Cool Girl

Leather Jacket, LOFT shell, skinny jeans, ankle boots | Shades of Sarah

True story: I’ve wanted a leather jacket for years. Leather jackets were made for fall, but so many of the leather jackets out there were too “moto” for my style. Who knew that I would find “the one” at Clothes Mentor? And let me tell you, leather jackets are worth the hype. Dresses, jeans and a tee — this jacket adds a cool vibe to everything.

LOFT shell, pendant necklace | Shades of Sarah

One of my favorite ways to wear it? This LOFT tank works great with patterned dress pants, but it’s way more fun with jeans, a leather jacket and tough ankle boots. A cool boho pendant necklace and wine-colored lipstick, and this outfit totally feels like a cooler version of me. (Those buckled boots by the way? Yet another awesome Clothes Mentor find.)

And because I want you all to try consignment shopping to find your inner cool girls, I’m giving away not one but two $50 Clothes Mentor gift cards! Two winners will be announced on Friday, October 28th — U.S. readers only, sorry! — but if you can’t wait, you can find a Clothes Mentor near you here (there’s over 130 stores!). You can enter with the widget below — good luck!

~ Sarah

Tank: LOFT c/o Clothes Mentor
Leather Jacket: c/o Clothes Mentor (similar)
Necklace: my mom’s, Marshall’s (similar)
Jeans: GAP Factory
Boots: Delia’s c/o Clothes Mentor (similar)

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Shine This Fall With Hair Cuttery

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hair Cuttery Salons. All opinions are 100% my own.

It’s hard to believe, but September is here! While I’m firmly in the “it’s still summer” camp, even I have to admit fall is around the corner. Fall is definitely a season of change, and a new haircut is a great way to get into a new mindset. Plus after all the havoc my hair has gone through this summer (wind, saltwater, etc.), it definitely needed some TLC. All in all, I had good reasons to head over to my local Hair Cuttery to try their new Cibu Shine Blowout.

The Cibu Shine Blowout includes a shampoo, Redken Chemistry Treatment, cut and blowdry. I know, it sounds like a lot, but HC makes it super affordable! (Don’t forget to check the pricing at your local salon.) I’ve never done a treatment in the past (though it has been recommended!), and I think I’m a convert. Even though I keep my product use to a minimum (these are my favorites!), my scalp is prone to buildup. The chemistry treatment and a few minutes under the dryers cleared that all up though!

Hair Cuttery for Fall | Shades of Sarah
This was actually really fun.

Oh, and then of course, there was the haircut part…

Fall Hair with Hair Cuttery | Shades of Sarah

That’s right, I went full throwback and got a real bob! I’m no stranger to shortish hair, usually collarbone length. But this feels like a really big change! Thoughts?

Fall Hair with Hair Cuttery | Shades of Sarah

Oh and that superhero shine? It’s courtesy of my new Cibu Shine Squad argan oil mist. It doubles as a heat protectant and a shine spray. Serums weigh my hair down a lot, so I love having a spray option instead! My hair feels so soft, shiny and healthy, which is a complete 180 from where it was last week! (Trust.)

Fall Hair with Hair Cuttery | Shades of Sarah

So to recap, here’s how you get ready for fall when it’s still warm out…

1) Ditch your summer hair and make some ch-ch-changes for fall at Hair Cuttery.
2) Add some dark lip stain and plum blush.
3) Pair your dark sundresses with closed-toe shoes.
4) Wear a choker for dramatic effect.


~ Sarah
Dress: Thrifted
Clogs: Old Navy
Bag: Target (similar also from Target)
Choker: lou lou boutiques (similar)


Flyers Business Casual

Since Nick has seasons tickets to the Philadelphia Flyers, I find myself to going to the occasional hockey game right after work. I get to work and the games on public transit, so I don’t usually pack a change of clothes. Instead, I dress up my sports tees with ponte pants, a blazer and ankle boots.

Flyers Business Casual

Oh, and in case you were wondering just how casual my workplace is, when I wore this, a manager asked why I was dressed so fancy. I actually don’t like looking too dressed up at sporting events, so I keep the accessories simple (my usual m.o., to be honest). Earrings, a ring and a fun cuff are all I need.

Wild Lilies Jewelry Star Bangle

I love, love star accessories, so when I saw this cuff from Wild Lilies Jewelry, I had to have it. The cuff doesn’t seem to be in stock anymore, but if you’re looking for star-shaped jewelry, I love these studs. If you have a cuff on your holiday wish list, I recommend this edgy stone one (it’s on sale!). If you missed Wild Lilies’ Black Friday/Small Business Saturday sale, don’t worry — their prices are affordable all season long.

~ Sarah

ETA: Use code CYBERMONDAY for 20% off everything at Wild Lilies Jewelry through midnight, Nov. 30th

Blazer: Kohl’s (similar)
Tee: Flyers team store (similar)
Ponte leggings: Kohl’s
Cuff: c/o Wild Lilies Jewelry
Ankle boots: c/o DUO (similar)