times they are a-changin'

sorry that this post will be a little rushed; I am up far too late and I actually have to get up at a reasonable hour tomorrow!

I was distracted all day coming up with ways to improve this here blog. photoshop, photoshop actions, blog makeovers, and a whole new design are on the agenda! renovations start tomorrow.

for now, here's my barely-went-outside-except-to-go-to-the-grocery-store outfit!

shirt & pants- american apparel // belt- fr. outfit (the store, not just this outfit! haha) // headband- postlapsaria // flats- primark

aaand goodnight everyone! 

my little ponies

yesterday I did a little more exploring of Aberdeen. Brando and I went to a multicultural fair in the park with some friends. it wasn't the most...exceptional exhibition of community organization, let's say. but it was fun nonetheless.

we walked by the river, found a cool greenhouse with plants from around the world, and I wore my new cape! who doesn't love a new, bought-in-sale spring cape?

dress- gift, fr. primark // cape- topshop // belt, tights, cardigan- american apparel // boots- Christmas present, aldo
(it's a venus fly trap, WITH A FLY INSIDE. egads! you can see the shadow.)

there's just something about a dress with a lace peter pan collar and a pony print that makes me giddy. 
and ohmygod. I totally just noticed it's unicorns. EVEN BETTER. 

playing: bad romance- Lady Gaga (yes, I still love this song)

who will I be today...

there are some people who just have a "signature style."a specific look that you can recognize as theirs. it makes those people easy to shop for and fun to shop with.

I don't know if I've ever really had a signature style.

I constantly feel like I'm torn between two looks; not falling somewhere in between both of them, but just being drawn equally to each.

on one hand, I'd like to look chic and modern and sophisticated- all bright colours, blazers, and sleek, too-high heels. skinny pants and neon eyeshadow and tight dresses. quintessentially Euro. I see girls dressed like that and all I can think is chic.

image 1, weardrobe // image 2, marianna m. on lookbook // image 3, selective potential

but on the other hand, part of me wants to dress every day like Sarah-in-Wonderland; nothing but pastels, full skirts, velvet + lace, and peter pan collars. and ballet-slippered feet for frolicking. I want to be a fairy princess, to look like I belong equally in old photographs and wooded groves.

image 1, shan s. on lookbook // image 2, valentine // image 3, mayo w. on lookbook

do I really have to choose? I mean, of course no one is making me. but which style is me? if someone's searching for my birthday present and walks up to a sale rack with a sequined pencil skirt and a chiffon maxi dress, which one do they pick?

for now, I just appreciate lovely interpretations of both styles. here are some of my favourites that I've seen while scouring the internet this past week.

**please note that these are not my images; not photos of me, nor photos taken by me. I found them all on chictopia, lookbook, and weardrobe. I'll start keeping track of names and urls for next time. but I am by no means trying to take credit for anyone else's work!

your friendly split-personality shopper,
Sarah ♥

playing: someone like you- Adele

one of those days

sometimes I feel like I'm having a harder time adjusting to life in Scotland than I expected...

yesterday, for instance, I was a bit of a gloomy gus. I feel like lately I've been having a lot of those days where nothing seems to work out like you wanted. Brandon says I'm a drama queen.

anyway I didn't particularly like my outfit for a multitude of reasons. I got this new skirt at Topshop on sale, and it was one of those things that you try on and makes you feel just awesome in the dressing room; not so much when you're home, moving around it in. the short lining kept riding up really high (like, indecent exposure high).

and am I the only girl in the world who HATES when her thighs rub together while walking? how do you people deal with not wearing tights??

also, I think I may have to get rid of these shoes. I looove them, but they are so not comfortable. my feet started to hurt after like 5 minutes of wearing them. it's strange because I usually find seychelles very easy to walk in. and is it just me, or does it look weird that the peep toes...don't show my toes?

blouse- vintage fr. Etsy // skirt- Topshop // socks- we love colors // earrings- vintage // booties- Seychelles fr. modcloth

ever go through a weird time of change and feel like you hate everything you own? right now that's me. especially with shoes. whadya think, are these keepers? how often do you have to wear a pair of heels before they're slightly comfortable?

heels and I have such a love/hate relationship. 

well, after all that complaining, I do love the colours in this outfit. I think the perfect name for it is "granny smith." because let's be honest, I'm kinda digging the old lady look here. also I'm wearing green. hehe. 

enough rambling! hopefully tomorrow's outfit treats me better. :)
love love.

playing: Atmosphere- John Mayer

the little things

hello again, lovelies!

while today I did not once leave the apartment or barely got out of bed (it was gloriously uneventful), yesterday I managed to pry myself from dvd watching and blog surfing long enough to go out.

and although we kinda forgot at the time, it happened to be mine and Brando's two-month anniversary. so it's nice we...you know... left the house together.

dress- fr. splurge, an aptly named local shop in Halifax // blazer- h&m // belt, tights- american apparel // scarf- gift // shoes- fr. twisted sisters, a local shop in St. John's // bag- costa blanca

we had a lovely evening that included jaunts on a double-decker bus, red wine, and The Hangover II. nothing to class up a night like booze and Bradley Cooper.

married life = regular life.
c'est la vie, et c'est bon.

someone like you

I have a lady-crush on this gorgeous girl. 

"I don't like going to the gym. I like eating fine foods and drinking nice wine. even if I had a really good figure, I don't think I'd get my tits and ass out for no one."
loves herrrr.

wrap yourself around me, cause I ain't the way you found me

as promised, here are a few pictures from our wedding day!

they were taken and edited by the lovely Adam & Andy of w.scott chester photography. they did such an amazing job, we are SO happy with the results. we always knew the photos would get the biggest part of the wedding budget; I always say, good photographers can make anything look good!

and they certainly did.

wedding dress- Alita Graham for Kleinfeld (!!) // groom + groomsmen attire- Le Chateau // groom's tie- Hugo Boss // bridesmaid dresses- Alfred Sung // 
lace gloves- vintage // bride's jacket- Modcloth

this is just a veeeeery small selection of all the gorgeous photos they took. you can see a few more here, on w. scott chester's blog, and here on 100 Layer Cake. 

we have tons to choose prints from, but we don't get the digital prints till March, so be prepared for another giant wedding post then! 

Brando and myself got married on March 26. seems like a weird date choice when you live in Newfoundland (and it did turn out to give us some trouble) but our dating anniversary is on March 23, and we wanted to keep the two together. that way not only our wedding anniversary, but our original anniversary will be celebrated! 

I also hated the idea of having the typical summer wedding. it seems so over done, and it just wasn't us. we wanted something that was really about us and St. John's- colourful, quirky, fun, and a little bit retro. 

although many, many things were to go wrong (I nicknamed it the Murphy's law of weddings early on), the day really did turn out fabulously. we had a short ceremony in a beautiful church- necessary for someone who gets stage fright, like me- and left a lot of time for photos before the reception. I think the photographers we're excited about that. it was absolutely freezing outside and very windy (again, very St. John's!) but the photo-taking was so much fun. and totally worth it. 

the reception was at one of our favourite restaurants, the Yellow Belly Brewery. it has this gorgeous rustic feel, with red brick walls and wood beams. it went great with the retro vibe we were going for, and the food was amazing! we had tomato bisque to start, poached salmon with hollandaise sauce, sweet potato wedges, and vegetables. yummm. too bad I couldn't eat any of it because I was a bundle of nerves! 

best of all, we had a great band and danced the night away with our best friends. everyone said they had so much fun, and I'm so happy to hear that. after all, no matter what I noticed that was wrong, as long as the guests thought it was great, that's what matters! 

but since it was sort of the perfect storm of wedding troubles, I do have a few tips to share, in case any of you plan on getting married sometime soon! 

1) make sure there is someone besides yourself who knows exactly what you want! on the day of the wedding I couldn't run around making sure everything was getting done right, and neither could anyone else because I planned the whole thing myself. Brandon was already in Scotland, and our parents were 5 hours away. definitely find someone NOT in the bridal party to go through your wedding plan with you. that way what happened to me won't happen to you; I showed up at the reception and it was decorated infinitely different than my decorator and I had discussed. I don't mean small, bridezilla changes- I mean completely not what I had been told I was getting. 

2) leave lots of time to chill with your bridesmaids before the ceremony. I thought we had done this- our ceremony was at 2- but turns out we were rather rushed after hair and makeup. the one thing I wish I had done differently was spend more time and get more pictures with my best friends. 

3) while we absolutely loved our band, and it does create a great atmosphere to have live music, everyone had just as much fun dancing to an ipod during the breaks. with ipods you can pick every song you love, and people can easily make requests. I think it would be even better than a dj! 

4) either have your programs/menus and such done locally, or order them way in advance! there were five snowstorms in the week leading up to our wedding day. five. I ordered our programs & menus from this adorable little shop on etsy, and they were supposed to arrive a week before the wedding. the five snowstorms meant they did not. now the girls at Baumbirdy, the shop we ordered from, were kind and thoughtful and wonderful enough to send a rough template to a local printer in St. John's, so we did have simple little ones, but they weren't the gorgeous programs we received in the mail one day too late. 

5) it helps if your cake baker speaks english, haha. the cake tasted like perfection- hands down the best cake I've ever tasted- but it was supposed to be square with white decor. it was neither. it really wasn't a big deal, but its always a relief to know you're understood! 

ok, that's it! there's a list of vendors and such on the 100 Layer Cake blog entry, if anyone's curious. and despite all the issues and mini-crises, it really was a wonderful day. now I just have to find an excuse to wear the dress again...