Well folks…it’s the big debut! I raved about this dress in my February budget post, and now you can probably see why I love it. It’s totally comfortable, fits me like a glove, and has a perfectly classy but fun shape. The pictures don’t even do it justice – it’s a nice sturdy ponte-ish material so I’m optimistic that it will last me many wears. And it better, because I already have at least 2 spring outfits planned in my head. How great will this color look with leopard print, right? OH! And pockets! Who doesn’t love a dress with pockets?! Do I put anything in the pockets? Of course not. But I like knowing they’re there.
The dress also comes in cobalt blue and in gray/black colorblock. It probably wouldn’t hurt to keep my eye on the clearance rack later in the season. Just in case.
Surprisingly, Madewell did not pay me to write this post. But they probably should. I accept wire transfers, Madewell. Call me.
Best Dress Ever (on sale) // similar Turtleneck // Boots // similar Necklace // Lips “Romantic”
The only thing I did on Sunday when I wore this outfit was meet someone for coffee at Starbucks (hi, Rachael). She was apparently very impressed at how put-together I looked for a Sunday morning. Lest you all think I spent more than 15 minutes getting ready for coffee, let me set the record straight: this put-togetherness is all an illusion.
I got my hair done the day before, so that’s why it looks pretty cute – I hold curl well. And there’s something about wearing all black that comes across as chic no matter what. As for the shiny shoes, I just picked them because the tips of my toes were still sore from dancing in heels the night before, and with a pointy-toed flat, there’s no toe/shoe contact.
There you have it. Now you know all my secrets.
similar Sweater (almost identical!) // similar Tights // similar Shoes // Necklace* (on sale)
*Necklace provided courtesy of Loopsway.
As you all know by now, I’m doing this remix thang where the point is each day to re-wear something from the day before. Well, for this outfit from Saturday evening I re-wore something from Saturday morning. There’s no rule that says you can’t double up the remixing sometimes. You know how I know? Because I wrote the rules, bitches (I use bitches as a term of endearment).
I wore this for a friend’s birthday house party. I feel like dressing for house parties is tricky because you never know if they’re going to be casual or dressy. I usually just think about the style of the host and go from there. Something told me a leather skirt would be perfectly appropriate in the home of this particular friend. And wouldn’t you know it – the birthday girl herself was wearing a leather skirt, too! Not only am I stylish; I’m also psychic.
Oh, a quick reminder: The Enza Essentials giveaway ends on Thursday! Don’t forget to enter.
Shirt // similar Skirt* (on sale) // another similar Skirt (petite sizing) // similar Tights // Boots (in black suede) // Cuff* // Link Bracelet (extra 30% off w/ code BIGSALE) // similar Necklace // Lips “Plushest Punch”
*Skirt purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M; cuff bracelet provided courtesy of House of Gemmes.
So the other day I went in to DSW looking for silver sandals (I need them to be a bridesmaid this summer, plus I have another formal event coming up). I didn’t find any I liked, but I did find these drop dead gorgeous amazing scalloped wedges. I know it wasn’t the responsible thing to do, but I got them, and I’m never looking back.
It just goes to show you might think you know what you’re looking for in the ideal shoe, but sometimes you find a shoe that’s a little unexpected yet perfect for you. Maybe the shoe’s a little out there with its kooky curved wedge, and maybe not everyone will understand. But if you and the shoe are happy together, that’s what counts. In time, hopefully the rest of the world will come to recognize that while they might not want to walk in your shoes, it won’t affect the relationship they have with their favorite shoes to let you wear your shoes. Everyone should be able to marry…ahem, I mean wear whatever shoes they want, don’t you think? For example, some people might wonder: Sarah, why did you choose those shoes? There are way more comfortable shoes out there. But then I might wonder: Why did you choose those Crocs when every single other shoe in the world is more attractive? Maybe neither choice makes sense, but that’s because neither one is a choice. Nobody really chooses to be uncomfortable or to look unfashionable; it’s just what happens when you wear the shoes you truly love.
This may or may not be a metaphor or pretext for another social issue. But I also just really love these shoes. The end.
Check back later today for the second weekly round-up of my Take One, Pass it On remix challenge, including new blogger links.
Shirt: Prabal Gurung for Target
Jacket: La Redoute (similar)
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Violet & Red
As much I love suede, calf hair, and leather (real or faux) on my feet, it’s always good to have some shoes made of cheap man-made materials. If I’ve learned one thing living in Indiana for 9 years, it’s to expect the unexpected, especially in the winter. After my recent snow boot fail, I had decided to forget about trying to follow the weather forecast. I saw some snowflakes out the window, so I went for these all-weather heels in the hopes that not too much more would fall. I survived. Maybe “snow pumps” will become the new thing.
(Or maybe not. The future lawyer in me sees a lot of liability issues with marketing stilettos for icy conditions. Let’s scratch that idea. Snow strut at your own risk.)
Dress: Target (similar here and here)
Necklace: Target (bought recently but can’t find it online)
Shoes: Macy’s Style & Co. (similar)
Belt: came with another dress (similar)
Tights: Frenchi (If you’re in the market for some new black opaque tights, I recommend these! They’re really sturdy feeling and the waist band is super comfy. Pretty warm too.)
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I didn’t mean for this outfit to be so J. Crew heavy, but it happens sometimes and I’m not mad about it.
I wore this for another museum date, this time to the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. I’ve been living in Indianapolis for more than 3 years, and I still hadn’t been there until this weekend. I found out recently that students at my university get in for free, so I really had no excuse not to go.
Plus, you might have already guessed this because of my dark complexion and affinity for spear fishing, but I am 1/16 Native American. I love any excuse to learn more about “my people”! The exhibits were really interesting, although I was a tad disappointed that there weren’t many artifacts from the Cherokee (which is the tribe that my great-great-grandmother was a member of).
Still, the museum was really great and I’ll definitely go back. In the photo below, you’ll see a few snapshots of my favorite things at the Eiteljorg, including some interactive basket weaving. Clearly it comes naturally to me because of my heritage.
Sweater: J. Crew Factory (on sale!)
Scarf: Target, old (similar)
Skirt: Webster for Target, old (similar)
Tights: Simply Vera, old (similar)
Shoes: J. Crew
Bracelets: J. Crew, Stephan & Co.
Coat: Tulle, old (similar)
You could say these photos are dark and grainy, but I like to think they’re lit gently by the twinkling Christmas tree and covered in an aura of holiday cheer. I went to a Christmas party on Saturday and I’ve been dying to share my festive look. You might have noticed a few skipped days recently, and a lot of very casual outfits. Needless to say, this clotheshorse jumped on the chance to dress up.
You’ve seen this dress before in a more casual look, but I think it’s pulling off this whole fancy thing pretty well. Personally, I don’t think a dress has to be tight or showy to be a little bit sexy. The bold tights and great heels draw attention to my legs (which are like 2 feet long but I work with what I got), and with some great waves and a little sassy makeup…not gonna lie, I felt pretty fabulous. Shout out to my friend Lauren and her roommate for throwing a fun party!
Has anyone else been to a holiday party yet? If you blog, leave me a link in the comments – I’d love to see what you wore!
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Kristin’s last performance of Rocky Horror was yesterday, so I went to see her in all her raunchy glory one more time. (In case you missed it, here‘s a peek at her costume.) I was a bit overdressed (story of my life) for a Sunday matinee, but I just bought this dress and I was desperate for an excuse to wear it.
Sometimes when I wear something new for the first time, I like to pair it with something old that I haven’t worn in awhile. Maybe I subconsciously feel guilty for neglecting my old clothes in favor of the new ones. It’s kind of like when parents have a second child, and they just let the first one play in traffic and eat cigarette butts. That behavior is generally frowned upon, and so too should ignoring old but cute purple ankle boots like these.
I hope everyone has a great week! In case you were wondering, my week will be spent in sunny Florida! Yep, as you are reading this, I might be flying over you. For the next few days, you can look forward to some vacation photos, including a historic event: my very first visit to Disney World. Stay tuned!
Coat: J. Crew
Tights: old (similar)
Boots: old (similar)