Sarah's Real Life
10. 23. 2014

bejeweled stripe top, printed pants, bow pumps, faux leather jacket

bejeweled stripe top, printed pants, bow pumps, faux leather jacket

bejeweled stripe top, printed pants, bow pumps, faux leather jacket

bejeweled stripe top, printed pants, bow pumps, faux leather jacket

bejeweled stripe top, printed pants, bow pumps, faux leather jacket

bejeweled stripe top, printed pants, bow pumps, faux leather jacket

Yes, I got another striped shirt. But most of my other ones have thin stripes and this one has thick stripes. Plus it’s bedazzled. In conclusion: I got another striped shirt. I decided to debut this one with a little bit of print mixing for work. I think this combo totally works without being too wacky because the print on the pants is so small. From far away, it doesn’t even look like a print! In fact, my camera seems to think it just looks weird and fuzzy. Sorry about that…I took these photos myself with my tripod. Hashtag real life?

Top* // similar Pants // similar Jacket (under $35) // Bag (cheaper options below) // similar Shoes // Ring // Lips “La Flamboyante”

*Top purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

10. 22. 2014

wrap dress, red bag, gray ankle strap pumps, pink ray ban aviators, rose gold jewelry

wrap dress, red bag, gray ankle strap pumps, pink ray ban aviators, rose gold jewelry

wrap dress, red bag, gray ankle strap pumps, pink ray ban aviators, rose gold jewelry

wrap dress, red bag, gray ankle strap pumps, pink ray ban aviators, rose gold jewelry

wrap dress, red bag, gray ankle strap pumps, pink ray ban aviators, rose gold jewelry

OK, wake up and take notes, people. I’m about to let you in on the next big thing: whisper necklaces. It’s a term I made up that means the opposite of statement necklaces. Statement necklaces have been the trend for a while now, so we’re getting to the point where everyone will feel like “rebelling.” So the next time you see someone wearing a dainty necklace like this, compliment her on her whisper necklace. If you say it confidently enough, everyone will think it’s a real thing. If anyone is like, “Um…WTF? Whisper necklace?” just be like “duh, it’s all over the blogosphere and it’s so fetch.”

similar Dress (under $50, and shop more options below!) // Bag // Watch* // similar Necklaces* // Sunglasses // Shoes (on sale)

*Watch provided courtesy of Dainty Wrist Jewelry; necklace purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

10. 21. 2014

floral fit and flare dress, over the knee boots

floral fit and flare dress, over the knee boots

When I was in elementary and middle school, I did gymnastics. I wasn’t that great, but I was crazy strong and it was awesome. I used to challenge the boys in my class to arm wrestle, and I usually won (that’s the way I remember it, anyway). I quit gymnastics to focus on dance, which still kept me in great shape all the way through college and beyond, when I taught dance for a few years.

Then when I started law school, I didn’t have time to teach dance, and I didn’t have the money to take classes either. So for three years I basically had no regular exercise. Pathetic, right? I know. I’m blessed with a good metabolism, so I didn’t look like I had let myself go, but that’s how I felt.

So once the Bar exam was over, I started working on getting my guns back. I’ve been trying to give them a workout twice a week for the past couple months, and I’m starting to feel like my old badass self. Unfortunately, I don’t think my scrawny bod is ever going to have Michelle Obama-esque arms, but if I flex, I’m pretty intimidating…

floral fit and flare dress, over the knee boots

See? Watch out, muggers. You’re messing with the wrong girl. Also, this clutch is practically empty. So…move along.

floral fit and flare dress, over the knee boots

floral fit and flare dress, over the knee boots

I love how this girly dress (from H&M but not available online) is perfect for showing off my arms! I wore it to dinner to celebrate the first day at my new job last week. And let me tell you, I needed a lot of strength to shovel all that fondu into my face.

similar Dress* // Boots // similar Clutch* // Lips

*Dress and clutch purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

10. 20. 2014

high waist jeans, black riding boots, short sleeve sweater, plaid scarf, leopard clutch

high waist jeans, black riding boots, short sleeve sweater, plaid scarf, leopard clutch

high waist jeans, black riding boots, short sleeve sweater, plaid scarf, leopard clutch

high waist jeans, black riding boots, short sleeve sweater, plaid scarf, leopard clutch

high waist jeans, black riding boots, short sleeve sweater, plaid scarf, leopard clutch

high waist jeans, black riding boots, short sleeve sweater, plaid scarf, leopard clutch

On Friday it was almost 70 degrees, which sounds pretty warm, right? Except it was cloudy and super windy so it didn’t really feel like 70 degrees. If there was ever a day that it made sense to wear short sleeves and a giant scarf, Friday was that day. The combo actually was perfect for my Friday night movie date because you never know what temperature you’re going to get in a theater. Now that I think about it, in a way, all of Indiana is one big movie theater: unpredictable temperatures and a crap ton of popcorn kernels.

Scarf (only $17!) // Sweater // Jeans // similar Boots (on sale) // similar Bag // Midi Ring* // Lips

*Midi ring purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

10. 19. 2014

pinspiration, black ponte pants, black tee, blue blazer, silver pumps, silver bag

Left image source: GBO Fashion (used with permission)

pinspiration, black ponte pants, black tee, blue blazer, silver pumps, silver bag

pinspiration, black ponte pants, black tee, blue blazer, silver pumps, silver bag

pinspiration, black ponte pants, black tee, blue blazer, silver pumps, silver bag

pinspiration, black ponte pants, black tee, blue blazer, silver pumps, silver bag

pinspiration, black ponte pants, black tee, blue blazer, silver pumps, silver bag

Let me just say that having a job again is unequivocally a good thing. But let me also say that it’s an adjustment after my long spell of “funemployment.” Now I have to shower more often and come up with office-appropriate things to wear on multiple consecutive days. I did this for four years before I went back to school, but somehow it seems harder now. So to make my life the tiniest bit easier, I’ve been turning to my Pinterest boards for outfit ideas. On a side (but related) note, it drives me crazy when people cite Pinterest as a source. Nothing originates from Pinterest. It’s just a place to organize stuff you like from other places. If you asked me where I got my shoes and I said “my closet,” that wouldn’t be very helpful, would it? So while I did go to my Pinterest board to find the idea for this outfit, the inspiration really came from Shannon at GBO Fashion.

While Shannon’s version would be perfectly wearable for a weekend, I needed a business casual version. I swapped out the denim for ponte pants and went for a plain black tee sans cute French words. And that concludes the latest installment of “Pin to Real Life.” Now if someone could just tell me what I want to wear on Monday, that would be great.

similar Jacket* // Pants // Shoes (on sale, more sizes here) // Necklace via Le Tote (buy similar on sale) // similar Bag (on sale)

*Jacket purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

10. 17. 2014

olive and oak sweater, cropped black pants, nude patent pumps, cluster pearl necklace, red satchel

olive and oak sweater, cropped black pants, nude patent pumps, cluster pearl necklace, red satchel

olive and oak sweater, cropped black pants, nude patent pumps, cluster pearl necklace, red satchel

olive and oak sweater, cropped black pants, nude patent pumps, cluster pearl necklace, red satchel

olive and oak sweater, cropped black pants, nude patent pumps, cluster pearl necklace, red satchel

I’m pretty sure it’s a requirement for all style blogs to do a post called “Sweater Weather” sometime in early fall. So don’t call me cliche. I’m just fulfilling my duty. There’s a chill in the air, the leaves are changing, I’m drinking pumpkin spice lattes, and I’m cuddled up in a chunky knit sweater. OK fine, I’m a cliche. To really drive it home, I’ll give you a bunch of cute and cozy sweaters to shop below.

Happy Friday, friends! Have a good weekend.

Sweater* // similar Pants // Shoes (on sale) // similar Necklace // Bag

*Sweater provided courtesy of Lucky B Boutique.

10. 16. 2014

madewell graphic sweatshirt, green jeans, burgundy hat, floral sneakers

madewell graphic sweatshirt, green jeans, burgundy hat, floral sneakers

madewell graphic sweatshirt, green jeans, burgundy hat, floral sneakers

madewell graphic sweatshirt, green jeans, burgundy hat, floral sneakers

madewell graphic sweatshirt, green jeans, burgundy hat, floral sneakers

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I read a NY Times op ed the other day called “Brunch is for Jerks.” Well if brunch is wrong, I don’t want to be right. I think the point of the article was that the brunch “scene” in NYC is just a bunch of rich, white kids who get drunk on Saturday night, then clog up all the good restaurants for hours on Sunday. I think brunch is a little less jerky here in the Midwest. We just like to sleep in and then have someone make us eggs and a maybe a mimosa, please and thank you.

This past Sunday, I put in some effort to make my casual brunch outfit a little more presentable than the pajama-wearing crowd. (Again, I’m not a brunch jerk.) And I only spent 5 minutes Instagramming my food before I ate it. (I’m only human, OK?)

Sweatshirt // similar Jeans // similar Hat // Shoes (only $15) // similar Sunglasses // Bracelet // Bag

10. 15. 2014

ann taylor suit, french connection floral blouse, cap toe pumps, silver satchel, interview outfit

ann taylor suit, french connection floral blouse, cap toe pumps, silver satchel, interview outfit

ann taylor suit, french connection floral blouse, cap toe pumps, silver satchel, interview outfit

ann taylor suit, french connection floral blouse, cap toe pumps, silver satchel, interview outfit

ann taylor suit, french connection floral blouse, cap toe pumps, silver satchel, interview outfit

ann taylor suit, french connection floral blouse, cap toe pumps, silver satchel, interview outfit

I had an interview a couple weeks ago and decided to take photos of my outfit so I could do a post giving some advice on what to wear to an interview. But then I saved the photos because I got to thinking: Should I really tell you why you should wear something like this to an interview before I know whether I got the job? Maybe my instincts are way off. Better to wait and see the results. Well, you see where this is going…

I got the job!

Hallelujah, I’m finally working. It’s only part time, but it’s at one of the biggest law firms in Indianapolis, and it’s in the area of law I love the most, so I’m totally happy. Now that you know this outfit was involved in getting me a great job, you can take my advice slightly more seriously, right? Maybe. So let’s get going.

Here’s how I suggest crafting your perfect interview outfit:

1. It matters, but it shouldn’t really matter.

If you’re stressing for hours about what to wear to your interview, you’re thinking too hard. This isn’t the time to make a big fashion statement unless you’re interviewing for a fashion-related job. Your interviewer should be focusing on what you’re saying rather than on your funky statement earrings.

2. To Suit, or not to Suit?

It’s sort of an unwritten rule that you wear a suit to interviews for legal jobs. I’m guessing the same is true for other super-professional fields. Even though most lawyers and other professionals don’t wear suits every day, it’s good to err on the side of more professional. As the saying goes, dress for the job you want, not the job you have. If you’re sure you would be totally overdressed in a suit, go for a slightly more casual (but still conservative) option like a nice sheath dress and cardigan. Whatever you choose, please make sure it fits you properly! Even an expensive suit looks cheap if it doesn’t fit.

3. Remember the sweat factor.

I know. It’s gross. But if you tend to sweat when you’re nervous, that’s something to keep in mind. A blazer might be good in this situation because you’re unlikely to sweat through that extra layer. If a blazer’s not your scene, wear black on top.

4. Keep accessories to a minimum.

This tip is one I have trouble following because I feel naked without accessories. But jewelry is really easy to fidget with, even if you don’t realize you’re doing it. Bracelets can make noise if you move your hands while you talk. Earrings can get caught in your hair. Even necklaces can cause issues. If you do plan on wearing a necklace, I recommend giving it a “test run,” especially if you plan on wearing a jacket. I actually put on a necklace with this outfit originally, but I noticed that as I moved around, it kept flipping over and getting stuck. There was really no need for a necklace, so I just went without it.

5. Professional hair and makeup.

I don’t think it really matters whether you wear your hair up or down. However, if you do go for an updo, try to do something simple and professional looking. Pigtails? Top knots? Not professional. A low bun? Professional. If you tend to play with your hair, it’s probably a good idea to pull it back. As for makeup, I think it’s good to cover up your under-eye circles and blemishes (if you’re me), unless you’re naturally beautiful and perfect (you suck). And as much as I love bright lipsticks, I go for something more neutral for interviews.

6. For shoes, know your audience and your comfort level.

OK, this last rule is one I made up myself, so take it with a grain of salt. I like to choose my interview shoes based on who I’m interviewing with. If I know I’m interviewing with men only, I know they’re probably not going  to notice my shoes, so I just go for comfort. If I know I’m interviewing with any women (as I was for this job), I pick shoes that are just a little bit fun. The way I see it, there’s always a chance she’ll like my shoes and remember me as that awesomely qualified candidate with the great footwear. Is this rule a little bit sexist and presumptuous? Yes. But it kind of makes sense too.

That’s it! Those are all my secrets. If you have any other interview tips I missed, please leave them in the comments! Have a good rest of your week, and wish me luck on my second day of work!

Suit // Top // Shoes // similar Bag

10. 14. 2014
Shopbop F&F (starting 10/14 @ 8am)

 

Just a friendly heads-up that the Shopbop Friends & Family sale is officially happening! Now through 10/16, get 25% off your purchase with the code “FAMILY25.” There are a few exclusions, but they’re really fancy brands that I can’t afford anyway. Here are a few of the things that have been hanging out in my Shopbop wishlist. I just ordered the leather jacket and…a few other things. ;)

If there’s anything you’ve been wanting to add to your fall wardrobe, now’s a good time! (But please shop responsibly.)

Rose gold necklace $55 $41.25 after discount

Leather jacket $95 $71.25 after discount

Cutout ankle boots $159 $119.25 after discount

Wrap coat $140 $105 after discount

“Diamond” earrings $48 $36 after discount

Tweed skirt $78 $58.50 after discount

P.S. There’s a new outfit post up today too! Don’t get so busy shopping that you miss it.

10. 14. 2014

H&M quilted jacket, leopard oxford shirt, dark skinny jeans, red flats

H&M quilted jacket, leopard oxford shirt, dark skinny jeans, red flats

H&M quilted jacket, leopard oxford shirt, dark skinny jeans, red flats

H&M quilted jacket, leopard oxford shirt, dark skinny jeans, red flats

H&M quilted jacket, leopard oxford shirt, dark skinny jeans, red flats

H&M quilted jacket, leopard oxford shirt, dark skinny jeans, red flats

I love fall. I love navy. I love leopard print. I love new jackets. I love red lipstick. There were a lot of things I liked happening on this day. It also happened to be Saturday, and who doesn’t love Saturday? I did a little bit of “recon work” at the mall, meaning I went and tried some things on and made notes of what I want to get when there’s a good sale (and when I have a good income). Then I tried out a new restaurant in Broad Ripple called Hopcat. They have something called “crack fries,” and now that I’ve tried them let me just say: I had no idea crack was so delicious. I totally understand why people do it now. Let’s go ahead and add crack to the above list of things I love. Maybe I’ll add it to the “Interests” section of my résumé.

Coat* (Not available online for U.S., but in stores! Check out more similar options below.) // similar Shirt // Jeans // similar Shoes // Bag // Lips “La Flamboyante”

*Coat purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.