time with loved ones. I get so busy with work and school that it is always a struggle for me to make time for everyone I care about that does not live under the same roof as I do. I struggle with the fact that I spread myself too thin because I try to make time for everyone. So even though I am looking forward to spending time with friends, I am also going to challenge myself to continue to put myself first.

2. Fitness

I am also going to try to focus on my fitness during these next two weeks. I am a runner, but I hate treadmills. I only want to run if it’s in the great outdoors, but if it’s cold outside, I am not going to want to leave my warm house! I also rely on the gym on campus and at work to help me stay active and fit, but if the facility is closed, so is the fitness center! Let’s not forget the fact that my hardcore Mexican family is going to be making a ton of tamales and all these other goodies and I cannot say no to food!

3. Reading, Writing, Drawing

When I am not drowning in homework or focusing on fashion and I get some time to myself, I am usually doing one of these things. I am going to be reading a few books, starting with The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and Save Me From Myself by Brian Welch, (Korn’s former guitarist). I’ve read Welch’s book before, but I want to read it again! The Night Circus is a book that I started reading, but never got to finish. I already have these two books on hold at my local library.

 

I hope that anyone who is a student enjoys their free time as well as all hard-working employees who are getting some free time during the holiday season. I hope everyone gets to have a great time and enjoy themselves. While not on here, you all will now know what I will be up to!

Thanks for reading and stay stylish!