WARMfest: the Outfits & the Music

Welcome back from the long weekend, everyone! I hope yours was lovely.  I spent a good chunk of mine at WARMfest, which was a pretty good distraction from the fact that I’m no longer at the beach. I relaxed on a picnic blanket, I ate from food trucks, I did some pretty great people-watching, and (obviously) I listened to good music.

Below are my festival outfits from Saturday and Sunday. They’re nothing terribly exciting – I was more worried about being comfortable than impressing anyone. You shouldn’t be disappointed…I mean “real life” is right there in the blog title. You knew what you were getting in to. If you’re looking for ridiculous, impractical festival wear, there are plenty of other blogs for that.

My outfit photos are in color, and I included some photos of my favorite bands in black & white. So if you’re just here for the clothes, that part’s easy to find. But if you’re a music fan, be sure to check out the black & white stuff, too!

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Outfit 1: Shirt (on sale) // similar Skirt (only $10) // similar Bag // similar Sunglasses

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On Saturday we paid a little extra to take a “cruise” on the White River while being entertained by folk rock singer Megan Maudlin. She was really great, as was her friend Dave Vogt who played with her. I’m not convinced he’s real, though. I think he had a little mouse inside his guitar, and the mouse had its own tiny guitar that was supplying half the notes he was playing. He was insane.

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This was Sweet Poison Victim (great name, right?)…their sound is like a blend of African and Caribbean music. Very fun.

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Of Montreal was the headliner for Saturday. I loved the music, just don’t ask me to explain the…dancers?

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Outfit 2: Jacket // similar Dress // similar Belt (under $13) // Shoes (under $15) // similar Bag // similar Sunglasses // Bracelet (on sale)

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These two are from the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. This chick is the most badass washboard player ever. Granted, there’s probably not a lot of competition.

#FriendsGettingMarried

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This was the last outfit I wore before heading out to the beach – my friends Christie and Amy got married on Saturday, so I delayed my vacation by a day so I could be there. That’s how much I like them. (Take note, ladies.)

It only seems appropriate I tell you the story of how I met Christie and Amy, and I’ll try to do it in a way that is less embarrassing for Christie. So they moved to the Indianapolis area last spring, and they went to the Pride Parade. It just so happens that I was there too, and being the Instagram addict that I am, I posted a couple photos using the #indypride hashtag. Christie looked through that hashtag and saw my photos, which led her to my profile, which led her to my blog. From there she figured out that (a) I live in Indianapolis, and (b) I’m obviously super awesome.

Running the strong risk of coming off as a total creepster, Christie emailed me (she told me later that she read the email over and over and made Amy read it too before sending). I guess I was feeling nice that day, because I emailed her back. Not long after, the 4 of us met up for brunch, and the rest is history!

So if I get nothing else worthwhile out of this little adventure that is blogging, at least I have 2 great new friends. You can make fun of hashtags all you want, but without them, I probably never would have met Christie and Amy. They’re both fantastic people, and they make a fantastic couple. A million congratulations to the newlyweds, and thanks for stalking me!

Top (on sale) // similar Skirt // similar Shoes (on sale) // Sunglasses // similar Bag // similar Ring // Nails // Lips “Whimsical”

I Like Mashed Potatoes

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Usually when I buy something new I immediately start imagining all the ways I’m going to wear it (it’s easier to justify the purchase that way). Then sometimes I have to admit that what I pictured in my head doesn’t quite work.

With this shirt, I pictured it tucked into some of my shorter skirts, but when I tried it out the other day it looked lumpy. Lumpy mashed potatoes? Delicious. Lumpy hips? Yucky. Mmmm…mashed potatoes sound good right now. Anywho.

I untucked the shirt, and that looked frumpy, which rhymes with lumpy and therefore is no good either. Finally I settled on this long skirt and belt and I felt rather tall and statuesque. That’s extra impressive when you’re 5’3″.

Happy Friday, and may your weekend be filled with laughter, friends, and mashed potatoes.

Shirt // similar Skirt (under $25) // similar Belt (on sale) // Sunglasses // Bag (on sale) // similar Bracelet (on sale) // similar Shoes (on sale)

It’s the Real-Life Remix…

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Hocus Pocus

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Question: What is comfortable enough to wear in the library all day, but cute enough to wear on a nice pizza date afterward? If you answered “a bold printed maxi skirt,” you clearly are reading this blog post. I snagged this skirt for $21 at Nordstrom Rack the other day. I can’t find it online, but scroll down and I’ll link you to a couple similar options.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering whose feet are on the wall behind me, they belong to Kurt Vonnegut, the fabulous satirical American author. I read several of his books when I was a teenager. Little did I know I would end up living in his home town! If you’ve never read any Vonnegut, I recommend Hocus Pocus and Slaughterhouse Five.

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This mural is by the artist Pamela Bliss.

similar Skirt // another similar Skirt // Sunglasses // similar Shirt // similar Shoes (on sale) // Rhinestone Bracelet // Coral Cuff (on sale)

Guess Who Wore Snakeskin? (It’s Not Me.)

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This story starts out boring and gets really interesting, so stay with me…

I wore this outfit for a day of studying in various spots around town. Can I just say that this maxi skirt is the comfiest thing ever? And can I also say that I don’t know why I waited this long to get a jean jacket? There, I’ve said those things.

Anyway, that evening I was back home and it was a beautiful day. My apartment complex sits near a river, and there’s a walking path through the woods so you can get to this little gazebo overlooking the water. The water is brown, but still…it’s nice. So we walked over there to enjoy the scenery and take photos of my outfit.

As I was striking one of my many fabulous poses where I stare off into the distance, I started to notice something…

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Wanna guess what it was?

If you guessed a six-foot snake sleeping in a tree, you were right!

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Here’s where you learn something about me you might not expect. I FREAKING LOVE SNAKES. I think they’re so cool. Since we didn’t know what kind of snake this was, we obviously kept a safe distance (found out later it was probably a rat snake, which is non-venemous). But the zoom lens on the camera definitely came in handy to see this guy up close! I think he looks pretty cute, but that’s just me.

Jacket // similar Skirt // similar Bracelet (on sale) // similar Sunglasses // similar Shoes // Snake

Fashion Friends

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20120927-151133.jpgI wore this on Wednesday night. “WEDNESDAY NIGHT?!” you might ask? Yes, I am so fabulous that I wear long, flowing skirts and fancy heels on weekdays. You know, to go grocery shopping and stuff.

I kid you, of course. Not about the Wednesday part, but the grocery part. I actually finally got around to attending a Pattern meetup, which was my excuse for the fun outfit. Pattern is a group for fashion lovers in Indianapolis. Seeing as I love fashion and I live in Indianapolis, it seemed like the place for me. They have meetups every month, but I haven’t been able to make it to one until now. I saw a couple people I had met before, and made some new friends, too. Considering my general distaste for small talk, I was pretty proud of myself.

Thank you Pattern for a good time…I’ll be back – in more fabulous outfits. You’re welcome in advance.

P.S. Remember when I wore this skirt over the summer with my polka dot tee? Go back in time here.

Faux leather jacket: Express

V-neck tee: Ann Taylor (only $14.99!)

Lip Color: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable in Romantic

Skirt: Zara (no longer available in this color, similar here)

Clutch: old (but love this option)

Simplify

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20120906-113055.jpgSometimes it’s nice to take a break from colorblocking and print mixing and layering and just take it easy. I actually kind of liked my plain white tee and super-soft skirt – maybe I’ll do it more often. OR maybe tomorrow I’ll wear bright red pants, a polka dot shirt, and a leopard print cardigan. You never can tell.

Bach Bash

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I wore this Saturday night for my friend Chrissy’s bachelorette party. It was fun without being TOO out of control! There was limo-riding, bar-hopping and tipsy-dancing involved. I know this get-up isn’t exactly your typical “night-out-with-the-girls” look, but if I dressed typically, what would be the point of having a style blog?

I felt totally awesome in this skirt, even if I was one of the only girls at these bars with a hem line more than 2 inches below my lady bits. It’s impossible not to make an entrance in this skirt because the fabric billows around me and every once in a while you get a glimpse of some thigh. See, girls? It’s true what they say about leaving something to the imagination. Don’t show all your goods at once.

So the next time you’re deciding what to wear to go out on a Saturday night, think about your dear friend Sarah. Put down the strapless LBD that some might mistake for a lost legwarmer, and pick up a beautiful and flattering maxi skirt (and throw in some polka dots for good measure).

Skirt available at Zara

Madewell tee in black & white is no longer available online, but similar one here, also Madewell

Hey, look at those handy Bloglovin’ and Twitter buttons on the menu! Those are cool!

Maxed Out

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Right now I am living vicariously through these photos of myself from last Thursday. Look at that unpuffy face that can actually make expressions besides ones of sadness and pain! And, more importantly, look at me all bathed and wearing real clothes. Ah, those were the days. I don’t know how much longer I’ll be stuck on the couch recovering from my wisdom tooth extraction, but you better believe that my first day back in the world will involve a celebratory outfit.

In the meantime, I’ll just try to fool myself into thinking I’m on “vacation.”