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?

Fashion Friday: Cuba Libre

Last Friday we went to France. This week I'll tap into my Cuban roots to bring you an outfit cool enough for the soaring summer temps yet hot enough to make you look like a million bucks.

Remember to keep it referential, not literal. The eyelet dress can look matronly if you don't pair it with fresh, modern accessories like the bangles and the fedora. If you're unable or unwilling to pull off a strapless dress pair it with a white 3/4 sleeve lightweight bolero or shrug - belt it if it won't stay put. The sandals here, very reminiscent of tropical resort trendiness, sport a modest heel and a secure side buckle. Can't do a heel or a sandal? A T-strap ballet flat would work just as nicely here.

You can also check out this outfit and others I've created on my Polyvore page.

Please give me your feedback. Is this something you'd wear? What is it lacking to make it work for you?