Sarah's Real Life
06. 29. 2016

striped maxi skirt, short sleeve sweater, business casual outfit

When: Monday // Weather: hot // Real Life: work

striped maxi skirt, short sleeve sweater, business casual outfit

striped maxi skirt, short sleeve sweater, business casual outfit

striped maxi skirt, short sleeve sweater, business casual outfit

striped maxi skirt, short sleeve sweater, business casual outfit

striped maxi skirt, short sleeve sweater, business casual outfit

I just can’t keep up with the skirt length trends. Is this a midi or a maxi? A cropped maxi? I don’t know, but I like it. I’ve seen a few of these almost-maxi-but-above-the-ankle skirts around lately, and I assumed they wouldn’t work for me because I’m about 7 inches shorter than the average model. I tried on this one by accident (I thought it was your run-of-the-mill floor grazer) and now I want one in every color and pattern possible! I wore this to work even though I usually don’t wear maxis to the office – I feel like they make me look like I should be on either a beach or a red carpet (if only that were my life). But the slightly shorter length really makes a difference I think. Plus it means I don’t have to hold my skirt while I’m walking up stairs, and anything that prevents my falling down in public is something I can get behind.

I’m starting to think this length is actually more flattering than a regular midi that hits mid-calf (blasphemy, I know!). With this length, it’s only the narrowest part of the leg showing. Not to mention…you can wear it with flats OR heels. OK, I’ve definitely convinced myself now. I shall wear nothing but this length skirt everyday forever and ever amen.

Skirt (FYI, I’m 5′ 3″ & wearing petite) // Sweater // similar Shoes // similar Bag // Sunglasses (on sale in other colors) // similar Earrings (on sale)

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06. 28. 2016

This post was sponsored by Vera Wang Fragrances via Influence Central. I received product and other compensation, but you know me…I only speak the truth.

strapless maxi dress, Panama hat, Vera Wang Embrace perfume review

strapless maxi dress, Panama hat, Vera Wang Embrace perfume review

strapless maxi dress, Panama hat, Vera Wang Embrace perfume review

strapless maxi dress, Panama hat, Vera Wang Embrace perfume review

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strapless maxi dress, Panama hat, Vera Wang Embrace perfume review

Perfume (c/o Vera Wang Fragrances) // Hat // similar Dress (on sale) // similar Bag // Shoes

Once upon a time, I was a new college grad during the great recession and I made $8 an hour. (Congrats on your degree – you are now barely above the poverty line.) I had always been fashion-obsessed, so you can imagine my disappointment when adulthood didn’t immediately bring me the shopping freedom I had hoped for.

It was around that time that I started a little collection of designer perfumes. I could never afford a designer dress (or even a designer sleeve), but if I saved up for a month or so I could afford that pretty little bottle of delicious fragrance. Maybe it sounds silly, but it made 22-year-old me feel just fancy enough to forget about my not-so-fancy reality.

Over the years since 2008 I sort of lost interest in perfume (thanks, Obama). But recently I started to miss the fun of lining up those cute bottles on a shelf, and making perfume the first thing I put on in the morning. Anyone else who’s found their perfect scent knows what I’m talking about – the right one just makes you feel pretty, even on an off day.

I recently got to try out the latest scent from the Vera Wang Embrace collection: Marigold and Gardenia. It’s perfect timing for a scent combination like this because it’s super sweet-smelling and summery. Like eating a melon fruit salad while walking through a field of flowers (but without the bees). I spritzed it on this weekend when I went out for some daytime fun in the sun, but it would be perfect for a more intimate occasion too (winky wink wink). Or you can just wear it for the most important person in your life: yourself!

The best part is that even 2008 Sarah  could have afforded it, no problem. It retails for $29.99 at Kohl’s (in stores and online). If you want to sniff out an even sweeter deal (double pun intended) Influence Central is giving away 10 Vera Wang Embrace fragrance collection packs, which include 4 fragrances! The giveaway is going on now through July 12, 2016, and you can enter through the widget below.

Vera Wang Embrace Fragrance Collections

(Please note that Sarah’s Real Life is not sponsoring this giveaway and I play no part in choosing winners or distributing prizes. Be sure to read the official rules before entering!)

 

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06. 27. 2016

white eyelet dress, gingham blazer, block heel sandals, mirrored aviators

white eyelet dress, gingham blazer, block heel sandals, mirrored aviators

white eyelet dress, gingham blazer, block heel sandals, mirrored aviators

white eyelet dress, gingham blazer, block heel sandals, mirrored aviators

white eyelet dress, gingham blazer, block heel sandals, mirrored aviators

Gingham and eyelet? Ugh, gag me with a J. Crew catalog, amiright?! Sometimes I put two things together because I think they’ll be so cute, and then I realize they’re just so…cute.

That’s when I figure out a way to balance out the preciousness a little bit, like with a simple low ponytail and and chunky black sandals. Not that there’s anything wrong with wearing gingham and eyelet with, say, a braid crown and espadrille wedges, but when you’re small and blonde and you want people to believe you’re an actual lawyer, sometimes it helps to de-cutify yourself just a little. It’s one of many life lessons I learned from Legally Blonde.

Jacket (on sale) // similar Dress (on sale) // Bag // similar Ring // similar Shoes // similar Sunglasses

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06. 24. 2016

tweed dress, cobalt pumps, Gigi New York uber clutch, statement necklace

When: last Friday // Weather: warm & sunny // Real Life: working and attending a political fundraiser

tweed dress, cobalt pumps, Gigi New York uber clutch, statement necklace

tweed dress, cobalt pumps, Gigi New York uber clutch, statement necklace

tweed dress, cobalt pumps, Gigi New York uber clutch, statement necklace

tweed dress, cobalt pumps, Gigi New York uber clutch, statement necklace

tweed dress, cobalt pumps, Gigi New York uber clutch, statement necklace

Orange you glad I got another brightly colored dress?

Sorry, couldn’t resist. This dress looks rather red in these photos, but it’s definitely more orange in person. I generally avoid orange at the risk of looking like a constructions cone (#palegirlproblems), but something about this particular shade and the structure of the dress made me feel like I could get away with it. Is it working? Don’t answer unless it’s a “yes.”

I don’t know if you noticed, but I decided to start adding more “real life” details about my outfit. Scroll up if you missed it. That’s the point of this blog, after all. The weather and what I’m doing on a particular day really are the main factors that go into my outfit decisions, so I thought I would make more effort to share that info. Just in case you’re worried I’m turning into one of those “aspirational” bloggers, worry not! I promise to never do anything aspirational.

Dress (on sale) // Jacket // similar Shoes // Clutch // similar Necklace

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06. 22. 2016

pineapple tee, gingham shorts, J. Crew Panama hat

pineapple tee, gingham shorts, J. Crew Panama hat

pineapple tee, gingham shorts, J. Crew Panama hat

pineapple tee, gingham shorts, J. Crew Panama hat

pineapple tee, gingham shorts, J. Crew Panama hat

Well, now that it’s officially summer, might as well wear the summeriest damn outfit that ever did summer. Gingham shorts, a straw hat, and a shirt with a giant piece of fruit? Tell me how to make this outfit scream summer any louder. I’m waiting…

That’s what I thought.

In case you’re wondering what’s happening behind me, it’s not a meeting of the Sarah’s Real Life Fan Club (those are way bigger). Last weekend I went to Symphony on the Prairie with some friends, and we spent the evening picnicking, drinking, and watching the sunset while listening to gorgeous live music. Again, just try and tell me how to get more summery.

similar Tee (more options below) // similar Shorts (on sale) // Hat // Bag (on sale) // similar Sunglasses (only $10)

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06. 21. 2016

ponte pants, floral silk top, jean jacket, Mat & Natt lilac bag, striped wedges

ponte pants, floral silk top, jean jacket, Mat & Natt lilac bag, striped wedges

ponte pants, floral silk top, jean jacket, Mat & Natt lilac bag, striped wedges

ponte pants, floral silk top, jean jacket, Mat & Natt lilac bag, striped wedges

ponte pants, floral silk top, jean jacket, Mat & Natt lilac bag, striped wedges

Things I don’t need more of: stripes. Things I bought this month anyway: striped wedges. (Let’s be honest, the world of style blogging does not run on necessities.) Another non-necessity: a lilac bag, but at least I didn’t already have a bag this color.

Ponte pants are at least a little closer to a necessity. I’ve found they’re excellent at standing up to a big plate of Mexican food, which may or may not be precisely what I ate right after taking these photos!

Jacket // similar Top (on sale) // Bag // similar Pants (on sale) // Shoes // similar Necklace // similar Sunglasses

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06. 20. 2016

BB Dakota open back midi dress, studded blush t-strap pumps

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BB Dakota open back midi dress, studded blush t-strap pumps

BB Dakota open back midi dress, studded blush t-strap pumps

BB Dakota open back midi dress, studded blush t-strap pumps

BB Dakota open back midi dress, studded blush t-strap pumps

Wanna know how sneaky I am? I wore this open-back dress to work! But I wore a white blazer over it, so from 9 to 6 I just looked like a summery professional. Then I threw my jacket in my car and walked around the corner to meet some of my fellow Indianapolis bloggers for drinks and Mexican food. I love feeling fabulous on a Tuesday, even if I have to keep it under wraps during business hours. At least my blogger buddies got to see this dress in its full glory, and they’re obviously the ones who appreciate it more 😉 By the way, shoutout to “Sarah #2” for taking these photos for me!

Here’s your real-life fashion tip for the day: next time you have fun after-work plans, don’t change your whole outfit, just hide your sexy dress under a jacket. What would you do without me??

Dress* (on sale) // Shoes (on sale) // Bag // similar Bracelet

*Dress purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

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06. 17. 2016

Happy Fri-YAY! For those who don’t follow me on Instagram, I’ve selected some of my favorite posts from the past couple weeks. So basically, you get all the fun of IG without the annoying parts (i.e., everyone who’s not me).

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Doesn’t this outfit look great with my front porch?! Shoulda worked from home.

extra2Shoes (c/o Shopbop) // Dress

I’ve worn these shoes twice now but haven’t managed to get “real” photos. They’re not really my usual style, but I got them for free, which is always a good excuse to try something new.

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Fashion bloggers can’t stop with the damn peonies, can they? But I’m allowed because peonies are the state flower of Indiana.

extra4Dress // Bag // Earrings

This outfit only appeared in the wild for a couple hours. We walked about a mile in the heat to dinner at a relatively nice restaurant, so I needed something that looked decent but kept me cool.

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New lilac bag made from vegan leather, so no unicorns were harmed.

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I met up with some of my fellow Indianapolis bloggers at Nada this week. I do often consume guacamole and adult beverages on a weekday night, but it’s nice to do it with other people somewhere outside my home.

extra7Bag // Bracelet // similar Shoes // Jeans

I’ve worn these kick crop jeans way more than I thought I would. I love it when I don’t regret a risky purchase! P.S. I keep dressing like the 4th of July, but I’ll probably grow out of it in the next 2 weeks.

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And here’s a picture of the donuts from Rocket 88 I brought to my coworkers last Friday…just to torture you.

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06. 16. 2016

white eyelet dress, Kate Spade striped clutch, gray suede pumps

white eyelet dress, Kate Spade striped clutch, gray suede pumps

white eyelet dress, Kate Spade striped clutch, gray suede pumps

white eyelet dress, Kate Spade striped clutch, gray suede pumps

white eyelet dress, Kate Spade striped clutch, gray suede pumps

white eyelet dress, Kate Spade striped clutch, gray suede pumps

I already love Sunday Fundays, but last Sunday was a Sunday Fancy Funday. We went to see Bizet’s Carmen at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, where I came up with the best hashtag ever: #TooBizetBeingAwesome. Yep, all you other nerds can just stop making up punny hashtags because I have out-punned you all. Forever.

I’ve been wearing a lot of red lately (like here and here), but I decided for this occasion I should leave the red-dress-wearing to the title character. It was a good call, because the costumes were amazing, including Carmen’s iconic red dress.

After the opera was a Tony Awards watch party, where I drank pink champagne and ate a giant box of Whoppers. Like I said, Sunday Fancy Funday.

Dress (on sale) // similar Clutch* (on sale) // similar Shoes // similar Rings

*Clutch purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

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06. 15. 2016

yellow dress over white shirt, nude studded t-strap pumps

yellow dress over white shirt, nude studded t-strap pumps

yellow dress over white shirt, nude studded t-strap pumps

yellow dress over white shirt, nude studded t-strap pumps

yellow dress over white shirt, nude studded t-strap pumps

yellow dress over white shirt, nude studded t-strap pumps

OK, if you’re tired of seeing me wear pink and red, TODAY IS YOUR DAY. Yellow’s the name of the game now. Maybe I’ll try to give more attention to the rest of the rainbow over the next couple weeks. It is Pride Month, after all.

almost identical Dress (on sale) // Shoes (on sale) // Shirt // Sunglasses // similar Bracelet // similar Bag

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