Bright Ideas

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This was another one of my “networking” outfits, where I dressed like I was going to work so that I would blend in with the people I met with, who were (of course) wearing jeans.

I went kinda matchy matchy with the shoes, which isn’t usually my style. But when a dress already makes a big statement, I figure I don’t need to do a contrasting shoe. As long as I’m still living in the real world and not on Planet Fashun, this approach seems appropriate. But as you can see below, I can’t seem to NOT wear colorful accessories with this dress! Next time, I think I’ll wear it with a black leather jacket and black pumps.

similar Dress // another similar Dress // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Bag // Sunglasses // Lips “Whimsical”

Bright ideas: It’s the Real Life Remix…

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Life Imitating Art

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On Sunday we went to the art museum to look at pretty paintings and then walk around the grounds and enjoy the fan-freaking-tastic weather we had over the weekend. The pretty paintings were part of a neo-impressionism exhibit. If you’re not an art nerd, neo-impressionism is the same as pointillism, which just means painting with a bunch of a tiny ass dots.

I already knew a little something about pointillism from my days as an art history major, but it was a relatively brief trend (kind of like bubble necklaces) so we didn’t spend much time on it in class. Sunday was a nice way to brush up on my knowledge! And you know what that means…now I have to teach you something to show off how smart I am. Don’t worry, I’ll keep it short.

Neo-impressionists used side-by-side dots of contrasting colors instead of mixing the colors. Then your eyeballs mix the colors together. It’s science. And it’s pretty cool. One of the most popular color combos was orange + blue. And would you look at that…someone’s rocking a dress with side-by-side orange and blue! I wish I could say it was on purpose, but I’ll have to settle for claiming it was my subconscious genius.

Dress via Le Tote (or buy similar under $17) // Bag // similar Shoes // Earrings // Link Bracelet // similar Stud Bracelet // similar Sunglasses (on sale) // Lips “Plushest Punch”

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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A Paisley Romance

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Target, you did it again. You dangled a $25 dress in front of my face and made me buy it. But come on…it’s paisley. How could I not? It’s so adorable and comfy that I wanted to wear it all day at work and into the evening (hence the change of shoes in hand). I was also thinking it will look really cute in the fall with tall socks and my equestrian style brown boots. My relationship with this dress is clearly getting pretty serious. It was love at first sight and I’m already planning for our future together. Luckily, we have a quirky meet-cute to tell everyone about: “Would you believe it, Ethel?! We met at Target!” (For some reason I imagine having this conversation over tea with an old lady named Ethel, who is also wearing paisley.)

Dress // similar Bag (on sale) // similar Heels // similar Flats (on sale) // Bracelet (on sale) // Necklace

Guest Star: a Bowl of Sherbet

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I know what you’re thinking: Who’s this hottie and why can’t she be on the blog every day instead of Sarah? Well, it’s because most of the time she’s the one taking photos and I’m the one who’s dressed better. But over the weekend on our Bloomington date, Kristin stepped up her style game so I made her hand over the camera.

The best thing about this outfit was that it was an accident. We’ve all been there: you go through all the trouble of planning everything you’re going to wear on an out-of-town trip, and then you manage to leave a key piece at home. Well, Kristin planned to wear her chambray with these mint pants, but she made the mistake of hanging up the shirt at home overnight to get the wrinkles out, and the shirt decided not to jump into her bag on its own the next day. Shirts are so lazy that way.

So she was stuck with re-wearing this t-shirt, but I for one think it might be even cuter with these pants than the chambray would’ve been. I mean she looks like a big bowl of sherbet, and who doesn’t like sherbet? In fact, Kristin looked so delicious that I ate her for dessert. And that’s how Regina George died.

Just kidding. But don’t lie…you totally want sherbet now, don’t you?

T-shirt (only $8) // similar Pants // similar Clutch // Sunglasses // Sandals (under $20) // Watch // similar Scarf

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

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It’s a miracle! I found a hat that is more than roomy enough for my big noggin. I rarely wear hats because the usual one-size-fits-all toppers cut off the circulation to my brain. Bad brain circulation severely limits my witty banter ability, and no one wants that. Luckily, this Panama hat comes in multiple sizes, the largest of which is big enough for my genius brain.

Once I found the hat, the next step was waiting for the right time to wear it. A law office isn’t exactly hat territory, so weekdays were out. And since I’m not normally a hat wearer, I didn’t want to wear it all day when I would be inside. Just feels unnatural to me. Luckily, I made plans to go to an Indianapolis Indians game on Saturday! (I swear I didn’t go just so I could wear the hat. Although it was a nice bonus.)

A baseball game and a Panama hat? All I had to add was the witty banter.

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