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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter

Just wanted to wish everyone who is celebrating a very Happy Easter!! Hope it's filled with the joy that comes from spending time with loved ones and eating lots of chocolate. xoBB


On the Go with My HP ENVY x2


HP Envy x2

As much as I enjoy working from home, sometimes I need to get out of the house and go work somewhere that's noisy and bustling with the energy of other people. Since teaming up with HP as a blogger ambassador, I've been toting along my HP ENVY x2, a sleek and ultra-thin tablet/laptop hybrid that's perfect for working on the go. I can easily check emails and draft blog posts in the laptop mode, then switch to the tablet when I need to do research (or free up some table space for lunch - equally important!) On the go or in my home office, the HP ENVY x2 helps me get work done without missing a beat.

BB's Weekly Fashion Link Round Up: Decor Inspiration, Spring Desserts and More


BB Links

Emily Henderson makes over Bri Emery of Design Love Fest's LA living room - amazing.

Pastry Affair bakes up the most delicious looking raspberry lemon cream cheese cupcakes.

College Fashion creates 5 looks to rock this spring (or Easter!).

Businessweek examines what Lululemon's see-through yoga pants recall reveals.

TfDiaries puts L'Oreal's new Feria at-home ombre kit to the test.

Style It Online shares a video featuring blogger Afrobella on defining your own beauty.

Penny Chic puts the spotlight on People StyleWatch's plus size columnist Ashley Falcon.

Sydne Style shows you how to wear chambray in fresh ways for spring.

Lauren Conrad is loving these dessert "sushi" made from Peeps!

Penny Pincher Fashion has a fab giveaway from Stella & Dot jewelry.

InStyle has a preview of Bibhu Mohapatra's capsule dress collection for Rent the Runway.

Julep Beauty Buzz has a great post on dry shampoo secrets - never knew this!

Eat Like A Girl bakes up some banana coconut lime bread.

Marshalls asks style ambassador Maria Menounos to share her spring fashion finds.

My HP ENVY x2 Diaries: The HP x Project Runway Viewing Party


HP x Project Runway Viewing Party with Style Coalition

Last night, I attended The Art of Fashion viewing party of Project Runway presented by HP at the Style Coalition lounge in NYC. As a blogger ambassador for HP, I've been using - and loving - my HP ENVY x2, which was also featured in last night's episode of Project Runway.

The HP ENVY x2 is not just a powerful notebook but rather its great design was created to meet people's technology needs in any situation necessary, utilizing itself not only as a notebook, but also as a tablet. HP and Intel have always been about innovation, and the HP/Intel Challenge provided the designers a way to create their own patterns using the HP Touch Smart Desktop.

Bloggers and guests at last night's party got to get in on the Project Runway action with our own design challenge, which was definitely the highlight of my night! We had to drape a dress inspired by mid-century art, so I created a coral and blush colorblock frock and accessorized with my own necklace. It's harder than it looks! The best design won the latest HP ENVY x2. Scroll down to see the winning look.

You can view all the designs using #HPprojectrunway on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest (here). See all the gorgeous photos from last night on the Style Coalition Facebook page (here).

Thanks to HP and Style Coalition for hosting such a fun, fashionable evening!

Ask BB: YSL Tribute T-Strap Sandal Look for Less

For a year now I have been on a desperate search for a pair of shoes that are close to looking like the coveted YSL tribute t-strap sandal. I am so in love with them, but the $700+ price tag is a bit high for me. Please help!!!!! —Desperately Seeking YSL

YSL Tribute Sandal


The YSL Tribute Sandal ($850 at Nordstrom.com) continues its reign as one of fashion's most coveted shoe styles. Here's the best budget-friendly look-a-like on the market today:


YSL Tribute Sandal Knockoff
"Lianca" by JustFab Sandal in Wine, $49.95 at heels.com


Got another recommendation for Desperately Seeking YSL? Let her know in the comments!