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Steal Gwyneth Paltrow's Style Trick to Making Anything Look Cool

Gwyneth Paltrow's striped top, leather pants and Converse sneakers look for less
One trick I often see celebs and stylistas employ to turn even the most casual of looks into something fashion-forward is to add leather pants. It doesn't matter whether you're wearing a sweatshirt or button-down on top, heels or sneakers, just add leather pants (or faux) and the outfit instantly goes from blah to bangin'. Here, Gwyneth Paltrow uses this technique (or maybe she invented it) and you can, too, using the affordable finds we've rounded up below! Too warm outside for pants? Try a pair of faux leather shorts or a skirt instead.

Sunday Funday Linkup: Chocolate Curls, Crisp White Shirts and A $50 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway!

Sunday Funday Linkup Bloghop
Welcome to our weekly linkup party! This week we're chatting chocolate curls, crisp white shirts, and giving away a $50 Nordstrom giftcard (just in time for their epic Half Yearly Sale)!

Want to be featured as our Funday Linkup Fave of the Week? Add your links using the InLinkz widget at the end of this post. We're posting our top pick weekly on all three of our blogs + Facebook! Share this post with fellow partygoers on social tagging @budgetbabe #FundayLinkup

Visit my co-hosts Bon Bon Rose Girls and Fab Fatale for more inspiration.

BB's Weekly Link Round Up: Free People Does Bridal, Balmain for H&M and 30+ Can't-Miss Memorial Day Sales

Free People Bridal, Balmain for H&M and More
Free People launches their first bridal collection.

H&M shares details on their next designer collab with French luxury house Balmain.

We love this initial bar necklace, just $12 at Urban Outfitters.

Sydne Style shares tips on picking the perfect swimsuit for your figure.

SheFinds reveals what your engagement ring shape says about you.

The Crest (Vince Camuto's blog) has the perfect sweet ending to your Memorial Day BBQ.

On Pinterest we're loving these outfits with stripes for summer inspiration.

Spot the Real: Steve Madden 'Daisey' Bow Sandal

Can you guess which sandals cost more?
Thanks to a tip from alert reader and fellow blogger Niki at Cheapalicious, I discovered a great Steve Madden look for less - the two pairs are nearly identical! Except, that is, for the price. The "real" is $45 at shoes.com (or $25 at Marshalls, see this post for an in-store photo) while the look for less is $19.99 (plus 30% off with code MEM30). And it comes in black, tan or white (see my in-store pic here). I love this style for hot summer days because you don't have to sacrifice style for comfort. Now let's see if you can guess which sandal costs more - click a link below to find out!


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10 Memorial Day Sales to Shop Now (And What to Buy)

10 Best Memorial Day Sales to Shop Now
The long holiday weekend ahead calls for some serious shopping, and luckily all your favorite fashion sites are kicking off their sales early. Now's the perfect time to get ready for summer with deals on the best sandals, shorts, swimsuits, sunglasses and more. My suggestion? Prep your wardrobe for all the summer weddings you will inevitably be attending this season. Here are three of my top sale picks that would be perfect for a summer wedding - from casual cocktails to a more formal event - and how to style them!