Sarah's Real Life
11. 26. 2014

tie sleeve top, distressed jeans, black heeled ankle boots, jeweled clutch, chanel red lipstick, bloomington indiana style blog

tie sleeve top, distressed jeans, black heeled ankle boots, jeweled clutch, chanel red lipstick, bloomington indiana style blog

tie sleeve top, distressed jeans, black heeled ankle boots, jeweled clutch, chanel red lipstick, bloomington indiana style blog

tie sleeve top, distressed jeans, black heeled ankle boots, jeweled clutch, chanel red lipstick, bloomington indiana style blog

tie sleeve top, distressed jeans, black heeled ankle boots, jeweled clutch, chanel red lipstick, bloomington indiana style blog

tie sleeve top, distressed jeans, black heeled ankle boots, jeweled clutch, chanel red lipstick, bloomington indiana style blog

Earlier this month we headed down to Bloomington to surprise our friend Abi on her 30th birthday. We lived down the hall from each other freshman year of college. According to math, that was 12 years ago, but I’m skeptical.

Luckily, the weekend was 100% celebrating the milestone and 0% having a third-life crisis. Abi is totally kicking 30’s ass. She can still do the splits and everything. I don’t plan on turning 30 myself, but Abi was a good role model nonetheless.

Anywho, this is what I wore for a night on the town, full of lots of college reminiscing. It was like we were young again, except classier and with a lower tolerance for alcohol.

Top via Le Tote (or buy similar) // Jeans (on sale) // similar Boots (under $60) // similar Clutch // similar Earrings // Lips “La Flamboyante”

11. 25. 2014
Gifts for the Girl Who Has Everything

The internet is over-saturated with gift guides this time of year, so I figured what’s one more? But only one, and only because I have very carefully selected 16 fabulous ideas for things to buy those annoyingly picky chicks who have such high standards that they’ve probably returned or sold most of the gifts they’ve ever been given. So, you know…chicks like me. Who better to give advice on what to get those bitches than one of those bitches herself? Here’s the thing: you really don’t have to spend that much, you just have to find something that looks expensive and isn’t something she would think to buy herself. This is the time to stray away from Target and Kohl’s and hit up the high end retailers. Gifts like those above are probably the cheapest things you can find at those fancy stores, but they still have that shiny, special something that only fancy store gifts have. Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about. ;)

Happy shopping!

1. Fancy pens & notepads {because everybody writes things sometimes}

2. Luxe throw blanket {she’s probably one of those girls who’s always cold, right?}

3. Trinket trays {for displaying some of her immense jewelry collection}

4. Checkered kitchenware {whether it gets used is beside the point}

5. Classy flask {if there is such a thing, she should be the one to have it}

6. Cute glasses pouch {so her shades can be protected in the cutest way possible}

7. Retro-inspired marquee letters {so she can see her name, or at least her initial, in lights}

8. His & hers pillows {in case she’s one of those weird straight-married people}

9. Punk home accessories {to show she has a wild side}

10. Booze-scented candles {pick her poison: champagne, vodka, or bourbon}

11. Gilded barware {possibly even classier than the flask}

12. City wall art {because metropolitan girls like to represent their cities}

13. Cheeky mugs {for drinking coffee that may or may not be Irish}

14. Watch case {assuming she’s a timepiece collector}

15. Chevron tray and glasses {which she better use next time you come to visit}

16. Garance Dore paper goods {and then she can judge people who don’t know who Garance Dore is}

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Most of the items above are available at Shopbop. In case you feel like doing some real damage, take note of the Shopbop sale going on now! (Please note: Shopbop is a sponsor of this blog.)

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11. 24. 2014

winter white jeans, gray sweatshirt, red plaid scarf, silver flats, quilted jacket, le tote, bloomington indiana style blogger

winter white jeans, gray sweatshirt, red plaid scarf, silver flats, quilted jacket, le tote, bloomington indiana style blogger

winter white jeans, gray sweatshirt, red plaid scarf, silver flats, quilted jacket, le tote, bloomington indiana style blogger

winter white jeans, gray sweatshirt, red plaid scarf, silver flats, quilted jacket, le tote, bloomington indiana style blogger

winter white jeans, gray sweatshirt, red plaid scarf, silver flats, quilted jacket, le tote, bloomington indiana style blogger

winter white jeans, gray sweatshirt, red plaid scarf, silver flats, quilted jacket, le tote, bloomington indiana style blogger

If you’ve seen or heard the term “winter white” recently and you’ve wondered how it differs from regular white, allow me to explain. (I’m a #fashion blogger, so I know about these things.)

~White is the color of linen pants, whereas winter white is the color of a cable knit sweater.

~White is what a June bride wears, whereas winter white is what a December bride wears.

~White is the color of fresh daisies, whereas winter white is the color of freshly fallen snow.

~White says “I love Paris in the springtime,” whereas winter white says “I love skiing in Aspen.”

In other words, white and winter white…are the same f#@&ing color. If you want to wear winter white, just wear something white in the winter. These are the same jeans I wore several times during the summer with bright colors and breezy tops, and now I’m wearing it with plaid and quilted jackets. Winter white. I’m so trendy.

similar Jacket* // Sweatshirt // similar Scarf // similar Jeans (on sale) // similar Shoes (on sale) // Bag // Lips “Romantic”

P.S. The beautiful, stately scene behind me is the campus of my alma mater, Indiana University, the most awesome school in the whole world. IU looks equally beautiful in white AND winter white.

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

11. 23. 2014

holiday giveaway, redbubble giveaway, gift ideas 2014, unique gifts 2014

T-Shirt // Tote Bag // Print // Phone Case // Mug // Card

A giveaway?! For 50 whole dollars?! It’s a Christmas miracle!

That’s right. Call me Santa, because I’m going to give someone $50 to buy unique gifts for her loved ones (or for herself). Well, technically Redbubble is the one who was nice enough to sponsor this giveaway, but I arranged the whole thing and made this nifty collage, so I’m like Mrs. Claus or an elf or Rudolph or something.

Redbubble is this super nifty marketplace where you can buy tons of different products featuring designs from artists all over the world. There are so many options, it’s mind-boggling. No matter what your taste is, I can pretty much guarantee there’s a design on Redbubble you will love. Then you can get that design printed on clothing, tote bags, mugs, prints, blankets, phone cases…just to name a few. You’ve seen me wear a shirt from Redbubble here and a tote bag here. The prices are very reasonable, too. A women’s t-shirt is around $25, a baby’s onesie or a throw pillow is around $20, and a mug will run you about $15. And the best part is: you probably won’t ever run in to anyone else with the same t-shirt/onesie/pillow/mug as you. I mean…the person who receives the gift you buy them won’t…right.

Now that I’ve convinced you that Redbubble is worth your attention, enter to win the $50 gift card through the widget below! Redbubble ships internationally, so anyone can enter. You have until the end of the month, and there are lots of ways to enter. Good luck, and may the random person win!

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

11. 21. 2014

black and blue, geometric print sweater, navy plaid scarf, blanket scarf, cobalt blue dress, blue camo loafers

black and blue, geometric print sweater, navy plaid scarf, blanket scarf, cobalt blue dress, blue camo loafers

black and blue, geometric print sweater, navy plaid scarf, blanket scarf, cobalt blue dress, blue camo loafers

black and blue, geometric print sweater, navy plaid scarf, blanket scarf, cobalt blue dress, blue camo loafers

black and blue, geometric print sweater, navy plaid scarf, blanket scarf, cobalt blue dress, blue camo loafers

Taking outfit photos everyday is rough this time of year. You other style bloggers know what I’m talking about. Now that the days are shorter and we’re off daylight saving time, there aren’t many windows of opportunity for photos. It was easier when I was in school, but now that I’m working 9-5 most days, my best chance is first thing in the morning. But not only are the days getting shorter, the temperatures are getting colder. Standing out in the cold with a tripod and trying to smileĀ  at 7:45am is pretty miserable. Moral of the story is: I’ve missed a couple photo shoots in the past few weeks.

These were two recent outfits that I didn’t get a chance to capture day-of. But I really liked both of them (I’ve been digging black and blue together lately), so I recreated them on my day off this week! Unfortunately, that day the high temperature was 18 degrees. So I took the photos at warp speed on my dirty balcony. Here are the pics, in all their shining mediocrity. Save your judgment. My blog is having a casual Friday, OK? If you want consistently flawless photos, read Gal Meets Glam or Pink Peonies. And when you get tired of being sad that you can’t afford a Chanel bag in 6 colors, you can come back to me. :)

Outfit 1 (left): Top/Sweater // Shoes // Pants // Scarf // similar Necklace // Bag

Outfit 2 (right): similar Dress // similar Sweater // similar Boots // Bag

11. 20. 2014

bejeweled pleated midi skirt, black turtleneck, pink suede pumps

bejeweled pleated midi skirt, black turtleneck, pink suede pumps

bejeweled pleated midi skirt, black turtleneck, pink suede pumps

bejeweled pleated midi skirt, black turtleneck, pink suede pumps

I felt oh-so elegant in this outfit. And I guess I wasn’t the only one who was a fan because I got a ton of compliments all day at work, mostly from strangers on the elevator (the good coffee is in the lobby downstairs, so I went up and down a couple times…don’t judge). I’m glad I decided to go with gray tights and bright shoes – it was a little outside the box, but I think more black would have led to different reactions. Like instead of “girl, I love your outfit!” I would have gotten “girl, who died?” In pink suede pumps, the only thing I could be mourning is the end of boring office footwear.

Although I didn’t feel like a widow, I did kind of feel like a schoolmarm in a period piece directed by Sofia Coppola. But I can totally live with that.

Skirt* // Sweater (under $20) // similar Ring // Tights (on sale) // similar Shoes // similar Bag // Lips “Plushest Punch”

*Skirt purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

11. 19. 2014

snake print top, olive chinos, cap toe pumps, olive floppy hat, J Crew majesty peacoat, le tote

snake print top, olive chinos, cap toe pumps, olive floppy hat, J Crew majesty peacoat, le tote

snake print top, olive chinos, cap toe pumps, olive floppy hat, J Crew majesty peacoat, le tote

snake print top, olive chinos, cap toe pumps, olive floppy hat, J Crew majesty peacoat, le tote

snake print top, olive chinos, cap toe pumps, olive floppy hat, J Crew majesty peacoat, le tote

I was telling a friend about Le Tote recently (you know, the clothes rental service I’ve been using the past couple months). I’ve sung its praises to many people, actually. Some of them ask me how I exercise the self-control not to keep (and pay extra for) the things I really like. It’s pretty easy. I might keep something eventually if it’s in my budget, but for now I just send it back, then log in to my account and select the “resend this piece” option.

This top was in my very first Le Tote box, and it was by far my favorite item. Look, I’m even wearing it in my welcome photo in my sidebar! So I told Le Tote they could send it again, and I was delighted to find it in my most recent box. Now I have proof that the “resend” option actually works. So if you’ve been holding off on trying Le Tote, I’m giving you one more reason to sign up. You can also give a gift subscription. Just a thought. ;)

Of course, it’s a lot colder now than it was when I first wore this top in September, so I layered a long-sleeved tee underneath. I wore this to work, so obviously I didn’t rock the floppy hat at my desk, but it did keep my head warm and my hair in place on my 3-block walk from the parking garage. Oh, and speaking of the long walk, don’t worry. I wore warm boots and changed into my heels once I got to the office. In other words, the amount of time I actually spent wearing the hat AND the heels was limited to a couple errands after work. But it happened, I swear, and it was the most fabulous part of my day.

Top (on sale) // Coat (on sale) // similar Pants (under $25) // similar Hat // Shoes // similar Bag // similar Sunglasses // Lips “Crush”

11. 18. 2014

cropped sweater over white shirt, leopard belt, cutout ankle boots, blush oversized clutch

cropped sweater over white shirt, leopard belt, cutout ankle boots, blush oversized clutch

cropped sweater over white shirt, leopard belt, cutout ankle boots, blush oversized clutch

cropped sweater over white shirt, leopard belt, cutout ankle boots, blush oversized clutch

cropped sweater over white shirt, leopard belt, cutout ankle boots, blush oversized clutch

cropped sweater over white shirt, leopard belt, cutout ankle boots, blush oversized clutch

A week or two ago, one of my coworkers was wearing and orange dress with a white sweater. Or maybe a white dress with an orange sweater…I don’t know; I’ve slept since then. Anyway, I told her she looked like a creamsicle. I quickly clarified that I meant that as a compliment. Who wouldn’t want to dress like a beloved childhood dessert? Later that week, I was inspired to rock orange and white myself. And that’s how this outfit was born.

similar Sweater (on sale) // Jeans // Boots (under $50) // similar Clutch* // similar Belt (on sale) // Earrings* // Nails

*Clutch purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M; earrings purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

11. 17. 2014

faux leather mini, gingham shirt, cream cardigan, quilted bag, clear mirrored sunglasses

faux leather mini, gingham shirt, cream cardigan, quilted bag, clear mirrored sunglasses

faux leather mini, gingham shirt, cream cardigan, quilted bag, clear mirrored sunglasses

faux leather mini, gingham shirt, cream cardigan, quilted bag, clear mirrored sunglasses

faux leather mini, gingham shirt, cream cardigan, quilted bag, clear mirrored sunglasses

faux leather mini, gingham shirt, cream cardigan, quilted bag, clear mirrored sunglasses

Generally, I like every outfit I wear. Otherwise why would I wear it, right? But there are some I like more than others, and some I even love. This was a love outfit. It had the perfect mix of some of my favorite styles. A little edgy (the leather skirt), a little preppy (the gingham shirt), some color, some neutrals, fun accessories, and it was comfy to boot.

I wore this last Monday, and Monday may just be the perfect day for a love outfit. Yes, I just used “love” and “Monday” in the same sentence. Crazier things have happened. So what you are going to wear to make this Monday lovely?

similar Shirt (on sale) // Skirt // similar Cardigan (on sale) // Bracelet (under $20) // Bag // similar Sunglasses (mine are new from C. Wonder but not available online) // Shoes // Lips “Plushest Punch”

11. 14. 2014

tweed baseball cap, tweed black cape, leopard foldover clutch, studded loafers, layered rose gold necklaces

tweed baseball cap, tweed black cape, leopard foldover clutch, studded loafers, layered rose gold necklaces

tweed baseball cap, tweed black cape, leopard foldover clutch, studded loafers, layered rose gold necklaces

tweed baseball cap, tweed black cape, leopard foldover clutch, studded loafers, layered rose gold necklaces

tweed baseball cap, tweed black cape, leopard foldover clutch, studded loafers, layered rose gold necklaces

I went out for brunch last Sunday (in typical white girl fashion), and in my mind, brunch and oversized sweaters go hand in mimosa-toasting hand. So I put on a sweater and some jeans. Nothing out of the ordinary. I didn’t feel like washing my hair so I added a hat. Perfectly acceptable. I went back and forth on shoes before settling on these black flats just because they seemed like the easiest option. Finally, when it came time to put on outerwear, I decided to go just a little outside the box since the rest of the outfit was nothing special. Plus I hardly ever wear my cape!

I had no hang ups about my ensemble until my brunch mates pointed something out. I WAS DRESSED LIKE FREAKING SHERLOCK HOLMES. Really, Sarah? A tweed cap and a cape? What were you thinking? (They didn’t actually say that. They just laughed at me.) Despite the fact that I’m dressed like a detective, I’m unable to solve the mystery of why I’m dressed like a detective. From now on, coffee before dressing. Oy.

similar Sweater (on sale) // similar Cape (under $30) // Jeans // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Hat (under $30) // similar Necklaces* // Clutch

But wait. Here’s proof I can style this hat and cape in non-Sherlock ways. It’s the Real Life Remix…

sherlockremix

*Solitaire necklace purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.