She Sells Sea Shells

by Jessica Sturdy on July 1, 2014

First things first… How in the heck is it already July?! This summer is seriously FLYING by. Makes me sad to thing that it’s about halfway over! However, with July comes July 4th, which is one of my favorite holidays. I’ll be spending the long weekend in Chicago and I couldn’t be more excited to get out of town for a few days!

There’s not much on the agenda besides eating and drinking… and eating some more! We’ve got dinner reservations at Untitled on Thursday night, a rooftop brunch at The Godfrey on Friday morning, a cookout & pool party in the suburbs on Saturday, and dinner reservations at Little Goat on Sunday evening. So if I come back weighing 10 lbs heavier, don’t be alarmed.

I’ve already started packing my weekender bag for my trip! Nautical and patriotic outfits are pretty much my favorite so I’m quite excited for all of the fashionably festive ensembles. I saw this Lilly Pulitzer dress and was instantly in love. It’s nice and nautical and simply perfect for 4th of July weekend and beyond! I added a red clutch for a little pop of patriotism and I’ll definitely be wearing this exact same outfit to one of our many reservations in Chicago. Rooftop brunch on the 4th, maybe?

What will you be wearing this weekend?!

Lilly Pulitzer Dress c/o Zappos | Old Navy Sandals | Henri Bendel Clutch (on sale!) | Ralph Lauren Aviators | Alex Mika Ring (25% off with code bows) | Michael Kors Watch | Margaret Elizabeth Bracelet (25% off with code bows)

Rebecca Dale Photography

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Ella July 1, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Sadly, I’m headed to our cabin which is in the middle of NOWHERE for the 4th- if I dressed at all patriotically, the only one people who would see my efforts would be my parents, cousin, and 3 dogs. Wahoo. Ha! Glad you have fun plans, I’ll live vicariously through you this fourth!


Liz || Shopping My Closet July 1, 2014 at 1:41 pm
Alexandra July 1, 2014 at 1:58 pm

This is a lovely dress! It’s one of the boldest Lilly designs of the year, and it fits you perfectly.

— Alex at Cashmere Kangaroo


Oh Buoy Boston July 1, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Our bags are packed with nautical and patriotic outfits for this weekend, as well! Happy 4th!
Oh Buoy Boston


Natali July 1, 2014 at 2:54 pm

What a unique dress!? Looking beautiful in this outfit!


Haley Valerie July 1, 2014 at 3:35 pm

That dress is so pretty! Lilly Pulitzer is always perfect for summer!



Meagan July 1, 2014 at 4:14 pm

I love this dress! I’ll be spending the holiday studying. Boo! Have fun!


Kayla July 1, 2014 at 4:51 pm

HOW cute is that dress?! I absolutely love it! Hope you have fun in Chicago!!



Lauren July 1, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Love the scallop hem on this dress – literally! Happy Almost Fourth!


Berty Morales July 1, 2014 at 5:30 pm

In love with this dress. It looks amazing on you.


Stephanie (Glam Slam!) July 1, 2014 at 7:18 pm

That dress is darling! Very “patriotic chic” I’d say. :) Sounds like you have an amazingly fun long weekend planned in Chi Town ! I myself will be grilling out and watching fireworks in the park with friends. I’m definitely looking forward to the holiday weekend! :)

xo, Stephanie


Jillian July 1, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Such a darling dress on you and I love that pop of red!



Melissa July 1, 2014 at 10:23 pm

Such a cute look Jess! Love that red bag and the sea shells on the dress! And…we are twins, I have the same MK watch as you, it’s my favorite <3


Lauren Anne July 1, 2014 at 10:29 pm

This dress may soon find itself in my closet!

Lauren Anne


Heidi July 1, 2014 at 11:35 pm

You look beautiful! Enjoy your weekend. Isn’t Chicago the best in the summer?

Heidi D.


Katie Albury July 2, 2014 at 4:44 am

Ah this is cute! I’m always envious hearing about everyone’s 4th July weekends over there…sounds like so much fun!
Katie x


Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl July 2, 2014 at 7:45 am

Loving the pop of red with the clutch…such a great look for summer!

Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl


Christina Storm July 2, 2014 at 8:50 am

Love that dress on you! Looks so pretty! The scolloped hem is perfect!

The Style Storm
<3, Christina


Agi July 2, 2014 at 10:30 am

Cute outfit Jessica!!!!!



Courtney July 2, 2014 at 11:03 am

Loving this dress on you it’s so cute! Paris of course insta stalked you (he’s serious obsessed) and goes “why don’t you ever wear navy, bows looks so cute in navy” … Story of my life haha. Have fun in Chicago! Looking forward to catching up next week!

XO Courtney


Kayleigh July 2, 2014 at 9:18 pm

Love the scallops!


FatFreeFashion July 4, 2014 at 8:54 am

I absolutely love this dress! So unique and pretty!



Tia July 4, 2014 at 12:44 pm

I love this seashell dress. It’s one of my favorite Lilly’s this summer.
xo Tia |


ediot July 6, 2014 at 4:39 am

such a nice outfit.
hope you had a wonderful 4th of july celebration


Chelsea July 7, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Gorgeous, I love this dress, easy print and it fits you perfectly! Hope you had a wonderful 4th!

XO Chelsea


2girlsin2cities July 10, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Hope you had a good time in Chicago! All of those restaurants are making my mouth water. – J


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