Win a trip to NZ with Air New Zealand!

From the time I was a child I dreamed about visiting New Zealand- it lived in my mind as a magical, awe-inspiring place.  This was before they filmed Lord of the Rings, but in every photo I saw it looked like an absolute wonderland.  When I started looking into colleges- you can bet that the one at the top of my list was in Auckland. I didn’t go because I was too intimidated to take such a big leap straight out of the nest, but I did make it one of the first vacations I took as an adult.  A girl friend and I rented a camper van and spent two weeks exploring the north island (the south island is still calling my name, I WILL get there!)  It was one of the best vacations of my life- we ran amuck, had grand adventures, saw the prettiest sights,  jumped into cold lakes in the middle of the night, hiked through the most beautiful rain forests, tried sand boarding, made friends (one that would later become my long distance boyfriend for a year!), ate incredible food and generally just had the time of our lives.  I wish I could pass along recs- but we did absolutely no research besides reserving the camper van before we arrived and we just followed our instincts through the entirety of the trip- so I may have not even known where we were while we were there!  I’m very often a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants traveler.  But if any of you have any recs, please leave them in the comments for those planning trips and for my next one!!!

Right now Air New Zealand is running a promotion where some very lucky folks will win their own New Zealand adventure!  Watch the video below, enter the contest, and if you win- bring me, OK?!   PRETTY PLEASE!!!  And for those of you that don’t win, Air New Zealand is offering flights starting at just over $1k round-trip- adventure is calling!!  Below the video are some of our vacation snaps and a few little blurbs- going through the photos was such a treat, it brought me right back to all the fun!  Enjoy and GOOD LUCK!!!!!  xx- Sarah

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CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE THIS IS REAL?!  It is.  I was pinching myself.  I may not remember everything but I do remember that.

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A Little of This, a Little of That

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How pretty are the details of this Joie blouse?!  And the color, I just can’t get enough of blushes and nudes, as you well know.  (FYI Joie is having their friends and family sale, 20% off -details here)  I love pairing silky, feminine tops with boots that have a little sass.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my girly-to-the-max moments too, but lately I’ve just been feeling a bit more… well, I guess just mix and match-y.  It’s Friday my pals, I’m wishing you all an amazing weekend filled with goodness!  xx- Sarah

Shop this Outfit:  blouse: Joie, skirt:  Torn by Ronny Kobo, booties: Chloe (here and here), wallet: Comme de Garcons, sunnies: Karen Walker

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A Little Thursday Inspiration

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I’ve had a few conversations with friends regarding their businesses and personal lives where they’ve expressed concern over something another person was doing that made them feel as if what THEY wanted to do would be silly, or unoriginal, or not as good.  And it breaks my heart.  So, for these friends, and for all of the rest of us who have moments of doubt- remember this: THERE IS ONLY ONE YOU.  That “you are a snowflake” sentiment never really resonated with me, but the idea that no matter what, if you come from an authentic place, if you allow your creative spirit to guide you, if you believe in yourself and are able to drown out the noise- you will blossom.  You will blossom into the very best version of yourself, which is all you could ever really ask for, isn’t it?  Time spent worrying about what everyone else is doing just robs you of time you can spend nurturing your own creative self.   Go shine my friends, drown out the noise- be unabashedly, beautifully, perfectly YOU!  You are amazing.  xx- Sarah

A Bohemian Inspired Moment

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I bought this dress (on sale!) to wear to my future God-son’s baptism in Mexico.  I really wanted to buy  this dress, and this dress but then I remembered who I am- ME, and whose bank account I do not have- OPRAH’S.  So, here it is!  The dress I chose instead.  I’ll dress it up for the baptism with heels and more sophisticated accessories, but in the meantime I’m wearing it like crazy with over the knee boots and sometimes with these booties (also sold here).  I’m mildly obsessed with it, and at that sale price it’s just such a steal.  Okee, that’s all for now!   Have a great day my friends!  xx- Sarah

Shop This Outfit:  dress:  Free People (on sale here, also available here), boots:  (similar), bag:  Chloe, necklace: Monserat de Lucca (similar), ring: Kelly Wearstler (old),  Sunnies: Sunday Somewhere

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Ayurvedic Digestive Tea

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Today’s recipe has been simmering on our stovetop for practically two weeks straight.  My body and health took a huge hit with this past year- losing Carlos, and selling/buying houses alongside living with friends for 6 weeks- I’m clinging to my health by a thread.  Ok, I’ve been in bed 95% of the past week, only up for the things that have to get done and I’m not sure when I’ll be up and at em again.  So I’m busting out every trick in the book to reduce the inflammation in my body (as seen here).  And this traditional Ayurvedic digestive tea has been a lifesaver. The flavor is mild but if you’ve never had these ingredients before I suggest sweetening with a little bit of turmeric honey.  It’s divine, and so helpful for your digestive track and body!  Ok, on to the good stuff- more photos and recipe below!!   xx- Sarah {styling by Farra Miron}

Shop this post:  mug, dishes, teapot,  tea towel

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For the Love of Nude

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I’ve never made my love of neutrals secret, and these days the neutral topping that love list is NUDE!  I can’t get enough. Mixed with white, mixed with black, mixed with grey, or worn all in: head-to-toe nude.  I love it all!!  So today I’ve rounded up a few pieces I’m coveting.  And below you’ll find a few more not pictured (those photos are clickable links to shop everything pictured).  Nude on my friends, nude on.  xx- Sarah