Tote-ally

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I knew going in to September that I would need to be more careful with this month’s shopping budget. As you may have gleaned, I don’t have a job yet. I like to think I’m handling the uncertainty pretty well – I know everything will work out eventually, but it would be nice to know HOW and WHEN. Normally I allow myself to spend any money I make through my blog on clothes, but this month my goal is to save it and use it for “real” thing. Like “bills.”

So what did your favorite blonde unemployed Hoosier lawyer, blogger, and self-proclaimed shopaholic do to quench her shameful need to have new crap all the time? She…I mean I…finally signed up for Le Tote! If you’re not familiar, I’ll give you the short version: It’s like Netflix for clothes. No, you can’t log in through your Wii and stream clothes into your closet (although that would be AMAZING…like Star Trek meets Clueless). I mean the old-school Netflix where you had DVDs shipped to you and you could keep them as long as you wanted and switch them out an unlimited number of times. That’s what you do with Le Tote – add a bunch of stuff you like to your “closet,” pay $50 a month (I paid $25 for this month because I ordered during a Labor Day promo), and receive 5 things at a time. Keep ’em for a while, or wear them and send them right back for more! You don’t have to wash them…that would be a dealbreaker, ladies.

The best slash most dangerous part is that you can purchase stuff you really like. I absolutely love this top I got in my first tote, but I’m going to be a good girl and send it back. (But I already added it back to my Le Tote “closet” so I can get it again one day!)

This isn’t a sponsored post or anything, but I thought some of you might be interested in Le Tote and maybe hadn’t heard of it yet. Well, now you have. If you do decide to try out Le Tote, I would greatly appreciate it if you sign up via my referral link so I can get a free month of service! (You’ll then be able to refer your own friends for a credit, too. It’s not some fancy blogger perk.)

Shirt via Le Tote (or buy similar) // Necklace via Le Tote (or buy similar) // Jeans (on sale) // similar Clutch* // Shoes // similar Bracelet* // Lips “Orange de Chine”

*Clutch purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M; bracelet courtesy of Asos.

Olive Juice

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After we got back from Chicago, I had one more day to spend with my lovely parents back home in Indianapolis. My mom isn’t a big fan of shopping (clearly that quality is not hereditary), so she likes to save up her shopping energy for when she’s with me. We spent a few hours on Monday at the mall and both had success! It’s funny – we usually like to shop at the same stores like Nordstrom and Ann Taylor, but we are drawn to different things. But our biggest difference is our tastes in shoes. To me, these shoes are cute and relatively comfortable. To my mom, they’re medieval torture devices. To each her own, I suppose.

For the record, I didn’t wear these shoes while shopping. I changed my shoes and bag in the evening when we joined our other halves for one last scrumptious dinner at the Northside Social. If you’re in the Indianapolis area, I highly recommend it! I’m hoping I can use their cornbread it as bait to get my parents back up here soon – I miss those old folks already! (And I kinda miss the cornbread too.)

Dress (on sale) // similar Belt /  Bracelet // Shoes (on sale) // Clutch

A Teaser

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Today I’m guest blogging at NYC Fit Food Fashion. Head over there to see more details of this outfit and to find out how I put it together!

Sweater (on sale) // similar Skirt* // same Skirt in lilac (so pretty!) // Bag // similar Shoes* // similar Necklace // Sunglasses (on sale) // Lips “Pourpre Preview”

*Skirt purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Asos; shoes purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

Sarah and the Chocolate Factory

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See’s Candies recently opened a new location in Indianapolis at the Fashion Mall, and they hosted a private party for Indy bloggers last Thursday. I know this is normally a clothes-centric blog, but if there’s anything I love as much as clothes, it’s chocolate. You better believe I jumped on  that invite! And I’m so glad I did because Kristin and I had a great time.

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Besides all the free candy, the coolest part of the night was when we got to race to see who could pack a box of 12 chocolates the fastest. It was honestly really hard! The famous episode of “I Love Lucy” was actually filmed at a See’s factory, and I think we all now have a new appreciation for her struggle with the assembly line.

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<< top knot + hairnet = lookin’ good >>

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<< just like Lucy, but I didn’t shove any in my mouth until after >>

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<< my finished box – not pretty, but still delicious >>

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<< my trusty photographer and chocolate-packing team member >>

Well, those were the highlights! I’ll leave you with a couple more photos of my outfit, including one with a mall janitor in the background…it was just too good not to share.

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Jacket: I.N.C. via Macy’s (similar here and here, both on sale)

Sweater: J. Crew Factory

Jeans: Express

Clutch: via TJ Maxx (similar)

Bracelet: Stephan & Co.

P.S. This post was not sponsored by See’s. They just gave me so freaking much free candy, I figured I could at least credit them and show some thanks for the party! Also thanks to Indianapolis Bloggers for organizing invitations.