Shopping Spree With MomPart 2

I promised you all that I would blog about my second shopping spree adventure with my mom so here it is!

I’m not going to lie, one of the main reasons I wanted to do this was because I wanted to pay close attention to what she liked so I could get it for her for Mother’s Day. Normally I like to go shopping for her and pick a gift that I think she will like, but this time my finals ended later than usual and I didn’t realize how close the big day was already. My bad. I know this may be a cop out kind of thing to do, but my mom was all for it! Yes, I ended up admitting to her my entire plan.

We are both silly with one another and honestly, I was just going to buy her her gifts and give them to her the day we went shopping, but she decided to make things more interesting by letting me hold onto it so I can wrap it and give it to her on Mother’s Day. She even told me, “I’ll just act surprised and the boys (my dad and brother) will never know!” I honestly didn’t think my mom would be willing to play along with my plan so well. Gotta love her!

So we went to the same little shopping center since we had seen some things we liked and wanted to take advantage of our coupons and sales. Our first stop was Marshalls again because my mom had heard that they were going to be carrying some Anastasia products, but we could not find any. Yes, we were one of the first customers there that morning and we still could not find what we were looking for. Some things are just so hot that by the time you blink, they are gone!

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  1. Ross: Black Flats for $9.99 – I have been desperately needing black flats. I did that closet cleanout video earlier this year and ended up tossing my old, worn-out shoes and unfortunately this included all of my black flats. My mom always told me to never get rid of something that I do not have a replacement for. I guess she was right. Oh, and I had store credit so that’s always a great reason to visit a certain store!
  2. Old Navy: A denim top, grey jeans, and a dress- Okay, so my bill ended up being $95 which is crazy for a broke college student, but I decided to live a little and bought some things I have been specifically looking for. I know that I really don’t need more dresses but I couldn’t pass up this yellow one that was 40% off!
  3. My Mom’s Mother’s Day Gifts! – Okay, so I had more store credit from Ross and I bought my mom more makeup brushes. She has a lot of makeup and brushes, but this cute set came with a bag and it had brushes for the eyes, cheeks and face and I thought it would be a good buy for my mom. At Old Navy, I saw a dress that was hanging next to mine that I knew my mom would love because it had oranges on it. A little back story, my mom and I see lemon printed clothing everywhere. There’s nothing wrong with that, but we actually have our own orange trees in our back yard that we have been growing so oranges hold a special place in our hearts. Plus, don’t hate us…but we prefer tea over lemonade. But we love strawberry lemonade! I feel like an idiot for wrapping her gift before taking pictures of what I got her, but you can see the dress I got my mom here
  4. Panda Express: Could have been 2 plates, but it was 2 bowls- My mom and I were really hungry after our outing, and we were very close to getting plates which is 2 different meats and a side of rice or chow mein. We get to the Panda Express and see that their drive thru was closed so we were forced to order inside and take it to go. The thing is, we get inside and talked ourselves to just getting the bowls instead. We are both trying to portion control our meals more and I know we could have shared a plate, but I prefer chow mein and my mom prefers the fried rice. We took it to go because we wanted to watch a movie while we ate lunch.

We would have gone to DSW, but we still have plenty of time to use our coupon and we also just ran out of money. Yes, we always have a budget. Let’s not get too crazy!

I hope you all have a great weekend and to all my mom followers, Happy Mother’s Day! Stay stylish!

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My Christmas and Future Collection Series

Is anyone already dreading all that after Christmas clean-up?

I am currently looking at my closet and wondering how I am going to clean it all out, but I missed blogging and now that the struggles of Christmas shopping and preparations is over, I am back and ready to share some new and exciting things that are happening!

First off, for those of you that celebrate Christmas, I hope it was merry!

My family made some homemade tamales and it is no wonder so many people would rather buy them instead! It is a lot of work…

Christmas came and went. I am happy to say that I got what I truly needed this Christmas which was a new laptop! My old one would not charge at all. It would stay on 0% and shut off if it was unplugged. The service was slow, and it caused major set backs in a lot of my videos, but I am happy to say that I have a new laptop that will hopefully be more reliable in the years to come. I spent a lot of time with family that I hardly get to see and I enjoyed every second of it. I have been eating so many tamales, but I am going to get back on that workout grind!

My last YouTube video was Last Minute Gift Wrapping Hacks, that I uploaded Saturday and I am currently working on my collection series which is where I pretty much dedicate a video to showing all my shoes, or all my skirts, dresses, scarfs etc…

I got two new pairs of shoes this Christmas, so with that said, I am going to kick things off with my shoe collection! If you are interested to know more about what exactly I have in my closet, you will definitely want to subscribe to my YouTube channel to see my collection series that I am going to have. You can find me on YouTube at AlamoCitySara

I got 248 views on my Rainy+Cold Day Outfits video which is wonderful! I’m so glad this is being useful for some style inspiration! Aside from this video, my Emperor Kuzco Costume Tutorial video still has the most views at 377 views! Be sure to give it a thumbs up if you like what you see and subscribe to me! Take a look at my rainy+cold day outfit video if you missed it right here:

I will get my next video up asap, but in the meantime I want to know what you all got for Christmas because I would love to hear all about it! Be sure to always remain grateful for what you have and to just be good people! We only have about a week left of 2017 so make it count!

Stay Stylish 🙂

 

 

 

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!

Texas Weather.

There are many interesting things in this world, but one thing that never fails to interest me is the weather in Texas. You may have heard locals and visitors agree that the weather here is definitely bi-polar and I’m here to declare that statement to be entirely and brutally true.

Earlier this week I was able to walk out of my house wearing heels, a pencil skirt, a sheer tank-top and a blazer. I was a little more dressed up than usual because my 15-18 minute PR presentation was that day and one of our requirements was to dress in business-like attire. I did not take a picture of me in this outfit unfortunately, I was so overwhelmed with all the requirements needed for the presentation and thinking about how there will not only be the class watching, but a panel of 7 judges total watching and asking questions at the very end. My class normally runs for almost 3 hours and I am not kidding when I say this, but I was at school until almost 11 p.m. on that day because of all the presentations, questions and certificates being handed out. So no picture was taken of my outfit on this day.

Tuesday was cloudy. It was cloudy, but chilly in the morning and eventually that chilly wind turned into humidity. I needed to bundle up a little bit more on this day with some tights underneath my skirt, tall suede boots, and a long sleeve top. In the middle of the day however, I wanted nothing more than to take off my tights because I got too warm.

Wednesday it started to rain and the temperature dropped down to 41 degrees. Us Texans can withstand 100 degree weather and we are used to a much warmer environment, so when it drops below 50, we are FREEZING over here. I know this temperature is not a big deal to anyone who lives up north, but to the south, it’s a bit shocking to say the least. Thursday was even colder and still rainy so I was inspired to shoot a video on what to wear on a cold and rainy day. There are 3 outfits that I filmed and I hope to get this video up early next week.

Then, just when I thought that the weather couldn’t get more cold….

San Antonio, Texas got snow on Thursday night. This image is what my backyard looked like last night when it was snowing. Here I am at 21 years old and this was my very first time experiencing snow. My family was mesmerized by the beauty and the abnormality of this happening in a city deep in south Texas. I got to kick the snow, step in it, write my name in it, look up and stick my tongue out like a kid, and my mom even threw a snowball at my back while my dad recorded it. It was the best day ever this year.

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This image is one of our cars and seeing it covered in snow was pretty neat. I enjoyed seeing all the little kids and their families walk out of their homes in disbelief that it was snowing. No one saw this kind of surprise happening. The last time that it snowed in my hometown was in the 80’s, when MY parents were kids!

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This is how crazy Texas weather is. In one week, I got to wear various types of outfits because of the weather. I went from wearing outfits like the one of me shown below earlier this week, to stepping outside looking like Kenny from South Park!

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Here we are on Friday and most of the snow is already gone. The sun was shining when I left my house around noon and there was warmth once more in the great outdoors. Now it is the evening and it is cold, but not as cold as it was 24 hours ago.

I hope you guys enjoyed reading about what the weather has been like here in Texas and although it was shockingly cold to a lot of us, I enjoyed it the best I could because I know that anyone living in California could’ve really used this snow and rain that we got. Especially with all the fires that are happening over there and destroying a lot of homes and tourist attractions. Please take a moment and send some positive vibes or prayers there way because these fires need to be put to an end already. While we are here  bundled up or living peacefully in our homes, someone else is going through something troubling because they may lose their homes. Firefighters have endlessly fought to protect their state and it would be appreciated if any of you who have read this far will take a moment to recognize the tragedy that is occurring and send the best wishes their way.

On a lighter note, keep an eye out for my rainy day video on my YouTube channel and if you haven’t already, subscribe to me! You can visit my channel by clicking this link:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEcAQXGrMMLM5UHV1YIP2Rw

 

That’s all I have for you all for today, stay stylish!

 

 

My Thanksgiving Break and Thanksgiving Day Outfits

I have been enjoying my week off from school the best way that I can and at first, it was really hard to unwind. I am never one to procrastinate and to not think about priorities first, but I had to change my priorities from work and school and into some fun!

I’m not going to lie, I remember leaving school on Tuesday and eager to go spend some time with my girlfriends. I felt a million times better when I showed up to my friend’s house and saw my two best friends in the world relaxing and looking at some notes. These two have been in my life for a very long time and even though I couldn’t spend the other night with them due to my late PR class, I was ready to make it up to them by taking them to see Justice League.

We went to a nice theater and the first thing that caught my attention was the Gelato. I didn’t hesitate to try some samples and eventually have a serving in my possession. Oh, and we also got a large popcorn. Pretty sure I am going to see the photo that was taken by one of my friends on Facebook sooner or later!

The rest of the night was pretty laid-back. We went back to the house and watched Dancing With The Stars. I was fortunate enough to have tortellini for dinner and didn’t even have to worry about cooking anything! As much as I wanted to stay up later, I still had to report to work at 8 a.m. the next day. I was the loser who went to bed early and the loser who had to wake up by a little before 6 a.m., but I was thankful to at least have a job. My shift flew by and I soon found myself back with my friends to run some errands and prepare for our early Thanksgiving dinner.

While cooking, we watched the movie Annabelle….scariest movie I have ever seen man.

Fast-forward about 3 hours and we were finally eating! The rest of the night went by smoothly and after having so much fun, I realized that I had been way overdue for girl time. So there you have it, I am thankful for my best friends in the whole wide world. No matter how busy I get, I know where to find them when I really need them and they’ll never dismiss me.

Onto the outfits on Thanksgiving day…

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This first outfit was for Thanksgiving lunch. Oh yeah, it’s not just dinner over here! Everything in this outfit is from Forever21, but the belt is from Target.

For Thanksgiving dinner, I got a little more elegant.

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Before anyone asks about the skirt, it’s actually a dress! This entire outfit is from Target. The necklace is from the store, The Impeccable Pig.

I hope you all liked these outfits and if you actually read this whole blog, thank you, from the bottom of my heart.  I want to just say a big thank you for all my followers on my blog because this morning I reached 70 followers!

I am thankful for everything in this life so far and not a day goes by without me taking to time to give all that I love some recognition. You guys are the best!

Give thanks and stay stylish!

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.

 

 

How To Get Over A Bad Day

Do any of you guys who drive feel that you have no sense of direction even with a GPS?

I personally have gotten better at finding me way around town ever since I started dating my boyfriend, but before he came into the picture, I only drove to work and school and occasionally to a friend’s house.

I will cut to the chase here for today’s blog topic and say that this has nothing to really do with fashion, but with life lessons and family.

As you guys know, back to school time is approaching everyone (or maybe it already has for you!) so a tradition in my family is to have dinner before the semester starts at a nice restaurant. My mom and I were dressed up in some of our favorite dresses and my dad wore a nice shirt, pants and some new dress shoes he just got. The three of us made our way out and told my older brother to meet us at the restaurant once he clocked out of work. We went to SaltGrass Steak House and ordered an appetizer. We were hoping my brother would be arriving any minute.

Time passed and it was time to place our orders so we did, including my brother’s order. Any minute now, he should be walking through that door.

More time passed when I decided to GPS on my phone how long it would take to get from my brother’s work to the restaurant. 10 minutes.

I saw that there was a red section on the highway so my family assumed that maybe my brother was just stuck in traffic. Then my mom’s phone lit up. My brother was calling so my mom answered. She started to ask where he was. She then hands the phone to my dad who grabs the phone and gets up from his seat. He makes his way outside the restaurant where it was quieter, leaving my mom and I at the table by ourselves. The food arrives before my dad does.

We wait more, not touching our food until my dad comes back. He comes back to the table looking flustered and says to my mom, “I don’t know where he’s at.”

My mom worriedly looks at my dad as he continues to explain that he went to the wrong location and continued to go back on the highway, but doesn’t recognize where he is at. My dad had just told my brother to go back on the highway, take the next exit, pull over and then call us back to better explain where he was. We continued to eat dinner and then my mom’s phone lit up again. My dad picks up and makes his way back outside, leaving my mom and I alone once again.

My mom tells me that she is worried that my dad was going to be super upset with my brother, and to be honest with you, even though I acted cool in front of my mom, I was worried about that too. My dad is gone even longer this time. My mom gets up to use the restroom and I am sitting alone at the table thinking to myself how this was supposed to be a nice dinner. A fun dinner. A nice and fun dinner with my family. That’s all I wanted.

My mom comes back from the restroom and looks even more worried and uncomfortable as she realizes that my dad still isn’t back yet.

My mom and I talk to each other in order to somewhat comfort each other when my dad finally gets back. He sits back down and exhales sharply and tells my mom, “I am just besides myself right now.” He goes on to vent about how he really doesn’t know how he could help my brother if my brother doesn’t know where he’s at or give him any full street name or anything. He goes on to tell us that he told my brother to GPS his way home the best he can and to not worry about the restaurant. We were almost done eating anyway.

Not having my brother for dinner wasn’t even the worst part. It was the uncomfortable yelling that my dad gave to my brother once he got home. So that brings me back here right now as I type. I am still in my dress. Makeup on, shoes on, hair done and everything, but my smile has disappeared. I hate when my dad gets after me, but I hate it most when he gets after my brother.

My Saturday was going so great up until this point, but a bad day does not mean a bad life. Here are my best tips on how to get over a bad day.

  1. Give yourself some privacy and just let it all out. Write it down, call a friend and vent, take a shower and cry in it, sing, dance, do exercise…do whatever it personally takes for you to get that negative energy out.
  2. Treat yourself to an at home spa. You can give yourself a pedicure, put a refreshing face mask on, prepare a warm bubble bath and relax, listen to music etc…
  3. Tell yourself that a bad day does not mean that you have a bad life. One thing I personally do is listen to motivational speeches on YouTube. It is really inspiring. You should try it 🙂
  4. Since you are already on YouTube, look up some funny videos! Kitten and Puppy videos are the best medicine. If you have Instagram, you can also find some cute videos on there. If animals aren’t your thing, look up something that is! Whether it is hair and makeup, vlogs, music videos, workout videos, documentaries, you name it!

I really hope these four tips help you guys get over a bad day. If there is something you do in order to get over a bad day that I may not have mentioned, but works for you, feel free to comment below! That is going to be it for today’s blog, but I want you all to know that I am feeling better already and I have only done step 1 out of 4 🙂 Thank you for reading and turn your frown upside down. Smiles never go out of style.

Stay stylish everyone.