good morning, ladies. let’s take a moment to remember all the brave men and women who serve our country and those who laid down their lives for our freedom. it takes determination and sacrifice to serve the United States of America because freedom has a price, and our veterans offered to pay. and because of their willingness to serve their country, you and i can celebrate memorial day with family and friends with smiles on our faces. but there are those of us who have tear-stained cheeks because their loved one paid the ultimate price and gave their lives for their country. let’s never forget the risks that are involved with liberty. it must be fought for and protected by each generation.
and, yes, memorial day is the unofficial kick-off for summer. are you ready? ‘cuz it’s here. this summer looks a bit different from 2020. little by little, our country is opening back up, and our lives along with it. it’s the little things in life that push us back to normalcy. one of my kiddos drove up from Atlanta this weekend, so we had a small gathering in my backyard. instead of hosting a barbecue, i whipped up Tik Tok pasta and caesar salad. one of the easiest pasta recipes that i’ll share this week on fridays with oscar. stay tuned.
for a patriotic holiday, i like to wear something red, white, or blue. sometimes, i’m lucky and sneak in all three colors. sometimes, only one or two. today, i’m two out of three with a summery blue and white ensemble. how cute is this gingham blouse from Ralph Lauren available at Macy’s? today, it’s paired with white linen shorts also from Ralph Lauren that add a bit of sophistication thanks to the lining. brown sandals (similar here and here) and a brown belt (old, similar here and here) add a hint of sophistication. this simple ootd is perfect for a backyard bbq or a day of shopping. add a blazer, and it’s ready for an evening out.