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Mossimo for Target Spring 2012 Lookbook




Hopefully you've had enough Oscar talk and you're ready to turn your attention to a different red carpet, namely, the red carpet at Tarjay. Here we have the Mossimo Spring 2012 lookbook, which showcases the trends you'll be seeing from both the Mossimo Black and Mossimo Supply Co. labels at your local Target stores and online at Target.com. The so-called trends are extremely subtle this year, which isn't necessarily a bad thing: Kimono and butterfly sleeves give a subtle nod to the East-meets-West influence, while belted tunics, peasant tops and flowy dresses echo the bohemian vibe that always seems "in" when the weather warms up. For colors, expect everything from pastels to soft brights, along with florals, graphic and nature-inspired prints. I'm drawn to the colorful denim and cotton dresses; the shoes also look promising. I'll leave the short-shorts to the teens. I wish the floral shorts came in a pant version, too.

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What do you have your eye on? Does this lookbook inspire?

Oscars Best Dressed: Who Gets Your Vote?




The 2012 Oscars have come and gone, so naturally it's time to vote for our favorite looks from the red carpet. My best-dressed stars include Gwyneth Paltrow who brought the drama in an ivory Tom Ford gown with a unique cape that made it utterly memorable; Michelle Williams in a red Louis Vuitton gown for its standout color and subtle eccentricities; Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli because she radiated confidence (and because I love a good bow); and Jessica Chastain in McQueen, which was overly elaborate and yet somehow totally worked. There were too many gorgeous gowns to mention here but I've narrowed it down to my top 15. If I missed your favorites, let me know in the comments. Were you wowed or bored by this year's Oscar looks?


Art Deco Nails Video Tutorial


Here's my take on the popular "Art Deco" manicure, a tri-color scalloped edge design that recalls the glamor and artistry of 1920s Paris. With a little patience and just a few tools, you can easily accomplish this stunning design that looks great on short or long nails.

What I used:

  • Zoya "Dea" (mocha creme)

  • China Glaze "Midnight Kiss" (gold shimmer)

  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure "Pat on the Black" (almost-black plum)

  • Seche Vite top coat

  • small eyeshadow brush (disposable is best)


Let me know if you try this in the comments, and please share your suggestions to help me improve my videos. Thanks for watching!

Special thanks to my Twitter pal @Lindstr for introducing me to this cool nail art design as seen on The Beauty Department.

BB's Weekly Fashion Link Round Up




FabSugar looks at the best-dressed celebs at London Fashion Week.

MayteDoll recreates Khloe Kardashian's neon yellow blouse look for less.

A Bull's Eye View enlists stylist Brad Goreski to create chic looks using items from Target.

The Style Sale reads into the "book clutch" trend.

BellaSugar rounds up New York Fashion Week's top makeup trends.

Sugarlaws shares a recipe for a yummy crab and brie omelet.

People StyleWatch reveals Rachel Bilson's favorite budget lipgloss.

The Grindstone finds business management tips from 'The Iron Lady.'

All Women Stalk rounds up 8 fun paper doily DIY projects.

The Coveted has a sock bun tutorial in five easy steps.

Oscar Fun...

  • Help Coolspotters identify all the fabulous red carpet fashions at the Oscars.



  • CollegeCandy readers who make the best Oscar predictions will have a chance to win a $200 gift bag full of awesome Tarte Cosmetics products. Enter here.



  • David's Bridal hosts its first Oscars Twitter Party on Sunday, February 26th, at 7:00PM, as the starlets step onto the red carpet in their glamorous gowns. Look for the hashtag #DBRedCarpet on Twitter.



  • Style It Online mixes up the perfect Oscar-themed cocktail recipe.


  • Join @JulepMaven's Oscar Twitter Party from 3-4 ET for your chance to win nail polish, talk trends and more.


  • And, join me, @BudgetBabe, during the Oscars to livetweet about all the red carpet looks!


Kmart Fashion Spring 2012 Lookbook




Kmart Fashion's spring lookbook is out, showcasing some of the highlights from clothing brands like Attention, Route 66, LYS, Sofia Vergara and Jaclyn Smith. My eye is drawn to the bright blue blazer, coral jeans and colorblock top - pieces that aren't overly trendy but feel fresh for spring. Nothing's over $35 and you can shop many of these pieces now in stores and online. Navigating the Kmart website for fashion can be a bit daunting, however, so I recommend starting with fashionblog.kmart.com and going from there. See anything in this lookbook you need to have?