Eat (Cheese)cake

My first-ever Junior’s cheesecake

I’ll be honest: one of the hardest parts about returning from spring break in San Diego was the weather. Back in California, the temperatures were in the 60s and the skies were almost always sunny. I come back to New York and what do I get? Rain. Snow. And the dreaded wintry mix. Yikes.

So what’s a girl to do? Well, having cheesecake in the city with the lovely Elle from Elle Enchanted certainly helps.

It was my first time doing a blogger meet-up, and I was so relieved to find Elle is as sweet and genuine as she comes across on her fashion and lifestyle blog. We met up at Grand Central Terminal on Wednesday, walked aimlessly around Midtown for a bit and then had some dessert. Afterwards, we walked a little bit more in the rain. Like the good fashion bloggers we are, we stopped at H & M on 5th Ave. We ended up buying matching necklaces (and for only $5!). Our meet-up was a nice change of pace from what has been a crazy first week back.

As for what I wore, I find it practical to have a comfortable and chic go-to outfit for bad weather. Now that I have a new trench coat, that’s gotten a lot easier. A cute printed umbrella helps too. Yay for leopard print!

Trench Coat – Old Navy; Leggings – unknown; Cross-body Bag – thrifted; Rainboots – JcPenny (Arizona); Umbrella – Totes; Dress – thrifted; Pashmina – street vendor; Skinny Belt – unknown; Watch – Jack’s World (Sharp).

I love polo dresses, and this one is a lovely plum color and has a fun texture. I still can’t get over how skinny belts completely change an outfit and give it shape. The pashmina and trench kept me warm, and my pink-trimmed rainboots and leopard umbrella kept things fun on such a dreary day. I’m pretty sure the cross-body bag (which I borrowed from my mom for the semester) is Goodwill perfection. I’ll have to give you all a better look of my watch, because I just love it. Just like I love this outfit.

What’s your go-to rainy day look?

☀ Sarah

California Dreamin’

I know it’s been awhile, but that’s because I was off having one wonderful adventure.

Today, my friend Cara’s Facebook status read that she left her heart in San Diego – and I can’t help but agree with her. Our team fly back from California (a.k.a. the promised land) on Sunday morning (think 1 a.m.) and since then, it’s been weird readjusting to New York, classes, and “real life”.

Basically, my outreach trip to San Diego was absolutely incredible. I don’t even know how else to describe it. Our team stayed in cabins at the Kamp of America campgrounds in Chula Vista. Most mornings, we’d wake up around 5 a.m. and drive over to St. Vincent de Paul. There we either worked in the back of the kitchen or served breakfast to some adult homeless, until about 7:30 a.m. Then for the next hour or so, we would clean up the cafeteria and get ready for the lunch rush.

Afterwards, we’d drive over our awesome mini-vans to StandUp For Kids. The San Diego location does outreach work, but also has a center for homeless and street kids to come, hang out, eat a good dinner, shower, etc. In the morning and early afternoon, we did chores around the place, from cleaning to organizing their food donations. We had to throw out so much food that had expired years ago – it was heartbreaking. After our chores, we’d go back to our campsite to unwind and eat lunch. Around 4-ish, we drove back to StandUp to meet the day’s volunteers and the kids. Most were actually older, eighteen to about twenty-two years old. We’d serve dinner, eat together and hang out for a few hours.

It was incredible having the opportunity to meet some of the homeless in San Diego. I’m really glad we got to work with both adults and youth. It was so striking and humbling how appreciative everyone was for a simple meal or conversation. It was also great to have people open and to listen to their stories – everyone had a different set of circumstances that led them to where they were. And the people we talked to were some of the funniest, brightest, and most honest people you’ll ever meet. It can’t even be put into words. The craziest moment for me was when I met a twenty year-old guy who went to the same elementary school as I did, back in Florida. To meet him 3,000 miles away from my hometown, living in such different circumstances but being so much alike was just astounding.

Suffice to say, it was the most rewarding week of my life, easily.

And, just like all of our supervisors and volunteers begged us to, we had some fun too. On Thursday we walked a bit of Balboa Park, San Diego’s answer to Central Park, and on Friday we went to Torrey Pines, where we went to the Pacific Ocean and did some hiking. Unfortunately, I couldn’t really take pictures at the places where we volunteered due to privacy reasons, but here are some of my favorite from the trip. (And yes, that includes a snapshot of one the best Mexican meals ever. I’ve been dreaming of carne asada tacos ever since…)

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OH yeah. And I got to spend my spring break with eleven of the best people you’ll ever meet. We’re so obsessed with each other, it’d be lame if we weren’t such awesome people. ♡

If your school or college offers any service or immersion trips, I say go for it! Seriously, you won’t regret it. It was an incredible experience. So tell me now, what have you all been up to?

☀ Sarah

Ahora Amo

“Ahora Amo”  roughly translates to “Now I Love”. Inspired by features like Michelle’s Love, Love, Love “Ahora Amo” is a collection of all the small things that I love at the moment. ♥

♡ Key Lime Pie. Graham cracker crusts make everything better. And I miss Key West.3252948639_8eed88bae8_z_large

♡ my coconut-scented shampoo from Suave – not only is it dirt cheap, but it smells like a vacation in a bottle.

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♡ Oranges! I’ve been eating deliciously sweet orange slices for nearly everyday this month.

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So good.

♡ Twizzlers. I’ve been eating a pack a day for the last few weeks. Problem? Probably.

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♡ Teacup Pigs.

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No explanations necessary.

♡ Pretty Little Liars. Obsessed with this show.

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Obsessed. And the fashion? To die for.

♡ iTouch. It makes my life so much easier.

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♡ This video

♡ Spring training. I can hear my college baseball team practicing from my window on the weekends.

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The sound of aluminum bats is just another sign spring – and baseball season – is around the corner.

Black Swan. This wasn’t my favorite movie of the year, but when the Oscars rolled around, I just couldn’t stop thinking about this movie.

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It’s disturbing, way over-the-top, but absolutely beautiful.

♡ Wearing more stylish outfits. I can’t wait to finally have a chance to get my friend Sarah to photograph some of these looks. I really want to start posting more outfit pictures, but I want them to be good, not low quality shots. Fingers crossed it happens after spring break! Speaking of spring break…

♡  CALIFORNIA.

Tumblr_lhlkjhdatd1qdml55o1_500_largeIn like six hours, I’ll be getting ready to trade New York for California – more specifically, San Diego. I’ve been counting down on Twitter and Facebook for days. Words don’t even explain how excited I am.

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It’s been more than a decade since I’ve been to California, but this time I’m not just going for break. I’m going as part of Global Outreach, a cultural immersion and service program at Fordham. Twelve of us are staying in SoCal for about ten days, embracing “simple living”, and learning about homelessness. In the mornings, we’re working at St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchens and in the afternoons we’ll be at Stand Up for Kids, an organization that helps homeless and street kids. I have no idea what to expect, but I can’t wait. It’s going to be an amazing experience, and I can’t wait to share it with you all when I get back.

I hope everyone is enjoying their breaks and whatnot. On a more serious note, however, please contribute to the Red Cross here to help those in need after today’s earthquake and tsunami in the Pacific.

~ Sarah