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Cool Site Spotlight: Rings and Tings

Rings & Tings review

Recently I had the opportunity to review a few pieces of jewelry from an up-and-coming company and I must say I’m impressed with the ambition and point-of-view that its creators have put forth. Rings and Tings co-founded by Joys Cheung and Yiunam Leung began as a small boutique in London and has now become an online fashion store. The fashion is daring and you’re either going to obsess over these items or find them to be too eccentric. With that said, I was very excited to receive my package with these next three items:

Betsey Johnson Fall 2014 Runway Show

Betsey's Hot

Yesterday I could not contain my excitement in anticipation for Betsey Johnson's Fall 2014 runway show! Held at the Lincoln Center in New York City, the theme this season was "hot," and the wild-child designer went all-out through the use of satin, fur, sequin, and print. Makeup by Stila Cosmetics featured smoldering eyes, hot pink lips and a little sparkle for Betsey's rocker-chic girl. Accessories like animal print bags, chunky gold chains and knee-high socks felt fun and rebellious. This eye-catching collection went above and beyond my expectations. Here are some highlights:

Chinese Laundry Spring 2014 Preview

Chinese Laundry Spring 2014 press preview looks

I was very excited to represent Budget Babe at the Chinese Laundry spring '14 preview held last week in NYC. I was blown away by both the items I saw and of course the affordable prices! This coming spring, expect a lot of neon, ankle straps, and prints. Highlights for me included the D'Orsay Easy Does It flats - which are coming out in a variety of new colors and patterns - a quintessential nude pump featured in the Miss Universe pageant, and a tan bandage-style ankle boot. Here are some photos for you shoe addicts out there...

The Gifter: T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods Holiday '13 Press Preview

Holiday gift ideas at the TJMaaxx, Marshalls, Homegoods holiday preview

Just this past Thursday I had the chance to check out the T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods holiday 2013 event and I must say, it's a goldmine. There are many options to choose from this holiday season and it's definitely worth checking out to find that perfect something for that special someone. Already available in stores now, this preview featured an assortment of high quality items at unbelievable prices.

Here are some festive items from HomeGoods, perfect for parents or relatives:

The Look For Less: Salvatore Ferragamo Cut-Out Boots

I'm completely enamored by these stunning Salvatore Ferragamo heeled boots as seen on the Fall 2013 runways (see them featured in my Runway to Real Way post HERE). I love how the cutout creates a refined edgy look by exposing just the right amount of skin. Get them for $1,545 at

Get the look for less with Michael Antonio’s "Bowler" cutout boots at $54 (down from $100) on; also available in red or tan.

Or, get the look for less with these Rock & Republic cut-out boots, now $52 (down from $75) at Kohl's.

Which pair would you wear and how?