It’s Independence Day here in the U.S.! It’s a day that admittedly fills me with emotion. I have several military men in my family and I have always loved our history- bring those two together and it instills in me a fierce patriotism and loyalty. While history shows that no country is blemish-free and we face the scars for many years of wrong-doings, we have to celebrate that which makes us united and unique. In the U.S. no three colors say it better than Red, White and Blue.

Clockwise from left: NYX Cottage Cheese, MAC Blue Stripe, MAC Nautical Navy, MAC Red Racer, Burberry Pearl White

You *can* wear the three together without looking overly ridiculous. 😉 (to make the navy eye less harsh and more summer-day appropriate I blended some bronze and gold shades in).

Speaking of, Hugh Laurie once made a comment in an interview that I thought was so hilarious and unexpected. The interviewer was asking Hugh if they celebrated Thanksgiving over in England and his response was, “Well, no, I mean we mourn the loss of the colonies so…” LOL!

L-R: China Glaze Bermuda Breakaway, OPI Alpine Snow, Zoya Rekha

This was not the mani I had in mind, but it will have to do. I tried my hardest to do some fancy nail art and after several frustrating attempts I opted to just bling out a nail instead. I mean, when else can I wear blue and red gems on my nails?!

And now, gratuitous fireworks photos taken by yours truly many years before owning a DSLR.

If you celebrate, I hope you have a safe and happy 4th of July! How do I celebrate? By going out on the water and swimming, then a gathering for a BBQ, with the fireworks to round out the night. 🙂

14 responses to “Happy Independence Day, America!”

  1. Happy Independence Day, Danielle! Love your FOTD and the manicure is just gorgeous gorgeous! Have so much fun!

  2. lilladylife says:

    Happy Independence day!! Loved the first photo and all the colors! The mani is still festive!!! Have a safe and happy holiday dear!

  3. Dovey says:

    Happy 4th! It is always a really happy day for America. I loved the Hugh Laurie comment, haha!

  4. Love this post, Happy Independence Day to you as well! I absolutely love the makeup you did, clearly red-white-blue but it all works so well together. And gotta love the bling on that manicure 🙂

    • Danielle says:

      Thanks! I know- wanted to show that the red-white-blue wasn’t necessarily campy if you apply it in a certain way. 🙂

  5. Sarah S. says:

    The little crystals on your accent nail are so cute!

  6. Kristen says:

    I love your nails! It’s so funny how the Red Racer looks so different on different people. =) I wore a very similar look yesterday! I hope you had a great holiday!

  7. Liz says:

    Hope it was a good one! You look gorgeous and patriotic. 😉

    The loss of the colonies – HAHAHA! Can you believe I’ve never watched an episode of House?

  8. Toya says:

    Ooh, I LOVE the look you created here Danielle – somehow you pulled off a strong lip with a defined eye with ease and absolute perfection!! And the colors you chose for the mani were just perfect!! Hope you had a great July 4!!

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