American Girl

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. Not only because of the great past times it facilitates (nothing says summer like drinking American beer out of a can and watching some fireworks from the back of a pickup truck), but  I especially love to have a bit of fun with the fashion each year. There isn't a more perfect day to get inspired by our homeland and do a little over-the-top Americana: cutoff shorts, stars, stripes, eagles, and some glitter - all necessary components. Enjoy a nice mid-week break and don't be afraid to rock your patriotic side.

Land of the Free

Alexander McQueen bandana, H&M top (similar one here), H&M necklace, J.Crew iPhone case, Deborah Lippmann nail polish, Jeffrey Campbell boots, Current/Elliott shorts, Alkemie eagle ring, Rebecca Minkoff purse, Ray-Ban sunglasses, Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale

Pink & Purple Night





IMG_0067 Forever 21 jacket (old), J.Crew top (old), Current/Elliott jeans, Shoedazzle clutch (c/o), Pour La Victoire shoes, Bracelets: Forever21, J.Crew, H&M, Nails: OPI Mod About You

I was excited to find these Current/Elliott purple snakeskin jeans on sale last week. I first pictured them dressed down with an oversized tee and boots, but that idea quickly fell by the wayside when my black disc sequin top and patent heels were calling my name for an evening out. I added this sassy woven clutch to pay tribute to the little girl in me who always named pink and purple as her favorite colors (obviously).

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GAP Jeans Revolution


I used to think I had to pay $250 for jeans. No, really. Nothing was ever long enough, fit right, or held its shape if it didn't also have a designer price tag... until I rediscovered GAP 1969's. I don't know what they've been drinking over there but I do know that it's working. Recently GAP's aesthetic has gone from yawn to yay, and I especially can't get enough of their denim. Not only are the latest styles right there with the times, but they all come in many lengths - including long AND extra long.


GAP Jeans: Legging JeanLegging Jean

To make matters even better, GAP has a love for sales. Unlike the Current/Elliott and Sevens of the world, GAP gets inspired on a fairly frequent basis to practically pay you to take their stuff. I recently placed an order in which I scored a pair of stylish bleached jeans, and two pair of the Real Straight with inseams for days. Total: $92. The deal was so good, I felt like I owed them an apology.


GAP 1969 Frenzy


This fall, mix any of your favorite styles in with your splurges of the season and no one will even know that your jeans cost less than your Thursday happy hour bill.

GAP Jeans: Always Skinny BleachAlways Skinny Bleach


Cropped Always Skinny Zipper, $69.50