4 July 2009 – Two Celebrations

July 4th, 2009 § 8 comments

4 July 2009 , originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Dress – Sandra Darren, via TJMaxx
  • Red cardi – thrifted, remixed
  • Lace cami – Old Navy
  • Black sandals – Target, remixed a lot
  • Red Umbrella – London Fog, remixed


Today we are celebrating the 4th of July and Indie’s 1st Birthday! (She was born on Independence Day last year, thus the name Indie). I love the 4th of July because it’s one of the few holidays (like Thanksgiving) where there is no gift-giving pressure and all that is expected of you is to consume lots of food, spend time with friends and family, and – Bonus!- take in a fireworks show at the end of the night. I have a weakness for fireworks because I don’t recall ever seeing fireworks while growing up in Romania so they were introduced to me relatively late in life. I love curling up on a folding chair with a blanket, sipping a delicious drink, and watching the sky come alive with lights and sparkle.

Before we end our night that way, we’re first meeting friends with their dog at a nearby park for a BBQ. We’re also treating Indie to more swimming fun for her birthday at the park’s lake. It’s raining right now but the forecast shows it moving past us soon and I’m looking forward to shedding the cardi and my umbrella as our BBQ approaches. I wanted to dress somewhat festively today since the occasion called for it, and I find a summer dress with flat sandals to be the perfect combination of chic and comfort for a day spent walking on grass and playing with the dog while also meeting other adults and wanting to look presentable. I’m also becoming increasingly drawn to a red and black color mix. It’s not the expected red-white-and-blue more usually donned for the 4th, but then again, I’ve never been one for matching my outfits to the holiday colors. How about you? Do you find yourself dressing patriotically on the 4th or holiday-festive in general? If so, how to manage to look festive without crossing the line into cheesy?

Whatever your plans for the day, I hope you have a fun and safe holiday weekend! S.

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§ 8 Responses to 4 July 2009 – Two Celebrations"

  1. angie says:

    Happy Birthday, Indie! You are as beautiful as your Mum :0)

  2. Julia says:

    You grew up in Romania?!?

    When did you come to the US?

  3. Diana says:

    I didn’t realize you grew up in Romania.
    I usually tend to avoid wearing holiday colors on holidays, but I actually intentionally threw a little red, white and blue into my outfit today. I just don’t like to make it too campy.

  4. jane says:

    What a day! You both look great.

  5. admin says:

    @Julia – yup, I was born in Romania and lived there until I was 7. I used to spend my entire school vacations there every summer living with my grandparents. Now I still go once a year but for much shorter trips. I only came to the US my Junior year of High School. I lived in Germany for three years and Canada for five.

    Are you Romanian too? So nice to meet a fellow ex-pat on our site! :)


  6. jentine says:

    Happy Birthday Indie! Your dress is cute, i love the unexpexted length!

  7. Kari says:

    Oh, Indie is such a cutie!

    I love your dress.

  8. caroline says:

    Cute dress! I like it on you with the red!

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