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Summer Style: Stay Chic in the August Heat

Summer is in full swing and we're staring lazy, hazy August square in the face (where does the time go?). No need to sweat it: I've scoured the shops on foot and online in search of deals and versatile must-haves to see us through summer's final stretch. 

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Three quick & easy steps to go from beach to beach party

1. Sport this season's hottest bikini

Score this Melissa Odabash bikini ON SALE (quick!). Odabash's swimwear has developed a cult following ever since a certain Goopster sported several suits on holiday. I wrote about that famous bikini bod here. Melissa Odabash ($129.99)

2. Sunset Primp

Do a little post sun damage control with this shimmery multi-tasking dry oil. Bonus: if you have thick, curly hair like mine, rub a little on the ends to tame frizzies. (P.S. This oil works wonders on pasty winter limbs as well). Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil w/ Golden Shimmer, $39)

Wrap salty, frizzy tresses in these ouchless, discreetly colored hair ties by Kitsch. ($9.99)

3. Quick Change

ON SALE! Pop this lite, jersey knit tank right over your bikini. This sheer, drapey wardrobe workhorse (you will wear it year-round) shows off sun-kissed shoulders and doesn't cling. T By Alexander Wang (55% off: $33.30)

Cutoffs: From East Hampton to Nantucket to Malibu, cut-offs go anywhere in the summer (and the fall). Avoid being a Daisy Duke punch line by mixing up proportions (think tight short-shorts, drapey top). Pictured are Current Elliott Boyfriend Cut-Off, ($176). Or try these, by Gap. 


Investment piece alert! This versatile envelope clutch will be your go-to all year, for many years. Leather clutch, Clare Vivier, ($180).

On Sale! These classic, strappy leather sandals with some 'tude from J. Crew will be your friends for summers to come. J. Crew, ($159.99 PLUS additional 40% off via current promo).

Drop Earrings: A Boop Favorite! These Stella & Dot stunners are outfit-makers. We own a pair! Stella & Dot, ($49).


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The $15 Emily sandal at Target. I have Turquoise. 

The $15 Emily sandal at Target. I have Turquoise. 

Laid-Back Summer Night Glam.  

1. Maxi Dress: Grab this easy and sophisticated soft jersey dress on sale and while supplies last. By hot designing duo Chinti & Parker ($137.50, originally $275).

2. Hammered gold hoops: IMHO gold hoops are a wardrobe staple. Marra Design ($60+) 

3. Purse: Once again, the very versatile leather envelope clutch: Clare Vivier  (see above).  

4. Strappy leather sandals like these delicate, Italian-crafted beauties go with anything. Pictures: Visconti & Du Reau ($255, on sale). Also try gladiator-style sandals from Target, ($15! I have them in turquoise). 

5. All-you-need Makeup: The most versatile, easy-to-apply makeup stick you'll ever own. For cheeks, lids...anywhere you need a dap of natural, shimmery color. Nars The Multiple in South Beach (my favorite shade: I'm freckled and fair). Nars, ($39). 


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My summer hat. She La La in New Canaan, CT. 

My summer hat. She La La in New Canaan, CT. 

Day to Night & Everything In-Between. 

1. Slip dress: This basic piece will easily take you through early fall with the right accessories. Joie ($268)

2. Fedora: I'm loving this snappy classic right now. Above, San Diego Hat Company ($58). Mine, to the right. 

3 & 6. Yup. That's the same Clare Vivier envelope clutch and Morra Design gold hoops earning their keep in the wardrobe! 

4. Denim Jacket: Choose this old classic in lieu of a sweater for a little edge. American Eagle Outfitters ($49.95)

5. Evening papers: These blotting natural papers absorb excess oils without disturbing makeup. Bonus: clutch-sized packaging! Tatcha ($15).  

7. Studded Sandal: I'm of the belief that a summer closet can't have enough flat, strappy sandals and these are on sale! J. Crew ($99.99 + 40% off, final sale). 



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