Murder, She Wrote

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So this is the part where I say something about what I’m wearing. I could do that, or I could tell you about how I cleaned up a crime scene at 2:00 Monday morning. Oh, you want to hear about the second one? OK, you got it.

Well, there’s a mouse problem here at Casa de Sarah. We caught 3 mice in mid-December. There wasn’t a squeak for more than a month, and just when we thought the coast was clear we got another one about a week ago. The very first mouse we caught with a humane trap, but the other 3 were only discovered with the help of our trusty feline Coco. In the middle of the night, I would wake up to the sound of her running up and down the hallway and find her cornering a terrified little creature. She never killed them; she just chased them around and sometimes carried them in her mouth. Then I would catch them in a tupperware and take them outside. I’m a hippy, what can I say?

So that brings us to 2:00am Monday. Once again I woke up to the sound of frantic claws on carpet. Sure enough, Coco and mouse are in the hallway. Mouse isn’t looking so hot. I scooped it up to take outside. That’s when Kristin says, “Umm…THERE’S BLOOD.” Yup. Little spots of blood up and down the hallway carpet, and even some splatter on the wall. I went ahead and took the mouse outside in the snow, where it died. Poor thing. But now maybe an owl or something can eat it. It’s the circle of life. And it moves us all.

When I went back inside, Kristin was hard at work cleaning up the blood in the hallway. That’s when I noticed there were a few spots and smears in the living room, too. Oh look, here’s more in the kitchen. And the dining room. WHERE DOES IT END? How much blood can a mouse possibly have? If this had been a human instead of a mouse, it would have been an episode of Scandal. Or CSI: Indianapolis.

If you can believe it, I had a little trouble falling back to sleep. Cleaning up a homicide can do that to you. Kristin and I agreed this was one of the weirdest things we’ve ever done at two in the morning, and that includes undergrad.

OK, I’ll try to get back to talking about clothes tomorrow. In the meantime, be sure to share your best pet and pest stories in the comments below 🙂

similar Shirt (on sale) // Sweater // similar Boots // similar Necklace // Sunglasses (on sale) // Bag // Lips “Plushest Punch”

Something to get your mind off my gruesome story: It’s the Real Life Remix…

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Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice

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Who would have thought putting horizontal stripes around your ass could be so slimming? No one with eyes, that’s for sure. This skirt is magical. I’m so glad I got it. I mean I’ve only had it 2 months and this is the fourth time I’ve worn it. This is shaping up to be an impressive cost-per-wear!

On another note, I normally don’t like to wear yellow and black together because I feel like it makes me look like a bumble bee. But this particular outfit felt more like Beetlejuice than bumble bee, so I thought it worked. Don’t know if you heard, but Beetlejuice-inspired fashion is totally in for spring. You’re welcome.

Skirt (on sale) // Sweater // Sunglasses (on sale) // Necklace // Boots (on clearance) // Bracelet

Being Practical

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20121201-190252.jpgA little over a week ago, I made a few online impulse buys from LOFT when they had a flash sale. If you bought 3 items, you got 60% off. Awesome, right?

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So I bought the sweater vest that you’ve seen here and here, the necklace you saw here, and the cute pink peplum dress you see on the right ——>

It turned out the dress ran rather large, so as cute as it was on the hanger, it was not so flattering on me. Unfortunately, the dress was already sold out in every size online by the time I received mine, so I couldn’t exchange. I thought about taking to get it altered, but first I went to my closest LOFT store on the off chance they still had some. No such luck.

But since I had already made the trip (a whole 3-minute drive), I figured I would look around to see if there was something else I might like for about the same price. See, I didn’t actually have a special occasion in mind when I got this dress. I just figured it was a steal for $24 and I would eventually find a reason to wear it.

Anyway, I stumbled upon this simple shift dress I’m wearing in the above outfit. On the con side, I would be spending additional money (This was a $79 dress, but it was 50% off that day). On the pro side, this dress was much more versatile. I tried it on by itself, and it looked great. Could easily be dressed up with some bling and heels. Could work in summer, or in winter with some tights and a jacket. Could also go casual, like I did here.

So my options were: Spend an extra $16 on a more versatile dress, or keep the party dress and spend probably at least $16 getting it altered. Well, you already know the end to this story: I made the more practical choice! I’m still a little bummed the pink peplum number doesn’t get to live with me, but I think I’ll live.

Turtleneck: Target, old (similar here and here)

Dress: LOFT (comes in regular, tall, and petite – I’m 5’3″ and wearing regular)

Boots: Steve Madden, old (very similar here)

Belt: Target (similar with bow here)

Bracelets: Forever 21