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Hello there!!! To my fellow American bloggers/readers: Happy Fourth of July!

I definitely coordinated today’s ensemble with the holiday. 😉 But did you expect less? No!!!

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Yaaaaaay…happy birthday, America!

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I really didn’t have any plans today, hahaaaaa…so I decided to create plans by taking my mom out for ice cream early this evening, and then for a stroll at the park.

Late this morning, I went for my usual Starbucks…and just relaxed there for awhile with my laptop, and did some journaling. 😀

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Mint chocolate chip…my favorite ice cream! I haven’t had it in sooo long.

Going to Baskin Robbins also was a great opportunity to inquire about getting an ice cream birthday cake, for future reference [I’m totally buying myself a Disney princess ice cream cake this year, because why not! I guess I’m still a child at heart?!]

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Yeah, this one. ^ I think each store makes them differently but generally speaking, it’ll be similar! I’m not even kidding – having a Disney princess ice cream cake for my birthday and seeing Ghost are the two things I am most looking forward to for my birthday month in November! ♥

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‘Twas a nice time outdoors! The Fourth of July feels like a real summer-starting holiday so, I thought ice cream was a great idea. 🙂

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There is a hole the size of my entire body behind me…

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That’s my little walking purse…a vintage bag from the 1950’s! Love that thing. ♥

So yesssss! It was a nice, relaxing holiday. Did you do anything for the Fourth of July? 🙂 Either way, I hope you enjoyed it!

See ya soon!

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Hey! 🙂

So, I have always wanted a green dress. ALWAYS!!! My little wish came true recently when I found this little number at Forever 21. I modified the length, and voilà!

It is the exact shade of green I have always wanted in a dress. Green is a color I really like in particular shades, and this is one of them!

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It’s very lightweight and perfect for a casual summer look. Doesn’t hot pink and green go perfectly together?? ♥

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On a more serious note though, today I wore this dress to my brother-in-law’s Celebration of Life memorial service. It was a very beautiful event. ♥  It was amazing and heartfelt to hear people’s stories about him.

Ironically, a year ago on this very same day, June 30th, I was with my sister and brother-in-law seeing Ghost in concert for the first time. We all had a great time and it’s one of my favorite memories…it’s just strange to think a year in the future, I’d be at his memorial service.

Interesting thing that happened today at the service: my sister received an anonymous small bouquet of white carnations. Nobody knows who it was from. Apparently someone pulled up, only came up as far as the driveway and asked someone heading into the house to give the carnations to her. My sister didn’t recognize the person based on the description given, so they may have just been the deliverer. She really loves the carnations and wonders who they are from, since there was no note on it. Life’s mysteries…♥

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A few evenings ago, I had some time to spare while waiting to go to dinner with one of my friends. What better way than to spend it blowing bubbles?!

I honestly hadn’t blown bubbles in forever. It just felt like such a whimsical, spontaneous thing to do, and it was unexpectedly rather therapeutic…

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I played Ruby Tuesday by the Rolling Stones on my phone and literally sat there blowing bubbles for a few solid minutes. It was a very beautiful moment, as silly as it may sound.

It was like reverting back to a means of simple childhood bliss. Seeing all the colors in each bubble, reflecting in the sunlight was simply beautiful to look at. It’s the times like that when you’re fully engrossed in the beauty of a moment, in which the heavy things in life don’t feel like such a shadow.  ♥

Every moment is a gift. Just like the lyrics in the song:

“There’s no time to lose, I heard her say.
Catch your dreams before they slip away.”

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Thanks for reading…see you next time! ♥