Sarah's Real Life
08. 10. 2016

stripe cotton dress, J. Crew linen blazer, druzy necklace, gray bag, gray suede pumps

When: Monday // Weather: hot // Real life: work

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Is this blazer ablaze, or what?! Man, I crack myself up. I also can’t stop, won’t stop with my love of “rorange” this summer. This blazer is red enough that I think it counts as repping the ol’ red, white, and blue just in time for the Olympics.

Is everyone enjoying the Olympics so far? It’s crazy how fast these people can swim. And I bet it’s even faster than it looks on TV. I wish I could go to the pool with Michael Phelps just to get a true sense of how fast he is. I’m pretty sure he would get to the other end and back, and I would still be standing by the edge. Granted, that’s because I would be pouring a margarita. I mean, you can’t go the pool without a pool-appropriate beverage, right? Right. So by the time I prepped, poured, and sipped my marg, got in the pool 2 inches at a time, and swam halfway across, Michael would’ve burned 1000 calories and I would feel like a complete joke. Still, I think it would be a cool experience. I’m going to go ahead and start carb loading in preparation.

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08. 09. 2016

off the shoulder striped tee, distressed denim shorts, Kendra Scott gold drop earrings, gray Fossil Sydney satchel, Kate Spade Ked sneakers

When: Saturday // Weather: pleasantly hot // Real life: a few hours at the Indiana State Fair, then a coworker’s baby shower, then dinner and cocktails in Fountain Square

off the shoulder striped tee, distressed denim shorts, Kendra Scott gold drop earrings, gray Fossil Sydney satchel, Kate Spade Ked sneakers

off the shoulder striped tee, distressed denim shorts, Kendra Scott gold drop earrings, gray Fossil Sydney satchel, Kate Spade Ked sneakers

off the shoulder striped tee, distressed denim shorts, Kendra Scott gold drop earrings, gray Fossil Sydney satchel, Kate Spade Ked sneakers

off the shoulder striped tee, distressed denim shorts, Kendra Scott gold drop earrings, gray Fossil Sydney satchel, Kate Spade Ked sneakers

off the shoulder striped tee, distressed denim shorts, Kendra Scott gold drop earrings, gray Fossil Sydney satchel, Kate Spade Ked sneakers

In case you’re wondering if it’s hard to keep an off-the-shoulder top in place, the answer is a million times yes. But it took me like 12 tries to find an off-the-shoulder top that I liked, so I was committed to make it work. The nice thing about this one is that it doesn’t fall down, it only rides up, so at worst, I’m just wearing a boatneck tee.

What else did I do besides adjust my shirt on Saturday? I went to the Indiana State Fair for the first time ever! And I must say, I was pleasantly surprised. I never made a point to go before because I assumed I would hate it, what with my general distaste for crowds, rides, crappy food, heat, and screaming children. But I gave it a shot this year and met some friends relatively early on Saturday. We pet llamas, fed goats, looked at  vegetables and flowers, watched a few high school marching bands, and yes…ate deep fried ridiculousness. I rode zero rides and left before the crowds and heat go too bad.  It went so well that I might even go back in 3-5 years.

One of my friends told me I looked wonderfully out of place at the fair, which is exactly the look I was going for. Just to give you an idea of how nerdy and unnatural I am at a state fair, my first photo op when we got there was to take a picture of the swine building because I liked the architecture. Hey, if I can find a way to enjoy myself, I just have to roll with it.

Top* // Shorts (on sale) // similar Shoes // similar Bag // Ring* // Earrings // similar Sunglasses

*Top and ring purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

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08. 08. 2016

black skirt, black v-neck tee, Ted Baker watch, snakeskin wedge sandals, lucite earrings

When: Saturday before last // Weather: summery? I don’t remember // Real life: going to a dance performance

black skirt, black v-neck tee, Ted Baker watch, snakeskin wedge sandals, lucite earrings

black skirt, black v-neck tee, Ted Baker watch, snakeskin wedge sandals, lucite earrings

black skirt, black v-neck tee, Ted Baker watch, snakeskin wedge sandals, lucite earrings

black skirt, black v-neck tee, Ted Baker watch, snakeskin wedge sandals, lucite earrings

black skirt, black v-neck tee, Ted Baker watch, snakeskin wedge sandals, lucite earrings

black skirt, black v-neck tee, Ted Baker watch, snakeskin wedge sandals, lucite earrings

It’s not often that I’m in the mood to rock a short skirt. And this is about as short as my skirts get. Short skirts make me a tiny bit self-conscious. It’s not really a body image thing – I mean, my legs aren’t spectacular or anything, but I have no complaints. I have two of them. They work most of the time. What more can I ask for? We can’t all be Gisele. My self-consciousness is more of an irrational fear that my butt cheeks are hanging out or that someone will see my underwear or (more likely) that I’m flashing some cellulite. But for whatever reason, weekend before last we were heading out for a date night and I felt like strutting my stuff in a mini. And not only did I wear a short skirt, I wore all black. Who am I?? A leggy, classy broad, that’s who.

similar Skirt // Watch // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Earrings // Bag* // similar Sunglasses

*Bag purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

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08. 04. 2016

lemon print sweater, J. Crew striped midi skirt, brown belt, yellow sunglasses, gray Fossil bag

When: Tuesday // Weather: hot // Real life: work

lemon print sweater, J. Crew striped midi skirt, brown belt, yellow sunglasses, gray Fossil bag

lemon print sweater, J. Crew striped midi skirt, brown belt, yellow sunglasses, gray Fossil bag

lemon print sweater, J. Crew striped midi skirt, brown belt, yellow sunglasses, gray Fossil bag

lemon print sweater, J. Crew striped midi skirt, brown belt, yellow sunglasses, gray Fossil bag

I’ve been meaning to get a thicker brown leather belt for a while now to mix up my never-ending parade of dresses and midi skirts. I ordered this one on sale at Madewell in the XS, but the smallest notch was still slightly too big for my waist. Yes, I know, this is why I don’t have many female friends.

Being the classy broad I am, I used scissors and blind ambition to poke an extra hole in the belt. I thought I put it in a good spot but it ended up being a little farther away from the last hole than I meant. Soooo let’s just say I was squeezing a little extra juice outta these lemons. But you know how the saying goes, when life hands you lemons…and you’re skinny…nobody cares about your “problems.”

similar Skirt // Belt // similar Sweater // Sunglasses (on sale) // similar Shoes (on sale) // Bracelet // similar Bag

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08. 02. 2016

distressed jeans, graphic tee, red satchel, leopard sneakers

When: Saturday // Weather: warm & sunny // Real life: working from a coffee shop

distressed jeans, graphic tee, red satchel, leopard sneakers

distressed jeans, graphic tee, red satchel, leopard sneakers

distressed jeans, graphic tee, red satchel, leopard sneakers

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I had zero intentions of taking photos of what I wore on Saturday morning/afternoon, but Kristin said she likes “casual Sarah” so I figured I should be true to my blog name and show you what I wear when I’m not trying so hard. I had to finish up some work for the end of the month over the weekend, but to make it still feel like a day off, Kristin and I set up shop at a cool new place in our neighborhood called Open Society. It has a hip but not too hip vibe, and they have some really unique breakfast goodies (I recommend the basil berry muffin) and coffee drinks with spices and other fancy things, but it doesn’t cost any more than Starbucks. I haven’t been for dinner/drinks yet, but I’ve heard good things!

Anyway, the point is that I did get dressed to leave the house but I didn’t put much thought into my “look” and this is what happened. Not too bad, right? Jeans and a t-shirt are a little more interesting when you have fun sneakers and a bright bag on hand. Maybe I should try not trying more often. Except when I try to not try, then I’m still trying and we’re right back to where we started.

similar Tee // similar Jeans // similar Bag // Shoes (on sale) // Sunglasses (on sale) // Earrings* (on sale)

*Earrings purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Shopbop.

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08. 01. 2016

olive midi dress, short sleeve cardigan, blush bag, pink Ray Ban aviators, half bun hairstyle

When: last Wednesday // Weather: hot // Real life: work, then dinner, wine, and froyo on Mass Ave with a bunch of old friends

olive midi dress, short sleeve cardigan, blush bag, pink Ray Ban aviators, half bun hairstyleLipstick: Revlon “Cherries in the Snow”

olive midi dress, short sleeve cardigan, blush bag, pink Ray Ban aviators, half bun hairstyle

olive midi dress, short sleeve cardigan, blush bag, pink Ray Ban aviators, half bun hairstyle

olive midi dress, short sleeve cardigan, blush bag, pink Ray Ban aviators, half bun hairstyle

olive midi dress, short sleeve cardigan, blush bag, pink Ray Ban aviators, half bun hairstyle

Did I mention I’m really into olive green lately? Cuz I definitely am. Last month I got this olive dress, the olive vest you’ve seen me wear here and here, and a black top with olive green floral print. (You can see all the olive and non-olive things I busted by budget on in my July budget post.) I like that olive is an actual color but it’s still neutral enough that it’s not offensive next to most other colors. I offend people enough on my own; I don’t need my clothes to do it too.

The other thing I’ve been loving lately is the half-bun. I’m overdue for a haircut and I feel like this is the only thing that looks remotely cute at the moment. So basically, for the next 10 days you’ll find me wearing something olive and rocking the half-bun.

Dress (on sale) // similar Cardigan // similar Shoes // Sunglasses // similar Bag (on sale) // similar Earrings

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07. 31. 2016

Alternate title: “Whoops. I like shopping.”

 

Budgeting Bloggers: July

Row 1: Dress // Hat // Shirt (on sale) // Watch (on sale)

Row 2: similar Bag // Vest // Black Top // Gingham Top

Row 3: Top // Sunglasses (on sale) // Sandals (on sale) // Belt (on sale)

Row 4: Top // Earrings // Skirt // Dress (on sale)

July’s Budget: $770

($150 starting budget + $11 unspent last month + $535 blog income minus taxes + $74 selling old clothes)

July’s Spending: $839

I started doing these budget posts to hold myself accountable for my clothing-related spending and for the most part it has worked really well. This was the first month in a long time that I had one of those moments right after hitting “Submit Order” that I had a sinking feeling of guilt. Sure enough, I checked my handy budget spreadsheet and realized I had gone over…like way over. I immediately started thinking of what I could do to fix it. I started going through my closet for things to sell to my favorite second-hand shop (which I did, and made $74). And I swore I would return something once my latest orders came in. I always say I’m not going to keep everything from a big order (sometimes I’m just trying to get the free shipping), but then I love everything and keep it anyway. This time, luckily, two things I ordered came with weird stains on them, and another pair of shoes that were shipped separately mysteriously never got delivered and J. Crew reimbursed me. I don’t believe in karma or fate or any of that crap, but this was…well…convenient. So in the end, I was only $69 over my budget, which is manageable. Good thing, too, because I was thisclose to swearing off shopping for August. 😉

So what led me to spend all of the monies in July? SALES. It’s the end of the summer for retailers and I lost all willpower when faced with those steep discounts. That polka dot drop waist dress was 40% off and had my name written all over it. I picked up a new pair of jean shorts (not pictured) at the same time, and that’s actually something I’d been wanting to find this summer. J. Crew’s summer clearance (which is still going on) was a winner too – I already loved my striped linen shirt in blue, so I got it in pink, plus I got that cute pink gingham top and a striped summer scarf (not pictured). Ann Taylor’s extra X% off sale got me good (no shock there), and so did Madewell’s, which is when I snagged those sunglasses and that thick brown belt (another thing that’s been on my wishlist for a while). And don’t even get me started on the Nordstrom sale. You should all pat me on the back for only taking home one Ted Baker watch and one pair of Kendra Scott earrings.

The end-of-season sales are still going on, and soon we’ll all be tempted with pretty new fall things. Have fun, but…I say this from experience…be careful out there!

Be sure to check out Franish on Monday to see how all the other Budgeting Bloggers did this month. I’m sure it will be very embarrassing for me.

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07. 29. 2016

I’ve just been so busy and important the past week that I haven’t had time to document a lot of my outfits and other shenanigans except on Instagram. For those of you don’t get down with the ‘gram, here’s everything you ever needed to know, and then some…

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Wore this last Friday to work and then to see my friend Miranda star in Heathers the Musical! If you’re in my ‘hood and you’re looking for something to do this weekend (or the next 2 weekends) go check it out. It’ll be so very.

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I picked up this watch (happy early birthday to me) at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale! (See it in action here.)

outfits3Top (on sale) // similar Shoes // similar Bag

I’m kinda obsessed with this top. I mean, it’s ridiculous and the bow is giant so I can’t wear a jacket over it, but it’s amazing. You can’t be practical all the time.

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I called this my “Audrey Hepburn meets Solid Gold Dancer” outfit. Are you picturing Audrey Hepburn as a Solid Gold Dancer now? You’re welcome.

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In case you’re tired of looking at me, here’s the lovely Kristin literally stopping to smell the flowers (lilies are her favorite!)

outfits6Shoes (on sale) // Shorts

Looking for a good summertime party punch? I invented this one myself so you know it’s good and boozy. Recipe here.

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OK, fine, I might have gotten something else from the Nordstrom sale. But these earrings were a good purchase. If you’ve been paying attention, you know you’ve already seen me wear them twice (1 & 2).

outfits8Shoes (on sale)

I went to Ann Taylor to get white pants and came out with a black dress. That’s my whole story. I have no excuse other than lack of self control.

outfits9Shoes (on sale) // similar Sunglasses // similar Dress // Bag

This was probably one of my favorite outfits that I didn’t get to shoot this week! I felt summary and businessy at the same time (I feel like that’s always a hard balance when you’re going to the office in July-August).

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And in case you’re really behind, Saturday was our 5th wedding anniversary! You can read all about how we celebrated here.

Alright, that’s all I’ve got for now! Have a fabulous week, peeps.

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07. 27. 2016

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When: Saturday, July 23 // Weather: really hot // Real life: where do I begin? …

Saturday was our 5th wedding anniversary. I know what you’re thinking: I must have been a child bride, right? You’re too sweet. And yes.

Two weeks ago we were sitting on our front stoop, drinking wine. It was a beautiful summer day. Apparently the wine was a little strong because we decided we should invite all our friends over for lawn games and a cookout to celebrate our milestone. In unpredictable Indiana July fashion, it ended up being 90+ degrees and humid. But our friends, being the awesome people that they are (we have great taste), still showed up to sweat, play, eat, laugh, dance, and sweat some more with us.

The party prep took a little work, but it was totally worth it because it all turned out awesome.

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Look at those blurry people listening to awesome music and soaking up each other’s awesomeness!

gold Kendra Scott earringsEarrings (on sale)

Wanna hear something disgustingly cheesy? Five years of marriage and she still makes me smile like this. THERE I SAID IT. GAG. Now let’s move on.

party4Shorts (on sale)

My outfit choice was strategic. Remember that part about the 90+ degrees? Yeah. Shorts. Sandals. Sleeveless. Still sweaty.

suede espadrille sandalsShoes (on sale)

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We don’t really have an outdoor living space (yet), or even a grill, but we got a fire pit and stuck to hotdogs (notdogs for me) since those aren’t messy. If it’s not the bare minimum, then it’s just not our style.

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Building a deck and buying a real grill might be cool and useful, but adding Traders Joe’s flowers and a bright tablecloth to a super simple hotdog “bar” is cheaper, easier, and cuter, so obviously that’s my priority.

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One of the best things about this party was we got to invite some the amazing people that we didn’t even know five years ago – like these 2 love birds, who accidentally matched each other. They are so lucky they met us.

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…and Nicole, who just beat her husband at cornhole and is doing her “C is for Champion” pose. By the way, her dress has newspaper articles about cats all over it. I can’t even handle it.

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As a nod to the occasion, I contacted our old caterers and ordered the same cupcakes we had at our wedding – raspberry swirl and chocolate with peanut butter chips. I may or may not have had one of the leftovers for breakfast on Monday. And another just now. Whatever, anniversary calories don’t count.

party punch with gin and DIY garnishes

Another big hit: this gin punch that I invented myself. I think it went something like this:

 

Then I set up a “DIY” garnish station with lemon slices, mint leaves, and watermelon chunks. *Pats self on back and has another glass.*

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I don’t French braid my hair very often, but I had a little braid detail in my hair on my wedding day, and I wanted something to keep my hair off my face in the heat. Turns out all that practice on my American Girl doll stuck with me because it looked pretty cute and didn’t fall out. (Thanks, Felicity.)

The party ended late, with a bunch of us sitting in the basement sampling about 7 varieties of potato chips (we both went out and got chips…don’t even get me started on that) and talking about I don’t even remember what. Probably potato chips. All in all, I’d call it a success. Thanks to all my friends who stopped by…see you all for our 10th, and not a moment before!

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07. 26. 2016

white top, kick crop jeans, striped wedges, black Panama hat

When: Sunday // Weather: HOT and humid // Real life: shopping and an anniversary dinner date at Cheesecake Factory

white top, kick crop jeans, striped wedges, black Panama hat

white top, kick crop jeans, striped wedges, black Panama hat, Ted Baker watch

white top, kick crop jeans, striped wedges, black Panama hat, Ted Baker watch

white top, kick crop jeans, striped wedges, black Panama hat, Ted Baker watch

white top, kick crop jeans, striped wedges, black Panama hat, Ted Baker watch

white top, kick crop jeans, striped wedges, black Panama hat, Ted Baker watch

I decided there were enough other bloggers pushing the Nordstrom Anniversary sale the past couple weeks that you would be more than happy for me to skip it. (Was I right? I knew it.) I did, however, partake in the Shopaholic’s Christmas and bought myself this Ted Baker watch. It put me over my shopping budget for the month, but I’m going to call it an early birthday present to myself.

I don’t usually wear watches with big faces because my wrists are so small, but I made an exception for this one because the face of the watch is the most beautiful part, so why not make it take up my whole arm? I also really enjoy saying “What time is it? FLOWER TIME!” as I brandish the watch triumphantly, which will definitely never get annoying.

Watch (on sale, more gorgeous options below) // similar Top (on sale) // Jeans // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Hat (under $20) // similar Sunglasses // Bag (on sale in black)

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