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Must-have styles for summer

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CROP TOPS: Perfect for the hottest day of the year, short and spunky crop tops pair well with any high waist short or skirt. Spice up a pair of denim shorts with a cute cropped floral top and call it a day this summer. Perfect for the beach, the boardwalk or the backyard, these tops are a top summer trend.

PASTELS: Ditch the little black dress for something brighter. Pair a set of white shorts with a bright neon or pastel to brighten your outfit – and your mood! Shine like the sun in a bright yellow top or stand out with a bright blue or purple top.

BRIGHT BATHING SUITS: Mismatched or perfectly paired, hit the waves in something bright this summer. From neon, pastel, polka dot or floral to one piece, two-piece, cutout or even high-waist bottoms, make a statement in your suit this summer.

SUMMER MANIS: Don’t let your wardrobe do all the talking. Pair a bright outfit with an even brighter manicure, then break out the fl ip-fl ops and show off a pastel pedicure. Add an accent nail (or two!) and make your nails an accessory.

FLORALS: April showers bring May flowers – and floral is definitely in. Don a blouse full of colorful daisies, a pair of rose-printed shorts or even a maxi dress draped in dandelions. Pair it with a matching solid-colored cardigan to emphasize the print. Be bold. Be you. Break out the summer prints.

CUTE COVERUPS: Perfect for the beach or the boardwalk, a cute cover-up can turn any beach bum into a runway model. From a do-it-yourself oversized tank top or band tee to a custom-made tunic, cover-ups are where cute meets classy this summer season.

SUMMER HATS: Trendy and practical. Keep cool by looking cool in a summer hat. From fedoras to sunhats, there’s something for every head of hair out there this summer.

SHADES: No summer outfit is complete without a pair of shades to fight the sun. Whether you choose to lay low with a pair from the dollar store or splurge on a namebrand designer like Ray Ban, safeguard your eyes while staying stylish this summer.

HAREM PATTERNED PANTS: Light and cool, these trendy bottoms are still perfect for Summer 2014. Typically high-waist, these pants can be picked up in just about any pattern. Pair with a crop top or a plain, old t-shirt for just about any occasion.

COTTON TANKS AND TEES: Stay cool this summer with a cotton-friendly wardrobe. Sometimes fabrics like pleather and chiffon can get a little too warm but tanks and tees made of cotton leave room for your body to breathe. Perfect for any bummy beach day or summer stroll in the park, cotton tees and tanks can be your best friend this summer – and certainly a go-to summer style.

BOAT SHOES: Ideal for any occasion, boat shoes are a summer staple for both boys and girls. Ditch the everyday flip-flops for a pair of Sperrys or ASOS to spice up just about any outfit.



Beat the winter blues with these bright, sparkly fashion items

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Rivet Jumper, Romwe, $45

Silver Bullet Knit, Nasty Gal, $58

Blazer, Chicnova, $153

Sheer Blouse , Mango, $40

Sequin Silk Blazer, Day Birger Et Mikkelsen, $549

Sequin T-shirt, New York & Company, $25

Lip Sweater, Markus Lupfer, $418



Leather-trimmed skirt, Antonio Berardi, $904

Neon skirt, Tibi, $751

Jeans, Hudson, $102

Sequined Leggings, H&M, $35

Sequin Mini, Express ,$60



Hot Pink Sneakers, Vans, $80

Glitter High-Tops, Jimmy Choo, $495

Snow Boot, Sperry Top-Sider, $230

Neon Pump, Boutique 9 at Nordstroms, $120

Frankie Pump, Madewell, $175

Sparkle Heel, ModCloth, $40


Janey Patent Flats, J. Crew, $178


Necklace, Tom Binns, $3,927

Earrings, Malene Birger, $85

Chloe Necklace, Juliet & Company, $88

Watch, Marc by Marc Jacobs, $150

Neon Deco Earrings, Top Shop, $60

Chevron Ring Stack, Baublebar, $26

Zip Pouch, See by Chloe, $110



New Year’s Eve fashion on a budget

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Skirt (Papaya): $10.99

Sequin top (Papaya ): $15.99

Fur Vest (Papaya):  $19.99

Booties (Afaze): $38.99







Jacket (H&M):  $79.95

Slacks (H&M): $34.99

Shirt (J.C. Penney): $20

Bow Tie (J.C. Penney): $20

Shoes (J.C. Penney): $50






Dress (H&M): $14.95

Booties (Afaze): $38









Jacket (H&M): $79.50

Vest (H&M): $29.95

Shirt (J.C. Penney): $45

Slacks (H&M): $34.95

Tie (J.C. Penney): $20

Shoes (J.C. Penney): $80

Artist’s plight after cleaning up blight

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After textile designer/artist Paola Belotti transformed a graffiti-laden wall in a Maspeth alleyway into a giant Tuscan mural last August, she not only elevated a “wall of shame” to a “wall of fame,” she brought a sense of peace and beauty to many of the local residents.

The mural was born through a happy accident that occurred while at an afternoon barbecue in the alleyway behind Maspeth Wines & Liquors on 69th Street. After learning of her talent, the owner had asked her to simply cover the graffiti behind his store that she noted “looked terrible.” She suggested a mural of Tuscany to reflect the theme of wine.

Through the three weeks it took to complete, the mural unfolded organically – without any sketches.

“It is everything in my mind. I grew up in Italy where I could see vineyards, barrels, lemon trees, wall fountains with lions, bricks and columns,” noted Belloti of her work.

She recalls meeting residents who were curious and joyful at the transformation. She said many commented on how peaceful it made them feel. She also recalls hearing local employees making plans to lunch in the alleyway, so they could enjoy “lunch in Tuscany.”

“With my mural I wanted to give a message of simple beauty and serenity, instead of the screaming graffiti, and I think I achieved that,” she said.

Painting the mural also gave her the “therapy” she needed during a difficult time.

“I was going through all these difficult moments. My Green Card had been denied … I was really struggling.”

The struggle is ongoing for Belotti. After 14 years of being a successful textile designer with a Midtown firm, she is now facing deportation.

Originally from Lake Como, Italy, she was recruited to New York in 1997 under a work visa. When her Green Card was denied at the same time she was laid off in 2010, she knew she was facing deportation. She is now here under a tourist visa and is appealing her Green Card.

Belotti claims her lawyer did not submit a thorough Green Card application back in 2002.

She says she has put thousands of dollars into renewing her visas and believes it would be an “extreme hardship” to start her life and career over again in Italy.

Belotti calls art her “passion” and wants to continue her career in the U.S. because she believes she has “much to offer.”

“I own an an apartment,” she said. “I have my own bank account and no debts.I have always obeyed the law and have paid my taxes diligently from the first day I arrived in the U.S. I was hoping to one day have the privilege of voting.”

Since the mural, Belotti has been commissioned for various paid and unpaid projects, but has yet to find a permanent job.

Although somewhat downtrodden by the struggles, she remains determined.

“At least I can say I tried,” she said. “I will try hard to stay until the last straw.”