Sarah's Real Life
07. 29. 2016

I’ve just been so busy and important the past week that I haven’t had time to document a lot of my outfits and other shenanigans except on Instagram. For those of you don’t get down with the ‘gram, here’s everything you ever needed to know, and then some…

outfits1Shoes (on sale)

Wore this last Friday to work and then to see my friend Miranda star in Heathers the Musical! If you’re in my ‘hood and you’re looking for something to do this weekend (or the next 2 weekends) go check it out. It’ll be so very.

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I picked up this watch (happy early birthday to me) at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale! (See it in action here.)

outfits3Top (on sale) // similar Shoes // similar Bag

I’m kinda obsessed with this top. I mean, it’s ridiculous and the bow is giant so I can’t wear a jacket over it, but it’s amazing. You can’t be practical all the time.

outfits4Bag (on sale in black) // similar Shoes

I called this my “Audrey Hepburn meets Solid Gold Dancer” outfit. Are you picturing Audrey Hepburn as a Solid Gold Dancer now? You’re welcome.

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In case you’re tired of looking at me, here’s the lovely Kristin literally stopping to smell the flowers (lilies are her favorite!)

outfits6Shoes (on sale) // Shorts

Looking for a good summertime party punch? I invented this one myself so you know it’s good and boozy. Recipe here.

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OK, fine, I might have gotten something else from the Nordstrom sale. But these earrings were a good purchase. If you’ve been paying attention, you know you’ve already seen me wear them twice (1 & 2).

outfits8Shoes (on sale)

I went to Ann Taylor to get white pants and came out with a black dress. That’s my whole story. I have no excuse other than lack of self control.

outfits9Shoes (on sale) // similar Sunglasses // similar Dress // Bag

This was probably one of my favorite outfits that I didn’t get to shoot this week! I felt summary and businessy at the same time (I feel like that’s always a hard balance when you’re going to the office in July-August).

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And in case you’re really behind, Saturday was our 5th wedding anniversary! You can read all about how we celebrated here.

Alright, that’s all I’ve got for now! Have a fabulous week, peeps.

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07. 27. 2016

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When: Saturday, July 23 // Weather: really hot // Real life: where do I begin? …

Saturday was our 5th wedding anniversary. I know what you’re thinking: I must have been a child bride, right? You’re too sweet. And yes.

Two weeks ago we were sitting on our front stoop, drinking wine. It was a beautiful summer day. Apparently the wine was a little strong because we decided we should invite all our friends over for lawn games and a cookout to celebrate our milestone. In unpredictable Indiana July fashion, it ended up being 90+ degrees and humid. But our friends, being the awesome people that they are (we have great taste), still showed up to sweat, play, eat, laugh, dance, and sweat some more with us.

The party prep took a little work, but it was totally worth it because it all turned out awesome.

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Look at those blurry people listening to awesome music and soaking up each other’s awesomeness!

gold Kendra Scott earringsEarrings (on sale)

Wanna hear something disgustingly cheesy? Five years of marriage and she still makes me smile like this. THERE I SAID IT. GAG. Now let’s move on.

party4Shorts (on sale)

My outfit choice was strategic. Remember that part about the 90+ degrees? Yeah. Shorts. Sandals. Sleeveless. Still sweaty.

suede espadrille sandalsShoes (on sale)

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We don’t really have an outdoor living space (yet), or even a grill, but we got a fire pit and stuck to hotdogs (notdogs for me) since those aren’t messy. If it’s not the bare minimum, then it’s just not our style.

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Building a deck and buying a real grill might be cool and useful, but adding Traders Joe’s flowers and a bright tablecloth to a super simple hotdog “bar” is cheaper, easier, and cuter, so obviously that’s my priority.

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One of the best things about this party was we got to invite some the amazing people that we didn’t even know five years ago – like these 2 love birds, who accidentally matched each other. They are so lucky they met us.

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…and Nicole, who just beat her husband at cornhole and is doing her “C is for Champion” pose. By the way, her dress has newspaper articles about cats all over it. I can’t even handle it.

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As a nod to the occasion, I contacted our old caterers and ordered the same cupcakes we had at our wedding – raspberry swirl and chocolate with peanut butter chips. I may or may not have had one of the leftovers for breakfast on Monday. And another just now. Whatever, anniversary calories don’t count.

party punch with gin and DIY garnishes

Another big hit: this gin punch that I invented myself. I think it went something like this:

 

Then I set up a “DIY” garnish station with lemon slices, mint leaves, and watermelon chunks. *Pats self on back and has another glass.*

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I don’t French braid my hair very often, but I had a little braid detail in my hair on my wedding day, and I wanted something to keep my hair off my face in the heat. Turns out all that practice on my American Girl doll stuck with me because it looked pretty cute and didn’t fall out. (Thanks, Felicity.)

The party ended late, with a bunch of us sitting in the basement sampling about 7 varieties of potato chips (we both went out and got chips…don’t even get me started on that) and talking about I don’t even remember what. Probably potato chips. All in all, I’d call it a success. Thanks to all my friends who stopped by…see you all for our 10th, and not a moment before!

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07. 26. 2016

white top, kick crop jeans, striped wedges, black Panama hat

When: Sunday // Weather: HOT and humid // Real life: shopping and an anniversary dinner date at Cheesecake Factory

white top, kick crop jeans, striped wedges, black Panama hat

white top, kick crop jeans, striped wedges, black Panama hat, Ted Baker watch

white top, kick crop jeans, striped wedges, black Panama hat, Ted Baker watch

white top, kick crop jeans, striped wedges, black Panama hat, Ted Baker watch

white top, kick crop jeans, striped wedges, black Panama hat, Ted Baker watch

white top, kick crop jeans, striped wedges, black Panama hat, Ted Baker watch

I decided there were enough other bloggers pushing the Nordstrom Anniversary sale the past couple weeks that you would be more than happy for me to skip it. (Was I right? I knew it.) I did, however, partake in the Shopaholic’s Christmas and bought myself this Ted Baker watch. It put me over my shopping budget for the month, but I’m going to call it an early birthday present to myself.

I don’t usually wear watches with big faces because my wrists are so small, but I made an exception for this one because the face of the watch is the most beautiful part, so why not make it take up my whole arm? I also really enjoy saying “What time is it? FLOWER TIME!” as I brandish the watch triumphantly, which will definitely never get annoying.

Watch (on sale, more gorgeous options below) // similar Top (on sale) // Jeans // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Hat (under $20) // similar Sunglasses // Bag (on sale in black)

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07. 25. 2016

pink midi dress, long olive vest, gold Kendra Scott earrings

When: sometime last week // Weather: hot // Real life: work

pink midi dress, long olive vest, gold Kendra Scott earrings

pink midi dress, long olive vest, gold Kendra Scott earrings

pink midi dress, long olive vest, gold Kendra Scott earrings

pink midi dress, long olive vest, gold Kendra Scott earrings

I’m a big fan of pink and olive together. I think it’s because one is traditionally girly and the other’s traditionally more masculine. I wouldn’t really describe my style as androgynous, unless a pink dress with and olive green vest counts as androgynous. And I don’t think it does. But it does count as girly badass, which is how I would describe my style.

I’ve been shopping more than usual recently, but I’m trying to keep my title of remixing queen, so I’m making more effort to mix my newest purchases (like these Kendra Scott earrings) with last month’s purchases (like the dress) and things I’ve had for a year or more (like these cap-toe pumps). I’m actually toying with the idea of bringing back the Take One Pass It On challenge for August (read about that here), so pencil that in if you’re a blogger who likes challenges and linkups!

Dress (on sale) // Vest (under $30) // Bag (on sale) // Earrings (on sale) // similar Shoes // Bracelet

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07. 22. 2016

knotted pink stripe button-up shirt, white eyelet flare skirt, Skagen ditte watch, cap toe pumps

When: Tuesday // Weather: hot and humid // Real life: work then dinner at Hopcat

knotted pink stripe button-up shirt, white eyelet flare skirt, Skagen ditte watch, cap toe pumps

knotted pink stripe button-up shirt, white eyelet flare skirt, Skagen ditte watch, cap toe pumps

knotted pink stripe button-up shirt, white eyelet flare skirt, Skagen ditte watch, cap toe pumps

knotted pink stripe button-up shirt, white eyelet flare skirt, Skagen ditte watch, cap toe pumps

knotted pink stripe button-up shirt, white eyelet flare skirt, Skagen ditte watch, cap toe pumps

Yesterday on the way to work, I was listening to one of those radio stations that plays “hits from the 80s, 90s, and today!” and the 1997 classic “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain came on. Talk about a #TBT. I don’t know why, but I love singing along to that song. I don’t actually love the song, and I don’t even know all the words, but it’s so fun to scream it at the top of my lungs. If I heard that song in public, I would probably find it cheesy and tune it out. But in the privacy of my car, it’s epic.

Anyway. This isn’t even what I was wearing when I belted out a 90s classic, but in the spirit of Friday I wanted to entertain you with my story. What’s your favorite guilty pleasure car song?

Shirt (on sale – I also have it in blue!) // Skirt (on sale) // similar Bag // similar Shoes // similar Earrings // Watch // similar Sunglasses

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07. 20. 2016

Indiana style blog, white jeans, striped swing tank, denim jacket, suede lace up flats

When: Saturday // Weather: 80s and sunny // Real life: farmers’ market, lots o’ errands, and Symphony on the Prairie

Indiana style blog, white jeans, striped swing tank, denim jacket, suede lace up flats

Indiana style blog, white jeans, striped swing tank, denim jacket, suede lace up flats

Indiana style blog, white jeans, striped swing tank, denim jacket, suede lace up flats

Indiana style blog, white jeans, striped swing tank, denim jacket, suede lace up flats

Indiana style blog, white jeans, striped swing tank, denim jacket, suede lace up flats

My Saturday was pretty jam-packed. It started early at the farmers’ market and ended late with Symphony on the Prairie. In between, we were running all kinds of errands getting ready for a party we’re hosting next weekend. (And yes, fine, I stopped by Nordstrom for early access to the Anniversary Sale…I’m only a human blogger!)

One thing I really like about summers in Indiana (compared to North Carolina, where I grew up) is that in the morning and overnight, the temperatures actually go down. It can even get chilly. And by chilly, I mean the temperature of an average Florida winter, so, you know, pleasant.

Not to toot my own horn, but this outfit was pretty much perfect for my long day. I take that back – it’s my blog so I’ma toot away. My jacket kept me comfy in the A/C and after sundown, but in the heat of the day, it was sun’s out guns out! By the way, this swing tank is crazy soft. Like I’m not sure you understand how soft it is. I feel like I should talk really quietly about it because it’s so soft. Oh, and it’s $17. Plus its swing shape is great for SWINGS in temperature. See what I did there?

Top // Jeans // Jacket // Shoes // Sunglasses // similar Earrings // similar Bag

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07. 19. 2016

This post was sponsored by thredUP. I received store credit to facilitate my review.

pink block heel pumps, kick crop pants, short sleeve sweatshirt, Kate Spade spotted bag, ThredUp review

When: Friday // Weather: hot and sunny // Real life: work then seeing Ghostbusters!

pink block heel pumps, kick crop pants, short sleeve sweatshirt, Kate Spade spotted bag, ThredUp review

pink block heel pumps, kick crop pants, short sleeve sweatshirt, Kate Spade spotted bag, ThredUp review

pink block heel pumps, kick crop pants, short sleeve sweatshirt, Kate Spade spotted bag, ThredUp review

pink block heel pumps, kick crop pants, short sleeve sweatshirt, Kate Spade spotted bag, ThredUp review

pink block heel pumps, kick crop pants, short sleeve sweatshirt, Kate Spade spotted bag, ThredUp review

I am no stranger to second-hand clothing stores, but mainly because I donate/sell so much of my own gently used clothing. I very rarely buy second-hand myself because it takes a lot of patience that I just don’t have. Sorting through everything to find something in my size, examining items to make sure there aren’t stains or pulls in fabric (or worse, weird smells)…I know there are hidden gems and great deals, but it’s just so much easier to buy new most of the time.

BUT! (You knew there was going to be a “but,” didn’t you?) I recently tried out thredUP (a huge online consignment store) because they offered me a $50 credit to check out what they have to offer. I had nothing to lose so I said yes. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised, and you know how much lawyers hate admitting when they’re wrong.

Perusing thredUP isn’t quite as pretty as perusing, say, a J. Crew catalog, but you have to remember that thredUP is processing a ton of pieces all the time as people mail them in. It’s not all going to look perfectly styled, but at least you see a photo of the exact thing you’re going to receive. What I like about thredUP is that you can pick your favorite brands and your sizes so you only see what you want to see. And my favorite part is that you can choose to see only new-with-tags or like-new items. I narrowed down my search to new or like-new J. Crew items in my size and ended up with this sweater and pumps that originally would have run me almost $400! BOOM! (By the way, thredUP is currently offering 50% off all J. Crew items for new customers with the code JCREW50.)

Don’t worry, I won’t stop buying new new clothes any time soon, but maybe I’ll be a little more open minded to other options. Because I clearly need to find more opportunities to shop, right?

similar Shoes // similar Sweater // Pants // similar Bag // similar Earrings

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07. 18. 2016

polka dot drop waist dress, blush d'orsay flats, pink Ray Ban mirrored aviators

When: last Wednesday // Weather: sunny then stormy // Real life: work, then a mid-week pizza and wine date night

polka dot drop waist dress, blush d'orsay flats, pink Ray Ban mirrored aviators

polka dot drop waist dress, blush d'orsay flats, pink Ray Ban mirrored aviators

polka dot drop waist dress, blush d'orsay flats, pink Ray Ban mirrored aviators

polka dot drop waist dress, blush d'orsay flats, pink Ray Ban mirrored aviators

polka dot drop waist dress, blush d'orsay flats, pink Ray Ban mirrored aviators

polka dot drop waist dress, blush d'orsay flats, pink Ray Ban mirrored aviators

I recently discovered a love for rosé and now I’m trying to make up for lost time. I mean I’ve been a wine lover for years and I just now give rosé the time of day?! Shame on me. I had a glass (OK, fine, 2 glasses) at an after-work pizza date last week, and the color of the wine perfectly matched the polka dots on my new dress.

I know wine and polka dots are trivial things to talk about when the whole world seems to falling apart around us. But there’s not much I can do to stop cops from shooting people, or people from shooting cops, or truck drivers from running down crowds, or Turkish militia from staging a coup. If we all stop too long to think about how helpless we feel, it won’t make things better. It might even make things worse. So I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing and hope it encourages you to enjoy trivial things sometimes. Stay informed, stay motivated, but buy that dress and order that second glass of wine.

Peace, love, and polka dots,

Sarah

Dress // Shoes (under $50) // Sunglasses // similar Earrings (on sale) // similar Necklace (on sale) // Ring* // similar Bag

*Ring provided courtesy of Onecklace.

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07. 15. 2016

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“Ruffles & Truffles,” a.k.a. What I’ve Been Up to Recently That Hasn’t Made it to the Blog. First up: this fabulous ruffled blouse that’s currently on sale for under $20! It also comes in light pink. I wore this outfit to work on Monday.

ruffles2Scarf (on sale) // Striped Shirt (on sale)

I did a little online shopping this week. I know you’re shocked. I just love coming home to packages!

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Admiring a new piece on display at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

ruffles4Dress

I only recently tried rosé and now I’m hooked! I already liked both red wine and white wine, so I really shouldn’t be surprised.

ruffles5Bag (on sale) // similar Dress

We’ve had a lot of rain recently, so I’ve missed out on a lot of blogortunities. Here’s another recent work outfit!

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Paid my first visit to Hotel Tango artisan distillery with my parents last weekend. This gin cocktail was scrumptious (and I love a good garnish).

ruffles7Shirt // Shoes // similar Skirt // Sunglasses

I was admiring the latest Boden catalog on Wednesday night and miraculously held back from ordering anything. But it did inspire me to bust out my favorite Boden breton shirt the next day.

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I did a very important scientific experiment this week. Turns out there really is no competing with the Best Chocolate in Town. :)

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I can’t believe it took me so long to put these two pieces together. Another fun work outfit that I didn’t have time to shoot. My life is just so busy and important.

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…and I’ll leave you with this gratuitous photo of flowers that I took at the zoo last Sunday.

Have a fabulous weekend!

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07. 14. 2016

striped tee, white midi skirt, gladiator sandals, Panama hat

When: Sunday (Funday!) // Weather: 80s and sunny // Real life: zoo trip, ice cream, and Target shopping

striped tee, white midi skirt, gladiator sandals, Panama hat

striped tee, white midi skirt, gladiator sandals, Panama hat

striped tee, white midi skirt, gladiator sandals, Panama hat

striped tee, white midi skirt, gladiator sandals, Panama hat

striped tee, white midi skirt, gladiator sandals, Panama hat

I’ve had this shirt for a long time (by my standards, anyway). I bought it at Club Monaco on a trip to NYC. I don’t remember exactly what year it was, but I’m pretty sure it was post-college and pre-law-school. So I’m going to guess I’ve had it for about 6 or 7 years. You might be wondering why I would hang on to a boring t-shirt when I normally subscribe to the “rotating closet” mentality. I can’t explain it exactly, but something about this t-shirt is so perfect.

Well, it has stripes, so…duh. But beyond that, it’s soft and thin and drapey and everything you could ever want in a t-shirt. It’s so soft and thin and drapey, in fact, that it feels like it could fall apart at any moment. I didn’t “break it in” to get it this way — it was like this from the beginning, which is probably why I paid $40 for a t-shirt when I was only making $9 an hour and had just spent 2 months’ pay on a trip to the Big Apple. The problem is that I’ve come to love this shirt so much that I’m afraid to wear it out. So I only wear it once or twice a year.

Welcome to 2016, perfect t-shirt. I hope you enjoyed your Sunday Funday. See you when Hillary’s president.

Tee (current version) // similar Skirt (on sale) // Hat // similar Bag // Sandals // similar Necklace // similar Sunglasses

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