Nothin’ Like Experimenting

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I’m pretty sure I’ve tried wearing a cropped jacket over a long top before and it totally didn’t work out. It kind of looked like I was wearing pajamas, and then there was a fire drill at my dorm and I had to throw on the first jacket I could find before going outside in the cold. This is probably bringing back fun college memories, but my point is that my past attempts at mixing lengths in my layers just made me look haphazard and weird.

But I got my second Le Tote shipment (find out more about that here) the other day, and I was trying everything on to see how it fit. This shirt and jacket were both in the package, so I put them on together. Wait…what’s happening? These look kinda good together! And there’s not even a fire drill! So I put them together in an outfit the next day, meanwhile kicking myself for not experimenting more.

There’s a lesson in all this: Don’t assume things won’t look good on you until you try them. Also, check your smoke detector batteries.

Jacket (under $40) // Shirt // Shoes // Pants // Bag // similar Necklace // Lips

Snowflakes that Piss Off My Nose and Eyelashes

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It has been a very silver white winter, and it needs to MELT INTO F$%&ING SPRING ALREADY. I knew it was coming, but waking up to cold and snow yesterday was still so hard after 2 days in a row of 60+ degrees. And it wasn’t just snow – it was huge flakes of really wet snow. And it was windy. So walking outside was kind of like being in a snowball fight with Buddy the Elf. It’s mid-March. #snoverit

Even though the weather was totally inappropriate, at least this top kinda looks like it has cute little snowflakes on it. I do love a theme. But this top is still SUPPOSED to be for SPRING. I want to wear it on its own with a floral pencil skirt and nude pumps. One day soon…

Sweatshirt (on sale, extra 30% off w/ code SHOPSPRING) // similar Necklace // Chambray (under $10) // similar Boots // Heart Bracelet* // Lips “Crush”

*Bracelet provided courtesy of Dainty Wrist Jewelry.

Visionary

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Chambray and flannel layered? I can pretend I’m just super cool and trendy, but it’s partly out of necessity: it’s still really freaking cold here. Hence the gloves – I swear I’m not about to commit a murder (I’ll leave that to my cat).

I just realized I don’t think I’ve ever shared my glasses story on the blog. Sit back; you’re in for a treat.

The first 25 years of my life, I had super-human, better-than-20-20 vision. Then toward the end of my first semester of law school, I started noticing that the longer I spent staring at a book or a computer, the harder it was to focus. Sometimes I would get bad headaches or have to squint to see things that used to be clear.

So after finals I went to the optometrist and got the horrible news: My vision had taken a nose dive…all the way down to 20/20. And – get this – I have a slight astigmatism. Heartbreaking story, right? Luckily, the eye doctor didn’t make fun of me. She actually said she could give me an itty bitty prescription for eyeglasses to sharpen things up to the way I was used to.

Secretly, I had always kind of wanted a reason to pick out glasses frames – they were the one thing missing from my accessories collection! Before you laugh at me for rocking my practically fake spectacles, they really do make a difference. I got a headache after every exam my first semester, but second semester (and third, fourth, and fifth) I wore my glasses and didn’t get any. I don’t wear them all time, but they’re great for long days at school. OK, fine…they’re also great for looking cute and smart.

Some fine print (put on your glasses to read it): GlassesUSA.com sponsored this post! If you shop for sunglasses or eyeglasses online, check out their site and use the following discount codes if you buy: “FS15” for 15% off and free shipping on any order over $50. “Blog10” for 10% off prescription glasses.

similar Shirt // Jeans // Boots (on sale) // similar Hat // similar Necklace // Glasses // Link Bracelet (on sale) // Lips “Romantic”

Pin to Real Life: Winter Layers

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Left image: Penny Pincher Fashion (used with permission)

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When I saw this outfit that Kimberly came up with, it felt so very “me” (well I guess it’s really more “Kimberly” but the point is I liked it), so I plopped a photo over on good ol’ Pinterest. A few days later, I didn’t really have an idea of what to wear, so pin to the rescue!

You can read my tips on using Pinterest for outfit inspiration here, but I’ll clue you in on a big one: pin looks that contain pieces similar to what’s already in your closet. Obviously for this outfit I did a totally different color scheme, but I had all the basic stuff: striped tee, leather vest, coat, plaid scarf, beanie, jeans, and boots. And a dusting of snow around my feet – do I get bonus points for that? It was the mix of patterns and layers I liked, so I wasn’t too worried about replicating the colors. Plus these were just the only color options I had…so there’s that.

If you want to see what other winter looks I’ve been in to recently, you can follow my Pinterest board here!

similar Shirt // similar Vest (on sale) // Coat (40% off w/ code TAKENOTE) // similar Scarf (on sale) // similar Hat // Sunglasses // similar Boots (save) // other similar Boots (spend) // Lips

Snow Boots

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I realized recently that my shoe options for snowy and slushy days are limited. Flats don’t work because my feet will freeze, and most of my boots are suede or otherwise too nice to risk being ruined. I have my burgundy Hunter rain boots, but I don’t necessarily want to wear those every day, plus when I have to brush snow off my car it falls right down in there! Brr! Is this why people wear UGG boots? Because they’re so hideous that salt and water stains can only make them look better? Maybe, but I will never put those things on my feet.

So I set out on a mission to find some sturdy, snow-appropriate boots that I also wouldn’t mind ruining by the end of the season (i.e. cheap). Naturally, my search started and ended at Target. They were sold out of actual “snow boots” with fuzzy lining, but that’s not a deal-breaker for me. That’s what socks are for, right? But Target did still have plenty of other boots, and let me just say it took a lot of self control to stick to my mission. (I desperately wanted to go home with these, but peep toes are not exactly snow-friendly.) I surprised myself and ended up with these babies – never thought I would own combat boots, but when you think about it, they’re great for snow! Plenty of coverage for your feet, comfortable, and nice and tight against your leg to keep those cold flakes out of your bidness. They’re $35, but I had $16 left on a gift card, plus 5% off with my Red Card, so I only paid about $18 for them.

They’re also all man-made materials – I walked through some major slush, and once the boots dried, the dirt and salt wiped right off. It’s a little early to attest to the long-term quality, but so far they’re exactly what I wanted! The only problem? Now that I see them in an outfit, I realize they’re actually kind of cute. Maybe I shouldn’t wear them in the snow, just in case… 😉

Boots (in more colors/prints here) // similar Dress (in blue) // similar Turtleneck (under $20) // similar Silver Bracelet (under $6) // similar Gold Bracelet // similar Necklace // Sunglasses (on sale) // Bag (on sale in other colors) // Lips “Cherry Fever”

P.S. If you’re wondering what this scenic background is, it’s outside the Indianapolis Museum of Art. I went to see the Matisse: Life in Color exhibition on Saturday, and I highly recommend it! This is your last week to catch it – it closes Jan. 12. You can see some of my favorite parts of the exhibition on my Instagram.

Out-of-Towner

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Don’t you love a good vest? It’s great for keeping you cozy all day without being too bulky under a coat. Or in Florida, it’s good for making you look like someone who is clearly from out of town. I wore this for the first day of vacation last week. Driving to the Indianapolis airport in the morning, it was in the low 20s, so the extra layer was quite helpful. When we got to the Orlando airport a few hours later, it was about 2 million degrees. Or maybe 80…I don’t remember exactly. Obviously my coat came off, and this vest spent a good part of the day on my arm and on the back of a chair. But gosh darnit, it’s winter and I’m going to wear some faux fur, even if that means getting a few weird looks from the locals. I’M WEARING A T-SHIRT, OK? WHAT ELSE DO YOU WANT FROM ME?

Shirt // similar Vest // similar Jeans (I had mine altered) // similar Boots (on sale) // similar Bracelet (on sale) // similar Necklace (on sale) // similar Sunglasses (on sale) // Lips

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

Nothin’ Like Experimentin’

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I never thought I would be a denim vest kind of person. A denim vest is just one pair of cutoff shorts and a Natty Light away from a Nascar fan. With no due respect, Nascar-unchic is not a look to which I aspire.

But for whatever reason, I decided I wanted to try out a denim vest. When I’m experimenting, I like to go cheap so I don’t waste too much money if I end up abandoning the idea. I got this vest from good ol’ Target for $27.99. If anyone heads to the Big T to scope it out, be warned that this baby runs really small. I got a medium, and I usually wear an XS. I just wanted to throw that out there in case anyone tries on their usual size and thinks they’ve gained 20 pounds overnight. You haven’t. Probably.

I’m happy with my great denim vest experiment so far. I took this outfit about as un-hick as I could and I think it worked. You’ll be seeing more of my little blue friend in the future I suspect.

similar Sweater (on sale) // Vest // Skirt (on clearance) // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Necklace

Fin

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Here it is, folks: Day 28, the LAST day of February’s Take One, Pass it On remix challenge! I picked the leopard cardigan from yesterday’s outfit to repeat for this great culmination. The rest of the outfit was kind of thrown together around it. A couple hours into the day, I realized…

I wore these yellow jeans on the first day of the remix!

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I swear I did not plan that. It’s just the circle of life. And it moves us all. (Picture me standing on a cliff holding Coco up in the air.)

I’ll do a Week 4 roundup with other blogger links later today or tomorrow (tweet me @sarahsreallife or tag #TakeOne).

Chambray // similar Necklace //  similar Cardigan // similar Jeans (on sale) // similar Boots // similar Bracelet

Over-Under

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When fall comes, I get so excited about layering again. I mean I love clothes, so the more I get to wear, the better. But after a few months, the excitement wears off. It’s kind of like marriage (juuuuust kidding, honey).

So to switch things up, I try to make some more creative and unexpected layering choices. One of my favorites is wearing a cardigan as a shirt (fully buttoned) with a layer over it like a vest or jacket. Did I just rock your whole world? If I did, you probably need a hobby, because a button-up cardigan is really not that exciting. Except when it’s zebra print.

Oh, and the repeat item is this vest! I have the Take One, Pass it On challenge to thank for inspiring my layering adventures today. And since I invented the Take One challenge, I guess I can thank myself. Good job, me.

Sunglasses (on sale) // similar Cardigan // similar Vest // Jeans // Belt // similar Spike Bracelet // similar Flower Bracelet // Shoes // Lipstick “No. 16 Pourpre Preview”