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Off the Rack: Boyfriend Watches at Walmart

This morning I spotted the perfect boyfriend watch at Walmart by George for $19.50 in both gold and silver. It looks a lot like the popular Merona for Target boyfriend watch that I scooped up a couple months ago and have been wearing just about every day since. People ask me about it all the time (including some dude on the train who asked if it was real gold. Um. No.) Target's boyfriend watch was most likely inspired by Michael Kors who was inspired no doubt by retro men's watches which have been around for decades. Look for these watches at a Walmart store near you (I couldn't find them online).

Win the New Apple iPad in Celebration of Shop It To Me UK

Win the New Apple iPad in Celebration of Shop It To Me UK

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Shop It To Me just launched Shop It To Me in the United Kingdom. To celebrate, they're giving away an Apple iPad so you can see Salemail wherever you go.

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Start Here: 10 Practical Style Tips for the Fashion-Challenged

I often get emails from readers who feel utterly overwhelmed when they shop and have no clue where to start when it comes to fashion. To them, I say, you are not alone! Looking good is not easy. And while fashion should be fun, sometimes shopping can be a daunting chore. So, I started brainstorming and came up with this list of 10 concrete tips that will hopefully offer some guidance on how to begin to look fashionable on a budget. What wisdom would you share with a friend who was just getting into fashion?

Off the Rack: Spring Trends at T.J. Maxx

BCBGMAXAZRIA Striped Top, Original pricetag $78, T.J. Maxx price, $34.99

The folks at T.J. Maxx recently sent me a $25 gift card to assist me with spring shopping at my friendly neighborhood T.J. Maxx store. My mission: To find the season's latest trends at this off-price retailer. Could it be done? The answer is yes, but you're going to have to do some serious digging and careful, thoughtful editing (to borrow a phrase from Tim Gunn). Ultimately I found all the fashion must-haves you might need to update your wardrobe for spring, mostly under $50, including…