The Pretty Patriot

There are two types of clothing that I am a total sucker for... Christmas and all things patriotic!  No matter how full Holiday's closet it, I can always find the means to justify just one or two more pieces!  In my defense, you really can wear red, white and blue all summer long.  Independence Day is sandwiched between Memorial Day kicking off the summer season and Labor Day to wind the season down-- all worthy celebrations to show some American pride!  

I feel like Persnickety Clothing Company knocked it out of the ballpark this year with their Summer Celebration Collection!  I couldn't be more pleased with all of the adorableness and don't even get me started on the printed tees, they are BY FAR my favorite thing of the summer season!  Even if Persnickety isn't in your budget, I'm going to take you through the past three years of some of my favorite red, white and blue ensembles.  They represent a variety of brands that fit any budget.  Hopefully it inspires you to put together the perfect outfit for the little American beauty in your life!  

A little flashback...only five months old in this adorable number created by my friend Becca Caney at Darling Deuce Designs! 

A little flashback...only five months old in this adorable number created by my friend Becca Caney at Darling Deuce Designs! 

Holiday's first Fourth of July!  Just 8 months old!  I purchased the tutu at a local children's boutique and then found the sparkly/blingy tank top at Kids-R-Us.  These are the days before I really got into boutique fashion, but she still looked super cute and this would be an easy look to replicate on a budget! 

Holiday's first Fourth of July!  Just 8 months old!  I purchased the tutu at a local children's boutique and then found the sparkly/blingy tank top at Kids-R-Us.  These are the days before I really got into boutique fashion, but she still looked super cute and this would be an easy look to replicate on a budget! 

Okay...one more... walk down memory lane!  8 months was totally in the toddling, pulling up on everything, but she definitely stole the show at Pottery Barn Kids! She was telling us that her birthday was just a short four months away and she had picked out her gift-- we obliged :)

Okay...one more... walk down memory lane!  8 months was totally in the toddling, pulling up on everything, but she definitely stole the show at Pottery Barn Kids! She was telling us that her birthday was just a short four months away and she had picked out her gift-- we obliged :)

My Mud Pie obsession was in full swing in the early years.  It's hard to see on this outfit, but it had a cute crab applique on it.  They generally have cute styles for each holiday and prices are reasonable between $25-40 for an entire outfit.  They are well made, the knits are forgiving, size-wise-- sizing in general is a little tricky though.  Mud Pie is a great off the rack brand, easily accessible-- be sure to check Amazon too for some great deals!  

My Mud Pie obsession was in full swing in the early years.  It's hard to see on this outfit, but it had a cute crab applique on it.  They generally have cute styles for each holiday and prices are reasonable between $25-40 for an entire outfit.  They are well made, the knits are forgiving, size-wise-- sizing in general is a little tricky though.  Mud Pie is a great off the rack brand, easily accessible-- be sure to check Amazon too for some great deals!  

My other off the rack guilty pleasure, Bonnie Jean.  There are always adorable boutique quality looking outfits for every holiday.  Holiday was able to wear this one for two years (2012 and 2013), the pants were just cropped last year ;)  The next pic is the following year so you can get an idea of the outfit from the front.  

My other off the rack guilty pleasure, Bonnie Jean.  There are always adorable boutique quality looking outfits for every holiday.  Holiday was able to wear this one for two years (2012 and 2013), the pants were just cropped last year ;)  The next pic is the following year so you can get an idea of the outfit from the front.  

This outfit really has darling details-- you cannot tell in the picture, but the top is all made of eyelit fabric-- really adorable! 

This outfit really has darling details-- you cannot tell in the picture, but the top is all made of eyelit fabric-- really adorable! 

Another outfit we got two years out of and still fit her this year, but I figured it was time to pass on since we got two years out of it already!  This little beauty came from Outtahand Kids on Etsy.  I just LOVE the fabric combo and they way that it tied in the back was simply adorable, the pants also had an adjustable waist! .  

Another outfit we got two years out of and still fit her this year, but I figured it was time to pass on since we got two years out of it already!  This little beauty came from Outtahand Kids on Etsy.  I just LOVE the fabric combo and they way that it tied in the back was simply adorable, the pants also had an adjustable waist! .  

Year number 2 in this sweet little ensemble.  Headband and necklace from Green Apple Girlys! 

Year number 2 in this sweet little ensemble.  Headband and necklace from Green Apple Girlys! 

Our first year in this stunning dress from Quinn's Closet.   Anyone who follows my blog and page regularly know how much I LOVE this dress!!!  I love how she layered the fabrics on the bottom to create the ruffle details and the anchors-- really gorgeous and one of a kind! 

Our first year in this stunning dress from Quinn's Closet.   Anyone who follows my blog and page regularly know how much I LOVE this dress!!!  I love how she layered the fabrics on the bottom to create the ruffle details and the anchors-- really gorgeous and one of a kind! 

Here we are wearing it for year #2!  I might make her wear it until she's 13 and it's just a top ;) 

Here we are wearing it for year #2!  I might make her wear it until she's 13 and it's just a top ;) 

The sunglasses were her idea! 

The sunglasses were her idea! 

Persnickety Summer Celebration 2013.  Fedora star hat was from Target 2013.  Never mind the shoes that didn't match ;)

Persnickety Summer Celebration 2013.  Fedora star hat was from Target 2013.  Never mind the shoes that didn't match ;)

Adorable romper by Baby Love N More, Persnickety Honor Headband, Livie and Luca Petals 

Adorable romper by Baby Love N More, Persnickety Honor Headband, Livie and Luca Petals 

How adorable is the back of this ??!!! Love the classic, vintage flare! 

How adorable is the back of this ??!!! Love the classic, vintage flare! 

I thought I had Mud Pie completely out of my system and then stumbled upon this dress two weeks ago. It's hard to see in photos, but the shoulder straps are rope-- super cute detail!  Shoes are Mini Melissa, headband is Persnickety.  

I thought I had Mud Pie completely out of my system and then stumbled upon this dress two weeks ago. It's hard to see in photos, but the shoulder straps are rope-- super cute detail!  Shoes are Mini Melissa, headband is Persnickety.  

Profile view-- this really is a cute, cute dress!  This headband is Green Apple Girlys. 

Profile view-- this really is a cute, cute dress!  This headband is Green Apple Girlys. 

I'm in LOVE with Persnickety's Summer Celebration collection this year!  Namely, these printed tees-- totally gorgeous and I love the sentiments captured on each.  For this one, I paired it with the navy floral bloomers from last spring's Persnickety line.  Simple light brown cowgirl boots and honor headband really bring the outfit home! 

I'm in LOVE with Persnickety's Summer Celebration collection this year!  Namely, these printed tees-- totally gorgeous and I love the sentiments captured on each.  For this one, I paired it with the navy floral bloomers from last spring's Persnickety line.  Simple light brown cowgirl boots and honor headband really bring the outfit home! 

I apologize in advance for the sheer number of photos in this outfit.  Against my blue walls, it photographed SO beautifully!!!!!  Land of the Free Flutter Tank with Reversible Skirt, Firework Headband 

I apologize in advance for the sheer number of photos in this outfit.  Against my blue walls, it photographed SO beautifully!!!!!  Land of the Free Flutter Tank with Reversible Skirt, Firework Headband