Red, White and Blue, Baby. RED, WHITE AND BLUE.



For the 4th of July last year I wore a pretty white dress.  It was a small act of rebellion, wearing a white dress on a day that would involve dirty curbs and candy-stained fingers.  We even went to the beach.


 (wearing: old Milly dress, Madewell sunglasses….but I love this stunning swing dress at Anthropologie and these red sunglasses.)


It was fun, though, being all dressed up.  There were sparklers and too much booze and too much candy and fireworks.  Or rain?  Maybe there was rain; I honestly don't remember. 

I do remember feeling rather pretty and sort of glamorous, which is always a nice (rare) feeling.  The power of a white dress!


Do you stick to red-white-and-blue on the 4th?  I don't typically endorse holiday attire in a literal sense…but the 4th highlights my three favorite colors:  white, white and white.

Just kidding.  I like navy, too.





I like taking the 4th of July in a festive, dressier direction.  It's…fun.  





Of course, once we were finished with our highly professional "photoshoot" at the playground….I was all, "Boys!  Time to go home!" and Pax was all, "not on your life, Mom".



How are three-year-olds this strong?  They're THREE.



And then we all went walking home where Raines pushed Pax off the curb and Pax retaliated with a punch and YES:  GLAMOUR ABOUNDS.



top: Bradamant Bodysuit – the Insider (it's a thong style and really comfortable!)

shorts: old Gap….try Gap 1969 Maddie Denim Shorts (currently on sale)

pumps: old Aerosoles…but am dying over these sex-pot red sandals by Schutz,  or these bright-red Gramercy pumps by Nine West look similar to mine, but good 'ol TOMS wedges (in red!) are the most comfortable option.

necklaces: Stella and Dot Piper Necklace (layers nicely – the length is adustable so it can be shorter than most), Gorjana Taner Collar Necklace

bag: old J.Crew….similar gold glitter clutch

lips: Tarte Lipsurgence Matte Lip Tint in Fiery

On Raines: old Daily Tea shirt, we cut off a pair of Gap's straight khakis (slim fit is perfect for R), and he picked out these Vans in…wait for it…TIGER CAMO (currently on sale).

On Pax: American Apparal leggings, "wed" Vans


Guess what's happening shortly after the 4th?  I'll give you a hint:  It starts with an "N" and rhymes with "mew website".  Yesssss….it's coming……





  1. LOVE this outfit and the idea of dressing up for the 4th! I honestly don’t remember what I did last year for the 4th… but maybe if I’d worn a cuter outfit, I would’ve. Right?

  2. Gorgeous as always- and I LOVE the fourth as my birthday is the fifth! I grew up thinking the fireworks were just for me…
    Love the white dress in the link. Any thoughts for us taller gals? I am 5’9″ and think that dress may be too micro for my taste…would love some round ups of white dresses. I usually wear black- but white is perfection in the summer.
    Looking forward to seeing the new site!!!!!!

  3. Dang, lady. You look *classic* this year! Beautiful (obviously) last year, but this year you stepped it up, I love it. Can’t wait to get my hands on some white shorts and some kind of navy top this year. Good job ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Beth, what do you think of this dress?
    Saw it at Zappos and…I know I’m way too short for it, but something about this dress keeps bringing me back. I suspect the pictures don’t do it justice. Zoom in to see what I mean. Very vintage looking which I don’t typically go for, but this struck me as very Grace Kelly glam. Or something. Thoughts?
    (and a round up is coming, actually….)

  5. I’m wondering when you’re gonna write a post telling us all HOW you get those legs and maintain that perfect body of yours! I mean, is there some sort of magical workout routine you follow? Or are you just genetically blessed?! (frowny face….)

  6. Last year I did full on patriotic. White loft tee, navy polka dot scarf, red and white stripes pencil skirt from banana republic. Totally overdone for small town parade ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. First of all, you’re gorgeous. Love this look.
    Second of all, I’d love to read a post about the man behind the lens. You post all of these amazing pictures of you and the kids and for some reason I imagine you doing these things during the work week while Mike is at the office. Then it occurred to me that there is no way that is the case since somebody HAS to be taking the pics. So what’s Mike’s story? I know he’s not a professional photographer (although he certainly could be). Is this website something that you both manage? Inquiring minds want to know. Peel back the veil. Folks want to know what goes on behind the scenes at “Aint No Mom Jeans”.

  8. I’m having a party at my house with a bunch of friends (and kids) running around outside. My neighbor puts on these amazing fireworks, so we figured we’d better take advantage of it! I kind of want to wear a pretty sundress, but I’m thinking that with a 2 year old, a bonfire pit and laying on the ground…I’ll probably go with shorts and a tank top. Oh, and a glow necklace. Obviously.

  9. I love white too!! I am always attracted to more and more white interesting tops even though I have so many. It’s so clean and perfect and pure. Love it.

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