When: August 3 // Weather: warm // Real life: work
^Take note. This might be the first time I’ve actually pulled off the effortless, nonchalant look. It will most likely never happen again.^
When I wore this, someone said “I like your jacket! Or is it a shirt?” Well, it doesn’t have buttons, snaps, or zippers of any kind, so I’m going to call it a jacket. Call me old fashioned, but I generally prefer my shirts to close in the front.
Also, yes, I’m aware this is the third outfit in a row I’ve posted featuring a white tee shirt. Apparently I’ve just now figured out what everyone else already knew.
When: Saturday // Weather: sunny and 80 // Real life: birthday weekend fun
I’m not really one to use the term “blessed” because if there really is a higher power, I’m certain She’s far too busy to give two farts about whether I have a nice birthday weekend.
I must say I feel very…let’s say…fortunate after this past weekend. I had a really great birthday, and I’m thankful my friends and family know what makes me feel like a queen for a day, even if it’s not what most people would consider fun.
Kristin surprised me on Saturday with tickets to tour the soon-to-be redeveloped historic Coca-Cola bottling plant in Indianapolis. I love art and architecture, so this was an even better surprise than if she had gotten me tickets to see Bruno Mars (who was also in town this weekend…wouldn’t have been mad about that either though). But who needs loud music and huge crowds when you can proceed in an orderly fashion through a building full of art deco details?
See what I mean? Not everyone’s idea of a good time, but this lucky lady got to have all kinds of low-key nerdy fun for her birthday. And she got to wear a shirt with little tassels on it while doing it. If you like nerdy stuff more than clothes, be sure to follow me on Instagram (@sarahsreallife) because I’ll post some of my favorite photos from the Coke tour over the next day or so.
*Top purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.
When: last Tuesday // Weather: hot // Real life: work, then fajitas and margs with my main squeeze
After 2 very fun weekend outfits in a row (1 & 2), here’s a deceivingly plain and simple workday outfit. It’s all like, “oh hey, I’m just a plain white tee and black pants and basic pumps BUT OH WAIT THERE’S FLOWERS ON MY HEELS. BAM!”
You know, if clothes could talk. I like to think mine do, and they always seem to have interesting things to say. Clothes are like my imaginary friends, but in the least creepy and sad way possible. (Fun/weird fact: As a kid, my imaginary friends were named Winnie and Arbara. Yeah, like Barbara without the “B” and Winnie the Pooh without the “the Pooh.” I have no idea where I came up with them.)
When: July 23 // Weather: hot and humid // Real life: celebrating our wedding anniversary in Bloomington
Last week I told you about Part 1 of the anniversary weekend road trip to Bloomington, and here’s Part 2! Sunday was our actual anniversary, so rather than a fancy romantic dinner, we had a lovely hipster brunch. I’d heard good things about Feast from multiple people, and it didn’t disappoint. The avocado toast rocked my world, and that’s saying something, because I eat a lot of avocado toast. Considering my busy drinking schedule the day before, I decided to opt out of the mimosa, but the coffee was fantastic.
The morning was super gloomy, but after we ate, we went to walk around campus and…the sun came out for us! That’s the magic of IU. I think we wandered more than 3 miles just enjoying the day, visiting our old favorite spots, and looking at what’s changed since we were students. It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long, but a whole decade has passed since we graduated. Back in my day (imagine I’m saying that with no teeth, glass of prune juice in hand), we couldn’t Uber back to our dorms, and we used AOL instant messenger instead of Snapchat.
Sigh. When did I get so old? But at least I dress better now.
When: July 22 // Weather: really freaking hot // Real life: weekend trip to Bloomington for wine, food, and theater
Somehow, I’ve been married for 6 years. It’s a miracle anyone agreed to marry a smartass party pooper like myself, much less remain married to a smartass party pooper for 2,192 days and counting. It must be my eyes.
We celebrated our anniversary with a quick weekend roadtrip to Bloomington, where we met. (IU class of 2007!) Saturday was spent sipping vino at Oliver Winery, followed by dinner at Finch’s, then a play, then cocktails at Cardinal Spirits (if you follow the blog What I Wore, her husband is one of the founders of the distillery).
The play was a stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. I haven’t read the book, but now I want to. Maybe I’ll add it to my to-do list for when I retire. My favorite line from the play (and the book) that seemed perfectly fitting for the occasion was: “I must learn to brook being happier than I deserve.” After this many years, I’m finally starting to get the hang of it.
When: 2 Mondays ago // Weather: hot // Real life: work
GUYS. I haven’t blogged in like a week. Did you miss me? Have you just been constantly hitting “refresh” waiting for a new outfit to pop up? If so, please seek professional help, or at least get another hobby. I mean, it’s just a blog.
I spent most of last week in Toronto, hence the lack of new posts. The irony is that sometimes, Sarah’s real life (the actual life) gets in the way of Sarah’s Real Life (the blog). This is a look I wore a couple weeks ago, brought to you by yet another impulse buy at an epic Ann Taylor extra-million-percent-off sale. We all know I needed another midi skirt, right? Right.
When: Friday before last // Weather: sunny and warm, then chilly after sunset // Real life: work, then Symphony on the Prairie
You know what I love about summer in Indiana compared to summer in North Carolina (where I grew up)? Even in the middle of July, you can have a chilly evening that makes you thankful for a cozy blanket or a jacket. As long as you’re not caught unprepared for the chill, it’s so freaking lovely. On the other hand, in the NC, it gets hot in May, and your ass cheek creases stay sweaty until October. This is why I don’t understand hot yoga. I didn’t leave the South so I could pay $20 to melt.
Speaking of getting a break from the heat, I’m going to Toronto this week! I’ve never been but I’ve only heard good things. It’ll only be a couple days, and it’s work-related, but I’m excited to see a new place. If you don’t already follow me on Instagram, do it now, because it’s where I’ll document my trip, and who doesn’t love taking vicarious vacations?
When: last Wednesday // Weather: hot // Real life: work
This top has two of my favorite qualities in summer clothing: it’s light, and it’s and colorful. Aaaand I’m now realizing how often my clothing’s qualities are the polar opposite of my own personality qualities. Opposites attract, as they say. Incidentally, this skirt loves skydiving and chit chat.
When: Saturday before last // Weather: warm and sunny // Real life: Symphony on the Prairie to celebrate our friends’ anniversary
If elastic waist shorts are wrong, I don’t want to be right. It’s pretty much the only way I’m able to find shorts that don’t ride up or down or have a gap in the back big enough to fit a spare pair of shoes. Not that extra shoes don’t come in handy, but…
These shorts kind of look like they could be pajamas, but the fabric is nice and sturdy so they pass as real clothes. I would get them in every color if I actually wore shorts more than 4 times a year.
This particular shorts-wearing occasion was an outdoor symphony concert and picnic, complete with table settings, sunflower centerpiece, veggie kabobs, enough cheese and crackers to feed an army, and approximately 10,000 bottles of wine. It was super classy, and then the night ended with us all dancing to Despacito in our friends’ kitchen. Elastic waist shorts are also great for dancing, as it turns out.
When: Wednesday before last // Weather: Julyish // Real life: work
This is the kind of look I see on tall, freakishly chic women (in magazines, where tall, freakishly chic women live). I usually go loose on one half, fitted on the other, because I’m a tiny, only wannabe chic woman.
Maybe I got all pumped up on fireworks over the holiday but I decided to go for it, flattering proportions be damned. I can’t quite decide if I look really cool, or just like I’m wearing a fancy potato sack. But the point is: I tried something new! Another new thing I tried recently? Radishes. (Unrelated… just wanted to share.)