Double Navy + a New ‘Do

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Every once in a while I dig the whole monochromatic thing. Yesterday was one of those days, apparently. I felt like a had a brand new dress just by doubling up on the navy. And speaking of colors, if it looks like my hair’s a little darker, that’s because it is. Maybe I’m just looking forward to fall, but I felt like switching it up a little. I wore this hair and navy out for a pizza date last night.

That’s all for today, folks! I have a wedding to go to on Saturday, then I’m leaving for the BEACH! My mind is already on the weekend, hence the lack of the fantastic wit to which you have become so accustomed. Hang in there; it’ll be back.

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Wanted: Uniform

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Some people have a sort of “go to” formula or uniform for getting dressed. I should probably get one of those. Because I don’t dress well under pressure. On Sunday we got up early for “members only” hour at the zoo, and I was a dummy and hadn’t planned an outfit the night before. It took me like 11 tries to come up with this…yes, this groundbreaking jeans + shirt combo. Is it even worth showing to you? I don’t know, but it’s what I wore in real life, so here we are.

Shirt (on sale) // Jeans (on sale) // similar Bag // Shoes (on sale) // similar Sunglasses // Watch* // Nails* // Lips “Whimsical”

*Watch provided courtesy of Dainty Wrist Jewelry; manicure provided courtesy of The Beauty Bar at Geist.

Beauty & the Booze

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Over the weekend I had my first manicure in more than 3 years. My last one was horrible and left me with a bloody cuticle. Yes, I said bloody. So what made me willing to give manicures another try? Well, I got an invitation to try out the Beauty Bar at Geist, a salon that has a liquor license – the first of its kind in Indiana, apparently! So you can go get a manicure, pedicure, haircut, whatever…all while sipping a glass of wine or a cocktail. (In case you’re wondering, the people giving you the manicure, pedicure, or haircut do NOT get tipsy while they serve you. Probably a good call.)

My appointment was in the morning, so I went with a mimosa. Vitamin C, yo.

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I’m very happy to report that my manicure at the Beauty Bar was 1000% better than my last one. And that’s not just the booze talking. I told the nail technician (is that what they’re called?) my horror story, so she was very gentle on my sensitive cuticles. She also gave a kick-ass hand massage! Very relaxing.

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The color I chose was “Mint Convertible” by CND Vinylux. It claims to last 7 days. We shall see! I’m on day 4 now and it still looks as great as it did day-of. Here’s the finished product…

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Besides the great manicure and cocktail, I also liked that this place didn’t feel like a typical salon. They’re usually so clinical-looking, you know? And they smell like weird chemicals. This place was super cute and more inviting than my own apartment.

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You know what all this means? The Beauty Bar gets the coveted SASS (Sarah’s Awesome Stamp of Satisfaction)! I don’t hand these out easily, folks. So for my central Indiana folks, I definitely recommend a visit to the Beauty Bar. I’m sure it would be a great place for a bridal party to get their nails done together. You can also get massages and waxing; see the full list of services here.

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Disclosure: I was given a complimentary manicure and cocktail in exchange for a review. However, all opinions are my own, as I have not figured out how to have anyone else’s opinions.

Starburst

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 What possessed me to dress like a pack of Starburst? I don’t know. Maybe the fact that I was going to a fringe theater show, so why not take a little risk. I will never be the weirdest dressed person at a fringe show, even when I look like a walking bowl of sherbet.

If you’re one of my Indianapolis readers, I highly recommend you see The Great Bike Race, which is at Theatre on the Square on Mass Ave. It’s “loosely based” on the second running of the Tour de France. If you don’t laugh at least 20 times, see a doctor immediately. There’s something wrong with you. If you don’t laugh at all, see a mortician. You are dead. Get tickets here(This post was in no way sponsored by Indy Fringe or by the Great Bike Race, but I should probably mention I know a couple of people in the show. Still, I don’t even like them that much, so my opinion is totally unbiased.)

similar Sweater* (on sale) // similar Skirt (not as bright, but really cute & on sale!) // similar Shoes* // similar Clutch* // Necklace (under $15)

*Sweater, shoes, and clutch purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

Shopping Day

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I’ll wait until the end of the month to do my big shopping roundup as usual, but I actually spent almost my entire budget on August 1. What can I say? I had just finished the Bar and I was ready to treat myself. I do a lot of online shopping, so it’s been awhile since I actually spent a day at the mall going from store to store trying things on. (It’s actually pretty fun. You should try it sometime. Sorry, Internet.)

But when I DO go on a big shopping excursion, I dress accordingly. Shoes that slip on and off easily; no jewelry that’s going to get caught in things; and preferably a dress like this one that zips so I don’t have to pull anything over my head and mess up my hair. OK, so the belt’s not that practical, but a girl has to accessorize, right? Right.

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Not Thirty

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First of all, thanks to everyone who left me a “happy birthday” message on Wednesday. You could have wished happy birthday to Fidel Castro or Alfred Hitchcock, but you picked me, and I shall not forget your kindness.

I spent most of my birthday at home alone (just the way I like it), then put on this outfit to go out for a nice dinner to celebrate 29! Twenty-nine is the age that people tend to hang on to for a while. So now I worry when I tell people I’m 29 they’ll secretly be wondering if I’m actually 34 and just lying to them.

But I figured out how to avoid this problem. Here’s my plan: I’m just going to claim I’m 22 because (1) it’s still old enough to drink, (2) people don’t question that age, (3) I’m obviously very young-looking and it’s totally believable, and (4) Taylor Swift convinced me it’s a good age to be.

I’m going to claim I’m 22 until I’m 40, at which point it might be slightly less believable. Then I’ll claim I’m 50, and everyone will tell me how great I look for my age.

Great idea? Or the greatest idea? You get very wise at 29.

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*Clutch purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

Moving Pictures

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As you know, I spent a good chunk of my summer studying for the Bar, so I didn’t get out much. Now that I’ve come out the other side alive, I’ve started to have flashbacks to my former life. The other day I remembered this thing that people do sometimes, and I think I used to do it too. You go to a special place and sit in a dark room where there’s this screen that plays stuff on a big screen. You watch it and listen to it and feel various feelings of mirth and/or despair depending on the day. Sometimes you eat popcorn and candy while you do it. It’s generally an enjoyable experience.

I did some investigating and found out this experience is called “going to the movies,” so I did it this week! It was lovely. This is what I wore.

Also, today is my birthday. Haven’t had one of those in a while, either!

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*Blazer and bag provided courtesy of H&M.

T-Shirt & Sneakers

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You know those people who can throw on a t-shirt and sneakers and still look chic? Yeah. They’re called models. But don’t worry; you can achieve the look too. It’s simple:

First, get in your time machine. Go to a time in the future where medical technology has advanced to the point that you can choose all the physical attributes of a new baby. Now take that technology, get back in your time machine, and go back to the point in time when you were conceived. (This part may be awkward, but hang in there.) Then just make sure you create a version of yourself that will grow to be 6 feet tall and 120 pounds, with perfectly symmetrical features, great bone structure, and never-frizzy hair. Congratulations – you can now wear anything you want and look amazing!

If your time machine is in the shop right now, there is one slightly less effective alternative. You’re probably not interested, but just in case…

The other option is to look for more “unique” basics, like this scalloped stripe tee and floral sneakers. That way when you casually throw on a t-shirt and sneakers, you’ll still look pretty awesome, even if you’re just doing laundry and going for a walk in the park (which is in fact what I did in this outfit).

similar Tee (on sale) // Shoes (under $15) // Jeans (on sale) // Sunglasses // Bag // similar Bracelet (on sale)

Funcie

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On Saturday we found ourselves in Muncie (you know, that town they make fun of on Parks & Recreation, the greatest show ever). I didn’t really want to be there, but I had important lawyer things to do. Or something. Actually, if I were really an important lawyer, I wouldn’t have been staying in a Days Inn that hadn’t been remodeled since 1992.

But we made the best of it. After bidding adieu to the butterfly wallpaper (yes, really), we hit up a local farmers’ market and a winery. At that point, we figured we had seen the best Muncie had to offer, so we headed home and then went out with friends to celebrate someone’s completed Bar Exam and upcoming birthday. Oh, right, that someone is me!

This is what I wore for my strange but eventful day. I wore the same top and skirt in Muncie, then amped it up with pumps and a fancy clutch for the evening back in Indy. Had I stayed in Muncie for a night out, I probably could’ve gotten fancy (or, in this case, funcie) by adding a scrunchie. Ooooh, snap! If you’re a Muncie native, I’m just kidding. Mostly.

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*Bracelet provided courtesy of Dainty Wrist Jewelry.

Shopbop for Broke People

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Well, I’ve been doing this whole blogging thing for a couple years now, so from time to time I get offers to partner with retailers with varying levels of repute. Recently I hit the jackpot when Shopbop asked to partner with little ol’ me! That means I’ll get to grab a few new things each month courtesy of Shopbop, I’ll wear them, and I’ll share them with you via outfit posts as usual. Of course Shopbop is hoping you’ll click on the links to shop, but you can do whatever you want! No pressure.

If you’re like most people, you probably either (a) have never heard of Shopbop, or (b) think it’s all million-dolla (yeah, I said “dolla”) designer stuff. True, there’s a lot of fancy crap on that site. But they actually have plenty of reasonably priced goodies that you might not find elsewhere. I figure most of my lovely followers (that’s you guys) are in the same boat as I am. And that boat is a raft, not a yacht. So you better believe I’ll be picking some of the things above when I put in my order!

If you do want to see what Shopbop has to offer (again, no pressure), I recommend checking out:

  • The reasonably priced line JOA (the black dress and embellished skirt above, both $78, are from this line).
  • The blue striped dress above, which is on sale for $50!
  • Madewell! Yes, select items (like the Paris tee above) from one of my favorite stores can be found on Shopbop. This is great news when Madewell’s website is sold out of something you want. :)
  • Some shoes like Splendid sandals, Kate Spade sneakers, and Jeffrey Campbell flats (my favorites are pictured above) are mostly under $100.
  •  Baggu leather clutches. That adorable yellow one is only $54!
  • Jewelry by Adia Kibur (like the reversible earrings above), Shashi (rose gold ring), and Kate Spade (love bracelet). All my selections are under $50.

Enjoy your weekend, folks. I’ll be sure to let you know what I end up selecting for my first Shopbop order! Thanks as always for your support.