Minted Art Prints

Many moons ago, I won a blog giveaway and won a gift code to Minted! (I wish knew from which blogger though, sorry!) Minted is a great website that sells art prints (framed or unframed), as well as customized stationery. Well now I’m running out of time to use my code and need help deciding what print to buy!

Most of my apartment has art on the walls, with the exception of my room. I have a lot of wall space, and a small photo gallery. The color scheme? Blues, pinks and greens, tied together with silver frames. (I bought all of these frames at the dollar store and then spray painted them — I am not a gold foil type of a girl. My prints are a mix of postcards, greeting cards, a flower print from Etsy and a print from Pretty Smitten I won from another blog in like 2013.)

So I would love a print that complimented my gallery wall (which I hope grows!), but isn’t super match-y either. As for the rest of my room, it’s pretty neutral colored (because it’s 2017) with the exception of these purple pillows Arya loves. Also, what my apartment lacks in storage space, it makes up in wall space.)

There are a lot of options on Minted,  but you can search by theme or color, which is awesome! I’m still figuring out my art style, but I know abstract isn’t my favorite and I love different brushstroke techniques  (I mean, I have a Monet reproduction). Minted also sells original photographs, but I would rather frame my own photographs. So with all that in mind, these are some of my favorite prints:

Shop (clockwise): Spring In Purple | Peninsula | Ivy | The Meadow | Flutter Watercolor

I originally thought I wanted something purple next to my bed, but I painted a purple sunrise at a Paint Nite, so now I’m not sure. I really can’t decide, and I haven’t even gotten to the framing options! Any favorites? I’d love to have some more input!

~ Sarah

Gifts For The Trendy, Pop Culture-Obsessed Girl

I know, no one needs another gift guide this holiday season, but some of my favorite PHLbloggers couldn’t resist! I put together a fun gift guide under $40 that’s perfect for the television and book junkie or the casually stylish girl in your life.

Gift Guide Under $40

Shop: Print Cardigan, $37 | Luke’s Coffee Mug, $14 | Stud Earrings, $38 | Book Lovers’ Candle, $18 | e.l.f. Cosmetics Matte Lipstick Set, $10 | Dachshund Ring Holder, $14

Print CardiganFashion-y gifts can be kind of tricky, so I recommend cozy accessories or something more over-sized where you have more breathing room (literally).

Luke’s Coffee MugIn case you haven’t heard, but the one, the only Gilmore girls is set to return to Netflix this weekend. And it’s not Gilmore without coffee (or in my case, chai). Another great gift for the Gilmore fan in your life? Lauren Graham’s memoir, Talking as Fast as I Can.

Stud EarringsJewelry follows the same rules as scarves and hats — fit usually doesn’t make or break it. Stud earrings are my favorite wintertime jewelry because it doesn’t get caught in gloves or coats. These rose quartz ones are classy and trendy.

Book Lovers’ CandleWhat’s winter without a good candle? This awesome site has homemade candles inspired by your favorite books. And really, who can resist a butterbeer-scented candle?

Matte Lipstick SetThis set is so affordable and you don’t have to worry about finding the perfect shade. Half the fun is in experimenting!

Dachshund Ring HolderCute and practical, and you don’t have to know your bestie’s ring size. You can find one of these for nearly every animal, but I obviously need the dog one.

Need more gift inspiration? Visit the rest of The Blog Connect team!

Anyone planning on doing some shopping this weekend? Let me know what’s on your list!

~ Sarah

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

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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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