These Shoes.

Striped bow pumps - Sarah's Real Life Striped bow pumps - Sarah's Real Life Striped bow pumps - Sarah's Real Life Striped bow pumps - Sarah's Real Life Striped bow pumps - Sarah's Real Life Striped bow pumps - Sarah's Real Life

If you’ve learned anything about me from reading this blog, it’s that I love stripes, I love bows, and I love shoes. So when I see a pair of fabulous striped pumps with bows on the back, it’s a no-brainer. They obviously should belong to me. They might as well have my name written on them. In fact, I might write my name on them. Just to make sure no one takes them. It’s a matter of national security. Maybe I’ll call Hillary Clinton and ask her how she protects her shoes.

Speaking of Hillary, I decided (as the unofficial advisor to her hypothetical campaign) if she runs for president in 2016, Beyonce should travel with her everywhere singing “Who run the world? GIRLS.” There, now you’ve learned yet another thing about me: I am an excellent political strategist.

Skirt (on clearance) // similar Shoes (these are from DSW but aren’t available online) // similar Necklace

Pieces & Patterns

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So yesterday I showed you how I layered a shirt over my dress, and while wearing that outfit, I bought this dress, then wore it with a shirt layered under. I’m so versatile it’s mind blowing, right? Right. No? OK. Well I think I’m at least a little bit versatile, and alternatively I’m really good at buying dresses.

 Dress // Shirt (on sale) // similar Shoes // other similar Shoes // Bracelet // Earrings

I Believe in Miracles

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Whoever said money doesn’t buy happiness clearly never encountered polka dots. One day I was a grumpy mess, and the next day this shirt I ordered from J. Crew Factory came in the mail. I mean look, the sun even came out. It’s a polka dot miracle. Of course, there’s snow piling up as we speak. I might have to bust out these dots again if I want to make it through another day.

Shirt // similar Sweater // Sunglasses (on sale) // similar Pants // Bracelet // Necklace // Lipstick “Pourpre Preview”

6 Ways to Wear Mixed Prints

This edition of the “How to Wear” series is all about mixing and not matching! I love mixing prints, but I know some people are a little freaked out by how to do print mixing without clashing. True, not ALL prints are going to look good together, but here are a few ways you can try print-mixing without looking like an old blind lady. Click on the pictures to go to the original post and see more details.

1.  Start small with a printed scarf and a nautical striped tee.

Both of these prints are simple – only 2 colors – and one is neutral, so there’s not much danger of clashing.

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2.  Get a neutral print bag and pair it with anything (except an identical print).

With a bag, it’s like the extra print is detachable, so you can always set it down if you want your clothes to stand alone. (But please do not leave your bag unattended in an airport.)

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3.  Mix 2 different versions of the same print.

Here I layered two different polka dot prints. Playful and cute!

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4.  Let one pre-mixed piece do the work for you.

If you can find a piece – like this skirt from Anthropologie – that already has different prints in it, you can rock the print-mixing trend without even trying!

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5.  Pick 2 prints in the same color scheme for a unified look.

Since the stripes and the floral print here are both navy and white, it almost looks like they could be part of the same dress.

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Here’s another [probably nearly] foolproof way to mix it up. Put some distance between your prints if you’re not sure whether they look good together.

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As a final tip, just use your best judgment. The simpler the patterns, the easier it is to get away with mixing them. Here are some other prints that could look cool together:

  • Polka dots and floral
  • Chevron and leopard
  • Gingham and polka dots
  • Paisley and stripes
  • Leopard and ikat

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