Mint & Navy

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You might be thinking, “Sarah, didn’t you just wear that top and necklace together really recently?” You would be correct. And actually I wore this outfit a week ago, so the space between the repeats was even smaller than you think. If you weren’t thinking this looked familiar, then forget everything I just said.

I’m happy to report that there are no freezing temperatures in our extended forecast, so puffer vests and other cold weather essentials might be on the way out! That’s a good thing, because clearly I’m running out of ideas on what to wear.

Shirt // Necklace // similar Vest (on sale) // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Sunglasses // Ring* // Lips “Corail in Touch”

It’s the Real Life Remix…

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*Ring came in my GemmeBox provided courtesy of House of Gemmes.

Announcing the April “Looking Lucky” Style Challenge (and giveaway)!

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You know what? It’s been too long since we did a style challenge, don’t you think? I sure do. Let’s do one.

This one is really pretty easy…and fun! My partner in crime style who helped me come up with this idea was Brandi, the owner of Lucky B Boutique here in Indianapolis. Between the two of us, we came up with a list of 10 current trends. The challenge? Interpret each of these trends and use them as “prompts” for 10 different outfits throughout the month of April. The idea isn’t to look like a trend whore, but to mix these trends in with classics and other favorites in your closet.

The best part: If you participate in the Looking Lucky style challenge, a couple of you might be looking extra lucky by the end of it because Lucky B Boutique is going to hand out a few gift cards to their store (which can be used online too)!

Here’s how to participate and be entered to win:

For anyone [with Instagram]:

Whenever you wear an outfit with one of the 10 trends, just post a photo of your look on Instagram. In the caption, say which trend it is and tag: @sarahsreallife @Shop_LuckyB #LookingLucky. Then, Lucky B will pick a favorite each week of April to win a $15 gift card (that’s 4 winners)!

For bloggers:

One blogger has the chance to win a $75 gift card (woot woot)! For this prize, you must complete all 10 trend challenges. And that means 10 different outfits…no cramming 4 of them into one day or anything tricksy like that. You can do them in any order, and you have the whole month to finish! Document your outfits on your fabulous blog, and please link your readers back to this post so they can learn about the challenge and giveaways too. Once you’ve finished all 10, just shoot me an email and tell me where to find them. After April 30, the big winner will be chosen!

Oh, and bloggers, don’t forget to post your Looking Lucky outfits on Instagram too, because you are eligible for the $15 prizes in addition to the $75.

So to recap, I’ll do the math for you. That’s THIRTY days to make TEN outfits, and FIVE winners of shopping money. I have no idea what kind of crazy person wouldn’t do this challenge. Have fun!! Anyone in the world can enter, just keep in mind if you get one of the Lucky B Boutique gift cards, shipping outside the US will cost more.

Last but not least, Brandi is also offering 15% off any $30 purchase from LuckyBBoutique.com during the month of April. Just use the code LOOKINGLUCKY.

Black & Gray

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Black. Gray. More gray. More black. This week’s work outfit came about thanks to a forecast of snow in late March which is just plain mean of Mother Nature considering the horrible winter we’ve already had. Seriously, she’s a vindictive lady. The somber colors (or lack of colors) seemed appropriate since I felt I was in mourning for tragic death of spring. It still hasn’t shown its face but allegedly it’ll hit 60 by Monday.

Tuesday’s weather didn’t just inspire this outfit (which I have to admit is pretty cute even though I was mad when I got dressed) – it also inspired the lady friend and I to start making some vacation plans. Nothing’s official yet, but assuming nothing catastrophic happens, we’ll be heading to a beach somewhere as soon as I get that pesky Bar exam out of the way.

similar Dress (on sale) // Necklace (on sale) // Shoes “Mara” (on sale) // Lips “Romantic”

In case you didn’t see it yesterday, be sure to get in on the new giveaway – enter to win a $100 giftcard to H&M!

Live Consciously and Win a $100 H&M Giftcard [GIVEAWAY CLOSED]

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Hey, you guys. How would you like to win $100 to spend at H&M? I thought so. Now that I have your attention, give me just a couple minutes of your time so I can tell you why you’re not the only one who could be benefiting from H&M these days.

On April 10th, H&M will roll out its new Conscious and Conscious Exclusive collections. “What’s with the hippie-dippie name,” you ask? Well, H&M Conscious is the name for all H&M’s work for a more sustainable future. Its vision is that all its operations should be run in a way that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.

To help achieve this vision, H&M has set 7 ambitious commitments:

1. Provide fashion for conscious customers

2. Choose and reward responsible partners

3. Be ethical

4. Be climate smart

5. Reduce, reuse, recycle

6. Use natural resources responsibly

7. Strengthen communities

You can read more about H&M’s sustainability on its website here. And to spread the word (as companies with new products and initiatives are wont to do), H&M is letting me give away a $100 giftcard to one of my fantastic readers.

Here’s how to enter:

1. Follow Sarah’s Real Life on either Bloglovin’ or Facebook.

2. Comment on this post and tell me (a) which way you followed, and (b) at least one way you are economically, environmentally, and/or socially conscious.

For example, do you…

  • Make your own compost for your garden?
  • Always remember your reusable bags when you go to the grocery store?
  • Donate money to important causes?
  • Buy all your produce from local farmers?
  • Boycott companies that are known for violating human rights?

If you don’t do anything conscious yet, it’s never too late to start. Make some plans and tell me about those.

You may make only one entry, but if your story is particularly unique or impressive, I will give you one extra entry! This giveaway is open internationally, and the winner will be chosen randomly and announced on April 9th.

Update 4/9/14: The winner of the $100 H&M Giftcard is Lydia N.!

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Above: a look from the Conscious Exclusive Collection.

Disclosure and other important notes: H&M will be providing me with compensation (in the form of store credit) for participating in this campaign. Some of the content in this post comes from H&M’s own marketing materials. It’s important to remember that H&M is a for-profit business, and therefore I tried to do my due diligence to make sure H&M’s claims were truthful and not misleading. I’m satisfied that while H&M isn’t perfect, its efforts are admirable, well-meaning, and a step in the right direction. This year H&M has been named one of the world’s most ethical companies by an independent research center. This rating apparently doesn’t take into account labor standards, which has been a big issue in “fast fashion” recently. Again, H&M isn’t perfect, and much of its product is manufactured in Asia – but you can read some of what H&M’s head of sustainability has to say about that in this article.

Pumped Up Kicks

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Back when I was working full time, I wore heels a lot during the day, so I always wore flats on the weekend to give my feet a break. For some reason I’ve been in a major heels mood recently, but I refuse to wear heels (besides boots) to school when I’m walking up and down stairs with a heavy bag. Just…no. Ouch.

So to get my fix, I’ll wear them on the weekend! Duh. I’m not sure why I don’t do this more often because it makes my jeans, tee, and leather jacket look pretty damn fancy. I wore this last Sunday to go out to lunch, then run a couple errands before returning to my dungeon of studying. I know it’s cheesy, but going out in the world for a couple hours to strut around in hot pink pumps really made my day.

On a side note, I love these sunglasses – the shape and color kind of make me think of the wings on a vintage car. And who doesn’t want an old car on their face?

similar Jacket // similar Shoes (on sale) // Bag // Sunglasses // Shirt (on sale, extra 50% off) // Lips “Plushest Punch”

Spring for a Day

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You already know I had a great day last Friday (because I got to see Clinton Kelly in action) but did I mention that pretty much every other thing about the day was fabulous? Like for one thing, it actually felt like spring so I could wear this. It was so glorious, I took the whole day off from all things school related just so I could enjoy it to the fullest. Of course now it’s freezing again, and spring break is over, so I’m just going to stay inside with my books today and every once in a while glance at these photos to remember when my life was less tragic.

Dress (on sale in blue) // similar Bag // similar Jacket (on sale) // Boots (on sale) // similar Necklace // Bracelet (on sale)// similar Sunglasses // similar Lips (mine is a Bite custom color, but try Tropical Coral)

A Teaser

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Today I’m guest blogging at NYC Fit Food Fashion. Head over there to see more details of this outfit and to find out how I put it together!

Sweater (on sale) // similar Skirt* // same Skirt in lilac (so pretty!) // Bag // similar Shoes* // similar Necklace // Sunglasses (on sale) // Lips “Pourpre Preview”

*Skirt purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Asos; shoes purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.