When I picked out my photos for today’s post, I forgot that it would be my pre-Memorial Day post. So, it’s not as patriotic an outfit as I would have otherwise picked, but at least I am sporting some navy, with hints of red and white.
I’m not sure yet what I’m going to do this Memorial Day weekend, but I do know that I will celebrate it with gratitude and JOY. I’ve said it before, but I think it bears repeating. Yes, Memorial Day is a day to remember those who gave their lives for all of us. But, why did they die? Did they die so that we would be sad once a year when we think about them? Or, did they die so that we could continue to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
I believe it’s the latter, and I’m quite confident that if the men and women who sacrificed everything could be here, they would tell us to enjoy our pools and barbecues and baseball games. Having known my fair share of military members, I can’t imagine any of them wanting their friends and family to be somber. Rather, I think they want them to live the full life that they fight every day to preserve. Even more so, those who’ve sacrificed everything for our freedom and for the “American dream” are those who, I think, would most want us to celebrate all the wonderful things that being an American means.
So, please don’t forget why we’re celebrating this weekend. The brave men and women who have passed on deserve our deepest respect and thanks. But, they also deserve recognition in the most American way possible – by enjoying the life they died to protect.
I try to write my posts in advance because that is the only way I can ensure I get them written. If I sit down on a Sunday and church out the week’s writing, I’m much more successful than if I try to squeeze in something meaningful on a weeknight.
All that to say, I’m writing this before we know our new president. Like 99% of the rest of the country, I didn’t like any of our choices, but I voted because I believe it is the most important action for a citizen of our amazing country. Regardless of the outcome, I’m sure glad it’s over, and I just pray that God has mercy on us for the next 4 years until we can try again.
So, in honor of the triumphs once again of democracy and in anticipation of the peaceful transition of power that is a model to the whole world, here is a throwback picture featuring my favorite tank (and showcasing how much my photography skills have improved – hard to believe they used to be worse than they are now). God bless America, and let’s keep on running the world.
Y’all know I’m super patriotic, but this election is really stressing me out. More than perhaps any other (in my lifetime, anyway), I think there are really huge implications of this election, and as a non-fan of any of the candidates (including 3rd party), I am a little overwhelmed. Facebook’s non-stop political barrage does not help.
So, like the good ostrich that I am, I bury my head in the sand a little, and just pray – that I know who I should vote for, and that God has mercy on us all.
And, I wear flag cardigans, because i just can’t help myself. I actually wore this after Hillary’s speech at the DNC, which was accidental on my part, but not lost on some of my colleagues. I promise I was making no statement, except that last week’s belted-sweater over a dress look was so popular, I thought I’d try it again.
This sweater does hang a little weird on me – it makes my shoulders look quite broad and boxy. But, it was $3, and I always get compliments on it, so I endure. And, I got a little bold with my pattern mixing here, but it works because the navy’s match and the motifs are both Americana-esque.
On Wednesday, I have another unique spin on one of my dresses that I’m excited to show you. I promised creativity, and I’m trying my best to live up to that!
Another year, another patriotic holiday, another wearing of my favorite tank top. I paid about $30 for this shirt, which, for me, is basically an astronomical price for something that doesn’t even have sleeves. But, I’ve worn and loved it so much, I’ve definitely gotten my money’s worth.
Whenever Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day roll around, I enjoy celebrating and reflecting. However, I never quite know what to say that doesn’t sound trite – especially on Memorial Day when those who I would thank are already gone.
So, although my social media accounts did not reflect my gratitude yesterday, to all those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom, we remember and honor you. And we celebrate in the way that you would want us to – with laughter, loved ones, good food, and freedom.
And tank tops that remind everyone that America is the greatest – because of those brave men and women who made it so.
P.S. Forgive the poor lighting in this picture. I guess I need to find more than one spot to take pictures if I’m going to take them at inconsistent times.
P.P.S. If you don’t understand the shirt, please don’t tell me. My history teacher heart can’t bear it.
When it comes to churches, I’m more of a medium-sized church kind of girl. Big enough to offer some fun programs/outreaches and to allow me to meet lots of different people, but small enough that I can actually find said people on any given Sunday morning.
Well, I never found that in Georgia, so I’ve been going to a giant church. I don’t love it, but there are some perks, one of which is that big name musical artists and guest speakers come by alot. Two weeks ago, for example, Dr. Ben Carson came. And I wore this:
I suppose because I wore it to the State of the Union two years ago, I’ve deemed this my political dress. But, really, it’s just perfect for the occasion – I mean, I’ve got red, white, and blue covered without looking like a flag. Perfect. Of course, I don’t really need to be patriotic to sit in an audience, but you just never know what’s going to happen, and so it’s a good idea to be prepared for any chance encounters or 15 minutes of fame possibilities (spoiler alert: nothing happened).
Have you ever been in the audience of a Presidential candidate – what did you wear? Or what would you?
Yesterday, we talked about my Rue 21 finds, and here’s another that I just couldn’t pass up. Actually, I almost did miss this one and was about to put the other items back (I have this thing sometimes when I’m shopping that if I don’t REALLY want it, I’m too lazy to stand in line, even if said items are only $3 and $5 respectively). But, as I was walking to the racks to put those items away, I came across this cardigan which was just too perfect to pass up, even with a steep $11 price tag.
So, I gathered my other clothes again, waited in line, and was pleasantly surprised to discover that the tag was wrong, and this adorable baby was only $3 too! My high-waisted button shorts (buttons not pictured) were also from that magical shopping day ($5), and of course, my Sam Moon America necklace perfected the ensemble. With my over-the-knee boots, I was ready for a fall evening that really felt more like summer.
What do you think of this patriotic look? Or boots with shorts? I’m a fan of that trend, but it can look tacky if not done properly. Have you tried it yet?
Happy 4th of July, y’all! Of course, everyone knows that this is my favorite holiday. Because, AMERICA!!!!
As you read this, I’m wrapping up my time in Florida, driving back to Georgia tomorrow, where I will do some laundry, repack, and go to bed early so I can get on a plane tomorrow and go to one of the most patriotic places on earth – Texas!
I’m sure I’ll wear a lot of red, white, and blue this weekend, and you’ll read about it eventually. In the meantime, though, here’s one of my favorite festive blouses, featuring horseshoes – a tribute not only to our country’s colors, but also to my beloved football team.
Of course, were I wearing this particular outfit in Texas, to any 4th of July festivity, or just to a honky tonk, I’d swap out my sandals for some cowboy boots. But, I thought my boss might make fun of me if I showed up in those to work.
I hope you all have an amazing weekend, filled with beautiful fireworks, sun and sand, grilled meat and cold beverages, and all the red, white, and blue you can handle. Happy birthday, America! Here’s to many more years as the greatest nation on earth. You will always have our hearts.
I had to work on Memorial Day this year, but I wasn’t going to let that dampen my patriotism! I wrote last week about why I love Memorial Day. One reason I didn’t include, but since you know me, you probably assumed: I love wearing red, white, and blue. Like, literally, I hope to get married on a patriotic holiday weekend so that I can use that color palette without looking like a weirdo.
So, although I wasn’t participating in any festivities last Monday, I tried to make the office as festive as possible. I might have gone a little overboard, considering blue jeans and a red shirt would have done the trick. But, that’s not how I roll.
Don’t you just love those shoes? I don’t wear them often, but I call them my Cruella de Vil shoes. Also, apparently I never blogged my Easter outfit; I’m not really sure how or why that happened, but anyway – I wore this jumpsuit then, too. So, just add a big floppy hat, and silver-capped black shoes, and you’ve got the idea.
How did you celebrate the holiday? Did you wear red, white, and blue? (If not, I’ll probably judge you. But just a little… 🙂 )
Happy Memorial Day!
I’ve heard people talking lately about how Memorial Day is about so much more than just barbecues, the beach, and summer. And, I couldn’t agree more! If you know me at all, you know how much I <3 the military. And the United States. I cry every time I hear God Bless America, and often during the National Anthem. Seriously.
But, that’s why I love Memorial Day, even in all of its vacation fun. It’s not at all that the lives we are remembering are overshadowed. But, I don’t think all the men and women who gave their lives for our safety and liberty would want us to spend a day in somber, solemn remembrance. That’s not why they died. They sacrificed their lives to protect our freedom to have fun and spend time with friends and family, without fear of attack or destruction of our way of life. They paid the ultimate price so that the American dream could remain alive and that people all over this country could continue to live it.
So, yes, take a moment to remember all of the people who fought and died so courageously so that we would not have to. But then, enjoy your day with friends and family, celebrating everything that it means to be an American in the summer time.
And wear pretty clothes!