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Exclusive: Ideeli Invite for Budget Babes

The future of budget fashion seems to include a slew of exclusive, invite-only designer sample sale websites - and that bunch of cutting-edge shopping destinations includes Ideeli.

Ideeli, which described as " meets The Devil Wears Prada," is a members-only shopping community for trendsetting women which offers authentic luxury items at preferential prices to their members – plus giveaways every week.

The catch: You must join to access these exclusive offers.

The good news: Budget Babe readers got the hook up! Just click here to join.

Or, you can go to and type in the special invitation code: budbabe1

The code will expire September 1, so check it out soon!

Above: An example of an upcoming giveaway at for a Chloe Riva Double-Zip handbag.

Channeling: Lanvin's Lush Ruffles

I feel like there are dozens of fab designers from Spring 2008 that I haven't even begun to talk about, so I'm going to have to cram a bunch of them in before Fall fashion takes over. Let's begin with Lanvin, who had perhaps one of the most influential and successful shows - need I explain why? Writer Sarah Mower does a superb job of deconstructing Alber Elbaz's uplifting collection, so I highly recommend you read her review at What I will add is that Elbaz is, no doubt, in part responsible for all the ruffles and tiers (paired with fierce statement shoes, of course) that we're seeing in fast fashion chains everywhere. Expect continued buzz about Lanvin come Fall, and in the meantime, channel the great designer with these cheap & chic looks from Wet Seal:

[1] Smocked Ruffle Trim Dress at, $21.50
[2] Ruffle Trim Halter Dress Was $26.50 Now $15.00
[3] Ruffle One Shoulder Dress at, $21.50

Luxe vs. Less: The Gladiator Wedge

Two of the season's hottest shoe styles - namely, the towering wedge and the mighty gladiator - have joined forces to create one devastatingly fierce shoe: The Gladiator Wedge. Every designer seems to have their own spin on this trend, but we are especially drawn to the Blanea Wedge (bottom right) from Forever 21 for it's rich brown color, balanced design and perfect pricetag of $24.80. Great for pairing with summer shorts, skirts and dresses. And if you see yourself investing in this trend, try Lauren by Ralph Lauren's rendition (top left) for $111.60, available at

Luxe: 'Beth' Wedge Sandal from LAUREN by Ralph Lauren at, $111.60
Less: 'Blanea' Gladiator wedge at, $24.80

More cheap & chic gladiator wedge sandals:

Lord and Taylor Beachwear Sale

In simpler times, all a girl needed for a trip to the beach was her swimsuit and a towel. Not anymore: Today, stylish gals need to prep for days - waxing, sunless tanning, pedicures and highlights (ya know, so you look like you've already spent a week in Sao Paolo before you even hit the sand). Then, of course, she needs to find the perfect suit to enhance her figure, which she must slather from head to toe with SPF 50+ sunblock.

Accessories are also a must for today's beach-going beauties, from cute flip-flops, to straw hats, shades, totes, beach towels and even jewelry - belly chains, belly-button rings, toe rings, anklets, plus head scarves, and headbands. Finally, she'll need a cute coverup to wear while she takes a long walk, reads her favorite book or grabs a drink at the closest beachside bar.

And that is where this post comes in to help you out: Right now, Lord and Taylor has 25%-50% off all swimwear and beach cover-ups, plus great savings on beachwear accessories. At least that makes things a tad simpler on your wallet.

Shown above: Lord & Taylor Tunic Coverup in Black, $29.99. Also available in White, Blue, or Green