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Hello from Omaha’s mini-heatwave! I’ve been busy this week getting ready for my staycation on Saturday with Jon (you heard me, don’t judge), photographing all the new fall stuff that’s been rolling in for Hello Holiday (cat hats! to-die-for dresses!) and finally unpacking from our trip to market in Las Vegas. It’s been a very productive week, and I’m also getting pumped up for the second doctor appointment of my pregnancy on Tuesday.

I’m just about dying to find out the sex (for the record, I have no preference at all), but I think it’s going to be a little early to know still. Here’s to hoping that ultrasound is ultra clear.

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As I mentioned, my husband Jon and I haven’t had any time to take a real vacation of any sort this year, so we’re planning a little day of relaxation on Saturday. I have all sorts of things planned and I’m hoping this dumb, end of summer heat wave we’re experiencing in Nebraska won’t ruin our plans as they are very outdoor focused. Can’t a girl get a cloudy day? Partially sunny, even?

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Even though we take outfit photos almost every day, these are a few of my favorite as of late. Since it’s been so hot, I haven’t had a lot of chances to delve into Hello Holiday’s new fall stock, but I’m loving the new black and white polka dot sweater pictured above. Perfect with a comfy pair of trousers.  I’m also loving my new nameplate necklace, something I’ve wanted since I proudly sported one that said “Princess” in high school (again, no judging!). I really wanted one that said “Lorsung Tvrdik”, but the form wouldn’t let me enter all those letters for a single necklace, haha. But really, I’m obsessed with my new necklace, it hasn’t left my neck since I received it a few weeks ago.

I know it’s not even Friday, but I hope everyone has a relaxing Labor Day weekend. Stay cool y’all.

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Look 1 // Sweater: Hello Holiday | Trousers: Hello Holiday | Shoes: Hello Holiday (sold out) | Name Necklace: c/o ONecklace | Bow Necklace: Hello Holiday

Look 2 // Dress: Hello Holiday (on sale) | Bag: Hello Holiday (on sale) | Shoes: Hello Holiday (on sale)

xo, Sarah

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Hey everyone! I’m posting today from sweltering, sunny Las Vegas, where I’m attending the WWD Magic Marketplace. We come here twice a year along with the rest of the buying world to search for new designers to carry at Hello Holiday, and place orders with our favorites. We’re on a tight schedule today, but I just wanted to let everyone know that it’s the last day to enter H&M’s 50 States of Fashion Campaign.

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It’s SO easy to enter, just post an Instagram photo showing off your best H&M style, using the hash tag #HMShopOnlineXX (replace the XX’s with your state’s abbreviation) and that’s it!  Be sure to follow H&M on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates on the contest and to view the winners!

Dress: c/o H&M | Cigarette Brooch: Buried Diamond | Shoes: Kate Spade for Keds 

xo, Sarah

 

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 Announcing the arrival of Baby Tvrdik, arriving February, 2014.

We’re so happy to finally share the news with everyone, eeek!

xo, Sarah & Jon (+1)

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It’s hard to believe that summer’s already on its last leg, and I’ve been trying my best to milk it for all its worth before the days start getting shorter. After work power-naps to make the evenings last, hour long phone gab fests on the porch while sipping lemonade and late evening walks around my neighborhood with Jon. Warm weather, I love you so.

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But at the same time, I’m feeling the pull of fall, the excitement over buying a new pair of boots (we just received the most glorious, glittering boots in at Hello Holiday, coming later this week) and I’ve been slipping pants into my wardrobe more often and bringing a little jacket with me when I’m out and about.

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So with my favorite J. Crew Minnie Pants (I own these puppies in three hues, eek!), I paired my new, lightweight H&M blouse, the perfect piece for the coming seasonal transition. It’s hard to tell from the photos, but there’s a big vintage-y rhinestone at the neckline (I just love little details that you might not notice at first).

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If you missed my first post, you NEED-TA-KNOW that H&M just launched their online store in the US, and I’m repping Nebraska to help promote their 50 States of Fashion campaign. It’s almost too easy to enter, just post a photo on Instagram showing your best H&M style, using the hashtag #HMShopOnlineXX (replace XX with your state abbreviation, I would tag #HMShopOnlineNE, for example). And that’s it!

Check out all the goodies you can win and the official rules here, and enter as often as you like. You can also check out the other entrants from your state WHICH I LOVE, because there’s definitely going to be some familiar faces in there. And if you’re a blogger you’ll probably find a few new people to follow (I already did).

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Top: c/o H&M | Pants: J. Crew | Hat: Zara | Shoes: Kate Spade (similar) | Lipstick: MAC ‘Lady Danger’

xo, Sarah

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If you follow me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook (a little shameless self promotion for you there), you’ve probably noticed me hinting about some big news that’s been brewing. Some of you have had some pretty funny guesses that I won’t even get into (y’all are crazy) but today’s the day that I can finally announce that I have been selected to represent Nebraska as the sole state style blogger ambassador for H&M’s 50 States of Fashion campaign, celebrating the launch of H&M’s e-commerce in the US!


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That’s right…we’ve all been waiting YEARS for this, and let me tell you that it has been next to impossible for me to keep this secret. It’s huge news. So you’re going to want to head over and shop your little heart out, but I need to tell you about a big ol’ contest H&M is throwing before you bounce.


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So, the contest is all about your personal style (fantastic news, right?) and to enter, you can upload a photo of yourself wearing your fave H&M look on Instagram using the hashtag #HMShopOnlineXX. Now this is where it gets a tidbit tricky, you’ll need to plug in your state abbreviation where the XX’s are in that hashtag. If you live in Nebraska, for example, your hashtag to use is #HMShopOnlineNE (and I hope I see a bunch of my midwest ladies and gents popping up, come on Nebraska!). By entering, you’ll have a chance to win a $250 H&M gift card (if selected as finalist) or the grand prize of a trip to NYC and shopping spree of $1,000 to H&M! You can read all the official contest rules here


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After you enter, visit H&M’s 50 States of Fashion site, browse the galley of entries (you know you gotta check yo’self out), “like” your favorite looks and sign up for fashion news to receive a special online discount from H&M. SO EASY. And I totally want you to win (If you need a chaperone for that NYC trip, Auntie Sarah’s got your back. I know, I’m a way generous soul.).


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Dress: c/o HM.com (available in new hues!)  | Shoes: Hello Holiday | Bag: Kate Spade | Ring: Hello Holiday | Earrings: Hello Holiday | Scarf: Vintage | Hair: Rebecca Forsyth of Bungalow/8 Hairdressing 


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(Eeek, that’s me!) xo, Sarah

 

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Bonjour, bbz! Here’s one of my favorite looks as of late. I was goin’ for a little Bardot vibe with the loose curls and ribbon, although I must say that this hairdo looks better on the second day when it’s a little messier. It’s basically the same style as my Mermaid Waves tutorial, with the front pulled back into a bow.

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Top: H&M

Shorts: Dear Creatures via Hello Holiday (on sale!)

Shoes: Corey Lynn Calter for Seychelles via Hello Holiday

Bag + Scarf: Vintage

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xo, Sarah

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Can we just talk about these dresses for a second? I am literally obsessed, over the moon with this new brand we carry, Fleet. All of their dresses are made in the USA from breathable, stretchy cotton fabrics and have POCKETS. These are a few new styles we just received and I wanted to share them. It’s a little hard to tell here, but the black and purple styles on the right have a big ol’ bow across the back –too cute!

You can shop the new collection here.

Ta-Ta for now, 

Sarah

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{Look 1: Jacket, Dress, Shoes}

{Look 2: Jacket, Dress, Shoes, Bow Ring}

Don’t judge this post, I’m sleepy.

xo, Sarah

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Do you ever see items on Pinterest or posted wherever online with captions like “I wish I had somewhere to wear this” or “dream wardrobe”.

Everyday? Yeah, me too. And I get it. I often run across items I like or trends I’m inspired by but aren’t sure where they’d fit into into my own wardrobe. Take this skirt…

Designed by Hello Holiday’s Emerging Designer Jane Round, this piece is large and in charge in the best way possible, and super on trend for spring (hello mint!) without being too trend-reliant. I’ve been toying with different ways to style it in my mind and even had a discussion about it with our Beauty Director, Rebecca,  the other day. She suggested pairing it with a simple white tank. Wouldn’t that be adorable? Especially with a bold, chunky necklace in say, coral or lemon. I love that idea!

Today, it struck me as I was getting dressed to pair this piece with a simple denim shirt. You know, the ones Gap have been reproducing for the last 20 years? One of those. Don’t have one? Get one, you’ll have it forever. I think mine is 10 years old, no joke. So I paired our Mint Chip Malt Skirt with a denim shirt, double knotted at the waist and my favorite shoes of the season (I say that about all our shoes –sorry not sorry), our Turning Point Sandals (grab these comfy beauties soon, I swear you won’t regret it and they’re almost sold out).

You guys I almost cried when I looked in the mirror. This simple denim top is the PERFECT MATCH for such a bold skirt. Ready for where you wear this? Ok.

(1) Engagement photo session in the country. Imagine this outfit, barefoot even with a little handful of wildflowers.

(2) A party you’re hosting. You can add the bold chunky necklace over the denim shirt and maybe even pop your collar for prep-perfect styling.

(3) A friend’s rehearsal dinner. Swap the denim shirt for a plain white oxford button-up. Pearls would be pretty.

(4) Out on a Friday night because why the fuck not?

Go forth and be a cutie.

xo, Sarah

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There’s nothing like a little bit of coral to really get your spring engine running. Today, spring hit me in the face with a frying pan (aka my allergies are here) and I’m at home couching it writing product descriptions for a bunch of new jewelry hitting the site tomorrow. But luckily, these photos are from last week, when I didn’t have tissue stuffed nostrils and wasn’t binging on netti pot treatments.

I was feeling pretty, pretty good (say it like Larry David or don’t say it at all) on this day.

I’m wearing a bunch of new goodies from Hello Holiday, including our Coup de Foudre Dress, New Penny Purse (sold out, I know…wahh I didn’t get one either), Cleaver Sunglasses (very dark, great hangover shades) and Stop Traffic Wedges.

I love everything about this look, but my fave part by far is my espadrilles. I think I passed out onto a fainting couch when we spotted these in Seychelles’ showroom last fall.

A collaboration between designer Corey Lynn Calter and Seychelles, they’re my top pick for the summer season. Sure, they’ve got little flashes of color, but they’re actually very neutral and look amazing with almost anything. Just wear ‘em around the house in your birthday suit for maximum effect (jk) (kind of).

xo, Sarah

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