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Fourth of July Lookbook

Hello readers,

The Fourth of July is quickly approaching, so be prepared for a wave of red, white, blue, stars and stripes. But I prefer to be a bit less obvious when I get dressed for Independence Day. So here are some outfits to give you a bit of inspiration, whether you are celebrating the Fourth or just going to a barbecue or the park. The good thing about subtlety when choosing your outfit is that you can wear it for any occasion (no shame in being an outfit repeater!). As always, I will link what is available!

Outfit 1: Pretty in Plaid

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I love this Forever 21 dress (which has a patriotic color scheme) because it can be worn several ways. It can be buttoned up to be a dress or worn open and used as a layering device. For this outfit, I chose the latter option. Underneath, I wore a Free People crop top with a bull on it. This shirt reminds me of the Wild West, which is quite an American theme. I paired this with a pair of shorts that I cut out of thrifted Guess jeans. I finished the outfit with a pair of gladiator sandal Birkenstocks and a crystal necklace.

Outfit 2: Sugar, Stripes and Everything Nice

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This outfit incorporates red, white, blue and stripes, so it’s probably the most themed of all of the outfits. I started with this top I thrifted (see the haul here!). I cut off the sleeves because they were unflattering and rolled up the ragged edges. I love how it buttons up the back. Tying the bottom in a knot helps define the waist and adds a bit of ’90s flare. I’m wearing the same shorts from the first outfit. This outfit gets a bit of a tomboy feel from adding a pair of black high-tops. I played off the black with a bolo tie my uncle gave me. Finally, a red Free People headband contrasts with the shirt, and the knot in it feels retro.

Outfit 3: Chambray Champ

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This Forever 21 chambray romper is comfortable and cute. It has a cutout in the back which will help keep my back cool and can show off a bralette or a bandeau. However, once the fireworks start it can get chilly, so I layered on a blue Forever 21 oversized cardigan. A black thrifted belt defines my waist, and Minnetonka moccasins add a western feel. I kept the same red headband as the last outfit to make it more patriotic.

As always, let me know what you think in the comments! Thanks for reading!

Lauren

Late Spring/Early Summer Haul

Hello readers!

I have some exciting news…but actually it might just be exciting to me and to no one else. But it is that I bought a camera remote and I have successfully learned how to use it! So in this post I experimented with it and had a lot of fun. It makes me feel so much more independent…no longer do I have to find people to take my pictures for me! But using the remote is a lot more difficult. It takes a lot of setting up, checking the camera, focusing, retaking photos, etc. Which explains why some of these pictures are a bit blurry; I promise I will work on it!

I definitely did not buy all this stuff at once. It was an accumulated sort of thing, where I would pick one thing up one day and something else like a week later. As always, I will have linked what is still available.

1. H&M crop top and paper-bag shorts

I had an H&M gift card from Christmas, but sadly all the H&M shops closed where I live and for some reason their gift cards can’t be used online, so I had to wait a while to be able to use it. And when I finally did, I spent it on these paper-bag-waisted shorts. They are a light brown color which will pair nicely with a lot of my shirts, and they are pretty high-waisted which makes them work with crop tops. I don’t have any shorts like these, so I am very excited to style them! They are no longer available, but here are a similar pair.

I picked up the crop top because it was only three dollars, and where else was I going to find a deal like that? It is a few sizes too big, but I don’t mind because I like my tops loose anyway. It’s a great basic.

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2. Thrifted blouse

I picked this blouse up for five dollars at Goodwill. I really liked the bright floral pattern and that it was sleeveless, making it perfect for the summer. Knotting it at the waist makes it much more flattering and gives a nice ’90s-inspired touch.

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3. Free People crop top

I bought this top for 20 dollars (on sale!) and with a gift card (so basically I got it for free holla!). It’s quite a different look for me, as, like I mentioned before, I like my tops loose. It’s also REALLY cropped. But I thought it would look nice with a pleather A-line skirt or some high-waisted pants/shorts. With the shape and the keyhole in the back, it’s a nice variation of the typical French-movie-star striped shirt.

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4. Madewell T-shirt

We just got a Madewell! That store has some really nice basics. I love how the T-shirts all have a twist, like tiny holes, cropped and boxy fits or, like this shirt, a slit in the back. I don’t have anything this color in my closet and it looks really nice against tan skin. Also, it’s nice and loose, which is right up my alley. Plus, it was on sale with an extra 20% off, and all students get a 15% discount on all of their purchases!

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Also this is my dog Jake. He really wanted to model with me.

5. Free People off-the-shoulder top

Off-the-shoulder tops are really trending right now, and my mom found this top for me on sale. Yellow is also a color I don’t have much of in my closet, and I liked how it had spaghetti straps that give you a little more security. My only complaint is that it fits a bit awkwardly, as I can’t tell where the waist elastic and shoulder elastic are supposed to hit, but that’s my own fault.

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6. Lana Del Rey concert T-shirt

A few weeks ago I went to a Lana Del Rey concert as part of her Endless Summer tour and I had been waiting for that night for six months. It was perfection. Lana looked beautiful and the whole crowd was really into it. Unfortunately I had a migraine, but that didn’t stop me from screaming and singing all night (which would explain why the headache was even worse the next day). This shirt was incredibly overpriced, but while at a Lana concert do as the Lana fans do, right?

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7. MAC Taupe

I have been looking for a ’90s-inspired brown lipstick for a while, and I didn’t really want to splurge on an expensive one, but then I found myself at a MAC counter and I found myself trying on this lipstick and I found myself coughing up the money. I am weak when it comes to lipstick. But I’m glad I got it, because it has a really creamy formulation and it really suits my skin tone. Plus, it looks really good with a brown smoky eye or just brown eyeliner which I tend to wear every day.

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As always, let me know in the comments what you think, and have a beautiful week 🙂

Love,

Lauren