Back in Black

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Greetings, Dear Readers!
I apologize for my brief pause in the promised stream of new outfits, but I have been rather busy lately with gift shopping and Christmas parties and birthdays (I’m pretty sure I’ve been more busy in the month of December than I had been the entire rest of the year). Today’s outfit comes from a very special occasion– my big sister, Rachel, graduated college for the second time! She is five years older than me and graduated college for the first time the same year that I graduated high school. After taking a few years to finally figure out what she really wanted to do, she returned to school at my college when I was junior to get her second degree in Early Childhood Education.
The first time, Rae had a full ride and admittedly did not have to work TOO hard to graduate with honors. This second time around, I have watched her work herself nearly to death in order to pay to put herself through school, as well as completing an incredibly stressful, excessively rigorous set of classes, and in the process I saw her find her purpose in life. She also managed to graduate Summa Cum Laude, which I’m not sure I could have done myself if I’d had to go through the same program she did! It was incredibly inspiring, and I am so proud of her I could just spit. My outfit is what I wore to her graduation.

Here is my designer look:

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Ted Baker Skater Dress: $248
Chinese Laundry Newbie Boots: $55 at Macy’s
Sperry Topsider Twister Leather Belt: $48
(Cutler and Gross Tortoiseshell Glasses: $416– I’m not including these in the price because everyone doesn’t wear glasses of course)
Outfit total: $351

My bargain copycat look:

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Black pleated front dress: Daisy Exchange (originally Target), $4.50
Black leggings: Target, $4
Braided caramel belt: $1.80
Cognac riding boots: Kohl’s, Christmas gift (around $40)
(Geek tortoiseshell glasses: Eyemart Express, from my parents, around $60, which I’m not including, because, you know)
Outfit total: $10.30 ($50.30)

This is one of my favorite nice dresses that I own, and it was an absolute steal. It was missing a belt at the resale shop and was on the clearance rack. I almost didn’t pick it up because it was an XS and rarely does my chest fit into anything of that size. But it was so cheap and it looked like it had the potential to be a great dress, so I gave it a shot. Luckily it fit, but without a belt it looked weird–too long and kind of saggy. It just so happened that I was wearing a belt that day, and so I decided to give it a try and voila- I had found a perfect little black dress.
I kept this look very simple, just matching my boots and belt but sticking with plain black leggings (it was cold!). I think the dress is so great that it doesn’t need to be dressed up too much.
It just so happens that this is the dress I wore to my papa’s funeral, and in a strange way I liked the idea of wearing it to my sister’s graduation because it felt like I was bringing him with us (oh god was that too strange? Do you all think I’m a total freak now? Please don’t judge me if that was TMI and creepy).
Here’s some cute pictures of us at the graduation to distract you:

Note my daddy looking thrilled in the back

Note my daddy looking thrilled in the back

Me with my nana and Rachel!

Me with my nana and Rachel!

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It was so bizarre to be back at my college, only this time it was my sister graduating instead of me! If you want, feel free to check out the post I did for my outfit for my own graduation— I apparently have a thing for black dresses at graduations. If you want to get an idea of what my college is like, just listen to this: the ceremony started with a trombone solo, mentioned porn in the address speech, featured one graduate proposing to another, and ended with someone playing Trans Siberian Orchestra. That pretty much sums up my school right there hahaha.
I have one more outfit still lined up that I’ll be trying to post before Christmas, and then I should have my outfit from Christmas on here sometime by the end of the week… but of course, you never know with this blog.

Pax,
Sara

PS For your enjoyment, here’s one of the rejected pictures from the photo session for today’s post wherein my mom caught me yelling at my cats for doing something they shouldn’t be– it’s a glamorous life I lead, guys.

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