National Thrift Store Day!

Instagram has made me aware that it is National Thrift Store Day today! I personally love to thrift shop and it has saved me a lot of money while also keeping me in style. Thrift Store finds have made their way to almost every single outfit that I wear. You can honestly find a ton of stuff at a thrift store and I really love the fact that when people compliment something I am wearing, that item or piece of apparel is almost always thrifted.

I have no shame in being a thrift store shopper. I am letting you guys know that I almost never buy anything regular priced when it comes to clothes, accessories and shoes. If thrift store shopping is absolutely not your thing, then I recommend that you find some re-sale stores in your area. Re-sale stores in my hometown are Plato’s Closet, Uptown Cheapskate and New To You. These stores buy and sell second-hand merchandise and these items that they buy and sell are usually name brand items!

If you are absolutely not a fan of second-hand clothing, shoes, accessories or anything like that, but still want to save money, I highly suggest saving money for those end of season sales. My favorite store to shop at when this happens is Dillards! I LOVE that store. If you do not want to wait until the end of the season to shop deals, log on to the store’s website and look at their sales and promotions to see if you get lucky!

I hope you guys are all having a great week and are completely aware that staying stylish does not have to be so pricey!

If you would like to see my top four favorite thrift store finds, starting with the frontal view of the summer dress I am wearing in the image below, please find me on Instagram @alamocitysara 🙂

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Work, Work, Work, Work, Work

Before I got my current job, I was working retail. I was working at the store WetSeal and pretty much had the ability to wear whatever I wanted as long as it was an appropriate length and cut that would represent the store and myself well. WetSeal merchandise was always encouraged to wear, so you can imagine just how much I would spend on clothes there on pay day. Plus who doesn’t like a great employee discount?

Now that I am in an office environment, there had to be some changes to my wardrobe. I am the person who sits at the front desk. I answer phone calls, I work on documents, I greet visitors and try to help them with general questions about certain services and because I sit in the front desk, I am the first face people see which puts the need to represent my department well. This put some pressure on me about what I can’t wear anymore. No more ripped jeans. No more spaghetti strapped tops. No more shorts, even if they were dressy shorts. No more shirts that say words like “Tacos & Tequila” or “Beach Please” or “no makeup, no problem” or “all I need is coffee and wifi”…you get the picture. I went into the job interview wearing a high neck black dress and black closed toe flats. I kept the makeup natural looking and straightened my hair. You have no idea how much I researched on what to wear for an interview. Maybe I can blog on some tips soon?

Anyways, my style has transformed since being at my current job and today I am going to show you 3 different looks that I have gotten compliments on at work. This first one is a bit fierce, but it is not over the top. In my personal opinion, mixing two different animal prints is pretty daring and can make any outfit look more trendy. This outfit is under $75 and has started a lot of conversations from visitors to the office.

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This second outfit was under $50! The colors in this outfit made me think of Daphnie from Scooby-Doo! Pretty sophisticated and girly at the same time.

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Last look is one that plays with flawless black and white with a pop of color! This outfit was also under $75 and the skirt was only $4!

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Which one of these outfits is your favorite? Do you want to know details on these outfits? Tomorrow I will be posting more details on these three outfits and am currently working on a video for you guys! I hope you guys enjoyed these looks. Do not be afraid to allow your style to grow up with you! Stay stylish my friends.

 

 

First Date Outfit

Do you remember what you wore on your first date?

Looking back on my first date with my boyfriend, I am consumed by all kinds of emotions. I bring up this topic today because not only did the date land on a Monday, but I should have planned out my entire outfit piece-by-piece, but the truth is that I ended up wearing what was most comfortable to me. Our first date took place in July when the Texas sun was merciless and bullied just about every person who dared to take a step outside. Our first date also landed on the first day of my summer 2 class which was Government. Just so you know, I recall this day better than the national anthem!

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My class started at 11 a.m. and my only plan that day was to go to class and then my first date with this guy I had been talking to for a few months. Since I hate pants, I wore a dress from Hottopic that is black and grey with the bandanna print on it. My favorite thing about this dress however, is the lace detail that lies across the waist. I love that details like this are still conservative without lacking style. Since this dress was the first thing I saw in my closet that morning, I didn’t hesitate to put it on. I paired this dress with some black flats that feature a silver cat head piece on the top.

They were also from Hottopic and were an online exclusive deal that I instantly fell in love with and still own to this day. These two things were really flattering to wear, but my big backpack looked like a turtle shell on me (no I didn’t think of packing a purse until the date was about to start) and my sunglasses had a random fruit print and covered most of my face.

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Even though I was comfortable wearing what I wore, I wish I had taken a purse to switch my things into versus sticking to the backpack. Backpacks are cool, but I seriously felt like a turtle with that big thing on my back! The sunglasses are also something that I wish I had changed. They are cute, don’t get me wrong, but they covered most of my face and looked too silly for a first date when you’re trying to impress the guy you’ve been talking to for a while. Interesting fact, even though he wasn’t much of a cat person at the time, he really liked my shoes! Oh, and eventually I did get him into cats more.

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Thinking about what I wore makes me laugh more than anything because I still wonder what I was thinking with the backpack and sunglasses. The fruit glasses are still one of my favorite pairs of sunglasses that I own, and yes, they still make my boyfriend crack up when he sees me wear them. Even though I really felt that I could’ve dressed better, I can say that I have a boyfriend who loves me and a funny memory of this day with me forever now.

 

My 15th Birthday

I was looking through some old photo albums because I wanted to find a good picture of myself to use for flashback Friday. I ended up looking through my quinceanera album and came across some photos to share with you guys!

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As you can see I had a white dress with a red ribbon across my waist. My dress was actually made by a very talented woman who has her own workshop in her garage. My church wanted my dress to be all white, but I wanted a red dress since that is my favorite color. In the end, we had to come to a compromise. I saw many dresses that I liked, but they didn’t meet the church’s requirements or my family’s budget. We spent about $300 for my dress to be made.

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Okay, so when I turned 15 years old, this was before I had gotten my braces. You can see that I had a little overbite, but I still looked and felt beautiful nonetheless.

I was also straightening my hair because I couldn’t stand my natural wavy/curly hair. I refused to curl it on my big day, so my hair stylist suggested we make a braid in the hairline area and create more of a half up-half down look. We topped it off with a red rose clip one of my tias handmade.

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Last but not least, one of my favorite pictures from that night. To go with my red theme, my cake flavor was red velvet. I was encouraged to take the first bite out of it just for the hell of it and a great picture came out of it! My red lace gloves were from the store Hottopic and were the only thing I wore that wasn’t hand made.

Have a great day and happy Friday!

 

I Am 21 And Do Not Know My Pant Size

Here are the facts of my life in this very moment…

First of all, I just showered and washed my red hair which was a very bad idea. I have light colored bed sheets and since I just got my hair dyed last week, there is a chance that my wet hair can leave orangey-red marks on my pastel green sheets. Secondly, I am trying to pick out an outfit to wear for tomorrow even though I know deep down that I am going to change my mind ten minutes before I walk out the door in the morning. Last but not least, I couldn’t help but notice that I have pants ranging in all types of sizes that don’t make sense to me. How can I be a size 2 in one pair of pants, but then a size 12 in another?

I find it very excruciating when I have to go pant shopping. It is one of the top five things I hate the most when it comes to fashion. I will tell you all the other four things later in another post. I hate that some pants make me look like I have a muffin top. I hate that some pants fit my hips snug, but is loose in the leg area. I hate that some pants even look like there is too much material in the crotch area ( I swear I did not accidentally try on guy jeans) and I really, really hate that pants often make me question whether I am satisfied with my body or not.

Can any of you relate?

Now I know that sizing works differently in certain stores and in different countries, but sometimes I really wish that pant sizes were as spot on as shoe sizes were. That would be so wonderful and would save me a lot of tears. I am the type of girl who finds a pair of jeans or pants that work for her and will buy multiple pairs for it to last me so I won’t have to go through the agonizing trip of shopping for a while.

I have done ridiculous things to save the old and worn out pants in my closet in order to avoid pant shopping again. I have sewn, put patches, lost weight and tailored in order to maintain a pair of pant’s life. I know the ripped jean look is in, but the material in my old pants always ripped or thinned out in the most embarrassing areas. Not trendy at all!

I did not have a specific point I wanted to get across, just the fact that pants stress me out and I cannot stand shopping for new pairs. Without any further ado, thank you for reading about my two cents on how I hate pant shopping. Believe me when I say that if I could be pantless the rest of my life and just wear dresses and skirts only, I would.

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Feed Your Soul Without Using Your Wallet

My fashionistas, financially struggling college students, minimum wage part-time employees, anyone living paycheck to paycheck…remember that it is okay to take a step back and search for what is in your closet before searching for a deal through online shopping. It was about two weeks ago when I decided to set aside some time to go through everything in my closet. I tried on things and realized that not only did things not fit like they used to, but my style has changed over time.

The clothes I felt this way about had no place in my closet anymore so I decided to grab a big bag and started placing these clothes in there so I can donate them to thrift stores. I also took my name brand items and am making a bag that I will take to Plato’s Closet once I finish going through my drawers. By just going through my closet, I ended up donating two bags of clothing and five pairs of shoes from my closet.

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I have also given shoes and clothing to little donation stations like the one in the image above. I was able to give back to the community and make extra space in my closet. I know that donating clothing can be hard when you tell yourself that you will fit back into those pants one day, or if certain clothes have an emotional value to you, but remember that clothes are meant to be worn and flaunted instead of never seeing the light of day again.

If you ever feel this way, my advice to you is to look at my blog post, Wants vs Needs and create a list of the things you currently want and a list of things that you need. Look at this list and ask yourself, “Am I willing to get rid of this one item that doesn’t work for me anymore for a new item I want/need that will work for me?”

If the answer is yes, find your strength and donate!

After donating clothing, you will feel strong for overcoming this obstacle which in turn is great for your soul and does not hurt your wallet. Before donating, I did stop and think for a moment in my car one last time if I really wanted to give all these clothes up. What made me certain that this was the best thing to do, was the fact that there are a lot of people just like me who come to thrift stores in hopes to finding something nice without over-spending.

On a side note since we are on the topic of thrift shopping, guess what?

I won a $10 gift card from Thrift City! They loved my photo of the dress I purchased from their store that I purchased and wore to my friend’s wedding last Saturday. Dress is in the image below.

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And here is the gift card that I won and picked up earlier today!

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So here is how I won this gift card…

First I purchased an item from their store, then I posted a photo of me wearing the dress on my Instagram account @alamocitysara and I used the hashtag #shopthriftcity . Make sure that if this is something that you’re interested in doing that your account is not set on private and that you are certain that there is a Thrift City in your area that you can shop at and pick up your gift card.

That is all you have to do in order to have a chance to win a $10 gift card. They pick a new winner every week and will DM you if you win with details on what to do next in order to claim your prize!

I believe this is all I have for you all today. Make the move to donate and give back to your community. Also take the time to step back and think about what you really want to spend your money on by listing the things you want and need.

Thanks for reading and stay stylish!

Guilty Pleasures

As you all know, I attended my friend’s wedding the other day. It was a beautiful day. Not only did I witness the couple become one, I also reunited with a lot of my friends who I have not seen since I transferred to a university. I was glad to see that my friends were all doing well and just as happy as I was to see the bride and groom getting married.

So why did I title this post guilty pleasure?

Because my guilty pleasure is wedding related. Guys, I love watching the show, ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ and what better time to share that with you guys than now?!

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My great friend wore this beautiful gown that she got from David’s Bridal. It is not over-the-top, but undeniably beautiful on her. The dress had a three quarter sleeve with lace detail and mesh neckline versus bare shoulders. The dress featured a thin jewel piece ribbon in front of her waist and a straight, long skirt with a longer cut in the back. She wore the dress with the long piece in church and was able to remove it for the dance later on.

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The veil was attached to the bride’s floral crown that she made herself! My friends are very into anything Dia de los Muertos inspired, so this floral crown was a nice touch for her big day. Their wedding cake definitely gives off this impression and went well with their wedding theme.20170716_125841.jpg

I love dresses in general, but wedding dresses are just very stunning and there is so many styles out there that I think are very beautiful and can make any woman out there believe that she is truly gorgeous and special. Although I love watching this show, I want you all to understand that I am only into it for the dresses. I hate the drama the bride’s friends and family bring and seeing the poor bride trying to please everyone. The dresses are gorgeous and I love that incredible moment when the bride realizes that she has found her perfect dress.  My friends are a beautiful married couple and are off to bigger and better things together.

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I want to wish my friends a great honeymoon and a wonderful marriage

God bless you both!