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The Look for Less: Kate Spade Halle Wedge Pump

A reader named Anna C. asked me to help her track down a more affordable version of the Kate Spade "Halle" wedge pump, a top pick of celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe on It's also apparently something of an "it" shoe among women in politics, according to the New York Times. This versatile shoe is undeniably stylish and comfortable but carries a painful $300 pricetag.

So I did a little digging around and discovered Nine West's "Smooch" Wedge Pump for $79 at It's a close match in black patent leather and round toe but it has a 4" heel, so be aware.

Another option that will give you the Kate Spade look-for-less is from Jones New York. Their "Kent" wedge pumps are $59.95 at and have a genuine leather upper and 3" heel (just like the Kate Spades, although it's tough to tell from the photos).

Lastly, we have Merona's Myka Suede Wedge Pumps featuring a 2-inch heel that's great for walking. These are just $29.99 at Take your pick!

The Look for Less: Frye Harness Boots Part III

The Frye 'Harness 12R' Boot is one of the most popular styles from this legendary brand, so it's no wonder that we've seen a steady supply of knock-offs from lesser brands. The most popular look-for-less is arguably Target's Mossimo Supply Co. 'Katherine' Leather Engineer Boots ($49.99). I bought these last season and I love them although they take a while to break in because they're made from tough albeit real leather.

If you can afford the real deal, they should last you forever with proper care. The ones shown here are $218 at

Most recently, I noticed that Payless is carrying a Frye-inspired Harness boot: It's called the 'Savannah' Harness Boot by American Eagle and it's on sale for $38.99 at, marked down from $49.99. This is a great way to test drive the look, too, see if this boot works with your current wardrobe and lifestyle, then graduate to the real deal when you get your holiday bonus!

5 Under $50: Foldover Boots

Katherine Heigl shows off some serious layering skills on top and some amazing foldover detailing on her suede boots while visiting The Late Show with David Letterman. Here are five boots featuring cuffs or foldovers under $50 to get you in on this trend for less.

Get Katy Perry's MTV Video Music Awards Nail Look

If you're into nail art or looking for something wild for Halloween, you might be interested to know that Katy Perry wore Broadway 2-Step Natural Nails at the MTV Video Music Awards. Why is this so interesting?! Because Broadway 2-Step Nails are just $4.49 and you can easily create your own look at home!

For Katy, celebrity manicurist Kimmie Kyees applied Broadway 2-Step nails as a base underneath her favorite design/polish. In lieu of glue, Kyees secured the nails to Katy using the Kiss Mega Hold Tabs – a short-term alternative to nail glue. Katy wore her 2-Step Nails adorned with head-and-body decals of husband Russell Brand - which I don't recommend you do, because that would be weird, but I'm sure you can come up with your own fabulous designs!

Broadway 2-Step Nail Kit is available at for $4.49
Kiss Mega Hold Tabs are available at Walgreens and for $1.99