Sarah's Real Life
05. 29. 2017

j.crew striped skirt, tan wedges outfit

When: Thursday // Weather: warm // Real life: work, then dinner

j.crew striped skirt, tan wedges outfit

j.crew striped skirt, tan wedges outfit

j.crew striped skirt, tan wedges outfit

I have a few outfits cued up and ready to post (I wear clothes nearly every day, after all), and I’m going out of order with this one. But I realized just in time that today is the 5-year anniversary of Sarah’s Real Life! And it just so happens that these wedges were featured in my very first post on May 29, 2012. Prepare yourself…my hair was brown, and I took photos on my iPhone. In the past five years, the quality of this blog has improved by leaps and bounds. Well, maybe one leap and one bound. Still, it’s pretty decent. Thanks to all of you who stop by once in a while to see what I’m wearing and what I’m complaining about. Hope you’ll stick around another 5 years, if only to see how long these wedges last.

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05. 26. 2017

pom pom sweatshirt, gingham shorts, leather slides

When: last Friday // Weather: warm and humid // Real life: day off with my family! brunch and walking on the canal

pom pom sweatshirt, gingham shorts, leather slides

pom pom sweatshirt, gingham shorts, leather slides

pom pom sweatshirt, gingham shorts, leather slides

pom pom sweatshirt, gingham shorts, leather slides

I know everyone was worried that I didn’t yet have a sweatshirt with pom pom trim. Random French words, 3D flowers, embroidery…yes. But pom-pom trim…no. Worry no more, my friends. I’m all set.

And what better occasion to wear a festive yet casual top than a Friday off work spent with my lovely parental units? We started out the 3-day weekend strong with a fantastic brunch at Milktooth (I had the carrot cake waffle and some kind of magical espresso drink with cardamom), then took a nice walk along the canal. After that intense leisure time, we all needed an afternoon nap before going out for dinner and show.

I’ll look back fondly on this time last week as I slave away this weekend to make up for those lost hours! Happy Friday to all.

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05. 24. 2017

lemon sweater, black midi skirt, fringe pumps, laser cut bag

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

lemon sweater, black midi skirt, fringe pumps, laser cut bag

lemon sweater, black midi skirt, fringe pumps, laser cut bag

lemon sweater, black midi skirt, fringe pumps, laser cut bag

lemon sweater, black midi skirt, fringe pumps, laser cut bag

lemon sweater, black midi skirt, fringe pumps, laser cut bag

lemon sweater, black midi skirt, fringe pumps, laser cut bag

Who wore it better: Me? Or Blair? That’s a rhetorical question. It will always be Blair. But I can still rock a lemon print sweater pretty well if I do say so myself. It’s just that I won’t wear it with a different contrasting lemon print because it’s a little too much for me (although I did try on the full look).

ALSO. Can we discuss how excited I am about this skirt?? A color whore like myself needs to have plenty of neutrals on hand to tone things down a bit, and it’s hard finding black pieces that feel summery. This skirt fits the bill, so you can expect to start seeing it on the reg.

P.S. Bonus points to anyone who gets the movie reference in this post title.

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05. 23. 2017

suede moto jacket, skinny jeans, white tee, neck scarf, ankle strap wedges

When: Friday before last // Weather: sunny and mild // Real life: work

suede moto jacket, skinny jeans, white tee, neck scarf, ankle strap wedges

suede moto jacket, skinny jeans, white tee, neck scarf, ankle strap wedges

suede moto jacket, skinny jeans, white tee, neck scarf, ankle strap wedges

suede moto jacket, skinny jeans, white tee, neck scarf, ankle strap wedges

suede moto jacket, skinny jeans, white tee, neck scarf, ankle strap wedges

What is it about a cute bandana around my neck that elicits the most interesting comments from people? When I wore this, one of my coworkers said I looked like I was going to a rodeo, but a rodeo where I would judge people. I have a feeling if I wore these shoes to a rodeo, I would be the one being judged.

Still, I’m thinking of changing the name of my blog to “The Judgmental Cowgirl.” What do you think? 😉

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05. 21. 2017

maxi dress, Rebecca Minkoff Isobel bag, tassel wedges

When: last Saturday // Weather: warm and windy // Real life: shopping then dinner with law school friends

maxi dress, Rebecca Minkoff Isobel bag, tassel wedges

maxi dress, Rebecca Minkoff Isobel bag, tassel wedges

maxi dress, Rebecca Minkoff Isobel bag, tassel wedges

maxi dress, Rebecca Minkoff Isobel bag, tassel wedges

maxi dress, Rebecca Minkoff Isobel bag, tassel wedges

Sometimes you want to look cute and stay cool, but you also don’t want to shave your legs. That’s why god made maxi dresses (god’s a swell lady).

I hope you’re all having a fantastic weekend. Mine is being spent with my parents who are here for a visit. I may be biased, but I think they’re pretty splendid people (even though they’re not responsible for the invention of maxi dresses).

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*Bag purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

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05. 17. 2017

J.Crew factory striped skirt, summer sweater, gray suede pumps

When: last Monday // Weather: sunny and mild // Real life: work

J.Crew factory striped skirt, summer sweater, gray suede pumps

J.Crew factory striped skirt, summer sweater, gray suede pumps

J.Crew factory striped skirt, summer sweater, gray suede pumps

J.Crew factory striped skirt, summer sweater, gray suede pumps

You know that thing where you accidentally dress like an American flag? No? Just me? Well, it happens more often than I can count. I guess now we know why there are a gazillion countries that use red, white, and blue for their flag colors. They look good together. So don’t call it patriotic (because I don’t know what is going on here these days), just call it sartorial-otic.

Never mind, I take that back.  I just tried to say “sartorial-otic” out loud and it didn’t go well. Call it whatever you like, because it’s going to keep happening.

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05. 15. 2017

yellow stripe dress, navy satchel, Kate Spade bow necklace

When: Thursday // Weather: warm and sunny // Real life: work

yellow stripe dress, navy satchel, Kate Spade bow necklace

yellow stripe dress, navy satchel, Kate Spade bow necklace

yellow stripe dress, navy satchel, Kate Spade bow necklace

yellow stripe dress, navy satchel, Kate Spade bow necklace

Can you believe this bag is from Target?

yellow stripe dress, navy satchel, Kate Spade bow necklace

yellow stripe dress, navy satchel, Kate Spade bow necklace

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When I pulled out my spring and summer clothes a couple weeks ago, this dress was one of the things I was most excited to see again. I always feel really good in it, and not just because it’s soft and hides a food baby. Style blogging is innately a little narcissistic, but I don’t really feel guilty for thinking I look cute in my stripey yellow dress. I mean, it’s better than focusing on things I don’t like when I look at my photos, right? Self esteem and whatnot.

Here are all the ways I’ve been adorable in this dress. I always like to add an extra pop of a contrasting color. I’m now taking suggestions for the next iteration!

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05. 14. 2017

gingham sneakers, lace tee, field jacket

When: last Sunday // Weather: cool and sunny // Real life: Sunday night Mexican date

gingham sneakers, lace tee, field jacket

gingham sneakers, lace tee, field jacket

gingham sneakers, lace tee, field jacket

gingham sneakers, lace tee, field jacket

gingham sneakers, lace tee, field jacket

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Sundays are my favorite night for dates. It’s a great way to close out the weekend, the restaurants aren’t as crowded, and it’s more relaxed. Sunday date nights are even better in the spring and summer because you can end them with a nice stroll (and a photo shoot…totally normal). Of course, the stroll is more comfortable if you’ve planned your footwear accordingly. Luckily, I had just gone to Target to get toilet paper, which meant I came home with gingham sneakers.

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05. 12. 2017

Happy Friday! It’s almost the weekend, I’m tired, and it seems like a good time to catch up on some of my outfits that have only been on the ‘gram. In case you see anything you like, shopping links are below each shot. Have a stellar weekend, all.

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05. 11. 2017

striped dress, duster cardigan, floral clutch, pink suede wedges

When: Saturday // Weather: 60ish and sunny // Real life: seeing Dreamgirls

striped dress, duster cardigan, floral clutch, pink suede wedges

striped dress, duster cardigan, floral clutch, pink suede wedges

striped dress, duster cardigan, floral clutch, pink suede wedges

striped dress, duster cardigan, floral clutch, pink suede wedges

striped dress, duster cardigan, floral clutch, pink suede wedges

striped dress, duster cardigan, floral clutch, pink suede wedges

I wore this last weekend to see Dreamgirls at Footlite Musicals, a fabulous show that’s conducted by a very talented and beautiful person who also coincidentally shares a home and a wedding anniversary with me. My biased opinion is pretty similar to my unbiased opinion though – the show is SO good! If you’re a Broadway fan and you live in the Indy area, I highly recommend seeing one of the shows this weekend or next (tickets here). OK, shameless spousal promotion endssss…now.

Outfit-wise, I decided to not even try to compete with the glamour of the girls on stage and just went with something that felt like me. Oh, but I did throw on some gold eyeshadow. 😉

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