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5 Style & Beauty Lessons You Can Learn From Nicole Richie

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Nicole Richie has come a long way from being Paris Hilton's bad girl BFF. These days, the mother-of-two is best known for her signature boho-chic style. In addition to designing for her House of Harlow accessories collection and Winter Kate clothing line, her sartorial sense recently earned her a spot as a judge on the upcoming NBC reality series, Fashion Star. In honor of Richie's 30th birthday, here are the top five ways to emulate her look.

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1. Go for comfort and style. Though she always looks put-together, Richie insists it's more about feeling good than keeping up with the trends. "Comfort takes precedence for me," she has said. "All the shoes I design have a cushion and a platform."

2. Stock up on shades. The star has admitted to owning more than 200 pairs of sunglasses. "But in my defense," she told Teen Vogue, "I make sunglasses, so I have to research-shop, and I own every pair I've ever designed." The designer views sunglasses as "fun masks to accessorize your face."

3. Build on the basics. When she's not wearing a killer gown on the red carpet, Richie's go-to outfit is jeans and a tee, "But you change the look with accessories," she shares. "And by accessories, I mean sunglasses, head scarves, shoes and bed jackets."

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4. Experiment with your hair. When Richie debuted a dark brown color in December 2009, she told Us Weekly she did it because she was "ready for a change." "I change my hair color all the time, and I hadn't done it in a few years," she said. "With the babies, I just really hadn't had time. I'm so used to having that change all the time, and I hadn't done it in about two years, so I was just ready and sick of being blonde!"

5. Buy vintage pieces. "I collect a lot of vintage kimonos and vintage bed jackets," she has said. "I'll throw those on, and a lot of the time it will appear that I'm wearing a completely different outfit, but I’m not."

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