Okay, so the 4th of July is finally on its way, and I find it is the perfect excuse to dress in theme and show off our love for this country.

Best part of all?

Most of us already have pieces in our closets that we can throw together for these patriotic looks.  Without further adieu, here’s some of my favorite 4th of July outfit inspirations.

Creating a patriotic look may sound difficult at first but it really isn’t.  A simple t-shirt that is designed in the American flag works great for any combination.

If there is one thing I need, it’s that classic striped dress and jean shirt.  It is something that we should all have in our closet.  A staple we can wear all throughout the summer.  Pair it with a bright red wedge or sandal and you are Independence Day ready!

I’m a big fan of fun graphic tees!  Especially the striped baseball sleeves on this one make it the cutest one I’ve seen for the holiday.  Pair it with your favorite white jeans for the perfect ensemble!


Sweat is just fat crying


This summer I’ve decided to begin going to the gym at least twice a week.  I don’t have a lot of free time, but prioritizing my health is super important to me after a few recent scares my husband came across.  I found that helping motivate him, helps me along the way as well.  Plus we can totally squeeze 1 hour of exercise into our week.

I felt that it takes a lot to physically conjure up the courage and make it to the gym your first time, and below are some tips that have helped me.

Go with a friend

Everything feels easier when your with a friend, and going to the gym is no exception to that.  Talk about your health and fitness goals before signing a gym membership.  Try to find a time in your schedules that will allow you to go together.  Working out with a friend can not only motivate you, but it makes you feel a hell of a lot more comfortable in a sometimes intimidating environment.  Plus, having a friend around means that you’ll always be covered if you accidentally fall off of a treadmill when you’re running too quickly!

Meet with a personal trainer AT LEAST once

My husband and I had our first sessions at the gym yesterday, and each of us met with a trainer.  My trainer was a female around my age, and she had a similar body type as well.  This was actually really helpful in my case, because I was able to discuss my body freely.  Trainers don’t make you feel self-conscious, in fact she acted more like a workout buddy who had tons of valuable feedback to provide.

She was able to conceptualize a workout plan for me, before I could (to be fair, I had no idea where to start).  She educated me about the various machines there that looked extremely intimidating, and by the time I was half way through my session I felt like a pro.  Although there are people who prefer a full-time trainer, I am not one of them.  I feel as though, I got everything I needed from one session.  I plan to create my own workouts moving forward.

If the thought of planning a workout routine sends you into sweats, then consider following a workout tutorial online. Whether you’re off to the gym or you’re exercising from the comfort of your own home, it’s entirely possible to lose weight and have fun by following the advice of some experts.

Take is fashionably slow

The single biggest piece of advice that you should take from this post is not to overdo it on your first visit to the gym.  I started to get that nauseous feeling, and I knew it was time to stop.  Be sure to pay attention during your gym routine, and learn how to use each piece of equipment properly – the more you know about it, the better your workout will become.

I’m not super into fitness and I don’t particularly like going to the gym, but it’s something that I do for my future self. For me, going to the gym is more about preventative health measures than looking beach body ready. I definitely think that exercise is an important healthcare practice, but whether you decide to do it in the gym, the comfort of your own home, or outdoors is completely up to you.

Also, there is nothing wrong with adding a little swag or flare to your workout gear.  I took this opportunity to go shopping (of course), and found some really great things.  I’ll be sharing all the goodies I purchased very soon! but that is for a different post, at a different time.


Happy Friday! As Elle Woods would say “We did it!” Bring on the warm weather & weekend fun!


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Happy Friday friends! I’m currently writing this from work at 3:35pm, I felt it’s been too long.  I’ve tried to write a blog post all week and even blocked out an hour or two to try and knock something out, but I just couldn’t do it.  I’d stare at my phone or laptop for hours and not write a single thing.  To be honest, I just really feel like rambling right now so I’m sorry if this is not what you came to my page for today…

I’ve tried to consistently stick to a posting schedule in the last few months, but I’ve had not one, not two, but TEN posts sitting in my drafts.  They haven’t made my blog yet because I haven’t been inspired to write them.  It’s something I’m struggling with right now and have a feeling I will the next couple of months or so.

Pretty much, this blog is my inspiration.  It’s my creative outlet and something I’m extremely proud of.  But this blog is so much more than what I’m wearing or my favorite Summer trends.  It’s my life.  I started it to share my experiences and advice.  But how do I share that life and advice when it is so ridiculously boring right now?

I’m sure I’ve shared my daily routine on here before, but it really is just work, and school.  I’m honestly too busy with school.  When I’m not on campus for 8 hours working/studying, I’m at my apartment or at DryHop trying to get away.  That’s my life at the moment.

Although I have done a bit of traveling this year, I realize my trips were short, sweet, and to the point.  They typically had a purpose to the trip (family gatherings/weddings), rather than leisurely.   Lately, I’m not going out at night, I’m not doing anything fun for myself.  I feel stuck in this time of my life where all I do and all I want to do is sleep, watch Netflix/relax, and finish school work.  And trust me, you can’t feel inspired to write a post when that’s all you feel you have done the last uncounted months of your life.  So, I’m a little stuck right now.

I have no real plans to travel this summer, and I’ll be working like crazy to save for some future goals.  It’s honestly kind of sad because I just want inspiration to write some posts!!!  But I can’t get it right now.   I’ve accepted that this is my stage of life at the moment.   I’d love to be out day drinking, hanging by the pool.  and traveling all the time, but in reality, I graduate in one year.  I have one year to finish my degree, make the grades, add to my resume, and look for a better job.  That’s what’s important right now and it’s just one more year of my life.

I’m so thankful that I have all of y’all reading my blog and I’ve worked so hard to get my blog where it is over the last few months.  But unfortunately, my life is NOT fun and games right now.  And I personally feel like I know y’all don’t want to be reading about how I went to bed at 8pm the other night because I was so tired from all of the school work I’ve been doing.  I’ve run myself completely dry (whatever that means??) because I’m the type of person that will take on as much as I can until I collapse.  LITERALLY.  And I’m pretty much at that point right now.

I am SO sorry for this rant of a post but I know a lot of you really do care about what’s going on in life and I so appreciate that.  I’m so thankful for this blog and I’m not stopping it anytime soon but just wanted to explain where I’ve been and what’s going on with me right now.

I seriously have 10 posts of photos to go up.  They’ll eventually go up, but I like them to have a purpose.  And until I get the inspiration for that purpose, they’re just going to sit in my drafts.  I hope y’all understand and thank you SO much for reading and being so incredibly kind.  I pray that venting about this just opens my mind up for more ideas and content.  Here’s to a lovely Friday, celebrating the start of Summer, and a weekend of living life!