Happy Memorial Day!

Unfortunately here in Iowa it has been raining cats and dogs for the last 48 hours forcing us all inside on this three-day weekend and making it virtually impossible for me to take the outfit pictures I had planned to post today. Since I won’t be wearing my new swimsuit boating today to celebrate all our vets on Memorial Day as planned, I thought I would share two ways to dress patriotic for Memorial Day for those of you fortunate enough to get outside to enjoy the beautiful sunshine, warm water, and backyard barbecues. Have an extra burger or margarita or dive in the water for me! How are you celebrating Memorial Day and spending your extra day off?

HappyMemorialDay-1Hat | Sunnies | Tote | Denim Jacket | Earrings | Swimsuit | Button-Up | Clutch | Cuff | Maxi | Shorts | Sandals | Heels | Necklace

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Thrifty Threads: Stars and Stripes

Whether you are hitting the beach or a backyard barbecue, 4th of July is all about celebrating with your friends and family in your red, white, and blue while being comfortable and stylish! Check out these super cute and patriotic pieces below that would make any American proud!

Navy and White Skater Dress, $25 | Quiksilver Denim Shorts, $50 | Vila Lavish White Top, $30 | J.Crew Swimsuit Top and Bottom, $46 each | Forever 21 Wayfarer, $5 | Steve Madden American Flag Beach Bag, $48 | LC Lauren Conrad Thong Sandals, $20 | H&M Bag, $10 | ModCloth Anchor Ring, $12 | Icon Aviators, $12 | Cunningham Camel Wedges, $60

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Leather and Leopard

I swear I have never in my life worn so much leopard or red for that matter, must be the effects of having a blog that makes you step outside your comfort zone.  To answer a reader request for me to actually wear the suggested outfit from this post, I put together something similar that included items already in my closet: swapping the statement red color from the bottom to the top and adding a leather jacket to adjust for the cool March weather.  This outfit was perfectly comfortable for our daytime activities of running errands and finally seeing The Hunger Games yet dressy enough for a nighttime of steak dinner at Caminito Argentinian Grill and a birthday party.

{Express (Minus the) Leather Moto Jacket, gifted | Zara blouse, $39 (similar here) | Forever 21 Scarf, $12 (old) & Jeans, $10.50 | Steve Madden Leopard Flats, $22 (similar here) | Wilson’s Leather Black Purse, $19 | Michael Kors Jet Set Sport Watch, gifted | H&M Gold Bracelets, $9}