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Summer steals

Every good hostess loves to bag a bargain and I’ve been having such good luck so far this summer. From trusty old Lands’ End to trolling the classic New York sample sales at 260 Fifth (J.Crew, DVF), I’ve gotten some great, superbly handy items to get me through the next few months. What steals have you other hostesses (or hosts – we like well-dressed men too) found?

1. H&M party dress, $19.99 (originally $49.95)
Sorry for the all caps, but can you BELIEVE this was $20? It looks like it’s from J.Crew! As daunting as a sale at H&M seems, I happened upon this little dove grey treasure that will get me through several upcoming weddings.

2. J.Crew sample green shantung silk midi skirt, $40
This is one of a kind, but it’s amazing. I was inspired to find a midi skirt after seeing this gem on Ashley Olsen.

3. Lands’ End Greeley T-strap sandal, $24.99 (originally $45.00)

4. H&M cotton voile button down, $12.95
My friend Ashley, who has a great eye, found this one and grabbed it in two other colors while chanting, “Get the biggest size, get every color.” So now I have three billowy, gauzy button downs in cream, tangerine and cloud blue. Each in size 12 so they can be worn like tunics with my summer go-to white cropped jeans or to the beach as a cover-up or with a cream slip underneath for a classier nighttime look. Get me a Panama hat to go with these at the beach!

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