The Budget Babe | Affordable Fashion & Style Blog

Marc Jacobs Joins MySpace

We now have a reason to log in to our dusty MySpace account. According to celebrity gossip site, designer Marc Jacobs (the real one) officially joined MySpace this week. We immediately wanted to know: will he accept my buddy request? Can we e-mail him? And did he actually create it (isn't he is rehab?), or did someone do it for him? Find out by clicking here.

Fashion Radar: Alice Temperley for Target

Alice Temperley is going to do a collection for Target's GO. International budget-friendly fashion line for fall 2007. While we're not yet familiar with this British design house, we look forward to learning more about their style philosophy and seeing their high-end stuff, too. Our ignorance of Alice Temperley may make fashion insiders cringe, but frankly, we think this is precisely Temperley's goal and motivation in doing an affordable line—name recognition! That, and it's a challenge. Designing a good-looking collection of clothes for cheap really pushes a designer's creativity and skills to the limit. Think about it. They have to do more with less, and they can't rely on luxurious raw materials or name alone. We think it makes high-end designers up the ante, too, as they compete to differentiate themselves in an industry with more and more options for us, the customer.
Who can put their nose up to that?

See more looks from Alice Temperly's line at FabSugar.

The Perfect Shoe for Summer 2007

We absolutely adore these Kork-Ease Bette Ankle Strap Metallic Wedge sandals. Because Kork-Ease are known for their comfort and quality, we think the $185.00 price tag is not unreasonable. You'll wear these all summer long, and the wedge won't wear out. Plus, they match just about everything and can be worn for most any occasion. And with ever-rising hemlines, you'll appreciate the 1.5" suede platform and 4.25" wedge heel that these kick-ass shoes provide.

Featured here in bronze, the Bette Ankle Strap Wedge comes in a range of colors (available at or—the hardest part will be picking just one!

If you're uncertain about making an investment in this style, get the look with one of these more affordable options:

Jessica Simpson Ean, $82.95,

Rampage Sugar 1, $45.00,

Xhilaration® Thora Platform Wedges - Natural, on clearance for $4.99!

Check Out These Cute Shoes

Just when I finally got myself to stop wearing sneaks and start wearing heels and other fashionable shoes, sneakers go mainstream cool! It's ironic, really. The girl who used to live in black Puma mostros now refuses to wear anything with a heel below 1.5 inches.

But never mind that. We still respect and admire a beautiful, super phat gym shoe, one that embodies urban street style, intelligence and comfort. That's why we love the REBIRTH MESH by j-41 from, on sale for $54.99. It's funky and metallic, one of this season's hottest trends, and can be sported with capris, pants, jeans, even casual skirts ( preferably pencil). Wear them on behalf of all of us fools enduring our high heels.

Why You Can Wear White Pants

A look from Narciso Rodriguez.

If you've never worn white pants before, you are missing out. Dressed up or down, white pants are effortlessly sophisticated and fashionable. Here's why you can and should add them to your wardrobe:

  • They don't make you look fat. That's a fashion myth! Just make sure pockets lay flat and choose boot cut or a slight flare for the most flattering fit.

  • You know what to wear under them: seamless panties in a skintone color (NOT white, black or anything with a print/color). You may have to go with a thong or boyshort, experiment to see which looks best.

  • You can get them for under $30. There's no need to worry about stains at prices that low! Wear enough heel to keep them from grazing the ground.

  • They match almost everything. Think of white pants as a modern alternative to black.

Left: Proenza Schouler Stretch Twill Pants - White, $13.99 Right: Mossimo® Black: Linen Pants - True White, $24.99. Both available at