Snow Shoes…Sort of.

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As much I love suede, calf hair, and leather (real or faux) on my feet, it’s always good to have some shoes made of cheap man-made materials. If I’ve learned one thing living in Indiana for 9 years, it’s to expect the unexpected, especially in the winter. After my recent snow boot fail, I had decided to forget about trying to follow the weather forecast. I saw some snowflakes out the window, so I went for these all-weather heels in the hopes that not too much more would fall. I survived. Maybe “snow pumps” will become the new thing.

(Or maybe not. The future lawyer in me sees a lot of liability issues with marketing stilettos for icy conditions. Let’s scratch that idea. Snow strut at your own risk.)

Dress: Target (similar here and here)

Cardigan: (similar)

Necklace: Target (bought recently but can’t find it online)

Shoes: Macy’s Style & Co. (similar)

Belt: came with another dress (similar)

Tights: Frenchi (If you’re in the market for some new black opaque tights, I recommend these! They’re really sturdy feeling and the waist band is super comfy. Pretty warm too.)

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Mustard Greens

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I have a couple people to thank for helping me with this outfit.

First is Wendy of Wendy’s Lookbook, who recently posted this yellow top/green bottom outfit. The weather was hideously cold this day, so my freakishly warm cashmere cardigan was the only thing I could think about wearing. I probably would have worn plain ol’ blue jeans, but I had just seen Wendy’s outfit the day before so I busted out the green. I do love an unexpected color combo.

The second person to thank is Patricia, one of my readers who also makes jewelry and who sent me this blue and white beaded necklace. To keep from looking too First Ladyish in my lace and cardigan, I layered it over my spike necklace. I really like how it turned out!

Patricia sells other unique pieces in her Etsy shop, and for the rest of this month, she is offering 25% off any order just for Sarah’s Real Life readers. Find her shop here and use the code “REALLIFE1” for your discount!

Shirt: Ann Taylor (another option in more sizes here)

Cardigan: Nordstrom, old (similar)

Necklaces: Target, c/o Designs…By Patricia

Jeans: The Limited (similar)

Shoes: Steve Madden, old (similar)

I Got Sunshine…

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20121104-184542.jpgOn this past gloomy Saturday morning, I dragged my sniffling, congested self to class. Sometimes it just takes a little makeup and a bright cashmere sweater to make you feel like a real person who most certainly did not blow half a cup of snot out of her nose the night before.

Then again, sometimes sprucing yourself up can backfire, like when you convince yourself that you’re feeling all better so you think it’s OK to stay out late and have a couple margaritas, and then on Sunday morning you feel like shit pancakes. Anyway…Have a great week, everyone, and remember to wash your hands.

Coat: Nordstrom Rack, old (similar here, splurge here)

Cardigan: Nordstrom, old (similar)

Jeans: Ann Taylor

Belt: Madewell

Shoes: Sperry Top Sider

Earrings: Kate Spade