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Fall Handbag Guide: 18 Irresistible Picks Under $100

Fall 2013 Handbag Guide: 18 Irresistible Picks Under $100

Hello Budget Babes! We’ve covered fall shoes (here, here and here) and coats, so I thought: Why not find you some lovely handbags to compliment those?! Bags are my addiction, as I’m sure most of you can relate to, and there are some really amazing trends this fall—from colorblock to drawstring to animal print—that you must consider! Go crazy—and remember, we won’t judge if you pick more than one.

Ask BB: Where to Find Affordable and Stylish Nursing Clothes

Stylish and affordable clothes for nursing

Now that you are a nursing mom I was wondering if you could do a piece on affordable nursing- friendly clothes. I'm currently nursing my 4 month old and I'm finding it really challenging to find cute, trendy AND affordable nursing clothes. I love the nursing lines from Seraphine, Boob and Mothers en Vogue but $100 for one shirt, I just can't do. I used to love fashion and now I basically dread getting dressed in the morning. Help! —Mystee

I totally know what you're going through as I've been having the same problems. And not only am I dealing with my changing figure and trying to make clothes fit, but now we're dealing with the changing seasons and finding warm nursing clothes seems impossible!

Here's what's been working for me so far - I'd love to get feedback from other moms as I could use the advice myself.

Ask BB: J.Crew Jeweled Sweatshirt Look for Less

I love the J.Crew embellished sweater (which seems to be sold out) but a $118 price tag is not in my budget. Can you find similar alternatives that give the same look but are cheaper? Thanks! —Liz

This sweatshirt is so popular - I've spotted it on a number of fashion bloggers and even a TV commercial (or two)! It's that perfect blend of casual luxury that resonates with so many women today. Here are some more affordable ways to get this look:

Off the Rack: October Highlights at Kohl's

LC Lauren Conrad shoes

Now that I'm a mom, I spent the better half of my last trip to Kohl's in the Carter's baby section, but never fear, I made a pass through the shoe department - and there are so many cute pairs to covet! Topping my wish list: These Simply Vera ankle boots ($40, down from $70), which look a lot like Sam Edelman's 'Petty' boots but cost much less (I'd love them even if they didn't look like the Sam Edelmans but it doesn't hurt to get that designer "stamp of approval," so to speak). I'm also in love with these LC Lauren Conrad ankle boots ($60, down from $80) but I have a pair from last season that looks almost identical (plus I'm waiting for the price to drop), so I can't justify buying these. Sigh. And finally, these SO ankle boots ($30, down from $70) really stood out as another must-have ankle boot that won't look dated next year thanks to clean, modern-classic lines (much like Rag & Bone's 'Newbury' boots).

Those are just a few highlights - click through to see more pairs I'm loving! Which ones stand out to you?