Friday, September 24, 2010


We just returned from an amazing trip to the Grecian island of Crete. Here are some photos from our trip:

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Grandpa Roland

This is a photo from my trip last week to Michigan to visit my Grandpa. He was just moved into a nursing home and misses his independence, so I thought a visit might cheer his spirits. He is a beautiful, kind, funny man whom I am honored to be related to. I'll never forget when, as I bent to kiss him goodbye, he said, "You're such a pretty girl," and he had the sweetest look in his eyes. Magic. He's the eldest of twelve children, born in Michigan, loves golf and dogs,  and is kind to all of his caretakers, fearful of being a burden to anyone. Though his hands tremor with parkinsens they are long and graceful. Though he can no longer read his eyes are clear and blue like the deep ocean. I love him very much.  

What we're wearing: Smiles!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Kookie Sookie

This is my new baby Sookie! She's a Cavashon, and she's just about the cutest thing on the planet!
Outfit Details: Dress, Thrifted. Shoes,, Necklace, Boston Proper

Friday, May 7, 2010


I had my hair done yesterday, and I think it looks fabulous. Just like Rachel from Bladerunner. Thanks Oz. Once again you're amazing!!

Outfit Details:
Suit, Newport News. Shoes, Payless. Bracelet, gifted. Necklace, thrifted.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Circus Act

my lovely friend Becky gave me this awesome dress. I added a little pazzaz with the jaunty hat. Result = bombshell!

Outfit Details:
Dress, gifted. Shoes, OOAK, Hat, Icing.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Channeling Dita

That's what my husband said as he deboarded the plane and saw me awaiting him. :)

Outfit Details: Shirt, Skirt, Belt, Purse, Pearls and shoes, All thrifted!!!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

A little different

So, my feet were not happy after running around town in those blue and white heels, so before going out this afternoon I changed my hair and put on some flats. I think it changes the feel of the whole outfit.

Lovely Day

What a lovely day, and what else would be appropriate but a lovely dress and parasol.

Outfit Details: Dress and shoes, Thrifted. Parasol, Museum of Art, LA

Friday, April 16, 2010

Sarah Utter: est. 2009

Red dress and hair that took two+ hours, but I feel like I had something close to success.

Outfit Details: Dress, Shoes, thrifted. Stockings, Target. Earrings, gift from hubby

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Black Heart

I was feeling very pin-up today, and here is the fashion result.

Outfit Details: Sweater, Skirt, Shoes and Hairclip, all thrifted.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


This is my first attempt at mixing patterns; I hope I did okay. I tried to channel glamour, business, and almost a burlesque feeling in my outfit. How do you think that comes through?

Outfit Details:
Blazer, Express. Tank, Vest, Skirt, all thrifted. Tights, Target. Shoes, Payless. Necklace, Claires.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Spring Retro

Yesterday I discovered that my husband, in addition to his many talents, is also a really good fashion stylist!! This discovery lead to me trying on the majority of my wardrobe and demanding he style outfit after outfit. He was a very good sport about it, and today's lovely ensemble is one of the results:

Outfit Details:
Shirt, Skirt, Thrifted. Tights, Target. Shoes, Plasticland. Necklace, gift.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Boyfriend Jeans

I just picked up a pair of boyfriend jeans from the thrift store, (okay, two pairs actually), and here they are. I read in a magazine somewhere to pair boyfriend jeans with something you would wear to a black tie wedding, so I chose this gold top with a white and gold heavily beaded jacket. What do you think? Do you like the look?

Outfit Details: 
Jeans, shirt and jacket, all thrifted. Shoes, JCPenney. Necklace, Forever 21

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Sunday

I found this lovely dress and have been saving it for Easter Sunday. Isn't it lovely?

Outfit Details: 
Dress, Cardigan: Thrifted. Shoes: PlasticLand

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

No posts this week

 Sorry for the absence of posts this week. I am under the weather, but hope to be back in top form next week.

Thanks for your understanding. I'll be back with fun new outfits soon :)

Friday, March 26, 2010


I am feeling a little retro today in my fancy 70's esque shirt and owl necklace. I love the colors!

Outfit Details:
Shirt, Skirt, and Shoes: Thrifted, Necklace: Forever 21. Tights: Gifted.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Red, White, and Black

I found these shoes and this shirt yesterday while out thrifting with my friend Becky. I love them so much! Mad shoe love. It's hard to tell in the photo but the heel is actually gold. LOVE it! I think the shoes set off the red buttons on the top so nicely. Perfect for getting my hair cut today - as you can tell I'm in desperate need of a bangs cut!

Outfit Details:
Shirt: Thrifted
Jeans: Thrifted
Shoes: Thrifted 

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

It was 70 yesterday, I swear

But it's back to dreary, rainy and cold again today. These temperature swings are hard to handle, especially when trying to figure out what to wear!

Outfit Details:
Everything Thrifted!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Stylish or a Sack?

I found this adorable little comfy dress last week and have been looking forward to wearing it. Luckily the weather has continued to stay nice since yesterday, and so I may wear my new treasured find. (I also had to wait until my husband was out of town on business because when I first tried it on for him he said "Nice concept, but it looks like a sack.")

What do you think?

Don't worry - you won't hurt my feelings if you don't like it - I'm just curious about what you think :)

What is your oppinion about this dress?
It's nice, but your husband is right, kind of shapeless.
Looks comfortable, but not too stylish.
I love it! Where can I get one?
Eh - don't care either way.
Other (I'll tell you in comments) free polls

Thursday, March 18, 2010

I got my wish!

The sun has arrived! Perhaps my poem from yesterday worked?!

I was feeling a bit wild but also fastidious today, and I think my outfit shows the dichotomy. But I like it. :)

Outfit Details:
Everything (tank, skirt, stockings, shoes) Thrifted.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day

I wore green in honor of St. Patty's day. And I wrote a little poem about the current weather in my part of midwestopia:

Gloom, gloom, go away,
Don't come back another day.
Rain, Rain, ruining my hair,
I want to wear spring clothes out there!
Grey, Grey, makes me sad,
Come on Sunshine! Make me glad.

It's my masterpiece ;)

Outfit Details:
Everything Thrifted.

Monday, March 15, 2010

I'm Baaaaack!

Sorry for my absence - I've been working very hard on my business and have sadly forsaken my lovely little blog for a time. But no more - I am back and ready to show you all of my great springtime thrift store finds!

Outfit Details: 
Dress, Shoes, Thrifted. Tights, Target

Friday, February 12, 2010


I'm being interviewed and photographed next week about my company Revived by Design, and I have no idea what to wear..... Please help! Leave suggestions in comments.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Snow Boots

It's been snowing here, as most of the midwest and east coast have experienced. Luckily I have these awesome white snow boots to keep me warm and safe on the icy concrete.

Outfit Details:
Thrifted. Boots, Ebay. Necklace, Gift.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Bridesmaid dress shopping

I'm going bridesmaid dress shopping with my friend who is a very excited bride to be today. Should be fun!

Outfit details: thrifted. stockings, target. shoes, payless.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A Splash of Color

I found this skirt yesterday while thrifting. Isn't it great?! I just love the pattern and the color. I really wanted to make it stand out by wearing all black with it.

Outfit Details: Thrifted. Stockings, Target