Philly Loves PAWS Day

It’s Philly Loves PAWS Day! Businesses around the city are donating 10-20% of their proceeds to the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society. PAWS is near and dear to my heart — I used to volunteer at their Northeaster adoption center and adopted Arya through PAWS. Isn’t she a cutie?

You can see all the participating businesses here, but these are my favorites!

Bing Bing Dim Sum (East Passayunk)
My friends and I tried Bing Bing during East Passayunk Restaurant Week. I recommend the scarlet dumplings and the pork noodles.

Cantina Los Caballitos (East Passayunk)
One of my favorite Mexican places in Philadelphia. The nachos, the margaritas. Yes, please.

Evil Genius Beer Company (Fishtown)
Okay, I haven’t technically been here yet, but I’ve heard good things! It’s definitely on my list this summer.

Joe’s Steaks and Soda (Fishtown & Northeast Philadelphia)
Come here for the milkshakes (banana especially), not the steaks.

Schmear It (University City & food truck)
The schmears here are amazing, and the guys who run it are the nicest. My favorite schmear? The French toast, but hold the walnuts.

Smak Parlour (Old City)
I love this little boutique. Most of my purchases here have been accessories, but they have their own clothing line and it’s awesome. Perfect for anyone with an appreciation for pin-up fashion.

~ Sarah

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

2017 Shopping Budget

Writing this makes it “official”: I’m on a shopping ban. It’s started as a of a Lent thing, and I’m still going strong for the most part. It helps. Also, saving money never hurt anyone, right? The fun part though is talking about the stuff I have bought this year.

Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in Bittersweet, $22.00 $10.00
Calvin Klein Shell, $10.00 via Clothes Mentor (similar)
Anne Klein satchel, $40.00 via Ross
Mermaid Enamel Pin, $12.00
Primark Loafers, $12.50 (similar)
Primark Pink Mirror Aviator Sunglasses $3.50
Block Heel Sandals, $28.00 via Ross (similar)
Target mixed lace dress, $27.99
Lulalroe Nicole Dress (new with tags, $48.00), $21.00
Maxi Dress, $14.00 via Clothes Mentor
Statement Necklace, $4.00 via Clothes Mentor

Total Spent: $182.99

I am so into all of these purchases. The satchel has been my go-to work bag. I love my tote (seen here), but a cross body is much easier to walk to work with. I wore my lace dress and Nicole dress to the Blog Connect and honestly felt awesome (oh and my mermaid pin too). The sunglasses sandals are coming soon to a blog near you. And the purple lipstick? That’s just for fun 😉 Anyone else “quit” shopping lately?

~ Sarah