Stars and Stripes Brings New Life to My Wardrobe

This holiday I wear my stars and stripes scarf tie styled with my Banana Republic white blazer. The best part about adding this patriotic pop of color that is both stylish and meaningful, is that it has given new life to my long-time white blazer (at least 15 years old!).  Happy Fourth of July to you! With love, Melissa

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My Scarf of Stars and Stripes

Optimized-P1050661Optimized-P1050638Optimized-P1050650My perfect patriotic accessory isn’t a pair of shoes or a handbag or even a piece of jewelry: it is a scarf. I think scarves are widely underestimated; there are countless ways to wear them which makes them the most versatile of accessories. Around the neck, over the head, down the back, as a belt, or on the wrist – all versions work. I am wearing mine as a tie, under a crisp, white blazer – simple, easy, and colorful. I found it at a charming local boutique but vintage is just as special as new. Try shopping your closet and you may find your perfect scarf accessory waiting to be worn.

Wishing you a wonderful Fourth of July!

Shot on location in Chatham, New Jersey. Scarf, Bliss Clothing and Accessories; Blazer, Banana Republic.

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Let Freedom Ring!

P1040838P1040823P1040769Eric and I have just returned from his college orientation, in time to celebrate the 4th of July at Liberty Island, New Jersey. In the background, is lower Manhattan’s Freedom Tower, Ellis Island (where my Grandma Eleanor came over from Hungary) and, if you look closely, the elegant Lady Liberty, herself. A perfect place to be on this holiday, dressed in my red, white and blue, with these beautiful symbols of freedom. I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday.

 

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Abandoned bikes

Fourth of July

July 4, 2013

Abandoned bikes left for the fair
The July Fourth Parade for all to share
Although big and bold do have their place
It’s small and cozy I can’t replace
So bring the fancy clothes of red, white and blue
The crazy hats and t-shirts too
The overheated dogs join families all
Happy Fourth of July – big and small

~ Melissa Kaplan Guarino  … July 4, 2013 Continue reading

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