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Art as Inspiration

Indulge us for just a moment, and check out this incredible dance routine from Fox's hit-show So You Think You Can Dance (aka American Idol for dancers). It's a dose of good ol' fashioned inspiration and it doesn't cost a dime. (Turn up those speakers! The music is AMAZING)

Dancers: Hok and Jaimie
Music: The Chairman’s Waltz
Memoirs of a Geisha (sndtrk)

Ask The Budget Babe: Feet and the Friendly Skies

Dear Budget Babe,
Just got back from a weekend trip and air travel is getting nastier by the day. Anyway, due to 'heightened security measures' we now have to take off our shoes, right? In summer that means walking barefoot where other people's feet have been. Eeeeeeewwwww
Budget Babe, is it ok to relax the fashion standards a bit and wear socks for that dreaded walk down the security aisle?

Answer: It is perfectly acceptable to wear socks or nylons after removing shoes at security checkpoints—in fact, we highly encourage this. However, it is not acceptable to wear socks with sandals (sorry, Mum!). The solution? Don't wear sandals when flying. Closed-toe shoes worn with socks protect your tootsies from fungus and rogue luggage carts in the airport, and keep them warm on the plane.

Common sense dictates that you also pick socks that aren't too slippery, in dark shades that wont show dirt. No holes. If you're minding your fashion Ps & Qs, you'll probably be wearing dark jeans or slacks, so socks should be a similar hue to create the most pleasant visual line.

Young'uns or the young at heart can wear cute, colorful or patterned socks, too. Nothing wrong with that.

As for shoes, opt for ballet flats, fashion sneaks, even fashionable clogs. If you're worried about the heat, wear socks that breathe and shoes made from real leather.

If your funky foot odor is so toxic that agents from the Department of Homeland Security get called in when you remove your shoes, consider this remedy: Brew up some iced tea and soak your feet in it for about 30 minutes a day for a week. The tannic acid in the tea will cure what ails you.

If you have a fashion conundrum that's keeping you up at night, e-mail The Budget Babe at [email protected].

Things We Love: Monkey Key Covers

Having recently moved into a new apartment, we can truly appreciate these playful, monkey key covers (or are they Teletubbies?) from Honestly, we now have more keys than a medieval dungeon master, and while it's always a trip trying to remember which key fits which door, the whole ordeal could be made that much easier by simply slipping one of these distinct, mischievous-looking critters onto said keys. You know what that means: a lot less fumbling, and no more monkey business. Set of 6, $4.95.

The Undie Award Winners 2007

Undies are seriously important. They keep the girls happy, our cheeks uplifted and our curves feeling sexy. So which styles and brands are the best? Thanks to the Undie Awards (it's like the Miss America pageant for panties), you can save time and money by trusting the votes of over 12,000 women across the United States for the best in bras, underwear and more.

While our personal fave, the Victoria Secret low-rise cotton bikini (get 5 for $25!), didn't make the cut, here are four rightful winners from the competition:

Hanky Panky Thongs
"A Fabulous selection of colors in makes this collection a
favorite lingerie piece among celebrities. All day comfort
in a "one size fits most" stretch to fit fabric."

Most available in one size (o/s) and XL
$18 - $60

Barely There Flirtatious Bikini 2546
"This low-rise bikini is made in super-soft flirty lace, and features a "V" style to help hide under low-rise fashions."

Available in sizes 5-8

Wonderbra Gel Satin Push-Up Bra 7234
"Innovative lightweight gel pads which give unbelievable comfort and cleavage."

Available in sizes 32A - 38C

Calvin Klein F2540 Perfectly Fit T-Shirt Bra
"Smooth, seamless, contoured shape cups with two-way stretch foam."

Available in sizes 32A-38D

The Look for Less: Hot Pockets

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld once said the one thing that's missing when you're wearing your birthday suit is a place to put you hands. While we don't advise wearing nothing but a belt with pockets (Jerry's solution), we do dig pockets on frocks.

Pockets provide a place to put your idle hands—maybe even some cash or a key—and they're cropping up in the most unlikely of places these days. We've seen them on evening gowns, day dresses, jumpers, rompers, and babydoll tops.

We love Derek Lam's interpretation of this trend.

A look by designer Derek Lam

Get the look for less with this Heritage 1981 Floret Cotton Tunic, just $20.00 at

Heritage 1981 Floret Cotton Tunic, just $20.00 at