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Decorate by Number: Simple and Modern Bedroom

Simple and modern bedroom

In this weekly column, I'm sharing tips to help you achieve high-style home decor looks—on a budget. This week we're chatting bedrooms. Visit my blog A Vintage Splendor for more inspiration.

When you think of a warm, cozy, and inviting bedroom, pillows galore, faux fur throws, and neutral yet cheery hues come to mind. If all that fluff isn’t your thing, you can still achieve the same level of comfort in a bedroom on the other end of the spectrum. Rest assured, cool tones and modern pieces can be comfortable and create a space you’ll want to laze away in. Just like some people are chocolate ice cream lovers and others vanilla (I’m all about strawberry ice cream), there are different versions of comfort and everyone is right. It’s really about identifying what relaxes and calms you as opposed to what most people connote with comfort.

TOMS for Target is Almost Here! See Photos from the LA Launch Party

In case you forgot, TOMS for Target launches this weekend on November 16th, and to celebrate, Target hosted a celebrity-packed party in Los Angeles this past week. These photos give us a good glimpse at the products and some ways to wear the fashions (love Ali's poncho!). Some background: Target has partnered with TOMS on a limited-edition collection of home goods, apparel, accessories and shoes for women, men and children. Similar to TOMS’ One for One® giving model, for each item purchased, a donation will be made, with the potential to provide more than 11 million meals, blankets and shoes to those in need. Consisting of more than 50 items, each under $50, the collection will be available at all Target stores in the U.S. and Canada and on beginning Nov. 16. I'll definitely be checking this out as I think it's a great place to start shopping for holiday gifts!

Spot the Real: Kate Spade Leather Circle Skirt

Here's a holiday wardrobe workhorse that you'll want in your repertoire: The leather circle skirt. Kate Spade's is probably buttery leather that will only get better with time, but it carries a $598 pricetag. The faux version is just $69 at the same retailer. See if you can spot the real from the steal by clicking either image below!

Spot the Real

Stay tuned, our next Dress by Number feature will show you a chic way to style these skirts!

Three Ways to Wear: Leopard Sweater

Three ways to wear a leopard sweater

I am convinced that leopard print will never cease from the fashion world. Fine by me! Right now, The Budget Babe loves the sassy and loud print on sweaters. So we’ve come up with three celeb and street style-inspired ways to wear one effortlessly for fall and winter!

Shop Leopard Sweaters Under $60:

Splurge vs. Steal: J.Crew Check Shirt

J.Crew check shirt look for less

A checkered shirt is on my short-list for fall: you can wear this staple layered under the season's trendy sweatshirts or a classic cable knit sweater. Or style this essential button-down with a puffy vest, leggings and tall boots for a cozy look that's perfect for outdoor activities. Merona always delivers great J.Crew looks for less, and this checkered shirt is no exception. Both options would be a welcome addition to my closet - which would you choose?

Splurge: J.Crew crinkle check shirt, $88 at
Steal: Merona check shirt, $22.99 at

Click through to see a photo of the Merona shirt in real life...