A Change Will Do You Good

It’s February 1st. Aquarius has officially moved out of its beloved home for the past 5 years at the Sunset Ridge Shopping Center. Per my lease agreement, my last day was January 31st. It’s been a week of moving assembly lines, unpredictable emotions, and my “where are you moving to?” and “why are you moving?” response on repeat. A complete roller coaster to be honest.

I decided not to renew my lease at Sunset Ridge because Aquarius had outgrown that center. I am firm believer in change, evolution, and growth in every capacity. Aquarius is not the same store as it was 5 years ago when it first opened and it could possibly not be the same store in another year, two years, or 5 years. We had evolved beyond the shopping center and it wasn’t a great fit for the kind of store I was seeing Aquarius become. However, that does not change the fact that Aquarius would not be who she is if it wasn’t for Sunset Ridge. That gratitude for the last 5 years evoked a sadness I did not anticipate. It felt like moving out of your childhood home. The next home is going to be so kick ass, but Aquarius grew up in this one and I didn’t want to discredit the success, opportunity, and memories that came out of Sunset Ridge.

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It was such an exciting feeling watching the sign go up in October 2010. One I won’t ever forget or replace. 

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And in the blink of an eye, we made it to 1 year in business! Our opening party was a benefit for Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum and that set the stage for our anniversary parties and the store to be a gallery and platform for local art. I have known Franco Mondini-Ruiz for a while and it was only befitting to bring his energy to our 1 Year Anniversary Party in 2011.

 

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I designed the store with this white handmade tree as a design focal point. The tree was decorated for seasons or events and I forged an amazing relationship with Alamo, Plants, and Petals. Unfortunately the tree is retiring temporarily. It does not fit in the new store due to its size, but hopefully it can return in some capacity down the road. I’ll have to find something else to decorate!

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Fashion Night Out at Aquarius! It was a great event and I was sad when NYC decided to do away with the event. Aquarius never shyed away from hosting a party.

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And then came 2 years in business! The event was a multitude of characters with Franco Mondini Ruiz again but we invited local artists Holly Hein and Bryson Brooks as well ROARKEnyc jewelry to the party! I was told that night that if I made it to two years, I was here to stay. 

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This was a fun event! Fiesta anything in San Antonio is always a blast and everyone has a party because of Fiesta somehow. Continuing with supporting local artists, Tracy Williams joined our gallery walls. She has since become one of my dear friends and I am incredibly proud to have given her a stage to show her talent. This party also introduced Casey Wiatrek and KOI Salon as a new business within Aquarius. The addition of Casey’s salon was one of my husband’s best ideas and the fun isn’t ending because of the move: KOI will be in the space next to me at The Village center.

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I’m not really comfortable in front of the camera, but I had a blast doing a shoot for the first issue of Scout Guide in San Antonio. This photo really shows the colorfulness of Aquarius. I am excited and curious to see what personality color creates in the new location as we are going with new wall colors and design.

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Our four year party was exactly what the invite says: an evening of glitz and color. To compliment Tracy’s abstract, we introduced Greg Mannino and his glittered vintage pieces. The place looked like a beautiful disco for a long time and our customers loved Greg’s work as it is playful and not like anything you’ve seen before!

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It was a bittersweet 5 year anniversary party as I knew it would be the last party at Sunset Ridge. But I had a drag queen perform “Happy Birthday” and a Beyonce medley so I think we went out with a bang! No you wouldn’t think of a drag queen at a boutique party, but I’m not your typical boutique owner either. 

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Closing Time but hey like the Jeffersons, we’re moving on up to the east side. Or in our case, the north side. One block north, same street.

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I don’t like to give too much away all at once but I will share today our new logo. This will be going up on the exterior of our new location soon and our re-opening date is TBA asap. I hate giving a date during construction as it may change due to the many hands involved with completing our new home but it will be this month, February, during the Zodiac time of Aquarius because when else would we re-open?

This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius…the next, the new Age of Aquarius.

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Cheers,
SJ

Auld Lang Syne

Happy New Year! As I am coming out of my Holiday coma, I am beginning to reflect on 2015 and set my intentions for 2016. I hate the word “resolutions” or “goals” in relation to a new year because I feel it carries an air of failure. If I don’t lose 15 lbs. then my year was bollocks. Please. Also if you reach a goal, then where do you go from there? So I prefer intentions. An aim or plan. My plan for 2016 is really about progression and for me, I had to take a moment about 2015. Not my favorite year by any means if we’re being honest. It was a year of challenge and test, one I needed to go through in order to grow. But it wasn’t all breaking points, I found strength in women, gained new inspiration, discovered a lot about myself the good and the bad, and a lot more. Rather than write a boo-hoo today, I thought I’d give a bit of my best of 2015. There are a lot but I won’t bore you.

UnknownYes we all know 1989 as Taylor Swift’s album and sang along to Shake It Off, but the amazing Ryan Adams covered that entire album in his own acoustic, folk rock way and I can’t recommend it enough. I am more of a throwback in my music library (“Never Tear Us Apart” from Inxs is played about 5x a week) so I’m often ambivalent to new/current music. I’ll know it from the radio but it’s got to be great for my download bucks and I’m telling you: download 1989 from Ryan Adams.

Unknown-1 Like I said I am more of a throwback at the jukebox so when I read about how awesome the documentary R.E.M by MTV was, I downloaded and escaped to 2 hours of Michael Stipe bliss one night while Jeremy was out (not his scene). This wasn’t released this year so it’s not a 2015 event but I was completely inspired. I love learning about the creative process for musicians.  I read Steven Tyler’s autobiography and “Dream On” is on a whole new level of love and appreciation after I read how it came from a few notes on a piano to a song. Anyways, I’ve always loved R.E.M and Michael Stipe is so eccentric and brilliant as a person (he’s on my imaginary dinner party guest list) that this documentary did not disappoint.

IMG_6319  unnamed-62015 was the year of The Women for me. I am blessed to have a core group of 5 best friends that are more than a wine buddy or Bravo TV show gossip call. 3 of them I have been best friends with for 20 years and nothing has changed except the addition of husbands, kids, and anti-aging skin care instead of the original Clinique we used 15 years ago. They are pillars of strength, inspiration to be a better person, wife, and eventually mother, and support in times of joy and sadness. They’re like coming home.

unnamed-4 I had two red carpet “wow” moments this past year. Actually I have a lot of fashion moments for me, in fact too many. My phone photos could imply I either have no friends or I’m a lesbian, but Emma Stone at the Golden Globes still inspires me now as she did last January. Her Lanvin jumpsuit literally made me 50 shades of green with envy. From the pockets, the tailored pant, the crystal bodice, and the added sash to create a train. Perfection.

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Love her or hate her, Gwyneth Paltrow looks amazing. She may not always say the right things in interviews and be completely unrelatable at times, but I completely applaud her style and entrepreneurship. I don’t always love what she wears (odd choices at times) but this Cushnie et Ochs dress gains her a blog shout out because I literally went to the gym after. Her body made this dress work. She looked toned and lean and thank you Gwyneth for the simple ponytail and spray tan as that is really the only thing this dress needed. #edityourselfbeforeyouoverstyleyourself

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Yes it’s true. I have always tried to make conscious living choices. I started using RMS Beauty over a year ago and decided to carry the amazing make up line at Aquarius. After over an hour meeting with its creator Rose Marie Swift, I not only got a makeup lesson (I learned to contour!) but also a wake up call about the reality of the beauty industry and the lack of regulations. Holy cow! Game changer. It’s hard though to find a truly organic skin care line that can deliver results. I’ve just now found a deodorant and I alternate between that and one I made in my kitchen. I can’t say enough amazing things about RMS. I’ve also picked up Beauty Counter and Herbivore Botanicals at Aquarius and both of those products are as organic as they can be and as effective if not more than a chemical ridden product. I’m learning more and more about skin care so  I’m excited to expand upon our clean living department in the new store location opening next month! #PR

unnamed-8Amen. I wrote earlier about my intentions for 2016 and the hardships of 2015 really made me seek a place of gratitude. This year, I intend to set up camp in that place and remind myself each day that even if skies are grey or I need a good cry, everything in life is right. Everything.

Cheers,
SJ

 

 

 

 

Hashtag Adulthood

It’s odd what you think of at unexpected times. I was backing out of a parking spot at the grocery store recently and I suddenly remembered the first time I backed out of anything driving. I had just gotten my license and it was my first morning to drive to school by myself. I vividly remember putting in my CD of choice, the perfect tune for the event, putting my Ford Focus in reverse and easing myself out of my driveway. Would I go Austin Highway,the back route, or go Highway 410 to Starcrest? I went the former waving at my fellow licensed friends as we passed each other and feeling such a high that could only stem from liberation.

Liberation. Defined as a freedom from limits, thoughts or behaviors, I began to think of all such milestones in my life that evoked such feeling, such euphoria. Buying beer without the fear of cops getting called, buying tobacco (I bought Swisher Sweet cigars on my 18th birthday just to enjoy the freedom granted to me by my government), getting into my first bar without carrying in paranoia with my favorite clutch, and my first rental car experience (wait I thought it was $60 a day? I was unaware of all these charges and insurance fees. Where’s a Porsche for this money?). Nevertheless I got in my Taurus and drove to my destination with my signed rental agreement but I sat in that car a bit more straight up, I walked into the bar with a bit more of a strut, and out of the HEB a little more taller with my Swisher Sweets. One limit down and man the wait was worth it.

Present day. I smile driving home after successfully backing out of Central Market but I also feel a bit remorse. I smile not only because of my milestone marking memories, but also because of how I felt. Its feeling evincible, its feeling like the path ahead of me just opened and widened a bit more, its gaining confidence, its an excitement of getting older that goes away after 25, in my opinion. I feel remorse because I miss those feelings. Where’d they go? Did they stop when I finally walked into a bar without getting carded? Did I outgrow them like my first pair of designer jeans? That was an incredible feeling by the way. It was freshmen year of college and every girl was wearing Seven by All Mankind jeans and I was in my Gap. I came home for Fall break and told my mom college was great but it would be even better in these jeans. Lucky enough for me I have a mother who provided for me the world and beyond so we went to Julian Gold to shop. I came out with my first pair of Seven jeans and my butt and I had an agreement. We will never look as good we do in inexpensive jeans and I felt like the hottest thing since Brook Shields in her Calvin’s the first time I wore them back at school. But seriously, if getting older means taking for granted the little things then I want to go to Never Never Land.

It is the little things. It is the milestones. As I get older, I notice less milestones. Yes I have yet to have kids and I look forward to that milestone everyday. I remember mailing my first check for taxes and I actually felt cooler, how adult of me high five. Ha, not anymore. Adulthood has become underrated and why? I argue its because something changes. For me I became more and more aware of costs, sacrifices, certain realities and realistic fears, bigger problems and not easier solutions, and just how tired adulthood makes you. And that’s sad.

When I signed the lease for my store, I felt a sense of anxiety but it was overshadowed by a sense of pride and again that amazing step towards adulthood I felt during my 20’s. I didn’t need a beer or a Swisher Sweet, I was starting my own business and it was going to be awesome! And it is awesome. It has been 5 year’s of Aquarius and I could not have asked for anything different, well maybe a few things but that’s between my bookkeeper and I. After a long debate and many come to Jesus talks with myself and from my husband, I decided the store needs to move and signed another 5 year lease at our new location effective Feb 2016. I signed my lease over a burger with my husband then went about my business like it was any other day. I didn’t walk a bit taller, I didn’t pop up a bottle of bubbly, it was business. Hashtag adulthood. What is wrong with this picture? That’s a milestone people and all I did was eat a burger for it!

We celebrate milestones for our children to encourage, love, and support. I still go to my mom for cheerleading every now and then. But what happens to our milestones as we get older? Sadly everything is at our fingertips as a an adult. I can buy beer anytime I want, I can vote, I can rent a car, I can buy a car, I can apply for loans, I could buy a trip to Outer Space if I wanted..if money grew on trees. I have so many liberties that I have become jaded. It’s just another day, it’s what you do, comme si comme ca. How depressing honestly.

My husband and I went to Austin this weekend just to get out of the norm which we don’t do as much as we should. Sunday morning we decided to veto our hip brunch reservations and just walk to a coffee shop then to ol’ faithful always good Galaxy Cafe after for breakfast in our sweatpants as ourselves. We were sitting having coffee reading the Sunday NY Times (yes we did read it) and I was reminded of my previous thoughts backing out of the grocery store concerning milestones and liberations. This was a perfect moment. No cell phones, nowhere to be, no talk about business and next steps, just us in black and white reading black and white print. It may not be a milestone, but it was a liberty right in front of me and why aren’t we celebrating it? As we get older, I think the meaning of liberty changes for us. We may still free ourselves of thoughts, limits, or behaviors but in this moment with my husband I wanted to celebrate THIS liberty: the power to act as one pleases.

Stress and conflict liter our daily lives and unfortunately command and consume us more than they should and let’s be honest they’re exhausting. It’s in this litered path that we must celebrate what pleases us. It may be taking a minute to get a latte at your favorite coffee shop, it may be taking a long lunch, it may be having a glass of wine just because, it may be starting your morning late because your bed felt so great: GOOD FOR YOU! Let’s feel gratitude and allow ourselves to enjoy this power, this liberty. Take a moment to turn an ordinary into an extraordinary, enjoy the mundane, and applaud unexpected moments that may not be Hallmark worthy milestones but they should be. I’d love a card that says Congratulations on Taking a Personal Day!

This is how we should feel at every moment.

Life is a dance floor, get your groove on. Don’t be surprised if this is what I look like coming out of the dry cleaners. Woo clean clothes!

Signing another 5 year lease was a milestone for me and it wasn’t celebrated. I didn’t get a card from my parents, I didn’t get flowers or balloons, in fact I haven’t had one person say congrats. What is wrong with this picture? What’s wrong is me. I needed to send myself flowers, I needed to buy a balloon, and I should have written myself a card. I ate a burger and got back on my phone for business without taking a moment  to express gratitude for this liberty to continue being in business and celebrate a milestone that is 5 years of successful retail. Funny thing about milestones in adulthood: we have to become our biggest cheerleaders. It is up to us realize and acknowledge the big moments…and the little. That’s what makes up life. Often we get in the grind, the to-do lists, the system that is our day and miss the liberties that give us pleasure and the milestones that make us a bigger and better person. I admit I have been looking for the balloons, the cards, the singing telegram because I needed my business decision to be celebrated. A bit for validation, a bit because I’m in the grind of it and needed someone to stop me and pat my back, and a bit because well I didn’t.

My middle and high school had a motto. It was “Teach us delight in simple things.” I remember that now as I type this. Just something we read in the head office and in school programs at the time, but man I get it now sorry! Its not about milestones or new liberties for me as I get older, its the delight in simple things that deserve gratitude and celebration. It’s these moments that are true milestones or by definition changes in development. They’re blessings that make us a better person and that is something you walk taller and more straight up for.

Come on you know you want to sing this iconic George Michael it after reading this🙂

Cheers,
SJ

August and Everything After

It’s too hot to live. Really. San Antonio is quite nestled in a heat blanket and it came on quite quickly. We had a very rainy spring and early summer followed by mild heat then overnight the triple digit blanket arrived and draped itself over our city. Its not condusive for retail. Ho Hum. However, the arrival of August means 1 thing. Fall is around the corner! August or Purgatory as I like to refer to this month is the Dante’s Inferno of retail. If you can get through its four weeks, Hell is behind you and Heaven in sight. What makes it such a groan is that August is usually a HOT month and its the first delivery of your fall merchandise. See what I am saying? Yeah. Purgatory. We unpacked light weight knits today at Aquarius and well, it is what it is. Also August is traditionally the last opportunity for vacations so…it feels like a bit of a ghost town at times. Upon return, everyone is getting ready for back to school. I’m sure Office Max loves August. Lastly, I love my summer college girls that work for me and its back to school for them as well. Insert the most upset emoticon.

Although it is much easier and often human nature to see the glass half empty, I have come to seek the silver lining in my least favorite month. Look on the bright side Sara, you could be in the Middle East where in some parts the heat index is 156 degrees and parts of paved roads are melting. Perspective. So August, thank you for these silver linings that get me through your damn HOT 4 levels, I’m sorry weeks🙂

The September Issues of all Fashion magazines! Arriving between August 10-24th, these are thick and ripe with the best of what to wear in Fall. My husband knows do not disturb this act of reading and awe-ing. It is sacred time.

The September issues of all fashion magazines! Arriving between August 10-24th, these are thick and ripe with the best of what to wear in fall. My husband knows do not disturb this act of reading and awe-ing. It is sacred time.

I am loving Sea NY and even more that I get to carry it at the store. Its edgy, its gorgeous in detail, its chic as hell, and its got a hint of Parisian style to it in some ways. Our first Fall delivery arrived and this patchwork denim and lace dress is groovy baby. The 70's are in for Fall and this dress is that 70's patchwork meets the popular denim trend we have been seeing all this year. I love with an ankle boot. When it gets chilly, I'd throw a men's wear inspired cardigan with it.

I am loving Sea NY. Our first fall delivery arrived and this patchwork denim and lace dress is groovy baby. The 70’s are in for fall and this dress is 70’s patchwork meets the popular denim trend we have been seeing all this year. I love with an ankle boot. When it gets chilly, I’d throw a boyfriend cardigan over it. 

I love Chanel makeup collection for each major season. I do its weird. I don't go buy all of it, I'm a minimal makeup person nor am I product junkie. I just love the color story. It's so weird. I do love nail polishes so I look forward to seeing what colors are for Fall. I feel better as a woman and like I have myself together when my nails are painted. I also LOVE  to wear a red lip and they tend to do a mean Fall red every year. So I sneak into Saks this month and see it in person.

I love the Chanel makeup collection for each major season. I do, its weird. I don’t go buy all of it, I’m a minimal makeup person nor am I product junkie. I just love the color story. It’s so weird. I do love their nail polishes so I look forward to seeing those colors. I feel better as a woman and like I have myself together when my nails are painted. I also LOVE to wear a red lip and they tend to do a mean red every fall. Sneaking into Sak’s soon…

If you have kept up with my blog or just talked to me in the store, I love Lizzie Fortunato. I love the girls behind the line and am blessed with their creativity and support.  I've been a fan of their line since college when it was hoop earrings with seed beads on them. Now for Fall, I can't wait for fringe details, oxblood colors, and camel decorated clutches that begins to arrive this month.

If you have kept up with my blog or just talked to me in the store, I love Lizzie Fortunato. I love the girls behind the line and am blessed with their creativity and support. I’ve been a fan of their line since college when it was hoop earrings with seed beads on them. Now for fall, I can’t wait for fringe details, oxblood colors, and camel decorated clutches that begins to arrive this month.

The transition into Fall clothing and denim is where I see the first signs of transition. Darker denim gets more attention and this month, I love the new Le Garcon trouser style from Frame at the store. Call me Annie Hall, I love being one of the boys sometimes in fashion and boyfriend style jeans are my BFF. These are more tailored than relaxed but still give you a menswear inspired look. I'm wearing them day and night.

The transition into fall clothing. Denim is where I see the first signs of this transition. Darker denim gets more attention and this month, I love the new Le Garcon trouser style from Frame at the store. Call me Annie Hall, I love dressing like one of the boys sometimes and boyfriend  jeans are my BFF. These are more tailored than relaxed but still give you a menswear inspired look. I’m wearing them day and night.

Like I said the 70's are in this upcoming season and boho is oh-so everywhere. Dust off your fringe and moccasins. I like moccasins but I don't personally feel the need to own a pair. The new Brixton shoe from Rag and Bone though are my first Fall shoe purchase because they are a sneaker (yes love can't get enough styles) and a moccasin.

Like I said the 70’s are in this upcoming season and boho is oh-so everywhere. Dust off your fringe and moccasins. I like moccasins but I don’t personally feel the need to own a pair. The new Brixton shoe from Rag and Bone though are my first fall shoe purchase because they are a sneaker (yes love can’t get enough styles in my closet) and a moccasin.

Back to school means back to life, back to reality, back to shopping. College football, parties, Halloween, chili making, and more are just around the corner.

Back to school means back to life, back to reality, back to shopping. College football, parties, Halloween, chili making, and more are just around the corner as well. 

Cheers,
SJ

Closet Case

There are several things I need to stay sane in my life. First, a day of doing nothing. I have to retreat in order to recharge. Nothing recharges than being flat out lazy with good TV. Second, a gym session. I hate going to the gym but I love it when I’m there. Nothing worse than feeling like you can only fit into about 20% of your closet. And when you curate a giant closet for a living and you can’t fit into your own sizes as well as you used to, well…I get thee to a gymnasium. Third, a date night and girls night. Duh. Fourth, a good purge. No I don’t heave in my bathroom, I get rid of excess stuff. Life alone can be a lot of excess hoopla and its often too overwhelming so my closet can’t be that way as well. I cleaned out two clients closets recently and its amazing to see what lies behind closed doors. If you disagree with the idea that fashion is a  form of self-expression, then go into someone’s closet. You’ll change your mind. Not only am I honored to do it (one’s closet is personal) but I loved learning more about my clients by what they buy. Then I had a self reflection moment.

What does my closet say about me? Right now? That I’m all over the place. I’ve got stuff that doesn’t fit anymore, but I’m holding onto it for when I do reach my goal weight that I was when I last wore it. How many items in your closet fit that bill? Why do we put ourselves through that pressure? Ridiculous. Even when I do reach my goal, would I really pull that out to wear or go reward myself with something new? SO. Like I said, I love a good purge. I will say too I’m a very good purger in that I’m not indecisive or too emotionally attached. I sold my rehearsal dress in a garage sale for example. I have great photographs, I’ll be ok. I said in an earlier blog post I was going to try different things in my wardrobe, challenge myself a bit, dress for the woman I want to be. Who I am becoming.

My dear friend Tracy Williams forwarded me this look from a Scoop email blast and wrote "Don't you love this? I see you in this?"  That's the woman I want to be, that's me.  #inspiration

My dear friend Tracy Williams forwarded me this look from a Scoop email blast and wrote “Don’t you love this? I see you in this.” That’s the woman I want to be, that’s me.
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If I don’t shop at Aquarius, I often shop online. I have wish lists at my favorite sites, book marking styles and items I want and get me excited to want to wear. Fashion should make you feel amazing and a better version of yourself. My mother is always reminding how important it is to “get dressed.” This public service reminder is often prompted by my oversized sweats or when I’m in workout clothes for a lunch. I totally understand and agree, but its hard my sweats are comfortable and there is reason why LuluLemon is a billion dollar business. So this Spring, I’m making more of an effort to get dressed.

For Spring, I’m loving midi lengths, blush tones, lace dresses for everyday, fringe accents in new designs, and modern proportions and silhoutetes. Not only do I get inspiration from magazines, designer look books I get sent for buying purposes, Pinterest (of course), but I also get inspired by art. Right now, I am inspired by these works I pinned on Pinterest. 3c69b724cdd565c8406c23ecae666c80 e3f22465f0f40bf08b7b4d95aa67d920I love the dark and light, hard and the soft of the first piece. In the second piece, I love how well the shades of citron and yellow pop and compliment a more neutral palette. Yes pink can be a neutral. Ironically, I found similar color stories in Lizzie Fortunato’s Spring bags to further inspire me. It was a very happy accident and a sign when I opened their delivery at the store. Unknown Unknown-1

I also was heavily inspired by the Tibi Spring runway show. Tibi got a much needed new perspective when Amy Smilovic came on board as Head Designer in 2012 and this collection has caught my attention and will get a bit of my bank account.

I'll be wearing their gladiator sandals with mid lengths, thank you Amy for the suggestion! And for designing perfect knee high gladiator sandals, my legs thank you.

I’ll be wearing their gladiator sandals with midi lengths, thank you Amy for the suggestion! And for designing the perfect knee high gladiator sandals, my legs thank you.

I want all those shoes…hard part is going to be which to choose.

I want all those shoes…hard part is going to be which to choose.

Alex, I'll take an oversized white moto jacket for $500 please. I'm also inspired by how its styled and that the whites don't match.

Alex, I’ll take an oversized white moto jacket for $200 please. I’m inspired by how its styled and that the whites don’t match.

I'm so excited about this new line coming to Aquarius. Sea NY is what every high fashion editor is buying for their closet. This dress is an example of the fringe accents I am loving for Spring. Dare to wear...

I’m so excited about this new line coming to Aquarius. Sea NY is what every high fashion editor is buying for their closet. This dress is an example of the fringe accents I am loving for Spring. Dare to wear…

I love a jumpsuit even better in my color du jour for Spring.

I love a jumpsuit even better in my color du jour for Spring.

This just arrived at Aquarius and was one of my favorite runway looks from Mara Hoffman and would be amazing with my gladiators or the flatform style shoe trend coming up.

This just arrived at Aquarius and was one of my favorite runway looks from Mara Hoffman. It would be amazing with my gladiators or the flatform style shoe trend coming up.

What are you looking forward to wearing this Spring? Or do I dare ask: what does your closet say about you?

Cheers,
SJ

Selective Hearing

Thank you for being receptive to my previous post about my 2015 goals and aspirations. I am not completely comfortable writing about myself and the pages within this book called “Me.” However, I received unexpected response (people that I didn’t know read this blog complimented the post and how much they could relate) and comments to hear more. I am reminded that we are all human, my emotions and needs are universal, and as society becomes more about the “I” than “we,” our need for unity and relationships is more necessary than ever. So let’s talk about it, let’s relate, and let’s have an open mind.

In my previous post, I talked about the chaos and whirlwind I had been experiencing. I was feeling uninspired and stunted. It was time in 2015 to nurture and find my path again. 2014 was a year of “where do I go from here.” Aquarius turned 4 with the most successful year to date. My husband began asking about its future as 2015 is the last year in my lease agreement. Do you want to stay in that location? Do you want to sell the business? Do you want a second location? Do you want to hire a full time staff and step out of it to pursue x,y, and z? Ahhhhhhh. You know the mornings when you don’t want to get out of bed and just pull the covers over your head? That is how I felt about the matter.

I also turned 30 in 2014. An age I had been excited and ready to embrace as I was over my 20’s for some time. Well my birthday came and I realized that as much as I was ready to be in my 30’s, I was not. My life was not what I thought it would be by 30 according to “my plan.” I wasn’t suffering in my life by any means. I had accomplished more than I thought I would, making me think “have I reached my glass ceiling?” That thought only fueled my “third life” crisis. I had not had children yet and I felt my self worth as a woman was getting smaller and smaller leaving me to feel very left out of my environment. We are women, we make babies. I felt like an episode of Oprah. Do you have to choose between career and family? Can women really have it all? I think Carrie Bradshaw typed on this topic as well one episode. The pressure from all the above and more was mounting on me.

Michael and Janet Jackson's "Scream."

“Makes me wanna SCREAM.”

I was unraveling like a ball of thread privately. As the year was coming to an end and I asked myself “what is this really about, REALLY about?” and “what does Sara want?” Yes I asked myself in third person. Honestly that objectivity can be crucial to someone who is a people-pleaser. I can sacrifice “I” for “them” because of the “me” in “them.”

In my previous post I posted a quote from Virginia Wolf: “A self that goes on changing is a self that goes on living.” Its one of my favorites and could not be more of a HELLO WAKE UP for 2015. I realized my “third life crisis” is not something that has an end date. I’m not over it. I’m shedding it. Its a snake skin I slowly let go of. I can no longer be afraid to that either. I’ve tabled a million ideas for myself and Aquarius because of opinions and fear of rejection. I’ve also stifled myself personally for the sake of I don’t’ even know or for whom really. When do you stop and say I’m enough and that’s pretty damn fantastic!

To have a bit of a conclusion as much as I can right now, I’m unraveling and evolving and Aquarius is doing it with me. I opened the store to be something different, forward thinking and progressive. I wanted something new for San Antonio. If you want something new, come to Aquarius. If you wants labels, we aren’t the first choice. I didn’t want to be a label driven store.  I don’t know where I will be after 2015 but I can tell you I’m acting on ideas and uncoiling myself. My instinct is telling me to do it and honey, my gut is louder than Aretha Frankland and I have to let it sing. And I’m doing it quietly so as to tune out those opinions🙂 Sometimes in life you have to have selective hearing and not the kind my husband has.

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cheers,
SJ

A Change Will Do You Good

Happy Holidays Everyone! I hope everyone had a holly jolly Christmas. Aside from a successful retail month, I enjoyed the holidays with friends and family and have great memories, gifts and a little holiday weight to show for it. January couldn’t come at a better time. I enjoy the quiet of January, its the long nap after Thanksgiving dinner. I am looking forward to a nice cleanse I’ll be enduring for about two weeks or so and getting organized for the year. I’ll also be doing a bit of closet purging for the new year and creative planning for the store. I sit on the fence about New Years resolutions because sometimes you achieve them, more often you don’t so why bother making them. My gut told me though this upcoming year is different and a few goals could do more good than not.

I learned T-Meditation in high school and haven’t made time for it since. I found every excuse not to sit still for at least 10 minutes despite the fact that I always feel amazing afterwards. I’ve realized that if I’m going to stay as busy as I choose to be, I need some peace of mind. Literally. So in the next few weeks, I am going in for a “tune up” with my meditation teacher and restarting my practice. 

I do not possess a green thumb though I appreciate and admire a great looking yard and I love floral design. I potted my first plant this Fall and its amazing its still around. I've wanted a lemon tree for a while now and I think I can do it. I'm trying it in a pot as advised my lemon tree growing friends. Fingers crossed.

I do not possess a green thumb though I admire a great looking yard and I love floral design. I potted my first plant this Fall and its amazing its still around. I’ve wanted a lemon tree for a while now and I think I can do it. I’m trying it in a pot as advised my lemon tree growing friends. Fingers crossed.

I am not good at drinking anything but a latte during the day. Seriously its a big enough problem that my husband pointed out I don't drink much water. I read an article about a British woman who had all sorts of symptoms I could relate to and she drank 3 liters of water a day for a month and documented the experience. I finished the article and said "oh yeah I'm dehydrated. Yep surprised my body is functioning at all." So bottoms up in 2015.

I am not good at drinking anything but a latte during the day. Seriously its a big enough problem that my husband pointed out I don’t drink much water. I read an article about a British woman who had all sorts of symptoms I could relate to and she drank 3 liters of water a day for a month, documented the experience, and had no symptoms at the end of it. I finished the article inspired, worried, and surprised  my body is functioning at all given all signs point to severe dehydration.  So bottoms up in 2015.

 

I always enjoy a good closet clean out. Its a good purge and helps me remember what I have and what I call my uniform has been lately. Well I've gotten back into the gym and nothing like getting active again to make you not wanna wear a big sweater and leggings. In 2015, I'd like to try different colors and styles I wouldn't normally choose for myself. This Jill Stuart dress in marsala in my inspiration to take a few fashion risks for myself.

I always enjoy a good closet clean out. Its a good purge and helps me remember what I have and what my uniform has been lately. Well I’ve gotten back into the gym and nothing like getting active again to make you not wanna wear a big sweater and leggings. In 2015, I’d like to try different colors and styles I wouldn’t normally choose for myself. This Jill Stuart dress in this marsala color is my inspiration to take a few fashion risks for myself and try something not black with clean lines.

On the note of learning, I want to read more next year. Very cliche I know but I do. I found an article with a list of books that will "change the way you see the world" and I'm excited to read a few. Which goes hand in hand with my learning goal.

I want to read more next year. Very cliche I know but I do. I found an article with a list of books that will “change the way you see the world” and I’m excited to read a few. I’m jealous of those that can’t put a book down and the quiet that reading brings so I’m putting my nose in a few pages next year. 

I've been battling bouts of feeling uninspired this last year. I've also toyed with the idea of going back to school. For what, no clue. Between my creative writing degree and Interior Design license, I'm like well what would I want to learn enough to make me take on school hours. Nothing yet. I am feeling stunted though so I decided in 2015 I want to learn something learn. Maybe its a new craft, a hobby,  or a school subject I want to learn more of. I'm sharpening my pencils though so Universe, I'm waiting for you to show me what I need to learn.

I’ve been feeling uninspired this last year. I’ve also toyed with the idea of going back to school. For what, no clue. Between my creative writing degree and Interior Design degree, I don’t know what I want to learn enough to make me take on school hours. I am feeling stunted though so I decided in 2015 I want to learn something in general. Maybe its a new craft, a hobby, or a school subject I want to learn more of. I’m leaving it up to the Universe to show me what that is.

 

If you are making goals for 2015, I wish you all the best of luck to achieve them. If you are not, Happy New Year and here are a few words of wisdom to think of during the upcoming year. Also a goal for next year is to blog more and take up writing again. I’d like to expand on this ol’ blog of mine so I would love your support and feedback. What do you enjoy reading in a blog?

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Cheers,
SJ

These are a Few of My Favorite Things…

Dear Santa,

I’m sure you are busy, you’ve sent your suits off to the cleaners and scheduled a hair appointment to upkeep that frosty color but I thought I’d write just in case you still have time to order a few things for me. I feel very blessed and though I don’t need anything, one can keep a wish list which I always do. So if you happen to come along any of these, think of me and ask for the free gift wrapping. A girl can dream of opening..

I love Jennifer Fisher jewelry. I gravitate towards edginess if you can't tell and Jennifer is my jewelry soul mate. I would love another charm for my necklace or just any piece really, how cool is this snake vertebrae cuff?

I love Jennifer Fisher jewelry. I gravitate towards edginess if you can’t tell and Jennifer is my jewelry soul mate. I would love another charm for my necklace or just any piece really, how cool is this snake vertebrae cuff?

The platform oxford from Stella McCartney. They're amazing looking on, don't judge. I love a little extra height too without a painful heel.

The platform oxford from Stella McCartney. They’re amazing looking on, don’t judge. I love a little extra height too without a painful heel. Please go up in size like a 9-9.5, Stella runs small🙂

The StaubxGoop collaboration cook ware pieces are beautiful. Grey with gold/brass knobs. We cook a lot so they would be enjoyed both functionally and to keep out.

The StaubxGoop collaboration cook ware pieces are beautiful. Grey with gold/brass knobs. We cook a lot so they would be enjoyed both functionally and to keep out.

I have always looked at a pair of Golden Goose sneakers. I've even told myself after seeing tons of fabulous buyers at market wearing them and looking very comfortable while chic that I was going to commit to a pair. They just came out with this new running shoe look and I love this style more than the original I always admired.

I have always looked at a pair of Golden Goose sneakers. I’ve even told myself after seeing tons of fabulous buyers at market wearing them and looking very comfortable while chic that I was going to commit to a pair. They just came out with this new running shoe look and I love this style more than the original I always admired.

Leather and medal, yes yes yes! The latest Balenciaga cuff in this smooth camel color with mixed metal clasp is a great everyday piece and a nice price point for Balenciaga I must say. Also gorgeous in grey.

Leather and medal, yes yes yes! The latest Balenciaga cuff in this smooth camel color with mixed metal clasp is a great everyday piece and a nice price point for Balenciaga I must say. Also gorgeous in grey.

If ever comes a day for Chanel, a girl can dream its the chain wrap around medium size messenger bag in classic black.

If ever comes a day for Chanel, a girl can dream its the chain wrap around medium size messenger bag in classic black.

These R13 crossover coated jeans have been on my Shopbop list for too long. They're just cool. Santa if you don't agree, I'd love a gift certificate to Shopbop then.

These R13 crossover coated jeans have been on my Shopbop list for too long. They’re just cool. Santa if you don’t agree, I’d love a gift certificate to Shopbop then. No that isn’t an open crouch, its sewn shut. 

I LOVE conversation clutches. LOVE them. The funnier, the wittier, the un PC the better. Kate Spade is great at fun arm candy to put your lipstick and cell in. I admit to collecting her book series clutches.

I LOVE conversation clutches. LOVE them. The funnier, the wittier, the un PC the better. Kate Spade is great at fun arm candy to put your lipstick and cell in. I admit to collecting her book series clutches.

The Saint Laurent Duffle 6 bag is another one a girl can dream. Classic shape, long strap to wear it cross body, an outside pocket, and room to spare inside.Its particularly my favorite in grey or earth.

The Saint Laurent Duffle 6 bag is another one a girl can dream. Classic shape, long strap to wear it cross body, an outside pocket, and room to spare inside.Its particularly my favorite in grey or earth.

Aquarius has something for everyone this Christmas and we are ready for the Christmas cheer and shoppers. We still have a few more deliveries but Santa has lots to choose from. I’d personally love to take home several like our Heidi Merrick oxblood car coat or a pair of the pony hair skinnies from DL1961 but these items are my #1 standouts.

The Let&Her exotic skin totes. I wanted one at first sight. Soft, classic, great for travel or if you're like me and carry too much everyday.

The Let&Her exotic skin totes. I wanted one at first sight. Soft, classic, great for travel or if you’re like me and carry too much everyday.

When Michael Kors collaborated with Goop and re-created his travel wrap for the collection, I swooned for weeks but it was so pricey for what it was. When I saw the Linus wrap from 360 sweater at Fall buying market, I ordered it immediately and thanked the universe for sending me a just as soft, more affordable option.

When Michael Kors collaborated with Goop and re-created his travel wrap for the collection, I swooned for weeks but it was so pricey for what it was. When I saw the Linus wrap from 360 sweater at Fall buying market, I ordered it immediately and thanked the universe for sending me a just as soft, more affordable option. 

A girl can dream this Christmas!

SJ

Burning Shades of Fire

San Antonio is cold!! Hooray for layering and boots! Naturally in the winter, one might want to cozy up in winter hues like black, grey, camels etc. I on the other hand am really gravitating towards all things berry this season. Pops of the color traditionally associated with power, sex appeal, and passion have made their way into my life in one way or another.

Cannot get enough of a red lip for day or night. It really does wonder when you don't want to wear a lot of makeup. A little foundation, mascara, and a deep red is my go to right now.

Cannot get enough of a red lip for day or night. It really does wonders when you don’t want to wear a lot of makeup. A little foundation, mascara, and a deep red is my go to right now.

Come on baby light my fire.

Come on baby light my fire.

Red plaid has been a big trend this Fall/Winter and it mixes well with a lot more than you would think. Easiest way to do it is a great button down.

Red plaid has been a big trend this Fall/Winter and it mixes well with a lot more than you would think. Easiest way to do it is a great button down.

I covet Natasha Law's art and she does a pop of color in a striking contemporary manner like this red string bikini.

I covet Natasha Law’s art and she does a pop of color in a striking contemporary manner like this red string bikini.

An amazing red head, Miss Julianne Moore. I love her style.

An amazing red head, Miss Julianne Moore. I love her style.

Tracy Williams, one of my favorite people and artist, has been helping me with some home projects like re-covering my dining room chairs. Tracy has a great eye for thinking outside the box and she has me convinced Kelly Wearstler's "Channels" fabric in this berry color wave could be that perfect outside the box for my dining room.

Tracy Williams, one of my favorite people and artist, has been helping me with some home projects like re-covering my dining room chairs. Tracy has a great eye for thinking outside the box and she has me convinced Kelly Wearstler’s “Channels” fabric in this berry color wave could be that perfect outside the box for my dining room.

Coveting this Charlotte Olympia red satin pumps called "Big Bad Wolf." Fitting.

Coveting this Charlotte Olympia red satin pumps called “Big Bad Wolf.” Fitting.

Thank you Gwyneth for making a bordeaux leather jacket look hip and easy.

Thank you Gwyneth for making a bordeaux leather jacket look hip and easy.

Stay warm and cozy!

SJ

Crimson and Clover…Canyon

As promised in yesterday’s blog post, some peeks at Clover Canyon’s Asian inspired Spring 2015 collection. I’m looking forward to seeing more because I personally will be living in those printed wrap jumpsuits. CC-3-of-11 CC-4-of-11 CC-10-of-11

Happy Thursday everyone! Until the Big Apple…

Cheers,

SJ