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Deal du Jour: 3 for $99 Shoe Sale at

BCBGirls Lotun High Heel Maryjane Pump With Zipper, part of the 3 for $99 shoe sale at

If you are on a self-imposed shopping ban, please avert your eyes. If not, read on for a fabulous two-day only dealio going on now at Buy 3 specially marked pairs of women's shoes for the very reasonable price of $99! And we're not talking last-season dumpster material, oh no: Styles being offered are current and covetable from designers such as Steve Madden, Franco Sarto, Carlos Santana, Kenneth Cole, Jessica Simpson, BCBGirls and many more. My advice: Look for real leather, and think about what you need before you begin to browse. Evening shoes for an upcoming wedding? Proper low-heels for work? Gladiator sandals for spring? Chances are, this sale has got you covered. Thanks to Shoe Smitten for the tip!

Shop it: 3 for $99 event at

Ask BB: 4 Good Reads for Great Style

A reader from San Francisco asked me if I had any books to recommend that include good tips on incorporating more color, textures, patterns, and jewelry into one's wardrobe. She says she's got the basics down pat, and is now looking for a little guidance on how to take her style to the next level, as well as advice on which statement pieces to splurge on. I think this is a fabulous question, so I did a little research and put together the following list. Budget Tip: Hit your local bookstore or library for hours of free entertainment before you buy.

How to Have Style by Isaac Mizrahi ($18.85 at

I'm a visual learner, so I was drawn to the many photos that can be found in this book by the darling Isaac Mizrahi. And I'm a huge Isaac fan, so there. He shows you what to do, what not to do, and gives you style exercises to help inspire and elevate your own look. Accessories are such a huge part of having "style" as opposed to just wearing fashions, so right from the get-go, Mizrahi's book is singing our tune.

The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own by Nina Garcia ($14.93 at

If you're looking for an excuse to splurge, Nina Garcia gives you 100! But buying everything on her list isn't the point of this book, rather, it's meant to get you dreaming about your own essentials, things you will want to have in your closet for years to come. I'm also partial to illustrator Ruben Toledo, whose beautiful drawings enliven the pages.

The Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style: How to Wear Iconic Looks and Make Them Your Own by Kim France and Andrea Linett ($18.80 at

This book is also full of photos and features ten versatile archetypes (Euro Chic, American Classic, Gamine, etc.) that can be customized to fit your personal style. Lucky breaks down each iconic look by its various components, so you can hone in on the key accessories and figure out how to mix and match essentials while staying true to your own style. Ok, so Omiru is not a book (yet) but I had to mention this fashion blog because it does a marvelous job of deconstructing on a granular level such topics as "how to wear color," "how to wear patterns," or "how to wear statement jewelry." The writing is straightforward and the visuals are all clickable (thank you world wide web).

What books have you found most useful when it comes to defining your personal style?