Sarah's Real Life
03. 21. 2017

caramel suede moto jacket, houndstooth dress outfit

When: a couple weeks ago // Weather: 60s // Real life: work

caramel suede moto jacket, houndstooth dress outfit

caramel suede moto jacket, houndstooth dress outfit

caramel suede moto jacket, houndstooth dress outfit

Happy spring, everyone! I totally forgot a new season was starting yesterday when I posted a bunch of outfits for every season. This outfit is actually from a couple weeks ago when we had a weird late-winter heat wave and it felt like spring. Of course, now it’s actually spring and it feels like winter.

You have to laugh to keep from crying sometimes, ya know?

caramel suede moto jacket, houndstooth dress outfit

similar Dress (several options below!) // similar Jacket (on sale) // similar Sunglasses // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Bag

03. 20. 2017

If you’ve ever wanted to experience all four seasons in the course of a week, then Indiana might be the place for you. Let me know if you want to come visit – bring a tank top, a wool coat, flip flops, and gloves, and I’ll show you the sights. Here’s how I’ve been dressing for all four seasons over the past month or so…

Winter

print mixing, winter outfit ideasSweater (on sale) // similar Skirt // Bag (c/o Shopbop) // similar Coat // similar Shoes

belted cardigan, lace dress, ankle boots outfitsimilar Dress // similar Cardigan // similar Bag // Belt (on sale)

Spring

silk neck scarf, trench coat, suede loaferssimilar Coat // similar Loafers (c/o Shopbop) // Pants // similar Scarf (on sale) // similar Bag // similar Sunglasses (on sale)

ankle boots spring outfitPants // Bag (c/o Shopbop) // Blazer // similar Boots

Summer

leopard print, ankle boots outfitsimilar Top // Jeans // similar Boots // similar Bag

tassel necklacesimilar Top // similar Necklace // similar Bag

Fall

long vest, ponte pants, burgundy ankle bootssimilar Vest // similar Boots // similar Bag

leather sleeve coat, Cole Haan Zerogrand wingtipssimilar Coat // similar Bag // Shoes // Sunglasses

I’ll be out of this crazy Midwestern state starting Tuesday, so be sure to follow along with my NYC adventures on Instagram!

03. 16. 2017

ponte pants, ankle boots, blush sweater, Madewell transport tote

When: Monday // Weather: 30s and flurries // Real life: work

ponte pants, ankle boots, blush sweater, Madewell transport tote

ponte pants, ankle boots, blush sweater, Madewell transport tote

ponte pants, ankle boots, blush sweater, Madewell transport tote

ponte pants, ankle boots, blush sweater, Madewell transport tote

It’s that time of the year when, in my mind, I’ve decided it should be spring. But my Weather Kitty app (it’s where kittens tell you the forecast…don’t judge, it’s amazing and sometimes it’s even accurate) only gives me bad news.

The worst part isn’t that I’m cold – I’ve sort of gotten used to that. It’s that I suddenly hate all the gray and burgundy and flannel in my closet. All those purchasing decisions from September through February suddenly seem like the deranged impulses of a psycho who lives in a cave in Alaska.

Sigh. Anywho, the best I could come up with was mixing lots of blush with my black. I only have a few cozy pastels, so Weather Kitty better have some good news for me soon.

similar Top // similar Sweater // Pants // Boots (on sale) // Bag* // Sunglasses // Necklace

*Bag purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

03. 15. 2017

Parisian style, polka dot skirt, beret, Peter Pan collar, ballet flats, trench coat

When: Sunday before last // Weather: 60s // Real life: seeing An American in Paris with live orchestra (!!)

Parisian style, polka dot skirt, beret, Peter Pan collar, ballet flats, trench coat

Parisian style, polka dot skirt, beret, Peter Pan collar, ballet flats, trench coat

Parisian style, polka dot skirt, beret, Peter Pan collar, ballet flats, trench coat

Parisian style, polka dot skirt, beret, Peter Pan collar, ballet flats, trench coat

In another reality, I was born a few decades earlier, I married Gene Kelly, and An American in Paris was our real life, not just a movie. Not that I’m complaining about my actual real life. S’wonderful, but it’s a distant second to the waltzing along the Seine version. (Just kidding. Sort of.)

Luckily, my real and alternate lives collided earlier this month when I got to see An American in Paris on a big screen, accompanied by live orchestra. I don’t know how many dozens of times I’ve seen that movie, but this was definitely the best experience yet!

Naturally, I wanted to dress the part, so I wore an outfit from my alternate 50s Parisian closet, which, coincidentally, is quite similar to my regular contemporary American closet.

A million thanks to my real life spouse who paid to take me on this lovely date to drool over my first love! :)

similar Skirt (on sale) // similar Sweater // similar Shoes // similar Hat // similar Bag (on sale) // similar Sunglasses

03. 14. 2017

white jeans, OTK boots, leather jacket outfit

When: Sunday // Weather: 30s // Real life: brunch, baby shower, Target run

white jeans, OTK boots, leather jacket outfit

I liked my black suede tote so much, I got a blush one for spring (and really any other season when I carry things).

white jeans, OTK boots, leather jacket outfit

white jeans, OTK boots, leather jacket outfit

white jeans, OTK boots, leather jacket outfit

white jeans, OTK boots, leather jacket outfit

Contrary to popular belief, I don’t hate children. I just think they’re gross and sticky and annoying and I don’t want them near me until they’re at least 15. While I missed out on the maternal instinct myself, I am perfectly happy to celebrate my friends who procreate. Especially when I’m pretty confident those friends will have booze at their baby shower. (My hunch was right.)

Tee (on sale) // similar Jeans // similar Jacket (on sale) // Bag* // similar Boots // similar Earrings

*Bag purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

03. 13. 2017

sequin sweatshirt, suede over the knee boots outfit

When: Saturday before last // Weather: chilly // Real life: attending a dinner party

sequin sweatshirt, suede over the knee boots outfit

sequin sweatshirt, suede over the knee boots outfit

sequin sweatshirt, suede over the knee boots outfit

sequin sweatshirt, suede over the knee boots outfit

sequin sweatshirt, suede over the knee boots outfit

I’m not sure when I turned in to someone old enough to go to dinner parties, but it happened and I’m not mad about it. #1: The dress code is flexible (and what is a sequin sweatshirt if not flexible?) #2: As long as you bring something decent to share, you get to take advantage of your friends who are actually good cooks. :) #3: You can have multiple glasses of wine without spending all your lunch money for the following week. And by lunch money I mean shoe money, let’s be honest.

Basically, dinner parties and cheaper car insurance are the main perks to your 30s…not that I would know anything about being 30.

similar Sweatshirt // Jeans // similar Boots // similar Sunglasses // similar Bag

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03. 09. 2017

coatigan, ponte pants, mint green pumps

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

coatigan, ponte pants, mint green pumps

coatigan, ponte pants, mint green pumps

coatigan, ponte pants, mint green pumps

coatigan, ponte pants, mint green pumps

coatigan, ponte pants, mint green pumps

coatigan, ponte pants, mint green pumps

Great. News. Do you recall the tragic story of a fashion-obsessed lawyer who was all packed and ready to go to NYC for a fashion law conference when a blizzard hit and ruined her plans? You might remember her. Her name was me.

Well, there’s another bigger and better fashion law conference in NYC later this month, and I get to go! A late March blizzard is much less likely than a mid-February blizzard so I remain optimistic (optimistic by my standards, anyway). And this way, I’ll get to dress cuter and springier and that’s obviously the most important thing.

similar Cardigan // similar Top // Pants (on sale) // similar Shoes // similar Bag

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03. 08. 2017

j.crew business dress, ankle strap flats, Ted Baker floral watch

When: during the February heat wave // Weather: 70 // Real life: work

j.crew business dress, ankle strap flats, Ted Baker floral watch

j.crew business dress, ankle strap flats, Ted Baker floral watch

j.crew business dress, ankle strap flats, Ted Baker floral watch

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j.crew business dress, ankle strap flats, Ted Baker floral watch

Yesterday at work I managed to remain relatively cool, calm, and collected while someone (a male someone, of course) told me that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is “frail.” Apparently he saw her in action recently (#jealous) and she was barely visible on the other side of the bench and her voice was very quiet.

In case you, too, are a soft-spoken, diminutive woman and you’re wondering whether you’ll amount to anything in this world full of big, loud men…allow me to draw your attention to a certain Supreme Court justice who can do 20 pushups.

similar Dress (I’m wearing a size 00 but that doesn’t mean I can’t kick some butt) // Necklace // Watch // similar Bag (on sale) // Sunglasses // similar Shoes

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03. 06. 2017

IMG_0499Dress (on sale) // similar Shoes // Earrings

You’ve been wanting to know everything I wore in February, haven’t you? I thought so. Let’s start with my 24-hour trip to Chicago for a work retreat. Above is what I wore for the day of the meeting (it says I’m fun but I mean business), and down there is what I wore for the night-before social event (aka lawyers drinking and telling nerdy jokes).

IMG_0486Top (on sale) // Jeans (on sale) // similar Bag

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I got this sweatshirt because it’s crazy soft and it makes a statement that is pretty much always going to be true. Same with this one.

IMG_0556similar Sweater // similar Bag (c/o Shopbop) // similar Skirt (on sale)

The day I wore this, someone told me I looked like a teacher, and another person told me I looked like Sarah Paulson. If there’s a movie where Sarah Paulson plays a teacher, I guess that was my subconscious inspiration.

IMG_0522Sunglasses // Shoes // Nails “Taupe-Less Beach”

The silver lining in the hole in the ozone is that I got to wear sunglasses and go on walks when it should’ve been a frozen tundra. (These shoes are crazy comfy, BTW.)

IMG_0293Earrings

Who else is crazy happy about the special BaubleBar jewelry line for Target? One of everything, please.

IMG_0412Pants (on sale) // similar Scarf // similar Sunglasses // similar Bag

February was a month of non-functional neck scarves one day and big cozy blanket scarves the next. I’m proposing a new tagline for the Hoosier state: “Welcome to Indiana. We don’t understand what’s happening here either.”

IMG_0431similar Scarf // Shoes (c/o Shopbop) // similar Watch

RIP, pastel sweater. You should’ve gone home with someone who won’t wash you with a bright red dress like an idiot.

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03. 03. 2017

This post is sponsored by Meijer. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review, along with other compensation. All opinions are mine whether you like them or not!

It’s that time again! Time for Meijer to send me a bunch of beauty and personal care products so I can try them all and tell you what’s worth knowing about. It just so happened that a lot of what Meijer sent me is for those of us who are prone to producing excess oil. So my fellow Greasy Gretas and Oily Olgas, this is for you!

First up: the L’Oreal Extraordinary Clay collection. I can honestly say I noticed a difference using this whole system. Whether there’s only one element making the difference, I don’t know! All I know is I went out in public (to the symphony, no less) with 3rd-day hair. 3RD-DAY HAIR, PEOPLE. This is epic for me.

l'oreal extraordinary clay hair review

The system includes a mask that you put on your roots before washing. I only used it along my hairline because otherwise it would take forever. You’re supposed to leave it on for 5 minutes, so I just use that time to let the water heat up and do other shower stuff. You know how showers work – I don’t really need to explain this.

Then I use the clay shampoo and conditioner. In case you’re worried they look and feel like actual clay, I assure you they are just like any other ‘poo and condish.

l'oreal extraordinary clay hair review

I use the dry shampoo on my 2nd-day (and yes, even 3rd-day) hair so it looks like I’m wearing a ponytail because I want to, not because I have to.

l'oreal extraordinary clay hair review

Shake, spray, rub in, brush lightly. Voila.

yes to tomatoes face wipes review

Now let’s talk about my face. And your face. Faces in general. I became a fan of no-rinse cleansing wipes a couple years ago when I had a really bad neck spasm and couldn’t lean over a sink. (True story.) I’m more mobile now, but I still love my wipes! Meijer set me the Yes To Tomatoes detoxifying charcoal facial wipes. While I object to the universal overuse of the term “detoxifying,” I do think it’s cool that something black makes my face cleaner. They are also really soft and smell nice!

yes to tomatoes face wipes review

l'oreal clay mask review

Next I tried out the L’Oreal Pure-Clay mask. I don’t know if masks do anything, to be honest. I just think they’re fun. They’re great for sleepovers, post-truth or dare and pre-pillow fight. (Just kidding. Sort of.)

l'oreal clay mask review

Now that I’m all clean, let’s talk makeup for a sec. This L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow foundation is a thinner consistency than what I’ve been using, but I now realize that’s probably a good thing for people with oily pores. I think it’s supposed to give you a “dewy” look, but I tend to achieve that on my own, so I top it off with my usual powder. I still get shiny by mid-day, but it takes a little bit longer.

l'oreal infallible review

Last up, Dove advanced care invisible deodorant. It purports to leave no white marks…like, pretty much ever. I’ve only been able to truly put it to the test once, when I wore a short sleeve black dress last week. So far, so good! I have to call B.S. on the “48-hour protection” claim though. I most certainly needed to reapply in less than 24.

dove advanced care review

Many thanks to Meijer for hooking me up! All the products featured above are available (at lovely prices) at Meijer, but if you’re not in the Midwest, you should be able to find them at other retailers! Happy absorbing!

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