Summer Whites

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I don’t own a plain white button-up. I know it’s a staple and all, but they just end up looking grungy so fast that I feel like it’s a waste of money. That said, I loved the details of this top so much I couldn’t resist. What can I say? I live on the edge. Plus, it was on clearance for $15. Also…it has pockets! How cool is that?!

We made a quick outing in the morning, so I took my new white shirt for a spin. Then I changed into my white bikini (again, the edge – I live there) and spent most of the day relaxing in the pool and working on my tan sunburn. Vacation…who’s jealous?

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Top: Webster Miami at Target / Jeans: Ann Taylor / Shoes: Dr. Scholls / Bracelet: Madewell / Necklace: Tiffany / Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs / Sunglasses: Charming Charlie

Bikini: Victoria’s Secret / Hat: Target

Roadtrippin’

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I don’t have a real outfit post today because I spent all of yesterday in the car going from my home in Indianapolis all the way to my in-laws’ in Greenville, SC. Over 500 miles. It’s far. By the time we got here and had dinner, there was no light left for good pictures.

But I did take this quick photo in the best room of the in-laws’ house: the Beatles room. Yes, really. It’s fantastic. I thought the vintage photo effect would add some extra ambiance, although I wish I had been wearing something a little more 60s-ish.

This skirt is the best road trip garment ever because it’s made of this soft, stretchy material that doesn’t wrinkle, isn’t clingy, and doesn’t dig into my waist and make me have to pee even more than normal.

Stay tuned for more vacation posts the rest of the week! (with more pictures next time, I promise)

Shirt: Target / Skirt: Pitaya / Shoes: Dr. Scholls

The Girl in the Green Scarf

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After Monday’s somewhat daring ensemble, I kept things simple and classic for Tuesday. When I was a kid, I remember thinking that high-waisted pants were for nerdy middle-aged women. But that’s probably because my middle school librarian always wore these hideous floral pants with an elastic waist up so high that her boobs literally hung over the top.

Now that I’m older and wiser (and nerdier), I realize that as long as you’re not too short-waisted and you keep your pants under your belly button, high-waisted pants actually make your legs look longer and your waist look smaller. From what I’ve learned from What Not to Wear, these are good things.

Top: Jones New York / Pants: Ann Taylor / Scarf: Stein Mart / Shoes: Kensie Girl / Bracelet: vintage

P.S. For those who don’t get the reference, the title of this post is from the movie version of Confessions of a Shopaholic. Shortly after the movie came out, I found this scarf and couldn’t resist, but unlike the girl in the movie, I didn’t have to max out 3 credit cards to get it (not because I’m rich, but because this scarf was under $20).

Leather to Work? Yes We Can!

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For the record, this is not real leather. But “pleather” paints a picture of crappy small-town strippers so I don’t like to use that term to describe my own wardrobe. I wore this to the office on Monday (where I work at a desk, not on a pole). I had already decided to wear this skirt, but all of my go-to “work tops” just seemed boring. Then I thought about my style pinboard on Pinterest where I have about a gazillion pictures of outfits I like. I pin photos and then never look at them again. It gave me this crazy idea – I should look at them. So I did, and I happened to spot one that included a vest. I’ll skip to the end of the story: I decided to wear a vest.

Sometimes you just have to find something that sparks some creativity. No more boring Monday! Huzzah!

Top: Rafaella / Vest: Express / Skirt: Target / Shoes: Tahari / Necklace: Tiffany / Earrings: Light Years / Bracelet: gift

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Also, today Coco was all “hey take my picture for your blog,” and I was like “but my blog is about style,” and she was all “pretty please I’m cute” and I was like “OK.”

Saturday Night Sequins

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Do you ever find yourself thinking, “What should I wear for an evening out at a VIP cabana at a lake-side Italian restaurant with a wading pool?” Of course you don’t, because who does that? Well, this weekend, did. It was quite the sartorial conundrum, but I think I pulled it off.

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The sequins say “I’m here to party,” but the linen shorts say “I’m laid back” and also “it’s freakin’ hot outside.”

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Me and my stylish ladies, living the VIP life for a night.

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Delicious bruschetta and some of the many drinks ordered Saturday night 🙂

Top: August Silk / Shorts: Madewell / Shoes: Steve Madden / Bangles: Nordstrom / Clutch: Lulu

On the Chambray Bandwagon

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Well friends, it has happened. I bought a chambray shirt and I’m not afraid to show it. When this trend first started popping up, I was not a fan. I don’t really like jean jackets, and jean shirts seemed like pretty much the same thing to me. The more people I saw wearing their chambray shirts with blue jeans, the more it bugged me – nothing wrong with it necessarily, but I tend to develop strange distastes for certain trends. Kimberly of eat.sleep.wear did the denim on denim thing…looks great on her, but it’s just not my style.

But then…something started to change. I saw chambray being styled in different ways that were more appealing to me. Kendi of Kendi Everyday wore chambray with a contrasting pencil skirt. Kayley of Sidewalk Ready wore chambray with bright pink jeans. Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere paired her chambray with a super-sparkly necklace. Skirts? Bright colors? Accessories? I love all those things!

So I went to Madewell. They have a whole chambray shirt “bar” with different styles and washes and I found the perfect one for me. Not too pale, not too slouchy, and it’s super soft. (Plus, I’m a student so I get 20% off! Woot!)

When I was in the dressing room, the advice of What I Wore‘s Jessica Quirk popped into my head, and I tried to think of 3 different things I already own that I could wear with my new chambray friend. I thought of wearing it with these pants and these shorts, and for the debut, with this white pencil skirt for work on Friday. What do you think?

Welcome to my closet, chambray!

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I had a ton of fun taking these photos on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art (one of my favorite places), which is why I included so many – too hard to choose!

Top: Madewell / Skirt: Ann Taylor / Belt: Ann Taylor / Shoes: Cole Haan / Bag: marc by Marc Jacobs / Bracelet: Madewell / Sunglasses: Charming Charlie

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No Giraffes were Harmed in the Making of this Outfit

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Isn’t it splendid how accessories can totally change the feel of what you’re wearing? Accessories make the outfit, that’s what I always say. Well maybe I don’t always say that, but I’m saying it now, and I’m going to keep saying it so that in 10 years I can say that I always say it.

I don’t usually wear these pants to work because I feel like they’re too casual, but I made them more worky with gold jewelry and kitten heels. See? Accessories make the outfit, that’s what I always say.

Top: Target / Pants: JAG Jeans / Shoes: Bandolino / Necklace: Charming Charlie / Bracelet: Anthropologie / Earrings: Target

Happy First Day of Summer!

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When I picked out this outfit Tuesday night (because I can’t think clearly in the morning), I thought to myself, “My word, this is an awfully summery getup!” (because I talk like an old Southern woman in my head) Then I realized that the next day (now yesterday) was the first day of summer! Well, butter my buns and call me a biscuit, ain’t that somethin’! I couldn’t have done it better if I’d planned it.

Dress: Kohl’s / Necklace: J. Crew / Shoes: Ann Taylor / Bracelets: American Eagle

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Hello, Yellow!

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I like to think I’m witty, but at the moment I can think of nothing witty to say about today’s outfit post. What I can think of to say is that I was pretty proud of it. Yellow? Good. Lace details? Good. Silk scarfs in the summer? Good.

And in other news, you can now follow my blog with Bloglovin’ if you like. The button is at the bottom of this page for your link pleasure. You can also follow me on Twitter (@sarahsreallife), where I will tweet new posts as well as other important, life-altering announcements like “i just got new shoes. woot!” If you follow me, I’ll follow you too!

Top: Ann Taylor / Pants: Express / Scarf: gift from my sister, which means it was probably from Urban Outfitters / Earrings: Francesca’s Collections / Bracelet: What to Wear Boutique / Shoes: Nine West

What to Wear: Week 1 Update

For those of you who read my post last week on outfit planning, you’ve probably had troubling sleeping at night because you’ve been wondering, “Did Sarah use one of her index cards last week?! Did she wear everything on the list?! I MUST KNOW!!”

Well, stress no more, my little style fiends. Here is your answer. Yes, I did use one of my index cards last week. The items on the card were:

  • purple peplum top
  • zebra CK flats
  • cropped pants
  • maxi skirt
  • mint green J. Crew necklace
  • solid cardigan

If you look back at the last week of outfit posts, you’ll see that I wore all but the J. Crew necklace! Don’t believe me? See for yourself.

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So, is anyone else going to try it?

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