(pic of Elia, one of Raines’ friends, taken at Mike’s birthday a few weeks ago)
Hello, July. I’m not quite sure where you came from, out of the blue like that, but I’m thrilled you’re here just the same. We’ve had an intense, crazy June. School ended, Raines (and Pax and I) went to sleepaway camp (Raines is still there actually – we pick him up Saturday yessss), and, uh, Mike and I bought a house. (surprise! haha) We move in next week, so those invisible packing fairies better show up quick.
My mind is currently stuck on spin cycle, an endless loop of packing/contractors/address changes so I’m actually looking forward to a little roadtrip this weekend to get Raines. We’ll be driving down to DC on Saturday – are there any quaint little towns between Philly & DC to maybe watch fireworks and wander around? Would love any recommendations for something…easy. (I don’t think I’m up for the big Philly firework extravaganza this year.)
Do you know what you’re wearing for the 4th? I usually end up in some twist on red/white/blue (examples from previous years here), although this year I think I’m going for americana-meets-rock-and-roll with a band tee and cut-offs (like this).
The 4th of July sales are insane, per usual, which means they’re often totally overwhelming. I found them so overwhelming, in fact, that I wasn’t able to put together a cohesive boutique (see comment on spin-cycle brain, above). Instead, I narrowed things down to just my top five. A few are pieces I own and have found myself wearing again & again, and a couple are just things I can’t stop thinking about.
What To Buy At The 4th Of July Sales
Something To Dress Up Your Basic Tank Top
I have a similar body chain, and have been using it to effortlessly kick a simple cami (or dress) into something…special. It’s sexy, no? (You can see an example of mine on my instagram, here.)
BaubleBar Fishtail Body Chain, $28, additional 30% off with code RSJULY
Warning: if you have to do a lot of bending down and picking up kiddos, it’s easy to snag a knee in the chain on the way back up, breaking the chain. Sooo….best for date nights, I think. (I also love this simple little chain for everyday.)
These Pants Because STRIPES. Obviously.
These bad boys are a linen/cotton blend, wash and dry well (like in-the-actual-dryer-well), and I’ve been wearing them non-stop. You’ll see more of these pants next week, so just trust me on this one. (They do run big. I’m in a 0, and they’re verrrry slouchy.)
LOFT Stripe Twill Pants, $70, but 50% off until 7/3 at 3AM. Really.
The Perfect Summer PJ Set
That tassel is perfection. Just add coffee, dark chocolate and a dock and you have one heck of a glorious summer morning.
Banana Republic Cami Lounge Set, on sale for $49, plus and additional 50% off with code BRGOBIG
A White Eyelet Dress To Wear With Birkenstocks
My favorite combination. (See it here.)
J.Crew Striped Eyelet Dress, on sale for $79, plus an additional 40% off (final sale, though). Comes in regular, petite and tall.
An Edgy White Bag
Barney’s Warehouse is having an insane clearance sale, but I find myself drooling over these two white bags. White bags are perfect for summer, but often skew a bit too precious. These? Just plain cool.
Milly Riley Backpack, on sale for $249 plus an additional 50% off
Kara Double Date Convertible Bag, on sale for $279, plus an additional 30% off
Happy happy 4th, lovers.