Where Did U Get That’s Karen Blanchard's Stylish Escapes From New York

There’s a reason ICEEs, kids splashing in erupting fire hydrants, and block parties are part New York’s summer iconography — it’s hot as hell. But after a few years tracking the dressing habits of the locals, the beautiful Brit blogger behind Where Did U Get That, Karen Blanchard, has learned a few things about surviving summer in the city — head Upstate on the weekends, swim wherever you can, and if all else fails, take down a smoothie. For more heat-beating inspiration, click through her slideshow of cool summer activities.
Oh, and to get you accessorized properly for the season, click over here, for an on-point guide to summer sunglass trends. Now, put on your favorite pair of shorts, because it's time to dive into summer.
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"Gorgeous shades on a summer day and curly hair to match – my hot and humid go-to’s."

Dolce & Gabbana Cat Eye Sunglasses, $255, available at Sunglass Hut.

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"I took this shot of a friend doing this side dive into a lake up in Woodstock, New York. Talk about summer fun!."

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"My dog Oliver emerging from a lake. Everyone gets SOAKED when he shakes like this."

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"My fave flat sandals are — technically — for men. With thicker leather, they look less dainty than most womens' options."

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"The perfect summer cotton shirt. It’s oversized and soft enough to knot over shorts. These adorable cat-eye sunnies are pretty amazing, too."

Dolce & Gabbana Cat Eye Sunglasses, $255, available at Sunglass Hut.

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"My friend, Michael, ate this entire tray of crawfish — all 2 lbs. of it!

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"This is my friend eating her first-ever crawfish at a Port Washington backyard party!"

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"Messy beachy hair and aviators are year my round staples (summer included)."

Coach Sunglasses, $148, available at Sunglass Hut.

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"Saw these bikes piled up on the Coney Island boardwalk. I want one in every color."

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"Another shot from Coney Island. Now I can now scratch it off my 'British tourist' check list."

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"I live next to a massive park and play freesbie all the time. Shades and shoes are optional."

Dolce & Gabbana Cat Eye Sunglasses, $255, available at Sunglass Hut; Coach Aviators, $148, available at Sunglass Hut.

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"I took this picture of a gorgeous chick at New Orleans Jazz Fest. I love everything about her look!"

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"I'm seeing African-inspired prints popping up all over this summer. I shot this guy wearing cool accessories with his. "

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"There's this local cafe I visit that does the best freshly crushed fruit smoothies. This one is strawberry. Yum!"

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"My first pair of blue sunglasses for the season. Can’t wait to wear these throughout my summer adventures!"

Dolce & Gabbana Cat Eye Sunglasses, $255, available at Sunglass Hut.

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