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Happy 4th of July! Today also happens to be the anniversary of our engagement 14 years ago <3 Jack was so flustered as we watched the NYC fireworks from the Brooklyn Promenade trying to figure out exactly how he was going to manage to get down on one knee amidst the crowds. Long after the fireworks had concluded and I was more than ready to head home, he made my heart stop as he asked me to be his wife. A few bystanders clapped and congratulated us as we stood there in awe. As high school sweethearts we had been dating for nearly 10 years, but it was still hard to believe we were actually engaged! Life has had its ups and downs since then, but I’d say ‘YES’ to him any day :)

I hope you all enjoy today celebrating with family, friends and fireworks! This adorable and cozy striped maxi dress is a new favorite. All you need are some red nails which I should have been on top of! Also, these wedges are all sorts of amazing. They finally went on sale under $50 and so I didn’t hesitate on grabbing my size. There are a bunch of color options to choose from and they are so comfortable. Such a great summer wedge!

dress / sunglasses / wedges / earrings

Love Loft: Try-On

Happy July, guys!! We seem to have finally hit our summer groove in our household. The days are stretched a little longer, my kids seem to be turning into little fish and our grill is getting nearly daily use. I love celebrating the 4th, but hate to see it pass as summer always seems to fly by afterwards! That’s when I need a daily reminder to make sure we do ‘all the things’ before it’s too late.

In honor of July 4th, I figured I may as well do more of a patriotic try-on. Loft makes it easy with plenty of red, white and blue to choose from. I also threw in some leopard because as you’ll see, there are some adorable options! Right now, you can get 50% off dresses and tops and 40% off just about everything else! For reference, I’m 5’7″ and typically wear a size 0 or XS in Loft and Lou & Grey clothing unless otherwise noted. Also, these are the sandals that I’m wearing throughout this post. As another option, how cute are these?!


I quickly fell for this adorable, striped maxi dress. It’s as through I’m walking around in a cozy nightgown looking cute and pulled together!


I had to try on this little number because I knew it would be adorable. It’s light and flowy with a cute tie waist. This could obviously be dressed up with heels, but would look great for work with a black blazer layered over top.


One more dress for this try-on session and it’s this cute, casual Lou & Grey striped dress. It’s made of a thicker linen and can be worn tied at the waist or left loose and undone. You could even throw on a fitted white tee underneath for a different, layered look!

tee (not yet available online) / shorts

I haven’t been able to track down this striped tee with beaded cherry detail online yet, but you may be able to find it in store. The shorts are Lou & Grey and are much more muted in color than this image is showing. I’m more often an XS in L&G but went with a S in these as they were running a little small.

top / pants

I love the gingham on this top but the fit wasn’t quite right on me. The top was too loose for comfort which may have been in part due to the fact that it doesn’t have any type of hook/closure. The wide-leg pants however, were a fantastic fit and they come in a handful of colors.


Here’s a better look at them. I love the wide leg and cropped length. They are perfect with flat sandals but would also look cute with a little kitten heel.


Here’s another wrap top that had a better fit on me. There was a snap closure on this one at the bust that kept things in place. All I’m missing with this look are my patriotic stars!

top / pants

This top was another piece that came home with me. It’ll be so versatile year-round to layer with and I love the playful print. I went with a small here which gives a great drapy, loose fit.

top / skirt

Here you can see it styled more for a business environment with this chic shift skirt (say that three times fast!). The skirt has a great fit and you can see more of the pocket detail here…

sweater / shorts

If you need a great beach pullover sweater, this is your guy! It’s very soft and cozy and I tried it on with these bermuda denim shorts. I sized up to a small in the sweater so it was a little roomy and the shorts were a size 2.

shirt / shorts

I loved this striped shirt. I loved having the sleeves rolled and knowing it could be worn tied, tucked or untucked for some added versatility. The shorts were another great find…


They have a very modest length to them and could potentially be worn for casual work environments through the summer. I love the added button detail on the waist.

top / shorts

Here’s a better look at the look and length of shorts overall. They are actually navy despite looking black in these images.


This cute tee was very soft and comfortable! I’d prefer for it to be a little shorter to work better with my predominantly high-waisted bottoms, but for those of you that aren’t into the high waist, you’d like this one.

top / denim

I’ll end with this cute, casual yet festive look. I love the more muted red on this striped top as well as the cute flutter sleeves. The jeans were a good find too! I’m wearing a 2 in them and they fit really well with just a bit of stretch to them.