A SEE Eyewear store just opened in my favorite mall (that I live dangerously close to), and they offered to let me come in and get a free pair of glasses…you know, because of my epic presence in the fashion world. The best part was they didn’t even ask me to do a blog post or any other promotion for them. But I’m doing one anyway because I had such a good experience. Plus – let’s be honest – there’s really nothing else going on in my life right now that I can talk about.
Jenny, the manager, helped me pick these shades. It was kind of like shopping with a good best friend who will actually tell you the truth about whether something looks good on you. And let me tell you – I really did need help because I could only narrow it down to like 10 pairs of sunglasses because they were all awesome. Even if you don’t need any glasses, I would recommend going to see Jenny and taking her with you to buy whatever it is you do need. Since I’m already kind of a sunglasses junkie, I wanted to find a pair that didn’t look like what I already have. I told Jenny how I really like the idea of retro oversized shades, but they always look too big on my narrow face. She assured me that these were great for me because they have that retro flair, but they’re tapered so they don’t overwhelm me. Success!
If you’d like to know a little more about SEE Eyewear, here’s the gist: They do regular glasses as well as sunglasses (you can get Rx shades too). Everything is customizable, so you can get different colored lenses in your sunglasses, or get that fancy anti-glare business. All their styles are their own line, and they’re made in limited quantities because new styles come out every few months. (P.S. They’re all amazing.) They do take most vision insurance, and the prices are less than you’d expect: sunglasses are all $99, and I believe prescription frames are $150. The only downside is that you can’t shop online – only in stores. Check out their website to see if there’s one near you. If you live in Indianapolis, there is now: at the Fashion Mall! Maybe I’ll SEE you there sometime! (Get it?)
Dress via Le Tote (buy similar) // similar Shoes (on sale) // Bracelet // Bag (on sale) // Ring // Sunglasses* // Lips
*Sunglasses provided courtesy of SEE Eyewear.
One summer during high school, I did a dance program at North Carolina Governor’s School. At our very first performance, we did this piece where we all posed in a clump in the middle of the stage. The lights came up, there was no music, and we just stood in stillness for 3 minutes. Then the lights went down, and during the blackout we stayed in our same poses but took one big step to the left. The lights came back up and we stood there some more. And that was the end.
It was actually pretty fun to perform because you could feel the tension in the audience. They weren’t sure if there was a technical difficulty with the music or what. When the lights went down the first time they all cheered (keep in mind these are all high school kids), and when the lights came back on you could hear confused whispers. (Wait…Did they move? I swear there’s something different…)
Why am I telling you this story? Mainly because the name of the dance was “Shift,” and I thought of it when I was wearing this shift dress the other day. But also because I started off the day wearing black suede shoes, then changed into these brown sandals when I went home for lunch because it was starting to rain. So the shoe change was like my subtle step to the left during a blackout. I wonder if anyone at my office noticed that my shoes in the afternoon were not the same as my shoes in the morning. (Hmm…Was she wearing those all day? I swear there’s something different…)
similar Dress ($20) // similar Scarf (on sale) // similar Shoes // Sunglasses (on sale)
Speaking of shifting, see how I’ve changed up the look of this dress over the seasons:
Prepare to be impressed: Kristin, my fabulous (in her own way) other half, picked out this dress all by herself and got it for me for Christmas! Even more impressive: she got it because it reminded her of this dress I had pinned a while back.
Since the dress is very minimalistic and severe, I thought this flowery statement necklace made for a good mix. As for the heels…I call them my sexy leprechaun shoes. Just thought you should know.
Oh, and I made an impromptu announcement yesterday about a remix challenge. Be sure to check out the details if you didn’t already!
Dress: Narciso Rodriguez for Kohl’s (similar here and here)
Shoes: Bandolino (similar here and here)
Necklace: LOFT (similar)
There are lots of places people get style inspiration: magazines, store mannequins, awesome blogs like this one…But sometimes I think inspiration can sneak into your brain without your realizing it.
Exhibit A: One night earlier this week, I watched like 4 old episodes of Gossip Girl on Netflix. You can judge me if you want, but I love that ridiculous show. The next day, I got ready for work, saw myself in the mirror and thought, “Hmm, when did Lily van der Woodsen go brunette? Oh wait, that’s me.”
Unfortunately, I did not have Lily van der Woodsen’s wallet…just her typical shift dress, statement necklace, and sleek low bun. I did enjoy being a chic Upper East Sider for a day though. Next week I’m headed back to school so I have to wear my “dress up” clothes and heels while I can!
XOXO – Gossip Girl. I mean…Sarah
P.S. You have a whole day to finish the outfit challenge!