Repetitive

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You might have noticed I’m kind of a shopping fiend, so I’m always proud of myself when I can create an outfit made entirely of things I’ve worn multiple times but that still feels “new.” This was one of those outfits. I wore it to take myself out to coffee (the company was excellent), and then later to go to a local blogger meet-and-greet (the company was still pretty good). I felt sort of nautical and fall-ish all at the same time – like I was sailing a boat under falling leaves. Man, that sounds like even more fun than going to coffee with me.

similar Shirt (under $10) // similar Jacket* (under $50) // Jeans // similar Shoes // Clutch // Sunglasses (under $15) // Necklace* // Lips “Whimsical”

Need proof of my repetition? See below. It’s the Real Life Remix…

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

Passed

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I have this weird knack for remembering what I wore on certain occasions, even when the occasions aren’t memorable. (Like: Remember that day it rained and I had to mail a letter? That was the last time I wore X dress, and I wore it with Y shoes.)

But I’ll have a good reason for remembering this outfit, because it’s what I wore the day I found out I passed the Bar! Yep, it’s true. I know because I read the notice slowly, multiple times and out loud, just to make sure I understood it correctly. I had fully prepared myself for the worst, and I like to think I would have handled my failure gracefully, but now we’ll never know because (did you hear the news?) I PASSED!

Also, technically I was wearing pajamas when I got the spectacular news. But this is what I wore earlier in the day, and what I put back on to go out and celebrate with Kristin, who was my sanity-saver, laundry-doer, dinner-maker, and flash card-assembler all summer long. She’s probably just as happy as I am that all that work was worth it. Let’s all take a nice, big exhale of relief together: AAAHHHHHHHHHHH. Have a great week!

Top (on sale) // Pants (under $30) // Bag // similar Shoes (exact may be avail. in DSW stores) // Earrings* // similar Bracelet // Lips

*Earrings purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

Never Too Many Stripes

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Can one ever really have too many striped shirts? I think one cannot. But can one sound like a douche bag when one uses the word “one” too much? Yes, one can.

Top // Jeans // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Earrings (under $6) // similar Clutch (on sale) // Watch* // similar Sunglasses // Lips “Whimsical”

*Watch provided courtesy of Dainty Wrist Jewelry.

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.

Boys’ Club

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DO YOU SEE THIS?! I AM WEARING SHORT SLEEVES. OUTSIDE. It’s supposed to snow tomorrow so we’re not out of the (winter) woods yet, but I took full advantage of the mild, sunny day yesterday. I went as far as pretending it was boating weather. I’m a big fan of boating wearing a shirt with  an anchor on it. Fun fact about this shirt: It’s made for a 14-year-old boy. At least according to J. Crew. But I like to think I wear it a lot better than a boy would.

For reference, I usually wear an XS in women’s shirts, and a boys’ 14 at J. Crew fits me with a little extra room. If you’re petite like me, the boys’ section is a great (and more importantly – cheap) option if you’re into the unisex/androgynous look but don’t want your clothes to swallow you!

Shirt (on sale) // similar Jacket* // Jeans // similar Shoes (on sale) // Watch(for regular sized wrists here) // similar Sunglasses (under $15)

*Jacket provided courtesy of Lucky B Boutique; watch provided courtesy of Dainty Wrist Jewelry.

Adult Swim

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Fun fact: Indianapolis is home to the largest children’s museum in the world. The only bad thing about the museum is that there are always a bunch of children there. Go figure. But in 2013, Adult Swim Indy was born. On this one night of the year, they open the museum up to adults only. Tickets are pricey because it’s a fundraiser, but thanks to the generosity of a friend (whose dad is a sponsor of the event), I got to go last year and again this past weekend.

It is…so. much. fun. Picture 2500 drunk grownups hula hooping and riding a carousel. There are tasty food samples from local vendors (beer cheese soup has changed my life), a DJ, and a drum circle surrounded by dinosaur skeletons. You can see a few photos from the night on my Instagram feed.

As an added bonus, Adult Swim has become sort of fashion show too! I think people really take advantage of the chance to wear something different from what they would wear on a typical weekend. I don’t know if you knew this about me, but I quite enjoy an excuse to put together a fun outfit, and this is what I came up with! I figured as long as I’m going to be at a children’s museum, I might as well act like a child and insist on wearing all my favorite things at once: plaid, leather, ankle boots, fun jewelry, red lipstick, and an unexpected hat that clashes with everything else. I’m a big girl…I’ll do what I want.

similar Shirt // similar Skirt* // similar Boots* // similar Hat // similar Necklace // Bag // Lips “Orange de Chine”

And as long as I’m being childish, here are some funny faces:

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*Skirt and boots purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

Werkin’ It

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I got this leather pencil skirt a couple months ago during one of Ann Taylor’s many extra zillion percent off super flash self-destruct-in-5-minutes sales. (They’re probably having one right now.) I finally had a chance to wear it this week. Once again, this semester’s internship gives me an excuse to wear some things that are too dressy for class.

I was inspired by a post on M Loves M this week to wear leopard print with this skirt. I was worried it might be – in Tim Gunn’s words – “a lotta look,” but I think this cream blazer kinda tempers it. For a conservative office environment, I try to stick with one statement at a time and then disguise it. Pretty tricksy, huh?

Have a good weekend, everyone!

similar Skirt (on sale) // similar Shirt // similar Jacket* // similar Necklace (40% off at the Limited w/ code INLOVE)

Where you’ve seen the top half before…It’s the Real Life Remix…

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*Jacket provided courtesy of H&M.

5 Ways to Wear a Leather Jacket

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Welcome to another episode of “How to Wear.” I’m your host, Sarah. (I’m practicing for my future in the game show industry. With this economy it’s important to have a backup plan.) I picked leather jackets for this one because they’re such a good in-between-seasons layer. In fact, some of these photos are from way back in the fall! Go ahead and drink in the versatility of a leather jacket, my friends.

No. 1…

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There’s something cool about combining a shirt that says “buttoned up” – literally – and a jacket that says “I’m a rebel without a cause.” I’m partial to printed oxford shirts, but I think this would work just as well with a solid.

No. 2…

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Another great juxtaposition: girly and rugged at the same time. I wore this last fall so the brown and black seemed appropriate, but I’d like to try it again this season with a more colorful dress.

No. 3…

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A leather jacket is one of those classics that will never go out of style, so I like it mixed with other classics: jeans, a striped tee, and tortoiseshell shades.

No. 4…

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I don’t know exactly what possessed me to wear a leather jacket with a floor-length flowing skirt and suede heels, but I’m glad I did. If you’re going out in the evening, it can get chilly, so why not try something besides a boring old stole?

No. 5…

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Note that I saved this one for last because if I put it first you wouldn’t have read the other four. I’m tricksy that way. But really – the whole point of this post was to remind you that leather jackets (real or otherwise) are just jackets, and you can wear one with pretty much anything and you’ll probably look cooler than you did without it.

See the original posts for each of these looks: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

My jacket is from Express’ “Minus the Leather” line. The jackets come in a variety of styles and colors.

And the Oscar Goes to…

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On Sunday I went to an Oscars party. I always watch the Oscars, but I’m pretty sure it was the first time in my life I’ve left my house to do so. It’s kind of like the first Christmas you spend away from home…You’re nervous it won’t be quite the same, but it still turns out to be fun. Because it’s Christmas. I mean the Oscars. Anywho.

My goal with this outfit was to be equal parts “it’s a special occasion” and “I’m going to sit on a couch eating junk food and judging people.” Sounds like a good occasion for the faux leather leggings, doesn’t it? I thought so. And because I’m still doing the Take One remix, I repeated this necklace from the day before.

Speaking of the Oscars, did anyone else notice a glaring lack of necklaces and lipstick on the red carpet? It was all bare sternums and bare lips. If you looked at the pictures above (and 90% of the pictures I’ve ever posted on this blog), you can probably guess how I feel about that. Lame.

similar Sweater // similar Vest // Leggings //  similar Necklace // Sunglasses // similar Shoes // Link Bracelet // similar Coat

These photos were taken at Holliday Park in Indianapolis.

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Sweata and Leatha Weatha

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Remember that time I wore leather pants to go to Noodles & Co. on a Monday? I do. And I stand by my decision. I’m pretty excited about these (faux) leather leggings because I think they’re actually going to be pretty versatile. Not office appropriate, obviously, but noodle-eating appropriate? I’m voting yes. Then again, pretty much anything is appropriate for eating noodles because noodles are just awesome no matter what you’re wearing.

Leather pants have a way of making you want to go over-the-top biker babe, so I talked myself down and settled on a baggy sweater and demure shoes because, after all, I only ride my Harley on the weekends.

Sweater: Nordstrom, old (similar)

Leggings: Arden B.

Necklace: old (similar)

Shoes: Sole Society (sign up here if you’re new!)

Lips: Clinique “A Different Grape”