July 4th ~ Dress Picks

July 4th- Dresses

L to R: 1. Loft $98 / 2. ASOS $76 / 3. ASOS $76 /

4. ASOS $69 / 5. New Look $42 / 6. Glamorous $64 / 7. Topshop $95

For the last ten years I’ve spent July 4th either beachside in San Diego or lakeside in Tahoe. It’s always a day full of friends, sunshine, cold beers, bbqing, and amazing memories. It’s one of my favorite holidays and really signifies the start of summer.

It’s also the perfect excuse for outfits that combine two of my obsessions: everything nautical and Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” cover. You know the one. Here are my July 4th dress picks (which could also be titled “Denim is BACK”) for wherever the holiday takes you, all for under $100.

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Hawaii Happy Hour: What I’ll Wear

Hawaii Happy Hour

TGIThursday! We are heading back to Hawaii tomorrow for a friends wedding and our first stop is a Happy Hour on the beach. I just received this amazing bohemian-chic dress yesterday and it’s everything I could have hoped for – the light and breezy fabric drapes perfectly over your body, and it’s ideal to throw on over a bikini to go effortlessly from day to night. I’m sure I’ll be wearing it more than once this trip.

I’m looking forward to sand in my hair, {an attempt at} golden tans, and bottomless pina colada’s! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Hat (also just picked up) / Sunglasses (so cute!) / Dress / Bag / Shoes

Inspired By: Fashion Me Now

Inspired By: Fashion Me Now

Lucy Williams of blog Fashion Me Now is just so cool. This post was almost the death of me – complete with my beloved Breton stripes, scallops, and THOSE shoes. I had to recreate it immediately.

Take your inspiration and tweak it to become your own – like switching sandals to oxfords, or suede to denim. The above variations will fit your budget, while still channeling Lucy’s uber-cool British-chic Penny Lane style.

Tops 1 / 2 / 3

Skirts 1 / 2 / 3

Shoes 1 / 2 (obsessed) / 3

The Leather Jacket

Leather Jacket

I just love the look of a leather motorcycle jacket thrown over a flirty dress. It’s such an effortless and foolproof outfit. You’re girly, edgy, comfortable, and chic – one of those ‘don’t try to label me, I am who I am’ outfits.

I love balancing hard and soft pieces together, and this combo is perfect for a spring day in the City. The leather moto jackets I’ve been eyeing are $500+ so I starting looking at faux leather to keep the cost down, while making sure don’t look or feel cheaper. These six fit the bill, and have an amazing price point – all under $200!

1. Zara Biker Jacket $99 / 2. Zara Studded Jacket $129
3. Zara Faux Leather Biker Jacket $99 / 4. Cheap Monday Wish Jacket $140
5. Blank Denim Vegan Moto Jacket $124 / 6. Topshop Faux Leather Biker Jacket $94