See Ya, Winter

Uniqlo Down Coat | Shades of Sarah

It’s the first day of spring! It’s also the last day (I hope) it snows till Christmas time. Meaning it’s probably the last day I can share my favorite winter purchase (seriously): this down coat from Uniqlo. I have a few longer peacoats, but finally buying a long down coat made a huge difference in my comfort level on those really cold days. See also: these print Sorel boots. Thanks for keeping my feet warm and dry. I hope to not see either of you for at least another 9 months.

Sorel Boots | Shades of Sarah

Spring, I am ready for you!

~ Sarah

Punchy

Red Knit Poncho with Jeans | Shades of Sarah

Welcome to the first outfit post of 2016! To be quite honest, I don’t think I would’ve ever picked out this poncho (and in red!) for myself…but that’s one of the best parts about Christmas gifts! So I was surprised when I liked this present from my aunt so much. It’s so comfy!

Red Knit Poncho with Jeans | Shades of Sarah

As someone who doesn’t play with texture in my clothing too much, this is a nice statement piece that adds variety. But my favorite thing about my poncho so far? It’s food baby foolproof. Both days I’ve worn it, I knew I was going to eat a lot. Which is exactly what we did before and after Chrystina took these pictures (Menagerie Coffee for bagels and blogging and Tea-Do for bubble tea, because obviously…and Cheesecake Factory after that).

Red Knit Poncho | Shades of Sarah

Is opting for a poncho instead of a light coat adventurous enough that I can keep the rest of my outfit basic? Because that’s what I’ve been doing so far, just jeans and a top. I do think my earpins are a subtly cool touch (my mom and I each bought a pair the last day of the Christmas market from Eardivine.)

Red Knit Poncho | Shades of Sarah

Anyone else trying the poncho trend? How do I step my game up?

~ Sarah

P.S. Thanks again for the snaps, Chrystina!
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Poncho: Gift (similar)
Sweater: Target (similar)
Jeans: Uniqlo
Boots: Kohl’s (similar)
Tote: Nordstrom
Earpins: EarDivine (in onyx)
Ring: Smak Parlour (similar)

Fresh Starts with Hair Cuttery

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hair Cuttery Salons. All opinions are 100% my own. 

There are two days left in 2015 — totally casual. It’s not too late to make a change though, even if it’s something as simple as playing around with your look. I love love love getting a new haircut around the holidays. It’s a nice way to freshen up your hair as the New Year approaches, and your hair will look that much better in all of your holiday pictures.

Because I was running short on time this year, I stopped by my nearest Hair Cuttery (seriously, there are at least five within 4 miles of my house). Finding a good stylist and salon can be overwhelming to me — let alone booking an actual appointment — but I like that Hair Cuttery takes much of the guesswork out for me. Plus, they have walk-ins, which is nice with a busy schedule.

Before Hair Cuttery
This is my before picture that my stylist Daisy snapped. My hair was totally feeling blah and dry. Not the best look, especially since I had two holiday parties that same day! Both of these parties were casual and didn’t require too much dressing up, but for some extra I opted for a wash, cut and blowdry. Usually that’s a splurge for me, but Hair Cuttery has always been an affordable option. (When my family still lived in Florida, I had a favorite stylist at Hair Cuttery that I always needed to visit.) By the time Daisy was done with me (around 30 minutes), my hair game felt on point…

Hair Cuttery Holiday Look
Hair Cuttery Holiday Look

I wore this to back-to-back holiday parties, but it’d be great for a dressy casual NYE too. I wanted something a little different from the traditional red or green, so I went with this food baby-proof peplum gold lace blouse (I just wish it had photographed better!). I added earrings and a y-necklace from some more glitz. I loved sporting a fresh blowdry at the parties though — I really didn’t have to worry about frizz or have to fuss with any pins or hair ties. Sure, it might not be a dramatic cut, but it made a huge impact in how I feel about myself as the end of the year approaches.

If you’re looking to spruce yourself up before the New Year, it’s not too late — Hair Cuttery can help a girl (and her wallet) out. Let me know how you plan to ring in 2016!

~ Sarah
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Blouse: Unknown, hand-me-down
Leggings: Old Navy
Boots: Kohl’s (similar)
Necklace: gift (similar)