Sarah's Real Life
04. 27. 2017

Victoria Beckham Target dress, jean jacket, Gemma flats

When: Friday // Weather: 50s // Real life: work, then dinner and concert

Victoria Beckham Target dress, jean jacket, Gemma flats

Victoria Beckham Target dress, jean jacket, Gemma flats

Victoria Beckham Target dress, jean jacket, Gemma flats

Victoria Beckham Target dress, jean jacket, Gemma flats

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I spotted these cute little ducks just swimming around together, being friendly. As ducks do. (I assume.) So I did what any Instagram addict would do and started snapping pics. Well, apparently these critters are exhibitionists, because shortly after this photo was taken, these ducks started making ducklings. Yeah. I was wearing my Victoria Beckham for Target dress, and that night was the night when two ducks became one. I felt like I shouldn’t watch but it was so alarming I couldn’t help it. Let’s just say it didn’t seem very romantic, but I’m hoping they flew home to cuddle and watch Netflix.

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04. 26. 2017

polka dot dress, faux leather moto jacket outfit

When: last Tuesday // Weather: warm and sunny // Real life: work

polka dot dress, faux leather moto jacket outfit

polka dot dress, faux leather moto jacket outfit

polka dot dress, faux leather moto jacket outfit

polka dot dress, faux leather moto jacket outfit

polka dot dress, faux leather moto jacket outfit

The most prevalent pattern in my closet is – by far – stripes. But polka dots are giving stripes a run for their money these days. I do already have a couple dotted dresses, but as Kristin pointed out, this one is cool because it’s a non-structured pattern. So if you’re in to chaos theory and cute frocks, this might be your jam. Of course, now I discover this dress is sold out online, but I found some other really cool options, linked below! If you’re feeling extra chaotic, you could just close your eyes and pick one.

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04. 24. 2017

floral wrap dress, lace up flats, wood watch, suede blush tote

When: last Saturday // Weather: warm and sunny // Real life: haircut, shopping, general frolicking

floral wrap dress, lace up flats, wood watch, suede blush tote

floral wrap dress, lace up flats, wood watch, suede blush tote

floral wrap dress, lace up flats, wood watch, suede blush tote

floral wrap dress, lace up flats, wood watch, suede blush tote

floral wrap dress, lace up flats, wood watch, suede blush tote

floral wrap dress, lace up flats, wood watch, suede blush tote

I like to keep my hair blond so I look sweet and angelic. It makes it more impactful and surprising when I drop some sarcasm. Cute floral dresses help too. I tend to have a pretty surly expression most of the time, so without these measures I would probably look and sound like a serial killer. Which I’m not. (Or am I???)

Speaking of jokes about murder, if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t find that completely inappropriate, you should probably be listening to the podcast My Favorite Murder. It’s been around for about a year now, so if you start at the beginning you’ll have commute entertainment for weeks! You can thank me later. Unless you dislike true crime, the F word, and women who go on tangential rants about the patriarchy…then you probably won’t thank me.

Dress* (also in red, on sale) // Shoes // similar Bag (larger version) // similar Sunglasses // Watch*

*Dress purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop; watch provided courtesy of Jord.

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04. 21. 2017

statement earrings, kick crop pants

When: Thursday // Weather: humid // Real life: work, then lecture event

statement earrings, kick crop pantsYou know I love a subtle accessory.

statement earrings, kick crop pants

statement earrings, kick crop pants

statement earrings, kick crop pants

Yesterday after work I went to a lecture by Hon. Sarah Evans Barker. Who is she? Only the first female federal district court judge in Indiana, no big deal. I’ll just go ahead and be totally cliché and say she was an inspiration. This anecdote she told pretty much sums it up: Many years ago, someone who apparently had a less-than-ideal outcome in her courtroom wrote her a letter and called her a “degenerate old bag.” She had the quote turned into a needlepoint and hung it in her chambers. She is — as the kids say — squad goals. I also enjoyed hearing her referred to as “Judge Sarah.” Has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? 😉 On the other hand, a judge would make for a pretty boring style blogger.

Earrings (on sale) // similar Top // similar Pants // similar Shoes // similar Bag

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04. 19. 2017

stripes and gingham, skinny jeans, pink suede pumps, Target purse

When: Friday // Weather: warm // Real life: work, then dinner date

stripes and gingham, skinny jeans, pink suede pumps, Target purse

stripes and gingham, skinny jeans, pink suede pumps, Target purse

stripes and gingham, skinny jeans, pink suede pumps, Target purse

stripes and gingham, skinny jeans, pink suede pumps, Target purse

stripes and gingham, skinny jeans, pink suede pumps, Target purse

I wish there were some catchy way to combine the words “stripes” and “gingham.”

Stripham? Gingipes? They sound like diseases contracted by elderly people who can’t get out of bed. It’s too bad because things that look so cute together should also sound cute together. The best I can do is S&G. Then when you add a floral bag, I guess that makes it SG&F. It has a nice ring to it, like PB&J. Which reminds me…I’m hungry. Byyyyyye.

Top // Jeans // Bag // similar Shoes // Necklace (on sale)

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04. 18. 2017

lace bell sleeve top, olive long vest, ponte pants, ankle boots

When: last Tuesday // Weather: 50s and windy // Real life: work

lace bell sleeve top, olive long vest, ponte pants, ankle boots

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lace bell sleeve top, olive long vest, ponte pants, ankle boots

lace bell sleeve top, olive long vest, ponte pants, ankle boots

lace bell sleeve top, olive long vest, ponte pants, ankle boots

The thing about taking pictures of myself every day is that when I look at them later, I either think “great job, me” or “well, at least I’ve learned something.” I really want to think I looked more pulled together than these photos suggest because I was bending over to set up the tripod and then trying to rearrange myself in 10 seconds with wind blowing the wrong direction. Or maybe I really did have a weird chest wrinkle all day. Chest wrinkles are not the hot new trend for spring, in case you were wondering. Flared sleeves, yes. Chest wrinkles, no.

If you’re a new reader, I swear I’m not usually this messy. But isn’t it endearing and refreshing when a blogger doesn’t edit out all her imperfections? The answer is yes so congratulations on finding your new favorite blog.

Top // similar Vest // similar Bag (on sale) // similar Boots (on sale) // similar Sunglasses

*Ring purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

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04. 17. 2017

polka dot midi skirt, colorblock sweater, ankle strap pumps, tassel necklace

When: Thursday // Weather: sunny and warm // Real life: work and an afternoon coffee break

polka dot midi skirt, colorblock sweater, ankle strap pumps, tassel necklace

polka dot midi skirt, colorblock sweater, ankle strap pumps, tassel necklace

polka dot midi skirt, colorblock sweater, ankle strap pumps, tassel necklace

polka dot midi skirt, colorblock sweater, ankle strap pumps, tassel necklace

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Starbucks has two talents. The #2 talent is making coffee, and #1 is getting people to buy more coffee. My life is forever improved by the mobile order option, and I totally fall for the whole “get bonus stars for making more purchases” stuff. The latest offer peer pressured me into getting 3 iced lattes in 5 days. Well twist my arm. This was latte number 2, which I used as an excuse to get out of the office and enjoy the afternoon sunshine. And in the spirit of peer pressure, I bought Kristin a venti iced tea as a bribe to meet me for photos. So really, I say we call it a tax write-off. :)

P.S. I hope you all like navy, because I seem to be wearing a lot of it these days.

similar Sweater (on sale) // similar Skirt (on sale) // Necklace // similar Shoes // similar Bag // similar Earrings // similar Sunglasses

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04. 15. 2017

berry print bandana, breton shirt, jeans, yellow suede sandals

When: last Sunday // Weather: 70s and sunny // Real life: picnic in the gardens outside the art museum

berry print bandana, breton shirt, jeans, yellow suede sandals

berry print bandana, breton shirt, jeans, yellow suede sandals

berry print bandana, breton shirt, jeans, yellow suede sandals

berry print bandana, breton shirt, jeans, yellow suede sandals

berry print bandana, breton shirt, jeans, yellow suede sandals

These sandals and this cute berry-print bandana were 2 of the things I purchased on my shopping spree last month in a very chilly (at the time) NYC. And here they are making their debut in much more appropriate weather. Last weekend, Kristin and I made a picnic – one of our favorite spring/summer weekend activities – and took it to the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The picnic included actual berries, so wearing berry print was either a perfect choice or a ridiculous choice. I’m going with perfect.

The picnic itself was pretty much perfect (complete with bellinis and mini cheesecake to share), except for the fact that I forgot to put sunscreen on my feet and ended up with a super awkward sandal burn. You can kind of see the pink coming through on my ankles in these photos. These are the kind of real life glamorous details the other bloggers don’t share. You’re welcome.

 similar Tee (on sale) // Bandana // Jeans // Shoes // Sunglasses // similar Bag (on sale) // Earrings

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04. 14. 2017

I might not know anything about planting flowers, but I sure am good at wearing them. Here are a few super springy things I’ve worn lately. HAPPY FRIDAY!

IMG_1047Sweater (on sale) // J.Crew’s latest fun pleated Skirt // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Bag // Earrings

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IMG_1201Top (from the new Victoria Beckham for Target collection!) // similar Bag (c/o Shopbop)

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04. 13. 2017

striped jersey dress, khaki fleet jacket, white Chucks, pom pom straw hat

When: Saturday // Weather: gorgeous // Real life: walking all over Broad Ripple

striped jersey dress, khaki fleet jacket, white Chucks, pom pom straw hat

striped jersey dress, khaki fleet jacket, white Chucks, pom pom straw hat

striped jersey dress, khaki fleet jacket, white Chucks, pom pom straw hat

striped jersey dress, khaki fleet jacket, white Chucks, pom pom straw hat

striped jersey dress, khaki fleet jacket, white Chucks, pom pom straw hat

striped jersey dress, khaki fleet jacket, white Chucks, pom pom straw hat

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Did I already have multiple straw hats? Yes. Did I need another straw hat? No. But does this one have adorable pom poms? Yes. So did I buy it? Most definitely. My life is now complete until the next cute hat comes along.

But you have to admit – things you really don’t need and probably won’t wear that much are the most special things. Speaking of which, if you feel like getting yourself a little something frivolous (or not so frivolous), Shopbop’s* big spring sale is going on now through Friday (details here)! Use the code EVENT17 to get 20-25% off almost everything. I already ordered a few things, including a pair of absolutely unnecessarily ridiculous Soludos espadrilles. It was tough picking from all the options, but I ended up going for the peacocks!

*As part of my partnership with Shopbop, I’m required to spread the good news about certain sales. Everything I receive c/o Shopbop (like the bag and shoes in the outfit up there) I select myself and wear in real life, just like everything else you see on this blog. #keepingitreal

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