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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September Budget: Clothes Mentor Haul

When it came to update my fall wardrobe this year, I tried something different: shopping at Clothes Mentor. My closet has its fair share thrifted pieces, but I hadn’t found a thrift or consignment store in the Philly area that I truly liked shopping at. Before I get into why Clothes Mentor is awesome, let me breakdown what I picked up courtesy of Clothes Mentor Springfield:

Clothes Mentor Haul | Shades of Sarah
Clothes Mentor Haul | Shades of Sarah
Clothes Mentor Haul | Shades of Sarah
Clothes Mentor Haul | Shades of Sarah
Clothes Mentor Haul | Shades of Sarah

Dana Buchman faux leather jacket, $16 (not pictured)
LOFT lace dress, $14
J. Crew pants, $20
Kohl’s chunky cardigan, $10
LOFT sleeveless tank, $8
Macy’s Style & Co. dress (with tags), $14
Black top, $14
Chico’s bolero (with tags), $18
Nine West heeled boots, $24
Delia’s ankle boots, $18

Not bad right? That’s 10 quality pieces for less than $160. My mom and I were honestly carried away — I used every penny of the gift card they generously provided (and more out of pocket!), and my mom picked up a bunch of stuff too. If you haven’t visited your local Clothes Mentor (there’s three in the Philly area!), here’s why it’s worth the trip:

Quality pieces at discounted prices. I love bargain hunting, but sometimes you get what you pay for. At Clothes Mentor, it just happens that what I’m paying for is a new-with-tags Macy’s dress well over 50% off.

Everything is vetted and on-trend. Clothes Mentor is a consignment store, not an average thrift store. Instead of being donations-based, the team at CM inspects items and only accepts clothing and accessories they know will sell. You can learn more about consignment stores here, but basically CM does the hard work for you. Speaking of consignment stores…

♥ You can make some shopping money. Cleaning out your closet? If you’re more the instant gratification type, you can try your hand at selling at CM. I haven’t tried this yet, but they do give you cash on the spot for what they’re happy to buy from you.

♥ It’s eco-friendly. Admittedly, I don’t have the most planet-friendly shopping habits but buying secondhand and saving gently-worn items from landfills is a good start.

Clothes Mentor Haul | Shades of Sarah
How cool is this bolero?? New with tags!

As for the Springfield, PA location in particular, I cannot say enough good things about the staff. They are so happy to assist you in any way, and they keep the store in tiptop shape. It’s bright, organized and they have something for everyone. The shop girls had no problem finding items in my sizes and to suit my tastes.

Need more convincing? Just wait until you see the outfits I’ve come up with.

~ Sarah

P.S. Thanks again to CM Springfield for the invite!

August Budget

August 2016 Budget
Chambray Shorts$19.99 $9.99
Cuffed Shorts, $27.99 $13.98
Old Navy Swing Dress & Clogs, $67.88 $40.73

Total Spent: $64.70
Total Saved: $51.16 ($115.86 – $64.70)

Anyone else find shopping in August super tempting??! Stores start getting their fall inventory, which means discounts for all the summer stuff that’s still totally wearable (I see you, September heat wave.) I mean, I saved almost 50% off my purchases this month. I desperately needed denim shorts, and now I have a dressy and a casual option. My love for clogs is well-documented, and well these aren’t as great as my original brown pair (last seen here), I’m excited to add them to my rotation. Also, this dress is the comfiest thing, even though it gives me no shape (as swing dress are wont to do). Should be fun transitioning it to fall!

We’ll see how my birthday shopping goes. Any fun additions to your closets?

~ Sarah