Hello everyone! In true Fourth of July fashion I’m sporting the red, white, and blue! This is one of my favorite holidays as my family came here from Ireland, Scotland, and several other European countries in search of freedom and opportunity. That was 100 years ago. Now, I enjoy the benefits of being a pure bred American girl!

Fourth_of_july_outfitAnyway, my outfit consists of a lacey red top from Banana Republic (on sale!) White 3 inch inseam shorts from JCrew (also on sale!) My sandals are from Rampage and I found them at Burlington Coat Factory for $10.

My necklace is from Forever 21 and the anchor earrings are from Aldo.Essie_nails The nail polish is Essie in “Secret Lining” and my sunnies are from Ann Taylor.

Comment below with your outfit of the day! Happy 4th of July! God Bless my beautiful America!

~Liz 


Traditions and Celebrations

American_FlagAs some of you know my boyfriend is Persian. Since he didn’t grow up celebrating the 4th of July like many of my American counterparts, he doesn’t totally get some of our traditions. The fun thing about dating someone from another part of the world is learning new cultures and traditions. I’ve learned so much about his home and I’ve explained things about America that he doesn’t understand.

I think the most interesting part of learning from each other is the historical aspect. I remember one of his Persian friends asked me what happened historically on July 4th, to which I explained it was the day we declared our independence from Great Britain. Information like this I take for granted, but to those who aren’t Fire_Worksfrom our country its a very new piece of knowledge.

Perhaps the best part of this holiday is sharing our nation’s history with those who may not know it.

So set off your fireworks, grill your burgers, sip your sangria, and be with your loved ones. Let’s show the world what we celebrate and how we celebrate! Happy birthday, America! This is my home.

~Liz


Coastal Escape
There’s something wonderful about the beach isn’t there? The waves, sand, sun, memories. Many coastal homes take on the nautical theme in how they are decorated and furnished. In the few I have been in, some of it is a little overdone. Here’s my concept of the perfect understated nautical theme in any seaside abode. Enjoy.
~Liz

A Lady's Desk
A desk or an office says so much about a person, particularly a lady. Men can get away with a lack of style in their office space while women can’t. This is why ladies secretly run the world. When I become the CEO of my own company, the first thing I will be doing is decorating my office space. What do you think of this style? Let me know in a comment below!
~Liz

The summer after my freshman year in college my family took a road trip to the Colorado Rockies in early May. We drove 35 hours from Maryland to Denver, CO with a few stops along the way.

Road Trip!

We stopped off in Columbus, OH. We stayed for a few days to tour the zoo. Honestly, I wasn’t impressed by the zoo (although it is famous) but the people were great. I like Ohioans for their friendly but not overly friendly attitudes. It’s the good part of the midwest.

After Ohio we made our way to St. Louis, MO. We have family that lives in the area and we were lucky enoughCousins_fun to visit them for a few days before going on to Colorado. My dad’s family took us all over the city before we headed to another part of MO to stay with my dad’s brother and see his grandkids. Aren’t family reunions nice? Sometimes? Well, they are for us! We enjoy getting together and talking about old memories while making new ones. Both sets of my grandparents are dead so any memories our parents have of them the kids cling to. It’s nice to know where your roots are.

From Missouri we headed across the great state of Kansas. Tumble_weedsSeriously, this state is rather dull. 15 hours across the place and I saw nothing but prairie. Beautiful honestly, but I couldn’t do the drive again. We saw old sod houses in the middle of nowhere, tumbleweeds blowing across the highway, prairie grass on fire, and two tornados. Ok, we didn’t see the tornados per se, but we had to outrun them twice knowing they were close by. We saw a bunch of storm chasers heading towards them though, which was neat. It was hot out there and the climate was perfect for tornados!

Driving_in_the_snowOnce we got into Colorado the weather changed. It went from 84 degrees to 25 degrees! It started to snow! When we got to our hotel in Denver I jumped out of the car in flip flops. People stared at me  until I changed into my warm Ugg boots.

The next day we went up in the mountains. What a drive. I’ve never done anything like it. I thought the mountains in New York state were big but compared to the Rockies they’re little hills! We climbed rocks and took photos. We saw wildlife in their habitat munching on the thawing ground. We couldn’t hike too far for the simple reason that most of the trails were under 9 feet of snow!

We found a little town called Estes Park towards the base of the mountain. It was so quaint and just a lovely place to be during the day! So many pretty antique shops and interior decorating stores! Lots of adorable clothing stores as well as many yummy places to eat. There was also a small river that ran behind all the shops and we got coffee and cocoa from the local Starbucks to drink while taking a break from the day.

On the drive back home we stopped one last time to see our family before heading back. It was one of those vacations where absolutely nothing was expected but that’s what made it exciting. Memories are what life is made of.

Enjoy the photos!

~Liz


Shoe Love
I just love shoes! Oddly enough, my collection of them isn’t all that large for a 20 something year old. I stick to the basics- nude pumps and python print pumps. Why? Because they match everything! However, if I ever strike it rich I will be going crazy for a few more pairs (that won’t kill my feet!) Its amazing what a good quality shoe can do. I tried on a pair of Manolos and Yves Saint Laurent, all I can say is wow! Photos below!
~Liz