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Markets for Makers, Miami Design District, + Happiness | Vlog

One of the best memories I have from this year is a weekend in April spent with my mother and my sister. That weekend was one of the rare instances when I had minimal homework, nothing to study for, and a whole lot of big plans!

On Saturday we went to an amazing concert with my sister’s best friend. It was the first concert I’d gone to in a while and I felt so happy and (for once in my life,) carefree. There’s not much to say about that night other than it was two hours of great music and singing spent with some of the people closest to my heart.

On Sunday, my mom and I went down to Miami and spent the day at the Design District! Having lived in South Florida all my life, only 45 minutes away from Miami, I can’t believe I had never visited the Design District! If you live in Florida, definitely go!!! Be a tourist in your own city! Even if you have no interest in fashion or design, the entire area is like an artistic playground.

The reason we’d finally decided to go down to the Design District was the pop-up Markets for Makers that was opening in Miami for the weekend. A few months prior, my mom had seen an ad on Facebook about Markets for Makers and excitedly wrote the date on her calendar. Last year, we lived in New York City for a month as I attended a summer program at the Fashion Institute of Technology. During our stay, we tried to visit as many artistic landmarks/locations as possible and fell in love with the Chelsea Market. While I definitely loved trying the unique treats from the food stands (the tahini ice cream from Seed + Mill is to die for!), we kept going back to visit the Artists & Fleas market. Artists & Fleas started as a pop-up market in multiple locations around NYC designed to bring together the best independent artisans Brooklyn has to offer. Eventually, they established a permanent location within the Chelsea Market. Every other week, new vendors arrive making it a place to consistently discover new, emerging talent and creativity. When I came home, I tried as best as I could to find something similar in Miami. However, the markets here pale in comparison to those of New York. So, when my mom came across that Facebook ad, it felt like fate! So, on April 22, we woke up bright and early (exhausted from the night before) and drove down to the Design District for the first time.

The market was INCREDIBLE and exactly what I was missing at home! Not only was the location itself stunning, but the vendors, the products, and the atmosphere were all so inspiring. The market featured 108 different “makers”, 3 creative photo set-ups, and two full service bars. There was such a vast variety of products that guaranteed you would find something you liked. We spent about 2 hours perusing the stands and talking to vendors. Being there reminded me that there is creativity to be found everywhere. The atmosphere was so cheerful and there was such a strong sense of community that existed amongst both the vendors and the shoppers. By the time we left we had a tote full of treasures, tons of cute pictures, and smiles plastered on our faces!

We finished our adventure in the Design District by relaxing on the iconic Miami swings and eating tacos from Hot Lime at the St. Roch Market. After a great day of shopping, exploring, and eating, we made our way back home and enjoyed a chill Sunday night.

I will treasure the memories of this weekend forever. Not only because of all the fun adventures I had, but also because they reminded me of the importance of taking breaks and doing things that make me happy. As a student, I tend to be very obsessed about my grades and the quality of my work. That means that I spend most of my weekends locked indoors studying rather than spending time with my friends and family. I can’t do it anymore! I can’t keep limiting myself and preventing myself from having fun. Happiness is not a reward for hard work! It’s not something you should seek when everything else is taken care of. Life is busy and when you finish one thing, something else will pop up. If you prioritize everything else over your own health and happiness, then you’ll never find it! This was the main reason why I stopped posting over this past year. I kept prioritizing school and my grades over my own happiness and as result, I spent the entire year feeling so depressed and creatively stuck. It’s for this reason, that this weekend felt like such a monumental moment. It gave me a taste of completely free and genuine happiness. These two days allowed me to realize and admit to myself that what I was doing was completely unhealthy and from that point forward, I made it a personal goal to put more of an effort into making time for myself. Judging by the fact that I’ve relaunched my blog, I think I’m already improving 🙂

In August, I will be starting my senior year of high school. I don’t want to spend it cramped in my office studying! I want to make memories with my friends and family. I want to participate in all the senior activities. I want to enjoy all the lasts and all the firsts that are to come. I want to write more and share my experiences going through it all. Keeping this balance in our lives is no easy feat, but we all owe it to ourselves to try!

Everyone deserves to find happiness! The very idea is one of the unalienable rights our country was founded on! So, remember to smile more, laugh more, make memories, have fun, and don’t restrain yourself from being happy!  🙂

♥︎♥︎♥︎,

Sarah

P.S. I hope you liked my first ever vlog! I had so much fun filming and editing it so there are definitely more to come! Make sure you subscribe to my channel by clicking the link below so you can see my videos before they go live on the blog 🙂

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For more information on Markets for Makers, upcoming dates, and ticket prices: https://marketsformakers.com/

What I got for Christmas 2016!

 

Hi!

As Christmas has recently passed, and this holiday season is drawing to a close, I thought it would be fun to show you what I got for Christmas! However, instead of writing a long post and showing you pictures of everything, I decided to make a video and uploaded it to my YouTube channel (feel free to subscribe :)) so I could better show you all the things that I got. So, if you would like to see what I got for Christmas, watch the video above or go to my channel 🙂

I just want to say that I am so thankful for everything I got for christmas and for my wonderful friends and family. I love them all so much and cannot express how much I appreciate everything I’ve been given 🙂

Thank you guys so much for reading. I hope you all had a great holiday season and are ready to take on the new year!

Lots of love!

Sincerely,

Sarah Giselle

5 Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas!

Happy Holidays everyone!

I hope all is well and you are finding yourself in good spirits during this holiday season! It is easy to get swept up in the magic of it all and forget the mundane tasks of life. Unfortunately, this means we sometimes forget or put off doing things such as shopping for presents. As Christmas is around the corner, I thought it would be a good idea to show you my top five picks for any last minute shopping you might have to do!

 

This first gift idea is extremely affordable and can serve as either a stocking stuffer or a main gift. This is the NYX Simply lip cream set! It comes with three different chubby lipsticks that are super moisturizing and are great for long lasting wear! I personally think that they are great quality lipsticks for a drugstore brand and they make an amazing gift. You can purchase this set online from urban outfitters or from most local superstores, such as Target and Walmart, making it a perfect last minute gift!

The second gift idea is a bit pricier but totally worth it if you’re looking for a nice present for someone dear to you. This is my current favorite pair of shoes… the Zara leather slides with a bow! They are so chic and are comfortable plus they’re made of real leather. They are available to purchase both in store or online so you can get them pretty fast (just in time for Christmas)! 🙂

   

This next item is a great gift for practically anyone! This is a mini phone tripod! It is such a useful product that can be gifted to both men and women as it’s not gender specific. These tripods can come in a variety of prices but most are very inexpensive. The one pictured below is the Promark Photo Tripod. You can order this online for approx. $10 from target or purchase it in store 🙂

The next gift is great for anyone who likes photography or fashion. This is the Kate Spade New York: places to go, people to see book. This is the perfect coffee table book filled with photos of the lifestyle of a Kate Spade girl. The book is sold both online and in various bookstores. The book is so much fun and is guaranteed to make you want to pack a suitcase and see where life takes you.

The final gift is inexpensive, simple, thoughtful and handmade. I received this gift from my sister for my previous birthday and I can honestly say it is one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. 🙂 Using simple copy and paste or downloading templates, you can design somebody their very own personalized magazine cover! This gift allows you to get your creative juices flowing and show somebody how well you know them. You can laminate the page or frame it like my sister did. All in all, the magazine cover can end up costing little to nothing and is super easy to create making it a great last minute gift. 🙂

I hope this gift guide helped you and gave you some inspiration for any gifts you may have left to buy 🙂 However, don’t stress too much about finding the “perfect gift”. After all, the holidays are not supposed to be about the gifts. They’re about celebrating religious significance in your life and surrounding yourself with those you love.

Enjoy this holiday season and the eve of the new year!

Much love 🙂

Sincerely,

Sarah Giselle

p.s. These are the links for the products featured above…

NYX Simply lip cream set: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=38900874&color=000&cm_mmc=SEM-_-Google-_-PLA-_-82530778744product_type_l1b%26product_type_l2makeup&adpos=1o1&creative=51648973624&device=t&matchtype=&network=%7Bnetwo&gclid=CJuS1cnq_tACFUW2wAoddG8InA

Zara leather slides with bow: http://www.zara.com/us/en/woman/shoes/view-all/leather-slides-with-bow-c734142p3610011.html

Promark Photo Tripod: http://www.target.com/p/promark-photo-tripod/-/A-50626812

Kate Spade New York: places to go, people to see book: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kate-spade-new-york-kate-spade-new-york/1118470698?ean=9781419713927&st=PLA&sid=BNB_DRS_Core+Shopping+Books_00000000&2sid=Google_&sourceId=PLGoP62464

 

Homecoming 2016!

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I’m so happy to be writing this week. I’ve been so busy lately with making sure this blog is fully ready to launch that I haven’t been able to upload any new content! However, I have officially finished setting up this new blog and I’m committing to uploading new posts every week! 🙂 This is my first official original post on this blog and it’s a long time coming. I’m going to tell you all about my first ever Homecoming dance! 🙂

As a sophomore in high school, I had already witnessed the whole Homecoming production. However, as a freshman I did not attend the dance or really participate in all the festivities. This year, though, I went all in and it proved to be so much fun!

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For those of you who are familiar with homecoming, you know that each day of that week has a different theme within the overall theme that you dress down in. The theme of my homecoming week was Disney! On Monday, the theme was characters. However, I forgot to take a picture of my outfit that day so, I don’t have anything to show you. However, I did remember for the rest of the week 🙂 Tuesday’s theme was tacky tourist! Although my outfit (pictured above,)  doesn’t really fit into the “tacky” category, I made up for it in props. I spent the day walking around with disposable cameras, selfie  sticks, and lanyards galore!

Tuesday Outfit:

Top and Backpack- Zara

Jeans- Marc by Marc Jacobs

Shoes- Sperry Topsider

Watch- Kate Spade NY

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The theme for Wednesday was Disney parks! So, I went for the classic Magic Kingdom Minnie Mouse look (pictured above). I kept it simple and just wore black, red, and my Minnie ears 🙂

Wednesday Outfit:

Minnie Ears- Walt Disney World 

Turtleneck-  Calvin Klein

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My favorite outfit of the week was Thursday’s by far 🙂 The theme was the 1960s! I wore a headscarf, a striped turtleneck, black pants, and flats. I styled my hair like a classic ’60s bob and completed the look with a bold makeup look 🙂

Thursday Outfit:

Scarf- Urban Outfitters

Turtleneck-  Zara

Pants- Vince

Flats- Michael Kors

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Another fun thing happened on Thursday… I got my eyebrows done for the first time ever! In preparation for the dance, I went with my mom to get eyebrows threaded after class on Thursday. I will admit that I was nervous beforehand but I absolutely loved it and loved the result! The lady who did my eyebrows was very kind and did it quickly and painlessly 🙂

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Friday’s theme was color wars! I dressed in red and black to be in the class color and went for a bright red eye look!

Friday Outfit:

Top and Jacket- Zara

Jeans- Calvin Klein

 

I spent the rest of the day on Friday preparing for the dance the next day. I went to get my nails done and tried to relax and go to sleep early that night.

Saturday was the big day! I woke up very early to attend the Confirmation of a close friend and spent the afternoon at her  house celebrating and getting ready for the dance. I decided to do my own hair and makeup (with the help of my friends and family,) for the dance which worked out perfectly and saved me money 🙂

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Homecoming Outfit:

Dress- BCBGMAXAZRIA

Heels- Coach

Ring- Pandora

All in all, the entire experience was so much fun and the dance was amazing! I went with about 11 of my friends and we had such a great time dancing and taking pictures. I absolutely suggest going to your high school homecoming dance, even if you only go once, just for the experience. You won’t regret it!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and maybe got some inspiration for your Homecoming outfits! Feel free to comment down below and leave any suggestions you may have. Also, don’t forget to subscribe below to get updates on new posts.

I love you guys! Thanks for reading 🙂

Sincerely,

Sarah Giselle

 

Welcome to my Blog!

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Hi! My name is Sarah Giselle Garcia and I would like to welcome you to my brand new blog! For those of you coming from my old blog, sarahgiselle.weebly.com , I’d like to welcome you back 🙂 This is my new official website where I’ll be frequently uploading posts and pictures. I have added a new newsletter feature, so be sure to subscribe to me to receive updates about new posts and exclusive information. I decided to start Sincerely, Sarah Giselle in February of 2016 because I wanted to share my love of the fashion industry, mainly with my friends, as a hobby. However, as my numbers began to increase I decided I was ready to take the next step and commit to my own website and domain. I’m extremely excited to do this full time! If you have any suggestions or requests for posts, feel free to contact me (information on contact page). Thank you for reading!

Sincerely,

Sarah Giselle

P.S. I will be uploading some of my old blog posts from sarahgiselle.weebly.com shortly. You can find them in the October archives 🙂