Fort Ligonier Days

It’s no secret; if you grew up in southwestern PA, or at least in the greater Pittsburgh area, you’ve probably heard of Fort Ligonier Days at one point or another. And for all of you out-of-state readers, it’s probably one of the highlights of the fall season for many people in my surrounding area. This huge celebration that engulfs the entirety of downtown Ligonier commemorates not only the battle, but the local history as well. 

It’s an entire weekend revolving around food, crafts, and shopping (a.k.a. 3 of my favorite things) so who couldn’t resist? According to my best friend Annie, Ligonier resembles Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls; needless to say, she was more than thrilled to spend an entire afternoon basking in its cute quaintness. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this photoset of my day trip to Fort Days, which I unofficially call, “When you give an Annie a camera”.

Preparing for battle. But no, literally. 


I heart craft fairs (if only I would ever actually committ to buying something)

Best. Kettlecorn. EVER.

Come away with me

Everybody loves a good live band! 

  Small town charm + amazing food 

My favorite dessert @ Ft. Days – Sand Hill Berries’ Raspberry Shortcake.

Annie decided to try the Strawberry Sundae

We also discovered that it is borderline impossible to take cute candid pictures of someone eating without making them look absolutely deranged. 

What are your town’s favorite traditions? Comment below and let me know!

Styling Summer Whites for Day + Night

I’ll be honest, this is the first summer i’ve tried to work an abundance of whites into my wardrobe. I never thought I would jump on that bandwagon, but after seeing tons of bloggers and celebs embrace the trend, I had to find the perfect way to make it happen. While white on white isn’t practical for everyday wear, I wanted to incorporate some bright whites and take them from a day to night look with the help of the fabulous Miss.Glambition. 


Top / Skirt (on sale!) / Sandals 

Sunglasses / BagBracelets (123) / Pearl Bracelet

For the first outfit, I definitely wanted to incorporate the feeling of summer into my ensemble. It should be light, breezy, and pretty organic. Pairing a basic cami from express with a textured and organic skirt with a light color palette is not only easy on the eyes, but simply chic. Bright and light colors tend to look really clean together, but I wanted to stay away from looking too “crisp” for my the a warm day. Not only does it look a lot softer on the eyes than harsher bold tones, but the thin fabrics will also keep you cool throughout the day! My go-to makeup for summer is also perfect for date night: skip out on the bold lip and liquid eyeliner for the daytime. Instead, opt for a light eyeliner (like the plum shade that I’m wearing which accentuates my hazel eyes) and a rose nude lip! It’s soft, femine, and really highlights your natural features. 


Top / Jeans (on sale!) / Wedges

Sweater Blazer / Necklace / Sunglasses

Bracelets (123) / Pearl Bracelet / Bag (similar)

When describing my style, the word “tomboyish” never really makes an appearance. Sure, I love to take some tips from the guys with button-downs and some J.Crew-esque styling tips, but that’s about as far as I go. I love white jeans, but sometimes they can be a bit bold for my liking. After finding this sporty tank and purchasing these bold wedges, I decided the theme of this outfit would be contrast. Black and white with pops of red has been my go-to combination since high school. Even today, my mom stopped me in the middle of the store to say, “Sarah, don’t you have enough black, white and navy blue?” An outfit created from some basic pieces definitely calls for a bold yet feminine statement piece, so I opted for my favorite statement necklace to add a bit of structure. I almost always carry a jacket with me when going out, (I’m the girl that’s always cold) so I decided to stick with the relaxed and tomboy-ish vibe and throw on a relaxed sweater blazer.  I came to the conclusion that a teased pony-tail would be a perfect fit with the sporty tank while still helping me remain a little cool when outside. I stuck with the same plum eyeliner and neutral makeup, but instead decided to match my lipstick to my wedges for a little contrast against my black and white ensemble. What’s black and white and red all over? This outfit. (ha ha ha…)

What are your favorite pieces or trends to transition between day and night? Comment below and let me know!

July Favorites 2015

My mind is honestly blown that July has already come and gone. With college move-in day happening in less than a month, (who all’s been counting down?) you could probably say that I’m a little excited. While I have a while until I can actually talk about going back to school, I’m thrilled to be off of my writing hiatus to bring you a few of my favorites from July!

1. Madewell Transport Tote 

I love this bag. It’s gone through the cycle of being my school bag, a pool bag, my overnight bag, and now my purse! It’s roomy enough that I can even throw in my lunch bag for work and still have room for other things!

2. Keds Champion Sneaker

If you couldn’t tell by how dirty my Keds are, I wear them all the time. From backyard picnics to city adventures, they’re the perfect shoe for staying casual while still remaining polished!

3. LOFT Striped Strappy Flare Dress 

My favorite purchase of the summer (thus far)! And it’s on sale! Snag this pretty little number and the rest of clearance for 50% off with the code Heatwave

4. LOFT Statement Necklace (old)

5. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
The perfect book to add to your summer reading list! 

6. Ray-Ban “Youngster” Sunglasses
I’m pretty sure my love of large sunglasses roots from my Jackie O. obsession, which is probably why I fell in love with these at first sight. (ha ha, get it?) They’re a modern take on an old classic, with thin metal temples and a matte tortiseshell finish! I highly recommend jumping on the Ray-Ban bandwagon. You definitely won’t be disappointed!

7. Mophie Portable Charger
Okay, let’s be honest here. iPhone batteries probably aren’t the greatest. I highly recommend splurging a little on a portable charger to keep in your purse at all times. They’re especially handy for nights out on the town and summer concerts!

8. Dove Dry Spray Deodorant
I wear a lot of dark colors, especially to work. I love how this dries clear, and it makes getting ready so much easier because you don’t have to wait for your deodorant to dry. I keep this in my purse or in my car at all times, (an old trick that I learned from my sister) because you never know when you’ll need it. Plus, it’s really lightweight, and I definitely recommend trying it. 

9. The Wet Brush
Everyone needs this brush; it’s totally worth the hype. As someone with extremely thick hair, it makes my life so much easier while cutting my brushing time after a shower down probably around 5 minutes. 

10. MAC “The Matte Lip” Lipstick (in Please Me)
I’m currently obsessed with matte lipsticks, especially light pink and rose lipsticks for summer. 

11. Alex and Ani Bracelets (1, 2, 3)
Okay, fine. I jumped on the bandwagon. I was never really a huge fan of bracelets or wearing stacks of bangles until I bought my first Alex and Ani in Disney. They’re understated but so cute, which makes them perfect for wearing with other statement jewelry!

12. NARS Luminous Foundation
Lightweight and medium coverage? The perfect formula for a summer foundation. I typically find myself opting for tinted moisturizers, but I’ve been having more breakouts than usual, I decided to go with something with a little more to it. It makes your skin look flawless, and a little goes a long way. 

13. Benefit the POREfessional Primer
If you didn’t realize this already by how much I talk about it, this is my holy grail primer. Go get it. You won’t regret it.

14. Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray
I’ll be honest, I bought this with low expectations. I picked a travel size up to keep in my makeup bag for our Disney trip, and it is life changing. Even while walking around (sweating) in 97 degree weather, my makeup stayed pretty matte and generally in place. It’s a great product to keep in your purse or school bag!

15. Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit (in Light to Medium)
I watch so many makeup tutorials on YouTube that it might be borderline ridiculous. I needed to try this palette as my first real experience with contouring. I love it. I set my under-eye concealer with Banana (top middle), and contour with a blend of the bottom three shades. The highlights (which I also occasionally blend together) are gorgeous. I’ve honestly been so excited to talk about it! Let me know if you want to see a contouring tutorial (hint hint) or more about it!

What are a few of your favorites from July? Comment below and let me know! (I’m always up for trying out new products!)

What’s in My Bag: Summer Edition

MK Ava Bag

If you’ve read this blog before, or know me personally, you would know that I have a slight obsession with purses… and Michael Kors. I recently picked up this gorgeous blush number to be my designated bag for summer. And why do I love it so much? I usually don’t reach for blush tones outside of spring, but I definitely believe that the color is the cherry on top of the bag. It’s a fun twist on your usual crossbody; it has a fun silhouette and is quite roomy. 

Coach ID Badge Lanyard (old, similar) // My old faithful id & license holder. I’ve had it since I was at least 16! 

Hairties // I always have to have at least one hair tie with me at all times (#thickhairprobs), but I’ve been reaching for these elastic no crease ones more and more!

Protein Bar // I’m definitely more of a QuestBar girl, but I definitely like Luna bars. I usually keep one in my purse if I’m running errands or heading to work. 

Kate Spade Lacey Wallet // I am obsessed with this wallet: the color, the style, everything. I’d buy another Kate Spade wallet in a heartbeat. It holds seriously everything. 

Chance Eau Tendre (Chanel Perfume) // I grew up admiring my mom’s Chanel perfume and was too excited when she gave me my own this past Christmas. It’s a more youthful version of the traditional Chanel No 5!

Tarte SmoothOperator Finishing Powder & Sephora Contour Brush // One of my holy grail products! I put this on before and after I apply foundation for a smoother application (it seriously makes your skin so flawless). Not to mention that it’s perfect for touch-ups when out-and-about and for setting your lipstick! 

 Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencil in Obsessed // I am a die-hard fan of UD lip liners, and was too excited to add this rosey nude shade to my collection!

Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 05 Infinite Rose // This is the perfect grab and go lip product for any time of the day. You apply it like any lip gloss, but it dries as a matte lipstick. I love the 05 Infinite Rose for a perfect nude lip with a hint of a golden peachy shine.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Michiyo // My golden rule is to always carry a nude and a bold lipstick with you at all times. You never know when you’ll need a bit of a color pop. I’ve always been a huge NARS fan, but their lipsticks are incredible. It’s so creamy and stays on all day and night! I hardly ever have to touch it up. 

Left: NARS Audacious Lipstick in MICHIYO

Right: Sephora Creamy Lip Stain in 05 Infinite Rose

Day to Night: the LBD (little blue dress)

Day trips and excursions are probably my favorite types of adventures: especially if it means going into the city! But what if you have plans during the day and later on that night? The key is to transition your outfit around a basic statement piece with a few easy layers and accessories! In this case, I chose my favorite LBD (little blue dress) from Madewell.


Dress (old, but similar) // Sweater // Shoes 

Bag // Necklace (similar) // Watch // Sunglasses (similar) 

So what do I love so much about this dress? The fact that it’s fantastic for going from day to night- it’s casual and lightweight enough to be worn all day, but it’s easy to switch up your accessories to make it into the perfect cocktail dress. 

Pittsburgh weather is so unpredictable, and just like any smart girl, I decided that the perfect way to embrace the unknown (aka the weather) was to layer on a light sweater. It helps make the dress appear to be much more casual than it is. I threw on some white Keds, which are perfect for trekking around the city. (they’re so comfortable!) My Madewell Transport Tote is my saving grace when it comes the perfect bag for traveling- it’s lightweight, carries everything I need it to while staying simply chic. I especially love the caramel color and how it constrasts against my blue dress. 


Dress (old, but similar) // Wedges 

 Necklace (old, but similar) // Watch

I usually find myself reaching for colored dresses for formal events: especially royal blues and navys. Personally, I just find that it’s a much more fun alternative to your traditional little black dress, which can feel a little out of place in warmer weather. I switched out my statement necklace for a dressier clustered pearl necklace, and put on my favorite MK wedges ! They’re perfect for day or night, and are incredibly comfortable. It’s incredible that with a few simple switches you can take your favorite statement piece of your outfit from day to night! Add a few accessories and a change of shoes and you’re ready for date night! 

What’s your go-to clothing item for going from day to night?