Celebrate Good Times (Come on)

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On Wednesday night the wife and I went out to dinner at the Melting Pot. It was just the two of us, so naturally we ordered cheese for four. But we only ordered chocolate for two; we’re not animals. (Sarah and Kristin: making healthy choices since 1985.)

When we go to Melting Pot, it’s pretty much always to celebrate something. This time it was a double celebration (so the double cheese makes sense…yes, that was the plan all along): I finished my very LAST class of law school on Monday, and on Tuesday, Kristin officially got a new job that she’s really excited about. So Wednesday’s date night was pretty much us eating awesome fondu, listening to awesome music, and just sitting around soaking up each other’s awesomeness. Here’s to new adventures! And more cheese. Always more cheese.

similar Tee (under $10) // Jacket* // Jeans // Shoes // Necklace (on sale) // Sunglasses // similar Clutch // Lips “Schiap”

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

Top to Bottom

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It’s incredible but it’s true – I think I’m an even better dresser now than I was when I started blogging a little over a year ago. (Pause for applause. Thank you. You’re too kind.) When you look at pictures of yourself every day, it’s hard not to question the image you’re putting out there. One thing I’ve started to figure out is that some sassy hair and makeup and great shoes can make a big difference sometimes.

Take this outfit for example. Imagine this: No pink lipstick, a plain ponytail, and boring flats. It wouldn’t be the same. I would look like every other frumpy office worker in America in my Target t-shirt, cardigan, and ill-fitting pants.

Wait…maybe I shouldn’t have pointed that out. What I meant was: I took this already fabulous outfit to the next level with blond waves, a statement lip, and studded pumps. Yep, that’s what I was trying to say. BLOGGER SAVE!

Cardigan (extra 40% off w/ code STYLE40) // Sunglasses // similar Shoes (peep toe) // other similar Shoes (on sale) // Lipstick “Plushest Punch”

Pin to Real Life Outfit #7

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Left image source: Kendi Everyday (used with permission)

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Here it is, folks: the last in a week’s worth of outfits inspired by my Pinterest favorites.

I pinned this outfit from Kendi way back in January (she lives in Texas, where apparently you can bare your legs in the winter without dying immediately – blows my mind). If you read her post – which you should because she’s almost as hilarious as I am – you’ll find out that Kendi actually copied her outfit from a Madewell mannequin. My friend Alanis thinks it’s pretty ironic that now I’m copying her copied outfit. Don’t you think?

Also – and this is super important – if you were still planning on doing a #PinToRealLife outfit soon, I still want to see it! Over the weekend I’ll do a roundup and include links to everyone who played along. So be sure link back to me in your post, and then send me your link – email me or tag me on Twitter or something.

similar Shirt (under $10) // similar Skirt // similar Scarf // similar Shoes (on sale) // Bracelet // vintage Coach bag via eBay // Sunglasses

Dinner Date Fail

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OK, here’s what happened:

I wore this top and skirt to work, then came home and switched out my shoes and bag so I looked a little spiffier to go out to dinner. Typically we don’t do fancy dinners on week nights, but we had some accomplishments to celebrate (more about that soon), so we decided to go to the Melting Pot. We showed up at 6:30 (without a reservation because it was Tuesday), and they said they didn’t have a table until EIGHT FREAKING THIRTY. The best part? The restaurant was SILENT. There was no one there. So apparently the Melting Pot has one single waiter.

Obviously, I was a bit perturbed. I mean when you have it in your head that you’re about to eat a delicious bowl of melted cheese, it’s hard to wrap your brain around eating something else. We ended up going for Italian at Puccini’s. Don’t get me wrong – their food is delicious. But the servers wear khaki shorts and lime green t-shirts, so I was just a smidgeon overdressed. Oh well. As Kristin pointed out: “Babe, you’re overdressed for life.”

Skirt (on sale for $8!) // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Clutch (on sale) // Watch (on sale) // similar Bracelet

Sometimes I’m Trendy

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So I think there’s some unwritten rule among the well-dressed crowd that it’s cool to incorporate trends, but when you wear two or three trends at once, you end up looking too trendy and thus unoriginal. I’m usually not one for fashion rules, but this is one I do agree with. Looking like everyone else is lame.

BUT! I also think there comes a point when you can wear so many trends at once that you go back to being unique. Let’s count the trends in this outfit, shall we? (1) Retro shades, (2) orange lips, (3) black and white, (4) colorblock, (5) floral, (6) spike jewelry, (7) mixed prints, (8) low heels. Did I miss any? I didn’t intend to wear all these trends at once; it just kind of happened. And I’m pretty confident I don’t look like everyone else. So there.

By the way, this sweater feels like a towel. I don’t think towel sweaters are a trend yet but they totally should be.

Sweater (extra 30% off w/ code SUMMERTIME) // similar Skirt // similar Sandals (on sale) // similar Bracelet // similar Bag // Lipstick “Orange de Chine”

Bits & Pieces

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For the most part, I take photos of my outfit every. single. day. The main exceptions are when I don’t get out of my PJs, or when I throw on a sweatshirt and jeans to run a quick errand. I know many bloggers decide whether an outfit is “blog-worthy” before they post, but considering the raison d’etre of Sarah’s Real Life, I think everything I wear that’s life-worthy should be blog-worthy.

The problem: Sometimes I take my photos myself, and when it’s cold out or it’s the end of a hard day, I tend to rush through it. Then I end up with not enough good photos to make a decent blog post that all you lovely people would enjoy reading.

Today I thought I’d round up a few of these outfits I never posted because even though the photos weren’t the best, the outfits were still cute and I still wore them in my real life!

So here’s what you’ve been missing!
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Chambray // similar Sweater // similar Pants // Sunglasses (on sale) // similar Shoes

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similar Cardigan // similar Shirt // similar Scarf (only $10) // similar Boots (on sale for $50)

Sarah v. Mother Nature: Round 3

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A few weeks back, eShakti offered to let me pick out something from their new spring collection. I was super excited since I loved my first eShakti dress. I picked out the springiest of the spring frocks and I couldn’t wait for the right weather and the right occasion to wear it. Over the weekend, I had to accept the fact that I was not going to have the right weather for awhile. But I did have the right occasion (date night!) to wear the dress. So I layered up and proved to that bitch Mother Nature that I will wear my spring dress now! I think I finally won this round. That’s Sarah-1, Mother Nature-2. I’m not giving up on this fight.

Anywho, in case you’re not familiar, eShakti is an online retailer that sells dresses, skirts, and tops in a ton of different styles. You can customize all kinds of things like hem length, sleeve length, and neckline. You can order normal sizes, or you can enter your measurements and get a customized garment for a few extra bucks. They also have bridesmaids dresses now!

If you’d like to try out eShakti, you can get 20% off your order with the code “SRLBLOG” through March 31st. Woo hoo! Enter this code in the Privilege Discount field at checkout.

Dress // Bag // similar Necklace // Shoes // Bracelet // similar Coat

Disclosure: eShakti provided me with this dress free of charge. However, I selected the dress myself and all opinions are my own. eShakti is not providing me with any other compensation for my review. If you have questions about my opinions on this dress, just leave a comment below!

Feelings, Nothing More than Feelings

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So now that my February remix is over, you’d think I would be relieved not to be under any “pressure” when picking out my outfit. Instead I stare blankly at my closet not knowing where to start. “I can wearing clothez?!”

I ended up picking this sweater because I’ve only worn it once and I didn’t want it to be jealous of all the clothes I wore TWICE in a row last month. Don’t even try to tell me clothes don’t have feelings. I have to hang on to that idea to rationalize a lot of things. Such as: “There was only one more pair of these shoes left and I didn’t want them to be lonely.” See?

similar Sweater (on sale) // Jeans // similar Vest (on sale) // similar Boots // Link Bracelet

Barristers’ Ball

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Saturday night was Barristers’ Ball, a.k.a. Law School Prom. It’s just like high school, but with all honor roll students and more drunk people (In theory, there should be NO drunk people at a high school prom, but I’m pretty sure that’s not the case). I’m happy to say I was not one of the drunk people this weekend, although I did enjoy a couple of Blue Barristers, the signature drink of the night. They were tasty and made me really good at dancing to Ke$ha.

In true prom fashion, I got a new sparkly dress and gave myself some curly tendrils. Also in true prom fashion, I spent plenty of time looking at everyone else’s dresses and judging them. I must say, overall I was quite impressed! There were several other sparkly numbers, lots of fun colors, and statement shoes. Honestly, it was a better showing than what I saw on some recent red carpets. Well done, IU McKinney School of Law. We are a classy bunch of future attorneys.

Here are some more photos from the event:
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I had a pretty cute date, don’t you think?

Dress (on sale) // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Clutch // Bracelet // Earrings (on sale) // similar Brooch // Nails

Outfit photos taken in front of the Indiana Statehouse.

Event photos taken at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.

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Casual Kitten

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The Take One, Pass it On remix gets a little challenging for me going from Friday to Saturday. On Fridays I spend the day at my internship, and on Saturday, well…it’s Saturday. I decided to repeat these kitten heels because they’re perfectly comfy for lunch and shopping. You know what they didn’t help with though? Keeping me warm in the bitterly cold wind. Seriously…it was so cold I didn’t even want to spend 4 minutes outside taking outfit photos. So here we are in my living room, in front of a bookshelf that quite possibly has embarrassing contents. So just don’t look too closely. But the Twilight books are NOT mine. Seriously.

Sweater: Forever 21 (similar on sale)

Jeans: The Limited (similar on sale)

Necklace: Bead for Life

Shoes: Kensie (similar)

Bracelets: J. Crew, Madewell (similar)

Lipstick: NARS Schiap