Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Life Update: I Moved!


In case you've been wondering about the radio silence over here for a bit, life has been a little crazy. The past few months have been filled with out-of-state trips, late working nights, and overall extreme business. When you're so wrapped up in the day-to-day things you tend to lose all energy for anything beyond that.

When I moved to Washington DC three and a half years ago I wasn't sure what would come of it. It was a quick decision to follow my heart and everything fell into place at the right moment. However I swiftly noticed that the city provided me with some of the best people, memories, and experiences I could've asked for. Beyond that, it also gave me an opportunity to expand my mind on anything and everything. Between meeting people from all different groups of life, trying things I never imagined doing, and genuinely pushing myself out of my comfort zone I've come out of the city a completely different person (in a good way). However, I felt like I got to a point where I personally felt like the city had given me everything I needed and beyond that it also gave me a crazy sense of anxiety and exhaustion. There was never a moment in my time in DC where I felt bored, and therefore, it was a constant struggle of trying to remain relaxed while also soaking the most of the city up. Not a bad problem to have, right? Only downside is that I soon realized that I was slowly losing my sanity. I tend to absorb everything going on around me so in this case I was taking in all of the subway noise, people rushing to work, and the daily grind. That's the funny thing about a city - it can slowly chip away at you without you noticing.

With my lease coming up at the end of July I knew it would be a challenging point personally to figure out what I should do: whether remain in the city and get my own place or go somewhere else. I never imagined moving anywhere else but the moment I started considering it the moment I knew it was the right option for me. Within three weeks I had re-arranged my work schedule to be a remote employee, physically packed up my belongings, said my goodbyes to the amazing people I've met along the way, and took the journey back home. Strangely enough the decision I thought I never would make felt like the perfect one. The second I left the city I almost felt a sense of relaxation. Life has a funny way of showing you the right way, even when you don't think it is the case.

So here I am now - in New Jersey. The past week has been filled with trying to balance getting myself settled and also taking some moments to relax a bit. I feel like I've been going nonstop for months - if not years - and it's nice just to take a breath. I'm excited to get settled again and set up a new life plan. Where will I go next? Frankly, I don't even know yet. But I do know what I enjoy and the people I love to surround myself with. I already feel more creative and can't wait to start working on the backload of content I have.

In TL;DR terms: I've made the move out of the city, I feel automatically lighter, and I now have time to focus on what I love to do most (including blogging). So get ready for more posts, better content, and hopefully a more fine-tuned sense of me.

     

Thursday, July 14, 2016

44 Favorites From the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access


Shoppers, rejoice! I wanted you to know that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale early access started yesterday exclusively for card members onlySelect fall items will be reduced for a limited time, with public access starting July 22nd, and then prices will go back up August 8th.

To celebrate I've shared my favorite selections from this year's sale. All links are shoppable by clicking below. Happy Shopping!


(4) Wayf | Off the Shoulder Blouse
Make + Model | 'Gotta Have It' V-Neck Tee
(3) Vince Camuto | Drape Front Blazer
GUESS | Envelope Collar Double Breasted Coat
Lush | V-Neck Crepe Blouse
 (5) Chloe & Katie | Cross Front Swing Tank
(2) Madison & Berkeley | Plunge Neck Bodysuit
 (1) ASTR | Stripe Romper

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 (2) AG | 'The Legging' Ankle Jean
 (5) Zella | 'Hatha' High Waist Crop Leggings
(1) Topshop | Chiffon Pleated Midi Skirt
(3) Topshop | Denim Zip A-Line Skirt
(4) Hudson Jeans | 'Nico' Skinny Jeans

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(4) Adidas | 'Superstar' Sneaker
(2) Vince Camuto | 'Feina' Bootie
(5) TOMS | 'Majorca' Peep Toe Bootie
(7) Hunter | 'Original Refined' Rain Boot
Sam Edelman | 'Rudie' Studded Fringe Booties
Halogen | 'Owen' Pointy Toe Ghillie Flats
(6) Steve Madden | 'Pistol' Bootie
(1) Tory Burch | 'Ashlynn' Riding Boot
Louise et Cie | 'Adelise' Oxford

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(2) Cristabelle | 'Anni' Crystal Ear Jackets
(3) Sole Society | 'Ellie' Backpack
(7) BaubleBar | 'Stevie' Choker
Nike | 'Performance' No-Show Socks
(1) Barefoot Dreams | CozyChic Robe
(4) Rebecca Minkoff | 'Love Jumbo' Crossbody Bag
(5) BaubleBar | 'Lookinglass' Drop Earrings
(6) Sunnylife | 'Rosie' Inflatable Flamingo Pool Float

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(2) NARS | 'Nordstrom's Best' Cheek Palette
(5) Foreo | 'LUNA' Cleansing & Anti-Aging Device
(4) diptyque | Scented Candle Set
(1) ghd | platium Professional Styler
(6) C.O. Bigelow | Rose Salve Lip Balm Trio
(3) Anastasia Beverly Hills | 'Brow Studio' Set

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(1) Lauren Ralph Lauren | Faux Leather Trim Trench Coat
Shiraleah | 'Anya' Plaid Oversize Square Scarf
(2) Barbour | 'Millfire' Hooded Quilted Jacket
(5) BP. | Geo Pattern Square Scarf
(4) Hinge | Wool Round Crown Hat
(7) BLANKNYC | 'Morning' Suede Moto Jacket
(6) Ro & De | Floral Print Poet Blouse
(3) MICHAEL Michael Kors | Asymmetrical Zip Front Hoodie Trench Coat

     

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Beauty Edit: Night Out Look

If you see me out at night you'll most likely find me wearing the same combo: glittery eye, glowy skin, and a bright lip. My first instinct is to say that a bold eye and lip shouldn't be combined, but why not? Lets be rule breakers together:

Ardell Demi Wispies Lashes
 NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Vanilla
Loreal Infallible 24 Hour Eye Shadow, Endless Pearl
Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Shadow, Black Oyster
Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer
NARS Lipstick, Schiap
Anastasia Brow Pencil, Taupe
NARS 413 BLKR Illuminator
The Tom Ford cream shadows are one of my absolute favorite finds. You can use the cream on it's own for a bold look and can also layer the glitter pigment on top for something extra. I then top off the look with my favorite Ardell demi wispies for an eye-opening look.

Have you tried any of these products before? What have you been loving lately? Let me know in the comments!

     




Tuesday, July 12, 2016

What Sarah Loves - July


What Sarah Loves - June
You know what they say: If you can't take the heat, then grab your largest fresh lemonade and spend your day sitting poolside. Who needs to be in the kitchen anyway? 

We're now in peak Summer and I can definitely feel it sinking in. Days are long, but that means lots of sun exposure and dehydration. Keep yourself cool with breathable fabrics (i.e. cotton, linen) and lots of top knots. Personally I've been rockin' the Heidi braids -
here's a great tutorial if you're interested - and maxi dress look. Add a structured blazer for the office and you've got a combo that works both day and night.

Shop this post: 1/2/3/5

     


Monday, July 11, 2016

Neon Blonde Weekly | July 10


Sneak Peek of the Coming Week
July 10, 2016

Here's a sneak peek of what's in store
this coming week on Neon Blonde




What Sarah Loves: July
Night Out Look
My Favorite Sunless Products

Hello, it's me. Apologies on the radio silence over here. The past few weeks have been a bit chaotic, and it seems the pattern will continue for a bit. Exciting things are happening none-the-less and hopefully I can share it all soon. During the brief hiatus there has been lots of sun time, fireworks, and Gossip Girl marathons. Isn't that what Summer is all about?

On my shopping list: this hat, this bell-sleeved white top, and this (albeit completely out of my league) starred leather jacket
Spruce up your desktop with these adorable summer backgrounds
Love this article on how to appreciate the simple things in life
Going to a baseball game this summer? Read this first so you know what to eat
The best beauty products straight from Refinery 29

Neon Blonde Weekly | June 19 Read this post
Tuesdays Top Picks | Zara Read this post
June Beauty Favorites Read this post
Loreal Lumi Cushion Foundation Review Read this post
6 Red Lipsticks + How to Wear Them Read this post


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