Black and White/Pink/Multi

I’m in desperate need of heeled sandals for spring and summer. I’ve amassed a huge collection of sandals and flip flops of all shapes, colors and sizes, and yet have somehow neglected the fact that I don’t have heels for less-casual occasions (wedges and closed-toe heels obviously don’t count). Knowing that Zara has a huge collection of fabulous and affordable shoes, I hopped over to their site to see the latest styles they had in for spring – and (of course) I wasn’t disappointed. The black and white pair is more neutral and conservative but still modern, while the bubblegum pink and multicolored options would be great to mix with pastels and brights alike or to wear as a statement on their own.

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Goals for 2014

                        take a chance       

Last summer, right around sarah kate style’s first birthday, I toyed around with the idea of doing a 101 things in 1001 days list (á la Mackenzie Horan) and publishing it on the blog. Clearly that didn’t work out – and for a few reasons. I couldn’t come up with 101 goals or things to do, crazy as that sounds. I have a few big goals, like moving to New York and traveling to Europe, and a few smaller ones, like buying nice shoes and more purses, reading more, and going vintage shopping with my best friend more often. But in the end, I felt like putting little things on the list (learn to French braid, find a new perfume…) right next to the big ones and the long-term ones felt weird, kind of like bucket-list-meets-to-do-list-meets-shopping-list. At a certain point the things got too general, or I came up with things I didn’t really care about doing just to fill space. Plus, the idea of 1001 days terrified me. I’d be two years older, and the thought of all the things that could happen in that time was overwhelming. I felt like I’d forget the list, or lose interest in it.

But the idea came back into my head this week after feeling pretty down and hopeless about life in general – maybe I do need something to keep me motivated, to keep me occupied. I decided on the first day of January that this is my year of taking chances (and it’s been going really well so far). I’m taking control of my life this year, going after what I want, rolling the dice if you will – and pushing myself into this commitment felt like a good chance to take.

So I pulled up my old list and found I’d already accomplished some of the things, or didn’t want to do some of them anymore, and then I looked up when 1001 days from now is. Now, I know that a lot can happen in that time, but I also know for a fact that things will be very different then (mid-November 2016) from how they are now – I’ll be living somewhere else, with a new job, new friends, almost a whole new life. I’m not as scared of that idea as I used to be, but I came to the conclusion that that time frame isn’t the best fit for me. I like nice, easy, definite deadlines (and 1001 is definitely not divisible by 365) – so I settled on finishing my new, revised list by the end of this year. I came up with 14 (hopefully) attainable goals, which is a convenient and memorable number – 14 goals for 2014. It’s more than one a month (plus I’ve already lost January and most of this month), which feels like a challenge, but it’s not so many that I feel like I can’t get it done. Maybe this will evolve into a 101 in 1001 list, maybe I’ll do that next year, maybe I’ll never do it – we’ll see.

I’ll post my list here (it’ll be accessible through the menu bar, too) so as to hold myself accountable for getting things done. What do you think about setting goals and taking chances? Wish me luck!

14 Goals for 2014

1. Finish Matchbook’s novel (5/50 – my three favorite books show up on the list!) and movie lists (18/50)

2. Post on the blog at least 15 times a month

3. See Stonehenge and Big Ben when I go to England this summer

4. Go to New York at least twice

5. Get into a better daily routine (try to get more sleep!)

6. Finish putting together and hanging up my gallery wall (here’s the wall now)

7. Go vintage shopping with my best friend at least three times

8. Buy three new fashion/design books

9. Paint gold chevron on one of my bedroom walls

10. Take up yoga

11. Buy a classic pair of black heels

12. Go to the BMA re-opening gala this fall

13. Bake perfect macarons

14. Completely organize my office


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happy20142013 had its moments: sarah kate style’s first birthday, a few great vacations this summer, and lots of time to relax and reflect. But, disappointing as it is to say, I’ve had better years. That’s why I’ve resolved to have 2014 be my best year yet – I’m already planning my resolutions, with everything from reading more to drinking more water to taking chances. Despite this year being a little lackluster for me, I still feel nostalgic in watching it go. I hope you all have a wonderful New Year.

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Here’s What’s Up…

this too shall pass (image taken from Pinterest and edited)

Let me begin by saying how terribly sorry I am that I haven’t been posting regularly, or recently. I can explain.

This summer, I had a lot of free time. Between weekends and vacations and social events, I had plenty of time to do the things that I love. There was still work to be done, but it was little and manageable. It was summer – so naturally, life was pretty good.

But fall came, and so did the end of summer, and the work started piling up. I was (and still am) a little overwhelmed by the sudden influx of projects and social events and obligations. It all came crashing down on me, and I hardly had enough time to do what I really had to, let alone to do the things I wanted to – like this blog. I’ve always known that sarah kate style is not my priority, but I’ve never not been able to work on it for weeks on end. There’s new stuff going on in my life. I’m still working to figure it all out.

I’ve also been sick two times already this fall (nothing too serious, just enough sniffling and coughing to make me feel miserable), and all of these things piling up that I can’t really control have made me feel a little depressed. When the weekend would come and I had some free time, I wouldn’t feel like doing the things I love – reading, talking to friends, baking, writing this blog. I’m starting to feel a little better (although I’m sick at the moment), but I’m still working on getting back to my normal, happy self. I’m trying to make time for this blog, too, and I hope you’ll all keep following.

I’ll be back on Monday with something stylish. xx

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