Bar Exam Blues

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{We got new rings to commemorate legally tying the knot! Get it?!}

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Did you notice the new addition to my sidebar? Yes…a super fun and not at all anxiety-inducing countdown clock to the Bar Exam. Over the next couple weeks, I won’t be posting as often because I need to devote more time to studying for the biggest test of my life. But I will still be getting dressed once in a while, plus I have a few outfits backlogged, so I’ll share whenever I need a break from my outlines and flash cards.

This was an outfit I wore a week or 2 ago to a review lecture. I liked that it was simple without being boring, plus I was having a great hair day. Score.

similar Tee // Jeans (on sale) // Bag (on sale) // Shoes (on sale) // Ring // Watch* // Lips “Unapologetic”

*Watch provided courtesy of Dainty Wrist Jewelry.

Complimentary

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A fine arts degree is useful for very few things: impressing your friends at museums, answering Jeopardy questions, and knowing all about the color wheel. Unlike the first two, that last one is actually useful on a regular basis. I love wearing complimentary colors because it’s way more fun than  just matching your colors or pairing a bright with a neutral.

In case you’re a total color wheel novice (maybe you majored in one of those practical subjects like philosophy), complimentary colors are sets of one primary [red/yellow/blue] and one secondary [green/violet/orange] color that are across from each other on the color wheel. So they’re sort of like opposites, which means they make each other look brighter.

I loved the pattern of this chevron scarf, so to make the blues really stand out I decided to wear it over an orange sweater. Thanks, college.

Scarf // similar Sweater* (under $20) // Jeans (on sale) // Bag // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Sunglasses (under $20)

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

Beneath the Cap & Gown

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So I graduated law school several days ago. Did I mention that was happening? Maybe like 100 times over the past month? Yep. I was so busy sharing my post-graduation Chicago vacation outfit photos that I forgot to show you what I wore on the big day! So here it is.

This skirt came in the mail a couple days before graduation and I decided it would be a good option. It’s got this kind of youthful but elegant look to it. You know…like something a brand new lawyer would wear. 😉

These shoes were not the most comfortable things to stand around in for two hours while we were waiting for the processional, but my gown was so freaking huge I felt like I needed the extra height. Can we talk about the cap and gown for a second? Great. Thanks. There was one size gown for everyone up to 200 pounds. I don’t know if you can tell from all the photos you’ve seen of me, but I weigh somewhat less than 200 pounds. They asked for my height (which is 5’3″, by the way) but I’m not sure it made a difference. I was essentially wearing an inflated, depressing looking maxi dress. And that silly hat. I put mine on ahead of time, but it looked so ridiculous I thought I must have done it wrong. So I took it off and waited until I checked in at the ceremony location so I could see everyone else’s. Nope. It’s really supposed to look like that. Sigh. I know there’s historical significance to these stupid outfits, but someone really needs to update the graduation look. Like maybe Diane von Furstenburg.

OK, after all that complaining, you probably want to see what I looked like, don’t you? If you must:

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The oversized look is “in,” right?

Top (on sale) // similar Skirt // Shoes (on sale) // similar Necklace* // Lips “Plushest Punch”

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

Jeans and Sweatshirts

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It’s Thursday, May 8, 2014. What does that mean for you? Maybe nothing. But for me, it’s the day I’m taking my very last law school exam – I’M DONE!!!

And what better way to commemorate three overwhelming years than with two underwhelming outfits? Yup.

Both of these are outfits I wore to take exams, hence the pretty simple sweatshirt + jeans equation (that’s what regular kids wear to school…I think). Don’t worry; I’ll be back to my usual fabulousness soon enough. But first I have to wear a big black robe and a funny hat with a tassel. 🙂

Outfit 1: Top (on sale) // Sunglasses // Bag

Outfit 2: similar Top // similar Shoes // Bag // Glasses

 

Quiet: Exams in Progress

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Yesterday I showed you one of my study outfits, and today I’ve got an actual exam-taking outfit on the menu. I’m not the pajama-wearing type even during finals because I just feel more “with it” when I take the time to get dressed. Sometimes I even brush my hair.

Still, I definitely go for comfort, and more importantly, I don’t wear anything distracting. A statement necklace any other day is great, but for some reason on test day they seem to weigh a hundred pounds. So I pretty much go for zero jewelry – the only exception is my wedding band. Otherwise I might get confused and think I’m single, and everyone knows that a room full of stress-ridden law students is a great place to hook up.

Oh, and in case you think I’m full of BS for acting like I carry a cute clutch to an exam: shoooot, girl, you know I wouldn’t lie to you! This oversized pouch actually fits all the stuff I usually carry in a purse, and then it slips easily inside the tote bag I carry to school. That way I still technically only carry one bag at a time, and if I do anything afterwards, I can pull out the clutch and leave the bulky tote in my car. It’s pretty genius of me, actually. That’s why I’m gonna be a lawyer.

Sweater (on major sale) // similar Boots (under $20) // other similar Boots // similar Jacket (on sale) // Scarf* // similar Clutch // Sunglasses (under $10)

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

All You Need

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Ah, l’amour. They say it’s all you need. Except during finals week. During finals week you mainly need coffee and motivation. In that order.

This outfit was what I wore for one of my out-of-the-house study sessions. In case you’re keeping track, 2 down, 2 to go! The finish line is in sight.

Sweatshirt* // Hat (extra 30% off w/ code SALESALE) // Bag // similar Bag (under $50) // similar Shoes // similar Sunglasses (under $15) // Lips “Plushest Punch”

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

P.S. Just a quick reminder: If you’re a blogger who completed April’s Looking Lucky challenge and you want to be entered to win the $75 gift card to Lucky B Boutique, EMAIL ME! RIGHT NOW!

More Stuff I Wore

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This was my outfit for my last day of class. It’s a little fancier than what I normally wear to class but I wanted to be ready to go out for a celebratory dinner that night. Why wait, right? Ain’t no party like a Sarah party ’cause a Sarah party is PROMPT.

Top // similar Jacket // Shoes // Bag // similar Earrings // Bracelet (on sale)

#LookingLucky 7: Geometrics

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I’ve added a lot of new goodies to my closet this month (you’ll read all about that in the next Budgeting Bloggers post), but this jacket is probably near the top of the list. I fell in lust with it immediately when it showed up at Ann Taylor at a whopping $200. Well, good things come to those who wait, because I snagged this for about $80, including tax and shipping. And whaddaya know…just in time to cross “geometrics” off my list of Looking Lucky trends. From what I remember about geometry, it’s about shapes. And this jacket has like 200 squares on it. Plus there are a bunch of overlapping triangles in this necklace. Not to brag, but I totally got an A in geometry. I think it’s now clear that that grade was well deserved.

Jacket (on sale) // Top (on sale) // similar Necklace* // similar Shoes // Bracelet

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

I Put Some New Shoes On

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You know how when you were a kid and you got new shoes, you would stare at your feet when you walked? Well I buy plenty of shoes for myself now so I should be over the novelty, but for some reason I couldn’t stop looking at these! They’re just so…pointy. And snakey. Oh, and comfortable, which is a pleasant surprise for Target shoes. Usually I wear heels when I wear a pencil skirt because it looks a little more chic and professional, but I decided on these flats for a few reasons: (1) because they’re new and I’m a five-year-old girl who can’t wait to wear her new shoes, (2) I had a long day of work, a job fair back at school, dinner plans, and errands so I didn’t want to be tempted to amputate my own feet by 8:00pm, and (3) I just like to throw a little something unexpected into the mix. 🙂

Shoes // Necklace (on sale) // similar Top (on sale) // similar Jacket // similar Skirt // similar Sunglasses (under $15) // Lips “Punch Drunk”

P.S. If you find yourself near a magazine stand this month, pick up Redbook Magazine and flip to page 58. It’s me! 🙂

Make Lemonade

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Well it’s still freezing. The best I can do is wear all of the bright, springy colors I can find. It’s like that old saying…When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Or wear a lemon sweater. You gotta stay positive.

Just kidding. It’s cold and everything is the worst. If anyone hands me lemons, I’ll be making them into something much stronger than lemonade.

similar Sweater // similar Shoes // similar Bracelet (under $5) // Sunglasses (on sale) // similar Scarf (under $20) // Lips