Sarah's Real Life
01. 17. 2017

belted sweater over midi dress, ankle boots

When: a week or 2 ago // Weather: really cold // Real life: work then casual dinner date

belted sweater over midi dress, ankle boots

belted sweater over midi dress, ankle boots

belted sweater over midi dress, ankle boots

belted sweater over midi dress, ankle boots

With all the ridonculously cold weather we had the first half of January (before it turned 50 degrees and rainy for a week… #onlyinIndiana), I had to get creative with layering. I really liked how this came out, so I re-created it and took photos when it was dry and above freezing for about 10 minutes over the weekend.

Without the belt, this is straight up old bag lady feeding pigeons in the park. (My purse is filled with tuppins.) But it’s amazing what a waist and a little leopard can do. My bottom half stayed cozy thanks to fleece tights, plus black socks hiding under my boots.

similar Dress // similar Sweater // similar Belt // similar Boots (on sale) // Earrings // similar Bag (on sale)

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01. 16. 2017

matching sweater and ankle boots, plaid blanket scarf, majesty peacoat

When: Friday // Weather: 20s // Real life: work

matching sweater and ankle boots, plaid blanket scarf, majesty peacoat

matching sweater and ankle boots, plaid blanket scarf, majesty peacoat

matching sweater and ankle boots, plaid blanket scarf, majesty peacoat

matching sweater and ankle boots, plaid blanket scarf, majesty peacoat

matching sweater and ankle boots, plaid blanket scarf, majesty peacoat

Sweater (on sale) // similar Scarf (on sale) // Coat // Jeans // Boots (on sale) // similar Bag // Earrings

I got to work around 9 on Friday, and by 10 I had already gotten at least three compliments on these boots. I wear cute shoes all the time (as you know) so I can only assume these are remarkable because not many people brave ankle boots that aren’t your basic black or brown.

Not me, friends. I will boldly go where no boot has…well this is getting cheesy, but you get the idea. My best advice for styling uniquely colored boots is to keep it easy. Just match the boots to a sweater and throw on some dark wash skinny jeans. There are definitely more interesting things to do with burgundy suede booties, but for those of us who work in a law office in the Midwest, matchy matchy with jeans is a good casual Friday option.

You can find my burgundy sweater here and boots here (both on sale!), and below are a few more matchy matchy sweater/boot combos I came up with for your viewing / shopping / outfit planning pleasure:

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01. 13. 2017

colorblock beanie, chambray, cold weather outfit

When: Sunday // Weather: sunny but very cold // Real life: Mac n cheese festival

colorblock beanie, chambray, cold weather outfit

colorblock beanie, chambray, cold weather outfit

colorblock beanie, chambray, cold weather outfit

Question: What does one wear to a mac n cheese festival?

Answer: Elastic waist pants and loose fitting layers. :)

We were lucky my mom was able to get us tickets to Indy’s first festival dedicated solely to the golden goodness that is macaroni and cheese. They sold out once, then again, then they secured a bigger venue and sold out again. Clearly, there’s nothing Midwesterners love more than unlimited samples of fattening foods. Especially when there’s also booze (which there was).

I hope the festival comes back next year with some improvements. It was pretty disorganized and there weren’t as many vegetarian options as I had hoped. Still, not many better ways to spend a Sunday afternoon when it’s below 20 degrees out! We made it home just in time to watch the Golden Globes. It was perfect: belly full of pasta while watching a room full of people who haven’t eaten carbs in years.

similar Chambray (on sale) // similar Sweater (on sale) // Bag*  // similar Watch // similar Hat

*Bag purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

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01. 11. 2017

j.crew tissue turtleneck, Joe's Jeans, suede loafers, red bag, Kate Spade felt hat

When: January 2 // Weather: cool and rainy // Real life: holiday movie date

j.crew tissue turtleneck, Joe's Jeans, suede loafers, red bag, Kate Spade felt hat

j.crew tissue turtleneck, Joe's Jeans, suede loafers, red bag, Kate Spade felt hat

j.crew tissue turtleneck, Joe's Jeans, suede loafers, red bag, Kate Spade felt hat

j.crew tissue turtleneck, Joe's Jeans, suede loafers, red bag, Kate Spade felt hat

j.crew tissue turtleneck, Joe's Jeans, suede loafers, red bag, Kate Spade felt hat

On a rainy holiday, we did what absolutely everyone else was doing and went to the movies. We saw La La Land (again, along with ev.ery.one. else). I really liked it, but I didn’t love it. I’d consider myself a connoisseur of the old-school movie musical, so I probably critiqued it more than I would a normal movie. The high point: Emma Stone acted the shit outta that one song. The low point: I couldn’t hang with the planetarium scene. The mid point: I was pleasantly surprised by both leads’ dance skills overall, but Emma’s arms aren’t very graceful.

Speaking of graceful…

lala7(You’re welcome.)

Turtleneck (on sale) // similar Jeans // Shoes // similar Hat // similar Bag

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01. 09. 2017

J.Crew houndstooth dress, wolfstooth, bejeweled kitten heels

When: New Year’s Eve // Weather: cold // Real life: house party

J.Crew houndstooth dress, wolfstooth, bejeweled kitten heels

J.Crew houndstooth dress, wolfstooth, bejeweled kitten heels

Everyone please take a moment to appreciate my good hair day. Thank you. Carry on.

J.Crew houndstooth dress, wolfstooth, bejeweled kitten heels

J.Crew houndstooth dress, wolfstooth, bejeweled kitten heels

J.Crew houndstooth dress, wolfstooth, bejeweled kitten heels

J.Crew houndstooth dress, wolfstooth, bejeweled kitten heels

There was really only one thing on my “Santa, you better bring me this or else” list, and it was this dress. Santa delivered, and therefore I shall allow him to continue bringing me gifts again next year. Things I love about this dress: the abstract houndstooth print, the flutter hem, and the loose but still flattering shape.

It’ll look great with a jacket or cardigan for work, but I couldn’t wait so I wore it to a NYE party. I also wore it to dinner that afternoon. Yes…afternoon. We had dinner at 4:15 because we waited too late to make reservations. On the way to dinner, we put on a “Get Turnt” mix on Spotify, then discussed what exactly “turnt” means, over-enunciating “turnt” every time. We’re taking “old married couple” to a whole new level in 2017.

Dress (on sale) // Necklace // similar Ring (on sale) // similar Bag (also a bit obsessed with this one) // similar Shoes

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01. 08. 2017

img_1373similar Cape (on sale) // similar Sweater-Shirt Combo // similar Bag

I’m finally coming to peace with blogging in the winter in the Midwest. I used to torture myself taking tripod photos on the way to work in the morning when it was 20 degrees (or less). I used to stress about changing my schedule to make up for the limited daylight. I used to write down every detail of what I wore on days I couldn’t take photos, and then recreate on the weekend and bribe Kristin to go out in the cold. NO MORE, friends. This is Sarah’s Real Life, and Sarah is busy and doesn’t like frostbite. Instead, I’ve been using Instagram to capture my favorite bits and pieces of my favorite outfits when doing a full shoot just isn’t in the cards.

img_1301similar Sweater (on sale) // similar Coat (under $60) // similar Shoes (on sale) // Ponte Pants

img_1410similar Dress // Turtleneck (perfect for layering!) // similar Watch

Now that the 90s are back in style, I figure I can layer thin shirts under spaghetti strap tops and dresses. Don’t try to argue with me.

img_1493similar Beanie

img_1570similar Shoes (c/o Shopbop) // Tee (my favorite!) // similar Jacket

Remember my “once a year” tee? When I was in New York over Thanksgiving, I went to Club Monaco on Black Friday and discovered they still make the same style in that almost-falling-apart-it’s-so-soft fabric, so I bought two more! Now I can wear my favorite tee 3 times a year :)

img_1394similar Sweater // Shoes (on sale) // similar Scarf // similar Bag

Here’s to  few more weeks of staying warm whenever I can!

(Editor’s note: I went back and read the old post I linked to about the t-shirt, and in that old post I make reference to “when Hillary’s president.” Insert 1,000 crying emoji here.)

01. 06. 2017

tan leather jacket, boucle tweed top, skinny jeans, leopard ankle boots

When: last Friday // Weather: chilly // Real life: work

tan leather jacket, boucle tweed top, skinny jeans, leopard ankle boots

tan leather jacket, boucle tweed top, skinny jeans, leopard ankle boots

tan leather jacket, boucle tweed top, skinny jeans, leopard ankle boots

I feel like these boots are borderline tacky depending on what I wear them with. Leopard print is funny that way. I’m keeping an eye out for a new pair of leopard booties maybe with a sleeker shape or a darker color (like these or these). so I can wear them more often. But for now, I’ll keep the ones I have, because obviously a girl can’t survive without leopard ankle boots, even borderline tacky ones.

similar Jacket (under $100) // Jeans // similar Boots // similar Bag // Lips “Core Cora”

Contenders for my new booties – what’s your favorite?

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01. 04. 2017

Boden dress outfit

When: last week // Weather: 40s // Real life: work

Boden dress outfit

Boden dress outfit

Boden dress outfit

Boden dress outfit

My mom wanted Christmas ideas, and I told her I liked fun print dresses from Boden. I gave her my size and left her to her own devices. This is what she picked! Cute, right? (Good job, Mom.) I feel like it makes me look a little more voluptuous than I really am. Like Sofia Vergara’s adopted sister. Anyone else who wants to send me this dress in another color is more than welcome. :)

Dress (on sale) // similar Watch // similar Bag (on sale) // similar Shoes // similar Earrings

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01. 03. 2017

j.crew varsity sweatshirt, distressed skinny jeans, gold flats

When: Christmas Day // Weather: cool and rainy // Real life: driving and visiting family

j.crew varsity sweatshirt, distressed skinny jeans, gold flats

j.crew varsity sweatshirt, distressed skinny jeans, gold flats

j.crew varsity sweatshirt, distressed skinny jeans, gold flats

j.crew varsity sweatshirt, distressed skinny jeans, gold flats

This not-too-intense cranberry-ish lip color is Winky Lux matte lip pill in “Bunny.” It came in my December Must Have Box courtesy of Popsugar.

j.crew varsity sweatshirt, distressed skinny jeans, gold flats

We drive down to southern Indiana once or twice a year to visit Kristin’s extended family, and when we see “the Big Peach,” we know we’re almost to our destination. I remember the first time we went, Kristin told me in advance about this huge peach. Being from the Carolinas, I had seen the water tower peach along I-85, so you can imagine how underwhelmed I was at this only somewhat larger than average peach. Still, the southern Indiana peach is cuter and looks less like a butt, so it makes for a better blog photo background.

Speaking of cute, no one is shocked that I asked Santa for yet another cute J.Crew sweatshirt. Some people might be shocked that Santa deemed me nice enough to get it, but that’s between me and the big guy.

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

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01. 01. 2017

purple floral dress, suede OTK boots

When: last Mondayish // Weather: cold // Real life: work

purple floral dress, suede OTK boots

purple floral dress, suede OTK boots

purple floral dress, suede OTK boots

purple floral dress, suede OTK boots

I wore this dress and these boots together back in the fall, sans sweater and tights. So this is the winter “re-boot” if you will. Speaking of reboots, I assume you other Gilmore Girls fans have already watched all of the Netflix episodes at least three times at this point. There was chatter on the interwebs yesterday about a Netflix tweet that maybe hinted at possibly more episodes. I think everyone’s reading too much into it. I mean, I recently tweeted about eating too many Xmas treats and having nightmares about the dentist, but that in no way means I intend to stop eating cookies. Or go to the dentist, for that matter. But still…fingers crossed the rumors are true!

similar Dress (on sale) // Sweater // Boots // Bag // Sunglasses

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