Monday, June 22, 2015

fourth of july prep

I have this thing for fireworks. I know—most people do—but the sound of a sharp crack and sight of bright explosions dripping through the darkness are inextricably linked to cherished memories of summers spent in the UP of Michigan. Something about those displays in the sky make you pause and bask in the beauty of a simple summer night—the present, those past, and the ones to come. It's been one of my holidays since the start.

There's nothing more fun than dressing in red, white and blue for the Fourth, and there are ways to do it elegantly. For a day on the water, a patriotic swimsuit is a must! Later, change into a wide-leg jumpsuit (obsessed with this one from Alice + Olivia!) for dinner. I also love a simple white cami with denim cut-offs or a sweet sundress—very clean and all-American.

In addition to what's shown, I'm dying for these easy Kate Spade slides (in white or gold). And this woven baseball hat, necklace and dip-dyed scarf would be great finishing touches. I can't deny wishing I were spending the holiday on the lake, but I'm excited to see some high school friends back in my hometown and spend a long weekend away from work! Keep scrolling for my ideal Independence Day menu! Bon appetit!

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