Sarah's Real Life
07. 22. 2016

knotted pink stripe button-up shirt, white eyelet flare skirt, Skagen ditte watch, cap toe pumps

When: Tuesday // Weather: hot and humid // Real life: work then dinner at Hopcat

knotted pink stripe button-up shirt, white eyelet flare skirt, Skagen ditte watch, cap toe pumps

knotted pink stripe button-up shirt, white eyelet flare skirt, Skagen ditte watch, cap toe pumps

knotted pink stripe button-up shirt, white eyelet flare skirt, Skagen ditte watch, cap toe pumps

knotted pink stripe button-up shirt, white eyelet flare skirt, Skagen ditte watch, cap toe pumps

knotted pink stripe button-up shirt, white eyelet flare skirt, Skagen ditte watch, cap toe pumps

Yesterday on the way to work, I was listening to one of those radio stations that plays “hits from the 80s, 90s, and today!” and the 1997 classic “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain came on. Talk about a #TBT. I don’t know why, but I love singing along to that song. I don’t actually love the song, and I don’t even know all the words, but it’s so fun to scream it at the top of my lungs. If I heard that song in public, I would probably find it cheesy and tune it out. But in the privacy of my car, it’s epic.

Anyway. This isn’t even what I was wearing when I belted out a 90s classic, but in the spirit of Friday I wanted to entertain you with my story. What’s your favorite guilty pleasure car song?

Shirt (on sale – I also have it in blue!) // Skirt (on sale) // similar Bag // similar Shoes // similar Earrings // Watch // similar Sunglasses

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07. 20. 2016

Indiana style blog, white jeans, striped swing tank, denim jacket, suede lace up flats

When: Saturday // Weather: 80s and sunny // Real life: farmers’ market, lots o’ errands, and Symphony on the Prairie

Indiana style blog, white jeans, striped swing tank, denim jacket, suede lace up flats

Indiana style blog, white jeans, striped swing tank, denim jacket, suede lace up flats

Indiana style blog, white jeans, striped swing tank, denim jacket, suede lace up flats

Indiana style blog, white jeans, striped swing tank, denim jacket, suede lace up flats

Indiana style blog, white jeans, striped swing tank, denim jacket, suede lace up flats

My Saturday was pretty jam-packed. It started early at the farmers’ market and ended late with Symphony on the Prairie. In between, we were running all kinds of errands getting ready for a party we’re hosting next weekend. (And yes, fine, I stopped by Nordstrom for early access to the Anniversary Sale…I’m only a human blogger!)

One thing I really like about summers in Indiana (compared to North Carolina, where I grew up) is that in the morning and overnight, the temperatures actually go down. It can even get chilly. And by chilly, I mean the temperature of an average Florida winter, so, you know, pleasant.

Not to toot my own horn, but this outfit was pretty much perfect for my long day. I take that back – it’s my blog so I’ma toot away. My jacket kept me comfy in the A/C and after sundown, but in the heat of the day, it was sun’s out guns out! By the way, this swing tank is crazy soft. Like I’m not sure you understand how soft it is. I feel like I should talk really quietly about it because it’s so soft. Oh, and it’s $17. Plus its swing shape is great for SWINGS in temperature. See what I did there?

Top // Jeans // Jacket // Shoes // Sunglasses // similar Earrings // similar Bag

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07. 19. 2016

This post was sponsored by thredUP. I received store credit to facilitate my review.

pink block heel pumps, kick crop pants, short sleeve sweatshirt, Kate Spade spotted bag, ThredUp review

When: Friday // Weather: hot and sunny // Real life: work then seeing Ghostbusters!

pink block heel pumps, kick crop pants, short sleeve sweatshirt, Kate Spade spotted bag, ThredUp review

pink block heel pumps, kick crop pants, short sleeve sweatshirt, Kate Spade spotted bag, ThredUp review

pink block heel pumps, kick crop pants, short sleeve sweatshirt, Kate Spade spotted bag, ThredUp review

pink block heel pumps, kick crop pants, short sleeve sweatshirt, Kate Spade spotted bag, ThredUp review

pink block heel pumps, kick crop pants, short sleeve sweatshirt, Kate Spade spotted bag, ThredUp review

I am no stranger to second-hand clothing stores, but mainly because I donate/sell so much of my own gently used clothing. I very rarely buy second-hand myself because it takes a lot of patience that I just don’t have. Sorting through everything to find something in my size, examining items to make sure there aren’t stains or pulls in fabric (or worse, weird smells)…I know there are hidden gems and great deals, but it’s just so much easier to buy new most of the time.

BUT! (You knew there was going to be a “but,” didn’t you?) I recently tried out thredUP (a huge online consignment store) because they offered me a $50 credit to check out what they have to offer. I had nothing to lose so I said yes. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised, and you know how much lawyers hate admitting when they’re wrong.

Perusing thredUP isn’t quite as pretty as perusing, say, a J. Crew catalog, but you have to remember that thredUP is processing a ton of pieces all the time as people mail them in. It’s not all going to look perfectly styled, but at least you see a photo of the exact thing you’re going to receive. What I like about thredUP is that you can pick your favorite brands and your sizes so you only see what you want to see. And my favorite part is that you can choose to see only new-with-tags or like-new items. I narrowed down my search to new or like-new J. Crew items in my size and ended up with this sweater and pumps that originally would have run me almost $400! BOOM! (By the way, thredUP is currently offering 50% off all J. Crew items for new customers with the code JCREW50.)

Don’t worry, I won’t stop buying new new clothes any time soon, but maybe I’ll be a little more open minded to other options. Because I clearly need to find more opportunities to shop, right?

similar Shoes // similar Sweater // Pants // similar Bag // similar Earrings

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07. 18. 2016

polka dot drop waist dress, blush d'orsay flats, pink Ray Ban mirrored aviators

When: last Wednesday // Weather: sunny then stormy // Real life: work, then a mid-week pizza and wine date night

polka dot drop waist dress, blush d'orsay flats, pink Ray Ban mirrored aviators

polka dot drop waist dress, blush d'orsay flats, pink Ray Ban mirrored aviators

polka dot drop waist dress, blush d'orsay flats, pink Ray Ban mirrored aviators

polka dot drop waist dress, blush d'orsay flats, pink Ray Ban mirrored aviators

polka dot drop waist dress, blush d'orsay flats, pink Ray Ban mirrored aviators

polka dot drop waist dress, blush d'orsay flats, pink Ray Ban mirrored aviators

I recently discovered a love for rosé and now I’m trying to make up for lost time. I mean I’ve been a wine lover for years and I just now give rosé the time of day?! Shame on me. I had a glass (OK, fine, 2 glasses) at an after-work pizza date last week, and the color of the wine perfectly matched the polka dots on my new dress.

I know wine and polka dots are trivial things to talk about when the whole world seems to falling apart around us. But there’s not much I can do to stop cops from shooting people, or people from shooting cops, or truck drivers from running down crowds, or Turkish militia from staging a coup. If we all stop too long to think about how helpless we feel, it won’t make things better. It might even make things worse. So I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing and hope it encourages you to enjoy trivial things sometimes. Stay informed, stay motivated, but buy that dress and order that second glass of wine.

Peace, love, and polka dots,

Sarah

Dress // Shoes (under $50) // Sunglasses // similar Earrings (on sale) // similar Necklace (on sale) // Ring* // similar Bag

*Ring provided courtesy of Onecklace.

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07. 15. 2016

ruffles1Top

“Ruffles & Truffles,” a.k.a. What I’ve Been Up to Recently That Hasn’t Made it to the Blog. First up: this fabulous ruffled blouse that’s currently on sale for under $20! It also comes in light pink. I wore this outfit to work on Monday.

ruffles2Scarf (on sale) // Striped Shirt (on sale)

I did a little online shopping this week. I know you’re shocked. I just love coming home to packages!

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Admiring a new piece on display at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

ruffles4Dress

I only recently tried rosé and now I’m hooked! I already liked both red wine and white wine, so I really shouldn’t be surprised.

ruffles5Bag (on sale) // similar Dress

We’ve had a lot of rain recently, so I’ve missed out on a lot of blogortunities. Here’s another recent work outfit!

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Paid my first visit to Hotel Tango artisan distillery with my parents last weekend. This gin cocktail was scrumptious (and I love a good garnish).

ruffles7Shirt // Shoes // similar Skirt // Sunglasses

I was admiring the latest Boden catalog on Wednesday night and miraculously held back from ordering anything. But it did inspire me to bust out my favorite Boden breton shirt the next day.

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I did a very important scientific experiment this week. Turns out there really is no competing with the Best Chocolate in Town. :)

ruffles9similar Dress

I can’t believe it took me so long to put these two pieces together. Another fun work outfit that I didn’t have time to shoot. My life is just so busy and important.

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…and I’ll leave you with this gratuitous photo of flowers that I took at the zoo last Sunday.

Have a fabulous weekend!

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07. 14. 2016

striped tee, white midi skirt, gladiator sandals, Panama hat

When: Sunday (Funday!) // Weather: 80s and sunny // Real life: zoo trip, ice cream, and Target shopping

striped tee, white midi skirt, gladiator sandals, Panama hat

striped tee, white midi skirt, gladiator sandals, Panama hat

striped tee, white midi skirt, gladiator sandals, Panama hat

striped tee, white midi skirt, gladiator sandals, Panama hat

striped tee, white midi skirt, gladiator sandals, Panama hat

I’ve had this shirt for a long time (by my standards, anyway). I bought it at Club Monaco on a trip to NYC. I don’t remember exactly what year it was, but I’m pretty sure it was post-college and pre-law-school. So I’m going to guess I’ve had it for about 6 or 7 years. You might be wondering why I would hang on to a boring t-shirt when I normally subscribe to the “rotating closet” mentality. I can’t explain it exactly, but something about this t-shirt is so perfect.

Well, it has stripes, so…duh. But beyond that, it’s soft and thin and drapey and everything you could ever want in a t-shirt. It’s so soft and thin and drapey, in fact, that it feels like it could fall apart at any moment. I didn’t “break it in” to get it this way — it was like this from the beginning, which is probably why I paid $40 for a t-shirt when I was only making $9 an hour and had just spent 2 months’ pay on a trip to the Big Apple. The problem is that I’ve come to love this shirt so much that I’m afraid to wear it out. So I only wear it once or twice a year.

Welcome to 2016, perfect t-shirt. I hope you enjoyed your Sunday Funday. See you when Hillary’s president.

Tee (current version) // similar Skirt (on sale) // Hat // similar Bag // Sandals // similar Necklace // similar Sunglasses

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07. 12. 2016

floral midi skirt, mock turtleneck sweater, Fossil Sydney satchel

When: last Wednesday // Weather: humid and windy // Real life: work, then tacos and tequila

floral midi skirt, mock turtleneck sweater, Fossil Sydney satchel

floral midi skirt, mock turtleneck sweater, Fossil Sydney satchel

floral midi skirt, mock turtleneck sweater, Fossil Sydney satchel

floral midi skirt, mock turtleneck sweater, Fossil Sydney satchel

floral midi skirt, mock turtleneck sweater, Fossil Sydney satchel

Remember when I had a revelation about this midi-maxi hemline? (If you don’t, it was here.) Lucky for me, I found another long-but-not-too-long skirt when I was shopping with my mom last weekend. Even better, it was on sale (and still is). It has a very casual weekend vibe, but I decided that a super modest and sophisticated turtleneck sweater would tone it down just enough to make it fit in at the office. As usual, I was right. 😉 I already have a couple more outfits planned with this skirt – with my striped button-up shirt from J. Crew, and with that vest you just saw in yesterday’s post!

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07. 11. 2016

long vest, black tee, skinny jeans, block heel sandals

When: casual Friday // Weather: warm // Real life: work then dinner with friends

long vest, black tee, skinny jeans, block heel sandals

long vest, black tee, skinny jeans, block heel sandals

long vest, black tee, skinny jeans, block heel sandals

long vest, black tee, skinny jeans, block heel sandals

To the great surprise of absolutely no one, last week I went in to Target for avocados and some frozen lunches and came out with a new wardrobe (and 2 bottles of wine). I did get avocados too though…for the record. Maybe the avocados were what inspired me to get this vest. Actually, I’ve been wanting to try out a long vest for a while now. I love wearing layers, but that’s hard to do in the summer without feeling overdressed. A long vest is like statement outerwear that doesn’t make you sweat like an immigrant at a Trump rally.

I have my eye on this dressier black one – just waiting for it to go on sale! I’m thinking either one will look great over some of my dresses to make them feel “new” when I wear them again. (I have no qualms about wearing my favorite things over and over, as long as I can make them feel special each time!)

Vest (under $30!) // Jeans // Necklace // similar Shoes // similar Bag // Sunglasses

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07. 08. 2016

matching top and skirt, Steve Madden suede sandals, Fossil Sydney satchel, layered necklaces

When: Tuesday // Weather: 80s // Real life: work

matching top and skirt, Steve Madden suede sandals, Fossil Sydney satchel, layered necklaces

matching top and skirt, Steve Madden suede sandals, Fossil Sydney satchel, layered necklaces

matching top and skirt, Steve Madden suede sandals, Fossil Sydney satchel, layered necklaces

I love a good matching set. Actually, I think this is the only matching set I own, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have a general appreciation for the concept. Together, they make a faux dress, and apart, there are endless possibilities! (See below for proof.)

Speaking of “apart,” can I just say that it drives me crazy when people write “apart” when they mean “a part.” As in: “I’m so honored to be apart of this group!” Cringe. Taking out that space basically gives the sentence the opposite meaning!

These are your lessons for the day:

Cool: Matching sets

Not cool: Improper use of “apart”

…My work here is done.

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07. 07. 2016

Ann Taylor blush lace dress, white collarless blazer, patent leather nude pumps

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

Do you guys see this?! I can barely walk out my front door before I get snapped by the paparazzi! Being a blogger is so hard. But, I mean, as long as I look pretty cute, I guess I’ll pose for a few photos…It’s what Taylor Swift and her gal pals would do.

Ann Taylor blush lace dress, white collarless blazer, patent leather nude pumps

Ann Taylor blush lace dress, white collarless blazer, patent leather nude pumps

Ann Taylor blush lace dress, white collarless blazer, patent leather nude pumps

Ann Taylor blush lace dress, white collarless blazer, patent leather nude pumps

Ann Taylor blush lace dress, white collarless blazer, patent leather nude pumps

Taylor Swift so wishes she could have me in her squad. Sorry, Taylor, I have enough friends, but I’d be happy to take over your trademark work. #lawyersquadgoals

Dress (selling out online, but a similar top is available) // Jacket (on sale) // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Bag // similar Rings (only $10!) // similar Sunglasses

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