What better way to finish 2012 than to make fun of myself? I’ve deleted a lot of my blooper photos, but some were just too good not to save for a special occasion. Lucky for you, that day is today. Enjoy! (click on the photos to see the original post of boring photos if you like)
I finally jumped on the Sole Society bandwagon with these adorable “Celine” shoes. I love how from the front they’re like “Oh, hey, I’m just a simple pair of shoes…no big deal…” and then from the back they’re like “BAM! I have a chartreuse heel! You didn’t see that coming, did you?” (A lot of my clothes talk to me. I’m like a wardrobe whisperer.)
In case you haven’t heard of or ordered from Sole Society, it’s one of those sites where you have to be a “member,” but you don’t have to give a credit card number (until you purchase, obviously), and you can opt out of e-mails so they don’t bug you. I’m happy with my first purchase, so I’m sure I’ll make more. If you’re interested in seeing the selection, sign up here.
Hope everyone’s enjoying the end of 2012! Take THAT, Mayans!
Plaid shirt: Madewell, old (similar)
Sweater: LOFT, old (similar on sale)
Shoes: Sole Society (these are the “Celine” in Winter Taupe Citrine)
Pavé Link Bracelet: J. Crew
Earrings: Kate Spade
Man, it feels like so long since my last outfit post! Don’t lie…you’ve missed me. I know it. I really have been wearing clothes this week, I’ve just been taking some time off to relax on my Christmas vacation. But I thought I’d take a moment to show you what I wore on my travel day Monday. A long chambray and leggings is nothing crazy, but it was great for the plane and infinitely better looking than a velour sweatsuit.
The most exciting part of this outfit was the SHOES! I am a big Tory Burch fan, so when Megan of Chic for a Week offered to let me try a free rental, I obviously couldn’t refuse. If you’re familiar with Bag, Borrow or Steal or Rent the Runway, Chic for a Week is the same idea but for shoes! They have a small but growing selection of great designer shoes that you can wear for a week at a fraction of the cost of buying retail. My shoes arrived very quickly and came with a return UPS label already printed out (which is awesome, because shipping things is the worst). To learn more about Chic for a Week, see the FAQ page on their website. It’s a great idea if you have a special occasion coming up!
Here’s me posing in front of the tree in the lobby at Indianapolis International Airport on Christmas Eve before our flight.
…And here I am having a little holiday cocktail on our layover. What can I say? I’m festive.
Top: Forever 21 (similar)
Hello there, friends! I don’t know about you guys, but this Christmas season is rocking my cat socks off. We left Indianapolis the day before a snow storm hit and are spending the week with my in-laws in blizzard-free South Carolina. I wanted to share a few photos from the past couple days. Enjoy!
A selection of my favorite Christmas gifts. Sweaters, a mint green bag, leopard print watch, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion on DVD, and a page-a-day shoe calendar? Clearly my family knows me well.
Even my father-in-law’s bounty dresses up for the season. Don’t worry…these aren’t reindeer, just regular deer.
My place at the table for Christmas dinner; A collection of Christmas cards we got from friends and family (we’re clearly pretty popular); A giant tree with gifts for 7 spoiled adults; Some of my mother-in-law’s lovely decorations
Probably the best decoration: this major award! And yes, it’s in the front window of their house.
And finally, the present I asked Santa for and the only reason I tried to stay on the nice list this year…the pavé link bracelet from J. Crew. Yay!
On Saturday, Kristin and I went to see a special exhibition of Islamic art at the IMA. After all, what’s more Christmasy than learning about a culture that doesn’t celebrate Christmas?
The exhibition is really great (props to Brigham Young University Museum of Art, the organizing institution), so if you’re in the Indianapolis area, I highly recommend it. It’s open through January 13.
Unfortunately, photography was not allowed, so you’ll have to go to the museum yourself, or you can see a few highlights on BYU’s website (although thumbnail pictures don’t do this stuff justice!)
The prior day’s snow made for some good outfit photos…I felt like a little snow bunny in my cozy sweater!
I’ll be honest: I knew basically nothing about Islam before – and obviously one afternoon is not going to teach me everything there is to know about a centuries-old religion and culture – but I feel at least a little more familiar after this exhibition.
First of all, Arabic calligraphy is beautiful, and there are so many different styles. Some pieces looked so bold and avant-garde that I thought they were modern, but they were actually from the 18th century. Mind blown.
I also learned that while pictorial representations aren’t allowed in objects for religious/worshipping purposes, they are allowed for everyday, secular objects.
Islamic art also has a strong emphasis on pattern and rhythm. There are lots of repeating patterns, which parallel religious chants. The chants are considered “the heartbeat of Islam.” There was even one room of the exhibition that had a huge painting with a circular pattern and a chant was playing over the speakers. I seriously felt like I was going to be sucked into the middle of the painting. Mind blown. Again.
Oh, and there was jewelry! Big surprise here: I was drawn to the things you could wear. There was one really cool gold cuff that had three-dimensional doves all over it, and the inside had an Arabic inscription that said something like “joy and happiness to its owner.” Unfortunately, there were no cheap replicas of that bracelet in the gift shop, but there was this necklace, which Kristin and I bought together so we can share it:
Hopefully you can see in the picture that on top of the veins of the leaf, there’s some Arabic calligraphy. The translation is roughly: The best people are the ones that help other people.
So in case you’re one of those people that just associates Islam with terrorism, here’s the real deal…In the end, it comes down to the same philosophy as every other religion: Don’t be an asshole. There might be some difference of opinion on the details, but in the end…just don’t be an asshole. So for the love of Allah, let’s stop fighting about our differences and celebrate the ways we’re all the same.
I wish you all a happy and peaceful December 25th, whether or not you know it’s Christmas.
Turtleneck: Target, old
Dress: H&M, old but I’ve seen similar in stores recently
Sweater: Victoria’s Secret, old (similar here)
Necklace: J. Crew, old (similar here)
In a 24-hour period on Thursday, Indianapolis saw 50 degrees, 20 degrees, thunder, rain, snow, and 50+ mph winds. I’m not sure how else to deal with these conditions besides rain boots and half a sweater.
Yes, this is half a sweater. I’m not sure exactly what the designer/manufacturer was going for, but I was intrigued. I guess it was supposed to be like a shoulder warmer slash turtleneck slash short poncho? I got it in an XL (I normally wear an XS) so it fits more like a really big infinity scarf. I feel like I wouldn’t have liked it in my normal size. It would have been too constricting. Anyway, I got this thing a few years ago. Clearly it did not become a trend because I haven’t seen much like it. I don’t wear it very often, but the insane weather on the eve of the “apocalypse” seemed like a good occasion.
Shirt: Ann Taylor
Jeans: The Limited
Watch: Anne Klein (similar)
Bracelets: Forever 21
Earrings: c/o Designs…By Patricia
P.S. Happy birthday to my mom!
Hey, peeps. I wanted to take a hot second to tell you about different ways for us to be buddies. These days there are a million and a half social media platforms for bloggers (and everyone, really) and I honestly don’t even know how some of them work. There are a few sites I’ve signed up for but haven’t used yet. There are, however, a select few I use on a regular basis in a helpful, non-annoying way:
I have 6 boards on Pinterest, but I mainly pin to 2 or 3 at a time:
- Get in My Closet Like Now: This is where I try to pressure awesome clothes and accessories to magically show up at my apartment. So far it hasn’t worked, but I’ll keep trying. Sometimes I actually purchase the items I pin here, and other times I pin things I can’t afford just for fun. I include the price in the caption when it’s something budget-friendly. (Full disclosure: Most of these pins are affiliate links, meaning I might make a commission if you make a purchase from the original source. Thanks in advance for helping fund my education!)
- Real-Life Fall/Winter Style: This is where I pin outfit inspiration for this season. I usually post a picture from my own outfit post for the day, but most photos are from other blogs. And I have excellent taste, so my pins are pretty awesome.
- Real-Life Spring/Summer Style: You can probably figure this one out…same as above but for warm weather. It’s mostly dormant right now but will be back in action in a few months.
See all my boards here.
I used to have all my favorite blogs in my bookmarks menu, so I would just go through the list every day not knowing whether or not there was actually a new post up yet. Bloglovin’ is the biz-nass and makes it so much easier if you like to keep up with lots of blogs – fashion or otherwise. And you can see a quick preview so you know if it’s something you’re not interested in.
Anyway, I recommend signing up for Bloglovin’ if you haven’t already, and you can follow Sarah’s Real Life here. Each new post will show up in your feed shortly after it goes live.
If you’re one of the elite 1 billion people who have a Facebook account, you can “like” the Sarah’s Real Life Facebook page here. A link to each post will pop up in your News Feed. I also post links with sales alerts to some of my favorite stores, which I don’t do here on the blog. You will love me and hate me for it 🙂
I use Twitter a lot! Not only do I post links to my posts, I also do some sales alerts, along with Instagrams and random tidbits of my life (I like to think I’m pretty entertaining). I’m pretty excited about the upcoming awards season so I can tweet about all my favorite red carpet looks. But be warned, I can’t help but tweet about every IU basketball game. Follow me here.
Hey, everyone! Look who’s back!
Yep, it’s my prettier half, who so kindly let me dress her up and take pictures of her. She’s like a real-life Barbie doll. Except I will never leave her floating face down in the bathtub or give her a buzz cut.
During one of my many long study sessions in bed with Coco sleeping peacefully next to me, I happened to glance into Kristin’s open closet and had this great idea for an outfit for her. I’m not really a fan of denim on denim for me, but since Kristin has more of a casual, misplaced-surfer-meets-nutty-professor style, I thought she could pull it off. Plus, I got her this sweater for Christmas a couple years ago, and I feel like she only wears it when I gently remind her to. Ahem. But it’s so cute.
OK, be sure to shower her with compliments in the comments so I can continue to convince her to be a model once in a while!
Jeans: American Eagle
Sweater: old (similar on sale)
Necklace: Charming Charlie (borrowed from me!) (similar)
Earrings: c/o Designs…By Patricia
That’s right, 3 out of 6 semesters are done! I am feeling pretty good right now. I feel even better thinking about the wonderful month-long break that is now officially underway. I was already in the Christmas spirit (I found gift shopping a good way to clear my head in between studying for exams), but now I am extra jolly!
After turning in my last take-home exam, I freshened myself up (in a Beatles t-shirt I stole from Kristin’s closet – thanks, love) for dinner, drinks, and a movie.
In case you’re wondering, we saw Silver Linings Playbook. Some parts were kind of slow moving, but Bradley Cooper was seriously amazing. Who would have guessed? Overall it was very good. At my theater, an elderly couple walked out less than halfway through. And any movie that offends old people is good in my book.
P.S. This outfit was inspired by this photo I pinned awhile back.
Coat: Victoria’s Secret, old (similar – on sale)
Tee: Junk Food
Bracelet: Forever 21
As you know, I recently re-started my uber-organized-choose-what-to-wear-with-notecards-system. Maybe I should come up with a more succinct name for this thing? Any ideas?
Normally, one card lasts me a week, but since my dressing habits were a bit altered during exam week(s), I spent more than a week drawing inspiration from my last card. My items were:
- Bubble necklace
- Solid belt
- Spotted flat booties
- Colored denim (the only item I didn’t get around to wearing!)
The outfits below should look familiar to you . . . I’ve worn all of these in the past couple weeks.
I did some shopping last month and wore a few new things for the first time. It was nice to have my little card to give me some ideas of old stuff to pair with the newbies. For example, I might have just thrown a cardigan over my new LOFT dress (upper right), but I tried a turtleneck instead, which I think was a lot more unique. And it was nice to bust out the old bubble necklace after giving it a long break. The color looked so nice with the minimalistic black and white sweater.
See these original outfit posts if you missed them: (clockwise from top left)