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Spot the Real: Saint Laurent Leopard Ankle Boots

Can you spot the real Yves Saint Laurent leopard ankle boots?
I have a mild obsession with leopard print and Chelsea boots. Put the two together and my heart skips a beat. While I'd love to own a pair of leopard Chelsea boots by Saint Laurent, there's no way I can scrounge up the $1,595 it would cost to wear these beauties. The look for less, on the hand, is just $35. I can manage that. See if you can manage to spot the real from the steal by clicking a link below!


P.S. I also love this pair which I ordered online and am waiting to receive in the mail (they're on back-order...grrr)

Fall Brights: Emmy Rossum's Orange Dress and Nude Lace-Up Flats

Emmy Rossum's orange dress and nude lace up flats
If you're excited to start wearing fall trends but the weather still says sunny and warm, Emmy Rossum's deep orange dress and nude lace up flats are the perfect transitional ensemble. Even her saddle bag is on-trend, one of the most popular handbag trends for fall (and we love them for their timeless appeal). When the forecast calls for chilly breezes, just toss on a neutral cardigan (something chunky and beige would look sweet) and this outfit can carry you into fall. Read on to snag this celebrity look for less...

To the Max: Alexa Chung's Chunky Sweater and Floral Maxi Skirt Look for Less

Alexa Chung's chunky sweater, floral maxi skirt, Converse Chuck Hi-Top Sneakers and suede mini bag look for less
Here's how to stretch your favorite summer maxi dress or skirt into fall, according to trendsetter Alexa Chung: Just add a chunky knit sweater and your favorite sneaks (or boots) and you'll have a cozy-cool look to transition into those cooler temps. Athletic shoes are having a huge moment, so you'll definitely get a lot of wear out of your classic Converse. Pick up a new pair in a fall hue like dark green (shown here), burnt umber or chili paste red. We're obsessed with Alexa's on-trend suede handbag, and think the Zara bag we found is an excellent budget substitute. Get the rest of her look for less after the jump...

Beauty Review: New Yes to Grapefruit Skincare Line

Yes to Grapefruit Skincare Line
A little while ago I received a complimentary set of Yes to Grapefruit skincare products from the Yes To brand. Yes To prides themselves on the fact that their products are always "at least 95% natural, free of parabens, phthalates and SLS, and made with recyclable materials." I have to admit, my skincare routine has been the same for years, so I was excited to mix it up with these products and I've always wanted to try the Yes To line! I used the products for an entire week — using 2 masks, moisturizing nightly and toning mists daily. Read on to hear my experiences and learn if these products lived up to my expectations...

Capsule Wardrobe: Primetime Emmys

Awards shows are my thing. I get excited just thinking about celebs being star struck by other celebs. It’s like a night of inside jokes that the public gets to watch (cue Michael Scott, “I love inside jokes. I’d love to be a part of one someday”). I love watching people of influence taking a stand for a cause close to their hearts. My absolute favorite part about awards shows, however, is the fashion. Watching the stars walk down the red carpet feels like walking through a museum. I love that what they’re wearing has something to say: whether they’re paying homage to a character or even, in some cases, purposefully revolting against that particular character (for example, anytime that January Jones walks the red carpet). Even if you don’t have a black tie event to attend, you can still rock these trends and look like an award-winning actress. Get ready for a week’s worth of Emmy goodness.