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July 4th Holiday SALES!

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Greetings and happy July 4th from sunny Long Beach, NY!

I hope you’re all enjoying some outdoor summer fun and toasting to the good ole’ U.S. of A!

While you’re doing your best to keep from burning (at least that’s MY current struggle!), I’ve got some of the best steals and deals you need to shop while the Independence Day savings are still hot… and in stock.

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Link Love

Friday Link Love, Vol. 1.93

Friday Link LoveWhat’s better than a summer Friday? A summer Friday before a holiday weekend!

I’ve been packing up a storm as we leave for our annual East Coast trip later this weekend. I’m super excited to spend some time in NY and with my family and friends, but there is always so much to do before any extended getaway. In the grand scheme of things, I think not such a bad “problem” to have. July 4th weekend is always the peak of summer fun and I plan to make the most of it — so should you!

In the wise words of The Black Eyed Peas, Let’s Get It Started…”

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What Fashion Girls Will Be Wearing July 4th Weekend

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Can you believe the July 4th holiday weekend is only a few days away!? This particular holiday tends to sneak right in.

Regardless of your age bracket, your personal style and your particular Independence Day plans, we all seem to get into the Independence Day spirit — just a little. I mean, who doesn’t like fireworks!? Here are 3 easy fashion girl approved outfits to wear this July 4th weekend that are both celebratory AND cool.

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Stars + Stripes

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With all of the cold rain that has been coming down on Cleveland these past few weeks, it is pretty easy to forget that it’s actually summer and the July 4th holiday weekend is right around the corner. While patriotism year round is never discouraged, it’s nice to amp up the stars + stripes for Independence Day in a low key, street-style appropriate kind of way.

Here are some of my favorite patriotic-inspired looks that fortunately for you (and your budget!) can be easily worn all season long:

1 (These would also look great with fall’s cozy knits and denim!) // 2 (Under $50! Belt it for a bit more structure and waist definition) // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 (I love the subtle starry print…)//9 (Update: this hat has since sold out, but THIS ONE is equally awesome)// 10 // 11 // 12 // 13 (Under $30 + an additional 35% off!) // 14 // 15 // 16 // 17 // 18 (Pair with a high waisted skirt or shorts)

AND… as I was putting the final edits on this post, I happened to come across THESE FLATS which are not only perfectly appropriate for the holiday weekend festivities, but pretty much year round too. Remember Monday’s post on POINTED TOE FLATS? Well, I stand by my opinion.

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Happy July 4th!!! I’ll keep today’s edition of Link Love short and sweet as I know everyone has some celebratory fun to get to.

1) The luxury of air travel is long gone. TSA checks, full body scans, stress inducing lines and cattle herding mentality make it fairly easy for travelers to lose their mojo. Enter Dubai. Read all about this amazing global hub and how it’s airlines are bringing “sexy back.” (vanityfair.com)

2) Have you ever tried anything on, looked at the size and were beyond baffled at how that number managed to fit your body? Vanity sizing has taken over American brands and the darling of retail, J.Crew is not immune to this trend. Meet the 000. (Jcrewaficionada.blogspot.com)

3) I cannot get over how complex dating has become in the past 10 years.  Social media and the internet has completely changed the way we meet new people, interact with each other and yes, date. Tinder, which has billed itself as the first “non-sketchy” dating app/site for women has proven that nothing is exactly as it seems. Ironically, the site which was supposed to empower women was founded by men who look to do the opposite. (nymag.com)

4) Want to know what the guys are like in random cities across the country? Check out THIS map of hashtag evaluations! (time.com)

5) What better way to show your patriotic spirit than supporting the American economy with serious retail therapy! Here is a comprehensive list of the best sales that you MUST check out this weekend. (fashionista.com)

6) One of my go-to hairstyles each summer when the humidity kicks in and my hair just won’t cooperate is the ponytail. Fortunately, ponytails are not just for the schoolgirls anymore. Here’s a simple tutorial on how to boost the sophistication factor and create the perfect textured ponytail. (birdie.com)

7) 3-ingredients? Refreshingly cold? Can be served with vodka? Why, hello there delicious watermelon granita! (thekitchn.com)

Be festive. Be safe. Be right back here on Monday 🙂

XOXO,

Stella

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Independence Day Style 2014 (#Merica)

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Is it just me, or does it feel like everyone is either out of town, headed out of town, or closing shop early in advance of the July 4th weekend? Independence Day and the associated long holiday weekend has always been one of my favorite parts of the summer.  Between casual pool parties, barbecues with friends and family, parades and ideal beach weather, there is always so much going on whether you’re staying local, or escaping for a few days.  My only complaint about the holiday is the terrible, kitschy clothing that I’ve seen marketed in stores.  No, I’m sorry, I don’t need a t-shirt emblazoned with a rhinestone studded American flag to display my patriotism.  Sparkly firework graphics on my dress don’t make me any more more “American.”  Let’s not forget about that terrible holiday themed light-up “flair”- earrings, pins, headbands in assorted combinations of red, white and blue. Blech.

Not to poo-poo the Americana, but I think we can all take a slightly more low-key, less obvious approach to displaying our American pride.  No bells, no whistles, no illuminated details, just straight up good style. Now, that’s what I call American.

Independence Day 2014

 

DAY: Bikini Top / String Bottom / Tank Top / Skirt / Sandals / Beach Tote / Towel / Panama Hat

NIGHT: Dress / Wedges / Clutch / Ear Cuffs

How will YOU be displaying your pride for the good ‘ole U-S-of-A this holiday weekend?!

XOXO,

Stella