Emerald City

Emerald Lace Dress

I had so much fun exploring Manhattan while I was in town for Her Conference. Even though I went to school in the city for four years, I rarely ventured down to Lower Manhattan. Thankfully my sense of direction kicked in when Ana, Erica, Morgan and I made our way to Battery Park after the first day of the conference, Starbucks in hand.

I wanted to keep my outfits as simple but stylish as possible, so I packed two fit-and-flare dresses and a pair of leopard flats that went with both. Considering I purchased my pair at the Fordham Road Conway (RIP), I was surprised by how well they held up!

Silver Bar Necklace
Geometric Triangel Necklace

I also kept my accessories simple, but sophisticated for both days: my new bar necklace (an anniversary gift from Nick) and a fun ring from one of my favorite Philly boutiques. They kept the focus on my pretty lace dress, although I think it has shrunk a bit in the last couple of years since I bought it. Still the texture is too fun for me to retire it just yet!

~ Sarah

P.S. Thanks for the photos, Morgan!
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Dress: Ross (similar)
Necklace: Gift (similar)
Ring: Smak Parlour (similar)
Tote: Nordstrom
Leopard Flats: Conway (similar)

Stars & Stripes

First, can we just take a moment and congratulate the women’s national soccer team for bringing home THE WORLD CUP?!!! Right before the final on Sunday night, I predicted they’d win…with a 2-1 score. By the 16th minute, they were up 4-0 and Carli Lloyd had a hat trick. What even. It was ridiculous and amazing, and totally makes up for that time in 2011 when we lost on PKs and I cried in Times Square.

Striped A-line Dress

Anyway, between the World Cup and the 4th of July this past weekend, I’ve been in a pretty patriotic mood. My soccer jersey isn’t necessarily work appropriate though, so I have to get creative if I want to show off my team spirit. I also don’t have much red in my wardrobe, so I go for a more subtle look: a pink striped dress and star-shaped stud earrings.

Striped A-line Dress

My twisted skinny belt and dress wrinkles aside, I always feel put together when I wear this dress. It’s from last year, but it’s a classic print and the fabric has a nice weight to it. The cognac clogs dress it down a bit (my office is business casual), but I do throw on a cardigan at my desk.

Striped A-line Dress

Do you have any tricks to subtly show off your patriotism? If you want more red, white and blue ideas for work, I’d check out Style On Target for sure!

~ Sarah

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Dress (similar), Belt, Clogs (similar) – Old Navy (last year)
Sunglasses – c/o SelectSpecs
Earrings – Gift

Preppy in Philly

Pineapple Button-Down | Shades of Sarah

Button-down – Target; Shorts – Kmart (similar); Sandals – Payless (similar).

Pineapple Button-Down | Shades of Sarah

Much to my delight, this pineapple shirt is finally mine! Now I can finally fit in with bloggers everywhere, like House of Charms, Breezy Days, My New Favorite Outfit and many more, I’m sure. Also, let’s be real: the print is adorable, and perfect for my inner-Florida girl.

Pineapple Button-Down | Shades of Sarah

Also, a word on the wrinkles: this is what happens when you iron linen shorts at 5:30 in the morning, sit at work for six hours, have Sunday brunch and then take photos. But hey, as long as I’m comfy (and I was)!

~ Sarah