Monday, August 31, 2015

From the title, you can see that I am done. I've been dealing with a lot of small and big issues in my life and at this point, I don't feel like dealing with them anymore. No, this is not a suicide note (been there done that already a few months ago). This is a complete disconnection from social media. I pretty much abandoned my blog already, but after much consideration, I am officially done with ALL social media. I'll still keep my accounts, but I am taking a hiatus from all of them.

Let's recap what I've been dealing with that has resulted in this decision:

My sister got in a car accident and crashed our family car.
Some of my co-workers have treated me like shit recently.
My daughter thinks I hate her.
My mother is having issues with her health.
My depression and anxiety has sky-rocketed, not to the point of getting committed twice in three months but pretty freaking close.
My finances are starting to look grim.
And to end this lovely list, I offended a new friend of mine without even trying, probably fucking up that connection along with many I've tried to make and have failed at recently.

These may seem like stupid reasons to go offline, but I'd rather not hear your judgement.

I'm at the point where I've been seeing my life crumble before my eyes with no way out. Yet I am always trying to promote positivity and joy. Fuck it!

No matter how hard I try to have joy or think everything is going right, I fuck it up. So, to avoid causing anymore casualties along the way, I'm avoiding everyone I know so that maybe I can just become a forgotten entity instead of a hated enemy.

So adios social media buddies. Until next time (who knows when that will be)

Sarah Jane R.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Hey loves! Hope everyone is having a fantastic day/night (depending on when you read this). As I mentioned yesterday, I will be sharing my Summer Work Capsule Wardrobe. My off-duty wardrobe is still a work in progress. Hopefully I will have that finished soon. In the meantime, here's my Summer Work Capsule Wardrobe!

Jackets and Dresses



Shoes and Bags

Here are some changes I made from my Spring Work Capsule to my Summer Work Capsule:

1) I got rid of navy. I realized throughout the capsule that I really prefer black to navy. The level of heat I feel in both is the same, plus black is an all-year color. So, I have ditched my navy suiting. Along with the ditching of the navy suiting will be my navy shoes and bag.

2) I eliminated heels. I work on my feet all day long. As much as I would love to strut around like my co-workers through the store, I can't. My feet will start crying bunions and corns if I do it. So, I only included flats.

3) I had some items that are no longer wearable. My mint skirt ripped at the back zipper in two different places. What's funny is it was the one time I paid full price AND purchased an expensive top to go with it for Spring/Summer. So, with that said, I have ditched the skirt. I know I could potentially get it fixed, but I feel like there was a reason for it not to work. So, I am letting it go. I will keep the top though.

4) Other items just didn't fit right anymore. I've gained weight (I'm addressing the elephant in the room named Sarah's fat rolls) so some items I picked out for my capsule did not fit properly. My yellow ASOS suit, navy ankle pants, khaki ankle pants, white ASOS leather skirt, and beige Calvin Klein suit set were all placed in respective donate or sell piles.

5) No cardigans (what?!). I know I live in Florida and wearing a blazer everyday seems ridiculous. But honestly, cardigans look horrible on me. So, I have decided to eliminate them from my wardrobe (well, except my boyfriend ones. But those are for fall/winter). Being that I am bigger, I find tailored pieces with clean lines look better on me.

I will try to keep you updated on the looks I wear throughout the week. I plan on doing a weekly review (fingers crossed).

If you're living this capsule wardrobe lifestyle, what are some of your essential pieces for this summer? Leave a comment below.

Thanks for reading and until next time...

Peace, Love, and Happiness

Sarah Jane R.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Hey loves! So, as you know, I have been working on living a minimalist lifestyle. I am starting with my wardrobe selections. I have officially completed my Spring Capsule wardrobe and would like to share what I've learned from this capsule.

1) I do not need suits in every neutral available. This only gave an excuse to shop more than I needed to. So, for the next three capsules, I will only be using two suit sets: black and grey.

2) I rarely ever wore heels the entire time. I only attempted heels once which ended badly (my feet hurt like hell!). So, I am working on reducing my heel collection to pairs for multiple occasions (i.e. special events, vacations, and date night shoes).

3) I rarely ever wore my handbags. Because I work in retail, I have to wear a clear bag all the time. I spend 5/7 days a week at work so my nice designer handbags rarely get worn.

4) I only wore a few jewelry/accessory pieces. I wore 5 necklaces, three watches, and 5 pairs of earrings during all of spring. I feel as though I keep all of this jewelry but wear the same things.

5) I rarely wore any of my off-duty outfits. I have been in a funk and haven't gone out much. Therefore, my off-duty outfits rarely ever got worn. Meaning only a few items were worn.

I have picked out my work capsule wardrobe for summer already. I will be posting that tomorrow. I am currently putting outfits together from it so that it makes getting dressed easier.

Here's a few photos of outfits from my Spring capsule. I rarely have time to do photo shoots myself anymore so the easiest way to keep track of my fashion posts is through Instagram. Follow me there if you choose (thank you in advance). 

Here's to successfully utilizing my capsule wardrobe! Let's see what this season's capsule will bring.

I will be having a sale of some of my designer pieces online so be on the lookout for that.

Peace, Love, and Happiness!

Sarah Jane R.

Sunday, April 26, 2015


I have nearly completed my first month within my first wardrobe capsule and I have to say, it's been interesting. I've also realized that the capsule wardrobe is too limiting on what I want to wear each month.

Hear me out...

I love wearing black, period. So, the idea of not wearing black for one-half of the year was not only depressing but idiotic on my part. Black and bold colors are perfect together! Why would I limit myself to only wearing navy and khaki as my neutrals for Spring/Summer? It's crazy!

So, I am in the process of re-working this whole capsule wardrobe concept to fit my personal lifestyle. In fact, I have decided to incorporate a couple concepts in order to help me towards my minimal lifestyle.

Here's how it's going to work:


That's right, I will not be shopping from now until April 26th, 2016. I am going to live off of my currently purged wardrobe for an entire year. I will be providing details on what's actually in my wardrobe by the end of next week.

This is going to be an epic journey. Being that I suffer from a shopping addiction and binge eating disorder, this is just the beginning to a long road towards recovery. This is something that I haven't really talked about but to sum it up, I have landed myself in quite a lot of debt from shopping and binge eating. I have been doing both because I do not want to deal with my weak emotional state head on. So, I have developed a plan that will help ease myself into rehabilitation and recovery.

This is the first step towards finding myself again. I want the real Sarah back, and if it means I have to go to extremes to do so, then I will.

If you are suffering from shopping addiction and/or binge eating disorder, look to these links for help:

Together, we can overcome the need to hide behind compulsive shopping and binge eating.

As always, I hope you are all doing well and thanks for stopping by.

Peace, Love, and Happiness

Sarah Jane R.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

This has been the hardest transition I have made since starting college. I have sold/donated about 70% of my clothes and I still have a ton of sh*t. This is ridiculous! So, to make this process easier, I have decided to start creating a capsule wardrobe of items in my closet that fit a color theme that I want for each season (three months). I sort of missed the first month of Spring, but better late than never right?

So below, you will find two different capsule wardrobes: a work capsule and an "off-duty" capsule. Because I do not intend to intermix the two wardrobes as I wear them, it will allow me to be super-critical of what I actually wear or want to wear for the season. 

Spring Capsule Work Wardrobe: Jackets and Dresses

Spring Capsule Work Wardrobe: Tops

Spring Capsule Work Wardrobe: Bottoms

Spring Capsule Work Wardrobe: Shoes and Bags

Spring Capsule Off-Duty Wardrobe

Spring Off-Duty Capsule Wardrobe Pieces

Now, let me explain:

I decided to pick 8 colors/shades for my Spring capsule wardrobe: navy, khaki, white, coral, shades of green, turquoise, yellow, and denim. I chose these based on a Vince Camuto dress that I purchased about a month ago. I love the shades of coral, green, beige, and white in it. The turquoise was thrown in based on my love for the color during spring. Denim obviously only comes into play for my off-duty, but serve as a neutral along side navy, khaki, and white.

I know what you're thinking...why not black? Well, I love in Florida, and black in Florida heat is a no-no for me, no matter how light the fabric. Even though black is by far my favorite color to mix and match with, I am placing it aside to allow navy to be my dark neutral for spring and summer.

Using Polyvore, I created 40 (yes 40!) work appropriate outfits and 16 off-duty outfits that are inspired by items in my actual closet (so forgive me if the colors don't seem to coordinate...they do in real life). I have the app on my iPad so I will be using it as if I had the dream closet that Cher had in Clueless...except mine isn't electronic...yet!

Here's two outfit sets that I have already worn for this week. I plan on getting proper outfit photos when I get back in the habit of scheduling photo session times. For now, here's a peek at the inspired sets:

Monday, April 6th 2015

Now I know they have the StyleBook app where you can use actual photos of your items from your closet but I'm a firm believer in free apps so I will use my free alternative. I figure once my wardrobe has been scaled back about 50% more, then I will get the app. By then, it won't take me 10 years to photograph every item in my closet.

I will be posting a video blog on the process of re-organizing my closets and shoes. Until then, live free and minimal...with a twist of expensive splurging.

Peace, Love, and Happiness

Sarah Jane R.
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