#LookingLucky Roundup!

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Well, folks, what did we learn this month during the Looking Lucky challenge? We learned that blindly following trends and looking like you walked out of a Forever 21 ad every day is not cool. But we learned that working current trends into your existing wardrobe is a good way to keep things interesting and challenge yourself to dress outside your usual style box (assuming a “style box” is a thing you are normally in).

In case you missed any of them, here are all 10 of my looks (links to original posts are below the photos):

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Lace // Pastel

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Floral // Fringe

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Cropped // Tribal print

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Local love // Metallic

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Neon // Geometrics

A thousand thanks to those of you who played along on Instagram and on your blogs, or maybe just in your own head. Hope you had fun! I have certainly not forgotten my promise – one lucky blogger who completed the challenge is going to win a $75 gift card to Lucky B Boutique! I’m so excited I can hardly stand it. Now, I’ve already seen some of your entries throughout April, but let’s not count on my memory. If you blogged all 10 trends, please send me an email at sarahsreallife@gmail.com with links to each post (or just 1 post, if you did a roundup like this one). That will be your official entry! Once I get your email, I’ll also add your blog link to the list below.

Here are the official blogger giveaway entries so far (list still in progress). Give these ladies a visit and check back later for more!

#LookingLucky 10: Neon

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I kind of backed myself into a corner for the end of the Looking Lucky challenge. The last trend I had to do was neon, which I thought would be easy because I have tons of bright colors in my closet. Well, bright isn’t quite the same thing as neon, and it turns out my choices were actually pretty limited. My best option was this highlighter yellow pencil skirt, but the only occasion I had to dress for was a casual brunch, so I dressed it down as much as I could. I actually really like how it turned out. Maybe I’ll make casual pencil skirt brunches a new thing. You heard it here first.

By the way, I’m putting this post together on the eve of my first exam of my last semester – just four little tests and I’ll be done with law school! In case you’re wondering why I’m not studying right now, let me explain. I’ve found that I’m in a much better state of mind for a big exam when I stop studying around 7:00 the night before. Then I can have some dinner, relax, watch some mindless TV, and get to bed early. The later I study, the more I start to worry that I don’t know enough, and the less likely I am to actually absorb anything.

Maybe it’s counterintuitive, but sometimes NOT studying (in moderation) is a good way to prepare for a test just because it helps you stay sane! In fact, that’s exactly why I went to brunch in this outfit. During finals week (which is really finals weeks plural), I try to get out of the house at least every other day. Sometimes I study at Starbucks, or take a break for a couple hours to go out to dinner or the mall. Getting out of my sweatpants and looking like an actual functioning adult human being is a healthy thing in my book.

Speaking of books, maybe I’ll take one more look at mine before tomorrow morning. Just in case.

similar Skirt // similar Jacket (on sale) // Shoes // similar Sunglasses // similar Clutch

#LookingLucky 9: Metallic

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Last Sunday was glorious, so the lady and I went downtown to walk along the canal and enjoy the sunshine, complete with al fresco drinking. Seriously, Indy in the spring and summer is the best.

As for the outfit, I decided to complete #9 of my 10 Looking Lucky challenges: metallic! But which metallic to choose: silver? gold? rose gold? Oh I know…HOW ABOUT ALL THREE. BOOYAH.

I mixed my new gold sandals with a rose gold watch and silver bracelet, and tied them all together with my tri-color necklace. Sometimes I even impress myself.

similar Dress (on sale) // Shirt (on sale) // Shoes // Watch* // similar Bracelet // Bag // similar Bag (cheaper option) // similar Necklace // similar Sunglasses // Lips “Plushest Punch”

*Watch provided courtesy of Dainty Wrist Jewelry.

#LookingLucky 8: Fringe

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Wearing fringe is a great way to get in touch with your inner bohemian or cowgirl. Unfortunately, I don’t think I have an inner bohemian or cowgirl. But I did have these fringy boots and like a dozen scarves with fringe, so I threw them together with all the polka dots I could find and it turned into an outfit that felt like me. Add a fabulous hair day and my new favorite sunglasses, and this ended up being a pretty good style day!

I hope you all had a great weekend doing whatever Easter or non-Easter things were on your agenda! The weather here was glorious and I spent most of yesterday enjoying the sunshine. You can see details on Instagram.

Shirt (on sale) // similar Jeans (on sale) // similar Boots* // Bag // similar Scarf (under $13) // Sunglasses // Bracelet (on sale in gold)// Lips (mine is a custom color, but try Clementine)

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

#LookingLucky 7: Geometrics

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I’ve added a lot of new goodies to my closet this month (you’ll read all about that in the next Budgeting Bloggers post), but this jacket is probably near the top of the list. I fell in lust with it immediately when it showed up at Ann Taylor at a whopping $200. Well, good things come to those who wait, because I snagged this for about $80, including tax and shipping. And whaddaya know…just in time to cross “geometrics” off my list of Looking Lucky trends. From what I remember about geometry, it’s about shapes. And this jacket has like 200 squares on it. Plus there are a bunch of overlapping triangles in this necklace. Not to brag, but I totally got an A in geometry. I think it’s now clear that that grade was well deserved.

Jacket (on sale) // Top (on sale) // similar Necklace* // similar Shoes // Bracelet

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

#LookingLucky 6: Tribal Print

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Sometimes when I see an outfit blog where the clothes go just a little too perfectly with the background, I assume the whole thing was editorialized. If I saw this post on another blog, that’s probably what I would think. But cross my heart and hope to die, I did indeed wear this on Saturday (for our end-of-the-year law review banquet), and I had no idea that just a block away from the venue was this mural. When I saw it, I just knew this was the universe making things work for me. (The universe doesn’t have anything better to do. For a while it was fighting scientists on the whole “Pluto’s not a planet anymore” thing, but it gave up. After the universe had some laughs watching the Bill Nye v. Ken Ham debate, its schedule really opened up and now it’s just working on smaller projects like making cool blog photo shoots happen.)

Since this is my sixth Looking Lucky post and we’re just about halfway through the month, I also want to take a second to remind everyone about this challenge and how to participate. The short version is: The Looking Lucky challenge gives you 10 trends to work into your outfits this month. If you’re a blogger and you do all 10, you’ll be entered to win a $75 gift card (to the store where I got this dress)! Even if you’re not a blogger but you’re on Instagram, you can enter to win one of the weekly $15 gift cards just by posting a photo of yourself wearing any of the 10 trends. I’ve loved seeing everybody’s posts so far! If you haven’t joined in yet, there’s still plenty of time. Get more details in this post.

Dress* (15% off w/ code LOOKINGLUCKY) // similar Bag (on sale) // Shoes (on sale) // similar Sunglasses (on sale) // similar Watch // Heart Bracelet* // similar Pink Bead Cuff // Lips “Unapologetic”

*Dress provided courtesy of Lucky B Boutique; heart bracelet provided courtesy of Dainty Wrist Jewelry.

#LookingLucky 5: Local Love

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Check it out…I’m officially halfway done with the Looking Lucky style challenge. This is my #5 out of the 10 trends. In case you’re taking the challenge for a spin and you weren’t sure what “local love” meant, here’s an example. Just show a little pride for your hometown or home state (or your current town/state, if different). Wear something from a local brand or boutique, or even a local jewelry artist or something. If you’re not feeling quite so hipster, just rock a t-shirt with a sports team or college.

For bonus points (which aren’t actually worth anything), wear your “local love” outfit to eat at a local restaurant. I wore this last Sunday to go out for pizza and beer with a bunch of my fellow law review nerds. I’ve been having fun wearing heels on weekends recently…when you think about it, a day when you don’t have much to do is pretty much the perfect day to wear uncomfortable shoes.

Thanks to everyone who’s been joining in on the challenge this month and sharing your looks on Instagram! Remember there are multiple giveaways in conjunction with this challenge, so you’re definitely gonna want to jump on this bandwagon!

Tank* // Jeans // Shoes // similar Sweater (under $25) // similar Sunglasses (under $20) // Lips “Please Me”

*Tank provided courtesy of Lucky B Boutique.

#LookingLucky 4: Pastel

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This pastel-tastic look was actually the first outfit I put together for Looking Lucky, but thanks to a busy day (work, dinner, theater) followed by a lot of rain, it took awhile to get out and take photos of it. Worth the wait I think…I love this outfit!

I’m really digging these shoes. It’s funny though…in February I bought “nude” pumps but I think these pumps are actually closer to my actual skin tone. Next time I fill out a form that asks for my race, I’ll check “other” and write in “dusty rose.”

Sweater (on sale) // similar Skirt // similar Necklace (on sale) // similar Shoes (sorry, in the time it took me to get this post up, the shoes sold out!) // similar Sunglasses (on sale) // Lips “Corail in Touch”

#LookingLucky 3: Cropped

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So. You might have noticed one of the 10 trends for the Looking Lucky challenge is “cropped.” Originally it was cropped tops specifically, but then we just went with cropped because it gives you a little more room for interpretation. Because I’m an overachiever, I decided to rock a cropped top AND pants at the same time on Saturday.

For those of you afraid of the crop top trend, let this be a lesson to you. The crop tops of 2014 are not worn the same way the crop tops of 2001 were. It’s not about showing off your belly ring anymore (for the record, I never had one). I mean depending on your age, the occasion, and how many sit-ups you do, I guess you could still show a bunch of midriff and get away with it. But if you’re over 20, aren’t going clubbing in Miami, and can’t remember the last time you did a sit-up (unless you count time time you had to stretch really far to reach the bag of chips at the end of your bed), you still don’t have to cast off the crop top trend. If you layer it over a longer shirt like I’m doing here, you don’t have to show even a sliver of skin if you don’t want to. If you’re slightly more daring, I also love the idea of wearing a crop top with a high waisted skirt, so you just see a hint of skin right above the waist. I’m definitely going to try that some weekend when it warms up a little more! I might do a few sit-ups before I do it though…just to be safe.

So what do you think about crop tops now? Have I convinced you? If the idea intrigues you but you don’t want to spend money on one, you can always temporarily “hem” a shirt with fabric tape! Man, I am just full of helpful tips today. You’re welcome.

Crop Top // similar Shirt // Jeans // Shoes // similar Bag // similar Bracelet* // Ring* // Sunglasses (on sale) // Lips “Romantic”

*Bracelet provided courtesy of Asos; ring came in my GemmeBox provided courtesy of House of Gemmes.

#LookingLucky 2: Floral

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Thing that makes me happy: The fact that lots of fun people are joining the Looking Lucky challenge. And one of those fun people is going to win a $15 gift card to Lucky B Boutique soon! Remember all you have to do to get in on this action is wear one of the 10 trends (like floral, which I’m rocking today) and post a pic on Instagram. Get the details here.

Thing that doesn’t make me happy: Trying to take my own outfit photos in the middle of a cold, rainless hurricane. What, you think there’s no such thing as a cold, rainless hurricane? In April? In Indiana? Well all kinds of people believe in God even though they’ve never seen her, so I don’t know why I can’t believe in cold, rainless hurricanes when I just survived one. These were the select few photos when my bangs weren’t pointing directly east and/or I wasn’t making a really pissed off face.

Top // similar Jacket (on sale) // similar Bag // similar Bracelet // Shoes (on sale) // Lips “Romantic”