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An American Girl

Some people love Christmas. Some people love New Year's. And I enjoy those holidays, but I have to say, my favorite holiday is the Fourth of July. It is also my Mom's birthday, and I still remember the sudden, childhood realization that all of those nationwide fireworks were not, in fact, for my mother, but for the country. 

The Fourth was always a big event for my family. We'd go to a state park and stay in a (air conditioned, equipped with a bathroom and a kitchen) cabin. My cousin, sister and I would swim, ride horses, play games, hike and generally cause (harmless) trouble, while my parents were able to relax. As we got older, there were cute lifeguards with which to flirt, and we didn't fall asleep by the time the fireworks actually started. I looked forward to the Fourth all summer, and frankly, all year long.

This year, my folks were on vacation for the holiday, and I know my amazing Mom had a wonderful birthday (I love you, Mom)! Mr. BF and I had a great holiday as well, making a veritable feast of arugula salad, grilled corn, shrimps and steaks, strawberry rhubarb pie and fresh picked blackberries from behind my building. We can see the fireworks from our fire escape, so we watched the display with mojitos in hand. Watching the show, the thought hit me:  You know at Thanksgiving, when the whole family gets together, and they may disagree and they may not always understand each other, but they celebrate together and get along, if just for that day? The Fourth of July is like that for the whole country. And while I wish I could be with the rest of my family on this holiday, I am thankful for my fellow countrymen, who are my extended family, and happy that we can all come together for a day and celebrate.

Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Moccasins: Minnetonka
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters
Belt: Gianfranco Ferre
Watch: Michael Kors
Earrings: Shop Calico

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  1. A very American outfit indeed. And a very lovely and fun one too!

    Sounds like you had a great 4th of July :-)


  2. Sounds like a wonderful 4th!

    My parents' anniversary is the 4th of July, so I know what you mean about who the fireworks are really for.

  3. Can I caption the 2nd to last pic " What? I always practice ballet on my patio!"

    Super cute outfit! I will always remember the 4th I joined your family and sang Sweet Child O Mine in the karaoke contest and I'm pretty sure we all went skinny dipping in the manky lake later that evening... Or maybe that last part was just a dream.

  4. cute outfit! We watched the fireworks from our house too

  5. Anonymous7/05/2011

    The moccasins are a particularly nice touch. Despite what we white folks may have done to the American Indian, they are the first people of this country, and your footwear pays nice homage to their (rightful) place in our country. Nice!

  6. @Erin Blair Gobin Remember my dad brought us a six pack, trying to be nice, and when he walked up we were sitting there with two cases of beers? Hey, we weren't driving anywhere!

  7. Yep, that's totally what I was thinking when I put them on :)

  8. LOL. That 4th of July was such a blast. Your dad just looked at us and took his six pack back. And Blair I think u ended up skinny dipping while the rest of us tried to finish the beer:) Ahhh, to be young again!!

  9. So good to see you so happy and kicking up your heels.

  10. i love the 4th too! such a great holiday filled with sunshine, family and friends :) glad you had a lovely time!!

    and great patriotic outfit!


  11. haha, that's so cute about your realization of the fireworks. I love, love your look for the holiday! I think it's my favorite out of all the 4th of July looks I've seen

    Live Life in Style

  12. happy birthday to your mom!! i love fourth of july-it's such an amazing holiday to kick off the summer!!

    thanks for the comment, hun!


    sorelle in style

  13. Great 4th of July outfit!! and this was such an awesome post. I truly enjoyed reading it.

    <3 Marina

  14. Anonymous7/07/2011

    You are the QUEEN of mixing prints. You always make it look so good, whereas I feel like if I tried to do it I'd look like a lunatic.

    p.s. nice pirouette!

  15. How fabulous are you? I love this look! Perfect for the steamy day we had this past weekend. I was exhausted. From sitting by the pool and watching fire works;) We channelled the same pirouette move too- I just rocked one in the post going live tomorrow (where I tried on the Milly beetle dress in store! So cute!!).