Real Clothes

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Ever since I’ve been back from the beach, I’ve had a lot of trouble getting myself dressed. Like in real clothes, with shoes and accessories and everything. Oh, to be back at the beach, where a bikini top counts as a bra (or as a shirt, for that matter). I spent an embarrassingly long time coming up with this outfit to run errands and go to the movies on Monday. It mostly worked out OK, but my feet were killing me by the end of the day. But I would like to point out that I spent most of last week in bare feet, so I’m still getting used to the shoe thing. Either I make very impractical shoe choices, or I really needed that vacation. Probably both.

Top (on sale) // Jeans (on sale) // Shoes (on sale) // similar Bag (on sale)

Apparently I like black, white, & blue. It’s the real life remix…

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Funcie

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On Saturday we found ourselves in Muncie (you know, that town they make fun of on Parks & Recreation, the greatest show ever). I didn’t really want to be there, but I had important lawyer things to do. Or something. Actually, if I were really an important lawyer, I wouldn’t have been staying in a Days Inn that hadn’t been remodeled since 1992.

But we made the best of it. After bidding adieu to the butterfly wallpaper (yes, really), we hit up a local farmers’ market and a winery. At that point, we figured we had seen the best Muncie had to offer, so we headed home and then went out with friends to celebrate someone’s completed Bar Exam and upcoming birthday. Oh, right, that someone is me!

This is what I wore for my strange but eventful day. I wore the same top and skirt in Muncie, then amped it up with pumps and a fancy clutch for the evening back in Indy. Had I stayed in Muncie for a night out, I probably could’ve gotten fancy (or, in this case, funcie) by adding a scrunchie. Ooooh, snap! If you’re a Muncie native, I’m just kidding. Mostly.

Shirt // similar Skirt (on sale) // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Clutch // Bracelet* // similar Sunglasses (on sale) // Lips “Orange de Chine”

*Bracelet provided courtesy of Dainty Wrist Jewelry.

Two-faced

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These sunglasses and this shirt are both from Madewell, and this skirt and these shoes are both from Ann Taylor. On any given day, there’s a good chance you’ll find me wearing one or both of these brands. Which is sort of interesting considering they’re so different. AT’s very “I’m going out for cocktails after my board meeting,” while Madewell’s very “I’m going out for beers after a music festival.” There’s probably something very deep I could say about myself here, but my brain is shot from studying, so I’ll leave it to you.

Have a great weekend!

Skirt (on sale) // Shoes (on sale) // similar Shirt // Sunglasses // similar Bag (on sale) // Ring // Necklace*

*Necklace provided courtesy of oNecklace.

Day to Night: Hippie Edition

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There are only so many hippie-centric things to do in Indianapolis in 2014, but I did two of them last Saturday: hit up the farmers’ market in the morning, then went to a production of Hair the Musical in the evening. I had purchased this very 60s dress a week before, so I figured why not make it work for the whole day?

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If you’re in the Indianapolis area, you should go see Hair at the Athenaeum! There are still several more shows over the next two weekends. My other half happens to be playing trumpet for the show. That might make me biased, but only a tiny bit. She’s just one of many many talented people involved! So if you want to let the sun shine in, you can get tickets here.

Dress // similar Hat (under $15) // similar Clutch // Sandals (on sale) // Tote Bag*

*Tote bag provided courtesy of Redbubble.

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Sniff Sniff

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I have a little something extra in today’s outfit post – a perfume review! It’s awkward, right? It’s like, “Hey guys, look at how great I smell!” Why doesn’t the internet have a scratch ‘n’ sniff function yet? I mean, someone in China should have figured that out by now.

FrangranceNet provided me with 2 perfumes of my choosing to review, and I went with Versace Yellow Diamond and Bvlgari Omnia Coral. I thought about it, and I figure the best way to tell you about these lovely scents is to describe them in my totally unprofessional vernacular. If you want to hear about top notes and bottom notes and eighth notes and whatnot, you can find that in FragranceNet’s product descriptions!

Here’s what you need to know. What I look for in a perfume happens to be the same as what I look for in a white wine: fruity and floral, but light and not too sweet. Both of these scents totally fit the bill! They’re actually pretty similar. The Bvlgari one is a little lighter, so if you have a very sensitive nose and you’re looking for a nice summery scent, I recommend it!

Since FragranceNet was so cool to send me these sweet sprays, I should mention that their prices are well below retail if you feel like buying any new perfumes (hint, hint).

As for the outfit, this was what I wore on the 4th of July. I’m a terrible patriot – not only can I not be bothered to wear red, white, and blue, but I’m also wearing Italian perfume. Whoops.

similar Shirt // similar Skirt // similar Earrings // Shoes (on sale in silver) // similar Clutch // Bracelet // Sunglasses // Lips “Orange de Chine”

Happy Feet

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While waiting for the elevator on the way up to Bar review lecture, a classmate complimented these shoes. I said thanks but then immediately felt the need to admit, “I really have no reason to wear shoes like this today.” But then she replied, “Well, if it makes you happy!”

I love it when people get me.

similar Top // similar Pants (under $25) // other similar Pants (splurge, but super cute) // Shoes // Sunglasses (on sale)

P.S. This top is from Kate Spade Saturday, which is a cheaper sister brand to the fancy Kate Spade. There’s a “secret sale” going on right now, and while this shirt is no longer available, there are some amazing deals! I have several pieces from this brand and I’m a big fan. You can shop the sale here; you just have to enter your email address and zip code.

What’s My Age Again?

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[caught Instagramming…no shock there]

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If I remember correctly, it was about 4 years ago that rompers for the non-toddler set started getting popular. At any rate, it was 4 years ago that I decided to give the trend a shot. It was a couple months before my 25th birthday and I remember thinking, “Well, Sarah, you’re not getting any younger. If you’re going to wear a onesie, you should do it before you turn 25.” I felt like there should be some kind of age limit on rompers, and I wasn’t sure exactly what it should be, but 24 seemed OK.

After I turned 25, I did wear my romper a couple more times, which I rationalized with the fact that I’m petite and therefore automatically seem younger than I am. That romper ended up shrinking length-wise (which as you can imagine is NOT comfortable) so I went romper-less for a couple years after turning 26. That was also when I started law school, so I was starting to feel too mature for them anyway.

But then the summer before I turned 28 (a year ago), it seemed like rompers got more momentum and they started popping up in stores like Loft. Well, Loft is for adults, right? I might not be able to pull off the rompers at Urban Outfitters anymore, but Loft is another story. So I decided that “grownup” rompers were still totally fine for anyone under 30. So I bought it, and I’ve worn it 3 times over the past year (here, here, and here).

Well, now I’m coming up on birthday #29, and I’ve bought yet another romper. And it’s entirely likely I will wear it (or that other romper, or another one that I haven’t even bought yet) for multiple years. But I won’t even have to keep pushing back the romper age limit because I just won’t count any higher than 29. See how that works? If there’s one thing that law school taught me, it’s how to rationalize pretty much anything.

Romper (P.S. It runs huge, especially in the shoulders!) // similar Sunglasses (under $5) // similar Necklace* (under $5) // similar Bag (on sale) // similar Shoes (on sale)

*Necklace purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Asos.

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!

similar Shirt // similar Skirt // Sunglasses // similar Shoes (on sale) // Bag (on sale)

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Couch Potato

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The print of this shirt kind of reminds me of an old couch – like the kind that’s past the point of even being cool and retro. Just old. And yet I love it. I wore this on Friday for Bar review lecture, when part of me was excited about the nice weather and the beginning of the weekend, and the other part of me just wished I could stay home and be a couch potato. So this outfit was pretty much the perfect compromise.

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Chambray & Aliens

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I really love this shirt, but I’m now realizing I probably shouldn’t wear it tucked in like this. Because as soon as I move at all, it looks like there’s a little alien inside my ribcage that’s trying to escape through my skin and take over the world.

Well…now that you have that lovely image in your head…have a great day!

similar Top // Jacket // similar Skirt (on sale) // similar Necklace* // similar Shoes (on sale) // Sunglasses

Nothing new here! This jacket, top, necklace, & skirt are all on repeat. It’s the Real Life Remix…

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