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!

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Friendship

Not too long ago, I was enrolled in an English Composition class my freshman year of college. It was a strange time for me since I was getting over a guy named…we’ll call him Jordan, who had completely went ghost on me. I was 18 years old and constantly asking myself what it was that I had done so wrong. I turned to writing. We had an assignment where we had to define a word of our choice and write an entire essay explaining our own personal definitions. I chose the word friendship.

During the time after Jordan had gone ghost on me, I was a confused wreck just going through the motions of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and then Monday again. It was also a time where I found out who my friends really were. Friends are the people who are there for the good, the bad, and the ugly in your life and wow, was my life at its all time low around this time.

Let me not get too ahead of myself just yet and enlighten you with this fact, there’s a difference between being popular and just being a known misfit. I bring this up because I talked to the same two people every day in high school which are my best friends Briana and Marissa. These two are sisters to me. I was never given a sister biologically, but I am perfectly happy with the two that I sought out for myself.  Anyways, I remember texting Marissa about everything that was going on when things were good. I am not one that is open to expressing my feelings, but this was never an issue with my two sisters. I remember coming home one night and in the back of my mind and in my heart…I somehow knew that I was never going to see Jordan again.

Even though I had a feeling this was coming, it didn’t prepare me for the sense of forlorn that I was carrying and the wonders of what was so wrong with me that made Jordan ghost me. I was in a situation that I saw in movies and TV shows all the time and would think to myself that I was never going to be “that” girl. I couldn’t change the past, so with the help of my two best friends, I was able to get over the feeling of believing that I was not good enough. I was able to build trust in others again. I was able to build a stronger relationship with myself by loving and respecting myself more.

I look back at how my friends really came through for me when I went through this. Now-a-days, I have friends who are willing to open up to me about their situations and I may not have a solution for them, but I am always there to listen to them. Sometimes that’s all you really need. I value every single friend that I have and I firmly believe that there is a reason why I have crossed paths with each and every one of them. I will always love my friends more than they’ll ever know. I still have a small group of friends, but I would give my last breath for them all.

There really was no point of this blog being fashion related, but tonight I found myself laying in bed and thinking about all the faces that I enjoy seeing or the fact that my world just stops and all my attention goes to them when I see their name pop up on my phone. I think that it is important to remember our friends no matter where life seems to be taking us or whatever else is going on. I love being Alamo City Sara, but I will honestly be more than happy just being happy-go-lucky Sara without an h any day.

Have a great week everyone and do not allow yourself to be so caught up making a living that you forget to make a life! 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.

 

 

What Happened Yesterday?

Hello everyone. I woke up this morning in a panic when I realized I forgot to blog!

Fear not, I will explain my whereabouts. For those of you who haven’t noticed yet, if you see the name Andrew in the comments section sometimes, he is my boyfriend. On top of that, he is the lead guitarist in a local band here in San Antonio, TX named Like A Sparrow. They had a show last night at Brick at Bluestar along with some other local artist. I went out to support him and cam back home pretty late last night.

I took some pictures of the band from last night and refrained from taking any pictures of myself since yesterday was all about my love and the band. I was going to dress up really nice, but I wore the band’s t-shirt instead. I have to support the band!

The front man of this band is actually my friend Jonathan who got married about three weeks ago! This was the first time I got to see him and his wife since the wedding day. Other than supporting local music and reuniting with some friends, I was constantly filming using Insta-stories which used up most of my phone’s battery. If you are curious to know how my boyfriends band sounds, I really recommend for you to go to my Instagram and check it out. I unfortunately didn’t film aside from Instagram.

Like A Sparrow has released their single “Smile” which is available now to purchase and download online! Give it a listen and remember to support local music and stay stylish!

Like A Sparrow also has their own Instagram account. Follow them for better images from last night and updates! Their Instagram is @likeasparrowband

If you like the other artist from my Instagram stories, you can find them on Instagram too @_ajvibes and @c.rose_95 and @brvndonheinzz_

Check out the music video by C. Rose named “I-35” too if you can! You can find it on YouTube!

 

Chester Bennington…You Will Be Missed

Hello everyone,

Today’s blog is about a musician that helped shape my brother’s and my childhood. Chester Bennington, front man of Linkin Park, songwriter and actor, has passed away today, July 20, 2017. I heard about the news from my boyfriend who also loves music as much as I do. We are both speechless to the breaking news and cannot process any of this information right now.

For today’s post I want to take a moment to send my condolences to Chester Bennington’s family, friends and fans who also stopped dead in their tracks the second they heard this. Hybrid Theory and Meteora were albums that I would play in my CD player, long before I had my first iPod Nano. Their album Minutes to Midnight which came out in 2007, had their song ‘What I’ve Done’ in the very first Transformers movie and when I first listened to it I got the chills because Chester Bennington’s voice was so stunning. I saw that movie the summer right before I started middle school and found myself listening to Linkin Park a lot again.

I also love the fact that Chester did a song in the Queen of the Damned soundtrack which is named ‘System’ and is my personal favorite song from that CD. He also did some acting and I can remember him clearly in one of the Saw movies. He really seemed like a down to earth guy and I knew I should’ve seen them in concert the last time that Linkin Park came to my hometown. If any of you guys have ever seen them in concert, let me know in the comments below.

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Now on a more serious note…

Reports say that Chester was found dead in his home after committing suicide. Suicide is a serious issue that we need to constantly bring awareness to and take action in order to prevent it from happening. Depression is a real deal. I have never suffered through depression, but I have a lot of friends who have. I admit that I have been naive about depression because I didn’t understand it nor could I relate to it. But instead of blowing my friends off because they were depressed, I offered my time and prayers to whatever they had to say and just tried to be a good friend to them.

This leads me to inform you guys that I never had a solution for anyone’s problems, but I know that sometimes what people need is to just talk to somebody. Anybody. Find someone to talk to because I know for a fact that we are not alone in this world and there are good people out there who are here to help you and may be just a call away.

For those of you who are like me and have not personally dealt with depression, remember to be kind. Consider the fact that maybe the person next to you may be having a bad day or that there are many people out there who are wearing a facade because they do not know how to cope with whatever they are going through. We do not know people’s lives and people do not know our own lives.

Here is the national Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

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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!