Philly Winter Bucket List

Philly Winter Bucket ListHappy first day of Winter! On one hand, I’m glad our days are going to get a bit longer each day, but I know the snow and cold have just begun. I’m an extrovert, but even I have to force myself out of the house to try new things during the winter months. So this year, I’m crossing off items from my own Philly winter bucket list.


The Blue Cross Riverrink on the Delaware River Waterfront is a winter classic for a reason! I wouldn’t say that I’m a good ice skater, but I do’t have to grip the walls when I skate anymore. I almost always end up going to the ice rink on closing weekend, but this year I’m determined to make it there at least twice. They also have cozy cabins and wintery drinks so it’s nice to unwind after all your skating.

Philadelphia Distillery Trail

Breweries are a big deal in Philadelphia, and a fun place to spend weekend afternoons. It’s time to branch out though by visiting a distillery — if you’re feeling ambitious, you can tackle the whole Philly Distillery Trail. I think I’ll start with visiting Red Brick Distillery; I enjoy their whiskey and it’s in my neighborhood. Perfect way to warm up on a winter afternoon. Wine more your thing? Take a day trip to a local winery for a tasting — here are some wine destinations perfect for a winter day.

Restaurant Week

Center City Restaurant Week is coming (January 14-26, 2018, FYI)! East Passayunk also usually hosts their own restaurant week in the late winter. I haven’t picked out which restaurants, but it’s always fun to try new places and new dishes you wouldn’t usually order. Emily at Her Philly has great tips on how to conquer restaurant week too!

Winter Hike

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to be inside 24/7. Fresh air is necessary, though I’d suggest saving a winter hike for a sunnier day. I have plans to bring Arya to the Wissahickon this weekend, but my new hiking boots are begging me for a trip to the Poconos. (Don’t forget to check out my pet-friendly list of Airbnbs near the Pocono Mountains.) Prefer exercising indoors? Winter is a great time to try a new fitness class or sign up for Classpass!

Philly Theatre Week

I admittedly did not know this was a thing until LaNeshe told me about it! Philly Theatre Week makes theatre more accessible to the community by having free and discounted events (tickets are no more than $30!).  Tickets go on sale Tuesday, January 16 and the celebration runs February 8 through February 18. You can see the shows available here. (Bonus: lots of options in the suburbs too.)

Let me know what’s on your winter bucket list, whether you’re in Philly or another city!

~ Sarah



Hello Again

Striped Top and Button Front Skirt | Shades of Sarah 2017 has been off to a bit of a crazy start, weather included. January was cold and gray but dry, and February was almost spring-like! Which is fine with me: I don’t get winter dressing. I tend to just want to be warm and comfortable. This is also means I default to a lot of black, as has been a subject of discussion. At least I got out of my leggings/jeans comfort zone for once?

Striped Top and Button Front Skirt | Shades of SarahIs it just me, or do the corduroy skirt and striped tee together have a vintage vibe? (The photos Chrystina took help! I feel like I was in London, not Center City.) To keep the outfit feeling like me, I added a beaded teal necklace and a bright lip. I almost always have a pop of color. Now with spring around the corner, maybe I’ll even dial it up a bit.

Button Front Skirt | Shades of SarahAnyone  have fun spring plans? I have a few here and there, but I’m mostly excited for warmer weather! I’ll have to try and style this button front skirt for spring. I think a graphic tee would really change up the vibe, even though corduroy is definitely a fall/winter fabric. We’re supposed to getting a dusting of snow this week though, so winter will be poking its head around for a bit longer!

~ Sarah

Top: Primark
Skirt: c/o Tobi
Ankle Boots: Kohl’s (similar)
Necklace: Burlington (similar)

Pass the Wine (Lace Dress)

Maroon Lace Dress for Christmas - Shades of Sarah (2)Hard to believe, but the time for holiday parties is here! I don’t have any fancy soirees to go to (yet), but that didn’t stop me from dressing up with some of my PHLblogger girls, Melissa and Kendall. I love how different all of our party dresses are, but you couldn’t stop us from wearing black tights and suede booties.

Maroon Lace Dress for Christmas - Shades of Sarah (3)
Maroon Lace Dress for Christmas - Shades of Sarah (5)I winterized my fall wedding outfit: my maroon lace dress from Clothes Mentor plus a leather jacket. The lace is luxe and maroon color is festive, but a little different from classic holiday red. To polish it off, I added a matching wine lipstick (because I’m obsessed) and, of course, statement earrings because a little sparkle never hurt no one.

Maroon Lace Dress for Christmas - Shades of SarahWhen picking out a dress, I didn’t hesitate to go sleeveless. Between the crowds and the heat blasting, parties this time of the year can be really warm. So don’t limit yourself! Just add a layer (my leather jacket has been a game changer)… and probably a coat on top of that! It’s starting to feel like winter here in Philadelphia, but I don’t mind too much yet. Rittenhouse Square (where we met before brunch at Bluestone Lane) is looking especially festive — how pretty is their tree? I still have to go to the Christmas Village (which moved to the City Hall courtyard this season), another one of my favorite Philly traditions.

Don’t forget to see Kendall and Melissa‘s party dresses! And thank you again to Julia, fellow blogger and our fearless photographer!

~ Sarah

Dress: LOFT c/o Clothes Mentor
Leather Jacket: c/o Clothes Mentor
Ankle Boots: Kohl’s
Earrings: My mom’s
Lips: e.l.f. Cosmetics Lip Matte Color in wine