The Basics

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I’m always looking for stand-out pieces, whether it’s bright colors, patterns, unique shapes, or other little details. But I do in fact have “basics” in my closet. I don’t usually wear this many of them at one time, though. It’s not so bad. It feels very French, n’est-ce pas? Maybe I should try it more often.

I wore this on Saturday to head down to Bloomington for a friend’s graduation party. Not knowing what kind of party it would be, I thought some casual but classy basics (and some snazzy shoes) would work. I guess they did because no one kicked me out. If you need someone to wear casual but classy basics to your next party, I’m available and looking for practice. Parties that serve lots of good cheese and/or cupcakes will have first priority.

Jeans (on sale) // similar Shirt (under $25) // similar Jacket* (under $15) // similar Necklace (on sale) // Shoes (also in yellow which I’m seriously considering!) // Sunglasses // similar Bag // same Bag in black // Lips “Lip Bomb #2”

Basics & Snazzy Shoes on Repeat. It’s the Real Life Remix…

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

A Teaser

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Today I’m guest blogging at NYC Fit Food Fashion. Head over there to see more details of this outfit and to find out how I put it together!

Sweater (on sale) // similar Skirt* // same Skirt in lilac (so pretty!) // Bag // similar Shoes* // similar Necklace // Sunglasses (on sale) // Lips “Pourpre Preview”

*Skirt purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Asos; shoes purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

Mod Dress & a $25 Gift Card Giveaway! [GIVEAWAY CLOSED]

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Dress // similar Shoes // similar Necklace // Lipstick “Corail In Touch”

If you hate getting compliments, do not – I repeat: DO NOT – wear this dress. Seriously, if the idea of random strangers tripping over themselves to tell you how cute you look leaves you shuddering, then this is not the dress for you.

But if you like compliments, and you like to channel your inner Twiggy, then this is definitely the frock for you, my friend. I am one lucky duck because Flourish Boutique sent me this adorable chevron number on the house, and YOU could be another lucky duck because Flourish Boutique is also going to send a $25 Gift Card to one Sarah’s Real Life reader! 

If you win, you’ll probably be so excited that you’ll do the twist. Like this:

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To enter, here’s what you have to do:

  1. Follow Sarah’s Real Life and Flourish Boutique on Facebook.
  2. Leave a comment below telling me you followed, and tell me what you might get from Flourish Boutique if you win!

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winner, Sharon Roze!

Me and My Crew

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I didn’t mean for this outfit to be so J. Crew heavy, but it happens sometimes and I’m not mad about it.

I wore this for another museum date, this time to the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. I’ve been living in Indianapolis for more than 3 years, and I still hadn’t been there until this weekend. I found out recently that students at my university get in for free, so I really had no excuse not to go.

Plus, you might have already guessed this because of my dark complexion and affinity for spear fishing, but I am 1/16 Native American. I love any excuse to learn more about “my people”! The exhibits were really interesting, although I was a tad disappointed that there weren’t many artifacts from the Cherokee (which is the tribe that my great-great-grandmother was a member of).

Still, the museum was really great and I’ll definitely go back. In the photo below, you’ll see a few snapshots of my favorite things at the Eiteljorg, including some interactive basket weaving. Clearly it comes naturally to me because of my heritage.

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Sweater: J. Crew Factory (on sale!)

Scarf: Target, old (similar)

Skirt: Webster for Target, old (similar)

Tights: Simply Vera, old (similar)

Shoes: J. Crew

Bracelets: J. Crew, Stephan & Co.

Coat: Tulle, old (similar)

Vested Interest

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I’m always looking for oversized sweaters appropriate for wearing with leggings (as leggings are not pants and therefore your crotch should be covered), and then I end up being less than enthused about how the oversized sweater looks so oversized and sweatery. In the past, I’ve added belts or chunky necklaces to add some visual interest, and now I can add this vest to my list of things to offset my big sweater. That’s right: I’m using sweater #2 to offset the sweateriness of sweater #1. You never know what amazing things you will learn when you visit me, huh?

Sweater #1: Nordstrom, old (similar)

Sweater #2 (vest): LOFT

Zipper leggings: (similar)

Shoes: Nine West, old (similar on sale)

Bracelets: Stephan & Co. here and here

Lips: Clinique Black Honey

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Play Laceball

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The Nordstrom fairy brought me some gifts this week, including this baseball jacket and these bracelets! Such a nice little fairy. I actually saw this stuff in-store but I ordered it online so I could get a visit from the fairy. Or because I like to give myself a little time after I see stuff I like to talk it over with my closet. “Closet, do you think you could be friends with a lace jacket and some cool spikey bracelets?” My closet said yes. So here we are.

Seriously though, I thought this jacket was so cool. I like that it’s sporty in structure but completely unsporty in material. Which is appropriate, because I myself might appear to be fit and athletic, yet I have absolutely no skill at any sport.

I have a funny story about my baseball skills, actually. I remember in middle school gym class when we had to play baseball (or wiffle ball, whatever it was) for the first time. I went up to bat and couldn’t hit a ball to save my life. Then the gym teacher asked if I was left-handed. I’m not. He said that was the problem…I was facing the wrong way! So I turned around and hit right-handed.

Made no difference whatsoever.

Lace baseball jacket: MOD.lusive via Nordstrom

Jeans: American Eagle

Loafers: Target, old (similar here and here)

Bracelets: both Stephan & Co. via Nordstrom (same here and here)

You know what lace makes me think of? Vintage. You know what vintage makes me think of? The Gems & Jam Giveaway that you still need to enter. Get on it!