Sarah's Real Life
05. 05. 2016

floral dress, striped blazer, black ankle boots, pink Ray Ban aviators

floral dress, striped blazer, black ankle boots, pink Ray Ban aviators

floral dress, striped blazer, black ankle boots, pink Ray Ban aviators

floral dress, striped blazer, black ankle boots, pink Ray Ban aviators

floral dress, striped blazer, black ankle boots, pink Ray Ban aviators

floral dress, striped blazer, black ankle boots, pink Ray Ban aviators

floral dress, striped blazer, black ankle boots, pink Ray Ban aviators

This dress is so delightfully 90s. I’m disguising it with my trendy ankle boots and structured blazer, but rest assured that underneath, this dress secretly belongs at an Alanis Morissette concert. This dress wants to curl up on a beanbag with a Capri Sun and watch Family Matters. This dress wants to wear slap bracelets and do the Macarena. You get the idea.

So isn’t it ironic that I’m wearing it in 2016? (No, Alanis. It isn’t.)

Dress (on sale) // similar Blazer* // Boots (on sale) // Bag // Sunglasses

*Blazer purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

05. 04. 2016

belted scarf, striped dress, navy suede pumps, Ann Taylor signature tote

belted scarf, striped dress, navy suede pumps, Ann Taylor signature tote

belted scarf, striped dress, navy suede pumps, Ann Taylor signature tote

belted scarf, striped dress, navy suede pumps, Ann Taylor signature tote

belted scarf, striped dress, navy suede pumps, Ann Taylor signature tote

Do you know how bad I wanted to say “let’s blow this Popsicle stand!” while wearing this outfit? Like, so bad. But the opportunity didn’t present itself. And with a joke that bad, you have to make it count. Maybe next time.

But at least I did check one thing off my to-do list with this ensemble. I’ve been wanting to try the belted scarf look since last fall (I pinned this look from Lacey way back in November) but never got around to it. Now that warm weather is here, that doesn’t mean I lost my chance! Turns out a summer scarf works just as well. So bust out your breeziest scarf and a cute braided belt, and let’s blow this Popsicle stand! No? Still not the right time? Dammit.

similar Dress (more options below) // Scarf // Shoes (on sale) // Bag // Bracelet (on sale) // Earrings (on sale) // similar Belt

05. 03. 2016

Boden print shift dress, nude tie d'orsay flats, Madewell sunglasses

Boden print shift dress, nude tie d'orsay flats, Madewell sunglasses

Boden print shift dress, nude tie d'orsay flats, Madewell sunglasses

Boden print shift dress, nude tie d'orsay flats, Madewell sunglasses

Boden print shift dress, nude tie d'orsay flats, Madewell sunglasses

Boden print shift dress, nude tie d'orsay flats, Madewell sunglasses

The last time I wore this dress, someone (a male someone) commented on Facebook that the dress would look great with heels. I was temporarily annoyed that a man was telling me what I should wear, and I thought about responding, but then I realized the comment was primarily an innocent compliment and a feminist rant wasn’t really necessary. Do you ladies see where I’m coming from, though? It might be unfair, but men don’t get to tell me to wear uncomfortable shoes. I will wear uncomfortable shoes, but no one gets to tell me to wear them unless that person has walked a mile in 3″ heels. It’s the principle of the thing.

As much as I love my heels, I love my flats just as much. I’m just an equal opportunity shoe lover. I probably will wear heels with this dress eventually, but when I do, it’ll be on my own terms. 😉 All this reminds me of the song “Put Yourself First” from the show Crazy Ex Girlfriend. Check out the video on YouTube …but only if you have a sense of humor.

Dress (on sale) // Shoes (on sale) // similar Bag // similar Sunglasses // similar Bracelet

05. 02. 2016

distressed jeans, turtleneck, army green cargo vest, gingham pumps, leopard print Rebecca Minkoff bag

distressed jeans, turtleneck, army green cargo vest, gingham pumps, leopard print Rebecca Minkoff bag

distressed jeans, turtleneck, army green cargo vest, gingham pumps, leopard print Rebecca Minkoff bag

distressed jeans, turtleneck, army green cargo vest, gingham pumps, leopard print Rebecca Minkoff bag

distressed jeans, turtleneck, army green cargo vest, gingham pumps, leopard print Rebecca Minkoff bag

distressed jeans, turtleneck, army green cargo vest, gingham pumps, leopard print Rebecca Minkoff bag

distressed jeans, turtleneck, army green cargo vest, gingham pumps, leopard print Rebecca Minkoff bag

distressed jeans, turtleneck, army green cargo vest, gingham pumps, leopard print Rebecca Minkoff bag

This whole having a little den in a finished basement is pretty great. I was already down here with my feet up on the chaise, watching Mozart in the Jungle and editing photos, when tornado sirens started going off. Well, perfect. I’m already exactly where I’m supposed to be in this situation! I’ll just keep calm and carry on, as they say.

Anyway, here are some photos from what was obviously a much less stormy day! From last (casual) Friday, to be exact. These earrings are usually my go-to fancy occasion baubles, but I decided to mix it up this time and wear them with more casual pieces. And somehow, pumps and a turtleneck make me feel like I’m office appropriate even in distressed denim and an army vest. But the fact that the pumps look like a picnic blanket keeps them from looking out of place for casual Friday, you know?

In case you hadn’t figured this out yet, about 70% of my outfit planning is just rationalizing.

Shoes // Turtleneck (on sale) // similar Vest (on sale) // similar Bag (on sale) // similar Jeans // Ring // similar Earrings // Sunglasses

05. 01. 2016

J. Crew polka dot midi skirt, red orange sweater, nude pumps, pearl bracelets, Fossil Sydney satchel

J. Crew polka dot midi skirt, red orange sweater, nude pumps, pearl bracelets, Fossil Sydney satchel

J. Crew polka dot midi skirt, red orange sweater, nude pumps, pearl bracelets, Fossil Sydney satchel

J. Crew polka dot midi skirt, red orange sweater, nude pumps, pearl bracelets, Fossil Sydney satchel

J. Crew polka dot midi skirt, red orange sweater, nude pumps, pearl bracelets, Fossil Sydney satchel

I promise this will not turn in to a political blog, but I can’t post this outfit without mentioning that this is what I was wearing when I met the future governor of Indiana. I mean, I don’t want to be too cocky and jinx it, but our current governor has made enough embarrassingly backwards decisions that I’m confident enough of my fellow Hoosiers are (forgive the cliché movie quote…) mad as hell and not going to take it anymore.

I attended a fundraiser for John Gregg last week and “reinvested” half of my state tax refund in his campaign. Honestly, I would support anyone running against Pence this fall, but now that I’ve met Gregg and heard him speak about his plans, I’m pretty pumped to spread the word about how awesome he is. So to my local readers: I encourage you to check out his website and consider donating!

But if you’re not politically inclined, that’s fine too. You can always just dress like America (which I did totally unintentionally, I swear).

Sweater // Skirt (on sale) // Bag // similar Shoes // similar Bracelets

04. 28. 2016

 

April Budget Breakdown

Row 1: Polka Dot Dress (on sale) // Blouse (on sale) // Skirt (on sale) // Striped Dress (on sale)

Row 2: Scarf // Pumps // Ring (c/o Shopbop) // Hat

Row 3: Loafers (c/o Shopbop) // Navy Flats (on sale) // Pink Dress // Nude Flats // Wallet (on sale) // Chambray Dress (on sale)

Wow. I really outdid myself this month. But with all the pretty spring things in stores (and better yet, on sale), how could I resist? Well, I suppose I could resist if I wanted to. But I didn’t want to. Reason #387 being childless is the best: more disposable income.

Speaking of income, I found out the hard way this year that I should really be setting aside a portion of my blogging bucks each month to account for taxes. Turns out once you’re no longer a student, Uncle Sam doesn’t refund everything anymore. So starting this month, I’m only counting 75% of my blogging income toward my shopping budget. #adulting #responsibilityislame

April’s Budget: $1020

($150 starting budget – $52 overspent last month + $837 blogging income + $85 selling old clothes)

If you’re new here, this is way more than usual, don’t worry! A lot of opportunities happened to align this month so I had a windfall. I like to think I put it to good use. :)

April’s Spending: $960

With a budget this big, it would have been embarrassing if I went over, wouldn’t it?

As you can see, I got some amazing dresses and skirts in pretty colors and patterns. Most of them are from Ann Taylor, who had some killer sales this month. When global warming rears its ugly head this summer, I’m going to be glad I have these. Speaking of summer, I’m kind of obsessed with my Popsicle-print scarf and straw rancher hat! Will I wear them a lot? No, probably not, but I didn’t spend very much on them either.

The most practical thing I bought this month was probably the mini wallet. I’ve been getting smaller bags recently, so I need a smaller wallet to go in them! I’ve been using a $6 one from Target for months and let’s just say you get what you pay for. I have a feeling this one will last a lot longer.

There are a few things I purchased that aren’t pictured above, including a Kate Spade bag I snagged at Nordstrom Rack (but I can’t find it for sale anywhere online). I also got a couple more versatile and less eye-catching items from Loft like a cream short-sleeve cardigan and a pair of cropped trouser jeans.

Head to Franish to see how the rest of the Budgeting Bloggers made out this month!

04. 28. 2016

white cuffed jeans, navy espadrilles, straw rancher hat, Kate Spade Cobble Hill straw bag

white cuffed jeans, navy espadrilles, straw rancher hat, Kate Spade Cobble Hill straw bag

white cuffed jeans, navy espadrilles, straw rancher hat, Kate Spade Cobble Hill straw bag

white cuffed jeans, navy espadrilles, straw rancher hat, Kate Spade Cobble Hill straw bag

white cuffed jeans, navy espadrilles, straw rancher hat, Kate Spade Cobble Hill straw bag

white cuffed jeans, navy espadrilles, straw rancher hat, Kate Spade Cobble Hill straw bag

white cuffed jeans, navy espadrilles, straw rancher hat, Kate Spade Cobble Hill straw bag

Earlier this month, I was doing some (admittedly) mindless shopping – it was part of a truly perfect Sunday Funday and I was on a sunny weekend high. I found this cute hippie top in the clearance section of Anthropologie and then happened upon this hat and realized they might look really cute together (plus, something about spending time outside makes me want to buy a new hat). I headed to the dressing room and the store associate Anita said skeptically, “I’m curious to see how that hat works out.”

What the hell is that supposed to mean?! She thinks I can’t pull it off? Hmph. I’ll show her.

So anyway, I went in to the dressing room, put on the top and hat, and came out to show Kristin. You know, the person whose opinion I actually ask for and value. But of course, Anita was out there too, and her unsolicited comment was “That actually looks pretty good!”

Um…“actually”?

I actually didn’t ask you, Anita. Obviously, I had to buy this hat just to show Anita how wrong she was. 😉

[On the off chance that Anita reads this: I know your comments were probably totally innocent, but it makes for a more entertaining story for me to imagine you as Regina George meets the lady from the store in Pretty Woman who tells Julia Roberts she can’t shop there. Also, I’m sorry you can’t pull off hats as well as I can.]

similar Top // Hat // Jeans // similar Shoes // Bag // Sunglasses

04. 27. 2016

black and white polka dot dress, army jacket, pink bow pumps

black and white polka dot dress, army jacket, pink bow pumps

black and white polka dot dress, army jacket, pink bow pumps

black and white polka dot dress, army jacket, pink bow pumps

black and white polka dot dress, army jacket, pink bow pumps

black and white polka dot dress, army jacket, pink bow pumps

This polka dot dress is so perfectly retro, it’s just begging me to wear it solo. But I wore it on April 25th, and as every Miss Congeniality fan knows, April 25th is the perfect date because all you need is a light jacket. So I wore a light jacket. Plus, you know I can’t resist a cool juxtaposition of something girly and something casual and/or androgynous.

Speaking of perfect dates, I wore this outfit to a pre-work Monday morning breakfast date. After 11 years together, we’ve learned to expand the time frames and activities that count as dates! I actually don’t know why we weren’t having breakfast dates from the beginning. I look way younger and fresher at the beginning of the day before my skin and hair have developed a layer of oil.

Dress // similar Jacket // similar Shoes // similar Bag // similar Earrings // similar Sunglasses

04. 25. 2016

Madewell flea market flares, J. Crew trench coat, red tote bag, platform Mary Janes

Madewell flea market flares, J. Crew trench coat, red tote bag, platform Mary Janes

Madewell flea market flares, J. Crew trench coat, red tote bag, platform Mary Janes

Madewell flea market flares, J. Crew trench coat, red tote bag, platform Mary Janes

Madewell flea market flares, J. Crew trench coat, red tote bag, platform Mary Janes

Madewell flea market flares, J. Crew trench coat, red tote bag, platform Mary Janes

Madewell flea market flares, J. Crew trench coat, red tote bag, platform Mary Janes

Some people think sweaters are only for fall and winter. (Actually, I don’t know if that’s true, but it helps my story, so I’m going to assume those people exist.) I’m not one of those people. I bought this sweater in 4 colors last year because it’s the perfect lightweight cotton for warmer months, and it lets me feel like I’m wearing a t-shirt but look like a grownup who has her act together. A good knit will do that for you. And it just so happens this sweater is now available again, and there are four other colors I don’t have yet!

Speaking of things that make me look more impressive than I really am, how ’bout these jeans?! I fully appreciate that not all jeans are created equal, but it’s very rare that I see someone wearing jeans that make me do a double-take. As long as a pair of jeans is comfortable, doesn’t have any weird gaps, and costs less than $80 or so, they’re good enough for me. But when I wear these jeans, I sometimes catch myself checking out my own ass. Jeans that make you objectify yourself are worth the money. Just don’t let anyone else do it without your permission.

Sweater // Jeans // Shoes (on sale) // Bag // Coat // similar Sunglasses

04. 23. 2016

This post is sponsored…thanks for supporting my shopping habit.

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Remember this time last year when I hosted a fun little fashion show at Macy’s? Well, this year, I get to sit back, relax, and watch my fellow Indianapolis bloggers Jaime and Kacie do the dirty work! I’ve hung out with them several times, and granted, there was always booze involved, but I promise they’re fabulous. Join me in hanging with these lovely ladies (plus some really tall models strutting their stuff, Clinique reps giving mini-makeovers, and a DJ doing…whatever it is DJs do) next Saturday, April 30, at 2pm at Macy’s in Castleton Square Mall.

If you’re not lucky enough to live here in the Circle City, you can find out if there’s another Macy’s Spring Fashion event near you (click here).

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