Pin to Real Life: Chambray & White Skirt

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Left image source: Crazy Style Love (used with permission under Creative Commons license)

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I love doing these “Pin to Real Life” posts because I feel like they go to the essence of what this blog is about. Yes, my blog has an essence. Take a deep breath and you might get a whiff. But seriously…the essence is about how I find styling inspiration (sometimes from my own head, sometimes from other people) and then adapt it to fit my real life. [cue epiphany sound effect – it all makes sense now, doesn’t it?!]

This inspiration for this outfit came from Jenny at Crazy Style Love, and she is crazy fabulous pretty much all the time. She wears things I would never have the lady balls to wear. But then again, she lives in Toronto, and I get the impression that’s a more fashion-forward city than Indianapolis. No offense to my city, but its style is very much sports-based. So if Jenny had come to brunch with me on Saturday in her outfit, she would have looked way overdressed (but still awesome, obviously).

My shorter, less voluminous, skirt is more practical for me, and flats instead of heels seemed more appropriate for the occasion. Finally, I tied my shirt in the front instead of tucking it in because I felt like that added an extra casual touch.

A million thanks to Jenny for inspiring this outfit – I loved it! If you want to see more of the people and outfits that inspire me, follow me on Pinterest!

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Cool Your Jets

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The way I see it, this shirt has built in air-conditioning. And that’s a good thing because electricity ain’t cheap, folks. Yep, that’s my real skin you’re seeing…I went a little risqué and wore only a nude-colored bra underneath because I was just going to my Bar review class and then studying in various coffee shops. But of course if I wanted to be more of a lady, I could wear something underneath and it would even work for an office. Because I will pass the Bar, and I will get a job. (I’m trying that whole positive outlook thing. We’ll see if it works.)

Also, I don’t know what it is about these shorts, but they make my legs look really long. I assure you it’s an optical illusion, but I’m not mad about it.

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 *Watch provided courtesy of Dainty Wrist Jewelry

Saturdays are the Best Days

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The idea of spending a summer studying for the biggest test of my life is pretty intimidating…and depressing. The best way to keep from going totally crazy before the big day is to schedule some time to enjoy life. Saturdays are always good for enjoying life in my book. So we packed this one with all kinds of goodness: we went to the farmers’ market, got our herr did, had food and wine outside, walked around the Art & Nature Park, went to see Maleficent, hit up the J. Crew sale, and spent the evening sitting on the couch watching Netflix. Seriously, if you think there’s a better way to spend a Saturday, then you’re doing life wrong.

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*Heart bracelet provided courtesy of Dainty Wrist Jewelry.

Say Hello to My Little Friend

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[ballerina moment]

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Do I look cool? Because I feel cool. I guess if I were actually cool, I wouldn’t talk about how cool I am, but I can’t help it. I wore white pants and a white shirt for a whole day without getting any dirt or food on myself. Plus, I’m rocking a black blazer and shades like a secret agent (but one from a movie that dresses all sexy and less utilitarian). And to top it all off, I debuted my #1 coolest purchase of the month (and probably the year): my mint Rebecca Minkoff M.A.C. bag! You might have seen the announcement on Instagram, but I’ve been admiring this bag for a long time and decided to sell a few things – including an old Marc Jacobs bag – so I could afford to buy a full-size M.A.C. without busting my budget. These bags retail for $295, but I found this one for almost 50% off at Nordstrom Rack, and the income from everything I sold was enough to cover the whole cost. OK, admit it…that IS pretty cool, right? 🙂

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*Shoes and blazer purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

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.

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Windsday

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In case you think I’m just trying to “model” and be all cute by touching my hair oh so casually…don’t judge. It was SO windy on Friday, the hair touching was actually totally functional and necessary (way to check the forecast before wearing your hair down, Sarah). If anyone saw me looking like total awkwardsauce taking photos of myself with a tripod while trying not to blow away, who knows what they thought. Hopefully they just thought, “Damn, that is a cute outfit.”

Other than the uncooperative weather, I was quite happy to take these photos. They’re proof that it was warm enough to forego tights, and that I’ve bought some cute new stuff for spring (this was the first time I wore the necklace, shirt, and shoes). Oh, and that I’m still awesome at print mixing.

Have a great Sunday!

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Sans Coat

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Usually when I take outfit photos in the winter, I take my coat and other various outerwear off just long enough to take the pictures – during which time I try really hard not to look grumpy and cold – then I bundle back up and jump into my warm car/apartment.

But on Friday…THIS IS ALL I WORE. No coat, no hat, no gloves, no snow boots. It’s a miracle, I tell ya. I’m not going to declare it spring time yet, but I will declare it time to consider not totally giving up on life anymore. Do you know what people not giving up on life wear? Yellow lace and blue suede shoes. That’s a fact.

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Flashback to Warmer Days…It’s the Real Life Remix:

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*Blazer purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M; necklace purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Asos.

Cool Factor

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On Tuesday I whipped up this little ensemble for a day of interning. Obviously I didn’t wear the beanie and sunglasses in the office. In hindsight, I’m not sure why I didn’t because it was really cold in there, and my eyes were kinda dry.

By the way, these sunglasses are new – my first March purchase! Can you believe I’ve never owned aviators? What rock have I been living under? I tried some on a long time ago and they looked weird on me, and the silly sunglasses novice that I was thought all aviators were the same shape. I gave them another shot earlier this week and tried on several pairs at Nordstrom Rack. I settled on these from Just Cavalli. I’m pretty sure they make me cooler. Next step: motorcycle. You can drive a motorcycle in pumps, right?

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More snakes and beanies: It’s the Real Life Remix…

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*Shirt purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M; watch provided courtesy of Dainty Wrist Jewelry.