Made In The Shade

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With summer in full swing, I've been having to get a lot more serious about sun protection. When I was younger, I was a lot more lax with the sunscreen and was all about that "laying out lifestyle," but now that I'm older and wiser (and more wrinkle prone!), I know that it definitely isn't worth the health and cosmetic risks. While sunscreen goes a long way, I like to double up on the face protection with a hat, which has the added bonus of adding instant style to my #OOTDs. 

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I've been a huge fan of the boater-style hats I've been seeing pop up everywhere, so I was on the hunt for a budget-friendly version. I found this one from Nordstrom for just $14, and while it's sold out now, I found a similarly-priced versions here ($15), here ($19) and here ($20).

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I took my hat out on a recent weekend outing, pairing it with some black culottes ($26, scored during a shopping trip in Korea, and also worn here) and a white strappy tank from Forever 21 ($8). I finished off the look with a pair of eBay sunnies ($10, available here) and a pair of thrifted sandals ($12, from Crossroads Trading Co.). Head to toe, the whole outfit came out to $70.

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Green + Gold

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I'd been on the hunt for some comfy casual pants to wear on cooler spring days/summer evenings, and this mossy green pair from Forever 21 definitely fits the bill. They're seriously the softest ever, and when I scored 'em, they were on sale for just $11. The same exact pair are actually still available and are also still on sale, but now for a few bucks higher ($15).

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I threw them on for an early brunch, pairing it with a sheer, sequined tank top, which was just $1.50 from Underground Thrift's Stuff A Sack sale. (Just FYI, for all you NYC thrifters, Underground Thrift in Brooklyn Heights is holding its next Stuff A Sack sale on June 26, and you can get all the deets on their Facebook page. For those of you that don't know, you buy by the bag, with the entire bag priced at $25--it's an awesome deal.)

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I finished off the look with my fave mules, which came c/o Dorothy Perkins, and then added a gifted black bag, bringing the head-to-toe look to just $12.50. 

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Tangerine Dream

I've been doing pretty well at avoiding head-to-toe black lately, and as a NYer, that's an accomplishment, I think. One of my wardrobe goals has been to get more color into my closet, and while this The Fifth Label tangerine dress from Forever 21 was a bit more neon-y than what I usually wear, I went ahead and snapped it out. Plus, it was on sale for $23, so how could I resist? (Found the same dress in pink here, for $85, so this was definitely a steal!)

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Since I didn't want to wait til the weekend to rock it, I took the dress out for a day at the office, layering it over a white top that came c/o Dorothy Perkins to keep it work appropriate. I added a pair of black and white flats ($25) from Marshalls and my usual gifted black bag. Adding in my $6 sunnies from eBay, the head to toe look came out to $54.

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