Anonymous asked:

Hi Sara! So I have a kinda basic, lace black dress I'm wearing to an event, and I want to make it less girly/tea party...what should I do for shoes/accessories?! Thanks!

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when it comes to a simple lace dress, the world is truly your oyster. steer clear of jewelry with pearls or rhinestones to avoid that “tea party” look and ground it with boots or low-top sneakers in a neutral shade. working around a dark color palette by adding a leather jacket will provide a slightly victorian, gothic feel, the exact opposite of “girly.”

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lissybella asked:

What was your major as an undergraduate? and how did you decide on your program for grad school? I am a recent college graduate w/ a BA in media studies,contemplating grad school and simultaneously getting a headache.

i like to think of my eclectic educational background as a quilt…for my undergraduate studies, i entered the university of connecticut as a vocal performance major but switched some years in to become a major in english/literature and minor in history/ancient civ. tbh, i wasn’t my own biggest fan when it came to singing and was afraid to devote my life to struggle and criticism and forever being fearful of the mildest of throat-effecting illnesses. throughout school, i partook in internships of all sorts (more info here) and when i graduated, i worked at the new york observer in the ad sales department. during my time there, i read this article and had an epiphany, promptly put in three weeks notice, and enrolled in queens college’s graduate school of library and information science. i had a craving to learn more about the things i had grown to love — books, old books, protecting old books, online research, print research, and so on. this major tied all of those interests together in a neat little package.

my one piece of advice to you would be the following: do not enroll in higher learning unless it can assist in your future. will it allow you to go further in the career of your dreams? think of the bills you’ll be acquiring. if the answer is “no,” then look for more affordable educational opportunities — perhaps general assembly can help.

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biolojist asked:

I know this isn't a fashion question, but I'm staying in Astoria for a few days next month and I need to know your top 5 places to visit in the neighborhood! Thanks!

i love receiving non-fashion questions! admittedly, it was too hard to pick just five places so i’ve rounded up to the next even number of six and highlighted a variety of categories. you’re gonna love queens. have fun, eat well, take loves of pictures.

  1. shopping: lockwood, morning glory
  2. brunch: queens comfort 
  3. coffee: astoria coffee
  4. the view: socrates park
  5. exploring: astoria village
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leekyuyeon asked:

Hello! You seem to have magical powers when it comes to finding items online so I thought maybe you could work your magic for me. I saw this red Kate Spade wool cape and while i love it, I certainly can't afford it. So, perhaps you could help me find some options under $200. Thanks in advance and have a great day!!

this is totally understandable — not many people have the financial ability to spend nearly $700 on outerwear. with that said, i did find one suitable replacement (from kohl’s, of all places!) though i wish i had a few more options of styles to show you. 

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Anonymous asked:

Do you have any tips for where to find solid advice on products you can't see in person? I'm sometimes skeptical of the reviews I see on company websites, but I'm even more at a loss when I cannot find any reviews at all. For example, I was considering buying the Aerin 'Hamilton' flat but it has no reviews on Bloomingdales's/Nordstrom's website and all of the ones I find when googling seem to be spam sites. I'd really appreciate any guidance you could provide on this one, Sara! Merci in advance.

this is an excellent question. buying online is hard — to be honest, as a consumer i tend to research a product online and then go in-store to buy. if you are skeptical about a product, simply do not buy it. you don’t know how it will fit, what it will feel like, and you certainly don’t know how it will wear over time. thus, seek out products sold on sites that have brick-and-mortar locations where you can visit them in-person. cool?

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lesliemonsterthisisnightline asked:

Hey Sara, I love your blog! I know it's not Tuesday but I need to go shopping before then! I'm transitioning from the service industry to an office job. Very little of my wardrobe seems business-casual appropriate and I honestly have no idea where to start. I'm a busty plus-sized woman and I'll be working with students so I need to be somewhat modest.What are some affordable office essentials I should be looking for?

thank you so much! thank you for reading. i hear the frustration in your writing, but starting with the basics is a great first step. think of your wardrobe as a clean slate and work from there; rather than looking for trendy pieces of clothing, aim for eye-catching accessories and footwear with interesting detailing to add personality.

  • workwear staples: white button-down blouse (in silk or cotton), black boyfriend blazer, slim ankle-length trousers, simple ballet flats
  • great retail options: eloquii, nordstrom, igigi, lane bryant
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Anonymous asked:

hey, sara! can you help me find a dark grey duffle/toggle coat under $200? thanks!

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i certainly can! luckily, ‘tis the season for the toggle coat, which means that many styles will begin trickling into stores at a variety of price-points in the coming weeks if they have not already. i scrounged up four affordable versions i thought you’d enjoy.

styles shown: levi’s, uniqlo, mango, calvin klein

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Anonymous asked:

Hi Sara! I have a job interview this friday for a retail store that predominately sells jeans. I was wondering if you would be able to give me some tips on what to wear. It's a group interview and they say to dress casual as they are casual retailers and to show off your sense of style. Thanks! :)

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knowing that this retailer focuses on denim, that is where you should start; begin with one focal piece like a chambray button-down or pair of boyfriend jeans and build from there. add booties to ground the look and show you are thinking of the season ahead.

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threadedpickle asked:

How do you tell the difference between eye bags and dark circles?

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shown: under eye bags on the left, under eye circles on the right

according to the mayo clinic, “bags” become more common as we age and are the result of a combination of things: weakening tissues and muscles that support your eyelids, and fluid accumulating below the eye area. under eye darkness or “circles” occur when oxygenated blood pools beneath the thin, near-transparent skin of the under eye area. ”[they are] more noticeable in the morning: when we’ve been horizontal for a while, fluids accumulate and the veins expand to hold more blood,” reports real simple.

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Anonymous asked:

Sara, you wonderful lady. Hopefully you can help me ease my retail woes. The Madewell plaid cincher vest out from under my nose. Can you help me find a stylish alternative.

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i hate to read this! retail fomo is one of the most painful there is. (sorry to rub it in, but for those of you in sizes x-small, medium, or x-large, the vest is still available.) it would be my pleasure to assist in helping you find a handful of apt alternatives.

alternative options shown: hurley, joa, rachel comey

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