Sarah's Real Life
11. 08. 2017

velvet skirt, wrap bodysuit, suede wedges, leopard coat

When: October 30 // Weather: Octoberish // Real life: awards ceremony

velvet skirt, wrap bodysuit, suede wedges, leopard coat

velvet skirt, wrap bodysuit, suede wedges, leopard coat

velvet skirt, wrap bodysuit, suede wedges, leopard coat

velvet skirt, wrap bodysuit, suede wedges, leopard coat

velvet skirt, wrap bodysuit, suede wedges, leopard coat

Do you ever like to get really dressed up and go out on a Monday night for no reason? Yeah, me neither. I require a good reason to not wear sweatpants on a Monday night. BUT last Monday I had one, because I attended a local community theater awards event, where I got to see my lovely talented wife and a bunch of her lovely talented friends win a gazillion awards for their work on Dreamgirls this past spring. It was basically like Hamilton at the Tony’s, but on a much much much much much much smaller scale (that’s still not enough muches). All I did to help with the production was deliver snacks, but they don’t give awards to Best Stage Wife. Sigh.

Anyway, I’m very proud of all of them because it was an amazing show! And speaking of amazing shows, if you live in the Indianapolis area, you can come see me perform in Cultivate, a modern dance showcase, this Friday and Saturday (tickets here). If you don’t live around here, I still encourage you to go out and find some art in your neighborhood this weekend. There are a lot of people out there working hard for little (or no) money, trying to make the world a more beautiful place. Please support them!

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11. 06. 2017

bugundy wrap sweater, floral dress with tights and ankle boots

When: October // Weather: chilly // Real life: work

bugundy wrap sweater, floral dress with tights and ankle boots

bugundy wrap sweater, floral dress with tights and ankle boots

bugundy wrap sweater, floral dress with tights and ankle boots

bugundy wrap sweater, floral dress with tights and ankle boots

‘Tis the season! No, not Christmas. Please…it’s barely November. I mean ’tis the season for sweaters and tights. I’m not one for “uniforms,” but there’s a pretty big percentage of the next few months when you’ll see me in a dress, cardigan, tights, and boots. I just keep mixing and matching until I’m out of new combinations, and then I go shopping. It’s a pretty good system, if your definition of “good” is “ridiculous and fiscally irresponsible.”

similar Dress // Cardigan // Boots* // similar Bag // Sunglasses

*Boots purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

11. 03. 2017

Happy Fri-DAYYYY! On Thursday night I started to watch Scandal, then realized I missed last week’s episode. And then I realized I missed the week before that! Man, October was busy (but great). So I had to change the channel. Then I remembered I also have all these daily outfit photos I’ve posted on Instagram but not on the blog. Again…I’m busy. Anyway, I decided to devote this week’s Scandal-watching energy to blogging, and maybe this weekend I’ll watch 3 episodes in a row. I just stocked up on red wine, so I’m all set.

11. 01. 2017

Target Joy Lab sweatshirt, plaid scarf, flat mules, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag

When: Sunday before last // Weather: cool and sunny // Real life: brunch with law school friends

Target Joy Lab sweatshirt, plaid scarf, flat mules, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag

Target Joy Lab sweatshirt, plaid scarf, flat mules, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag

Target Joy Lab sweatshirt, plaid scarf, flat mules, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag

Target Joy Lab sweatshirt, plaid scarf, flat mules, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag

In case you weren’t aware, it’s fall. I’m here under this golden tree wearing a plaid scarf to confirm the season for you. You’re welcome. It’s November 1st, and that means you have one day to snag discounted Halloween candy before it all gets replaced with Christmas decorations. Hope you enjoyed fall, because it’s almost over!

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10. 30. 2017

chartreuse bell sleeve sweater, leather skirt, cap toe gemma flats

When: October 19 // Weather: mild // Real life: work, then film festival event

chartreuse bell sleeve sweater, leather skirt, cap toe gemma flats

chartreuse bell sleeve sweater, leather skirt, cap toe gemma flats

chartreuse bell sleeve sweater, leather skirt, cap toe gemma flats

chartreuse bell sleeve sweater, leather skirt, cap toe gemma flats

OK, be honest. Did you spend all weekend on the couch binge watching Stranger Things? We managed to limit ourselves to 5 episodes, so I saved time for non-couch activities like going to Pilates and making healthy matcha muffins. Buuuuut yeah, then I watched a bunch of TV and had cookies and wine. It’s called life balance, people.

I liked (but didn’t love) the first season of Stranger Things, but I must admit the second season is starting to pull me in. I do have a couple thoughts, though (no spoilers). First, why is the upside down full of giant dandruff? Ew. Second, that squirrel in ep. 2 is clearly not an Indiana squirrel. An Indiana squirrel would eat that tiny little gray thing for breakfast. Other than that, you have my attention, ST. Let’s see what you’ve got.

Sweater // Skirt // Watch // similar Bag // similar Shoes // similar Sunglasses

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10. 26. 2017

velvet skirt, bell sleeve top, skirt with ankle boots

When: Saturday before last // Weather: warm // Real life: date night – pizza and Whitney Houston night at the symphony

velvet skirt, bell sleeve top, skirt with ankle boots

velvet skirt, bell sleeve top, skirt with ankle boots

velvet skirt, bell sleeve top, skirt with ankle boots

velvet skirt, bell sleeve top, skirt with ankle boots

velvet skirt, bell sleeve top, skirt with ankle boots

Yes, this is two posts in a row featuring a velvet something-or-other. And I did actually wear them back-to-back in real life. I might not get on board with every trend (ain’t nobody over 25 got time for that), but when I really like one, I’m all in. I feel like this combination of shapes and fabrics is equal parts frumpy and chic, which pretty much sums me up.

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10. 23. 2017

pink velvet tank, duster cardigan, gray jeans, black ankle boots

When: October 13 // Weather: mild and lovely // Real life: work (with different pants), then party at my boss’ house

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pink velvet tank, duster cardigan, gray jeans, black ankle boots

pink velvet tank, duster cardigan, gray jeans, black ankle boots

pink velvet tank, duster cardigan, gray jeans, black ankle boots

pink velvet tank, duster cardigan, gray jeans, black ankle boots

Man, I really hit my style stride in the fall. I mean there are plenty of spring and summer prints and colors and fabrics I love, but I just feel the most like me when it comes time for cardigans and boots and plaid. So I’m going to soak up the next few weeks, until we get to the point where dressing becomes more functional than fashionable. (This is the Midwest, and frostbite is not cute.)

Have a great week, everyone!

Top // similar Cardigan // Jeans // Boots* // similar Bag // similar Necklace // Sunglasses

*Boots purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

10. 20. 2017

Target ruffle sweater, ponte pants, animal print shoes, embellished pumps

When: last Monday (I think) // Weather: chilly and drizzly (hence the hair) // Real life: work

Target ruffle sweater, ponte pants, animal print shoes, embellished pumps

Target ruffle sweater, ponte pants, animal print shoes, embellished pumps

Target ruffle sweater, ponte pants, animal print shoes, embellished pumps

Target ruffle sweater, ponte pants, animal print shoes, embellished pumps

Have you guys been to Target lately? If you have, you’ve probably noticed all the cute new fall clothes, and you’ve probably noticed those cute new fall clothes are branded with possibly the weirdest logo ever. (See for yourself.) I have an advanced degree, and I still spent a solid 30 seconds going “and…ea…wy?” I mean, it’s not just me, right? It’s bad. And how many people in Target’s marketing department had to look at this and say “Yes, this is definitely the best way to display the words ‘a new day.’ Everyone will love it”? I just don’t get it.

But you know what I do get? Cute sweaters. And Target is definitely still good at that!

Sweater (also in pink!) // similar Shoes // similar Bag

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10. 18. 2017

halter midi dress, velvet bag, fringe tassel earrings

When: Saturday before last // Weather: warm and windy // Real life: haircut and party hopping

halter midi dress, velvet bag, fringe tassel earrings

halter midi dress, velvet bag, fringe tassel earrings

halter midi dress, velvet bag, fringe tassel earrings

Oh hey, did I mentioned I chopped my hair off? Because I chopped my hair off. For absolutely no reason except that I thought to myself a few hours before my appointment: “Hey…what if I chopped my hair off?” So I did. It’s sassy and I like it.

So if I seem extra snarky now, just blame it on the hair. I have no control over what these locks do. (No seriously, I can use the same products and styling tools and it looks different every time. I don’t get it.)

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10. 15. 2017

embroidered lace top, velvet handbag, ponte pants

When: October 4th // Weather: cool & cloudy // Real life: work

embroidered lace top, velvet handbag, ponte pants

embroidered lace top, velvet handbag, ponte pants

embroidered lace top, velvet handbag, ponte pants

embroidered lace top, velvet handbag, ponte pants

embroidered lace top, velvet handbag, ponte pants

I ordered this top online and when it came in I was a little on the fence – was it too much? Too girly? Like a Polly Pocket wrapped in a My Little Pony on top of an American Girl doll inside a box of tampons? I wasn’t sure but I decided to keep it anyway, and I actually got a lot of compliments! I think next time I’ll try to butch it up a little bit. It would look good with jeans and a leather jacket, don’t you think? Like a Barbie and a GI Joe in a unisex bathroom.

Top // similar Pants // Bag (under $40!) // Shoes (on sale) // similar Ring // Nails (“Chinchilly”)

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