DIY: Gold Desk Accessories

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Hi readers! Ok, so I got such a great response from the most simple DIY I posted last time that I thought I would post another. These gold dinosaurs are something I have seen on home decor maven Devon Rachel’s blog, adorable Amelia of Duckling to Swan, Catherine Sheppard of The Life Style (via Glitter Guide), and many other fab bloggers. It has to be the easiest DIY ever. I mean literally. You don’t need an artistic bone in your body to make this sassy desk accessory yours. Here’s the before (horrid) & after of my little DIY project 🙂 Hope you enjoy!

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Just select the dinosaur of your choice at any local kid’s toy store (I got mine at a history museum down the street from my house for $10)

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Set your dino on a peice of cardboard and give the heinous looking creature (dinasours freak me out) a pretty makeover with your favorite shade of gold spray paint. My favorite gold spray paint is by far Rustoleum Metallic Gold. It doesn’t look fake and it’s not too shiny or brassy. The perfect shade of gooooold (insert Austin Powers gold member voice here).

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This is after one coat of spray paint. It doesn’t take much! I did one coat, let it dry for an hour (if that) and then gave him another coat.

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And there you have it! You can also do this with small elephants, giraffes, and other wild animals in different places around your home. There is something about these animals that give an eclectic touch to your home. Try this out and let me know which animal you decide to give a gold makeover!

p.s. I really do hate dinasours. But I have to admit I had so much fun doing this… I think I might have to get a few different kinds and add them to my collection. Triceratops? Actually I think that’s what kind of dinosaur this one is. T-rex? Whatever the hell their names are….I may secretly be a new fan.



GIVEAWAY: 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target Bag

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Top: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target
Jeans: Joe’s Jeans
Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Earrings: David Yurman

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(Side note: if you are following me on any form of social media..I know I said I was going to post the giveway this past saturday, but I was having technical difficulties with my blog. So please forgive me!)

What better way to start the week off than to do my first giveaway! As I said in a previous post, I am going to start doing FREE giveaways from my personal wardrobe here on the blog. In order to win, you’ll have to follow my blog and the criteria for that particular giveaway.

For me, this giveaway is huge!! Not only becuase it’s my first giveaway on chicstylebysage, but also because these bags are limited edition and a hot item right now. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are well aware of the chaotic masses of women that swarmed Target on September 17th (when Target released their collaboration with 3.1 Phillip Lim). And even if you were on your fashion A game, you may have missed out on the crossybody bags that flew off the shelves within minutes. Luckily when I arrived to my local Target, I still had quite a variety to choose from…so I bought both styles! I know what you’re thinking and the answer is yes 🙂 Maybe I’m crazy, but I’ve decided to share the wealth (so don’t make me regret it). These bags go for a minimum of $80 on ebay and all top bloggers/fashionistas are sporting their limited edition goodness. So many ladies are biting at the bit to get their hands on one of these babies and I’m giving one away to one of my readers! And guess’s black! Black in every style were the first to fly off the shelf. I mean, it goes with everything! This is my way of saying thank you for following my blog and reading my personal style diary.
Okay okay, I’ll stop rambling. So here is how you enter (GOOD LUCK!):

Here’s how you enter:

1. Follow my blog via Bloglovin’ (if you already have a bloglovin’ account, click here for my profile)
2. ‘Like’ Chicstylebysage on Facebook
3. Follow me on Instagram
**leave a comment with your email included for each entry!

1. Follow me on Pinterest
2. Follow me on Twitter
3.Subscribe to my site via email

***The more entries, the better chance you have of winning!! Make sure to specify in your comment below which forms of entry you have used.

For example: “Pick me!! I follow you on bloglovin’, instagram, and liked your Facebook page 🙂”

a Rafflecopter giveaway
**This is a TWO WEEK long giveawy, so there is plenty of time to make your entries. You have until  Monday, October 14th at 5pm PST to enter! Good luck!



Day to Night Look: Leather & Plaid

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Leather & plaid are two of falls hottest trends and I have been browsing the web up and down to find the chicest pieces for all of you! These two leather jackets are great options and both incredibly affordable. You definitely want to invest in a good leather jacket for fall; always great for taking your look into the chilly nights or layering for the perfect daytime chic look.

For my day look, comfort is key. Who wants to walk around with blisters on their feet from
wearing 4 inch stiletto’s all day? Not this girl! I am most comfortable in a graphic tank or t-shirt, but always love a little bit of edge. This quirky lips tank from American Eagle is perfect. I would tuck it into the high waisted skirt and maybe tie my leather jacket around the waist. The converse are obviously ideal for walking around and getting ish done (my collection wont stop growing). Another option would be to wear some black combat boots. Love that look..and combat boots are suprisingly very comfortable. Throw on some of this killer chanel bronzer and your fave sleek tote…boom!

To take this look into the night..obvi throw your leather jacket over the shoulders. Switch our your cozy tank for a fitted black crop top (or even black leotard), your highest pair of black booties, and your go-to nightime crossbody bag (except wear it on one shoulder instead of throwing it across the chest..tends to look more nightime-ish this way). Add a red lip? Always. This is a ladies easiest way to sass up her look. Besides…what guy doesn’t love a red lip on a woman? So sexy!

And guess what?? It’s the weekend baby!! I encourage you all to take a risk and try this look and let me know how it works out 🙂




Lady in Red

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Dress:DV by Dolce Vita
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Sunglasses: ASOS
Bag: Louis Vuitton
Rings: Gabriela Artigas
Earrings: David Yurman

So I was driving around the city looking for a cool place to shoot this red hot number and happened to stumble upon this ridiculously dope work of art. I was really just doing this as a test shoot because
I wanted to see how well the dress stood out on top of all the craziness happening behind me, so pardon my lack of a better facial expression in the first photo. Although this red number is perfectly capable of owning a simple backdrop, I was really happy with the photos and voilà! Plus, all the color in this grafitti is just too badass.

When I first saw this dress I immediately thought omg. Valentino Red. It has to be. Right? Wrong. But delightfully so, because my wallet was much happier with me 🙂 This dress is DV by Dolce Vita. They are downright killing it in the dress department at the moment and they really outdid themselves on this one. The color is everything. And the embellished stitching is the icing on the cake. There isn’t anything about this dress that won’t shout fun, sexy, and classy. I also love the capped sleeves on this dress and all of the cutout/sheer detailing because it offers a very feminine touch on such a bold color. Prior to this shoot I attended a baby shower for one of my best and oldest friends. It’s a boy! So I didn’t want to dress too girly, but I wanted it to wear something that was playful yet bold. I would say this dress is just that. The color is technically “berry” but it’s almost a mixture of cranberry, candy apple red, and crimson. Ironically, these are some of fall’s hottest hues this year and

(bonus: I totally matched some of the baby shower goodies and I wasn’t the least bit mad about it) 

In the past I have passed up on solid red pieces for two reasons; one because it appeared to look way too old ladyish (no thanks) and or because it appeared to be trashy or slutty (def not about that).  However, this one can go down in the books for me. It’s a fall statement piece I can’t wait to play around with. I’m thinking a slicked back high ponytail, long vintage chanel necklace, and some black pumps for a christmas party or night out in Dallas. Ok, I know I’m getting ahead..but it will be here before we know it! Happy 3rd day of fall to all you fashionistas! Stay tuned this week for more great outfit inspo and the announcement for my upcoming giveaway!!


Lady in Red

How to Wear Boyfriend Jeans + Sincerely Jules Célfie T-Shirt

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Blazer: Charlie Jade (sold out, same jacket/diff color here)  (similar pink blazer here)
Tee: Sincerely Jules
Jeans: One Teaspoon
Shoes: Alexander Wang
Necklace: Bauble Bar
Belt: Old
Sunglasses: ASOS
Clutch: Clare Vivier

Happy Monday madness loves! I hope this outfit gets you as excited for the week as it has me. I mean this pop of pink is so killer and it goes perfect with a simple graphic t-shirt like the one my blogger crush of Sincerely Jules designed called the “célfie tee”. First of all
I’m a huge fan of selfies, secondly a major fan of her, and lastly I’m the biggest fan of soft clothing. Whenever I’m shopping I’m always that person that is touching everything to see what the material feels like. Weird, I know…but that’s just how it goes. And for this tee, there was no touchy involved. Straight trust. I ordered this from her online site (you can order here) and I was amazed by the fit and definitely by the feel for how cheap it was. (Only $39!). She is such a down to earth chick and her style kicks a**. Why buy the knock off tees when you can get the real thing at such a reasonable price? I’m always down to support independent business owners and authentic artists. We females have to stick together, you feel my vibe?

I’ve been avoiding one of the biggest trends this fall, ‘the boyfriend jean’ like the plague. I’m not even going to lie…I just never found it flattering on anyone other than 6 ft modelds with bean pole legs anyone else with me? I’ve always had more muscular legs (blame it on college soccer) and a smaller waist, so jeans and I haven’t always been friends. The last thing anyone wants is to feel ‘big’ in their jeans, but I have to say I feel like there is something extremely sexy about the relaxed, destroyed, I-may-or-may-not-have-just-borrowed-these-from-my-boyfriend jeans. These jeans in particular seemed to fit my body type the best out of any others I’ve tried on. I wanted something that sat low on my hips and were extra holey and baggy. They’re actually called the ‘baggies’ 🙂 I finally caved and invested in these rad One Teaspoon jeans. Best ever. I am totally, asbolutely, insanely obsessed. They are everything. Literally. The holes, the fit, and the feel. (FYI- I think the smallest size is a 24 and I am wearing a 25 here. They will stretch a little after wearing..I  had a belt on here because they were nearly falling off. Definitely couldve gone with the 24). I encourage you to give the boyfriend jean a try. It’s really much more flattering than you might think at first glance. Break it up by tucking your simple t-shirt into the jeans and wearing a bright colored short blazer with a statement necklace. I also love the rolling the jeans at the bottom (most boyfriend jeans are cropped) and having that little bit of skin showing gives it a feminine touch that we all love.

Now that I’ve given you my monday shpeal, I have some exciting things that are going to start happening on the blog. I can’t wait to I’ll give you a little bit of a hint. GIVEAWAYS!!! This will be a regular occurence from here on out, to get my readers involved and so I can get to know you fabulous people a little better. Stay tuned this week to hear more details on what I’ll be giving away. A 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target bag just might be in the mix. Maybe? Idk, just sayin..

P.S. Sincerely Jules has also done a couple other collabs with Shopbop and Revolve Clothing that are totally worth checking out. More great options for graphic tees with catchy phrases. You can shop them here and here!

Which designer/brand makes your favorite pair of boyfriend jeans? Any recommendations for me? Leave you favorites in a comment below, I would love to hear!



Sweater Weather

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Hat: Michael Stars
Sweater: Sanctuary Clothing
Shorts: Free People
Purse: Phillip Lim 3.1 for Target
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell
Necklace: Vintage
Bracelets: Forever 21
Rings: MadewellGabriela Artigas

I know I’ve dissappeared for the last week so I apologize, but hopefully replacing ‘Throw It Together Thursday’s’ post with this one will make up for it 🙂

Anybody else ready for sweater weather? As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I couldn’t be more excited for the fall weather (and wardrobe). I live in the South, so
after ridiculously hot summers we’re ready for some cool weather! I think this outfit is a great transition-to-fall outfit. It’s not time to jump into my favorite fall outfit (sweaters & jeans) yet, but just cool enough to throw on a simple sweater like this super cozy one by Sanctuary. It’s not that itchy wool fabric, which I loooove because wool and even sometimes cashmere sweaters have me feeling so uncomfortable! This sweater is the perfect weight and easy to wear with any color cutoff jean shorts (we all own million pairs from summer). My new Phillip Lim for Target mini satchel bag (obsessed) and my favorite Jeffrey Campbell slashed booties gave this look just the right amount of edge I am always looking for! Don’t try to get too matchy matchy. Don’t get me wrong, I love ALL black everything. Shoes, purse, hat, clothing, etc…but sometimes breaking your look up with nuetrals that vary in color can be a great thing. What are some of your favorite sweaters at the moment? I have my eye on a few and I am sharing them with you below! Enjoy 🙂

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