Tote-ally

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I knew going in to September that I would need to be more careful with this month’s shopping budget. As you may have gleaned, I don’t have a job yet. I like to think I’m handling the uncertainty pretty well – I know everything will work out eventually, but it would be nice to know HOW and WHEN. Normally I allow myself to spend any money I make through my blog on clothes, but this month my goal is to save it and use it for “real” thing. Like “bills.”

So what did your favorite blonde unemployed Hoosier lawyer, blogger, and self-proclaimed shopaholic do to quench her shameful need to have new crap all the time? She…I mean I…finally signed up for Le Tote! If you’re not familiar, I’ll give you the short version: It’s like Netflix for clothes. No, you can’t log in through your Wii and stream clothes into your closet (although that would be AMAZING…like Star Trek meets Clueless). I mean the old-school Netflix where you had DVDs shipped to you and you could keep them as long as you wanted and switch them out an unlimited number of times. That’s what you do with Le Tote – add a bunch of stuff you like to your “closet,” pay $50 a month (I paid $25 for this month because I ordered during a Labor Day promo), and receive 5 things at a time. Keep ’em for a while, or wear them and send them right back for more! You don’t have to wash them…that would be a dealbreaker, ladies.

The best slash most dangerous part is that you can purchase stuff you really like. I absolutely love this top I got in my first tote, but I’m going to be a good girl and send it back. (But I already added it back to my Le Tote “closet” so I can get it again one day!)

This isn’t a sponsored post or anything, but I thought some of you might be interested in Le Tote and maybe hadn’t heard of it yet. Well, now you have. If you do decide to try out Le Tote, I would greatly appreciate it if you sign up via my referral link so I can get a free month of service! (You’ll then be able to refer your own friends for a credit, too. It’s not some fancy blogger perk.)

Shirt via Le Tote (or buy similar) // Necklace via Le Tote (or buy similar) // Jeans (on sale) // similar Clutch* // Shoes // similar Bracelet* // Lips “Orange de Chine”

*Clutch purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M; bracelet courtesy of Asos.

Ice Cream & Bling

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Little girls like ice cream. Big girls like bling. So I’ve got the best of both worlds! But if I had to choose one, let’s be honest…I’d choose ice cream. We have way more history.

Have a great week, everyone. I have a couple recent outfits that I really loved that I’ll share throughout the week. Follow me on Bloglovin’ or Facebook so you don’t miss out!

Cardigan (on sale) // similar Shorts (on sale) // similar Necklace* // similar Bag // Bracelet // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Sunglasses (on sale) // T-shirt*

*Necklace purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M; t-shirt provided courtesy of RedBubble

Backstreet’s Back

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What did I do while wearing this outfit? Oh, you know, the usual. Went to bar review lecture. Got some coffee. Saw the Backstreet Boys live and partied like it was 1999. Yeah, that happened.

And my weekend got even cooler the next day when my wife and I walked in the Indianapolis Pride Parade dressed as the cast of the Rocky Horror Show. Yeah, that also happened. Proof of all of this is on Instagram.

On a related note, people often think one of the perks of being married to another woman is that you can share clothes. In theory, yes. But in my reality, not so much. If you’ve ever seen Kristin, you know she’s sort of an Amazon woman. She’s 8 inches taller than I am, which means she also has a few sizes on me. Her bra could eat my bra as a snack. And if she tried to wear my shoes, we’d have a Cinderella/step-sister situation. So basically, the only thing we can share is jewelry. When Kristin was taking these pictures, she couldn’t shut her mouth (which is also huge) about how cool this necklace is. So I have a feeling she’ll be helping herself to this bauble before too long! And if she doesn’t give it back, I’ll take one of her t-shirts and wear it as a maxi dress. With a belt, it might work.

similar Top // Necklace // similar Shoes // Sunglasses // similar Bag // Lips “Unapologetic”

Outfit + Sarcastic Hair Tutorial

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I did my hair like this last week sometime and someone commented on Instagram that it looked really good. So I thought I’d do a tutorial on how to do…

a, like, totally casual updo

Step 1: Wake up at least 10 minutes late.

Step 2: Jump in the shower and get your hair wet. Wash it, don’t wash it. I couldn’t care less.

Step 3: Towel dry. Really rough it up the way you’re not supposed to if you don’t want frizz.

Step 4: Pick up your brush. Now laugh at it and put it back down.

Step 5: Flip your head over and craft yourself some sort of bun-type thing secured only with one elastic. If it looks like crap, too bad. You only get one chance.

Step 6: Spray head with hairspray so you can feel a little like you’re an adult.

Ta da! You’re beautiful.

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Warning: Do not attempt in winter.

similar Sweatshirt* // Shorts // similar Necklace // Shoes (on sale)

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

Runaway Bride

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I wore this on Sunday night to a Tony-watching party. I decided I kind of looked like a runaway bride who joined a motorcycle gang. But if you can’t play a character on Tony night, then when the hell can you? Right? Actually, a runaway bride who joins a motorcycle gang sounds like a pretty great plot for a musical. It could be called “Leather & Lace.” I would do the costumes and get all my loyal blog readers free tickets. You’re welcome in advance!

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

*Necklace provided courtesy of Stella & Dot; clutch purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

Same Old Thing

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On May 29, 2012, I posted my very first outfit here on Sarah’s Real Life, not knowing anything about blogging or if this endeavor would even last more than a month. Now here we are, 2 years and 600+ posts later, and looking back, I think it’s clear…that I have gotten marginally better at blogging. Go me!

Last year for my first blogiversary post, I did a retrospective of 12 outfits (1 from each month). Well, last year I wasn’t studying for the Bar, so this year is a little more simple. I’m just doing more of what I’ve been doing nearly every day for the past 2 years: a real-life outfit post.

No hidden brand sponsorship, no fancy camera tricks, no picking out something I didn’t really wear, no going out of my way for a cool background. Just me standing in my friend’s backyard while having some fashionable but practical fun in a polka dot romper at a Memorial Day cookout.

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I didn’t even realize it at the time we took these photos, but this outfit was the perfect one to share on this special occasion. My very first post featured what I wore to a Memorial Day cookout in this same neighborhood with many of the same friends. A lot has changed in our group over the past 2 years, but some things stay the same: we still love to share a vat of homemade guacamole, and I’m still that weirdo that puts pictures of herself on the internet.

Thanks to all my friends (new and old, real and virtual) who have followed along and supported this silly hobby of mine. If you’d like to give me a blog birthday present, please send a donation directly to my student loan account at Sallie Mae. (Or you can just share your favorite outfit of mine on Pinterest or Facebook so I can earn some new readers. That works too.)

similar Romper // Hat // Necklace // Sunglasses // Bag (on sale) // Lips “Plushest Punch”

Chambray & Aliens

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I really love this shirt, but I’m now realizing I probably shouldn’t wear it tucked in like this. Because as soon as I move at all, it looks like there’s a little alien inside my ribcage that’s trying to escape through my skin and take over the world.

Well…now that you have that lovely image in your head…have a great day!

similar Top // Jacket // similar Skirt (on sale) // similar Necklace* // similar Shoes (on sale) // Sunglasses

Nothing new here! This jacket, top, necklace, & skirt are all on repeat. It’s the Real Life Remix…

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

Beneath the Cap & Gown

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So I graduated law school several days ago. Did I mention that was happening? Maybe like 100 times over the past month? Yep. I was so busy sharing my post-graduation Chicago vacation outfit photos that I forgot to show you what I wore on the big day! So here it is.

This skirt came in the mail a couple days before graduation and I decided it would be a good option. It’s got this kind of youthful but elegant look to it. You know…like something a brand new lawyer would wear. 😉

These shoes were not the most comfortable things to stand around in for two hours while we were waiting for the processional, but my gown was so freaking huge I felt like I needed the extra height. Can we talk about the cap and gown for a second? Great. Thanks. There was one size gown for everyone up to 200 pounds. I don’t know if you can tell from all the photos you’ve seen of me, but I weigh somewhat less than 200 pounds. They asked for my height (which is 5’3″, by the way) but I’m not sure it made a difference. I was essentially wearing an inflated, depressing looking maxi dress. And that silly hat. I put mine on ahead of time, but it looked so ridiculous I thought I must have done it wrong. So I took it off and waited until I checked in at the ceremony location so I could see everyone else’s. Nope. It’s really supposed to look like that. Sigh. I know there’s historical significance to these stupid outfits, but someone really needs to update the graduation look. Like maybe Diane von Furstenburg.

OK, after all that complaining, you probably want to see what I looked like, don’t you? If you must:

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The oversized look is “in,” right?

Top (on sale) // similar Skirt // Shoes (on sale) // similar Necklace* // Lips “Plushest Punch”

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

Palmer House

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Just a quickie post today because we got back from Chicago yesterday and I’m exhausted! It was a fun trip and a great way to celebrate my graduation with my family. Oh, did I mention I graduated law school on Saturday? Yeah, that happened.

We stayed at the Palmer House, and can I just say…it’s amazing. The location is awesome (practically across the street from Millennium Park and the Art Institute), it has a really cool history (nerd alert!), it’s beeaauutiful, and it’s actually not as expensive as I just made it sound. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that the bar in the lobby has some fantastic cocktails. 😉

Point is: I highly recommend the Palmer House next time you’re in Chicago. I’ll tell you more about my trip in a later post!

Dress* // Jacket // similar Shoes // Necklace* // Bag // similar Bracelet

*Dress purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M; necklace provided courtesy of Stella & Dot.

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”