Sarah's Real Life
04. 26. 2015

Ann Taylor mint dress, collarless blazer, blush cap toe pumps, Loft striped sunglasses

Ann Taylor mint dress, collarless blazer, blush cap toe pumps, Loft striped sunglasses

Ann Taylor mint dress, collarless blazer, blush cap toe pumps, Loft striped sunglasses

Ann Taylor mint dress, collarless blazer, blush cap toe pumps, Loft striped sunglasses

Ann Taylor mint dress, collarless blazer, blush cap toe pumps, Loft striped sunglasses

This is called a flounce hem” dress and for some reason I just love that. Flounce is an underused word in this day and age. Was there a day and age when flounce was commonly used? I’m not sure. But if there was, we should go back to that time. Unless that was a time when I would have had to wear my flounce hem dress while staying home and making pot roast for my husband. I prefer a 21st-century, women-can-be-President kind of flounce. Don’t you?

Dress (on sale, also in coral!) // similar Blazer // similar Necklace // similar Shoes // Sunglasses // Ring // Bag // Lips “Whimsical”

04. 24. 2015

red polka dot blouse, cutout ankle boots, army jacket, bucket bag

red polka dot blouse, cutout ankle boots, army jacket, bucket bag

red polka dot blouse, cutout ankle boots, army jacket, bucket bag

red polka dot blouse, cutout ankle boots, army jacket, bucket bag

red polka dot blouse, cutout ankle boots, army jacket, bucket bag

^^I love those polka dots peeking out in the back!^^

If you read the title of this post, you might think I’m going crazy – either I don’t know what season it is, or I’ve decided that a law degree just isn’t enough. Don’t worry; it’s neither. But yesterday I spent the day getting my first CLE (Continuing Legal Education) credits, so I decided to get back in touch with my old student wardrobe. Jeans were a no-brainer, and I also used to wear the heck out of this jacket. Throw in an overpriced, greasy lunch (yep, did that too) and it’s just like I’m back in law school.

Shirt (on sale) // similar Jacket (on sale) // Jeans // similar Boots // Bag // Ring // similar Sunglasses

Flashback Friday: A few ways I wore this jacket in law school…

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04. 23. 2015

Ann Taylor patterned denim, mint green, cluster pearl necklace, pink Ray Ban aviators, gray suede pumps

Ann Taylor patterned denim, mint green, cluster pearl necklace, pink Ray Ban aviators, gray suede pumps

Ann Taylor patterned denim, mint green, cluster pearl necklace, pink Ray Ban aviators, gray suede pumps

Ann Taylor patterned denim, mint green, cluster pearl necklace, pink Ray Ban aviators, gray suede pumps

Ann Taylor patterned denim, mint green, cluster pearl necklace, pink Ray Ban aviators, gray suede pumps

Ann Taylor patterned denim, mint green, cluster pearl necklace, pink Ray Ban aviators, gray suede pumps

Ann Taylor says these are jeans, and they do feel like jeans, but they don’t really look like jeans, even up close. They kind of just look like fun, printed, slim-leg cotton pants. Therefore I decided it was perfectly acceptable to wear them on a non-jeans Friday. I like to live on the edge like that. But not the edge of a roof or a cliff or something. More like the edge of, say, the average front porch step. What can I say, we lawyers are a risk-averse bunch.

Jea–I mean…Pants // similar Shirt // Bag // Shoes // Sunglasses // similar Necklace // Lips “Sari Dore”

04. 21. 2015

polka dots and floral, pleated midi skirt, retro mint sunglasses

polka dots and floral, pleated midi skirt, retro mint sunglasses

polka dots and floral, pleated midi skirt, retro mint sunglasses

polka dots and floral, pleated midi skirt, retro mint sunglasses

polka dots and floral, pleated midi skirt, retro mint sunglasses

polka dots and floral, pleated midi skirt, retro mint sunglasses

When I posted my mid-month remix roundup last week, I demanded someone invite me to brunch so I could wear this flowy floral skirt over the weekend. No one did, but I wore it anyway. Saturday was the sunniest, warmest day we’ve had here in a loooong time, so it was the perfect weather for more house hunting, followed by debriefing over drinks on a big ol’ patio. Patio time was nearly ruined when a super drunk 40-something single guy sat down next to us and wouldn’t stop telling us what a cute couple we were. Luckily, what started out as annoying just became entertaining, especially when we watched him move on to his next victims, one of whom looked like Kris Jenner. Unfortunately, Kris was NOT as amused as we were. The whole afternoon just got better and better, but something tells me drunk guy’s morning was not so pleasant!

Skirt (on sale) // similar Tee (on sale) // similar Cuff // similar Bow Bracelet // similar Shoes // similar Bag (under $20) // similar Sunglasses // similar Earrings // similar Midi Ring (c/o Shopbop)

04. 20. 2015

Madewell dress, bright blazer, Ann Taylor gray suede pumps, Ann Taylor snake print bucket bag

Madewell dress, bright blazer, Ann Taylor gray suede pumps, Ann Taylor snake print bucket bag

Madewell dress, bright blazer, Ann Taylor gray suede pumps, Ann Taylor snake print bucket bag

Madewell dress, bright blazer, Ann Taylor gray suede pumps, Ann Taylor snake print bucket bag

Madewell dress, bright blazer, Ann Taylor gray suede pumps, Ann Taylor snake print bucket bag

Madewell dress, bright blazer, Ann Taylor gray suede pumps, Ann Taylor snake print bucket bag

Thanks to the massive (if you have a really loose definition of “massive”) popularity of the Top 10 Remix challenge, I’ve noticed some new followers this month. So if you’re one of them: hello. Welcome to your new favorite blog :)

I also have another kind of new friends: these gray suede pumps. I’ve been wanting some for awhile, and I like how simple and elegant these are. I feel like gray shoes are a nice option for spring and summer when you’re wearing something bright and black shoes just seem too dark and heavy. So hello, new gray pumps, and welcome to your new favorite feet.

Going back to the famous (again, loosely defined) Top 10 remix, this is my second outfit with this striped dress. Before I ended up with this bright coral jacket, I picked a navy one. Then I realized that wasn’t much different than the last way I wore this dress. I guess that’s the fun part about a remix challenge…you think a little harder about how to switch things up, and hopefully the results are worth the effort.

similar Dress (on sale) // similar Jacket // Shoes // Bag // similar Necklace // Ring // similar Sunglasses

04. 19. 2015

ombre striped dress, gray cotton blazer, peep toe perforated booties, cluster pearl necklace, Ann Taylor snakeskin bucket bag

ombre striped dress, gray cotton blazer, peep toe perforated booties, cluster pearl necklace, Ann Taylor snakeskin bucket bag

 

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ombre striped dress, gray cotton blazer, peep toe perforated booties, cluster pearl necklace, Ann Taylor snakeskin bucket bag

I wouldn’t say I rarely wear pink, but I don’t often wear pink, and whenever I do, I think of the immortal words of Karen from Mean Girls…”My breasts can always tell when it’s gonna rain.” Wait, no, not that quote. I meant: “On Wednesdays, we wear pink.” But when I wear pink, it never seems to be on a Wednesday. So last Wednesday I made a point to wear pink, merely for my own personal entertainment.

And now I’m sharing it with you for your entertainment. Happy Sunday.

similar Dress // Bag // Blazer // similar Shoes // similar Necklace

04. 17. 2015

floral spring jacket, cutout ankle boots, burgundy rancher hat, yellow lace

floral spring jacket, cutout ankle boots, burgundy rancher hat, yellow lace

floral spring jacket, cutout ankle boots, burgundy rancher hat, yellow lace

floral spring jacket, cutout ankle boots, burgundy rancher hat, yellow lace

floral spring jacket, cutout ankle boots, burgundy rancher hat, yellow lace

Guess what we did last Saturday?! Went HOUSE HUNTING! Guess what we’re doing this Saturday? MORE house hunting!! Turns out it’s not simple. But it is pretty fun. And stressful sometimes. Like maybe you see an awesome house that’s been just chillin’ on the market for a month, imagine yourself living there, then go sleep on it, and by Monday morning there are somehow multiple offers on it and you have to decide if you want to make an enormous life change in a matter of hours. And then when you decide not to make said enormous life change, you relax and start looking again, only to have the same thing happen again 3 days later. You know…for example.

Let’s talk about something less life-altering, shall we? How about this outfit? I laughed a little at myself for looking so Coachella-rific in this getup. But then I decided it was ironically appropriate to dress like a carefree kid while shopping for real estate.

Wish me luck this weekend!

Jacket* // similar Hat // similar Top (under $15!) // similar Jeans // similar Boots (really cute and under $50!) // Bag

*Jacket purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

04. 16. 2015

polka dot romper, blush blazer, Nine West bow pumps, Gigi New York uber clutch

polka dot romper, blush blazer, Nine West bow pumps, Gigi New York uber clutch

polka dot romper, blush blazer, Nine West bow pumps, Gigi New York uber clutch

polka dot romper, blush blazer, Nine West bow pumps, Gigi New York uber clutch

polka dot romper, blush blazer, Nine West bow pumps, Gigi New York uber clutch

polka dot romper, blush blazer, Nine West bow pumps, Gigi New York uber clutch

As some of you know, last Saturday I got to host a fashion show sponsored by Macy’s. Yes, host. As in hang with the stylist and models beforehand, then clip on a microphone, get up on a stage, and say words and stuff. In front of other people. There were even radio ads (I know because I heard one and nearly pooped myself), and they said my name as if I were some kind of celebrity blogger that could draw a crowd.

Hosting this show was a good excuse to (1) wear this outfit and (2) get out of my comfort zone. Let’s discuss…

(1) “Real life” style is kinda my thang. It’s always been my MO with this blog to share only exact outfits that I have actually worn. This is not one of those “aspirational” blogs. So as much as I want to post pictures of myself looking super trendy and fashion-forward, I would be letting down my little blog because I just don’t have many occasions to wear stuff like that. BUT! If there was ever an event where it was appropriate for me to wear a romper with a blazer and heels, this was it. So you better believe I took advantage of it…and took pictures to prove it happened.

(2) You know the best thing about blogging? It counts as being social but you don’t actually have to get off your ass and talk to people. You guys are always telling me I’m funny, but I’m a lot better at being funny when I can do it on my own time from behind my computer. I’ve always hated public speaking. It scares the bejeezus out of me. But sometimes you have to do things that scare you to make you a stronger person. And by “sometimes” I mean once a year, tops. Let’s not get carried away. I’m proud to say that I’ve faced my fears for the year, and I think I even did an OK job! It helped that I got to talk about clothes, but still. All in all, I’m glad Macy’s gave me a shot and I’m glad I took it.

Finally, I would like to point out that I didn’t buy anything new to wear for the show, and I even stuck to my remix challenge and wore my suede Mary Janes. Boom.

similar Romper (more below) // Blazer // Shoes // similar Necklace // similar Sunglasses // Bag // Lips “Plushest Punch”

All the black & white rompers you could ever want…

04. 15. 2015

Alright, guys. It’s April 15th, so I’m halfway through my self-imposed challenge to wear one of my top 10 “favorite” wardrobe pieces every day for a month. I’ve worn each of my top 10 at least once, and some of them twice so far. Most of the outfits you’ve already seen if you’re a daily reader (thanks for your undying love and devotion), but there were a couple I didn’t get a chance to photograph so I faked a couple re-creations for ya (you’ll see what I mean below).

So here are all my Top 10 Remix outfits so far, along with the fabulously random comments you’ve come to expect from Sarah’s Real Life…

top 10 remix, style blogger challenge

Striped dress: I love this dress because it’s striped (obviously), but it also has a nice springy feel while still being covered up and thus work appropriate. I actually just wore this dress again yesterday, so you’ll see that on the blog soon (preview on Instagram). I got this dress a couple years ago from Madewell, and they have a similar style available this season.

Mint crossbody bag: This is probably the easiest thing I picked to remix. Good job, me. When I don’t want to bother thinking about anything else, I just carry my Rebecca Minkoff M.A.C. bag. Remix complete.

Windowpane flats: I probably would have remixed these more already if it hadn’t been so rainy this month. These babies are Kate Spade, so I’m not about to ruin them just for some dumb blog challenge (whose lame idea was this, anyway?)

top 10 remix, style blogger challenge

Striped leather-sleeve tee: I discovered the second time I wore this shirt that there really aren’t many non-jeans bottoms that look good with it. It’s too boxy to tuck in to a skirt, and if I wear it untucked with a skirt I look like a lumpy rectangle. So I’ve worn two very slightly different versions of the same outfit featuring this shirt: two different pairs of J. Crew drapey pants, two different animal print pumps, and two different statement necklaces.

top 10 remix, style blogger challenge

Polka dot blouse: This top is definitely not a neutral one that can go unnoticed in a remix situation. But it’s my goal to wear it at least one more time this month. I’ve already worn it (pre-Top 10 challenge) under a cardigan and under a crop top. Ideas for next time?

Blush cap-toe pumps: These shoes look good with pretty much everything. It’s going to be hard not to just make these my Top 10 item every day for the rest of the month.

top 10 remix, style blogger challenge

Cluster pearl necklace: It’s taken me more effort than I expected to wear this necklace. I’ve only worn it once, and it was just for a few hours to hang out with friends on a Saturday night. I did really like this outfit though, thrown together as it was. P.S. How great are my new yellow Soludos espadrilles?!

top 10 remix, style blogger challenge

Pleated floral skirt: This skirt has “weekend” written all over it, yet I’ve only worn it to work. Quick, someone invite me to brunch this Sunday!

Suede Mary Janes: Is it cheating to pick black pumps for a remix challenge? Not when the challenge was your idea. Plus, I’m exercising self-restraint and not overusing these.

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Yellow lace top: This is another piece I’ve worn again recently, so keep an eye out for an actual outfit post and not just a downward-facing Instagram pic. You’ll just have to take what you can get for now.

OK, your turn. If you’ve been hanging in there with me (or even if you started the Top 10 Remix challenge 10 minutes ago), add your link below! If you do, be a lamb and link back to my blog nice and conspicuous-like.



04. 14. 2015

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Was it my intention to wear a curly ponytail, stand in front of a blue wall, and carry a quilted chain strap bag on two different days last week? No. But did it happen? Yes, it appears that it did.

My Top 10 Remix items here were the cap-toe pumps and the polka dot blouse. Speaking of my fabulous challenge, since we’re coming up on the middle of the month, I’ll plan on posting the next linkup tomorrow (Wednesday the 15th). So if you’ve been playing along (even if you didn’t start right away), be sure to come back and add your name to the hall of fame.

Outfit #1:  Shirt (on sale) // Jeans (under $40) // similar Blazer // similar Shoes // Earrings // similar Bag (on sale)

Outfit #2:  Shirt (on sale) // Skirt (on sale) // similar Shoes* // similar Bag // similar Earrings

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