Cheap vs. Cheaper - ALDO Panzano vs. Forever 21 Platform Lace-Up Booties

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on November 22, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

Dior‘s “Mise En Dior” Earrings have become quite the new “It“-piece in the fashion world. They are pretty much sold out everywhere, despite their heavy price tag of $290 (and we’re talking costume jewelry here). I must say I am still a little undecided whether I love or hate these because while they do look great on the promo pics and on the celebs below, I’ve also seen pictures where they looked rather big and clumpy and made their wearer’s ears look huge and padded. But still, I am slightly leaning towards loving them for some reason. Maybe because they’re Dior.

Dior Mise En Dior Tribal Double-Pearl Earrings in cream

Dior Mise En Dior Tribal Double-Pearl Earrings
($290, Dior)

Celebrities Love Dior

Celebs such as Emma Watson, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lawrence and Rihanna have all been spotted wearing Dior Mise En Dior Tribal Double-Pearl Earrings.

Emma Watson, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lawrence and Rihanna wearing Dior Mise En Dior Tribal Double-Pearl Earrings

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Target Stud Earrings with Front and Back Acrylic Imitation Pearls

UPDATE (11/22/2014): Found another great Mise En Dior dupe at Target today. Spot-on and under $10, too! Steal deal alert!

Target Stud Earrings with Front and Back Acrylic Imitation Pearls in ivory and gold (Dior Mise En Dior knockoffs)

Target Stud Earrings with Front and Back Acrylic Imitation Pearls
($7.99, Target)

Blu Bijoux Double Pearl Studs

UPDATE (10/27/2014): Since many of the previously mentioned Mise En Dior dupes have sold out meanwhile, I was super happy to discover this great looking, wallet-friendly Dior alternative by Blue Bijoux today! Get these lovely Dior-like earrings for a steal price of $18!

Blu Bijoux Double Pearl Studs (Dior Mise en Dior knockoffs)

Blu Bijoux Double Pearl Studscj
($18, Max and Chloe)

Armitage Avenue Double Pearl Earrings

UPDATE (10/11/2014): Mise En Dior dupes are now starting to flock in! Here’s one by Armitage Avenue for a very wallet-friendly $12.95. These also come in a super cool looking grey and matte blackpjx color.

Armitage Avenue Double Pearl Earrings (Dior Mise en Dior knockoffs)

Armitage Avenue Double Pearl Earrings
($12.95, Lori’s Shoes)

GoJane Double Faux Pearl Faux Plug Earrings

UPDATE (10/11/2014): Here we have the cheapest Dior dupes of the Mise En Dior look-a-like bunch yet. Found at GoJane for a steal-worthy $5.17.

Double Faux Pearl Faux Plug Earrings (Dior Mise en Dior knockoffs)

GoJane Double Faux Pearl Faux Plug Earrings
($5.17, GoJane)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon.

Apt. 9 Front-Back Ball Stud Earrings

UPDATE (10/11/2014): And here we go with yet another Mise en Dior steal find! What do you think of these super budget-friendly double pearl earrings by Apt. 9? They’re currently on sale for under $9 and you can also get them in orange or cobalt blue (loveeee!).

Apt. 9 Front-Back Ball Stud Earrings in pearl white (Dior Mise En Dior knockoffs)

Apt. 9 Front-Back Ball Stud Earringsls
($8.40, Kohl’s)

Jarin K Double Side Earrings

UPDATE (10/11/2014): As you might know, the introductory price of Dior’s Mise En Dior earrings used to be $290, but due to their popularity and high demand Dior raised the price to over $400 this year which I think is absolutely outrageous. If you’re not willing to pay Dior’s new, inflated price (we’re talking costume jewelry after all) yet want to invest in a high-quality dupe that is going to last you a while, you might want to consider these double side earrings by Jarin K. While I think it’s a little shameless to sell someone else’s design for such a high price, I also think this is karma’s retaliation for Dior’s unjust markup.

Jarin K Double Side Earrings (Dior Mise en Dior knockoffs)

Jarin K Double Side Earringscj
($150, Shopbop)

Daisy Fuentes Front to Back Asymmetrical Earrings

UPDATE (09/20/2014): Found another Mise En Dior dupe today! And this one by Daisy Fuentes is under $10! Steal deal alert! Available online only at Target.

Daisy Fuentes Front to Back Asymmetrical Earrings (Dior Mise en Dior knockoffs)

Daisy Fuentes Front to Back Asymmetrical Earrings
($5.59, Target)

AQUA “Avery” Front & Back Stud Earrings

UPDATE (08/29/2014): One of our readers tipped us off about yet another great Mise En Dior dupe (thanks!). Check out these double pearl earrings by AQUA which sell for $20!

AQUA "Avery" Front & Back Stud Earrings (Dior Mise en Dior knockoffs)

AQUA “Avery” Front & Back Stud Earringsls
($20, Bloomingdale’s)

P.S.: Also available at Bloomingdale’s (UK)ls.

Nasty Gal “Marie” Double-Pearl Earrings

UPDATE (08/28/2014): Woot, woot! Found a new Dior dupe today! Check out these double pearl earrings I found at Nasty Gal.

Nasty Gal "Marie" Double-Pearl Earrings in cream (Dior Mise En Dior knockoffs)

Nasty Gal “Marie” Double-Pearl Earringsls
($18, Nasty Gal)

BaubleBar Pearl 360 Studs

If you’re just as undecided or simply can’t afford to spend almost $300 for a pair of faux pearl earrings, here’s a wonderful alternative from BaubleBar which will give you the coveted “Mise en Dior” look for under $30! These double-pearl earrings are available in various versions and colorspjx and cost $28. Get them soon because I’ve already seen them sell out once!

BaubleBar Pearl 360 Studs (Dior Mise En Dior Tribal knockoffs)

BaubleBar Pearl 360 Studspjx
($28, BaubleBar)

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I love costume jewelry, but really hate spending lots of money on it. I just don’t see the point in investing several hundreds of dollars in something that’s not even real gold (alright, YSL’s Arty ring is excluded from this testimony). Call me frugal, call me cheap, whatever! Luckily, we have BaubleBarpjx where you get the best of both worlds: trendy and up-to-date statement jewelry for affordable prices and in a decent quality on top. Most of their items are under $30 (many under $40!) like their highly popular 360 Stud Earringspjx (aka the Mise en Dior dupe). What’s great about BaubleBar is that they offer free shipping (both ways!) on all US orders. And what’s even greater is that you can get 15% off your first order if you sign up to the BaubleBar newsletter. Steal deal alert! Plus, now that gift season is upon us: all of their jewelry comes in (free!) gorgeous, giftable boxes. Perfect for any christmas present! Below are a few of our personal BaubleBar favorites.

BaubleBar Favorite Jewelry Picks

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  1. BaubleBar x FRENDS Gold Layla Headphonespjx, $175
  2. BaubleBar Ribbon Letter Monogram Necklacepjx, $145
  3. BaubleBar Pavé Spike 360 Stud Earringspjx, $28
  4. BaubleBar Crystal Garland Braceletpjx, $36
  5. BaubleBar Ice Lateral Ringpjx, $28
  6. BaubleBar Khaleesi Dragon Braceletpjx, $32
  7. BaubleBar 360 Stud Gift Set (Retail Value $84)pjx, $48
  8. BaubleBar Pearl Hinge Banglepjx, $34
  9. BaubleBar Pavé Arrow Suspension Drop Earringspjx, $28

Image source(s): BaubleBar

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I wouldn’t resist a bright blue heel even if I could (which I couldn’t, by the way, because I’m too much of a fangirl for anything cobalt blue). And especially not if this bright blue heel is one by Jimmy Choo. So naturally, I was instantly obsessed with Choo’s “Gladys” heel – a beautiful suede lace-up high heel sandal in a striking electric blue hue! The only thing I couldn’t get myself to like though? Yup, you guessed it – the price of $995!

Jimmy Choo Gladys Lace-Up Suede Sandals in electric blue

Jimmy Choo Gladys Lace-Up Suede Sandalsls
($995, NET-A-PORTER)

Celebrities Love Jimmy Choo

Celebs such as Olivia Palermo and Kim Kardashian have been spotted wearing Jimmy Choo Gladys Lace-Up Suede Sandals.

Olivia Palermo and Kim Kardashian wearing  electric blue Jimmy Choo Gladys Lace-Up Suede Sandals

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Michael Antonio “Jacqueline” Lace-Up High Heel Sandals

Luckily, there’s no need to spend anywhere near like that because you can have a very similar shoe for as low as $20! Check out this lovely lace-up heel by Michael Antonio. Available in cobalt blue, black, grey, blush and red faux suede.

Michael Antonio "Jacqueline" Lace-Up High Heel Sandals in cobalt blue faux suede (Jimmy Choo Gladys knockoffs)

Michael Antonio “Jacqueline” Lace-Up High Heel Sandalsamazon
($19.26, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at 6pmcj, Shoebuyls, Heels.comcj, DSW & Overstockcj.

Madden Girl “Raceyyy” Lace-Up Sandals

My personal Jimmy Choo Gladys dupe favorite would have to be these lace-up heels by Madden Girl. The blue is almost as vibrant as on the real deal and the (sale) price of $39.79 ain’t too bad either! Available in blue, black and blush faux suede upper.

Madden Girl "Raceyyy" Lace-Up Sandals in cobalt blue faux suede (Jimmy Choo Gladys knockoffs)

Madden Girl “Raceyyy” Lace-Up Sandalsamazon
($39.79, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Zapposcj, Macy’sls, Bon-Tonls & Searscj.

VS Collection Suede Lace-Up Sandals

Another alternative would have to be these VS Collection lace-up high heels which may not be quite as popping in color, but which are just as lovely in design. Available in navy, black and grey suede.

VS Collection Suede Lace-Up Sandals in black and navy (Jimmy Choo Gladys knockoffs)

VS Collection Suede Lace-Up Sandals
($64, Victoria’s Secret)

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Real vs. Steal – Céline Trio Bag

by Irina on November 10, 2014

UPDATE: This post has been updated on November 10, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

What is it about Céline handbags that makes me want to hand out my credit card, close my eyes and say: “But please, be gentle!“? I don’t know whether it’s the hype surrounding the French fashion house or the countless style bloggers toting around Céline beauties on their arm, but for some reason Céline bags have that enviable “je ne sais quoi“-factor that draws me to them. Not that I am anywhere in the position to actually buy a Céline bag right now. But not now doesn’t mean never, right? But until then, I’ll have to settle for a budget-friendly Céline Trio alternative, I guess.

Céline Trio Bag in red

Céline Trio BageBay
(~$1.500, eBay)

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Céline

Celebs such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Katy Perry, Mandy Moore, Kourtney Kardashian and style bloggers such as Chiara from The Blonde Salad and Ashley from Ring My Bell have all been spotted carrying Céline Trio Bag.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley (Ring My Bell), Chiara (The Blonde Salad), Katy Perry, Mandy Moore and Kourtney Kardashian carrying a Céline Trio Bag

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Forever 21 Detachable Crossbody Bag

UPDATE (11/10/2014): Forever 21 decided to have a second go with this Céline Trio dupe. This time, the pockets are detachable as on the real deal. Available in either black, white or blue faux leather! LOVE this Céline Trio dupe!

Forever 21 Detachable Crossbody Bag in black and blue (Céline Trio knockoff)

Forever 21 Detachable Crossbody Bagls
($22.90, Forever 21)

P.S.: Also available at Forever 21 (Canada)ls.

Old Navy Crossbody Bag

UPDATE (08/25/2014): Spotted these fabulous Céline Trio alternatives at Old Navy today. These only have two instead of three compartments like the real deal, but for $25 who cares? I especially love that the bag comes in a beautiful cobalt blue. Soooo pretty! Also available in red, black and dark brown faux leather.

Old Navy Crossbody Bag in blue, red and black faux leather (Céline Trio knockoffs)

Old Navy Crossbody Bagcj
($25, Old Navy)

Jessica Buurman “AZUKA” Multifunctional Clutch Bag

UPDATE (05/27/2014): Just stumbled upon this cute red baggie at Jessica Buurman which instantly reminded me of the Céline Trio bag. Available in either red, blue or black.

Jessica Buurman "AZUKA" Multifunctional Clutch Bag in red (Céline Trio knockoff)

Jessica Buurman “AZUKA” Multifunctional Clutch Bag
($55, Jessica Buurman)

Forever 21 Modernist Multi-Compartment Crossbody Bag

UPDATE (05/15/2014): One of our fabulous readers alerted us of this lovely and budget-friendly Céline Trio bag dupe at Forever 21. Available in red, black or ivory faux leather for $14.99 only (sale price)!

Forever 21 Modernist Multi-Compartment Crossbody Bag in red and black (Céline Trio knockoff)

Forever 21 Modernist Multi-Compartment Crossbody Bagls
($14.99, Forever 21)

P.S.: Also available at Forever 21 (Canada)ls, Forever 21 (UK)ls & Forever 21 (EU).

Apt.9 Triple Zipper Crossbody Bag

And the first one’s a total winner, right? These cute faux leather bags by Apt. 9 are a close match to the pricey Céline designer original yet they are currently on sale for a very wallet-friendly $19.99! Steal deal alert, woot woot! At this price, I’d probably get one in every color.

Apt.9 Triple Zipper Crossbody Bag in red, black, tan and silver (Céline Trio knockoffs)

Apt.9 Triple Zipper Crossbody Bagls
($19.99, Kohl’s)

MICHAEL Michael Kors “Bedford Gusset” Crossbody Bag

If you’re looking for a real leather option and are are ready to invest considerably more, then this triple zipper crossbody by MICHAEL Michael Kors is a great Céline Trio alternative. $179 seems like a lot for such a small bag, but it’s still better than $1.500, right? Sadly, the best colors are already sold out including my personal favorite, a beautiful cobalt blue huels! Boohoo! Waiting for a restock on this!

MICHAEL Michael Kors "Bedford Gusset" Crossbody Bag in red coral (Céline Trio knockoff)

MICHAEL Michael Kors “Bedford Gusset” Crossbody Bagamazon
($179, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at MyTheresals, Nelly, CUSPls, Neiman Marcusls & Michael Korsls.

Annabel Ingall “Jojo” Crossbody Bag

If you’re really dedicated to the look of Céline’s Trio bag but simply cannot spend as much, here’s another fabulous but also quite pricey designer bag alternative by Annabel Ingall which retails for $320. Size, color and shape of the bag are almost identical to the Trio, but the “Jojo” bag has an extra crossover strap.

Annabel Ingall "Jojo" Crossbody Bag (Céline Trio knockoff)

Annabel Ingall “Jojo” Crossbody Bagcj
($320, REVOLVEClothing)

P.S.: Also available at Shopbopcj & Bloomingdale’sls.

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