Black, Gold & Peplum

Black Laser Cut Peplum with JeansWhen it comes to trends, what goes around comes around right? I first bought this top a few years ago — the last time peplum blouses and skirts were trendy. I’m glad I kept it around after the trend passed. The new ones are a little more relaxed, but mine is black (timeless) and eyelet (another spring trend), so it fits right in.
Black Laser Cut Peplum
Black Laser Cut Peplum with JeansTo brighten things up a bit, I added my favorite (and only) MAC lipstick — Como La Flor, from the Selena collection (though this bright red is similar). I grabbed my mirrored sunglasses — they’re a lot, but the rest of the look is simple so I think it works.
Black Laser Cut Peplum with JeansI’m also very into my strappy block heel sandals. I originally bought them for a wedding, but they ended up being too dressy (it was picnic-themed, and I embraced the laid-back vibe). I haven’t worn them for an extended period of time, but so far, so good on the comfort level.

Any other spring trends you’re glad are back (or still) in our closets? I love the seventies vibes right now, but I don’t reach for my flared jeans nearly enough. In the meantime, here are some more peplums with potential (under $50 of course!).

~ Sarah
Top: Kohl’s
Jeans: Gap
Sunglasses: Primark
Bag: Anne Klein via Ross
Sandals: Ross

Cheers to Spring

Blue fit and flare dress for EasterHappy April! I love April, mostly because it means we’re one month closer to summer. This April looks like it’ll be a whirlwind: The Blog Connect is around the corner, and before that Easter! It’s nice to enjoy quality time with friends, get ready for a season of newness and dress up a little.
Blue fit and flare dress for EasterFor this look, I decided to keep it monochrome. Navy blue may not scream spring, but the fit and flare silhouette does. (Also the rubber soles on these blue boots are key for muddy spring sidewalks.) To brighten things up, I wore peach blush and yes, purple lipstick (I blame Snapchat for encouraging that purchase). And of course, a floral statement necklace because spring.
Blue fit and flare dress for EasterI also teamed up with my friend Melissa from Skinny Affair to show off Easter brunch outfits (no actual brunch was consumed before these photos.) I love how we both kept the colors simple to show off other details — I mean, look at that lace! Very art deco. Thank you for the photos, Julia!
Easter dress ideasCheers to spring!

~ Sarah
Dress: Target
Sunglasses: Smak Parlour
Ankle Boots: Primark
Necklace: Burlington

Hip To Be Square

Blouse with Blazer for Spring | Shades of Sarah

Outdoor drinking season is almost upon us. What’s still missing? Outdoor drinking weather. When the PHLbloggers got invited to a patio preview party at Square 1682, I knew I wanted to dress summery, but warm enough to be comfortable. I ended up liking my outfit so much that I asked my friend Melissa from Skinny Affair to snap some pictures of me on her phone.

Blouse with Blazer for Spring | Shades of Sarah

This outfit came together because of the blouse. The print resembles flowers or pinwheels, but either way, it’s fun and whimsical. I originally bought the blouse last year to wear with my navy suit for job interviews (always have to add some personality), but it hasn’t really been worn much outside of that. I think that’s going to have to change though, because it’s fun and the silky fabric feels really nice.

Since the blouse is sleeveless, I definitely needed an extra layer. Luckily, this blazer is a pretty close color match, and it honestly feels like a hoodie. I’ve had the blazer for almost five years now, and it’s definitely one of my better finds from Forever 21 (even though it’s only been on the blog once before!). To dress down the blazer, I went with skinny jeans and flats (these are really getting a workout this season).

Blouse with Blazer for Spring | Shades of Sarah

Lesson #1 here is a colorful blazer can be an awesome addition to your spring wardrobe. As much as I love my denim and cargo jackets, they’re not always appropriate. Mixing things up never hurt anyone! Lesson #2 is order the black bean burger and blackberry tequila cocktail on Square 1682’s summer menu. So yummy!

Try a colorful or print blazer for yourself:

~ Sarah

Blazer: Forever 21
Blouse: Nordstrom Rack (similar in a cool print)
Jeans: Old Navy Rockstar (similar)
Flats: Old Navy (similar)