Swe-et Staycation: Peep This Blogger Babe's Big Apple Itinerary

Ugh. Look, New York in summer can be beautiful and busy. But, more often than not, it's sweaty, smelly, and damn near intolerable. What's a lady to do with summer Fridays and long weekends when schedules (and cash flow) don't allow for a getaway?
Well, Bonnie Barton, the beautiful, vivacious blogger behind Flashes of Style (one of our faves), has yet to be beaten by the muggy Manhattan weather. She turns the NYC summer on its head, making the most of these months with rooftop parties, watermelon cups, and more exploits from the East Side to the West. Follow her through these in-borough travels, for tips on owning these hot days – and looking your best when meeting the heat, as captured in this charming Instagram slideshow.
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Oh, and make sure you keep on clicking all the way to the end of the slideshow because we've got details on how to win some chic freebies and, really, who doesn't want chic freebies? That's a rhetorical question, BTW.
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"Mixing prints is one of my favorite ways to rework pieces in my closet. Here, I paired stripes and florals with my Versace sunnies."

Versace VE4218B Sunglasses, $260, available at Sunglass Hut.

Photo: Courtesy Bonnie Barton.
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"I spy the Empire State Building! Enjoying the sun, atop the Gansevoort Park Hotel."

Photo: Courtesy Bonnie Barton.
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"Gorgeous ladies, rocking their DIY floral wreaths at the Bowery Hotel's midsummer party. A perfect way to kick off summer!"

Photo: Courtesy Bonnie Barton.
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"Summer Favorites: Coach aviators & floral shorts, plus Rebecca Minkoff, MAC, and Wanderlust arm candy."

Coach Kristina Sunglasses, $148, available at Sunglass Hut.

Photo: Courtesy Bonnie Barton.
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"Love these handsome Brits serving Pimm's at the Hunter Boots summer bash! It's the best cocktail for keeping cool."

Photo: Courtesy Bonnie Barton.
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"Magnolia Bakery cupcakes are my ultimate sweet treat stop. I cannot bring myself to walk past one of their shops without stopping in!"

Photo: Courtesy Bonnie Barton.
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"Spending afternoons on our balcony is a favorite activity with my roommates. Here I am, basking in the sun with my Ray-Ban aviators"

Ray-Ban RB3479 Folding Aviator Sunglasses, $250, available at Sunglass Hut.

Photo: Courtesy Bonnie Barton.

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"Rooftop parties at Le Bain are also a favorite summer pastime! This view of Manhattan's West Side never gets old."

Photo: Courtesy Bonnie Barton.
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"My idea of a relaxing afternoon — pink lemonade, cherries, and reading magazines in my Vogue sunnies."

Photo: Courtesy Bonnie Barton.
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"I have a love/hate relationship with Mr. Softee! You'll find this truck on almost every corner of the city. So hard to resist!"

Vogue Eyewear VO2677S Sunglasses, $70, available at Sunglass Hut.

Photo: Courtesy Bonnie Barton.
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"Sipping on a blackberry-infused cocktail, while the lovely Miss Pop paints my nails!"

Photo: Courtesy Bonnie Barton.
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"Fresh watermelon cups are the perfect way to keep cool while walking the gritty city streets."

Photo: Courtesy Bonnie Barton.
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"My lovely friend Christina, of the blog Trop Rouge, stylishly sipping on a coffee in Coach sunnies. The world looks better in gorgeous shades."

Coach Abigail Sunglasses, $138, available at Sunglass Hut.

Photo: Courtesy Bonnie Barton.
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"Strolling the streets of the East Village with friends. We all met up channeling the same grungy vibe without planning it!"

Photo: Courtesy Bonnie Barton.
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Now that you’ve got some stellar inspiration from Bonnie, whip up your own awesome sunglasses look and Instagram it with the hashtag #sghsummerstyle for a chance to win a $200 Sunglass Hut gift card or your own style-escape getaway from Refinery29! Finally, all that Instagramming is going to pay off!

Scoop up the details here.

Photo: Courtesy Bonnie Barton.
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