I’m closing out this week of blogging with a couple of outfits I wore to work this week that I just barely had enough time and sunlight to photograph in front of my garage. Classy, I know. It’s a quantity over quality day, for sure.
Speaking of quantity over quality, I’m putting together this post Thursday night as I spend 3 hours watching all the Shonda Rhimes shows on ABC. I absolutely love Scandal. And I hate Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder. Why do I watch all 3 shows when I only like 1 of them? I have no idea. But it’s what I do every week. I think I have too much fun making fun of Grey’s and HTGAWM so I don’t want to miss them. I have to hear all the ridiculous soundtrack choices and all the horribly cheesy lines in Grey’s. And I have to make sure Viola Davis is breaking at least 2 rules of Professional Responsibility per episode and being the worst law professor ever.
But between those 2 heaping piles of lame is Scandal, Thursday’s saving grace. Hopefully you can find the Scandal (figuratively speaking) in this post and make all our time worthwhile. I’m thinking the leopard print shoes and the burgundy bag are the Olivia Popes of these outfits.
This is a utility vest. It’s called a utility vest because it’s useful. You can put all kinds of things in the pockets. Fishing tackle. Small hand tools. Paint brushes. Extra bullets. Film for your really old camera. Cat treats. Human treats. An extra utility vest folded up really small.
See? So useful. Personally, I find utility vests most useful for looking cool juxtaposed with a lace tee or a girly dress. To each her own I suppose.
Remember my October to-do list? On Sunday I crossed off task #1: picking a pumpkin! (I’m also well on my way to completing task #4, blowing my shopping budget.) When I say “picking” a pumpkin, I mean it in the “selecting” sense, not the actual picking off a vine sense. I live in a city, after all. But I’m pretty confident the pumpkin was grown not too far away because I got it at a place called Locally Grown Gardens, just a few blocks from my house.
I picked a white pumpkin for the first time this year, while Kristin went with the traditional orange. Here’s something I learned: white pumpkins are more dense than orange ones. I learned this when I went to pick up a relatively small white pumpkin and nearly toppled over. (Note to self: time to do some weight training.) Both our pumpkins are sitting out on the front porch looking all autumnal and stuff, kind of like this very autumnal outfit. But some squirrel or rabbit or something is eating Kristin’s pumpkin! Has this happened to anyone else before? Any tips on keeping small mammals away from pumpkins would be greatly appreciated. Add that to the to-do list, I guess.
I try to make every outfit my new favorite outfit. Some days I try harder than others. Some days I try hard and it turns out OK, but not great. Other days I don’t try that hard, but I end up with AMAZINGNESS like this right hurr. Yellow. Mixed textures and prints. Multiple bright colors. Something chambray-ish. A dress/jacket combo. Tasteful animal print. I mean, has there ever been a more “Sarah” outfit? You know, besides all the other totally Sarah outfits I’ve worn in my life?
As icing on the cake, I had a great hair day. I think my hair can tell when the rest of my look is on point so it steps up to the plate. (Shout out to the lack of humidity as well.)
Point is: this is one of those times I’m so happy I have this blog because I get to relive the fun of wearing these clothes, and the photos actually make me look as good as I felt. Definitely my new favorite outfit.
This weekend was an experiment in polar opposites. On Saturday, the emphasis was on polar. I’m talking winter coat, see-your-breath cold. Then Sunday it was back to sunny and mid-70s and lovely. Basically October got a little too excited about itself and went overboard. It was like a kid who just turned 16 and got his license, so he decided to take his parents’ car out for a joy ride and crashed it. Settle down, October. You are SO grounded. (Judging by our stellar 5-day forecast, it looks like October’s sucking up real hard now.) But the bright side of Saturday’s overzealous chill was mom had an excuse to go buy a new car. And by car I mean scarf.
You know how I’ve done those awesome “how to wear” posts on both ankle boots and midi skirts? Of course you do. They probably changed your life. So you must remember how in both posts I said the biggest challenge is not looking short and stumpy because both midi skirts and ankle boots can cut off your legs and make your proportions look wonky.
Look at me now, folks. Wearing both at once. A daring choice but I think it worked! How? My theory is that the vertical stripes on the skirt make me look taller, and the low cut on the boots actually shows my ankle a little bit so I don’t look like I’m wearing big boulders on my feet.
I wore my doubly daring outfit last Saturday to the mall and then to my friends’ housewarming party. They moved after we did but they actually have their shit together enough to throw a party. Meanwhile our basement still looks like we moved in last week. But I have a magical dressing room, so…I still win.
Happy October, party people! In my house, today marks the first of many many viewings of Hocus Pocus. Other things that will happen this month:
1) I will spend too much time picking out the perfect pumpkin and coming up with an amazing way to carve or decorate it, and then I’ll probably do nothing and just put it out on the porch.
2) We will host a chili night where I will try to push my vegetarian chili (which is DELICIOUS) on my friends, but they’ll just want Kristin’s chili because it has bacon in it.
3) We’ll have at least 7 conversations about Halloween costumes and wait til the last minute to go shopping/crafting.
4) I’ll blow my budget on cold-weather clothes by mid-month.
5) I’ll then regret buying anything at all once I pull my sweaters and boots out of storage and realize I don’t have room for everything.
6) I’ll start writing down ideas for Christmas gifts, which I will buy on December 15th.
What are your plans for this month?
I just realized that title sounds very foreboding. I just meant it’s the end of September. I’m not a doomsday prepper or anything. If I were, what would I stock up on? Probably Nobilo sauvignon blanc and Double Stuf Oreos. Yeah, that sounds like a decent way to ride out the rapture. As for riding out September, I’ve found that midi skirts do the trick.
(See more of my tips on how to wear midi skirts here!)
I was at this reception thing after work at my office a couple weeks ago and found out from a law clerk, whom I had never met before but who knew my name, that I’ve developed a reputation for my fashion sense. I probably should have asked what kind of reputation it was, but I decided to just assume it’s a reputation for awesomeness. That seems most likely, right?
Within that conversation, someone made a specific reference to “those pants” I wear sometimes that taper at the ankles. Oh, you mean like these? 😉 Yeah, I rock the jogger-style pants at the office from time to time. I’m just trying to live up to that reputation of mine.
*Bag purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.
Who has two thumbs and is ready for fall? This girl. (I’m pointing at myself with my thumbs now. You get it.) Thanks to a better-than-average blog income, Labor Day sales, leftover birthday gift cards, and lots of strategy, I came away with a pretty amazing haul this month, and it wasn’t just crappy summer leftovers.
Almost as impressive is the fact that I could have spent more, and I didn’t. As you’re about to find out, I got a ton of stuff from Loft in September. The first order was during a flash sale, and I earned 3 $25 cash cards to use later in the month. Fast forward a week, and I went into a Loft store to try on some new arrivals, and I used a $20 rewards card and a $40 gift card to get a couple tops. I ended up spending forever in the store because there was some weird glitch with my gift card, so they sent me home with 4 more $25 cash cards to apologize! I made notes of what I wanted to get once it was time to redeem my cash cards (actual notes in my iPhone – I don’t mess around when it comes to shopping). When the time came, I was able to grab a few more things I really loved that added up to about $200, but took them home for half thanks to 4 of those coupons. I actually went back to Loft over the weekend to use my remaining 3 coupons, but I didn’t find anything that I HAD to have. I went to a couple other stores while I was at the mall this weekend (again, sales/coupons drew me in), but I came out empty-handed.
So that’s your lesson for this month: just because there’s a sale or you have a coupon doesn’t mean you have to use it. If you get a discount on something you wouldn’t have wanted to buy already, then you’re not saving money. Speaking of money, let’s look at what pretty stuff my money bought this month…
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