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Milly Spring Summer 2011 Runway Show

On September 15, I attended the Milly Spring/Summer 2011 runway show held at the Lincoln Center during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. The inspiration for the collection was famed art collector Peggy Guggenheim, which designer Michelle Smith expressed with an eclectic mix of patterns, prints and pieces that came together with unexpected glamor and levity. Accessories like turbans, oversized sunglasses and hats also gave a nod to Guggenheim as muse, as did bohemian prints mixed with ladylike separates, cropped jackets and prim pumps. I loved it all, from the preppy-meets-global color palette (give me apple green, navy and white any day and I'm a happy camper) to the Alexander Calder-inspired mobile which decorated the runway, the perfect touch! The delicious handbags and statement jewelry pieces were thoughtfully incorporated yet could totally work beyond the runway. My kind of fashion.

Click through for show notes and more photos.

Best On A Budget: Desert Boots

One of the hottest shoe trends for fall 2010 is the desert boot, seen here on Sarah Jessica Parker. The style icon paired hers with skinny jeans and an oversized sweater for a comfy, disheveled look that still reads chic. Opt for a desert boot-inspired wedge or flats to add a bit of rugged elegance to your fall wardrobe. Keep reading for 6 great desert boot options under $100.

Off the Rack: TJ Maxx and Marshalls September Finds

Just before the Fashion Week madness struck, I paid a quick visit to both my nearest TJ Maxx and Marshalls stores to check out their summer clearance shoes and see what was new for fall. Here are some highlights: The Cube at Marshalls has all the edgy teen must-haves that grown ups can wear on the weekends, too, like cargos, distressed jeans, tons of plaid shirts and chambray ones, too. Most items are priced under $30. I'm addicted to ruffle tops, tees, tanks, cardigans, you name it, so I wanted to see if Marshalls had this current trend in-stock, and they definitely did! My favorite piece was a black ruffle front tank by MICHAEL Michael Kors, priced under $30 - why pay more at a department store, right? At TJ Maxx, I was pleased to find a couple pairs of shoes from DV by Dolce Vita as well as Kelsi Dagger - two cool brands that are very on-trend at the moment, nice to see current styles at a substantial discount. Finally, my TJ Maxx had a ton of new handbags, including some designer names like Cynthia Rowley, Hype, Lucky Brand and B. Makowsky. Yes, you have to dig, but if you know what to look for, there are some serious savings to be had.

More photos after the jump!

Shown above: BCBGeneration swoopback pumps, $39.99 (compare at $75). Lauren Conrad wore a similar pair here.

Beauty Review: Colgate WISP Plus Whitening

The Budget Beauty Babe finds a convenient, affordable way to get that just-brushed-teeth feeling on the go. —BB

by The Budget Beauty Babe
So, I'm going to be totally honest here. When I first saw the Colgate WISP ($7.79 per 4 packs x 4 brushes box) on the market I thought it was a dumb idea, and I said to myself, "Why would I ever need a tiny toothbrush?!"

Boy, was I wrong.

After receiving several complimentary samples of Colgate WISP to test, I have had to eat my words. To my surprise, I absolutely love having these mini mouth refreshers in my purse or bag whenever I need them. They are the perfect thing to keep in your purse when you are out and about as they require no water, no rinsing and they are disposable (which is the one eco-unfriendly downside). Meeting friends right after work and don't have time to get to real toothbrush? Use a Wisp! Eat something freaky before an important meeting? Use a Wisp! Traveling (need I say more)? Use a Wisp!