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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Go Short

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[Rainy Sun Design]

Blazer: H&M $34.95/Top: TJ Maxx $39.99 (c/o)/Shorts: TJ Maxx $29.99 (c/o)/Purse: TJ Maxx $29.99 (c/o)/Heels: Nine West $79/Necklace: TJ Maxx $29.99 (c/o)/Earrings: Charming Charlie $15

These fun shorts are cut from a washed-out fabric that have a bit of stretch so they are super comfy and easy to wear. They sit high on the waist and softly flare out for a loose fit through the legs. I wore them with a lightweight knit top and sleek blazer, but you can wear them with pretty much anything – like a linen blouse and espadrilles for a casual look.

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True Colors

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[Rainy Sun Design]

Top: Forever 21 $16/Pencil Skirt: TJ Maxx $12.99 (c/o)/Sandals: Target $29.99/Clutch: TJ Maxx $29.99 (c/o)/Necklace: Forever 21 $10.80/Earrings: Francesca’s Collection $14/Bracelets: Forever 21 $10.80

I’m a firm believer that what you wear is a true reflection of who you are or how you’re feeling at that moment. Think about it, when you choose bright colors you’re most likely feeling happy and if you’re wearing black in the dead heat of the summer, you’re probably feeling conservative and/or somewhat out of your mind.

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Free Spirited

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Top: Forever 21 $19.80/Shorts: Marshalls $12.99/Sandals: Marshalls $39.99 (c/o)/Clutch: (gift)/Earrings: Forever 21 $6.80/Bracelets: Charming Charlie $10-15

Hi everyone!

Sorry I haven’t posted much on the blog lately. Last week was busy with traveling but so worth it. I feel so blessed to have been given the opportunity to style for such an amazing brand and to experience it with one of my best friends and my photographer. I’ll never forget it and can’t wait to share it with everyone on the blog! So stay tuned – come July 1, it goes live.

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