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BB's Weekly Fashion Link Round Up: Fun Flats for Spring, Meaningful Mother's Day Gifts and More




Lucky rounds up 50 colorful flats to wear now.

Creature Comforts is loving these Mother's Day gifts that give back.

Looking Fly On A Dime shows you three ways to wear a leather skirt for spring.

Glitter 'N Glue makes a Marni-inspired plastic bottle necklace.

IFB asks 5 bloggers to break down their tweeting habits.

Refinery29 has deets on Lanvin's Alber Elbaz's makeup collab with Lancôme.

Stylish Curves shares her guide to spring office style for plus-size women.

Vogue gives readers a tour of singer Florence Welch's eclectic and colorful home.

Viva Fashion styles her G by Guess pink skinny jeans for day and night.

Beauty High rounds up the best silicone-free and sulfate-free hair products.

Redbook rounds up 11 supergrain salad recipes to make tonight.

Sydne Style shows you how to wear knee-length shorts the right way.

Style It Online checks out the fall 2013 collection from Nautica.

Skinnymom reviews the comfy and cool new Nine West x Easy Spirit RipTide shoe.

Mark your calendars for two new fashion docu-series! Watch the trailers for XOX Betsey Johnson and Resale Royalty now.

Baublebar is celebrating their new website look with a great giveaway for a complete makeover.

Ask BB: Isabel Marant 'Basley' Boot Look for Less


Celebs love the Isabel Marant Basley boot

I saw this pair of Isabel Marant boots - The Basley perforated suede wedge ankle boot - on Goop.com and fell in love. But $600 shoes so do not fit my budget. Can you work your magic and help? —Diane



It's moments like these when I kinda wish I could drop $600 on a pair of shoes because The Basley is seriously awesome - it looks uber comfy and cool, and I know I'd get a lot of wear out of it. But I'm right with you, Diane, a $600 shoe purchase would be irresponsible for me, so let's look at some budget alternatives, shall we?

These boots at Target have a similar vibe - low heels, slouchy taupe suede, perforated detailing. They don't have the same "Ugg" gene as the Basley (which you could argue is a good thing) but it's the closest thing I've seen so far. At $34.99, the "Paka" is a sound buy:



There's also the Mossimo "Katelyn" available in tan, brown or black for $34.99 - the low heel and perforated detailing makes these a great wear-with-everything summer boot:



Have a suggestion for Diane? Let her know in the comments!

Shown above: Celebs love the Isabel Marant Basley boot, including (from left) Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Garner and Cameron Diaz.

WHITE by Vera Wang Fall 2013 Preview


WHITE by Vera Wang for David's Bridal Fall 2013 Collection Photos

Vera Wang holds a special place in my heart because I wore a gown (and veil and hairpiece and sash) from her WHITE for David's Bridal line for my own wedding. I can't say enough good things about this collection, and neither can Budget Babe contributor Vanessa Williams Stevenson of Leather and Lollipops, who headed to the designer's preview yesterday in NYC to bring us a first-look at the latest swoon-worthy styles. —BB

by Vanessa Williams Stevenson
Yesterday afternoon, Vera Wang presented the WHITE by Vera Wang Fall 2013 Collection, available exclusively at David's Bridal. The collection incorporated Vera Wang's classic aesthetic into affordable looks for brides and bridesmaids.

Bridal gowns in the collection are priced from $728 to $1,348. The collection features traditional white and ivory and introduces sterling, a silvery grey, and oyster, and pale beige tinted with grey. It includes satin and textured organza and there is a huge emphasis on detail in the design and an elegant sophistication throughout. Each piece was breathtaking. It's hard for me to decide on a favorite because each was so perfect and appropriate for any wedding. The crystal details, sashes and draping and layering of fabrics was done so beautifully.

The bridesmaid dresses are priced from $168 to $198. The collection introduces two new looks, a crinkle chiffon flutter sleeve dress and a satin and matte crepe peplum dress with a satin sash. I fell hopelessly in love with the peplum dress. Not only is it a fabulous dress for a bridesmaid, it's great to wear if you're attending a wedding or any other formal event.

I absolutely adore this collection. I think it's wonderful that Vera Wang has this collection for David's Bridal and is bringing her designs into a more affordable range for brides who want a Vera Wang without completely breaking the bank. Which of the gowns is your favorite? —VWS

The Look for Less: Anthropologie Mint Green 'Viscid' Watch

This Viscid exposed gears watch in a yummy mint hue is $68 at Anthropologie.com.



Get the look for less at Target which carries this mint-green watch by Xhilaration for $14.99. Below is a photo of the watch that I snapped in person because I think it shows the pretty color better than the Target website. Click either image for more details!

Mint Green Watch at Target $14.99


60 Second Beauty: Yes To Blueberries + Cucumbers On-the-Go Facial Towelettes

Yes To Blueberries and Yes To Cucumbers Facial Towelettes Review

When it comes to the beauty products I use everyday - like facial moisturizer, cleansers and deodorant - I try to pick items that are as natural and chemical-free as possible. One natural brand I'm already a fan of is Yes To, and recently I was sent a travel-size pack of their Yes To Blueberries Age Refresh Cleansing Facial Towelettes and a travel-size pack of their Yes To Cucumbers Soothing Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes to try out. Here's how it went...