No Longer Grey

The sartorial experiments and ramblings of a girl named Sarah

To Save x No Longer Grey

by Sarah on September 21, 2017, no comments

To Save, or not to save, that is the question… A company called ToSave recently sent me a few pieces to test out. Spoiler: it was a roller coaster, but the sort that only goes up.

Let’s start off with the worst. My least favorite was a little red romper that in theory is super cute. It’s got double straps, a v neck, and cinched waist. Sounds great, right? However, the fabric feels like melted plastic. I couldn’t for the life of me get the wrinkles out, but was not about to iron it, because I feared I would burn down the house. However, if you’re looking for something super cheap for a holiday party, this could be your piece. With a little styling (and if you’re brave enough to iron it), it could look like a million bucks.

The second piece I chose was a lovely off the shoulder top. It has a choker that matches the shirt and puffy sleeves. For a piece like this, buying cheap makes a lot of sense. Bardot tops were absolutely everywhere this summer. Are they a lasting trend? Personally, I think not, as I like to be able to raise my arms above my head without fear of my top turning into a less than glamorous potato sack. However, this shirt is a great trendy piece, and for $4.59, you really can’t beat the price.

The next piece was a camisole. It’s a lovely sheer, lacy number that fits the bills for those occasions when you want to wear “a nice top and jeans.” Is it perfect? No. The lace on the front is crooked (nothing a little seam ripping won’t fix, but it is nice when you buy something and it doesn’t immediately need to go under the knife). Here I’m actually wearing it backwards. Even though it’s ridiculously sheer, it’s still a great little shirt. I plan to wear it with a turtleneck underneath it as soon as the weather is cool enough so that I won’t die in the summer sun.

In addition to the clothing, I also got two necklaces. The first is one of those shoelace style necklaces that everyone in LA has been wearing. Honestly, it’s pretty cute. It’s made out of a faux suede, and has gold tips. Oh so cheap and oh so lovely. The second necklace is a wee marigold yellow choker. Again, To Save kind of nailed it. It’s simple, hasn’t broken, and looks pretty great. Plus, I’m a sucker for yellow.

All in all, To Save was actually pretty good. Don’t expect designer quality, but don’t expect a garbage bag masquerading as a dress. Would I order again? Perchance. Stick to things that you don’t care about what sort of fabric it is, and you’re golden! They also have everything from car chargers to fidget spinners, and have a sister site that sells hair bits and bobs. Big thanks to To Save for sending me these pieces. I will absolutely be wearing them again.

This post is sponsored, but opinions are my own. It’s a real review. Really.

So You Want to Be a Millennial

by Sarah on September 12, 2017, one comment

So shirt- Zara, pants- thrifted, shoes- Topshop

I may not be a real millennial, but I sure do love millennial pink. These trousers were a thrift store find, and they’re baggy and weird in a properly fashion girl way. The shirt is a tank top from Zara. I figured if you’re going to wear pink pants, you might as well go full Leandra Medine and throw in a pink shirt. As if the onslaught of millennial pink isn’t enough, I added some white sneakers (which, if we’re being honest, is the calling card of a millennial). All I need now is an overpriced rainbow frappiccihno, and a desire to kill the napkin industry.

London Bridge

by Sarah on September 1, 2017, one comment

dress- the J List, shoes- Topshop

Lately my style has been fluctuating between jeans and a tee and frilly, feminine to the max dresses. This look is one of the latter. The dress is a lovely dark mauve with a frill about the bottom, slightly puffed sleeves, and a wrap front. The length of the sleeves is one of my favorite parts. The dress would look too youthful if the sleeves were capped, but if they were full length, it wouldn’t be a practical summer dress. I teamed it with my always favorite Topshop boots, for a thoroughly British inspired look. Both the dress and the shoes are pieces that make me feel great as soon as I put them on. They’re “special” pieces, and are almost magical in their ability to cheer me up.

CVS: Skincare Haven

by Sarah on August 28, 2017, no comments

CVS: Skincare Haven// no longer greyThe other day, as I walked down the shampoo isle in CVS, I head a man talking to one of the employees. “You all are always so nice here. I feel like I’m at home”. I repressed a giggle, picked up some hair elastics, and promptly spent the next 15 minutes aimlessly wandering the CVS corridors

This is not the first time I’ve done this. Oh no. Ever since my first foray into beauty products (glittery purple and blue Milani nail polishes at age 11), I’ve been a CVS addict. Yes, the layout is confusing. Yes, the overhead lighting is less than flattering, and there aren’t testers like there are in Sephora. But can you pick up film, a new lipstick, a journal and a passport photo in Sephora? Didn’t think so.

Plus, CVS has recently started stocking wayyy more skincare. My favorites are the CVS brand cucumber peel off mask, honey dew and chamomile mask, and avocado and oatmeal mask. They come in a trial size for around 2 dollars each, last forever, and make my skin feel like it’s bee born again. I’m also a huge fan of the 10.0.6 micellar water, which is basically a makeup remover, toner and primer all in one. Trust me, if you haven’t used a micellar water, you’re missing out.

What are your favorite CVS products? Let me know in the comments!

10 Shopping Secrets from a Shopgirl

by Sarah on August 25, 2017, one comment

10 Shopping Secrets from a Shopgirl// No Longer Grey

  1. Just because everyone is wearing it, and just because you think you’ll look great in it doesn’t mean it will work for you. I’ve tried on my fair share of wild prints, cold shoulders, and maxi skirts. They look great on instagram, a mannequin, the girl in the dressing room next to yours, but stick with things that work for you. Not sure? I always encourage people to try things on. It’s the easiest way to save some serious $$, and to have a killer closet.
  2. 30% off or more is a sale, anything less is a markdown. If you’re buying something just because it’s cheap, you’re doing it wrong. Invest in pieces you love- if they just so happen to be on sale, that’s a bonus!
  3. Especially in boutiques, ask about pieces! In stores where everything is from a different label (think Urban Outfitters, Aritzia, Selfridges to name a few) as opposed to where everything is one store’s label (Forever21, J Crew and Chanel), each piece is bought for a reason. The smaller the store, the more likely each item is to have a story. At the store where I work, the owner concentrates on buying from US based, female owned companies that make eco friendly clothes that feel great. A large part of my job is learning the backstory on pieces, so that customers can make an informed choice. Even at bigger stores, ask an employee for styling help, size advice, and garment care.
  4. Always, always, always check the time the store closes. And if it’s in 5 minutes, or ESPECIALLY if it’s the time the store is supposed to be closing, even if you see people in there, even if the employees say it’s okay to come in, don’t. Respect their time, just as you want others to respect yours.
  5. Likewise, try not to do the thing where you shove clothing apart on racks. You are not Moses, this is not the red sea. If a rack is packed, take the garment out to look at it! You’ll get a better look, and won’t be destroying a display. Retail spacing is what makes clothing look great. It’s when everything is positioned an equal distance from the next item on a rack. Shoving things to the side is just frustrating.
  6. Though every place is different, stores are often busiest early afternoon on the weekends, and around three or during lunch time on the weekends. If you shop other times, especially early in the morning, you won’t have to elbow 20 people to get into a dressing room.
  7. If someone who works in the store greets you, it’s nice to say hi back! It’s part of my job to say hello, and I promise I won’t bother you past a hello if you don’t look like someone who wants to talk. It’s just sad when someone won’t even say hello, or loudly proclaims that they’re “just looking” instead of at least smiling.
  8. What you wear to shop is important. If you wear a shirt you hate, any pants you wear will look bad. I like to wear jeans with a waist line I typically wear, a belt that I can try with other pants, and a tee shirt. Also, shoes that slip on and off.
  9. Don’t feel obligated to buy something just because you’re in the store! I never want to sell someone on something they’re not sure about. It may look great, but you alone can tell if you will wear it.
  10. Have fun! Shopping should be relaxing and fun.