Happy Feet

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While waiting for the elevator on the way up to Bar review lecture, a classmate complimented these shoes. I said thanks but then immediately felt the need to admit, “I really have no reason to wear shoes like this today.” But then she replied, “Well, if it makes you happy!”

I love it when people get me.

similar Top // similar Pants (under $25) // other similar Pants (splurge, but super cute) // Shoes // Sunglasses (on sale)

P.S. This top is from Kate Spade Saturday, which is a cheaper sister brand to the fancy Kate Spade. There’s a “secret sale” going on right now, and while this shirt is no longer available, there are some amazing deals! I have several pieces from this brand and I’m a big fan. You can shop the sale here; you just have to enter your email address and zip code.

Statement Pants

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When I was picking out my clothes for another day of interning at the federal courthouse, I thought to myself: “Are these pants too…much?” But then I thought: “Why not go for it? Who’s going to judge me? Besides, you know, all the judges.” I stuck with my usual rule of a single statement piece (the pants are the statement, in case that wasn’t clear) with everything else more neutral and traditional. I think I’m pulling it off.

In other news, I finally got nude patent pumps! How I’ve gone so long without them I don’t know. I planned on wearing them for a special occasion (law school prom!) in a couple weeks, but I thought it might be a good idea to break them in a little first. I took these photos at the end of the day, and you can see a little angry spot on my right foot…it looks worse than it felt. I’m ready to bust a few moves in them soon.

Pants (on clearance under $15) // similar Blazer // Shoes (on sale) // Watch(for regular sized wrists here)

*Watch provided courtesy of Dainty Wrist Jewelry.

Hot Pink for Work

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When I talked to my mom on Mother’s Day (trying to maintain my position as the favorite child), the lovely lady who bore me mentioned that she went shopping recently and was overwhelmed by how many bright colors are in stores these days. “I KNOW! YAY!” I responded. Apparently she was less excited.

So in the spirit of real-lifeness (because that’s why we’re all here, right?) I decided to play with a way to incorporate a super bright color into an otherwise classic work look. I think a bold shoe (better yet, two of them) with a simple outfit is like adding an exclamation point to a short sentence instead of a period. So much more exciting.

So Mom…If I’m not mistaken, I convinced you to buy a pair of orange loafers a couple years ago. It’s time to dust them off (literally – there were cobwebs on them last time I checked) and put them to good use. Why? Because I said so…Does that reason work both ways?

similar Pants // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Shirt (on sale) // Bracelet // Sunglasses // Nail Polish 

Guest Post: [Kaitlin’s] Real Life

Guys, tomorrow is my last exam! So today I bring you the fourth and final guest post (for now, anyway). If you were hoping to see pictures of a frumpy, homely girl, I’m afraid you will be very disappointed. Kaitlin here is drop dead gorgeous and has some awesome style to boot. Go check out her blog for more!

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Top: Madewell | Necklace: Vintage | Pants: J Crew Collection | Shoes: Gianni Bini

Hey there! My name is Kaitlin, I’m a big fan of Sarah’s Real Life and am thrilled to be guest posting today.

Like Sarah, I believe that an essential aspect of great personal style is the ability to dress in a way that is appropriate and practical for one’s life.  When I  moved from laidback Idaho to the bustling city of Hong Kong, my wardrobe needed a major rehaul.  Outfits that were considered practical for my everyday life in Idaho felt much too casual for this city. Over time, I had to adjust my wardrobe to fit the changes in my lifestyle.

Last month, I wore this look to the Popstraction exhibition opening at the Gagosian Gallery.  This is a look that I keep wanting to repeat because it manages to strike a good middle ground between dressy and casual, making it appropriate for a multitude of situations.  I love being able to take an old favorite, the chambray shirt, and incorporate it into my wardrobe in a way that suits the current demands of my life.

If you’d like to read more about my daily adventures and fashion picks, check out the links below:




Thanks for reading!

5 Spring Essentials


Saturday was one of those days when I sat in the reserved section at a fashion show and interviewed a celebrity. You know, a typical weekend. In case you don’t recognize the adorable little man in the picture above, it’s Nick Verreos, who was on Season 2 of Project Runway. And on Saturday, he had the fabulous opportunity to meet ME and host a fashion show at Macy’s featuring “5 Spring Essentials.”

Nick was an amazing host. He interacted with the crowd and the models and explained each trend and how to wear it. And did I mention he’s adorable? And that he had a pocket square in his pink seersucker blazer? If I were a boy, I would want his outfit. Hell, I want his outfit anyway.

Oh right, the trends! Here they are. And be sure to check out some of the highlights of my interview with Nick at the end of this post!

1. Lace

I love me some lace in any season. I would definitely wear this lace top, maybe with faux leather leggings (because on me, this shirt would be a tunic), or just plain old skinny jeans. I would also wear it with the sassy face this model is making.


2. Peplum

A friend asked me recently when the peplum trend was going to end. Apparently she’s not a fan. The answer is: not yet. And I’m happy about it because I love peplum, including this fancy dress (which I couldn’t find online, but here is a similar one).


3. Printed Pants

Not to brag, but I totally wore polka dot jeans to this event without even knowing the printed pant was one of the spring essentials. I am so on top of it. I’m not totally sure how I feel about these floral jeans for myself, but I did like how the model wore them.


4. Dresses (Shifts, Sheaths, and Shirts)

The best part about this portion of the show was hearing Nick try to say “shifts, sheaths, and shirts.” But the dresses were pretty cute too. I liked the color combo in this shift dress, and I found it in coral online, too!


5. Pullovers

The outfit below led to a long tangent about “Flashdance,” which was good because talking about sweaters can only be so interesting.




So there you have it! I think my only complaint about the show was that all the models were tall and skinny. Since the audience consisted of Midwest department store shoppers, it would have been nice to throw one petite and one plus size model into the mix. But that’s just one petite person’s opinion. The show was seriously fun and I’m more excited than ever for spring. And of course it’s still freezing. Fantastic.

But wait. There’s more…


I was lucky enough to get to spend a few minutes with Nick in the beautiful ambiance of the Macy’s conference room to ask him any questions I wanted! We had a pretty interesting conversation. He told me that he wears H&M underwear, and he favors Indiana to win the NCAA Tournament this year. Keep that in mind when you’re filling out your brackets! Here’s a little more of what we chatted about:

Q: What makes you stop in the middle of the street, style-wise?

A: Somebody who’s working it from head to toe. I travel all over the country and I love it when somebody took the time to work it. It doesn’t mean they have to look especially fabulous. It could be a kid with 18 piercings and a punk mohawk and combat boots. I always say go 110%. If you’re only doing 95%, stay home! Being fearless with your style – no matter what kind of style – makes me want to cross the street faster and say, “who are you?!”

Q: What other Project Runway contestant would you like to dress you?

A: That’s a good question! I would say Jay McCarroll. He’s very quirky and fun. He does great prints, and I love prints. He just came out with a sock line. Printed socks! In airports, I get fabulous reactions!

Q: The name of my blog is Sarah’s Real Life because I document the outfits I actually wear. So I wanted to ask you, what do you wear on a typical day when you’re just dressing for yourself?

A: If I’m working a lot at my studio, I like a comfy pair of skinny jeans, and I roll ‘em up. And I go for the American Apparel deep V t-shirt. I like the deep V, the plunging neckline! Then I might just have a little blazer, roll up the sleeves, and then loafers. Sockless. I do Miami Vice Eurotrash. That’s my look. I’m owning it.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure TV show?

The Daily Show. I’m obsessed. And then BBC World News. I love finding out what’s happening in the world. The BBC makes me pretend I’m in Europe when I’m not. I need my tea and crumpets! I wish I could say the Housewives and American Idol, but I don’t watch much reality TV shows. I think it’s because I’ve been on one so I know too much. I almost feel like I can hear the producers saying, “We need you to start something with that person!” So it’s hard for me to watch. I think that’s why I go for John Stewart and BBC World News!


Just one more reminder: he’s adorable.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Everywhere. However, opinions expressed are my own!

Arm Get-Together

20120830-183657.jpgSo the other day I was just hangin’ around, doing some outfit photos…


When suddenly…


…I had a new friend! I’m kind of like Sleeping Beauty. I frolic about near a tree, and animal life just appears around me. Now if only I could channel Cinderella and get the animals to make me a dress.

20120830-183750.jpgI got the scoop from a neighbor that this little cutie has been hanging around the area for about a month now. Hopefully she finds a forever home soon (our apartment unfortunately cannot handle the scent of 2 cats). She was SO friendly. But she did try to steal my spotlight. Let’s talk about me some more:



Where did the title of this post come from, you may ask? Well, I know “arm parties” are all the rage these days, but I just don’t like them. #1: Having 10 bracelets clanging around on my wrist would drive me crazy. #2: If you wear every bracelet and watch you own at one time, you lose the fun in picking out your accessories! So instead of an arm party, I’m just having a small, intimate arm get-together. There’s still plenty of fun to be had, but the guest list is a bit shorter. And instead of the keg and solo cups you’d have at an arm party, my wrist will be serving cocktails in real stemware (OK, maybe I just want a drink right now).

Hope your Labor Day is non-laborious!

Bracelets are from Forever 21

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