Sarah's Real Life
10. 18. 2017

halter midi dress, velvet bag, fringe tassel earrings

When: Saturday before last // Weather: warm and windy // Real life: haircut and party hopping

halter midi dress, velvet bag, fringe tassel earrings

halter midi dress, velvet bag, fringe tassel earrings

halter midi dress, velvet bag, fringe tassel earrings

Oh hey, did I mentioned I chopped my hair off? Because I chopped my hair off. For absolutely no reason except that I thought to myself a few hours before my appointment: “Hey…what if I chopped my hair off?” So I did. It’s sassy and I like it.

So if I seem extra snarky now, just blame it on the hair. I have no control over what these locks do. (No seriously, I can use the same products and styling tools and it looks different every time. I don’t get it.)

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10. 15. 2017

embroidered lace top, velvet handbag, ponte pants

When: October 4th // Weather: cool & cloudy // Real life: work

embroidered lace top, velvet handbag, ponte pants

embroidered lace top, velvet handbag, ponte pants

embroidered lace top, velvet handbag, ponte pants

embroidered lace top, velvet handbag, ponte pants

embroidered lace top, velvet handbag, ponte pants

I ordered this top online and when it came in I was a little on the fence – was it too much? Too girly? Like a Polly Pocket wrapped in a My Little Pony on top of an American Girl doll inside a box of tampons? I wasn’t sure but I decided to keep it anyway, and I actually got a lot of compliments! I think next time I’ll try to butch it up a little bit. It would look good with jeans and a leather jacket, don’t you think? Like a Barbie and a GI Joe in a unisex bathroom.

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10. 10. 2017

pussy bow flannel shirt, articles of society skinny jeans, ankle boots

When: Friday before last // Weather: 70s // Real life: work

pussy bow flannel shirt, articles of society skinny jeans, ankle boots

pussy bow flannel shirt, articles of society skinny jeans, ankle boots

pussy bow flannel shirt, articles of society skinny jeans, ankle boots

pussy bow flannel shirt, articles of society skinny jeans, ankle boots

pussy bow flannel shirt, articles of society skinny jeans, ankle boots

My coworker/friend decided some time last winter that we should have “flannel Fridays.” I kind of fell off the flannel wagon for most of the summer, but now…I’m back! ‘Tis the season for plaid, ankle boots, and pumpkin spice lattes (yes, that sure is what’s in this cup). Call me “basic” if you want. I simply couldn’t care less. I’m too busy Instagramming my food and quoting Mean Girls.

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10. 09. 2017

new york sweatshirt, white chuck taylors, felt hat, apple picking

When: October 1st // Weather: cool and sunny // Real life: apple picking

new york sweatshirt, white chuck taylors, felt hat, apple picking

new york sweatshirt, white chuck taylors, felt hat, apple picking

new york sweatshirt, white chuck taylors, felt hat, apple picking

new york sweatshirt, white chuck taylors, felt hat, apple picking

new york sweatshirt, white chuck taylors, felt hat, apple picking

We started off October with one of the most Octobery things ever – apple picking! Sure, you can get the same apples from the grocery store for the same price (or less), but where’s the fun in that? We like to think of apple picking as “fruit hunting.” We’re in it for the thrill of the chase.

And we chased down a big ol’ bag of apples. They didn’t see it coming (because they’re apples).

Here’s what we’ve done with them so far: We sliced and sauteed a few in ghee and cinnamon, and used those to top yogurt and pancakes. We turned a bunch of them into apple sauce, and I used some of that apple sauce in a batch of pumpkin oat muffins. Then last night for dinner we made a really yummy dish of baked apples and butternut squash (recipe here).

Yeah, you could say it’s been very busy and very apply in my kitchen this month. But as an apple hunter, I feel it’s important to honor the life of every apple I kill by not letting it go to waste.

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*Shoes purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

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10. 06. 2017

striped embroidered bell sleeeve top, ponte pants, fringe pumps, kendra scott fall collection, embroidery trend

When: last Wednesday // Weather: mild // Real life: work

striped embroidered bell sleeeve top, ponte pants, fringe pumps, kendra scott fall collection, embroidery trend

striped embroidered bell sleeeve top, ponte pants, fringe pumps, kendra scott fall collection, embroidery trend

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striped embroidered bell sleeeve top, ponte pants, fringe pumps, kendra scott fall collection, embroidery trend

striped embroidered bell sleeeve top, ponte pants, fringe pumps, kendra scott fall collection, embroidery trend

People (and by people I mean non-bloggers) seem to think I have a lot of knowledge about fashion trends. And to some extent I do, but people give me too much credit. Like recently someone asked me to confirm that it’s currently cool to wear shirts with holes in them. And I was like, is it cool for the over-30 professional crowd? Because if not, I have no idea, nor do want to. I mean, what could possibly be cooler than the over-30 professional crowd? Our LinkedIn profiles are totes on fleek.

The trends I do know about include flared sleeves and embroidery. Since I’m sporting both trends in one top here, I toned down the rest of the outfit. It’s a look that says: “I’m up to date, but I also used to have a MySpace account.”

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10. 04. 2017

gray midi dress, blue suede block heel pumps, Kate Spade bag
When: Sept. 20 // Weather: hot // Real life: work

gray midi dress, blue suede block heel pumps, Kate Spade bag

gray midi dress, blue suede block heel pumps, Kate Spade bag

gray midi dress, blue suede block heel pumps, Kate Spade bag

gray midi dress, blue suede block heel pumps, Kate Spade bag

gray midi dress, blue suede block heel pumps, Kate Spade bag

If you’ve ever wondered what I look like with a tan, this is it. Nope, no need to adjust your screen or update your prescription. After a week on the beach, I go from intensely alabaster to just mostly pale. I mean, I’m positively glowing, don’t you think?

And as a nod to my lovely trip to the Outer Banks, I rocked these Carolina blue pumps back at work. :)

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10. 02. 2017

madewell sweater, articles of society jeans, madewell suede sandals

When: Friday evening of vacation week // Weather: warm and beachy // Real life: haunted pirate cruisemadewell sweater, articles of society jeans, madewell suede sandals

madewell sweater, articles of society jeans, madewell suede sandals

madewell sweater, articles of society jeans, madewell suede sandals

Besides the outfit I wore on the drive to the beach, these were the only “real” clothes I wore all week on vacation. As much as I love my clothes and my vast lipstick collection and my hairdryer, I will happily give them a break to lie in the sand for a few days. But toward the end of our week of relaxation, the fam and I all put on our respective big boy and big girl pants and ventured to Beaufort for a historic haunted pirate cruise. Sound hokey? Well, it was. But what else would you expect? I don’t think they really offer sophisticated, educational haunted pirate cruises. The best part was after the sun had gone down and we saw someone across the sound in a canoe carrying a lantern. We assumed it was going to be part of the show. But it wasn’t. So I can only assume we witnessed a body dump. Hooray for adventures, I guess!

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09. 27. 2017

zara maxi shirtdress, leather espadrilles

When: Sept. 10 // Weather: warm and windy // Real life: church with my parents, then beach bound!

zara maxi shirtdress, leather espadrilles

zara maxi shirtdress, leather espadrilles

zara maxi shirtdress, leather espadrilles

zara maxi shirtdress, leather espadrilles, Ray Ban Clubmasters

At this point, my shopaholic tendencies are no secret. But there are a few special times when I really let loose: (1) on city vacations (I bought this dress, these sunglasses, and lots of other goodies in Toronto this summer), and (2) during the change-of-season months, March and September. Basically, whenever I’m surrounded by tall building or Vogue weighs more than 10 pounds, I buy all of the things.

I just get so excited about new things – new places, new seasons, new shoes… This month, I’ve already purchased some velvet pieces from J.Crew, a sweater or two from Loft, and I took advantage of the Shopbop* sale that just started and ordered a plaid shirt and suede ankle boots for 20% off! The sale goes through Friday, and you can find all the details here.

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*Shopbop is a sponsor of this blog, and I am required to advertise certain sales (like this one) as part of our partnership. All opinions are mine (always).

09. 24. 2017

blue lace dress, nude pumps, Gigi New York uber clutch, North Carolina wedding

When: Sept. 9 // Weather: 70s and sunny // Real life: wedding in North Carolina

blue lace dress, nude pumps, Gigi New York uber clutch, North Carolina wedding

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blue lace dress, nude pumps, Gigi New York uber clutch, North Carolina wedding

blue lace dress, nude pumps, Gigi New York uber clutch, North Carolina wedding

blue lace dress, nude pumps, Gigi New York uber clutch, North Carolina wedding

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And check out my hot wedding date!

blue lace dress, nude pumps, Gigi New York uber clutch, North Carolina wedding

One of my best childhood friends scheduled her wedding in North Carolina for the day before my family’s annual beach trip to the Outer Banks, which made for a very convenient and very fun vacation earlier this month. I had one day to get all gussied up, curl my hair, and dance the night away. Then I had a week to go sans makeup, lie in the sun, and do yoga next to the ocean. Yeah, I know. I’m jealous of me too.

I actually hadn’t been to a wedding in a while, because now I’m at the age where my friends are just getting divorced, and they don’t throw parties for that (yet). Do I sound cynical? Well I generally am, but I have zero doubts about the two lovely humans I saw get married on September 9th. As someone who has definitely found her person, I get the warm fuzzies when I can tell someone else has found theirs. I might not know my friend’s new husband super well, but I do know he’s a very lucky dude because my girl’s heart is true, and she’s a pal and confidante (did I mention we watched a lot of Golden Girls together?).

Now, on to the dress! I ordered 2 dresses, and the other one was purple jacquard and a little more fall-like. Pastel blue lace really doesn’t have much to do with September but, c’mon, for a Tar Heel wedding? I just had to do it. :)

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09. 19. 2017

yellow stripe dress, polka dot neck scarf, burgundy and yellow, mixed prints

When: pre-vacation // Weather: warm // Real life: work

yellow stripe dress, polka dot neck scarf, burgundy and yellow, mixed prints

yellow stripe dress, polka dot neck scarf, burgundy and yellow, mixed prints

yellow stripe dress, polka dot neck scarf, burgundy and yellow, mixed prints

yellow stripe dress, polka dot neck scarf, burgundy and yellow, mixed prints

Mustard yellow and burgundy: two of my favorite colors this time of year. Oh, who am I kidding? Two of my favorite colors any damn time. Plus, stripes and polka dots might be my favorite mixed print combo. Basically, there are a lot of favorite things happening in this outfit. If I had more spare time, I would write my own version of the song “My Favorite Things.” I would be just like Julie Andrews, except with no musical talent whatsoever, and you’d be better off having a parrot take care of your children.

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