Asked by Anonymous

Dear Sara: I recently came upon your MAC lipstick post on your other blog and absolutely loved all the colors. I went and got MAC's Rebel and I feel it looks great on me. Problem? I don't know how to dress to wear it. It's a really pretty color and I would like to wear it often. But I'm not very good at making an outfit for it. Help?

I love pairing it either with similarly toned burgundy clothes, or all black everything. :) But style is a personal choice and you are free to wear any lipstick colour with any outfit you like! (If you Google image search it, you can see it look good with a variety of outfit colours, too.)

Glad you like your new lipstick and thank you for reading my personal blog. :) xx

That post, for anyone curious, is here:

Asked by Anonymous

Sorry, my twitter is private so if I reply to your tweet you won't see it, hence here I am! Haha, as for an app that let's you know when your shows return, try TV Show Tracker, I have it on my iphone. For the computer I really love episode calendar, I use it to track all my shows in more detail (episode by episode)!! :)

You’re the best, thank you! <3

Asked by Anonymous

Hey Sara, I was about to go to sleep last night when I suddenly remembered your Q&A videos way back. Those were fun and something different, haha. been a longtime follower now actually but I only talked to u now. have a good day, lovely x :)

I’m glad you liked those! I keep wondering if I should start that up again on Sara du Jour. Might be fun. Thanks for following me all this time, hope you have a wonderful day too! x

Asked by Anonymous

could you post a photo of your iPhone case collection? I'm curious to see all the ones you have

Hello! For my current iPhone (5S) I have 2 cases currently.

Both can be seen in this blog post:

I once had a third that I designed myself, but it got lost when I moved and I can’t for the life of me find it. Here it is:

I’m not really one to be constantly swapping my iPhone cases. Once I find something I love, I tend to stick with it for a while. :)

Asked by Anonymous

Do you have a pinterest?

I sure do!

Asked by Anonymous

Alright, alright. How about your favorite song/music? :)

Oh man, you insist on asking me all the toughest questions, huh? Same answer as before, I can’t pick just one song! I can’t even pick just one time period or genre, for heaven’s sake!

I love classical music, I love 1920s and 30s jazz, then 40s and 50s jazz, blues, and big band swing (think Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, etc.), 1970s disco and funk, and a lot of modern stuff too, mostly indie and folk, but some pop and R&B and rap mixed in too. I also love classic Disney songs and showtunes and ballads.

You can get a taste of my musical taste here. :)

Asked by Anonymous

What's your favorite book?


Please don’t make me choose between all my favorites - that’s too cruel! ;)

Here’s a list of all my favorite books and series, from a variety of genres:

Asked by Anonymous

is it possible for a guy to court someone but likes someone else at the same time. or rather can a guy like someone but they dont have the courage to ask her maybe because for some reasons and go flirts with someone else instead. but guys should be brave enough to ask the girl he likes i mean if he really likes her right? *sigh* hard to love someone who might just be playing w/ your feelings </3

My personal belief is that it’s possible for a person of any gender to have some romantic feelings for multiple people at once, but I don’t believe it’s possible for someone to romantically love more than one person at once. 

So yes, I believe it’s possible for the guy in question to court one person while simultaneously liking someone else, too. But I think what you’re really asking is for me to tell you this guy secretly has feelings for you and that you should wait around for him.

I would never advise that. Don’t make excuses for people who don’t make every effort to be in your life. The ones that want to be with you will do what it takes to show interest, even if they’re shy or it’s hard for them. 

Don’t waste your time on this one, you deserve better. I’m sorry you’re going through this, I know it’s hard. x

Asked by Anonymous

how do you find the time to read?

Well, I’m very fortunate that I only have to work one job, and it’s a 9-5 so I have a lot of leisure time. Plus, I have no children to take care of or dependents of any kind, so I am free to pursue my many hobbies.

I’m also quite a fast reader, so I try to slow myself down by mostly only reading on my commute to and from work, and sometimes during my lunch hours. Hope that answers your question! xx

Asked by Anonymous

I saw your answer to that tatoo question the other day so I have to ask: if you HAD to get one (like gun to your head) what would it be and where?

I’d get this Joie de Vivre one, in exactly that script, in exactly that place, but a bit smaller - small enough to hide with a watch band or bracelet when desired. :)

"Joie de vivre" is something my mum used to say about me a lot, especially when I was little, so it has some special significance to me. It’s also something I strive never to lose. I hope I stay exuberant about the small joyful things in life forever.

Asked by Anonymous

So uhm where's Tiana?

I’m going to assume you’re referring to the Disney Dreamcast series I made for fun almost three years ago?

I’m also going to assume you didn’t see this. :)

Asked by Anonymous

I love your book reviews on your other blog :D just wondering, do you use bookmarks in your books or dog ear?

Thank you so much, I’m glad you like them! I’m very particular about books. I like books to sort of reflect my history with them, and I don’t mind them to look slightly worn (as long as they’re worn by me). So while I consider breaking the spine of a book a cardinal sin, I do unabashedly dog ear my pages. I also think it’s kind of fun to look back and see the rhythm at which you read a book. For example, if a lot of (former) dog ears are close together, you can tell you weren’t so into the book. But when there’s a long stretch with no dog ears, you can tell you couldn’t put it down.

I like that. :)

Asked by Anonymous

Hi, Sara! Have you ever read The Perks of Being a Wallflower? If so, could you please recommend me some books similar to it? Ever since I read it a long time ago, I've been searching for something similar and people keep recommending me John Green books but I just never feel like they catch my attention..

Hey there! I have read Perks, and absolutely fell in love with it. To be honest, the vast majority of Young Adult Fiction I read is either dystopian or fantasy, so I might not be the best person to ask. But I’d have to agree with the others, the closest thing I’ve read to Perks are John Green’s works.

I’d start with either The Fault in Our Stars or Looking for Alaska. 

If you’re looking for something a bit more grown up, maybe try Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro. It’s one of my favorite books of all time, and though it doesn’t have a lot in common with Perks, it has the same sort of… poetic quality. That’s really the best way I can describe it. It has that tenderness and honesty that I loved about Perks.

Happy reading! x

Asked by Anonymous

Do you have any tatoos for would you ever get one?

I don’t have any tattoos, and though I’ll never say never, I think it’s highly unlikely that I’d ever get one.

I don’t have anything against tattoos, but I just don’t think they’re for me. I’m pretty flighty - I can love something will all my heart for a week, or a month, or a year; but then it wears off and I’m on to the next thing. I don’t like the thought of being committed to something forever. Also just purely aesthetically, tattoos aren’t for me. 

Even if something means a great deal to me and I wanted to hold on to a piece of it, I can put it on my wall, or have it as my desktop background, or write it on my hand one day if I feel like it. I just don’t feel the need to record things in ink on myself. (But again, if you do, that’s totally fine. It’s a personal decision.)

Asked by patricia-angemila

Hey Sara! I usually check up on my new follower's blog! I really enjoy yours as well and decided to follow back! Also, I saw you had a personal blog so I'll check that out too! Thanks for the follow!

Thank you! Your blog was recommended to me by one of my (and presumably your) followers! :)