For the Next 10 Minutes…

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I went to see a community theater performance of The Last Five Years over the weekend. The show was great, and I was especially impressed with the guitar…Probably because I’m married to the guitar player, but also because of the mad strumming skills.

I figured the theater on Saturday night is a good occasion for (faux) fur, but a community theater is a good occasion for jeans, too. Combine the two and you’re good to go. All my jeans were dirty…so I wore these jeans that I hardly ever wear because the rise is so low it makes me feel uncomfortable and nervous that I’m going to flash the back and front of my underwear. You wanna know how little I wear these jeans? When I put them on, I realized there was a movie ticket in the pocket from the last time I wore them. It was dated August 26.

Of 2011.

Don’t worry, I’m doing laundry as we speak.

Sweater: J. Crew (very similar)

Vest: Ya Los Angeles (similar)

Really old jeans: Express

Shoes: Sole Society

Bracelet: J. Crew

Necklace: I.N.C. via Macy’s (similar)

Bag: old, from TJ Maxx (similar here and here)

Thanksgiving Date

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20121124-093017.jpgI’ve done just about every kind of Thanksgiving:

I’ve had plenty of traditional turkey dinners at home with immediate and extended family, where I watched (a) my mom freak out about cooking and/or (b) my grandpa fall asleep on the couch in front of a football game.

One year, I went to New York and saw the Macy’s parade and had dinner with some people I had never met before who very generously let me and my friend come over to their tiny apartment.

I’ve had dinner with Kristin’s very large extended family, which, like the Macy’s parade, involves a large cast of characters. I’ve had Thanksgiving at the beach, which included sipping champagne while watching the waves (that was a particularly good one). Last year, I went to a potluck “Friendsgiving.”

That brings us up to date…to this year, when I added yet another variation of Turkey Day to my repertoire: a Thanksgiving date of dinner and a movie! I spent all day with the person I’m most thankful for (I know…gag). We made breakfast and ate it in bed while watching the parade (the Macy’s one, not her family), then got gussied up and went to see a movie, and finished the night with dinner at Cooper’s Hawk Winery (we took pumpkin pie cheesecake to go and I even shared a little of it). So there you have it: a fabulously uncomplicated and fun Thanksgiving, and a great excuse for this outfit. Now, if anyone can think of something new for me to do next year, let me know! Thanks.

Also, don’t think I forgot today is Cyber Monday. Since this blog is more about  my style and my random nonsensical thoughts than it is about shopping tips, I decided not to do a special post for sales alerts. However, I will be posting links with sales and promo codes on the Sarah’s Real Life Facebook page and on Twitter, so you can follow along there if you’d like!

Dress: Target

Belt: J. Crew (similar on sale)

Shoes: Victoria’s Secret, old (similar)

Bag: old (similar)

Sunglasses: Target

Don’t forget to follow me on Bloglovin’…You’ll get to see what I wear next Thanksgiving and every day in between!

Color Me Crazy

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20121101-170754.jpgIf mint was the color of the spring and summer, and bordeaux/burgundy/oxblood is the color of the fall and winter, then does that mean they should be friends? I believe it does. Kind of a random combo, but I’m diggin’ it. Am I too white to say diggin’? Probably. Do I answer too many of my own questions? I don’t think so.

Sorry, you guys…I’ve come down with a cold and I think the sinus pressure combined with the drugs are messing with my brain. Is my delirium entertaining or concerning? I’ll let you answer that one.

Sweater: J. Crew, old (similar)

Jeans: The Limited

Shoes: Target, old (similar)

Necklace: Target (I’m also a fan of this gold one and this colorful one)

Comfy Cozy

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I try not to walk out of the house looking like a box of free crayons from Applebee’s, but sometimes it just happens. I decided I’m OK with it, especially when it’s cute and cozy like this outfit.

I wore this Saturday to class and then to dinner with friends before I changed into my Halloween costume for the night (but you don’t get to see that until tomorrow).

On another note, I hope all of you on the east coast kept safe during the storm yesterday. Mother Nature is a moody bitch sometimes. If you know anyone who was in the path of Sandy, be sure to call and check on them! And if you’re feeling charitable, you can donate to the Red Cross here.

Turtleneck: Target, old

Puffer vest: Forever 21, old (similar)

Scarf: Target, old (similar)

Jeans: LOFT (similar)

Boots: Target

Watch: Anne Klein (similar)

Who Spiked the Sock Bun?

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20121023-213720.jpgI think this was my favorite look of the week. I actually wore it on Tuesday, but I wanted to save the best for last. This outfit was awesome for 3 reasons:

1.  I wore my new spiked necklace I found on clearance at Target for like $7. Score! Like most shopaholics, wearing something new just makes me happy.

2.  I wore my striped peplum jacket, which I got a few months ago and have worn before (see here and here). Even though it’s not new, I got at Zara in Chicago, so wearing it makes me think of how fun that trip was.

3.  I finally rocked a sock bun in true fashionista fashion. Is fashionista fashion redundant? Probably. Anyhoodle, I’ve admired this cute little up-do on some of my favorite bloggers – like Kendi and Kimberly – and I like how it makes a typical bun look more large and in charge. Because that’s obviously what buns have been missing all these years. I made a couple of attempts that failed miserably. In searching for tutorials, I found two different “techniques,” if you can call them that.

One is where you put your sock donut at the end of your ponytail and just magically roll it down into a bun. Apparently it can be done, because that’s what happens in this video, which doesn’t seem to have any special effects. But I tried it and…didn’t happen. According to my trusty hair stylist, it’s probably because my hair has a lot of layers and/or is too straight. Fail.

The other way (and now I can’t remember where I got the link) is to put the sock donut around the base of your ponytail (over the elastic) and just spread the hair out and over the sock, securing it with another elastic and pinning the ends. Well, since my hair is actually pretty long now, the “ends” were several inches long and I couldn’t get them all neatly wrapped around the bun. Double fail.

“But wait,” I said to myself, “why does my sock bun have to look perfect like everyone else’s?” And I responded to myself, “Self, you are so right. You always are.” Then me, myself, and I went on to discuss how we had worn countless perfect ballerina buns in our many years of dance classes and we needn’t try to replicate them now that we’re grown-ups.

So in the end, I went with the second sock bun method, and I pinned random end pieces but didn’t worry about little bits sticking out. That’s me, throwing caution to the wind, as always. But I like it 🙂

Jacket: Zara

Tee: Target

Necklace: Target (I’m also a fan of this gold one and this colorful one)

Pants: Jag Jeans

Shoes: Bakers, old (similar but expensive version here, cheaper version here)