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Off the Rack: Miss Trish of Capri for Target Spring Styles

World-traveling designer Trish Carroll offers jewel-encrusted sandals inspired by the sea and sand at down-to-earth prices

During my last trip to Target's shoe department, I was surprised to find four new sandal styles by Miss Trish of Capri, including a coral t-strap flat, flower-and-bee flip-flop, starfish toe-ring flat and seahorse t-strap flat. There's also an adorable lizard ankle-strap flip-flop which you can see online (my store didn't have them in stock). Each whimsical pair is just $24.99 yet looks super luxe and bougie, the sand-and-sea motifs conjuring up images of uppity beachcombers wearing Lilly Pulitzer in Nantucket. You will either love them or leave them depending on your personal style. If Miss Trish of Capri speaks to you, scoop up a pair as the prices simply can't be beat! More pics after the jump…

Heavenly Flowers Fragrance Collection by Victoria's Secret Beauty

Victoria's Secret Beauty launched their Heavenly Flowers fragrance collection, just in time for Mother's Day, with supermodel hosts Alessandra Ambrosio, Miranda Kerr and Candice Swanepoel. The girls showed off their florist skills while celebrating the newest addition to the Dream Angels collection on Saturday (April 24) at the Victoria's Secret store in SoHo, New York City. So bummed I couldn't make this event, looked like a lot of fun!

Zac Posen for Target: What Did You Buy?

Zac Posen for Target: What Did You Buy?

The Zac Posen for Target collection went on sale late last night, and by this morning, a few of the items were already sold out! I try not to get caught up in the shopping frenzy, but honestly, who am I kidding?! Target knows how to get a girl excited and I am powerless to resist. So what did I buy? Well, this morning I didn't actually get anything because the item I wanted most—namely, the tuxedo blazer—was not yet available online. But when I returned to my computer this evening, the tuxedo blazer was up—YAY!—so I bought that for $49.99, as well as the black ruched skirt ($34.99), and the tie-dye tank dress ($29.99). Not what I'd consider the "standout" pieces by any stretch, but I went for items that I felt I would actually wear —pieces that would work with my figure, my style and my budget. I hope they fit, and if not, I can always return them! So. What did YOU buy?

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Ask BB: What to Wear to a Beach Themed Party

I've been invited to a "Boat & Beach" themed college party where girls are supposed to wear bikinis. I'm not too confident or comfortable prancing around in a barely there outfit. What is something that is both stylish and a little sexy that I could wear?

Take inspiration from Jessica Stroup's sailor-shorts-and-halter-top look which she recently wore to an LA party. It's an adorable outfit with a nautical vibe that shows some skin but not too much. Here are some affordable pieces to help you put it all together: