Sarah's Real Life
07. 24. 2017

striped midi dress, cropped jean jacket, navy espadrilles

When: Friday before last // Weather: sunny and warm, then chilly after sunset // Real life: work, then Symphony on the Prairie

striped midi dress, cropped jean jacket, navy espadrilles

striped midi dress, cropped jean jacket, navy espadrilles

striped midi dress, cropped jean jacket, navy espadrilles

striped midi dress, cropped jean jacket, navy espadrilles

You know what I love about summer in Indiana compared to summer in North Carolina (where I grew up)? Even in the middle of July, you can have a chilly evening that makes you thankful for a cozy blanket or a jacket. As long as you’re not caught unprepared for the chill, it’s so freaking lovely. On the other hand, in the NC, it gets hot in May, and your ass cheek creases stay sweaty until October. This is why I don’t understand hot yoga. I didn’t leave the South so I could pay $20 to melt.

Speaking of getting a break from the heat, I’m going to Toronto this week! I’ve never been but I’ve only heard good things. It’ll only be a couple days, and it’s work-related, but I’m excited to see a new place. If you don’t already follow me on Instagram, do it now, because it’s where I’ll document my trip, and who doesn’t love taking vicarious vacations?

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07. 20. 2017

plaid top, white eyelet skirt, red suede pumps

When: last Wednesday // Weather: hot // Real life: work

plaid top, white eyelet skirt, red suede pumps

plaid top, white eyelet skirt, red suede pumps

plaid top, white eyelet skirt, red suede pumps

This top has two of my favorite qualities in summer  clothing: it’s light, and it’s and colorful. Aaaand I’m now realizing how often my clothing’s qualities are the polar opposite of my own personality qualities. Opposites attract, as they say. Incidentally, this skirt loves skydiving and chit chat.

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07. 18. 2017

stripe bateau tee, elastic waist shorts, Panama hat

When: Saturday before last // Weather: warm and sunny // Real life: Symphony on the Prairie to celebrate our friends’ anniversary

stripe bateau tee, elastic waist shorts, Panama hat

stripe bateau tee, elastic waist shorts, Panama hat

stripe bateau tee, elastic waist shorts, Panama hat

stripe bateau tee, elastic waist shorts, Panama hat

stripe bateau tee, elastic waist shorts, Panama hat

If elastic waist shorts are wrong, I don’t want to be right. It’s pretty much the only way I’m able to find shorts that don’t ride up or down or have a gap in the back big enough to fit a spare pair of shoes. Not that extra shoes don’t come in handy, but…

These shorts kind of look like they could be pajamas, but the fabric is nice and sturdy so they pass as real clothes. I would get them in every color if I actually wore shorts more than 4 times a year.

This particular shorts-wearing occasion was an outdoor symphony concert and picnic, complete with table settings, sunflower centerpiece, veggie kabobs, enough cheese and crackers to feed an army, and approximately 10,000 bottles of wine. It was super classy, and then the night ended with us all dancing to Despacito in our friends’ kitchen. Elastic waist shorts are also great for dancing, as it turns out.

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07. 17. 2017

flared sleeve crop top, culottes, Cole Haan sunglasses

When: Wednesday before last // Weather: Julyish // Real life: work

flared sleeve crop top, culottes, Cole Haan sunglasses

flared sleeve crop top, culottes, Cole Haan sunglasses

flared sleeve crop top, culottes, Cole Haan sunglasses

flared sleeve crop top, culottes, Cole Haan sunglasses

flared sleeve crop top, culottes, Cole Haan sunglasses

This is the kind of look I see on tall, freakishly chic women (in magazines, where tall, freakishly chic women live). I usually go loose on one half, fitted on the other, because I’m a tiny, only wannabe chic woman.

Maybe I got all pumped up on fireworks over the holiday but I decided to go for it, flattering proportions be damned. I can’t quite decide if I look really cool, or just like I’m wearing a fancy potato sack. But the point is: I tried something new! Another new thing I tried recently? Radishes. (Unrelated… just wanted to share.)

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07. 12. 2017

one shoulder lemon print top, skinny jeans, gold flats

When: July 4th // Weather: warm and rainy // Real life: {see below!}

one shoulder lemon print top, skinny jeans, gold flats

one shoulder lemon print top, skinny jeans, gold flats

one shoulder lemon print top, skinny jeans, gold flats

one shoulder lemon print top, skinny jeans, gold flats

one shoulder lemon print top, skinny jeans, gold flats

We had quite the non-traditional Independence Day. No BBQ, no fireworks. We started the day with a yoga class, had healthy breakfast at home, went shopping, went to an artsy movie, then went out for ice cream. I didn’t even wear any red (see above). That’s my way of celebrating my freedom – by doing absolutely nothing patriotic on the 4th of July.

But, we did have dinner at the Cheesecake Factory, and what says American gluttony better than the Cheesecake Factory (even though I had a flatbread and French wine, but who’s counting)? And guess we did play with sparklers in the front yard when we got home. Pretty much Miss America right here.

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07. 10. 2017

black and white outfit, polka dots, ponte pants outfit, statement earrings

When: Wednesday before last // Weather: hot // Real life: work

black and white outfit, polka dots, ponte pants outfit, statement earrings

black and white outfit, polka dots, ponte pants outfit, statement earrings

black and white outfit, polka dots, ponte pants outfit, statement earrings

black and white outfit, polka dots, ponte pants outfit, statement earrings

In fashion magazines, they’re always gushing about It Girls who master “high low” dressing because they wear H&M with Prada or Uniqlo with Chanel. Well, I’m not an It Girl, I’m just a That Girl, so I’m more of a “low medium” dresser. On any given day I’m probably wearing something from Target and something from Ann Taylor. Ten years ago, I was just a “low lower” dresser. Livin’ the dream here, people.

But look, my photos are still all over the Internet, so take that, Gigi Hadid. (P.S. Totally just Googled “it girls” because I couldn’t think of one, and immediately regretted it because I barely recognized any of the names, and they’re all infants. Are you ready to feel old? This is Ewan McGregor’s daughter. Yes, DAUGHTER.)

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07. 09. 2017

chambray dress, pink loafers, SugarFix tassel earrings, Fossil satchel

When: Sunday? Monday? Long weekend was a blur. // Weather: hot // Real life: general erranding and day off-ing

chambray dress, pink loafers, SugarFix tassel earrings, Fossil satchel

chambray dress, pink loafers, SugarFix tassel earrings, Fossil satchel

chambray dress, pink loafers, SugarFix tassel earrings, Fossil satchel

chambray dress, pink loafers, SugarFix tassel earrings, Fossil satchel

chambray dress, pink loafers, SugarFix tassel earrings, Fossil satchel

I regularly have the desire to buy chambray dresses, and then I hold myself back because I already have this one. But really, I also very regularly have the desire to wear a chambray dress, so I should probably have more than one. Because you know what I pretty much never have a desire to do? Laundry. (Can I get an amen.)

Basically the whole purpose of this post was to convince myself to skip doing laundry yet another day and go chambray shopping instead. WHO’S WITH ME?!

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07. 06. 2017

Loft stripe swing dress, jean jacket, Cole Haan Zero Grand sneakers, Cluse gold watch

When: last Tuesday // Weather: mild // Real life: after-work baseball game

Loft stripe swing dress, jean jacket, Cole Haan Zero Grand sneakers, Cluse gold watch

Loft stripe swing dress, jean jacket, Cole Haan Zero Grand sneakers, Cluse gold watch

Loft stripe swing dress, jean jacket, Cole Haan Zero Grand sneakers, Cluse gold watch

Loft stripe swing dress, jean jacket, Cole Haan Zero Grand sneakers, Cluse gold watch

Loft stripe swing dress, jean jacket, Cole Haan Zero Grand sneakers, Cluse gold watch

I went to a baseball game two weeks in a row in June. I’m basically a professional athlete (watcher) now. It was great though, because I actually paid attention the first week, and then used what I learned to improve my experience the second week.

For example, the first week (when I wore this BTW), I learned the tater tots are good, but the soft pretzels are even better. So this time I got the pretzel. See? I know so much about sports now.

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07. 04. 2017

These are things I wear because I’m a lady, dammit.

These are a few outfits you might have missed (or wanted to shop) on Instagram lately.

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Oh, P.S. – Happy 4th!

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07. 03. 2017

yellow halter sweater, j.crew stripe midi skirt, panama hat, broad ripple blogger

When: last Sunday // Weather: 80s and breezy // Real life: Broad Ripple duck race (yes, it’s a thing), dinner & a movie

yellow halter sweater, j.crew stripe midi skirt, panama hat, broad ripple blogger

yellow halter sweater, j.crew stripe midi skirt, panama hat, broad ripple blogger

yellow halter sweater, j.crew stripe midi skirt, panama hat, broad ripple blogger

yellow halter sweater, j.crew stripe midi skirt, panama hat, broad ripple blogger

yellow halter sweater, j.crew stripe midi skirt, panama hat, broad ripple blogger

Every summer, my neighborhood raises money by dumping 2000 rubber ducks into a canal so they can “race” to the finish line. It’s ridiculous. It’s adorable. It’s yellow.

So I wore my own yellow and watched those little duckies float along. They trained so hard, after all. Our duck didn’t win, but we still soaked up the cuteness and then went out for dinner and a movie. So, you know, everyone’s a winner.

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