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Splurge vs. Steal: Kendra Scott 'Elle' Earrings

Splurge versus Steal Fashion: Kendra Scott 'Elle' earrings look for less

A bold earring can easily make an entire look come together, especially when it's Kendra Scott's unmistakeable "Elle" earrings. While I think her original designs are totally worth it (I've gotten amazing deals on her jewelry on sites like Gilt), Groopdealz has a look for less that's hard to pass up. For just $5.99, you can pick up a pair in magenta (shown above) plus another pair in black, red, teal and white! They've also got another pair that's a perfect dupe for Kendra Scott's "Skylar" earrings, too. Either way, you can't go wrong!

Splurge: Kendra Scott 'Elle' Earrings at Neiman Marcus, $52
Steal: Gem Drop Earrings, $5.99

Suddenly Everywhere: Black and Brown Bags (on a Budget)

Two Tone Bags on a Budget for Fall 2014

Now that it is officially fall, I am wearing boots almost every day. Most of my boots fall into two categories: black or brown. With black boots, I will typically wear gray, black, or maroon. With brown, I go for lighter colors like beige, white, or cream. One thing I always struggled with was a handbag. I never wanted to commit to one fall bag because it wouldn't match all my boots and outfits. However, I've noticed a trend on the shelves and I am in love: black and brown bags. It is so nice to be able to wear any color boots and know my bag is going to look great (I bought #4 from Target a few weeks ago, and I haven't use another bag since!).

1: Mossimo at Target Bag, $49.99

2: Calvin Klein Modena Satchel, $114.00

3: Sole Society at Nordstrom Faux Leather Tote, $54.95

4: Merona at Target Top Handle Bag, $39.99

5: Chaps at Kohl's 'Angelina' Bag, $47.40

Get more fall fashion inspiration on my blog, Life with Lyss!

The Look for Less: BDG Flat Lace Up Ankle Boots

Here's a look for less requested by an anonymous reader: BDG leather lace-up ankle boots ($89, These boots are probably just as comfortable as sneakers but make a much more stylish statement paired with your favorite jeans or tights and skirts for fall.

Black ankle boots

Here are some more affordable options I found, including one pair made of genuine leather that was originally $129.95 but is now marked down to $89.90 at, making these a great value:

Black ankle boots under $50

1. Forever 21 Faux suede lace-up booties (also in cognac or red), $32.80
2. 'Holly' Faux Suede Lace Up Flat Ankle Boot, $44 (Also in regular faux leather or brown), Use code SAVE20 for 20% off, end midnight PDT 10/26
3. H&M Boots (also in beige), $29.95
4. Sam Edelman leather 'Mare' Boots, $89.90

Fab Rugs Under $100

Stylish rugs for the budget decorista

In this weekly column, I'm sharing home decor tips and tricks for the budget decorista. This week we're chatting rugs. Visit my blog A Vintage Splendor for more style inspiration.

Not only does a rug help define a room in your house, it helps bring warmth into the space which is nice during the holiday season. If you have a small space, a rug can help serve as the statement piece of the room as well as a transitional piece between different aesthetics (modern and rustic or traditional and glam). In a large room, the placement of the rug will create and define multiple spaces while bringing unity to the overall space. This is a great solution for large rooms that can be divided into living and dining spaces. When it comes to buying and decorating with a rug, I follow three simple rules: