Monday Morning Inspiration

Fun Fact: I once (maybe kind of still do) wanted a tattoo across my chest that said “here’s to feeling infinite”, an ode to those moments where life just HITS YOU and is like “you are alive, this is real, this is amazing”. Iconic moments. Many of mine have happened while at NYFW, whether it was being a guest at Alice + Olivia’s presentation or walking the runway myself for Avril Limieux. Other times have been seeing my favorite bands in concert, getting goosebumps in 90 degree weather over live versions of songs I’d played on repeat as a 13 year old.

Nowadays, I’m in a constant state of awe; so grateful for all the good that’s happening right now, even with all the stress it has brought with it. I’m grateful for the best daily company; Z and Maven. And I’m grateful for my conscientious noticing of all the good things I have right now.

I hope you too find things you are grateful for, people that make your life complete, moments that make you feel alive, and passion that lights your fire.

Happy Monday, Folks.

XO Sahra

All The Glitter is Fire

It burns the skin, leaves in haste.
Fiery Fierce by Que Sera Sahra

Fiery Fierce by Que Sera Sahra
Fiery Fierce by Que Sera Sahra
Fiery Fierce by Que Sera Sahra

Dress via Reddz Trading (thanks Nat!)
Bag c/o Linell Ellis
Bangles c/o CapWell Co
Shoes via Bakers
Lipstick: YSL Le OrangeFiery Fierce by Que Sera Sahra
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Beachy Getaway Wishlist

It’s the middle of July. I have yet to go to the beach. Who am I even more? This year’s sandy vacations are starting late, the first one I’ll be headed off to is in two weeks time (I can make it, I can do it). I’m getting by by working my butt off to save some extra money for outlet shopping splurges and innumerable beachside margaritas. Oh, and pondering new items to bring with me! Here’s a peek into my beachy wishlist for this year:
Beachy Getaway Must Haves via Que Sera Sahra
Nothing says “beach vibes” quite like a gauzey caftan from Calypso St Barth; perfect for all day wear, no matter where my beach wanderings bring me.
if you follow me on Twitter, you’ll have noticed it has been like THE HARDEST thing in my life to find a swimsuit.Asos fuller bust bikini is a perfect mix of cleavage-covering and cut out bearing.
Mirrored Sunnies a la Ray ban via Urban Outfitters make reading/sleeping less of a spectation.
This Yes Way Rose tote is perfect to carry all my belongings from the house to the sand to the bar.
To pair with the bag, a bottle of 2012 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rose, yes WAY.
Book: Darling You Can’t Do Both And Other Noise To Ignore for some light yet positive reading.
Pendleton Towel via South Moon Under to stay dry and cozy while getting my tan on.
Fuji Instax to capture memories instantly. It was on my goals for 2014 to capture more on film, and what better way!

Have you been to the beach yet this summer? What are your beach must-haves?

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It’s Official! #SandZBuyAHouse

#SandZBuyAHouseWell, we did it. We’ve adulted. We bought a house (officially). We have the keys and have started renovating. You’ve already seen the plans for most of the rooms, now it’s on to the layout of the house.
We’ve been using RoomSketcher to plan out our house. The team over there gave us a VIP package that allows us to create our ideal home using coveted products from Ikea and Crate and Barrel, and more.
You already saw some room inspirations and plans, but now you can see the home as a whole! Using the 3D floor plans, you can see our plans for the whole house below:
Main Floor
Top Floor
Basement
As you can see, our first floor will have our formal living room, dining room, and kitchen. The second floor has our bedroom, a guest bedroom (future AirBnB!), the  closet/office (QSS Headquarters), and the one and only full bathroom. Our basement will be our TV Rec room; I hope to add a ping pong table or something else fun to fill the [ginormous] space and our TV will go mounted on top of an existing fireplace there. There’s a little nook that we are considering turning into a bar or a “Cat corner”, right next to a HUGE walk-in closet that we’ll use as seasonal storage (currently housing fur coats galore). As you may notice, the downstairs bathroom has just a toilet. No, that’s not a mistake, and no there’s not a sink; the previous owners were total DIY-ers and this was their idea of a bathroom. This’ll do for a bit, but eventually, this little lady and her handsome handy boyfriend are going to make a full on basement bathroom retreat. Jacuzzi tub, where are you!?

A little more about RoomSketcher: First off, it’s easy to use. I just pick a floor plan shape, add some walls, doors, and stairs, and then start adding furniture! You can alter the floors and walls of every room, pick from thousands of furnishings and utilities, and truly make it as close to your home as possible!
There are three versions of RoomSketcher you can get; There’s a FREE version which allows you to create 2D floor plans, 3D views and images, and a 360 panoramic view. The second version is VIP, which RoomSketcher alotted me to trial out! With this package you get 2D and 3D floor plans (like mine above) as well as 2D and 3D images, a 360 view, a 3D walk through, on-the-go access, and other project perks. Now, if you’re really getting into the design process you can sign up for RoomSketcher Pro. This is what you see all the folks on HGTV using to design the homes of their clients. Pros get all that’s included in Free and VIP as well as the opportunity to create custom floor plans (instead of picking a shape like I’ve done), project features that allow you to showcase the changes you’ll make (think the sliding wood floors and dropping in of furniture you see Drew doing on Property Brothers), sharing capabilities, and more special perks.

RoomSketcher may seem intimidating to use, but with constant support and easy to follow how-to videos, it’s a service that can turn any curious creative into a design pro. The best part? You can try out the Free service, and if you want to upgrade, VIP is only $49 a year and Pro is just $99 a year!

What do you think of the plans for my house? Be sure to check out RoomSketcher and follow me to keep updated about how the house comes together!

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Why Are You Hiding? The World Isn’t Crying

It’s funny how memories, They’re like shredding suns
Quietly shaping who we are

Bohemian style on Que Sera Sahra in The Girl That Loves mesh dress and Eclectic Eccentricity Jewellery
Bohemian style on Que Sera Sahra in The Girl That Loves mesh dress and Eclectic Eccentricity Jewellery

Maxi skirts are a basic to me; a closet staple of which I have many. Breathable jersey cotton is great, but a mesh jersey cotton over a nude cotton slip? Now you’ve got my attention. On extra hot and humid DC days a calf-knot is required, just for some extra breath.

Bohemian style on Que Sera Sahra in The Girl That Loves mesh dress and Eclectic Eccentricity Jewellery
Bohemian style on Que Sera Sahra in The Girl That Loves mesh dress and Eclectic Eccentricity Jewellery
Bohemian style on Que Sera Sahra in The Girl That Loves mesh dress and Eclectic Eccentricity Jewellery
Bohemian style on Que Sera Sahra in The Girl That Loves mesh dress and Eclectic Eccentricity Jewellery
Dress c/o The Girl That Loves (get it here)
Necklace c/o EE Jewellery (get it here)
Black ring via Francesca’s Collection
Arrow ring c/o EE Jewellery (get it here)
Shoes via ShopCalico
Hat via H&M (get it here)
Bohemian style on Que Sera Sahra in The Girl That Loves mesh dress and Eclectic Eccentricity Jewellery

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I Don’t Feel Like I’m Falling, I’m Up Against The Sky

Que Sera Sahra Sparkling for the 4th of July
Que Sera Sahra Sparkling for the 4th of July in Elle Lauri dress and Linell Ellis clutch
Que Sera Sahra Sparkling for the 4th of July in Elle Lauri dress and Linell Ellis clutch
Happy Fourth of July!
This festive look has to have been one of the most fun shoots I think I’ve ever done, and having been modeling since I was a young teen, that’s saying something! Shot as day turned to night, all of the elements worked in our favor, from the neighbor’s sanding construction to the wind on the flames, and my outfit as well! A little bit glam with diamonds and red lips, a little bit sexy with some exposed skin, and a little bit fun with some sparklers!
Que Sera Sahra Sparkling for the 4th of July in Francesca's accessories
Que Sera Sahra Sparkling for the 4th of July in Elle Lauri dress and Linell Ellis clutch
Que Sera Sahra Sparkling for the 4th of July in an Elle Lauri dress

wearing:
Dress c/o Elle Lauri (get it here)
Bag c/o Linell Ellis (come to our pop-up shop in DC)
Headband & Earrings from Francesca’s Collection
Shoes thrifted from Saver’s
Sparklers from Target

This Holiday I’ll be enjoying an all-American barbecue with friends in the Nation’s Capital. I’ll be sure to bring plenty of sparklers (another thing I happen to hoard) to be lit at dusk and into the night. There’s something so nostalgic yet dangerously fun in those things. My fellow American’s, how will you be celebrating this Fourth of July!? Hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and the amazingggg video (shot by my photographer Brian).
Que Sera Sahra Sparkling for the 4th of July
Que Sera Sahra Sparkling for the 4th of July

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June in an Instant

June in an Instant
June feels like 3 months rolled into one, at least for me. Zander and I started the month ready to finalize a location to buy (we did, we sign tomorrow!!!). I spent time in NYC, a full 7 hours that felt like 3 days. It housed as many appointments as should have been for days, but ya know, I rushed myself and packed my schedule, all to bring you all multiple amazing posts without having to miss a night in my own bed.
June held the normal brunches, days of styling, blogging, and merchandising. Meetings galore (so many fun things in the works!), as well as the addition of SO MANY HOME DECOR, from new posts on the blog to magazines and catalogs cluttering my pre-existing glossy hoarding problem.
June….it was a good month for me. How was your june!?
June in an Instant
June in an Instant
June in an Instant

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