December 2017 | A Pretty Penny

Instagram Round Up: Holiday Looks...

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! Since I woke up today with a bad cold and chills I decided to do an Instagram round up of all the Instagram Holiday Outfits I wore this December. Lots of red is my favorite way to dress during the holidays!

Today has been full of naps, soup and Netflix. Also getting ready for our trip next week to California! I am so excited for our trip!! It will be so nice to get away. There has been a lot going on, so it will be nice to get a break and spend it in the happiest place on earth. 

If you have any suggestions on where to go or what to do in the LA area I would love suggestions! Happy Tuesday!



Holiday Animal Print...

DRESS: H&M ($18 online) / COAT: Forever 21 (similar here & here) / SHOES: Forever 21 / BAG: Gucci / EARRINGS: H&M / LIPS: Ruby Woo by MAC

Merry Christmas Eve! I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season! Since it is Sunday I wanted to share one of my favorite outfits that is perfect for this Christmas season. I also just wanted to take a moment and say thank you for all your support on my latest blog post and Instagram post. It means the world to have your love, support and hear all of your stories. Thank you so much.


I have been searching for the perfect leopard print coat for a long time, but could never quite find one that was the perfect fit for me. So I kept my eyes open and had it on my long list of ‘wishlist items.’ As I was going through Forever 21 a couple weeks ago I happened to find this leopard print coat! It was normally $50 and just happened to be on sale for 50% off. When I find items like that I know it can’t be a coincidence. Especially when it was the perfect length and fit me like a glove. 

So I ended up buying the coat for $25! Which was an absolute steal! I couldn’t find the exact coat on the Forever 21 website, but I linked a couple of my favorite leopard print coats that don’t break the bank. When it comes to faux fur coats they can get pretty pricey, but luckily there are some amazing options out there that are fairly inexpensive. You just have to keep your eyes open and be patient.

Between this coat for $25, and this red pleated dress that I found on the H&M sale rack for $10, I got this holiday outfit for $35! Totaling everything to be under $100 (excluding the bag)! 

If you have noticed for the past week on my InstagramI have been loving the combination of red with my favorite 'holiday animal print.' I love the look of these two paired together. I wore it to a holiday dinner last week with my family, as well as this combination on Sunday. This jacket is the perfect classic piece to add to my wardrobe and I can't wait to wear it for years to come. Even though it may seem like a piece that not everyone would go for, animal print can be a 'transition piece', or act as a 'neutral.' It just pairs with so many colors and palettes that it can be worn with a variety of shades.

A leopard print coat adds the perfect flair to any outfit, and can add that glam we've all been searching for. I hope you all have a fabulous Christmas, and after reading this post can add a leopard print coat to your wishlist as well! 

Merry Christmas!



Talking About Mental Health & How Fitness Can Help...

One thing I feel like we don't talk enough about in our world is mental health. It's probably something that most of us don't really even give a second thought. The reality is, there are so many people who struggle and deal with mental health issues on a daily basis. A lot of people you probably don't even realize. 

I don't talk a lot about my personal life or issues on my blog, but I am going to make an exception today. I am going to get a little personal and open up a little bit about some things that have been going on in my life lately. This is me being very open and vulnerable. Many people don't know, and it's not something I talk about a lot, but I have started to lately. This past year has been a really hard one for me. These past couple months especially. 

I have been struggling with depression for the past year. It has only been the last couple months that is has gotten a little too much for me to handle on my own anymore. I always thought there was something wrong with me, or something missing. I have been having a feeling of emptiness. Like there is a hole inside me and no amount of happiness could fill it. It is so frustrating, because I know I shouldn't be feeling this way. I tried to convince myself for a long time that everything was fine, but the more I tried to convince myself, the more that hole grew. I tried to fill that hole with anything I could think of: material things, work, reading, etc...Nothing seemed to work, and that hole seemed bottomless.

I have always been the girl with the smile on her face. The one who blogged about happiness in college. I was once told that, "Sara, I don't think you have ever had a bad day!" Yes, I have. This past year I feel like I have forgotten that happiness I use to have, and I am working really hard to getting it back.

Lately that feeling of emptiness has been almost suffocating. Like I am in a room filled with people trying to get them to hear me and I'm turned on mute. Its crushing. So much so that I have had no motivation to do anything. 

It took me a long time to realize that I shouldn't and couldn't deal with these emotions on my own, and that I don't know how. I have had several emotional break downs because I don't know what to do with how I am feeling. Lately I have been talking to family and some friends who have dealt with the same things. Its been a long road to where I am now, but I am starting to accept that it is okay, and that I don't have to do this alone.

I have been taking steps in the right direction of how to fill that hole and get back on the path of happiness. One of those steps is deciding that I want to start going to therapy. Although I haven't started sessions I would l love someone to talk to to help me process and deal with my emotions. Many people see therapists. Healthy people see therapists! I feel like we give therapy such a bad wrap. It has such a negative connotation in my mind. That going to therapy is for people who have serious problems and issues. But in reality, it is something that all of us could benefit from. 

I have also been running. Running, or physical activity, has always been a huge stress and emotion reliever for me. Even in college I would go on runs almost daily. Whether it be because of my college work load, drama with roommates, or the weight of the world; running would always help me burn off that stress and clear my head. It was the alone time I needed to get out of my head and work through everything I was going through physically. 

Lately running has been my go-to. If I am feeling stressed, sad, or if the hole is too much for me to bear I grab my headphones, turn them up as loud as I can stand and drown out the world for a few minutes while I run. 

Not only is running/physical activity good for your physical health, it also does wonders for your mental health. It releases endorphins that makes your body and mind feel good. I know it helps me feel better about my situation and myself. It helps pull me out of my depression and makes it so it isn't as soul crushing. I know there are other steps I need to take to help myself, but running is one of the game changers for me. It is a staple that I have come to rely on. Although running is something that works for me, it might not work for everyone. Everyone deals with pain and depression differently. You need to find what works for you, and there are different ways to do that.

I want you to know that if you are suffering through any of these same things or emotions you aren't alone. Even if you feel like you could be the only person who could possibly feel this low, you aren't. And there are ways you can get help! You can turn to family and friends. You can also get help and treatment. There are so many treatment centers out there that are dedicated and wanting to help you. The Recovery Village is one of those many places. Just know that you don't have to do this alone. 

If you have any questions about how to get help or want to talk about what you are going through please send me an email. I would love to talk to you about what you are going through as well as answer any questions you have. I know I am on the beginning stages of my 'getting help' process, but I would love to talk to you about mental health.

Also, if you have any questions regarding me and my story please don't hesitate to ask. You can reach me through my email:

If you are interested in listening to my running playlists that help get me out of my head you can listen to those here, or find me on Spotify.



*Thank you to The Recovery Village for sponsoring this post and helping bring light to the importance of mental health. Although this post was sponsored, everything I wrote in this blog post is true and real. I am still struggling and would never elaborate diminish the importance of mental health or the importance of getting help.

How I Am Staying Fresh This Holiday Season..

Life is constantly so busy, especially around the holidays! We are running from work to Christmas shopping, to family parties, and to all the extracurricular activities! It's no secret that working a full time job, blogging and running all my other errands keeps me on my toes. But I wanted to share the product that has been keeping me feeling fresh all day long! Even when I'm running all around town.

Secret Invisible Sprays are easy to apply, with invisible application, and keep me feeling fresh all day. The collection is perfect for anyone who is on-the-go and is great at helping to combat a stressful, sweaty day! 

 Secret Invisible Sprays  come in four different scents, Cool WaterlilyLuxe LavenderBoho Berry, and Glam Grapefruit. The Boho Berry and Glam Grapefruit scents are my favorites! I am a fruity scent kind of gal. 
Secret’s Fade Resistant Scent Technology in the sprays combats nose-blindness and allows you to smell the fragrance all throughout the day! Nose-blindness is when you get used to familiar scents, such as your favorite perfume, deodorant, shampoo, etc... but Secret's new technology has made it so you can keep smelling your favorite Invisible Spray.

If you aren't sure what scent is for you, Secret has a  Product Match Quiz you can take that will match you with your perfect deodorant! Different scents can be perfect for different moods or personalities. Some days I feel like I want to wear Boho Berry, and others I want a more soothing scent, such as Luxe Lavender. Take the quiz HERE  to see which deodorant and scent suits you best and comment below with your results!
No matter what you are dealing with, Secret Invisible Sprays will make sure you are protected and feeling fresh for up to 48 hours. I love that Secret is a brand created and directed specifically for women. So they know what we need and how to take care of those needs best! 

I have used Secret deodorant ever since middle school. Since the Secret Invisible Sprays came out in July,  I have loved the easy application and the fact that the product stays in place and keeps me dry all day. And like I said … even if I need a touch up, or want extra protection before an event, it is perfect for on-the-go!

If you are interested in winning Secret Deodorant for a year, visit my Instagram post HERE for all the details!




Christmas PJ's...

SWEATER: Loft / PJ BOTTOMS: Old Navy (sold out, similar here) / SOCKS: ASOS (similar here)

One of my favorite Christmas traditions has always been getting a pair of Christmas pajamas every year! We have done it for as long as I can remember. My mom would buy me and my sister both a new pair of jammies, usually red or Christmas plaid! Looking back on the pajamas I have kept, it brings back all the Christmas memories from that year I got those pajamas.

Every year on Christmas Eve we would get to open one gift, and it was always our Christmas pajamas. I would get so excited and look forward to it every year. It was so fun and exciting to see what I would get!

Since I have been married, me and Colin have kept up the Christmas pajama tradition. We usually buy each other pajamas and open them on Christmas Eve. It is fun to wear them to bed and in the morning while we open presents. 

Since it is such a fun tradition for me, and I am sure for lots of families, I thought I would share my favorite pajamas/sleepwear picks! I have included all the bottoms, tops, robes, sets & even cozies for your feet! I hope you all have a cozy Christmas and a pair of PJ's waiting for you under the tree!
Only one week till Christmas!!