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5 Budget-Chic Instagrammers I'm Loving Right Now


Instagram. How did we ever live without it? It's quickly become the place to follow friends, fashion bloggers, brands, designers, and self-proclaimed experts in nearly every field from around the globe. And while I love seeing photos of exotic locales and someone's $1,000 Louboutins, I find that I'm most inspired by extraordinary, everyday gals who make a trip to Starbucks seem glamorous, or who manage to put together a runway-ready look without spending a fortune. So allow me to introduce you to 5 fashionable Instagrammers that are inspiring me right now with their daily snaps.

Who are your favorite Instagrammers? Let me know in the comments, I'm always looking for fresh ideas (and more ways to waste time)! Oh, and you can always follow me, too, if you'd like. My username is budgetbabe.

BB's Weekly Fashion Link Round Up: Paris Fashion Week Street Style, A Harajuku Halloween and More




Fabsugar has over 100 street style snaps from Paris Fashion Week.

A Bullseye View let's you browse Gwen Stefani's October Harajuku Mini for Target Collection.

ELLE has details on Rebecca Minkoff's new jewelry line.

ELLE also has the scoop on ZARA's home line coming stateside in October

The Grindstone shares 3 ways to prevent boredom at work.

Style It Online shows you how to tie a headscarf.

TFDiaries shares 5 ways to take summer styles into fall.

Stripes & Sequins has a chic gold-leaf pumpkin DIY.

Style Coalition TV talks about the merging of fashion and technology.

Looking Fly On A Dime takes us inside a glossy new C. Wonder store.

Racked says this celebrity spent $250k on her Emmys manicure.

Beauty Sweet Spot shows you how to get fall's dramatic eye looks.

College Fashion puts together outfits under $100 for dinner dates.

"Like" the ORLY Facebook Page for a chance to win a DVD of Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows" and ORLY Dark Shadows-inspired nail polish collection. Ends Oct. 5.

Pamela Love for Nine West




Nine West has teamed up with jewelry designer and New York native, Pamela Love, for a limited-edition "shoelaboration." (Cute, right?) Previously, the designer has teamed up with Topshop and J.Crew. Translating signature elements from her jewelry, Nine West created an edgy ankle boot with a Bohemian vibe that mixes distressed leather and rustic metalwork.

The Pamela Love boot comes in brick, black and red and is available for pre-order online for $299. It's a gorgeous boot, but this price point seems way too steep for Nine West. What do you think?

Watch the video below to hear more about Pamela's inspiration behind her design, and check out Nine West on Pinterest for more photos.


Fall Fashion Trend 2012: The Cape




When Banana Republic invited me to wear their trench capelet during New York fashion week, I was hesitant to say the least. Mostly, I was concerned about the volume and how I would style it without looking over the top. But once I tried it on, my fears melted away. A classic capelet with a belt to cinch the waist, in a neutral color, is easy and effortless and you can toss it on over just about anything. Now I'm just sorry I waited so long to try this trend, which seems to come back every season - see looks from the Fall 2012 Hermes (top center) and Chloe runways above for inspiration.

My exact BR cape is sold out online but you might still find it in stores for $150. Here are a few more affordable cape options to help you get the look: