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If you’ve learned anything about me from reading this blog, it’s that I love stripes, I love bows, and I love shoes. So when I see a pair of fabulous striped pumps with bows on the back, it’s a no-brainer. They obviously should belong to me. They might as well have my name written on them. In fact, I might write my name on them. Just to make sure no one takes them. It’s a matter of national security. Maybe I’ll call Hillary Clinton and ask her how she protects her shoes.

Speaking of Hillary, I decided (as the unofficial advisor to her hypothetical campaign) if she runs for president in 2016, Beyonce should travel with her everywhere singing “Who run the world? GIRLS.” There, now you’ve learned yet another thing about me: I am an excellent political strategist.

Skirt (on clearance) // similar Shoes (these are from DSW but aren’t available online) // similar Necklace

Finally Out of the Closet (My Dress, That Is)

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You know how when you were a little kid and you got new shoes, you were so excited you wore them out of the store and watched your feet as you walked? That love of shopping never really wore off on me. That’s probably a bad thing, but lets look at it as cute and romantic instead of narcissistic and obsessive, K? Great.

I don’t normally wear things out of the store anymore, but I often wear them the very next day. This dress, you guys…I bought it in February. As in 3 months ago.

This dress is a piece from the Prabal Gurung for Target collection that I bought on the day it came out when it was still going to be negative a million degrees for the foreseeable future. As you know, I have nothing against winterizing dresses, but there was just something about this one (maybe the fact that the colors remind me of a watermelon) that made me want to debut it without the distraction of tights or a cardigan.

Well I think it was worth the wait because this was the perfect dress to wear to the Broad Ripple Art Fair over the weekend. The only downside (for you guys) is that the dress is no longer available, but I did my best to link you to similar options below 🙂

similar Dress #1 // similar Dress #2 // similar Dress #3 // similar Sunglasses // similar Bag (on sale) // similar Shoes // Lipstick “Corail in Touch”

Knotted Chambray

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Did you know that a chambray shirt tied at the waist is a sure sign of spring? You’d think the calendar would be enough, but around these parts the date means very little. So you can imagine my excitement when I put on this shirt and it just tied itself, right there in the front.

Have a splendidly springy week!

Shirt // Skirt (on clearance) // similar Shoes // Sunglasses // similar Bracelet

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice

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Who would have thought putting horizontal stripes around your ass could be so slimming? No one with eyes, that’s for sure. This skirt is magical. I’m so glad I got it. I mean I’ve only had it 2 months and this is the fourth time I’ve worn it. This is shaping up to be an impressive cost-per-wear!

On another note, I normally don’t like to wear yellow and black together because I feel like it makes me look like a bumble bee. But this particular outfit felt more like Beetlejuice than bumble bee, so I thought it worked. Don’t know if you heard, but Beetlejuice-inspired fashion is totally in for spring. You’re welcome.

Skirt (on sale) // Sweater // Sunglasses (on sale) // Necklace // Boots (on clearance) // Bracelet

Imaginary Friends

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The other day, my blogger buddy AJ (we’re buddies, right AJ? No? I’m too clingy?) waxed poetic about how sometimes the Target limited edition designer collections trap you into impulse buys because you’re afraid everything will sell out in 5 minutes. I totally agree with her, and yet I bought this shirt from the Prabal Gurung collection as soon as Target opened and before I had my coffee.

Luckily, we’ve become fast friends (or am I only friends with this shirt in my head just like I am with AJ?). In fact, this is the third time I’ve worn this shirt in the past month (first here, then here). This time I let the shirt hang loose and topped it off with a lace-collar-effect necklace. Because what else does a lacy collared shirt need but another lace collar? Exactly.

Shirt // Jeans // similar Boots // similar Necklace

And the Oscar Goes to…

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On Sunday I went to an Oscars party. I always watch the Oscars, but I’m pretty sure it was the first time in my life I’ve left my house to do so. It’s kind of like the first Christmas you spend away from home…You’re nervous it won’t be quite the same, but it still turns out to be fun. Because it’s Christmas. I mean the Oscars. Anywho.

My goal with this outfit was to be equal parts “it’s a special occasion” and “I’m going to sit on a couch eating junk food and judging people.” Sounds like a good occasion for the faux leather leggings, doesn’t it? I thought so. And because I’m still doing the Take One remix, I repeated this necklace from the day before.

Speaking of the Oscars, did anyone else notice a glaring lack of necklaces and lipstick on the red carpet? It was all bare sternums and bare lips. If you looked at the pictures above (and 90% of the pictures I’ve ever posted on this blog), you can probably guess how I feel about that. Lame.

similar Sweater // similar Vest // Leggings //  similar Necklace // Sunglasses // similar Shoes // Link Bracelet // similar Coat

These photos were taken at Holliday Park in Indianapolis.

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Inner Child

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Can you spot the repeat item today? It’s the tights. Yeah, I know. Kind of a cop-out. But there wasn’t anything else I felt like repeating, and it’s my remix, so I can do whatever I want. Deal with it.

Speaking of the Take One, Pass it On remix challenge, I accidentally left out one blogger who joined the challenge last week. I’m giving Jaime of South on Broadway a special shout-out now in the hopes that she won’t make a voodoo doll out of me. So go visit her (very cute) blog and see what she’s been remixing!

OK, back to me. If you remember the old tagline that used to be under my old header, it said this blog was supposed to feature “real things I wear and do.” Recently I’ve been heavy on the wearing and light on the doing. That’s because I’ve spent most of the past couple months going to school and work, so there’s not much special to share there.

BUT! Over the weekend, I took this cute little outfit to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for a special adults-only night. The Children’s Museum is so cool, but unfortunately it tends to be full of children most of the time. Buzzkill, right? Well, thanks to Adult Swim, I got to drink adult beverages while simultaneously acting like someone who’s not allowed to have adult beverages. Here are a few pictures from the event:

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There I am on the Twitter feed, posting my Vine video! (P.S. If you’re part of the Vine crowd, follow me! My username is SarahsRealLife.)
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Me and Kristin on the carousel, margaritas in hand // Hula hooping (I’m pretty awesome at it) // A shot of the lobby full of giddy grownups

Thanks to the Sapphire Theatre Company and the Children’s Museum for a great party!

Sweater (on sale!) // Skirt // Shoes (on sale!) // similar Necklace // Sunglasses

Warm Colors, Cold Wind

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Can you tell I was being slapped in the face with cold wind and ice in these pictures? If not, I should probably audition for America’s Next Top Model because I am amazingly talented. As long as they don’t check my height, we’re good. Then again, living with a dozen 20-year-old self-obsessed drama queens sounds about as pleasant as dunking my face in a bowl of acid. So thank you for the offer, Tyra, but I’ll pass.

On a more pleasant note, this sweater is another piece from the Prabal Gurung for Target collection. It’s still available online (see below)! And my remix of the day is these wedge boots. This is the second outfit I posted today (playing catch-up), so see Day 17 here.

Sweater // similar Necklace // similar Jeans // similar Boots //

Lipstick (“Schiap”)

Leopard & Lace

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My remixed item of the day is this black lace shirt from Target’s Prabal Gurung collection. In yesterday’s outfit, it was hidden under my jacket, but now you get a better view of she shirt in all its lacy glory! I had been wanting a new black blouse, and this one has such special details. Here’s a little shopping tip I’ve been keeping in mind recently: Never buy boring. Even those “basic” pieces in your closet like a black shirt for work can be interesting and unique. I would rather spend a couple extra bucks on something I will enjoy wearing than save on the first thing I see that fills a “hole” in my wardrobe.

Oh, and remember how last week I accidentally wore a belt that matched my shoes? I did it again. Except this time is was more like accidentally on purpose. I knew I wanted to throw in some leopard (because why not?), and I didn’t know if I wanted to do shoes or belt. So I put them both on, went to the mirror to decide which one I preferred, and ended up liking how they looked together. I’m nothing if not willing to break my own rules!

Shirt: Prabal Gurung for Target

Skirt: Target

Belt: Madewell (similar)

Shoes: Kensie (similar)