Sarah's Real Life
06. 23. 2017

gingham bow top, ponte pants, suede pumps

When: last Tuesday // Weather: hot // Real life: work

gingham bow top, ponte pants, suede pumps

gingham bow top, ponte pants, suede pumps

gingham bow top, ponte pants, suede pumps

gingham bow top, ponte pants, suede pumps

In case you thought burgundy suede was only for fall, turns out it’s not. At least, not when you forget to put your burgundy suede pumps in storage and then realize they go perfectly with your gingham top. Then, burgundy suede is perfect for June. See how easy it is to make up your own rules? Like Katharine Hepburn said, “if you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” She was talking about shoes, I assume.

A lesser known K-Hep inspirational quote: “Bows before bros.”

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06. 21. 2017

eyelet midi dress, floral baseball cap, suede espadrille sandals

When: Friday // Weather: warm and cloudy // Real life: Symphony on the Prairie

eyelet midi dress, floral baseball cap, suede espadrille sandals

eyelet midi dress, floral baseball cap, suede espadrille sandals

eyelet midi dress, floral baseball cap, suede espadrille sandals

eyelet midi dress, floral baseball cap, suede espadrille sandals

This past weekend was opening weekend of Symphony on the Prairie (they call it that because it’s informative but sounds classier than “Music in a Field”). I made a chickpea pasta salad with lots of summer veggies, packed up my picnic blanket, a bottle of rosé, and a couple fabulous friends, and listened to Beethoven’s Fifth while watching the sun go down. In other words, I live a really tragic life with nothing to be thankful for.

I usually go more casual for SOTP, but this dress came in the mail the same day and it was so light and summery that I couldn’t wait to wear it. Plus the longer length is perfect for lounging on the ground and reaching repeatedly for the wine without flashing the rest of the prairie. I could easily wear this dress to work too, but the baseball cap seemed like the most obvious way to make it look sportier and more outdoorsy. Yes, this is my version of sporty and outdoorsy.

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06. 20. 2017

paisely halter dress, 3-ball earrings

When: Tony Awards day // Weather: hot // Real life: Tony Awards watch party

paisely halter dress, 3-ball earrings

paisely halter dress, 3-ball earrings

paisely halter dress, 3-ball earrings

paisely halter dress, 3-ball earrings

paisely halter dress, 3-ball earrings

paisely halter dress, 3-ball earrings

I love halter necklines like this because they’re super flattering on narrow shoulders. And that’s me – narrow shouldered but not narrow minded. I must admit I was a little narrow minded in my skepticism when I heard Kevin Spacey was hosting the Tonys. But I was pleasantly…um, indifferent? Yeah, let’s go with pleasantly indifferent. I don’t have any specific complaints, but I’m not itching for him to come back next year.

Hopefully there are some other Broadway lovers reading this blog, otherwise you’re all pleasantly indifferent about this post right now. Do you want to go back to talking about clothes? OK. PAISLEY: in or out? Discuss.

Dress // Earrings (only $13!) // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Bag // similar Sunglasses

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06. 18. 2017

striped swing dress, cardigan, pink suede platform sandals

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

striped swing dress, cardigan, pink suede platform sandals

striped swing dress, cardigan, pink suede platform sandals

striped swing dress, cardigan, pink suede platform sandals

striped swing dress, cardigan, pink suede platform sandals

striped swing dress, cardigan, pink suede platform sandals

striped swing dress, cardigan, pink suede platform sandals

Now that my other half works basically across the street from me, we meet for afternoon Starbucks dates a couple times a week. Adorable, right? Yeah, we know. I have a feeling the outdoor dates will be less frequent come January, but right now, they’re a great excuse to get out and soak up some Vitamin D. The key is to cut them short before I get sunburned. Believe me – it doesn’t take long. It takes about the same amount of time it takes to wait in line and order an iced latte. Where my pale ladies at?! You know what’s up.

In other news, just continuing my journey of becoming the world’s foremost collector of striped clothing. You’ll probably see me on TV one day. Hopefully not on Hoarders.

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06. 16. 2017

embroidered jeans, perforated wedges, casual Friday outfit

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

embroidered jeans, perforated wedges, casual Friday outfit

embroidered jeans, perforated wedges, casual Friday outfit

embroidered jeans, perforated wedges, casual Friday outfit

embroidered jeans, perforated wedges, casual Friday outfit

embroidered jeans, perforated wedges, casual Friday outfit

For some reason I just had the urge to say “HAPPY FRIDAY, Y’ALL!” I don’t know what came over me. I mean, I know that’s a totally normal thing to say for a lot of people, but it would be weird and unnatural if it ever came out of my mouth. Despite being raised in North Carolina, I don’t say “y’all.” It’s just one of the many ways I rebel against my Southern upbringing. Being a vegetarian is another one – no BBQ for me, thanks.

Anyway, let’s start over.

Greetings, comrades, and a jolly good Friday to you! Nope, still weird. It’s official: I’ve forgotten how to speak to people.

How about this no-fail option: Have a great weekend!

Shirt // Jeans // Shoes (super comfy!) // Bag (on sale in black) // similar Sunglasses // Necklace

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06. 14. 2017

Club Monaco stripe tee, floral print skirt, Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag

When: Sunday before last // Weather: hot and breezy // Real life: taking in some local theater, then a dinner date

Club Monaco stripe tee, floral print skirt, Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag

Club Monaco stripe tee, floral print skirt, Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag

Club Monaco stripe tee, floral print skirt, Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag

Club Monaco stripe tee, floral print skirt, Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag

Club Monaco stripe tee, floral print skirt, Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag

I see plenty of community theater here in Indianapolis, but it’s almost always because a friend is involved in the show. Luckily, I have mostly very talented friends. That’s actually part of my friend audition process. There’s also a grammar test, and you have to have a full conversation consisting only of quotes from Clueless.

Anyway, last weekend I saw a local production of Spring Awakening, and I didn’t know anyone in it. So for once, you know my review is totally unbiased. SO GOOD, you guys. My bar was high because I saw the original cast (including Lea Michele) on Broadway several years ago. There’s one more weekend, so if you’re in the area, I highly recommend checking it out (more info here).

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*Bag purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

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06. 13. 2017

striped t-shirt dress, chevron spring scarf, blue suede flats

When: Thursday before last // Weather: warm and sunny // Real life: work

striped t-shirt dress, chevron spring scarf, blue suede flats

striped t-shirt dress, chevron spring scarf, blue suede flats

striped t-shirt dress, chevron spring scarf, blue suede flats

striped t-shirt dress, chevron spring scarf, blue suede flats

I know most people look forward to casual Friday as a day to dress comfier than usual, but there are a lot of things in my closet that are way more soft and forgiving than denim. Give me cotton jersey dresses and cute flats every day of the week, thankyouverymuch. Add an afternoon iced latte and you might even forget it’s only Tuesday. (Yes, it’s only Tuesday. So stop goofing off and reading blogs and get back to work.)

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06. 12. 2017

A few more things I’ve worn recently. Because that’s why you’re all here, right? Enjoy.

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Earrings

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06. 08. 2017

striped ruffle hem midi dress, red suede wedges

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

striped ruffle hem midi dress, red suede wedges

striped ruffle hem midi dress, red suede wedges

striped ruffle hem midi dress, red suede wedges

striped ruffle hem midi dress, red suede wedges

striped ruffle hem midi dress, red suede wedges

striped ruffle hem midi dress, red suede wedges

As soon as I put this dress on, I knew it was a winner. It makes me feel like a feisty piñata. Some people would just say “festive,” but no. Feisty piñata is a much better description. Except if any kid comes near me, I will fight back. No effing way am I sharing my candy.

Dress (only $30!) // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Bag // similar Bracelet // similar Rings // Sunglasses

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06. 07. 2017

wrap dress, ankle tie fringe sandals, Rebecca Minkoff MAC bag

When: day before Memorial Day // Weather: warm // Real life: zoo, shopping, and big Italian feast

wrap dress, ankle tie fringe sandals, Rebecca Minkoff MAC bag

wrap dress, ankle tie fringe sandals, Rebecca Minkoff MAC bag

wrap dress, ankle tie fringe sandals, Rebecca Minkoff MAC bag

wrap dress, ankle tie fringe sandals, Rebecca Minkoff MAC bag

When you’re in Indianapolis, and it’s the day of the Indy 500, there’s only one thing to do…

Go to the zoo, obviously. Orangutans snuggling beat race cars going in circles any day. 😉 Plus, zoo animals smell better than most of the people at the speedway.

These sandals are surprisingly comfortable, even for a day with lots of walking. Even better, they’re from Target! I can’t find them online because Target’s website is the worst, but look for them next time you get “lost” while looking for laundry detergent. I also linked to some similar ones below.

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*Dress purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

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