Why Red Is My Favorite Color

I am uncertain if us girls ever remember the first time we really felt beautiful. I was watching The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air this morning and they were showing the episode where Ashley is about to have her first year in high school Carlton and Will. Will allows her to hang out with him and his friends until she makes friends of her own. Ashley then notices how Will and his friends looked at girls and how they would rate them on their looks from a scale of 1 thru 10. This makes Ashley begin to look at herself and change in order to get this sort of attention from boys as well. The point of me bringing this up is because I remember feeling just like Ashley. Feeling like every other girl was prettier or more desirable and likeable. Just like Ashley did, I begin to dress a certain way and put myself through so much just to feel pretty.

I was Ashley’s age when I went to the mall and bought myself clothes. I had saved some birthday money and went to the mall and told myself that I couldn’t be beating myself up over not being the tallest, or the smartest, or the one with the nice boobs, or with the flawless complexion, or a size 2 and so forth and that I had to just work with what God gave me.

Although red is a color I’ve always been drawn to, I fell in love with the color when I found myself inside Charlotte Russe trying on this red blouse and stared at myself in the mirror for a long time. I actually felt beautiful. This color looked great on me! I got a taste if confidence and self-acceptance.

At that moment, I knew that I wanted the color red to be on mt quinceanera dress. I knew that I wanted to one day dye my hair red. I bought red lipstick which became a part of my identity. I now have so many red clothing ij my closet and have even earned myself the nickname “red” at work because of my red hair and the fact that every outfit I wear has something red on it. Even my iPod is red!!!

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I love this color because it makes me feel beautiful, confident, empowered and unstoppable. The color itself is bold and makes its presence known and I love it! Red will always be my favorite color. What is your favorite color and why? Love yourself and stay stylish.

 

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The Colors Of My Closet

Do you tend to gravitate towards the same colors when it comes to clothing?

For a lot of women, it’s black because it is a neutral color that is easy to pair with anything and also gives women the look of appearing slimmer. Who doesn’t want that?

I am also someone who loves black clothing, but other than this color, my closet is made up of reds, pinks, and some blues. I have tons of dresses that are black and red. These two colors together are my weakness. I have so many black and red clothing that I have earned myself the nickname “Red” at work because I’m always wearing something red, and of course, my red hair! Red and pink are my favorite colors. Valentine’s Day is the best time of the year because these two colors are everywhere and I LOVE it!

I almost wore black and red today for my photo shoot, but I challenged myself to make things a little bit different. Instead of wearing black and red, I changed these two colors to pink and gray! Yes, I know they are the lighter colors of black and red.

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I loved this outfit so much and the colors took me outside my comfort zone! These colors looked really well together and I was pretty surprised how nice this outfit came out.

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Here were some things I did differently with today’s shoot that I normally don’t do….

For starters, I never trade black and red for a different look. Secondly, I never wear my caps backwards like this because I always felt silly wearing it like this. Lastly, I always photograph better on my “good side” which is my right side of the face, but I purposely looked the other way to see how my left side would be in photographs.

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This outfit has become one of my favorite outfits I’ve ever taken photographs in. I would’ve never gotten such an eye-opening experience or better feeling if I stuck to wearing my usual instead of breaking outside of my comfort zone. I guess what I am trying to say is to give other colors a chance. If you want to stick to black, that’s great, but try to add in a color you’re curious about and give it a try!

Be colorful and stay stylish!

What The Rain Told Me

Hello everyone! As you know from yesterday’s post, it was raining here in my hometown. I left out some details of the significance of the rainy weather so let me explain by saying this first, it stormed so badly in my area that I was only at work for an hour before everyone was sent home due to a bug power outage. The rain came in with a bang and caused flooding, many accidents, power outages, stalled cars, lightning shows, gusts of raging wind and panic to a lot of people who were out and about or watching the news at home. Eventually the rain did stop in the evening, but man was it scary Monday morning.

I never saw this storm coming. Never heard form anywhere that there was a chance of rain or anything like that so I was definitely taken off guard. Secondly, the rain washed away a lot of filth. The plants are standing tall and bright now and the streets in the neighborhoods look brand new. Whatever bird poop was on my car prior to the storm was long gone and when the sun finally peeked out, it was like a different place than before. This got me thinking of my how much my soul could use a bit of cleansing.

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I had school, work, my fashion endeavor, my fitness journey and social life all over the place and organization was non-existent. I am going to really try to be more consistent and to be honest, I really enjoy blogging at night before bed because it reminds me of how I used to write in my diary, but once school starts, I am not sure if anyone is going to stay up to read my blog. I can still post in the evening, but it would probably be at 9 p.m. which I believe is a respectable hour.

Speaking of consistency, I want to transform my Instagram into a set theme or pattern instead of posting random things all the time. I have been YouTubing videos on how to edit photos, how to pose, how to set a theme, how to view grids and all sorts of things. I am able to dive deeper into this now that I finished my summer courses! I took two classes and gave it my best shot and thankfully came out with passing grades in both classes. I owe it to myself these next two weeks to put myself first now and focus wholeheartedly on my blog and on my Instagram and of course taking some fashion photos for you all.

So how does any of this relate to the rain we had over here?

Well for starters, the rain was pretty scary at first and things got pretty ugly. I felt this way when I started this blog and my Instagram account. I found myself doing the first photo shoot and felt kinda silly posing in a park. I honestly felt overwhelmed and tired afterwards. Overwhelmed and tired were feelings that I got know a bit too much this summer. Now that I do not have to worry about going to school, some weight has been taken off my shoulders.

Secondly, the rain went all out at first and flooded everything, but after a while it was more steady. This is how I feel about the way my Instagram account is. I uploaded about four photos the first day I created my Instagram which was June 4, 2017. I also posted about three photos a day which was super tiring and an unrealistic expectation of myself. Now I try to post one photo a day and sometimes two. Either way, I don’t want it all to be revolving around the same shoot because I don’t want to annoy followers with the same kind of photos over and over again.

Lastly, the rain nourished everything around it in a way that no human simply can’t do by themselves. This taught me that I am going to need help from others if I really want my fashion endeavor to be a success. I am a very independent person and I hate asking for help, but I need it. I can only take so many good photos of myself, by myself. It helps when someone can take your photo. Also, I cant be the only follower to my fashion account and expect people to get tips and outfit inspiration. I am seriously nothing without any of my followers so I will end this blog by telling you all thank you again for becoming a part of my fashion family and following my Instagram account or blog right here on WordPress. Your support means everything to me and I always try to be as interactive with you all as much as possible, so don’t be a stranger, say hi and comment once in a while on here or on my Instagram. I love hearing from you all.

Think about what it is you really want and just go for it! But remember to stay stylish while you are out there working for what you want!

Staystylish

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 Favorite Perfumes

For those of you following my Instagram account, you probably already know that I was really feeling those girly vibes today. For those of you who are not following me on Instragram, you can search for alamocitysara and follow me!

Today I wore a floral printed dress and some pink seahorse earrings and topped off my finished look with some perfume. Statistics say that people who put on some type of fragrance before they walk out the door, that they instantly become 20% more attractive than those who do not!

I wore today’s outfit with my favorite perfume which is Daisy by Marc Jacobs.

I discovered this perfume through a perfume sample in Seventeen┬ámagazine. It wasn’t one of those samples that they just spray on the paper, but an actual little trial size that I was able to spray and wear to school whenever I wanted. It has a very youthful scent and does not make girls seem like they are trying to be all grown up, but at the same time it demands a little more respect to be treated as a young lady versus just a teenage girl. I loved it so much that my parents ended up buying it for me for Christmas.

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My second favorite perfume is actually from Victoria’s Secret’s sister store, PINK. Personally, I shop PINK more than Victoria’s Secret because I love their pajamas and workout gear. What attracts me to shop both of these stores is that it just smells so amazing in there! The first time I sprayed PINK’s body spray, Cool & Bright, I knew I had to come back for it on pay day. First off, I loved the fact that it said Cool & Bright. I felt that the name reflected off of the personality of whoever wore it. When I went the the register to purchase it, I won the jackpot when the cashier told me that I could mix and match four different PINK products whether it was body mist, lotion or body wash and get it for just $25 total! Since I wanted in on this deal, I also bought a pink glittery body spray, Wild At Heart, that is perfect to wear with off-the-shoulder clothing because I like to spray it on top of my shoulders and in my collar bone area. I actually bought these body sprays right before I saw the movie Beauty and the Beast. It was a pretty great day.

 

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This next perfume is one that I like to spray when I am wearing black for some reason. I think that the scent is very sophisticated and a bit mysterious and it is Eau de Parfum by Armani Code. Every time that I wear this, someone will tell me that I look nice today. I don’t know if this is a coincidence or maybe a lot of people think that black is my color. Either way, it feels pretty good to be complimented! The best way that I can describe this perfume is that it is like a very feminine cologne. It is also a little more fragrant than my previous perfumes so just one spray goes a long way.DSCN3219[1]

Another one of my perfumes that will last all night with just one spray is FlowerBomb by Viktor & Rolf. It is definitely an evening perfume that is really great to wear for a date. I got this one as a Christmas gift and hadn’t heard of it prior to that day, but I really liked it. I think that this spray would be a little too much for a teenage girl, but definitely flattering on a young woman.DSCN3217[1]An evening perfume that is a great scent but not as fragrant is Midnight by Ralph Lauren. This is the perfect perfume to wear if you prefer lighter scents, but still plan on a night on the town. I actually wore this perfume on my second year anniversary with my boyfriend a few weeks ago! The scent is light and has a hint of floral to it and it could also be worn to the office as well.DSCN3224[1]

Last but not least is another perfume from Victoria’s Secret and it is called Love Is Heavenly. I got the travel size style and unlike all my other frangrances that spray out the product, this one is one that you rub on yourself when applying it. This one reminds me of Romance by Ralph Lauren which is a perfume that has been around since 1998. I think it is always good to have at least one travel size perfume to carry with you when you are on the go. You never know when you might need it!

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That’s all I have for you guys tonight. Whether you are going out on a date or to work, it doesn’t hurt to spray a little bit of fragrance before you walk out the door. When it comes to putting on fragrance, be mindful of how much you out on. We all know that too much of something is not a good thing. Spray your wrist and chest and you should be good to go! Until next time, have a great night and stay stylish!

 

 

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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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!