Polar Vortex Style

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A couple weeks ago when it was negative a million degrees, I assumed this “polar vortex” thing was a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. Apparently it is a twice-in-a-month occurrence. Awesome. The first time around, I was lucky enough to be able to stay safely inside. This time I actually have class and other things to do. In addition to what you can see above, I’m also wearing tights and socks under my pants. (Let me tell you: it makes a big difference!)

And because I’m amazing, I managed to pile on all these layers without wearing any black! That’s right, no polar vortex is going to stop me from completing my challenge. Who else is doing the Black Out challenge? Be sure to share your outfit photos on Twitter or Instagram and tag it #BlackOutStyle. Nicole and I will share the names (and links for bloggers) of participants at the end of the week!

similar Sweater (on sale) // similar Vest // similar Hat // Coat // similar Pants (on sale) // similar Boots (on sale) // Lips (mine is a custom color from Bite Lip Lab, but try Cin Cin)

Yes, you’ve seen all these things before. It’s the Real Life Remix…

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Big & Little

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At this point it’s been said a million times but good advice bears repeating: A great outfit is about the right balance of shapes. If you wear baggy on top, wear fitted on the bottom (and vice versa). I used to think that was just something style experts say when they can’t think of anything else (and that could be true too), but I’ve found it to be true. If I had worn boyfriend jeans with this tunic and jacket, I would’ve looked like an Olsen twin, and if I had worn a tight top with these leggings I would’ve looked like a skank. (This is why no one hires me as a style expert. Saying “Remember to balance” is more helpful than saying “Don’t be an Olsen or a skank.”)

I decided to try extending the whole balancing logic and paired a dainty bracelet with an oversized watch. Pretty cute, right? Well I found out pretty quickly that the dainty bracelet just gets stuck underneath the oversized watch over and over. I spent most of the school day adjusting my accessories. I might not have absorbed much from class, but I did learn an important lesson about bracelets. So I’m going to call it a win.

similar Shirt* // similar Jacket // similar Leggings // Watch* // similar Boots (on sale) // Bracelet*

*Shirt purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M; watch provided courtesy of Timex; bracelet provided courtesy of Asos

I’ll Meet You in the Midi

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It’s day 3 of the Take One, Pass it On remix challenge, and I kind of boxed myself into a corner with day 2’s outfit. I had already remixed the shirt, and wearing my rain boots again would have been a little silly under a sunny sky. So that left me with the black shirtdress to wear for a brunch date on Saturday.

But being the savvy remixer I am, I decided to disguise the dress as a shirt by putting my new midi skirt over it. I’m pretty proud of myself for trying this skirt, you guys. I’ve avoided this length because I was afraid it would accentuate my lack of verticalness. But I think this one that hits just a couple inches below the knee works for me, especially with a little bit of a heel. Plus it has these awesomely huge pockets! What will I keep in the pockets? Probably nothing. But I like knowing they’re there in case I have two footlong sandwiches I don’t feel like carrying.

Dress // Skirt* (out of stock in pink but also comes in black) // Shoes // similar Jacket // similar Necklace // Sunglasses(on sale)

Don’t forget! You can join the Take One challenge anytime during the month of November and I’ll post a link to your blog in my weekly roundup!

*Skirt and sunglasses purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Asos.

I Love Paisley in the Springtime, I Love Paisley in the Fall

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Remember when I wore this dress over the summer and mentioned I couldn’t wait to restyle it for fall with socks and brown boots? I wasn’t just saying it because I like the sound of my own typing. When I add something new to my closet, I tend to make lots of future plans with it. The good thing about clothes is they tend not to make conflicting plans with other people.

And speaking of making future plans with your clothes, I hope you’re ready to join the Take One, Pass it On challenge link-up soon! I’m committing to the whole month of November, so you’ll see my first official post on Friday. You can do any portion of the month you want, and I’ll share the links at the end of each week. Jess of Here & Now has already started, so be sure to check her out if you need inspiration.

Dress // similar Bag (on sale) // similar Scarf (on sale) // similar Boots // Link Bracelet (on sale) // similar Cuff Bracelet

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Get Out

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As I mentioned Monday, I spent most of last weekend in my PJs doing homework. I did get a chance to venture out (had to make an exception for a friend visiting Indy) and this is what I wore. I was excited to get out of the house, but equally if not more excited to have an excuse to put together my first outfit in 3 days. Does that make me weird? Probably. Do I care? No. This cute Peter Pan collar top came in the mail last week and it wanted to go for a spin.

On another note, apparently I need to remind my landlord to mow the grass to a height that is more appropriate for showing off my boots. How inconsiderate.

Top (on sale) // similar Skirt // similar Bag (on sale) // similar Watch // Bracelet (on sale) // similar Boots* (on sale) // similar Sunglasses // Lips “Schiap”

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

Over the River and Through the Woods

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I wore this outfit more than a week ago when my family was in town, but the day was so busy I never got around to taking photos. So this past Sunday afternoon when we went for a stroll through River Road Park, I threw the look back together to take les photos. Side note: it was much cooler when I originally wore this, so the jacket didn’t last long the second time around.

Now. Are you ready for your random Sarah fact of the day? Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been strangely good at finding four-leaf clovers. I used to spot them while I was walking, without even stopping to look. Yep, I’ve always been a freak. I did actually stop and look this time, but I probably found this little guy in under 2 minutes. Lucky me!

Dress (on clearance) // Jacket // similar Shoes (on sale) // vintage Coach bag via eBay

I’m Not Tired of You Yet

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20121115-115042.jpgI hope you guys aren’t tired of seeing this boys’ polo, because I am so not done wearing it. I just love it. So comfy, great fit, and it’s striped! I’m a sucker for anything striped. Or with bows. Or leopard print. Or mint. OK, I’m just a sucker.

I wore this for a day at the mall, but don’t worry. The majority of the time was spent sitting at Starbucks working on a paper that’s due Sunday night (11 pages down, 9 to go). The rest of the time was spent doing a little Christmas shopping. Pretty soon I’ll be knee-deep in finals and I won’t be able to think about Christmas until it’s too late to get everything done. Oy. I know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, but the tunnel is really freakin’ long and curvy so I can’t quite see it yet.

Shirt: J. Crew boys’ department (similar for grownups)

Sweater: Isaac Mizrahi for Target, old (similar)

Jeans: Seven

Boots: Target

Necklace: I.N.C. (similar, similar)

Watch: Anne Klein (similar)

Bracelet: Stephan & Co. via Nordstrom

Earrings: Kate Spade

A week from today, the winner of the Gems and Jam Giveaway will be announced. It could be you! But only if you enter, dummy. Do it here.

A Visitor

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Thursday was one of those study-at-Starbucks-then-drink-margaritas-and-do-laundry days, and this is what I wore. Oh, do other people not have those kinds of days? How unfortunate. Unfortunate for whom? I’m not sure. But I am sure that it was dark by the time I got home, hence the romantic lighting.

But you know what happens when I take photos indoors? I get visitors…

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EVERYONE IS SO HAPPY TO HAVE THEIR PICTURE TAKEN! (Anyone who says cats can’t make facial expressions needs to see this and then hang his or her head in shame.)

Trench: Andrew Marc via TJ Maxx (similar here and here)

Tee: Simply Vera Vera Wang, old

Sweater: J. Crew

Pearl Necklace: Givenchy via Nordstrom

Gingham + Polka Dots

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20121015-201628.jpgStop acting like you’re surprised. You know I can only go so long without mixing more prints. Now that my vacation week is over, it’s back to Indiana and back to fall layering (hey, I’ve gotta look on the bright side). I wore this gingham shirt last week in Florida (see here), but now it’s taken on a whole new character! It’s perfect how it appears to be peeking out from under these polka dots (read that sentence aloud and raise your hand if you love alliteration).

Just a heads up: I have a feeling this recipe of button-up under a cute sweatshirt or sweater will make many appearances this fall and winter. So you better like it. Otherwise get out now…while you still can.

Gingham button-up shirt: J. Crew (on sale)

Polka dot Sweatshirt: Madewell (on sale)

Skinny Jeans: Seven for All Mankind (old, similar)

Green Tassel Loafers: Target (old, similar)

 

Sporty Spice

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While we’re in Florida this week, we’re staying with Kristin’s grandparents in The Villages, the biggest retirement community in the universe. Since retired people have all the time in the world to do whatever they want, they are very into low-impact sports. Yesterday we played pickle ball. It’s kind of like tennis but with a smaller court and wiffle balls. I am utterly inept at anything that could remotely be considered a sport, but I gave it a try. I’m told I only did it for 20 minute, but it felt like 2 hours. I did hit it over the net a couple times, although I prefer a more avant-garde approach where I alternate (1) hitting the ball sideways into the benches and (2) running away.

Anyway, once I finished “playing,” I could put my cute shoes back on. Here’s some more outfit photos…Look forward to photos tomorrow from my first trip to Disney World!

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Shirt: J. Crew

Skirt: Webster at Target

Shoes: Unrestricted (similar here and here)

Watch: Anne Klein (similar)

Bracelet: Madewell

Sneakers: Coach