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Stars, Stripes & Everything Nice

Even though we’ve lived here for almost two years now, this year was my first Fourth of July in New York City! My family and I usually go to the beach for the week of July 4th, but this year plans had to shift after a major family move down to Florida (but that’s a story for another post, if y’all are interested). And truth be told, I was excited to spend the holiday in the city for once! We ended up going to hang out with friends and watch the fireworks at the waterfront in Long Island City. We had views of Manhattan, delicious food from all sorts of vendors and got to see the awesome fireworks show once it got dark. It was really a great night, save for the MASSIVE crowd and not-so-fun commute home with the masses (but hey, it’s NYC right?).

I typically don’t go all out with my outfit for the fourth, and I know that people go both ways on this topic. Some go completely red, white, and blue, complete with face paint and the works; while others don’t wear anything patriotic at all and settle for waving one of those mini American flags you can buy on every corner for $1. So this year I decided to work with what I already had in my closet, with a little USA flare (courtesy of Craig!).

My shorts are from Urban Outfitters, and honestly they’re my go-to pair. I got these a couple of years ago while they were on sale and haven’t looked back since. My tank is from Wet Seal from a few years ago as well (actually if I’m being honest it’s probably from my high school days when I worked there, ha!). My sneakers are classic high top white converse from Journeys and my bandana (like I mentioned earlier) is Craig’s from our college days. Oh! And my lip color in case you’re on the market for a great red is by ColourPop! Their “bossy” lip liner and the red matte liquid lipstick from Alexis Ren’s collection called “little weapon.”

What is your favorite thing to do for the Fourth? Let me know in the comments below. I’m already trying to plan something for next year!

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