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Happy Friday My Frugal Fashionistas!!!

Do you have Gucci taste but an Old Navy budget? A true fashionista knows how to build an awesome wardrobe without breaking the bank. When it comes to fashion, less is more! Meaning spend less money and do more with what you have in your closet. Just because you are, a babe on a budget does not mean you have to sacrifice style!  The key to a great wardrobe is the ability to mix and match pieces you already own to create new looks while adding key items, piece by piece, to update your outfits. However, before you pull out that Visa, let me help you zero in on your wardrobe gap and fill in your closet

Here is a list of the Top5 Must-Have Items for the season:

1.The Espadrille -This is your must-have shoe for the summer. Pair this shoe with a range of summer items from dresses to denim. Whether you enjoy flats, peep-toe or heeled shoes, there is definitely an espadrille out there for you!

2.A Straw Tote: This bag will be your Go-to summer bag for the season and a definite must-have accessory. The straw tote is a great neutral handbag that goes with almost anything. Every girl needs a good straw bag!

3. A Maxi Dress: Thanks to LA Stylist, Rachel Zoe and her celebrity clients, we have been reintroduced to the casual, comfortable and cute maxi dress!  It has taken on a life of its own and is a HUGE trend this season. Believe it or not, the maxi dress is a very versatile piece!  For a great Boho inspired look, you can pair it with a straw hat (another must-have), denim jacket and wedges. Alternatively, for a trendy look, you can throw it on with a boxy top, statement necklace and strappy sandals. There are so many options when it comes to styling a maxi dress. Definitely a great investment piece!

4. Birght Colored Bottoms:Bright hued denim is a huge trend this summer. Give your khakis and blue denim a break and opt for a brighter alternative! Celebrities like Jada Pinkett Smith and Rihanna have already caught onto this trend and are rocking their bright bottoms. If you are not used to wearing bold, vibrant colors, you can tone them down by pairing them with neutral tones.

Don’t be afraid to step outside your box! Fashion is fun. Enjoy it!

5. A Straw Hat:The Summer 2011 must-have accessory is the Fedora! Victoria Beckham and Beyoncé were recently spotted rocking this hot trend. Fedoras complete your look and are an instant wardrobe update!  They can transform any boring outfit into a super cute one.

If you want to take your look from drab to fab, incorporate some of these items into your wardrobe!

Here are a few links to get you started: