Fall Classics at United By Blue

Now that the calendar says October(!), fall temperatures are around the corner. My budget is telling me not to stock up on too many cozy pieces, but that hasn’t stopped me from window shopping online browsing through the newest items at a local Philly store, United By Blue. (Hint: the Old City flagship also has an awesome coffee shop space.)

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Shop: Moraine Flannel Dress | Rise & Grind Crew Pullover | Birdseye Pom Beanie | Moon Cycle Tee | Himley Waffle Sweater

One of the coolest things about United By Blue is that they remove one pound of trash from oceans or waterways for every item sold. It makes investing in sustainable clothing even better. United By Blue’s whole aesthetic is perfect for nature lovers and explorers. That’s not necessarily me, but I still dig it.

I also love the inherent wearability in all of the clothes at United By Blue. The flannel shirt dress can be dressed up for work and dressed down for weekend brunch. The graphic pullover is ideal for a bagel run on a drizzly fall morning, and we all know I’m a sucker for cool graphic tees. I also firmly believe you can never have too many beanies (I actually own this UBB marled beanie in blue — it’s my warmest hat!). And do I even need to justify a cozy tunic sweater? I didn’t think so.

So shout out to United By Blue for making high-quality, stylish clothes with a mission. These are definitely classics that will find room in your wardrobe for years.

~ Sarah

P.S. This post isn’t sponsored, but I wouldn’t hate if it was!

Romp Around

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First things first, I apologize for this blog post title. This is what happens when I write late at night. And yes, while these photos are from late September, this romper would be an appropriate outfit today, in early November, because the high was 74.

Anyway, I am like a million years late to the romper trend and I should probably have my blogger card revoked. I am rarely an early adopter, and I hemmed and hawed before deciding to keep this romper. Turns out that while not always convenient, rompers are pretty comfortable.

Here’s a tip if you too are dealing with an extended “hotumn:” buy summer items in fall colors. The mustard and darker floral print don’t look out of place in early fall and you’ll feel comfortable when it’s still hot out. It’s a simple concept, but it helps me resist the urge to pull out warmer clothes too early. Let’s be honest: eight times out of ten, I’ll dress for function over fashion. I am not the girl who sweats in her ankle boots just because it’s after Labor Day.

I’m looking forward to wearing this romper with ankle boots and a jacket before we skip straight to winter. If you’re still looking for rompers you can wear in the year (or you know, you live in Florida), here are some affordable picks that fit into that fall color scheme too!

~ Sarah
Romper: Old Navy (still available in limited sizes!)
Sandals: Target
Bag: Ross (similar)
Sunglasses: SelectSpecs (review here)

Bold For Fall

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It seems like I’ve been posting a lot of outfits with black lately (I had to go all the way to mid-summer to find an outfit without black), but I really love how black can keep an otherwise colorful outfit grounded. This cool Tobi cutout sweater is basically a perfect match with this pashmina a friend gave me last year. Adding my cognac ankle boots and the matching side of my reversible tote is another fun contrast with my black jeans (a closet staple for me if there ever was one).

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I know that the cold shoulder trend is everywhere these days, but I can’t get past how impractical it seems. These flirty cutouts are a cool alternative (pro tip: try wearing with a racerback bra). Plus, with the days getting grayer and grayer, I can’t resist bold colors and prints — that being said, this sweater looks more blue than purple in real life. I kept the bright theme going with this berry matte lipstick (the e.lf. Cosmetics obsession is real). I definitely recommend turning to bold hues to boost your mood and change up your wardrobe this fall.

~ Sarah

Photos by Lola

Sweater: c/o Tobi
Jeans: Old Navy
Ankle Boots: Kohl’s (similar)
Scarf: gift
Lips: e.l.f. Cosmetics Lip Matte Color in berry sorbet