Not Thirty

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First of all, thanks to everyone who left me a “happy birthday” message on Wednesday. You could have wished happy birthday to Fidel Castro or Alfred Hitchcock, but you picked me, and I shall not forget your kindness.

I spent most of my birthday at home alone (just the way I like it), then put on this outfit to go out for a nice dinner to celebrate 29! Twenty-nine is the age that people tend to hang on to for a while. So now I worry when I tell people I’m 29 they’ll secretly be wondering if I’m actually 34 and just lying to them.

But I figured out how to avoid this problem. Here’s my plan: I’m just going to claim I’m 22 because (1) it’s still old enough to drink, (2) people don’t question that age, (3) I’m obviously very young-looking and it’s totally believable, and (4) Taylor Swift convinced me it’s a good age to be.

I’m going to claim I’m 22 until I’m 40, at which point it might be slightly less believable. Then I’ll claim I’m 50, and everyone will tell me how great I look for my age.

Great idea? Or the greatest idea? You get very wise at 29.

Sweater (on sale) // Shoes (on sale) // Jeans (on sale) // similar Clutch* // Bracelet // Sunglasses (on sale) // similar Necklace

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

In the Navy

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Sometimes I get it in my head that my life simply can’t go on without a certain thing in my closet. (This is one of those “first world problems,” isn’t it?) Most recently, that was a pair of silver pumps. Seems simple enough, but you would not believe how much trouble I went through.

First of all, I’m really picky, so not just any silver pumps would do. I finally found the perfect ones, ordered them, waited 2 weeks for them to ship from overseas, and they were too small. So I sent them back and ordered the next size up. I waited another 2 weeks. The new size came and they weren’t too small, but I had this weird sensation like I was drunk when I walked in them. I looked at them and discovered the heel of the left shoe was not perpendicular to the ground. I’m no Christian Louboutin, but I think I’ve seen enough heels in my life to know that’s some subpar craftsmanship. Naturally, I shot an angry email to customer service and demanded a replacement, but – surprise – that size was now sold out.

So I was back to square one. I found another pair from a brand I’ve worn before, so I should know what size I need, right? WRONG. This was the smallest size 7 that’s ever been made. I think it might have been a child’s size 7. This time shipping wasn’t free, so after 3 strikes, I decided to send the miniature shoes back and give the silver shoe search a rest for a little while.

You might be wondering why I kept ordering shoes blindly instead of trying on ones in stores. I’m not as dumb as I look. I tried that too. No luck.

Then fiiiiinally a pair I had spotted at Nordstrom for $100 popped up on HauteLook for almost half off, so I went for it. And I ordered a 7.5 since apparently my feet have grown or all shoes have shrunk. And here they are. Epic journey comes to a fabulous close.

Dress* // Shoes // Bag (on sale) // similar Necklace (under $10) // Sunglasses // Lips “Orange de Chine”

*Dress provided courtesy of Kika. Kika is a mother-daughter business that sells high-quality (but affordable) eco-conscious clothing. While they did give me this dress for free, they’re not paying me to say this :). Check out how I wore my other fabulous Kika dress here.

Yellow Inspo

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I was feeling lazy on Friday morning, and I embraced my inner student and wore a college tee, jeans, and boat shoes to my Bar review class. Yes, I’m a normal person. Once in a while. But by Friday night I was back to my abnormal self and was itching to put on some real clothes to go out to dinner downtown.

But still being a mostly lazy person, I had absolutely no motivation to pick out something awesome to wear. While procrastinating getting ready, I caught up on some of my favorite blogs, and happened to see this post from Kimberly at Penny Pincher Fashion. Boom: Inspiration! Yellow tank, white skirt, block heeled sandals. Done, done, and done. Thanks, Kim. You rock.

Oh, and if these pictures look a little grainy, it’s because this genius forgot to bring her big girl camera so we had to use the good ol’ iPhone. After such a miraculously inspired outfit, I wasn’t about to miss out on the chance to document it!

Have a great Sunday – and HAPPY JUNE!

similar Top (under $20) // similar Skirt (on sale) // Shoes (on sale) // Bag (on sale) // similar Sunglasses* // Earrings // similar Necklace (under $10) // similar Bracelet (under $5)

*Sunglasses purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Asos.

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”

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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Say My Name

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I wore this last week to school when I was not quite over the flu. At the time, the idea of standing in the cold for more than 1 minute sounded about as appealing as…you know…having the flu. So I didn’t take photos. But then later I realized it was a black-less outfit, so I recreated it to share with you for Black Out challenge week! You’re welcome.

This seems like a good time to point out the newest member of my wear-with-anything jewelry collection: this monogram necklace. I had never really considered myself a monogram-necklace-wearing kind of gal until oNecklace offered to send me one. Now I’m kind of loving it. They have a ton of different styles, and at first I thought a “modern” looking one would be more my taste, but in the end I went with the classic, fancy schmancy font because I like how, from far away, it just looks like a swirly little design. It’s like that font they use on diplomas that you can’t actually read but it makes your education look more elite.

similar Sweater* (on sale) // Jeans // Necklace* // similar Boots (under $40) // Bag (under $25) // similar Sunglasses // Nails “Oui”

*Necklace provided courtesy of oNecklace; sweater purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Asos. All opinions are my own.

Warmer Days

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Seeing as how yesterday was freezing and snowy here in Indianapolis, it seems like an appropriate time to flash back to more temperate times. This was the last outfit I wore on my Florida Christmas vacation. I rewore these jeans and boots from my Day 1 outfit – I had to conserve suitcase space for all the generous gifts I got from Kristin and her family. They seriously know how to spoil a girl. I think I married into the right family 🙂

Hope you all stay warm and cozy! Or if you live somewhere warm…boo. I hate you.

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Blame it on the…

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I’m not proud to admit this, but I bought this shirt while slightly under the influence of alcohol. After having a drink after work, I went to Nordstrom with a plan to only buying foundation, but I somehow ended up on the second floor at a sale rack, where I found this shirt. I was OK to drive but not OK to shop, apparently.

I had every intention of returning the shirt because I really didn’t need it, but every time I physically touched this thing to take it out of my closet, I couldn’t bring myself to let it go because it is just so soft. Come to think of it, maybe I was just under the influence of fabric, not alcohol, when I got this. Now the tags are off and there’s no turning back!

similar Shirt // dress that’s similar to Shirt // similar Skirt // similar Sunglasses // similar Necklace // Lipstick “Corail in Touch”

P.S. Don’t forget that “Pin to Real Life” starts tomorrow! Check out yesterday’s post for details on what you’ll see on the blog next week and how to join in yourself.

Stay Warm, Stay Cool

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I used to think wearing long sleeves and shorts was ridiculous. Long sleeves are for cold weather. Shorts are for warm weather. So the only logical reason for wearing them together is if you have some malfunction in your car where it blows cold air from the top vents and hot air from the bottom. Right? No, silly. I finally get it. I don’t know about the rest of you, but my top half tends to get chillier than my bottom half. So shorts keep my legs from sweating when it’s warm out (we hit 80 last week! yay!) but long sleeves keep me from freezing once I get inside an air-conditioned building.

Shorts + long sleeves = springtime comfort. It’s like a whole new world has opened up for me. And speaking of new, are you digging these new Cole Haan shades? Because I totally am. I went looking for classic black sunglasses, so naturally this is what I bought. You can’t tell that well from the photos, but the lenses are tinted blue! I think they look like perfect poolside shades (where I probably will not wear long sleeves but you never know).

Blazer (on sale) // similar Shorts (on sale) // other similar Shorts // similar Shoes // Sunglasses (on sale)

Easy Outfit Transformation

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On Thursdays this semester, I’ve been spending the morning in class and the afternoon at my internship. You know what that means: two outfits in one day. I’m livin’ the dream.

Normally I wear two totally different getups, but last week I decided to make things a little easier on myself (even I run out of outfit-making steam sometimes). The nice thing about an oxford shirt and a cotton sweater is that with jeans and flats they’re preppy (the unofficial dress code of law school), and with a black skirt and heels they’re business casual (the official dress code of the Attorney General’s office).

I don’t know how many other tops magically work perfectly with both jeans/flats and skirt/heels, but I’m totally going to find out. It’s probably all of them. Let’s just say it’s all of them and save me the trouble.

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