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Independence Day

Stripe keyhole hi-lo tank GAP
Stripe keyhole hi-lo tank

It seems like only yesterday everyone (myself included) was longing for winter to retreat while eagerly anticipating spring. I cannot believe that we are halfway through the year and are approaching July 4th already.

When we were little, my brother and I couldn’t wait until the 4th of July. You see the approach of July 4th meant we would get new threads to wear (is this term even used anymore) plus, if we were good we would get to go the annual parade (a big hoopla in our little town).

“Good” was a subjective term in our household because our mother would constantly threaten us until it was time to leave with (and you have to read the following with an irritating nasal-like voice): “if you don’t do this”, “if you don’t do that”, “if you don’t behave…” or “if you don’t stop…” and on and on it went. It was too much pressure for a little kid who was a mite overly excited to wear red, white & blue then dream of going to a parade, cookout, park and fireworks…geez one would think she could cut us a little break.

LC Lauren Conrad Cuffed Denim Shorts Kohl's
LC Lauren Conrad Cuffed Denim Shorts
Star print chambray boyfriend shirt Gap
Star print chambray boyfriend shirt
Harriet Plunge Striped Jersey Maxi Dress
Harriet Plunge Striped Jersey Maxi Dress

When the fire trucks, scattered throughout the parade, would pass by they always tossed candy to the children and one or two inebriated adults. Looking back I have to wonder “what were they thinking” because we would literally end up in a brouhaha that would put the WWW wrestlers to shame, it was a fight to the death over candy.

Watching the parade then enjoying a cookout at my aunt’s house was fun but what we really looked forward to was the carnival just down the street from her home. This was where we would play those games (we could never win) for the “big” prizes on display but we always fell short. Cotton candy, rides, hot dogs, snow cones, fire crackers, carnival music, creepy clowns, all the sounds and smells of the midway, it was good times.

Flat Slingback Sandal Victorias Secret
Flat Slingback Sandal
Victorias Secret
Urban Expressions Marina Clutch from DSW
Urban Expressions Marina Clutch
Tasseled Straw Sun Hat FOREVER21
Tasseled Straw Sun Hat
Kelly & Katie Sequin Stripe Clutch DSW
Kelly & Katie Sequin Stripe Clutch
Tiki Room Braided Sandals FOREVER21
Tiki Room Braided Sandals

The finale of the day of course was the fireworks. To this day I don’t know why each year I worked myself up into a tizzy about this event. From the time they started shooting them off until it ended I would jump, scream and run because I did not want to end up a casualty of a stray spark. Quiet as it’s kept they still cause me some apprehension but when my kids were little I told myself “I had to be strong for children” but in reality they kept me in check – pathetic I know.

Jennifer Lopez Bootcut Jeans Kohls
Jennifer Lopez Bootcut Jeans

As I was recalling some of these fond memories I thought why not put together a couple of different outfits for July 4th. I’m not sure yet what I’m going to wear on Friday but this one thing you can be sure of is that it will be something that will allow me to have some semblance of cool even if I don’t feel it.

Navy and white are such crisp, clean, breezy, fun looks with red or pops of bright green, yellow or even pink or orange you’re only limited by your imagination. So if you’ve been wondering what to wear on our upcoming Independence Day I’ve picked out a few interchangeable pieces (pictured throughout the post) to get your creative juices flowing. There are 2 tops, 1 maxi dress, 1 pair of jeans, 1 pair of denim shorts, 2 pairs of sandals, 2 bags, 1 hat and images of holiday inspired nails. Descriptions of each picture are below:

Stripe keyhole hi-lo tank – The tank is a navy & white striped jersey with a scooped neckline, longer flared hem in back, straps criss-cross in back, low keyhole detailing in back and seam down center back. I would wear this tank with the denim shorts, jeans or even a skirt. For cooler evenings you could throw on a denim or motto jacket. This top reminds me of a few that I currently have that are very cool and comfortable in the heat and humidity.

  • LC Lauren Conrad Cuffed Denim Shorts – Dark stretchy denim (YAY) with cuffed hems, 5 pockets and complementing belt would work with the striped tank, chambray shirt, straw hat, sandals.

Star Print Chambray Boyfriend Shirt – I love this shirt with the white star print detailing. In addition to wearing it with the shorts and jeans it would also work layered over the maxi dress or with the tank top. If I wore it with the dress I would leave it unbuttoned, roll up the sleeves, and tie it.

Red, White & Blue Bows coloresdecarol via Pinterest
Red, White & Blue Bows
coloresdecarol via Pinterest
Bold Stripes & Stars via Pinterest
Bold Stripes & Stars
via Pinterest

Harriet Plunge Striped Jersey Maxi Dress – Of course I had to pick a maxi dress (love ’em)! This one is navy with white stripes and it does have a plunging neckline (depending on how low it plunges I might consider a cami or bandeau underneath but that’s just me). This dress from will look nice with flat or heeled sandals and I could so see myself wearing the hat with it. In the evening I would glam it up a bit with dangling earrings, lovely wrap and a metallic clutch just to punch it up a bit.

Flat Slingback Sandal – I have always liked slingbacks I think they’re sexy. These from Victoria’s Secret are white and embellished with sparkling stones. Who needs glass slippers when you’re rockin’ these babies? I’d wear them with any of the pieces featured here.

Urban Expressions Marina Clutch – This little navy and natural woven striped straw clutch from DSW is in a word stylish! With its wooden handle and spacious interior all I can say is um um um.

Tasseled Straw Sun Hat – Head out for some sun with this open-woven straw sun hat. A slender braided hat band with playful tassels and metallic accents finish this warm-weather staple.

Kelly and Katie Sequin Stripe Cutch – I have this identical straw & navy sequin handbag in a tote version and it screams summer chic. The clutch appears to be a smaller version of the tote. It has a chain link strap with a turnlock closure.

Tiki Room Braided Sandals – These tan thong sandals feature a woven pattern and braided trim. Complete with a back zipper. Like the other sandals in today’s post these are interchangeable.

Jennifer Lopez Bootcut Jeans – I must be honest here and say that I wouldn’t be caught dead in denim jeans in the summer. While I love the look of white denim I couldn’t tolerate the heat so alas, no white jeans or any kind for matter for me during summer. For those of you who can enjoy wearing them your options are endless as to what tops you could pair with them and again they’d go with the sandals or even a nice pair of sneakers.

Since I didn’t choose any red accents for today’s post I thought I’d show some nail art incorporating red, white & blue. The image with the bows has navy polish from the nail bed up to just below the tips. The tips themselves are red, white & blue stripes with a white bow painted centered on top of the stripes.

The second set of nails features bold red and white stripes and the tips are navy blue background with white stars. Very festive.

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”  ~Elmer Davis



3 thoughts on “Nautical

  1. Lovely story. Its just so easy to be delighted as a child. What seems so simple to us today, was nothing pure excitement, curiosity and fun you’re younger.

  2. Great selections Steph. I love the DSW clutch and the striped top. Ok, I like everything you chose. Do you dress in red white and blue. I am working on getting my “duds” ( does anyone say THAT anymore) for Friday. Hope you have a great week.
    from the link up, jess
    please stop by

    1. Hey Jess, great to hear from you. Not sure if I’m going to do red, white, blue but I am toying with the idea. Duds – LOL I was gonna use that word but I thought the younger generation wouldn’t know what it meant ;-). I will stop by when I get back from the store.

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