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From Stylehive: Meow! Cat Eye Sunglasses Bring Old School Glamour

The Budget Babe has teamed up with Stylehive.com to exchange links once a week so that you can see what's buzzing in their budget-friendly hive.

Femme fatales of the 1950s defined beauty with hourglass figures, sexpot hair and come hither lashes, made all the more provocative by fashionable accessories like silk scarves, pearls—and cat-eye frames.

Today a new crop of designers is putting their own spin on these seductive frames that give the wearer almond-shaped eyes, and Stylehive has a round up of some of the best takes on this trend.

Browse this slideshow for inspiration on how you can add a little Hollywood glam to your wardrobe with this chic and affordable accessory!


Rachel Pally Blowout Sale at Hautelook




You can still find some great deals at today's Rachel Pally Blowout sale going on now for a limited time at Hautelook.com. Join the ranks of Rachel Pally's celebrity A-list fans such as Angelina Jolie, Oprah Winfrey and Sarah Jessica Parker and pick up a dress or top in Pally's signature jersey that epitomizes casual glamour—all at drastically reduced prices, of course. The top above, for instance, is now just $39 down from $176, while the cropped cardigan is also $39, down from $154. (And yes, those are the real original prices, just compare with Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, etc..)

Spring Fashion Trends 2010: Army Jackets

Spring Fashion Trends 2010: Army Jackets

Trade your black leather jacket for a lighter though no less edgy piece of outerwear: The army jacket. In camo green or khaki, long or short, this versatile layering piece referenced on the runways of Rag & Bone, Balmain and Marc Jacobs (to name a few) will become your go-to coverup come Spring. The best part? This is one runway trend that can easily be realized in the real world. Find affordable army-inspired jackets at Gap, Madewell for Shopbop, American Eagle Outfitters and more. Browse my army jacket round-up below (and remember, more options will emerge as we get closer to spring!).


Ask BB: Budget-Friendly Walking Shoes for Winter in NYC

I need some advice on shoe choice for a tourist's trip to NYC. I am going in early February and the forecast should be cold and rainy. I plan to do a lot of walking and would like to find a shoe that is comfortable enough to walk in, durable enough to withstand any rainy conditions, yet stylish enough to go from day to night (nothing dressy, but possibly a Broadway show). Any advice? —Melissa

It might sound boring, but I think a classic black boot by a reputable brand is your best bet. Something classic yet modern will keep your feet comfy and cozy for a full day of walking, climbing subway stairs and trudging through rain puddles, possibly even slush and snow. And you'll look stylish and put together whether you're going to an art museum, shopping in trendy boutiques or catching a show in the evening. There are lots of options out there, but here are 3 picks under $50:




Aerosoles Archive Stretch Boot, $39.99 at amazon.com

I have always had luck with Aerosoles. Their shoes are super comfy and durable, and you can wear them for 8 to 10 hours at a time. These boots got great reviews, and it's easy to see why: Classic, versatile, tasteful. Check the Aerosoles.com outlet section for even more fab deals.




Unlisted by Kenneth Cole Women's 'Saddle Up' Tall Riding Boots, $47.99 at overstock.com

For something with less heel and more edge, these riding boots from Kenneth Cole's more affordable line, Unlisted, will keep feet happy for hours. Again, Kenneth Cole is another brand I've had excellent luck with, so you can shop with some certainty that you will not be disappointed by your purchase.




Bandolino Neeko, $47.37 at 6pm.com

I've owned a couple pairs of Bandolinos over the years and they have never failed me. If tall boots aren't your thing, a low black ankle boot like the ones shown here are another fab option. You can wear them with dark bootcut jeans and a cute top and blazer for a stylish day to night look. Feet will be dry and pain-free, which means you will be a happy traveler.

Dear Readers: What are some versatile, comfortable shoes YOU would recommend that would work for winter in New York City?