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Refinery29 Launches New E-Commerce Platform




Today, Refinery29 launched a new e-commerce platform called R29 SHOPS.

Previously Refinery29 tested the e-commerce waters with their Reserve program, and now R29 Shops takes things to a whole 'nother level. You'll find Groupon-esque deals as well as exclusive products, mini-shops and a 360-degree marketplace to give everyone access to some of the great find their privileged NYC editors discover every day (privileged by virtue of living in NYC, hence having access to the best fashion and shopping in the world).

I think the new site and shops look great. Within moments of logging in with my Twitter account (Facebook works, too), I found myself coveting half-off fashions by Erin Fetherston and a vintage Missoni clutch. Then I got lost in Refinery29's newly organized video section, touring Man Repeller's closet and learning how to curl my hair with a flat iron.

All of this and more awaits you at R29 SHOPS. They seem pretty unstoppable, don't they? Like what you see? Think you'll make it a daily must-shop?

Ask BB: Can You Find Stacy Keibler's Ikat Jumpsuit Look for Less?


[I spotted] Stacy Keibler wearing the sickest jumpsuit I have ever seen – I NEED ONE. Can you do a post about awesome (affordable!) one-pieces? —Kat

Jumpsuits and rompers have really gone mainstream which means you can find lots of affordable options. Some are classier than others so just put on your good-taste goggles to sort the haute from the not. Here are some fab jumpsuits under $55 you might like (none quite as amazing as Stacy's but pretty darn close)...

Off the Rack: Target June Highlights




Yesterday I made a trip to Target to see what was new. I haven't been there in a couple weeks (the horror) and while many items were picked over, like the colored skinnies, there was still plenty to ogle. Most notably: Brightly colored dresses of the maxi and hi-lo variety, maxi skirts, short flouncy skirts, breezy tie-neck blouses and colorful cropped pants (similar to J. Crew). Highlights included a fully lined white dress by Merona that looked expensive and wasn't see-through; a blue and orange stripe pencil skirt; easy breezy colorblock tops like this one which we all loved at Target's fall press preview.

But I was a woman on a mission to recreate two outfit ideas from my Westfield Style shopping trip. I wanted to recreate the look my "personal stylist" was wearing that day as well as the purple-pants-look she suggested for me (see both here). To that end, I bought purple cropped pants and a geometric print dress with a hint of yellow which I plan on topping with a denim jacket and pairing with these neon earrings. Additionally, I finally bought two pairs of shoes that I've been eying for eons - the Pearce nude pump and Kaelyn bootie. I hope both live up to all the great reviews I've read online.

Click through for more off-the-rack eye candy. Anything catch your eye? What have you purchased (or passed up) at Target this month?

BB Exclusive: Save 30 Percent at Reverent Style




There's a new online boutique on my radar called Reverent Style and they've got all the makings of a budget fashion success: Fresh fashions under $100, including feminine tops, colorful dresses, cool jewelry and cute shorts and skirts. Plus, they're giving BB readers a warm welcome with an exclusive 30 percent off coupon code. Let's get shopping, shall we?

Use code BUDGETBABE at Reverent Style to get 30% off your purchase. Valid thru Thursday 6/28/12 at 6pm EST.

{BB's picks: 1. Halter top maxi dress ($45) 2. Classic blazer in green ($43) 3. Collar necklace ($23) 4. High-waist shorts ($27) 5. Tiered tunic top ($34)}


5 Under $50: Polka Dots


What is it about polka dots that makes us instantly giddy? Maybe it's because this timeless print can be sweet or sexy, proper or posh. And on a sheer blouse or sleeveless dress, polka dots feel ever-so-summery.

Here are five polka-dot pieces under $50 to pique your interest right now (click any image to shop)...

{Shown above (from left): Miranda Kerr, Jessica Alba (in Tory Burch) and Kate Upton all look pretty in polka dots.}