Guest Star: a Bowl of Sherbet

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I know what you’re thinking: Who’s this hottie and why can’t she be on the blog every day instead of Sarah? Well, it’s because most of the time she’s the one taking photos and I’m the one who’s dressed better. But over the weekend on our Bloomington date, Kristin stepped up her style game so I made her hand over the camera.

The best thing about this outfit was that it was an accident. We’ve all been there: you go through all the trouble of planning everything you’re going to wear on an out-of-town trip, and then you manage to leave a key piece at home. Well, Kristin planned to wear her chambray with these mint pants, but she made the mistake of hanging up the shirt at home overnight to get the wrinkles out, and the shirt decided not to jump into her bag on its own the next day. Shirts are so lazy that way.

So she was stuck with re-wearing this t-shirt, but I for one think it might be even cuter with these pants than the chambray would’ve been. I mean she looks like a big bowl of sherbet, and who doesn’t like sherbet? In fact, Kristin looked so delicious that I ate her for dessert. And that’s how Regina George died.

Just kidding. But don’t lie…you totally want sherbet now, don’t you?

T-shirt (only $8) // similar Pants // similar Clutch // Sunglasses // Sandals (under $20) // Watch // similar Scarf

On Campus

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Welcome to Part II of my anniversary weekend adventure!  In case I didn’t make it clear yesterday (or during basketball season), I absolutely love bragging about my alma mater. I wouldn’t trade my undergrad experiences for anything. Not even for all the cute shoes in the world.  I have fun every time I go back to visit, and Sunday was no exception.

We slept in (always the best way to start a Sunday – sorry, church), then had brunch al fresco at Scholar’s Inn Bakehouse. Next was shopping on Kirkwood Avenue – always a staple activity for any B-town trip. If you want a peek at Kirkwood, check out the first photo in this post from January!

Then we headed to the IU Art Museum to walk around the galleries. As an art history major, I spent plenty of time there back in the day, but just like the rest of campus, I never get tired of visiting. The museum was designed by I.M. Pei, who also designed the pyramid part of the Louvre. No big deal. It’s really cool because there are almost no 90 degree angles in the building except some of the windows and where the walls meet the floor. I assume that’s because it would be hard to hang paintings on angled walls.

The red sculpture you see in the photos above is in front of the museum. It’s called “Indiana Arc” by Charles O. Perry.

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The rest of these photos were taken just a few steps away from the Art Museum at Showalter Fountain.  In the picture above, you can see my old stomping grounds in the background – the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts! Yay for impractical bachelor’s degrees!

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Thanks for letting me gush about about fabulous weekend and my fabulous school. Tomorrow you’ll get a bonus weekend outfit post with a special guest star. Stay tuned… 😉

similar Jacket (on sale) // similar Skirt (under $25) // similar Bag (on sale) // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Sunglasses (on sale)

Flaming Cheese and Other Stuff

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As you might remember, Tuesday was my wedding anniversary. And because I am the best wife ever, I planned a whole surprise weekend of fun for Kristin in Bloomington. In case you don’t know, Bloomington is the best college town in the universe – and more importantly it was OUR college town. If you ever find yourself in southern Indiana, you MUST go. But first send me an email and I’ll tell you everywhere you need to check out. I’m serious about this.

Over the next couple days, I’ll share what I wore and some of the fun we had, too. By the end you’ll probably be packing your bags as fast as you can to go to Bloomington. You should be, anyway. Actually, just stop reading now and start packing.

On Saturday I dropped Kristin off for some pampering at Massage on the Square, then sent her on a scavenger hunt around the IU campus. Then we went out for brunch at FARM, did some wine tasting at Oliver, and checked into our awesome room at the Walnut Street Inn. See how I’m planning your trip for you already? You’re welcome.

This outfit was from Saturday night, when we went out to dinner at the Trojan Horse and then went back to FARM for a cocktail. On any normal day, a plate of flaming cheese would be the high point. OK, maybe it was still the high point. It’s hard to compete with flaming cheese. But the other stuff was pretty damn awesome too.

(See more photos of the weekend on my Instagram feed.)

Blazer (under $15) // Jeans* // Shoes (on sale) // similar Bag (on sale) // Necklace // Bracelet // Lips “Corail in Touch”

*Jeans gifted to me by Lucky B Boutique.

Weekend Reading

I took the weekend off from outfit posting because I’m in Bloomington on an epic anniversary celebration! If you want to see what I’m up to, you can check out my Instagram feed.

In the meantime, I was picked for Independent Fashion Bloggers’ weekly Links à la Mode again, so for your reading pleasure on this lovely Sunday, here are all the other posts that were chosen. Some of them might even be as good as mine.

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On a Trend Bender

Summer is actually the best time to play around with trends. You know why? Because summer is the the best time play around in general! With all the bold colors and prints, the great summer sales, and gorgeous weather, it’s hard not to get caught up in the spirit of going bold. This week’s roundup has wonderful links to get you in the mindset to try new trends, even ones you don’t think you’d look good in. We’ve even got a great DIY for leather shorts, if you’re crafty and don’t want to shell out the dough for a store-bought pair. And even if you’re not crafty, there’s a great guide to hitting the summer sales. If you’re anything like me, it’s too easy to get caught up in a good deal, so I need all the help I can get not to overspend. Anyway, here are the links for the week. Enjoy!

Links à la Mode: July 25th, 2013

 

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Top to Bottom

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It’s incredible but it’s true – I think I’m an even better dresser now than I was when I started blogging a little over a year ago. (Pause for applause. Thank you. You’re too kind.) When you look at pictures of yourself every day, it’s hard not to question the image you’re putting out there. One thing I’ve started to figure out is that some sassy hair and makeup and great shoes can make a big difference sometimes.

Take this outfit for example. Imagine this: No pink lipstick, a plain ponytail, and boring flats. It wouldn’t be the same. I would look like every other frumpy office worker in America in my Target t-shirt, cardigan, and ill-fitting pants.

Wait…maybe I shouldn’t have pointed that out. What I meant was: I took this already fabulous outfit to the next level with blond waves, a statement lip, and studded pumps. Yep, that’s what I was trying to say. BLOGGER SAVE!

Cardigan (extra 40% off w/ code STYLE40) // Sunglasses // similar Shoes (peep toe) // other similar Shoes (on sale) // Lipstick “Plushest Punch”

Shift

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One summer during high school, I did a dance program at North Carolina Governor’s School. At our very first performance, we did this piece where we all posed in a clump in the middle of the stage. The lights came up, there was no music, and we just stood in stillness for 3 minutes. Then the lights went down, and during the blackout we stayed in our same poses but took one big step to the left. The lights came back up and we stood there some more. And that was the end.

It was actually pretty fun to perform because you could feel the tension in the audience. They weren’t sure if there was a technical difficulty with the music or what. When the lights went down the first time they all cheered (keep in mind these are all high school kids), and when the lights came back on you could hear confused whispers. (Wait…Did they move? I swear there’s something different…)

Why am I telling you this story? Mainly because the name of the dance was “Shift,” and I thought of it when I was wearing this shift dress the other day. But also because I started off the day wearing black suede shoes, then changed into these brown sandals when I went home for lunch because it was starting to rain. So the shoe change was like my subtle step to the left during a blackout. I wonder if anyone at my office noticed that my shoes in the afternoon were not the same as my shoes in the morning. (Hmm…Was she wearing those all day? I swear there’s something different…)

similar Dress ($20) // similar Scarf (on sale) // similar Shoes // Sunglasses (on sale)

Speaking of shifting, see how I’ve changed up the look of this dress over the seasons:

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Romping Around

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I bought a romper shortly before my 25th birthday because I thought it was cute and I was worried there might be an age limit on rompers (actually there is – and it’s 18 months).

I wore it a couple times, washed it, and it shrank, so I couldn’t wear it again whether or not I was too old for it. I had pretty much written off the romper – or the adult onesie, as I like to call it – until I saw this one at Loft. Besides the fact that it’s a romper, it actually has a very chic structure and pattern. So now that I’m coming up on my 28th birthday, I figured what better time to try out a more mature romper.

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See? Mature.

Romper // similar Jacket // similar Bag (on sale) // similar Shoes (on sale) // Sunglasses (on sale)

P.S. I was blown away by all the great reactions to yesterday’s post. I really truly appreciate all the comments, retweets, shares, and “happy anniversary” wishes! Thank you!