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LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl's Spring 2011 Jewelry

This spring, LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl's expanded from clothing to include shoes, sunglasses and jewelry, and here we have the complete lookbook. The collection features delicate necklaces, rings, earrings and bracelets in both gold and silver colors with nature motifs like birds, leaves, flowers and coral. It's all effortless and easy to wear, the perfect compliment to LC's chic apparel. Priced from just $10 to $28, this affordable line lets you treat yourself to something pretty whenever you feel like it. This collection is in stores now, many of the pieces are already marked down. I haven't seen it yet but hope to soon. Have you?

Save 70% on French Connection through eBay's Fashion Vault

There's a French Connection sale going on now at , where you can shop top fashion brands at deep discounts for a limited-time only.

From left: Ruffle blouse ($39, down from $98), print dress ($59, down from $158) and halter romper ($59, down from $138)

Ebay is really giving other flash sale sites a run for their money with the Fashion Vault. I love the glossy layout and tightly edited selection.

The French Connection sale ends Mar 11, 2011 @ 09:00 PM PST so visit the sooner rather than later if you're interested.

Have you scored any deals from eBay's Fashion Vault yet?

Off the Rack: March Handbag Highlights at T.J. Maxx

Earlier this week I stopped by T.J. Maxx to check out the latest handbag offerings, hoping to find some inspiration for spring. Let me preface this by saying I don't live in a big city where some of the best merchandise seems to land but even at my meager T.J. Maxx, there were amazing gems - you just need to know what to look for! The best brands I spotted on this trip included B. Makowsky, Cynthia Rowley, the Sak, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Lucky Brand, Big Buddha, Jessica Simpson and Dooney & Bourke. Happily, there were quite few good-looking leather bags in colors like tan and white, as well as brights like orange, red and pink. My eyes are always on the lookout for those red clearance tags to get the best deals, and my favorite find happened to have one of those stickers, namely the Sak red leather satchel (shown above) for $52, down from $89.99. If you're looking for a new leather handbag for spring, check T.J. Maxx before you pay full price at a department store.

Click through to see more handbag highlights from my trip.

Find Amazing Local Deals through

With the growing popularity of deal-a-day and social networking saving sites, such as Groupon and LivingSocial, I began exploring ways to offer Budget Babe readers some of those sweet deals directly through my blog. So when I was approached by a, I knew I had found something you guys would love. Sqoot basically aggregates local deals from dozens of top deal websites and presents them in one easy to use format which I've embedded on my site in the DEALS NEAR YOU category (located in the top nav).

Visit that page whenever you want to find great deals on things like spa treatments, fitness lessons, dining experiences and much more, right in your own neighborhood. If you find something you love and decide to make a purchase, will receive a (very) small commission. I hope you'll think of it as dropping some change in the "tip jar" if you like what you see and score a bargain. Check it out and let me know what you think, especially if you have suggestions for improvement.