Party In the USA: And Patriotic Fashion

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Romper: Asos Necklace: Saks Hat: Party City

What a crazy fun weekend! Finally had an opportunity to debut my home with a housewarming party. #housewarmingpartyintheUSA! was the theme! Hence why it looked like Independence day threw up all over my home. But alas, both the party and actual 4th of July required the perfect patriotic ensemble.

One of the best part’s of Summer in addition to perfect sunny weather all day ever day? Summer sales! Asos, has been my one stop shop for all my patriotic essentials and each piece was less than $40. From my star spangled romper to my red dress, I’ve been able to find the perfect digs that I can totally get away with wearing the rest of the season. Some say the world is your runway. While yes, every fashion blogger will preach that to be true, every fashion blogger treats a holiday like it’s Paris freaking Fashion week. Sparing no detail. So literally this past weekend’s wardrobe had been in the works for at least a month, making sure each print and accessory matched accordingly. Fortunately, I had tons of white accessories to compliment my red and blue choices. And what better accessories than those super cheap and over the top patriotic essentials found at a party store for a more dramatic holiday statement?

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Red dress: Asos Necklace: Tarina Tarantino Shoes: B Brian Atwood Sunnies: Rayban

So while this past weekend was one for the books, and truly thank you to all my friends and family who showed up, I can’t help but feel the pressure of my next favorite holiday. Let the countdown for Halloween begin!

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Dapper on Independence Day

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Hat and Skirt: H&M Top (Which is actually a dress) Wells Grace Sunnies: Prada Shoes: Melissa

So I look forward to the 4th of July with just as much excitement if not more than Christmas. Halloween still rules as number one and I am beyond thrilled to start seeing decorations already popping up in stores. But that’s neither here nor there. While some people might find the idea of working on their favorite holiday depressing, I was actually looking forward to it because it was one of the few days in the year we could deviate from our normal dress code of black and white.

But alas, the time came to put an outfit together and my initial concept of grunge red white and blue was put to rest because that included a long sleeve top and jeans and it was 100 degrees outside. So I thought about my blue dress with red shoes and then I realized I looked more like a Japanese Anime character than a patriotic princess. Then I recalled my favorite red skirt that was sold to me during the holiday season with the thought wearing it specifically for independence day. And what’d ya know! That skirt that I bought for that “just in case” moment actually was the perfect thing. So even though, I was rocking both a dress and a skirt, nobody knew and I got compliments all day! And my premeditated outfit of 4th of July Nirvana complete with red white and blue plaid top and denim shorts was still rocked later in the evening once the temperature dropped. No pictures though because, again I worked and nobody looks cute working what we in retail lovingly refer to as a “clopening” shift.

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Olivia Benson’s first 4th! She likes fireworks as long as they’re not too loud and she can watch them behind her daddy.

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First family portrait.

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Let Freedom Ring in Free People

Dress: Free People Boots: Chloe Flower Crown by ME! Necklace: House of Harlow

Dress: Free People
Boots: Chloe
Flower Crown by ME!
Necklace: House of Harlow

First and foremost HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! Fourth of July has got to be my favorite holiday. Any holiday in which one could celebrate in color schemes is a favorite of mine (except St. Patrick’s day. I’m not big on corn beef or beer. I choose to wear green any other day.) I seriously have been counting down the days and planning my outfit for the past 2 weeks. My nails are patriotic shades of red, white and blue. And the amazing thing about having an American themed manicure is if it starts to chip away, I have already established a plan b in the form of those fabulous little manicure pens. I can either cover up such blemishes with polka dots or stripes. Genius I know!

Although today started off with hours on end of the AMC “Dead White and Blue” marathon (truthfully I’ve been having Walking Dead withdrawals and it was just the thing I needed to hold me over until the Fall.) However, I didn’t invest 2 weeks and 30 minutes making a flower crown to lay around with some zombies and my boyfriend. Plus, my family was having a good ol’ fashioned BBQ filled with laughs, good food and hours of fireworks that would make Disneyland proud. I had such a blast catching up and yes even talking style with some of my family members. I’m so proud of them! And I’m so glad to know I’m not the only one who takes this holiday seriously. It’s one thing to be a kid and have your outfit picked out by your fashion savvy parent, but it’s a whole other ball game to be an adult and take proud ownership of this responsibility! From being decked out in reds, whites and blues, to other party attendees who also believe in the power of a flower crown in patriotic colors. This Fourth of July was one for the books for sure. We celebrated being proud Americans, and proud fashionistas. Let the ability to express our freedom through fashion ring!

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Our style has always been polar opposites! When I was pink, she was blue. When I chose dresses, she chose shorts. Yet as we got older we kinda molded into similar tastes. As much as I miss her I don’t miss the fact that I never have to worry about clothes or accessories going missing! Word to any other siblings who plan to borrow a piece from their sisters wardrobe without asking. If you want to get away with it DON’T PUT IT ON FACEBOOK!

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How to make a flower crown (yes, you could buy one from Urban Outfitters, Forever 21 etc. but making one is so much more gratifying.) Step 1: Go to your favorite craft store. I always choose Michaels because of that 40% off 1 item coupon. Step 2: Pick out your floral arrangement. Keep in mind the width of the wires and make sure you have scissors or wire cutters capable of cutting through. Step 3: Before you leave your craft store make sure you pick out something to attach your flowers too. I’ve seen on other blogs people use leather, and ribbons but because I wear it like a headband I opt for elastic to match my hair color. Step 4: Make sure you pick up a glue gun and extra glue sticks to complete the task at home! Step 5: Cut your flowers from your stems and place accordingly on your material of choice. Step 6: Apply glue either on the flower or your material, or both. Step 7: Wait for the glue to dry. As much as you’re going to want to put it one I strongly advise waiting at least 20 minutes to ensure the glue has dried. The last thing you want is flowers permanently attached to your head. Unless thats your thing which if that’s the case send me a message, we should be best friends! Step 7: Try it on, and take a selfie! Share your work of art with the world! PS If none of this made sense to you simply YOUTUBE “how to make a flower crown.” There are a dozen amazing, and easy to follow tutorials. Good luck!

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Shout out to my cousin Josh who wanted me to point out he has style too! Apparently, fashion is more than a sense it's a gene too!

Shout out to my cousin Josh who wanted me to point out he has style too! Apparently, fashion is more than a sense it’s a gene too!

Ladies and gents meet my number one supporter, my Aunt Jodi!

Ladies and gents meet my number one supporter, my Aunt Jodi!