Happy 4th of July

4th of July With 4th of July being tomorrow, I decided to take today off from the blog for an extra-long weekend. I hope you all have a wonderful and happy 4th of July full of fireworks, food and plenty of fun! See you back here on Monday! xo

4th of July Inspiration

4th of July Fashion It’s pretty safe to say that about 99.9% of America has vacation on the brain this week- whether they are actually on vacation, want to be on vacation (me!), or are just looking forward to the long vacation weekend ahead. Since everyone obviously has vacay-brain, it’s also safe to assume that a little extra boost of patriotic inspiration is needed for 4th of July preparation. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite recipes worthy of a 4th of July BBQ spread as well as a few patriotic outfits, and even a red, white and blue cocktail.

I’d love to know- what are you most looking forward to over the 4th of July weekend?

Pictured Above- Red shirt + Seersucker Shorts // Red & White Striped Shirt w/Blue Shorts // Striped Skirt // Nautical Stripes // Blue & White Striped Shirt // LWD (little white dress) // LRD (little red dress) // Canadian Tux

4th of July recipes Pictured above- Picnic Salads // Fried Chicken Sandwich // Sassy Shrimp // Cheesy Corn Bake // Coconut Cupcakes // Watermelon Salad //  Boccone Dolce // 4th of July Cocktail // Blueberry Muffins // Veggie Burgers // Seasoned Oyster Crackers //Creamy Pasta Salad

Not pictured above- Greek Salad //  Roasted Veggie Pie // Lemon Meringue Pie Sundae //  Sorbet-rita // Spiked Iced Tea // Pickled Onions

Some other things that might come in handy this weekend- Entertaining Essentials // Outdoor Entertaining // Hostess Gifts // DIY Gold Silverware // The Perfect Red Lip

All-American Girl

red summer dress

Dress (similar pricey or affordable option) and Shoes: Forever 21, Sunnies: Brooklyn Flea, Purse: vintage (similar), Earrings: InPink, Nails: Sally Hansen “White On“, Lips: NYC “Big Apple Red” c/o

InPink earrings & vintage sunglasses

Don’t you hate when you think you have nothing to wear? I seem to find myself in this closet conundrum quite often, including last week when I was trying to pick out an outfit for our 4th of July dinner cruise. In my defense, I did have an outfit picked out but it just wasn’t working for various reasons I won’t bore you with. But thanks to our recent move, I rediscovered this forgotten little red number. Of course I had to complete the look with some white and blue (I know…totally mind-blowing color combo for the 4th, right?!).

Hope you all enjoyed the holiday weekend!

All-American Girl

sock bun hair

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Happy Hour- 4th of July Cocktails

4th of July cocktails

4th of July is tomorrow (in case you haven’t looked at a calendar recently) and if you have no idea what you’re making, well, you’re probably out of luck. Kiiiiiiddddding! While I may not be able to help you much with the food side of things (although this may be of some help), I do have you covered in the category that truly matters, aka cocktails. Versions of this drink have been floating around for some time now, but it never gets old to be able to dress AND drink your patriotic colors. My variation calls for cake vodka, but if you prefer, regular vodka would also work well. Cheers to your 4th of July cocktails!

4th of July Cake Cocktails

Chill everything before you pour into glass

1 oz. Grenadine
1/2 oz. Cranberry Juice
2 oz. Cake (or regular) Vodka
1 oz. Sprite
1 oz. Blue Gatorade

There are two keys to having the drink distinguish its Red, White and Blue color. One is by having patience and carefully pouring each ingredient down the side of the glass. The second is by pouring the ingredients with the heaviest sugar content from the bottom to the top.

Start by pouring the cranberry juice and grenadine on the bottom. Top generously with ice, as this will also help with the color separation. Then slowly pour the vodka down the side of the glass to not create any bubbles or mixture between the grenadine/cranberry juice mix. Repeat with the Sprite and the same with the blue Gatorade.