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The Look for Less: Matt & Nat Zipper Clutch

Matt & Nat's stylish Hendrix Stellar zipper clutch is on sale for $151.62 at This eco-conscious vegan brand prides itself on incorporating recycled materials into their designs and does not use any animal byproducts such as leather, wool or silk.

Matt & Nat at ShopStyle

Forever 21 offers the look for less; their zipper clutch is available in brown or black for $17.80. Forever 21 employs thousands of individuals and their goods are priced affordably, which means more people get to enjoy fashion.

Forever 21 at ShopStyle

Which would you choose?

Off the Rack: Mulberry for Target

Yesterday I checked my local Target to see if they had anything left from the Mulberry for Target handbag collection which is available now in stores and, last time I checked, nearly entirely sold out online. The large black satchel looked surprisingly good in person but $49? Really? I just couldn't justify buying another black purse for that price. The pink leopard print bag was delightful and I was really tempted to buy it but I just couldn't do it. I had to put aside the fact that it remotely connected to the Mulberry brand and admit to myself that it looked cheap. If the quality had just been moderately better, I would have jumped on that bag. I think these bags could certainly add fun to many outfits but when money's tight, these don't make me reach for my wallet.

More photos after the jump. Did you buy anything? Did seeing the bags in person change your mind one way or another?

Off the Rack: Sally Hansen Limited-Edition Nail Polish Shades for Fall

During my recent roadtrip to Nova Scotia, I stopped at a drugstore for some supplies and couldn't help but notice that Sally Hansen has released some amazing limited-edition nail polish shades for fall. I haven't tested any yet but I'm already a fan of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure, the quality is remarkable. The tough part will be picking just one, I'm loving the whole fall lineup from sultry rich purples to those superchic neutrals. At this particular drugstore, the Complete Salon Manicure was priced at $7.59 per bottle; the Diamond Strength was $4.98.

What nail polish color are you craving for fall? Better yet, what color are you wearing right now?

What I'm Wearing: Joss Stone for Nine West Vintage America

Back in June, I got a sneak peek at the Joss Stone Nine West Vintage America Fall 2010 Collection, and now I was treated to a complimentary pair of sky-high platform booties from the line. The "Ohsojoss" ankle boot infuses Joss's personal inspirations (like her flower tattoo) and whimsical style with authentic charm and craftsmanship. Joss notes, "love a round toe shape, it makes the style more girly and fun." This bootie has a 4" heel 1/2" platform and fits true-to-size. I think they're the perfect blend of rugged and sexy which is right on trend for fall. They are quite comfortable but the platform takes some getting used to. I haven't worn them outside the house yet but I imagine they are 2-hour shoes at best! Available in taupe or black for $149. Visit for more information, or click the image below to purchase or get more detailed information on the collection.