Orange You Glad…

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While I wouldn’t say I got many nuggets of fashion wisdom from my mom as a child, I do remember her being very attentive to color and skin tone. She would always tell me if something “wasn’t a good color on me.” Good advice, for sure, but it also led to a closet that was almost entirely blue because that’s the color that looks best on me.

Over the years I’ve welcomed pretty much every color into my closet, but I had been holding off on orange. I thought a very indoor (read: pale) white girl like me would just look like a traffic cone in orange. Well, that might be true, but when people say “you could stop traffic,” that’s a good thing, right? I’m going for it.

Sure, not every color looks as good on me as blue, but a one-color life is no life at all. So sorry, mom, but I’m ignoring your advice. But I remember all the stuff about feminism and doing your homework.

Sweater* // Scarf* // Jeans (in black) // Belt // similar Shoes (on sale) // Sunglasses // Bag (on sale) // Lips “Romantic”

Super Soft

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This is the softest shirt ever. So soft, in fact, that I worry it’s on the verge of just falling apart. I’ve had it several years but I’ve probably worn it less than 10 times. I’m trying to preserve it as long as possible, so I save up for one or two wears a year.

I realized the other day that summer was coming to an end and I still hadn’t worn the magically soft tee! So I busted it out and paired it with my recent fall-ready purchase: these fringed ankle boots. If you’re feeling sad about the end of summer, I recommend buying new boots. It gives you a reason to be excited about cooler weather. Or you could go ahead and wear them now even when it’s 80 degrees out. With your super soft summer tee. Best of both worlds!

(For more tips on wearing ankle boots – and some shopping links! – see my popular how-to post from last winter.)

similar Tee (under $15) // similar Boots* // Sunglasses // similar Bracelet // Lips “Romantic”

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

Guest Star: a Bowl of Sherbet

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I know what you’re thinking: Who’s this hottie and why can’t she be on the blog every day instead of Sarah? Well, it’s because most of the time she’s the one taking photos and I’m the one who’s dressed better. But over the weekend on our Bloomington date, Kristin stepped up her style game so I made her hand over the camera.

The best thing about this outfit was that it was an accident. We’ve all been there: you go through all the trouble of planning everything you’re going to wear on an out-of-town trip, and then you manage to leave a key piece at home. Well, Kristin planned to wear her chambray with these mint pants, but she made the mistake of hanging up the shirt at home overnight to get the wrinkles out, and the shirt decided not to jump into her bag on its own the next day. Shirts are so lazy that way.

So she was stuck with re-wearing this t-shirt, but I for one think it might be even cuter with these pants than the chambray would’ve been. I mean she looks like a big bowl of sherbet, and who doesn’t like sherbet? In fact, Kristin looked so delicious that I ate her for dessert. And that’s how Regina George died.

Just kidding. But don’t lie…you totally want sherbet now, don’t you?

T-shirt (only $8) // similar Pants // similar Clutch // Sunglasses // Sandals (under $20) // Watch // similar Scarf

Denim on (Colored) Denim

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Exciting news, friends! I am officially DONE with my second year of law school! The only slight downside is that I only have one year left to wear stuff like this on weekdays. I’ll relish it while I can.

I know I’ve already said it, but I’m so glad I finally got a jean jacket. I’ve already gotten 3 wears out of this guy. I’m still not a fan of doubling up on the blue denim (Texas Tuxedo style), but I’m cool with mixing the jacket with colored denim.  Throw in some polka dots, and it’s the perfect outfit for someone who’s 2/3 of a lawyer and 100% awesome.

similar Shirt (under $10!) // Jacket // similar Jeans // Bracelet // Boots // Lipstick

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Stay Warm, Stay Cool

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I used to think wearing long sleeves and shorts was ridiculous. Long sleeves are for cold weather. Shorts are for warm weather. So the only logical reason for wearing them together is if you have some malfunction in your car where it blows cold air from the top vents and hot air from the bottom. Right? No, silly. I finally get it. I don’t know about the rest of you, but my top half tends to get chillier than my bottom half. So shorts keep my legs from sweating when it’s warm out (we hit 80 last week! yay!) but long sleeves keep me from freezing once I get inside an air-conditioned building.

Shorts + long sleeves = springtime comfort. It’s like a whole new world has opened up for me. And speaking of new, are you digging these new Cole Haan shades? Because I totally am. I went looking for classic black sunglasses, so naturally this is what I bought. You can’t tell that well from the photos, but the lenses are tinted blue! I think they look like perfect poolside shades (where I probably will not wear long sleeves but you never know).

Blazer (on sale) // similar Shorts (on sale) // other similar Shorts // similar Shoes // Sunglasses (on sale)

Guest Post: [Misty’s] Real Life

Hi! I am Misty and I blog over at Balancing A Hectic World. I am so excited to be guest posting today! Like Sarah, I blog about real world fashion. I am a busy mother and wife with a full time job so my wardrobe has to be practical, yet stylish and of course affordable. I love mixing neutrals with vibrant colors. When you are really busy and in a hurry an easy way to add visual interest to an outfit is with a “pop of color.” Peyton (my super adorable baby boy) had his 18 month checkup the other day. I didn’t want to wear the pencil skirt and heels I had worn to work, so I ran home to change before picking him up at Mom’s house. I didn’t have a lot of time to get ready, but I still wanted to look put together and stylish. Vibrant Pink Pants + Neutral Black Henley + Black Flats = Easy outfit that looks put together and is practical for southing and carrying a screaming child which Peyton most certainly was doing(doctor’s offices always scares him!). I guess it beats the last visit which resulted in me be covered in pee, but hey – A mom does what a mom has to do and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope you stop by my blog and join me as we conquer the world in the most stylish way possible 🙂

Destination – Taking my son to the doctor

Inspiration Piece – Vibrant Pink Pants: J Crew

The Extras:   Shirt & Flats – JC Penny

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Double Dots

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Is it still print mixing if both prints are the same genre? Like if you mixed 2 different kinds of granola, you’d still have a bowl of granola. So I’m really just a big bowl of polka dots. Get some milk and let’s spoon.

Jeans // similar Tee // similar Cardigan // Bracelet // Watch

Colorful stripes…with Leopard!

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I love print mixing (as you know), but I think stripes and leopard might be my favorite combo. I would explain to you why, but you have eyes and I don’t want to insult your intelligence. I think the awesomeness is clear from the photos above.

similar Shirt // another similar Shirt // similar Skirt // similar Shoes // Bracelet // similar Scarf // Sunglasses

Easy Outfit Transformation: Add a Denim Vest

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Last Friday, I spent most of the day at my internship, then I had to go straight to a very small, casual party. Rather than taking the time to change completely, I waved my magic wand and said “accio denim vest!” Then I changed my shoes and put my hair in a side pony – I don’t know spells for those.

I think it worked! Maybe this vest really is magic.

P.S. I recently ran out of my favorite pink Clinique Chubby Stick (“chunky cherry“), and I went to get a new one but ended up picking this pinker and more intense color (“plushest punch“). What do you think? I really like it!

similar Dress // another similar Dress (on sale) // Vest // similar Shoes // Bag // Lipstick (“plushest punch”)

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Easy Outfit Transformation

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On Thursdays this semester, I’ve been spending the morning in class and the afternoon at my internship. You know what that means: two outfits in one day. I’m livin’ the dream.

Normally I wear two totally different getups, but last week I decided to make things a little easier on myself (even I run out of outfit-making steam sometimes). The nice thing about an oxford shirt and a cotton sweater is that with jeans and flats they’re preppy (the unofficial dress code of law school), and with a black skirt and heels they’re business casual (the official dress code of the Attorney General’s office).

I don’t know how many other tops magically work perfectly with both jeans/flats and skirt/heels, but I’m totally going to find out. It’s probably all of them. Let’s just say it’s all of them and save me the trouble.

similar Shirt // similar Sweater // Jeans // similar Skirt (on sale) // Bracelet // similar Necklace // similar Flats // similar Heels // Sunglasses