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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Seasonal

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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Design, Seasonal

Star Spangled Banner | DIY

Image of DIY graphicIn honor of Independence Day this Friday, I thought I’d bring you a few patriotic posts. This first one is, drum roll please, a Star Spangled Banner! It’s a totally cheesy name, I know, but sometimes you have to be a Cheese-ball Babe to be properly festive.

This is a super basic paper flag banner that you attach to string with tape. And as if that’s not simple enough, I’ve made the flags for you! I’ve designed 4 pattern pages that make 3 flags each. Just click on the pdf below, print out the pages, & follow along with me, Babes.

Star Spangled Banner Printable

Photo of Banner SuppliesYou can print these flags onto card stock if you’d like them to be a little more firm, but I printed mine on copy paper.

Close Up Photo of SuppliesThen I assembled my supplies: Printed Pattern Pages, Cutting Mat, X-acto Knife, Straight Edge, Hole Punch, String, Blue & Red Washi Tape

Photo of 3 Cut Out FlagsNext I cut out my flags from the printed pattern pages.

Photo of All Cut Out FlagsYou can print more pages than just the 4 I did if you want to create a longer banner or multiple banners.

Photo of Flags in Pattern ArrangementOnce I cut out all of my flags, I organized them into a pleasing pattern arrangement.

Photo of Measuring the Banner StringNow grab your string. I chose a simple (inexpensive) butchers twine. Measure out the length you need to accommodate all your flags. I like to lay out my flags, spaced how I’d like them to hang, & then place the string over top to get the total length I need.

Photo of Flag with Punched HolesThere are many ways you can mount your flags to your string. I’ll show you two easy options. The first is to punch two holes at the top of your flag.

Photo of Flag Thread Onto StringThen thread your flag onto your string like so. If you chose this method, carry on punching & threading your flags.

Photo of Taping the Top of the FlagOption 2 is to tape the flags onto the string. This is the method I chose because I like the look of the tape at the top & because I have been hoarding washi tape & rarely using it! You’re welcome to use any other tape you fancy. Cut a length of tape & place  in along the top of the flag, overlapping the edge at about halfway up the width of the tape.12_fold over tapeFlip over your flag & place the string along the tape. Fold over the unstuck half of the tape onto the back of the flag, securing the string inside.

13_contin tapingContinue taping your flags until they’re all adhered to the string.

Photo of Finished Star Spangled BannerAnd tada! A Star Spangled Banner! Hang this babe up & let your patriotism shine.Close Up Photo of Finished Star Spangled Banner

What other Independence Day crafts or decor are you babes working on for this weekend’s festivities?

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