Sarah's Real Life
03. 08. 2017

j.crew business dress, ankle strap flats, Ted Baker floral watch

When: during the February heat wave // Weather: 70 // Real life: work

j.crew business dress, ankle strap flats, Ted Baker floral watch

j.crew business dress, ankle strap flats, Ted Baker floral watch

j.crew business dress, ankle strap flats, Ted Baker floral watch

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j.crew business dress, ankle strap flats, Ted Baker floral watch

Yesterday at work I managed to remain relatively cool, calm, and collected while someone (a male someone, of course) told me that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is “frail.” Apparently he saw her in action recently (#jealous) and she was barely visible on the other side of the bench and her voice was very quiet.

In case you, too, are a soft-spoken, diminutive woman and you’re wondering whether you’ll amount to anything in this world full of big, loud men…allow me to draw your attention to a certain Supreme Court justice who can do 20 pushups.

similar Dress (I’m wearing a size 00 but that doesn’t mean I can’t kick some butt) // Necklace // Watch // similar Bag (on sale) // Sunglasses // similar Shoes

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03. 06. 2017

IMG_0499Dress (on sale) // similar Shoes // Earrings

You’ve been wanting to know everything I wore in February, haven’t you? I thought so. Let’s start with my 24-hour trip to Chicago for a work retreat. Above is what I wore for the day of the meeting (it says I’m fun but I mean business), and down there is what I wore for the night-before social event (aka lawyers drinking and telling nerdy jokes).

IMG_0486Top (on sale) // Jeans (on sale) // similar Bag

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I got this sweatshirt because it’s crazy soft and it makes a statement that is pretty much always going to be true. Same with this one.

IMG_0556similar Sweater // similar Bag (c/o Shopbop) // similar Skirt (on sale)

The day I wore this, someone told me I looked like a teacher, and another person told me I looked like Sarah Paulson. If there’s a movie where Sarah Paulson plays a teacher, I guess that was my subconscious inspiration.

IMG_0522Sunglasses // Shoes // Nails “Taupe-Less Beach”

The silver lining in the hole in the ozone is that I got to wear sunglasses and go on walks when it should’ve been a frozen tundra. (These shoes are crazy comfy, BTW.)

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Who else is crazy happy about the special BaubleBar jewelry line for Target? One of everything, please.

IMG_0412Pants (on sale) // similar Scarf // similar Sunglasses // similar Bag

February was a month of non-functional neck scarves one day and big cozy blanket scarves the next. I’m proposing a new tagline for the Hoosier state: “Welcome to Indiana. We don’t understand what’s happening here either.”

IMG_0431similar Scarf // Shoes (c/o Shopbop) // similar Watch

RIP, pastel sweater. You should’ve gone home with someone who won’t wash you with a bright red dress like an idiot.

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03. 03. 2017

This post is sponsored by Meijer. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review, along with other compensation. All opinions are mine whether you like them or not!

It’s that time again! Time for Meijer to send me a bunch of beauty and personal care products so I can try them all and tell you what’s worth knowing about. It just so happened that a lot of what Meijer sent me is for those of us who are prone to producing excess oil. So my fellow Greasy Gretas and Oily Olgas, this is for you!

First up: the L’Oreal Extraordinary Clay collection. I can honestly say I noticed a difference using this whole system. Whether there’s only one element making the difference, I don’t know! All I know is I went out in public (to the symphony, no less) with 3rd-day hair. 3RD-DAY HAIR, PEOPLE. This is epic for me.

l'oreal extraordinary clay hair review

The system includes a mask that you put on your roots before washing. I only used it along my hairline because otherwise it would take forever. You’re supposed to leave it on for 5 minutes, so I just use that time to let the water heat up and do other shower stuff. You know how showers work – I don’t really need to explain this.

Then I use the clay shampoo and conditioner. In case you’re worried they look and feel like actual clay, I assure you they are just like any other ‘poo and condish.

l'oreal extraordinary clay hair review

I use the dry shampoo on my 2nd-day (and yes, even 3rd-day) hair so it looks like I’m wearing a ponytail because I want to, not because I have to.

l'oreal extraordinary clay hair review

Shake, spray, rub in, brush lightly. Voila.

yes to tomatoes face wipes review

Now let’s talk about my face. And your face. Faces in general. I became a fan of no-rinse cleansing wipes a couple years ago when I had a really bad neck spasm and couldn’t lean over a sink. (True story.) I’m more mobile now, but I still love my wipes! Meijer set me the Yes To Tomatoes detoxifying charcoal facial wipes. While I object to the universal overuse of the term “detoxifying,” I do think it’s cool that something black makes my face cleaner. They are also really soft and smell nice!

yes to tomatoes face wipes review

l'oreal clay mask review

Next I tried out the L’Oreal Pure-Clay mask. I don’t know if masks do anything, to be honest. I just think they’re fun. They’re great for sleepovers, post-truth or dare and pre-pillow fight. (Just kidding. Sort of.)

l'oreal clay mask review

Now that I’m all clean, let’s talk makeup for a sec. This L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow foundation is a thinner consistency than what I’ve been using, but I now realize that’s probably a good thing for people with oily pores. I think it’s supposed to give you a “dewy” look, but I tend to achieve that on my own, so I top it off with my usual powder. I still get shiny by mid-day, but it takes a little bit longer.

l'oreal infallible review

Last up, Dove advanced care invisible deodorant. It purports to leave no white marks…like, pretty much ever. I’ve only been able to truly put it to the test once, when I wore a short sleeve black dress last week. So far, so good! I have to call B.S. on the “48-hour protection” claim though. I most certainly needed to reapply in less than 24.

dove advanced care review

Many thanks to Meijer for hooking me up! All the products featured above are available (at lovely prices) at Meijer, but if you’re not in the Midwest, you should be able to find them at other retailers! Happy absorbing!

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03. 02. 2017

mod print dress, Rebecca Minkoff tassel crossbody bag, ankle strap pumps

When: last Wednesday // Weather: 60s // Real life: work

mod print dress, Rebecca Minkoff tassel crossbody bag, ankle strap pumps

mod print dress, Rebecca Minkoff tassel crossbody bag, ankle strap pumps

mod print dress, Rebecca Minkoff tassel crossbody bag, ankle strap pumps

mod print dress, Rebecca Minkoff tassel crossbody bag, ankle strap pumps

mod print dress, Rebecca Minkoff tassel crossbody bag, ankle strap pumps

similar Bag* (on sale) // Dress (on sale) // similar Shoes

How often do people tell you that you look like a celebrity? I wouldn’t say it happens to me that often, but recently more and more people tell me I look like Sarah Paulson. My theory is that she only comes to mind because we have the same name. And we’re blonde white women with big foreheads. I don’t think there’s much resemblance, but she’s quite pretty so I can’t be mad at the comparison! I’ve also gotten January Jones once or twice, and I’m definitely not mad about that one either.

But the “you remind me of…” that I get more than any other is… Angela from “The Office.” Not the actress Angela Kinsey in general, but specifically her character in “The Office.” It annoys me every time, but my annoyed face only serves to intensify my Angela-ness. I can’t deny the resemblance there, but I do like to think I dress better at least.

There’s a new character on “The Mindy Project” this season named Anna who’s an Angela-esque blond with RBF and apparently no interest in making friends. But Anna is much younger and fancier and more successful than Angela, so I’m hoping she can be my new doppelganger.

Alas, I am none of these lovely ladies. I’m just me. Not that I’m complaining, but I wouldn’t mind a movie star paycheck just once. I would have a much bigger collection of Rebecca Minkoff bags, that’s for sure! Then again, a Shopbop* sale also helps with growing designer collections, and it just so happens there’s one going on right now through March 4. All the details are here.

Check out some of my favorite RM goodies included in the sale below, or check out the full sale at shopbop.com!

*Shopbop is a sponsor of my blog, and promoting certain sales is part of our partnership. However, I have total control over my content, and Rebecca Minkoff happens to be one of my favorite handbag brands!

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02. 28. 2017

embroidered stripe tee, Target jeans, white Converse sneakers, red lips

When: Saturday before last // Weather: 60s // Real life: haircut, brunch, and I don’t remember what else

embroidered stripe tee, Target jeans, white Converse sneakers, red lips

embroidered stripe tee, Target jeans, white Converse sneakers, red lips

embroidered stripe tee, Target jeans, white Converse sneakers, red lips

embroidered stripe tee, Target jeans, white Converse sneakers, red lips

embroidered stripe tee, Target jeans, white Converse sneakers, red lips

embroidered stripe tee, Target jeans, white Converse sneakers, red lips

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I know I took these photos the day I got my haircut (because why else would my hair look so good). And I’m pretty sure I got brunch afterward. But for the life of me I can’t remember what else I did on February 18, and for once I didn’t post anything on Instagram. I hope I had fun?

I do remember what I did on February 26, though. I had a small get-together to watch the Oscars, and I served themed cocktails. One the menu: the “Lion,” a gin mule so strong you won’t be able to find your way home, and the “La La Land”… It was just a middle-shelf champagne cocktail, but we told everyone it was the greatest drink ever.

I don’t mean to be too harsh on La La Land (the movie, not the drink) – I thought it was great, just not that great. Not worth 14 Oscar nominations, that’s for sure. I had already watched the Golden Globes, and I made it all the way to midnight watching the Oscars, so when Faye Dunaway announced La La Land…I turned off the TV.

I KNOW. But it was late and I’d already seen a dozen La La Land acceptance speeches. I’m still so mad I missed seeing the cluster live. This was my first real experience with FOMO. Needless to say, I will still remember Sunday night 10 days from now.

Top (on sale) // Jeans // Shoes* // similar Bag (on sale) // similar Trench // similar Necklace // similar Sunglasses

*Shoes purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

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02. 27. 2017

 

 

Budgeting Bloggers: February
Row 1: Jacket (on sale) // Dress (on sale) // Shoes
Row 2: Shoes // Necklace
Row 3: Tassel Earrings // Bag // Stone Earrings

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February’s Budget: $367

($150 starting budget – $124 overspent last month + $256 blog income minus taxes + $85 selling old clothes)

February’s Spending: $373

I’m quite proud of myself for making up for last month and keeping within $6 of my budget for February! Good job, me. I always knew I could do it, if I could just be so busy with other things that I didn’t have time to shop. Yep, that’s exactly what happened.

My other goal for February was quality over quantity. A whirlwind Target trip kept me from really sticking to that, but at least part of that trip was covered by a gift card I got for Christmas (thanks, Cindy). A gift card also covered most of these amazing Cole Haan suede wingtips.

My bigger ticket items were this suede moto jacket and a pair of fabulous 70s-esque sunglasses (which aren’t available online but you can see them in action here and here). But who knows – maybe my impulse-buy $13 Target earrings will stand the test of time better than the $100 jacket. I’ve already worn both pairs of earrings twice!

What did everyone else spend their hard earned money on this month? Looking forward to linking up with the Budgeting Bloggers Queen, Fran!

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02. 24. 2017

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When: Sunday before last // Weather: 60s and windy // Real life: art museum visit

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One day the other weekend I decided to ignore all other responsibilities and just have a Sunday Funday. We took an impromptu trip to the Indianapolis Museum of Art to see the orchid exhibit because orchids just happen to be my favorite flower. I like how they’re not symmetrical all the way around, which makes you think: what are all those other boring flowers doing wrong? And it’s almost intimidating how beautiful they are. Basically, orchids are my role model.

The excursion got even better when someone recognized me from the dance performance I was in a few months ago and he wanted to tell me I did a great job. I pretty much felt like a celebrity, just gallivanting around in my suede jacket looking at fancy flowers and getting approached by fans. I think I’ll ignore my responsibilities more often.

Jacket (on sale) // similar Pants (on sale) // Bag // Shoes (on sale) // similar Necklace (on sale)

02. 22. 2017

Boden print shift dress, gray OTK boots, date night outfit

When: February 14 // Weather: cool // Real life: work, then dinner date

Boden print shift dress, gray OTK boots, date night outfit

Boden print shift dress, gray OTK boots, date night outfit

Boden print shift dress, gray OTK boots, date night outfit

Boden print shift dress, gray OTK boots, date night outfit

Boden print shift dress, gray OTK boots, date night outfit

One of our favorite downtown restaurants closed last week, so we made plans to make one last visit (RIP, brussel sprout and goat cheese pizza). “What day should we go?” “Well, I have X on Monday…” “And I have to pack for my work trip on Wednesday, then I leave Thursday…” “So, Tuesday?” “Sounds good!”

Monday night, I picked out the next day’s outfit as always. Went for a red dress. K picked out an outfit too. Pink sweater. Tuesday morning, we said our good mornings and have a nice days.

It wasn’t until the security guard at my office wished me a happy Valentine’s Day that I realized what day it was. It was the day everyone and their lover wears pink and red and goes out to dinner. Dammit. We’re usually so much cooler than other couples, but this year we were mainstream. Accidentally mainstream, though. That must count for something. I like to see it as: we were cute and romantic without even trying, so we win!

similar Dress (on sale) // similar Boots (on sale) // Sunglasses // similar Bracelet // similar Bag (on sale)

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02. 20. 2017

neck scarf outfit, floral bag, skinny jeans with ankle boots outfit

When: last Saturday // Weather: 60s // Real life: brewery trip with friends

neck scarf outfit, floral bag, skinny jeans with ankle boots outfit

neck scarf outfit, floral bag, skinny jeans with ankle boots outfit

neck scarf outfit, floral bag, skinny jeans with ankle boots outfit

neck scarf outfit, floral bag, skinny jeans with ankle boots outfit

neck scarf outfit, floral bag, skinny jeans with ankle boots outfit

neck scarf outfit, floral bag, skinny jeans with ankle boots outfit

neck scarf outfit, floral bag, skinny jeans with ankle boots outfit

I’ve seen Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion at least a dozen times. It has some great quotes: “Would you excuse me? I cut my foot before, and my shoe is filling up with blood.” “I invented Post-Its.” “I was so lucky getting mono. That was like the best diet ever.” “You look so good with blond hair and black roots it’s like not even funny.” I could go on. And I will.

You know how Romy and Michele have the fight over who’s the Mary and who’s the Rhoda? Add “No, I’M THE MARY!” to that list of R&M quotes I use on the reg. Well, I’m embarrassed to say that I had never actually seen the Mary Tyler Moore show until recently when my more pop-culture-fluent other half put it on just after MTM died. First of all, I love it, and I’m watching it right now. Second, I am totally the Rhoda. Like, there’s no question. I’m not entirely sure why Romy and Michele fought over being the Mary, when Rhoda is the sassier one. So I am now officially declaring that I’m the Rhoda, and I’m proud of it.

And in case it wasn’t obvious, in Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion, I’m Heather Mooney.

similar Jeans // Bag (under $35!) // similar Boots (on sale) // similar Scarf // Sunglasses

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02. 16. 2017

Madewell dress, snow boots, leopard coat, tassel necklace

When: last week // Weather: snow (a few hours after these photos were taken) // Real life: work

Madewell dress, snow boots, leopard coat, tassel necklace

Madewell dress, snow boots, leopard coat, tassel necklace

Madewell dress, snow boots, leopard coat, tassel necklace

Madewell dress, snow boots, leopard coat, tassel necklace

Madewell dress, snow boots, leopard coat, tassel necklace

I bought these boots weeks ago because I wanted something cute that I could wear in snowy weather, even to work. As it turns out, I have the power to control the weather through my purchases. (Have people actually been calling me a witch all this time?! Now it makes sense!) Once I bought the boots, it was like Indiana forgot what winter is supposed to look like. Finally, last week they called for a couple inches of snow, so I got to don my new sturdy footwear. As you can see, the snow was a bit tardy, but it did eventually come down later that day, so I was well protected on the long walk between my garage and my front door. Thank goodness I was prepared. Next time I want it to snow, I’ll try buying a bikini.

similar Dress (on sale) // similar Coat (on sale) // Boots (on sale) // Necklace (on sale) // similar Bag

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