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BB's Spring 2012 Shopping Checklist

At the start of a new season, I try to take stock of what's in my closet and then make a list of the pieces I'd like to add. It's not foolproof, but it's probably one of the best techniques I've found to help me stick to my budget and not get side-tracked when I head to the mall. Here's a checklist of 10 spring items on my list, what's on yours?

Win Cool Stuff: H&M Fashion Against AIDS Giveaway

Update: And the winner is… #15 Sarah! Congrats to our winner and thanks to everyone who participated.

Please note: This giveaway has ended and is now closed to further entries.

Yesterday I showed you the H&M Fashion Against AIDS 2012 collection, and today I'm launching a giveaway for some of the hottest accessories in the line, which launches April 26th.

One lucky winner will receive 7 accessories from the H&M Fashion Against Aids Collection.

To enter: (leave one comment for each)

  • Tell me which item from the collection you find most inspiring in the comments section below.

  • "Like" The Budget Babe on Facebook.

  • Tweet this post using the Twitter button below and include @hmusa in your tweet.

Good luck!

Special thanks to H&M for providing the prize. Prize may vary slightly from image shown. Entries must be posted by 12 noon EST on April 6th, 2012 to be eligible to win. To get involved, visit beginning April 5 for more info.

H&M Fashion Against AIDS Collection

H&M is set to launch the fifth Fashion Against AIDS (FAA) collection to raise funds and create youth awareness about HIV and AIDS. It's such a great cause, and as usual, 25% of all sales will go directly to a variety of international youth HIV and AIDS awareness projects, including Designers Against Aids, MTV's Staying Alive Foundation, United Nations Population Fund, and YouthAids.

This year's summer-ready collection for girls and guys brings together ethnic influences from different continents: Colorful African trims on blouses and bustiers, graphic black and white Maori prints on leggings and crop-tops, and folkloric Inuit designs from Greenland on draped T-shirts. The collection also includes fashion accessories such as hats, footwear and jewelry, as well as special pieces such as iPhone cases.

H&M's Fashion Against AIDS collection be will available in around 300 stores on April 26th 2012. Stay tuned, I'll be hosting an exclusive giveaway so you can get your hands on some of the goods before everyone else!

What's more, H&M has launched a micro-site in conjunction with the Fashion Against AIDS collection titled "Make Out for a Good Cause." For each uploaded picture on the micro-site, H&M will donate $1 to HIV/AIDS awareness projects.

If you'd like an "early bird" VIP-invite to the pre-launch site, hit me up in the comments and I'll send the first 20 people who comment an exclusive access code (must be 16 or older).

Browse the collection after the jump, so much color! Love the dip-dye maxi dress.

The Look for Less: Loeffler Randall Espadrille Pumps

This look for less was requested by reader Jen, who loves Loeffler Randall's "Neel" espadrille pumps. With their closed toe and chunky heel, these sophisticated shoes say "work" in front and "party" in the back! The $375 pricetag, however, is not so fun.

The best look for less I could find is these Sam Edelman "Rella" espadrille heels, which come in black, natural or whiskey brown for $120-$160 at Not cheap, but it's a good brand and you'll save $255.

Okay, so these don't have a closed toe, which kinda defeats the purpose, but the coloration and silhouette gives these Merona for Target "Edith" sandals a similar vibe. At $24.99, they're a steal!

5 Under $50: Bold Botanicals

In this print-heavy season, bold botanicals reigned on many a runway, from Diane von Furstenberg's Asian-inspired prints to Altuzarra's Hawaiian florals, DKNY's chic poppies and Dolce & Gabbana's farmer's market medley (love those hot peppers!). Indeed, spring wouldn't be spring without bold blooms, so here are a few pieces under $50 to get you growin'.