Sarah's Real Life
02. 22. 2017

Boden print shift dress, gray OTK boots, date night outfit

When: February 14 // Weather: cool // Real life: work, then dinner date

Boden print shift dress, gray OTK boots, date night outfit

Boden print shift dress, gray OTK boots, date night outfit

Boden print shift dress, gray OTK boots, date night outfit

Boden print shift dress, gray OTK boots, date night outfit

Boden print shift dress, gray OTK boots, date night outfit

One of our favorite downtown restaurants closed last week, so we made plans to make one last visit (RIP, brussel sprout and goat cheese pizza). “What day should we go?” “Well, I have X on Monday…” “And I have to pack for my work trip on Wednesday, then I leave Thursday…” “So, Tuesday?” “Sounds good!”

Monday night, I picked out the next day’s outfit as always. Went for a red dress. K picked out an outfit too. Pink sweater. Tuesday morning, we said our good mornings and have a nice days.

It wasn’t until the security guard at my office wished me a happy Valentine’s Day that I realized what day it was. It was the day everyone and their lover wears pink and red and goes out to dinner. Dammit. We’re usually so much cooler than other couples, but this year we were mainstream. Accidentally mainstream, though. That must count for something. I like to see it as: we were cute and romantic without even trying, so we win!

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02. 20. 2017

neck scarf outfit, floral bag, skinny jeans with ankle boots outfit

When: last Saturday // Weather: 60s // Real life: brewery trip with friends

neck scarf outfit, floral bag, skinny jeans with ankle boots outfit

neck scarf outfit, floral bag, skinny jeans with ankle boots outfit

neck scarf outfit, floral bag, skinny jeans with ankle boots outfit

neck scarf outfit, floral bag, skinny jeans with ankle boots outfit

neck scarf outfit, floral bag, skinny jeans with ankle boots outfit

neck scarf outfit, floral bag, skinny jeans with ankle boots outfit

neck scarf outfit, floral bag, skinny jeans with ankle boots outfit

I’ve seen Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion at least a dozen times. It has some great quotes: “Would you excuse me? I cut my foot before, and my shoe is filling up with blood.” “I invented Post-Its.” “I was so lucky getting mono. That was like the best diet ever.” “You look so good with blond hair and black roots it’s like not even funny.” I could go on. And I will.

You know how Romy and Michele have the fight over who’s the Mary and who’s the Rhoda? Add “No, I’M THE MARY!” to that list of R&M quotes I use on the reg. Well, I’m embarrassed to say that I had never actually seen the Mary Tyler Moore show until recently when my more pop-culture-fluent other half put it on just after MTM died. First of all, I love it, and I’m watching it right now. Second, I am totally the Rhoda. Like, there’s no question. I’m not entirely sure why Romy and Michele fought over being the Mary, when Rhoda is the sassier one. So I am now officially declaring that I’m the Rhoda, and I’m proud of it.

And in case it wasn’t obvious, in Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion, I’m Heather Mooney.

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02. 16. 2017

Madewell dress, snow boots, leopard coat, tassel necklace

When: last week // Weather: snow (a few hours after these photos were taken) // Real life: work

Madewell dress, snow boots, leopard coat, tassel necklace

Madewell dress, snow boots, leopard coat, tassel necklace

Madewell dress, snow boots, leopard coat, tassel necklace

Madewell dress, snow boots, leopard coat, tassel necklace

Madewell dress, snow boots, leopard coat, tassel necklace

I bought these boots weeks ago because I wanted something cute that I could wear in snowy weather, even to work. As it turns out, I have the power to control the weather through my purchases. (Have people actually been calling me a witch all this time?! Now it makes sense!) Once I bought the boots, it was like Indiana forgot what winter is supposed to look like. Finally, last week they called for a couple inches of snow, so I got to don my new sturdy footwear. As you can see, the snow was a bit tardy, but it did eventually come down later that day, so I was well protected on the long walk between my garage and my front door. Thank goodness I was prepared. Next time I want it to snow, I’ll try buying a bikini.

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02. 15. 2017

chambray shirt, ankle pants, suede bow pumps

When: Friday // Weather: chilly // Real life: work, then movie and dinner

chambray shirt, ankle pants, suede bow pumps

chambray shirt, ankle pants, suede bow pumps

chambray shirt, ankle pants, suede bow pumps

chambray shirt, ankle pants, suede bow pumps

Sometimes on casual Friday, I wear my denim on top. Wouldn’t want to be too predictable.

Friday night’s activities included going to see Moonlight and then discussing whether La La Land deserves all its Oscar nominations, and last night’s activities included making predictions about This is Us while watching The Golden Girls. Now you understand why sometimes don’t have time to post every day. I have a very busy schedule.

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02. 13. 2017

lace up flats, olive skinny pants, boyfriend cardigan, stripe fringe scarf

When: Super Bowl Sunday // Weather: Chilly // Real life: Super Bowl watch party

lace up flats, olive skinny pants, boyfriend cardigan, stripe fringe scarf

lace up flats, olive skinny pants, boyfriend cardigan, stripe fringe scarf

lace up flats, olive skinny pants, boyfriend cardigan, stripe fringe scarf

lace up flats, olive skinny pants, boyfriend cardigan, stripe fringe scarf

lace up flats, olive skinny pants, boyfriend cardigan, stripe fringe scarf

Do you know why this was the perfect Super Bowl outfit? Because I wore it to a Super Bowl party and had a decent time. A decent time is pretty much as good as it gets with me and football. If football ceased to exist tomorrow it would be A-OK by me. Yeah, you heard me. I live in Indianapolis and I could not care less about the Colts. The way Parisians feel about the Eiffel Tower is the way I feel about Lucas Oil Stadium. It’s an eyesore in my city and a complete waste of space. Lame.

But I do like snacks, so I’ll go to a Super Bowl party if it’s with people I like and there’s guacamole. And yes, I am absolutely one of those girls who made completely unoriginal jokes about rooting for Lady Gaga. When I try to root for an actual team it goes something like: “Go sports! Score the points! Run with the ball to the thing! ETCETERA!!!”

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02. 10. 2017

faux leather leggings, plaid blanket scarf, rain boots outfit

When: Thursday // Weather: cold but sunny // Real life: working remotely and unfortunately not going to NYC :(

faux leather leggings, plaid blanket scarf, rain boots outfit

faux leather leggings, plaid blanket scarf, rain boots outfit

faux leather leggings, plaid blanket scarf, rain boots outfit

faux leather leggings, plaid blanket scarf, rain boots outfit

faux leather leggings, plaid blanket scarf, rain boots outfit

If you read my blog every day, you know I’m supposed to be in New York City right now for a fabulously nerdy fashion law conference. If you read literally any other news source, you know New York got hit with a beast of a snow storm yesterday. My Thursday morning flight got cancelled on Wednesday night, but then I got rebooked for Thursday afternoon. Not so bad. Had to cancel plans with friends, but I got some extra sleep, more time to pack, and did some work from home.

Around 1pm Thursday, an hour and half before I planned to leave for the airport, my rebooked flight got cancelled. (Cue dramatic fall to my knees while screaming “NOOOOO!”) I called the airline and searched all the websites I could think of, and the only option left would’ve involved getting to the airport at 4am and missing the first session of the conference. I was definitely excited for the trip, but it got to the point where the extra stress and extra effort was outweighing the few remaining benefits.

Sigh. So I cancelled my hotel, return flight, and conference registration, and then went out for a drink and Greek food. This outfit was going to be a great travel slash walking through snowy NYC ensemble, but it turned out to be a decent work from home slash eating consolation falafel ensemble instead.

similar Sweater (on sale) // similar Leggings (on sale) // similar Scarf // similar Boots* // Earrings (under $15!) // similar Bag // similar Sunglasses

*Boots purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

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02. 09. 2017

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You’ve seen enough of my face lately, right? How about a peek at the view from my face? Today I have a few top-down outfit selfies to share, plus a couple things that have found their way to my closet recently.

592AE347-114E-4B72-8716-B173D14AF613Kate Spade wallet

I asked Santa for a new wallet and this is what she (yes, she) picked out! I was having a serious George Costanza situation, and a new wallet was the only way I was going to clean the old one out. Goodbye, Macy’s coupon from 2014!

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I call this my “fancy lawyer dress.” I wear it because I am both fancy and a lawyer. I rest my case.

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FLOWER TIME! (I think this to myself every time I wear this watch because I’m a total nerd.)

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I wore this to work just earlier this week. I got these boots because I needed more non-suede options to wear in wet weather. Seriously, how did I end up with so much suede winter footwear? Apparently when I’m shopping I imagine I live in L.A. and not Indy.

IMG_0281Bag // Shoes

Remember when I said I went to Target with my friends who hadn’t been in forever? This is what I went home with. Yay for pretty spring things in the stores!

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I really hope my legs don’t look this lumpy to other people. Why did I decide to do this “View From the Top” themed post?? I’m out.

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02. 08. 2017

shirtdress over turtleneck, yellow Rebecca Minkoff bag, fringe ankle boots

When: last week // Weather: winter-ish // Real life: work

shirtdress over turtleneck, yellow Rebecca Minkoff bag, fringe ankle boots

shirtdress over turtleneck, yellow Rebecca Minkoff bag, fringe ankle boots

shirtdress over turtleneck, yellow Rebecca Minkoff bag, fringe ankle boots

shirtdress over turtleneck, yellow Rebecca Minkoff bag, fringe ankle boots

shirtdress over turtleneck, yellow Rebecca Minkoff bag, fringe ankle boots

Someone (it might have been me) said I looked like I was going on a classy safari in this dress. So I obviously had to buy it, as classy safarian (safarier? safariee?) is my go-to look for everyday. A normal safari is generally warmer from what I understand, and practical footwear is required. But for a classy safari, layers and ankle boots are the way to go. Then you just replace the binoculars with a cute suede crossbody, and you’re ready to observe commuters in their natural habitat.

Tomorrow I head to NYC for my nerd conference in the midst of Fashion Week madness. Follow me on Instagram (@sarahsreallife) if you want the play-by-play!

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02. 07. 2017

plaid flannel shirt, flare jeans, fringe transport tote, aviator sunglasses

When: Saturday // Weather: sunny and chilly // Real life: brunch, drinks, and Target shopping

plaid flannel shirt, flare jeans, fringe transport tote, aviator sunglasses

plaid flannel shirt, flare jeans, fringe transport tote, aviator sunglasses

plaid flannel shirt, flare jeans, fringe transport tote, aviator sunglasses

plaid flannel shirt, flare jeans, fringe transport tote, aviator sunglasses

plaid flannel shirt, flare jeans, fringe transport tote, aviator sunglasses

I didn’t really have a good weekend. I had a great weekend. It was all thanks to two friends who came to visit for the first time in a very long time even though they only live an hour and a half away. (Are you listening, ladies? This kind of friend neglect will no longer be tolerated.) We took them out for a boozy brunch, then to Hotel Tango distillery for more booze, then to Target because they live in a city with no Target (tragic, I know). You know how they say it’s more fun to go to Disney World with kids because you get to see the magic through their eyes? That’s what it was like going to Target with people who have been deprived. I may have gone home with a new bag, shoes, and earrings. What can I say? I got swept up in the magic.

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 *Bag purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

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02. 05. 2017

burgundy cowl neck, OTK boots, buffalo plaid coat, felt hat

When: last Sunday // Weather: snow // Real life: brunch, movie, and shopping

burgundy cowl neck, OTK boots, buffalo plaid coat, felt hat

burgundy cowl neck, OTK boots, buffalo plaid coat, felt hat

Things I like about weekends: sleeping in, brunching, and wearing hats.

burgundy cowl neck, OTK boots, buffalo plaid coat, felt hat

burgundy cowl neck, OTK boots, buffalo plaid coat, felt hat

burgundy cowl neck, OTK boots, buffalo plaid coat, felt hat

You guys, I went to see Lion last weekend. It was incredible. I cried. Real human tears. If La La Land beats Lion for best picture at the Oscars, then I blame Trump because nothing in the world makes sense.

You know what’s almost as amazing as a man reuniting with his mother on another continent after getting lost 25 years before and being raised by Nicole Kidman? This sweater has a removeable turtleneck!

I know. I’m leaving you with a lot to absorb. Take a moment, then grab a sweater and head to the movie theater.

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