Sarah's Real Life
01. 15. 2018

Many a living room photo has been taken the past few weeks because it has been SO. COLD. And then on the days it wasn’t SO. COLD. we were too busy with Christmassing and doing other things do full-on blog shoots. But that’s why you love me right? Because I don’t try too hard at this blogging thing half the time? I mean, it’s endearing, right? Well, even if I’m not endearing, the cute Christmas decorations around me are endearing, so here are a few of my favorite outfits from winter 2017-18 so far…

This look was actually from a not-too-cold day. This jacket isn’t very warm, but I LOVE it so I try to find 2 or 3 mild days a year to bust it out. This windowpane jacket is old, but I found a few similar ones:

And speaking of fabulous coats… 😉 This must have been a relatively mild day too, because otherwise I couldn’t have exposed my feet and ankles like this!

similar Coat // Shoes // similar Pants

OK, this was from a cold day. My tricks for dressing for frigid temps are: tights under your pants (works best with ponte pants), knee high socks under knee-high (or higher) boots, and a thin long-sleeve t-shirt under at least two more layers on top, preferably with one involving wool – I love this wool sweater blazer I just got from J. Crew! And that doesn’t even include the scarf, coat, hat, and 2 pairs of gloves on top!

Blazer // Turtleneck // Sunglasses // similar Pants // similar Boots

It wouldn’t be Indiana if our 0-degree days weren’t preceded by 50-degree days. On 50-degree days, I can do cool things like only wear one pair of pants. Also, this pic doesn’t do it justice, but this blazer is VELVET. I stole this one off a mannequin (I mean, I paid for it after) because it had to be mine.

And another chilly one to finish up! Same formula: tights under pants, socks, boots, thin layers, wool… The Midwest is not for wimps. And judging by the forecast, there’s a good chance I’ll be wearing a similar outfit tomorrow! Most of these items are available to shop below:

01. 11. 2018

velvet dress, all black, tassel necklace, leopard bag

When: New Year’s Eve // Weather: frigid // Real life: house party

velvet dress, all black, tassel necklace, leopard bag

velvet dress, all black, tassel necklace, leopard bag

Have I said “happy new year” to you yet? If not, I’m sorry. Happy new year. My NYE was pretty chill. I mean that in the literal sense because in Indiana it was colder than a naked Eskimo (I was going to say just “colder than an Eskimo” but then I figured Eskimos are probably well prepared for the weather so they’re really not that cold most of the time…unless they’re frolicking around in their skivvies).

My NYE was also chill in the other sense because I rang in 2018 by having pizza with a few friends then heading to a small party with some other friends. I used to go to parties with lots of cheap beer and loud music, and now I go to parties with homemade cookies and discussions about the arts. Getting older isn’t all that bad, I guess. So bring it on, 2018. My comfy velvet dress and I are ready for you.

Dress // similar Necklace // similar Bag

01. 07. 2018

flannel shirt, faux fur collar leather jacket, OTK boots

When: Dec. 27 // Weather: 30s // Real life: day in Asheville, NC, with the fam

flannel shirt, faux fur collar leather jacket, OTK boots

flannel shirt, faux fur collar leather jacket, OTK boots

flannel shirt, faux fur collar leather jacket, OTK boots

flannel shirt, faux fur collar leather jacket, OTK boots

flannel shirt, faux fur collar leather jacket, OTK boots

Welp, this is the last of the outfit photos from my Christmas vacation. In case you haven’t been keeping track, we started with 2 days in central NC with my parents, then headed to western SC for 2.5 days with my in-laws, then backtracked to Asheville, NC, for a day with my parents, sister, and brother-in-law. The alternate title for my vacation was “Christmas Dixie Tour 2017.”

I would have loved to spend more time in Asheville, but we packed plenty into our 1 day. We started with brunch at Biscuit Head, where I double-fisted coffee and bellini and (obviously) had a biscuit with some kind of magical strawberry butter. Then we toured the New Belgium brewery and I bravely sampled some dark and sour beers (I’m usually more of a wheat beer girl). Turns out I still don’t love dark or sour beers, but I do like Fat Tire! Now that I know how cool the New Belgium company is, I’ll definitely make a point to pick up some FT in the future.

Then there was the present exchange (my mom made pajama pants for everyone because she’s cute like that), then a little bit of shopping even though it was QUITE chilly, then…DINNER. At Rhubarb. We ordered basically everything on the menu between the 6 of us, and we all shared, and it was all delicious. Highlights included crispy fried hominy with chili and lime, a huge plate of local cheeses, and potato frico with spinach and Brussels sprout leaves. It was one of those meals where you feel like you might never need to eat again for your whole life. So naturally, we immediately went and got dessert at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge. 🙂

And because it’s such a big food town, we had one more meal before hitting the road the next morning – Over Easy Café, your French toast will not soon be forgotten. Clearly I wrote this post just so I can get some extra website hits from people Googling “things to do in Asheville,” but I swear all of this is true. So bookmark me for the next time your travels take you to Appalachia. Everything is optional except the flannel. It’s hipsterville, USA, after all.

Jacket // similar Jeans // similar Shirt // Sunglasses // similar Hat // similar Boots

01. 03. 2018

Boden swan print courduroy dress, J.Crew feather pendant, camel coat, suede loafers

When: day after Christmas // Weather: 40s // Real life: big shopping day!

Boden swan print courduroy dress, J.Crew feather pendant, camel coat, suede loafers

Boden swan print courduroy dress, J.Crew feather pendant, camel coat, suede loafers

Boden swan print courduroy dress, J.Crew feather pendant, camel coat, suede loafers

Boden swan print courduroy dress, J.Crew feather pendant, camel coat, suede loafers

Boden swan print courduroy dress, J.Crew feather pendant, camel coat, suede loafers

Boden swan print courduroy dress, J.Crew feather pendant, camel coat, suede loafers

Check out this adorable dress my mother-in-law got me for Christmas! I liked it so much, I wore it the very next day (plus, I wasn’t the best packer and I was 1 outfit short for the trip). It just so happened that I packed my feather pendant, so I figured why not go all the way with this bird thing. I love it. And I think I’ve finally found my spirit animal: the swan. First, it’s a nod to my ballerina days. Second, swans are elegant but intimidating, which is pretty much the vibe I’m aiming for (whether or not I achieve it consistently is a different story). Third, I always say my style is “girly badass,” and what says “girly badass” better than this (besides Beyoncé)?

Dress (on sale) // Necklace // Sunglasses // similar Shoes // similar Bag // similar Coat

01. 01. 2018

leather pleated skirt, gray ruffle sweater, J.Crew flats

When: Dec. 23 // Weather: 70(!) // Real life: NC Museum of Art for my mom’s b’day

leather pleated skirt, gray ruffle sweater, J.Crew flats

leather pleated skirt, gray ruffle sweater, J.Crew flats

leather pleated skirt, gray ruffle sweater, J.Crew flats

 

It’s hard to believe I was walking around with bare legs only 10 days ago, and now I’m trying to get my pipes to unfreeze and crossing my fingers my car will start in the morning. Ugh. Well, I’ll have plenty of time to think about cold weather because it’s going to be in the teens and below all week. So instead let’s just relive this lovely day in North Carolina, which just happened to be my mom’s birthday.

Birthday girls get to pick the activities, and here’s what my mom came up with: Seeing a fashion exhibit at the NC Museum of Art (which I highly recommend if you’re in the Raleigh area), eating brunch, having drinks at home on the deck, taking a nap, then having a pajama party complete with Netflix binging (season 2 of The Crown), cauliflower crust pizza (made from scratch by me and my dad), cake pops, and champagne.

I mean, it was basically my dream birthday. They make those quizzes that tell you what age you “really” are, but I don’t need to take one because now I know I’m 67. Don’t I look amazing though?

Sweater (under $10) // Skirt // similar Shoes // Watch // Sunglasses // similar Bag

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12. 28. 2017

feminin sweatshirt, frayed cuff skinny jeans, suede loafers, airport travel style

When: Dec. 22 // Weather: chilly // Real life: flying IND –> RDU

feminin sweatshirt, frayed cuff skinny jeans, suede loafers, airport travel style

feminin sweatshirt, frayed cuff skinny jeans, suede loafers, airport travel style

feminin sweatshirt, frayed cuff skinny jeans, suede loafers, airport travel style

feminin sweatshirt, frayed cuff skinny jeans, suede loafers, airport travel style

I thought about not posting these photos at all. The outfit’s kind of underwhelming, and the photos are a little grainy because they were taken in the lobby of Indianapolis Int’l Airport. But then I remembered this is supposed to be my real life, and in real life, I wear jeans and a sweatshirt when I travel, not a $300 cashmere scarf or whatever fancy jetsetting bloggers wear. I’m actually not sure what they wear because I’ve been too busy to keep up with all the jetsetting bloggers’ updates (again…real life…I have one).

So here ya go — it’s just me, wearing comfy cozy clothes so I can get on a plane to go see my family for Christmas. The only thing I wish I had done differently with this outfit was added a nice pair of earplugs because I ended up sharing my flight with a screaming baby. (For the love of god, why do people take babies on airplanes?)

Sweatshirt* // Jeans // similar Shoes // similar Earrings

*Sweatshirt purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

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12. 26. 2017

faux leather moto jacket, jacquard dress, faux fur scarf, Ray Ban aviators

When: early December // Weather: mild // Real life: work

faux leather moto jacket, jacquard dress, faux fur scarf, Ray Ban aviators

faux leather moto jacket, jacquard dress, faux fur scarf, Ray Ban aviators

faux leather moto jacket, jacquard dress, faux fur scarf, Ray Ban aviators

SO. How was everyone’s Christmas? Full of cookies and lots of fun stuff you don’t need? I hope so. I got a couple wearable presents that will make their way to the blog sometime soon, but in the meantime, this leather jacket was actually a birthday present. If you’re thinking, “wasn’t your birthday in the summer?” you are correct. But it took me a few weeks to find just the right thing to spend my Nordstrom gift card on, and then I had to wait for appropriate weather.

This jacket is WARM, you guys. And I’m very much on board with the rose gold hardware. There’s also a detachable fur collar for when I’m feeling like a diva.

Jacket (also in brown!) // similar Dress // similar Scarf // Sunglasses // similar Bag

12. 20. 2017

rent the runway, shoshanna embroidered gown, gigi new york uber clutch, kendra scott drop earrings

When: Dec. 9 // Weather: cold and windy // Real life: office holiday party

rent the runway, shoshanna embroidered gown, gigi new york uber clutch, kendra scott drop earrings

rent the runway, shoshanna embroidered gown, gigi new york uber clutch, kendra scott drop earrings

rent the runway, shoshanna embroidered gown, gigi new york uber clutch, kendra scott drop earrings

rent the runway, shoshanna embroidered gown, gigi new york uber clutch, kendra scott drop earrings

I’m on day 4 of a bad cold. And I mean bad. Like, I-better-write-a-will bad. In case I don’t make it, I figured the last thing I left on this blog should be fabulous, so here’s what I wore to my firm’s annual holiday party.

Dress // Clutch // Earrings // similar Shoes

12. 17. 2017


A leopard coat is one of those things that makes even a Monday feel fabulous. I definitely love it as outwear for fancy cold weather events (like this), but it’s just as fun with workwear or even jeans. Some people have told me they don’t think they can pull it off, but if you want to wear a leopard coat, just do it already! Find a couple similar options here and here.


I really really loved this outfit! My pussy bow plaid shirt with a suede moto jacket and booties? This casual Friday look pretty much sums up the “girly badass” vibe that I aspire to (and sometimes even achieve).


similar Clutch (cheaper option)

I want everyone to note that this photo was taken with a flash. Because it was at night. On a Saturday. Yes, I dressed cute and went out on a Saturday night. It was an occasion that called for photographic proof. (P.S. This jacket has a detachable faux fur collar, and it’s surprisingly warm! I’m probably just going to dump my old black leather jacket.)


Coatigan: fun to say, fun to wear. Also functional – for those days when it’s chilly but you don’t want a bulky coat.


These earrings make me feel a little like a Christmas tree, but this time of year, I see nothing wrong with that. (Earrings purchased with gift card provided c/o Shopbop.)

Earrings // Cardigan

 Ann Taylor calls these velvet pants “jeans,” but in my mind, jeans aren’t jeans if they’re not denim. I think that makes them office-appropriate any day of the week. Please don’t tell me if you disagree, because I already ordered them in black, too.

12. 13. 2017

flannel shirt, over the knee boots, infinity scarf, Ray Ban wayfarers

When: last Friday // Weather: 40s // Real life: work

flannel shirt, over the knee boots, infinity scarf, Ray Ban wayfarers

flannel shirt, over the knee boots, infinity scarf, Ray Ban wayfarers

flannel shirt, over the knee boots, infinity scarf, Ray Ban wayfarers

There are people who wear flannel shirts, and there are people who wear over-the-knee boots. And then there are people who wear them both because we have split fashion personalities. I’m saying “we” because I’m hoping I’m not the only one who can’t decide if she wants to be casual or sassy. Raise your hand if you want to be in the sass-ual club with me! Meetings are every seventh Tuesday of the month.

similar Shirt // Sunglasses (on sale) // Watch // similar Boots (on sale) // similar Scarf (on sale) // similar Coat