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The Look for Less: Alex and Ani Adjustable Bangles

Alex and Ani at ShopStyle

Alex and Ani's trademark adjustable bangles are a celebrity favorite for their casual-luxe look. Meaningful charms and pretty beads make these designer originals very tempting despite their hefty price-tag. The set above is available at for $158 (use coupon code 20DAY for 20% off).

Urban Outfitters at ShopStyle

...but if you just want a similar look for less, try these adjustable bangles available at Urban Outfitters for $24. Click the image above for details.

Before and After: Sally Hansen Miracle Cure

Before: My nasty, bitten-to-the-bone fingernails before using Sally Hansen Miracle Cure.

Recently, The Budget Beauty Babe (an alias) brought us her glowing review of Sally Hansen Miracle Cure for Severe Problem Nails. Encouraged by her positive experience with this product, I decided to see if I could get the same incredible results, especially since I was desperate to put an end to my on-and-off, incredibly nasty little habit of biting my nails. So I bought a bottle of Sally Hansen Miracle Cure in the beauty section of my local grocery store, and put it to the test. This stuff really IS amazing! It forms a rigid, protective coating on my nails which strengthens the nail and acts as a solid deterrent to nail biting. No more chips, tears, or breaking—all the things that used to happen to my nails on a daily basis, which would then cause me to pick at them (gross, I know) until they were practically non-existent.

Above, you can see what my nails looked like when I began this experiment a few weeks ago. Keep reading to see my nails now!

Affordable Leather Handbags at Ideeli

I'm always on the look-out for affordable, good quality handbags for those of you who like the touch of real leather and want to carry something for more than just a season or two. Today at Ideeli, you can score a genuine leather handbag by Joe's at up to 69% off the original price, with many styles falling under $100. I especially like their convertible totes. Check it out and let me know what you think! Use this link if you need an invite:

Off the Rack: Spring Shoes at Target

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Yesterday I showed you my latest bargains from Target, and today I'm taking you on a tour of Target's shoe department (yay!). Styles range from boho-chic wedges and chunky-heel platforms to moccasins and strappy gladiator flats. Trends included Native American-inspired beading and fringe, ruffles, studs, cut-outs, faux-python and floral prints.

I have too many favorites to list, but I'll probably go back to buy the Windi Heeled Sandal (olive platforms with the woven toe and buckle-ankle strap) and the yellow wedges (need that color in my shoe collection). Have you checked out Target's shoes? Which ones do you like?

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Over 20 pics after the jump...CLICK on any thumbnail to enlarge!