Graphic Tee Time #4: Boombox Ben

Aphillyated tee and skirt

Hello hello, and welcome to our conclusion of Graphic Tee Time! I’ve always had a soft spot for graphic tees, but working on this collaboration with Priya has really reminded how perfect they can be for spring and its topsy-turvy weather. There are just so many styling options. I kind of want to buy even more now! (I really shouldn’t though.)

I decided what better way to wrap this month up than with one of my old favorites, this Ben Franklin tee from Aphillyated. Like last week, I paired my tee with a printed skirt (those are some tiny polka dots). Since it’s gotten chilly again in Philly, I added a black cardigan (it almost looks like a bolero in the picture, but I promise it’s a long cardigan). This feels like my girliest outfit of the series, which is funny because the tee is so funky.

Aphillyated Benjamin Franklin tee

Seriously though, graphics tees are awesome. So versatile, and a great way to show off your interests and personality! All of these outfits could not be more different. (Okay, except for my shoes. And maybe my poses.) Also: I need details on Priya’s last look ASAP.


Anyway, enough about us! Priya and I are so excited to see the creative outfits you guys link up. Here’s how it works:

  • Follow Priya and me on the medium of your choice (Priya’s InstaTwitter, my Insta & Twitter)… or not, whatever!
  • Use the button below in your post and link back to our blogs
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Teapot graphic by Taylor

  • Link up below! (We’re big fans of the keeping it simple school of thought.)
  • Use #GraphicTeeTime on social media because we’re also big on alliteration.

No rush, since we’ll keep the collection open for a couple weeks. Anything recent-ish and graphic tee-y is a go! Can’t wait to see all of the cool tees!

~ Sarah

Tee: c/o Aphillyated
Skirt: Walmart dress altered to be skirt (similar)
Flats: Old Navy
Cardigan: Old Navy (similar)
Earpins: Eardivine

Hit Refresh with Hair Cuttery

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

Hair Cuttery Spring Look

Anyone else feel like the year doesn’t really get started until spring does? I’ve written about this before, and I really find it to be true in many areas of my life — including my hair and outfit choices. I recently mentioned I was over my hair, and I knew a stop at Hair Cuttery would freshen me right up.

Hair Cuttery Spring Look

With my hair a few inches shorter and freshly colored, I feel like a new person. I’m still dealing with that new haircut styling-learning curve but worth it. (Also really relieved my favorite Cibu shampoo is color-safe!)

Hair Cuttery Spring Look

Hair Cuttery makes salon visits so stress-free. I stopped by after work on a weekday and was seated immediately (check out their store locator — they list waiting times for your local salons!). Honestly, I’m one of those annoying clients — I’m rarely sure what I want, and on this visit I didn’t even bring any inspiration photos. It didn’t matter. My stylist Jennifer patiently listened to my hair complaints and offered great suggestions. I love the color we chose, and since I was covering up older highlights, there’s some extra dimension.

Hair Cuttery Spring Look

That services at Hair Cuttery are so affordable is just icing on the cake. Full disclosure: my cut and color were paid for, but the total was a little more than I’ve paid for just a cut at independent salons. When you’re on a budget, the choice is easy — especially when the quality is top-notch. See for yourself by scrolling through the #MyHCLook hashtag on Twitter or Instagram, and don’t forget to use the hashtag if you post your own freshly updated spring look.

Hair Cuttery Spring Look

Spring is a season of change, so I say you head over to your local HC and try something new (or even newish)! And with that money you saved at the salon, you can buy a fun sundress and sandals too.

~ Sarah

Dress: Old Navy (seen here & here, similar from Target)
Necklace: La Clé (giveaway win)
Clogs: Old Navy (seen here, similar from ON)

Shades of Blue

Alternate post title: “April Snow Showers”… but another blogger named Sarah already took it. But it was indeed snowing when Chrystina and I took these pictures after enjoying a cozy morning in a Northern Liberties cafe.

Final - Shades of Sarah 048It was April 9th. It’s fine. I’m fine.

We are finally done with winter weather. Bye. — me, on March 28th


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Look at how much I’m enjoying the flurries!

Honestly, spring snow showers are all sorts of aggravating. First of all, it’s spring. Also, it’s the worst type of snow (from an annoyance perspective): cold, wet, fluffy, incapable of sticking and giving you a snow day. Rain boots are key for this kind of weather. With thick socks, you’ll stay warm and dry.

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For my sanity, I need colorful layers. At this point, I am beyond done with black and gray. (Ignore the fact that my black peacoat is the last one I haven’t stored for the season.) A blue sweater and white knit scarf help brighten things up, but keep me comfortably warm. For an extra touch of color, I added this necklace I collaborated on with Katrina. The opera length is perfect for peeking out from underneath a scarf.

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The moral of the story? When you get snow showers in April, keep it simple and dress in head-to-toe blue for a dose of spring. A bright white scarf and pastel statement necklace can only help.

Anyone else dress certain ways when the weather get depressing?

~ Sarah

Coat: Target
Sweater: Uniqlo (still available in select colors/sizes)
Scarf: handmade by family
Necklace: Katrina
Jeans: GAP Factory
Rain boots: Hunters

Photos by Chrystina