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Should I Buy a Fake Handbag? Hmm. No


Updated August 19, 2020

Raise your hand if you dream of owning a designer handbag? Chanel, Fendi, Gucci, Prada — they’re all stunning, to die for, fab and all the rest of it. Now, raise your hand if spending $1000+ on a purse is out of the question for your lifestyle and budget. In truth, few of us can…

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The Cat Came Back — The Resilient Kitten Heel


Updated February 14, 2019

We don’t know about you, but we’re getting a wee bit tired of the sky high, over-the-top, Rachel-Zoe-inspired platform (with all due respect to the ever glamorous stylista, of course). Don’t get us wrong — we L-O-V-E our heels and would give them up for nothing and no one. But the market (and the streets)…

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Cheap & Colorful Handbags for Spring (Under $50)


Updated August 18, 2020

Ready to toss your dark and dreary winter gear in favor of brighter, upbeat pieces? While you might feel like emptying your closet to make room for all-new stuff, your bank account might not support that strategy. Alternatively, you could get a quick color boost by spending just $50 on a new purse. A bold,…

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How to Make Your Own Tribal Necklace


Updated April 23, 2019

Inspired by Mara Hoffman’s Spring 2012 line, I became obsessed with making a statement tribal necklace — knowing it would be the perfect accessory for my upcoming trips to LA and Florida. One thing I love about these DIY tribal necklaces is that you can wear just one or stack a bunch for a bolder…

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The Five Best Handbag Brands on a Budget


Updated June 7, 2020

It’s a fashion truth: the perfect bag can make an outfit out of any old basics you have in your closet. Clutches, satchels, cross-bodies, hobos, and totes always fit, too. When it comes to handbags, you can never have too many — that is, if money were no object. But of course, money is an…

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How to Make a Statement Bracelet


Updated September 1, 2020

Rhinestones and crystals are having a moment this season, so it’s the right time to add some bling to your accessory collection. If you prefer making your own to shopping at Claire’s (and who doesn’t, really), take a look at this DIY statement bracelet tutorial from Jenni from ISpy-DIY. DIY Statement Bracelet: Supplies You need:…

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Does Your 13-Year-Old Need a Louis Vuitton Purse?


Updated May 27, 2020

Editor’s note from 2011: In light of our current economic situation, I wanted to share this TBF post discussing the increased level of brand consciousness among millennials (those born in the late 80s-mid 90s). It’s interesting to read the comments from the then teenagers, justifying their need for a Gucci bag at 13. I wonder…

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How to Wear a Statement Necklace


Updated January 19, 2019

What’s the best way to add some punch to an otherwise so-so outfit? With a sexy statement necklace of course! But you might be wondering how to pull off big, bold and extravagant pieces without looking like Lady Gaga. The main key is to keep the rest of your outfit somewhat minimal, but there’s more…

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Retro Fashion: 10 Great Pieces on a Budget


Updated January 20, 2019

Trends come and go but there’s always place for vintage in our hearts at TBF. Why? Vintage is classic without being boring, quirky without being, well, Lady Gaga. Of course, true vintage can get a little pricey, so we’re all about retro and vintage-inspired. Don’t want to reinvent your entire wardrobe? No problem — leave…

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Temple St. Clair for Target Collection


Updated January 20, 2019

What: Target has partnered with renowned fine jewelry designer Temple St. Clair for a limited-edition jewelry collection. This collection includes necklaces, cuffs, earrings and rings, and ranges in price from $29.99 to $49.99 and are available at Target stores and Target.com now through December 28, 2010. What They Say: “Working to create a bright and…

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How to Tell if Your Louis Vuitton is Fake


Updated September 1, 2020

Many unsuspecting budget fashionistas spend up to $1000 on “authentic” Louis Vuitton bags that turn out to be fakes. Before purchasing your bag, read these basic rules to determine whether or not your Louis Vuitton is fake. How to Tell If Your Louis Vuitton is Fake: 12 Ways If it claims to be brand new…

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Cheap Comfortable Shoes for the Fashion-Minded Lady


Updated January 19, 2019

Dear Budget Fashionista, I have a question! I’m a college senior about to embark on interviews, then hopefully a job — even a career if I’m lucky. 😉 I live in tennis shoes with arch supports in them because I have really bad feet, and so far I have barely found any nice, adult-looking shoes…

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Where to Get Designer Inspired Bags


Updated November 19, 2020

Editor’s note: This post was originally about Baghaus.com and its designer-inspired collection of handbags. Sadly, Baghaus.com is no more. So, it’s 2017 now and we’ve rewritten this post to include other online stores that carry high-style purses with low-brow prices.  Knock-off Versus Designer Inspired What’s the difference?  The designer inspired version is a copycat bag…

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4 Places to Buy Low Rise Pantyhose


Updated November 15, 2020

Dear Budget Fashionista: Where can I find low rise pantyhose? Hue used to make some that I could find at Macy’s, but last I checked, Macy’s didn’t carry them anymore. It’s cold where I am and I need the pantyhose to wear under my slacks. Please help.  Leggs used to make a nice pair of low-rise…

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Does Bluefly Sell Fakes? The Fake Debate


Updated January 19, 2019

(Editor’s note: This post about Bluefly fakes was updated 08/17 to include more sources and Bluefly’s statement on authenticity.) The fake debate continues and apparently our friends over at the internet’s number one designer outlet, Bluefly, is caught up in the middle. There’s been quite a bit of chatter on the net regarding Bluefly’s selling…