Hello, summer!

It’s hard to believe we are actually in July already but alas, here we are and just in time to celebrate the birth of two very special America’s – the USA and Steve Rogers (that’s Captain America of course!).

Today’s post is all about dressing patriotic and pretty no matter what your plans are to celebrate our lovely Lady Liberty.

 

 Miss America

happy birthday, steve rogers (and america)

Happy birthday, Steve Rogers (okay and America)

Our first look is one I like to call Miss America – an ode to the darling Steve Rogers and the era in which he grew up. It is all about pin-up vibes with soft curls, a deep side part, and curve hugging glamour. Happy birthday, Cap – I salute you today and every day!

 

Headscarf: Forever 21 Red bathing suit: ASOS Stars & Stripes Skirt: ASOS Red heels: Nine West Lip: Kylie Lip Kit in Mary Jo K

Headscarf: Forever 21
Red bathing suit: ASOS
Stars & Stripes Skirt: ASOS
Red heels: Nine West

This retro outfit also works for any kind of pool party or beach event you’ll be attending – the one piece under the skirt is actually a bathing suit! You can use the head scarf for a pony in a pinch or to keep your hair from getting wet or too wind-blown at the beach. 

 

Patriotic Pin-up

Lip: Kylie Lip Kit in Mary Jo K

Make-up wise I went for a neutral eye with winged liner, tinted moisturizer with a lot of highlighter on my face and finished with a bold red lip. I wanted something that would last during the outside sunshine hours but not feel too heavy. This lip shade is Kylie’s lip kit in ‘Mary Jo K’ and probably my favorite red I’ve ever worn. It stays on all day long and is truly complementary to all skin tones.

 

Foxy Fireworks

Tank: Wildfox Ripped Denim: ASOS Mules: ASOS

Tank: Wildfox
Ripped Denim: ASOS
Mules: ASOS

Foxy Firework is both comfy and cute and perfect for just about any casual celebration you might find yourself at. When the sun goes down, throw on a baggy denim jacket or big blanket sweater and you might find yourself enjoying more than one kind of fireworks! 

 

Necklace: Free People

Necklace: Free People

I love this necklace because it’s all one piece so it’s easy to throw on but each strand has a different texture to it and it really dresses up any look. Adding layered necklaces or even a single strand choker and the white mules as pictured add that little bit of style to an otherwise simple outfit.

 

Lip: Kylie Lip Kit in Mary Jo K

Lip: Kylie Lip Kit in Mary Jo K

The make-up idea here was more focused on the lip (Kylie’s Mary Jo K again!) rather than a dramatic eye – something about red lipstick just screams 4th of July to me.

 

Flirting with Freedom

Pepsi Tank: Zara Shorts: Custom Sunnies: Forever 21

Pepsi Tank: Zara
Shredded Denim Cutoffs: Custom
Sunnies: Forever 21

 

We are celebrating freedom this weekend and that includes your own freedom to make your fashion choices as flirty and fun as you want. Flirting with Freedom is doing that exact thing for me – while Foxy Fireworks was a little more simple, this look is pure fun. It brings together some of my favorite American classics – Pepsi, cut offs, and stars and stripes. I finished off this flirty look with a topknot and fun mirrored sunnies.

 

What I really love about dressing up for this holiday is that it is really so easy to do – by adding just one small thing you can get a huge result.

There are so many ways to add a patriotic piece to any look.

There are so many ways to add a patriotic piece to any look.

Aviators: Nordstrom Mirrored Flag Hearts: Forever 21 Flag Sunnies: Boutique Bow: Forever 21 Red flower headband: Handmade White Flower: Nordstrom

Aviators: Nordstrom
Mirrored Flag Hearts: Forever 21
Flag Sunnies: Boutique
Bow: Forever 21
Red flower headband: Handmade
White Flower: Nordstrom

 

The accessories above show how just changing one piece can alter your whole look – Try a headpiece or hat for a casual statement, a big flower for a more polished look, some bold shoes if you’d rather keep your outfit on the simple side, or even a blanket or beach towel can be how you show your stars and stripes. Small touches with your sunnies can make a huge impact too!

 

Popsicle Patriot

Popsicle Bodysuit: Forever 21 Maxi: Zara Sunnies: Boutique Headband: Nordstrom

Popsicle Bodysuit: Forever 21
Maxi: Zara
Sunnies: Boutique
Headband: Nordstrom

Our last Independence Day idea is for those lovely ladies who are looking for a step up from the typical relaxed ensemble. It works for a BBQ or party and the satin of the skirt automatically takes it from casual to couture. I paired a fun popsicle bodysuit with a gorgeous satin maxi, a heeled sandal, and a headband with some gold detailing to complete the look.

Lip: Too Faced Melted Matte Lip in Who's Zoomin Who

Lip: Too Faced Melted Matte Lip in Who’s Zoomin Who

I wanted to do something a little more daring and dramatic so I went for a bold blue lip. This particular shade is Too Faced Melted Matte in “Who’s Zoomin Who”. I am obsessed with the matte lip trend because of the staying power – even through eating, drinking, etc. throughout the day my lips didn’t need to be reapplied a single time. The Too Faced ones are great also because while most matte lip products dry out my lips, this formula made them feel incredibly moisturized even while lasting all day.

 

I have always loved July 4th and some of my favorite memories growing up include my mom making it a fun and special day no matter what we did. It was her favorite holiday and one I’ll always carry fondly in my heart for that reason. While I definitely wish she was here, I like to think that she is enjoying her own special front row view of the fireworks now.

This post is for you, mom. Don’t worry – I’ll be careful with the sparklers.

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

 

Hope you all have a special, safe, and stylish holiday weekend!

xo,

H