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.

Snake in the Grass

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I have a pretty long to-do list right now (and it all has to do with law school – surprise!) so I’ll have to keep this post short. But speaking of law school, this is what I wore last Friday for a law review social event. I want you to take a moment to imagine what it’s like to put 30 law students in a room with free beer. It’s either way cooler or way lamer than 30 “normal” people in a room with free beer, depending on how you look at it.

similar Top* (on sale) // similar Bag (under $20) // similar Shoes // Lips “Orange de Chine”

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

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.