Sure, you can eat watermelon, hot dogs and potato salad to commemorate the Fourth of July, but for those of us in search of a celebration that's more trendy than traditional, here's how to rock your independence in red, white and blue from tips to toes.
The white time
From Independence Day to Labor Day and beyond, watches still are white hot. You've probably spotted celebrities from Paris Hilton to Sandra Bullock wearing this trend, but you may not have realized that white watches have gone from of-the-moment to style staple.
And why not? These neutral accessories pair perfectly with summer's crisp colors and are available in a variety of styles and price points, from designer to discount brands. Michael Kors' Madison Glitz Chronograph watch, right, pairs Swarovski crystals with a white glossy dial in a white chronograph that sells for $225 at Nordstrom International Plaza. Not to be outdone, Marc Jacobs' Macro Marc Watch boasts a crystal logo paired with a white plastic and rubber bracelet that sells for $175 at Neiman Marcus. For those who like the trend, but can't find the green needed to embrace it, head to endless.com, where the white Breda Rhinestone Bezel Silicone Watch is just $25.20 and two-day shipping is free.
Lady in red
Model, mogul and mama Heidi Klum kicked off Project Runway's eighth season in a white Givenchy pantsuit paired with a black jacket and red suede heels. Cameron Diaz turned up on the red carpet in dark denim, a white top, red pumps and red lips. The message? Red is not only for cocktail dresses and fast cars; in fact, it takes confidence and style to sport red stilettos.
Be warned: Do's and Don'ts must be followed when wearing red shoes, lest your look go from style icon to stripper. Do opt for red pumps with contrasting heel colors and fabrics; think black heels or silver spikes. Don't sport a red dress with red shoes; let your heels make a statement all their own by pairing them with outfits in black, white, gray and the like. Gwen Stefani, queen of red, gets it right with L.A.M.B.'s red peep-toe pumps complemented by black heels (right); $245 at zappos.com. At endless.com, I found Pour La Victoire Women's Prima Platform Slingback featuring a cork-covered heel for $120.97; and, also the Highest Heel Women's Brazil Red Pump complemented by a metallic stiletto for just $59.95.
Eva Longoria blew a kiss with navy blue nails. Kate Moss is famous for her blow, er, blue style. Yup, those in the know are declaring blue as the new black. (Typical.) And while I was initially reticent to embrace the idea of blue tips, I've found several shades of blue that are at once flattering and fresh, making the worn-out concept of the dark mani seem ultra-fashionable.
Chanel's Le Vernis Nail Colour in Blue Satin, above, has a well-earned cult following for its amazingly wearable navy blue hue ($25 at Chanel counters). OPI's Russian Navy, a deep indigo, is among the company's best sellers and is widely available at bay area salons. And the rich-looking lacquer in Dark Navy from e.l.f. sells for just one buck and boasts a rich shade of blue that's on trend and affordable.
Forget the fireworks, you're all the dazzle this holiday can handle.
— Carolyn Brundage is the founder of tampabay.prettycity.com, a guide to the best in local beauty. Need beauty advice? Tweet up with Carolyn on Twitter @tampabaypretty.