Red Hot Summer

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 [Photo Credit: Drew Reilly via TJ Maxx]

Top: (c/o) TJ Maxx $16.99/Jeans: (c/o) TJ Maxx $39.99/Sandals: Steve Madden $79.95/Purse: (c/o) TJ Maxx $12.99/Necklace: (c/o) Ralph Lauren via TJ Maxx $29.99/Earrings: Francesca’s Collection $14/Bracelets: Forever 21 $10.80/Sunnies: H&M $8

For this look for “This Maxxinista Life,” I went with one of my favorite trends – colorblocking, and paired my yellow pants with a bright, solid-colored top to make a bold statement…

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Ultra-Casual

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[Rainy Sun Design]

Romper: (c/o) TJ Maxx $16.99/Sandals: (c/o) Sam Edelman via TJ Maxx $59.99/Clutch: Francesca’s Collection $34/Necklace: Francesca’s Collection $28/Bracelets: Charming Charlie and Express $10-25

This ultra-casual romper from TJ Maxx is crafted with a fun, playful print and embellished with a tiny pom pom pattern towards the bottom. The elastic waistband creates a super comfy fit, plus it highlights the narrowest part of your body! Who doesn’t like that?

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Summer Barbeque

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[Chelsae Anne Photography]

Top: (c/o) Rebecca Minkoff via TJ Maxx $59.99/Jeans: (c/o) TJ Maxx $17.99/Wedges: (c/o) Dolce Vita via TJ Maxx $39.99/Clutch: Francesca’s Collection $38/Hat: (c/o) TJ Maxx $14.99/Necklace: (c/o) TJ Maxx $29.99/Bracelet: (c/o) $19.99/Earrings: Francesca’s Collection $14/Sunnies: H&M $8

With summer here, you’re bound to hit up at least one or two BBQ’s. From hotdogs to watermelon to sangria, you’ve got to have the perfect look – and one that strikes a fine balance between being causal and comfortable, yet still stylish.

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Gorgeous Green

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[Rainy Sun Design]

Dress: (c/o) Jessica Simpson via TJ Maxx $59.99/Sandals: Just Fab $39.99/Clutch: Ann Taylor LOFT $30/Earrings: Charming Charlie $8

Kelly green is an unexpected color that’s works for both daytime and evening looks. If you’re looking to make an impression at a daytime event and channel a classic vibe, wear subtle accessories like nude sandals and gold jewelry. If you’re going to an evening event, turn to on-trend accessories like printed sandals, bright jewelry and a cute, statement clutch.

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New York Minute

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[Chelsae Anne Photography]

Top: (c/o) Cynthia Rowley via TJ Maxx $34.99/Shorts: (c/o) TJ Maxx $9.99/Wedges: (c/o) Dolce Vita via TJ Maxx $39.99/Purse: (c/o) TJ Maxx $12.99/Necklace: (c/0) TJ Maxx $29.99/Earrings: Francesca’s Collection $14/Sunnies: (c/0) Jessica Simpson via TJ Maxx $12.99

As Johnny Carson once put it, “a New York minute is that instant between a traffic light turning green and the guy behind you honking his horn.” Pretty sure that sums up this day of shooting – fast, frenzied and… well, fun.

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Tangerine Hues

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[Rainy Sun Design]

Top: (c/o) TJ Maxx $14.99/Shorts: (c/o) TJ Maxx $24/Sandals: Steve Madden $79.99/Clutch: Francesca’s Collection $34/Necklace: Charming Charlie $15/Earrings: Charming Charlie $10/Sunnies: Ray Ban

Tangerine happens to be one of my favorite colors to wear because it’s vibrant, sassy, attention getting – and looks great when paired with a cobalt, ink blue, denim or even light blue colors.

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July’s Maxxinista

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[Photo Credit: Drew Reilly via TJ Maxx]

Top: (c/o) Max Studio via TJ Maxx $34.99/Shorts: (c/o) TJ Maxx $9.99/Shoes: Target $29.99/Purse: (c/o) TJ Maxx $14.99/Necklace: (c/o) TJ Maxx $29.99/Earrings: Francesca’s Collection $14

Last month, I received an incredible opportunity to be the contributing editor for TJ Maxx’s “This Maxxinista Life” on Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. They flew me along with my best friend, Jen, to NYC to go on a shopping spree and to style and shoot 14 different looks. I had an amazing hair and makeup stylist (Neil Gogoi), a full size RV (yes – an RV in NYC) to go from location to location in and an incredible photographer (Drew Reilly). It was truly an unforgettable experience.

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Day break

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 [Rainy Sun Design]

Top: (c/o) Rebecca Minkoff via TJ Maxx $59.99/Shorts: (c/o) TJ Maxx $12.99/Wedges: (c/o) Dolce Vita via TJ Maxx $39.99/Purse: (c/o) TJ Maxx $12.99/Necklace: Forever 21 $10.80/Bracelet: Charming Charlie $15/Earrings: Francesca’s Collection $4.98

Looking to liven up a summer wardrobe without spending a fortune? Consider investing in a couple accessories to help you get started.

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Pajama Party

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[Rainy Sun Design]

Top: H&M $5.95/Pants: (c/o) TJ Maxx $16.99/Sandals: Steve Madden (old)/Clutch: (c/0) TJ Maxx $29.99/Necklace: (c/o) TJ Maxx $19.99/Earrings: Francesca’s Collection $14

Typically made with lightweight fabrics, pajama pants are meant to be breezy and fun, and easy to wear on sticky summer nights. In my opinion, this style works best when the pants are printed and have an elastic waistband with an easy fit.

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