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Back to School Fashion Series: Part One: Sweaters & Cardis


Hello my little spices! There are some exciting times brewing at Sartorial Spice as the weather begins to show signs of cooling down. I’ve finally gone self-hosted! So you can expect a lot more giveaways and maybe a guest blogger or two.

Today, I woke up and was surprised by how chilly it was outside.  Fall is arriving and there is no stopping it! I’ve decided to make a series of Back to School Fashions complete with product sets and some of my favorite items out there.  There will be items of every budget but I will of course try to hit below the $100 or $200 marks.  I do know some ladies love to splurge on shoes though, so those will be the priciest items.

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How to Choose a Major

How to Choose a Major

Young adults everywhere are packing up their things to start heading off to college.  Many might have their whole career mapped out in front of them, while others don’t know what they are going to study or do.  Don’t fret! Everyone has been there one point or another.  I was one of the hopefuls who was sure about going into Physical Therapy and I was a Biology major.  As September grew closer, I grew unsure and then I realized I didn’t love it.

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A Little Party Killed Nobody



I was never the type to really go out and party.  I was also the type of person who would stay in on a Saturday night, turn on the tv or curl up on my bed with a good book.  Now that I am growing older I find that I want to go out a little more, I want to grasp and cling onto any opportunity.

A couple of weeks ago I received an email from a man I had interviewed with for an internship position (which I accepted and then declined).  They were inviting me to a “Great Gatsby” theme event that would showcase the jewelry of emerging jewelry designers while making their guests rock the roaring 20s look.  I, of course, accepting excitedly.  It was free and I was allowed to bring a guest along.  I brought along my best friend, Susan, as I know she loves dressing in past fashion.  I think it’s her hobby, really.

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Her Campus National Intercollegiette Conference 2013


Hello Spice Girls & Guys!

It has been a very busy week for me with plenty of events.  Today, I had the opportunity to go to the 2nd Her Campus National Intercollegiette Conference in the heart of New York City.

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Too Faced x Sephora VIB Event

Sephora event

Disclaimer: I am in no way sponsoring Sephora, Too Faced, Godiva, or Baublebar. I am simply recounting the event for your enjoyment.

Hello Spice Girls & Guys! It’s been a busy and hectic week for me as I’ve been interning, running around the city in 97+ degree weather and planning outfits for events left and right.  I received an email from Sephora as all VIBs (Very Important Beauty Insiders) do and it was for an event happening on July 18th.  I rushed to the phone and reserved my spot for my cousin and I.

The weather yesterday was brutal with real feel temperatures of 100+. So needless to say, I am looking less than cute with sweat pouring down my face and my chunky arms out for the world to see.  It’s ok though, I survived.

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Summer Reading


Hello Spice Girls & Guys!

Summer can be full of fun things to do such as the beach, internships, events, etc.  I find that sometimes I get so exhausted, that I just want to sit in bed and read a good book.  Now that I’ve decided to take a break from working (at least in person), I have much more time on my hands this summer.

I’ve comprised a list of books that I want to read or re-read this summer.

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Fall 2013 Color Trends

Fall 2013 Color Trends

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Hello Spice Girls & Guys,

We have barely made it through July but I am already seeing the small tricklings of fall excitement.  I love the warm and rich tones that we are being offered this fall.  I would say my favorite is the hot pink called Vivacious and the deep blue called Mykonos Blue.  The best fall color of all is Turbulence.  Grey is such a great neutral and will go well mixing with a few of these colors or just on its own.  I just love the colors as it really offers warmth and really does go well with the change of season and leaves.  I was at the mall today and the moment I walked into J. Crew I was hit was the fall feeling.  The fall collection was warm and offered glam with some gems on sweaters.

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Susan & Dylan in the City

Hello Spice Girls & Guys,

This is just a little adventure post about my day in the city last week with one of my best friends, Susan.  She was sweet enough to accompany me to New York City while I had an interview at 4.  We had planned that we would go, enjoy a little, I would go to my interview, we would have lunch, and make our way to some of the music festivals that were taking place all over the city.  Boy, were we wrong!  Nothing EVER goes according to plan but we rolled with the punches.

I went to an internship interview and I decided to go less ultra professional and more fashionable+appropriate. I hope the result is a new internship.

photo(1)Ignore my thrown wedges. I was debating on the shoes.  I ultimately went with the Sam Edelman “Trina” Sandals.

Outfit :)

My outfit consisted of the Sam Edelman “Trina” Sandals, ASOS Curve Midi Skirt, Jason Wu for Target Floral Skirt, and a cardigan from J. Crew.

We made our way out of our houses around 1:30 and got onto a mini-bus which took us to another bus stop that would take us to New York City.  We had the choice of taking an NJ Transit bus or another mini-bus.  It was so hot out that we just decided to take the mini-bus.  It was a major mistake; not only was the bus driver driving 5 MPH (literally, I kid you not) but there was NO air conditioning on the bus with no option to open the windows.  All the windows were unable to be opened.  I nearly cried from happiness when the bus driver opened HIS window to talk to another driver only to close it a few moments later.

The only reason I was wearing a cardigan was because I was conscious of my big arms that day as well as the fact that I felt it would not be appropriate to go to an interview showing off your guns.  What made it worse was the fact that the sweater was made from wool. Dead.

We FINALLY made it to the Port Authority, sweaty and weak from the lack of any air.  I felt like a tray of cookies that had been left to bake in an oven.  We made our way to my interview via subway.  I went in and she went for a walk.  The interview was only a few minutes and I was in pain.  I took off my sandals to find that it had rubbed the skin raw from my big toe.  I shall never wear new shoes to the city again.  That is a tip for you all; break them in first.

I was so happy that I thought of packing a change of clothing.  I slipped those bad boys off and slipped on some comfy sandals, ones that are WAY broken in.  I slipped off the cardigan and we happily made our way off to find a place to eat.  Now, I LOVE food. LOVE.  Hence, it is why I am so pleasantly plump! We had Shake Shack on our mind but we passed by an adorable burger place so we decided to give it a try.  This is why I love Susan.  She loves to try new things as well.  Match made in heaven.


I am so glad that we decided to give it a try.  I fell in love.  Now, it’s not as good as Shake Shack or In N Out, but it’s a pretty damn good burger.  It’s also a bit pricey but well worth it.  Look at the masterpiece.  I think this is how Krabby Patties look in real life! Take notes, Spongebob! The fries came in a tiny bag to which Susan and I scoffed.  We paid HOW MUCH for this much fries? Well, needless to say..looks can be deceiving, there were so many fries that I wanted to cry when I was stuffed. ( I still ate everything, so much regret).


Susan, after we ate. She hates this picture but I think she looks lovely! A true New Yorker!

image(2)What I love most about the city? All the cute little shops.  I am a sucker for books as I am a total nerd and when I saw this little gem, my little heart sputtered in joy.  192 Books has a great selection and while I didn’t buy any books, I will never forget the two little (6?7?) year old girls that were fawning over books, begging their mother to buy them some.  My faith has been restored.  I just hope some more children pick up on reading.

We walked on..not really knowing where we were going when we passed by what looked like a garage door and all we could see was this teepee.  We were intrigued.

photo(2)Upon closer inspection, we found that it was an exhibit.  I didn’t really understand what these head-less pregnant Native American women could be.  There were several photographs that lined the wall with a story in between some.  Once I read some of these stories, I understood what it meant.  All of these stories were about Native American girls and women that were forced upon by someone they trusted.  They couldn’t say anything, no one would listen as most of their family were drunks or dead.  I could see that this work of art above tells us that these Native American women are helpless and cannot tell the world of their difficulties.  They carry the burden and the unborn child if they get pregnant.  I found the stories sad and it really touched a chord in me.


We then made our way out and found ourselves by this cute little shop called Maison.  I wish I could have taken pictures but there was a sign on the door that wanted no photography.  This shop had all kinds of cute and odd trinkets.  They had lots of things from France, Paris inspired things, and adorable spoons, decorations and more! Check it out if you are nearby. I will put the address below.



*Maison 140* 140 Ninth Ave NYC 10011

We trudged along until we were around 14th street as Susan was on the hunt for her favorite record shop.  She ended up purchasing Sinatra.  We walked back to take the subway to 72nd when we heard music coming from Union Square, right by the subway.  A whole bunch of people with guitars were playing TOGETHER. Let me just tell you that it was amazing.  No one knew each other and I found it so cool that total strangers could bond over their love of music and guitar.

image(6)Here is a video for your viewing enjoyment! (I dont know if it will work but it was pretty short anyways!)

What I love most about Susan? Her appetite.  The whole day she was wailing and whining for ice cream.  After we got lost taking the subway (my fault) and ending up in queens instead of 72nd street, we had to try several more times before landing on 60th and walking the whole way.  We were 2 hours late and subsequently the show was at mass capacity.  We never got to go in and see it.  I was upset because 1. It’s Central Park..how is there a capacity? and 2. The NYPD were really rude. REALLY rude.  I couldn’t.

We ended up sitting on a bench and listening to the French rap that bellowed out of the speakers.  We rested a little before limping our way through the now dark park towards Columbus Circle.  I think luck was on Susan’s side.  We spotted an ice cream truck.  At least one thing went right! We both ended up getting home at 11pm.  Needless to say, we couldn’t walk for the next day and Susan really ended up hurting her toe! We both suffered casualties!

Here’s to a whirlwind of a day.  NYC, you both never seem to disappoint but sometimes you really do. Cheers.

Summer Prints

Summer Prints

I absolutely adore prints, especially in the summer.  It’s a great way to keep cool since you do not want to layer in the summer.  You slip on a great printed shirt or shorts and it adds all the contrast and excitement your outfit needs.  There are a variety of colors, patterns, and items to choose from so you will never be short on choices.

There is a print for every person and taste.  I love prints because you are essentially really wearing a piece of art on your body.  Here are a few sets with some cute and very wearable prints.

Printed Shorts
Print Tops
Printed Skirts

Are you into prints? What are you favorite ways to wear them? I always find myself gravitating towards prints rather than solids! I think I might have an obsession!


Life Update: Work, Work, Work!

Life Update

Hello Spice Girls & Guys! I thought it would be nice to give an update on how everything is going!

As I’ve said numerous times, I intern in New York City.  The office is full of kind, hard-working people, and it honestly feels like a family the moment you step in.  My supervisor is kind, understanding, and gives me work that I find both challenging and enjoyable.  I don’t have coffee-run duties or a Devil Wears Prada deal going on.  I have my own desk, my own computer, and even my own email and ID!

They added a new intern and now there is two of us in the office.  It’s nice! It’s like a little girl corner.   I had been doing the social media and updating articles but now I’ve been given more PR tasks, which I am honestly intimidated by.  I love it so far though, I love all the researching and the taking risks I’ve done.  I’m eternally grateful to be given such tasks and have such a great experience so far.

In the midst of all of this, I was let go/ quit at my retail job.  I loved working there but I also felt guilty because I could not give them 100%.  My priorities were in school and my internships.  I will not name the company, but I think you will be able to find out which one it is (rhymes with nap). I just want to write about it to get it off of my chest as it’s been bugging me.

I had been walking out of my internship when I got a call from one of the managers who stated that the head manager wanted to speak to me.  At this point, my stomach had flipped up into my throat, I was getting a bad feeling.  The main manager came onto the phone, asked me how I was, being all sweet and then sweetly told me that they couldn’t do my schedule anymore and I would have to hand in my two weeks.

Now, I have to start the job hunt all over again. It’s tiring and difficult as a college student with a terrible schedule.  I have classes Monday, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.

I still find myself running around and this summer break isn’t just a break anymore. I think I’m finally growing up..and fast.


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