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 follow this blog for fashion, beauty, and an adventure or two. oh yeah, and i answer your questions on tuesdays. instagram: @sarazucker twitter: @sbz email me: offline, i do digital for origins.


gift-giving season is typically more stressful than it needs to...

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:42:28 -0500


gift-giving season is typically more stressful than it needs to be, don’t you think? to remedy this, i tend to follow one rule of thumb: give a person what they want, not what they need. unless someone collects socks, why would you ever give them as a gift? show a little thought! do a little research! it takes just a brief skim of a person’s instagram page to suss out their hobbies and interests. 

i also love to support the underdog when purchasing gifts for friends and fam. first, independent brands tend to put more thought into their packaging. second, you’re bolstering a small business, which feels awesome during a time of year that feels commercial and materialistic. this year, i turned to cuyana; i never feel guilty for splurging a bit more than i normally would because i know that the things i buy are of quality materials, sourced from top manufacturers around the world. 

give better this year.

Hi Sara! I'm looking for a backpack to replace my current one, but I have some specifications. I want it to be faux/vegan leather, minimalist, and it has to be big enough to carry both my laptop (13" macbook pro) and my 8.5 x 11" planner. i'm also working on a budget (under $100, ideally under $75). Can you help?

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:17:24 -0400


it would be and was my pleasure to assist. after a bit of searching, i found a selection of backpacks that match your ideal criteria with regard to material, dimension, and decoration. i hope you like them!

styles shown: yoins, go jane, sole society, topshop

Hey girl I know you must be getting this question a lot but what are some good cheap online stores (say a range of $20-$100) that cater to obese/fat women AND ship internationally? I live in India n i'm honestly tired of wearing the same damn floral print dress in 5 different colours -_- also do u know of any lingerie stores that make cute/sexy lingerie for fat people?

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:59:18 -0400

you’d think retailers would realize that people shop all over the world, not just in their own backyard, right? thankfully, many have waded through the mountain of legal paperwork (each country has its own laws regarding mail, which is why some small brands are unable to send products worldwide) and begun shipping wares internationally. there are more than you think! i found six plus size retailers that should fit what you’re looking for price-wise and mail to india.

Hi Sara! How would you personally style closed pointy toe mules? Thanks!

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:37:04 -0400


i am pretty minimal in my personal style; i prefer dark neutrals and comfortable shapes. with that, i put together my ideal outfit for a ‘business casual’ office, which utilizes a pair of pointy mules.

  1. silk camisole (shown)
  2. those mules (shown)
  3. cropped trousers (shown)
  4. a unique necklace (shown)
  5. a neutral leather tote (shown)

Hey Sara! Hope you had a great 4th of July weekend! Just wondering if you got any movie recs that are on Netflix?😊

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:06:39 -0400


  • back to the future
  • amelie
  • spotlight
  • dope
  • sunset boulevard
  • the master
  • shakespeare in love

tv shows:

  • stranger things
  • marco polo
  • grace & frankie
  • orange is the new black

Sara, help! I'm officiating my SIL's wedding (gulp) and I'm at a loss for what to wear. It's an indoor wedding in the PNW on Labor Day weekend. I'd like something somewhat modest (midi length at least) and muted (navy blue? black? grey? an understated floral?). My main hopes are that I don't detract any attention from the bride, and that I can convey some aura of authority (insert I Have No Idea What I'm Doing dog meme here). Double plus if I still look good. Any ideas?

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:50:36 -0400


arielle! i’m so honored you came to me. (y’all, we’ve been tumblr friends for years!) anyway, yes, i can definitely help and have gathered some styles i think would look amazing on you. your frame would be well-flattered by an a-line shape without bells and whistles, something simple and slightly retro. i didn’t know your budget but all of the dresses shown are under $150.

styles shown: phase eight, asos salon, modcloth, ne quittez pas, ann taylor

What stores would you suggest for quality, petite basics like silk shirts, cashmere sweaters and such? I love Everlane, Cuyana and Zady but most of their stuff isn't in my size range.

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:54:28 -0400

as a fellow petite woman of 4′10″, i understand this struggle. i highlighted a handful of my go-tos, many of which you’ve likely walked right past thinking they didn’t fit your aesthetic, but with the brands you’ve named in mind and minimalism being so trendy i highly suggest giving them a visit.

Best skinny white semi-stretchy ankle jeans for less than $100? I can't find any that aren't see-through! (And yes, I've tried Gap.) TIA!

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:52:58 -0400


if the jeans are coming across as “see through” the fabric is likely too thin so look for a thicker denim or cotton. you may need to sacrifice a lil bit of your budget in the search to find a more quality pair. my other tip would be for you to always-and-forever wear nude undergarments when donning white bottoms; this is the only way that to avoid panty lines. 

styles shown: mango, ann taylor, nydj, topshop

it is now q&a tuesday.

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:04:43 -0400

it is now q&a tuesday.:

today is tuesday, the day of the week devoted to MY answering YOUR questions about life, love, the pursuit of happiness, beauty, fashion, WHATEVER. submit your own or peruse past ones here.

since going on my very first #sbzadventure in 2013...

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:40:47 -0400


since going on my very first #sbzadventure in 2013 (philadelphia), i’ve caught the travel bug and have partaken in solo jaunts whenever possible. with that, tons of memories have been made and documented; after some time deliberating, i felt it necessary to create a hub for those memories and so…well…i did it. i made a travel page. it isn’t a blog, nothing fancy like that, just a facebook page with photo albums full of tidbits about various locations around the country (i have some international trips coming up, so stay tuned for those) and i look forward to sharing my favorite packing tips, websites for booking flights/hotels/experiences, and more. press that “like” button.

are you ready for fall yet? lol jk. i’d never play you like...

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:24:59 -0400








are you ready for fall yet? lol jk. i’d never play you like that, especially since [if you’re like me] you’re only just getting used to wearing less clothing and layering sunscreens and eating ice cream for every meal because it’s the only thing that doesn’t involve sweating. nevertheless, labels are starting to release their fall lookbooks, including madewell

i love madewell so i can’t hate too hard on this decision (the clothes and styling are on-point, as per usual) but given the mounting issues the retail industry has been dealing with over the past few years, something’s gotta give. why not make seasonal collections available just a month before the season actually begins? it isn’t rocket science. those four weeks will allow shoppers to plan for the season ahead without it feeling 100% ridiculous to shop for bathing suits with snow still on the ground.

some time ago, i had the pleasure of being gifted a floral...

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:15:29 -0400


some time ago, i had the pleasure of being gifted a floral arrangement from b floral. i was so taken with the bouquet that i reached out to the team there to request some tips for creating the perfect at-home arrangement; i frequently buy flowers for myself and what i put together is amateur at best. so now, thanks to bronwen smith, b floral’s owner and lead designer, we can all benefit! 

  • choose wisely. look for blooms that are still in bud form, or just beginning to open. pass on flowers with leaves that are yellowing or browning, which is a clear sign of impending doom.
  • trim. trim most of the leaves from your stems. leaves contain pesticides that will transfer to the water and poison the flowers. make sure not to miss any that would sit below the water as they will quickly decompose and could ruin your arrangement. 
  • angle it. cut blooms on a 45 degree angle at the base of the stem. the larger the stem’s surface area is, the greater the area for water absorption.
  • be quick. once you cut stems, place them directly in water; they begin to heal themselves once they are cut hindering their ability to stay hydrated. a quick trim keeps things fresh.
  • pour on the h2o. give your stems fresh water every day or two to create long-lasting blooms.
  • know your atmosphere. flowers can’t thrive in direct a/c, heat, or sunlight. blooms will be happiest and last longest in indirect sunlight. 
  • keep it sweet. my favorite tip: add a splash of sprite to rose arrangements. roses love the sugar!
  • mind the view. when arranging, start with the biggest heads of the flowers in the center, to create a full and lively base for the arrangement. then fill in your arrangement with your smaller flowers, and lastly greens. lastly, turn your arrangement as you create it to make sure you can see it from all angles.

taking these tips, i immediately went out and scooped up some blooms from a local flower stand (astoria has one on nearly every corner), which you can see above. how’d i do?

you may not know this about me since we’ve [probably] never...

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:42:56 -0400


you may not know this about me since we’ve [probably] never showered together but i really love natural, handcrafted soaps. i always have a stockpile on hand, gift them to friends and family on special occasions, and am perpetually on the look-out for new brands churning ‘em out. lux soaps is one  such example and while they have a full range of products its soaps are definitely a stand-out. handcrafted in small batches at the company’s factory in new jersey, all products are made with a variety of natural oils and butters that make each bar distinct in its makeup and appearance. 

intrigued? lux soaps is currently holding a 40% off sale at whole foods market (until july 26) so if that isn’t an excuse to whip open your wallet, i don’t know what is.

it’s all about the little things, don’t you think?

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 11:37:55 -0400


it’s all about the little things, don’t you think?

if you follow me on instagram and snapchat, you know that—thanks...

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 10:44:51 -0400

if you follow me on instagram and snapchat, you know that—thanks to chatbooks, guesterly, and small girls pr—i recently participated in a whirlwind three days in utah this past weekend. i, along with 8 other amazing women, staying in the most beautiful house in downtown park city and learned about the startup scene blossoming in the area; we did a bootcamp class with high fitness (even two days later, i was still sore in the most blissful way), enjoyed a delicious dinner cooked by chef marco niccoli on a trio of powerful traeger grills, observed many local children toddling around in freshly picked moccasins, and took part in a mini questival (scavenger hunt) hosted by cotopaxi. all of the involved brands had the goal of targeting our millennial selves so each experience felt natural, engaging, and fun. i was plum-tuckered out by the time i flew back home but it was so worth it. did you know that all of these brands are based in utah?chatbooks: super easy photo books you can make straight from your phone. invite friends and family to contribute! every 60 photos gets you a brand new automatic photo book.cotopaxi: creating innovative outdoor products and experiences that fund sustainable poverty alleviation, move people to do good, and inspire adventure. cotopaxi funds solutions that address the most persistent needs of those living in extreme poverty. freshly picked: susan petersen created her first pair of moccasins at her kitchen table, working on a shoestring budget. seven years and about 6 design changes later, there’s a look #foreverystep.gigi pip: hats for women who wear many hats. guesterly: quickly and easily create a who’s who guide for your corporate event, conference , party, retreat, wedding, reunion, or any special event.high fitness: a hardcore fun fitness class that incorporates interval training with music you love, and intense easy-to-follow fitness choreography. coming to the east coast soon!katie waltman jewelry: jewelry inspired by nature that is both classy and unique creating a look that never goes out of style.mrs. calls candy: caramels made from a recipe dating back to the 1920s in a small utah candy factory using only the finest, freshest ingredients, including plenty of real cream and butter.nova granola: named for the supernovas beloved by its founder, nova granola began in 2010 as a search for the perfect granola with a family recipe in one hand and a vision in the other.park city culinary institute: collaborating with the region’s top chefs to offer a distinctive culinary program that rivals some of the best culinary schools in the country.queen farina: raw honey containing its native pollen, enzymes, minerals and micro-nutrients.raising wild swim: swimsuits bridging the gap of style and comfort. each suit is designed to allow women to move around raising their own kind of wild without compromising while building their self-confidence (and many are reversible!).salt of the earth: with salt hand-harvested from evaporation pools around the great salt lake, each spa product is mixed by hand and custom blended with only the highest-quality ingredients available-something you’ll never get from a factory.skullcandy: the sickest headphones, earbuds, gaming headsets, speakers & more.thread wallets: minimalist wallets designed to functionally and fashionably fit your lifestyle.traeger grills: with a traeger grill, you have the freedom to fire up healthy and delicious wood-fired food every day of the week; smoke, bake, grill, roast, braise, and bbq all on one grill.waltman ties: on a mission to unite fashion with functionality and affordability, each necktie features a microfiber backin[...]

all of the july 4th sales on the internet (almost)

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:58:05 -0400

alternative apparel: additional 50% off already reduced items with code BANG50 from fri-tuesaritzia: 30-60% off select styles until 7/6bailey44: extra 20% off summer salebanana republic: extra 50% summer salebilly reid: 25% off your order with code HAPPY4THboden: 50% off select items now until thursdaycjw: 20% off with code HBDUSAdagne dover: 20% off cork and vermillion styles with code FIREWORKSdraper james: save up to 60% on red-white-and-blue staplesforever21: 70% off select stylesfurla: additional 10% off all sale items (excluding footwear)gray malin: 30% off "a la plage" collection through 7/6 with code BEACH30h&m: 70% off sale with items starting at $4halston heritage: additional 20% off sale dresses, ready-to-wear, & accessories with code JULY4THhavaianas: 25% off with code HAVJULY4 from thurs-tueshenri bendel: 40% off select stylesiconery: 20% off its red-white-and-blue collectionmackage: 40% off select styles plus free shippingjoomi lim: 25% off with code USA25lord & taylor: 20% off regular and sale items mango: 50% off everythingmarigot: 20% off sitewide with code HAPPY4THmichael stars: 30% off with code HAPPY4THmilly: 30% off final sale items with code JULY2016nicholas k: 50% off spring items plus an additional $65 off orders over $600old navy: everything is discounted up to 60% from thurs-monon gossamer: 20% off with code OGUSA20the outnet: from now until 7/18, receive an extra 30% offteva: everything is 20% offtrina turk: additional 20% off the site’s sale sectionulla: 20% off site-wide plus free shipping with code MERICA20racked also did a great compilation of in-store sales in new york city this weekend.[...]

I love your blog and you always seem to be able to help people with seemingly impossible to find requests, so I hope you can help me. Can you recommend some office appropriate footwear that is comfortable but still stylish? I don't wear heels and I need shoes with thicker soles and more support than standard ballet flats. Thank you so much.

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:39:37 -0400


thank you so much! it would be my pleasure to help. keeping the season in mind, i found some open-toed styles that would still be appropriate for the office but also wanted to shine a light on some great brands, all of which are known for putting comfort at the forefront of their designs.

  1. gentle souls (shown)
  2. geox (shown)
  3. johnston & murphy (shown)
  4. cole haan (shown)

Hi! So I'm in that awkward student/professional transition phase in New York City and I'm having trouble getting together my summer business wardrobe in a way that looks professional but won't kill me in the city heat. Do you have any suggestions?

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:03:55 -0400


  • cut-outs are key. seek out styles with tasteful cut-outs like a low back or side openings. you’ll be able to catch a breeze without offending colleagues.
  • mind the hemlines. it’s tempting to go short when temperatures rise but always be mindful of a conservative work environment. keep them slightly above knee at the shortest.
  • don’t forget your toes. you’re showing your feet for the first time in months, so be sure they’re well-kept. if you cannot support the expense of a biweekly pedicure, clear nail polish or a buffing will do.
  • ideal summer fabrics: linen, cotton, jersey, silk, chambray
  • click here for some solid outfit inspiration

Hi Sara - I have loose curly hair (much like yours!) and have recently noticed that I'm losing my curl. My stylist told me that your hair texture can change every seven or so years. I'm freaking out! I love my curls so much. Do you have any hair product recommendations to enhance/revitalize curls? Thanks, girl!

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:20:41 -0400


i feel you on this. i find that the texture of my curl is slightly different depending on the length of my hair; when it’s longer, the curl stretches a bit due to the weight so i reach for a heftier product like gel as opposed to a cream or mousse when i have a shorter cut. i’ve highlighted some of my favorite products to amp up your arsenal so those curls are looking right at all times.

shown: devacurl, amika, curl keeper by curly hair solutions, aveda

Hi Sara! Can you please please please help me find a "beer" version of the M.Gemi "Attorno" sandals? I love them a lot, but don't have $228 just lying around. Thanks so much!😘

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:26:52 -0400


thanks to the resurgence of the block heel, i found more than a few styles but one in particular was a near-identical version of the pair you’ve been lusting over. it is also more than half the price!