J.Crew Denims

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I think I mentioned it earlier this year but J.Crew is killing it with their denim collections this year!  Case in point: these high waisted skinnies.  They fit like a dream and I’m pretty sure would be flattering on most anyone.  Well played J.Crew, well played.  I think I wore them no less than 3 times the first week they arrived.  That’s always a good sign, when I’m binge-wearing.  I do have to warn you though, they’re the kind of denim that attracts lint/fur.  So having a lint roller on hand when getting dressed is key.  Oh, denim problems.  haha!  Have a  great Thursday my friends!!!  xx- Sarah

Shop this outfit:  denim, shirt, hat, shoes (Thakoon, sold out), bracelets here and here, necklace, bag,

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Neutrals + Layers

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Fall isn’t upon on us quite yet, but I’ve been missing layers so much lately that the first cool evening was pretty much all I needed to layer up!  And, as is so often the case, neutrals were my go-to for the occasion.  I’ll never get enough black, white, and grey.  Sometimes I even fantasize about creating a capsule wardrobe of all neutrals that I can mix and match.  But who am I kidding? I love a bold, colorful graphic print too much for that.  But for now, neutrals.  xx- Sarah

SHOP THIS OUTFIT: pants: Theory, trench: Re-Named top: Free People, shoes:Derek Lam bag: Clare Vivier, bracelets: Miansai, Giles & Brother, Sunglasses: Sunday Somewhere

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Like a Phoenix

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I’ve never been good at pretending to be someone I’m not.  The conundrum is, I’ve also never really known who I am.  {photos: Lou Mora}

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When I started this blog at the end of 2011 I was looking to create something that would push me to have more fun, to explore the creative sides of myself that I wanted to spend time on, to hopefully eventually share some of it with whoever might be interested.  I hoped to be authentic, to be inspiring, to serve others, to feed my creative spirit.  I was starting the blog and leaving behind a business that had sucked the very life out of me.  But then, I turned the blog into a business.  I’m great at business, it’s my thing.  I’m less good at fun.  So A House in the Hills fulfilled my initial desires, and then became, in some ways, a burden.  The pressure to keep up, the pressure to look good, the pressure to be this person that I’d created- this appearance.  It fed the deeply insecure little girl inside of me who is terrified that she’s not lovable- each achievement, each press feature, each comment of reassurance became something that I not only enjoyed, but defined me.  My very self worth depended on it.

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This is not to say that what I’ve shared hasn’t been authentic.  It 100% has- it was all that I knew.  But this year, in the midst of the darkest days of my life, I’ve realized that I’m just now starting to explore who I truly AM.  I’ve always identified myself by the way I look, the people I love, the life I’ve created, my creative endeavors, my successes, my failures, the things that I’ve survived.  But I’ve never really spent the time doing the work of figuring out WHO I am.  I’m just now meeting myself, I’m just now getting to know myself.  I’m just now starting to believe that I’m lovable- and all of the reasons why have nothing to do with any of the things I thought they did.  As always, I’m sharing with you the best way I can, the only way I can.  Things are changing around here- inside me, 0utside me, on the site- because I’m committed to being honest.  I’m committed to revealing my true self as I discover who she is.  I have a feeling she is wildly better than the girl who I’ve thought I was.  I’m becoming the woman I’m meant to be.

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Outfit details: JumpsuitShoes, Bralette, Sunglasses, Bracelets

Simple Favorites

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Happy Monday my friends!  I hope the weekend was good to you!  Ours was mellow- we saw 3 movies and spent some good QT with friends.  Not too much to report there.  Ok, on to today’s post!  I never tire of denim and denim, or denim with chambray, and all the variations thereof.  I’ve probably worn this very outfit (or very similar) at least 3 times in the past 15 days.  For me it’s the epitome of comfortable, effortless style.  My favorite kind.  Also, I’ve had my eye on these jeans since January.  After ruthlessly weeding through my denim collection recently I decided that I needed to revisit them- and lo and behold- they were on sale during the SHOPBOP friends and family event- majorly!  And in my size, the last pair!  Quicker than you can snap your fingers they were in my cart and on their way!  Thank you denim gods, thank you kindly.  xx- Sarah

Shop this outfit:  pants: Alexa Chung for AG (here and here), shirt: Tommy Bahama, shoes: Zara (old), bag: Meli Melo, sunglasses: Karen Walker, bracelet: Miansai

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Black and Tan

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Happy Friday my friends!  I hope you all have some fun on the books for the days ahead!  I’ll be headed here on Saturday for what’s sure to be the best garage sale of all time!  Besides for that, I’m hoping for some good QT right here with this book and of course, as always, we’ll be tackling house projects like crazy people!  I’ll see you back here next week!  xx- Sarah

Shop this outfit: skirt: DSQUARED2, shirt: Tibi (old), shoes: See by Chloe, bag: Clare Vivier, sunglasses: Karen Walker, bracelets: Kristen Elspeth, Giles & Brother

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