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
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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

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

Clogs for the Summer

Clogs and Jeans | Shades of Sarah

After buying this sweater and jeans back in March, this has become my go-to spring outfit. Now that it’s starting to warm up a bit (again…the warmest week of the year was the first week of March!) I can trade my ankle boots for my clogs. I bought them almost two years ago, marked down and abandoned in a corner of an Old Navy, and they’re still going strong.

Clogs and Jeans | Shades of Sarah

While I love wearing my clogs with sundresses, it’s also fun to mix it up and dress up jeans with them. To add some contrast to this monochrome base, I added this tiny crossbody my brother picked up while visiting our dad in Costa Rica. I’m not usually one for print mixing, but I think this works because it’s a small dose in similar colors. Oh, and did I mention that floral print fabric is built into the sweater? Already-layered sweaters are my new secret weapon.

Clogs and Jeans | Shades of Sarah

I didn’t want to overdo it with the accessories, but I had to add some dainty gold rings. A chunky gold watch would have also been a fun addition.

Dainty Gold Rings | Shades of Sarah

Oh, and in more clog-related news, I teamed up with my fellow Philly girl Chelsea from Organized Mess to style these clogs. Hers are this year’s black version, and I would have them in my closet if they weren’t sold out already. I love how even though our outfits have similar elements — skinny jeans, clogs, crossbody bags — they came out super different and very reflective of our own personal styles.

Clogs | Organized Mess Blog

Be sure to let us know how you wear your clogs (Priya is a master and has both black and brown clogs), and let us know what piece we should style next!

~ Sarah
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Sweater: GAP Factory
Jeans: GAP Factory (similar)
Clogs: Old Navy (similar from ON)
Crossbody bag: gift (similar)
Leaf ring: lou lou*
Knot ring: adorn512

*purchased with gift card courtesy of lou lou boutiques