Independence Day Chic

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Happiest of Mondays to you, friends! Can you believe June is almost over? Where oh where has the summer gone...Luckily, July 4th is quickly approaching and I’ve already found the most fitting dress for the occasion. Whether you’ll be on the lake grilling out or celebrating in the city, this dress is sure to stun! 

This sleeveless gingham cotton dress has a tie waist belt and a structured collar with darling pockets to match. This dress is such a staple piece, especially for transitioning into fall later on (simply throw a cardigan over it for chillier nights and you're good to go!). Normally I shy away from dresses that hit at the knee due to my height, but the structured fit of this dress didn't make it any issue, and I think it's so tasteful. For more casual gatherings, this dress works so well with wedges or sandals!

In order to complete the full RED + WHITE + BLUE look here, I had to bust out my Red Dress Boutique earrings that I just received...don't they go perfectly? I've never been the person to wear an obscene amount of each color on the 4th of July; I prefer to gradually introduce one as a pop of color. If you're wanting to go for a more chic look this Independence Day, this is the way to do it. With the insanity of the heat down South right now, I threw my hair up in a side bun and tilted my boater hat for a retro look that compliments my favorite sunnies

What do you think of "Independence Day" chic? Do you prefer to throw on shorts and a t-shirt since you're at the lake every year? Do you dress to the nines for a swanky catered party? Or do you just like to relax with your fam + it doesn't matter what you're wearing?

Ultimately, July 4th is about so much more. It's about more than the festive looks, the shopping sales, the cookouts, the lake days, or the fireworks. Sometimes it's easy to make holidays (especially in America) about everything but the true meaning behind it. We've lost the conviction behind days like Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Independence Day. Sometimes we don't reflect long enough on what it means that hundreds of years ago we broke free of another country's oppression and formed the New World...and it's been flourishing and inventing and succeeding and learning ever since. We are so truly blessed to live in the land of the free. Despite being part of a generation that takes everything for granted, I love the word freedom and what that really entails for American citizens and me--free to express what I feel, free to go to whatever church I want and practice any religion, free to VOTE and have my voice and opinion count...free to apply myself and attend college, free to work as I please, free to entitlement of so many laws and regulations that protect my rights as an individual. It is so special and means even more that many countries don't have the opportunity to relish such freedom.

Doesn't that give you such conviction? I know for me, an overwhelming sense of guilt washes over me when I think about the millions of individuals living in lands that are not free and continue to oppress their people. God has blessed the U.S.A. tenfold in order to give us the conviction and the power to help those lost nations, I believe. Isn't that a joyful thought? I hope we all have a relaxing, pleasant July 4th holiday, but even after the excitement has worn off my hope is that our conviction leads us to think about how we can help--how we can sustain our legacy of the greatest country in the world and help others climb the mountain with us. 

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