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Introducing Fashion Designer Themes for iGoogle

Now you can put the work of world-class fashion designers like Diane Von Furstenberg, Dolce & Gabbana and Oscar de la Renta on your personalized Google homepage. I went with DVF and the bold colors and unique patterns brighten my day each time I log in. Highly recommend you check it out - it costs nothing, which makes this the cheapest designer anything you'll ever get.

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Look for Less: Turquoise Beaded Hoops

The Rachel Leigh turquoise beaded hoops on the left have just the right amount of glam to punch up any outfit, but at $88.00 they're a tad steep for costume jewelry. After a quick search, I found a similar looking pair of hoops at Forever 21. They look light and airy and I think I actually prefer the fish hook hanger to the Rachel Leigh posts. You could also splurge on the designer earrings for Mom (Mother's Day is May 11th!) and get the fun cheap-o pair for yourself. (You'd do that for your mom, wouldn't you...?!)

Left: Rachel Leigh bead hoops at, $88
Right: Beaded Hoop Earrings at Forever, $4.80

Spring Hair Trends: Boho Chic Braids

According to's StyleWatch, small braids are big news for Spring hair style trends. The timing couldn't be better, too, with prom and wedding season right around the corner. Anne Hathaway, Jessica Alba, Nicole Richie, and Lauren Conrad are just a few of the stars sporting this boho-take on the up-do. Best part is this is definitely a look you can do yourself without having to pay a stylist. We love it - just keep the braid loose, the look natural by not using to much product, and embellish with something that sparkles for evening.

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