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The Look for Less: Loeffler Randal Caged Heels

Loeffler Randall at ShopStyle

One look at these lust-worthy caged heels, and it's easy to see why Loeffler Randall makes some of the most coveted shoe styles today. Sadly, these Mabel Zip Platforms cost $695 at

Aldo at ShopStyle

...if you can't afford the pricey designer pair (who can?), try these Aldo 'Locklear' heels instead, which cost $100 and are also available in black. Your feet will be caged in, but your inner diva will be set free.

Spring's Best Short Sleeve Cardigans and How to Wear Them

There's no shortage of affordable short-sleeve cardigans, one of my spring wardrobe essentials, at stores like Target, Forever 21, Express, and Banana Republic. So today I decided to do something a little different and turn the spotlight on how to wear this versatile layering piece. The simplest way is probably over a short sleeve tee with jeans and cute accessories. You can also toss one over a dress or pair it with a skirt. The possibilities are endless! How will you be wearing yours this spring, and where have you found some good ones on the cheap?

The Look for Less: Ettika Silk Wrap Bracelet

Ettika at ShopStyle

Many designers have turned inexpensive souvenirs that you might have picked up for a few dollars abroad, into fashionable—and expensive—commodities at home. Think Indian bangles or Tibetan prayer beads. This ethnic-inspired (for lack of a better word) Ettika Silk Wrap Bracelet with gold charms, for example, sells for $83 at Max & Chloe...

Urban Outfitters at ShopStyle

...Wanna look like a globetrotter, without dropping a ton of cash? Try this East of the Sun by Samanca Jewelry bracelet, made of a long silk ribbon dotted with gold-tone charms. It's available at Urban Outfitters for $24, and I bet you could probably find these somewhere else even cheaper—any ideas?