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BB's Weekly Fashion Link Round-Up

How Fararh Fawcett became the sweetheart of the '70s. [via People.com]

Michael Jackson's top 10 iconic looks. [via People.com]

A life in pictures: E! Online remembers the King of Pop.

Mystyle reports on the shackled shoes trend.

Blogger Sea of Shoes teams up with Urban Outfitters to create a capsule collection of shoes.

Fashion Cents TV finds hot gladiator sandals on sale.

Jennifer Lopez closes down her Sweetface clothing line. [via People StyleWatch]

Budget Chic explains why a good tailor can be a smart investment.

Enter to win the BB Dakota Bella Jacket as seen in Twilight.

Off the Rack: Dana Buchman for Kohl's

Off the Rack: Dana Buchman for Kohl's
ZEBRA PRINT: The collar says classy, the signature animal print says sassy.

The new-ish Dana Buchman for Kohl's collection has been in stores for a few months, so I thought now would be a good time to weigh in on what we're seeing for summer. Overall, I'm impressed with the line because it offers solid options for budget shoppers, especially the mature fashionista. It has all the underpinnings of "designer" clothing, that is, classic and conservative cuts in a sophisticated color palette and artfully designed prints. It hints at global travels and smacks of resort-wear. (Think Tory Burch if you're not familiar with Buchman's design aesthetic.) In terms of sizing, I was surprised to see this line stop at 16. Prices could always be lower, but everything always goes on sale at Kohl's and nothing I saw topped $100. Even if the vibe isn't your thing, I'd say give it look next time you're at Kohl's and see if there's something like a tunic or pretty skirt that you can work into your own wardrobe.

Have you checked out this collection? What did you think?

(Click through the pages for lots more pics!)

Win Cool Stuff: "Bella" Jacket As Seen In Twilight

And the winner is… #20 Kath who wrote "I'm the biggest fan of Twilight because it's the first book series and subsequent movie that made me feel like a teenager again. Inching up to my 50's, I'm usually not attracted to the teen sort of stuff, but my daughter insisted I read the books and after seeing the movie I have one hot cougar crush on R-Patz and the doctor fella."

Congratulations to our winner and thanks to everyone who participated! I loved reading each and every response.




Please note: This contest is now closed to further entries. Bookmark this page and check back for the winner.

Chickdowntown.com is giving away one cute and cozy BB Dakota "Bella" Jacket, the same style of jacket worn by Bella (played by Kristen Stewart) in the hit movie Twilight. I haven't seen the movie yet but I loved the book (who didn't right?). And I'm loving the look of this adorable Twilight Jacket, complete with plush fleece lining, ribbed cuffs, distressed pockets and brass button detailing. Check out Chickdowntown.com for more great fashions, too, including designer dresses, shoes, handbags and denim.

For your chance to win, tell us what makes you Twilight's biggest fan in the comments section below. Good luck!

Comments must be posted by 12 noon ET on Friday July 3 to be eligible to win. One lucky winner will be chosen at random, and will be announced on Monday July 6. Be sure to use a valid email address and include info(at)thebudgetbabe.com in your address book so we can contact you if you're the winner. Email addresses will not be shared and will only be used to notify you if you're the winner for this giveaway.

The Look for Less: Mystique Black Gladiator Sandal



Mystique at ShopStyle


Celebrities such as Cameron Diaz and Kim Kardasian are fans of Mystique, a pricey shoe brand that makes simple yet dazzling sandals like these black patent gladiators. Pick 'em up for $138 at Chickdowntown.com.


Love the look…but want it for less? Head on over to GoJane.com where you can scoop up this pair of stud gladiator sandals in either black or fuchsia for just $17.

The Look for Less: Hermes Birkin Bag





Victoria Beckham's extensive collection of Birkin bags, which sell for $6,000 and up, is estimated by some to be worth $2 million.


Canadian readers, you're in luck: Forever 21's Canadian website has a stylish tote no doubt inspired by the Hermes Birkin, a classic handbag which has come to epitomize luxury. Scoop it up for under $40 by clicking the image below.



Cherize Leather Tote, CAD $35.80 at canada.forever21.com



Thanks to Maddy for the tip!