Sarah's Real Life
05. 23. 2017

suede moto jacket, skinny jeans, white tee, neck scarf, ankle strap wedges

When: Friday before last // Weather: sunny and mild // Real life: work

suede moto jacket, skinny jeans, white tee, neck scarf, ankle strap wedges

suede moto jacket, skinny jeans, white tee, neck scarf, ankle strap wedges

suede moto jacket, skinny jeans, white tee, neck scarf, ankle strap wedges

suede moto jacket, skinny jeans, white tee, neck scarf, ankle strap wedges

suede moto jacket, skinny jeans, white tee, neck scarf, ankle strap wedges

What is it about a cute bandana around my neck that elicits the most interesting comments from people? When I wore this, one of my coworkers said I looked like I was going to a rodeo, but a rodeo where I would judge people. I have a feeling if I wore these shoes to a rodeo, I would be the one being judged.

Still, I’m thinking of changing the name of my blog to “The Judgmental Cowgirl.” What do you think? 😉

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05. 21. 2017

maxi dress, Rebecca Minkoff Isobel bag, tassel wedges

When: last Saturday // Weather: warm and windy // Real life: shopping then dinner with law school friends

maxi dress, Rebecca Minkoff Isobel bag, tassel wedges

maxi dress, Rebecca Minkoff Isobel bag, tassel wedges

maxi dress, Rebecca Minkoff Isobel bag, tassel wedges

maxi dress, Rebecca Minkoff Isobel bag, tassel wedges

maxi dress, Rebecca Minkoff Isobel bag, tassel wedges

Sometimes you want to look cute and stay cool, but you also don’t want to shave your legs. That’s why god made maxi dresses (god’s a swell lady).

I hope you’re all having a fantastic weekend. Mine is being spent with my parents who are here for a visit. I may be biased, but I think they’re pretty splendid people (even though they’re not responsible for the invention of maxi dresses).

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*Bag purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

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05. 17. 2017

J.Crew factory striped skirt, summer sweater, gray suede pumps

When: last Monday // Weather: sunny and mild // Real life: work

J.Crew factory striped skirt, summer sweater, gray suede pumps

J.Crew factory striped skirt, summer sweater, gray suede pumps

J.Crew factory striped skirt, summer sweater, gray suede pumps

J.Crew factory striped skirt, summer sweater, gray suede pumps

You know that thing where you accidentally dress like an American flag? No? Just me? Well, it happens more often than I can count. I guess now we know why there are a gazillion countries that use red, white, and blue for their flag colors. They look good together. So don’t call it patriotic (because I don’t know what is going on here these days), just call it sartorial-otic.

Never mind, I take that back.  I just tried to say “sartorial-otic” out loud and it didn’t go well. Call it whatever you like, because it’s going to keep happening.

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05. 15. 2017

yellow stripe dress, navy satchel, Kate Spade bow necklace

When: Thursday // Weather: warm and sunny // Real life: work

yellow stripe dress, navy satchel, Kate Spade bow necklace

yellow stripe dress, navy satchel, Kate Spade bow necklace

yellow stripe dress, navy satchel, Kate Spade bow necklace

yellow stripe dress, navy satchel, Kate Spade bow necklace

Can you believe this bag is from Target?

yellow stripe dress, navy satchel, Kate Spade bow necklace

yellow stripe dress, navy satchel, Kate Spade bow necklace

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When I pulled out my spring and summer clothes a couple weeks ago, this dress was one of the things I was most excited to see again. I always feel really good in it, and not just because it’s soft and hides a food baby. Style blogging is innately a little narcissistic, but I don’t really feel guilty for thinking I look cute in my stripey yellow dress. I mean, it’s better than focusing on things I don’t like when I look at my photos, right? Self esteem and whatnot.

Here are all the ways I’ve been adorable in this dress. I always like to add an extra pop of a contrasting color. I’m now taking suggestions for the next iteration!

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05. 14. 2017

gingham sneakers, lace tee, field jacket

When: last Sunday // Weather: cool and sunny // Real life: Sunday night Mexican date

gingham sneakers, lace tee, field jacket

gingham sneakers, lace tee, field jacket

gingham sneakers, lace tee, field jacket

gingham sneakers, lace tee, field jacket

gingham sneakers, lace tee, field jacket

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Sundays are my favorite night for dates. It’s a great way to close out the weekend, the restaurants aren’t as crowded, and it’s more relaxed. Sunday date nights are even better in the spring and summer because you can end them with a nice stroll (and a photo shoot…totally normal). Of course, the stroll is more comfortable if you’ve planned your footwear accordingly. Luckily, I had just gone to Target to get toilet paper, which meant I came home with gingham sneakers.

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05. 12. 2017

Happy Friday! It’s almost the weekend, I’m tired, and it seems like a good time to catch up on some of my outfits that have only been on the ‘gram. In case you see anything you like, shopping links are below each shot. Have a stellar weekend, all.

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05. 11. 2017

striped dress, duster cardigan, floral clutch, pink suede wedges

When: Saturday // Weather: 60ish and sunny // Real life: seeing Dreamgirls

striped dress, duster cardigan, floral clutch, pink suede wedges

striped dress, duster cardigan, floral clutch, pink suede wedges

striped dress, duster cardigan, floral clutch, pink suede wedges

striped dress, duster cardigan, floral clutch, pink suede wedges

striped dress, duster cardigan, floral clutch, pink suede wedges

striped dress, duster cardigan, floral clutch, pink suede wedges

I wore this last weekend to see Dreamgirls at Footlite Musicals, a fabulous show that’s conducted by a very talented and beautiful person who also coincidentally shares a home and a wedding anniversary with me. My biased opinion is pretty similar to my unbiased opinion though – the show is SO good! If you’re a Broadway fan and you live in the Indy area, I highly recommend seeing one of the shows this weekend or next (tickets here). OK, shameless spousal promotion endssss…now.

Outfit-wise, I decided to not even try to compete with the glamour of the girls on stage and just went with something that felt like me. Oh, but I did throw on some gold eyeshadow. 😉

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05. 10. 2017

leopard top, flare sleeve cardigan, skinny black pants, cap toe Gemma flats

When: last week // Weather: weirdly chilly // Real life: work

leopard top, flare sleeve cardigan, skinny black pants, cap toe Gemma flats

leopard top, flare sleeve cardigan, skinny black pants, cap toe Gemma flats

leopard top, flare sleeve cardigan, skinny black pants, cap toe Gemma flats

leopard top, flare sleeve cardigan, skinny black pants, cap toe Gemma flats

leopard top, flare sleeve cardigan, skinny black pants, cap toe Gemma flats

Lots of people like to emulate their role models’ style. But I happen to identify more with cats than with people, which is why I like to wear leopard print. It’s also why I like to sleep and glare at people, but that’s neither here nor there.

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05. 08. 2017

striped off-the-shoulder top, high waist flare jeans, colorblock clutch

When: last Saturday // Weather: warmish and windy (hence the hair flying everywhere) // Real life: dinner and game night with old friends

striped off-the-shoulder top, high waist flare jeans, colorblock clutch

striped off-the-shoulder top, high waist flare jeans, colorblock clutch

striped off-the-shoulder top, high waist flare jeans, colorblock clutch

striped off-the-shoulder top, high waist flare jeans, colorblock clutch

striped off-the-shoulder top, high waist flare jeans, colorblock clutch

Here’s something I’ve learned at the wise old age of none-of-your-business. Maintaining friendships takes work, but it shouldn’t take that much work. True friends are ones you can see after months of not speaking (apart from the random text or Facebook comment) and pick up where you left off. Friends who make a point to cut you out of their “new” lives despite the fact that they wouldn’t have those new lives if it weren’t for you probably never deserved to have you as a friend to begin with. Stick with the ones who stick with you. This oddly specific scenario is entirely hypothetical, of course.

The point is: losing friends isn’t always bad. Sometimes, it’s a weight off your shoulders.

And speaking of shoulders, how cute it this top?!

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*Ring purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

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05. 05. 2017

midi skirt, sleeveless sweater, gingham neck scarf

When: last Wednesday // Weather: warm and breezy // Real life: work, then networking event

midi skirt, sleeveless sweater, gingham neck scarf

midi skirt, sleeveless sweater, gingham neck scarf

midi skirt, sleeveless sweater, gingham neck scarf

midi skirt, sleeveless sweater, gingham neck scarf

My coworker told me I was the only person she knew who could wear this outfit and not look like her grandma.

Compliment: Accepted.

I guess I must have pulled off looking young and fun in this, because I wore it to a networking event after work and multiple men introduced themselves to me. But that could also have been because I forgot to put my wedding ring back on after my shower that morning. So single ladies, take note: Dudes like women who dress like grandmas, apparently. Not sure if that’s cute or creepy, but try it out this weekend and let me know how it goes.

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*Earrings purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

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