While it's easy to keep it light and breezy this weekend celebrating the start of summer with margaritas and shopping and boat parades and backyard grilling and precious children in blue and white gingham with smocked american flags we also need to take the time to remember all of our American Heroes who have and still are fighting and sacrificing their lives for our ability to peacefully gather with friends and dress our children how we please.
It's easy to think of Memorial Day as a time to roll out the black and white pictures of our grandfathers looking young and dapper in their WWII uniforms or maybe the yellowed Kodachrome of an uncle laughing shirtless in the jungle of Vietnam and smile as we post them to social media doing our part to remember veterans. It's much easier to forget about the outstanding men and women over the past 10 or 15 or 20 years who have died in a sacrificing their lives for our freedom. Our current freedom. My brother graduated from West Point 10 years ago last weekend and the number of emails I get from my Mom saying that he lost another classmate or a friend from the Cross Country Team or someone from his brigade still shocks me.
Even as the sister to someone who served in the military (he's currently studying to be a Priest at The Vatican. I know, I know, Army Ranger to Catholic Priest is quite the swing. All I can say is that when he sets his mind to something he goes in 100%) I still forget that veterans aren't just the friendly old men selling paper roses outside of the grocery store this weekend. They are those men but they are also the men and women you see waiting in line behind you at the checkout. They are our peers and they've chosen to serve us and our country in the biggest way possible. So thank them. Thank their families. Fly your American Flag.
I'll try to keep this updated for you because there are some great deals you won't want to miss!
NORDSTROM // half yearly sale up to 40% off [ends June 5th]
J.CREW // extra 40% off SALE STYLES and 30% REGULAR PRICED STYLES with CODE:WEEKEND
J.CREW FACTORY // extra 40% off CLEARANCE + FREE SHIPPING with CODE:SOSWEET
SHOPBOP // the sale is over but there is lots of good stuff in the Under $200 section
ANN TAYLOR // 50% Off Full-Price styles with CODE: SUMMER50