Sarah's Real Life
07. 02. 2015

yellow floral dress, H&M cotton blazer, white bow flats, Boohoo USA

yellow floral dress, H&M cotton blazer, white bow flats, Boohoo USA

yellow floral dress, H&M cotton blazer, white bow flats, Boohoo USA

yellow floral dress, H&M cotton blazer, white bow flats, Boohoo USA

yellow floral dress, H&M cotton blazer, white bow flats, Boohoo USA

yellow floral dress, H&M cotton blazer, white bow flats, Boohoo USA

If you had to come up with an outfit to represent your state (and you couldn’t just spell it out on your t-shirt), what would you choose? I know it’s a weird question, but I had to answer it because I accepted the challenge from Boohoo.com. And you know how I love a challenge.

Basically I had to pick out an outfit that showcases the style of my state, Indiana. Honestly, I don’t think there’s a great way to encompass Indiana style. Can you wear a dress made of recycled basketballs? Possibly, but Boohoo doesn’t make one (good choice on their part, I’d say). I decided the best thing to do would be to come up with some colors that represent very “Hoosier” things. I went with yellow for corn and blue for the Colts. Personally, I couldn’t give 2 hoots about the Colts or football in general. If the NFL ceased to exist tomorrow, not a single tear would be shed from these eyes. But I share this view with approximately 3 other people in the entire state, so I’m going to take one for the [home] team this time. Plus, it’s not like I actually had to put on a jersey – I can definitely get on board with a cute, girly, totally non-sports-related dress! Something tells me you can too. So go ahead and move to Indiana and we’ll hang out and not watch sports.

Dress* // Blazer // Shoes* // Necklace* // similar Bag // similar Ring // similar Sunglasses

*Dress, shoes, and blazer provided courtesy of Boohoo.

07. 01. 2015

mod print blouse, J. Crew Reese pants, Stella & Dot pendant, hot pink suede pumps, bucket bag

mod print blouse, J. Crew Reese pants, Stella & Dot pendant, hot pink suede pumps, bucket bag

mod print blouse, J. Crew Reese pants, Stella & Dot pendant, hot pink suede pumps, bucket bag

mod print blouse, J. Crew Reese pants, Stella & Dot pendant, hot pink suede pumps, bucket bag

mod print blouse, J. Crew Reese pants, Stella & Dot pendant, hot pink suede pumps, bucket bag

I find the phrase “a pop of color” to be a heinous cliché. Kind of like “day-to-night.” That’s not to say I don’t like pops of color. In fact, I’m a big fan, as you might have noticed if you have functioning eyeballs (style blogs are probably lost on you otherwise). Sometimes I even go with two pops of different colors like I did here. I just hate calling them that because everyone else does. But I guess there really isn’t a better phrase. It’s like “moist” – everyone seems to hate that word, but there’s not a great alternative when you want to describe something moist (“Mmmmm, I love how this cake isn’t dry but also isn’t liquified!” What? No. It’s moist.)

But I still feel like there are other options here. “A burst of bright,” perhaps? Oooh, yeah, I like that. Let’s start using that instead. And before you know it, “burst of bright” will be in every fashion magazine known to woman and then I’ll hate it. So it goes.

P.S. Happy JULY!

Top (on sale) // Pants (on sale) // similar Shoes // similar Necklace // Bag (under $30!) // similar Sunglasses

06. 29. 2015

 

June Budget Breakdown

Whoa, is it that time again already?! Where did the month go? Oh, right, for me it went to buying a damn house and moving 6 years’ worth of stuff out of my apartment. You’d think with all that going on, I wouldn’t have a spare moment to shop. Yes, you would think that, wouldn’t you? But sometimes after a day full of #allofthestress, I’d treat myself to a big glass of wine and a mini shopping spree. It really did the trick. Sure, it’s more stuff to move, but with 100+ pairs of shoes already, what’s another 6? Wait, I acquired SIX pairs of shoes this month? Damn. See below for details on the damage:

My Budget

       = $1053 (a number you will probably never see here again)

What I Spent (starting top left)

       = $539 (total retail value $1088!)

This left me with more than $500 to put toward my dream closet, so all the pretty stuff I buy will have a pretty place to sleep at night. :) You can see a tiny peek at how it’s coming together on Instagram.

What I Received

See my other Budgeting Blogger babes today at Fran’s linkup!

06. 28. 2015

J. Crew striped midi skirt, embellished tee, gray suede pumps, bugundy quilted bag

J. Crew striped midi skirt, embellished tee, gray suede pumps, bugundy quilted bag

J. Crew striped midi skirt, embellished tee, gray suede pumps, bugundy quilted bag

J. Crew striped midi skirt, embellished tee, gray suede pumps, bugundy quilted bag

J. Crew striped midi skirt, embellished tee, gray suede pumps, bugundy quilted bag

J. Crew striped midi skirt, embellished tee, gray suede pumps, bugundy quilted bag

When I left work on Friday evening, it was really cloudy but not raining. As I drove toward my apartment, it still wasn’t raining. I sat in the construction traffic just south of my apartment, and it was still dry. So I drove past home and up to the park where I often take outfit photos. I parked my car. I reapplied my lipstick. I powdered my nose (and by “nose” I mean my whole face because I’m a shiny mess by the end of the day). No rain. I walked around to my trunk, took out my camera, and attached it to my tripod. Rain? Nope.

Then I walked to the spot where I wanted to take photos and…

Drip. Drop. Drip….DROP DROP DROP DROP DROP DROP DROP DROP!!!!!

Are you kidding me? So then I had to haul ass back to my car lest I ruin my camera or (more importantly) my suede shoes. I was so annoyed. Blogger problems, amiright? But I loved this outfit so much I wanted to make sure I got some photos of it, even if it was just on my ugly (but covered) balcony.

Plus, this will go down in history as the outfit I was wearing the day the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the right to marry the person of your choosing, regardless of that person’s sex, is a fundamental Constitutional right. Of course I’m happy about what this means for me personally (now I won’t be magically “unmarried” when I go to visit my family in North Carolina), but I might be even more happy to feel like all those grand declarations about America and freedom actually apply to everyone, including some people who might have thought they would live their whole lives feeling like second-class citizens in their own country. If I can put on my lawyer hat for a second, I’d love to share my favorite parts of the Court’s opinion (which I read immediately, of course):

“The nature of injustice is that we may not always see it in our own times. The generations that wrote and ratified the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment did not presume to know the extent of freedom in all of its dimensions, and so they entrusted to future generations a charter protecting the right of all persons to enjoy liberty as we learn its meaning. When new insight reveals discord between the Constitution’s central protections and a received legal stricture, a claim to liberty must be addressed.

The limitation of marriage to opposite-sex couples may long have seemed natural and just, but its inconsistency with the central meaning of the fundamental right to marry is now manifest. With that knowledge must come the recognition that laws excluding same-sex couples from the marriage right impose stigma and injury of the kind prohibited by our basic charter.”

How great is that? It’s an exciting time to be alive, you guys. Hope your Sunday is filled with love and rainbows (but not rain, because rain’s annoying).

Skirt (on sale) // similar Top // similar Bag // Shoes (on sale) // Rings* // Bracelet

*Rings purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

06. 26. 2015

21 SUMMER WEEKEND OUTFIT IDEAS

Since summer officially arrived this week, I’ve been in the mood to wear some of my favorite summery clothes, like my J. Crew Panama hat, maxi dresses, floral sneakers, rompers, and t-shirts. Unfortunately, all my favorite summery clothes seem to be more for weekending than working, and much of my upcoming weekend time will be spent packing and moving and not wearing cute outfits. Sad face.

So instead I thought I’d share some of my favorite casual summer outfits that I’ve worn in the past. I for one love it when a blogger gives me a nice little cheat sheet of ideas that I can pin or bookmark and then refer back to when I need some inspiration. Well, today I’m that awesome, inspiring blogger, and you’re the one who’s going to put my photos on Pinterest and get me oodles of traffic, right? K, thanks. ;)

21 SUMMER WEEKEND OUTFIT IDEAS bright pencil skirt + jean jacket + white tee + floral clutch

bright pencil skirt + jean jacket + white tee + floral clutch

21 SUMMER WEEKEND OUTFIT IDEAS striped maxi dress + floral clutch + chunky necklace + straw fedora

striped maxi dress + floral clutch + chunky necklace + straw fedora

21 SUMMER WEEKEND OUTFIT IDEAS chambray + neon belt + patterned pants

chambray + neon belt + patterned pants

21 SUMMER WEEKEND OUTFIT IDEAS flared dress + knotted tee + sandals

flared dress + knotted tee + sandals

21 SUMMER WEEKEND OUTFIT IDEAS lace dress + army jacket + baseball cap

lace dress + army jacket + baseball cap

21 SUMMER WEEKEND OUTFIT IDEAS graphic tee + midi skirt + straw fedora

graphic tee + midi skirt + straw fedora

21 SUMMER WEEKEND OUTFIT IDEAS jean shorts + kimono + wedges + statement pendant

jean shorts + kimono + wedges + statement pendant

21 SUMMER WEEKEND OUTFIT IDEAS floral blazer + distressed jeans + metallic sandals

floral blazer + distressed jeans + metallic sandals

21 SUMMER WEEKEND OUTFIT IDEAS flowy dress + bright belt + floppy hat

flowy dress + bright belt + floppy hat

21 SUMMER WEEKEND OUTFIT IDEAS patterned shorts + jean jacket + bold flats

patterned shorts + jean jacket + bold flats

21 SUMMER WEEKEND OUTFIT IDEAS striped tee + jeans + patterned sneakers

striped tee + jeans + patterned sneakers

21 SUMMER WEEKEND OUTFIT IDEAS romper + straw fedora + patterned sneakers

romper + straw fedora + patterned sneakers

21 SUMMER WEEKEND OUTFIT IDEAS striped dress + jean jacket + retro shades

striped dress + jean jacket + retro shades

21 SUMMER WEEKEND OUTFIT IDEAS  21 SUMMER WEEKEND OUTFIT IDEAS  casual maxi dress + baseball cap + bright belt + mirrored aviators

casual maxi dress + baseball cap + bright belt + mirrored aviators

21 SUMMER WEEKEND OUTFIT IDEAS white jeans + striped tee + leopard bag

white jeans + striped tee + leopard bag

21 SUMMER WEEKEND OUTFIT IDEAS romper + blazer + Mary Janes

romper + blazer + Mary Janes

21 SUMMER WEEKEND OUTFIT IDEAS

statement tee + bright skirt + nude flats

21 SUMMER WEEKEND OUTFIT IDEAS embellished chambray + mini skirt + pumps

embellished chambray + mini skirt + pumps

21 SUMMER WEEKEND OUTFIT IDEAS hi-lo skirt, knotted button-up, strappy shoes

hi-lo skirt + knotted button-up + strappy shoes

21 SUMMER WEEKEND OUTFIT IDEAS joggers + knotted chambray + straw fedora

joggers + knotted chambray + straw fedora

21 SUMMER WEEKEND OUTFIT IDEAS jean shorts + white tee + blazer

jean shorts + white tee + blazer

Have a happy, stylish weekend! Which outfit will you try first? Or will you try them all at once and pull a Joey/Chandler?

06. 25. 2015

polka dot skirt, windowpane Kate Spade flats, red orange summer sweater, snake print bucket bag, blue mirrored clear frame sunglasses

polka dot skirt, windowpane Kate Spade flats, red orange summer sweater, snake print bucket bag, blue mirrored clear frame sunglasses

polka dot skirt, windowpane Kate Spade flats, red orange summer sweater, snake print bucket bag, blue mirrored clear frame sunglasses

polka dot skirt, windowpane Kate Spade flats, red orange summer sweater, snake print bucket bag, blue mirrored clear frame sunglasses

polka dot skirt, windowpane Kate Spade flats, red orange summer sweater, snake print bucket bag, blue mirrored clear frame sunglasses

polka dot skirt, windowpane Kate Spade flats, red orange summer sweater, snake print bucket bag, blue mirrored clear frame sunglasses

I don’t know how it happened, but red-orange has become my go-to color recently. Pantone can do what it wants with marinara or marsupial or whatever it decided the color of the year was. My color of the year is poppy.

And my shoes of the year are probably these Kate Spade cuties. But really, flats with bows in general are just the shoes of my life. Throw in some polka dots and you’ve pretty much summed me up.

By the way, do you like how it looks like I’m wearing culottes in that last photo? Wearing a light skirt in really gusty winds makes for an interesting photo shoot…

Sweater (on sale) // similar Skirt (on sale) // similar Shoes // similar Sunglasses (only $10!) // similar Necklace // similar Bracelet // Bag // Lips “Orange de Chine”

Please note that this post contains a link to Shopbop, which is a current sponsor of my blog.

06. 24. 2015

bien fait madewell tee, floral baseball cap, distressed skinny jeans, cap to leather espadrilles, snake print bucket bag

bien fait madewell tee, floral baseball cap, distressed skinny jeans, cap to leather espadrilles, snake print bucket bag

bien fait madewell tee, floral baseball cap, distressed skinny jeans, cap to leather espadrilles, snake print bucket bag

bien fait madewell tee, floral baseball cap, distressed skinny jeans, cap to leather espadrilles, snake print bucket bag

bien fait madewell tee, floral baseball cap, distressed skinny jeans, cap to leather espadrilles, snake print bucket bag

If yesterday’s garage door teaser wasn’t enough for you, here it is – my new house!!! Hashtag adulting. As you might have noticed, it is by no means some fancy new mansion. It’s small but strong, built to last, super cute, and full of character. Does that sound like anyone you know? No? Nobody? Oh…well, OK. Moving on then.

We’re still not officially living in the house, but last week my in-laws came in to town to help us with all kinds of stuff. We put my father-in-law to work installing overhead lights and a ceiling fan, replacing our front door, hanging things, and fixing other things. For Father’s Day, we gave him the day (mostly) off, which is when I showered and put on these real clothes so we could all go out to eat, to the museum, and out to eat again. I guess all that time in my “well made” house inspired me to put on this tee (or maybe it was just that it’s new and I hadn’t worn it yet…whatever). It was an especially appropriate shirt for Father’s Day because my dad’s genes are part of what make me so well made. :)

T-Shirt* // similar Jeans // Shoes // Bag // similar Hat // Link Bracelet // similar Cuff Bracelet

Oh yeah… Since my FIL did so much work on my house for free, I told him I would give him a shout out! Congrats, Tim – this will probably be the only time your name is mentioned on a style blog. He might not wear anything that special, but if you live near Greenville, SC, and you have a tree stump to get rid of, call Tim at the number on this truck!

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*T-shirt purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

06. 23. 2015

embroidered denim, white eyelet shirt, chunky heeled sandals, turquoise bracelet stack

embroidered denim, white eyelet shirt, chunky heeled sandals, turquoise bracelet stack

embroidered denim, white eyelet shirt, chunky heeled sandals, turquoise bracelet stack

embroidered denim, white eyelet shirt, chunky heeled sandals, turquoise bracelet stack

embroidered denim, white eyelet shirt, chunky heeled sandals, turquoise bracelet stack

embroidered denim, white eyelet shirt, chunky heeled sandals, turquoise bracelet stack

Here it is, guys – my new house’s blog debut! OK, maybe my garage door looks like every other garage door, but this one is special because I own it. I actually kind of like it as an outfit photo backdrop because it’s like a blank canvas with no distractions. And speaking of blank, I’m not coming up with much else to say today. I guess all the new homeowner responsibilities have finally fried my brain. Right now all I can handle is some Orange is the New Black binging. I’ll try to get back to my regular self tomorrow!

similar Shirt (on sale) // similar Pants // Shoes (on sale) // Bracelets // Sunglasses // similar Bag

06. 22. 2015

pale blue sweater, red flared skirt, windowpane bag, pink Ray Ban aviators, nude sandals

pale blue sweater, red flared skirt, windowpane bag, pink Ray Ban aviators, nude sandals

pale blue sweater, red flared skirt, windowpane bag, pink Ray Ban aviators, nude sandals

pale blue sweater, red flared skirt, windowpane bag, pink Ray Ban aviators, nude sandals

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I have this theory that there really aren’t any two colors that look bad together. Some combos look better than others, and when you start mixing three or more then things can get complicated, but I don’t buy the idea that you can’t wear certain colors together. Or that you always have to have a neutral in the mix. If you like lemon yellow and you like kelly green, there’s no reason you can’t make a whole outfit out of those colors. Or mint and eggplant. Or sky blue and red-orange. It’s a new week and a new season. Go nuts, ladies.

Sweater // similar Skirt // Shoes* (on sale) // similar Bag // similar Necklace (on sale) // Sunglasses // Lips “Romantic”

*Shoes purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

06. 19. 2015

button-up shirt under tie-waist dress, ankle strap pumps, ridgeway tote, dainty rose gold jewelry

button-up shirt under tie-waist dress, ankle strap pumps, ridgeway tote, dainty rose gold jewelry

button-up shirt under tie-waist dress, ankle strap pumps, ridgeway tote, dainty rose gold jewelry

button-up shirt under tie-waist dress, ankle strap pumps, ridgeway tote, dainty rose gold jewelry

Have you ever bought something without trying it on, but you were so confident it would fit that you cut off the tags, only to realize you probably should have tried it on to be sure? That’s what happened with this dress from Loft. I did try it on in the petite version and I liked it, but I wanted it to be longer so it would be work appropriate. So I had them order the regular size for me. When the regular size came in the mail, I hung it in my closet, and a couple days later when they were calling for 90-degree temps, I figured it was a good time to wear it. I chopped off the tag and that other little thing in the seam that says “remove before washing or wearing” (what is that thing, anyway, besides a pain in the ass?) and put it on.

Welp. Apparently a lower hem also meant a lower neckline. It might not seem that low looking at these pictures, but just trust me. I did not feel comfortable wearing it to work. Without much on top to fill up the space, the slightest lean forward meant you could basically see my belly button. I just imagined conversations among other people in my building going something like this:

“Hey, you know that new trademark attorney Sarah?”

“No, which one is she?”

“The tiny one who dropped a pen and flashed everybody.”

…No one takes on a lifetime of student loan debt just to be the skank lawyer. But hey, the tags were off, and I wasn’t about to waste a cute dress. The nice thing about getting most of my clothes from just a few stores is that it’s easier to find pieces that look like they were meant to go together, even if they came out in different seasons. I worked a little layering magic with my polka dot shirt that I got from Loft a few months ago, and voila! Skank status avoided.

Dress // similar Shirt (splurge) // similar Shirt (save) // Shoes // Bag* // Necklace // Ring*

*Bag provided courtesy of Hillsberg Company; ring purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.