Thursday, May 31, 2007

I'm Off . . .

. . . To walk the streets of Paris and Tehran. I'll be back in about a month to share all the details about my trip, and post the new things I've found. I'll miss reading all the amazing blogs.

So farewell for now,

x sara o

The most recent post is below.

Monday, May 28, 2007


This summer on May 31st, I am leaving for a month long trip to France and Iran. I've always wanted to go to France and see the famous Eiffel Tower, and go to little French markets and cafes. And well of course there's french men, oooh can't wait. I'll totally have to tell all about the guys I get with over in France (totally kidding), but hey I guess you never Know :/.
After 6 days in France I'll be heading to Iran for 3 weeks. I'm the first generation of my family to be born in the U.S., so most of my family is in Iran, except for a few in D.C. and Denmark. I've already been to Iran a couple times, but the last time I went was 7 years ago and I was never old enough that I had to wear the head scarf, and long sleeve, long pants thing. Now that I'm over the age you have to start wearing it, I'll have to wear a head scarf and trench coat. A lot of people misunderstand what people have to wear in Iran, unlike Afghanistan woman don't have to wear those Birkas that cover everything but the eyes, only like grandmas wear those. In Iran your whole body has to be covered (cept for hands and feet) and you can push your head scarf back to in the middle of the top of your head, which is why you'll see a ton of girls with major high lights in their bangs. But you only have to wear that when your in public places, when you've gotten inside a your home or event, you can wear whatever you want.
Though there's a lot of talk about nuclear bomb testings, and kidnappings in Iran, to me it's still a really beautiful place. I'm looking forward to going to the bazaars, markets, parks, and seeing the 50 cagillion family members I have. I hope even with the dress code there's a way I can run over there, because I love to run and don't want to be the slowest on cross country next year because of my 3 week break. So I hope I'll be able to run in Laila Park, which is this absolutely GORGEOUS and HUGE park in the capital, Tehran, which is where my grandparents live. Another thing I love about Tehran is that it's a city and everybody walks everywhere, which I absolutely love. The only bad thing is that it could be pretty hot and I can't wear shorts and a tee when I go out.
Since my trip is going to be a month long, I have to pack like everything I own, but I don't have everything I need.

Here's a list of things I need and some options:

I like this simple Ben Sherman "Farah" Trench Coat from Urban Outfitters, it doesn't look too hot.

How cute are the white buttons against the navy in the Button Front Trench Coat from Urban Outfitters.

I really like this skirt. Delias

Very cute skirt, and yellow, my favorite color. Forever21

I love these sunglasses, especially the shape. F21

Here are more simple sunglasses. f21

This is great to layer with a T or a vest or just with a jacket. Lush He Loves Me He Loves Me Not top from Lulu's Fashion Lounge

Here's a more summerfied vest - Lucy Love Primp Vest from Lulu's Fashion Lounge

This is a nice little top from delias

This is such a cute henley, I love the sea horses. Delias

I think this tank is just so much like summer, it reminds me of a picnic. Delias

I love this whole outfit, it's very simple and clean. Delias

I don't know how this would work on your head, but I like the pattern and color of the Exploded Floral Woven Scarf from UF

Paris, how perfect. UO

I love this sheik and simple Button Dress form Alloy

This dress seams like a less puffy and more gorgeous version of a dress I saw in the 90's at a wedding. This is a Diane von Furstenberg Nolan Linen Sundress (Net-A-Porter), I know it's like $345, but still i love it.

This is a very feminine dress, which I love, it seems like it would be better on a taller person, and I'm 5'1. This is a Miu Miu Crepe de Chine Dress, Net-A-Porter

I Dont think I would wear these on my trip, but they're pretty good Lacoste Knock offs, right? Lucy Love Cameron Alligator Short, Lulu's Fashion Lounge

These are white slacks by Proenza Schouler for Target, I got them on sale for 8 dollars. (That's Me)

Here are a pair of white pants form Abercrombie and Fitch

These shorts look WAY cuter on the model. American Eagle

SHOES (that go with trenches)

I saw these in seventeen a while ago, and I just fell in love, they also seem like great shoes to wear with a tench coat, and very vintage. Chloe Circle buckle pumps, net-a-porter

This is one of the most gorgeous bags I have ever seen in my entire life. This is a Chloe Edith tote with shoulder strap (Net-A-Porter)

I love the color of this Chloe Bay leather bag. Net-A-Porter

This is just another gorgeous bag by Chloe, Large Paddington Tote, Net-A-Porter

For a more relaxed bag how about this adorable Candy Striper handbag in Purple, from Lulu's Fashion Lounge

******And during any summer trip you can't forget the essential skin and hair products. All these items can be found at wal-mart, traget, drug store, or department store.:
Moisturizing is one of the most important things you can do for your skin. If you don't moisturize your skin will over produce oil and you'll break out (except for those who never do). I love this moisturizer because it also has SPF15 in it, so you're also getting sun protection, and sunscreen is probably the most imprortant product you can use for your skin.
For a concealer, this is Neutrogena's SkinClearing Oil Free Concealer, I've never used this one before, but it seems like it would work.
I am absolutely in LOVE with this moisturizer. It has tanner in it, and it's so natural, I use it twice a day and I don't end up orange. I'm already really tan, but it's harder for my face to tan than for the rest of my body, so this evens me out. This moisturizer also has SPF20 so I'm getting 3 in 1.

This is the sunblock I use for the rest of my body. I use it before I run, when I go to the pool, or when I'm wearing shorts or no sleeves. The SPF45 was really thick and gross for me, so I stick to the SPF30.

This is a BOBBIE BROWN ad that reminded me of the VOGUE cover I'm painting (look under the post of My Art)

After I put concealer on I use a loose powder to even out my skin, and give me a fresh, clean look. I use this BOBBI BROWN face powder in Warm Natural.

I love this mascara! I already have long eyelashes I just needed something to make them stand out more and this totally works, I use my TWEEZERMAN eye lash curler (above, sephora) first, then follor with the MAX mascara in black (I use the waterproof). But remember not to curl your eyelashes after you put mascara on or they'll fall out!
I love eyeliner, it really makes my eyes pop, but don't get me wrong, I'm totally not one of those girls who puts the pounds of eyeliner one, and makes their eyes look HUGE! That's not me. I like a little on top and a little on bottom with this CLINIQUE cream shaper for eyes in Black Diamond.

My hair is naturaly curly, but needs something to perfect the curls. I've used so many products, but this works the best out of all of them.
When I straighen my hair, I always use my CHI iron.

x sara o

Oh, I got out of school Friday!!! Leaving this Thursday, oh wow I need to pack!

Thursday, May 24, 2007


Today was the BEST day EVER!!!

This year totally sucked but today at lunch, it became the best.

We had such a good FOOD FIGHT!
The principle was even in the cafeteria when it happened, and immediately they brought the cage like medal walls down to close off the cafeteria, and so the rest of the grades couldn't do anything. It was awesome.

It was 30 seconds of the best time ever. One girl video taped it and the teachers took it from her to find out all the kids who were throwing food, but they only got like one day of ISS.n Except, for the girls who started it. They have to miss the first 2 weeks of the next school year, that's going to be tough to catch up.

The consequence for the rest of us was to sit and not talk for the rest of the day, and that's pretty much what we did. But first we had to clean the cafeteria and listen to a big lecture about how disrespectful we were.

Here's (armstrong) a video of a food fight, not as long, but way more wild.
But both involved the same screams, and the same cheers afterward.
Armstrong food fight

I'll always remember this year for the food fight!

x sara o

*and like i said a big post is on its way!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

A dress

I found a this dress on, i know it's way out of my price range (try $345), but something about it makes me feel very simple and classed. Tell me what you think.

**Oh, and I promise I have a really big post coming it's just taking FOREVER.

This GRACE SUN Canvas dress.

x sara o

Saturday, May 19, 2007

My ArT

So on abc news every Friday they have a person of the week and last night it was Paul Simon. So now I'm totally in the mood for Paul Simon, right now I'm listening to The Boxer by Simon and Garfunkel (I also love the song Mrs. Robinson and Graceland).
Okay on a different subject I'm just going to post some art I have done or just have.

(The song is now Happy Birthday to Me by Bright Eyes, okay I've never heard this)I got this at a thrift store for like a dollar. I love the color, and I am totally in LOVE with jars and glass bottles, they are very vintage to me and I have a bunch I need to paint. The table was my parent's but they said I could use it.

This is the underside of the table below, my mom said the table didn't match her bathroom so I painted it white and added a nice painting to the bottom side, I love looking at it. If this ever landed in the hands of somebody else I want them to all of a sudden see the painting and just kind of be amazed, not neccesarily by the painting itself but just because something is there. (song is now Mrs. Robinson by The Lemonheads)

I painted this a year or so ago after I saw something like this in a store. I know it's pretty bad and is really worn out, but I still really like it.

This is a buisness card from this little cute cafe, O LIRIO, in Portugual I got 2 years ago when I went back packing. The frame was originally silver but I just painted it glossy black.

(song is now Young Folks by IDK) I got this at Wal-mart, painted it black and now use it for my necklaces (though I usually forget to put them back)

I don't own a lot of frames so instead I put this yarn thing up (but I would have rather used a black wire looking thing) and using clothing clips to put up stuff.

(Times a waistin by Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Pheonix in Walk the Line) One of the drawing on the yarn, I was inspired after I saw a drawing Courtney Love did (it was in a Fashion Rocks magazine that came with a teen vogue)

(Hook by Blues Traveler) my signature house, a cute simple drawing

drawing of a pencil skirt with nice tucked in shirt

The are star coat hangers that I got from Wal-mart, they are covered with clippings from Teen vogue, but the weird thing I can't find anything to Hang on them.

(Nightswimming by REM, one of my FAVORITE songs ever, when I listent to it while I run and it's dark It's like the most amazing feel ever) My furniture is a hideous forest green color, idk why I chose it, but hey I was only 10. This summer I'm going to paint it country apple red. Anyways, The top shelf has my vogue magazines, fashion books, and is just one of the cuter shelves. My love for Jars comes back. I didn't like the color of the furniture so much I covered the whole thing with teen vogue pages (and others), literally. It took me a very long time.

(an adidas thing by Karen Oh)I painted the curtain rail black, now I just need sheer black curtains, and made some name collase frames

(1979 by The Smashing Pumpkins) Moving on to my bathroom, the stripes are on the wall in the vanity area, and it gives a very museam/art gallery feel which I love. The house and the heart are in the shower area, notice it's the signature house again.

(Satellite by The Dave Mathews Band) This is the art room/work shop, I know it's kind of a disaster, but whenever I get into something I don't care about being organized.

Here's some stuff in the art room. During The Tinkerbell painting, I couldn't get the same blue I had used before so I just kind of worked it in. The courtney Love girl is there playing with a ball/sun, I know it's not very good I did it in like 5 minutes. The VOGUE painting was inspired by a VOGUE cover I had seen on line, I need to finish the eye after wards I'll frame it in a thin black frame, and on the same wall put the picutres of a bunch of VOGUE covers that I love. The little wooden thing is so cute to me!! Look at him run.

(Under pressure by Bowie and Queen) These are just some random stuff. I got side tracted once while doing my homework and drew the girl. Okay now the lady with her mouth open looks kind of scary but she is one of my favorites because I did her all out of make UP. The little bird things are probably more than 3 years old, and I have more. They are my own SO much easier version of oragamis. I got the little heart thing was from Wal-mart and I painted it black. (For What It's Worth by The Cardigans, I heart the Cardigans)

I hope to do a lot more this summer, but I have a feeling I won't, I guess I'll just do another ART post at the end of the summer.

x sara o

***May 31st I'm leaving for France for 6 days, then to Iran for 3 weeks, I'll be back around June 27th.

Next week is the last week of School (image - from here)