Accessories

Trendy Summer Essentials

by Irina on June 29, 2017

July is right around the corner and summer is in full swing! Staying on top of your fashion game in sweltering heat can be pretty tough when all you want to do is wear as less as possible. But I did a little style research and found a couple of awesome summer essentials that are so on trend right now without being too complicated or overboard (OK, minus the flamingo maybe). We mostly focussed on accessories here, so you can take them off or put them down at any time and let them shine right next to you in your pool lounger. So if you want to make your summer absolutely #instagrammable, take a look at our list below and pick your favorite three for maximal ♥ ♥ ♥! From straw bags to lemon and banana leaf prints to eye-catching ball drop earrings, this is what fashionastas all around the world are loving and wearing right now.

Trendy Summer Essentials - Straw Bags, BonBon Earrings, Lemon Banana Leaf Print, Pom Pom Sandals, Inflatable Flamingo

Go Shopping:

  1. Moon River Lemon Print Midi Dressamazon, $92
  2. Unique Vintage Mrs. Parker Watermelon Ombre One Piece Swimsuitamazon, $85.80
  3. SojoS SJ1049 Mirrored Cat-Eye Sunglassesamazon, $13.99
  4. Intex Flamingo Inflatable Ride-Onamazon, $19.99
  5. Paula’s Choice EXTRA CARE Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 50, $17
  6. Miuco Handmade Bamboo Tote Bagamazon, $66.99
  7. Zealmer Harness Body Chainamazon, $7.89
  8. Steve Madden “Carly” Pom Pom Embellished Slide-On Sandalsls, $79.95
  9. Mingchen “Bonjour” Handmade Tote Straw Bagamazon, $21
  10. AprilJuly Silk Bon Bon Ball Drop Earringsamazon, $25
  11. ZTY66 Off-Shoulder Flared Top w/ Banana Leaf Printamazon, $5.69
  12. Ellen ‘n James Round Rattan Basket Bag, $65

Image source(s): Amazon, Etsy, Paula’s Choice, Steve Madden

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So how adorable are these purple/pink gradient cat eye sunnies from Quay Australia? VERY I’d say. And apparently so do a lot of you because these pastel-hued shades kept selling out in a hot minute and were constantly out of stock for weeks. The craze has finally calmed down a little, so if you find these sunglasses as cute as I do and have the shopping budget to opt for the real deal, happy shopping! However, if you’re looking for a quick and cheap sunglass fix to get your face fashionably through summer, check out the $18 sunnies I discovered at Urban Outfitters which look so much alike. The saving potential of $42 is quite convincing here, don’t you agree? What’s your opinion on this sunglass shopping matter: cheap ($60) or cheaper ($18), which one would you pick?

Cheap vs. Cheaper - Quay All My Love vs. Urban Outfitters Gradient Cat Eye Sunglasses

Go Shopping:

Quay’s “All My Love” Sunglasses are also available at Amazonamazon, ASOS, Bloomingdale’s, Urban Outfitters, Zappos, Quay Australia, Zalando, SmartBuyGlasses, Amazon.deamazon & The Iconicls.

Shhhhhh: another, very similar version is available at Aldols for just $16!

Image source(s): Quay Australia, Urban Outfitters

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Update: This post has been updated on June 13, 2017. Scroll down to see the new adds.

Summer may be officially over, but it’s never too late for a good pair of sunglasses, right? Case in point: these geometric, wire-framed “Love Punch” shades. When I first saw celebrities and style bloggers flaunting these shades, I assumed they were by a big household name like Dior or Prada, but I then learned that these are actually by a South Korean eyewear brand named Gentle Monster which until then hasn’t been on my radar yet. I looked at the rest of their collection and these guys certainly know their stuff when it comes to designing beautiful sunglasses, so splurging on these razor-thin $345 shades might be a substantial but smart investment. However, if you can’t justify this kind of price tag, keep on reading to find a couple of budget-friendly alternatives that won’t break the bank.

Gentle Monster Love Punch Geometric Sunglasses in silver and gold

Gentle Monster Love Punch Geometric Sunglassesls
($345, Nordstrom)

Also available at Shopbopls, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Style Bloggers Love Gentle Monster

Personal style bloggers such as Aimee Song (Song of Style), Coco Bassey (Millennielle) and Sara (Style MBA) have all been spotted wearing Gentle Monster Love Punch Geometric Sunglasses.

Personal Style Bloggers wearing Gentle Monster Love Punch Geometric Sunglasses

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H&M Geometric Cat-Eye Sunglasses

Update (06/13/2017): Stumbled upon Gentle Monster inspired sunglasses at H&M which come in either grey/silver or rosegold and cost $12.99.

H&M Geometric Cat-Eye Sunglasses in grey silver and rosegold (Gentle Monster Love Punch inspired)

H&M Geometric Cat-Eye Sunglasses
($12.99, H&M)

Nectar “Villas” Polarized Geometric Sunglasses

Update (06/13/2017): Check out these fab Gentle Monster Love Punch look-alike shades I found at Nectar. They come in 3 colors and retail for $44.99. Nectar offers free shipping on all domestic orders and I love that part of the proceeds go to Bee Cause which helps repopulating honeybee hives across the United States.

Nectar "Villas" Polarized Geometric Sunglasses (Gentle Monster Love Punch dupes)

Nectar “Villas” Polarized Geometric Sunglasses
($44.99, Nectar Sunglasses)

Also available in gold/gold or gold/grey.

New Look Bar Top Sunglasses

Update (04/25/2017): And here’s another Gentle Monste Love Punch dupe to add to the list! Found at New Look. Price: £8.99. Also available in black/violet.

New Look Bar Top Sunglasses in gold (Gentle Monster Love Punch dupes)

New Look Bar Top Sunglasses
(£8.99, New Look)

Urban Outfitters Under The Sun Cat-Eye Sunglasses

Update (03/30/2017): Found another spot-on Gentle Monster sunglass dupe at Urban Outfitters. Price: $18.

Urban Outfitters Under The Sun Cat-Eye Sunglasses in pink (Gentle Monster Love Punch dupes)

Urban Outfitters Under The Sun Cat-Eye Sunglasses
($18, Urban Outfitters)

BP. 51mm Thin Brow Angular Aviator Sunglasses

Update (02/27/2017): Came across another spot-on dupe of the Gentle Monster Love Punch sunnies at BP.. They’re available in either rose gold or gold/silver and cost only $12! Total steal deal alert!

BP. 51mm Thin Brow Angular Aviator Sunglasses in rose gold and silver (Gentle Monster Love Punch dupes)

BP. 51mm Thin Brow Angular Aviator Sunglassesls
($12, Nordstrom)

Express Brow Car Cat-Eye Sunglasses

Update (02/27/2017): Also found this spot-on Gentle Monster Love Punch dupe sunnies at Express which are a little more expensive though at $29.90.

Express Brow Car Cat-Eye Sunglasses in gold and grey (Gentle Monster Love Punch dupes)

Express Brow Car Cat-Eye Sunglasses
($29.90, Express)

SojoS Cat Eye Mirrored Sunglasses

So these sunglasses by SojoS are an absolute dead ringer for the “Love Punch” shades by Gentle Monster except these will cost you $12.99 instead of $345. They come in a variety of different lense and frame colors, so feel free to opt for more than one pair at that price. Don’t expect them to last a lifetime, but if you just want to wear them for a season or two, these are a good alternative.

SojoS Cat Eye Mirrored Sunglasses (Gentle Monster Love Punch dupes)

SojoS Cat Eye Mirrored Sunglassesamazon
($12.99, Amazon)

Similar versions are also available at Amazon #2amazon, Sunglass Warehouse, Choies, Romwe, SheIn & MakeMeChic.

Aldo “Qilalla” Sunglasses

Another great and possibly more durable Gentle Monster “Love Punch” dupe would have to be these sunglasses by Aldo. They cost slightly more ($16!), but also look sturdier and less fragile than the SojoS sunnies, so if you’re a clumsy person like me and happen to accidentally sit on your sunglasses from time to time, these Aldo shades might be the smarter choice for you.

Aldo "Qilalla" Sunglasses in gold and grey (Gentle Monster Love Punch dupe)

Aldo “Qilalla” Sunglassesls
($16, Aldo)

Also available at Aldo (Canada)ls & Aldo (UK)ls.

Image source(s): Gentle Monster, @songofstyle Instagram, Song of Style, Millennielle, Style MBA, H&M, Nectar Sunglasses, New Look, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, Express, Aldo, Amazon

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Update: This post has been updated on May 30, 2017. Scroll down to see the new adds.

I was never a huge fan of jewelry up until a few years ago because I would always feel bothered and constrained in movement when there were earrings dangling from my ears or bracelets clattering on the table. Ever since becoming a fashion blogger however, I have made my peace with the inconveniences of jewelry and even grew very fond of it. My jewelry collection nowadays is not to be scoffed at, but I’m still missing Tiffany & Co. in my jewelry drawers. This bracelet from Tiffany’s “T”-Collection would be a great starter piece for example because it’s both versatile and modern and can be either worn alone or as part of an arm party. Too bad the price tag of $5.200 is killing all my jewelry dreams though.

Tiffany & Co. T Square Bracelet in 18k gold

Tiffany T Square Bracelet
($5.200, Tiffany & Co.)

P.S.: Also available at Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Style Bloggers Love Tiffany & Co.

Style bloggers such as Aimee from Song of Style, Kiara from ToBruckAve, Shea Marie from Peace Love Shea and Helena from Brooklyn Blonde have all been spotted wearing a Tiffany T Square Bracelet.

Style Bloggers wearing a Tiffany T Square Bracelet

Who wore Tiffany & Co. best?

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Lohome Stainless Steel T-Style Cuff Bracelet

Update (05/30/2017): While browsing through Amazon’s jewelry section, I came across these Tiffany inspired stainless steel bracelets by Lohome which come in either gold- or silvertone and cost only $14.99! Steal deal alert!

Lohome Stainless Steel T-Style Cuff Bracelet in gold and silver (Tiffany & Co. T dupes)

Lohome Stainless Steel T-Style Cuff Braceletamazon
($14.99, Amazon)

Senfai Double T Cuff Bracelet

Update (05/30/2017): Also found these budget-friendly Tiffany bracelet look-alikes by Senfai which come in either gold, silver or rosegold and are on sale for less than $12.

Senfai Double T Cuff Bracelet in silver, gold, rosegold (Tiffany & Co T dupes)

Senfai Double T Cuff Braceletamazon
($11.90, Amazon)

Eve’s Addiction Double Open Bar Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet

Update (05/30/2017): Also stumbled upon this silver cuff bracelet at Eve’s Addiction which reminded me of the Tiffany T cuff above. Make sure to use promo code “30EVES” to get 30% off your order which would lower the price of this lovely bracelet down to less than $50.

Eve's Addiction Double Open Bar Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet (Tiffany & Co. inspired)

Eve’s Addiction Double Open Bar Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet
($68, Eve’s Addiction)

Sweet Deluxe “Tandil” T-Shape Bracelet

Update (06/27/2016): Discovered these amazing Tiffany T dupe bracelets by Sweet Deluxe. Really like these and in terms of the design, they are very close to the real deal!

Sweet Deluxe "Tandil" T-Shape Bracelet in gold and silver (Tiffany & Co. T knockoffs)

Sweet Deluxe “Tandil” T-Shape Bracelet
(€19.95, Zalando)

Talbots Sterling Cuff

Update (04/07/2016): Stumbled upon this lovely sterling silver Tiffany T cuff look-alike at Talbots today. It’s not a cheap fix at $139 $97.30 (on sale now!), but rather a high quality alternative to the pricey designer original.

Talbots Sterling Cuff in silver (Tiffany T knockoff)

Talbots Sterling Cuffls
($97.30, Talbots)

Armitage Avenue Hinge Cuff

Update (11/15/2015): Spotted another fab Tiffany T bracelet dupe today! It’s by Armitage Avenue, comes in gold and costs $28.95.

Armitage Avenue Hinge Cuff in gold (Tiffany & Co. knockoff)

Armitage Avenue Hinge Cuff
($28.95, Nordstrom Rack)

Sole Society Open Bar Cuff Bracelet

Luckily for us who can’t afford the real deal, nowadays there are so many great options for budget-friendly jewelry and Sole Society is one of them. With their open bar cuff bracelet you will get the coveted Tiffany’s look without having to sell your kidney.

Sole Society Open Bar Cuff Bracelet in gold (Tiffany & Co T knockoff)

Sole Society Open Bar Cuff Bracelet
($20.97, Sole Society)

Image source(s): Tiffany & Co., Lori’s, Song of Style, ToBruckAve, Peace Love Shea, Brooklyn Blonde, Amazon, Eve’s Addiction, Zalando, Talbots, Lori’s, Sole Society

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When it comes to sunglasses I have no strict budget policy because I’m slightly obsessed with sunglasses and both own designer shades priced upwards of $200 as well as super cheap $5 sunnies I randomly picked up at souvenir shops and pretty much everything in between. I like to have a large variety to choose from and will often buy designer dupes first before I later decide to splurge on the real deal if I happen to fall in love with a particular designer style. Opting for cheap sunglasses is often a smart choice because you don’t want to be constantly worrying about breaking your favorite $300 designer shades or getting them stolen at the beach or a fun festival weekend. Now let’s talk about these fabulous Céline sunglasses. I think I have confessed my love for Céline eyewear before and these “Tilda” sunnies are my latest obsession! I feel like I’ve mostly worn round cat-eye shapes lately, so I’m craving a change and these super square sunnies are a refreshing new style and would be a great addition to my ever-growing sunglass collection! I just love how big and masculine they are yet they seem to be universally flattering on almost any head shape. They definitely have the potential to become my latest pair of designer sunglasses. But before I spend $250 on them, first I’ll need to figure out whether this is just a momentary fling or an eternal love that could last a lifetime.

Céline CL 41076 Tilda Oversized Square Sunglasses in black and havana tortoise

Céline CL 41076 Tilda Oversized Square Sunglasses
($254.95, SmartBuyGlasses)

Also available at Amazonamazon, SmartBuyGlasses (UK), Sunglasses Shop, SmartBuyGlasses (EU), Vestiaire Collective, The RealReal, Amazon.co.ukamazon, Amazon.deamazon, Amazon.framazon & Overstock.

Style Bloggers & IGers Love Céline

Various style bloggers, influencers and IGers such as Lima Ché (IG: @limaswardrobe) and Marie M (IG: @marieandmood) have been spotted wearing Céline CL 41076 Tilda Oversized Square Sunglasses.

Style bloggers, influencers and IGers wearing Céline CL 41076 Tilda Oversized Square Sunglasses

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GoJane Square Away Thick Sunglasses

Test-drive your love for Céline by first opting for these spot-on “Tilda” dupes I discovered at GoJane. Get the exact French designer look for under $8 a pop! At this price you could easily pick up every one of the available styles without overdrawing your shopping budget. Steal deal alert!

GoJane Square Away Thick Sunglasses (Céline Tilda dupes)

GoJane Square Away Thick Sunglasses
($7.58, GoJane)

JuicyOrange Oversized Flat Square Frame Sunglasses

Here’s another spot-on “Tilda” dupe that’s almost just as cheap as the GoJane version. This one’s by JuicyOrange and costs a little over $10. Score!

JuicyOrange Oversized Flat Square Frame Sunglasses in black (Céline Tilda dupes)

JuicyOrange Oversized Flat Square Frame Sunglassesamazon
($10.95, Amazon)

Similar versions are also available hereamazon (mirrored), hereamazon (clear glasses) & hereamazon (degradé).

Mango “Carol” Oversize Square Sunglasses

And lastly, Mango. Same spot-on design as seen on Céline’s real deal with a much nicer price tag of $39.99; that’s roughly 85% less than the designer price. I also love the maroon frame color which would be great to wear in the Fall. Add to cart, please!

Mango "Carol" Oversize Square Sunglasses in burgundy red (Céline Tilda dupe)

Mango “Carol” Oversize Square Sunglasses
($39.99, Mango)

Also available at Mango (UK)ls & Mango (EU).

Image source(s): SmartBuyGlasses, Instagram: @limaswardrobe @marieandmood, Partial to Pink, Pinterest, GoJane, Amazon, Mango

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