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The Look for Less: Ann Taylor Neon Necklace

Like many of you, I'm obsessed with Ann Taylor's neon "sunburst" necklaces which come in yellow, pink or orange. You can cave and pay $78 or wait patiently for a sale. You could also use a coupon (the CouponSherpa mobile app currently has one for 40% off any one full price item), or sign up for Ann Taylor newsletters and get 20% off.

If you're looking for a slightly cheaper alternative, t + j Designs has some eye-catching neon necklaces that might be just what you've been craving. These beauties range from $38-$40, and they have other sparkle for even less.

Another option comes from fashion-blogger-favorite Spike the Punch. I was late to the Spike the Punch lovefest and now it seems most styles are out of stock, but I'm sure they will replenish their neon necklaces eventually. Most are $50.

Finally, I picked up a clear crystal necklace from Forever 21 a few months ago now and plan on painting it (eventually) with neon nail polish, so there's always the DIY route.

If you've found a great neon necklace on a budget, let us know in the comments!

What I'm Wearing: Stripes and Ikat

After battling a cold all of last week (during a heatwave, ugh), I took the opportunity to "dress up" this weekend at the first signs of feeling better. For me that meant swapping out my flat sandals for some heels and adding a white blazer to the t-shirt and shorts looks that I've been wearing just about every day. The finishing touch was my Lands' End Canvas fedora - something about wearing a hat just makes me feel fun and carefree, and isn't that what summer's all about? Quick note: If you have trouble finding a hat that fits, you'll love this hat - it comes in two sizes, SM and LXL - I got the LXL which fits my big head perfectly. And it's just $23.99 (down from $40). More pics and ramblings after the jump...

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