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bebe BLACK Spring 2012 Runway Show

There are dozens of fashion shows that don't take place at Lincoln Center during Fashion Week, and the bebe BLACK Collection is one such show, presented by Style360 at the Metropolitan Pavilion. For Spring 2012, bebe presented an all-white collection with models styled in big, curly white haired wigs and oversized sunglasses. Think Lady Gaga meets Amadeus. There were some adorable knickers and flouncy, tiered dresses that looked like the undergarments I imagine Marie Antoinette might have worn. It was dramatic and edgy, and had it not been for the monochromatic fabric, I think I would have enjoyed this show a lot more. So much of the beautiful detail was difficult to see (and to photograph) because everything was white on white. It was a cool concept, I just would have liked to have seen more texture and color, just to get a better idea of what we'll see in bebe stores come spring. What do you?

Avon Declares September 15th Be A GENEius DAY!

As a blogger ambassador for Avon, I have some big news to share! Avon has just launched their most innovative product to date, ANEW Genics, a ground-breaking new anti-aging cream developed in partnership with Italian scientists that taps the human "Youth Gene" for younger, healthier looking skin.

To celebrate, Avon is inviting Budge Babe readers to take part in their exciting Be A GENEius Day which will be this Thursday, September 15th, when they'll be swarming the internet with a BE A GENEius Re-Tweet campaign and giving away loads of free goodies. 

Simply re-tweet the hashtag #beagenius along with the phrase "I'm a GENEius because…." for an opportunity to win ANEW Genics Treatment Cream for you and your friends.

Make sure to include the hashtag #beagenius in all re-tweets! Follow @AvonInsider and visit for the latest updates and details on this fun campaign.

FTC Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received a complimentary jar of Avon ANEW Genics in conjunction with this promotion. Haven't tried it yet, but I'll let you know when I do!

Shop Missoni for Target This Very Instant

The long awaited moment has finally arrived: The Target for Missoni collection is here! At the moment this post was written, I'm noticing a few pieces are already sold out, like a throw, one of the jar candles, a toss pillow covered in fabric loops and those lovely suede pumps (which to me look better in the photos than in real life, but they're still pretty). In other words, go now if there's something you'll regret not getting. If you happened to stay up last night and you know the exact moment the Missoni collection went live, please let us know in the comments! Also, let me know what you buy online or in stores. I'm going to get some bath accessories online and then see what my store has in a few days.

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Missoni for Target Collection

Jad Ghandour Spring 2012 Backstage Beauty with Dashing Diva

Yesterday I covered my first show for Dashing Diva, the pro nail divas who were creating the safari-themed looks at new-to-me designer Jad Ghandour for his Spring 2012 fashion week presentation. When I heard Ghandour would be featuring live tigers at his show (that's right, live tigers!) I knew the nails were going to be fierce - and they were.