Sarah's Real Life
03. 27. 2015

 

March Budget Breakdown

 

A good portion of my budget this month went to keeping Ann, Inc. in business, as I got a whopping 10 items from Ann Taylor and Loft. The last time I went a month without shopping at either of those stores was November. Between Ann Taylor/Loft, J. Crew, and Target, my closet is set. Sometimes I wonder if I should make an effort to switch it up more often, but when certain stores just “get” your style, you know your size, and the price is right…it’s just so much easier. I took advantage of some stackable sales at Ann Taylor, and I used my store credit card (strategically) and earned a $20 reward certificate. I used that reward to cut down an already-on-sale purchase from Loft even further. Oh and I ended up getting the belted v-neck top (top row, middle) for free because they shipped me the wrong shirt the first time. Win!

This month I tried to keep focusing on building my work wardrobe (another reason I spent a good chunk of time and $ at Ann Taylor), and I think I did a bang-up job. Look at all those fancy pants and blazers! But nothing’s bland or boring. More winning!

As for the budget, if you have a freakishly good memory, you know I’ve been WAY under budget the last 2 months. Normally I carry over unspent money to the next month and then add that to my normal “starting” budget of $150 per month. I had $295 left over at the end of February, so I decided to be frugal (well, my version of frugal anyway) and put March’s $150 in savings. I also did a major closet clean-out and after a very long wait at the consignment store, I walked out with $220! Add in a little blog income, and I didn’t miss that $150 at all. In fact, I was still $71 under budget! Hashtag all of the winning!

So let’s get down to the nitty gritty…

My Budget

     = $701

What I Spent (most pictured above, starting top left)

     = $630 (total retail value $1145)

What I Received

Stop by Franish to see the rest of the Budgeting Bloggers!

03. 26. 2015

clothes rental subscription services, Rocksbox promo code, Le Tote review, Rocksbox review, statement necklace, bucket bag

clothes rental subscription services, Rocksbox promo code, Le Tote review, Rocksbox review, statement necklace, bucket bag

clothes rental subscription services, Rocksbox promo code, Le Tote review, Rocksbox review, statement necklace, bucket bag

clothes rental subscription services, Rocksbox promo code, Le Tote review, Rocksbox review, statement necklace, bucket bag

clothes rental subscription services, Rocksbox promo code, Le Tote review, Rocksbox review, statement necklace, bucket bag

clothes rental subscription services, Rocksbox promo code, Le Tote review, Rocksbox review, statement necklace, bucket bag

clothes rental subscription services, Rocksbox promo code, Le Tote review, Rocksbox review, statement necklace, bucket bag

clothes rental subscription services, Rocksbox promo code, Le Tote review, Rocksbox review, statement necklace, bucket bag

I re-activated my Le Tote subscription earlier this month. Combine that with my new Rocksbox subscription, and I’ve had borrowed clothes and jewelry out the wazoo recently. It’s kind of cool. I feel like I’m super rich and have endless garments and bling being showered on me. I wear them all once and then send them back like I’m simply too amazing and fabulous to wear the same thing twice. Then I swim in my kiddie pool full of $1 bills.

In case you didn’t already know, Rocksbox has provided me with a complimentary subscription, and they’re also letting me hand out this handy promo code for you all to get your first month free: sarahsreallifexoxo. The Le Tote subscription I pay for myself, but if you’d like to give it a shot, I would really appreciate it if you use my referral link so I can get a $25 credit (once you sign up you’ll be able to get referral credits too)! Same goes for Rocksbox – you can get “shine spend” for referring your friends. It’s like we’re all winning the lottery today.

Outfit #1: similar Dress // Blazer via Le Tote (or buy here) // Necklace via Le Tote (or buy similar here) // Bag // similar Shoes // similar Sunglasses // Lips “Please Me”

Outfit #2: Top via Le Tote (or buy similar here) // Necklace via Rocksbox* (or buy here) // similar Jacket // similar Shoes // Bag // Lips “Schiap”

*Necklace borrowed courtesy of Rocksbox.

03. 25. 2015

ikat lounge pants, Madewell cream sweater, J. Crew pave link bracelet, Nine West suede navy pumps

ikat lounge pants, Madewell cream sweater, J. Crew pave link bracelet, Nine West suede navy pumps

ikat lounge pants, Madewell cream sweater, J. Crew pave link bracelet, Nine West suede navy pumps

ikat lounge pants, Madewell cream sweater, J. Crew pave link bracelet, Nine West suede navy pumps

ikat lounge pants, Madewell cream sweater, J. Crew pave link bracelet, Nine West suede navy pumps

ikat lounge pants, Madewell cream sweater, J. Crew pave link bracelet, Nine West suede navy pumps

People tell me on a regular basis that they love reading my blog because I’m funny and clever. (I never tire of these compliments. Keep ‘em coming.) But sometimes I even impress myself. “Ikat Believe It’s Not Pajamas”? Come on. That’s an amazing title. Especially because in this outfit, I styled ikat print lounge pants for the office. Did I get away with it? Well, I wasn’t fired. It depends on your own office’s atmosphere and dress code, but I think silky, drapey, printed pants can totally pass for business casual. Here are my rules: (1) They can’t be too roomy, (2) Wear them with conservative, classy pumps, (3) Keep the top half pretty basic, and (4) Avoid prints traditionally associated with actual pajamas, such as cupcakes, superheros, barnyard animals, and astronomical objects with cartoon faces.

Sweater* // Pants (under $20!)// Shoes // Bag (on sale) // Bracelet

*Sweater purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

03. 24. 2015

J Crew sweatshirt, Loft flippy skirt, bucket bag, pink Ray Ban aviators, Indiana fashion blog

J Crew sweatshirt, Loft flippy skirt, bucket bag, pink Ray Ban aviators, Indiana fashion blog

J Crew sweatshirt, Loft flippy skirt, bucket bag, pink Ray Ban aviators, Indiana fashion blog

J Crew sweatshirt, Loft flippy skirt, bucket bag, pink Ray Ban aviators, Indiana fashion blog

J Crew sweatshirt, Loft flippy skirt, bucket bag, pink Ray Ban aviators, Indiana fashion blog

My favorite orange-red lip: YSL glossy stain in Orange de Chine.

J Crew sweatshirt, Loft flippy skirt, bucket bag, pink Ray Ban aviators, Indiana fashion blog

Sunshine, flowers in bloom, bare legs…these are signs that spring is here. The sleet that fell this afternoon, just 48 hours after these photos were taken…well, that’s a sign that I’m still in Indiana.

No worries, I’m still coming off a weekend high from taking walks, wearing stripes, and eating froyo. Cheers to spring in all its forms!

Sweatshirt (on sale) // Skirt (on sale) // similar Shoes* // Bag (under $30) // Sunglasses // similar Necklace // Bracelet (on sale) // Lips “Orange de Chine”

Getting warmer…warmer…It’s the Real-Life Remix:

J Crew sweatshirt, Loft flippy skirt, bucket bag, pink Ray Ban aviators, Indiana fashion blog

*Shoes purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

03. 23. 2015

leather midi skirt, Ann Taylor bucket bag, nude pumps, Cake Bake Shop Indianapolis Broad RippleBLOGLOVIN’ | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | PINTEREST | INSTAGRAM

leather midi skirt, Ann Taylor bucket bag, nude pumps, Cake Bake Shop Indianapolis Broad Ripple

leather midi skirt, Ann Taylor bucket bag, nude pumps, Cake Bake Shop Indianapolis Broad Ripple

leather midi skirt, Ann Taylor bucket bag, nude pumps, Cake Bake Shop Indianapolis Broad Ripple

leather midi skirt, Ann Taylor bucket bag, nude pumps, Cake Bake Shop Indianapolis Broad Ripple

leather midi skirt, Ann Taylor bucket bag, nude pumps, Cake Bake Shop Indianapolis Broad Ripple

similar Sweater // Bag // similar Skirt // similar Shoes // similar Necklace // Ring

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been getting together with other Indianapolis style bloggers once a month to eat, drink, and talk about important issues. You know…shoes, jewelry, wedding etiquette, FDA regulations. The usual.

This month we went to the Cake Bake Shop, which is one of the newest “it” places to be in Indianapolis. It’s pretty much a girly girl’s dream. I wouldn’t necessarily consider myself a girly girl in every way, but when it comes to fancy desserts, champagne, and Parisian ambiance, there’s no way around it. Hand me that “basic bitch” name tag and I’ll wear it with pride as I sip my bubbly and eat chocolate cake for dinner.

Here are a few more pictures from our meetup, including a shot of all the sugared-up style bloggers. You stay classy, Indianapolis.

leather midi skirt, Ann Taylor bucket bag, nude pumps, Cake Bake Shop Indianapolis Broad Ripple

leather midi skirt, Ann Taylor bucket bag, nude pumps, Cake Bake Shop Indianapolis Broad Ripple

Kacie of Regally Soled // Sarah of INDY*DRESSED // Megan of The Things She Sees // Abby of A Peck on the Chic // Katie of Style on Target // ME! // Jaime of Regally Soled // not pictured: Dawn of Candidly Clyde and Ashley of fASHionately Me

03. 20. 2015

white jeans, polka dot puffer vest, double denim, Madewell chambray, nude pumps

white jeans, polka dot puffer vest, double denim, Madewell chambray, nude pumps

white jeans, polka dot puffer vest, double denim, Madewell chambray, nude pumps

white jeans, polka dot puffer vest, double denim, Madewell chambray, nude pumps

white jeans, polka dot puffer vest, double denim, Madewell chambray, nude pumps

Hey. Guess what.

WE MADE IT TO SPRING. I knew we could do it. OK, that’s not true. I’m a pretty pessimistic person so part of me wondered if I would just slip in the ice one day and not bother getting up. Luckily, all the ice melted before that happened and I think we might be in the clear.

I actually wore this last Friday before it was technically spring, but it was in the 50s and rainy. It seemed like a good time to mix something wintery (a puffer vest) and something springy (white jeans). I hope you all enjoy this first-day-of-spring Friday. Here’s to more positive thinking in the new season.

similar Shirt // similar Vest (on sale) // Jeans // similar Shoes // Bracelet (fits a small wrist!) // Bag

03. 19. 2015

J. Crew drapey pants, burgundy quilted bag, Nine West bow pumps, pink Ray Ban aviators

J. Crew drapey pants, burgundy quilted bag, Nine West bow pumps, pink Ray Ban aviators

J. Crew drapey pants, burgundy quilted bag, Nine West bow pumps, pink Ray Ban aviators

J. Crew drapey pants, burgundy quilted bag, Nine West bow pumps, pink Ray Ban aviators

J. Crew drapey pants, burgundy quilted bag, Nine West bow pumps, pink Ray Ban aviators

J. Crew drapey pants, burgundy quilted bag, Nine West bow pumps, pink Ray Ban aviators

Two of my favorite pastimes: taking a stroll on a sunny day, and using invented adjectives to describe my clothes. So imagine my excitement earlier this week when I got to take a walk in the park wearing my drapey pants. I was happy to discover that J. Crew actually calls pants like these “drapey.” It’s not just me. And I think, as a general rule, what’s OK with Jenna Lyons should be OK with society as a whole. The Crew actually has a bunch of different pants they call “drapey” (see them all here) and they might be my new favorite thing. I know this style won’t magically fit and flatter everyone, but an elastic waist eliminates all the issues I have with big gaps in my waistband when the hips are snug. This is not a slow dance at a the Immaculate Heart Middle School – I don’t need to leave room for the Holy Spirit. (I worship Jenna Lyons anyway.)

Pants (extra 30% off w/ code SPRINGSALE) // similar Top // Shoes // Sunglasses // similar Bag (only $15) // similar Earrings // Lips “Romantic”

03. 18. 2015

striped tee, denim skirt, floral trench coat

striped tee, denim skirt, floral trench coat

striped tee, denim skirt, floral trench coat

striped tee, denim skirt, floral trench coat

striped tee, denim skirt, floral trench coat

I got this floral trench in 2008 (I know because it was from the Thakoon Target collection), and I’ve only worn it about once a year since then. Maybe less. Every time I get it out, I think: “Man, I hardly ever wear this. I should just get rid of it. I have too many coats anyway.” So then I decide I’ll take it out for one last spin before it goes to the consignment store. But then I realize how adorable it is, and I put it back in my closet to be rediscovered next year.

Yep, it happened again. Over the weekend it was sunny and lovely, but not quite warm enough to walk around outside without a jacket. Since I was already wearing stripes, and since I’m me, the elusive floral trench was a no-brainer. I fell in love with the print all over again, but I did realize the coat’s actually too big for me.

So what do you think – keep it another year, or let someone else enjoy the Comeback Coat?

Tee (only $12!) // similar Skirt // similar Trench // Bag // Shoes // similar Sunglasses // Earrings* // Lips “Vivacious”

*Earrings purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

03. 17. 2015

pastels, Kate Spade Saturday slip neck tee, yellow lace pencil skirt, bow pumps, Fossil sydney satchel

pastels, Kate Spade Saturday slip neck tee, yellow lace pencil skirt, bow pumps, Fossil sydney satchel

pastels, Kate Spade Saturday slip neck tee, yellow lace pencil skirt, bow pumps, Fossil sydney satchel

pastels, Kate Spade Saturday slip neck tee, yellow lace pencil skirt, bow pumps, Fossil sydney satchel

pastels, Kate Spade Saturday slip neck tee, yellow lace pencil skirt, bow pumps, Fossil sydney satchel

pastels, Kate Spade Saturday slip neck tee, yellow lace pencil skirt, bow pumps, Fossil sydney satchel

It’s not even spring yet, but the sun came out and the temperature rose above 45, and that was enough reason for me to dress like a freaking Easter basket.

I already have this shirt in green, and I really liked the sturdy fabric and unique neckline, so I ordered another one during a sale a couple weeks ago. This color is called “glacier,” and I can’t decide if it’s gray or lavender. So I’m going to call it gravender. Kate Spade really missed a great opportunity to coin a new name for a color. I thought Kate was smarter than that. But no matter…she still makes a damn good shirt.

Shirt (50% off everything!) // similar Skirt // similar Bag (same print in a tote) // similar Shoes (under $30) // Necklace*

*Necklace provided courtesy of Stella and Dot.

03. 16. 2015
Hey There, Stud.

 

(1) Tai // (2) Kate Spade // (3) House of Harlow 1960 // (4) Marc by Marc Jacobs

I’ve really been on a stud earring kick recently. When necklaces started getting bigger and statement-ier, I ended up foregoing earrings altogether because I didn’t want to overdo it on the bling around my face. But now I realize that when my hair is pulled back, I really like a little something on my lobes. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, and it could even be something a little cheeky (like my pretzel studs).

The best part is I can keep my little collection of studs in a bowl on my bathroom sink and just grab a pair as I’m putting on my makeup. Of course, the challenge is making sure I find 2 of the same earring, but then again, mixing and matching is a thing now, right?

Anyway, over the past couple months I’ve been growing my little collection, and it’s mainly Shopbop‘s fault. They always have about a billion adorable stud options, and half a billion of those are super affordable. These are some of my current favorites. All are under $100, and most are under $50. Happy shopping, stud.

Row (1) // Tai ($35-60)

Row (2) // Kate Spade ($38-78)

Row (3) // House of Harlow 1960 ($28-35)

Row (4) // Marc by Marc Jacobs ($38-42)

Please note that Shopbop is a current sponsor of this blog, but – as always – I am in control of the content on this blog and these opinions are my own. My name is in the title, after all.