Red, White, & Blue

With Fourth of July weekend creeping up on us, I figured I’d share another dose of Americana outfit inspiration! I’m typically one to wear red, white, and blue outfits all summer long, but the color combination is specifically appropriate over the holiday weekend for cookouts with friends, family BBQs, and fireworks.

I styled this blue and white gingham skirt for a more work-approrpiate setting a few weeks ago, but it’s been on repeat for the weekends, too. Tying a little knot in my tee shirts has been one of my favorite ways to spice up an ordinary look instead of simply tucking my tee into my skirts, shorts, or pants. It’s so nice not to worry about constantly re-tucking, too!

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Summer BBQ Essentials

I’m still working to finalize my summertime bucket list to share with you guys, but hosting a rooftop BBQ for my friends is at the top of my list! With my move smackdab in the middle of the summer last year, I feel like the season slipped away before I was able to take advantage of all of the things I wanted to do both in New York before I left and Chicago after I arrived.

After having real Memphis BBQ in Chicago a few weeks ago, I’ve had my mind (and appetite!) set on hosting a get-together with friends, complete with all of the mouth-watering southern food!

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I Scream, You Scream

If there’s one thing other than rosé that I absolutely cannot resist in the summer, it’s an ice cream cone! When I lived in New York, Mister Softee was my JAM. I moved to New York in the summer and there was a Mister Softee truck right outside of my L-train station (14th & 1St!) almost every day on my way home from work. While I wouldn’t allow myself to get one every day, it was way too tempting to grab a soft-serve cone with sprinkles after climbing out of the humid subway station. When I lived on the LES, Morgenstern’s was a stop I made far too frequently. And Davey’s in the East Village was a favorite, too!

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Summer Weddings

When it comes to summer weddings, I try to find dresses that can work for a bunch of different occasions. I hate buying a dress just to wear it once! I try to find a pretty dress that isn’t too loud or attention-grabbing (it’s the bride’s big day, after all!), and pair it with a few simple and sleek accessories.

I hadn’t shopped on Modcloth in a while, but I was so impressed with their huge selection of dresses. And so many fit & flare dresses, too… My favorite style to wear!

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