My Name is Sarah, and I’m a Polkaholic


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Did anyone notice anything funny about my outfit posts this past week? Like maybe that all five of them involved polka dots? No, it was not planned. I just have a problem. I might have to start setting myself a monthly polka dot allowance so this doesn’t get out of control. But I can’t help myself…this pattern is just so easy to spot in stores. God, I’m hilarious.

I’m going to try to pace myself this season with polka dot purchases, but I already have my eye on a few adorably polka dotted things. Here are some dots I’d love to add to my collection for spring. What should be my first purchase?

Polka Dots!

Shoes ($62) // Skirt ($18) // Bag ($108) // Scarf ($15) // Belt ($30) // Dress ($45)

She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain

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I felt like a mountain climber in this outfit. I mean, I’ve never climbed a mountain before, but I imagine this is a typical outfit for that activity. I’ve got the flat boots for handling rugged terrain. I’ve got jeans, because that’s what you wear for doing things outside. I’ve got a puffer vest, which is practical for when it gets cold at night. I’ve got a ponytail to keep my hair out of my face and to swat away bugs.

Finally, I’ve got a bright blue polka dot cardigan. That’s the most important part of my mountain climbing outfit because I’m sure to get lost, at which point I can call for help and tell the helicopter pilot to look for the girl in the bright blue polka dot cardigan.

Or I could just not go mountain climbing because I have no idea what I’m talking about. Yeah, let’s go with that.

similar Cardigan (on sale) // similar Vest // Bracelet // similar Boots

Nothin’ Like Experimentin’

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I never thought I would be a denim vest kind of person. A denim vest is just one pair of cutoff shorts and a Natty Light away from a Nascar fan. With no due respect, Nascar-unchic is not a look to which I aspire.

But for whatever reason, I decided I wanted to try out a denim vest. When I’m experimenting, I like to go cheap so I don’t waste too much money if I end up abandoning the idea. I got this vest from good ol’ Target for $27.99. If anyone heads to the Big T to scope it out, be warned that this baby runs really small. I got a medium, and I usually wear an XS. I just wanted to throw that out there in case anyone tries on their usual size and thinks they’ve gained 20 pounds overnight. You haven’t. Probably.

I’m happy with my great denim vest experiment so far. I took this outfit about as un-hick as I could and I think it worked. You’ll be seeing more of my little blue friend in the future I suspect.

similar Sweater (on sale) // Vest // Skirt (on clearance) // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Necklace

Let’s Go To the Mall…Today!

Another day, another Robin Scherbatsky reference.

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I really love wearing heels with jeans, but I don’t get to do it much. I wear plenty of jeans on school days, when it would be silly and impractical to wear heels; and I wear plenty of heels on work days, when I’m not allowed to wear jeans. Sure, there are weekends, but I’m a big ol’ nerd who stays home studying on weekends. Except when I go to a fun little fashion show at the mall.

Now, normally I don’t wear heels to the mall, but a fashion show – even if it’s just at my local Macy’s – is the best excuse I have to sport a fun outfit like this. And if you didn’t get enough of an opportunity to drool over these shoes last time I wore them, consider this your second chance.


Oh my gosh, how did this photo get in here?! No big deal, just a shot of me and my buddy Nick Verreos. If you didn’t catch my interview with him last week, be sure to check it out here. He was a hoot!

Jeans // Shoes (on sale) // similar Shirt (on sale) // Jacket // Bag // Lipstick “Schiap”

Nobody Asked You, Snow!

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When I said I might have to wear this happy polka dot shirt again to make it through today, I wasn’t joking. It’s almost April, and Indianapolis got 9″ of snow. That is simply uncalled for.

Anyone else a “How I Met Your Mother” fan? If you’re not familiar, there’s a very minor recurring character named Patrice who works with Robin, one of the main characters. For whatever reason Robin gets really worked up and yells at Patrice every time she says something. If you want to see what I’m talking about watch this video. Anyway, I feel like this snowstorm is my Patrice. The snow’s all like, “Hey, I can still come out and play,” and I’m like, “IT’S SPRING! NOBODY ASKED YOU, PATRICE! I MEAN SNOW!”

On the bright side, I’m really in the holiday spirit now. Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas!

similar Sweater (on sale) // Shirt // Boots // Socks // similar Spike Bracelet // Belt

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I Believe in Miracles

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Whoever said money doesn’t buy happiness clearly never encountered polka dots. One day I was a grumpy mess, and the next day this shirt I ordered from J. Crew Factory came in the mail. I mean look, the sun even came out. It’s a polka dot miracle. Of course, there’s snow piling up as we speak. I might have to bust out these dots again if I want to make it through another day.

Shirt // similar Sweater // Sunglasses (on sale) // similar Pants // Bracelet // Necklace // Lipstick “Pourpre Preview”

Bits & Pieces


For the most part, I take photos of my outfit every. single. day. The main exceptions are when I don’t get out of my PJs, or when I throw on a sweatshirt and jeans to run a quick errand. I know many bloggers decide whether an outfit is “blog-worthy” before they post, but considering the raison d’etre of Sarah’s Real Life, I think everything I wear that’s life-worthy should be blog-worthy.

The problem: Sometimes I take my photos myself, and when it’s cold out or it’s the end of a hard day, I tend to rush through it. Then I end up with not enough good photos to make a decent blog post that all you lovely people would enjoy reading.

Today I thought I’d round up a few of these outfits I never posted because even though the photos weren’t the best, the outfits were still cute and I still wore them in my real life!

So here’s what you’ve been missing!
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Chambray // similar Sweater // similar Pants // Sunglasses (on sale) // similar Shoes

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Shirt // similar Skirt // similar Shoes (also in mint!)extras6 extras7

similar Cardigan // similar Shirt // similar Scarf (only $10) // similar Boots (on sale for $50)

Beige & Blue

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Sarah’s Wardrobe Timeline:

  • September: Sarah gets tired of sweating all the time and looks forward to fall.
  • October-November: Sarah embraces the cool weather and buys fun new clothes for winter.
  • December-January: Sarah copes with freezing temperatures by buying new sweaters and getting creative with layering.
  • February: Sarah starts to lose interest in layering and looks forward to spring.
  • Early March: Sarah starts incorporating fun spring colors and prints into the mix to tide her over until the weather warms up.
  • Late March: Sarah is sick and tired of being cold, has no interest in any of her winter clothes, and starts throwing on any random outfit with little regard for how flattering or interesting it is.

Just to remind you: we are in the late March phase. This is one of those random outfits. I actually thought this outfit was kind of lame when I picked it out (but ignored that feeling due to my late March state of mind), but these photos make me think it wasn’t so bad. What do you think?

By my usual standards, it’s not terribly colorful, but I suppose there’s nothing wrong with neutrals once in awhile. And I do have a cool mix of textures/patterns with the crochet top and polka dot jeans. Plus I was comfortable. So I guess it’s not so bad! But I still don’t want it to be cold anymore. MAKE IT STOP.

similar Top (on sale) // another similar Top (on sale) // similar Cardigan (on sale) // Jeans (also in mint!) // Shoes (on sale) // Lipstick “Orange de Chine”

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice

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Who would have thought putting horizontal stripes around your ass could be so slimming? No one with eyes, that’s for sure. This skirt is magical. I’m so glad I got it. I mean I’ve only had it 2 months and this is the fourth time I’ve worn it. This is shaping up to be an impressive cost-per-wear!

On another note, I normally don’t like to wear yellow and black together because I feel like it makes me look like a bumble bee. But this particular outfit felt more like Beetlejuice than bumble bee, so I thought it worked. Don’t know if you heard, but Beetlejuice-inspired fashion is totally in for spring. You’re welcome.

Skirt (on sale) // Sweater // Sunglasses (on sale) // Necklace // Boots (on clearance) // Bracelet

Sarah v. Mother Nature: Round 3

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A few weeks back, eShakti offered to let me pick out something from their new spring collection. I was super excited since I loved my first eShakti dress. I picked out the springiest of the spring frocks and I couldn’t wait for the right weather and the right occasion to wear it. Over the weekend, I had to accept the fact that I was not going to have the right weather for awhile. But I did have the right occasion (date night!) to wear the dress. So I layered up and proved to that bitch Mother Nature that I will wear my spring dress now! I think I finally won this round. That’s Sarah-1, Mother Nature-2. I’m not giving up on this fight.

Anywho, in case you’re not familiar, eShakti is an online retailer that sells dresses, skirts, and tops in a ton of different styles. You can customize all kinds of things like hem length, sleeve length, and neckline. You can order normal sizes, or you can enter your measurements and get a customized garment for a few extra bucks. They also have bridesmaids dresses now!

If you’d like to try out eShakti, you can get 20% off your order with the code “SRLBLOG” through March 31st. Woo hoo! Enter this code in the Privilege Discount field at checkout.

Dress // Bag // similar Necklace // Shoes // Bracelet // similar Coat

Disclosure: eShakti provided me with this dress free of charge. However, I selected the dress myself and all opinions are my own. eShakti is not providing me with any other compensation for my review. If you have questions about my opinions on this dress, just leave a comment below!