if you’re anything like me, you’re a frequent procrastinator where organization and cleaning your apartment/home/workspace are concerned. it’s cool — that’s where bin-it comes in. the storage brand came to me recently to inquire about my ‘spring cleaning’ plans and since i had none, i was all, “heck yes, you can take all of my down coats and wool sweaters so that i have more room for crop tops and sundresses!” it was as easy as that. choose a storage package, schedule a delivery and pick-up of their big blue bins, and then bask in the glory of your now-roomy closet.

though scheduling a pick-up took some coordination, my experience was smooth and the team extremely responsive. here are some helpful deets:

  • packages start at $69 (summer special!)
  • a bin fits 15 sweaters/48 books/17,000 tootsie rolls comfortably
  • all bins are sanitized after each use
  • take your pics with #binit for a chance to win free bins

disclosure: in exchange for this post, bin-it is holding my wares cost-free until october.

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it has been a couple weeks since i’ve talked about anything health-minded, so now feels like as appropriate a time as any. oxygen’s ‘my big fat revenge' is still going strong (literally — those girls work out hardcore) every tuesday at 9pm est and watching it has served as a reminder to keep “getting in shape” top-of-mind. my current priority is to get stronger and tighter as i have joint issues and the more nimble my small body is, the less pain i tend to experience; whatever your goals, stick to it! get inspired!

note: this post was written as part of my agreement with oxygen network

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post-bootcamp feeling, week four: pride

well, it’s done, i did it; one month of bootcamp has been conquered. it does not sound like much, but for someone who did not regularly exercise prior to a few years ago, this was a feat to be acknowledged. would i do it again? likely not. nevertheless, i will take away many of the parts i did enjoy (martial arts and yoga, separately — get that plyometric nonsense out my face). i can also readily admit that though an ocean’s worth of sweat has been poured, there were more times where i had no idea where to put my limbs than i can count, and the curses that i suppressed were quite graphic, i never made excuses and for that i am proud; despite soreness or anxiety, i needed to prove to myself that i could beat up my body and that was the test. because after all, wasn’t that the overall goal — to achieve revenge by proving yourself wrong? i believe i did.

tune in to oxygen’s ‘my big fat revenge' every tuesday at 9pm est.

note: this post was written as part of my agreement with oxygen network

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post-bootcamp feeling, week three: relief

only one more week of bootcamp left. i hate to sound like a whiny baby, but it has been tough work. to combine martial arts with yoga with high-impact plyometrics? try it and tell me how you feel afterward, if you can even move! but despite my moaning and groaning, i sincerely have enjoyed this past month in that it has forced to step outside of my comfort zone, physically and emotionally. i highly recommend doing the same — and that isn’t necessary signing up for a bootcamp, it could be trying a new food or going on a trip to somewhere you’ve always wanted to go. don’t ask questions about the “how” or “why,” just do it! you’ll feel invigorated, i swear.

tune in to oxygen’s ‘my big fat revenge' every tuesday at 9pm est.

note: this post was written as part of my agreement with oxygen network

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pre-bootcamp feeling, week two: dread

dread? yeah, i’m just being honest, i don’t know if bootcamp is for me. i say that primarily because: a. i have never taken part in a yoga class and, therefore, feel extraordinarily stiff when asked to produce a “downward dog,” and b. with my bad knees, i am constantly changing position to prevent dislocation. for this second week, i mistakenly signed up for a body-mind-core class rather than typical bootcamp, but quickly learned that i would sweat 2x as much and experience more abwork than ever before. my body, mind, and core were saying, “way to go, sara, you biatch.” nevertheless, i am succeeding in that i am challenging myself and pushing my body to new limits, which was the ultimate goal of participating in this month-long program, right? bueller?

tune in to oxygen’s ‘my big fat revenge' every tuesday at 9pm est.

note: this post was written as part of my agreement with oxygen network

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pre-bootcamp feeling, week one: anxious

you know what is a really terrible idea? scheduling an intense session of bootcamp smack-dab in the middle of fashion week. basically, i am a masochist. in collaboration with oxygen, this was my first visit to circuit of change; the class was a mix of martial arts, yoga, cardio core strengthening, gymnastics, with a splash of meditation — did you get all that? after a one-hour sesh that involved a lot of sweating and moving my limbs where they haven’t moved in years, i can definitely say that aside from being sore, i felt inspired. boy oh boy, does a class like that make you in touch with your body! and my body was saying “sara, you need to move more.” also, the instructor said i was very flexible and it was the most flattering thing anyone has said to me in weeks ;)

stay tuned for week two of four where i dread another round of bicycle crunches.

tune in to oxygen’s ‘my big fat revenge' every tuesday at 9pm est.

note: this post was written as part of my agreement with oxygen network

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me and “my big fat revenge”

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for the next month, i will be attending bootcamp. why? read on.

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8am vs. 8pm: donna morgan edition

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you all voted on the donna morgan dress i should hang on to and the winner by a landslide was “bryce,” a printed cotton sateen number that hugged my curves perfectly. it also provided me with the perfect excuse to resurrect 8am vs. 8pm.

i took these photos after a very long day, so please excuse the slight wrinkles, but it is obvious how wearable a black-and-white print is. simply swap one belt for another, flats for heels, and let your hair down to transition easily from day to night. 

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not long ago, i was contacted by the folks at nokia imploring me to test-drive the new nokia lumia 920, a windows phone with pureview camera. i said “obv” because i am always up to try new gadgets and rarely get the opportunity! it has a massive screen and vast array of apps that the nokia team swore would assist me in my day-to-day worklife  though admittedly, i was a skeptical iphone-only (and verizon, though this phone is exclusive to at&t subscribers) user.

the review: one month later and i love it. truly. taking a ‘fashion blogger stance,’ i quickly became addicted to the retail-based features, specifically the barcode scanner, budget manager, and nokia city lens (shown above), an app that truly surrounds you in your environment. once enabled, it reveals a camera-like view of must-visit points of interest in the area, allowing you to sift through shopping, restaurants, hotels, and more; you can also save favorite spots for later. sure, i missed my beloved instagram, but the photos this phone’s 8.7 megapixel camera took were good enough to not need a filter. crazy, right? other pluses included a vibrating touchscreen [basically giving physical proof that you had launched a feature], less charging time thanks to the snapdragon™ s4 processor and battery saver feature. and did you know that it is energy efficient? the nokia lumia 920 contains recycled materials. 

rating: b for “but i wish it had instagram and was on the verizon network so that i could use this phone all the time for work and play.” cross your fingers for me!

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to announce that i’m a big fan of asos isn’t life-altering news; the new collections, the wide range of stock, and now since placing my first purchase that the customer service is top notch. relatedly, the site happens to have a major line-up of outerwear under $100—perfect for the season and for the budget-conscious shopper. it’s true, your eyes do not deceive you, all of these coats cost less than a benjamin.

clockwise: blocked zip front, hi-shine hem zip, parka with colourblocking and borg lining, double layer (the one that i bought), wool color block coat, and check cord coats

disclosure: in exchange for editorial placement, i received a $50 credit to asos.com

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