You are my galaxy

I'm talking to you, New York. Always so full of surprises and opportunities, always moving and ever-changing. There isn't another place in the world I'd rather be. New York: you are my universe, you are my galaxy.

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My new favorite accessory since the beginning of this year has been this beautiful leather bag from Luana Italy. The Sofia mini satchel is the perfect combination of elegant and polished yet playful and versatile! The creme brulee color with the black accents goes perfectly with literally everything but my favorite part of this bag has to be the pastel pink interior lining! I am the only one who cares about literally the smallest details? 

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Skirt and shoes: Forever21 - Jacket: Zara - Bag: Luana Italy

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What does your universe revolve around?

Happy Birthday America!

Who doesn't love long weekends? Everyone escapes and New York turns into some kind of ghost town. And having the city as your personal playground is basically every blogger's dream! I was shopping around in Soho and the Lower East Side yesterday and just happened to walk by the most perfect backdrop for a 4th of July post. You gotta love New York! So here it is! I wish you all a wonderful long weekend, may your days be filled with sunshine, laughter, amazing food, good friends and memorable family moments!

Blouse and shorts: Forever21 - Shoes: Zara (on sale!!) - Bag: Gucci - Sunglasses: Rayban Clubmaster - Watch and bangle: Daniel Wellington (get 15% off your order and free shipping with the code SHOPWEARREPEAT15)

Paris blues

Even though I'm already in New York I had to post these pictures I snapped a few days back in Paris. The Italian that lives in me had to stop everything and have an impromptu photoshoot when I stumbled upon this gorgeous façade in the 14th Arrondissement of the French capital. Can somebody explain to me why I was perfectly fine wearing short sleeves last month but I am now freeze my butt off and still wearing coats here in NYC? #struggles

A Much Needed Update!

Hello loves! I am finally back and I realize have some explaining to do.
The past few months were a bit hard for me because of how unsure everything seemed. I was working hard to make all the things I always wanted happen but nothing seemed to go my way. My day job kept me very busy Monday through Saturdays and because I moved back to Guadeloupe (where my parents currently live) I had no photographer to work with or friend to help me out.
So I continued posting on Instagram as much as I could but unfortunately had to take a little break from posting on here.

But fear no more I am now back and for good!

Coat: Shein - Bag: Chloé - Pants: Forever21 (old) - Shoes: Valentino

As we speak I am in the Netherlands visiting a friend and exploring the country for a few days. After this I'll go to Paris where I’ll spend a few days before flying out again to New York. A fun getaway you say? No, not really. More like a huge life change! I am officially moving back to New York City and will start work there in a week.

I am so excited for Paris because I’ll get to see my brother, who lives and studies there, and of course for all of the shopping and sightseeing I am planning to do. 
But I am even more looking forward to start a new chapter of my life in the big apple. I have been waiting for this moment for years and tried so many times to make this happen. I am so grateful to finally be able to say that I’ve made it. It wasn’t easy: it was long and painful. I got discouraged so many times. But I kept going because there was nothing I wanted more.

Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams, as crazy as they might seem to you. If you really care, you will find a way to make it happen.

So cheers this new exciting chapter of my life. Can’t wait to share it all with you!

February Favorites

Hello everyone! Long time no see. Life has been crazy these past few months, a lot of things changed in my life and it took me some time to adjust and get back to a normal schedule. I hope everyone is off to a great start for 2017! As usual time flies by and, let's be real, shopping is my favorite hobby so I do have many new items that quickly became my faves. So happy to finally be sharing these with you today.

FASHION

February was the month of romance and love which put me in a pink state of mind. Everytime I went shopping I came back home with pink items, every morning getting dressed I would reach for pink clothing, my nail colors, my perfume, I was obsessed I'm telling you guys. So naturally I've worn this beautiful lace top way too many times but I couldn't care less because I love it and it looks amazing on! This has to be a new all time favorite piece of mine.

Top: Shein - Espadrilles: Chanel - Cat ears: Forever 21 - Book: Aimee Song

BEAUTY

I had been wanting to up my skincare game for so long and the new year seemed like the perfect occasion to do so. I invested in a few key products that were recommended to me by some friends that swear they couldn't live without them. Now my morning routine is my favorite part of the day because of how amazing these creams smell but most importantly how well they work! My skin has been so glowy, nourished and hydrated, it's just incredible. I know I'll be raving about these products for a very long time, and even if they are quite expensive, they're totally worth the investment!

Hydra Beauty Serum - Hydra Beauty Micro Gel Yeux - Hydra Beauty Gel Cream

MAKEUP

I am such a lipstick junkie I cannot go a single day without wearing some color on my lips. I also love to change shades super often as well as finishes. I have been wearing mattes for the most part and these MAC lippies were my faves.

From left to right: Blankety - Bianca B - Candy Yum Yum - Sweet Venom - Ruby Woo - Rebel - Margherita

ACCESSORIES

I was not joking when I said I lived a very pink month. my Roses by Chloe perfume, my pink and gold Dior split sunglasses and my new Miu Miu mini wallet were my most used accessories this month. Also can we talk about that pink chocolate tablet from Laduree? It's rose flavored white chocolate. Best Valentine's Day chocolate ever. Seriously.

Perfume: Roses by Chloe - Sunglasses: Dior - Ring: YSL Arty - Chocolate and Candle: Laduree

NEWIN

It's a bag. It's pastel pink (no surprise here). And I'm seriously IN LOVE! I found this beauty in Paris and believe it or not it was ON SALE! I have been saving up to buy this bag in this color for full price and when I saw it on sale I snagged it as fast as humanely possible. The smooth leather and structured shape makes it elegant and chic but the shiny rockstuds add a bit of edginess to it. It's just absolutely perfect in my opinion and I'm so happy to welcome it in my handbag family!

Bag: Valentino - Sunglasses: Dior So Real

RANDOM

Last but not least my favorite new random addition to my room this month was the beautiful Rong Rong Devoe calendar. Each month has a beautiful original fashion illustration designed by Rong Rong herself and I find that it just adds so much glam to my office area!

Cold shoulders, warm hearts

I fell in love with this Zara blouse at first sight. From the cold shoulders to the ruffles, to the light pastel color, so perfect for summer. I admit I have been wearing it a little too often but I tend to obsess over my favorite pieces of clothing! I snapped these pictures the other day before a lunch date by the water with my brother :) I feel so lucky to be able to live on this beautiful island!

Shirt: Zara (it's sold out online but this one is almost identical and way cheaper!) - Shorts: Forever21 - Espadrilles: Chanel - Bag: Luana Italy (you can use the code SHOPWEARREPEAT for 15% off anything on the Luana Italy website)

Bracelet: Dior - Bangle: Hermès - Ring: YSL - Phone case: Richmond & Finch

You are loved

Oh New York, how I love you! From your busy streets to your wonderful parks, every single corner of this city is filled with love and excitement and surprises. Every time I'm here I fall in love with you a little more.

Top & Skirt: Forever21 (in stores now!) - Espadrilles & Brooch: Chanel - Bag: Chloé

Bangles: The Peach Box - Nailpolish: "Blue Orchid" by Deborah Lippmann

Off the shoulders

A short stop during the little road trip we took this weekend is all I needed to snap these pictures. We were headed to a restaurant/lounge on the beach with music and awesome decor and I was feeling all the coachella vibes because that place always makes me feel like I'm at a music festival. Hence this look. Except that we're not in the desert here.

Choker, top and shorts: Forever 21 (in stores now!) - Bag: Céline - Shoes: Chanel

NYC Day 2

My second day in the city was even crazier and jam-packed than the first one! It started with a pampering appointment at the CARAVAN Styling Studio, located at the Gregory hotel which is right around the corner from Herald Square. There I met up with Valerie, a beauty junkie and connoisseur who got me ready for the photoshoot I had planned in the afternoon by taking care of my nails, hair and make up.
Let me just tell you that she's simply amazing at what she does! I was in love with my braided hair and my make up never looked so good!

Caravan Studio has some amazing products from their awesome partners! PIXI Beauty, Color Club Nail lacquer, Pop Beauty and OGX Beauty just to name a few!

I really loved the quirky luxe vibe of the studio!

How fun are these fashion dollls from a New York city based fashion designer/artist??
Can you name them all? (Let me just tell you that I spent like an hour trying to!)

Nails were a struggle. I had been on a 5 hours flight then day before which really weakened my nails and a lot ended up breaking. So all my nails were different lenghts. But Valerie quickly trimmed them and make them look very cohesive! I chose white for my mani, which I think is a perfect color for spring and looks extremely good on a tan hand!

The space is filled with powerful positive messages just like this mirror art installation by Bottled Brooklyn which promotes self empowerment.

After a couple of hours I was fabulous and photoshoot ready! But since it was still too early i decided to shop a little bit and take care of the beautiful day by walking around the city.

Needless to say that this Forever 21 outfit came home with me!

Once again my favorite thing to do while walking around in the city is to look up.

But sometimes the cutest things are just right in front of you! Like, can we talk about this pastel pink Vespa and polka dot helmet?? #GOALS

After all this walking it was finally time for food! We stopped at 12 Chairs Cafe and ordered a feast for ourselves! Shakshuka with a greek salad, mini lamb kebabs, guacamole, french toasts and pancakes with fresh fruits and the most delicious fresh squeezed lemonade! Everything was absolutely amazing! I definitely recommend this spot!

After we got our energy back it was finally time to shoot my look. Loved the vibe of this hotel ever since I walked by it a year ago.

Coat: Shein - Sweater: Brooks Brothers - Skirt: Forever 21 - Bag and espadrilles: Chanel - Sunglasses: Rayban Clubmasters

Bracelets : The Peach Box - Watch: Marc Bale

A Dutch braid, a fishtail braid and two classic braids intersect to create this beautiful hairstyle.

Oxblood & lace

New York City will never cease to surprise me! One second you are walking down the pretty streets in the west village lined with historical houses and the second after it looks like you've been transported to a small village in the South of France or Italy, with cobblestone on the ground and colorful little houses and restaurants all over! Another thing that never fails to surprise me is Forever 21: I used to shop there a lot and only go there rarely now. However I can never manage to leave empty handed. When I saw this dress last week in stores for less $30 I couldn't let it pass! It looks much more expensive that it is in my opinion, plus the quality is great and the open back is so subtle and sexy!
Oh also, can we talk about these Aquazzura look-alike heels that I snagged for less than $35?! I'm in love!

Dress: Forever21 - Shoes: Necessary clothing - Bag: YSL - Cuff: Hermes - Sunglasses: Dior

How to create the perfect wishlist

Every season or so I like to think about what I would like to add to my wardrobe and jewelry collection. I analyze trends and with a little help from polyvore I create wishlist sets that keep me focused while shopping. I am a huge fan of shopping of course and I am the first person that impulse-shops and gets distracted by deals seemingly too good to pass and I sometimes end up buying items that I wasn't really lusting over, that just keep me away from my wishlist goals.

Instead, when I create these wishlists I can always be reminded of all the beautiful things I really want and can focus all my energy to acquiring those.
These are also great to pass on to friends and family so that you are assured you will receive things you like for your birthday or during the holidays!
Of course I never expect to be able to buy every single item on my wishlist, but I still enjoy simply creating these sets and lusting over them!

This is the last wishlist I created, back in the spring.

So today I wanted to share with you all a few tips on how to create the perfect wishlist:
- First of organize your wishes into categories: make up, beauty, home decor, clothing, jewelry, shoes, etc. so you won't forget anything important;
- For every category try to think about maximum 5 items that you really would want to acquire soon. Study current trends and narrow down your list to items you researched and know they will be good for you. I think it's extremely important to include less expensive but equally cute little items to your wishlist set so that people won't be forced to only buy extremely expensive gifts;
- Third go on www.polyvore.com and create an account (if you don't have one already!) and start creating your set.
- I like to start my set by the title (you can call it "birthday wishlist" or "fall wishlist" or anything else you'd like!) and then I add some cute little drawings (a heart there, a star here, anything that can make the picture look a little cuter);
- After that it's time to start adding your items! Polyvore has a Fashion and a Home tab where you can navigate into specific tabs ("beauty", "jewelry", "tops", "skirts", "makeup", etc.) or directly search for specific things by typing in the brand and the category;
- I think it's very important to add a description of each item next to it if you are going to screenshot your wishlist set and send it out to people because not everyone is as familiar to your wishlist as you are! But you could also just send people the link of your published set on the Polyvore website where every item is interactive and you can see the price and all the info just by hovering over it with your mouse.

I have been using this wishlist methodology for a couple of years now and I must say that I am very happy with it because it helps me maintain my focus and motivates me to work for what i want!

And now a few shots of items that I actually was able to get my hands on!

The soft and furry rug from IKEA and these adorable owl and macaron lip balms from Forever 21, just the kind of knick knacks I love!

These beautiful Chanel coffee table books that go so well with my DIY Press for Chanel frame! (tutorial here)

The gorgeous Kate Spade 2016 planner, the NARS lip pencils and another one of my obsessions, cute jewelry dishes!

How about you? what is on your wishlist right now?

July favorites

My first July favorite is the month of July itself! The summer is in full swing; you get to see beautiful fireworks on the 4th and it's my birthday month! It can't get much better than that, right? Well, I actually came across all these other goodies that I'm about to share with you that did make it even better! Let's jump right into it!

BEAUTY

Packaging is everything, especially when it comes to everyday necessities that you always carry around with you. These Forever 21 macarons and owl lip balms are too cute for words! They are very hydrating and each color has a different scent, all of which are absolutely delicious!

MAKE UP

These are the lip products that have been on rotation this month. The NYX Intense butter glosses are AMAZING! And the SLmissglam brushes are seriously the prettiest and softest brushes ever!

FASHION

I just got these quirky and fabulous Sophia Webster Flamingo shoes on sale and OMG I am addicted you guys. I wore them a couple of times already and people always freak out over them and ask me if they can take pictures of them. I am so excited to wear them for fashion week in September too!

ACCESSORIES

These gorgeous gold pieces of jewelry came with my Rocksbox and I could not stop wearing them all month long! I love layering dainty pieces and stacking them on my wrist, but I also love a good old statement necklace to pull together an outfit. If you guys would like to try Rocksbox out for FREE for a whole month just type in the code "sarahgallxoxo" at checkout! ;)

NEW IN

Here are some of my favorite gifts I got for my birthday! Kate Spade Polka Dot planner, Polaroid camera and Jonathan Adler Zebra jewelry dish (this one was on my wishlist forever!).

RANDOM

I finally changed the frame of this gorgeous illustration of myself from the uber talented Eleni from Fall into London and I'm obsessed with it! It's so fun and colorful, just perfect for summer!

You can never be overdressed or overeducated

This quote by Oscar Wilde has always been very close to my heart. I always was the nerd of my class, studying all the day long and acing all my tests and I am firmly convinced that getting an education is the most important thing anyone could do. But I also love overdressing, even if it's just to go out with friends, being all fancy makes me happy!

Today was another sunny summer morning in NYC wearing a not so average outfit in an outstanding location. The New York Public Library has always been one of my favorite places in the city: from the imposing columns at the entrance guarded by indestructible lions to the silence of its halls and the coldness of the marble. Everything made me feel like I got back in time and ended up in another era!

This gorgeous Shabby Apple opal blue dress is the most perfect dress if you're looking to dress up for an outdoors event like a wedding or a fancy tea party this summer! The lightweight material feels very fresh and cool on the skin and the fit and flare silhouette makes it very airy and flattering for every body type. I decided to pair this beautiful dress with pointy mary jane heels and over-the-top statement jewelry to make it even more elegant and sophisticated.

Dress: Shabby Apple - Shoes: Stuart Weitzman - Necklace: Zara (old) - Earrings: Forever21

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Wishing you all a great end of the week! Thank you so much for reading!

Lunch with Rachel Zoe

It's not very often that you can attend a lunch with a celebrity and it's even less common to be able to get life and career advice directly from them. Leave it to Business Chicks to make your dreams come true! This very pink and girly Australian company strives to bring like-minded souls together – to give them a chance to swap ideas, share stories, and spark inspiration.

I feel so proud and lucky to have had the chance to participate in their American launch and have met their team as well as their outstanding members!

Without further due let me take you with me inside this fabulous and inspiring event!

My look for the event:
Shift dress with embellished shoulders: Forever21 - Heels: Stuart Weitzman - Bag: Céline - Bracelet: J. Crew

Waiting for the dining room doors to open the guests start socializing over espresso martinis and networking.

The location was breathtaking and every detail at the Grand Hyatt Grand Central in NYC is simply stunning!

Each guest received a bouquet with a little note that read "Because we think you are a blooming beauty! - Business Chicks"

Rachel Zoe isn't just a celebrity stylist. She is the author of two books, a jewelry and clothing designer, reality show star and an entrepreneur in her own right.

The dining room doors finally open and we discovered a ballroom filled with beautifully set tables.

The gorgeous set up for the interview.

So many goodies on the table!

And in the goodies bag of course!

Who run the world? GIRLS!

Lunch is served! And it was delicious!

And after the dessert, the best part of the event, Rachel Zoe's arrival!

She was wearing a tuxedo and a blouse from her own line.

During the interview she shared with us her fears of taking the leap at 23 and going freelance, some of her hilarious styling mistake that she thought were going to cost her her career but just made her stronger and her endless motivation to achieve everything she wants in life.

The glamorous Rachel Zoe (right) with her stylist (center) and manager (left).

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At the event with the amazing Founder and CEO of Business Chicks, Emma Isaacs!

It was an absolutely amazing experience that left me wanting for more!

Because sharing is caring.