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The Bubble Bib Necklace: Splurge or Save?

J.Crew at ShopStyle

While statement necklaces are a hot trend for spring, this gorgeous bubble necklace by J. Crew will definitely be a treasured piece for years to come. Should you choose to splurge, it's $150 at, and comes in either dusty blossom or soft graphite...

Forever 21 at ShopStyle

...but as much as I love J. Crew's flawless rendition, Forever 21 makes it all too easy to save by offering us this amazing polished stone bib necklace for just $13.80. The colors definitely give each necklace a totally different vibe, but I'm loving the brilliant blues—so right for spring.

What do you think, would you splurge or save on this trend?

Spring's Best Light-Colored Blazers

Spring 2009 Fashion Trends: Light Colored Blazers

Stella McCartney's Spring 2009 collection started my obsession with light colored blazers, but finding one on a budget is proving to be more difficult than I anticipated. If you're looking for a light-colored blazer in a neutral hue such as beige, tan, khaki, light gray, light pink or crisp white—which fashion heads are calling the "new neutrals"—I think your best bet would be to hit a European chain like H&M or Zara, both of which take most of their design cues straight from the runways. The best light-toned blazers I've found online have been at, which is finally opening their first store in NYC next week! I'm sooo excited. Anyways, have a look at my online finds in the widget below. Hopefully I'll have more luck finding black boyfriend blazers on a budget, which I'll feature in an upcoming post.

Not shown in widget: Topshop Linen Blazer, $80 at

First Look: Loomstate for Target

First Look: Loomstate for Target

Left: Owl-Print Tee in Blue $16.99, Denim Skirt in Light Wash $29.99. Right: Zip-Front Jacket in Black $44.99, Pelican-Print Triangle Bikini Top in White/Black $16.99, Pelican-Print Shorts in White/Black $26.99

Target is teaming up with designer Rogan Gregory AGAIN, but this time it's with Loomstate, Gregory's environmentally responsible clothing line that he co-creates with Scott Mackinlay Hahn. The collection features cotton silk shifts, plaid poplin shorts, a pelican-print bikini, and men's clothing, too, in certified-organic cotton and soft-washed finishes. I wasn't too excited about Rogan for Target, but this Loomstate stuff is beginning to grow on me. I like the roll-up sleeve sweaters and denim skirt. If nothing else, you know I'll stalk it on the clearance racks. Hits April 19th. [via Nylon]

First Look: Loomstate for Target
Dolphin-Print V-Neck Tee in Black $16.99, Plaid Shorts in Gray/Pink $26.99. Right: Roll-Up Sleeve Sweater in Aqua $29.99, Pelican-Print Shorts in White/Black $26.99

First Look: Loomstate for Target
Left: Plaid Dress in Gray/Pink $39.99. Right: T-Shirt Dress in Black/White $29.99, Pelican-Print Triangle Bikini Top in White/Black $16.99

First Look: Loomstate for Target
Left: Roll-Up Sleeve Sweater in White $29.99, Pelican-Print Triangle Bikini Top in White/Black $16.99, Dip-Dye Skirt in Black/Gray $29.99. Right:Tie-Front Plaid Shirt in Blue $27.99, Bunny Tank in Gray/Blue $14.99, Denim Skirt in Light Wash $29.99

First Look: Loomstate for Target
Left: Tie-Back Cotton Dress in Black $39.99. Right: Pieced Tank in Gray/Pink $16.99, Pelican-Print Triangle Bikini Top in White/Black $16.99, Pelican-Print Shorts in White/Black $26.99

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?