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Inspiration Board: Acapulco

For his 2010 Resort Collection, Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz drew inspiration from sunny Acapulco. Here, a round-up of bright fashions that evoke the clear blue waters and sandy beaches of this Mexican retreat.

[1] BB Dakota by Jack Cody Dress, $48 at
[2] Ryegrass Silk Blouse, $56 at
[3] Nicole Lee Rosette Satchel, $90 at
[4] Topaz Dangle Earring, $29.50 at
[5] Spectrum Tie Skirt, $40 at
[6] Christian Louboutin Greissimo, $845 at
[7] Beaded Zanzibar Bib Necklace, $42 at
[8] Merona Collection Karissa Dress, $39.99 at

The Look for Less: Christian Louboutin Petal Heels

These ethereal Christian Louboutin Petal Heels originally sold for $995 at, but are currently sold out.

Ann Taylor at ShopStyle

Ann Taylor's Camille Bloom Sandals, available in pink or black, are probably the best looks for less I've seen, although they will still cost you $158.

Feeling crafty? A couple bloggers have created their own DIY versions of the Christian Louboutin Petal heels, check out this fab DIY on Style Obsession, and here's an amazing step by step tutorial from …love Maegan. Budget babe-alicious.

Product Review: Footzyrolls Rollable Shoe

Product Review: Footzyrolls Rollable Shoe

I'm often asked to review new products and most of the time, I pass on these opportunities because honestly, there are a lot of really bad concepts out there, and regardless of your budget, why waste money on junk, right? But Footzyrolls are different (sort of): They don't work for me and my lifestyle because I am past the point of wearing impossibly painful shoes, BUT they may very well be a godsend to those of you who rock those 5-inch heels at a party or club, but need something you can slip into for the cab ride or walk home. And for those occasions, ladies, I present to you Footzyrolls Rollable Shoes! Here's what their website says:

"Completely rollable and foldable, Fits in the smallest bag, Water proof and Skid proof Sole, Carry as your spare pair, Great for travel, Great to wear in the office, Great to wear outside! Upper is made from a PU that you can easily clean. You will never want to go out without them! Unroll into Comfort"

As you can see from my photos above, these shoes take up very little space and are flat enough to fit in a big clutch. They're cute and comfy and have a fun red sole. I doubt you could walk long distances in them, and they won't offer much protection from snow, rain, mud, etc. but they're better than going barefoot on grimy city streets when your feet are bleeding! (We've all been there before…right?)

I'm not loving the $25 pricetag (you could just as easily buy a cheap pair of ballet flats from Walmart for $10 and shove those in your purse) but I actually saw these at a Leila Rowe boutique in NYC on sale half-off, so you might be able to pick up a pair for less. Plus, the $25 includes a bag for your heels and a little pouch for your Footzyrolls (although not really necessary since the point is to travel as light as possible).

Would I buy these had I not been sent a free pair? No, but that's because I have no need for rollable shoes. Might you enjoy them? Yes, if you often find yourself on the go and in need of some "just in case" shoes.

**UPDATE** At Laila Rowe, Footzyrolls are currently 25% off. They were ticketed at $34 and are now selling for $25.50.