Independence Day







Nothing like spending Independence Day with friends and family. I spent this weekend with several of my Fierce 50 sisters, including this special lady, Valerie Hansen of Maple Leopard. We hit it off immediately and had such a great time. Visit her fashion and travel blog Mapleleopard.com and follow her on Instagram @mapleleopard and on Facebook as Valerie Hansen.


Top • Dillard’s, similar here, here, here, here and here | Pants • Chico’s | Earrings • Chico’s | Hat • Chico’s | Lipstick • MAC Ruby Woo

Happy Birthday, America! Wearing a little red, white and blue to celebrate. If you live in the United States, Happy Independence Day! I hope your holiday is filled with fun, family and friends. I had an opportunity to escape the Arizona heat for a bit and enjoy some cool, coastal weather.  Such a nice reprieve from the weather and such a wonderful time celebrating midlife with my Fierce sisters.  I’m already looking forward to our next event!  I’ll be posting some of the shenanigans later this week.  A very special thank you to Rob Filogomo (@robgomoco ) for stepping in as photographer.  I had so much fun with you and Jody!

 





What to Wear – Four Looks for the Fourth of July 2017





Don’t you love dressing for a holiday? It’s so fun and festive.  I love choosing outfits for special occasions, especially when a color theme rules the day.  One of the most obvious theme holidays in the United States is the celebration of our independence with red, white and blue abounding.  The Fourth of July can be a grand time of community festivals, family gatherings and comfortable visits with friends.  Summer is in full swing and the parties range from a back yard barbeque to a casual but elegant dinner under the stars, ending in the requisite display of pyrotechnic delight.  Our Independence Day has always been synonymous with fireworks.  Before I knew my history I knew this day was special:  Showers of sparks made it so.

As I was saying, the methods of celebration are as varied as they are enjoyable.  To keep you styled in the patriotic vein I’ve put together a few looks to keep you looking and feeling your best, however you choose to celebrate America’s birthday.


Look One – Casual Sophistication
Top • Eileen Fisher | | Shorts • Nordstrom | | Bag • Tory Burch | | Shoes • Marc Fisher







Look Two – Easy, Breezy Trendsetter
Top • Topshop | | Jeans • Nordstrom | | Shoes • Marc Fisher | | Bag • Kate Spade






Look Three – Ready for Anything
Dress • Nordstrom | Hat • Nordstrom | Shoes • Sam Edelman | Bag • Tory Burch






Look Four – Retro Fashionista
Dress • Eliza J | | Shoes • Nordstrom | Hat • Nordstrom | Bag • Nordstrom







Random and Fun
Cap • Collection Xiix | | Top • Nordstrom | Shoe • Bella Vita | Skirt • Draper James | | Top • Bobeau | Sam Edelman | | Top • Nordstrom

Whichever look suits your party style, I hope you have a very special and very safe celebration.




Summer Blue and White

Blue & White 222

Blue & White 228

Blue & White 230 - Copy

RWB 218

Blue & White cu 266

RWB 199

Top • Ann Taylor | Camisole • here and here | Crop Pants (Regular & Petite) • Nordstrom, other options and sizes here and here | Hat • Nordstrom  | Ribbon (I used 1.5″ but the link defaults to 3/8″.  Be sure to choose the right width for your particular hat) • Amazon | Shoes • J. Renee | Bag • Rebecca Minkoff | ‘Runway’ Chronograph Watch • Michael Kors | Bracelets • Kate Spade, Silpada | Earrings • Silpada | Sunglasses • Ray-Ban and Chico’s | Lip Liner • M·A·C Subculture | Lipstick • Lancôme Sugared Maple | Lipgloss • M·A·C Russian Red Lipglass

And a few 4th of July shoe options here, here, here and here

I always think of blue and white when I think of summer.  Maybe it’s because I think of the ocean.  Nautical themes are always blue and white in my mind.  Maybe it’s because the colors together are always so crisp and clean. Either way, now that summer is in full swing blue and white seemed an obligatory pairing and another excuse to pull out these cute, blue, bow-trimmed shoes!  To further the look, I took navy blue ribbon and wrapped it over the existing black of my Panama hat.  A little Velcro or double-sided tape to secure it in place and you have a new hat.  I grabbed several colors so I’ll be having all kinds of fun with this little project over the summer!

Getting back to shoes, I traded out to a red pair to show how easily this outfit transitions to a July 4th look.  Had I remembered to grab red ribbon I would have trimmed out the hat as well.  Bring on the fireworks!

Have a wonderful week!

Helen