Fashion Friday: American and Proud!

I am a first generation American. The first in my family to be born in the United States my Franco-Cuban heritage will always be a part of me - but I'm as American as they come. Needless to say I enjoy celebrating my country's birthday. I am fortunate in that I live in the boonies and every year my neighbor two houses down goes all out and treats us to a full-blown fireworks show hubby and I can watch from our deck.

So, in honor of the holiday, this week's outfit is a few days early and is all about the 4th of July.

Admittedly it borders on literal but the stars and stripes are more a palette than a uniform here. The idea is to look cool and casual without looking sloppy or cliche. The stars on the skinny jeans are the only element directly lifted from the US flag. The detailed burgundy top is perfect for a hot summer night. The white stars oxford shoes are by Unrated. I actually own these shoes and they are very chic and summery, even for an oxford. The shoulder bag and accessories pick up on the colors in the top to round out the outfit. If it were me I'd need a sheer or lacy shrug over the top to cover my MUA (Matronly Upper Arms) and bra straps - because they just don't make a strapless bra for girls as busty as me. I'd also need clip-on earrings because my ears are no longer pierced.

Ready to sparkle?

Step Two: Wake Up Sleeping Beauty

Your life starts today.

My thanks to those of you that added your Outer Spaz list to "The Good, the Bad, and the Palsy" . We all share a common thread. Nobody likes the hand they were dealt. Too fat, too thin, too tall, too short. Not good enough. Why bother trying?

Because who you are is beautiful. Because the most important thing you can wear is your own acceptance of your inner beauty. Think of it in terms of the zen that is a Tootsie Pop. Perfection is a hard candy coating. It's the tootsie roll at the center that everybody wants to get to. Without that you are nothing but a mannequin. With it you are a queen.

No more excuses

If you've been alive for more than 20 minutes you've made mistakes, you have regrets, you want do-overs. Every day is an opportunity to atone for your past by leaving it in the dust. Wake up, Sleeping Beauty, to the fact that this is it and you're amazing. Don't wait until tomorrow; no more excuses. Practice wearing that fabulous outfit until it feels like a second skin. The real work is about to start.