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Missoni for Target Tradition Video with Margherita

Target shared this fun behind-the-scenes video with us, featuring Missoni heiress Margherita Maccapani Missoni talking about Missoni traditions and family history along with her experience designing the Target collection – hitting stores on September 13, 2011. You'll also see the Missoni for Target collection in action filmed during the ad campaign shoot in Milan - living, breathing, moving on the cobblestone streets of Italy! If this doesn't get you excited for the launch, I don't know what will.

Since we all love Social Media so much, be sure to follow the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #MissoniforTarget and @TargetStyle.

Ask BB: Penny Loafer Pumps for Less

I just wanted to ask for budget-friendly penny loafer heels. I am loving the trend but not the $200-$400 price tag associated with many of them! —Jen

You're not alone, the penny loafer pump is definitely on many peoples' must-have list for fall. This feminine menswear inspired shoe is great for work and play and works well with skirts, dresses and pants. No wonder everyone wants in on this trend!

Here are some affordable options, I'll update this post with more as they become available. Please share your picks in the comments.

1. Nine West "Abalene", $89, five colors available

Ask BB: Ash 'Paradise' Boot for Less

I've been browsing the web for boots similar to these "Paradise" wedge booties by Ash ($290, I love these and if you can find a cheaper alternative with your internet superpowers I will be extremely grateful! —E

Gosh these are great, it's the Western boot gone wedge! I love the Ash boot's sleek profile and covered heel, but it's a silhouette that's hard to imitate. However I did find a few options that might work for you.

First up, from Nine West we have the "Peekaboo" ($129, In genuine leather with a slightly less pointy toe, it's a respectable look for less.

DV by Dolce Vita Fall 2011 Lookbook

If you live somewhere in the wake of Hurricane Irene, are stuck inside and fortunate enough to still have power, allow me to entertain you for a bit with DV by Dolce Vita's Fall 2011 look book. DV is Dolce Vita's more accessible line (with many shoes priced under $100). You may know and love Dolce Vita from their budget friendly collabs with Target.

This fall lookbook features the brand's favorite selections of the season, covering the trends of casual menswear-inspired shoes, high wedges and platforms, colorblocking, Americana and glitter, and will be available at I'm picking up subtle references to Christian Louboutin, Miu Miu, Charlotte Olympia and more, which may explain why I'm in love with just about all of them. Can you pick a favorite?

Ask BB: J. Crew MacAlister Wedge Boot for Less

I recently discovered these J. Crew wedge booties and have fallen in love. Unfortunately, they are a little (okay, a lot) out of my price range and I was wondering if you had seen something similar elsewhere? —Aditi

J.Crew at ShopStyle

Great find, those look comfy and very "utilitarian chic." I tracked down a couple options that will help you get the look for less. First up, we have Kelsi Dagger's "Fanetta" desert booties ($100,…