Let’s Go To the Mall…Today!

Another day, another Robin Scherbatsky reference.

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I really love wearing heels with jeans, but I don’t get to do it much. I wear plenty of jeans on school days, when it would be silly and impractical to wear heels; and I wear plenty of heels on work days, when I’m not allowed to wear jeans. Sure, there are weekends, but I’m a big ol’ nerd who stays home studying on weekends. Except when I go to a fun little fashion show at the mall.

Now, normally I don’t wear heels to the mall, but a fashion show – even if it’s just at my local Macy’s – is the best excuse I have to sport a fun outfit like this. And if you didn’t get enough of an opportunity to drool over these shoes last time I wore them, consider this your second chance.


Oh my gosh, how did this photo get in here?! No big deal, just a shot of me and my buddy Nick Verreos. If you didn’t catch my interview with him last week, be sure to check it out here. He was a hoot!

Jeans // Shoes (on sale) // similar Shirt (on sale) // Jacket // Bag // Lipstick “Schiap”

No Pants, No Service

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Once upon a time, I wore Express Editor pants like it was my job. I probably have 4 or 5 pairs in different colors. I had a couple “work” skirts, but for the most part, my office-wear was built around nice, neutral, professional-looking pants. But in the *cough*six*cough* years since I graduated college, I’ve collected more and more business casual skirts and dresses, and my Editor pants have been neglected.

As you know, I’m always looking out for the feelings of inanimate objects (and rarely for those of actual human beings), so I dusted off the ol’ pantaloons for a day. I added another old office favorite – the black blazer – just for poops. But never one to be boring, I of course had to throw in some leopard and red. Naturally.

Reader poll: Do you usually wear dress pants to work? If not pants, hopefully you wear something else on your bottom half. Otherwise I probably don’t want to know what your job is.

similar Blazer // Pants // similar Shirt // similar Boots // similar Bracelet // Lipstick “Romantic”


Party Hopping

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This was what I wore last Friday, when I was dashing about town for an interview, a symposium, and my internship. Do I sound busy and important? Good, because I totally am. Or at least I was for a few hours.

Before you ask why I didn’t wear a suit, this interview was with an arts organization, not a law firm, so I thought a professional yet obnoxiously bright look would be appropriate. Or as appropriate as professional yet obnoxiously bright can ever be.

And in case you’ve ever kept yourself up at night wondering what Sarah thinks about tights with open-toe shoes, here’s your answer. She is in favor (as long as the seam isn’t showing, and the tights don’t have a reinforced toe…that looks funny). She is also in favor of talking in the third person only sparingly.

similar Dress // Blazer (on sale) // similar Shoes // Lipstick “Orange de Chine”


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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!


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

Sister Act

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The title of this post isn’t a pun…this is actually the outfit I wore to go see Sister Act the musical. I’m not in the habit of throwing around great reviews if I don’t mean it, but this show was seriously hilarious and entertaining. I would tell you about the bad parts, but there were nun. There was a big mass of people in the audience, and we were all cracking up. I was praying it would go on even longer. I mean Jesus Christ was that a great show!

Like I said…no puns here.

In other news, it’s almost the end of the month, which means the end of the remix challenge! The repeat item of the day is this belt. Check out how I wore it yesterday. Tomorrow I’ll post outfit #28 and a Week 4 roundup. If you’ve joined the remix in the past week, be sure to let me know so I can include your link.

similar Dress (on sale) // similar Cardigan // Belt // similar Clutch // Shoes (on sale) // Necklace // similar Earrings // Lipstick “Schiap”

If I Was Your Boyfriend

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Happy weekend, everyone! Here’s a little something I put together to wear to class earlier this week. These boyfriend jeans were my repeat item (it’s the end of week 3 of the remix challenge…craziness).

I’m pretty excited about these jeans. Why? Oh good, I’m glad you asked. Well, I’ve always been a fan of the cuffed baggy jean look on girls…in theory. But I was skeptical of trying it myself due to my – shall we say – efficient size. Thanks to the Olsen twins, we’ve all seen what few favors baggy clothes lend to a tiny person, and I’m not rich enough to pull off the homeless look like MK and Ashley.

Anyway, I happened to go in New York & Company the other day and saw they had these jeans called “slim slouch.”  At first I thought that was a ridiculous name, because how can jeans be slim and slouchy at the same time? Well, it turns out…like this. They really are slim and slouchy, and I love them! Super comfortable too. I don’t shop at NY & Co. often, but I might have to start buying more jeans there! My pant-fitting challenge (we all have one, right?) is that my hips are quite a bit wider than my waist, so I always get that big gap in the back of the waist band – handy for storing snacks but otherwise annoying. If you have that problem too, you should try NY & Co. (and let me know if there’s another store I should be trying)!

similar Sweater // similar Belt // Jeans // similar Shoes // Link Bracelet // Spike Bracelet // Sunglasses

Gingham Style

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I’ve gotta keep the blurb today pretty short…I’m writing this at the end of a long day and my eyes don’t want to stay open. They actually haven’t wanted to stay open since about three hours after I woke up. Coffee? Why yes, I tried that. Diet Coke? Yep, twice. Sleeping? That sounds like the best cure.

Before I start nodding off, I’ll point out my remix item of the day: these jeans! Since I’m not a jeans-everyday person, and this is my only pair of distressed denim, I decided they were unique enough for me to repeat. Fun fact: I wore tights under these jeans today and yesterday. Exposed skin and sub-zero wind chills don’t mix.

Shirt // similar Sweater // Necklace // similar Jeans // Boots // similar Watch

Fresh Hair & Not-so-fresh Chambray

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Oh, hello there. What’s going on, you ask? Not much, just rocking some bangs like nobody’s business. And also rocking this skirt like it’s my job for the second day in a row. In case it’s not obvious, this outfit from Saturday is topped off with a fresh haircut and highlights. You know what wasn’t fresh? This shirt. I was going to make this chambray my repeat item tomorrow (for my Take One, Pass it On remix), but by the end of the day I started noticing that I didn’t exactly smell like a field of fresh flowers. If you know what I mean. I realized that I got this shirt over the summer (June maybe?) and I’ve never washed it. Laundry was never my forte.

Chambray: Madewell

Skirt: Madewell (similar)

Belt: Madewell (similar)

Boots: Aldo (similar)

Bag: Forever 21

Lips: YSL Glossy Stain in Orange de Chine

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No Wallace, Just Grommets

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This is the part where I’m supposed to say something cutesy like: “This is my go-to outfit for running errands!” Maybe I’d follow it up with a “lolz” (what does the Z stand for?!) or an emoticon. But alas, my “go-to outfit” for running errands is usually jeans, boat shoes, and an Indy Law t-shirt. It’s nerd chic, minus the chic part.

Still –  once in a while, I find that taking an extra couple minutes to pick out a real outfit and apply red lipstick makes me more productive. When I look frumpy, I just want to get my stuff done as quickly as possible and then get home. When I wore this outfit, I actually had a pretty good day! After my trip to the post office, I hung out at Starbucks and wrote a cover letter for a summer internship, did some blog maintenance, and answered a few emails. I can do those things at home, but no one makes me a delicious nonfat latte at home, which means that…I can’t really do those things at home. When I’m rich, I will have a Starbucks in my house. Just kidding – we all know I’ll spend all my money on shoes.

By the way, I included that photo of a snowy landscape in an effort to convince myself that the beautiful scene was worth nearly freezing to death taking outfit photos (but it wasn’t).

Shirt: J. Crew Factory, currently out of stock (similar)

Sweatshirt: Forever 21, old (similar)

Jeans: Ann Taylor

Boots: Target

Watch: Anne Klein (similar)

Sunglasses: Kate Spade

An Outfit & a Movie Review!

leopard4 leopard5 leopard6 leopard7I’m going to be one of the few people (perhaps the only person) to tell you that I saw Lincoln, and…


No offense to Honest Abe. He was a great guy. I just expected a lot more from this movie, especially with all the Oscar buzz. I thought it was going to be epic, but the only thing epic about it was the length. I thought it was the story of Lincoln’s life, but it’s really the story of how the 13th Amendment was passed. Don’t get me wrong – I’m in favor of the 13th Amendment. Slavery? Not the best idea. But about 90% of the movie was the process of passing this amendment in incredibly boring detail. School House Rock could have done it faster and in a more entertaining way.

I also would have expected Lincoln’s death to be the big, emotional climax of the movie. But they didn’t even show him getting shot! Someone announced his death, and then you get a glimpse of his dead body with people looking only moderately morose standing around him. It was weird.

To be fair, I’ll tell you what I did like about the movie. Visually, it was very interesting. If there were an Academy Award for Best Use of Silhouettes and Top Hats, Lincoln would win, hands down. And it does get better as it goes on. I could barely pay attention the first half (normally I never have that problem – I love movies!), but the second half was more plot-driven. And there were quite a few funny lines, which was an unexpected bonus.

If anyone else was unimpressed by Lincoln, please tell me so I know I’m not the only one!

Oh, and this is what I wore to see the movie.

Shirt: J. Crew Factory (on sale!)

Necklace: Charming Charlie (similar)

Jeans: American Eagle

Shoes: Nine West

Bracelets: Forever 21, Stephan & Co.

Coat: J. Crew (on sale!)

Sunglasses: Kate Spade via TJ Maxx

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