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Net-a-Porter Launches

As the recession hits its one year anniversary (aww), we're actually beginning to see signs that we might be bottoming out. Good timing, considering Net-a-Porter, the premiere online destination for designer fashions, just launched their online outlet store:

Budget Babe readers probably won't be overly excited by this news (seeing an Alexander McQueen Elvie python tote drop from $5,380 to $2,690 isn't exactly a great deal) BUT you must admit it's fun to look. And laugh—ha! At those silly, silly prices.

However, is less than a day old, and is promising to offer patrons some seductive deals that may have me eating my words. Each month, theOutnet will host time-limited Pop-Up Sales, Giveaways and Going, Going, Gone Sales that will provide shoppers that "'get it before it goes' buzz." Hmmm, wonder if they'll have a Mulberry tote for under $200. A girl can dream, can't she?

Check out and let me know what you think!

Reader Request: Matt Bernson Barracuda Sandal for Less

Matt Bernson at ShopStyle

Today's "look for less" was requested by a reader who says she loves these Matt Bernson Barracuda sandals, but isn't loving the price—they're $175 at Celebs like Sarah Jessica Parker, Miley Cyrus and Leighton Meester are all fans of Matt Bernson, too, a brand that distinguishes itself by blending luxurious details with comfortable styling. Each pair is hand cut leather and "soulfully made in Brazil," says their website (find out more about Matt Bernson shoes at, which explains the higher prices.

For those on a budget, here are some alternatives that won't break the bank. (Click any image for details.)

Hot Topic: What's In Your Purse?

It's always fun and enlightening to take a look inside someone's purse. The contents can reveal quite a bit about a person's life! So for today's hot topic, I'm inviting you to spill the beans on what you're carrying in your handbag. Feel free to share what kind of bag it is, too!

I'll go first (gulp!):

Ok, now what's in yours?