Ice Cream & Bling

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Little girls like ice cream. Big girls like bling. So I’ve got the best of both worlds! But if I had to choose one, let’s be honest…I’d choose ice cream. We have way more history.

Have a great week, everyone. I have a couple recent outfits that I really loved that I’ll share throughout the week. Follow me on Bloglovin’ or Facebook so you don’t miss out!

Cardigan (on sale) // similar Shorts (on sale) // similar Necklace* // similar Bag // Bracelet // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Sunglasses (on sale) // T-shirt*

*Necklace purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M; t-shirt provided courtesy of RedBubble

Budgeting Bloggers: June

June Budget Breakdown

If you’ve ever worried about the future of the Ann Taylor/Loft company, fear not. I will single handedly keep them in business. Here’s my budget confession report for June 2014.

My Budget:

  • +$126 (starting budget $150, minus $24 overspent in May)
  • +$104 (sold old clothes – you can read more about how I do that here)
  • +$143 (blog income)

      = $373

What I Spent:

      = $430 (total retail value: $885)

As you can see, I went $57 over my budget this month. But the thing is… HEY! WHAT’S THAT OVER THERE?!?! I THINK IT’S A DISTRACTION!

Thanks as always for following along! Check out the other budgeting bloggers over at Franish.

 

So I Got Married Yesterday…

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In case you don’t live in Indiana and/or don’t follow the news, yesterday Indiana became the latest state to have its same-sex marriage ban overturned by a federal judge. The judge didn’t put a stay on the ruling, meaning many county clerks started issuing marriage licenses right away! This ruling is likely to be put on hold soon while the decision gets appealed, so a crap ton of excited couples swarmed the clerk’s office here in Indianapolis to get hitched while they still could.

Well…we were one of those couples!!!

My wife Kristin and I had a wedding ceremony (you know…pretty dresses, vows, cake, dancing, etc.) almost 3 years ago but we never made it legal until now so we’re pretty excited. Our original wedding is still our “real” anniversary in our eyes, but I’m glad we took advantage of this awesome opportunity to be a part of history! There were so many happy people there with their friends and family, and every time a couple walked down the hall with their marriage certificate, the crowd clapped. (I felt like a celebrity. It was pretty awesome.)

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left to right: waiting in line; finally getting to the doors of the clerk’s office, filling out our application (YAY!)

Just to be clear, being a part of history is not quite as romantic as it sounds. We stood in line in a hot hallway for nearly 3 hours. No flowers, no music, no wedding party. We exchanged generic vows in a tiny office with someone we didn’t know. But hey, the important part of marriage isn’t the wedding day; it’s the rest of your lives. I already knew that, but yesterday was a good reminder.

The best part of the whole experience was the fact that everyone at the Clerk’s Office was amazing. We were in there at 8:30 PM, and they didn’t seem at all upset that they were supposed to have clocked out 4 hours earlier. The County Clerk Elizabeth White was walking around, personally congratulating couples, including us. People were upbeat and seemed legitimately happy to be there. Judging by the line that was still there when we left at 9:00, they still had a couple hours ahead of them!

Even the police officer who was controlling the crowds was awesome. He said things like, “I know it’s hot in here, but love is worth the heat, right?” So adorable.

Now to the part you really want to see…what I wore! This is really something I would have worn on any random day, but the fact that I got married in it makes it special, right?

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*Dress provided courtesy of Kika; clutch purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

Happy Feet

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While waiting for the elevator on the way up to Bar review lecture, a classmate complimented these shoes. I said thanks but then immediately felt the need to admit, “I really have no reason to wear shoes like this today.” But then she replied, “Well, if it makes you happy!”

I love it when people get me.

similar Top // similar Pants (under $25) // other similar Pants (splurge, but super cute) // Shoes // Sunglasses (on sale)

P.S. This top is from Kate Spade Saturday, which is a cheaper sister brand to the fancy Kate Spade. There’s a “secret sale” going on right now, and while this shirt is no longer available, there are some amazing deals! I have several pieces from this brand and I’m a big fan. You can shop the sale here; you just have to enter your email address and zip code.

What’s My Age Again?

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[caught Instagramming…no shock there]

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If I remember correctly, it was about 4 years ago that rompers for the non-toddler set started getting popular. At any rate, it was 4 years ago that I decided to give the trend a shot. It was a couple months before my 25th birthday and I remember thinking, “Well, Sarah, you’re not getting any younger. If you’re going to wear a onesie, you should do it before you turn 25.” I felt like there should be some kind of age limit on rompers, and I wasn’t sure exactly what it should be, but 24 seemed OK.

After I turned 25, I did wear my romper a couple more times, which I rationalized with the fact that I’m petite and therefore automatically seem younger than I am. That romper ended up shrinking length-wise (which as you can imagine is NOT comfortable) so I went romper-less for a couple years after turning 26. That was also when I started law school, so I was starting to feel too mature for them anyway.

But then the summer before I turned 28 (a year ago), it seemed like rompers got more momentum and they started popping up in stores like Loft. Well, Loft is for adults, right? I might not be able to pull off the rompers at Urban Outfitters anymore, but Loft is another story. So I decided that “grownup” rompers were still totally fine for anyone under 30. So I bought it, and I’ve worn it 3 times over the past year (here, here, and here).

Well, now I’m coming up on birthday #29, and I’ve bought yet another romper. And it’s entirely likely I will wear it (or that other romper, or another one that I haven’t even bought yet) for multiple years. But I won’t even have to keep pushing back the romper age limit because I just won’t count any higher than 29. See how that works? If there’s one thing that law school taught me, it’s how to rationalize pretty much anything.

Romper (P.S. It runs huge, especially in the shoulders!) // similar Sunglasses (under $5) // similar Necklace* (under $5) // similar Bag (on sale) // similar Shoes (on sale)

*Necklace purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Asos.

All of the Stripes

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I have this theory that there is no food that cannot be improved by adding either chocolate or garlic. Even if it already has chocolate or garlic in it. Chocolate ice cream? Even better with hot fudge. Garlic bread? Even better with garlic butter sauce.

I’m starting to expand this idea to fashion…Like maybe every outfit can be improved by adding stripes, even if it already has stripes. I haven’t done any extensive scientific studies to prove this yet, but I’m working on it. If anyone wants to help in this study, let me know. You don’t get paid, but you also don’t have to take any weird experimental medications that might make you grow a beard on one side of your face or something.

Now please excuse me while I go eat some chocolate.

similar Dress (worn as skirt) // similar Shirt (on sale) // similar Shoes // Clutch // Bracelet (on sale) // similar Sunglasses // Lips “Unapologetic”

Definitely Keepers

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If you missed my last post, you should un-miss it right now. It only seems appropriate that right after giving you beaucoup reasons to get stuff out of your closet, I show you an outfit full of keepers. I mean it would just never enter my mind to toss this jacket, skirt, or shoes. I’ve already worn them multiple times (see below), but there’s no end in sight. If someone tried to take any of these babies from me, I’d probably do something to land myself in prison. And as much as I love watching Orange is the New Black, I really don’t want to go to prison. Because then I wouldn’t be able to watch Orange is the New Black.

Jacket (on sale) // similar Skirt (on sale) // Shoes // similar Bag (on sale) // Sunglasses // similar Necklace // Lips “Corail in Touch”

To Not Repeat Would be Criminal…It’s the Real Life Remix:

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