Sarah's Real Life
05. 22. 2015

double stripes, skinny jeans, red d'orsay pumps, pink Ray Ban aviators, bucket bag

double stripes, skinny jeans, red d'orsay pumps, pink Ray Ban aviators, bucket bag

double stripes, skinny jeans, red d'orsay pumps, pink Ray Ban aviators, bucket bag

double stripes, skinny jeans, red d'orsay pumps, pink Ray Ban aviators, bucket bag

double stripes, skinny jeans, red d'orsay pumps, pink Ray Ban aviators, bucket bag

double stripes, skinny jeans, red d'orsay pumps, pink Ray Ban aviators, bucket bag

Look at that sassy walk! I always try to get a shot while I’m walking because it seems more authentic than just posing all the time, but my walking photos almost never look good. I don’t know if I’m actually a weird walker, or if it’s just hard to catch the right moment. Sometimes the photos are blurry if I’m walking too fast. But I finally caught one where I look like I’m straight up strutting down a catwalk. I accidentally cut off my head, but I’m OK with it. Creative cropping is the best way to make my fivehead look like a normal forehead. Go ahead and give that pic a second look. Enjoy it now, because it will be a while before I look this cool again.

Have a fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend. Put on your best red lipstick and strut your stuff like your good friend Sarah.

similar Tee (it says “Ciao Bella” so it might be even cuter than mine) // similar Blazer* // Jeans // Shoes (on sale) // Sunglasses // Bag // Necklace*

*Blazer purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M; necklace purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

05. 21. 2015

midi dress, mint cardigan, nude retro chunky heel pumps, blush statement necklace, pink Ray Ban aviators

midi dress, mint cardigan, nude retro chunky heel pumps, blush statement necklace, pink Ray Ban aviators

midi dress, mint cardigan, nude retro chunky heel pumps, blush statement necklace, pink Ray Ban aviators

midi dress, mint cardigan, nude retro chunky heel pumps, blush statement necklace, pink Ray Ban aviators

midi dress, mint cardigan, nude retro chunky heel pumps, blush statement necklace, pink Ray Ban aviators

midi dress, mint cardigan, nude retro chunky heel pumps, blush statement necklace, pink Ray Ban aviators

As you all know, I’m a big fan of mixing colors and prints in unexpected ways. And then every once in a while, I make up for the edginess by matching ALL OF THE THINGS. I actually put on a pair of orange sandals with this outfit at first, but I had to draw the line. I already looked a little bit like I could blend in to the wallpaper of an outdated Florida home. But, you know, in a totally chic way, of course.

similar Dress (more fabulous midi dresses below) // similar Cardigan // Bag // Shoes // Sunglasses // similar Necklace // Bracelet (on sale)

05. 20. 2015

H&M fit and flare dress, straw clutch, gold flats, Mad Men-inspired style

H&M fit and flare dress, straw clutch, gold flats, Mad Men-inspired style

H&M fit and flare dress, straw clutch, gold flats, Mad Men-inspired style

H&M fit and flare dress, straw clutch, gold flats, Mad Men-inspired style

H&M fit and flare dress, straw clutch, gold flats, Mad Men-inspired style

H&M fit and flare dress, straw clutch, gold flats, Mad Men-inspired style

I swear I didn’t start out with a plan to look like January Jones in Mad Men. But it happened and I’m not mad (pun intended) about it. I knew I wanted to wear this dress on Saturday night, and it was rainy so I figured I might as well put my hair up. Once my hair was up, I realized I needed some earrings, and these pearls just happened to be sitting on my sink. That’s when I looked in the mirror and realized I had a former-Mrs-Draper thing going on, so I figured why not go full-on 60s with some gold flats and a straw clutch. So the question is: who wore it better?

(While we’re on the subject, do me a solid and don’t spoil the end of the series. I won’t see the last season and a half til it’s on Netflix!)

similar Dress* // similar Belt // similar Clutch // similar Shoes // similar Earrings (on sale) // similar Bracelet // Lips “Unapologetic”

*Dress purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M – the exact dress isn’t available online, but check stores!

05. 19. 2015

J. Crew Reese pants, varsity jacket, cove floral tank, blush bag and shoes

J. Crew Reese pants, varsity jacket, cove floral tank, blush bag and shoes

J. Crew Reese pants, varsity jacket, cove floral tank, blush bag and shoes

J. Crew Reese pants, varsity jacket, cove floral tank, blush bag and shoes

J. Crew Reese pants, varsity jacket, cove floral tank, blush bag and shoes

J. Crew Reese pants, varsity jacket, cove floral tank, blush bag and shoes

I’m sure you’ll find this shocking – what with my butch physique and penchant for practical footwear – but I have never been the sporty type. The only way I get to wear a varsity jacket is by buying this one from Loft. I was always picked last for teams in gym class – not because people didn’t like me, or because I was fat and slow, but because I really was that terrible at every sport. It was 50% poor hand-eye coordination and 50% not giving a shit. Well, probably more like 70/30. I killed at the Presidential Fitness Test, though. And dodge ball. My main skills were being really strong and flexible and avoiding contact with balls. Not much has changed.

So anyway…cute jacket, right?

Top (on sale) // Jacket (on sale) // Pants (on sale) // similar Bag // similar Shoes // similar Bracelet // Sunglasses

05. 18. 2015

pineapple tee, American Eagle jeggings, striped H&M blazer, hot pink satchel, gold flats

pineapple tee, American Eagle jeggings, striped H&M blazer, hot pink satchel, gold flats

pineapple tee, American Eagle jeggings, striped H&M blazer, hot pink satchel, gold flats

pineapple tee, American Eagle jeggings, striped H&M blazer, hot pink satchel, gold flats

Is it OK to wear a t-shirt with a giant piece of tropical fruit on it to work? If it’s casual Friday and you add a blazer, I say why not. I’m calling it the “professional pineapple” look. I’m sure it’s going to catch on.

I also think gold flats should catch on. They make a great (read: comfortable) alternative those of you looking for bridal footwear this summer, and then – here’s the real kicker – you can wear them again with your favorite professional pineapple outfit. BECAUSE YOU WILL BE WEARING ONE.

similar Tee (on sale) // similar Jacket (on sale) // Jeans // similar Shoes // Bag (on sale) // similar Sunglasses

Disclosure: Please note that this post contains links to Shopbop, a current sponsor of this blog.

05. 15. 2015

This post is sponsored by Dryel. I received compensation for this post, but (as always) this is an outfit I wore in real life.

The Good Wife fashion, lawyer style, LBD, blue polka dot scarf, cobalt suede bow flats, Ann Taylor bucket bag

The Good Wife fashion, lawyer style, LBD, blue polka dot scarf, cobalt suede bow flats, Ann Taylor bucket bag

The Good Wife fashion, lawyer style, LBD, blue polka dot scarf, cobalt suede bow flats, Ann Taylor bucket bag

The Good Wife fashion, lawyer style, LBD, blue polka dot scarf, cobalt suede bow flats, Ann Taylor bucket bag

The Good Wife fashion, lawyer style, LBD, blue polka dot scarf, cobalt suede bow flats, Ann Taylor bucket bag

The Good Wife fashion, lawyer style, LBD, blue polka dot scarf, cobalt suede bow flats, Ann Taylor bucket bag

The Good Wife fashion, lawyer style, LBD, blue polka dot scarf, cobalt suede bow flats, Ann Taylor bucket bag

similar Dress // similar Scarf // similar Shoes (on sale) // Bracelet (on sale) // similar Ring // similar Coat // Bag // similar Sunglasses

Any fans of The Good Wife out there? I watched the first few episodes, and then I probably forgot to watch it one week and never got around to catching up. Some of my friends from law school are huge fans. One of these days I’ll start from the beginning and binge watch the whole series. I mean, who doesn’t want to come home from work and watch actors who are paid $1 million an episode to pretend to have the job you have in real life where it would take you many years to make $1 million? ;)

I bring up The Good Wife because, as part of my partnership with Dryel, today I get to bring you some insight from Dan Lawson, the costume designer for the show! A few weeks ago, Dryel sponsored a Twitter chat with Dan, and I asked him if he consulted with real lawyers to find out what they wear to work. Dan responded that he did indeed do his research and got feedback from real lawyers. Then we made jokes about Ally McBeal. We’re basically besties now.

Here’s more of what Dan has to say about how he chooses outfits for characters on the show:

On “The Good Wife” I create looks for my women that are elegant, powerful and feminine.  It’s important to me that the women, as well as the men, look believable as lawyers with an extra little something.  They need to look neat and clean and well put together.

I totally dig this outlook. I have the luxury of being a little more daring with my lawyerly workwear because I don’t have to go to court or meet with clients, but I do try to try to put together looks that exude power and femininity (2 things that go together naturally if you ask me). Take the outfit above for example. I took a classic, simple black dress and added some fun color and texture to make it my own. I’m doing my part to make sure people realize that most lawyers don’t have to wear boring black or gray suits every day – If you’ve been reading this blog for more than a week, hopefully you’ve figured this out by now.

OK, even if you’re not a lawyer but you do have a job where you have to dress semi-professionally, here are some more tips from Dan Lawson on building your wardrobe. Aren’t you glad to finally get advice from an expert instead of just me? Don’t answer that.

1. Look in the mirror and be honest with yourself about what shapes look good on you.

2. Build a strong closet of staples that support your look.

3. Set aside part of your clothing purchase budget for alterations.

4. Don’t go head to toe trendy with your looks. 

5. Care for your clothes properly. Proper hanging, storing, and folding are key. Keep the knits off the hanger!!! And remember, the less cleaning you do helps keep away “the evil three” – fading, shrinking, and stretching!  Whether dry-cleaning or washing, your clothes suffer the consequences of regular cleaning.  A product like Dryel keeps your clothes from suffering the effects of “the evil three” while saving you time and money.  

You can find Dan on Twitter at @goodwifefashion. If you watch the show, NO SPOILERS! I really am going to get around to watching the series one of these days. Right now I’m too busy being an awesomely dressed attorney.

05. 14. 2015

J. Crew striped midi skirt, graphic tee, Kendra Scott earrings, cat eye sunglasses

J. Crew striped midi skirt, graphic tee, Kendra Scott earrings, cat eye sunglasses

J. Crew striped midi skirt, graphic tee, Kendra Scott earrings, cat eye sunglasses

J. Crew striped midi skirt, graphic tee, Kendra Scott earrings, cat eye sunglasses

J. Crew striped midi skirt, graphic tee, Kendra Scott earrings, cat eye sunglasses

A lot of women my age are starting to celebrate Mother’s Day as mothers, but I could not be happier to continue celebrating Mother’s Day as the “kid.” I like to think I’ve upped my game since the days of homemade construction paper cards (even though I still make my dad pay for everything). This year my parents were visiting from North Carolina, and on Sunday we went to a really tasty brunch buffet at Market Table, then hit up the Indianapolis Art Museum and grounds, finishing the afternoon with a glass of prosecco on the patio. Then we went home, popped in a movie, and ordered a ton of pizza (I actually paid for that part). I’m sure you other people love your babies and whatnot, but I wouldn’t trade my adults-only Mother’s Day for anything. Thanks for visiting, Mom! I love you!

Skirt // Shirt // Earrings // similar Shoes // Bag // Sunglasses (on sale) // similar Bracelet // Lips “Vivacious”

05. 13. 2015

Loft lace striped dress, Gigi New York uber clutch

Loft lace striped dress, Gigi New York uber clutch

Loft lace striped dress, Gigi New York uber clutch

Loft lace striped dress, Gigi New York uber clutch

Loft lace striped dress, Gigi New York uber clutch

As some of you already know, my other half spends a good chunk of her spare time doing community theater here in Indianapolis. That means every once in a while you’re going to have to put up with me promoting her shows just because I think she’s awesome and I want everyone else to know she’s awesome. (She tells other people about my blog, so it evens out. Marriage is all about give and take.)

This month Kristin’s in The Who’s Tommy at Footlite Musicals, so you should probably go see it if you live within 300 miles of Indy. She plays the Hawker, plus 2 different moms because she’s 30 now and life is cruel. But she wears the heck out of some faux leather leggings. There are shows this Thursday through Sunday – tickets available here!

OK, now it’s time to go back to promoting myself: Look at this adorable dress I wore to go see Tommy at Footlite Musicals! (Have you seen it? You totally should.)

Dress (on sale) // similar Necklace // similar Shoes (on sale) // Bag (or rent here) // Sunglasses (under $25) // Bracelet (on sale)

05. 12. 2015

yellow polka dot pencil skirt, short sleeve sweatshirt, pink Merona satchel, rose gold watch

yellow polka dot pencil skirt, short sleeve sweatshirt, pink Merona satchel, rose gold watch

yellow polka dot pencil skirt, short sleeve sweatshirt, pink Merona satchel, rose gold watch

yellow polka dot pencil skirt, short sleeve sweatshirt, pink Merona satchel, rose gold watch

yellow polka dot pencil skirt, short sleeve sweatshirt, pink Merona satchel, rose gold watch

yellow polka dot pencil skirt, short sleeve sweatshirt, pink Merona satchel, rose gold watch

There aren’t very many household chores I enjoy. Just ask the dust bunnies in my bathroom. They’ve known me a long time. But there’s one chore I love doing, and maybe it’s because I only have to do it twice a year. That chore is…my seasonal closet switch. Every spring I put away my sweaters and boots and unpack my shorts and sandals. It never fails that there are things I forgot I had and it’s like Christmas and my birthday all at once. But better, because I picked everything out myself and I know it fits. (Speaking of fitting, at the bottom of one of my out-of-season clothes tubs, I found the verrrrry fitted sequin skirt I wore to junior prom. It still fits!)

One of the things I pulled out of storage last week was this yellow polka dot skirt. It was probably the brightest, most cheerful thing I purchased last summer, so I decided it belonged with something equally bright like my hot pink bag. I look a little bit like a handful of Chiclets, but who doesn’t love Chiclets? Crazy people and diabetics, that’s who.

Does anyone else love unpacking out-of-season clothes? Does anyone not love Chiclets? Share in the comments, which I promise I read, I’m just too lazy to respond to them all.

similar Skirt // similar Top (on sale) // Bag (on sale in lots of colors) // Watch // similar Sunglasses // Lips “Corail Fauve”

05. 11. 2015

French Connection wrap dress, Fossil bag, mint pumps

French Connection wrap dress, Fossil bag, mint pumps

French Connection wrap dress, Fossil bag, mint pumps

French Connection wrap dress, Fossil bag, mint pumps

French Connection wrap dress, Fossil bag, mint pumps

How is it Monday again already? My parents came to visit from North Carolina on Friday, then we spent the weekend taking in some culture and a lot of good food and beverages, and now suddenly it’s time to go back to work. That’s the problem with a really good weekend – it goes by fast and makes Monday a little more painful. Maybe it should be my goal to make next weekend really horribly boring. Yes, that seems like the most reasonable plan. In the meantime, I’ll adjust back to normal life as I always do – by wearing cute work outfits and being generally awesome.

Dress // Shoes // similar Bag // similar Earrings // similar Sunglasses // Bracelet