“oh, but darling, the adventure is far from over.

think of all the places you’ve yet to go.”


I am not yet done gathering stories. There is so much more I’ve yet to see; so much more I’ve yet to do; so many stories I’ve yet to create.


I am so grateful to be home.

Home is an adventure in itself. I’m collecting pieces of a story here as well. True, these days are perhaps more mundane than those spent traveling the world and the unknown, but these moments and stories collected at home are so much dearer to me than any others. This is where my story began, and this will always be where my heart belongs.

All this being said, I will willingly go wherever God calls me and if it just to happens I might travel the world in the process, I’d be okay with that.

But for now, I’m only dreaming of a San Diego skyline.San Diego skylineSweater & a Pen | City Fashion

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dress | thrifted

boots | thrifted

necklace | Claire’s

Photography | Dan and Melissa

I’ve taken a short hiatus from blogging for these last couple months, but I’m glad to finally be back at it again! Our #6monthroadtripadventureandstuff has officially come to an end. Despite the April snow, I’m overjoyed to be back home. It feels oh so good to sleep in my own bed after several months in a tent! Now that we have regular internet access, I should be getting back into my routine of blogging so be sure to look forward to future posts–this creative mind of mine has some crazy ideas that I’ll share with you all soon! ;)

vintage postcard set




I promise I will post more from our trip once I have all the photos together and organized. Until then, enjoy this photo of these cute postcards. Over the last half year traveling across the country, we have visited many National Parks. Now I can display this vintage collection in our house, serving as a small reminder of all the memories made on this trip. It’s been a crazy adventure, and I’ll miss it a little, but there’s nothing quite like home sweet home.

  • Julia - Just wanted to say I hope you had a wonderful trip, I am so happy I got to see little bits and pieces of it! I am looking forward to your future posts!ReplyCancel

    • admin - Thank you so much darling xoxo! I look forward to posting more as well :)ReplyCancel

“There is a flower inside my heart. And it has finally bloomed. Can you see the petals peaking out from beneath the edges of my sleeves?”outfit | a flower in my heart | downtown Phoenix

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How lovely are these walls, overgrown with flowers and ivy? These darling backdrops are part of the beautiful scenery of downtown Phoenix. My eyes have seen the beauty of many cities, but I just adore walls like these. There is something whimsical in the way the ivy grows—almost like fingers reaching to the end of the wall. I’m frozen in time as cars transporting busy people pass me by. I stand amongst the vibrant red flowers—a flower blooming in my heart. It feels like a fairytale.

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a flower in my heart | Sweater & a PenSweater & a Pen | a flower in my heartSweater & a Pen | a flower in my heart | downtown Phoenixfall fashionSweater & a Pen | Fall FashionFashion detailsIvy Wall | Sweater & a PenIvy Ivy WalldetailsCity Fashion | Sweater & a PenCreative Fashion Photography**update on our #6monthroadtripadventureandstuff: California has been sweet to us. On the 14th we’re heading to Yosemite National Park. As you know, these photos were taken in Phoenix; I’m very slow on posting. Sorry! Follow me on Instagram (@sarahamber_) to see more regular updates of our trip!

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Photography | Dan and Melissa

lace top; cardigan; skirt; heels | thrifted


  • Maureen Poertner - Love this outfit. The flowers are beautiful, but not as beautiful as you. The photos are amazing.ReplyCancel

Today is a celebration.

January 27th.  This date has never been of significance to me.  But today… today marks the one year anniversary of this blog.  I can’t even begin to process the fact that I have already been blogging for one year.  There have been ups and downs, as is expected with anything in life.  Sometimes I’m simply not in the mood to dress up that day or have no inspiration for piecing an outfit together.  This trip is definitely an added difficulty to blogging.  The search for good wi-fi often ends in frustration and no wi-fi.  But despite it all, I am grateful that I began this blog one year ago.  By starting this blog, I’ve made many other blogger friends and grew creatively.  I learned so much more about fashion and my personal style.  This blog is my little piece of the internet where I can share my thoughts and document my everyday outfits.  I am amazingly blessed and thankful for the many followers of this blog.  Thank you to each and every one of you who follow my blog and comment frequently.  Your kind compliments do not go unnoticed.  I love to hear your thoughts.  So thank you to everyone who helps in the blogging process: my parents (the usual photographers for my posts), my brother and sister (who occasionally photograph), my wonderful aunt (another photographer), my dear friend Autumn (an encouragement and inspiration to this blog), my grandma (who often takes me on shopping trips), and everyone else.
dress upgirlSweater & a Pen | BlogiversaryBlogiversary | Sweater & a PenAs you can see, I’ve been a fashionista from near birth ;) Fashion is my passion and from an early age, I loved dressing up.  I’m so excited to see what comes from this next year of blogging: what will change and what will remain the same?

  • Maureen Poertner - I love this post so much! I have such fond memories of years past when your love of dressing up was so much fun for you and me.ReplyCancel

I have a passion for writing–I am an aspiring author.

When I began this blog (almost a year ago), I had every intention of fulfilling the ‘Pen’ part. But so far, I have mainly been posting the ‘Sweater’ fashion posts. With the one year anniversary of this blog just around the corner, I’ve decided to make an extra effort to include some of my writing on here. So here’s to 2016; a year of notebooks and journals and scrap pieces of paper filled with endless amounts of messy handwritten thoughts and ideas.

pretty things

I think it’s important to take time every so often and recognize the pretty things that surround you in your everyday life. And sometimes you just need to snap a picture of those pretty things so you can remember them when life is givin’ you a not-so-pretty day.

natural light

I am forever grateful for big windows and white walls that reflect all the gorgeous natural light.

floral mattresses

This mattress is a beaut. I love all things floral. This mattress is an inspiration to the artist in me and it’s also reminiscent of the pretty designs at Rifle Paper Co.

Warby Parker glasses

Ever since I first started wearing glasses, I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect pair. When I found these lovelies on Warby Parker, I fell in love.

Instax Mini

This camera is just the dreamiest little thing. I just bought some new film for it and I’m ecstatic to see what I should capture first. And with it’s color is so modernly aesthetic.

pocket notebooks

This little journal is quickly filling with short quotes and letters strung together to create pretty words and sentences.

  • Autumn Gracie - This is so, so lovely. I eagerly await more “pen” posts to come.ReplyCancel

  • Julia - You are absolutely right. I think that many people nowadays just glance and forget the simplest sweet little things in life and its important to appreciate them. God gave us so many beautiful things and we pass them by all too often. I’m so glad you wrote this… thank youReplyCancel