I Hate Valentine’s Day

… okay, I guess that’s kind of a lie. My hatred towards this holiday has abated over the last couple of years, but it’s far from a favorite. It’s not because I’m single and bitter or whatever. It’s a lot of little things that bother me about Valentine’s Day. The candy, for example? Not the best. And the fact that people get so wound up and dread every year – why does a holiday create so much misery? This many people don’t hate Halloween or Christmas or, I don’t know, Passover. Valentine’s Day breeds stupidity like no other holiday – and that includes New Year’s Eve, because people do so many dumb things leading up to the 14th.

Then there’s the “romantic” gestures. I don’t find cheap red roses or boxes of chocolate very romantic. And who would want to go out to dinner at a restaurant so crowded you can’t even hear your date? There’s just so much pressure, and I would rather celebrate a relationship because I wanted to, not because society and Hallmark did. Not that it’s bad to celebrate love, but I don’t think it should be coerced; it should be encouraged every day. And yes, I am one of those lovey-dovey, overly-affectionate and huggy people that says “I love you” and “te amo” at the end of nearly every conversation with my loved ones, and means it.

Oh, and I also don’t like pink all that much. Eh, it’s okay. My personal Valentine’s Day tradition? Wearing black. That’s my way of being a sourpuss without insulting everyone. Or at least trying. But this year, since I was actually in a decent mood, I mixed up by wearing black and white striped shirt. Big step.

Shirt- Macy’s; Pendant- Black Market Minerals.

I was this close to wearing a pink lucite heart necklace, but that would’ve defeated the purpose, so I added my new favorite pendant. It’s hard to tell since it’s cat-eye, but it’s purple and awesome. Oh, and if I’ve depressed you too much about today, you should cheer up by reading this New York Times article about a snow queen finally marrying her king. So sweet – it’s not like love is dead or anything! Anyway, for my lovely readers, I wish you a happy Valentine’s Day if that’s your sort of thing, and if not, happy Monday!

~ Sarah

Night At the Ballet

This past Friday night I made my first trip into Manhattan of the semester. My friend Christine invited me to the ballet, and along with our friend Abby, we bought student rush tickets ($15!!!) to the New York City Ballet. I was super excited, because I’ve never seen a real ballet before, and as a kid, I had only taken dance classes for about a New York minute.

The dilemma, of course, was what to wear. Not only was I going to the glamourous Lincoln Center, but the windchill Friday night was hovering around ten. And by hovering, I mean it definitely hit the single digits. It’s been absolutely freezing here in New York, which is appalling considering I left temperate South Florida less than a week ago. I digress.

Sweater- Target; Dress- Walmart; Belt-unknown; Leggings- unknown; Boots- Target.

After posting panicked tweets and Facebook statuses looking for advice, this is what I put together. My mom is letting me borrow this black skinny belt for the semester, which is super exciting because I can now do so much more with my clothes! Case in point, layering a sweater over a dress and not looking completely lumpy. This polka-dotted dress (which I know came out funny in the pictures) is actually one of my favorite dresses of all-time, so I’ll be wearing it even more often now. I wore two pairs of leggings, but the outer pair is actually this kind of shiny material (as opposed to cotton), so from a distance it gives off the appearance of thick opaque tights. My favorite riding boots also make another appearance, but by the time I took these photos they were all dirty again because of the snow. Of course if I didn’t want to risk hypothermia, I still had to wear a hat, scarf, gloves, and a warm coat on top of all these layers! I loved this outfit though, I felt pretty and girly – perfect for the ballet.

(Speaking of photos, I know that my saturation is way off in the picture on the left. It was pretty annoying. Then again, it’s also annoying trying to take pictures without a photographer or tripod, and since I’m incapable of taking “proper” webcam pictures, this is what I get. And posing is pretty strange. How do you fashion bloggers do it??)

Back to the ballet- it was wonderful! Not exactly my scene, but still really, really cool. Even the theatre itself was stunning- the gold curtains, the balconies, and the ceiling looked it was a bejeweled flower. Beautiful. We actually saw three different performances: Walpurgisnacht Ballet, Dances at a Gathering, and Concerto DSCH. I loved the music, but it was hard to follow the story behind the ballets. I guess that’s something you acquire the more you’re exposed to it. My favorite was the last ballet, it was quick and much more contemporary. The stuff ballerinas can do with their bodies is unbelievable – totally mind-blowing. The highlight though was Benjamin Millepied, Natalie Portman’s fiancé and choreographer of Black Swan, perform in Dances at a Gathering. No Natalie sightings, but those two are going to have one beautiful baby.

After my exciting Friday night, the rest of this weekend has been pretty low-key. And by low-key I mean totally unproductive, but that’s going to have to change. This coming week is going to be a long one.

Stay warm, Northeasterners!

~ Sarah

Baby, You’re A Firework

Happy New Year everyone!! Hope you all had a great time ringing in 2011 (finally)!! I’m definitely jealous of anyone who attended a swanky affair. New Year’s is normally a pretty quiet and casual event for my family. Our annual tradition has turned into driving up to Delray Beach and spending the evening with family friends. The big excitement this year was that the kids (yes, that still includes me) got to drink sparkling juice cocktail. Oh, and I won a couple card games. I never said I wasn’t cool. Ironically enough, our night didn’t really feature a major fireworks display, unless you count the kind you can buy for ten bucks at Publix and light up in the driveway. And even though my last night of 2010 was pretty low-key, I still managed to wear sequins. That’s practically a NYE requirement.

Sequined Bolero- gifted (vintage); Tank- Dillard’s; Jeans- gifted; Flats- Payless; Cat-eye pendant- Black Market Minerals; Watch- Fossil.

The base of this outfit, the black jeans (or jeggings- I’m not quite sure) and the tank, are pretty casual. My stepgrandmother gave me her vintage bolero, and it added the right amount of pretty to the look. As if that didn’t give off enough sparkle, I threw on this new pendant. I bought it for pretty cheap in this fabulous jewelry and mineral store outside of Orlando. A watch is the perfect accessory to keep your eye on the countdown to midnight, and I love this geometric Fossil one. Finally, my Payless obsession continues. I bought these in Key West this week- they’re so comfy, they didn’t even feel like new! They’re actually from kids’ section too, which makes this purchase even better. I love that the leopard print/glitter combo is toned down by the gray and black. Just slightly.

I couldn’t resist throwing in a picture of my golden retriever, Sammy. He’s quite the handsome devil. And yes, that is my senior picture awkwardly hanging in the background. How did you guys spend New Year’s Eve?

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Happy New Year!

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~ Sarah