Sarah's Real Life
12. 01. 2016

OTK boots, striped shirt, colorblock hat outfit

When: Black Friday // Weather: 50s // Real life: day 2 in NYC!

OTK boots, striped shirt, colorblock hat outfit

OTK boots, striped shirt, colorblock hat outfit

OTK boots, striped shirt, colorblock hat outfit

OTK boots, striped shirt, colorblock hat outfit

OTK boots, striped shirt, colorblock hat outfit

Fun fact: I bought this hat on a whim while at Target getting stuff for my trip. Another fun fact: I took it to New York and wore it for 10 minutes before a pigeon pooped on my head. I guess it’s better than poop in my hair?

Anyway, Day 2 in NYC was a big one! We started the day at the 9/11 Museum. Despite the fact the flow of the main exhibit is terrible, and despite the fact the subject matter is depressing as hell, it is still worth a visit. In 2001, I was too busy being an angry teenager to really process and care about everything that happened. This time around, I had a lot more appreciation for what so many people went through that day. That’s about as close as this heartless fembot comes to empathy. 😉

To balance out the somber start to the day, we partook in the great American past time of Black Friday shopping. In SoHo. Go big or go home, right? Surprisingly, I didn’t go too crazy. My favorite purchase was a pair of tassel earrings from Club Monaco.

But wait! I saved the best for last. The day ended with Waitress the Musical (thanks to my MIL for the tickets)! It. Was. Amazing. I usually prefer a dance-heavy musical and this one was pretty minimal on movement, but it was funny and sweet and happy and sad and Jessie Mueller melted my face off and it smelled like pie (seriously). And…AND…after the show we met Headmaster Charleston from Gilmore Girls!!!

Told you it was a big day. Totally forgot about my poop hat by the end.

similar Hat // Sweater // similar Boots (on sale) // similar Bag (on sale) // Lips “Sandman”

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11. 29. 2016

J.Crew trench coat, plaid blanket scarf, OTK boots

When: Thanksgiving Day // Weather: 40s // Real life: Macy’s parade and admiring decorations around NYC

J.Crew trench coat, plaid blanket scarf, OTK boots

J.Crew trench coat, plaid blanket scarf, OTK boots

J.Crew trench coat, plaid blanket scarf, OTK boots

Last Thursday, while the rest of you were surrounded by your loved ones eating turkey and pumpkin pie, I was surrounded by thousands of strangers watching a giant inflatable Hello Kitty float down 6th Avenue. Livin’ the dream, folks. Livin’ the dream.

Despite the epic crowds, Thanksgiving in New York was wonderful. After the parade, we walked all over Midtown looking at Christmas decorations and watching people fall down at the Rockefeller Center skating rink. These are things that bring me joy.

I just got home a few hours ago and I’m trying to catch up on Gilmore Girls and take advantage of a few Cyber Monday sales, so I’m keeping this post short. More details of my trip (including Hamilton!) will be on the blog over the next few days!

Coat // similar Boots // similar Sweater // similar Scarf // similar Bag

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11. 28. 2016

leopard and plaidShoes // similar Dress // similar Scarf

So, it’s like…pretty much winter now I think. This was a work outfit from last week, and it was so cold in my office I had to use the blanket scarf as an actual blanket. Next step: electric blanket scarf.

NY&Co sunglasses

New sunglasses just in time for me to not see the sun for 5 months. Only $15 though!

jean jacket, ponte pants, suede bootsTop (on sale) // similar Jacket // similar Boots // similar Bag

I spent a lot of time in theaters this month, starting when I saw my friends perform in Young Frankenstein (I have very talented friends).

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…And then those same friends came to see me on stage, performing in a modern dance showcase. These were opening night flowers from my choreographer.

Boden dress, J.Crew trench coatDress // similar Trench (on sale) // Earrings // Bag (c/o Shopbop)

Sigh. This was my election day outfit. I was so proud of my democrat blue. I’m finally at a point I can look at it again.

Kendra Scott bracelet, Popsugar Must Have box

Check out the cute Kendra Scott bracelet that came in my Must Have Box (c/o Popsugar) this month! I’ve already worn it multiple times (I’m a big fan because it’s adjustable). It’s been fun getting a box of surprises every month. The Must Have Box would make a great gift for a sister or close friend (and by “close friend” I mean yourself)  – you can get $5 off your first box with the code SHOP5!

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11. 23. 2016

belted sweater jacket, distressed gray skinny jeans, biker boots, gemstone ring

When: Sunday // Weather: 40s // Real life: lunch with friends, then a movie with some other friends (yes, I have multiple friends)

belted sweater jacket, distressed gray skinny jeans, biker boots, gemstone ring

belted sweater jacket, distressed gray skinny jeans, biker boots, gemstone ring

belted sweater jacket, distressed gray skinny jeans, biker boots, gemstone ring

belted sweater jacket, distressed gray skinny jeans, biker boots, gemstone ring

belted sweater jacket, distressed gray skinny jeans, biker boots, gemstone ring

belted sweater jacket, distressed gray skinny jeans, biker boots, gemstone ring

I think my favorite way to wear fancy, sparkly jewelry is with a really casual outfit. There’s something very Parisian about it, and what do basic American girls like almost as much as froyo and Taylor Swift? Paris.

But really, don’t you love the certain je ne sais quoi of a plain t-shirt and jeans with a pearl necklace, or a big chunky sweater with a gemstone or diamond ring? Not a bad idea for a Thanksgiving day outfit, now that I think about it! That’s an outfit that says “I’m ready for a very cozy but very special occasion.”

Speaking of Thanksgiving, I really truly hope you all have a lovely holiday filled with lots of food and very little talk about the election with your radical uncle.

Sweater // Turtleneck // similar Jeans // Ring* // similar Boots (on sale) // similar Bag (on sale) // similar Earrings // Sunglasses

*Ring provided courtesy of Anjolee.

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11. 22. 2016

camel coat, ponte pants, Who What Wear for Target blouse, red bag, Ann Taylor animal print block heel pumps

When: last week // Weather: cool // Real life: work

camel coat, ponte pants, Who What Wear for Target blouse, red bag, Ann Taylor animal print block heel pumps

camel coat, ponte pants, Who What Wear for Target blouse, red bag, Ann Taylor animal print block heel pumps

camel coat, ponte pants, Who What Wear for Target blouse, red bag, Ann Taylor animal print block heel pumps

camel coat, ponte pants, Who What Wear for Target blouse, red bag, Ann Taylor animal print block heel pumps

camel coat, ponte pants, Who What Wear for Target blouse, red bag, Ann Taylor animal print block heel pumps

camel coat, ponte pants, Who What Wear for Target blouse, red bag, Ann Taylor animal print block heel pumps

Nothing special to report today. This is just another outfit I wore to work recently. Oh, speaking of “WORK!” did I mention I’m going to see Hamilton on Broadway? No? Well then I guess I do have something pretty effing special to report today!

We lucked out finding tickets the old fashioned way (Ticketmaster), toyed with the idea of selling them for a profit, but finally decided the opportunity was too awesome to pass up. Jetting off to NYC just to see a Broadway show probably isn’t the most financially responsible option, but life is too short to be responsible all the time. Plus…and you knew this was coming…we are not throwing away our shot!

Look for more of my adventures in New York (the greatest city in the woooorld) on Instagram (@sarahsreallife) in the near future…

If I weren’t trying to conserve funds for my upcoming trip (hey, that’s a little financially responsible), I might be taking advantage of more of these Thanksgiving sales! Shopbop’s* tiered sale (spend more, save more) is going on now through the whole week (details here). I suppose you could get gifts (how cool are these gold patterned champagne flutes?!) but something for yourself would be perfectly acceptable if you ask me!

similar Shirt (on sale) // similar Pants // Shoes // similar Coat (under $60) // similar Bag // Ring

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*Please note that as part of my partnership with Shopbop I am obligated to tell you about certain sale events.

11. 20. 2016

Heads up: JORD Wood Watches provided me with a complimentary product to facilitate this post.

buffalo check puffer vest, tissue turtleneck, Jord Wood Watch Frankie

When: Friday // Weather: cool // Real life: work

buffalo check puffer vest, tissue turtleneck, Jord Wood Watch Frankie

buffalo check puffer vest, tissue turtleneck, Jord Wood Watch Frankie

buffalo check puffer vest, tissue turtleneck, Jord Wood Watch Frankie

buffalo check puffer vest, tissue turtleneck, Jord Wood Watch Frankie

buffalo check puffer vest, tissue turtleneck, Jord Wood Watch Frankie

buffalo check puffer vest, tissue turtleneck, Jord Wood Watch Frankie

A watch made of wood? Say whaaaaat?! Not something I would normally think to try, but I have to admit it’s pretty unique, not to mention beautifully made. Nicely done, JORD. A wood watch would make a great gift, and they make men’s watches too. Just sayin’.

Also, I’m pretty excited puffer vest season is here. I love puffer vests. I mean, I only wear mine like once a year, and they don’t seem to go with very many other things in my closet, but still. I love them. It’s like wearing a sleeping bag. Basically, this is me camping. But instead of being surrounded by trees, I’m wearing the tree on my wrist.

similar Vest // Turtleneck // similar Shoes // Jeans // Watch // similar Bag // Sunglasses (on sale)

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11. 17. 2016

mauve sweater, Ann Taylor ankle pants, haircalf leopard pumps, fringe transport tote

When: last Monday // Weather: fallish // Real life: work

mauve sweater, Ann Taylor ankle pants, haircalf leopard pumps, fringe transport tote

mauve sweater, Ann Taylor ankle pants, haircalf leopard pumps, fringe transport tote

mauve sweater, Ann Taylor ankle pants, haircalf leopard pumps, fringe transport tote

mauve sweater, Ann Taylor ankle pants, haircalf leopard pumps, fringe transport tote

mauve sweater, Ann Taylor ankle pants, haircalf leopard pumps, fringe transport tote

I’m fully aware this sweater is not flattering on me. It doesn’t look bad, but it definitely doesn’t cast my bod in the best possible light either. But I don’t care. It’s chunky and comfy and soft and I like the color. You know how they say you have to learn the rules of something before you can break them? I’m pretty sure I have a handle on the rules of dressing at this point, so this is me breaking them. The Mauve Rebellion: you heard it here first.

similar Sweater // Pants // similar Shoes // Bag* // Ring

*Bag purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

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11. 16. 2016

over the knee boots, sweater, blazerBoots // similar Bag

This is one of my most popular posts on Instagram. I don’t know if it’s the boots or the fact that I revealed my questionable decorating skills.

Ann Taylor patterned ankle pants, suede bow pumpsPants // Shoes // Watch // similar Bag

I managed to find 4 pairs of pants at Ann Taylor last month so I bought all of them, including these. A woman just can’t squander that kind of luck.

J.Crew Gemma flats, breton tee, Kate Spade bagTee // Jeans // similar Bag // Flats

An “off-duty” look, aka what I wear when I’m going out for dinner and I just can’t stand to wear my work clothes any longer.

essie gel polish review

You might have heard buzz about these new gel polishes that you use at home (not the fancy gel nail process you get at a salon). I tried Essie’s version and was really impressed with my first use (this color is “Pinned Up“). The photo above was taken on day 10! It lasted 3 more days before I got a noticeable chip.

essie gel polish review

…So I tried another color (“Model Chicks“), but my luck was not as great with this one. It started looking messy after about a week. But it could just be that flaws are more noticeable with a darker color. Still – I recommend the Essie gel polishes!

leather skirt outfitSkirt (on sale) // similar Sweater // Shoes // similar Sunglasses

One more from the archives. I wore this in early October before my fall fashion fever kicked in to high gear. I was just starting to ease in with small doses of (faux) leather.

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11. 14. 2016

floral dress, tights, fuzzy cardigan

When: day after Election Day // Weather: sad // Real life: work and feeling things

floral dress, tights, fuzzy cardigan

floral dress, tights, fuzzy cardigan

floral dress, tights, fuzzy cardigan

floral dress, tights, fuzzy cardigan

I usually don’t have a lot of feelings. They tend to get in the way of my thinking carefully about the most reasonable way to react to something. When I do have feelings, I find it exhausting and I don’t like to talk about them much. As you can imagine, last Wednesday was a tiring and quiet day for this fembot (that’s feminist robot, BTW). Being unaccustomed to emotions, I knew I was upset but it took me awhile to figure out why. Finally, I realized it was the soul-crushing idea that a woman can work her whole life for something, have all the best qualifications, do almost everything right (and apologize profusely for the things she did wrong), and she can still lose to a man whose own supporters admit is borderline insane. He will be forgiven, and she won’t.

What really got the tears flowing for me was when I thought about how great Hillary could have been as a president, and now no one will ever get to know. I’m optimistic that I will live to see a woman make it to the White House, but will my mom and the other women who remember when girls weren’t allowed to wear pants (or pantsuits) to school? I just couldn’t believe we were so close and then the dream came crashing down. FEELINGS.

And then…then there was the concession speech. Oh man. It was like she read my mind and spoke directly to me: “Buck up, Sarah.” OK, that was paraphrasing. It was more like this: “To all the women, and especially the young women, who put their faith in this campaign and in me, I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion. I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but some day someone will and hopefully sooner than we might think right now.”

She really got me with that speech. She got me right in that spot where my heart should be. It didn’t solve everything, but it was exactly what I needed to hear on Wednesday. And this is what I wore: pink because girl power, black because I’m in mourning for what could have been, and flowers because the world will keep turning.

(P.S. I don’t know why people say expressing your feelings is healthy – all I did was drip snot in my Ruth Bader Ginsburg mug.)

similar Dress // similar Sweater // similar Shoes // Bag* // similar Ring // Earrings // Sunglasses

*Bag purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

11. 11. 2016

rust colored ankle pants, black and white stripe tee, yellow Rebecca Minkoff bag, Skagen watch, cap toe flats

When: last Wednesday // Weather: upper 70s // Real life: work

rust colored ankle pants, black and white stripe tee, yellow Rebecca Minkoff bag, Skagen watch, cap toe flats

rust colored ankle pants, black and white stripe tee, yellow Rebecca Minkoff bag, Skagen watch, cap toe flats

rust colored ankle pants, black and white stripe tee, yellow Rebecca Minkoff bag, Skagen watch, cap toe flats

My new favorite fall lip color: NYX Full Throttle lipstick in Sandman

rust colored ankle pants, black and white stripe tee, yellow Rebecca Minkoff bag, Skagen watch, cap toe flats

rust colored ankle pants, black and white stripe tee, yellow Rebecca Minkoff bag, Skagen watch, cap toe flats

They make pumpkin spice everything else these days, so why not pumpkin spice pants? (Ann Taylor doesn’t actually call them that, but I think they should.) I wore this during last week’s spell of Indian Summer – it was too warm for sweaters and scarves, so I had to channel those autumnal November vibes some other way. Challenge accepted.

Fun fact: this t-shirt is actually a few inches longer than it looks here, but it looked sloppy (and unflattering) with these pants for work so I folded it under and held it in place with safety pins. OK, so it’s not that fun, but it is a fact.

Here’s something that really is fun: I will be performing in Cultivate, an emerging choreographers showcase this weekend. If you’re in the Indianapolis area and you’re a fan of modern dance (or just dance-curious), please come check it out. Tickets are available here. This show couldn’t come at a better time – there’s nothing like art and beauty to reassure us that good things are still possible. Not that anyone’s been questioning that recently but…you know…a reminder never hurts.

Pants (on sale) // Bag* // similar Tee // Shoes // Watch // Sunglasses

*Bag purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

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