I hope you all enjoyed your extra day off yesterday (for those of you who are in the States!) I certainly took advantage of the three-day weekend and all the sales that were going on. I ended up scoring a Lauren Conrad dress from her fall collection for $12, Lauren Conrad jeans for $20, and a Cynthia Rowley maxi skirt for $16. The sales are the best part of the festivities that typically go on during Memorial Day weekend. Here’s a little look into my weekend!
I spent Memorial Day on the beach with my parents and got a lovely sunburn on my left shoulder. Bring on the Aloe!
For our little local beach, there was quite the turnout of beach goers. It was hilarious to watch the kids get in the water, which was freezing, and splash each other, freak out of something touched their foot, or get sand in their pants.
Flip flops in the sand are the best thing in the world to me. I usually buy white or gray sandals because they go with everything. I think these ones are from Payless.
For the beach I sported this shorts and tank top combo from Old Navy. I got the shorts last October for $1.47! Shop summer clothes for the next year starting in mid-August when retailers are really trying to get rid of warm-weather clothes so they have room for the back-to-school stuff.
My jeans are from Lucky Brand and my top is Old Navy, both of which I shopped for in the off season and got amazing deals on.
My dear friend, Abbey, gave these gorgeous earrings to me and I have no idea where they’re from. I love wearing them with other bold colors like the yellow top I’m wearing.
This long weekend was so desperately needed. I’m thrilled that I got to spend so much time just relaxing and doing nothing. I hope we get through this week without too much pain. No guarantees though. Enjoy you’re Tuesday!
On this lovely Memorial Day I’m headed to the beach with family for a day in the sun and enjoying each other’s company. Packing a good ol’ baseball cap, lemonade, sunnies, and sporting the cutest bikini I can find! Also, sun screen and lots of it. I already got my annual sunburn a few weeks back so I think I’m good for now. My poor baby sister, Rebecca, just got back from a canoeing trip in West Virginia and her group got sun burned, so this kid can’t go another day without some aloe and sun screen!
What else is in my beach bag? Ear buds, Vogue, fruit to munch on, bug spray (ugh mosquitos!) and a Vera Bradley beach towel. Days like this, sunny and 75 degrees, are what I live for. It’s the kind of weather where you either want to own a Jeep so you can take the doors and roof off or you want a sporty convertible. Both sound wonderful at the moment.
As always, Memorial Day holds a lot more meaning than just a BBQ and a 3 day weekend. For some people, this is a day of mourning someone they lost to war. It’s a day to remember those that paid the ultimate price for freedom. We celebrate today in their honor, knowing that while we enjoy our outdoor activities, someone didn’t return home in order that we may do so. Remember the sacrifice and celebrate the freedom.
I enjoy Memorial Day just as much as anyone else does, but by the looks of my Facebook feed and Instagram updates, people tend to forget why this day even exists.
Many men, women, even service animals have died for the sake of protecting their homeland and the people they love. To some, they may wonder what needs to be protected, there aren’t any apparent threats. But remember that success and freedom takes measures to prevent the deterioration of these things. We look to the future and live for it knowing that tomorrow is a better day. Those who died did so because they were hopeful for tomorrow. On this day, we honor them and their sacrifices.
Holidays like this one are the only days when it is acceptable to live in the past and present. Remembering the people that fought for freedom and a place to call home is our way to thank them.
So have your BBQs, set off your fireworks, and hug the friends and family you get to share it all with. However, tell your kids, your Facebook friends, and everyone else that you celebrate not because of the burgers on the grill, but because of the people that never got to come home and share it with you.
Thank you to all who paid the ultimate sacrifice and Happy Memorial Day to the rest of us.
Do you have anyone to thank? Comment below in their memory!