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New Pricier Bag Styles at the Mall: Will You Be Buying?

The Budget Babe is quoted in The Wall Street Journal article OMG These Bags Cost a Lot by Elizabeth Holmes

Recently I spoke at length about the low- and mid-level handbag markets with journalist Elizabeth Holmes and, as luck would have it, she quoted me in her article on the same subject, entitled "OMG, These Bags Cost a Lot! With New Styles at High Prices, Mall Chains Make a Big Push Into Designer Turf" (The Wall Street Journal, Thursday, May 27, 2010).

Holmes takes a in-depth look at the push from certain mid-priced retailers such as Ann Taylor and Talbots to offer quality leather handbags at a reasonable price in the midst of the recession—and questions whether or not shoppers will take the bait.

She asks, "Will the average shopper shell out for a mall store brand bag that's almost as expensive as a luxury-label bag?"

The Look for Less: Tory Burch Wedge Lace Up Espadrille

Tory Burch at ShopStyle

Tory Burch's Wedge Lace Up Espadrilles are $225 at I'd call them lace-up peep-toe booties, but that's just me. Also come in olive or tan. Loving the edge, Tory!

The alternative: Steven by Steve Madden's 'Wyndi' Wedge Sandal is $138.95 at Why they charge so much for inspired-by designs is beyond me, but this is a great looking shoe that will save you some cash nonetheless!

Poll: Who Was The Best Dressed at the SATC 2 NYC Premiere?

Poll: Who Was The Best Dressed at the SATC 2 NYC Premiere?

For the Sex and the City 2 world premiere at New York City's Radio City Music Hall, the fab four stepped out in gorgeous gowns, fabulous heels and stunning jewels, giving us a little taste of what's to come when the movie itself hits theaters May 27th (or midnight May 26th, as I'm sure many of you already know!). I think all the ladies looked amazing and each has her own unique style but if I had to pick one "winner", my vote would go to SJP for her diaphanous one-shoulder gown in an electrifying shade of yellow. It's exciting and flattering at the same time! Thoughts?

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