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LOFT Summer 2012 Lookbook

LOFT Summer 2012 lookbook

If you crave color, you'll love the LOFT Summer 2012 lookbook. It's all about eye-catching hues, from cool to warm to white hot. Mix in some pretty prints that include animal, floral and stripes, and you've got a collection that'll leave you saying, "Bring on the sun!" My favorite looks include a leopard print pant paired with a stripe top (neutral in color, but bold on pattern); lavender peasant blouse with coral shorts; and a chambray-blue striped blazer with aqua shorts. Individual pieces I love include cuffed shorts in chic-but-impractical white eyelet and utility blouses in chartreuse and hot pink.

Look for these pieces at and in LOFT stores now. Which looks do you find inspiring?

Authentic Icon for Kohl's

Kohl's has launched an exclusive American Idol-inspired apparel collection called Authentic Icon (it was only a matter of time, right?). If you watch Idol, you probably saw the top ten contestants getting decked out in their Authentic Icon duds with the help of designer Tommy Hilfiger, who has been mentoring the budding superstars on achieving their signature looks. The collection for teen girls and guys includes things like graphic tees, tops, jackets, jeans and dresses with a rock 'n' roll edge. But it's not exactly allowance-money friendly: A graphic halter maxi dress is priced at $72.99 (down from $98). My advice: Get in on the Idol action for free by entering Kohl's sweepstakes to win one of four trips to see the show's finale, while 50 runners-up will each win a $100 Kohl's gift card.

Keep reading to see more images of Authentic Icon for Kohl's. Will you check it out?

Win Cool Stuff: $100 Mimi Boutique Jewelry Shopping Spree

UPDATE 5/4/12: And the winner is—#135 Kaylie! Congrats to our winner and thanks to everyone who participated!

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

You probably already know the name Mimi Boutique (perhaps from mentions on this blog) as a source for affordable handbags. But did you know they also carry a fab selection of costume jewelry, too? From celebrity-inspired pieces to the latest trends, Mimi Boutique has the perfect accessory to finish any look. And now one lucky Budget Babe reader will have the chance to scoop up $100 worth of Mimi Boutique bling!

The Look for Less: Current/Elliott The Perfect Shirt

Current/Elliott's "The Perfect Shirt" as seen on Charlize Theron really is the perfect denim shirt, except for the price: It's $198 at

Gap has one of the best looking denim-blue shirts I've seen lately for $49.95. Check stores for more sizes as these are selling out fast online.