Sarah's Real Life
08. 23. 2016

long sleeve floral maxi dress, studded nude sandals

When: Saturday // Weather: mostly wet // Real life: dessert and drinks, then seeing a community theater production of Next to Normal (#allthefeels)

long sleeve floral maxi dress, studded nude sandals

long sleeve floral maxi dress, studded nude sandals

long sleeve floral maxi dress, studded nude sandals

long sleeve floral maxi dress, studded nude sandals

Kendra Scott Elle drop earrings in slate

long sleeve floral maxi dress, studded nude sandals

I’m really digging the weather we’ve had the past few days. It still feels like summer, but it’s been cooler and less humid. It’s like fall’s on the other side of a locked sliding glass door, waving and yelling “hey! let me in!” and I’m like “how about I open this just a crack?” I think it’s a good compromise for now. I’ve got some more summering to do (like a wine festival and an outdoor concert this weekend, and a beach vacation next month), but I also enjoy not sweating within 7 seconds of walking outside.

So here’s to Augustember, a name for the pre-fall season that I just made up. Wondering what to wear for Augustember? I personally recommend a long sleeve maxi dress with flat sandals. When actual fall comes around, keep the dress and stow the sandals!

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08. 22. 2016

pink gingham midi skirt, black t, lace--up booties

When: last Wednesday // Weather: hot and humid // Real life: work

pink gingham midi skirt, black t, lace--up booties

pink gingham midi skirt, black t, lace--up booties

pink gingham midi skirt, black t, lace--up booties

pink gingham midi skirt, black t, lace--up booties

pink gingham midi skirt, black t, lace--up booties

pink gingham midi skirt, black t, lace--up booties

I swear I wear things other than t-shirts and midi skirts. But the thing is…I mostly wear t-shirts and midi skirts. (See Exhibit A, Exhibit 2, Exhibit This, and Exhibit Oh Yeah Also This.) This particular midi skirt is back in stock in a couple teeny tiny sizes, so if you’re Twiggy-sized, rejoice!

I would go into more detail on this outfit, but I’m still reeling from the fact that my house was overtaken by giant spiders while we were out Sunday Funday-ing. By “overtaken,” I mean there were two spiders, but they really were giant. I’m not one of those girls who’s scared of spiders, so when I say they were giant, you have to believe me. It took some teamwork, but we’ve taken back control of our home. The spiders themselves might not make me squeamish, but killing them does. So my job was to keep everyone calm, and Kristin’s job was to find the appropriate tools to do the dirty work. That Women’s Health magazine finally made a real difference (let’s just say those spiders now have very flat abs). Ick.

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08. 19. 2016

polka dot midi skirt, white tee, blush felt hat, Fossil leather satchel, d'orday flats

When: August 13th // Weather: rainy (except for 5 minutes when we took these pictures) // Real life: my birthday(!)

polka dot midi skirt, white tee, blush felt hat, Fossil leather satchel, d'orday flats

polka dot midi skirt, white tee, blush felt hat, Fossil leather satchel, d'orday flats

polka dot midi skirt, white tee, blush felt hat, Fossil leather satchel, d'orday flats

polka dot midi skirt, white tee, blush felt hat, Fossil leather satchel, d'orday flats

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^Well, doesn’t that just look like a girl who’s not too upset to be another year older and be stuck with a very rainy birthday?! Yup, that’s me – a little damp and 29 for the third time as of last Saturday. I had a relatively low-key but great birthday weekend. It started out with mimosas and manicures at the Beauty Bar – a fun treat that I should really enjoy more often. (Well, there’s no lack of mimosas in my life…it’s the manicure part that’s a treat.)

Then we headed to the mall! My parents sent me a check and my lovely wife promised to let me pick something out at J. Crew. Plus I had to redeem the free birthday stuff I get from the stores where I spend all my money. August is that lovely time of year when all my shopaholic tendencies really pay off! All I have to do is spend a bajillion dollars the rest of the year, and I get $5 off at DSW. It’s a bargain, really.

I made out like a bandit. You’ll get all the details in this month’s shopping budget post, but the highlights were a pleated abstract print midi skirt (because I just don’t have enough midi skirts) that Kristin got me and a few goodies I got at the Kendra Scott store that just happened to open at my favorite mall on Saturday (happy birthday, indeed).

Then I recaffeinated myself, went home to change, and headed to meet a couple friends for dinner at the Northside Social. I had two tasty cocktails, a goat cheese and mushroom tart with fava bean pesto, and bread pudding with a candle in it! Hang on, gimme a second to relive that meal in my head…deep breath…exhale…

OK. Moving on.

That’s pretty much the end. We went home, put on PJs, and watched Netflix. 31st birthdays tend to end a little earlier than 21st birthdays, but I think I like it better that way. Strike that – I know I like it better that way. #oldladystatus

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08. 17. 2016

It’s been a pretty eventful couple of weeks. I went to the state fair for the first time…I got a hair cut…I had a birthday. For those of you not in a committed relationship with Instagram, here are a few things you might have missed:

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Here I am, freshly cut and colored. I decided to grow out my bangs, so it goes without saying this was a historic day. P.S. I got a ton of compliments on this outfit on IG – thanks, everyone!

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Somewhat embarrassing but true: It wasn’t until I took this shirt off at the end of the day that I noticed it has buttons all the way up the back!

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I went to a First Friday art show for my friend Rob and I may have acquired a painting of a dancing robot. Yay art!

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I finally went to the Indiana State Fair, so now everyone can stop bothering me about it. (Honestly, I enjoyed myself much more than I expected! You can read more about it here.)

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Of course, going to the fair for the first time also means eating deep friend Oreos for the first time.

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It’s getting close to the end of summer, so I’m trying to make sure I wear all my favorite summer-only items, like this scuba material floral skirt I got a couple years ago from J. Crew. (No, it’s not available anymore, but have you spied the new arrivals at the Crew?! So much pretty. Hold me back.)

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I already had these sunglasses in yellow, but I love the shape so much I got them in burgundy too. They also come in pink and clear and tortoise, and they’re all on sale!

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I couldn’t survive such a busy month without all of the coffee, right?! I call these my “weekend mugs” because they’re huge, and the weekend is the only time I actually have time to sip and enjoy a really big cup of coffee.

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Another summery skirt I made a point to wear recently before it looks totally out of place. I feel like this pattern makes me look like I’m wearing the wallpaper of a retro diner in the best possible way. Now I want a milkshake and a cone-shaped bra.

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Oh, did I mention Saturday was my birthday?! 😉 I had a relatively low-key day that started with mimosas and manicures, continued with some shopping, and ended with an amazing dinner with a couple friends at the Northside Social (where I wore this).

Also, for the past four days, I’m apparently unable to breathe without wearing stripes. See Exhibit A above, and…

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…Exhibit B, what I wore to work yesterday, and…

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…Exhibit C, what I wore to the movies on Sunday, and…

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…Exhibit D, an awkward selfie I took before leaving for work on Monday just because I had a new necklace and did a good job styling my new hair. Hey, not every day can include a birthday or the state fair, so I have to find my excitement where I can. OH! This is actually somewhat exciting: I might have found my new go-to, everyday pink lipstick. This is Rouge Dior Baume in “Diorette.” It goes on really smooth and a little sheer so it’s not too bold.

OK, on that thrilling note, I’m going to sign off. Happy Hump Day, everyone!

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08. 16. 2016

flared sleeve crop top, flared jeans, Ted Baker floral watch, Kate Spade crossbody bag, mint Hepcat sunglasses

When: casual Friday // Weather: cloudy and humid // Real life: work, then a pre-birthday dinner

flared sleeve crop top, flared jeans, Ted Baker floral watch, Kate Spade crossbody bag, mint Hepcat sunglasses

flared sleeve crop top, flared jeans, Ted Baker floral watch, Kate Spade crossbody bag, mint Hepcat sunglasses

flared sleeve crop top, flared jeans, Ted Baker floral watch, Kate Spade crossbody bag, mint Hepcat sunglasses

flared sleeve crop top, flared jeans, Ted Baker floral watch, Kate Spade crossbody bag, mint Hepcat sunglasses

flared sleeve crop top, flared jeans, Ted Baker floral watch, Kate Spade crossbody bag, mint Hepcat sunglasses

flared sleeve crop top, flared jeans, Ted Baker floral watch, Kate Spade crossbody bag, mint Hepcat sunglasses

This is an outfit I’ve had in my head for months but I just never found the “right” occasion to wear it. Bell sleeves and bell bottoms? It had to be done. So on the day before my birthday I said “screw it” and I wore it to work. That meant wearing a white tank under the crop top so I wouldn’t flash anyone, but that didn’t really take away from the overall awesomeness that is having bells on every limb of your body.

My only regret from last Friday has nothing to do with my outfit – it’s the amount of queso I ate at dinner. I’m fairly confident that when these photos were taken, my body was 70% cheese.

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08. 15. 2016

gray midi dress, brown leather belt, navy striped scarf

When: last Monday // Weather: hot // Real life: work

gray midi dress, brown leather belt, navy striped scarf

gray midi dress, brown leather belt, navy striped scarf

gray midi dress, brown leather belt, navy striped scarf

gray midi dress, brown leather belt, navy striped scarf

gray midi dress, brown leather belt, navy striped scarf

OK, here’s my Olympics commentary for the day:

I don’t understand the female athletes who can do what they’re doing with their hair flying around. All I do is sit at a desk all day and be a lawyer (super easy stuff), and I have to braid my bangs and put my hair in a bun when it’s been more than 24 hours since a fresh wash. I’m not running or vaulting or playing volleyball. My most strenuous activity most days is leaning down to get snacks out of my bottom desk drawer. (Don’t judge. Eating multiple small meals is good for your metabolism. Or something like that.)

Bonus Olympics commentary:

Gymnastics: HOW? WHAT?!

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08. 11. 2016

culottes, red ballet flats, Fossil satchel, Madewell sunglasses

When: last week // Weather: hot // Real life: work

culottes, red ballet flats, Fossil satchel, Madewell sunglasses

culottes, red ballet flats, Fossil satchel, Madewell sunglasses

culottes, red ballet flats, Fossil satchel, Madewell sunglasses

culottes, red ballet flats, Fossil satchel, Madewell sunglasses

culottes, red ballet flats, Fossil satchel, Madewell sunglasses

culottes, red ballet flats, Fossil satchel, Madewell sunglasses

IT HAPPENED. I GOT CULOTTES.

AND I LOVE THEM.

Make no mistake, these are not the $15 jersey gauchos I rocked circa 2006 along with every other college white girl in the country. These are actually work appropriate and – dare I say it – sophisticated. I feel like this whole look is very Parisian. Oh la la. Bonjour. Croissant.

And make no second mistake, not all culottes are created equal. They’re everywhere these days, and I tried on several pairs before I found ones that worked for me. So if you want to jump on this very comfy bandwagon, just keep trying. The structured ones didn’t work for me. Flowy was the way to go. But I’m sure it depends on your own style and body type. I love these so much, I’m thinking about ordering them in another color.

Bon weekend!

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08. 10. 2016

stripe cotton dress, J. Crew linen blazer, druzy necklace, gray bag, gray suede pumps

When: Monday // Weather: hot // Real life: work

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Is this blazer ablaze, or what?! Man, I crack myself up. I also can’t stop, won’t stop with my love of “rorange” this summer. This blazer is red enough that I think it counts as repping the ol’ red, white, and blue just in time for the Olympics.

Is everyone enjoying the Olympics so far? It’s crazy how fast these people can swim. And I bet it’s even faster than it looks on TV. I wish I could go to the pool with Michael Phelps just to get a true sense of how fast he is. I’m pretty sure he would get to the other end and back, and I would still be standing by the edge. Granted, that’s because I would be pouring a margarita. I mean, you can’t go the pool without a pool-appropriate beverage, right? Right. So by the time I prepped, poured, and sipped my marg, got in the pool 2 inches at a time, and swam halfway across, Michael would’ve burned 1000 calories and I would feel like a complete joke. Still, I think it would be a cool experience. I’m going to go ahead and start carb loading in preparation.

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08. 09. 2016

off the shoulder striped tee, distressed denim shorts, Kendra Scott gold drop earrings, gray Fossil Sydney satchel, Kate Spade Ked sneakers

When: Saturday // Weather: pleasantly hot // Real life: a few hours at the Indiana State Fair, then a coworker’s baby shower, then dinner and cocktails in Fountain Square

off the shoulder striped tee, distressed denim shorts, Kendra Scott gold drop earrings, gray Fossil Sydney satchel, Kate Spade Ked sneakers

off the shoulder striped tee, distressed denim shorts, Kendra Scott gold drop earrings, gray Fossil Sydney satchel, Kate Spade Ked sneakers

off the shoulder striped tee, distressed denim shorts, Kendra Scott gold drop earrings, gray Fossil Sydney satchel, Kate Spade Ked sneakers

off the shoulder striped tee, distressed denim shorts, Kendra Scott gold drop earrings, gray Fossil Sydney satchel, Kate Spade Ked sneakers

off the shoulder striped tee, distressed denim shorts, Kendra Scott gold drop earrings, gray Fossil Sydney satchel, Kate Spade Ked sneakers

In case you’re wondering if it’s hard to keep an off-the-shoulder top in place, the answer is a million times yes. But it took me like 12 tries to find an off-the-shoulder top that I liked, so I was committed to make it work. The nice thing about this one is that it doesn’t fall down, it only rides up, so at worst, I’m just wearing a boatneck tee.

What else did I do besides adjust my shirt on Saturday? I went to the Indiana State Fair for the first time ever! And I must say, I was pleasantly surprised. I never made a point to go before because I assumed I would hate it, what with my general distaste for crowds, rides, crappy food, heat, and screaming children. But I gave it a shot this year and met some friends relatively early on Saturday. We pet llamas, fed goats, looked at  vegetables and flowers, watched a few high school marching bands, and yes…ate deep fried ridiculousness. I rode zero rides and left before the crowds and heat go too bad.  It went so well that I might even go back in 3-5 years.

One of my friends told me I looked wonderfully out of place at the fair, which is exactly the look I was going for. Just to give you an idea of how nerdy and unnatural I am at a state fair, my first photo op when we got there was to take a picture of the swine building because I liked the architecture. Hey, if I can find a way to enjoy myself, I just have to roll with it.

Top* // Shorts (on sale) // similar Shoes // similar Bag // Ring* // Earrings // similar Sunglasses

*Top and ring purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

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08. 08. 2016

black skirt, black v-neck tee, Ted Baker watch, snakeskin wedge sandals, lucite earrings

When: Saturday before last // Weather: summery? I don’t remember // Real life: going to a dance performance

black skirt, black v-neck tee, Ted Baker watch, snakeskin wedge sandals, lucite earrings

black skirt, black v-neck tee, Ted Baker watch, snakeskin wedge sandals, lucite earrings

black skirt, black v-neck tee, Ted Baker watch, snakeskin wedge sandals, lucite earrings

black skirt, black v-neck tee, Ted Baker watch, snakeskin wedge sandals, lucite earrings

black skirt, black v-neck tee, Ted Baker watch, snakeskin wedge sandals, lucite earrings

black skirt, black v-neck tee, Ted Baker watch, snakeskin wedge sandals, lucite earrings

It’s not often that I’m in the mood to rock a short skirt. And this is about as short as my skirts get. Short skirts make me a tiny bit self-conscious. It’s not really a body image thing – I mean, my legs aren’t spectacular or anything, but I have no complaints. I have two of them. They work most of the time. What more can I ask for? We can’t all be Gisele. My self-consciousness is more of an irrational fear that my butt cheeks are hanging out or that someone will see my underwear or (more likely) that I’m flashing some cellulite. But for whatever reason, weekend before last we were heading out for a date night and I felt like strutting my stuff in a mini. And not only did I wear a short skirt, I wore all black. Who am I?? A leggy, classy broad, that’s who.

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*Bag purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

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