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God Bless the U.S.A.

Top – J. Crew Factory Classic Button-Down Shirt in Chambray Polka Dots; Bottom – J.Crew Factory Flare Skirt; Shoes – Vince Camuto “Romeo” Boot (c/o Nordstrom Rack); Belt – Charming Charlie’s Lace Ruffle Stretch Belt (old); Necklace – New York & Company (no longer in stock)

Hello everyone!  It’s been a few days since I’ve been able to sit down and actually think about something other than catching up at work (after our blessed vacation in Tampa), preparing for visitors (couple of our friends are driving through on their way to Toronto), and giving love and attention to our resident canine baby (who turned 4 on Tuesday).  So blogging hasn’t been at the forefront of my mind the past few days.  Forgive me.

But to make up for it, I have a pretty cool story to tell about the outfit you see above.

On the Friday before we were to fly out of sunny, warm Tampa (*SOB*), we had the pleasure of escorting my mother-in-law to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Tampa.  On that morning, my MIL was officially sworn in as a citizen of the United States of America.  To commemorate such a momentous occasion, I decided to put together a (fairly subtle) patriotic outfit.  Lucky for me,  I had the foresight by sheer coincidence I included my J. Crew polka dotted chambray shirt and striped navy and red skirt (which you saw first in this post).  With my white ruffle belt, I had a pretty good red-white-and-blue theme going (almost resembling the American flag…kind of).

My salute to the land of the free…and the home of the brave!

What do you think?  Was it too over the top?  Last thing I wanted was to look like I was going for something like this.

From http://www.purecostumes.com

Yeah…I think I was a tad more subtle in my depiction of Old Glory.  
Here are a couple of photos we took…
Proud to be an American!!  YAY!!
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On an unrelated topic (other than being part of my outfit above), I mentioned in my last post that I had purchased a new pair of boots.

The story behind these Vince Camuto boots is that I actually carried two pairs of boots around Nordstrom Rack for about an hour.  I just couldn’t decide between these and a pair of Dolce Vita “Hilary” Boots (which were about $30 more expensive…even on sale).  After asking InChul about fifty times which I should go with (he was no help) and texting my sister to see which she liked better (she didn’t respond until after I chose these…but said she would have told me to get these anyway), I made the plunge and committed to these boots.  I do love how they look, but I’m not sure about the comfort.  Being real leather, I had hoped they would break in fairly easily.  But I walked around in these all day on Friday…and it felt like my feet were broken in, not the boots.

Oh well…they’ll soften up sometime…right?  (Please tell me I’m right!)

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Alas, we are now back in the freezing Midwest (not quite as freezing as it was while we were gone) where taking outfit photos could possibly mean catching one’s death of cold.  Hopefully I will find the courage to post them more often than not.

But…can’t promise you anything.  We’ll just have to see.

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