Sarah's Real Life
12. 07. 2016

holiday party outfit, leopard faux fur coat, gold flats, Gigi New York uber clutch, tassel earrings

When: Saturday night // Weather: 40s // Real life: art auction benefit

holiday party outfit, leopard faux fur coat, gold flats, Gigi New York uber clutch, tassel earrings

holiday party outfit, leopard faux fur coat, gold flats, Gigi New York uber clutch, tassel earrings

holiday party outfit, leopard faux fur coat, gold flats, Gigi New York uber clutch, tassel earrings

holiday party outfit, leopard faux fur coat, gold flats, Gigi New York uber clutch, tassel earrings

holiday party outfit, leopard faux fur coat, gold flats, Gigi New York uber clutch, tassel earrings

holiday party outfit, leopard faux fur coat, gold flats, Gigi New York uber clutch, tassel earrings

You know what I’m a fan of? Silent auctions. They’re like competitive shopping. Much like red wine and spending Friday night at home in your sweats, silent auctions are something you don’t learn to enjoy until adulthood. If you haven’t participated in one before, I recommend it – preferably one that benefits a good cause. On Saturday I went to an art auction to benefit Indiana Youth Group, an organization that provides a safe space and programming for LGBT youths here in Indy. I snagged a really pretty print for only $40 and helped team rainbow along the way. And I had an excuse to dress a little bit fancy. If there aren’t any silent auctions in your future (so sad for you), a shift dress with metallic flats and tassel earrings would also be perfect at a holiday party!

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12. 06. 2016

red sweater, faux leather leggings, white Chucks, J.Crew wool trench, cable knit beanie

When: Sunday after Thanksgiving // Weather: 40s // Real life: last day in NYC

red sweater, faux leather leggings, white Chucks, J.Crew wool trench, cable knit beanie

red sweater, faux leather leggings, white Chucks, J.Crew wool trench, cable knit beanie

red sweater, faux leather leggings, white Chucks, J.Crew wool trench, cable knit beanie

^^Please note the other red sweater photo shoot happening in the background. I think the kids call that meta.

red sweater, faux leather leggings, white Chucks, J.Crew wool trench, cable knit beanie

red sweater, faux leather leggings, white Chucks, J.Crew wool trench, cable knit beanie

red sweater, faux leather leggings, white Chucks, J.Crew wool trench, cable knit beanie

Sigh. I’ve been dragging out the NYC recap posts as long as possible, but this is the last one. The vacation (and the reliving of the vacation) is over.

So this was Day 4 of our NYC Thanksgiving vacation. There’s a lot of pressure on a day that follows the day I see Hamilton on Broadway, but Day 4 did its best. It didn’t try to be better, it just tried to be great in its own special way. Good job, Day 4. You were great. Everything else on our to-do list was done, and you let us do whatever we wanted. We had a scrumptious brunch, post-brunch cookies (vacation calories don’t count), walked around Central Park, visited the Frick Collection, wandered in a few stores, and finished the day off with an amazing meal at Manzo. The gnocchi was a borderline religious experience.

The cherry on top of Day 4 was that I wore my favorite outfit of the trip! I’m resolving to wear more red because it makes me feel sassy and I think I look good in it. Plus it’s festive this time of year. I also felt pretty hip in my faux leather leggings and Chucks.

Sweater (under $30!) // similar Leggings (on sale) // Shoes* // similar Hat (under $15) // similar Bag (on sale) // similar Sunglasses // Coat

*Shoes purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

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12. 04. 2016

striped sweater, army jacket, black skinny jeans, flat ankle boots

When: last Saturday // Weather: 50ish // Real life: day 3 in NYC

striped sweater, army jacket, black skinny jeans, flat ankle boots

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striped sweater, army jacket, black skinny jeans, flat ankle boots

striped sweater, army jacket, black skinny jeans, flat ankle boots

striped sweater, army jacket, black skinny jeans, flat ankle boots

I know you’ve been waiting for it, and here it is: the outfit I wore the day I saw Hamilton! OK, maybe this is one of those days where the outfit isn’t nearly as exciting as what I did while I wore it.

Back story on how we managed to get tickets to the most insanely popular musical in the world: Step 1: random good luck. Step 2: credit card. That’s pretty much it. We considered selling the tickets for a sweet profit but decided the experience was worth more to us. I can now safely say I have no regrets about our decision! Hamilton lived up to the hype and then some.

Most of the original cast is gone now, but the new people are no slumps. Like, I think they might have done some singing before. Maybe some middle school talent shows or something. George Washington was my favorite! Anywho, as fun as it is to just listen to the soundtrack, seeing it on Broadway is some next level shit. I absolutely loved the choreography (which can make or break a show if you ask me) and…I don’t know…there’s just something very special about being in the room where it happens. 😉

Now that we have the back story and the main event out of the way, here’s your sub-plot: When we were waiting in line outside the theater, Kristin noticed someone a few feet away from us wearing a fabulous leopard print coat and she gave me a nudge to show me said fabulous coat. I looked up and realized (1) that really was a fabulous coat, and (2) the person wearing the fabulous coat was Christina Hendricks. Yep, I saw Hamilton with Joan from Mad Men.

Again, no regrets. One more NYC post still to come – stay tuned!

similar Top // similar Jacket (on sale) // Jeans // Boots* // similar Earrings // similar Sunglasses // Ring

*Boots provided courtesy of Dansko.

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12. 01. 2016

OTK boots, striped shirt, colorblock hat outfit

When: Black Friday // Weather: 50s // Real life: day 2 in NYC!

OTK boots, striped shirt, colorblock hat outfit

OTK boots, striped shirt, colorblock hat outfit

OTK boots, striped shirt, colorblock hat outfit

OTK boots, striped shirt, colorblock hat outfit

OTK boots, striped shirt, colorblock hat outfit

Fun fact: I bought this hat on a whim while at Target getting stuff for my trip. Another fun fact: I took it to New York and wore it for 10 minutes before a pigeon pooped on my head. I guess it’s better than poop in my hair?

Anyway, Day 2 in NYC was a big one! We started the day at the 9/11 Museum. Despite the fact the flow of the main exhibit is terrible, and despite the fact the subject matter is depressing as hell, it is still worth a visit. In 2001, I was too busy being an angry teenager to really process and care about everything that happened. This time around, I had a lot more appreciation for what so many people went through that day. That’s about as close as this heartless fembot comes to empathy. 😉

To balance out the somber start to the day, we partook in the great American past time of Black Friday shopping. In SoHo. Go big or go home, right? Surprisingly, I didn’t go too crazy. My favorite purchase was a pair of tassel earrings from Club Monaco.

But wait! I saved the best for last. The day ended with Waitress the Musical (thanks to my MIL for the tickets)! It. Was. Amazing. I usually prefer a dance-heavy musical and this one was pretty minimal on movement, but it was funny and sweet and happy and sad and Jessie Mueller melted my face off and it smelled like pie (seriously). And…AND…after the show we met Headmaster Charleston from Gilmore Girls!!!

Told you it was a big day. Totally forgot about my poop hat by the end.

similar Hat // Sweater // similar Boots (on sale) // similar Bag (on sale) // Lips “Sandman”

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11. 29. 2016

J.Crew trench coat, plaid blanket scarf, OTK boots

When: Thanksgiving Day // Weather: 40s // Real life: Macy’s parade and admiring decorations around NYC

J.Crew trench coat, plaid blanket scarf, OTK boots

J.Crew trench coat, plaid blanket scarf, OTK boots

J.Crew trench coat, plaid blanket scarf, OTK boots

Last Thursday, while the rest of you were surrounded by your loved ones eating turkey and pumpkin pie, I was surrounded by thousands of strangers watching a giant inflatable Hello Kitty float down 6th Avenue. Livin’ the dream, folks. Livin’ the dream.

Despite the epic crowds, Thanksgiving in New York was wonderful. After the parade, we walked all over Midtown looking at Christmas decorations and watching people fall down at the Rockefeller Center skating rink. These are things that bring me joy.

I just got home a few hours ago and I’m trying to catch up on Gilmore Girls and take advantage of a few Cyber Monday sales, so I’m keeping this post short. More details of my trip (including Hamilton!) will be on the blog over the next few days!

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11. 28. 2016

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So, it’s like…pretty much winter now I think. This was a work outfit from last week, and it was so cold in my office I had to use the blanket scarf as an actual blanket. Next step: electric blanket scarf.

NY&Co sunglasses

New sunglasses just in time for me to not see the sun for 5 months. Only $15 though!

jean jacket, ponte pants, suede bootsTop (on sale) // similar Jacket // similar Boots // similar Bag

I spent a lot of time in theaters this month, starting when I saw my friends perform in Young Frankenstein (I have very talented friends).

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…And then those same friends came to see me on stage, performing in a modern dance showcase. These were opening night flowers from my choreographer.

Boden dress, J.Crew trench coatDress // similar Trench (on sale) // Earrings // Bag (c/o Shopbop)

Sigh. This was my election day outfit. I was so proud of my democrat blue. I’m finally at a point I can look at it again.

Kendra Scott bracelet, Popsugar Must Have box

Check out the cute Kendra Scott bracelet that came in my Must Have Box (c/o Popsugar) this month! I’ve already worn it multiple times (I’m a big fan because it’s adjustable). It’s been fun getting a box of surprises every month. The Must Have Box would make a great gift for a sister or close friend (and by “close friend” I mean yourself)  – you can get $5 off your first box with the code SHOP5!

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11. 23. 2016

belted sweater jacket, distressed gray skinny jeans, biker boots, gemstone ring

When: Sunday // Weather: 40s // Real life: lunch with friends, then a movie with some other friends (yes, I have multiple friends)

belted sweater jacket, distressed gray skinny jeans, biker boots, gemstone ring

belted sweater jacket, distressed gray skinny jeans, biker boots, gemstone ring

belted sweater jacket, distressed gray skinny jeans, biker boots, gemstone ring

belted sweater jacket, distressed gray skinny jeans, biker boots, gemstone ring

belted sweater jacket, distressed gray skinny jeans, biker boots, gemstone ring

belted sweater jacket, distressed gray skinny jeans, biker boots, gemstone ring

I think my favorite way to wear fancy, sparkly jewelry is with a really casual outfit. There’s something very Parisian about it, and what do basic American girls like almost as much as froyo and Taylor Swift? Paris.

But really, don’t you love the certain je ne sais quoi of a plain t-shirt and jeans with a pearl necklace, or a big chunky sweater with a gemstone or diamond ring? Not a bad idea for a Thanksgiving day outfit, now that I think about it! That’s an outfit that says “I’m ready for a very cozy but very special occasion.”

Speaking of Thanksgiving, I really truly hope you all have a lovely holiday filled with lots of food and very little talk about the election with your radical uncle.

Sweater // Turtleneck // similar Jeans // Ring* // similar Boots (on sale) // similar Bag (on sale) // similar Earrings // Sunglasses

*Ring provided courtesy of Anjolee.

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11. 22. 2016

camel coat, ponte pants, Who What Wear for Target blouse, red bag, Ann Taylor animal print block heel pumps

When: last week // Weather: cool // Real life: work

camel coat, ponte pants, Who What Wear for Target blouse, red bag, Ann Taylor animal print block heel pumps

camel coat, ponte pants, Who What Wear for Target blouse, red bag, Ann Taylor animal print block heel pumps

camel coat, ponte pants, Who What Wear for Target blouse, red bag, Ann Taylor animal print block heel pumps

camel coat, ponte pants, Who What Wear for Target blouse, red bag, Ann Taylor animal print block heel pumps

camel coat, ponte pants, Who What Wear for Target blouse, red bag, Ann Taylor animal print block heel pumps

camel coat, ponte pants, Who What Wear for Target blouse, red bag, Ann Taylor animal print block heel pumps

Nothing special to report today. This is just another outfit I wore to work recently. Oh, speaking of “WORK!” did I mention I’m going to see Hamilton on Broadway? No? Well then I guess I do have something pretty effing special to report today!

We lucked out finding tickets the old fashioned way (Ticketmaster), toyed with the idea of selling them for a profit, but finally decided the opportunity was too awesome to pass up. Jetting off to NYC just to see a Broadway show probably isn’t the most financially responsible option, but life is too short to be responsible all the time. Plus…and you knew this was coming…we are not throwing away our shot!

Look for more of my adventures in New York (the greatest city in the woooorld) on Instagram (@sarahsreallife) in the near future…

If I weren’t trying to conserve funds for my upcoming trip (hey, that’s a little financially responsible), I might be taking advantage of more of these Thanksgiving sales! Shopbop’s* tiered sale (spend more, save more) is going on now through the whole week (details here). I suppose you could get gifts (how cool are these gold patterned champagne flutes?!) but something for yourself would be perfectly acceptable if you ask me!

similar Shirt (on sale) // similar Pants // Shoes // similar Coat (under $60) // similar Bag // Ring

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*Please note that as part of my partnership with Shopbop I am obligated to tell you about certain sale events.

11. 20. 2016

Heads up: JORD Wood Watches provided me with a complimentary product to facilitate this post.

buffalo check puffer vest, tissue turtleneck, Jord Wood Watch Frankie

When: Friday // Weather: cool // Real life: work

buffalo check puffer vest, tissue turtleneck, Jord Wood Watch Frankie

buffalo check puffer vest, tissue turtleneck, Jord Wood Watch Frankie

buffalo check puffer vest, tissue turtleneck, Jord Wood Watch Frankie

buffalo check puffer vest, tissue turtleneck, Jord Wood Watch Frankie

buffalo check puffer vest, tissue turtleneck, Jord Wood Watch Frankie

buffalo check puffer vest, tissue turtleneck, Jord Wood Watch Frankie

A watch made of wood? Say whaaaaat?! Not something I would normally think to try, but I have to admit it’s pretty unique, not to mention beautifully made. Nicely done, JORD. A wood watch would make a great gift, and they make men’s watches too. Just sayin’.

Also, I’m pretty excited puffer vest season is here. I love puffer vests. I mean, I only wear mine like once a year, and they don’t seem to go with very many other things in my closet, but still. I love them. It’s like wearing a sleeping bag. Basically, this is me camping. But instead of being surrounded by trees, I’m wearing the tree on my wrist.

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

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11. 17. 2016

mauve sweater, Ann Taylor ankle pants, haircalf leopard pumps, fringe transport tote

When: last Monday // Weather: fallish // Real life: work

mauve sweater, Ann Taylor ankle pants, haircalf leopard pumps, fringe transport tote

mauve sweater, Ann Taylor ankle pants, haircalf leopard pumps, fringe transport tote

mauve sweater, Ann Taylor ankle pants, haircalf leopard pumps, fringe transport tote

mauve sweater, Ann Taylor ankle pants, haircalf leopard pumps, fringe transport tote

mauve sweater, Ann Taylor ankle pants, haircalf leopard pumps, fringe transport tote

I’m fully aware this sweater is not flattering on me. It doesn’t look bad, but it definitely doesn’t cast my bod in the best possible light either. But I don’t care. It’s chunky and comfy and soft and I like the color. You know how they say you have to learn the rules of something before you can break them? I’m pretty sure I have a handle on the rules of dressing at this point, so this is me breaking them. The Mauve Rebellion: you heard it here first.

similar Sweater // Pants // similar Shoes // Bag* // Ring

*Bag purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

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