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

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

Link Love

link love

Digital Media

A super-helpful guide to creating text overlays on Photoshop (putting it into practice above!).

This guy is fighting back against click bait headlines.


Whatever happened to summer blockbuster season?

Some fun trivia: things you didn’t know about Disney princesses.

A very cool roundup of Harry Potter tattoos.

World Cup

The World Cup final is this afternoon, but I definitely wish this guy was still playing.

For some giggles: an illustrated guide to the World Cup fans you’ve dealt with this past month.

Also, I’m going to miss the hashflags on Twitter.


World Cup Cute

USA Jersey and BF Jeans | Shades of Sarah

Jersey – 2010 version, gift (2014 jersey); Jeans – hand-me-down (similar); Sandals – Payless (similar).

USA Jersey | Shades of Sarah

So who has been watching the World Cup here? I’ve been having bad luck catching the games, so far so good for all my teams! I never thought Colombia, Costa Rica and the U.S. (where my mom, dad and I were born, respectively) would all play in the same World Cup, and the first two have already advanced to the knockout round. With a win against Portugal, the U.S. can join them. Let’s go USA!

In my attempt to dress up my soccer jersey for last Monday’s game and a casual afternoon out, I paired it with distressed jeans (these are a looser fit but aren’t quite “boyfriend” jeans), rhinestone sandals and a small sapphire star necklace. I think it pretty much sums up the sporty chic trend, what about you?

~ Sarah