As If!

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Here’s the 411 on my Halloween costume this year: Clueless is my favorite movie of all time, but this is the first time I’ve dressed as Cher Horowitz (or any other Clueless character for that matter) for Halloween!

I know. I’m totally buggin’. It’s been a long time coming – 18 years to be exact. But this was the perfect year to do it because I haven’t had long blond hair since, well, 1995. I know there are wigs but those cheap ones from the costume stores aren’t worthy of a Betty like Alicia Silverstone, and I’m not about to shell out the ducats for a fancy one.

As for the outfit, I went into my rotating closet and took some of my favorite elements of Cher’s wardrobe and rolled them into this ensemble. I didn’t want to just recreate an outfit from the movie – after all, would Cher wear the same thing twice? As if! I was hoping to wear a different shirt, but Lucy said it was at the cleaners.

I wore my Clueless outfit over the weekend for Halloween festivities. It felt strangely natural, like I wasn’t even in costume. I might start dressing like this all the time. What do you think? Mini backpacks making a comeback?

Happy Halloween! Or whatever.

Skirt (on sale) // Hat // Shoes

I Love Paisley in the Springtime, I Love Paisley in the Fall

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Remember when I wore this dress over the summer and mentioned I couldn’t wait to restyle it for fall with socks and brown boots? I wasn’t just saying it because I like the sound of my own typing. When I add something new to my closet, I tend to make lots of future plans with it. The good thing about clothes is they tend not to make conflicting plans with other people.

And speaking of making future plans with your clothes, I hope you’re ready to join the Take One, Pass it On challenge link-up soon! I’m committing to the whole month of November, so you’ll see my first official post on Friday. You can do any portion of the month you want, and I’ll share the links at the end of each week. Jess of Here & Now has already started, so be sure to check her out if you need inspiration.

Dress // similar Bag (on sale) // similar Scarf (on sale) // similar Boots // Link Bracelet (on sale) // similar Cuff Bracelet

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Not-So-Fancy Pants

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Every woman should find that pair of pants that essentially lets her wear pajamas in public. Yes, I know plenty of people actually wear pajamas in public, but I judge those people. Unless you’re sick, there are very few excuse for such behavior. What would Stacy and Clinton say? Something sassy, I’m sure.

Anyway, I’ve been trying to jump on the lounge-pants-as-real-pants bandwagon for several months now, but it took quite a few tries to find the perfect ones for me. I loved the idea of a silky fabric nice and loose around the hips that just drapes gracefully to the ankle. This post on Pink Peonies was part of what sparked my interest. I actually went to Nordstrom and tried on the same ones. Let me tell you, it wasn’t pretty. Apparently the lovely blogger I admired is actually 11 feet tall with the hips of a 13-year-old, because I looked like an Oompa Loompa in them. A few other pairs I tried were no better – even at Ann Taylor, who very rarely lets me down in the pants department. I had almost given up, but I’m so glad I didn’t! Who finally came through for me, you might ask? None other than trusty old Target. These fit perfectly, and with a fun print to boot.

If you’re like me (short and curvy on the bottom), let me save you some frustration and share a few tips on shopping for relaxed fit pajama-esque pants. Mid rise: good. Pleats: bad. Slightly tapered leg: good. Overly baggy: bad. Cropped length: good. Elastic around the ankles: bad.

Pants // similar Cardigan // Bag* // Shoes (on sale) // similar Bracelet // Sunglasses (on sale)

*Bag provided courtesy of Asos.

My New Favorite

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This is usually the part of the program where I say something sarcastic or self-depracating about what I’m wearing. Because that’s just the kind of blogger I am. But just for today, I have to be serious with you because I love this outfit SO freaking much. It was one of those where I felt confident and comfortable all day, and even by the evening (when I took these pictures) a few wrinkles and baggy knees weren’t enough to alter my love for this look.

As you’ll see below, I’ve worn the jeans, shirt, and cardigan all before, but never together, and never with my new adorably 90s shoes that I’m now in love with. I think I love this combination because each piece has something special or unique about it, but as a whole it doesn’t come off as overwhelming because the overall equation (button-up, cardigan, skinny jeans) is a classic one that never goes out of style.

OK. Thanks for sticking with me while I turned into one of those bloggers that explains their outfit to you as if you’re blind. You’ll have to forgive me; it was a special occasion.

Shoes (on sale) // Shirt (on sale) // similar Cardigan // similar Jeans // Bracelet (extra 30% off w/ code SALE30) // Coat // similar Bag (on sale) // Lips “Crush”

Cardis and Oxfords and Jeans, Oh My! It’s the Real Life Remix…

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Bright New Bag

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Every girl needs a bag that looks like a caterpillar, right? I’m sure I’ve heard that somewhere. Thank goodness I found one. OK, so it’s not exactly a staple, but it’s pretty fun, isn’t it? And it really does remind me of an American Dagger Moth Caterpillar. Don’t be too impressed. I Googled “fuzzy caterpillar” and looked at pictures until I found what I was picturing in my head. Most of what I know about caterpillars I learned from Alice and Wonderland. And from this bag.

Side note: In case you missed it, on Thursday I made an important announcement about an upcoming challenge/linkup. If you’re a fellow outfit blogger looking for something special to do with your posts next month, please consider joining in! Your blog link will be posted right here on SRL for tens of people to see.

Bag* // similar Sweater // Shoes (on sale) // similar Necklace (on sale)

One Sweater, Three Ways: It’s the Real Life Remix…

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*Bag provided courtesy of Asos.

Silver Linings Lookbook

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First thing’s first: Today is the last day to enter the Lucky B Boutique Scarf GiveawayAt last count, there were only 20 entries. That means your chances of winning are pretty darn good. And your chances of getting tons of compliments on the scarf if you win it: even better.

OK. Moving on.

As much as I love fall, I kind of dread winter. Here in Indiana this past week, it seems like we hit the fast forward button on the calendar. “Oh, you like it when there’s a chill in the air? I’ve got a chill for you…” (That was the weather talking.)

So to help myself cope with the inevitable cold, I like to get a fun new coat each year. That way I have a reason to get excited for the first frost. You have to look for the silver lining, right? I think that’s a thing people say. This year, my new coat is this leather sleeved trench. I found my silver lining…or in this case, olive green lining.

similar Coat* (on sale) // another splurge-worthy option // similar Leggings // similar Shoes (on sale)

*Coat purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

Take One, Pass it On: 2.0

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I’ve made my decision. Decision made. I’m doing the Take One, Pass it On Challenge again for the month of November! Please hold your applause till the end.

You might remember I came up with the idea for the Take One remix challenge back in February (#HumbleBrag). It was a ton of fun and a huge success. You can see the February roundup here.

Here’s How the Challenge Works:

  • Start out by wearing any outfit you want to wear.
  • The next day, take one thing from the previous day’s outfit and wear it again in a new way.
  • The next day, take one thing (besides the already repeated item) from the day before, and…you get the idea.
  • Do this for as long as you want!

Why Would Any Sane Person Want to Do This?

  • Unlike other popular remix challenges, it doesn’t require a bunch of planning ahead of time.
  • It makes getting dressed easier because you always have somewhere to start.
  • It challenges you to get creative with your wardrobe.
  • It curbs shopping habits (not that any of us have that problem) because you’re focused on getting new uses out of what you already have.
  • And most importantly, if you’re a blogger and you post about your experience with the Take One, Pass it On challenge, I’ll post your link in a roundup each week you do it!

I hope you’ll all consider trying out the challenge with me, whether it’s for a week or the whole rest of the year! It might sound intimidating, but the feedback from those who did it last time was overwhelmingly positive. If you blog about it, just be sure to mention “Sarah’s Real Life” and include a link. Then be sure to let me know you’re doing the challenge so I can include you in the roundup (see the Contact/Collaborate tab on the main menu above for my email).

Ready…set…REMIX!

(You may now applaud.)