Celebrate Good Times (Come on)

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On Wednesday night the wife and I went out to dinner at the Melting Pot. It was just the two of us, so naturally we ordered cheese for four. But we only ordered chocolate for two; we’re not animals. (Sarah and Kristin: making healthy choices since 1985.)

When we go to Melting Pot, it’s pretty much always to celebrate something. This time it was a double celebration (so the double cheese makes sense…yes, that was the plan all along): I finished my very LAST class of law school on Monday, and on Tuesday, Kristin officially got a new job that she’s really excited about. So Wednesday’s date night was pretty much us eating awesome fondu, listening to awesome music, and just sitting around soaking up each other’s awesomeness. Here’s to new adventures! And more cheese. Always more cheese.

similar Tee (under $10) // Jacket* // Jeans // Shoes // Necklace (on sale) // Sunglasses // similar Clutch // Lips “Schiap”

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

Mint & Navy

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You might be thinking, “Sarah, didn’t you just wear that top and necklace together really recently?” You would be correct. And actually I wore this outfit a week ago, so the space between the repeats was even smaller than you think. If you weren’t thinking this looked familiar, then forget everything I just said.

I’m happy to report that there are no freezing temperatures in our extended forecast, so puffer vests and other cold weather essentials might be on the way out! That’s a good thing, because clearly I’m running out of ideas on what to wear.

Shirt // Necklace // similar Vest (on sale) // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Sunglasses // Ring* // Lips “Corail in Touch”

It’s the Real Life Remix…

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*Ring came in my GemmeBox provided courtesy of House of Gemmes.

Mint to Be

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Raise your hand if you’ve ever seen a color prettier than this shirt. Are you raising your hand? Put it down because you’re lying. Loft calls it “crisp seafoam” but I would call it “barely mint.” It sort of looks like it was a white shirt that got washed with a bright mint green shirt so it got just a tiny bit discolored. In case you’re wondering, NO, that is not what happened. I wash everything in cold water because I don’t trust myself to do any sort of household chores correctly.

I wore this on Tuesday night for a date at Cheesecake Factory. We really like going on dates outside the normal Friday and Saturday night. It’s good excuse to look a little special while still staying pretty comfy. The date was excellent. By the end of the night I was pregnant…with a food baby.

Shirt // similar Jeans (on sale) // Shoes “Mara” // Necklace // similar Clutch* // similar Sunglasses // Lips “Corail in Touch”

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

Windsday

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In case you think I’m just trying to “model” and be all cute by touching my hair oh so casually…don’t judge. It was SO windy on Friday, the hair touching was actually totally functional and necessary (way to check the forecast before wearing your hair down, Sarah). If anyone saw me looking like total awkwardsauce taking photos of myself with a tripod while trying not to blow away, who knows what they thought. Hopefully they just thought, “Damn, that is a cute outfit.”

Other than the uncooperative weather, I was quite happy to take these photos. They’re proof that it was warm enough to forego tights, and that I’ve bought some cute new stuff for spring (this was the first time I wore the necklace, shirt, and shoes). Oh, and that I’m still awesome at print mixing.

Have a great Sunday!

Shirt (on sale) // Necklace // similar Jacket // similar Skirt // similar Shoes (on sale)// similar Sunglasses

Snowflakes that Piss Off My Nose and Eyelashes

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It has been a very silver white winter, and it needs to MELT INTO F$%&ING SPRING ALREADY. I knew it was coming, but waking up to cold and snow yesterday was still so hard after 2 days in a row of 60+ degrees. And it wasn’t just snow – it was huge flakes of really wet snow. And it was windy. So walking outside was kind of like being in a snowball fight with Buddy the Elf. It’s mid-March. #snoverit

Even though the weather was totally inappropriate, at least this top kinda looks like it has cute little snowflakes on it. I do love a theme. But this top is still SUPPOSED to be for SPRING. I want to wear it on its own with a floral pencil skirt and nude pumps. One day soon…

Sweatshirt (on sale, extra 30% off w/ code SHOPSPRING) // similar Necklace // Chambray (under $10) // similar Boots // Heart Bracelet* // Lips “Crush”

*Bracelet provided courtesy of Dainty Wrist Jewelry.

Great Day

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Necklace* // Bag // similar Sweater (under $25) // Shoes (on sale) // similar Jeans

You guys, I had the BEST Saturday. Let me give you the rundown:

  • I had a great brunch (hence the oversized sweater…I planned ahead);
  • I got a new phone (an iPhone 5c, upgraded from an iPhone 4 that still had iOS5 so I was pretty much living in the dark ages);
  • A package of stuff I ordered from J. Crew Factory came in the mail, and it all looks great;
  • And finally, I got to debut this stunner of a necklace from Stella & Dot!

I recently met up with Rachael, a new Stella & Dot stylist, and when she showed me this necklace, my reaction was: “It looks like it could be in a museum!” Being the museum nerd that I am, I obviously had to have it.

This is my first Stella & Dot piece, and it’s pretty fabulous. In case you don’t know, you can order from Stella & Dot online, but you can also host trunk shows for yourself and your friends in your own home (and when you do that you get some perks!). If you live in the central Indiana area and want to host a trunk show, be sure to give Rachael a shout at osu0105@gmail.com or (248) 953-4647.

But if you’re more of a shop online in your pajamas type (like me), I’ll give you a head start and show you a few more of my favorite Stella & Dot pieces. (P.S. That striped scarf has little elephants on it! Don’t even try to tell me you already have a nautical elephant scarf.)

Stella & Dot

1. Sanibel Reversible Pendant // 2. Avalon Tote // 3. Frida Necklace // 4. Palm Springs Scarf // 5. Renegade Cluster Bracelet // 6. Ivie Drops // 7. Tia Crossbody

*Necklace provided courtesy of Stella & Dot in exchange for this post, but I chose all content and the opinions are my own.

Full Circle

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Isn’t it funny how things come full circle? When you’re a baby, you wear a bib so you don’t get food all over your onesie. Then you grow up and you wear a bib (you might wear a onesie too), but it might be more of a beaded flower bib, which doesn’t help so much with the food catching but it does help with the compliment catching.

Then you get old and decrepit and you probably wear a more functional bib again. Then you die and…well, I’m not entirely sure what happens at that point, but there’s probably a better forum for that discussion.

Necklace* // Chambray (under $20) // Jeans (on sale) // similar Sweater (on sale) // similar Shoes (on sale) // Sunglasses // Lips “Plushest Punch”

*This gorgeous necklace was provided courtesy of Fresh Produce!

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Go for Gold

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I really didn’t plan on dressing like America, but that’s what happened. It must be the Olympic spirit. Do you guys watch the winter games? I love them, but I must admit I don’t always root for the USA. I mean that’s my default, but if someone from another country has a great back story or is wearing a great outfit (um, hello Norwegian curling team), I will not-so-secretly hope they win. Maybe that’s unpatriotic of me, but I’m not too worried about it. I have a feeling Team USA will win plenty of medals without my help.

OK, moving on. I posted an Instagram from the Target dressing room last week and got a lot of YESes for this jacket. Or maybe it was just 2, but whatever. Well, I’m nothing if not a good listener, so I went back for it! The best part? At $40, it’s a much more wallet-friendly (and nearly identical) version of the J. Crew field jacket. Score. I would totally win the gold medal for shopping.

Jacket // similar Dress // Boots // Necklace* // Lips “Please Me”

*Necklace provided courtesy of Max & Chloe.

Old Favorites

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On my to-do list this week: cleaning out my closet and ridding it of some stuff I’ve had for a few years and haven’t worn in a while. You’d think getting more clothes would make it easier to find something to wear, but I think it makes it harder. When my closet is stuffed to the brim I just feel overwhelmed. It’s hard to see past the things I no longer wear to see the things I really love. Now I’m not one to get rid of things just because they’re no longer in style, but sometimes my personal style changes to the point that I’m no longer excited to wear certain pieces. And if those pieces are still in good shape, I can take them to a consignment store or thrift store, where someone can give them the appreciation they deserve.

The reason for my little speech: I know a lot of people have trouble letting go of things, so consider this your own personal nudge – courtesy of your friend Sarah.

One thing I’ve had for a few years but I’m not getting rid of is this dress. It’s not really anything special, but I still bust it out it once or twice a summer when I can’t decide what else to wear, and I’m always pleasantly surprised. It seriously feels like wearing a nightgown, which reminds me of sleeping. And sleeping is one of my top 3 favorite things – after eating dessert and watching Parks and Recreation.

similar Dress (on sale) // similar plus size Dress (on sale) // similar Shoes (on sale) // Necklace*

*Necklace gifted to me by Flourish Boutique. 

Making a Statement

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Well, here we are. Pin to Real Life week is over and I’m slightly concerned that I forgot how to come up with my own outfits. So far so good, but only time will tell.

One thing I discovered last week when I was going through all my pins looking for outfits to recreate is that I have a thing for statement necklaces. A good chunk of the photos I saved were of little tiny girls with big ol’ baubles around their necks. I wanted to be one of those weighed down girls. But this girl only had reasonably sized necklaces in her arsenal. Lame.

As luck would have it, I got a generous offer from Max & Chloe to send me something from their shop. Wouldn’t you know it, they have a crap ton of statement necklaces! I picked out the one you see above, but I had a hard time deciding. Below are some of the other Max & Chloe neck candies (is that a term? like arm candy?) that I liked. Have at it, ladies.

Max & Chloe Statement Necklaces

Shop these beauties: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

Shirt (on sale) // similar Skirt // Shoes // Necklace* // similar Bag // Lips “Punch Drunk”

*Necklace gifted to me by Max & Chloe, but I picked it out and all opinions are my own.