2012 Outtakes

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)

Sometimes I don’t know what to do with my hands…

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Sometimes I pet pretend dogs…

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Sometimes I can’t keep my balance on a moving vehicle…

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Sometimes Kristin is silly, too…

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Sometimes we pretend to be in The Lion King…

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Sometimes I think I’m a Rockette…

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Sometimes I do other interesting dance moves…

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Sometimes I can’t keep my shit together…

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Sometimes I make scary faces…

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Sometimes I…am I squatting?…I don’t even know…

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Thanks for tuning in this year, everyone! See you in 2013!

Dead Shoe-Wearers Society

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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)

Jeans: Express

Shoes: Sole Society (these are the “Celine” in Winter Taupe Citrine)

Necklace: Target

Pavé Link Bracelet: J. Crew

Earrings: Kate Spade

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

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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!

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Here’s me posing in front of the tree in the lobby at Indianapolis International Airport on Christmas Eve before our flight.

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…And here I am having a little holiday cocktail on our layover. What can I say? I’m festive.

Top: Forever 21 (similar)

Shoes: Tory Burch – rent here or buy here [Just a tip: they run a bit small, so I recommend ordering a half size up]

My Xmas in Over-Processed Photos

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!

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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.

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Even my father-in-law’s bounty dresses up for the season. Don’t worry…these aren’t reindeer, just regular deer.

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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

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Probably the best decoration: this major award! And yes, it’s in the front window of their house.

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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!

Do They Know It’s Christmas Time at All

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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!

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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:

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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.

Love, Sarah

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Turtleneck: Target, old

Dress: H&M, old but I’ve seen similar in stores recently

Sweater: Victoria’s Secret, old (similar here)

Boots: Aldo, old (similar here and here)

Necklace: J. Crew, old (similar here)

Oh, the Weather Outside is Frightful

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20121221-223325.jpgIn 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

Sweater thing: I.N.C. via Macy’s, old (similar here on sale, here in different colors)

Jeans: The Limited

Boots: Hunter

Watch: Anne Klein (similar)

Bracelets: Forever 21

Earrings: c/o Designs…By Patricia

P.S. Happy birthday to my mom!

How to Stalk Me

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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:

Pinterest

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.

Bloglovin’

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.

Facebook

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 🙂

Twitter

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.