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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

DIY Ribbon-wrapped Flower Crowns

If you want to make your own flower crown but only have boring brown or black headbands to choose from and want to make it look a bit cleaner and nicer--this is the tutorial for you! I've been really wanting to make some flower crowns lately, and the best headband I had lying around the house was a braided black leather one, and that didn't quite go with my flowers, so I thought, why not cover it up with some cute ribbon?


Here are the materials you will need:
  • a not-so-cute headband
  • some craft glue (I used E-6000 for extra hold)
  • (not pictured) a hot glue gun
  • a roll of ribbon in any colour and width of your choice
  • fake flowers
  • scissors
  • (optional) embellishments and garnishes of your choice

Now, let's get started!




  1. Starting at the bottom of one side of the headband, apply a generous amount of glue to attach the ribbon firmly--if it isn't properly stuck, all the ribbon will begin to come undone and ruin the whole process!
  2. Begin wrapping the ribbon around the headband, not leaving any blank spaces. It is good to go back over parts that may have some exposed glue and continue from there. Continue to add more glue down on the headband as you go. I like to apply work with cut pieces of ribbon until it runs out and then continue to add more because wrapping with the whole roll of ribbon can get frustrating.
  3. Finish it off the same way that you started and tada! You have your ribbon crown! For extra security, I applied some hot glue at the end of the ribbon to make sure it didn't wiggle away.
  4. Now time to get out your trusty hot glue gun and glue on those fake flowers from the "stem".
  5. Now you are done! You have a beautiful flower crown that looks very well put together and much less like a DIY.
  6. (optional) Add any little details you like to dress your crown up!

And now you're finished! Your friends will surely be asking if you purchased that flower crown at Claire's and you can proudly say that you made it yourself by dressing up the headband just a bit! I had a lot of fun making this, and I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! If you tried it out and want to show it off or have any feedback, leave a comment below!

♥ Sarah

Steps to Getting Over Your Ex Quicker Than Expected

Breakups are hard. For both parties involved, the breaker upper, and the break-upee. But the only way that it will be harder on yourself is if you dwell on your ex-partner and don't make an effort to get over him or her. (Now, please, keep in mind that the mourning period is different for everyone, and some of these steps may not necessarily work for you. These just helped in my experiences. I am aware that I am no expert, but I do have a knack for getting over boys in a snap, and this is what helps me.)

Breakups, I feel, are something practically everyone has to go through to truly understand what they want and need out of a relationship. Some people are lucky enough to have found it with their first try, but for the rest of us, it's a long journey.

Please remember that even without these tips, you will get over that ex, even if it feels like you never will. Some people will always carry a part of that person in their heart, but eventually you will get to the point where you don't even remember his or her birthday, laugh, or even their face. You will find that beautiful, peaceful place of freedom--I am just here to possibly help speed up the process.

01. Don't dwell on the idea that you will get back together. Even if there is the possibility of you and your now ex-significant other to be reunited as a couple--don't expect it, and certainly don't wait for it. Odds are, it won't happen, and waiting idly by is simply wasting your time. I know there are some of you that are convinced that you and your ex are meant to be, and that may be very true, but my logic is that if it's meant to happen, it will happen at that time. In the meanwhile, you can't just wait, you have to continue living your life. Acceptance is a really important first step. If you were really supposed to be together, you would not have broken up (sorry for the tough love!)

02. Cut off communication. Oh boy, this one is not easy--trust me, I've been there. But probably the most vital step if you want to get over your ex is cutting off communication. It doesn't have to be so extreme at first. Like, the moment you break up, you log onto Facebook and delete him or her. But you certainly should not be talking as often as you did when you were in a couple. Another important thing to remember in this step is stop the flirting. It will definitely come as second nature, which is unhealthy after a breakup, so talking less and less as time goes on will help end that habit. Eventually, you will get to the point where you can easily unfollow him or her from Twitter, Tumblr, delete from Facebook and your phone and feel nothing at all. It takes time, and the amount is different for everyone.

03. Try to avoid seeing them, but don't let it interfere with your daily life. This is tricky if you and your ex live in the same town or neighbourhood--but it is crucial not to see your ex in person when a breakup is fresh for many reasons. 1) Feelings are still there, they don't disappear over night. You may feel pretty confident enough to show up to their work and be over them, but seeing them in person for the first time may change everything. 2) You may do something stupid. If you're filled up with rage or hurt when you see your ex after a breakup, you definitely may not have your head screwed on straight and say or do some things you don't mean, which won't make you feel good. The best way to feel good about yourself is holding your head high and don't waste your mind filling it with hate.

Now, when I say "don't let it interfere with your daily life" I mean, don't purposely avoid the mall because there's a chance he or she may be there, just think smart. If you know he or she will be at work that day, maybe you shouldn't go to that particular store. But if you planned to go to a party or event and it just so happens that your ex may be showing up, don't avoid your plans just for one person.

I was lucky enough to be 3,000 miles away from my ex after we broke up during long distance and it really helped not seeing him. I haven't to this day and it's only a few months shy of a year. I'm definitely not concerned about it anymore, because I have a completely new life now that he is no longer affecting.

04. Dispose of personal belongings. This is something to take care of after time has passed following the breakup. Burning old mix tapes and ripping apart photos may seem like a great outlet, but after a breakup, one will be incredibly emotional, a state in which it is hard to think straight. What I found useful was storing items pertaining to that person in a box until I was level-headed enough to know what I wanted to do with it. It took a few weeks before I found out how much better off I was without that person, and I disposed of certain things properly, without rage. It's so important to keep your emotions in check at this stage. Anything that may remind you of that person has got to go. If things have sentimental or profitable value to the other person, you should most likely give it back (through the mail, seeing them is a bad idea (see step 3)!) (Then again, if your ex was really terrible and he or she bought you an expensive ring--sell it and use the money to buy something for YOU that makes YOU feel good.)

05. Find some you time. Learn to love yourself and love being single. It can be hard picturing your life without you-know-who, but being newly-single is the best time to understand the most important person in your life a little bit better--you! Being single allows you to live the way you want and not worry about having to secure the happiness of another. This leads to you learning so much more about yourself which is a must for healthy relationships. Not to mention loving yourself will make you love your ex less and less. Just look what they're missing! Their loss, truly.

06. Surround yourself with loving, supportive people. You may find yourself crying and being down on yourself a lot after the breakup period. A lot of confidence could be shaken and hopelessness may creep up on you, but that's what friends are for! If you surround yourself with the right people, they can help you get back on your feet.

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Avoid the following:

  • Rebounds: don't jump to another person just because you feel like you need to be with someone at that moment or want to use someone to make your ex jealous. Most often, if one feels like they "need" a boyfriend or girlfriend, that's the time they need the most alone time. Not to mention, using people is totally wrong and you could really hurt that new guy or girl if they're into you but you only want them as a toy.
  • Self-Blame. Breakups are usually due to two people just not right for each other, and every person deserves someone who is a perfect fit. Unless you or the person you were with is abusive or cheated, no one is to blame. Especially if your ex was abusive or cheated--it is absolutely not your fault.
  • Moping. Don't stay in your room all day in the dark, scrolling through Tumblr miserable. Keep busy! Do things you love to do. Spend time with your friends and family. And laugh a lot. (Laughter, after all, is the best medicine!)

Now you may be wondering when you'll be ready to move on. The truth is, there is no answer for that--only you will truly know. And if you absolutely are certain you are over that ex, no one has the right to tell you you're wrong. Just stay confident, happy, and don't let the loss of someone that was seemingly perfect in your eyes completely ruin your smile, because you are way cooler than that.

Eventually, you'll meet that special one, and you'll just know. But that's not to say you ever need another person to verify your happiness--because once you find it in yourself, you can conquer the world alone!

Hope this helped all you broken hearted cutie pies out there. This definitely all worked for me. I don't think I'll ever be 100% over the bad stuff that happened to me while in a relationship, but through moving on, loving myself, and finding a pretty cool partner to help me along the way, I will be out of that hole for good and say "_____ who?". Hopefully you all will too!

♥ Sarah

As always, leave a comment below for comments, questions, concerns, feedback, and if you have any of your own advice to give to readers!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Fashion Inspiration: Rachel Berry

There are two things I have to admit to all of you today. One, I am a self-proclaimed gleek. Well, in some aspects, I stopped watching mid-season 3, but I have considered catching up this summer. DON'T STOP READING! I know it's ~trendy~ to hate Glee and all, and I'm not saying it's remarkable story-wise, or eve performance-wise, but I, personally, enjoy watching repeats on Netflix from time to time, and I used to be a die-hard fan back in high school. If you don't enjoy it and thinks it ruins all music and all that, that's perfectly fine, but I find it entertaining! And I think that's okay!

Okay, admission number two, if you can get past the first--I am a Rachel Berry fan. Oh, c'mon! You know she's the girl everyone loves to hate--and I'm one of them. Something about her stride to be amazing is somewhat inspiring, right? Even if she comes off as a total...well, b-word, sometimes. The main thing I love about Rachel is her STYLE. That could be because I was told throughout high school I dress exactly like her and I may own a piece or two from her closet unintentionally, but I just get so inspired with every episode! From her cute animal sweaters to her patent black Mary Jane flats (with knee-high socks, of course!) Rachel is definitely one of my fashion queens! (For the sake of this post, let's disregard the blue pantsuit disaster of Season 1...please.)

Rachel Berry essential: a colourful wardrobe!

Not only does Rachel have timeless school-girl chic, she also continually revisits some of my favourite designers like Marc by Marc Jacobs, Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, Eva Franco, to some of my favourite cheaper alternatives like Forever 21 and H&M. There are even some stunning vintage pieces that the lucky actress, Lea Michele, gets to wear while portraying Rachel.

This girl is so stylish, she even has a whole blog dedicated to her pieces and personal style. What does that tell you? I'm not alone in the admiration!

Glee is filled with fashionable divas, so I ask you, dear readers, if you're a gleek like myself, which songstress would you love to raid the closet of if you had the chance? Let me know!


♥ Sarah

Things We Love: Wigs!

This post comes with quite a bit of back story... Having short hair recently has given me more obligation to accessorise with wigs, something I already enjoyed doing, but seemed a bit strange having already long locks.

I remember the first time I started loving wigs at a very young age. Halloween was my favourite of the holidays because it gave me permission to wear wigs without looking like a total freak (don't worry--I still manage to look like a freak on Halloween!) I had this terribly natty black witch's wig for an extended period of time that looked more like a bundled rat's nest than actual hair. It wasn't until later...the dawn of the Hannah Montana era, that I found wigs to be so fascinating, and I wanted to wear them all the time to change my identity from day to day.


Alas, this was not a favourable phase, so I didn't live up to it for very long. I grew out of Hannah Montana and decided to focus on my own hair, cutting and dyeing it myself... but then came along films like Closer and Lost in Translation, both films featuring a super cute bubblegum pink bob wig on mega-babes Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson. Two movies I dig, two gorgeous actresses, and one wig in the most perfect colour? I was sold. But the only question was where to acquire it. I considered online costume shops, but you never really know the quality by looking at an easily Photo-shopped image, so I just dreamt. It wasn't until my trip to Vienna last summer that I stumbled upon a costume shop with a beautiful shocking electric pink bob wig and I had to have it! Sure, the Viennese folk (and most people at the airport--my dad said they must've thought I was Lady Gaga) turned a few heads, but I didn't care, I loved it! It wasn't the same hue, so I felt a tad more original than blatant copying, but it was still beautiful and really fun! (And you'll definitely be seeing more of it this summer on the blog)


More recently, at my latest trip to Japan Town with Chris, I stumbled upon a long, brown wig (below) at Daiso Japan for only $6, so I figured, what the heck! It turned out to be the most realistic, high quality wig I own, and I cannot stop wearing it (and apparently taking selfies in it)! It makes me really miss my long hair, despite trying to look on the bright side.

Super luscious discount wig: check; Rachel Berry approved dress: check; I'd say it's the makings of a good-outfit-day

I don't know what the big fuss is all about when it comes to wearing wigs. They're fun, fashionable, and gives one a chance to be someone new for a day. If I had it my way, I'd have a wig in every colour, length, texture, and style!

Stay tuned for a tutorial on HOW TO WEAR A WIG WITHOUT IT LOOKING LIKE ONE if you're interested in them as much as I am! But remember, even though dressing up is fun, you should always love you for you at the end of the day! Because you're beautiful exactly the way you are.


♥ Sarah

Weekly Wishes (24/05/13)

01. Kate Spade Radio Samira. Kate Spade is by far one of my favourite brands--probably because of her retro-inspired design aesthetic! While looking through the sale (still far out of my price range), I noticed this adorable vintage radio design shoulder bag that can easily become a clutch, and thought it was just too adorable!



02. Sweet & Lovely Lips Collar Clips. I'm a huge fan of Kate Gabrielle's blog, Scathingly Brilliant, so when she opened up her store Sweet & Lovely, I was taken by her collar and sweater clips, but these lip shaped ones have got to be the cutest thing I ever did see! I am definitely a collar girl, so these would embellish any outfit in the sassiest way!

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03. TopShop Moto Clean Denim Pini Dress. I'm obsessed with over-alls lately (mostly my mum's vintage white short-alls!) and when I saw this TopShop dress I squealed in delight. It is absolutely darling, and I am already planning out ensembles with it already!


04. ModCloth In With The Elegant Undies & Bustier Bralet. I've always been a sucker for cute underwear, as well as anything pink and frilly, so naturally, I loved these high-waisted undies and this bustier. With the buttons and the lace detail, I'd do anything to get my hands on these!


Have a lovely week! Sorry for the hiatus, I'll post as soon as I can!


♥ Sarah

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

ABC Tag

Hello, everyone! I'm still in the process of cleaning and unpacking after coming back to Hawaii, so it's been hard to find time to post. I figured before the next Weekly Wishes post, I'd try out the ABC tag so you can learn a little bit more about me (plus it looked like fun)! Let's start, shall we?

A: Available? 
Nope. Got a pretty incredible man by my side currently.

B: Best Friend? 
Kitty!

C: Cake or pie? 
I'm more of a cake girl.

D: Drink of choice? 
I love Snapple (Apple and Kiwi Strawberry flavours)!  I also really enjoy Chai lattes, strawberry frappuccinos, guava juice, and strawberry lemonade! But at the end of the day, I enjoy a cup of ice water or hot tea.


E: Essential item you use everyday? 

My iPhone.


F: Favourite colour? 

Pink!


G: Gummy bears or worms? 

I love sour gummy worms (but Trolli Eggs are the best)

H: Hometown? 

Born in Victoria, Hong Kong, raised in Vacaville, CA and Kailua, HI. Currently living in San Francisco, which I consider my true home!

I: Indulgences?
CHOCOLATE. And double cheeseburgers -w-

J: January or February? 
February, the month of my anniversary as well as my love's birthday!

K: Kids and Names?
No kids yet. But so far Vivan/Vivienne seems to be a keeper.

L: Life is incomplete without? 
Laughter and smiles :)

M: Marriage date? 
I don't know yet! I'm still young, got lots of time to figure that out.

N: Number of siblings?
Three, one older brother, and two older half-sisters.

O: Oranges or apples? 
Apples!

P: Phobias or Fears? 
I don't like to dwell on them! Let's talk about happy things!

Q: Favourite Quote? 
"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely 
ridiculous than absolutely boring." — Marilyn Monroe

R: Reason to smile?
I've got someone to love that loves me, wonderful friends, an amazing family,
and am living my dream! I like to find reasons to smile even in the worst times.

S: Favourite Season? 
I love autumn, especially since it's warmest in San Francisco in October.

T: Tag 3 or 4 people? 
Anyone who reads this (and leave a link to your post in the comments!)

U: Unknown fact about you? 
Joseph Birdsong is my not-so-guilty guilty pleasure.

V: Vegetable you don't like? 
Hmm... I guess anything canned is pretty gnarly.

W: Worst habit? 
Nail cutting and eyebrow plucking, if those count as habits.

X: X-rays? 
I've never broken a bone, so I've never had one besides the dentist if that's what you're asking.

Y: Your favourite food? 
Cheesy mashed potatoes, organic macaroni and cheese, fresh baked chocolate chip cookies...mmm!

Z: Zodiac Sign?
Leo!

Thanks for reading! And be sure to do this tag yourself and let me know where I can see it! Hope you're enjoying your summer!


♥ Sarah

Friday, May 17, 2013

Weekly Wishes (17/05/13)

Hello, my songbirds, and happy Friday! So many delectable finds this week--I can't wait to share them with you! Let's begin, shall we?

01. Agent Provocateur Natasha Bra & Suspender Brief Set. Okay, so this set is from 2008 and not obtainable (well, it was on eBay, sob) but I just about drooled over it. You all should know my love for  lingerie, and I just love the colour, the lace trim detailing, the attached suspenders to the briefs--sigh. It makes me want to go underwear shopping sometime soon (which I'll need to do anyway...TMI?)


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02. Everything in Japan Town. And I mean everything. Chris and I were celebrating our three month anniversary by taking a trip to Japan Town (and eating at our favourite great deal restaurant--Mifune! Yummy!) and decided to check out some of the shops we enjoy looking in. Some of my favourites are Shibuya and Maido, and I could hardly contain myself this time. If I wasn't "oohing" and "awwing" I was sobbing over the sheer amount of want that I had inside of me looking at the painful adorableness!



03. ModCloth Scene and Believed Dress. Oh my gosh. Let's talk about this dress for a moment. It is absolutely stunning. This is definitely more of a springtime dress but I saw it this week and couldn't help but fall in love. The print is gorgeous and the collar and bow tie front are so dreamy! The designer is Bernie Dexter who designs some of the most intricate and beautiful dresses that are featured on ModCloth! Wish I had a bit more dough, I'd buy this one in a heartbeat.



04. Meowmaid Pins. I first saw this pin in a post on one of my favourite blogs, Mermaidens, and instantly felt my heart pounding. What's not to love? It's two of my most favourite things combined into an adorable plush pin. Not to mention they are so, so, so, so, so cute! They are sold at The Albino Hare, and they've got some other pretty snazzy pins there as well. Which do you like better, white and green, or green and pink?



That's it for this week! Hope you all are doing well, and next time you see me I'll be back in Hawaii!


♥ Sarah

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sorta-Quasi-Semi-Hiatus


Hello, my bubbly babes! The end of the school year has finally arrived--and that means I have a lot to do before I move back to Hawaii! Please pardon the lack of updates lately, as I must prepare to fly home and store my belongings and finish up finals and all of that good stuff! I promise I will be back to posting regularly after Saturday, 19 May (the day I fly back)!

Expect lots of new posts very soon, however! It's going to be a busy summer!
Let me know your summer plans in the comment section!


♥ Sarah

P.S. There will still be a Weekly Wishes post scheduled for Friday, don't you worry!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Weekly Wishes (10/05/2013)

Morning, my darling chipmunks! So yesterday was Friday but it was so very busy (aka I was sitting around in my dorm watching Glee on Netflix) that I had absolutely no time for a Weekly Wishes post! So please forgive me for the lateness of this week's!

Surprisingly, I was really preoccupied with lots of final school work before the semestre is over (no joke this time, which explains the stress-free Glee day) and didn't have much time for online window shopping (or even real life window shopping), but I did see a couple of things this week that are must haves!

01. Maybelline Colour Sensational VIVID Lipsticks. I've been a fan of Colour Sensational by Maybelline for a while now (it is my go-to lipstick--they have so many shades!) so when I saw these new bright colours in Walgreen's, I wanted them all! I only bought no. 865, "Fuchsia Flash" (far right), so far, but there are so many more colours than are pictured below, including some gorgeous plums that I'd love to try out!

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02. 'Silver Linings Playbook' on DVD (or Bluray). Silver Linings Playbook was easily my favourite film of 2012--and it's out on DVD now! I'm a sucker for Jennifer Lawrence (girl crush post soon? Yes please.) I saw it in cinemas twice, but that wasn't quite enough, so I cannot wait to be able to watch it at least twice a day...okay, maybe that's pushing it.


03. ModCloth Homemade Ice Cream Flat in Mint. How perfect are these shoes!? I just about died when I saw them. The colour is gorgeous--the quadruple straps are so charming and old-fashioned...oh they are just so cute! I'd pair them with the perfect pair of lacy socks and a collared dress. You can buy them here, and if you're feeling generous, you could always buy a pair in size 7.5 and send it my way ;)


That's it for my Weekly Wishes post this week! Sorry it was so short and sweet.

In other exciting news--I bought a pair of dream shoes from ModCloth yesterday and I am so excited to get them in the mail! If you want a little sneak peak--here they are! They were 50% off and had my size, so I just had to get them! I cannot wait to wear them for the first time!

Hope you all had a lovely week, and it's almost summer! By this time next week, I'll be back in Hawaii, so expect lots of sunny future posts!


♥ Sarah

Friday, May 10, 2013

Gatsby? What Gatsby?

Here's a short and sweet outfit post for all of you! Last night, Chris and I went to the pre-midnight premiere of The Great Gatsby all dolled up in our fancy Jazz Age inspired attire looking super cute! 

headband: unknown | pearls: from my mama | dress: vintage | garter belt (not pictured): victoria's secret | stockings: american apparel | shoes: gift | gloves: vintage
As for the film, I just about died! It was everything I expected and more--and you know I was singing along to the soundtrack. A truly marvellous experience, and I look forward to seeing it again sometime soon! (With Kitty, perhaps?)

I won't spoil too much about the film if you haven't had the pleasure of reading the book, but please do go see it sometime soon, it's out in cinemas now! Enjoy your weekend!


♥ Sarah

Saturday, May 4, 2013

The Bright Side: Short Hair

Although cutting my hair was a conscious decision, and I don't really regret it, I do sometimes wish I still had long, flowing locks. I know it will grow back, and I knew that I would want it to grow back as soon as I cut it, but lately it's just been hard to feel truly beautiful with my short hair. This is no good, so I decided to take some time to find the perks of having a pixie cut in another addition to The Bright Side.



01. New styling options! I've never had my hair this short before, so it is fun to experiment with different styling techniques and looks that I was never able to do before with long hair. I was stuck on this for some time and decided to use my good friend GOOGLE and found this article with some celebrity pixie cut hairstyles and how to do them yourself! Surprisingly, pixie cuts are very versatile, so you can go from edgy one day to cute and sweet the next to sultry another! It's all about styling.

Also, you can't forget how fun it is to decorate short hair with cute barrettes and flower crowns!

02. Your favourite celebrities can pull it off--why can't you? All right, now this isn't to say you will wake up looking like your favourite actress with a cute pixie cut every morning, but with some tips from above, you can come pretty close! Pixie cuts are so in lately. Celebs like Carey Mulligan, Ginnifer Goodwin, Emma Watson, and Michelle Williams have displayed the cute cut over the past couple of years and it is a trend that's not going away anytime soon!  Ever since I got the cut, I've been told by peers as well as strangers that I look like Carey and Michelle. What do you think?

Now, let me take a moment to say, you should never do something (like cut your hair) in order to look like someone else! You can find inspiration from anyone, but just remember to stay true to yourself!

clockwise, starting top left: Carey Mulligan, Ginnifer Goodwin, Michelle Williams, Emma Watson
03. Less hair means less product! Think of all the money you'll be saving when you have less hair to use your products on--primarily shampoo! I've never had hair this short before, so the transition to using less product was a struggle at first. I'm used to using a LOT of shampoo and conditioner because I have really thick hair. But now that it's short, I don't have to use as much, and my shampoo lasts longer, saving me some cash that can be used on other things (like barrettes!)!


04. Fighting the stereotype makes you feel über feminist! A lot of women and men have the idea that women with long hair are beautiful--CHALLENGE THAT! Of course, we all know that true beauty lies within, but with a cute new short do, you really show that you don't care about the societal standard of beauty and all that gross stuff! But on the other hand...

05. Some guys (and girls) really dig it! Now, let me start this by saying you should never ever EVER do anything to your body for anyone else. You should always do things for you--but that doesn't mean you are a bad person for indulging in the attention of whomever you may enjoy it from. Heck, even if your boyfriend tells you, "I really like short hair." and you decide you would want to see how it looks on you--you're not a bad person. As long as you're thinking about you, you're good--but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy the little perks like compliments from that cute boy in the coffee shop...

06. Now it's nice and healthy. Regular trims are a must for healthy hair, so cutting it all off definitely gives your hair the opportunity to grow back fully healthy (if you take proper care of it, of course!) After years of colouring and bleaching, my hair could have used the fresh start--and it will be so very soft and luscious when it grows back! Which brings us to our last perk...

07. It's hair--it will grow back. You're not cutting off a toe or having major surgery--you're just cutting your hair. It's not the end of the world. If you don't like it, it will grow back. If you simply MUST have it grow faster, look into ways to help your hair grow faster like Biotin supplements (which are available at any drug store), keeping it as healthy as possible, or other DIY methods. But the most important thing to remember is--you are beautiful no matter how short your hair is! Some women prefer long hair, and that's okay. Just as long as you see your own beauty however you are, you'll be on track, and the growing back process will seem to whiz on by!

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Do any of you have short hair or have considered cutting it? What are some perks that you've come up with? I'd love to know! In the meanwhile, I'll be learning how to love my short hair every day by reminding myself of these that I listed above!

♥ Sarah

Friday, May 3, 2013

Weekly Wishes (03/05/2013)

Hello, my fine feathered friends! It's Friday and that means time for another Weekly Wishes! There were so many things (mostly on ModCloth) that I wanted this week, as usual, but here are just a few things I simply must have!

01. Colour Me Good: Ryan Gosling. Okay, so I have a huge crush on Ryan Gosling, but really, who doesn't? (And I mean, really. Guys and girls of all sexualities can appreciate this guy!) After I watched an interview with Elle Fanning  and she mentioned a Ryan Gosling colouring book (she's got an eye for the dreamboat as well) that she got as a gift, I thought "I MUST HAVE THIS". Then, while shopping with some friends, I saw the colouring book in Urban Outfitters. Needless to say, it made its way on my Weekly Wishes list this week.

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02. ModCloth Presh is More Heel. How perfect are these little patent heels? I just about squealed when I passed them by on ModCloth this week. The colour, the t-bar strap, the cute, comfortable height heel--oh what a perfect pair of shoes! I could think of a few things I own that would compliment these well.

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03. ModCloth 127 Flowers Dress. I don't know what I love more about this dress, the minty colour, the floral pattern, the silhouette, the neckline... it might quite possibly be the price! At only $47.99, it's one of the cheaper dresses ModCloth has to offer--especially of the ones I've loved and just about one of the cutest I've yet to see! It is definitely a contender for my birthday dress if it's still in stock--at the moment they are out of my size!



04. ESSIE Nail Polish. I've recently been painting my nails more often (every few days) and want to experiment with new colours! Essie has such beautiful pastel selections that I just die for! I might be using my Target giftcard on a couple of colours next time I go shopping! That will be something I do this summer--collect nail varnish colours to match any ensemble!


  


05. This vintage wedding dress! I am the type of girl that dreams of her wedding day and makes plans way too far in advanced, but I just love weddings! I've always dreamed of what my perfect wedding dress would look like (vintage, of course), and I fell in love with the details of this one on Etsy. I love anything with lots of lace and a big bow!



In other news--if you remember my Weekly Wishes post from two weeks ago, you'll recall that I wanted, nay, needed the May issue of Vogue with Carey Mulligan on the cover--and as of today, I am a proud owner of that very magazine!


I can't wait to read the articles and look through the ads (my favourite part about magazines sometimes!) and of course drool over the amazing photography and fashion in this Jazz Age inspired issue.

Hope you all had a great week and keep on wishing!


♥ Sarah

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Happy Birthday, Rachael!


Today is my darling "twin sister" Rachael's 17th birthday!!! 

I'd give anything in the world to be there to celebrate with you, Rachy! I hope you have the best day ever and I'll be counting the days until I see you again! We will make all the crowns! I love you so much with all my heart! Happy birthday!! ♡♡♡

♥ Sarah


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Happy Days~

Hello, my beautiful little swans! Today was such a lovely day and I just adored my little outfit that I thought I'd do a quick post for you! I usually don't like Wednesdays because I have a morning class (waking up at 7 a.m.! yuck!) followed by another class right after (each three hours)--so I usually need a nap by the end of the day! Not to mention I can't see Chris until he's out of class around 18:30!

Today was different though. I woke up and just had a feeling it would be a good day--and then it was! A good outfit really does make the mood.

sweatshirt: thrifted | dress: american apparel | bag: h&m | socks: claire's | shoes: h&m
First, in Acting II class I received a "great work" and my teacher referred to Carey Mulligan as "that one that looks like Sarah"--two things that made my morning brighter instantly! Then by the end of class I found out really exciting news from my mum--EMMA STONE AND COLIN FIRTH ARE GOING TO BE IN A WOODY ALLEN MOVIE TOGETHER. In case you didn't know, Emma Stone is one of my most favourite people on the planet--and a huge inspiration of mine. And as for Colin Firth, well, I've had a major cine-crush on him since The King's Speech (which is one of my all-time favourite movies) and he is without a doubt my favourite actor. Now the two of them together in a film--that is a bit overwhelming! I had to scream with joy (which got a smile out of my instructor)! Ahh...

Later in the evening I enjoyed a nice dinner with my darling Chris and headed to a hilarious Improv club performance that just filled me with so much more joy! I ended the night with an ice cream date, chips and socialising in the dorm, and now relaxing blogging time.





How adorable is this sweatshirt? I found it at the Salvation Army. It has little bears with party hats, balloons, and the phrase PARTY TIME across the bottom three times. I just had to have it! I thought about wearing it for my birthday, but I have something else planned for that (don't worry--you'll see in three months!)

Hope everyone had a wonderful day as well, and if not, just smile and make it through! Tomorrow is another day!

♥ Sarah

P.S. Special thanks to Salia and Ryan for the photos!!

How to GET OVER YOURSELF in 5 Easy Steps

*Note, this post may have a sort of tough love vibe, so try not to be too offended by the negative nature. It is a rant of sorts that I've been holding in, but I will try to make it like a tutorial of sorts to keep it fun to read.

I have recently made the discovery (thanks, Tumblr) that there are a lot of people who need help getting over themselves. What does that mean exactly? Well, someone who needs to get over his or herself can be taken in many ways. For example, it could mean someone who is so obsessed with themselves or think they are just the greatest thing since sliced bread. In this instance, we are talking about those people who feel the need to control other people's lives as if their opinion of the person actually matters and they are doing some sort of service to society by making that opinion known. Well, I've got news for those people--NO ONE CARES and you need to get over yourself.

Don't get me wrong--I am all for loving oneself and thinking you're awesome and beautiful, but when it involves intruding other people's lives as if it affects your own and trying to tell someone they are wrong for thinking a way that is not ideally your view, this is when you need to stop and get over yourself.

Now you may be saying, "Oh gosh, I am just like how you described! Sarah, whatever am I to do?" Well, luckily for you, I've prepared instructions on how to get over yourself in five easy steps. Are you ready? Let's begin!

1. Stop taking everything so personally. I have some sad news to break--and try your best not to be too hurt but--people are probably not out to get you. Most of what they say probably has little or nothing to do with you. And even if it does--you are the one who chooses to be offended by it or take it personally. Just take a breath and be reminded that the world doesn't revolve around you. People have their own experiences, troubles, and obstacles to go through. The odds that someone is putting a lot of their time into bothering you are incredibly slim, mostly because (and don't get too butt-hurt over this) they could care less about your feelings. Humans by nature are selfish creatures. They aren't going around thinking about the way others feel 50% of the time--so they, most likely, don't care enough to actually make such a valiant effort in offending you. Seriously.

2. Realise that it's okay to be jealous. Most of the time, you feel the need to act this way because you are jealous of someone and want some sort of control or satisfaction of being better than them in a way, so you make that reason up. Thus leading you to need to get over yourself. A lot of people have problems accepting that they envy others and instead make up reasons to hate that person they resent. It doesn't make you a bad person, everyone does it, but think about it--you need to get over yourself. There will always be someone who is better at something than you are, more successful than you are, and more happy than you are--but who cares? That's their life to live, and you've got yours. Stop taking out your jealousy on them and try to live your own life to the fullest! It's not their fault they are happy!

Once you realise that being jealous is okay and a natural part of human life, what do you do? You're probably thinking, "I can't admit that to him/her!" Well, luckily, you don't have to. The best way to handle jealousy is not by saying "Oh my gosh, I'm so jealous of you," but rather being as supportive as you can for that person and be proud of their accomplishments! Maybe through support you'll learn a thing or two and reach that level that you are oh so envious of in the first place.

To sum it up, if you're the type of person that thinks you're perfect--you're not. And if you're the type of person that thinks you're just a mess with nothing going for you--you're not. An important piece in the puzzle of getting over yourself is realising the fact that you are human.

3. Stop putting so much effort into hating. This one is for all of you self-sufficient anonymous Tumblr ankle biters out there who think that they are doing the world a huge favour by stepping in and passive aggressively telling them what's wrong and what's right. Newsflash--no one cares. The amount of effort you put into griping on someone can exceed pathetic levels. If you'd focus more time on yourself and not on what other people choose to do with their life, maybe you wouldn't actually have all that hatred.

Sometimes people do this for fun. That's really sad. Think about that for a second. You're bored so you are going to harass someone for some reason you concocted in your mind. Pathetic. Get over yourself.

4. Think about what you're doing before you act.  All right, this one is kind of cliché, but honestly, did you really think through what you're saying properly, or are you just on your high horse and need to get over yourself? Stop and think--wait, maybe what I'm doing could be thought through more thoroughly. There will always be pros and cons to any given situation, so think them through--maybe even write them down on a list (like below)! If you're just hurting someone to hurt them, you've got some serious getting over yourself to do.


5. Put yourself in the other person's shoes. (or in my case, specifically, the other person's velvet mary-janes or cheetah print loafers or patent t-bar flats!) Yet another cliché, but think about this one. You are probably rolling your eyes, but sometimes this is what being an adult is all about (or someone who is capable of being over themselves). If they said something that got you all riled up, just stop, take a breath, and reflect on where they are coming from. This takes us back to Step 1, where you were reminded that not everything is always about you. So this time, think about what the person might actually be talking about. Get out of your own head for just a moment and think. If you're given some perspective from another point of view, you might be able to realise "Huh... maybe people actually have other things going on that aren't me!" Crazy stuff.


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Now that you've read this little tutorial, hopefully you've understood how to behave in society as someone who is over themselves. And if not, hopefully it at least gave you a little lift.

♥ Sarah