Skin Deep

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I don’t even feel conceited when I tell you that I felt like a total babe in this dress. And for the record, it shouldn’t make any woman feel stuck up or narcissistic to make herself feel gorgeous and confident and to acknowledge that feeling. You hear that, ladies? Maybe other people will notice; maybe they won’t. It doesn’t matter. When I wore this on Saturday afternoon, no one told me I looked good, but I felt amazing, and I’m glad I have this blog so I can relive that feeling now!

Part of the reason I’m gushing so much is that it’s a pretty rare occurrence for me to wear something strapless, much less feel confident in something strapless. Or a halter top, or spaghetti straps, or even fettucini straps. I’m pretty insecure about my skin – it’s always blotchy and breakout-prone, and those things are a lot more obvious on someone with fair skin like me. So when my chest and back are showing, I feel self-conscious.

I realize my skin looks totally normal in these photos…I swear I’m not crazy, and I didn’t Photoshop these. We have some flattering light and a not-too-sharp focus to thank. You’ll just have to trust me when I say that this is a pretty special occasion and a pretty special dress. Since I love it so much, I should probably give a shout out to the company that sent it to me: Kika is a mother-daughter business in Los Angeles that sells American-made, eco-friendly clothing. If this dress is any indication, their stuff is insanely soft, comfortable, well-made, and pretty.

So. Life lesson of the day is: Wear what makes you feel great, and stop worrying about perfection. I’m mainly talking to myself here, but if it resonates with anyone else, even better.

Dress* // Hat // similar Necklace // Shoes // Sunglasses (on sale) // Clutch // Lips “Lip Bomb #2”

*Dress provided courtesy of Kika.

Liz Lemon

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My sweater has lemons on it. So there’s only one thing to do, and that’s make a list of my favorite Liz Lemon-isms.

“I want to go to there.”

“Who’s got two thumbs, speaks limited French, and hasn’t cried once today? This moi!”

“BLERG!”

“Workin’ on my night cheese!”

“It OK. Don’t be cry.”

“Why are my arms so weak? It’s like I did that pushup last year for nothing!”

“Ain’t no party like a Liz Lemon party, cuz a Liz Lemon party is MANDATORY!”

Feel free to keep the list going in the comments. Have a great Sunday!

Sweater // Shorts // Shoes (on sale in silver) // Bag // similar Sunglasses (under $10) // Necklace* // Bracelet // Lips

*Necklace provided courtesy of oNecklace.

May Flowers

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I hope you guys like my casual studying and exam-taking outfits, because you’re going to see a few more of them. This one I decided to make a little more “special” with some fun shoes and my favorite statement necklace (yes, sometimes I play favorites). But my best accessory of all is this tree behind me. I can see it from the window when I’m getting dressed, so I think it inspired me to be a little extra springy. Who needs Pinterest when you have Mother Nature? (Me. I still need Pinterest.)

similar Top (on sale) // Necklace (on sale) // similar Shoes // Bag // similar Sunglasses (on sale) // Lips “Unapologetic”

#LookingLucky Roundup!

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Well, folks, what did we learn this month during the Looking Lucky challenge? We learned that blindly following trends and looking like you walked out of a Forever 21 ad every day is not cool. But we learned that working current trends into your existing wardrobe is a good way to keep things interesting and challenge yourself to dress outside your usual style box (assuming a “style box” is a thing you are normally in).

In case you missed any of them, here are all 10 of my looks (links to original posts are below the photos):

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Lace // Pastel

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Floral // Fringe

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Cropped // Tribal print

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Local love // Metallic

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Neon // Geometrics

A thousand thanks to those of you who played along on Instagram and on your blogs, or maybe just in your own head. Hope you had fun! I have certainly not forgotten my promise – one lucky blogger who completed the challenge is going to win a $75 gift card to Lucky B Boutique! I’m so excited I can hardly stand it. Now, I’ve already seen some of your entries throughout April, but let’s not count on my memory. If you blogged all 10 trends, please send me an email at sarahsreallife@gmail.com with links to each post (or just 1 post, if you did a roundup like this one). That will be your official entry! Once I get your email, I’ll also add your blog link to the list below.

Here are the official blogger giveaway entries so far (list still in progress). Give these ladies a visit and check back later for more!

Sans Coat

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Usually when I take outfit photos in the winter, I take my coat and other various outerwear off just long enough to take the pictures – during which time I try really hard not to look grumpy and cold – then I bundle back up and jump into my warm car/apartment.

But on Friday…THIS IS ALL I WORE. No coat, no hat, no gloves, no snow boots. It’s a miracle, I tell ya. I’m not going to declare it spring time yet, but I will declare it time to consider not totally giving up on life anymore. Do you know what people not giving up on life wear? Yellow lace and blue suede shoes. That’s a fact.

similar Shirt // similar Blazer* // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Necklace* (on sale) // similar Sunglasses // Lips “Please Me”

Flashback to Warmer Days…It’s the Real Life Remix:

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*Blazer purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M; necklace purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Asos.