Moving Pictures

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As you know, I spent a good chunk of my summer studying for the Bar, so I didn’t get out much. Now that I’ve come out the other side alive, I’ve started to have flashbacks to my former life. The other day I remembered this thing that people do sometimes, and I think I used to do it too. You go to a special place and sit in a dark room where there’s this screen that plays stuff on a big screen. You watch it and listen to it and feel various feelings of mirth and/or despair depending on the day. Sometimes you eat popcorn and candy while you do it. It’s generally an enjoyable experience.

I did some investigating and found out this experience is called “going to the movies,” so I did it this week! It was lovely. This is what I wore.

Also, today is my birthday. Haven’t had one of those in a while, either!

similar Blazer* (on sale, extra 15% off  w/ code LUCKYU) // Shorts // Shoes // Bag* // Ring // Lips “Lip Bomb #2”

*Blazer and bag provided courtesy of H&M.

Pumped Up Kicks

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Back when I was working full time, I wore heels a lot during the day, so I always wore flats on the weekend to give my feet a break. For some reason I’ve been in a major heels mood recently, but I refuse to wear heels (besides boots) to school when I’m walking up and down stairs with a heavy bag. Just…no. Ouch.

So to get my fix, I’ll wear them on the weekend! Duh. I’m not sure why I don’t do this more often because it makes my jeans, tee, and leather jacket look pretty damn fancy. I wore this last Sunday to go out to lunch, then run a couple errands before returning to my dungeon of studying. I know it’s cheesy, but going out in the world for a couple hours to strut around in hot pink pumps really made my day.

On a side note, I love these sunglasses – the shape and color kind of make me think of the wings on a vintage car. And who doesn’t want an old car on their face?

similar Jacket // similar Shoes (on sale) // Bag // Sunglasses // Shirt (on sale, extra 50% off) // Lips “Plushest Punch”

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.

Mint to Be

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Raise your hand if you’ve ever seen a color prettier than this shirt. Are you raising your hand? Put it down because you’re lying. Loft calls it “crisp seafoam” but I would call it “barely mint.” It sort of looks like it was a white shirt that got washed with a bright mint green shirt so it got just a tiny bit discolored. In case you’re wondering, NO, that is not what happened. I wash everything in cold water because I don’t trust myself to do any sort of household chores correctly.

I wore this on Tuesday night for a date at Cheesecake Factory. We really like going on dates outside the normal Friday and Saturday night. It’s good excuse to look a little special while still staying pretty comfy. The date was excellent. By the end of the night I was pregnant…with a food baby.

Shirt // similar Jeans (on sale) // Shoes “Mara” // Necklace // similar Clutch* // similar Sunglasses // Lips “Corail in Touch”

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

Statement Pants

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When I was picking out my clothes for another day of interning at the federal courthouse, I thought to myself: “Are these pants too…much?” But then I thought: “Why not go for it? Who’s going to judge me? Besides, you know, all the judges.” I stuck with my usual rule of a single statement piece (the pants are the statement, in case that wasn’t clear) with everything else more neutral and traditional. I think I’m pulling it off.

In other news, I finally got nude patent pumps! How I’ve gone so long without them I don’t know. I planned on wearing them for a special occasion (law school prom!) in a couple weeks, but I thought it might be a good idea to break them in a little first. I took these photos at the end of the day, and you can see a little angry spot on my right foot…it looks worse than it felt. I’m ready to bust a few moves in them soon.

Pants (on clearance under $15) // similar Blazer // Shoes (on sale) // Watch(for regular sized wrists here)

*Watch provided courtesy of Dainty Wrist Jewelry.

Yin Yang

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Prepare to be impressed: Kristin, my fabulous (in her own way) other half, picked out this dress all by herself and got it for me for Christmas! Even more impressive: she got it because it reminded her of this dress I had pinned a while back.

Since the dress is very minimalistic and severe, I thought this flowery statement necklace made for a good mix. As for the heels…I call them my sexy leprechaun shoes. Just thought you should know.

Oh, and I made an impromptu announcement yesterday about a remix challenge. Be sure to check out the details if you didn’t already!

Dress: Narciso Rodriguez for Kohl’s (similar here and here)

Shoes: Bandolino (similar here and here)

Necklace: LOFT (similar)

Please Ignore my Face

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Going through the photos of this outfit was like one big blooper reel. I don’t know what was up with my face this day, you guys. I don’t remember being grumpy, but for some reason I look like someone just ran over my puppy. Even my hair looks depressed. And these are the good photos. In the ones I didn’t use, I look like I’m contemplating a murder-suicide.

Anyway, I just wanted to clear things up and let you know that everything is A-OK, despite what you might think by glancing at my face. Hopefully you’re looking at how awesomely flattering this pencil skirt is instead. I feel like I look very Mad Men. Which I guess is appropriate since I look so mad.

Sweater: J. Crew

Pearls: Givenchy (long version)

Skirt: Target

Shoes: Tahari (similar)

Watch: Anne Klein (similar)

XOXO

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There are lots of places people get style inspiration: magazines, store mannequins, awesome blogs like this one…But sometimes I think inspiration can sneak into your brain without your realizing it.

Exhibit A: One night earlier this week, I watched like 4 old episodes of Gossip Girl on Netflix. You can judge me if you want, but I love that ridiculous show. The next day, I got ready for work, saw myself in the mirror and thought, “Hmm, when did Lily van der Woodsen go brunette? Oh wait, that’s me.”

Unfortunately, I did not have Lily van der Woodsen’s wallet…just her typical shift dress, statement necklace, and sleek low bun. I did enjoy being a chic Upper East Sider for a day though. Next week I’m headed back to school so I have to wear my “dress up” clothes and heels while I can! 

XOXO – Gossip Girl. I mean…Sarah

P.S. You have a whole day to finish the outfit challenge!

Peplum + Lace

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A casual peplum top was on my wish list (no really – it was official), and I happened to find this at Zara when I was in Chicago last month. What luck! It zips in the front so it can be worn open like I did here, or closed. When it’s zipped up, it shows off the peplum shape more, so that’s on my to-wear list (I don’t have an actual to-wear list, although that’s totally something I would do).

I wore this out to dinner and a comedy show last Friday. I actually wore the same thing to work that day, but with flats and a full-size bag. We’ll just skip the cliche part where I tell how this outfit “goes effortlessly from desk to cocktails” or some crap like that. Let’s just say it’s cute and call it a day, shall we?

If you want to see how I wear this (and many other things) next, be sure to follow me on Bloglovin’.

If you’re a style blogger and you’d like to see your face – and your link – on this blog, check out my outfit challenge.

Everything Old is New Again…and A CHALLENGE!

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20120809-191435.jpgHave you ever seen those features in fashion magazines and blogs where the writer shows you how you can take something you already own and mix it with a current trend to make it current? Valuable, sure, but I’m here to argue that you don’t even need something new necessarily. Sometimes you can make a totally modern outfit by remixing old items in new ways.

Everything I’m wearing here (excepting my new watch, which seems to be stuck on my wrist) I have had for at least 3 years. Tulip skirts had a moment a while back, which is when I picked up this skirt at H&M. But considering how big florals have been recently, I could have bought it yesterday! I don’t even remember where the necklace is from; probably one of those cheap teenager stores (I mean stores that sell cheap stuff and are geared toward teenagers, not stores that sell cheap teenagers), but I’d say this falls into the “statement necklace” category, and is also something you might find in stores today. As for the nautical striped top, well, those will never go out of style.

I know these shoes are a little nerdy, but they were one of the first pairs of “grown up” shoes I bought when I got my first job out of college (wow…that was FIVE years ago). Since I had already created an outfit based on old favorites, it only seemed right to take these guys for a spin. They hadn’t been out in the world for a while – I literally had to dust them off.

The Challenge:

OK, fellow bloggers! I CHALLENGE YOU to come up with a brand new outfit made entirely of pieces that are at least 3 years old. (To be fair, I’ll let you wear one newer bracelet or watch if you must.) If you accept my challenge and post the outfit on your blog, please include in your post a link back to this post, and leave me a comment (or email/tweet me) with your own link! I would love to see what you come up with, and I might even feature my favorites back here next Friday. 🙂 Aaaaand….Go!