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Cleaning Out My Clothing Hoard

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Cleaning Out My Clothing Hoard

Hey!! One thing that I have a really difficult time doing is letting go of clothing. I have a dresser and closet filled with gorgeous clothes that are certainly pretty to look at, but some of them really just don’t belong anymore. Whether that be from the clothes not fitting the best or I haven’t worn it in years, I never know when I might need it! 😉 Hence, a massive clothing hoard that needed to be tamed.

On the day after Christmas, I spent my time going through my closet and dresser and selecting clothes to sell to Plato’s Closet. It was hard!! There were pieces that I had in mind to add to my Plato’s bag, but when the time came to remove it from the hanger and fold it, it was like my feet became super glued to the floor. I knew that I needed to purge my closet but, damnit, I really didn’t want to!

Despite massive cold feet about my closet clean out, I managed to fill a whole bag to bring to Plato’s Closet. How, you might ask? First, the clothes that didn’t fit well were an automatic toss into the bag. Then, I took a deep breath, really tried to measure how many times I’ve worn the piece in the past year, and made my decision based on that.

The first few times that I had to make a decision to keep or toss was so difficult because, of course, you want to keep everything! But, then you think about why the clothing is taking up space in your closet if you’re not using it and it just makes sense to rid yourself of it. It really seemed like a “now or never” type of situation and even though I had a hard time, I was committed to completing my project in the now.

I took my clothes to Plato’s Closet and got twenty-five bucks for the clothes that they wanted the day after Christmas. It was great, because no one was there so I was in and out in no time! Everyone, me included, thinks that their clothes are worth way more but hey, it’s better than nothing!

I wasn’t too disappointed that everything wasn’t taken from my bag, but there are two things that I wanted to throw out to the blogging world to see if anyone wanted to make an offer on them. They just seem too nice and cute for someone not to want to score a great deal!!

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Both the Express blazer and American Eagle Outfitters peacoat are an Extra Small. The blazer was originally $108 with the tags still on it and the AEO peacoat was close to one hundred, as well. The Express blazer has a bit of discoloration on the collar from my hair dye, but can’t be seen when it’s worn. Both are super cute and in great condition, so if you want to make an offer, it’s all yours! 🙂

What are your tips on cleaning out a clothing hoard? How do you choose which items to keep or toss? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

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Are You Ready To Start Expressing Yourself?

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Are You Ready To Start Expressing Yourself?

One thing that a lot of people struggle with is that they don’t feel as though they’re able to project much about who they are to the world as a whole. You might be the most interesting, creative, and exciting person on the planet and yet you still feel as though you blend into the background when you’re around other people. Sure, not everyone wants to be the center of attention, but it can be tough when it feels like people aren’t getting to see the real you.

However, that doesn’t mean that you’re stuck with that kind of situation for the rest of your life! Being able to express yourself isn’t all that difficult, you just need to know how to go about it, and feel comfortable enough to let the real you shine through no matter what. Here are a few simple things that you can do to get started on really showing the world what you’re made of:

Change Up Your Look: Not everyone is going to be obsessed with fashion, and that’s okay! But the way that you present yourself can have a huge impact on the way the world sees you and can be a wonderful opportunity for you to express yourself. Different styles say different things, and it’s cool to be able to share something about yourself with everyone that you walk past. And of course, no one feels the same every day so why not change up your look constantly?!

Many people will look completely different on a day to day basis, whether that’s through clothes, makeup, or even wigs. That might sound a bit drastic but it can be a lot of fun, and it’s worth trying at least a couple of times. When it comes to wigs, try CelebWigs for a bunch of different styles to see how you can express yourself. Of course, if you’re not looking to make that much of an entrance wherever you go, sticking to a style that you love and reflects who you are is just as good!

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Who doesn’t love a good makeover?!

Be Proud Of The Things You Love: We all have things that we’re passionate about, but a lot of the time we don’t want to express those things to other people because we’re worried about how they will judge them. This is where the idea of a “guilty pleasure” comes from. The truth, is that you should never have a guilty pleasure. If you love something, then that doesn’t impact anyone else’s life, so why shouldn’t you be proud of it? Whether it’s a type of music, TV, book, or anything else, wearing your passions on your sleeve can be a great way to express yourself to the world. And hey, you might even find that someone else feels the same way and you can strike up a new friendship.

Be Confident In Who You Are: One of the hardest things in the world is being confident in who you are. The media and the world around us work very hard to tell us that we’re not good enough. That we’re too fat, thin, short, tall, old, or young. All of these things mean that many of us are walking around on a day to day basis feeling as though we can’t be confident in who we are. But the world’s not going to change unless we change. So, no matter who you are, it’s important to be proud of it and never let the world tell you that there’s something wrong with that.

Change Your Environment: Of course, sometimes those kinds of feelings don’t come from inside yourself but from a toxic environment. Having friends who don’t appreciate who you are or people around you who try to make you feel bad for the way that you express yourself can make life very difficult and lonely for a lot of people. If that’s the case, then there’s nothing wrong with ending those friendships and changing your environment to something more loving and supportive. You would be amazed what a change of scenery can do for your self love and confidence.

Now, none of this is trying to tell you that you should try and be some kind of bold, brash person if that’s not who you are deep down. You should never try to be anyone else. The point is simply to be able to embrace what makes you a unique individual and to avoid hiding that from the world, because everyone deserves to see the real you shine.

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New American Eagle Outfitters Jeans

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New American Eagle Outfitters Jeans

Hi everyone and happy Thursday! I hope all of you are having a great week so far. A little fact about Lil Red is that I freaking hate blue jeans. I absolutely one hundred and fifty percent despise them. I feel like they are so unflattering on me and that they make me look like a total heifer. Therefore, I only wear black skinny jeans. But here’s the thing – the skinnies can’t look or feel like denim. I’ve been in need of a new pair of these hard to come by pants for a while and finally caved this past weekend and purchased a pair from American Eagle Outfitters. Despite a few issues that I have with them, they’re alright so far so let’s discuss:

My holy grail pair of black skinnies is from H&M. They’re the literal best pair of pants that I ever owned and I love them so much. Unfortunately, my H&Ms as well as my pair from Express are starting to show signs of wear and tear which needed to be remedied ASAP. The nearest H&M to me is about an hour away and Express is way too expensive for my liking so I had to do some soul searching around the mall to find a pair that I could live with.

After trying on a few duds, I ended up settling for the AEO Sateen Jegging. I really liked the material that it was made out of because it didn’t feel like denim at all. They seriously feel like cloth on my legs when in all reality, they’re made out of a Super Super Stretch cotton blend of denim. This was a major plus for me because I hate the texture of denim and the way it lays on my body. And even though these jeggings felt awesome on my skin, they didn’t look like cloth by any means which I would never be caught dead in.

Another bonus about my new jeggings is that they fit skin tight but because the material is so stretchy, you never feel constricted. My other pairs of skinnies no longer fit closely to my skin anymore from over a year of wear so it felt really good to try on a pair of skinnies that fit nice and tight, like they should. I think that my new jeggings look really flattering and I love the way that they make my legs and booty look thanks to their super snug fit.

Although I really do love the fit and make of AEO’s Sateen Jeggings, I can’t help but think that they’re a little boring. My pair from Express was embellished with a snakeskin pattern while my H&M pair was coated and had quilted patches on the knees. It’s essential to me that the clothes that I buy have a little extra something to them to make them unique and unfortunately, there isn’t anything special about my AEO pair. Don’t get me wrong, I do like them but because I was in such desperate need for new pantalones, I ended up settling for the pair at the mall that didn’t suck the least.

Another major downside to American Eagle’s denim is their outrageous prices. These jeggings cost me fifty dollars which I was not thrilled about. My favorite pair of skinnies from H&M were half the price at twenty-five bucks so to pay double for a pair that didn’t totally knock my socks off kind of hurt. I think the prices at AEO are absurd to begin with so I was kind of mad that the jeggings I went with were from there. But hey, I was desperate and beggars can’t be choosers.

Even though I feel pretty wishy washy about my New American Eagle Outfitters Jeans, I am happy that I got them. They were much needed, they fit well, and I know that I’ll get a lot of use out of them. The clothes that I have purchased from AE has lasted me such a long time so I know that these jeggings will be no exception. Now if only I can make it out to H&M to restock my black skinnies collection with some pieces that are more reasonably priced!

You can check out my new AEO Sateen Jeggings as well as all of American Eagle’s clothing on the link provided. What is the best place to find black skinny jeans at? What is your favorite store to splurge at? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Hello, It’s Me!

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Hello, It’s Me!

Hey there everyone and happy Sunday! I hope all of you are having a wonderful and relaxing weekend. I’ve noticed that I haven’t put up a whole lot of pictures of me on the ol’ blog lately. To remedy that, I had my dad break out his prized camera and snap some pictures of me during this past week. We shot some pictures outside and as you can see, Ohio got quite a bit of snow! (So much so that I was snowed in at home for an afternoon!) We also took some pics on our cool, color blocked hallway for your viewing pleasure. Take a look:

^^^ Thanks, dad! ❤

What I Wore:

  • Featured Image Jacket: This was one of my Christmas gifts, compliments of Target. You can read all about it in my post, New Coat Heaven.
  • Killin’ It Hoodie: My hoodie dress is one of my all time favorite Forever 21 finds which you can read about in my Monday Update: Forever 21 Haul Edition.
  • Black Skinnies: I got these from Express about a year or so ago. They used to have the coolest snakeskin pattern printed on them but unfortunately it faded away after over a year of washing. -_-
  • Zipper Front Heels: These babies are one of my steals that I got from Kohl’s a while back ago which you can read about in, If The Shoe Fits – Apt. 9 Edition.
  • Teal Fingerless Gloves: My glovies are one of my favorite accessories that I own. My mom got these for me from TJMaxx when I was in high school. It was on a day that I didn’t feel like going to school so we went shopping instead! I love them just as much now as I did when I first got them.

It was so nice to be able to spend the afternoon being photographed by my dear old dad. He definitely shot some winners and it was a great way to spend time together! How has everyone’s weekend been? What kind of weather are you having in your neck of the woods right now? I wanna hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

OOTD: Cardi Party

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OOTD: Cardi Party

Whatup crew! I was really digging my outfit today, so I had to take an obligatory mirror selfie while shopping at Kohl’s this afternoon. If you aren’t aware, their winter sale that’s happening right now is fabulous! So many great deals it made my lil red head spin! 😉 Today I was rocking a fairly simple look, but I felt awesome in it and confidence is key! Here’s a pic of my Cardi Party OOTD:

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As usual here’s the breakdown of all of the items in my look:

  • Floppy hat: PacSun, Brandy Melville
  • Cardigan: PacSun, O’Neil
  • T-shirt: Zumiez, Obey
  • Jeans: Express
  • Combat boots: Journey’s, Madden Girl
  • Rosary necklace: Target

I absolutely adore this outfit. Today was a pretty lazy day, so this look was something that I just threw together to go running around in. Lil Red refuses to roam around Akron, Ohio in just jeans and a t-shirt, so of course I had to throw on some items that would make my outfit more unique. For starters I added my favorite rosary necklace that my mom got me from Target. For seconds I threw on one of my oldie but goodie cardigans from when I worked at good ol’ PacFun. (This cardi is at least three years old and it’s still fabulous!) To literally top off the look, I put on my new ten dollar on sale Brandy Melville hat from PacSun. This hat was actually the first purchase I made at Pac since I quit in September. It’s amazing how uncute their clothes got to me after not working there and not getting a discount (ha!) so I never really felt the need to buy anything after my employment. But ten dollars for an originally thirty-five dollar hat?! Hello, you’re not gonna not buy it! I really like how the mauvey gray color in the hat matches one of the colored stripes on my cardigan almost perfectly. Color coordination at its finest! 😉  I was eager to break in my new combat boots from Journey’s today, which I also bought while ballin on a budget! Twenty dollars for an originally sixty dollar boot! HOLLA. Everything about this look felt cool and effortless to me. I felt like such a diva strutting around in my floppy hat and sunglasses. I also really dug the way my boots looked with my snake skin print jeans. #blackonblackonblack Unfortunately the print doesn’t really show up on pictures because the pattern is so subtle – but I promise that they’re super cute! IN CONCLUSION: This outfit made me feel like a boho/punky/cool/chic woman on the go today. What more could you ask for in a look?

Funny shopping story: I was at Target with my mom today and I totally bought notebooks with One Direction on them for school. I’m twenty years old and I’m bringing One Direction notebooks to college….BUT THEY WERE ON SALE!!!! (And I have a major crush on all of the 1D boys – SUE ME FOR IT!!!!)

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^^^ SO CUTE! (I swear I’m twenty years old…not ten.)

Alright guys, I hope you have a fabulous night! I’m off to watch School of Rock and eat hella popcorn! What were you guys rockin today? What are you up to tonight? I’d love to hear from you so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Spring Shopping Extravaganza!

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Spring Shopping Extravaganza!

Hi beautiful people! So as you guys know, I absolutely love shopping for fall clothing BUT spring shopping comes in a very close second, and I had a blast purchasing some fun spring staples to update my wardrobe. Sister shopping night happened at two different malls two nights in a row this week, and I was very happy with the great deals that I got. My game plan for shopping was to get pieces that I have nothing similar to already so I can give a fresh new take on old pieces that I already own. It was hard to stay completely focused on a few items while shopping because all of the stores in the mall look so adorable! The spring floor sets were a go and everything looked so bright and fun – I wanted everything (I always do, it’s my cross to bear)! I made a PicStitch of my new purchases and here it is!:

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I’m absolutely obsessed with all of my new items! I posted my Valentine’s Day shopping picture again because I plan on wearing my Vince Camuto ankle booties from TJMaxx with basically everything this spring! Anyways, here’s the usual breakdown of all of the items in the first PicStitch:

  • Black and white crop top: Target
  • Gray floppy hat: PacSun, Brandy Melville
  • Black and white striped blazer: Express
  • Lace midi skirt: TJMaxx, Flying Tomato

Usually I’m not one for buying things in basic colors, but I decided that I really did need some plain hued crop tops, so I was very happy when I found my black and white ones from Target. (I got them for two for twenty! Hello, bargain shopper!) These crop tops fit like a glove and they’re so sweet and simple. I can’t wait to pair them with maxi, midi, and mini skirts this spring! I’m sure all of you know by now that I absolutely adore hats, and I know I mentioned above that I tried not to buy items that I already have something similar to…BUT I just couldn’t help myself!!! I got my new gray Brandy Melville floppy hat for seventy percent off, which made it about ten dollars! And you’re not gonna not buy an originally thirty-five dollar hat for only ten!! I was so happy with this steal and I think the color is absolute perfection. It’s such a sassy color because in the proper lighting there’s the faintest hint of mauve and it makes for a gorgeous spring hue. My TJMaxx midi skirt was another Valentine’s Day purchase, but I wanted to mention it again because it’s definitely going to be one of my spring staples this year. I love everything about this skirt – the creamy color, the bright waistband, the length…so boho and so damn fun. Almost all of my skirts are black (#50shadesofblack) so it was nice to be able to add some variety to my collection. As I mentioned earlier, I plan on throwing on a cheeky crop top with this midi and I’ll be in business. I’m definitely gonna wear my Vince Camuto’s with it as well – hello edgy boho punky chic! Last but not least is my beloved black and white striped blazer from Express, which was my splurge piece. I’ve needed a new blazer for a while now, because the ones I have are quite old and didn’t fit to perfection, and I can’t have that! Everything about this Express blazer is divine and I can’t get enough of it. For one, it fits me like a glove. For two, it fits my style to the T: edgy, punk, sophisticated, and chic all in one mega blazer. While I was in Express with my sister last night, I was eying this piece on the mannequin the entire time, but didn’t want to try it on because of the price. Finally, I rolled my eyes, stripped off my jacket and cardigan, and threw on the blazer. Naturally I loved it so naturally it had to be mine. I’m going to wear this beauty with everything!!! Little shorts, skirts, dresses, and of course all of my black coated skinny jeans (because you guys should know by now that that’s all I wear!). My sister and I had a great coupon for Express which was seventy-five dollars off of a two hundred dollar purchase, so we got everything we needed for a fraction of the cost, which made me feel so much better about buying my new favorite piece. Now you guys might be wondering why I threw in a picture of Beetlejuice on the PicStitch, so let me explain with a STORY TIME segment: As soon as my sis and I returned home last night, I told my mom to come to my room so I could show her all of my goodies. I showed her all of my fun new pieces while saving the blazer for last. Finally I put the jacket on and the first thing my mom said to me when she saw it was: “It’s super cute, but it looks like Beetlejuice.” Lol, I didn’t even think about that until she mentioned it, but she was spot on! So if you say Beetlejuice three times, I just might appear to wreak some havoc!!

^^^ Such an appropriate song for this post!!!

So there you have it, my Spring Shopping Extravaganza! I’m so excited to rock all of these pieces and best believe there will be many pictures of all of my new outfits to come! What are you planning on wearing this spring season? What’s your favorite spring piece you own or have bought recently? I’d love to hear from you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much Love. -Sarah

PS: All of these items are pretty much brand new, so they should be available to purchase in stores and online! 🙂

Lil Red Recommends: January Edition!

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Lil Red Recommends: January Edition!

Whatsup guys! Happy Sunday to each and every one of you! I’ve read quite a few good books this month, discovered a cool new band, and had a somewhat religious experience while shopping, so I wanted to share all of these and more with you in the newest Lil Red Recommends! Let’s get to it:

Read Tuesdays With Morrie: Seriously. Like Nike…just do it. My dear friend Kate got this for me a few Christmas-es ago and I decided to pick it up when I was out of a book to read after I finished Big Little Lies (which will be discussed later!) I read this book quite some time ago, and I am SO happy that I finally reread it. This book touched my heart and soul in ways that I can’t even describe the second time around. I guess that has to do with the fact that my beloved grandma was still alive and well the first time I read this book. This is a true story that chronicles the final visits a professor suffering with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) has with a former student. Mitch, who hasn’t spoke with his favorite college professor Morrie Schwartz in sixteen years becomes aware of his professor’s disease by seeing him doing a television interview while flipping stations. He hops a plane to Boston to see Morrie looking fragile and pallid in a wheelchair. After their first visit together which fell on a Tuesday, Morrie asked if Mitch would come to see him again next week, to which Mitch obliged. All of their meetings in their college days fell on a Tuesday and these visits stayed true to that tradition because they’re “Tuesday people” according to Morrie. During the visits between professor and student topics like religion, emotions, forgiveness, and death are discussed. We learn about Morrie and Mitch’s past and current struggles, that are peppered with humor and the questions that everyone probably asks themselves. This tribute to an amazing man had the ability to make me love both Morrie and Mitch as if they were my own family, and I cannot recommend this book enough. If you’re looking for a quick read that makes you think and opens your heart, grab yourself a copy of Tuesdays With Morrie pronto. If this book doesn’t move you in some way, then you literally have no soul.

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Read Big Little Lies: Ohh yes, this book is FABULOUS. Big Little Lies tells the tale of the drama of three women: battered and beautiful Celeste, fashionable and confrontational Madeline, and of course shy and young Jane. These ladies meet through the kindergarten that their children attend and through fast friendship their lives become intertwined. All of the struggles these women face lead up to a tragic night at a school trivia night function for the parents. The chapters literally begin with counting down the amount of time left until the trivia night. This book covers everything from domestic violence, fabulous fashion, sexual assault, bullying, and relationships and it is an absolute thrill of a read. I can’t tell you too much about the book because it’s going to ruin a lot of the shocks and surprises that happen in basically each chapter. I’m a big fan of the author Herman Koch and Big Little Lies is written very similarly to his work, so I instantly fell in love with it. I know this description of the book was vague, but seriously PLEASE read it and tell me what you think! I’m already obsessed with the author Liane Moriarty and just started one of her best sellers The Husband’s Secret last night. I’m very confident that it will be on my next Lil Red Recommends segment!

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Listen to Sam Roberts Band: I know, I know – typical PacSun music. SUE ME FOR IT because I love these guys! So catchy, so fresh, so upbeat. I just put their debut album Lo-Fantasy on my iTunes two days ago and I’m kind of obsessed. It comes with two disks, the actual CD and then remix versions of some of the songs. Upbeat is honestly one of the best words I can use to describe these guys, because that’s what they are – they’re fun and the beats of their songs are absolutely infectious. I dare you to not listen to Sam Roberts Band without bobbing your head or tapping your feet. Or in my case – dancing very poorly. I heard their songs “Metal Skin”and “Shapeshifters” when I used to work at PacSun, and they remain two of my favorite songs off of Lo-Fantasy. Do yourselves a favor and give them a try, you’ll be glad you did.

Shop The Pre-Spring Sales: So I was at the mall earlier this week with my sister and all of the stores were still flaunting their post holiday/pre-spring sales. We went to the two stores that we wanted to find the best deals at, which were Victoria’s Secret and Express. Kristen managed to get a sixty dollar bra from VS for only twenty dollars! You seriously can’t beat that. There were a few bras that I had my eye on in their sale bins, but I have more than enough bras to wear a different one every day of the week so I controlled myself from purchasing one, as hard as it was!!! #selfcontrol The real steal of the day came from my find at Express. This entire winter season I had my eye on a gorgeous snake skin print embellished V-neck sweater but the seventy-nine dollar price tag was just too steep for me to justify buying it. While rummaging through the sale bins in Express, a miracle happened. I FOUND THE SWEATER!!! My hands got sweaty (which always happens when I get excited – it’s my cross to bear.) and I rushed to the fitting room. I stripped off my winter layers of a jacket, hoodie, and sweater as quickly as I could and slipped into the sweater I had been lusting over for so long. It. Was. Perfect. It was exactly how I hoped it would fit and look on me, and I couldn’t wait to wear it out that evening. The best part about it? I got it for NINETEEN DOLLARS! Saying that I felt like I was on Ecstasy is an understatement!!! There she is:

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Do a Winter Activity: Whether it be sledding, skiing, snow shoeing, or making some winter food like soups or peppermint treats with a friend – DO IT! I figure skated for close to ten years when I was younger, and a few nights ago my sister and I went ice skating. We had an absolute blast – well maybe me more than her because I actually knew what I was doing! That night was my first time back on the ice in close to four years and I was amazed at how much I could still do. As soon as I hit the ice I could feel my muscle memory kicking it – it was just like riding a bike. I was still able to jump, spin, and do a lot of fun footwork tricks. At one point during the night my sister said “Sarah, people are watching you” and I’d be a liar if I didn’t admit how good it made me feel. It took me back to when I would compete and all eyes would be on me when I performed my routines. Being the center of attention for just a few hours at the rink lifted my spirits and my ass, because it was a great work out! If you’re ever in the Akron, Ohio area and wanna go skating – you know how to find me!

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So there you have it! My Lil Red Recommends for the month of January! What’s your favorite winter activity? Have you read Big Little Lies or Tuesdays With Morrie? What did you think of it? What was a great winter sale steal that you got? I’d love to hear from you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Have a fabulous day! -Sarah