2017 Shopping Budget

Writing this makes it “official”: I’m on a shopping ban. It’s started as a of a Lent thing, and I’m still going strong for the most part. It helps. Also, saving money never hurt anyone, right? The fun part though is talking about the stuff I have bought this year.

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in Bittersweet, $22.00 $10.00
Calvin Klein Shell, $10.00 via Clothes Mentor (similar)
Anne Klein satchel, $40.00 via Ross
Mermaid Enamel Pin, $12.00
Primark Loafers, $12.50 (similar)
Primark Pink Mirror Aviator Sunglasses $3.50
Block Heel Sandals, $28.00 via Ross (similar)
Target mixed lace dress, $27.99
Lulalroe Nicole Dress (new with tags, $48.00), $21.00
Maxi Dress, $14.00 via Clothes Mentor
Statement Necklace, $4.00 via Clothes Mentor

Total Spent: $182.99

I am so into all of these purchases. The satchel has been my go-to work bag. I love my tote (seen here), but a cross body is much easier to walk to work with. I wore my lace dress and Nicole dress to the Blog Connect and honestly felt awesome (oh and my mermaid pin too). The sunglasses sandals are coming soon to a blog near you. And the purple lipstick? That’s just for fun 😉 Anyone else “quit” shopping lately?

~ Sarah


Hello Again

Striped Top and Button Front Skirt | Shades of Sarah 2017 has been off to a bit of a crazy start, weather included. January was cold and gray but dry, and February was almost spring-like! Which is fine with me: I don’t get winter dressing. I tend to just want to be warm and comfortable. This is also means I default to a lot of black, as has been a subject of discussion. At least I got out of my leggings/jeans comfort zone for once?

Striped Top and Button Front Skirt | Shades of SarahIs it just me, or do the corduroy skirt and striped tee together have a vintage vibe? (The photos Chrystina took help! I feel like I was in London, not Center City.) To keep the outfit feeling like me, I added a beaded teal necklace and a bright lip. I almost always have a pop of color. Now with spring around the corner, maybe I’ll even dial it up a bit.

Button Front Skirt | Shades of SarahAnyone  have fun spring plans? I have a few here and there, but I’m mostly excited for warmer weather! I’ll have to try and style this button front skirt for spring. I think a graphic tee would really change up the vibe, even though corduroy is definitely a fall/winter fabric. We’re supposed to getting a dusting of snow this week though, so winter will be poking its head around for a bit longer!

~ Sarah

Top: Primark
Skirt: c/o Tobi
Ankle Boots: Kohl’s (similar)
Necklace: Burlington (similar)

Bold For Fall

Tobi Cutout Sweater | Shades of Sarah
It seems like I’ve been posting a lot of outfits with black lately (I had to go all the way to mid-summer to find an outfit without black), but I really love how black can keep an otherwise colorful outfit grounded. This cool Tobi cutout sweater is basically a perfect match with this pashmina a friend gave me last year. Adding my cognac ankle boots and the matching side of my reversible tote is another fun contrast with my black jeans (a closet staple for me if there ever was one).

Tobi Cutout Sweater | Shades of Sarah
I know that the cold shoulder trend is everywhere these days, but I can’t get past how impractical it seems. These flirty cutouts are a cool alternative (pro tip: try wearing with a racerback bra). Plus, with the days getting grayer and grayer, I can’t resist bold colors and prints — that being said, this sweater looks more blue than purple in real life. I kept the bright theme going with this berry matte lipstick (the e.lf. Cosmetics obsession is real). I definitely recommend turning to bold hues to boost your mood and change up your wardrobe this fall.

~ Sarah

Photos by Lola

Sweater: c/o Tobi
Jeans: Old Navy
Ankle Boots: Kohl’s (similar)
Scarf: gift
Lips: e.l.f. Cosmetics Lip Matte Color in berry sorbet