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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'.

ZARA Spring 2012 Lookbook

In addition to the Spring 2012 Catalog, Zara also produces a Lookbook which highlights key fashion trends for the season. Zara takes its cues straight from the runways: Pastel separates reference 3.1 Phillip Lim while futuristic florals feel plucked from Prabal Gurung. The big difference here is price, as most of Zara's amazing appararel, handbags and shoes are priced under $100 (and they have great sales). If there's one takeaway for me it's that bead embellished collar, seems like an easy DIY that would make a big impact. Let me know what you think of the lookbook in the comments!

5 Under $50: Peplum

Peplum is all fine and good when it's on the runways at Vera Wang, Giorgio Armani and Jason Wu (models don't mind added volume on the hips and thighs) but can it work in real life? I have yet to try but my adventurous side is contemplating these pretty peplum pieces under $50. Are you wearing peplum this spring?

The Look for Less: J.Crew Polka-Dot Pencil Skirt

J.Crew's polka-dot pencil skirt is $189.99 (down from $250) but is sold out in most sizes. Another amazing option is their Big-Shot Dot circle skirt for $128.

Get the look for less with this polka-dot skirt by Alfani for $59 at Macy's.

Or, try out River Island's polka-dot skirt, which is $35.81 at

Take a cue from J.Crew's store window displays (here) and pair your polka-dot skirt with a denim shirt and red crossbody bag for a classy springtime look.

BB's Weekly Fashion Link Round Up

Vogue talks with April covergirl Jennifer Lopez.

Evermore Style is loving espadrilles for summer.

Dulce Candy is floral-prints-lovely for spring.

Allure has the scoop on Orly's Dark Shadows nail polish collection.

Style It Online goes one-on-one with the beauty PR maven behind Maybelline.

College Candy rounds up 8 geometric print fashions under $20.

All Women Stalk finds 7 colorful trench coats.

Love Maegan brings you the Cartier Tank watch look for less.

Refinery29 turns the lens onto their stylish gentlemen employees.

The Grindstone recalls real-life Mad Men tales.

9 to 5 Chic makes lime and navy work for work.

StyleList wants to know, who is the most stylish star of The Hunger Games?

Fashion Pulse Daily has details on the latest designers to team up with Aldo RISE.

The Fashion Spot gets you gorgeous for spring with the latest makeup trends.

Enter my giveaway for your chance to win $100 worth of NYC New York Color cosmetics!