Saturday, July 10, 2010

A Belated Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th!  Ummm....a little late.  What do you do when you're visiting your parents and realize that your BlackBerry connection for your laptop to get internet is totally messed up?  Sit back and enjoy it and keep up with essential emails via BlackBerry.  Oh, it was a nice electronic-lite week at the river for us.

Here's Lucy in her July 4th finest!  My mom got the barrettes for E, but she was out the door too fast to ride in the town parade. small-town 4th of July.  Town parade followed by a picnic. 

So anyway, Lucy ended up with the barettes.  It took her a while to realize that she could rid herself of them with a couple good shakes.  But it made for good pictures before that.  Bandana stayed on for a few days...until she found some dead fish to roll in.  Dog owners...if you don't have puppy shampoo on hand, baby or kid shampoo works really well because it's tear-free.  Even if you have to wash your pooch a couple of times.

Sorry - no pics of me on 4th of July, since I was the one taking pics, as usual.  But I did wear my Loft fern-print maxi dress - it is uber-cool and comfy (original try-on-at-home pic here). And that's pretty much how it looked - I added a ponytail, hat, and sandals.  Don't need much with the print. E wore a Liberty of London Target dress - the maxi dress in red, white, & blue (& a bit of purple).  So we had our matching maxi dresses.  That's about as close to "matching" as I'm allowed to get.  4th of July Polyvore for me & E:

But here's a semi-appropriate 4th of July outfit that I actually wore yesterday to run around and do errands with the kids.  Ah...summer...errands with the friend MB commented to me that she'd rather get her right knee drained than take all 3 kids to the grocery store.  Yep, I get that.  Massive errand run was necessitated becuase we are having E's birthday party tonight and didn't get back into town until Thursday.  6 girls sleeping over - which means I get the couch for the night since hubby did couch duty when M had his sleepover.  But it is a really nice group of girls.  I'll let you know if I change my opinion in another hour, hee hee.   

Back to Friday's outfit - white & blue and I guess my nails look red-ish (Essie Risky Business - supposed to be "tangerine" but read as a coral/orange/red on my hand).  Hot day but not too awful...just lower 90's.  I pulled out my navy Nicky skirt from last spring.  And this is the first time I've had it on this year.  Need to rectify that - it's such a cute skirt.  Even though I don't tuck in and you can't see the grosgrain waistband, you can still see it on the pockets.  Too cute.  A crisp skirt felt just right for the weather.  I kept it simple with a white painter tee, my fave go-with-everything Target sandals, J Crew constellation locket and ponytail.   What can I say...I've just realized that, really & truly, simple works best for me.

I uncovered the skirt while doing some closet cleaning out.  Oh, the bags on my floor.  Consignment by season, donation, trash, and JCA exchange.  I hope to update my closet blog soon with some new items.  What works best for you when you clean out your closet?  I'm trying really hard to be ruthless this time - which I why I wore the Nicky skirt yesterday - it needed an outing to deserve staying in my closet.  Then again, we didn't really have a spring - it seemed like we went straight from frigid winter to blazing hot summer. But oh, how I love to clean out the closet - so cathartic.  I find that I'm always inspired to clean out when I get back from vacation - when you're away a few days, you realize that you just don't need that much stuff. 

Polyvore from yesterday:

7/9/10Fashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

7/9/10 by HeidiGblog featuring J Crew


gigiofca said...

I have no closet purging tips. I end up finding a way to keep many things. I'll bet you look so great in your Loft fern dress. I can see that being a perfect match. Lucy is so big now!

dinagideon said...

Ooh, I love that you are on the couch tonight...better than being in the dog house. Haha. LOL. I must stop.


Give big hugs to E. and let her know that I can't wait to see her and M.

And I have to see you in that maxi!!! Please take pics the next time, 'kay?

HeidiG said...

Thanks, gigi & dina, you July 1st babies!!

I added the link to the try-on pic of the fern print dress in the body of the post - and that's pretty much how it looked when I wore it - I added a hat, sunglasses, ponytail & sandals. Didn't need much else...oh yeah, the piles of July 4th beads. *That's* what I need to capture in a picture - maybe next year, since it is our annual tradition for the 4th.

AppGal said...

Sounds like the the LOFT dress was perfect for July 4th festivities! You look great in your Nicky skirt...sad I missed out on that one.

Good luck with your closet purging! I guess I do mine twice a year when I switch out seasonal clothing. My closet is so small that I can only fit summer/spring or fall/winter clothes in it :) Every time I switch, I always find things I can move to the Goodwill pile!

Pamela said...

I'm like AppGal- I do my purging when I switch out my closet between seasons-lack of space:( I try everything on, make my piles, etc. It's a daylong event but feels so good when it's done.

Sounds like your Fourth was fun. That maxi dress is perfect!

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HeidiG said...

AppGal - I guess that's the downfall of a large closet - I had hubby re-configure it shortly after we moved in to our house, so it holds everything except what's in my lingerie chest (undies, socks, etc). As nice as it is to have that much space, I admit I probably abuse it, too, and I'm not forced to go through it. I just move things from one side to another or one shelf to another.

Pamela - I think I do need to make it more of a regular thing to go through the closet - maybe when I'm doing my shifting around...nothing moves unless I go through it first. :)

La Belette Rouge said...

Your dog looks so Jcrew in the jaunty scarf.

Anonymous said...

Oh that Loft dress sounds so perfect, I am dying to see you wear it.
And I love the picture of Lucy!

A Bigger Closet said...

Happy belated 4th to you busy lady! You looked great in the dress and sounds like you had a wonderful weekend.

Yikes, closet cleaning...those are two very scary words for ABC!

Monogramgirl said...

miss you heidi!


HeidiG said...

thanks, ladies - and thanks, monogram girl. I'm baack... :)