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I love July 4. Not only because of the barbecuing, day drinking and fireworks, but also because of what the holiday celebrates. After traveling to a few different countries over the past year, I’ve come to appreciate my home in a whole new way. The way we live here in the US is a luxurious experience compared to the widespread poverty in many other countries. While we do have our struggles here, there are many reasons to be proud to live in the USA.
In America, our vote counts. We count. In America, I can be a full-time blogger, register my blog as a business, and live off of the money it makes. We’re free here and we have laws to protect that freedom – thanks to all of the brave men and women who have fought for those rights. This new, stronger appreciation for the US is something I never expected to get out of traveling abroad, but I’m glad to be able to recognize that and celebrate even more this year for Independence Day.
This year, I’ll be at the beach with my family. We have a beachhouse there and started the July 4 tradition a while back, so I’m excited to continue that. This year I’ll be wearing my new bathing suit (can you believe it, a two piece!), denim cutoffs and matte red lipstick. Is there anything more American? As I always do at the beach, I’ll be wearing my hair natural. Ain’t nobody got time for a blow dryer and flat iron in this heat.
Continuing with the simple American theme, I’ll be wearing these Dansko sand colored block heels from Dillard’s. They’re that happy medium between flats and heels that I’ve recently come to love. As someone who’s barely over 5 feet tall, I am always the shortest person in the room–especially when I’m wearing flats–so just this little bit of added height is perfect for a casual day event. It’s crazy what a couple inches can do, isn’t it? Not to mention the comfort! Who wants to wear high heels on July 4? Not me.
What are you doing to celebrate Independence Day?
Photos by Bridgette Elliott.