July 9, 2012

Today's Everyday Fashion: Aviators


I re-created this (gorgeous) blush and green outfit all the way to down to the aviators (even though I feel a tad silly wearing sunglasses in a blog post!). I also wanted to ask the same question I posed on Twitter - where do you shop for sunglasses and how much do you spend per pair? I have two pair - these were $50 from Banana, and I have a $5 pair from H&M. I want to up my sunglasses game and am not sure where to start, so I'm looking forward to your comments. Also, a heads up that Stella & Dot just released the new fall line which means tons of stuff on sale (woo hoo!). See below for my favorite deals.

Inspiration: Pinterest
Shirt: TJ Maxx, $17 (similar, similar, similar)
Jeans: Lauren Conrad c/o Kohl's, $34 (similar, similar)
Necklace: My Stella & Dot website, $136 (org. $228)
Purse: Express, $20
Sunglasses: Banana Republic, $50 (similar)
Shoes: c/o Chinese Laundry, $130
Turquoise cuff: Banana Republic, $10
Watch: Michael Kors, family gift
Rings: My Stella & Dot website $49 and $49
Bracelets: My Stella & Dot website $49 and $32 and $59
My favorite sale items!
1. Azure Earrings, $63.20 (org. $79)
2. Renegade Spike Earrings, $23.20 (org. $29)
3. Serpent Bangle, $34.30 (org. $49)
4. Pyramid Double-Wrap Bracelet, $41.30 (org. $59)
5. La Coco Curb Chain, $66.75 (org. $89)
6. Leona pendant, $58.80 (org. $98)
7. Jacqueline necklace, $136.80 (org. $228)

I own all of these pieces except #2, and links go to my personal Stella & Dot website where I earn commission. That's not why I'm sharing them though. I just enjoy a good bargain. ;-)

87 comments:

  1. CoffeebeansandbobbypinsJuly 9, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Raybans are always a classic staple in my sunglass collection! I love the wayfarers but they have tons of great styles!  Great recreation of the outfit, Love it! Youre such an inspiration!

    http://coffeebeansandbobbypins.blogspot.com/

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  2. I ADORE that necklace!  I love the inspiration photo and think you did a spot on job!

    Maria
    www.daintyanddecadent.com

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  3. LOVE this colour mix!  And the shape of the blouse is so great too.  I own a few different pairs of sunglasses and love my aviators which were £4 from H&M - most of my glasses were about £5 from cheap places but I have one pair of Ralph Lauren which I bought duty free and I completely love them.  I do think it's good to have at least one really nicely made, quality pair - duty free would be my tip or TK Maxx :)
    ♥ ThankFifi

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  4. This is such a great look! The green jeans are so fun. I always forget about khols haha


    Easypeasyglam.blogspot.com

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  5. Great outfit!  I saw your question on Twitter yesterday.  I just can't spend lots of money on Sunnies - I lose them or break them.  So I watch for sales at H&M, F21 or other discount places. I'd rather spend my money on shoes!

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  6. Polina BulgakovaJuly 9, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    lovely combination!

    Polly with lvoe
    follow)

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  7. Amy @ Leopard and Lillies.comJuly 9, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Love the outfit!  I purchase all of my sunglasses from flash sale sites like Gilt, Ruelala and Ideeli.  I find they have the best deals on sunglasses!

    Amy

    www.LeopardandLillies.com

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  8. I don't love the color combination, but you've done a crazy accurate job of recreating this look!  Your closet must be infinite!  
    As far as sunglasses go, mine are prescription so I can't help much.  

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  9. Constanze SchmittJuly 9, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Love the shirt and the aviators! ♥

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  10. HappinessatmidlifeJuly 9, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Wow this look is almost identical! I never spend any $$$ on sunglasses since I don't take care of them. I never keep them in the case and they end up sitting in the car or in my purse. I've seen some bloggers find great deals at Marshall's or TJ Maxx.

    Good luck hunting for a new pair of sunnies!

    Alice

    wwww.happinessatmidlife.com

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  11. pretty little thingsJuly 9, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    you did such a great job with this inspiration photo! I would have never thought of pairing those colors together!

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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  12. Love those two colours together! I usually go for cheap sunnies from forever 21 or H&M, it is inevitable that I will break at least one pair a season!

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  13. Love the color combo. The way I look at it, expensive sunglasses are really an investment to protect your eyes, especially living in Florida.

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  14. The most I have ever paid for a pair of sunglasses is $12 (target), but most of mine cost around $5. I find great pairs at Claire's, Rue 21, Forever 21, and Charlotte Russe. I always buy the cheap ones because I am terrible I keeping my sunglasses in one piece. They always end up getting crushed in my purse, smashed from being sat on, or broken by one of the dogs, so I refuse to splurge on an expensive pair because I know they will get destroyed.

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  15. this recreation is PERFECT! i love it! and i don't think you look silly in the aviators... i think you look fab!! :)

    still being [molly]

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  16. IMO, the expensive sunglasses just aren't worth it. (This coming from someone who will save up for a $400 handbag. Ok I only have one of those, but still.) I bought an expensive pair one time, and they got scratched, so what could I do? Also, the styles change pretty frequently. So I ususally buy two $20 pairs per year, treat them a little roughly, and replace them when they break. This has been great for me! :0)

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  17. Whoa! You're recreation is so spot-on I had to do a double take!

    As for sunglasses, I usually buy mine at Target.  I don't like to spend more than $20 per pair just in case I lose them or they get scratched up.

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  18. Hi J! It's a while I am thinking about buying the serpent bangle, so I am so excited to see it on sale. I have seen you wearing it almost all the time. I was just wondering about the care it needs, should I avoid water, keep it in a plastic bag and so on? Thanks so much.

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  19. Great job recreating this look. I like your sunnies. Until like two years ago, I always wore no-name sunnies, because I just didn't care about the brand. Then I fell in love with ray ban and I own two ray ban sunglasses (aviator and wayfarer) since then. Each cost me about $110 and I love them. I got my last pair in NYC in a random store, can't remember the name. But I take good care of them and I think it's worth investing in a really nice and timeless pair of sunnies.

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  20. Ray-bans are the best! I own a pair of the new wayfarers and classic avaitors. the new wayfarers are smaller and flater a womans face better than the classic wayfarers. I bought mine for about 125$ and if you take care of them they will last forever.

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  21. This post cracks me up because I have those same aviators from Banana and I also have a second H&M pair that were $5 that I wear to the beach or when I think there is a chance they could get scratched.  I think $50 is plenty to spend on sunglasses since what's it style changes all the time.

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  22. So so so so cute! I love this :) I usually buy my sunglasses at TJ Maxx, I like aviators and Steve Madden styles and don't usually spend more than $10. I would spend more but I always lose or break them so it isn't worth it!

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  23. I understand your sunglass dilemma!  I hate spending too much cause I always accidentally lose them or break them.  I would recommend Nordstorm's Rack.  I found a pair of Michael Kors sunnies there last August for $25 and they came with a nice sunglass case (to help reduce the possibility of me accidentally breaking them :) ).  You never know what treasures you will find at The Rack!

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  24. Does anyone remember La Femme Nikita, where she had a large selection of sunglasses hanging from a string near her door?  I always thought that was a nice little addition of some quirky personality. 

    I like to have a selection of inexpensive sunglasses on hand, but I keep them in small bucket.  I get mine from Target, NY&Co, Kohls, or anywhere I find a pair that looks right.  I am having a hard time with that right now because the trendy over-sized glasses swamp my small face.  Whenever I find a reasonably-sized pair that looks good, I buy them.  I stick with plastic, because the metal glasses have a nosepiece that grabs and pulls on my hair when I wear them on top of my head.  So your aviators would be right out for me. 

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  25. Smith makes some cute ladies sunglasses, and the quality of the lenses is amazing!  

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  26. I shop for sunglasses at Sunglass hut. I use to have 10+ pairs of cheaper sunglasses in all different shapes and sizes. Then I discovered Polarized sunglasses. I highly recommend getting a pair. There is no glare and makes everything so much easier to see. Plus Sunglass hut always has great sales, especially when you can catch a buy 1 get 1 free sale. It pays off in the end to invest in a nice pair of quality sunglasses. Or ask for some as a gift, thats how i scored my Ray bans.

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  27. Ray Bans are the absolute best! I've had a pair of classic aviators for 5 years and I own a new polorized pair. The new pair was around $200 but I adore them. I also have a large pair of Prada glasses that are fun. Sunglasses are one of the things I will spend good money on since I wear them so often.You did a perfect job recreating this look!

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  28. i have a pair of ralph lauren aviators that I live in! They have gold accents that go great with my blonde highlights :) I find that when I buy more expensive sunglasses I am much more careful with them and take better care of them so they last awhile...I got mine from Solstice which has a great return policy (90 days) and they will fix a scratched lens for free!

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  29. I'm decently careful with my sunglasses, and considering that I wear them every day, I don't mind splurging for a pair. My current two are Rayban New Wayfarers and a pair of Marc by Marc Jacobs tortoise shell sunglasses.

    I find that they really are made with much better quality materials, which makes them last longer in both look and feel and durability.

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  30. Solstice and Sunglass Hut have awesome glasses, mostly designer, and all relatively expensive. Michael Kors has great glasses for women, and so does Gucci. Happy shopping! 

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  31. Love Sunglass Hut, fyi sign up for bday specials, but got my aviators at Fossil Outlet for $25.

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  32. LindsayJEverydayJuly 9, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    I'm impressed J! Your re-creation is so great, that top and necklace would be hard to find but you did such a great job on this look...love it!

    Lindsay @LindsayJEveryday.blogspot.com

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  33. The most I have spent on sunglasses is $290...for the Prada baroque and that is my limit on price.  I try to make sure that I pick a classic style that I am willing to wear for a year or two and not necessarily fadish...

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  34. Tom Ford sunglasses!

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  35. Wow you got this outfit spot on! Very pretty colors for your complexion you look so tan :)

    www.lenasblend.com/blog 

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  36. Oooh LOVE this!! Your outfit is almost an exact match! I love that you do that!

    Kristin
    http://buttonspockets.blogspot.com

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  37. I would say Sun Glass hut honestly, They have a good sale section and always have deals. But if you want a better deal try checking out on the of outlet stores at the Prime Outlets or Premium Outlets. My fiance and I got a pair of Ray Bans for buy one get on free! And they were a regular selling item :) Mine were there aviators with purple frames!  Best deal I have ever had! 

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  38. I lost two polarized Raybans in the last 5 years, I absolutely used to love those but I do not think I can afford to lose another $300 pair glass. So now I just pick anything under $20 - atleast I do not have to worry about losing it. Ofcourse the quality is bad but the style is fab!

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  39. ray ban wayfarers & classic aviators are my go-tos forever & always. you can't beat the price & quality, & they'll never go out of style!

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  40. My current pair of sunglasses are from Bulgari. Living in So Cal, I wear my sunglasses all year, almost every day, so paying over $300 for sunglasses doesn't seem over the top.

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  41. FIRST: I can't believe that you and I both did a pink/green post today! Great minds think alike!


    Regarding the sunglasses, I once "invested" $25 in a pair (reg. price $50, but were on sale + coupon), and despite how I tried to take really good care of them, they still managed to get scuffed up. I couldn't dream of spending more than that. I had a really nice pair from Kohl's for $15 which were the best pair I've ever had... until they went missing. Sorry that I can't be more helpful than that! Good luck though!

    http://thephilosophicalfashionista.blogspot.com

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  42. Love your interpretation of this picture!!

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  43. I have a few pairs of sunglasses and honestly, most of them are from Target!  The only nice pair of sunglasses I've ever owned are a pair of Ray Bans and I got them through a deal site- I believe it was groupon but may have been living social.  I refuse to spend hundreds of dollars on sunglasses!  I can't take care of them well enough to drop big bucks... 

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  44. Super cute! I get my sunglasses from a monthly subscription site called StunneroftheMonth.com . You get a new surprise pair of sunglasses every month for only 9.00 shipped. The quality and variety are great and their customer service is amazing!

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  45. Stephanie_walter0409July 9, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    J, a question about Stella and Dot.  I'm thinking about signing up to become a stylist...when you signed up, did you just do the $199 package and get $350 worth of free product?  They have those three different packages now, and I am not sure which one is the best deal...plus it says you can earn free jewelry once you become a stylist (how do you do this?) and that you can get items for 50% off...I guess I'm just trying to figure out the best way to do it when signing up to get the biggest bang for my buck.
    Also, have you had a good return so far in your business?  How many parties do you have a month etc?
    Thanks so much for any of the help you can provide me!

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  46. Hey J,
    You look great. I visit your site every day to see what fantastic outfit you've put together for us!
    As for sunglasses... I coveted a beautiful pair of Cole Haan sunnies (100$) for a year before I finally saw them for 20$ at Ross. Then I saw them on overstock for 20$ each and bought 2 more pair. I love a bargain!
    Good luck with the sunglass hunt.
    -E

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  47. Loving the blush and green combination!!! Gorgeous. I love aviators, too, but they just don't fit my face shape. :-( Maybe I haven't found just the right size/proportions yet. I am, however, totally in LOVE with a pair of sunglasses from Tiffany & Co.. 
    http://www.tiffany.com/Shopping/Item.aspx?fromGrid=1&sku=26303605&mcat=148212&cid=476276&search_params=s+5-p+12-c+476276-r+-x+-n+6-ri+-ni+0-t+ It's like they were made just for my face!!! They would be quite a splurge, though. For now I stick to cheaper models from H&M and the like.

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  48. LOVE this outfit  - you did a perfect remix!!!  The aviators look great on you too girl!

    *enter my nautical giveaway here - closes tomorrow!!*
    sarahsavvystyle.com

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  49. I'll spend $100-$600. Ray-Bans-Louis Vuitton. Love me some shades!!! I get a pair a year and have a drawer dedicated to sunglasses in my dresser. I'm not one to lose or break sunglasses so I love to splurge!

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  50. Vintage shops have great sunglasses. I have one pair from a vintage store that I got for $5. I also got a pair of sunglasses from ASOS for $10. I refuse to pay more than $20 for shades because if I do, I will inevitably sit, step, squash or otherwise destroy them.

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  51. I love Coach shades. Sometimes I get them at my eye doctor (!) and sometimes at Coach and lastly at Nordstrom Rack!

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  52. I used to only buy junk sunglasses from Loft or Gap because I didn't take care of them in college or grad school. Then I found out that since I am a teacher, my health insurance would cover eye wear. I don't wear contacts or glasses, so I could apply my benefit to sunglasses, so I got 2 pairs of designer shades. Sadly, insurance no longer covers that benefit, and left me in love with high quallity sunglasses. So now I shop Marshall's for Kate Spade and Ray Bans. On Black Friday, Kate Spade outlet has great sunglasses deals too.

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  53. Seems like we are in sync once again with our color choices. I've got green theme week going on with my blog. ;-)
    Niki
    www.fashionatforty.blogspot.com

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  54.  I've always been jealous of people who can pick up cheap sunglasses anywhere!  I need prescription sunglasses and I only have one wear, but I want to get another soon.

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  55. I have an obsession with sunglasses, I have a few good pairs that I spent more on (or got as gifts) and then I have like 10+ that i spent anywhere from $5-10 on (I tend to break/drop things a lot). My favorite place is bleudame.com; its awesome they have a ton of in style sunglasses and they're super cheap. I've stopped shopping at forever21 cause they always come crooked or broken. But my all time favorite pair that I wear daily was $10 from Nordstrom BP- I just had to replace the last pair that I got a crack in after 4 years and they had a pair really similar, I hope I get another 4 years!! Good Luck J!

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  56. You did a great job recreating this look! I buy sunglasses anywhere that I find a pair I like as long as they're cheap. $20 is a lot for me on a pair of sunglasses. I tend to break mine a lot or drop them and scratch them or sit on them so I don't like to spend too much money on them.

    www.daisyraeboutique.com
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  57. I only wear aviators, and I only buy cheap ones! NY & Co has some great ones!

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  58. I have to have prescription and buy mine from zenni.com They are generally super cheap (like $10 to $30) and last fairly well. I only have two pair of sunnies, but that's all I really need. :)

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  59.  have you tried zenni.com? Their glasses are cheap and you can get any pair on their site as sunnies!

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  60. anthropologie! theyre affordable (around $30) and cute. I used to only wear designer sunglasses but started finding more and more cute ones there for a fraction of the price!

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  61. TJMaxx is my spot for sunglasses.  Wide variety, good prices! 

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  62. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the whole outfit.  You have some AMAZING style and you put pieces together well.  BRAVO! 

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  63. love it! I totally buy all my sunglasses cheap. No more than $15, usually from Target. My son usually breaks them or I get careless with them so its not worth investing and I still get lots of compliments since they're just as cute as expensive ones! Question: do you always shop in outfits or do you shop by individual pieces?

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  64. jseverydayfashionJuly 9, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Not sure I've ever bought a matching top and bottom on the same day, is that what you mean? This shirt is 2 years old and the jeans are recent - so I would say I definitely shop in pieces. I always have a running wish list - things like green jeans, mustard skirt, etc. - that are often on there because I'll save 20 pictures of yellow skirts, get the hint, and add it to my shopping list. Hope this answers your question! :-)

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  65. jseverydayfashionJuly 9, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Thank you! :-)

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  66. jseverydayfashionJuly 9, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Stephanie, I will email you right now with a contact (my friend Tara) who can answer all of these questions for you. I am not a regular Stylist - i've never had a trunk show and I don't buy samples, just a few pieces to wear. I'm way, way too busy to do anything else, and it's not my main source of income by any means, nor is it meant to be. :-) Emailing you now!

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  67. American Eagle! They're almost always buy one get one 50% off and you'll never pay more than $15.50 for a pair.

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  68. jseverydayfashionJuly 9, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Gizelle, each S&D piece comes with a little insert that tells you how to care for it. (or it should at least) I store mine with other bracelets in a tray on my dresser and am pretty rough with it and haven't had any problems!

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  69. jseverydayfashionJuly 9, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Thanks Molly! I love these sunglasses, I just feel silly posting the picture because I'm indoors in the picture. Total silliness. 

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  70. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!

    Smile On:)...Classy Pam

    http://classypam.blogspot.com

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  71. Just love this!! Perfection!! I really adore this outfit!

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  72. I like the statement necklace but unsure about the ruffles on the top. They're nice but I'm not sure if I'd ever wear that. But I'm sure I'd buy it... *sigh* I need to work more things back in rotation before going shopping again!

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  73. Back again... with the horrendous alias.  I have this image on my Pinterest page. LOVE this look, and you recreated wonderfully with that awesome S&D necklace, blouse and skinnies.
    Best, Whitley

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  74. Stephanie_walter0409July 10, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Thanks J!

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  75. I also own a pair of Michael Kors sunglasses (TJ Maxx $22) and love them. I'm not very gentle with my sunglasses so I don't like to spend too much for them. The Michael Kors glasses look quite expensive but were not. I think you could find pretty nice sunglasses for a decent price a TJ Maxx/Marshall's. If you are ever in NYC my favorite store is Century 21 (a TJ Maxx/Marshall's times four), you can find high end brands at good prices there.

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  76. I LOVE aviators.  I typically won't spend more than $20 for a pair of sunglasses.  I buy them at Target, or Charming Charlie's typically anywhere between $10-$16.  I recently bought these tortoise glasses: http://www.target.com/p/mossimo-round-sunglasses-tortoise/-/A-14075553 from Target, and I also have a great pair of big black ones from Charming Charlie that I love (I can't find them on the website though) here's something similar: http://charmingcharlie.com/cc/product/productDetails.jsp?pId=3000329966&sId=11398000010&pgName=searchResult&pdpTrail=

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  77. Loving this look!  I love my Marc Jacob sunglasses.  $99 from Nordstrom.  They're on my blog, and I wear them all the time!
    XO
    Shadow

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  78. I shop for my glasses on www.amazon.com/shops/AHHEAKMAFLE0I Triple Optic through amazon. Great customer service, and awesome looks for $10 each :-)

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  79. I'd say go for Rayban, you won't regret it!

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  80. Beautiful outfit. I love this deep green and the shirt in blush. Really harmonous. I like it.

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  81. I like Target for cheap sunglasses or Steve Madden is almost always 40% at department stores.  I'll have to try H&M.  Sometimes I'll get a nicer pair from Fossil.  I don't usually spend much more than that though.

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  82. Thanks so much J! I just bought it and am looking forward to wearing it :-)

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  83. Colleen McCloskeyJuly 12, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    I tend to spend $20 or less. Any more and I'm constantly afraid I'll lose them. I have a $5 pair.  I recently found a $150 pair and they are very very similar to ones I just bought (I found the pair in a box of baking sheets while unpacking. I'm very confused how they got there.)   I have recently discovered I have a wider head than most because many sunglasses squeeze my head while my friends try on the same pairs and they don't hurt their heads at all.  Do you have any weird things like that when trying on sunglasses?  My mom said they never squeeze her head but the stems are never long enough for her. I said the stems are always an inch too long on ones I try on.  Weird.  


    I did spend $50 on sunglasses 2 days before I found the $150 pair.  I'm afraid to leave the house in them. I like my $5 pair because who cares if I lose them. (I have not lost a pair of sunglasses ever so I don't know why I worry.)

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  84. OAKLEY!!! If you have an Oakley Vault near you it's even better because it's like an outlet! They have a pretty good variety of styles and prices. Plus, the glasses are high quality and last a long time if you take care of them.

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  85. I spent $150 on my Oakley's and don't regret it.  They are wonderful sunglasses and protect my eyes a hell of a lot better than the cheapy ones.  I've learned that there are some items worth paying extra for and sunglasses are one of them.  I love my Oakley's so much that when I found out I needed prescription glasses, I spent $220 on lenses for the frames I have.

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  86. I always find GREAT deals on designer glasses at TJMAXX, Stein Mart & Nordstrom Rack. Usually less than $30.

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  87. I buy all my sunglasses at either TJMaxx or Marshall's and I've never paid more than $20. My favorite brands are Franco Sarto and Oscar de la Renta.

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