On Not Trying Too Hard

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This might come as a surprise considering I put pictures of my outfits on the Internet every day, but it’s not my goal in life to make everyone dress just like I do. I do wish more people would make an effort to have a personal style, but it’s not that important to me what that style is. Nevertheless, I guess some people (including me) look at style blogs for ideas on how to dress, so for those interested, I’ma drop an advice bomb on ya today.

Here’s what I’ve figured out over the years: there’s a fine line between rocking a great style and looking like you’re trying too hard. Go to any wedding reception, and you’ll probably see multiple women wearing the following: a cocktail dress, 3- or 4-inch heels, a statement necklace, bracelet, earrings, a fancy clutch, dramatic eye makeup, bright lipstick, and a hairstyle that took at least 30 minutes. They all look great, don’t get me wrong, but it’s a predictable look. In my opinion, when you look like you’re trying really hard to look chic, you look less chic.

But avoiding the trying-too-hard look is easy. And fun. All you have to do is replace one predictable thing with something unexpected. So for example, I put on this nice dress and did my hair to go to a bridal shower over the weekend. At first I put on heels, but then I swapped them out for these studded flats. I like that the flats are a little edgy, which is cool paired with such a girly dress. Bonus: they’re more comfortable, too! Other good options (which I might do next time I wear this dress) would have been to put my hair in a ponytail or throw on a denim jacket. You get the idea. And the same thing works the other way around – you can add a little something fancy to an otherwise casual ensemble just to make things more aesthetically interesting.

OK, that’s my little bit of totally amateur advice for the day. Do with it what you want, and happy styling!

Dress (on sale) // Necklace (on sale) // Bag // similar Shoes // Sunglasses

Art Fair

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OK, here’s what happened while I was getting this post ready: I was resizing these photos and saving them under new file names. I wore this to the Broad Ripple Art Fair over the weekend, so I was naming the files “artfair1,” “artfair2,” etc. Meanwhile, in my head I was thinking of genius things to write (per usual).

Then apparently my fingers got ahead of my brain because I typed “fartfair” for one of the file names, and I laughed so hard that all my genius ideas disappeared. I think you’ll agree that’s a totally normal adult response, so you’ll forgive me for my lack of relevant commentary today.

similar Dress // similar Jacket (on sale) // Hat // Ring: purchased at the fair from artist Sally J. Phillips! // Sunglasses // Necklace* // Bag (on sale) // Shoes (on sale in lots of colors)

*Necklace provided courtesy of oNecklace.

Jeans and Sweatshirts

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It’s Thursday, May 8, 2014. What does that mean for you? Maybe nothing. But for me, it’s the day I’m taking my very last law school exam – I’M DONE!!!

And what better way to commemorate three overwhelming years than with two underwhelming outfits? Yup.

Both of these are outfits I wore to take exams, hence the pretty simple sweatshirt + jeans equation (that’s what regular kids wear to school…I think). Don’t worry; I’ll be back to my usual fabulousness soon enough. But first I have to wear a big black robe and a funny hat with a tassel. 🙂

Outfit 1: Top (on sale) // Sunglasses // Bag

Outfit 2: similar Top // similar Shoes // Bag // Glasses

 

All You Need

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Ah, l’amour. They say it’s all you need. Except during finals week. During finals week you mainly need coffee and motivation. In that order.

This outfit was what I wore for one of my out-of-the-house study sessions. In case you’re keeping track, 2 down, 2 to go! The finish line is in sight.

Sweatshirt* // Hat (extra 30% off w/ code SALESALE) // Bag // similar Bag (under $50) // similar Shoes // similar Sunglasses (under $15) // Lips “Plushest Punch”

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

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More Stuff I Wore

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This was my outfit for my last day of class. It’s a little fancier than what I normally wear to class but I wanted to be ready to go out for a celebratory dinner that night. Why wait, right? Ain’t no party like a Sarah party ’cause a Sarah party is PROMPT.

Top // similar Jacket // Shoes // Bag // similar Earrings // Bracelet (on sale)

Say Hello to My Little Friend

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[ballerina moment]

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Do I look cool? Because I feel cool. I guess if I were actually cool, I wouldn’t talk about how cool I am, but I can’t help it. I wore white pants and a white shirt for a whole day without getting any dirt or food on myself. Plus, I’m rocking a black blazer and shades like a secret agent (but one from a movie that dresses all sexy and less utilitarian). And to top it all off, I debuted my #1 coolest purchase of the month (and probably the year): my mint Rebecca Minkoff M.A.C. bag! You might have seen the announcement on Instagram, but I’ve been admiring this bag for a long time and decided to sell a few things – including an old Marc Jacobs bag – so I could afford to buy a full-size M.A.C. without busting my budget. These bags retail for $295, but I found this one for almost 50% off at Nordstrom Rack, and the income from everything I sold was enough to cover the whole cost. OK, admit it…that IS pretty cool, right? 🙂

Bag // similar Bag (much cheaper option!) // Jeans (on sale) // Shoes* // similar Blazer* // similar Sunglasses // similar Necklace

*Shoes and blazer purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.