#LookingLucky 10: Neon

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I kind of backed myself into a corner for the end of the Looking Lucky challenge. The last trend I had to do was neon, which I thought would be easy because I have tons of bright colors in my closet. Well, bright isn’t quite the same thing as neon, and it turns out my choices were actually pretty limited. My best option was this highlighter yellow pencil skirt, but the only occasion I had to dress for was a casual brunch, so I dressed it down as much as I could. I actually really like how it turned out. Maybe I’ll make casual pencil skirt brunches a new thing. You heard it here first.

By the way, I’m putting this post together on the eve of my first exam of my last semester – just four little tests and I’ll be done with law school! In case you’re wondering why I’m not studying right now, let me explain. I’ve found that I’m in a much better state of mind for a big exam when I stop studying around 7:00 the night before. Then I can have some dinner, relax, watch some mindless TV, and get to bed early. The later I study, the more I start to worry that I don’t know enough, and the less likely I am to actually absorb anything.

Maybe it’s counterintuitive, but sometimes NOT studying (in moderation) is a good way to prepare for a test just because it helps you stay sane! In fact, that’s exactly why I went to brunch in this outfit. During finals week (which is really finals weeks plural), I try to get out of the house at least every other day. Sometimes I study at Starbucks, or take a break for a couple hours to go out to dinner or the mall. Getting out of my sweatpants and looking like an actual functioning adult human being is a healthy thing in my book.

Speaking of books, maybe I’ll take one more look at mine before tomorrow morning. Just in case.

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Sans Coat

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Usually when I take outfit photos in the winter, I take my coat and other various outerwear off just long enough to take the pictures – during which time I try really hard not to look grumpy and cold – then I bundle back up and jump into my warm car/apartment.

But on Friday…THIS IS ALL I WORE. No coat, no hat, no gloves, no snow boots. It’s a miracle, I tell ya. I’m not going to declare it spring time yet, but I will declare it time to consider not totally giving up on life anymore. Do you know what people not giving up on life wear? Yellow lace and blue suede shoes. That’s a fact.

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Flashback to Warmer Days…It’s the Real Life Remix:

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*Blazer purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M; necklace purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Asos.

Happy New Year…Now, Moving on.

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Hey, did you guys know it’s 2014?! Just wanted to make sure. The new year is very exciting and all, but as you know, this blog takes itself very seriously, so there is no time for frivolous celebration. We have to get down to business. And talk about nudity.

No, not real nudity. I’m talking about when you see someone wearing a piece of clothing that is close to their skin tone and for a hot second you think they’re naked. Awkward. Sometimes I wonder if those people looked in the mirror before buying a cream/blush/beige/tan/brown t-shirt. But then again, sometimes those colors can be really pretty, like this sort of blushy beige sweater I’m wearing here. So I came up with a rule (and the only rules that matter are the ones I make up): a naked shirt is OK if it has some kind of pattern or texture to let even quick glancers know that you didn’t forget a key step in the getting dressed process.

I think that’s a good rule, don’t you? So next time you see someone in a naked shirt, go up to them and explain the rule, and offer to paint polka dots on them. They’ll love it, I promise.

Oh, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

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Yellow & Pink

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Sometimes I dress like a pack of highlighters. In law school (that place I go in my spare time), it’s common to use a color-coded system of highlighting when you read cases – you use a different color to highlight the key points in each part of the opinion. That way it’s easier to find what you need to know quickly if you get called on (if you’ve seen Legally Blonde, you know how important it is to be prepared).

Under the color key I use, in this outfit I’m wearing a reasoning top and holding shoes. And my jeans are the smart and sometimes sarcastic notes I write in the margin in blue pen.

My goal today was to bore as many blog readers as possible. If you’ve actually read this far, color highlight me impressed.

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These Shoes.

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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.

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Hi. I’m New Here.

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This week I started a new internship for the summer! It was a tough choice to leave my old internship because I really liked it there, but this one is more up my alley – like it’s the kind of work I can see myself wanting to do for the long term. If I were a witch and had one of those Time-Turners like Hermione, I would keep working at my old internship every day and then repeat the day at my new internship.

And yes, I realize my nerdiness just reached a whole new level. Not only do I want to work 2 different unpaid jobs just so I can learn stuff, I also dropped a Harry Potter reference on you. Put that in your pipe and smoke it. But don’t inhale.

So this is what I wore for my first day at the new job. I was looking for an outfit that would give everyone a preview of the many fabulous outfits they’ll see on me this summer, but without making too big of a statement before I knew how everyone else dressed. I also avoided talking about Harry Potter or how sometimes I put a sweater on my cat. Gotta feel out the crowd first.

Sunglasses (on sale) // similar Shirt (on sale) // similar Cardigan // similar Skirt // Shoes (on sale) // Bracelet // Lipstick “Plushest Punch”

5 Spring Essentials

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Saturday was one of those days when I sat in the reserved section at a fashion show and interviewed a celebrity. You know, a typical weekend. In case you don’t recognize the adorable little man in the picture above, it’s Nick Verreos, who was on Season 2 of Project Runway. And on Saturday, he had the fabulous opportunity to meet ME and host a fashion show at Macy’s featuring “5 Spring Essentials.”

Nick was an amazing host. He interacted with the crowd and the models and explained each trend and how to wear it. And did I mention he’s adorable? And that he had a pocket square in his pink seersucker blazer? If I were a boy, I would want his outfit. Hell, I want his outfit anyway.

Oh right, the trends! Here they are. And be sure to check out some of the highlights of my interview with Nick at the end of this post!

1. Lace

I love me some lace in any season. I would definitely wear this lace top, maybe with faux leather leggings (because on me, this shirt would be a tunic), or just plain old skinny jeans. I would also wear it with the sassy face this model is making.

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2. Peplum

A friend asked me recently when the peplum trend was going to end. Apparently she’s not a fan. The answer is: not yet. And I’m happy about it because I love peplum, including this fancy dress (which I couldn’t find online, but here is a similar one).

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3. Printed Pants

Not to brag, but I totally wore polka dot jeans to this event without even knowing the printed pant was one of the spring essentials. I am so on top of it. I’m not totally sure how I feel about these floral jeans for myself, but I did like how the model wore them.

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4. Dresses (Shifts, Sheaths, and Shirts)

The best part about this portion of the show was hearing Nick try to say “shifts, sheaths, and shirts.” But the dresses were pretty cute too. I liked the color combo in this shift dress, and I found it in coral online, too!

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5. Pullovers

The outfit below led to a long tangent about “Flashdance,” which was good because talking about sweaters can only be so interesting.

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Finale!

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So there you have it! I think my only complaint about the show was that all the models were tall and skinny. Since the audience consisted of Midwest department store shoppers, it would have been nice to throw one petite and one plus size model into the mix. But that’s just one petite person’s opinion. The show was seriously fun and I’m more excited than ever for spring. And of course it’s still freezing. Fantastic.

But wait. There’s more…

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I was lucky enough to get to spend a few minutes with Nick in the beautiful ambiance of the Macy’s conference room to ask him any questions I wanted! We had a pretty interesting conversation. He told me that he wears H&M underwear, and he favors Indiana to win the NCAA Tournament this year. Keep that in mind when you’re filling out your brackets! Here’s a little more of what we chatted about:

Q: What makes you stop in the middle of the street, style-wise?

A: Somebody who’s working it from head to toe. I travel all over the country and I love it when somebody took the time to work it. It doesn’t mean they have to look especially fabulous. It could be a kid with 18 piercings and a punk mohawk and combat boots. I always say go 110%. If you’re only doing 95%, stay home! Being fearless with your style – no matter what kind of style – makes me want to cross the street faster and say, “who are you?!”

Q: What other Project Runway contestant would you like to dress you?

A: That’s a good question! I would say Jay McCarroll. He’s very quirky and fun. He does great prints, and I love prints. He just came out with a sock line. Printed socks! In airports, I get fabulous reactions!

Q: The name of my blog is Sarah’s Real Life because I document the outfits I actually wear. So I wanted to ask you, what do you wear on a typical day when you’re just dressing for yourself?

A: If I’m working a lot at my studio, I like a comfy pair of skinny jeans, and I roll ‘em up. And I go for the American Apparel deep V t-shirt. I like the deep V, the plunging neckline! Then I might just have a little blazer, roll up the sleeves, and then loafers. Sockless. I do Miami Vice Eurotrash. That’s my look. I’m owning it.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure TV show?

The Daily Show. I’m obsessed. And then BBC World News. I love finding out what’s happening in the world. The BBC makes me pretend I’m in Europe when I’m not. I need my tea and crumpets! I wish I could say the Housewives and American Idol, but I don’t watch much reality TV shows. I think it’s because I’ve been on one so I know too much. I almost feel like I can hear the producers saying, “We need you to start something with that person!” So it’s hard for me to watch. I think that’s why I go for John Stewart and BBC World News!

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Just one more reminder: he’s adorable.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Everywhere. However, opinions expressed are my own!

Stripes, Dots, and Lace

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Thanks to all your comments on yesterday’s post, I learned that a lot of other workin’ girls wear pants to work on the regular, especially in the winter. I’m glad you all are showing your trousers some love, because lo and behold I am back to a dress today. What can I say? I’m a goddamn lady.

One thing I like about dresses and skirts is that they’re better for showing off a great shoe, which is exactly what I wanted to do for this outfit. I just got these Anne Klein cap-toe pumps after passing by them a few times at Macy’s. Some things are just meant to be together. Romeo and Juliet. Leslie and Ben from Parks and Rec. Me and these shoes. I think Shakespeare would cover the second two if he were alive today.

Thanks to the bright sun reflecting off the shoes, you can’t quite tell that they’re actually a really pale pink with rose gold toes and heels. Amazing, right? I’m sure I’ll wear them again soon and I’ll try to get some more true-to-life photos. Or you can just look at them here.

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Inner Child

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Can you spot the repeat item today? It’s the tights. Yeah, I know. Kind of a cop-out. But there wasn’t anything else I felt like repeating, and it’s my remix, so I can do whatever I want. Deal with it.

Speaking of the Take One, Pass it On remix challenge, I accidentally left out one blogger who joined the challenge last week. I’m giving Jaime of South on Broadway a special shout-out now in the hopes that she won’t make a voodoo doll out of me. So go visit her (very cute) blog and see what she’s been remixing!

OK, back to me. If you remember the old tagline that used to be under my old header, it said this blog was supposed to feature “real things I wear and do.” Recently I’ve been heavy on the wearing and light on the doing. That’s because I’ve spent most of the past couple months going to school and work, so there’s not much special to share there.

BUT! Over the weekend, I took this cute little outfit to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for a special adults-only night. The Children’s Museum is so cool, but unfortunately it tends to be full of children most of the time. Buzzkill, right? Well, thanks to Adult Swim, I got to drink adult beverages while simultaneously acting like someone who’s not allowed to have adult beverages. Here are a few pictures from the event:

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There I am on the Twitter feed, posting my Vine video! (P.S. If you’re part of the Vine crowd, follow me! My username is SarahsRealLife.)
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Me and Kristin on the carousel, margaritas in hand // Hula hooping (I’m pretty awesome at it) // A shot of the lobby full of giddy grownups

Thanks to the Sapphire Theatre Company and the Children’s Museum for a great party!

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Leopard & Lace

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My remixed item of the day is this black lace shirt from Target’s Prabal Gurung collection. In yesterday’s outfit, it was hidden under my jacket, but now you get a better view of she shirt in all its lacy glory! I had been wanting a new black blouse, and this one has such special details. Here’s a little shopping tip I’ve been keeping in mind recently: Never buy boring. Even those “basic” pieces in your closet like a black shirt for work can be interesting and unique. I would rather spend a couple extra bucks on something I will enjoy wearing than save on the first thing I see that fills a “hole” in my wardrobe.

Oh, and remember how last week I accidentally wore a belt that matched my shoes? I did it again. Except this time is was more like accidentally on purpose. I knew I wanted to throw in some leopard (because why not?), and I didn’t know if I wanted to do shoes or belt. So I put them both on, went to the mirror to decide which one I preferred, and ended up liking how they looked together. I’m nothing if not willing to break my own rules!

Shirt: Prabal Gurung for Target

Skirt: Target

Belt: Madewell (similar)

Shoes: Kensie (similar)