Clinton Kelly is Freakin’ Fabulous.

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Friday was one of the best days ever. Part of that was weather related. Part was basketball related. But a lot of it had to do with seeing Clinton Kelly – in the flesh! – put on a fantastic and hilarious fashion show at the Macy’s down the street from me. You might recall that I’ve been to a handful of fashion events at Macy’s over the past year, but this one was by far the fanciest. They really pull out all the stops for A-listers, I guess. Velvet ropes, white couches, mocktails, hors d’oeuvres, DJ…fun times. I was supposed to get to interview Clinton, but at the last minute I got bumped for a TV station so I didn’t get to meet him and take a selfie (that’s all I wanted in life). Apparently being a blogger is a status higher than regular civilian, but lower than actual journalist. Le sigh.

Anyway, in case you were worried that Clinton has been curled up alone in sweatpants, eating Ben & Jerry’s, and crying over the end of What Not to Wear, fear not. He’s staying busy. Now he’s on a cooking show (The Chew), he has a new book (Freakin’ Fabulous on a Budget*), and he’s still stylin’ and profilin’ with Macy’s.

For fellow Clinton Kelly fangirls, I’ll share a few Clinton-isms before I move on to the looks he showed us. First off, he doesn’t really care what people are wearing. What?! I know. I remember going to NYC in college and stressing over what to pack because what if I ran into Stacy or Clinton? Seriously, that was something that went through my mind. Apparently it was for nothing. Clinton said he does notice what people are wearing sometimes, and he’s happy to give people advice on what to wear, but in the end…he just doesn’t care whether they listen to him. And as little as he cares what you are wearing, he cares even less about what celebrities are wearing. He said he’s been asked to do red carpet commentary before but he always turns it down. It’s because celebrities have professional stylists and hair and makeup artists – Clinton’s much more interested in helping regular old gals like us find style that works for our lives (ahem, real life style, you might call it).

This tidbit might disappoint you, but he said he hasn’t kept in touch with Stacy since the end of WNTW. But when he explained it, it makes sense: They spent 60 hours a week together for 10 years. Now they’re “seeing other people.” And if you’ve ever wondered how Clinton snagged that dream job to begin with, he was actually working as a journalist when someone called him and asked if he’d like to audition. The rest is history.

OK, enough blabbering. Let’s get on to the clothes. At this show, Clinton showed several trends on 3 different kinds of women: “millennials,” “curvy,” and “mature.” Apparently as a 20-something I fall in the millennial category, but I found myself liking the curvy and mature looks better overall. I’m not sure what that says about me, but nevertheless here are my favorite looks of the night:

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similar Dress 

(just ignore the “millennial” look in the background…kids these days and their short shorts, I tell ya)

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similar Jacket

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Dress // similar Clutch // Shoes

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similar Jacket // Skirt // Bag // similar Shoes

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…and let’s just stop for a moment to take in the fierceness of these Shoes

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Skirt // Blazer

*I received a free copy of Clinton Kelly’s book, along with other compensation, for attending this event at Macy’s and sharing it on my blog and social media channels. All opinions are my own, because who else’s opinions would I have?

Five Fall Essentials

Everywhere compensated me for covering this Macy’s event, but all thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own!

So you know how all the big time bloggers spent last week at runway shows for New York Fashion Week? Well, I spent last week in class learning stuff about law and then spent Saturday afternoon at a runway show down the street at Macy’s. I mean I’m sure NYFW is awesome, but I’m not exactly mad that my blogger perks are way more convenient.

The show was all about the 5 Fall Essentials according to the fabulous Danielle (who ties with me for best dressed in Indianapolis…you heard it here first). Here are the 5 trends along with pics of my favorite looks from each.

1. Military-Inspiredmacy's five fall essentials, fall fashion 2013, military inspired fashion

similar Vest // similar Boots

2. Sweater Dressmacy's five fall essentials, fall fashion 2013, sweater dress

similar Dress (on sale)

3. Crew Neckmacy's five fall essentials, fall fashion 2013, pencil skirt, crew neck

Skirt // Boots

4. Printed Pantsmacy's five fall essentials, fall fashion 2013, leopard leggings, printed pants

Sweater // Leggings

5. Underpinningmacy's five fall essentials, fall fashion 2013, peplum, underpinning

Top // Necklace

And there you have it! Pretty cute outfits, right? Couldn’t have styled it better myself. Below are just a couple other shots of some things I liked from the show (clockwise from top left): a trench coat over bold stripes and accessories; a red dress with tan pumps; a fun mix of patterns and textures; and a sweater with wolves making out.

Who else is psyched for fall fashion now?! YAY!

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Megan & Liz

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

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One of many cool things about being a blogger: once in a while, people pay me to drive down the street and listen to a couple girls sing in a Macy’s. OK, so that particular gig has only happened once, but still. The point is…on Thursday I went to see Megan and Liz play a few songs for the American Rag Tour.

Can I be honest? I had never heard of them. Judging my the rest of the audience, I’m guessing it’s because I’m a little older than the target demographic. When they were born, I was doing long division. But I must admit, they were pretty darn adorable and fun. If you find guilty pleasure in super pop-py girl music, you can check out some of their songs on their YouTube channel. Their recordings are mostly very “produced,” but having seen them live and acoustic, I’m happy to report they have actual talent. And really nice hair.

As for what I wore to blend in with the juniors crowd, here’s a sneak peek. The outfit post will be up on Tuesday!


5 Spring Essentials


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.


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).


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.


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!


5. Pullovers

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




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…


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!


Just one more reminder: he’s adorable.

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