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Off the Rack: Fall Boots Hit Target in July

'Karima' Genuine Leather Boot, $49.99 *BB's Pick*

If you weren't impressed by the Dolce Vita for Target collab, never fear: Target has tons of new shoe styles to help you plan ahead for fall. Highlights include classic black riding boots, new genuine leather Frye-inspired tall boots, work-chic ruffle flats, day-to-night booties and buckle-embellished heeled boots. There's literally something for everyone and the prices are low. The trick will be assessing what's in your current wardrobe and filling in the gaps. Click through for more photos. Which pairs are you loving?

L.L.Bean Siganture Fall 2010 Collection Preview

On July 28th, I attended an online webinar to preview the L.L.Bean Signature Fall 2010 Collection Preview. "Style" might not be the first word that comes to mind when you think of L.L.Bean's rugged New England-inspired clothing, but let me assure you, their new Signature collection exudes style. I credit this with the fact that most of the pieces are pulled straight from the L.L.Bean archives, on occasion with an updated fit, color or cut. The result is classic American sportswear with a slightly preppy, retro feel that's perfect for the urban dweller who appreciates the great outdoors and embraces the past with nostalgia.

This isn't a dumbed down, cheaper line, rather these are quality pieces made with the same L.L.Bean guarantee of great fabrics and solid workmanship, pieces you'll want to hold on to for seasons to come. Prices will range anywhere from $20-$30 for basics all the way up to $500 for an Italian wool coat, and will be available for purchase at at the end of summer.

I can not tell you how happy I am to see old-school pieces brought back intact; they were perfect the first time around and look totally current and cool today. I'm a sucker for the nautical prints, tartan plaid, vintage accessories, menswear-inspired tailoring and silly duck boots. This season I'm definitely getting a pair! Besides, I live in New England now so I better dress the part, right? Click through to see the complete Fall preview plus a sneak peek at the Winter 2010 collection, too!

The Limited Holiday 2010 Collection Preview

The Limited Holiday 2010 Collection Preview

On July 21st, The Limited hosted their Holiday Collection Preview in New York City. I wasn't able to make it to the event in person but here are some photos courtesy of The Limited to show us a bit of what we missed! DJ Kiss set the atmosphere with great music for the night, and Dylan's Candy Bar made the "Life is sweet" theme come to life. I'm loving the classic white button down shirt paired with a full black sequin mini skirt. The tailored trousers, pretty blouses and soft knits all look like pieces that can easily carry you from the office to holiday engagements afterwards. Also, who knew The Limited had such cute doggie sweaters? The houndstooth one is adorable! Look for The Limited Holiday Collection to hit stores in October. Click through for more pics!

Ask BB: Cute Cheap Outfits for A Summer Trip to Puerto Rico

Photo credit:, taken by Deborah R. from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

Reader ttsmith posted this question in the forums: "I am leaving for Puerto Rico in the next month for a girl's trip. We are staying in one of the nicest resorts there. I have a few outfits together, but would love some other ideas." —ttsmith

Puerto Rico is going to be really hot in August, so think light tees, tanks, skirts, and sandals. In addition to packing a few bathing suits, here are 3 affordable outfits that'll take you sightseeing, dining and clubbing in style!