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The Look for Less: Dolce Vita "Olive" Sandal

The tear-drop detail and adjustable slingback strap on these Dolce Vita Olive Patent Leather T-Straps make this sandal a chic flip-flop alternative. Available in Coral, White Patent, Gold Patent, Pewter Patent, Lime Patent, they're now $49.99 at Lord & Taylor.


And since I'm all about options... Target is carrying a very similar style this season, the Merona Eleora Flat Sandals, which sell for $17.99 and come in 9 different colors: Green patent (shown here), pink, blue, gold, white, pewter, black, brown and tortoise.

Lulu's has a similar look for less, too: It's the Go Max Icon-01 Black Key Hole Thong Sandal, $22, available in black, ivory or silver.

Any takers?

The Look for Less: Sperrys Boat Shoes

Sperry at ShopStyle

If you're into the whole preppy-college-student vibe embodied by Sperrys shoes, then you'll probably want the real deal. These Sperry Top-Sider "Bahama" Boat Shoes go for $60 at and come in a wide variety of bougie color combos such as Pink Madras, Nantucket Red Sailboats and Chino/Oyster.

Forever 21 at ShopStyle

If you merely want to play the part of a prepster for a season, then check out these beauties from Forever 21. Their Mariner Boat Shoes, available in either tan/pink or tan/purple, will suit all your nautical needs for the affordable price of $18.80. Super!

Ask BB: Messenger Bags on a Budget

I'm looking for a cute, functional and fun messenger that will fit my lifestyle. Any suggestions? —CW

Here's a great little messenger bag I found at for $25 that boasts a clean design and convenient adjustable strap. According to the product description, a portion of the proceeds from this 100% natural cotton bag supports efforts for a greener planet. Take your pick of three brilliant colors - lime green, tangerine or ivory.

Eastsport Cotton Drawstring Messenger Bag, $25 at (click image for details)