Good Impulses

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You know what happens when a cheap store does a collaboration with a famous designer? People wait in line at dawn or set an alarm to shop online in the middle of the night, and they buy a bunch of stuff without thinking because they’re afraid everything will sell out. #buyallofthethings

That’s exactly what happened with the Phillip Lim for Target line last fall. Remember the obsession over the bags? Oh man. Anyway, I was one of those people waiting in line at Target, and that’s when I got this dress that is in no way a closet staple. BUT. Can I just point out that I have now worn it in 3 different seasons?

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Take that, impulse buying! If I can make it work for fall, I’ll take that as a sign that everything I ever want to buy is a good decision.

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*Necklace purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Asos.

#LookingLucky 6: Tribal Print

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Sometimes when I see an outfit blog where the clothes go just a little too perfectly with the background, I assume the whole thing was editorialized. If I saw this post on another blog, that’s probably what I would think. But cross my heart and hope to die, I did indeed wear this on Saturday (for our end-of-the-year law review banquet), and I had no idea that just a block away from the venue was this mural. When I saw it, I just knew this was the universe making things work for me. (The universe doesn’t have anything better to do. For a while it was fighting scientists on the whole “Pluto’s not a planet anymore” thing, but it gave up. After the universe had some laughs watching the Bill Nye v. Ken Ham debate, its schedule really opened up and now it’s just working on smaller projects like making cool blog photo shoots happen.)

Since this is my sixth Looking Lucky post and we’re just about halfway through the month, I also want to take a second to remind everyone about this challenge and how to participate. The short version is: The Looking Lucky challenge gives you 10 trends to work into your outfits this month. If you’re a blogger and you do all 10, you’ll be entered to win a $75 gift card (to the store where I got this dress)! Even if you’re not a blogger but you’re on Instagram, you can enter to win one of the weekly $15 gift cards just by posting a photo of yourself wearing any of the 10 trends. I’ve loved seeing everybody’s posts so far! If you haven’t joined in yet, there’s still plenty of time. Get more details in this post.

Dress* (15% off w/ code LOOKINGLUCKY) // similar Bag (on sale) // Shoes (on sale) // similar Sunglasses (on sale) // similar Watch // Heart Bracelet* // similar Pink Bead Cuff // Lips “Unapologetic”

*Dress provided courtesy of Lucky B Boutique; heart bracelet provided courtesy of Dainty Wrist Jewelry.

#LookingLucky 2: Floral

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Thing that makes me happy: The fact that lots of fun people are joining the Looking Lucky challenge. And one of those fun people is going to win a $15 gift card to Lucky B Boutique soon! Remember all you have to do to get in on this action is wear one of the 10 trends (like floral, which I’m rocking today) and post a pic on Instagram. Get the details here.

Thing that doesn’t make me happy: Trying to take my own outfit photos in the middle of a cold, rainless hurricane. What, you think there’s no such thing as a cold, rainless hurricane? In April? In Indiana? Well all kinds of people believe in God even though they’ve never seen her, so I don’t know why I can’t believe in cold, rainless hurricanes when I just survived one. These were the select few photos when my bangs weren’t pointing directly east and/or I wasn’t making a really pissed off face.

Top // similar Jacket (on sale) // similar Bag // similar Bracelet // Shoes (on sale) // Lips “Romantic”

Flare

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“I don’t really like talking about my flare.”

Office Space fans? Anyone? It’s late and I can’t think of anything funny to say so I figured I’d just quote a funny movie. Jennifer Aniston was talking about “flair,” not “flare” but…close enough.

I practically forgot that flared jeans were even a thing, but according to bottom of my closet, they were. Even though skinny jeans seem to have taken over, I don’t think flares will ever really be outdated. And even if they are, we’ll just say they’re retro. Problem solved.

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Snotty-Nosed Chic

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I’m pretty impressed with myself for putting together a look that doesn’t involve 2-3 patterns or unexpected color combos. Not that those things are bad, but I have to admit I tend to ignore the whole “minimalism” thing most of the time. It’s refreshing – in moderation, of course. The rest of the time I will probably be drawn to whatever the prettiest and most colorful prints are. And yes, that includes when I’m shopping for things other than clothes. I had to stock up on tissues recently because I’ve gone through our whole stash over the last month. First I had a cold, then I got over the cold, but it’s still winter, so my nose runs every time I go outside, then I come inside and eat some soup to warm up, and that makes my nose run all over again. It’s a vicious cycle.

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Anyway, being the responsible consumer that I am, I always pick out tissues based on whatever the cutest box is with absolutely no regard for quality or value. Kleenex has definitely upped its game recently in the cute packaging department (and luckily their tissues don’t feel like sandpaper and are mostly pretty reasonably priced), so I snagged these adorable little travel packs. Wait, does this mean my outfit isn’t minimalist anymore? Whatever. I’m calling it “snotty-nosed chic.”

I should probably pick up some boxes of tissue for around the house too…I’m still on the lookout for more of these adorable prints, which I didn’t spot at my Super Target. If anyone else sees them, let me know! The next step will be making a dress out of all the leftover boxes. And speaking of dresses, this “Catwalk or Kleenex” video is pretty entertaining. And if you want to waste even more time at work today, you can play the Catwalk or Kleenex quiz game (click on the purple square at the top) and be entered in the sweepstakes. Once you’re done with that, if you’re still bored, you’ll just have to look up cat videos on YouTube. In fact, go ahead and send me links to cat videos along with where to find more cute tissues. Thanks.

similar Hat // similar Scarf (on sale) // similar Boots (on sale) // Jeans // similar Bag (on sale) // Watch* (on sale) // Bracelet // Lips “Crush” // Tissues*

*Watch provided courtesy of Timex; tissues and other compensation for this post provided by Kleenex.

Murder, She Wrote

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So this is the part where I say something about what I’m wearing. I could do that, or I could tell you about how I cleaned up a crime scene at 2:00 Monday morning. Oh, you want to hear about the second one? OK, you got it.

Well, there’s a mouse problem here at Casa de Sarah. We caught 3 mice in mid-December. There wasn’t a squeak for more than a month, and just when we thought the coast was clear we got another one about a week ago. The very first mouse we caught with a humane trap, but the other 3 were only discovered with the help of our trusty feline Coco. In the middle of the night, I would wake up to the sound of her running up and down the hallway and find her cornering a terrified little creature. She never killed them; she just chased them around and sometimes carried them in her mouth. Then I would catch them in a tupperware and take them outside. I’m a hippy, what can I say?

So that brings us to 2:00am Monday. Once again I woke up to the sound of frantic claws on carpet. Sure enough, Coco and mouse are in the hallway. Mouse isn’t looking so hot. I scooped it up to take outside. That’s when Kristin says, “Umm…THERE’S BLOOD.” Yup. Little spots of blood up and down the hallway carpet, and even some splatter on the wall. I went ahead and took the mouse outside in the snow, where it died. Poor thing. But now maybe an owl or something can eat it. It’s the circle of life. And it moves us all.

When I went back inside, Kristin was hard at work cleaning up the blood in the hallway. That’s when I noticed there were a few spots and smears in the living room, too. Oh look, here’s more in the kitchen. And the dining room. WHERE DOES IT END? How much blood can a mouse possibly have? If this had been a human instead of a mouse, it would have been an episode of Scandal. Or CSI: Indianapolis.

If you can believe it, I had a little trouble falling back to sleep. Cleaning up a homicide can do that to you. Kristin and I agreed this was one of the weirdest things we’ve ever done at two in the morning, and that includes undergrad.

OK, I’ll try to get back to talking about clothes tomorrow. In the meantime, be sure to share your best pet and pest stories in the comments below 🙂

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Something to get your mind off my gruesome story: It’s the Real Life Remix…

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First Day Back

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My sixth and final semester of law school has officially begun, and this is what I wore for my first day back. I had the genius idea to sign up for an 8:30am class on Mondays, and with the Golden Globes the night before, well…let’s just say I didn’t wear the hat solely for the fashion statement. Sarah’s hair be greasy!

Clearly I’m not very good at following the “take one thing off before you leave the house” rule, because not only did I add a hat, I also added this scarf. For some reason I felt like the royal blue boots just came out of nowhere and I wanted something to tie the look together. There’s a little bit of royal blue in the scarf so that made me feel better. And speaking of these royal blue boots, aren’t they amazing?! The correct answer is yes.

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Mad for Plaid

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I have had mad plaid on the brain lately, you guys. One night I literally dreamt about it. Granted, it was the night after I had a muscle spasm and I was hopped up on pain killers, but still…I swear I was thinking about plaid before then.

I got it in my head at the beginning of the season that I wanted to find the perfect Christmassy green plaid flannel shirt. Ideally, I wanted the something similar to the green plaid skirt I wore earlier this week. I thought it would be easy to find, but it wasn’t. Unlike my usual shopping strategy of “THIS IS PRETTY I WILL BUY THIS NOW,” I actually did a lot of research and comparison of all my options. I’m glad I finally settled on this one, because I LOVE it. It’s thick and sturdy-feeling, but not stiff. And it’s definitely the most unique plaid I saw – I like how the vertical sections are faded and the horizontal ones aren’t.

Plus, I feel like a Christmas present in it. So don’t be surprised if you see it a couple more times this month.

Shirt (on sale) // similar Vest // similar Necklace (25% off w/ code STYLE25) // Bracelet* (30% off w/ code MOREMOREMORE) // similar Shoes // similar Bag (rich people version) // Lips “Orange de Chine”

*Bracelet provided courtesy of Asos.

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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.

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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.