Sarah's Real Life
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.

similar Top // Sweater (on sale) // Pants (on sale) // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Bag // Earrings // similar Sunglasses

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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?!

Top (on sale) // similar Jeans (on sale) // similar Bag // Ring*

*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.

Sweater (on sale) // similar Skirt (others below) // Scarf (on sale) // similar Bag // similar Shoes // similar Watch (on sale) // Earrings*

*Earrings purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

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05. 03. 2017

embroidered Victoria Beckham for Target sweatshirt, distressed jean shorts, Kate Spade Keds sneakers

When: last Sunday // Weather: warm and windy // Real life: brunch and errands

embroidered Victoria Beckham for Target sweatshirt, distressed jean shorts, Kate Spade Keds sneakers

embroidered Victoria Beckham for Target sweatshirt, distressed jean shorts, Kate Spade Keds sneakers

embroidered Victoria Beckham for Target sweatshirt, distressed jean shorts, Kate Spade Keds sneakers

embroidered Victoria Beckham for Target sweatshirt, distressed jean shorts, Kate Spade Keds sneakers

embroidered Victoria Beckham for Target sweatshirt, distressed jean shorts, Kate Spade Keds sneakers

Can we talk about the conspiracy that is jean shorts? Everyone acts like they’re a cool, laid-back, casual summer staple. HOWEVER. #1, they’re even harder to shop for than regular jeans. And #2, if you find a flattering pair, they’re horribly uncomfortable to sit in. After a few minutes in the car, I feel like I might be cheating on my spouse. (If you’re reading this honey, I obviously wouldn’t do that. Jake Gyllenhaal doesn’t even live around here.) I hadn’t worn my jorts for 7 months, so I forgot they’re better for days when you’re mostly standing or walking in hot weather. Hashtag Midwest problems.

Pretty cute though, right?

Sweatshirt (sold out online, but check stores or eBay) // similar Shorts // similar Shoes // similar Bag // Sunglasses

05. 01. 2017

safair shirtdress, fringe necklace, d'orsay flats

When: last Monday // Weather: warm and sunny // Real Life: work

safair shirtdress, fringe necklace, d'orsay flats

safair shirtdress, fringe necklace, d'orsay flats

safair shirtdress, fringe necklace, d'orsay flats

safair shirtdress, fringe necklace, d'orsay flats

safair shirtdress, fringe necklace, d'orsay flats

This dress is the same color as most of what I’ve been eating the past week. I’ve already been eating relatively healthy the past few years, but I started getting lax so I made some changes, like less refined flour, more veggies, and a shit ton of water. The changes so far are these: I go to the bathroom 17 times an hour, I feel somewhat energetic before I have coffee, and I can see my abs in the morning. But, I mean, that’s probably just a coincidence, right? It couldn’t possibly be that my parents (and every doctor ever) were right all along. I’m going to have some ice cream and ponder that question…

Dress // similar Necklace // similar Shoes // similar Bag // similar Sunglasses // Earrings

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04. 28. 2017

 

 

Budgeting Bloggers: April

Row 1: Shoes (c/o Shopbop) // Skirt // Earrings

Row 2: Top (sold out but check eBay) // Earrings // Dress (c/o Shopbop)

Row 3: Bandana (on sale) // Hat // Top

Don’t mind me, just sitting at home eating a spoonful of peanut butter, putting together April’s budget shopping post! I’m verrrry happy to report I stayed within $13 of my budget, and I actually got quite a few more items than you see above, but a lot of them were on sale and are now sold out. Sorry boutcha, but I hope you found some good deals of your own this month.

April’s Budget: $394

($150 starting budget – $61 overspent last month + $136 blog income (minus taxes) + $169 selling old clothes)

April’s Spending: $407

I hit up the Victoria Beckham for Target collection and got 4 items which all appear to be sold out online, but it never hurts to check your local store. There’s definitely a bold, mod look to everything, so it may not be everyone’s style but it’s most certainly mine! Would I have bought all that stuff if it weren’t made by a Spice Girl? No. But at least I admit it.

Pretty much all the rest of my money this month went to keeping J.Crew in business, but how can you blame me when everything is so cute and springy? Stripes and gingham out the wazoo.

Linking up per usual with Franish – show the other budgeting bloggers some love!

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04. 27. 2017

Victoria Beckham Target dress, jean jacket, Gemma flats

When: Friday // Weather: 50s // Real life: work, then dinner and concert

Victoria Beckham Target dress, jean jacket, Gemma flats

Victoria Beckham Target dress, jean jacket, Gemma flats

Victoria Beckham Target dress, jean jacket, Gemma flats

Victoria Beckham Target dress, jean jacket, Gemma flats

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I spotted these cute little ducks just swimming around together, being friendly. As ducks do. (I assume.) So I did what any Instagram addict would do and started snapping pics. Well, apparently these critters are exhibitionists, because shortly after this photo was taken, these ducks started making ducklings. Yeah. I was wearing my Victoria Beckham for Target dress, and that night was the night when two ducks became one. I felt like I shouldn’t watch but it was so alarming I couldn’t help it. Let’s just say it didn’t seem very romantic, but I’m hoping they flew home to cuddle and watch Netflix.

Dress // similar Jacket // similar Shoes // similar Bag // similar Bracelet (under $15) // Sunglasses

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04. 26. 2017

polka dot dress, faux leather moto jacket outfit

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

polka dot dress, faux leather moto jacket outfit

polka dot dress, faux leather moto jacket outfit

polka dot dress, faux leather moto jacket outfit

polka dot dress, faux leather moto jacket outfit

polka dot dress, faux leather moto jacket outfit

The most prevalent pattern in my closet is – by far – stripes. But polka dots are giving stripes a run for their money these days. I do already have a couple dotted dresses, but as Kristin pointed out, this one is cool because it’s a non-structured pattern. So if you’re in to chaos theory and cute frocks, this might be your jam. Of course, now I discover this dress is sold out online, but I found some other really cool options, linked below! If you’re feeling extra chaotic, you could just close your eyes and pick one.

similar Dress (more below) // similar Jacket (on sale) // Shoes (on sale) // similar Bag (on sale) // similar Sunglasses

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04. 24. 2017

floral wrap dress, lace up flats, wood watch, suede blush tote

When: last Saturday // Weather: warm and sunny // Real life: haircut, shopping, general frolicking

floral wrap dress, lace up flats, wood watch, suede blush tote

floral wrap dress, lace up flats, wood watch, suede blush tote

floral wrap dress, lace up flats, wood watch, suede blush tote

floral wrap dress, lace up flats, wood watch, suede blush tote

floral wrap dress, lace up flats, wood watch, suede blush tote

floral wrap dress, lace up flats, wood watch, suede blush tote

I like to keep my hair blond so I look sweet and angelic. It makes it more impactful and surprising when I drop some sarcasm. Cute floral dresses help too. I tend to have a pretty surly expression most of the time, so without these measures I would probably look and sound like a serial killer. Which I’m not. (Or am I???)

Speaking of jokes about murder, if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t find that completely inappropriate, you should probably be listening to the podcast My Favorite Murder. It’s been around for about a year now, so if you start at the beginning you’ll have commute entertainment for weeks! You can thank me later. Unless you dislike true crime, the F word, and women who go on tangential rants about the patriarchy…then you probably won’t thank me.

Dress* (also in red, on sale) // Shoes // similar Bag (larger version) // similar Sunglasses // Watch*

*Dress purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop; watch provided courtesy of Jord.

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04. 21. 2017

statement earrings, kick crop pants

When: Thursday // Weather: humid // Real life: work, then lecture event

statement earrings, kick crop pantsYou know I love a subtle accessory.

statement earrings, kick crop pants

statement earrings, kick crop pants

statement earrings, kick crop pants

Yesterday after work I went to a lecture by Hon. Sarah Evans Barker. Who is she? Only the first female federal district court judge in Indiana, no big deal. I’ll just go ahead and be totally cliché and say she was an inspiration. This anecdote she told pretty much sums it up: Many years ago, someone who apparently had a less-than-ideal outcome in her courtroom wrote her a letter and called her a “degenerate old bag.” She had the quote turned into a needlepoint and hung it in her chambers. She is — as the kids say — squad goals. I also enjoyed hearing her referred to as “Judge Sarah.” Has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? 😉 On the other hand, a judge would make for a pretty boring style blogger.

Earrings (on sale) // similar Top // similar Pants // similar Shoes // similar Bag

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