Sometimes I’m Trendy

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So I think there’s some unwritten rule among the well-dressed crowd that it’s cool to incorporate trends, but when you wear two or three trends at once, you end up looking too trendy and thus unoriginal. I’m usually not one for fashion rules, but this is one I do agree with. Looking like everyone else is lame.

BUT! I also think there comes a point when you can wear so many trends at once that you go back to being unique. Let’s count the trends in this outfit, shall we? (1) Retro shades, (2) orange lips, (3) black and white, (4) colorblock, (5) floral, (6) spike jewelry, (7) mixed prints, (8) low heels. Did I miss any? I didn’t intend to wear all these trends at once; it just kind of happened. And I’m pretty confident I don’t look like everyone else. So there.

By the way, this sweater feels like a towel. I don’t think towel sweaters are a trend yet but they totally should be.

Sweater (extra 30% off w/ code SUMMERTIME) // similar Skirt // similar Sandals (on sale) // similar Bracelet // similar Bag // Lipstick “Orange de Chine”

These Shoes.

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If you’ve learned anything about me from reading this blog, it’s that I love stripes, I love bows, and I love shoes. So when I see a pair of fabulous striped pumps with bows on the back, it’s a no-brainer. They obviously should belong to me. They might as well have my name written on them. In fact, I might write my name on them. Just to make sure no one takes them. It’s a matter of national security. Maybe I’ll call Hillary Clinton and ask her how she protects her shoes.

Speaking of Hillary, I decided (as the unofficial advisor to her hypothetical campaign) if she runs for president in 2016, Beyonce should travel with her everywhere singing “Who run the world? GIRLS.” There, now you’ve learned yet another thing about me: I am an excellent political strategist.

Skirt (on clearance) // similar Shoes (these are from DSW but aren’t available online) // similar Necklace

Rainbow Animals & White Jeans

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Yesterday after work we went on a double date downtown. Dinner at Creation Cafe (sangria – check) followed by a walk along the canal (baby ducks – check). Have I mentioned that summer in Indy is the best?

Also, do you see how there’s a little pocket on the front of this shirt? Well for the first hour or so of the evening the pocket was on the back. Picking out my clothes is easy; it’s the putting them on part that I have trouble with sometimes (functioning as an adult – not quite check).

Shirt (on sale) // Jeans // similar Bag // Link Bracelet (on sale) // similar Spike Bracelet // similar Shoes (on sale)

Finally Out of the Closet (My Dress, That Is)

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You know how when you were a little kid and you got new shoes, you were so excited you wore them out of the store and watched your feet as you walked? That love of shopping never really wore off on me. That’s probably a bad thing, but lets look at it as cute and romantic instead of narcissistic and obsessive, K? Great.

I don’t normally wear things out of the store anymore, but I often wear them the very next day. This dress, you guys…I bought it in February. As in 3 months ago.

This dress is a piece from the Prabal Gurung for Target collection that I bought on the day it came out when it was still going to be negative a million degrees for the foreseeable future. As you know, I have nothing against winterizing dresses, but there was just something about this one (maybe the fact that the colors remind me of a watermelon) that made me want to debut it without the distraction of tights or a cardigan.

Well I think it was worth the wait because this was the perfect dress to wear to the Broad Ripple Art Fair over the weekend. The only downside (for you guys) is that the dress is no longer available, but I did my best to link you to similar options below 🙂

similar Dress #1 // similar Dress #2 // similar Dress #3 // similar Sunglasses // similar Bag (on sale) // similar Shoes // Lipstick “Corail in Touch”

Floral Blazer and “Bankle” Jeans

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I know you guys have been losing sleep over this, so good news: I purchased 2 more things from my Spring Wish List! Unlike other bloggers who just make wish lists so you’ll  click on their affiliate links for commission, when I share my shopping list, it’s actually my shopping list. (OK, I use affiliate links too, but a girl’s gotta eat. And by “eat” I mean “buy more shoes.”)

Now I can put a virtual check mark next to floral blazer and distressed skinny jeans. To show my excitement about my great achievement, I wore them both together to see a community theater show (Follies – it’s like musical old people porn).

Anyway, these jeans are designer (Joe’s Jeans – amazingly comfy) and normally run around $170, but I found them at Nordstrom Rack for $80. The problem: they were about a million inches too long, and they were more straight leg than skinny.

I took them to my tailor to have them hemmed and tapered, and $16 later, here they are! They sort of have a relaxed boyfriend fit at the top, then turn into skinny ankle jeans at the bottom. What should we call them? Bankles? Anklefriends? I’ll keep working on it…

Have a great week, everyone!

Blazer (on sale) // similar Shoes // Sunglasses // Spike Bracelet // similar Bag (on sale) // Nails // Lipstick

Hocus Pocus

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Question: What is comfortable enough to wear in the library all day, but cute enough to wear on a nice pizza date afterward? If you answered “a bold printed maxi skirt,” you clearly are reading this blog post. I snagged this skirt for $21 at Nordstrom Rack the other day. I can’t find it online, but scroll down and I’ll link you to a couple similar options.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering whose feet are on the wall behind me, they belong to Kurt Vonnegut, the fabulous satirical American author. I read several of his books when I was a teenager. Little did I know I would end up living in his home town! If you’ve never read any Vonnegut, I recommend Hocus Pocus and Slaughterhouse Five.

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This mural is by the artist Pamela Bliss.

similar Skirt // another similar Skirt // Sunglasses // similar Shirt // similar Shoes (on sale) // Rhinestone Bracelet // Coral Cuff (on sale)

A Little Bit Boho

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Remember a handful of years ago when “boho chic” was in? I definitely had a couple of embroidered peasant tops in my closet. (I’m sure that fashion phase amused people like my parents who were teenagers in the 60s. Kind of like they’re probably amused by how people magically become hippies when Coachella time rolls around. Speaking of Coachella, you have to watch this video. It’s hilarious.)

What was I talking about? Oh right. “Boho chic.” Well I don’t really miss my leather bracelet days, but with this denim jacket, fringe necklace, and embroidered wedges, I felt just the tiniest [read: acceptable] amount of boho chic. Emphasis on the chic. Deemphasis on the boho.

Jacket // similar Shoes // other similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Necklace

It’s the Pleats

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Since I have a blog, I’m clearly a reliable source for style tips. I mean, they don’t give a blog to just anyone.

Oh, they do? Damn.

Well since tens upon tens of people flock to this blog daily to see what I’m wearing, I’m going to take that as a sign that people sort of think I know what I’m doing, and therefore I’m qualifying myself to give style tips.

Here’s your style tip of the day: Dresses are awesome. Especially ones that are visually interesting or unique. I mean an “LBD” is nice and all, but you have to strategically add accessories to keep yourself from looking like every other girl in a black dress. But if you had, say, a pleated pastel colorblock dress (just an idea), putting on an “outfit” is pretty easy.

(This particular dress is old, but I’ve linked you to some similar options below.)

similar Dress (on sale) // another similar Dress (on sale) // similar Cardigan (on sale in lots of fun colors!) // Shoes // Bracelet

Twirl-Worthy

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Unlike normal people who go to brunch on Sunday, Sarah the lame law student (that’s me) usually stays home and studies all weekend.

But when one of my best college friends says, “hey, I’m leaving for China in a month,” I have to take a break to brunch and shop. And brunch and shop we did. Those red velvet pancakes were way better than the bagel I would have had at home.

As someone who doesn’t have a lot of brunch experience, I didn’t know the dress code, but I figured it was a good time to wear this new dress (which I put on my spring shopping list). It’s too chilly to bare my arms yet, so I wore it as a skirt. When I tried it on, I was really excited about how great it is for twirling. Obviously that’s an important quality in a dress because of all the twirling I do.

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See? Twirling. Goes perfectly with brunching.

Dress // similar Shirt // Sunglasses // similar Sandals

The Perks of a Statement Trench

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I love a good statement jacket or trench. It’s a good spring layer, and it makes getting dressed easy. I can throw on jeans and a t-shirt and let the trench do the talking. Because sometimes I just don’t have that much to say. Like right now for example.

Trench (on sale) // similar Shoes

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