Bell Sleeves for Spring

Bell Sleeves, Newsboy Cap
Bell Sleeves, Newsboy Cap

Bell Sleeves, Newsboy Cap
Bell Sleeves, Newsboy Cap

Happy first day of spring! If you’ve checked the weather at all, you know that it is decidedly not springlike outside. Luckily, I got a taste of some of the greenery to come (eventually) during a trip to Terrain last weekend. Plants, brunch, girl talk — what else could you want? (Answer: warm weather.)

I wanted to dress up a bit for our day trip, but I also wanted to be comfortable. Inspiration struck, and I wore this dress (you may recognize as my NYE dress) as a top. Bell sleeves may be a tad impractical, but this trend has had some staying power — I snagged this dress from a Target clearance rack years ago. To keep up the seventies vibes, I wore my new button front jeans and newsboy cap. Aside from my Fossil bag (a graduation gift from many moons ago), this one of the most affordable outfits I’ve ever blogged. (You’d tell me if it’d look that way though, right?)

It looks like I’ll be wearing sweaters for a few more weeks, but I can’t wait to wear some of my more fun clothes this spring. Don’t be surprised if this isn’t the only seventies-inspired outfit I share on here!

~ Sarah

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Dress (worn as top): Target (similar)
Jeans: Walmart
Cap: Primark (similar)
Boots: Target (similar)
Bag: Fossil

Be My Galentine


Casual Galentines's Day Outfit - Shades of Sarah

Casual Galentines's Day Outfit - Shades of Sarah
Casual Galentines's Day Outfit - Shades of Sarah
Casual Galentines's Day Outfit - Shades of SarahHappy Galentine’s Day, dear readers!

While I love celebrating Galentine’s, it’s been a tradition for my friends and me before I ever watched Parks & Rec — margaritas and dancing are usually involved. 😉

Sisterhood is super important for me, and my female friendships are one of the things I treasure most about Philadelphia. As an adult, I’ve met most of my friends through work or blogging. The best though is when these friends become full-fledged IRL friends…and then get to meet each other.

Anyway, I wore this outfit to a blogger work session at United By Blue. I wanted to be comfy and cozy, but also a bit ~festive~. (It was also freezing, so practicality won out and I wore riding boots instead of ankle boots.) My love for maroon is well-documented (see here and here), but instead of pairing it with my usual black, I went for blush (or “millennial pink”). The crochet detail on the top adds a boho/romantic touch and pearl studs are classic. It’s still February though, so my cold-weather accessories aren’t going away anytime soon!

~ Sarah
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Top: Kohl’s (love this!)
Jeans: Old Navy (same fit, different color)
Scarf: Borrowed (similar)
Beanie: Old Navy (similar)
Boots: Hand-me-downs (similar)

Nostalgia

Newsboy Cap, Knit Sweater, Oxford Heels
Newsboy Cap, Knit Sweater
Oxford Heels
Time is a funny thing. Sometimes it feels cyclical: what goes around, comes around. Sometimes there’s a clear beginning and end. Style, it turns out, can be a little bit of both.

Take this hat for instance. First off, if you found my blog post expecting me to give this cap a name, I am sorry. Fiddler cap, newsboy cap, cadet cap… it doesn’t matter what you call it, but it is definitely trending. And it’s been trending on and off for years! (Just take a look at these outfits inspired by a 1970s comedy.) A sweet older man even stopped me at Starbucks and told me my cap brought back memories for him. For less than five dollars at Primark, it’s definitely a throwback trend worth trying.

I love hats, but they can definitely be a little intimidating to style, especially if your sense of style leans towards simple (like me). So for my first outing with my newsboy cap, I kept things basic with a bold but cozy sweater and skinny jeans. To add a touch of masculinity, I also grabbed my heeled oxfords. These are an all-time favorite for me (flashback to wearing them back in 2013!). I wore them down, and eventually took them to a cobbler. They are originally from Payless, but I loved them too much to let them go. When you find something that just works, you want to keep making room for it in your wardrobe. It’s proof that “fast fashion” can last if you take care of it well.

~ Sarah

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Sweater: Primark (similar)
Jeans: GAP Factory
Cap: Primark (similar)
Shoes: Payless (similar)