Hello hello! I hope my American readers and a pleasant 4th of July and my Canadian readers had a good Canada Day! Now that we’ve kicked the season off with explosions and grilling, summer must really be here! Of course, as I type this post it is (once again) pouring rain… I’m not sure I will ever quite get used to “Up North” summers.

Going on a summertime walk in 1950s style! Patriotic colors of red, white, and blue with a western novelty print blouse.

This weekend, though, when it was edging in on 90 and incredibly warm and humid, we went out for an expedition to visit the Mass Audubon Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary in Belmont.

Big cat-eye sunglasses, red lipstick, and a chiffon scarf over pin curls make even a casual outfit look glamorous

I wasn’t sure that we’d be doing anything for the 4th, so I dressed up in some of my silliest red, white, and blue attire for the outing. I made the blouse last summer out of a novelty fabric remnant I found at the thrift store, but I’m not sure that I got the chance to photograph it properly… it doesn’t go with a lot of things that I own, and the western print seems somewhat out of place in New England!

A little overdressed for a walk in the park! This 1950s inspired outfit is stylish and comfortable for an outdoors outing

It was okay that I was a bit overdressed for walking, since Habitat is a very well-manicured Audubon sanctuary! We had fun looking around the formal gardens, but the highlight by far was the turtle pond. As advertised, we saw quite a few turtles… and we also got to watch and listen to a couple of bullfrogs fighting over a small patch of water, which was pretty comical.

A little overdressed for a walk in the park! This 1950s inspired ensemble in red, white, and blue features a kitschy western-themed novelty print

A stack of vintage bakelite and lucite bangles compliments the patriotic colors of this novelty print ensemble

A stack of vintage bakelite and lucite bangles compliments the patriotic colors of this novelty print ensemble

Confetti lucite earrings in silver and red add a pop of retro glam to this ensemble

A little overdressed for a walk in the park!

  • Red chiffon scarf: Thrifted, probably
  • Cat-eye sunglasses: Zenni Optical
  • Red and silver confetti lucite earrings: antiques shop in Wisconsin somewhere
  • Western novelty print sleeveless blouse: Made by me (Butterick 7161)
  • Navy blue high-waisted shorts: Made by me (Simplicity 3688)
  • Red leather belt: Thrifted
  • Bakelite and miscellaneous plastic bangles: Thrifted various places
  • Black handbag/stealth camera bag: Marshalls
  • Blue strappy plastic sandals: Crocs (discontinued style, wah!)