Fashion, Seasonal

4th of July | The Look

Image of The Look GraphicYou’ve made your decor, curated your soundtrack, & planned your menu for Independence Day. Now, all you need is the perfect outfit (isn’t that always the case)!

Here are 4 red, white, & blue looks to ensure you look Star Spangled Bangin’ this 4th of July weekend!

 

Image of The Look | 4th of JulyBDG Americana Sweater Top Bra $34. from Urban Outfitters | AE Denim Shortall $25 from American Eagle Outfitters | ASOS DINO Flatforms $42 from ASOS | Riot Society Original Gangster Abe Raglan Tee sold out 😦 from Pacsun | Distressed Denim Shorts $25 from H&M | Wanderlust Slingback Sandals $14 from Go Jane | Aviator Flash Lenses in Blue $170 from Ray-Ban | Lady Danger Lipstick $16 from MAC | Cutout Embroidery Top $23 from Forever 21 |  MOTO Flag Front Hotpants $64 from Topshop | Madden Girl X Kendall & Kylie Biijou Sandals $50 from Pacsun | MICHAEL Michael Kors ‘Large Selma’ Zip-Top Satchel $358 from Nordstrom | Flounce Layer Maxi Dress $17 from Wet Seal | Dolce Vita Open Toe Wedge Sandals – Shandy $179 from Bloomingdale’s

What are you wearing this Independence Day?

 

 

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Food, Seasonal

4th of July | Party Menu

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Hey Party Babes! I don’t know about you, but I love any excuse to decorate, dress up, & entertain. Luckily, Independence Day is a very worthy excuse. So invite your crew over & warn the neighbors, because it’s about to get crazy in your backyard!

No one likes being held hostage in the kitchen while all the fun is happening outside, so here’s a pre-preped & grill-friendly menu of BBQ faves.

Chips & Dip • Punch • Beer • Hamburgers • Hot Dogs • Corn on the Cob • Potato Salad • Baked Beans • Green Salad • Jello-O

The Day Before:

  • Make this potato salad
  • Make these Jell-O parfaits, but hold off on adding the toppings

The Morning Of:

  • Make a boozy Sweat Tea punch
    • Simmer 1½ cups each sugar & water until the sugar dissolves; let syrup cool. Mix 8 cups chilled strong black tea, 1 cup each lemon juice & bourbon, & the syrup in a punch bowl. Add some lemon slices. Serve over ice. (Recipe via Food Network Magazine’s 50 Party Punches)
  • Make your favorite green salad
  • Make/ buy your favorite salad dressing (this ranch looks easy enough)

Right Before:

  • Put out cups, plates, silverware, & napkins
  • Put out the punch, beer, ice water (you’ve got to stay hydrated!), & any other drinks you’d like
  • Put out your favorite chips & store-bought/ homemade dip (I love Ruffles w/ Onion Dip)
  • Put out the potato salad
  • Put out the salad & dressing (serve the dressing on the side to keep the lettuce crisp)
  • Put out the Jell-O & top with Cool Whip & Strawberries
  • Plate your burger & dog toppings & condiments
    • The Classics: American, cheddar & swiss cheeses, lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, relish, ketchup, yellow mustard, mayo
    • The Contemporary: crisp bacon, blue cheese, arugula, avocado, jalapeños, grilled onions, Sriracha, Dijon mustard, aioli

During:

  • Dump your favorite canned baked beans into a saucepan & place on the grill to heat through
  • Grill the corn, season it to your liking (this sounds delish) & serve it with these
  • Grill the hamburgers (here’s a helpful video)
  • Grill the hot dogs
  • Toast the buns, if desired
  • Stab these into the burgers & dogs & let your crew dress them to their liking
  • Eat & drink too much in perfect reflection of American excess

And there you have it. Now hang your Star Spangled Banner, crank up your 4th of July Jams, & fire up that grill!

What else are you babes cookin’ up tomorrow?

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4th of July | Soundtrack

Image of Soundtrack GraphicNo celebration is complete without the proper soundtrack, and Independence Day is no exception! Blast these songs as you primp, prep, & party this 4th of July weekend (even thought it’s only one day, we all know American’s love an excuse to get turnt all weekend long).

 

Here’s my totally groove-worthy 4th of July playlist:

Classic

Contemporary

For the lulz

  • American by Macklemore The Unplanned Mixtape
  • America, F**k Yeah by Team America Team America – World Police (Music from the Motion Picture)

There you have it! Now bust out that iHome & get down to these 13 America-packed songs; one for each of the 13 original colonies! #history

What are you listening to this Independence Day?

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