90s Flashback

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I just got this windbreaker-esque jacket on the clearance rack at H&M for $10. Did I need it? No. But did it give me a flashback to 4th grade when I sported a black and white Reebok windbreaker suit? Yes. Don’t act like you didn’t have one too. They were so cool in the mid-90s. I really wanted to wear this with a smiley face t-shirt and some peace sign earrings, but alas those things left my closet a long time ago. The best I could do was a side ponytail.

For the full effect, may I recommend rereading this post while listening to one or more of the following songs:

  • Gangsta’s Paradise, Coolio
  • Waterfalls, TLC
  • All I Wanna Do, Sheryl Crow
  • The Sign, Ace of Base
  • Always Be My Baby, Mariah Carey
  • Kiss From a Rose, Seal

What’s your favorite mid-90s song/band? Let me know in the comments (and you can say something about my outfit if the mood strikes you).

similar Jacket (under $15!) // another similar Jacket // one more similar Jacket (on sale) // Sunglasses (on sale) // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Bag // Spike Bracelet // Cutout Bracelet

Where are You, Spring?

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A good chunk of the U.S. is under a few inches of snow, and my handsome city of Indianapolis is part of that chunk. We got just under 4″, which is – I imagine – a typical June day in Minnesota, so I can’t complain too much.

Unfortunately, this snow fell at the precise moment my internal calendar told me it should be almost spring.  (Unlike normal women, my biological clock doesn’t tell me to have babies; it just tells me when I should and shouldn’t wear tights.) So while I would really like to not be wearing an extra layer under this chambray, and to not be wearing tights under this skirt, and to be wearing cute wedges instead of fleece socks and Hunters…I’ll do what I have to do for now.

And on a completely different note, I ran out of time to do my normal hair routine yesterday. Normally I use a de-frizzing serum, I separate my hair into 3 layers to straighten it, and I use hairspray to finish. Today I used NO products and ran the straightener through a couple random chunks. Maybe I’m crazy, but I think it looks exactly the same. And that is making me kind of mad. Why have I been wasting my time?!? If someone could please tell me my hair looks bad, I would really appreciate it. Thank you.

Chambray // similar Skirt // another similar Skirt // Gold Bracelet // Rubber Bracelet // Socks // Boots

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Inner Child

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Can you spot the repeat item today? It’s the tights. Yeah, I know. Kind of a cop-out. But there wasn’t anything else I felt like repeating, and it’s my remix, so I can do whatever I want. Deal with it.

Speaking of the Take One, Pass it On remix challenge, I accidentally left out one blogger who joined the challenge last week. I’m giving Jaime of South on Broadway a special shout-out now in the hopes that she won’t make a voodoo doll out of me. So go visit her (very cute) blog and see what she’s been remixing!

OK, back to me. If you remember the old tagline that used to be under my old header, it said this blog was supposed to feature “real things I wear and do.” Recently I’ve been heavy on the wearing and light on the doing. That’s because I’ve spent most of the past couple months going to school and work, so there’s not much special to share there.

BUT! Over the weekend, I took this cute little outfit to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for a special adults-only night. The Children’s Museum is so cool, but unfortunately it tends to be full of children most of the time. Buzzkill, right? Well, thanks to Adult Swim, I got to drink adult beverages while simultaneously acting like someone who’s not allowed to have adult beverages. Here are a few pictures from the event:


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There I am on the Twitter feed, posting my Vine video! (P.S. If you’re part of the Vine crowd, follow me! My username is SarahsRealLife.)

Me and Kristin on the carousel, margaritas in hand // Hula hooping (I’m pretty awesome at it) // A shot of the lobby full of giddy grownups

Thanks to the Sapphire Theatre Company and the Children’s Museum for a great party!

Sweater (on sale!) // Skirt // Shoes (on sale!) // similar Necklace // Sunglasses

Casual Kitten

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The Take One, Pass it On remix gets a little challenging for me going from Friday to Saturday. On Fridays I spend the day at my internship, and on Saturday, well…it’s Saturday. I decided to repeat these kitten heels because they’re perfectly comfy for lunch and shopping. You know what they didn’t help with though? Keeping me warm in the bitterly cold wind. Seriously…it was so cold I didn’t even want to spend 4 minutes outside taking outfit photos. So here we are in my living room, in front of a bookshelf that quite possibly has embarrassing contents. So just don’t look too closely. But the Twilight books are NOT mine. Seriously.

Sweater: Forever 21 (similar on sale)

Jeans: The Limited (similar on sale)

Necklace: Bead for Life

Shoes: Kensie (similar)

Bracelets: J. Crew, Madewell (similar)

Lipstick: NARS Schiap


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As promised, here is my outfit from New Year’s Eve! I went out to dinner with a group of friends, and then everyone came over to our place for drinks and games (Cards Against Humanity…look it up…now). And no one drove home drunk, so the party was a success.

eShakti sent me this dress, which was custom-made for me. Yeah, that’s right: custom-madeBecause I’m cool like that. But really it’s more like eShakti is cool like that, because they’ll make you something special for not a lot of dough. They have an amazingly diverse selection of dresses, tops, and skirts, which come in sizes 0-36 or made specifically to your measurements for a few extra dollars. I took the extra time to measure myself so I didn’t have to worry about whether their version of my size ran big or small or tall or whatever. Depending on the item, you can also select different necklines, hemlines, and sleeve lengths – isn’t that cool? I think eShakti would be a great idea for bridesmaids dresses, in case anyone is in the market!

By the way, no cats got drunk in the making of this outfit post. The glass was empty. Happy New Year!

Dress: c/o eShakti (this particular dress appears to be sold out)

Tights: old (similar)

Shoes: Rampage, old (similar)

Clutch: MMS via TJ Maxx (similar)

Bracelets: J. Crew, Stephan & Co., BCBG

Tweed + Polka Dots





20121205-155201.jpgThis was an outfit I wore last weekend to go out for some food and run some errands. Why am I showing you an outfit from 5 days ago? Because I’ve spent most of the week so far at home studying in my PJs. In fact, when was the last time I changed my PJs? I hope it was within the last 36 hours but I don’t remember. My life is so fabulous I can hardly stand it. You guys wish you were me, don’t you?

T-shirt: Madewell (similar)

Jacket: La Redoute, old (similar, currently 30% off with code FRIEND)

Jeans: Express

Belt: Ann Taylor

Shoes: Steve Madden, old (similar here, and here for under $20)

Necklace: Target

Bracelets: Madewell and Stephan & Co.

Watch: Anne Klein (on sale)