Escape From New York

Philadelphia City Hall

During the holiday weekend, my boyfriend and I headed to his hometown of Philadelphia. It was a fun weekend, full of good people, great food and crushing sports defeats (for him, at least – I was glad to see the Pats win!).

There’s been an ongoing Philly vs. Anywhere Else debate going the length of my relationship, and since I’m a huge history nerd, so it was really cool to finally visit the Birthplace of America. I always love seeing places I grew up reading about.

Independence Hall

And did I mention the weather? When we got our tourist on Sunday afternoon, the skies were clear and the sunny shining. And it was in the mid-80s. Which was wonderful and all, but not what I was prepared for in my jeans and (Miami Hurricanes) t-shirt. So I did what any rational (style) blogger would do – I went to H&M.

Dress – H&M; Bag – my mom’s; Flats – Target; Finally Seeing the Liberty Bell – priceless.

Guys, butterfly print. In purple. For ten dollars, down from 25 bucks. Thanks, Columbus Day sale at H&M – I think I’m obsessed.

Thumbs up for freedom of the press, thumbs down for not facing the camera.

How did you guys spend your (hopefully long) weekend?

~ Sarah

Guest Post: Ashley from Fashion Smashion

Hi! While I’m on vacation in Colombia, I have some fabulous guest bloggers filling in for me. My first guest post is from Ashley! She’s a writer at CF and a fellow Floridian, so she’s obviously awesome.

Hey everyone, I’m Ashley! I write for College Fashion and run my own little blog called Fashion Smashion. Sarah and I have been following each other’s sites for some time now and I’m super-honored to be able to guest blog for her!

I’m a recent grad of Flagler College, where I spent the last four years living in historical St. Augustine, Florida. Now that I’ve moved back home, I’m starting to miss the charm of living in an old city and all the unique attractions in the area.

One of my favorite St. Augustine landmarks is the old lighthouse, which was built in 1874. The lighthouse is a popular place for tourists to visit because of its history and due to the fact that it’s notorious for being haunted– You may have seen it in an episode of Ghost Hunters . However, despite the history and the spirits (yes, I fully believe it’s haunted!) the architecture is what makes it my favorite. Check out these pictures of the lighthouse to see what I mean:

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Since I loved Sarah’s fashion inspiration posts on NYC landmarks, I decided to make an outfit based on the St. Augustine lighthouse, which you can check out below:

Product Info: Top- Rue 21; Shorts- Chaotic Clothing; Earrings- G by Guess; Rings- Urban Outfitters; Bag- J. Crew; Sandals- Alloy

The most prominent feature of the lighthouse is the bold, diagonal striped pattern, which is replicated in this breezy and loose-fitted top. Bright shorts mimic the red at the top of the lighthouse and add a fun pop of color to the look. The intricately woven strappy sandals and straw tote are reminiscent of the winding, wrought-iron staircase inside the lighthouse. As far as accessories go, I was inspired by the round shape of the lighthouse when I chose these hoop earrings and stacked set of rings. This outfit is a casual and easygoing choice for summertime. Just pull your hair in a chic bun and you’ll be good to go!

What do you think of this outfit? Do you see the inspiration? Have you ever visited St. Augustine? Let me know!

Stars and Stripes

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Today is Memorial Day, formerly Decoration Day, in the United States. Although Memorial Day is now often a day reserved for barbecues, summer blockbusters and the like, the holiday originated after the Civil War to honor the dead. Like Veterans’ Day, Memorial Day is an opportunity to just take a moment out of your day remember those who serve – both living and dead.

Today I want to focus on the people who give something back to the troops, particularly the USO. The nonprofit provides morale and recreational services to the U.S. military, and many entertainers have participated in live shows for the troops since the Second World War. Some photos:

Bob and Delores Hope

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Marilyn Monroe

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Carrie Underwood

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Scarlett Johansson

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Stephen Colbert

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For more information on the relationship between Hollywood and the United Service Organization, visit here. Have a great day, everyone.

~ Sarah