threw a wish in the well

I don't know about you guys, but I find it really hard to shop when I have no income.

there are several ways to deal with this difficulty.
a) if you live in an actual city and are perhaps from the 1950s, you can try window shopping;
b) take up a life of crime; or,
c) shamelessly browse internet shopping sites making copious photo wishlists.

I chose c.

1, 5, 8, 14 - etsy
2, 3, 4, 9, 11 - modcloth
6 - seychelles
7, 13 - urban outfitters
10 - american apparel
12 - jeffrey campbell

these are my fall must-haves- rustic hues and patterns, cozy knits, suede booties, MUSTARD, and one or two dresses to take me into party season (it's too early to say Christmas, right?).
oh and... a few Doctor Who prints, cause I mean... they're just awesome. 
I seriously love this wishlist, guys. 
I want this to be the suitcase I have to live out of next month.

oh well. there's always that life of crime a-callin'...

playing: go easy- Andrew James O'Brien

confess your love as well as your folly

sometimes in life, girls, you will make ill-informed decisions. these blunders will often come in the form of impulse purchases, pizza binges, or chick flicks, and they are almost always made under the influence of well-meaning loved ones.

today I made one such decision. I chose to willingly follow Brando on a "short walk" on the town hiking trail.

I don't know what I was thinking.

come on, Sarah. you know yourself better than that. a hiking trail? with built-in stairs? please. and you know better when Brandon says "short walk."

don't get me wrong, the trail is beautiful! we got some lovely pictures, and the hike isn't overly challenging either. but in case you hadn't noticed, my appreciation for nature stems (hehe little pun there) more from photo ops and walks in the park, and less from spontaneous physical activity.

but hey, pictures!

dress + cardigan- primark // socks- american apparel // boots- aldo

I did realize that this is the same cardigan I wore in my last post... but not until after we took the photos!  but you know, it's actually a more accurate representation of my style lately, as I am living out of one suitcase at a time. 

as a side note, I am kinda obsessed with these over-the-knee socks (they actually go halfway up my thigh but this worked better with my skirt length). they are so warm and cozy, and I love how they look! I want MORE. black, cream, navy, a whole bunch of cozy awesome sock-y goodness. 

I'm sort of unsure what type of footwear they go with... I think tall boots or oxfords would be best... but like I said, right now I'm operating with limited wardrobe choices! besides, these boots are the cutest. I'm also kinda obsessed with fringe at the moment. 

now if you'll excuse me, I'm recovering from this afternoon's physical exertion by watching a Katherine Hepburn marathon on Turner Classic Movies. I love Katherine Hepburn. she's a class act. and I love her voice. :)


playing: white blank page- mumford & sons

yeah, toast!

I'm finally getting a taste of autumn up in here. all you lovely bloggers have been sharing photos and posts of pumpkin pies, apple orchards, and fallen leaves, while I'm running around going to concerts and trying new wine.

gotta say, I think it's a fair trade.

still, it's nice to have a few golden flora on this here blogity-blog!

life's been pretty excellent lately; I'm running around Newfoundland spending time with friends & family till that whole responsibility thing eventually kicks in. till it does, I'm happy with lunch dates, last-minute parties, and movie watching.

(side note: watch Looper. and Here Comes the Boom. and Pitch Perfect. some of those might sound questionable, but seriously, they're amazeballs.)

I bought this dress while adventuring in downtown St. John's on the nicest day ever. and by nicest day ever, I mean not only was the weather unseasonably lovely, but every interaction with a human was equally lovely. seriously you guys, come to St. John's sometime.

anyways, how adorable is the pattern of this dress! toast! YEAH TOAST.
please excuse the painfully old Adam Sandler reference, but I'm a sucker for a novelty print. especially one with an adorable polka dot trim.

I got the dress at a local shop, but you can also buy it at modcloth. it's a really flattering and comfortable fit, and the quality is great too. just fyi!

dress- rosie the rebel // scarf- gift // cardigan- primark // boots- aldo

I'm really hoping this gorgeous autumn sticks around a little while longer. it's making the scenery extra easy on the eyes, and I'm enjoying the gypsy-traveller lifestyle. not ready to settle down for winter just yet.

hope you're all having a wonderful weekend!
love love.

playing: we were a boat- Andrew James O'Brien

leather & lace

holla homies! long time no see!
you'll be happy to hear (at least, I was) that I finally have my computer back, and thus can begin, once again, to blog consistently.
sigh. so many interruptions. I really miss blogging! and I'm sad to have missed most of the autumn-y goodness in the blogosphere.

while I was on hiatus I received a guest post from, which is a shopping website based in the UK that I think is really great. disclaimer: this is a sponsored post that I did not write. but it is an article I approve of and a company that is reputable, so you should check it out!

I also did a little outfit photo shoot that was inspired by the post, so I hope you enjoy it. :)
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Fashion embraces its dark side this season, with the trend defined by Victoriana-inspired necklines, sumptuous velvet, rich moirĂ© silk, and a not-so-secret weakness for leather. The A/W 2012 catwalks were high on gothic glamour: silhouettes were sharp and clean, fabrics were glossy and sleek, and the overall look was polished… yet deeply decadent.

High-shine black leather stole the show, breaking free from its typical jackets and separates and transforming sleek gowns into something edgier and more versatile: think power-play rather than prissy.

One of the key features of this trend is that it lends itself to every style: Looking for a tough, structured outfit, or feel the need for something more ladylike? Leather can work its magic for both, giving you an elegant, goth-inspired look, with a serious dose of drama thrown in for good measure.

No outfit is complete without the make-up and accessories to match, and this season the mood is darkly glamorous. Be brave and team blood-red lipstick with a nude eye shadow, or alternatively line your lids with violet eye-paint to make a statement. Berry lip-stains with a minimalist base are a popular choice – define your features with graphite-lined eyes offset by a sheer balm, for a look that’s fiercely chic.

As for those all-important accessories, add ornate jewels to your war-paint: from glittering gemstone grips to pairing oversized pendants with
bold cocktail rings.

The delicate femininity of last season has been firmly stamped out, to the extent that even floral prints have undertaken a gothic revamp. Winter’s blooms – be they single stems or extravagant bouquets – have a sparkling, hyper-real quality. In rich, muted tones and spidery outlines, they hint at the ‘Trick or Treat’ festivities that lie just around the corner.

This season is all about dressing up to make your statement, especially after dark. And, if you’re looking to dress up (in a much more flamboyant sense) for Halloween this year, a visit to the Halloween store at will help to transform you into your character of choice – plus, once you’ve picked out your costume, you can browse the latest trends in Very’s womenswear
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thanks for the post, Very! 
and tomorrow, readers, I return to my regularly scheduled programming. yay! come back soon.
Come up to meet you, tell you I'm sorry
You don't know how lovely you are
I had to find you, tell you I need you
Tell you I set you apart
Tell me your secrets, and ask me your questions
Oh let's go back to the start
Running in circles, coming in tails
Heads on a science apart

Nobody said it was easy
It's such a shame for us to part
Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be this hard
Oh, take me back to the start.

I was just guessing at numbers and figures
Pulling the puzzles apart
Questions of science, science and progress
Do not speak as loud as my heart
And tell me you love me, come back and haunt me
Oh and I rush to the start
Running in circles, chasing our tails
Coming back as we are

Nobody said it was easy
Oh it's such a shame for us to part
Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be so hard

I'm going back to the start


I'm going with full disclosure here and saying this share is inspired by the last five minutes of Glee... But it's also a good song. And fits my mood. And it's a pretty good song.

Computer returns tomorrow guys! So see you soon.

ps. I hope it goes without saying that the above lyrics were not, in fact, written by me, but by one Chris Martin. just for, you know. copyright infringement and such.

pps. Never try to update your blog on an iPad you barely know how to use.