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.Ā  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 šŸ™‚

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My Red Hair! Updated Facts About My Hair Care Routine And YouTube Channel!

I love fashion. I love the fact that it makes me feel so much more confident when I walk out knowing that I look good. Just being honest! I always loved being able to let others know about where I got my clothing or accessories from and even given fashion advice when I worked retail. Since dyeing my hair red, my outfits started to not be the only thing that people were asking about. Although my main focus is my fashion, I couldn’t ignore the fact that many people were asking about my hair color, so…..

I have a video on my YouTube channel so that you can see what my hair stylist does in order to achieve my red hair color! It is a process, and I am going to be honest about everything, so if you are interested, give it a watch! Below is a link to my YouTube channel so you can subscribe to me and turn on your notifications so that you are aware about my videos the second I put it on there!

In the meantime, here are some helpful tips on how to maintain red hair!

1. A Good Color-Treated Shampoo AND ConditionerĀ 20171205_202844

Vibrant Sexy Hair is the shampoo and conditioner that I have been using and it is a keeper. I got mines at ULTA beauty and this shampoo keeps my hair color lasting the longest. Even my hairstylist told me that my roots were hardly showing! I get my hair touched up every 8 weeks. The product’s color is white and it smells like a field of roses!

2.Ā  Refrain From Washing Your Hair Every Day.

I know, I know, I know. This may be gross to some of you, but I remember training my hair to not get so oily so fast for an entire year before coloring it red. If you’re like me, not washing your hair every day can seem like a deal breaker, but it’s beneficial to your hair to absorb natural oils that you need. Start by only washing your hair every other day. It does take getting used to, but luckily there is a great, inexpensive dry shampoo that works really well! The one that I currently use is Dove’s Detox & Purify Dry Shampoo.

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This dry shampoo is still my favorite! I have tried Panteen’s, Clean Freak, L’Oreal’s, and so many others, but none of them do the job like Dove’s for me!

3. Get A Good Hair Serum

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A lot of us who go to the salon know that when our hairstylist washes our hair, it looks so shiny and silky smooth…but when YOU wash it, it just doesn’t look the same! UGH! I know that when I started coloring my hair, my hair started losing its shine, but with a good hair serum, you can still get that salon shine and it will also help theĀ  tips of your hair from breaking after all that styling. The one my hair stylist used on me during my salon visit is Mom’s Neurishing Oil Treatment. Another great one that you can find at the store is OGX Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum. It smells and feels so great!

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4. Allow Your Hair To Air Dry & Do Not Comb It Right Away.

This may be a little more personal for me, but I always air dry because I style my hair a lot and I like for my hair to have a break from that so I always wash my hair the night before about 3 hours before bedtime. I also do not comb my hair right away after getting out of the shower. I lightly soak up the excess water with my towel and wait until 2 hours after stepping out to comb it. I noticed that when my hair is still very wet, that brushing it also brushes off more of my hair dye. However, brushing my hair when damp to dry does not remove more of my hair dye.

5. Wear Hats!

Okay, so we know that another way to not have greasy looking hair without the help of dry shampoo, is also with the help of a hat. It’s getting closer to winter so I am walking out in my beanies and I am so excited! I love hats! Another reason to keep hats in mind is to protect your hair from fading. The sun’s rays can fade your red hair, so be mindful of this if you have red hair, but you’re going to be outdoors for a long period of time.

These are the most recent tips and products that I use so I hope you enjoyed reading about it. Without further ado, check out my YouTube channel and click on the first video on there which is all about my red hair!

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

Thank you guys so much for reading my blog, please click the link above to visit my YouTube channel and watch my video. Also be sure to subscribe and I will talk to you all more later!

Stay Stylish!

 

Change Is Good…Right?

I never pay close attention to horoscopes, but there is a weakness about Capricorns that I read about that said Capricorns always expect the worst. After this week I had a lot of set backs and I realize that I am on my way to some big changes in my life. First off, my laptop thought it would be cool to breakdown on me in the middle of midterms week. the battery is attached to the motherboard so it’s not like it is easily replaceable. I was pretty much told that I would have to get a new laptop. Some may find getting a new device exciting, but I loved my laptop. It’s been pretty hard to let it go. I am mentioning the laptop because this device is the only one that has my video editing software installed in it and because it is not working very well, I haven’t posted any videos on my new YouTube channel this week which I am pretty bummed out about.

Secondly, it was that dreadful time of the year for us college students, because I had to figure out what my Spring 2018 schedule was going to be like. I only have 7 more classes after this current semester and the classes are more concentrated and very limited. I arranged my school schedule the best way that I could, but it requires me to be in school all day Tuesdays and Thursdays. Being in school all day is not a big deal for me, but it is my employment that concerns me.

In the past, I have had to rearrange my school schedule in order to accomodate to my work schedule. Back then, I only needed Tuesdays off, and I was given trouble about it due to my work. So how is it going to be now that I need two days out of the week off? While I am grateful for my job, if my employers cannot give me the days off that I need, I will be forced to say good-bye to my current job and go back into searching for new opportunities.

I love the idea of branching into new opportunities and getting closer to working somewhere that is related to what I am going to school for, but I am fearful that my employers will let me go last minute and I will be jobless for a while before I find something. I even thought of internship opportunities, but as much as I would like for them to be paid internships, a lot of them are not. Beggars cannot be chosers, and I will not hesitate to take an unpaid internship for the experience and being able to put it on my resume. By this time next year, I will be taking my last few classes and I would want to be able to get all the experience that I possibly can.

There is a lot of uncertainty in my life right now, and at first, I really hated it. I hated it because just like my zodiac sign says, Capricorns have a weakness of expecting the worst. But now, I am starting to realize that change is a good thing, because hereĀ are the facts:

  • Technology breaks! They are machines and unpredictable. They are awesome when they do work, and what frustrates me (and probably a lot of people) is that we do not realize how much we rely on our devices until something happens to it. But worse things could happen. I could be dealing with something that is irreplaceable.
  • I love my job. God knows how convenient it was for me and how much it has taught me, but the truth is, I knew I was not going to stay there forever. I knew that eventually I would have to put in my two weeks and say my good-byes and thank yous, but searching for new employment is tough. Luckily us Capricorns have a strength of discipline, which will help me look for new employment if I need it.
  • Change will only begin to be good, when your attitude changes for the good.

This pretty much has been the reason why no videos were posted on my YouTube channel this week, but I will be back on YouTube soon! In the meantime I am going to just live and breathe through it all one day at a time.

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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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10 Things To Never Say To A Fashion Girl

Last night I vented to my boyfriend about how I just couldn’t figure out what to wear and how my room was a complete disaster and that nothing I tried on fit right, blah, blah! Since he is a guy who cannot relate to my feeling of wardrobe helplessness, he expressed that he couldn’t understand my feelings and couldn’t understand why I did not have the capability to, and I quote, “just pick something!”

Judging by the look on my face, he regretted telling me that. I remember sitting up and mimicking, “Just pick something?” Then more angrily, “Just pick something?!

At that moment I thought of the perfect topic to blog about which is *drumroll here*

10 things you should never say to a fashion girl

Here’s a list so check it twice before you even think of saying these words to a fashionista

1.”Just Pick Something” (sorry babe)

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Let me break it down for you why you shouldn’t tell a fashionista this. We would rather be overdressed than show up somewhere looking sloppy. We do not like to look sloppy and we want to look gorgeous. I don’t think my boyfriend would appreciate it if “I just picked” a hoodie and sweats with flip-flops instead of taking the time to look nice. While he wears his button-up shirt and cool kicks, I am pretty sure that he would not want to be seen next to a girl on campus that other students cannot tell if she’s another student or a hobo. No. Not going to happen. Therefore, I cannot and I will not, “just pick something.”

2.Ā  “How do you have nothing to wear? You have tons of clothes!”

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Yes, we know we have tons of clothes. But trends are always changing and so is our desire to keep up with those trends. Is it such a crime?

3. “You’re going out in that?”

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It breaks my heart when I hear this and I know this statement goes both ways whether you look overdone or looking like a walking wardrobe malfunction. Either way, it’s pretty heartbreaking to hear this. If a fashionista takes time to get ready and walks out in a form fitting dress and tall boots with heels and her significant other or loved one tells her she needs to “tone it down” or “change into something else,” it sucks. I hate hearing this, even when I know it is for my own good. When I hear people say this, majority of the time the person saying it is someone who loves the person who just walked out to show off their dress attire. Words hurt more when the words come out of someone you love’s mouth. And it sucks even more when your really thought you looked adorable.

4. “Aren’t you going to be cold in that?”

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Let’s face facts: even though the weather is going to get colder, you still want to wear skirts and dresses right? In my opinion, you should be okay if you have a trench coat jacket to wear whenever you’re outdoors. A few years ago I wore a high-neck, floral blouse with a blur skirt that hit me right above the knee with some flare to it and heels for Christmas. I was proud of myself for finding the perfect blue coat to wear over it. Once I got inside my grandma’s house, once I took off my jacket and sat down, she took one look at my outfit and asked me, “aren’t you cold in that?”Ā Because she is my grandma, I laughed it off.

5. “This item is sold out in your size…”

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This is a straight-up horror story. Period.

6. “Maybe this can be your Christmas/ Birthday gift”

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No. I want it now or as soon as pay day comes!

7. “Gift cards and money are the worst thing to give someone for their birthday/Christmas!”

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*spits out water in shock* Says who?? We can all use a little more money whether it comes in paper or plastic. I don’t see why these things are viewed as “thoughtless” gifts. Whenever I get these things, I know that the person knows that I am picky and a broke college student. They are doing me a big favor by giving me a gift card or money instead of buying me something that I probably wont use. I would like to know your opinion on this! Do you think gift cards and money are thoughtless gifts? Leave a comment!

8. “Oh, you must have a lot of money”

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A person’s closet builds up over time. Not all at once! Can fashion blogging get expensive? Yes! But so does smoking and drinking. So does musical equipment. So does automobile maintenance. So does sports. So does art. All hobbies come with a price whether it is financially or time consuming. We do these things by choice and no, this does not give anyone the right to assume we have all the money in the world. I assure you that a lot of us do not.

9. “You can never find anything good at the thrift store”

Yes you can! People get rid of great, quality items all the time! You just need to take the time to look around.

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10. “Maybe your outfit will finally catch so and so’s attention!”

I heard this a lot when I was single, but you know how us girls do NOT by $30 blushes to get a boy’s attention? The same goes for clothes too! Especially fashion girls who buy clothes because they want to look good for themselves!

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This marks the end of tonight’s blog. I added Dean Winchester GIFs because his facial expressions just kill me! I hope you guys enjoyed reading this blog and learned something today. Good night 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! šŸ˜‰

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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 šŸ™‚