On Campus

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Welcome to Part II of my anniversary weekend adventure!  In case I didn’t make it clear yesterday (or during basketball season), I absolutely love bragging about my alma mater. I wouldn’t trade my undergrad experiences for anything. Not even for all the cute shoes in the world.  I have fun every time I go back to visit, and Sunday was no exception.

We slept in (always the best way to start a Sunday – sorry, church), then had brunch al fresco at Scholar’s Inn Bakehouse. Next was shopping on Kirkwood Avenue – always a staple activity for any B-town trip. If you want a peek at Kirkwood, check out the first photo in this post from January!

Then we headed to the IU Art Museum to walk around the galleries. As an art history major, I spent plenty of time there back in the day, but just like the rest of campus, I never get tired of visiting. The museum was designed by I.M. Pei, who also designed the pyramid part of the Louvre. No big deal. It’s really cool because there are almost no 90 degree angles in the building except some of the windows and where the walls meet the floor. I assume that’s because it would be hard to hang paintings on angled walls.

The red sculpture you see in the photos above is in front of the museum. It’s called “Indiana Arc” by Charles O. Perry.

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The rest of these photos were taken just a few steps away from the Art Museum at Showalter Fountain.  In the picture above, you can see my old stomping grounds in the background – the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts! Yay for impractical bachelor’s degrees!

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Thanks for letting me gush about about fabulous weekend and my fabulous school. Tomorrow you’ll get a bonus weekend outfit post with a special guest star. Stay tuned… 😉

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Me and My Crew

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I didn’t mean for this outfit to be so J. Crew heavy, but it happens sometimes and I’m not mad about it.

I wore this for another museum date, this time to the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. I’ve been living in Indianapolis for more than 3 years, and I still hadn’t been there until this weekend. I found out recently that students at my university get in for free, so I really had no excuse not to go.

Plus, you might have already guessed this because of my dark complexion and affinity for spear fishing, but I am 1/16 Native American. I love any excuse to learn more about “my people”! The exhibits were really interesting, although I was a tad disappointed that there weren’t many artifacts from the Cherokee (which is the tribe that my great-great-grandmother was a member of).

Still, the museum was really great and I’ll definitely go back. In the photo below, you’ll see a few snapshots of my favorite things at the Eiteljorg, including some interactive basket weaving. Clearly it comes naturally to me because of my heritage.

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Sweater: J. Crew Factory (on sale!)

Scarf: Target, old (similar)

Skirt: Webster for Target, old (similar)

Tights: Simply Vera, old (similar)

Shoes: J. Crew

Bracelets: J. Crew, Stephan & Co.

Coat: Tulle, old (similar)

Do They Know It’s Christmas Time at All

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On Saturday, Kristin and I went to see a special exhibition of Islamic art at the IMA. After all, what’s more Christmasy than learning about a culture that doesn’t celebrate Christmas?

The exhibition is really great (props to Brigham Young University Museum of Art, the organizing institution), so if you’re in the Indianapolis area, I highly recommend it. It’s open through January 13.

Unfortunately, photography was not allowed, so you’ll have to go to the museum yourself, or you can see a few highlights on BYU’s website (although thumbnail pictures don’t do this stuff justice!)

The prior day’s snow made for some good outfit photos…I felt like a little snow bunny in my cozy sweater!

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I’ll be honest: I knew basically nothing about Islam before – and obviously one afternoon is not going to teach me everything there is to know about a centuries-old religion and culture – but I feel at least a little more familiar after this exhibition.

First of all, Arabic calligraphy is beautiful, and there are so many different styles. Some pieces looked so bold and avant-garde that I thought they were modern, but they were actually from the 18th century. Mind blown.

I also learned that while pictorial representations aren’t allowed in objects for religious/worshipping purposes, they are allowed for everyday, secular objects.

Islamic art also has a strong emphasis on pattern and rhythm. There are lots of repeating patterns, which parallel religious chants. The chants are considered “the heartbeat of Islam.” There was even one room of the exhibition that had a huge painting with a circular pattern and a chant was playing over the speakers. I seriously felt like I was going to be sucked into the middle of the painting. Mind blown. Again.

Oh, and there was jewelry! Big surprise here: I was drawn to the things you could wear. There was one really cool gold cuff that had three-dimensional doves all over it, and the inside had an Arabic inscription that said something like “joy and happiness to its owner.” Unfortunately, there were no cheap replicas of that bracelet in the gift shop, but there was this necklace, which Kristin and I bought together so we can share it:

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Hopefully you can see in the picture that on top of the veins of the leaf, there’s some Arabic calligraphy. The translation is roughly: The best people are the ones that help other people.

So in case you’re one of those people that just associates Islam with terrorism, here’s the real deal…In the end, it comes down to the same philosophy as every other religion: Don’t be an asshole. There might be some difference of opinion on the details, but in the end…just don’t be an asshole. So for the love of Allah, let’s stop fighting about our differences and celebrate the ways we’re all the same.

I wish you all a happy and peaceful December 25th, whether or not you know it’s Christmas.

Love, Sarah

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Turtleneck: Target, old

Dress: H&M, old but I’ve seen similar in stores recently

Sweater: Victoria’s Secret, old (similar here)

Boots: Aldo, old (similar here and here)

Necklace: J. Crew, old (similar here)