Jewelry

Back in November last year Selena Gomez donned a very sexy yet elegant look that I totally fell in love with. The young actress wore a black cut-out satin dress with a deep plunging neckline by Cushnie et Ochs and completed her outfit with plum lips, wavy hair and black pointy suede pumps. I took my chance at recreating Selena’s vampy look on a budget-friendly, what do you think? Did I succeed?

Selena Gomez’ Sexy Cushnie et Ochs Cut-Out Dress Look 4 Less

Selena Gomez' Sexy Cushnie et Ochs Cut-Out Dress Look 4 Less

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Our Rating: ★★★★☆

Who?Selena Gomez
Where?Flaunt Magazine November Issue Party in Beverly Hills, California
When?November 7, 2013
What?Cushnie et Ochs Cutout Hammered-Satin Dressls ($1.295)

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Update: This post has been updated on January 16, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

So this ring doesn’t need an introduction I think. The highly-coveted Arty ring by Yves Saint Laurent. If you follow the fashion blogosphere I’m pretty sure you’ve come across it already. It’s either on almost every fashion blogger’s fingers or at least lingers on their wish list. And while $290 is an almost OK price for such a stunning piece of jewelry, not everyone can or wants to spend that much money on costume jewelry.

Yves Saint Laurent Arty Ovale Ring in gold and turquoise

Yves Saint Laurent Arty Ovale Ringls
($290, Net-A-Porter)

P.S.: Also available in various colors at Saksls & Net-A-Porter (International)icon.

(P.P.S.: Did I mention I desperately want this ring in the lustworthy indigo version? I’m planning to get it for my birthday… yup, I’m one of those lemming fashion bloggers.) Purchased the indigo blue version in the recent NET-A-PORTER semi-annual sale for 60% off and am absolutely in love with it! No buyer’s remorse!

Celebrities Love Yves Saint Laurent

Jamie Chung, Alexa Chungand Kim Kardashian wearing Yves Saint Laurent Arty Ovale Ring

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Jessica Buurman “BELLA” Arty Oval Statement Ring

UPDATE (01/16/2014): And here we have yet another YSL Arty ring dupe. This one is from Jessica Buurman and it comes in various other lovely colors such as black, orange, blue and pink as well.

Jessica Buurman "BELLA" Arty Oval Statement Ring in turquoise (YSL knockoff)

Jessica Buurman “BELLA” Arty Oval Statement Ring
($16, Jessica Buurman)

NLY Accessories “Sibylla” Large Stone Statement Ring

UPDATE (07/15/2013): Just came across this gunmetal black YSL Arty look-a-like version by Nelly which costs only £7.95!

NLY Accessories "Sibylla" Large Stone Statement Ring in gunmetal and black (YSL Arty knockoff)

NLY Accessories “Sibylla” Large Stone Statement Ring
(£7.95, Nelly)

10 Bells Gold Foil Statement Stone Ring

UPDATE (06/18/2013): Here’s another YSL Arty ring alternative in red from 10 Bells.

10 Bells Gold Foil Statement Stone Ring in red (YSL Arty knockoff)

10 Bells Gold Foil Statement Stone Ring
(AUD $11.87, The Iconic)

Sole Society Oversized Stone Armor Ring

UPDATE (04/25/2013): Found another great YSL Arty ring look-a-like! Check out these fabulous statement rings by Sole Society! $49.95 and available in both turquoise and purple. Absolutely love these!

Sole Society Oversized Stone Armor Ring in turquoise and purple (YSL Arty look-a-likes)

Sole Society Oversized Stone Armor Ringls
($49.95, Sole Society)

Blu Bijoux Textured Cabochon Ring

UPDATE (01/10/2013): Just stumbled upon these lovely YSL Arty inspired cabochon rings by Blu Bijoux which cost only $22.

Blu Bijoux Textured Cabochon Rings (YSL Arty knockoffs)

Blu Bijoux Textured Cabochon Ringcj
($22, Max & Chloe)

Oasap Golden Tone Oversized Gem Ring

UPDATE (01/10/2013): Came across another set of YSL Arty knockoffs by Oasap for $21.

Oasap Golden Tone Oversized Gem Ring (YSL Arty ring knockoff)

Oasap Golden Tone Oversized Gem Ring
($21, Oasap)

Obey “Soho” Statement Ring

Now look at the “Soho” ring by Obey, it sure screams YSL Arty, doesn’t it? Not as delicate as the original I admit, but for $38 you’ll get the same stunning look without having to spend a fortune.

Obey "Soho" Statement Ring in gold and turquoise (YSL Arty ring knockoff)

Obey “Soho” Statement Ring
($38, Karmaloop)

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Update: This post has been updated on January 13, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

I’m a big fan of nOir Jewelry and really loved their extravagant “Jaipur” collection which features neon cord bracelets, necklaces and earrings adorned with beautiful rhinestone embellishments. It’s a very unexpected way to pair such contrasting elements yet I think the combination of both totally works together. Sure, the pieces certainly have “trendy” written all over them, but to me they’re still pretty wearable. However, would I really shell out $160 for a cord bracelet? Hmmm, probably not.

nOir Jewelry Jaipur Adalti Neon Cord & Rhinestone Bracelet in neon yellow

nOir Jewelry Jaipur Adalti Neon Cord & Rhinestone Bracelet
($160, Shopbop)

Forever 21 Touch-of-Glam Braided Bracelet

Update (01/13/2014): Just stumbled upon this neon yellow braided bracelet at Forever 21 and instantly had to think of the nOir bracelet above. Also available in coral.

Forever 21 Touch-of-Glam Braided Bracelet in neon yellow (nOir Jaipur Adalti knockoff)

Forever 21 Touch-of-Glam Braided Bracelet
($5.80, Forever 21)

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

Express Neon Cord & Rhinestone Bracelet

If you’re like me and like the neon bracelet, but don’t want to spend too much on the neon trend, here’s a great alternative by Express that looks virtually identical to the “Adalti” bracelet but costs only $39.90 instead of $160! FYI: this would make a great gift for any fashion-forward, fearless fashionista.

Express Neon Cord & Rhinestone Bracelet in neon yellow (nOir Jewelry Jaipur Adalti knockoff)

Express Neon Cord & Rhinestone Bracelet
($39.90, Express)

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Update: This post has been updated on January 11, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

I so would love to own this absolutely beautiful twin skull bangle by Alexander McQueen, but just can’t warm up to the thought of spending $330 on a piece of gold-tone brass. Maybe if it would go on sale for half price off I would consider buying it but until that happens I’ll have to find something (way) less expensive to get my McQueen fix.

Alexander McQueen Crystal Twin Skull Bangle in gold and oxblood

Alexander McQueen Swarovski Crystal Double-Skull Braceletcj
($330, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at Saksls, Alexander McQueen, Matches Fashion, Selfridges & Net-A-Porterls.

Sterling Style Loves Alexander McQueen

Taylor Sterling of The Glitter Guide wearing a gold Alexander McQueen Crystal Twin Skull Bangle

Pictures via The Glitter Guide’s Instagram account

Jessica Buurman “VASUDHARA” Skull Bracelet

UPDATE (01/11/2014): Here’s another Alexander McQueen skull bracelet dupe I found at Jessica Buurman. Also available in silver.

Jessica Buurman "VASUDHARA" Skull Bracelet in gold (Alexander McQueen knockoff)

Jessica Buurman “VASUDHARA” Skull Bracelet
($19, Jessica Buurman)

River Island Double Skull Skinny Bangle

UPDATE (02/04/2013): Now look at this amazing skull bangle by River Island which would be a great alternative to the pricey Alexander McQueen original. And it’s $10.52 only! Totally buying this for myself!

River Island Double Skull Skinny Bangle in gold (Alexander McQueen knockoff)

River Island Double Skull Skinny Bangle
($10.52, ASOS)

Blu Bijoux Twin Skulls Bangle

UPDATE (01/10/2013): Came across these amazing McQueen inspired twin skull bangles by Blu Bijoux. Only $28! I am especially into the rose gold version!

Blu Bijoux Twin Skulls Bangles (Alexander McQueen knockoffs)

Blu Bijoux Twin Skulls Banglecj
($28, Max & Chloe)

BaubleBar Skull Bangle

UPDATE (10/25/2012): Found another fabulous skull bangle alternative at BaubleBar. This bangle is available in pewter, rosegold and silver and costs only $24!

BaubleBar Skull Bangle in gunmetal grey (Alexander McQueen knockoff)

BaubleBar Skull Bangle
($24, BaubleBar)

GoJane Twisted Double Skull Bracelet

HOT DEAL: Use promo code “GJSHIP60” to get free shipping on your $60+ order!

Et voilà, GoJane provides the perfect stopgap until I can afford the real deal. Their Twisted Double Skull Bracelets do have a few differences such as added rhinestones, but they still give off the same vibe as the McQueen original. At only $8.10 per bracelet I’d buy all 3 versions: gold, pewter and silver!

GoJane Twisted Double Skull Bracelet in gold, pewter and silver (Alexander McQueen knockoff)

GoJane Twisted Double Skull Bracelet
($8.10, GoJane)

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Real vs. Steal – J.Crew Bubble Necklace

by Juliana on December 5, 2013

Update: This post has been updated on December 5, 2013. Scroll down to see the new adds.

I’ve seen this statement necklace at J.Crew all summer long and lusted after it shamelessly. But I have a rule: don’t overpay for costume jewelry. While this was one of those cases, it was hard to pass up since it’s as gorgeous as can be and incredibly flattering. But I would have to limit myself to just one color; I imagined wearing it with my whole summer wardrobe and taking it on this summmer’s beach vacation. It goes with everything from tank tops and jeans to the ultimate party dress and everything in between. When choosing a color, I thought to focus on something that would highlight my features over a shade that would match my wardrobe. But now, the game has changed. You can get the same necklace for way less! Scroll down to check out the steal!

J.Crew Bubble Necklace in turquoise

J.Crew Bubble Necklacels
($150, J.Crew)

BaubleBar Winter Potpourri Bib Necklace

UPDATE (12/05/2013): Stumbled upon a spot-on J.Crew dupe at BaubleBar today. And the best thing? The necklace is currently priced at only $18! Also available in various other beautiful colors!

BaubleBar Winter Potpourri Bib Necklace in turquoise and coral (J.Crew Bubble knockoff)

BaubleBar Winter Potpourri Bib Necklacepjx
($18, BaubleBar)

Arden B. Oversized Bubble Necklace

UPDATE (12/05/2013): I also found these bubble necklaces at Arden B. which look suspiciously similar to the J.Crew version. Available in ice blue, cobalt and black.

Arden B. Oversized Bubble Necklace in ice blue and cobalt (J.Crew knockoff)

Arden B. Oversized Bubble Necklacels
($34, Arden B.)

Blu Bijoux Mini Bubble Necklace

UPDATE (07/15/2013): Just discovered this pretty perfect and super budget-friendly J.Crew Bubble Necklace alternative by Blu Bijoux for $24!

Blu Bijoux Mini Bubble Necklace (J.Crew knockoff)

Blu Bijoux Mini Bubble Necklacecj
($24, Max & Chloe)

Zad Drop a Glint Statement Necklace

UPDATE (11/04/2012): Found another lovely and affordable J.Crew Bubble necklace look-a-like at LuLu*s. It costs $22, is by a brand named Zad and comes in black, too.

Zad Drop a Glint Statement Necklace in turquoise and black (J.Crew Bubble knockoff)

Zad Drop a Glint Statement Necklace
($22, LuLu*s)

Arden B. Drop Bead Statement Necklace

UPDATE (10/19/2012): Stumbled upon another J.Crew inspired necklace. I really like this emerald green version by Arden B. and it’s currently 25% OFF! Yay!

Arden B. Drop Bead Statement Necklace in emerald green (J.Crew Bubble knockoff)

Arden B. Drop Bead Statement Necklacels
($25.50, Arden B.)

BaubleBar Princesse Bib Necklace

Yes, this version from BaubleBar is virtually indistinguishable. As of right now they only have the coral shade, but it’s such a flattering one to pretty much every skin tone because it’s warm and instantly brings color to your cheeks. This color would look great with navy, turquoise, camel, fuchsia, teal, etc! It’s absolutely perfect and at $38, you really can’t pass it up. Wear it with a simple peplum dress in deep pink for a modern, colorblocked look or with dark blue jeans and a crewneck white tee to add some instant polish to your Saturday “just running errands”-outfit.

BaubleBar Princesse Bib Necklace in coral (J.Crew Bubble knockoff)

BaubleBar Princesse Bib Necklacepjx
($38, BaubleBar)

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