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Last Saturday, dozens of chefs from our 'hood showcased their finest dishes at TASTES, a culinary festival to benefit The NYC Lab Middle and High Schools, one of the city's most sought-after public schools for grades 6-12 (thanks to Marinka for giving me the heads-up about it).

The event was fantastically organized and the line-up of restaurants, impressive. Each $35 ticket included 6 "tastes," but I hit the wall after a pork shoulder sandwich from Trestle on Tenth, a meatloaf burger from the Red Cat, and chimichangas from Suenos.

In celebration of their newly remodeled stores, Old Navy's "Quick Change" Mobile was also on hand with fashion expert Jill Martin giving guests quick styling tips using Old Navy belts, scarves, hats, and jewelry. “Quick Change” participants received a new accessory and coupon.


When I climbed into the "Quick Change" van, I was overwhelmed by the choice of cute options. Already heavily accessorized, I let one of the stylists pick this Ethnic Mixed-Media Necklace ($12.50) to compliment what I was wearing (Uniqlo perfect shape cropped jeans, Gap ribbed tank, Dolce Vita gladiators, scarf courtesy of American Eagle) but I really had my eye on these straw and neutral pieces that would go miles this summer in the city:

Glamamom's Old NavySummer 2011 Accessory Picks

Huge bonus that they're all priced under $25 and Old Navy is great about coupons so I'm sure I'll be able to pick them up for a steal.

Accessories really do transform an outfit and help me stay on trend without spending a fortune.

Where's your favorite spot to shop for fun, affordable accessories?

{I was not compensated for this post. Product images via Old Navy.}