happy weekend + big changes

I know it must be strange to see so much text here, but I want to tell you about some exciting changes coming up for me and Chevrons & Stripes!  My friends and readers know that I’ve always been passionate about aesthetics – whether it’s making art, styling an editorial, or designing my home. On one hand,  I’ve taken on a broad range of creative projects. But on the other, I’ve found myself searching for the right place to focus my creativity.

Over the past couple of months, I’ve felt a change brewing.  It might have to do with getting engaged and feeling like it’s the right time to make big decisions.  But I think it has also been inspired by writing the blog. C&S has been a fantastic outlet for me, and, more importantly it has helped me to realize something that I think I’ve known all along… 

After much soul searching (and several years of playing do I or don’t I), I have decided to take the plunge and follow my life long dream of becoming an interior designer!  Come fall, I’ll be a full time student again at the New York School of Interior Design.

With this new undertaking, I’ve had to give up some things that are very important to me.  Lauren will be steering the Aroc Urtu ship without me going forward, but I know that she will continue to make gorgeous pieces (seriously, just wait until you see the Fall collection) and expand on what has become a go-to destination for brides with a more organic aesthetic.  It was a really tough decision for me to make, but in order to dive head first into my new career choice it was a necessary one.   I look forward to being Aroc Urtu’s biggest fan.

Also, obviously, I’ll be moving back to New York!  I feel a mix of emotions about this because I’m sure there will be times when I’ll miss the warm weather, the view of the perfect blue bay, and the lack of winter (not to mention a two bedroom apartment for the price of a one bedroom in NYC) – I mean who gives that up?  At the same time, I couldn’t be more excited to be close to my family, friends, and the hustle and bustle of the city I grew up in and fell in love with.  Despite how busy these next months, and even years, will likely prove to be, I’m going to try my hardest to keep up with daily posting.  C&S inspired me to start this path and it will most definitely be coming with me.

In other big news…

I’m so excited to announce that the site will be relaunching with a new look designed by Hanna Seabrook of Gadabout very shortly (with a great giveaway too, so stay tuned)!

See? Big changes abound! So now I want to hear from you guys.  Are any of you starting new career paths? If so, has it been exciting, nerve-wracking, easy-breezy, more challenging than expected? I want to know everything! I can’t thank you enough for reading and commenting, and I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

With lots of love, hard work, and good design,


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  • http://www.dreamsandjeans.com/ Alex

    I’m so excited for you Sarah and I can’t wait to spend more time with you once you’re back in NYC!!

    • http://www.chevronsandstripes.com/ sarah | chevrons & stripes

      yay, so soon! xo

  • http://www.extraordinarywonders.com/ Becca Atwood

    Congratulations! I’m so excited for you. It’s a big decision but sounds like the right one! You’ve definitely got amazing taste and I can’t wait to see where this all takes you. I think it’s really important to take big risks in your life to get to where you want to be.

    • http://www.chevronsandstripes.com/ sarah | chevrons & stripes

      Agreed! Thank you so much for the sweet comment and hopefully we can meet up in NYC one of these days!

      • http://www.extraordinarywonders.com/ Becca Atwood

        I’d love that!

  • Will @ Bright.Bazaar

    Congratulations, sounds like it will be an exciting new adventure!

    • http://www.chevronsandstripes.com/ sarah | chevrons & stripes

      thank you so much Will – I appreciate it!

  • notetosarah

    So excited for you, and I couldn’t think of a better fit than interior design. Can’t wait to be back in NYC either – Oh the fun we will have. :)

    • http://www.chevronsandstripes.com/ sarah | chevrons & stripes

      Dangerous amounts of fun! Hopefully I won’t be holed up in a studio á la you at SCAD too too much! xo

  • http://thejessjournals.blogspot.com/ Jess

    Wow, that must have been a huge decision! Congratulations!! That’s so exciting :)

    • http://www.chevronsandstripes.com/ sarah | chevrons & stripes

      It was a big decision but ultimately, I’m thrilled with it! Thanks for your support, Jess!

  • http://www.stonetextilestudio.com/ Elizabeth

    Congratulations Sarah! Very exciting things coming your way…..looking forward to seeing the new site design!

    • http://www.chevronsandstripes.com/ sarah | chevrons & stripes

      Fingers crossed you’ll see it this week or the next!

  • http://pastelpinkpaisley.blogspot.in/ Kimberly

    How exciting! It is so important to follow your heart as from passion comes an unbelievable product! Good Luck!

    • http://www.chevronsandstripes.com/ sarah | chevrons & stripes

      Thank you so much for your kind words Kimberly ;)

  • Jordana

    yayyyyy!!! it’s official!!!

  • http://elembee.com/ Lisa // Elembee, Etc

    Congratulations!! So excited for you. Can’t wait to see the new design!

    • http://www.chevronsandstripes.com/ sarah | chevrons & stripes

      Thanks for all of your support Lisa! Like I said, one day we’ll celebrate our successes together at Giraffe Manor!

  • http://myhereandnowlife.blogspot.com/ Jessica

    Sarah, as much as I have gotten to “know” you over the past couple of months following your blog, I think that if you follow your heart, you will be lead to great things! Good luck with this new chapter of your life, and best wishes for navigating the tough times of moving, and getting settled back in the City. I am so happy that you will continue to include “us” in your journey. I just moved in with my boyfriend of 2.5 years, and am starting a new chapter as well. Exciting, scary, wonderful, and more!

    • http://www.chevronsandstripes.com/ sarah | chevrons & stripes

      Jessica, thank you so much for such a sweet and thoughtful comment. And for all of your support with Chevrons & Stripes! I remember when I first moved in with my (now) fiancé and how big of a step it felt like. I’m sure the two of you will have the best time living together – enjoy every moment!

  • Kelsey @ Pinegate Road

    Oh my gosh oh my gosh that’s so exciting Sarah!! Best of luck on your new path, I can already tell that you’re going to be amazing from the short amount of time that I’ve been following you here. I look forward to following your adventures :)

    • http://www.chevronsandstripes.com/ sarah | chevrons & stripes

      Thank you Kelsey! And I’m so glad to have discovered Pinegate Road, it is SUCH a beautiful site and has definitely become one of my favorites for finding unique treasures!

  • lauren

    I can’t believe I am just now finding your blog. Where have I been? Way to go for following your calling. I am currently doing the same thing. Quitting my steady job and focusing on my own start up business (which I will be launching soon), and interning for Glitter Guide. So happy.

    Wishing you the best of luck

    • http://www.chevronsandstripes.com/ sarah | chevrons & stripes

      Thank you so much Lauren! When do we get to hear more about your new business? I’m dying to know! Let’s pick each other’s brains one of these days ;)

      p.s. You will love working with Taylor. My home was featured on the Glitter Guide’s Style At Home column several months ago and she was a doll to work with! Best of luck with the internship!

      • lauren

        I just saw this! I normally never check back to see if people respond! But glad I did :)
        I will hopefully be announcing it soon. Everything is slowly coming together as I am trying to finish the end of my semester. Would love to chat! You are one inspiring lady!

        And thank you so much! I wonder if I saw that feature! Going to check back right now :)

  • LZL416

    So glad you are coming home XOXOXOX mom

  • http://littlebitsoflovely.blogspot.com/ Rachel {little bits of lovely}

    Wow Sarah, big news! I’m so happy for you that you are following your heart + dreams, that is beyond inspiring! Congratulations lovely, I look forward to following along your adventures xx

    • http://www.chevronsandstripes.com/ sarah | chevrons & stripes

      Thank you Rachel, you support means the world! xo

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  • ALyson — TAGG

    Ahhhh, oh my gosh, congrats!! What amazing news about school, the blog update, everything. We MUST meet before you move otherwise how insane would that be?! However, I am so thrilled for you, your determination and your drive forward finding a career you’re so passionate about. Amazing, Sarah!

    • http://www.chevronsandstripes.com/ sarah | chevrons & stripes

      Thank you so much Alyson! Your friendship and support have meant so much to me. We MUST meet in person before I leave! How can we make this happen?!

  • The zhush

    wha!? That is crazy exciting! Grinning right now, so so happy for you, for all of it! yay
    ! congrats !!! xx

    • http://www.chevronsandstripes.com/ sarah | chevrons & stripes

      Thanks Sue! I am TOTALLY crazy excited. See you in NYC in just two weeks – can’t wait! xo

  • http://twitter.com/kewilliamsen Katie Williamsen

    Congratulations! School is a big jump, I am just finishing a 10-month master’s program. It was a big leap to quit my job and move across the country, but it has been an amazing experience. And a friend and I started our own online magazine! Best of luck to you!

    • http://www.chevronsandstripes.com/ sarah | chevrons & stripes

      Thank you for the kind words Katie! Whew, it sounds like you’ve got a lot on your plate right now – school, a big move, AND starting your own magazine? So exciting! How do you fit it all in? Time management is something I’ll definitely have to work on going forward as school and C&S are equal priorities in my life now. Lots of luck to YOU on your new biz venture!

  • Shannon Vincent Nelson

    Congratulations!! After seeing your apartment, I have no doubt that this is going to be a wonderful career path with a big future for you! Can’t wait to see and hear how everything goes. Good luck!

    • http://www.chevronsandstripes.com/ sarah | chevrons & stripes

      That is so sweet Shannon! I will definitely be keeping everyone up to date as everything unfolds. Thank you for reading, commenting, and being a part of this crazy journey with me!

  • http://www.violapearl.com/ Amber Presley

    Congrats! Making decisions like these is never easy! In January I sold my condo in Austin, quit my job (after 10 years in PR) and moved in with my parents so I could figure out what I want to do. Since then I have opened an Etsy store, started a blog…and am HAPPY. I still don’t know exactly where I will be in 6 months…or even a year…but am SO glad that I followed my heart. I wish you much luck!!!

    • http://www.chevronsandstripes.com/ sarah | chevrons & stripes

      Wow, it sounds like you can certainly relate to going through big changes! It’s like they say, ‘let what you love be what you do’. That mantra is more meaninfgul to me than ever these days. Glad to hear that following your heart has paid off. Lots of luck to you with your etsy shop and new blog – I remember what it felt like to start mine – such an exciting time for you!

  • Kelly Cook

    That is so empowering to here. I’m just now starting down the path of building up my own business. I wish you the best of luck in your future.

    • http://www.chevronsandstripes.com/ sarah | chevrons & stripes

      Thank you Kelly! And to you as well with your new business, I’d love to hear more about it!

  • http://www.vmacandcheese.com/ victoria | vmac+cheese

    Congratulations, Sarah!!!! And as for me starting my own new career path, it’s definitely been all of the above (but I don’t regret it for a second, and I know you won’t either). Email me anytime you want to commiserate or celebrate!! :)

    • Chevronsandstripes

      THANK YOU Victoria! I’m so excited to start this journey! Hearing stories like yours are completely inspiring – I’ll definitely take you up on the e-mails ;)

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  • http://www.mimosalaneblog.blogspot.com/ Albertina

    oh wao! I’ve been so busy I missed your big news. COngratulations!! wonderful news! so excited for you.

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