Monday, June 26, 2017

Casual July 4th outfit

Hello and happy Monday! (Is there such a thing, really?) I would say today is a happy Monday because this time next week, I will be on vacation for a whole week in California! I've been going non stop for the last couple of weeks that I honestly haven't had time to even get excited for it! I'm just trying to get through one day at a time. But, it really is right around the corner so it's feeling a bit real, meaning, I need to get my crap together and figure out what I'm going to pack!! This weekend, the husband and I hit up the outlet mall, and when I saw this top, I thought it would be perfect for July 4th!

July 4th casual outfit
Outfit details--- Sunnies: Charming Charlie (c/o) | Earrings: Nickel and Suede Large Rose Gold (c/o) | Necklace: Kendra Scott "Kingston" | Top: American Eagle (50% off!) | Shorts: American Eagle (similar) | Sandals: Sanuk ---

It is super lightweight and runs true to size. The red and blue striping show subtle patriotism without being completely obnoxious! It also means that it's still very appropriate for any other day of the year (or my Cardinals baseball games!) Win and win! Plus, it was under $20, so you really cannot beat that price.

Red and blue stripe off the shoulder top with denim shorts outfit

Sanuk recycled yoga mat sandals

These sandals came home with me from Boulder. Stephanie was wearing a pair in grey and they looked so comfy! After dinner our last night there, we popped into a shop that happened to sell the brand, so I snagged this pair. Red because of the Cardinals, and because you know I can't resist a pop of color. I know they will be coming on vacation with me, and they will work great for July 4th. The soles are made out of recycled yoga mats, so if you imagine walking on pillows, that basically describes how these feel on your feet!

Subtle patriotic outfit for July 4th

Easy, breezy casual outfit! I will admit that while I loved the idea of the tassels on the straps, they ended up being super annoying. I don't know if it was the ridiculously windy day or what, but they kept falling off my shoulders and I couldn't take it anymore. I decided to make a little modification to the shirt.

How to modify a tassel strap top
"Before" picture showing the tassel straps

Modifying a tassel strap top
"After" picture with my modifications

I think the tassels really do add something special to the top, so I didn't want to lose them completely. I cut them off the shoulders since the top stays up anyway without the straps. The straps served no purpose at all other than being a nuisance. I tied two of them into a knot and took a teeny safety pin to pin the straps to the top. I just threw the other tassel straps away since I didn't need two sets, though I did debate on keeping them just in case something happened to this pair. I love the top even more like this. And now it doesn't need a necklace either! Woo!

That's all I have for you today! Hope your week goes fast and is productive!!!

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  1. That was a cute DIY on your top, love the tassels placed on the top rather than as straps too! :)

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend! :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  2. The sandals look really comfortable! Have a great holiday! xx

  3. This top is so cute and a week long vacation sounds amazing. Also I can help but be impressed that you can take pics in the sun like that lol, I would be sweating my tushy off.


    1. Haha! It was surprisingly so perfect with zero humidity! It was crazy windy though. Which was great for the temp but horrible for photos.

  4. Perfect top for 4th of July! I just got back from vacay but so excited that you are getting ready for yours. Those sandals look so comfy and work great with the top. Thanks for the link up!


  5. Super cute outfit and perfect for the upcoming holiday! And those sandals are adorable and look so comfortable!


  6. Hilarious that you got these shoes in Boulder---it is granolaville!! And that's a good thing!
    And my husband always says that---Happy Monday!!

  7. Very cute modification! I love to do things like that! We are having an Instagram only link up party today. Hope you can join us! Peace!
    Cheryl Tucker

  8. Too cute! Love that top and those sandals!

  9. That top really is perfect for the 4th!! Such an easy, cute look!

    Katherine | www.oneswainkycouple.com

  10. What a perfect outfit for the 4th...and just summer in general really. And look at you being all crafty with your top modification! It turned out great!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  11. That is the cutest top! So perfect for the 4th. Yay for California next week!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  12. What a cutie outfit. Good job with the little transformation from straps to a tie. (I did almost cry when you said you threw the others away though...can't stand to see a cute tassel go to waste😉) Where are you going in CA? Happy Monday!

    1. Thanks!

      And we are going to Orange County. The in-laws rented a beach house so we will be chilling with his family! Then the second weekend we are there, my sister and I are throwing a 70th birthday party for my dad. It will be a packed week!

  13. Such a cute top, and I love what you did with the straps! Perfect for the 4th!

  14. I love what you did with this top! What a perfect look for the fourth! Hoppe you have an awesome vacation!

    xx, Elise

  15. Oh I love this festive outfit! And so perfect for here in California on the 4th! Hope you have a great vacation!!

  16. I've been wanting to order some Sanuks recently, since they would be perfect for long days on your feet when travelling in the summer. I'm just waiting for the black pair to go on sale! The red is a nice pop of color, though!

  17. Super cute 4th of July outfit! I like the tassels on top too! Thanks for the linkup.



  18. Absolutely loving this top and those sandals look so comfy! I just launched a new Monday style linkup and I'd love to have you join! Happy Monday!


  19. Love those sandals and they really do look comfy! Have you ever been to Denver? I'll be there on Friday so let me know if you have suggestions! And that's so exciting you're going to be in Cali soon! It's very hot at the moment so be prepared to wear light clothing :)

  20. I love the simple but chic outfit. That top is incredible on you!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  21. This top is perfect for the July 4th weekend!


    I hope you are having a great weekend!