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The Look for Less: Aquazzura Lace Up Espadrilles

Aquazzura lace up espadrille flats look for less
Lace-up shoes again...are you sensing a trend? I'm head-over-heels for my lace-up pointy toe flats (I own this pair in black), and now that I know how cute and wearable this style really is, I'm on the hunt for a pair of lace-up espadrilles. This summer's "It" shoe has a laid-back vibe with just enough detailing to keep them fun and interesting. Pair them with an off-shoulder top and kick-flare jeans for an of-the-moment look (like this). Aquazzura's 'Belgravia' lace-up espadrilles are $495 while ShoeDazzle's near identical pair is only $40 (and it's only $30 if you're a ShoeDazzle VIP!) Who else is in love with this look?

Splurge: Aquazzura 'Belgravia' lace-up espadrilles, $495 at net-a-porter.com (more colors at Saks, Barneys, and Shopbop)

Save: 'Palmira' lace-up espadrilles (also in black), $40 at shoedazzle.com ($30 for subscription members)

I've rounded up a couple more lace-up espadrilles after the jump, including two pairs of near-identical Aquazzura lookalikes under $50...plus this amazing pair at LOFT for $59.50...so good!

Delta Children 'Clermont' Glider Review

Delta Children 'Clermont' Glider Review - Best Budget Glider for a Small Nursery
I wanted to do something a little different this morning and share my experience with the Delta Children 'Clermont' Glider. I know I'm not a mommy blogger per se but I like to cover budget decor, and this glider is available at Target for just $250. (For the uninitiated, a Pottery Barn glider can cost upwards of $1,000.) With my first child, I didn't get a glider...well-meaning friends told me I'd nurse wherever, and that a glider wasn't necessary. But I'm here to say that a good glider is absolutely essential, especially in those first few weeks when all you're doing is feeding your baby, changing diapers...and snuggling of course! So a few weeks before I was due with baby number two, I decided to bite the bullet and order the Delta Children 'Clermont' Glider from target.com. I had sat in it in store, loved the look and feel, and felt it would be just the right size for my super small space.

Boho Babe: Alessandra Ambrosio's Maxi Skirt and Huarache Flats Look for Less

Alessandra Ambrosio's maxi skirt, jean jacket and huarache flats look for less
Only Alessandra Ambrosio could look this good while pumping gas: The supermodel was a boho beauty in a head-to-toe ensemble by the SPELL. collection. Alessandra sported the "Pandora Maxi Skirt" colored in Aqua with the "Rapunzel Lace Crop Top" in white with a vintage Levi’s jacket. While you can't get Alessandra’s exact SPELL. look until the beginning of May (bookmark www.spelldesigns.com), you can shop our look for less with similar pieces under $55. I love that Alessandra opted for huarache flats instead of flip-flops to complement her flowy skirt and crop top...this is a great style to pick up for summer as it's just as casual and comfortable but so much cuter! Keep reading for our look for less finds...

Alessandra Ambrosio's maxi skirt, jean jacket and huarache flats look for less



Alessandra Ambrosio Photo Credit: Kai, PacificCoastNews


I've rounded up my top five sales happening today! Read on for the scoop...

Today's Top 5 Sales:

BB's Link Round Up: Remembering Prince, Spring Sales and More

J.Crew top, Old Navy saddle bag and more
Vogue remembers the fashion legacy of Prince.

StyleBlazer rounds up 5 timeless fashion lessons we learned from Prince.

On the Payless Sole Style blog I'm sharing the best shoes to transition to spring. [spon]

At J.Crew save 40% off sale styles and 30% off everything else with code SCORE. Love this off-the-shoulder top!

Get 50% off select spring styles at LOFT like these adorable scalloped shorts.

Off the Rack: What to Buy at Payless for Spring


I popped into Payless yesterday to exchange some shoes I had purchased online only to discover dozens more pairs I want for spring. It happens! As I browsed the racks, I found myself imagining different shoes on different fashion bloggers...Sydne loves yellow so I could see her rocking these 'Gianna' D'Orsay flats (or these yellow strappy heels), while Grace from The Stripe would make these block heels look like a million bucks. And I could see Alyson staying stylish on the go in these ikat print espadrilles. Am I the only one who does this...? I am? Alrighty then...