Sarah's Real Life
12. 11. 2017

star scarf, J.Crew coat, ponte pants, suede sneakers, beret

When: last Sunday // Weather: 40s // Real life: enjoying Christmas lights at the art museum zoo

star scarf, J.Crew coat, ponte pants, suede sneakers, beret

star scarf, J.Crew coat, ponte pants, suede sneakers, beret

star scarf, J.Crew coat, ponte pants, suede sneakers, beret

star scarf, J.Crew coat, ponte pants, suede sneakers, beret

star scarf, J.Crew coat, ponte pants, suede sneakers, beret

Last weekend we had plans to go to Winterlights, which is this new insanely magical Christmas light display that everyone’s talking about. Sunday night was the perfect night for it because it was cold, but a Christmassy kind of cold, not a “screw-everything-let’s-move-to-South-America” kind of cold (that’s in February).

So I bundled up appropriately (and adorably if I do say so myself), and we drove down to Newfields, only to find out Winterlights was sold out. I didn’t even know it was possible for something that’s outside to sell out! And judging by the number of commercials, billboards, and social media sponsored ads I’ve seen for this damn thing, I thought they were desperate to get as many people there as possible. BUT IT’S FINE I’M NOT BITTER AT ALL.

Anyway, I didn’t leave the house on a Sunday night in a hot pink coat for nothing, so we went to Christmas at the Zoo instead. It was a pretty delightful evening, even if it wasn’t the one we planned. And we got Winterlights tickets for next week, which just means I’ll get to wear another cute hat.

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12. 06. 2017

floral dress, suede moto jacket, ankle boots

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

floral dress, suede moto jacket, ankle boots

floral dress, suede moto jacket, ankle boots

floral dress, suede moto jacket, ankle boots

floral dress, suede moto jacket, ankle boots

When I got this dress back in the summer (seen here and here), I never imagined I’d still be wearing it in December! But it turns out, once you cover up the short ruffle sleeves, this is actually a nice all-season floral print. (Score.) And what do we do with all-season floral prints in the fall/winter? We wear them with a moto jacket and ankle boots, because that’s the answer to everything. Whenever I wear something kind of edgy like this to the office, I like to add something a little more chic and professional so I don’t look like I’m in-house counsel for Urban Outfitters (not that there’s anything wrong with that). This time, it was pearl earrings and a side part low pony.

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12. 04. 2017

chartreuse bell sleeve sweater, culottes, strappy leopard pumps, velvet bag

When: last Tuesday // Weather: weirdly warm // Real life: work

chartreuse bell sleeve sweater, culottes, strappy leopard pumps, velvet bag

chartreuse bell sleeve sweater, culottes, strappy leopard pumps, velvet bag

chartreuse bell sleeve sweater, culottes, strappy leopard pumps, velvet bag

chartreuse bell sleeve sweater, culottes, strappy leopard pumps, velvet bag

I took a bath yesterday, which I almost never do. I lit a candle, turned on some jazz, closed my eyes and didn’t look at a screen for half an hour. As I was lying there, I realized I hardly ever do nothing. It’s not that I feel stressed all the time or that my life is non-stop action; it’s just that even when I “relax,” I’m still doing something. When I watch TV, I’m also working or blogging. I go to yoga for the workout more than the zen, and during savasana, I think about what I’m going to have for dinner. My afternoon coffee breaks double as outfit photo shoot opportunities (see above).

But yesterday I did nothing for 30 minutes and it was lovely. So lovely, in fact, that as soon as my fingers turned pruney, I dried off and blogged about it, then made some to-do lists and meal prepped for the week. Namaste.

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*Shoes purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

11. 30. 2017

graphic sweatshirt, distressed jeans, leopard sneakers, tassel earrings

When: Sunday before last // Weather: brrr // Real life: shopping and a movie

graphic sweatshirt, distressed jeans, leopard sneakers, tassel earrings

graphic sweatshirt, distressed jeans, leopard sneakers, tassel earrings

graphic sweatshirt, distressed jeans, leopard sneakers, tassel earrings

graphic sweatshirt, distressed jeans, leopard sneakers, tassel earrings

Phew, I wore (and blogged) this sweatshirt just in time! I know winter doesn’t technically begin for a few weeks, but once December hits, it’s hard to think of any season other than the Christmas season. Pass the eggnog.

I’m a big fan of “special” sweatshirts (you know, with some snazzy embellishments or French crap on them). Sometimes I make them extra special with fancy earrings. In case you’re thinking this is a look you can’t pull off, well…I guess you could be right. I mean, I don’t know most of you. BUT I still think you should try it. The secret ingredients are sass and confidence. And maybe eggnog.

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11. 28. 2017

green dress, plaid scarf, bow pumps
When: last Tuesday // Weather: chilly and sunny // Real life: work

green dress, plaid scarf, bow pumps

green dress, plaid scarf, bow pumps

green dress, plaid scarf, bow pumps

green dress, plaid scarf, bow pumps

Whenever I see other blondes wearing green, I think, “she looks amazing in that!” Then I get green envy. Not green with envy, but green envy. I wear plenty of mint green and olive green, but not green green. Every time I found something green green that I liked, it didn’t fit right. I had almost given up on my dream of being a green-wearing blonde and then I found this dress! Just in time for the holidays, too. This was pre-Thanksgiving so I wanted to make it more fall and less Christmas, but how cute will it look next month with some red accents?! I bet even a brunette would look great. 😉

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11. 26. 2017

ruffle sweater, midi skirt, ankle boots

When: early November // Weather: chilly // Real life: work

ruffle sweater, midi skirt, ankle boots

ruffle sweater, midi skirt, ankle boots

ruffle sweater, midi skirt, ankle boots

ruffle sweater, midi skirt, ankle boots

There’s the woman who will turn to her significant other and say: “Does this make me look fat?” And then there’s me, who asks: “Does this make me look like velociraptor?” And because I have a wonderful significant other, the answer is: “Yes, but in a good way.” (I thought velociraptors were the ones with the neck frill thing, but now that I try to find a photo, I think it’s a dilophosaurus. Whatever.)

I tend to wear more black during the winter, but I prefer for my black to have a little flair to it, so if it can be reminiscent of some kind of dinosaur (the species isn’t that important), that’s a bonus.

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11. 23. 2017

Heads up: There’s some sponsored content ahead.
slate & willow dress, velvet bag

When: Nov. 4 // Weather: chilly // Real life: fundraiser gala event

slate & willow dress, velvet bag

slate & willow dress, velvet bag

slate & willow dress, velvet bag

slate & willow dress, velvet bag

I thought I’d share this look from a recent event with you today as an example of what not to wear to Thanksgiving dinner. Let’s just say this dress baaaaarely fits and the fabric has zero stretch. But it was final sale and it sure is pretty, isn’t it?

Now that we’re talking holidays, I’m contractually obligated* to tell you that there’s a BIG Shopbop sale happening right freaking now. And I will voluntarily tell you that I already ordered this Rebecca Minkoff sweatshirt, these strappy leopard pumps, and these beaded earrings. Almost everything is on sale, and the more you spend, the bigger your discount. The sale ends Sunday night (details here) so if you have any big ticket (or even small ticket) fashion items on your Christmas list, now is the time!

But first…food, family, and friends. Happy Thanksgiving!

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*Here’s the deal: Shopbop throws me some gift cards from time to time, and in return I advertise for them. But it’s all good because I get to pick any products I feature so opinions are still 100% mine. And I know how much you all value my opinions. 😉

11. 20. 2017

long sleeve floral midi dress, tan suede boots, yellow Rebecca Minkoff love bag, 3-ball gold earrings

When: last Monday // Weather: chilly // Real life: work, then trivia at a brewery

long sleeve floral midi dress, tan suede boots, yellow Rebecca Minkoff love bag, 3-ball gold earrings

long sleeve floral midi dress, tan suede boots, yellow Rebecca Minkoff love bag, 3-ball gold earrings

long sleeve floral midi dress, tan suede boots, yellow Rebecca Minkoff love bag, 3-ball gold earrings

long sleeve floral midi dress, tan suede boots, yellow Rebecca Minkoff love bag, 3-ball gold earrings

long sleeve floral midi dress, tan suede boots, yellow Rebecca Minkoff love bag, 3-ball gold earrings

It’s looks like these that remind me why I started blogging. I just love them so much I want them to live on forever through the magic of the interwebs. I mean maybe I’ll just throw on black pants and a sweater for the rest of the winter and call it a day. I’ll always have this to look back on.

Just kidding, you know I’m an over-achiever when it comes to fashion. So I’m going to see how many different ways I can style this dress. (I love that it’s long sleeved because I can layer a tee underneath when it gets disgustingly cold out.) Maybe with a chunky scarf? Leather jacket? The possibilities are…well, not endless, but I’ll do my best.

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11. 15. 2017

These are some things I really like:

Bright coats. Plaid. Over-the-knee boots. Puffer vests. Burgundy. Felt hats. Leather jackets.

“Really like” means they rank above “like” but below “love.” So for comparison’s sake, I like The Office, but I love Parks and Rec. I like salsa, but I love guacamole. I like bunnies, but I love cats. I like brunch, but I love boozy brunch. Just kidding, I love all brunch. But you get the idea.

Just to prove how much I really like that list of things up there, here’s how I’ve been wearing all of them over the past couple weeks! (Shop the goods in the widgets below.)

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11. 13. 2017

striped drop waist dress, over the knee boots, statement earrings

When: a couple weeks ago // Weather: mild // Real life: work

striped drop waist dress, over the knee boots, statement earrings

striped drop waist dress, over the knee boots, statement earrings

striped drop waist dress, over the knee boots, statement earrings

striped drop waist dress, over the knee boots, statement earrings

Looking for styling tips on over-the-knee boots? Gotcha covered right here.

striped drop waist dress, over the knee boots, statement earrings

I’m low key obsessed with my own tiny ponytail. I’m so glad I cut my hair. I always imagined my pony looked like this before, but it really wasn’t that cute. Thank goodness my life is finally on track, right? I’m also obsessed with these earrings because they manage to be minimalistic but make a statement at the same time. They’re basically the jewelry version of a tiny ponytail. OK, that’s actually a pretty bad analogy, but I’m having writer’s block at the end of a busy but awesome and productive weekend. Point is: I’m showing you something I wore and making lame jokes, and that’s why you all come here every day.

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