Monday, May 18, 2015

Vintage Sports Pillows for the Nostalgic Fan

The Mad Men series finale has me feeling a little melancholic (and wishing I could go back in time to be best friends with Joan and Peggy). One of the reasons the show is so beloved is that while it literally took us back to one of America's most fascinating eras, it showed how some things really haven't changed.

Mad Men was my weekly does of nostalgia, but now that it's over, it made me wonder, how could I incorporate a touch of the past into everyday life? Vintage sports pillows, of course! I discovered quite a few, stylish pillows that would look great in a den, office or family room. You could even swap them out as the seasons change. They're a subtle way to celebrate your favorite sport and give a chic nod to the past.

Here's a collection of my favorite vintage sports pillows:

vintage sports pillows

Which vintage sports pillow is your favorite?


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Monday, May 4, 2015

Giveaway: Minimalist Art for Sports Fans

When I first stumbled across S. Preston's website, my first thought was: Wow, I've never seen anything like this. My second thought was: Do I have a free wall for one of these?! S. Preston is a graphic designer and digital artist, who combined his passion for sports and design to create striking minimalist artwork unlike anything you've seen before. Each piece is a conversation starter and a playful yet refined addition to any fan cave, office or family room.

Here are a few of my favorites from his collection:

Nationals Park artwork
Nationals Park

Rose Bowl art
Rose Bowl

Lambeau Field art
Lambeau Field

Yankee Stadium art
Yankee Stadium

If you're looking for a last-minute Mother's Day gift or planning ahead for Father's Day, consider getting one of these unique prints for sports fan Mom or Dad. TSR readers can take advantage of free shipping with code THESTYLEREF (valid through Friday, May 8).

Giveaway Alert! On top of that, S. Preston is giving away one 8.5" x 11" print from his collection right here on The Style Ref. Here’s how to enter:
  1. Subscribe. If you haven’t already, sign up for TSR's mailing list. You'll be first to hear about new posts and exclusive giveaways like this one!

  2. Leave a comment below telling me the name of your favorite stadium. Make sure to include your Twitter or Instagram handle (so I can contact you if you’re the lucky winner!).

  3. Wait! I'll announce the winner in one week on Monday, May 11. Good luck! 
Update: The winner is Lora! Congratulations!

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Monday, April 20, 2015

What to Wear: Rethinking the Baseball Jersey

Purchasing your first team jersey is a rite of passage for every baseball fan. It's also an investment, so you should choose one that's high quality from a trusted brand. I recently received a complimentary women's jersey (Go Rays!) from Majestic and was incredibly impressed. It's made of a Cool Base material that's light and breathable, perfect for hot, summer days at the ballpark. The detailing is impeccable and most importantly, the jersey is cut to flatter a woman's shape. In my opinion, that's a fashion home run.

Once you get your baseball jersey, the next question is how to wear it. Can you create an outfit around it that looks stylish and put together without looking out of place? Is it possible to dress it up if you're going out to watch the game? The answers are YES and ABSOLUTELY! Having trouble visualizing how? Let's challenge ourselves to rethink the baseball jersey! Here's how TSR would wear it, dressed up and dressed down.

Baseball Jersey Dressed Down

Tampa Bay Rays women's fashion

Baseball Jersey Dressed Up

Tampa Bay Rays women's style

White Skinny Jeans  |  Espadrilles  |  Earrings  |  Clutch

Are you shopping for a baseball jersey? If so, you're in luck because Majestic is running a giveaway to celebrate the launch of its new Cool Base jerseys. Hurry up and enter here by April 30! Men's and women's styles available.

Which look do you prefer, baseball jersey dressed up or dressed down?


The Style Ref

*The Style Ref received a complimentary women's jersey from Majestic. All opinions regarding this product are my own.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Fresh & Fashionable Team Sleepwear for Spring & Summer

Nothing signals the onset of spring better than baseball's Opening Day. It also means summer is right around the corner. With the change of seasons comes a change of wardrobe, so put away your flannel, footie pajamas and pull out something light and fresh to wear while watching the game and relaxing at home.

It's always a good time to score a new pair of PJs and I recently spotted quite a few options online that are perfect for spring and summer weather. What better way to rep your favorite team from the comfort of your couch?! Check out my favorite team sleepwear styles for women:

Washington Redskins pajama
Washington Redskins NFL
Women's Tank & Short Sleepwear Set

Atlanta Braves Nightshirt
Atlanta Braves MLB Women's Nightshirt

Michigan State Spartans pajamas
Michigan State Spartans NCAA
Women's Boyshorts & Cami Pajama Set

Washington Capitals women's chemise
Washington Capitals NHL Women's Chemise

FSU Nightshirt
FSU Seminoles NCAA Nightshirt

Brooklyn Nets Pajama Set
Brooklyn Nets NBA Women's Pajama Set

Chicago Bears Nightshirt
Chicago Bears NFL Women's Nightshirt

Baltimore Orioles Tank & Shorts Set
Baltimore Orioles MLB Women's Tank & Shorts Pajama Set

What sports are you most looking forward to watching this spring and summer?


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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Easter Egg Decorating Ideas for Sports Fans

If you're planning to decorate eggs for Easter, pass on the typical pastels and add some team spirit! The egg is literally your canvas, so incorporate your sports team's colors or flex your artistic muscle by drawing the logo, a player's number or a scene from the stadium. If you're a DIYer, you can take it to the next level with a photo of your favorite athlete or coach's face. Seriously, it can be done.

Here are a few examples to inspire your own egg-celent creations:

Chicago Blackhawks Easter egg
via Instagram

Easter egg decorating
via Pinterest

Dallas Cowboys Easter egg
via Pinterest

Sports Easter eggs

Chevron Easter eggs
via Pinterest

Boston Bruins Easter egg
via Pinterest

Team colors Easter eggs
via Pinterest

Pittsburgh Steelers Easter egg
via Pinterest

Want your eggs to last forever, so you can reuse them for Easter decorations and egg hunts for years to come? Try EggNots, dyeable ceramic eggs that are realistic, non-perishable and a great alternative for vegan families or anyone with egg allergies.


Are you planning to decorate eggs this Easter?


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