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Go get yourself some cheap sunglasses…

Christina Aguilera in two-tone sunglasses. (Image courtesy of

Time to break out the shades, people! (Actually, eye doctors recommend you wear sunglasses year-round. But spring and summer are when the new styles seem to come out anyway.) There’s no need to pay for a designer price tag when you’re looking for eye protection. Plenty of lower-priced sunglasses will do the same thing and look just as good.

According to you just need to keep a few things in mind:

• Look for a pair of sun glasses that provides UVA and UVB protection. Most glasses providing this protection have a label that designates them as UV safe. If they do not, do not assume that the glasses will protect you from UV radiation. Just because eye glasses are tinted does not mean they will provide you with ample protection from UV rays.

• Look for glasses that are dark enough they will help reduce sun reflection and glare, but not glasses that are so dark you have difficulty distinguishing traffic lights or signs.

• Find a pair of glasses that covers your eyes and line of site entirely.

• If buying children’s sunglasses, be sure they also protect against UV radiation.

• Make sure eyeglasses do not obscure your line of site.

This year’s sunglasses trends are very retro – oversized Jackie O. shades, the wayfarers look of the 1980s, and 1950s cat-eye shades are all hot right now. Brightly-colored two-tone frames (as seen on Christina above) are also popular. As someone who loves color (the more and brighter the better!), I love the two-tone look. It feels fresh and summery. But the more standard tortoiseshell or black shades are a perennial classic. The most important thing is to find a shape and color with which you’re happy – if you’re not comfortable, you won’t wear them. And no matter how much of a deal you got, no bargain find is really a bargain if it doesn’t get worn.

My current pair of sunglasses cost me $8 on sale at Target (my trusty shopping friend). You can see some of their current sunglasses here, but they have a lot more in-store. has a few different color options for only $9.99 if you like the two-tone look. (They have plenty of other styles too.) House of Sunglasses has a lot of options, from the classic to the crazy, all for just $9.99. If you want to imitate a celebrity look, try – just be aware that anything you find there will probably be expensive. I recommend using this site for ideas and finding a less pricey option elsewhere.

Keep in mind if you buy sunglasses online that you still want to look for that UV protection. Without it you may actually do more damage, since your pupils will dilate from the dark lenses but won’t be protected from the sun’s harmful rays. And remember – no trend is as important as your confidence! Find a look that fits comfortably and flatters your face and you can’t go wrong.

(Thanks to ZZ Top for the post title.)

20 Summer Dresses Under $50

The temperature is going up, which means it’s time to break out the breezy dresses! I love the way a good dress is an instant no-work outfit that looks put together and fab. After the jump, 20 dresses for your summer wardrobe under $50… Continue reading

Two Quickies for the Price of One!

I’m updating a little slow this week. The truth is most of my brain power is going to mulling over the series finale of Lost. (Even fashionistas can be huge nerds.) But don’t forget me! I’m still working on keeping you up to date with fashion and beauty fun and news!

For today, here’s a couple of quick shots for you:

Allure Magazine has published its 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards. Every year the magazine surveys readers for their favorite drugstore and designer products and compiles a list of the best. So if you want to know what works for real people instead of what beauty editors want you to buy, this is the list for you.

ModCloth is a popular site for shoppers who want a unique look with vintage flair. Their prices can be a bit high, so I usually stick to checking out what’s on sale. I got a great pair of black and white tweed t-strap heels there that get compliments every time I wear them! I haven’t tried their clothes, but their accessories and shoes are adorable and you can get some great deals when they have a sale.

Capri pants: yay or nay?

To capri or not to capri? That is the question that women face every time the temperature starts to rise.

The capri pant is everywhere. You can’t enter a mall without seeing store windows filled with their ankle-baring glory. Women (myself included) turn to the capri pant because it’s a safe sort of compromise between long pants and shorts – when shorts are too casual but it’s too warm for long pants, the capri comes into play. Or we wear them because we dislike the look of our legs and want to be comfortable while still covering up.

But there’s a growing backlash against the capri pant. There have been blogs devoted to hating them, and if you Google “hate capri pants” you’ll get a plethora of links to which I will not subject you. Even Tim Gunn (who I consider to be my personal Patron Saint of Fashion) hates them!

So why all the capri hate?

Let’s be honest: they’re usually not that much cooler than long pants, especially if you go for the ankle-length version. Pedal pushers (knee-length capris) are a cooler option. But at that point you could just cut off an inch and have a pair of bermuda shorts.

The other problem with capris is that unless you shop very carefully you wind up with a pair of pants that hits you at exactly the most unflattering part of your leg. Most capris are either pedal pushers, which tend to hit at the knee and cut your legs in half, or they’re cut halfway down the calf, which is the widest part of your lower leg.

We hear the word “capris” and think of elegant images of Audrey Hepburn riding a bicycle, looking young and carefree. Unfortunately we’re not all built like Audrey.

Saint Tim tends to advise replacing all of one’s capris with skirts or casual dresses. And while I do love a comfy summer dress, sometimes you want to wear something that won’t expose your bits and pieces in a stiff breeze. Something more practical. I’ve learned to love the bermuda short, but shorts aren’t always appropriate either. So what’s a girl to do?

If you still want your capris it’s a matter of smart shopping. Look for a length that hits at the slimmest part of your leg. Avoid anything too tapered as it will only make your hips look wider in contrast. Avoid cuffs; they’ll make your calves look wider. And try to find a cut that hangs straight from the hip to the hem. Too tight and you’ll look stuffed in, too baggy and you’ll look sloppy.

When I wear capris, I tend to employ a few tricks to create a more flattering silhouette. If the capris are fitted (as most denim capris are), I keep my tops loose and bright to draw attention away from my hips. And I tend to wear shoes with a heel (a wedge sandal or something) because higher heels create a longer leg line and minimize the the dreaded cankles.

Have you sworn off capris, or do you still wear them with pride? Let me know in the comments!