The Sarah Project

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So I’m watching The Mindy Project as I write this, and even though I’m really nothing like Mindy personality-wise, her wardrobe in this show is my freaking dream. I love how her character dresses advenurously – lots of bright colors, metallics, and mixed patterns and textures. She’s always a little overdressed for her job but she owns it.

I bet Mindy would rock a floral pencil skirt, bedazzled sweatshirt, and bright blue blazer like nobody’s business. But then she would do or say something totally embarrassing, whereas I am the epitome of poise and never do anything awkward.

Top (on sale) // similar Skirt // similar Blazer* // Shoes (on sale) // similar Sunglasses (on sale)// Lips “Corail in Touch”

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

Think Pink

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Here’s my work look of the week! As usual, I went for one statement: hot pink pumps. Normally I’m not one for matching, but going all black and pink seemed like a good way to look slightly more mainstream while still rocking some Barbie-like shoes.

Check out the remix below to see how else I’ve worn the dress, blazer, and shoes.

similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Dress (on sale) // another similar Dress // similar Blazer (on sale) // similar Necklace

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Statement Pants

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When I was picking out my clothes for another day of interning at the federal courthouse, I thought to myself: “Are these pants too…much?” But then I thought: “Why not go for it? Who’s going to judge me? Besides, you know, all the judges.” I stuck with my usual rule of a single statement piece (the pants are the statement, in case that wasn’t clear) with everything else more neutral and traditional. I think I’m pulling it off.

In other news, I finally got nude patent pumps! How I’ve gone so long without them I don’t know. I planned on wearing them for a special occasion (law school prom!) in a couple weeks, but I thought it might be a good idea to break them in a little first. I took these photos at the end of the day, and you can see a little angry spot on my right foot…it looks worse than it felt. I’m ready to bust a few moves in them soon.

Pants (on clearance under $15) // similar Blazer // Shoes (on sale) // Watch(for regular sized wrists here)

*Watch provided courtesy of Dainty Wrist Jewelry.

Blazing

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I picked up a couple things at Ann Taylor recently to beef up my professional wardrobe…you know, for that profession that I’ll hopefully have soon. In the meantime, there’s no reason I can’t break in the blazer at school. And maybe I’ll throw in a statement necklace and some combat boots so everyone will think I’m one of those girls who can mix random things together and look awesome. Is it working?

Oh, and don’t forget! I’ll be starting my leg of the Black Out challenge tomorrow! I hope some of you will join in. You don’t have to be a blogger to join, and you’ll be entered in a giveaway for an adorable fox necklace. Nicole and I will share a list of all participants each week (including your link if you’re a blogger). If you think it sounds impossible to stop wearing black for a week, check out Nicole’s pointers (and very loose rules!) here.

Jacket (extra 50% off w/ code WINTER50) // Sweater (extra 60% off) // similar Necklace // Boots // similar Sunglasses // Jeans (on sale)

Business on the Top

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Happy November! Let’s get down to business: This is my first official Take One, Pass it On post for the month! Of course, the very first post isn’t anything out of the ordinary. It’s just a regular ol’ outfit post. The real fun starts when I post my next outfit, when you’ll see me wear this polka dot shirt again. Trust me. It’ll get fun. And don’t forget: If you do the Take One challenge and post it on your blog, I’ll include your link in my weekly roundups.

In case you’re wondering why I settled on this particular outfit to start out an epic challenge, well…it was picture day at school!!! Yep, just like the good old days. Except instead of photos for a yearbook, they’re for the graduating class’ composite. I’m in the graduating class now – how scary is that? Anyway, it was sort of amusing seeing many renditions of the same outfit in the hallways of the law school: button up, blazer, and jeans. Business on the top (for the photo), party on the bottom (because future lawyers like to party). But my “business” half was way more fun than most people’s. After all, I had to leave my polka dot legacy on IU McKinney.

Shirt // similar Blazer // Jeans* // Bracelet // Shoes* // Lips “Orange de Chine”

*Jeans provided courtesy of Lucky B Boutique; shoes purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

Barbie Girl // G.I. Jane

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Happy weekend, lovely people! I’m too tired to think of something earth-shattering to say (like I normally do), but I wanted to share this outfit I wore to school earlier in the week. I really like pink and army green together. I guess it’s because they have such different connotations and they don’t seem like they should go together…but they do. I’m going to make them go together, anyway. So there.

similar Blazer // similar Top // similar Pants // similar Necklace // similar Shoes

No Pants, No Service

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Once upon a time, I wore Express Editor pants like it was my job. I probably have 4 or 5 pairs in different colors. I had a couple “work” skirts, but for the most part, my office-wear was built around nice, neutral, professional-looking pants. But in the *cough*six*cough* years since I graduated college, I’ve collected more and more business casual skirts and dresses, and my Editor pants have been neglected.

As you know, I’m always looking out for the feelings of inanimate objects (and rarely for those of actual human beings), so I dusted off the ol’ pantaloons for a day. I added another old office favorite – the black blazer – just for poops. But never one to be boring, I of course had to throw in some leopard and red. Naturally.

Reader poll: Do you usually wear dress pants to work? If not pants, hopefully you wear something else on your bottom half. Otherwise I probably don’t want to know what your job is.

similar Blazer // Pants // similar Shirt // similar Boots // similar Bracelet // Lipstick “Romantic”

 

The Red Shoes

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I put the red wedges on repeat for a business casual outfit on Thursday. Remixing red shoes is easy peasy because I’m pretty sure red shoes are the answer to everything. Boring work outfit? Red shoes spice it up. Bad day? Red shoes cheer you up. Child poverty? …

Buy some red TOMS and a kid somewhere will get new shoes. (Boom. You didn’t think I would make that last one happen, did you?)

Hope everyone had a great weekend…and HAPPY OSCAR SUNDAY!

similar Turtleneck // similar Jacket // Pants // similar Shoes // similar Silver Cuff

Buried Treasure

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Over the weekend, I cleaned out our coat closet and found this denim blazer. I know it’s mine because it’s too small to be Kristin’s, but I honestly do not remember when or where I bought it. This is really strange for me, because normally I remember everything about my clothes: where I bought it, why I bought it, whether it was on sale, whether I got it as a gift, what I was doing the first time I wore it, the phase of the moon the first time I wore it. You know, normal stuff like that.

But this jacket is a mystery! I can’t complain, though, because the roller coaster that is Midwestern weather is at a high point right now, so this little guy was the perfect layer for my trip to campus today.

Thanks, denim jacket. See you in another 10 years.

Shirt: J. Crew

Jacket: Nine West (similar)

Jeans: The Limited (similar on sale)

Scarf: Marc by Marc Jacobs (similar)

Shoes: Steve Madden (similar)

Bracelet: J. Crew

Earrings: Kate Spade

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Here’s My CV, So Hire Me Maybe?

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20120823-183218.jpgI had an interview yesterday for summer job. Yes, that’s right…for next summer. Mark my words: law school is a crazy place, but I love it. It’s an unwritten rule that for a job interview in the legal world, you wear a suit. Period, end of story. And beyond that, I’ve even read advice that to be extra safe, you should wear a black suit, black shoes, and a button-up shirt (and if you’re a guy, a tie of course). I don’t think I need to tell you that I scoffed at this advice. While I agree that a job interview is not the place to make a daring fashion statement, it is place to present your best self and to show your personality. There’s no way I can feel like myself, much less my best self, in an uber-conservative outfit.

I felt totally confident in what I wore to the interview, and if I don’t get the job it’s because the position is very competitive and there are lots of other highly qualified students vying for it. If I got passed up just because I wore red shoes, well…then it’s not the right place for me to work anyway!

Suit is from Ann Taylor

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