Sarah's Real Life
06. 29. 2017

midi skirt, cotton sweater, Sam Edelman Circus sandals, Madewell tote

When: last Tuesday // Weather: hot and sunny // Real life: work

midi skirt, cotton sweater, Sam Edelman Circus sandals, Madewell tote

midi skirt, cotton sweater, Sam Edelman Circus sandals, Madewell tote

midi skirt, cotton sweater, Sam Edelman Circus sandals, Madewell tote

midi skirt, cotton sweater, Sam Edelman Circus sandals, Madewell tote

Allow me to take you on a journey of what goes on in the mind of a shopping Sarah.

First: “I have a coupon. I’m basically a millionaire so I’m going to get new shoes.”

Second: “Wow, these shoes are kind of ridiculous.”

Third: “But I can’t stop looking at them. Maybe I’ll try them on.”

Fourth: “They fit! But they’re still ridiculous and they match nothing.”

Fifth: “I’m obviously going to buy them.”

And there you have it. That’s how the magic happens.

I call these my “Florida” sandals because the print looks like it should be on a couch in a Ft. Lauderdale condo that was furnished in the 1960s. You probably won’t see me wear them that often (because, again, they don’t go with anything else I own), but aren’t they fun?!

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06. 28. 2017

floral top, Target distressed jeggings, Madewell suede sandals, Rebecca Minkoff Isobel bag, Cluse 33mm gold watch

When: last Monday // Weather: warm and windy (shoulda worn a ponytail) // Real life: baseball game

floral top, Target distressed jeggings, Madewell suede sandals, Rebecca Minkoff Isobel bag, Cluse 33mm gold watch

floral top, Target distressed jeggings, Madewell suede sandals, Rebecca Minkoff Isobel bag, Cluse 33mm gold watch

floral top, Target distressed jeggings, Madewell suede sandals, Rebecca Minkoff Isobel bag, Cluse 33mm gold watch

floral top, Target distressed jeggings, Madewell suede sandals, Rebecca Minkoff Isobel bag, Cluse 33mm gold watch

floral top, Target distressed jeggings, Madewell suede sandals, Rebecca Minkoff Isobel bag, Cluse 33mm gold watch

I just got home from a baseball game, and now I’m putting together this blog post featuring what I wore last week to…wait for it…another baseball game. Yep, two sportsing events in 8 days. I don’t know what came over me. Wait, I take that back. Free tickets and an excuse to sit outside and drink after work – that’s what came over me. If that also involves watching people hit balls with sticks, then so be it.

To the office that day, I wore this same top with dress pants and heels, then shoved these jeans and sandals in my bag for later. I’m a fan of a sort of “half change” of clothes when I’m doing things with different dress codes in the same day. A fan of sports, not so much, but a fan of clothes, definitely.

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

*Bag purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

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06. 26. 2017

lace trim dress, Rebecca Minkoff bag, studded sandals

When: last Sunday // Weather: hot // Real life: taking in some community theater (not church)

lace trim dress, Rebecca Minkoff bag, studded sandals

lace trim dress, Rebecca Minkoff bag, studded sandals

lace trim dress, Rebecca Minkoff bag, studded sandals

lace trim dress, Rebecca Minkoff bag, studded sandals

lace trim dress, Rebecca Minkoff bag, studded sandals

lace trim dress, Rebecca Minkoff bag, studded sandals

This dress is basically a bigger version of those dresses little girls are forced to wear to church on Easter Sunday. Except my parents never forced me into frilly dresses. I picked them out myself and my mom begrudgingly bought them once in a while. Now that I’m an adult, I can buy all the infantile frocks I want!

So, kids, that’s your lesson for the day. Just wait 20 years, and then you can have all the stuff you once wanted, and by that time it will be borderline age-inappropriate for you to have it. Huzzah! Adulthood!

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*Dress and bag purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

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06. 23. 2017

gingham bow top, ponte pants, suede pumps

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

gingham bow top, ponte pants, suede pumps

gingham bow top, ponte pants, suede pumps

gingham bow top, ponte pants, suede pumps

gingham bow top, ponte pants, suede pumps

In case you thought burgundy suede was only for fall, turns out it’s not. At least, not when you forget to put your burgundy suede pumps in storage and then realize they go perfectly with your gingham top. Then, burgundy suede is perfect for June. See how easy it is to make up your own rules? Like Katharine Hepburn said, “if you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” She was talking about shoes, I assume.

A lesser known K-Hep inspirational quote: “Bows before bros.”

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06. 21. 2017

eyelet midi dress, floral baseball cap, suede espadrille sandals

When: Friday // Weather: warm and cloudy // Real life: Symphony on the Prairie

eyelet midi dress, floral baseball cap, suede espadrille sandals

eyelet midi dress, floral baseball cap, suede espadrille sandals

eyelet midi dress, floral baseball cap, suede espadrille sandals

eyelet midi dress, floral baseball cap, suede espadrille sandals

This past weekend was opening weekend of Symphony on the Prairie (they call it that because it’s informative but sounds classier than “Music in a Field”). I made a chickpea pasta salad with lots of summer veggies, packed up my picnic blanket, a bottle of rosé, and a couple fabulous friends, and listened to Beethoven’s Fifth while watching the sun go down. In other words, I live a really tragic life with nothing to be thankful for.

I usually go more casual for SOTP, but this dress came in the mail the same day and it was so light and summery that I couldn’t wait to wear it. Plus the longer length is perfect for lounging on the ground and reaching repeatedly for the wine without flashing the rest of the prairie. I could easily wear this dress to work too, but the baseball cap seemed like the most obvious way to make it look sportier and more outdoorsy. Yes, this is my version of sporty and outdoorsy.

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06. 20. 2017

paisely halter dress, 3-ball earrings

When: Tony Awards day // Weather: hot // Real life: Tony Awards watch party

paisely halter dress, 3-ball earrings

paisely halter dress, 3-ball earrings

paisely halter dress, 3-ball earrings

paisely halter dress, 3-ball earrings

paisely halter dress, 3-ball earrings

paisely halter dress, 3-ball earrings

I love halter necklines like this because they’re super flattering on narrow shoulders. And that’s me – narrow shouldered but not narrow minded. I must admit I was a little narrow minded in my skepticism when I heard Kevin Spacey was hosting the Tonys. But I was pleasantly…um, indifferent? Yeah, let’s go with pleasantly indifferent. I don’t have any specific complaints, but I’m not itching for him to come back next year.

Hopefully there are some other Broadway lovers reading this blog, otherwise you’re all pleasantly indifferent about this post right now. Do you want to go back to talking about clothes? OK. PAISLEY: in or out? Discuss.

Dress // Earrings (only $13!) // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Bag // similar Sunglasses

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06. 18. 2017

striped swing dress, cardigan, pink suede platform sandals

When: Tuesday before last // Weather: warm and sunny // Real life: work

striped swing dress, cardigan, pink suede platform sandals

striped swing dress, cardigan, pink suede platform sandals

striped swing dress, cardigan, pink suede platform sandals

striped swing dress, cardigan, pink suede platform sandals

striped swing dress, cardigan, pink suede platform sandals

striped swing dress, cardigan, pink suede platform sandals

Now that my other half works basically across the street from me, we meet for afternoon Starbucks dates a couple times a week. Adorable, right? Yeah, we know. I have a feeling the outdoor dates will be less frequent come January, but right now, they’re a great excuse to get out and soak up some Vitamin D. The key is to cut them short before I get sunburned. Believe me – it doesn’t take long. It takes about the same amount of time it takes to wait in line and order an iced latte. Where my pale ladies at?! You know what’s up.

In other news, just continuing my journey of becoming the world’s foremost collector of striped clothing. You’ll probably see me on TV one day. Hopefully not on Hoarders.

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06. 16. 2017

embroidered jeans, perforated wedges, casual Friday outfit

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

embroidered jeans, perforated wedges, casual Friday outfit

embroidered jeans, perforated wedges, casual Friday outfit

embroidered jeans, perforated wedges, casual Friday outfit

embroidered jeans, perforated wedges, casual Friday outfit

embroidered jeans, perforated wedges, casual Friday outfit

For some reason I just had the urge to say “HAPPY FRIDAY, Y’ALL!” I don’t know what came over me. I mean, I know that’s a totally normal thing to say for a lot of people, but it would be weird and unnatural if it ever came out of my mouth. Despite being raised in North Carolina, I don’t say “y’all.” It’s just one of the many ways I rebel against my Southern upbringing. Being a vegetarian is another one – no BBQ for me, thanks.

Anyway, let’s start over.

Greetings, comrades, and a jolly good Friday to you! Nope, still weird. It’s official: I’ve forgotten how to speak to people.

How about this no-fail option: Have a great weekend!

Shirt // Jeans // Shoes (super comfy!) // Bag (on sale in black) // similar Sunglasses // Necklace

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06. 14. 2017

Club Monaco stripe tee, floral print skirt, Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag

When: Sunday before last // Weather: hot and breezy // Real life: taking in some local theater, then a dinner date

Club Monaco stripe tee, floral print skirt, Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag

Club Monaco stripe tee, floral print skirt, Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag

Club Monaco stripe tee, floral print skirt, Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag

Club Monaco stripe tee, floral print skirt, Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag

Club Monaco stripe tee, floral print skirt, Rebecca Minkoff saddle bag

I see plenty of community theater here in Indianapolis, but it’s almost always because a friend is involved in the show. Luckily, I have mostly very talented friends. That’s actually part of my friend audition process. There’s also a grammar test, and you have to have a full conversation consisting only of quotes from Clueless.

Anyway, last weekend I saw a local production of Spring Awakening, and I didn’t know anyone in it. So for once, you know my review is totally unbiased. SO GOOD, you guys. My bar was high because I saw the original cast (including Lea Michele) on Broadway several years ago. There’s one more weekend, so if you’re in the area, I highly recommend checking it out (more info here).

similar Tee // Skirt (on sale) // similar Bag* // similar Shoes // similar Sunglasses // Bracelet (on sale)

*Bag purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

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06. 13. 2017

striped t-shirt dress, chevron spring scarf, blue suede flats

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

striped t-shirt dress, chevron spring scarf, blue suede flats

striped t-shirt dress, chevron spring scarf, blue suede flats

striped t-shirt dress, chevron spring scarf, blue suede flats

striped t-shirt dress, chevron spring scarf, blue suede flats

I know most people look forward to casual Friday as a day to dress comfier than usual, but there are a lot of things in my closet that are way more soft and forgiving than denim. Give me cotton jersey dresses and cute flats every day of the week, thankyouverymuch. Add an afternoon iced latte and you might even forget it’s only Tuesday. (Yes, it’s only Tuesday. So stop goofing off and reading blogs and get back to work.)

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