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Summer Survival Challenge

Vote for your favorite summer survival accessories or Return to the bracket

We've chosen accessories we think are essential for surviving the long, hot summer.Vote for which accessories you think should move to the next round. Once you've finished voting for each face-off, enter to win a KISS Summer Survival Prize Bag including a cup, koozie, sunglasses, and tickets to one of the hottest concerts in Atlanta this summer! Stay tuned to find out more in the coming weeks...

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    Wayfarers (designed in 1952) have been called the best-selling design of sunglasses in history. Celebrities throughout the 1950s and 60s such as Marilyn Monroe, Kim Novak, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan and Andy Warhol all famously sported the sunglasses. Their popularity has risen and fallen through the years, but they were brought back into fashion in the late 2000s when celebs including Chloë Sevigny and Mary-Kate Olsen began wearing vintage frames. The 2008 film Twilight features vampire Edward Cullen sporting a pair of black Wayfarers at school and in 2010 Katy Perry sported a black pair in her "Teenage Dream" video. See more Katy Perry goodies!


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    Aviator sunglasses, or "pilot's glasses", were originally developed in 1936 by Ray-Ban for pilots to protect their eyes while flying. Aviator sunglasses became fashionable in the 1960s, but their popularity grew after celebs like Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and Freddie Mercury wore the style. Films like Top Gun, where Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, and Anthony Edwards sported them, increased sales 40% in the 7 months following the film's release. Today, you can see many actors, models, and pop stars wearing the style. Check out how good Usher looks! Learn more about Usher...


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    A fedora hat is typically creased lengthwise down the crown and "pinched" in the front on both sides. The term fedora was in use as early as 1891. Fedoras have become widely associated with gangsters and Prohibition, which coincided with the height of the hat's popularity in the 1920s to early 1950s. In music, Michael Jackson frequently wore a fedora in public appearances, concerts and video clips. These days, you almost never see Bruno Mars without one of his many fedoras. Learn more about Bruno...

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    I bet you haven't heard about these interesting tidbits about the ubiquitous baseball cap. There was a time in our history when they were worn only by players for their functionality. Say for example, because all baseball games were played in the afternoons, the visors grew steadily longer in the early decades of the 20th century. But today, the baseball cap has evolved to the point that they are no longer worn only by ball players. They're worn by celebrities, presidents, teens and truckers alike. And they love to wear them backwards... you'll often see Justin Bieber with his hat turned around. And he keeps the lid stiff. Learn more about Justin...

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    10 Facts about Sunscreen You May Not Already Know
    1. While UVB rays cannot penetrate glass windows, UVA rays can. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends that even when indoors, you should apply a light SPF on areas of skin that are exposed such as hands and face.
    2. Sand reflects 25% of the Sun’s rays; snow reflects 80% of the Sun’s rays.
    3. Most people apply only 25-50% of the recommended amount of sunscreen. (One ounce—enough to fill a shot glass—is estimated to be the right amount to cover exposed areas of the body properly).
    4. Just as regular sunscreen must be reapplied throughout the day for continued UV protection, lotions and creams with SPF in them must also be reapplied to stay effective.
    5. The right ingredients to look for on a bottle of sunscreen include avobenzone (Parsol 1789), cinoxate, ecamsule (Mexoryl SX), menthyl anthranilate, octyl methoxycinnamate, octyl salicylate, oxybenzone, sulisobenzone, titanium dioxide, and zinc oxide. Make sure it's a broad spectrum sunscreen that's over SPF 15 (preferably) water-resistant.
    6. To know if a sunscreen product has been recommended by dermatologists, look for the AAD SEAL OF RECOGNITION on the bottle.
    7. Sunscreens stay at their original strength for about 3 years. (But you should go through a bottle of sunscreen fairly quickly if you're applying the right amount.)
    8. The number of SPF on sunscreens only reflects the product’s screening ability for UVB rays; there is currently no FDA-approved rating system that identifies UVA protection, but scientists are trying to come up with a way to measure this.
    9. Wearing sunscreen will decrease Vitamin D production, but not enough to be a real issue except in those who are extremely deficient in the vitamin. Make sure your diet and/or vitamin regimine includes a sufficient amount of Vitamin D and you’ll be fine. (The recommended daily allowance of Vitamin D in the U.S. is 200 IU per day and 400 IU per day for older people and those who don’t get much sun exposure.)
    10.THERE IS NO SAFE WAY TO TAN. (Except self-tanner products/spray tanning of course).

    Sun screen as much as you hate to put it on is a must have! As you probably saw about two weeks ago I failed to do this and got extremely burnt, which was really unpleasant! But sure to apply whenever you are out in the sun! Here are some tips for being in the sun! 

    You DO NOT want to end up looking like this! 

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    There are many synonyms of the word umbrella. Bumbershoot is an slightly silly sounding term for umbrella that came into existence in the late 1890's. Brolly is a synonym for umbrella that is commonly used in countries such as Britain and Australia. Other synonyms of umbrella include gamp, sunshade, rainshade and parapluie. Brolliologists study the origin and history of umbrellas. They can not however, agree upon where the umbrella originated as there is evidence that they have existed for thousands of years in civilizations such as the Ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. One thing is certain, people have been using umbrellas for thousands of years to protect them from the sun and its heat and only a few hundred years for rain protection. And we like to sing about them too. Like Rihanna and her hit Umbrella.. ella... ella (c'mon, we know you're singing it now too).



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    Merriam-Webster describe the bikini as "a woman's scanty two-piece bathing suit" or "a man's brief swimsuit." In 1946, the term bikini was coined by Louis Réard, who named the swimsuit after Bikini Atoll, where testing on the atomic bomb took place. Reard chose the name bikini because he believed the suit's revealing style would create a stir among people similar to their shock and surprise in response to America's atomic bombing of Japan the previous summer. Professional beach volleyballer Gabrielle Reece, who competes in a bikini, says that "confidence" alone can make a bikini sexy. In 1993, the Olympic Committee decreed the bikini the official uniform for women's beach volleyball, partly because of the functionality of the suit. Athletes complain that with a one-piece "sand goes down the top and collects in the bottom," Holly McPeak, a three-time Olympic vollyballer said. With the bikini’s built-in sand-release system, that's less of a problem. |

    Kelly's favorite go-to bathing suit is a solid bottom with a fringe or ruffled top. Usually she's just laying at the pool getting a tan attempting to  look her best for boys that walk by... she says "so this way I look cute while sweating!"

    All we know is Beyonce rocks a bikini...


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    ...or a one piece. The maillot is the fashion designer's name for a woman's one-piece swimsuit, also called a tank suit. The 19th-century version of a swim-suit was made out of either heavy flannel or wool - fabrics that would not be transparent when wet - and covered the entire body from neck to toe. The suits were so heavy that women had to hold onto ropes strung from the beach to offshore buoys to keep from sinking.

    In 1907, the swimmer Annette Kellerman from Australia visited the United States as an "underwater ballerina", a version of synchronized swimming involving diving into glass tanks. She was arrested for indecent exposure because her swimsuit showed arms, legs and the neck. A clinging one-piece swimsuit for women was introduced in France after World War I, and other swimsuit accessories were abandoned.


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    From Kelley...
    Linen pants are by far the most comfortable pants. Though they wrinkle pretty fast,  it is easy to look youthful and sexy at the same time. My favorite colors are a pea green and white. It's easy to dress them down with flip-flops and a cami or wedges and a lace top. Whenever I wear linen I automatically think of the beach, and want to be at the beach. Colbie Caillat I think was the first celebrity I saw rocking linen pants. Check her out Colbie and Gavin's new single!! 


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    Kelley says "My favorite summer craft is making new high wasted jean shorts. I love wandering through Good Will and finding the perfect fit and color of jeans. Then going home and cutting them to make them super cute, adding fabric or paint to make the original. Miley Cyrus I think was the first girl to rock the high wasted and she did it perfectly! I absolutely love her style!" Check out her new video! 


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    A "Short" History Of Daisy Dukes... Jean shorts, a shorter and literally cooler version of blue jeans, were worn in the 1950s and 1960s as cut-offs. And it was in the late 1960s and early 1970s that they got short. Really short. From 1979 to 1985, the short shorts were immortalized by actress Catherine Bach. In her portrayal of country gal Daisy Duke in TV show The Dukes of Hazzard, she wore dangerously skimpy threads. Her shorts were so short that the network made her wear flesh colored tights! In 1993, the shorts saw a resurgence thanks to the rap song "Dazzey Duks", which reached number 12 on the Billboard charts. With so many 1980s television shows being developed into feature films, it was inevitable that The Dukes of Hazzard got a big screen remake in 2005. Jessica Simpson played the role of Daisy Duke, shorts and all.

    Look who else rocks some dukes.

    Today, you're likely to see Carrie Underwood even perform onstage in her dukes...

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    Kelley says "I love to see guys in shorts... especially if they have great legs."
    Check out these hunks rocking shorts, and other stuff...
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    Purses are definitely a weakness of Kelley's. Where is here secret go-to place to snag new ones?

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    When hanging out at the beach or the pool, it is important to have the right bag. Check out our gallery of the most EPIC pools in the world.

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    Kelley says "The absolute best flip-flop ever to me is Rainbows. They are cute, comfortable, and come in different colors. They are capable to be dressed up with a sundress or down with t-shirt and shorts." Kim Kardashian during her pregnancy is all about comfort. But that wasn't always the case. And these other celebs could also do with a change of shoe... See our Footwear Faux-Pas gallery.

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    Wedges are so sexy. Which Grammy winning artist do these belong to? Click here to find out...


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    Sundresses just scream SUMMER! And celebs love them. They even love to perform in them. But sometimes they go another way. And sometimes we wish they wouldn't. See the Summer Concert Costume Wrap-Up.

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    Maxi dresses are perfect for a lazy day you want to go shopping or at night ready to dress up with wedges and have a fun night. Maxi dresses make you feel taller and sexy! I personally own so many even same ones in different colors! Check out which celeb has the same dress as Kelley.

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    Speaking of lip gloss... these celebs could use some.

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    Soft drinks can trace their history back to the mineral water found in natural springs. Bathing in natural springs has long been considered a healthy thing to do; and mineral water was said to have curative powers. Scientists soon discovered that gas carbonium or carbon dioxide was behind the bubbles in natural mineral water. The first marketed soft drinks (non-carbonated) appeared in the 17th century. They were made from water and lemon juice sweetened with honey. In 1767, Englishman Joseph Priestley first discovered a method of infusing water with carbon dioxide to make carbonated water when he suspended a bowl of distilled water above a beer vat. His invention of carbonated water (also known as soda water) is the major ingredient of most soft drinks. Lots of celebs shill for soft drink companies - like Nikki Minaj for Pepsi and Taylor Swift for Coke.

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    So, what does golfer Arnold Palmer have to do with iced tea? Find out.

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    Kelley says "One of the best accessories for the summer is a watch. It's the fashion to have a big one on your arm mixed with bracelets and rings. It's more for looks for me, so picking out the perfect watch is a very serious decision. Make sure your watch is also somewhat water proof since it summer and random pool and lake trips always happen! What kind of watch does Kelley wear?

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    If you're not rocking a watch, or even if you are, bracelets can really add some punch to your summer wardrobe. Shakira here shows how it's done.

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    Kelley says "Working out in the summer is a must! Making sure to keep the summer body in shape since we pretty much live in our bathing suits! A good thing to always have is a nice pair of running shoes that are comfortable. " What is Kelley's fav brand? Click here to find out...

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    Keds is an American brand of canvas shoe with rubber soles, introduced in 1916 by U.S. Rubber. When choosing a name, the initial choice was Peds, from the Latin meaning foot, but that name was already a trademark. Keds were first mass-marketed as canvas-top "sneakers" in 1960. They became known as sneakers because the rubber soles allowed sneaking around silently.

    Which artist has her own line of Keds?

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    Nail polish was originated in China, dating back to 3000 BC. Around 600 BC during the Zhou Dynasty, the royal house had a preference for the colors gold and silver. However, it would eventually transition to red and black. During the Ming Dynasty, nail polish was often made from a mixture including beeswax, egg whites, gelatin, vegetable dyes, and gum Arabic. Egyptians used henna stains making their fingernails orange which would then turn dark red or brown after the stain matured. In 1300 BC, the color of the nail polish symbolized the ranking of social class each individual earned: gold and silver were considered to be the royal colors; however, were later changed to black and red. The lower classes would wear pale colors and when the high society color changed to red, that is the color Cleopatra would often wear. By the turn of the 9th century, nails were tinted with scented red oils, and polished or buffed with a chamois cloth, rather than simply polished. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, people massaged tinted powders and creams into their nails, then buffed them shiny. Some people during this period painted their nails with an air brush. After the creation of automobile paint, Cutex produced the first modern nail polish in 1917. Later the Charles Revson Company (later Revlon) produced their first nail polish in 1932. Synthetic nail polish was introduced around the 1920s in Paris. Today's nail polish is a refined version similar to the paint on vehicles. However, its formula has been revised repeatedly in order to prevent the cracking or flaking that occurs with the natural movement of the nail.

    So, who's nails are these?

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    Kelley says "The summer is filled with a lot of water. I personally do not go anywhere without my phone, which includes near water. BUT having a Life Proof case it makes it much less stressful of me dropping my phone in water. This case can be a quick life savor and the ticket to saving a lot of money during the summer." What could happen if you don't have a phone case... Click here to find out...

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    Kelley says "Head phones are always located in my purse. I take them everywhere. I am addicted to music and if I'm going on a run or just shopping and want "me" time I put in my headphones turn on iHeartRadio APP and listen to my favorite stations, artists, and genres." Calvin Harris rocks his headphones...
    Check out his music video with Ellie Goulding.

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    Enter to win the Summer Survival Prize Bag including a cup, koozie, sunglasses, and tickets to one of the hottest concerts in Atlanta this summer! Stay tuned to find out more in the coming weeks...