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Brian Atwood to Launch (Slightly More Affordable) B Brian Atwood

Brian Atwood to Launch B Brian Atwood

Brian Atwood today announced that he will collaborate with Jones Apparel Group to create B Brian Atwood, a new footwear and accessory line that will be the contemporary counterpart to Brian Atwood's high-end, luxury shoe business.

B Brian Atwood will be sold in better department stores and specialty retailers beginning in fall 2011, followed by the launches of B Brian Atwood handbags and jewelry slated for 2012. Footwear under the B Brian Atwood brand will retail for $200 to $400 for core items and up to $600 for boots.

I was excited when I first heard the news—Atwood is a celebrity fave and his stunning creations are seen all over the red carpet—but the price range is still out of reach. For me, at least. Oh well!

Off the Rack: Chan Luu Bracelet Look-a-likes at Target

Chan Luu knockoff looks for less at Target

I went to Target today in hopes of finding some Temple St. Clair jewelry—which they didn't have—but I did find some cool Chan Luu inspired bead bracelets (actually there are many designers making these stackable, leather wrap bead bracelets but Chan Luu is probably the most well-known of the bunch at the moment, having recently collaborated with Banana Republic on a limited-edition line). I found an assortment of colors and styles, each for $7.99. My favorite was a dark purple silk-look chord with gold-tone beads. Best part is that the closure features an easy-to-adjust slip knot so you can customize the fit to suit your wrist. Brilliant! Browse Chan Luu bracelets below for reference.

Runway to Real Way: Michael Kors Fall 2010

Here's a reader request: Recreate this sumptuous look from the Michael Kors Fall 2010 runway—for less. Key pieces? A deep v-neck sweater in gray, button-front camel pencil skirt, snakeskin belt, slouchy suede boots and fur clutch. So sexy yet sophisticated!

Click through to see the budget breakdown.


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Off the Rack: LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl's Early Fall Offerings

I stopped by Kohl's the other day to check out the early fall offerings from the LC Lauren Conrad collection after loving the Fall lookbook photos. I saw a bunch of summer items on clearance, lots of flower embellished tees, and a few solid fall pieces including a pleather motorcycle jacket, gray jersey blazer and black slim-fit pants. My sister bought a gray t-shirt with a parrot tulip design. I didn't buy anything on this trip but I'll be back for the bomber, it's cute but not the most practical piece as I doubt it provides any real warmth. For your reference, keep scrolling to see how the size 4 blazer fit me (reg. $60, it was on sale for $41.99) as well as the size S bomber (reg. $72, sale $49.99). Have you purchased any fall clothes yet?