Blame it on the…

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I’m not proud to admit this, but I bought this shirt while slightly under the influence of alcohol. After having a drink after work, I went to Nordstrom with a plan to only buying foundation, but I somehow ended up on the second floor at a sale rack, where I found this shirt. I was OK to drive but not OK to shop, apparently.

I had every intention of returning the shirt because I really didn’t need it, but every time I physically touched this thing to take it out of my closet, I couldn’t bring myself to let it go because it is just so soft. Come to think of it, maybe I was just under the influence of fabric, not alcohol, when I got this. Now the tags are off and there’s no turning back!

similar Shirt // dress that’s similar to Shirt // similar Skirt // similar Sunglasses // similar Necklace // Lipstick “Corail in Touch”

P.S. Don’t forget that “Pin to Real Life” starts tomorrow! Check out yesterday’s post for details on what you’ll see on the blog next week and how to join in yourself.

The “Pin to Real Life” Style Challenge!

After the epic success of my last challenge (surprisingly, I’m not being sarcastic), I couldn’t wait to do another one. A ton of other bloggers joined in last time, and I’m hoping for just as many this time! You hear that? I’m talking to YOU.

So what’s the challenge? I’m glad you asked.

It’s called the “Pin to Real Life” Style Challenge!

How does it work? You are so full of great questions today! Well, I don’t know about everyone else, but I use Pinterest almost daily, and I often pin outfits from other blogs I follow. So next week, I’m challenging myself to look through my outfit inspiration board on Pinterest and recreate my own version of a pinned outfit each day. It doesn’t have to be an exact replica – the idea is just to be inspired by a look I like and then find things in my own closet that mimic whatever it is that I liked about the original.

I hope everyone likes this idea! I look forward to sharing my “pinspired” looks with you all starting Monday.

Join me, won’t you?

These things are always more fun with friends. If you’re a blogger and a Pinterest user, why not post a Pinterest-inspired outfit? You can do it just once, or you can go for a whole week with me. Even if you don’t have a blog and you want to try recreating an outfit or 2 from your own Pinterest board (or mine), share it on the SRL Facebook page!

If you’ve never used Pinterest for outfit inspiration, check out this article for tips on getting started.

If you are a fellow blogger and you decide to do the Pin to Real Life Style Challenge, I would be happy to share your link with my readers! All I ask is that: (1) Somewhere in your post, mention that I started the challenge and link back to this post, and (2) Send me your link somehow (Twitter, email, comment, etc.) so I know where to find you.

See all the Pin to Real Life posts here!

Necessity is the Mother of Chambray

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If you pack an overnight bag with plans to sleep at a friend’s house and then go to brunch in the morning, it’s important to remember appropriate undergarments. Because if you pack a thin cotton dress and no bra, you might end up sporting a different look than the one you were going for.

But if you find yourself in a braless situation, your best bet is to beg a friend for a chambray to tie over your top half. Even if it doesn’t quite fit , you might be able to pull off that effortlessly casual, I-meant-to-wear-a-shirt-that’s-too-big-for-me brunching look.

Of course, all of this is totally hypothetical and has nothing to do with what I’m wearing here.

Bracelet* // Shoes // similar Clutch (on sale)

*This bracelet was gifted to me by House of Gemmes. It’s great for small-wristed ladies like myself! Get 25% off your purchase at House of Gemmes by entering the code REALLIFE25 at checkout.


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Why, hello there! Long time, no outfit, huh? I hope you didn’t miss me too much during my 4-day hiatus (that’s a long one for me). Sadly, my grandma died last Thursday, and my meticulously planned schedule went out the window when I had to fly to North Carolina for the funeral. Normally, I’m glued to my phone and/or computer, always editing photos and writing posts and updating social media no matter how busy I am with other things. But when I was back home with my family, sharing tissues and happy memories, blogging was the farthest thing from my mind.

I know everyone thinks their grandma was the best, but mine seriously was. So even though I’m pretty sure my grandma didn’t know what a blog was, today’s post is dedicated to her. When I was a little girl and I put on a dress to go to church, my grandma would always gush over how “darling” I looked. At the time, I hated it because I didn’t want to look darling – I wanted to look grown-up! But when I put on this dress on Saturday, I couldn’t help but imagine my grandma telling me how darling I looked – and I would have loved to hear it!

Alright, I’m not wearing waterproof mascara, so that’s enough of that for now. Because of my long absence, I’m extending the Flourish Boutique giveaway through the end of the day today (Thursday). Be sure to enter!

Dress (on sale) // Necklace (under $5!) // similar Bag // similar Shoes (on sale)


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After I got these photos uploaded and I was ready to tell you how I wore this outfit on the first day of summer, I realized that I actually wore this on Thursday…which was the last day of spring. But because (1) I’m lazy and (2) this would in fact have been a perfect first-day-of-summer ensemble, I’m just going with it. I’ve always been ahead of my time. In this case, it was just one day, but still.

Shirt (40% off with code GIRLSNIGHT) // Skirt (on sale) // Necklace*

*This necklace was gifted to me by Flourish Boutique. You can enter to win $25 to shop at Flourish here!

Trying New Things

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You all know I love print mixing, and I’ve done a lot of it. But one mix I haven’t tried is floral on floral. I’ve seen it done very daringly (2 similar bold florals right next to each other) by a couple bloggers that I absolutely love – Chloe and E. It totally works for some people, but I just couldn’t get on board. Indy’s not the most fashion forward city, and I think I would get some weird looks rocking that kind of mix!

Still, I do love trying new things (only with my wardrobe – no skydiving or anything). So I decided to dip my toe in the floral mixing trend. And that brings us to this ensemble, friends. Since my jacket and shoes were so far apart, I didn’t worry about them clashing. Then the red top matched the red shoes to sort of tie the look together. So there ya go – floral mixing for real life. What do you think? Would you wear (or have you worn) 2 floral prints together?

similar Jacket // similar Skirt // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Necklace // Lipstick “Orange de Chine”

Hey! Don’t forget to enter to win a $25 gift card to Flourish Boutique!

Mod Dress & a $25 Gift Card Giveaway! [GIVEAWAY CLOSED]

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Dress // similar Shoes // similar Necklace // Lipstick “Corail In Touch”

If you hate getting compliments, do not – I repeat: DO NOT – wear this dress. Seriously, if the idea of random strangers tripping over themselves to tell you how cute you look leaves you shuddering, then this is not the dress for you.

But if you like compliments, and you like to channel your inner Twiggy, then this is definitely the frock for you, my friend. I am one lucky duck because Flourish Boutique sent me this adorable chevron number on the house, and YOU could be another lucky duck because Flourish Boutique is also going to send a $25 Gift Card to one Sarah’s Real Life reader! 

If you win, you’ll probably be so excited that you’ll do the twist. Like this:

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To enter, here’s what you have to do:

  1. Follow Sarah’s Real Life and Flourish Boutique on Facebook.
  2. Leave a comment below telling me you followed, and tell me what you might get from Flourish Boutique if you win!

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winner, Sharon Roze!

Blue Jean Baby

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock (I’ve never understood how that living situation would work anyway – do you pay property taxes?), you probably know that colored jeans have been trending over the past couple years. But here’s a conundrum: aren’t all jeans “colored” unless they’re white? I mean when people say “colored jeans” or “colored denim” they’re talking about jeans that aren’t blue. Right? But blue is a color, people.

And as if that’s not enough of a conundrum, what do we call these jeans? They’re not regular jeans, but they’re still blue. So they’re blue colored jeans? Is anyone else’s mind exploding?!

Jeans* // similar Shirt (on sale) // Necklace // similar Shoes (on sale) // Bracelet // Watch

*These jeans were gifted to me LuckyB Boutique. All opinions and conundrums are my own.

Over the River and Through the Woods

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I wore this outfit more than a week ago when my family was in town, but the day was so busy I never got around to taking photos. So this past Sunday afternoon when we went for a stroll through River Road Park, I threw the look back together to take les photos. Side note: it was much cooler when I originally wore this, so the jacket didn’t last long the second time around.

Now. Are you ready for your random Sarah fact of the day? Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been strangely good at finding four-leaf clovers. I used to spot them while I was walking, without even stopping to look. Yep, I’ve always been a freak. I did actually stop and look this time, but I probably found this little guy in under 2 minutes. Lucky me!

Dress (on clearance) // Jacket // similar Shoes (on sale) // vintage Coach bag via eBay

Date Night Do-Over

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Remember how I told you about the date night fail last week? Well, I made reservations at the Melting Pot Sunday night and we got our delayed fondue fix. What is so great about dipping bread and broccoli into a big bowl of steamy cheese, you may ask? The answer is: everything. And don’t even get me started on the chocolate s’more fondue for dessert. A fit and flare dress definitely comes in handy for meals like this one. I might have to start doing that thing people do – what’s it called? – oh yeah…exercising.

Dress // Necklace* // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Clutch (on sale) // Nails

*This necklace was gifted to me by Flourish Boutique. If you live in the Granger, IN, area, be sure to check out their special birthday event this Thursday! There will be a fashion show, discounts, and some giveaways.