Easy 4th of July Outfit Ideas

Red, white and blue outfits

Red, white, and blue is a great combo to wear any time of the year, but especially around Independence Day! Today I’m sharing a few versatile pieces that can help you pull together easy casual outfits for the 4th.


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AMERICA tee from Mindy Mae’s Market

This adorable varsity stripe “America” tee is back in stock again just in time for the 4th of July! It fits true to size (I’m wearing a medium) and is very soft and comfy. Style it with blue or white jeans for a casual look, and throw on a striped cardi for cool evenings. This is my go-to tee for the 4th!

Varsity Stripe America Tee America Graphic Tee America tee with striped cardigan


Red, White, & Blue Instagram Roundup

Here are some red, white, and blue looks that would fit the bill for the 4th.

red white and blue stitch fix top


red white and blue with denim jacket


red white and blue with turquoise beads

red white and blue with gingham


Festive Accessories

Fun accessories are always a great way to add a little pop of color. An easy way I wear red, white, and blue is often to incorporate some bold red earrings with an ordinary white tee and jeans/shorts.

Don’t you think these look like fireworks? Both are from Target’s SUGARFIX by Bauble Bar line.

Click each for a link to purhase them at Target.

sugarfix earrings   sugarfix earrings


Patriotic (& Comfortable) Shoes

If you’ll be running from place to place at a barbecue or fireworks show, you’ll probably want to stick with sneakers.  Converse All Stars have a casual, patriotic vibe.

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Converse All Star Red


Converse Shoreline All Star White

Converse All Stars navy



Those are some of my favorite red, white, and blue looks!

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How to get air-dried beachy waves using Monat Curl Cream

How To Get Beachy Waves Monat Curl Cream

In the summertime, I love being able to skip the blow dryer and heat styling tools. Not only does it save time, but it’s also so much better for your hair, especially when it’s already taking a beating from the sun, the pool, the beach, and all of the other summer fun. Today I’m sharing a video tutorial showing how I get natural looking beachy waves with air-dried hair. The secret? Monat Curl Cream!


Disclosure: For the record, I am a Monat Market Partner, which means if you purchase products through these links, I will earn a small commission at no cost to you. It also means if you’ve been thinking of signing up to be a VIP (Monat membership where you get a discount on products you buy) or a Market Partner (Monat membership where you get a substantial discount on products and can also sell them), I can hook you up in those areas as well. I became a Market Partner because I wanted the discount since my family and I love Monat products and use a ton of them.


Easy Air-Dried Beachy Waves Tutorial

Click to view my very novice-level video skills this step-by-step tutorial showing you just how easy it is to create beachy waves using Monat Curl Cream and air-drying.  A few other Monat products are used in this video to condition/prepare/add optional hold, but the main one you need to re-create this look is the Curl Cream.



Results + a Movie/TV Quote Quiz Game for You!

I’m a total video novice, so I’m not the best at pulling stills, thus the weird facial expressions in these photos.. Maybe next time I should just take some photographs of the results….. But for this post I wanted you to see my hair from the tutorial, and I didn’t think of taking photos until a few days after I made the video.


So, since I am sharing these photos with weird facial expressions, why not have a little fun?! Guess what movies/shows the quotes are from and check your answers at the bottom.

air dried beach waves


1. What’s that? I can’t hear you over the sound of how awesome I am.

2. Ex-squeeze me? Baking powder?



beach waves air dried


3. If I didn’t know better, I’d think you had feelings for this monster.

4. Son, your ego is writing checks your body can’t cash.



beach waves tutorial


5. Call me an elf one more time.

6. Stop trying to make “fetch” happen. It’s not going to happen.


Similar Results Overnight with Air Dry Cream

Monat makes a product similar to the Curl Cream called Air Dry Cream. It’s designed to help hair air dry without frizz. I’ve had great results with it and use it a lot in the winter. With my hair’s natural wave, I get some very light bend when my hair dries with the Air Dry Cream, and it’s shiny, soft, and holds well without any crunchiness. If you have medium-to-longer length hair, you can make beachy waves by adding the Air Dry Cream to your damp/towel-dried hair and then braiding your hair. I recommend letting the braids dry overnight because braided hair takes longer to dry than loose hair. But in the morning you can take out the braids and have pretty, glossy waves.


Of course you can also make beachy waves by blowdrying your hair and then using a curling iron or flat iron, but I like to avoid heat styling whenever possible to save my poor fine, thin hair from damage.

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More Information About Monat

For more information about Monat haircare products, check out two of my previous posts:

Or feel free to shoot me a question or request a sample. I really love how Monat has hydrated my hair and brought back a lot of the strength and shine I used to have when I was much younger.

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  1. How I Met Your Mother (Barney Stinson)
  2. Wayne’s World (Wayne Campbell)
  3. Beauty and the Beast (Gaston)
  4. Top Gun (Stinger)
  5. Elf (Miles Finch)
  6. Mean Girls (Regina George)


Summer Sandal Picks from Payless

Affordable Summer Sandals for Every Occasion

You guys, have you been to Payless Shoes lately? If it’s been a while, it’s time to get back there or hit their online store because you could build a complete every-occasion summer sandal wardrobe without shelling out much money.


What I love about Payless is that you can get several pairs of shoes for the same price you’d pay for just one pair of shoes someplace else. Granted, you shouldn’t expect a super-inexpensive pair of shoes to last forever. But then again, I also don’t feel too bad if I get a few years’ worth of wear out of a pair of cheap shoes. That said, in my closet right now you can find a pair of flat black studded gladiator sandals from Payless that I bought back in 2003  — I still wear them quite bit every summer!


I’m really excited to be partnering with Payless to share some of my favorite summer sandal picks! Before we go any farther, you should know that I was given a Payless gift card to pick out some cuuuuute sandals (I’ll tell you which ones I chose in a bit), and clicking on some of the links in this post may result in my earning a modest referral fee or commission.

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The 12 Payless sandals I chose can take you pretty much through an entire summer, from anything to errands to a barbecue to a summer date night or wedding. Well, someone else’s wedding, that is. Check out the description corresponding to each shoe’s number below for more details.

Oh, and keep in mind that the prices I’m listing below are BEFORE any sales or coupons, and if you’ve ever been to Payless you know there’s usually some sort of BOGO, buy one get one 1/2 off, or percentage discount being offered at any given time (at the time I wrote this post you could get 20% off with promo code ZZBOGO20).


Payless Sandal Picks

1. Sloan Crossband Slide Sandal, $19.99

This adorable slide sandal has an espadrille edge and it’s flat, but not too flat, so it should be good for actual walking. I love the floral print, but it also comes in navy and a crisp white.


2. Stella Embellished Slide, $24.99

This flat slide is a stunner that you could just as easily wear with ripped up denim as with a cute dress or jumpsuit. It comes in off-white and black and is flat enough to move in.


3. Spangle Ruffle Flat Sandal, $14.99

I chose this cute flat sandal for the fringe! The upper is a soft suede and the pink color is super-cute. This sandal also comes in black and a dusty blue.


4. Teddi Crossband Flat Sandal, $19.99

This classic, warm flat is the type I love to wear nearly every day in the summer. It has a boho-natural feel but also looks clean and simple. I’d pair them with white jeans and a nautical striped top or with a swing dress.


5. Blake Platform Sandal, $34.99

These sandals have a bit of a heel, but because they’re platforms it’s not as much of a grade change as it could be. I love the edgy look of these sandals in black, but they also come in brown. They’d be perfect with jeans and a kimono or with a chambray or shirtdress.


6. Wallis Pool Slide, $16.99

I love how these slides have a sporty, modern look. I looked into some Adidas slides but put the kibosh on them because of the price. These look comfy and stylish, and I wouldn’t be afraid to get them wet at the pool or the beach. These slides come in other fun colors (some of them involving FURRY tops!).


7. Thatch Flat Sandal, $29.99

Cork? I’m in. I have an affinity for Kork-ease sandals because I love the look and comfort that comes with cork. These cuties have a cork bottoms and the top is sleek and simple, which I love. Top that off with a flat shoe that gives you a smidge of height and that pretty much equals perfect. These come in white, rose gold, and black.


8. Ryan High Wedge Sandal, $29.99

Can you see wearing these to a summer wedding or date night? I love them in RED for a pop of color, but they’re also available in a bright navy blue, white, and black. These would be perfect for a 4th of July party, too! They have stretchy elastic uppers and cork (yes!!) wedges, so they could be made casual or dressy.


9. Christian Siriano Reece Bow Mule, $29.99

These. Are. Stunning. I love the pale blush color that is a suede-like material, and they also come in black suede or silver metallic. These would be perfect for a meeting, church, or anything else where you want a more elegant look. I love the Christian Siriano for Payless collaboration – so many cute shoes and accessories.


10. Christian Siriano Nikolle Low Heel Slide, $29.99

Everyone needs a low-heeled slide in their shoe wardrobe, and these do not disappoint. You could go with classic, versatile black or taupe suede in this shoe, or you could go the statement shoe route and choose the jacquard floral style. You know that’s what I’d do.


11. Skyline Two-Band Platform Sandal, $29.99

These are the sandals that I bought! I love a platform sandal that can give me a bit more height perspective on the world. I love the boho feel of the espadrille sides, the chunky soles, and the two-strap style is so on-trend for this summer. I bought these in white because I wanted a more sporty, modern look (I already have several pairs of Birkenstocks). These sandals also come in metallic silver. So hard to choose!


12. Rae Chopout Mule, $29.99

These beauties would honestly be great for spring, summer, and fall. I’d probably even wear them in winter if it weren’t too cold out. I love the cutout design, and the stacked heel is beautiful. These also come in pink and a dusty blue. I’d probably stick with the taupe in this design just to let the style do the talking.


Although I’m only officially featuring 12 pairs of sandals in this post, there was a 13th pair I couldn’t get out of my head. And I’m not particularly superstitious, but I am just Type A enough to want to have an even number as opposed to an odd one. 🙂 So here is another cute pair of shoes I didn’t want you to miss seeing. They’re from Payless’s Fioni collection, which is pretty sweet in itself.

Fioni Starry 2 Piece Wedge Sandal

Starry Two-Piece Wedge Flat, $16.99

Doesn’t a classic shoe like this look great in a bright, fun color? This color is called “watermelon” and it makes me think of summer. This cute shoe also comes in black and nude suede. But you need the pink, no?


So, those are my TWELVE, not 13, picks. I can’t wait to see some of the new Payless styles coming out this fall. When pretty much everything is $30 or less, that makes it a whole lot easier to stay on-trend without killing your budget.

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