Printed + Pleated

Things have cooled off just slightly here in NYC, which means I can finallyyyy break the sleeves back out. I've been waiting to wear this cute printed swing dress from Mango Outlet (you can peep more of my recent Mango haul here and here!), which was a total steal for $12. It's obviously sold out, but the site still has a few more under-$20 deals available in a few sizes, like this cute number, this pretty maxi and this perfect little black dress.

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I added a little office polish to the outfit with a patent faux-leather belt, which I purchased forever ago from NY & Company, and have totally forgotten the cost of (oops!), and a pair of patent faux-leather block heels, which were a recent $36 buy from ASOS. They come in gold and silver versions too! Adding in my $10 sunnies and gifted handbag (and minus the belt!), the whole look came out to around $58.

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Minty Fresh

Got a second dress in the mail c/o online retailer MakeMeChic recently, and I gotta say, right now they're two for two. (You can peep my first MakeMeChic dress here!) This mint-colored dress is perfect parts ruffle and off-the-shoulder goodness, and it fits like a dream. Plus, at $32, it's a total steal.

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I took the dress out to soak up some late summer sun earlier this week, pairing it with a pair of simple nude heels and a straw boater hat. While this look is totally perfect for a birthday brunch or garden party, I could also switch out the hat for some statement jewelry and a pretty clutch for a more formal affair. Basically, I plan on wearing this dress to as many events as possible while it's still warm enough. :)

If you're thinking of ordering from MakeMeChic, just a heads up that I tend to order up a size on the site, going from my usual small to a medium. And FYI, the site is currently offering free shipping on orders over $29 AND 20% your first order--as if you needed more of an incentive to start doing a little online shopping. ;) Happy hunting! xo

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Shift + Sandals

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I've had my eye on some of the pieces from the ASOS Africa Collection--which is their sustainable line made with African-inspired textiles--for a while now. The prints are to die for! So once the range went on sale, I was quick to snap something up, deciding to go with this sleeveless shift dress (with pockets!) that was 50% off at $31.

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I wore the dress out for the first time to a after-work food crawl this week, figuring a simple shift was perfect for the hot weather and loose enough to allow for plenty of eating, haha. The fabric is seriously soft and breathable, and I'm obsessed with the print--it's definitely one of my new summer faves. Plus, it's super easy to wear to work or dress down for a more off-duty vibe. I was actually so impressed with the fabric/quality (the dress even arrived folded in a gorgeous African textile pouch!), I'm thinking of buying one or two more pieces from the collection before it sells out, with my eye on this dress ($39) in particular.

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I paired the dress with some comfy blue suede sandals (around $37) scored on sale a while back from Banana Republic (unfortunately already sold out!), and some $10 street vendor sunnies. With my gifted bag in tow, the whole outfit came out to around $78. 

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