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Two more weeks until Valentine’s Day and while I’m not particularly excited about V-Day itself (all the single ladies!), I do like any opportunity that allows me to dress up and act all flirty about it. When dressing up, my personal motto is: “Drama, drama, drama!”, that’s why this black off-the-shoulder midi dress by Bardot with its body-con silhouette and the dramatic bell sleeves instantly caught my attention. I immediately started styling this LBD in my head and style-wise it felt like my mind ran in 100 different directions. There are a lot of ways to style this versatile dress and I decided to pick three for you to show: bold, romantic and just plain cute. So if you need some outfit inspiration for your own Valentine’s Day attire, feel free to check out my V-Day look suggestions and let me know whether you like them or not.

Look #1 – Femme Fatale in Black & Gold

Valentine's Day Outfit Inspo - 1 LBD, 3 Ways To Wear It: Femme Fatale in Black & Gold

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Look #2 – Romantic in Lace & Burgundy

Valentine's Day Outfit Inspo - 1 LBD, 3 Ways To Style It: Romantic Lace & Burgundy Red

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Look #3 – Cheeky Cute

Valentine's Day Outfit Inspo - 1 LBD, 3 Ways To Style It: Cheeky Cute

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Image source(s): Revolve, Amazon, Aldo, BaubleBar, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Eve’s Addiction, Steve Madden, Zappos, Etsy, Shopbop, Bloomingdale’s, Aldo

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

We have received quite a few reader requests for various Chloé bags lately. And yes, we agree, if there’s ONE thing Chloé is exceptionally good at, it’s their bag range. The French fashion house always manages to incorporate that certain je ne sais quoi-factor that makes every one of their bag styles so desirable. My current personal favorite is the “Drew”, a cute little rounded crossbody bag on a metallic chain. Sadly, Drew’s price tag isn’t quite as cute.

Chloé Drew Medium Textured-Leather Shoulder Bag in black and black-orange

Chloé Drew Medium Textured-Leather Shoulder Bagls
($1.850, Net-A-Porter)

P.S.: Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, Nordstromls, Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Forward by Elyse Walker, Barneysls, Vestiaire Collective, Farfetchls, MyTheresa & Matches Fashionls.

Style Bloggers Love Chloé

Various personal style bloggers such as Aimee from Song of Style, Mary from Happily Grey and Sheryl from Walk in Wonderland have all been spotted wearing a Chloé Drew Shoulder Chain Bag.

Personal Style Bloggers carrying a Chloé Drew Shoulder Bag

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Gabriella Rocha “Delya” Crossbody Saddle Purse

Update (01/13/2017): Stumbled upon two more Chloé Drew dupes by Gabriella Rocha today! The classic monochrome version and the two-tone colorblock one. Both versions are faux leather, available in various colors or color combinations and all of them are currently on sale for under $30! Steal deal alert!

Gabriella Rocha "Delya" Crossbody Saddle Purse (Chloé Drew dupes)

Gabriella Rocha “Delya” Crossbody Saddle Purse
($27.99, 6pm)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon & 6pm (two-tone version: “Idette”).

Gabriella Rocha “Saoirse” Crossbody with Chain Detail

Update (09/21/2016): Just spotted these gorgeous, spot-on and super budget-friendly Chloé Drew dupe bags by Gabriella Rocha. Love, love, love these! And they’re currently on sale for less than $30! Available in five colors: black, taupe, bone, red and royal blue. Get these while you can!

Gabriella Rocha

Gabriella Rocha Saoirse Crossbody with Chain Detailamazon
($29.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at 6pm.

Express Turnlock Crossbody Bag

Update (09/21/2016): Also came across this lovely Chloé inspired crossbody bag at Express for $23.94 (sale price!). What do you think? Yay or nay?

Express Turnlock Crossbody Bag in taupe grey (Chloé Drew dupe)

Express Turnlock Crossbody Bag
($23.94, Express)

dv Chain Strap Crossbody Handbag

Update (03/18/2016): Here’s another cute and budget-friendly Chloé Drew inspired alternative! This one’s by dv and available in either black, orange or brown faux leather for $12.48 (clearance price!).

dv Chain Strap Crossbody Handbag in black, orange and brown (Chloé Drew knockoffs)

dv Chain Strap Crossbody Handbag
($12.48, Target)

INC International Concepts “Sendra” Crossbody Bag

Update (01/22/2016): Found this lovely Chloé inspired faux leather crossbody by INC International Concepts today. I love the neutral color!

INC International Concepts "Sendra" Crossbody Bag in nude beige (Chloé Drew dupe)

INC International Concepts “Sendra” Crossbody Bag
($79.50, Macy’s)

BagInc “Joy Drew” Genuine Leather Shoulder Bag

Update (11/29/2015): Just noticed there are now genuine leather Chloé Drew look-alikes available at BagInc which retail for $79 and come in the lovieliest of colors (black, pink, taupe, red, baby blue, orange and royal blue). Don’t forget to use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” to get 10% off your purchase (free shipping on orders $99+)! BagInc has a wide variety of “Joy Drew” bags available (almost 40!), view them all here.

BagInc "Joy Drew" Genuine Leather Shoulder Bag in black, pink and taupe (Chloé Drew dupe)

BagInc “Joy Drew” Genuine Leather Shoulder Bag
($79, BagInc)

Unita “Wony” Genuine Leather Chain Bag

Update (08/02/2015): If there’d be something like a “Best Bag Dupe“-Award, can we please all agree this one would probably go out to these gorgeous Chloé Drew dupes by Unita?! I am beyond obsessed with the pastel mint and lavender color and love that these are sturdy-looking high quality bags made of genuine cowhide leather. According to the product description, the bags are being manufactured with utmost care in South Korea. I know these babies ain’t cheap with a price tag of over $100, but if one can trust the pictures, the price is definitely worth the investment. The bag comes in 5 colors: black, tan, mint, lavender and taupe grey (what’s your personal fave?).

Unita "Wony" Genuine Leather Chain Bag in black, mint, lavender and taupe grey (Chloé Drew knockoffs)

Unita “Wony” Genuine Leather Chain Bag
($104.90, Amazon)

Persaman New York “Correa” Leather Crossbody Bag

Update (08/02/2015): Here’s another Chloé Drew inspired bag I recently came across. These bags are by Persaman New York and are currently on sale for $84.97.

Persaman New York "Correa" Leather Crossbody Bag in taupe, red and forest green (Chloé Drew knock-offs)

Persaman New York “Correa” Leather Crossbody Bag
($84.97, Nordstrom Rack)

Inzi Round Bottom Day Bag

Update (07/13/2015): Just stumbled upon these Chloé Drew dupe bags by Inzi. Now aren’t they absolutely lovely? And so close to the real deal, too.

Inzi Round Bottom Day Bag in black and tan (Chloé Drew knockoffs)

Inzi Round Bottom Day Bag
($118.95, Nordstrom Rack)

BagInc “Joy Drew” Faux Leather Shoulder Bag

Deal: Use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” to get 10% off your order!

BagInc‘s “Joy Drew” (coindicdence?) is my current favorite “Drew” steal because it is astonishingly similar yet the price is super wallet-friendy at only $29! The bag comes in various colors such as black, navy, red, red/black and burgundy faux leather. Make sure to use our exclusive promo code to save even further!

BagInc "Joy Drew" Faux Leather Shoulder Bag (Chloé Drew knockoffs)

BagInc “Joy Drew” Faux Leather Shoulder Bag
($29, BagInc)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Lock Crossbody Bag

Of course Forever 21 couldn’t pass up on creating a “Drew”-inspired bag of their own. F21’s “Drew” is not as much of a 1:1 dupe like BagInc’s version, but it is still veeeery similar to the Chloé original. $22.90 and available in either black, tan or cream faux leather.

Forever 21 Faux Leather Lock Crossbody Bag in black, tan and cream (Chloé Drew knockoffs)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Lock Crossbody Bag
($22.90, Forever 21)

Lush Parisian Pin Crossbody Chain Leather Bag

If you’re on the lookout for a high-quality Chloé Drew dupe made of genuine leather, then the Parisian Pin Crossbody Chain Bag by Lush Bags is probably best suited for you. The design is spot-on, but you’d have to spend $129.99 on this “steal”. The bigger leather-strap Chloé Drew dupe version is also available by the way (see hereamazon).

Lush Parisian Pin Crossbody Chain Leather Bag in black (Chloé Drew knockoff)

Lush Parisian Pin Crossbody Chain Leather Bagamazon
($129.99, Amazon)

Aldo “Friedline” Rounded Crossbody Bag

And lastly, if you just like the visual concept of Chloé’s Drew and are not after a perfect look-alike, then Aldo‘s “Friedline” might be the best fit. The Chloé inspiration is clearly visible, but overall the bag still holds its own.

Aldo "Friedline" Rounded Crossbody Bag in black, orange red and cognac (Chloé Drew knockoffs)

Aldo “Friedline” Rounded Crossbody Bagls
($50, Aldo)

P.S.: Also available at Aldo (Canada)ls & Aldo (UK)ls.

Image source(s): Net-A-Porter, FashionedChic, Song of Style, Happily Grey, Where can I find the…?, The Fierce Diaries, Walk in Wonderland, 6pm, Express, Target, Macy’s, Nordstrom Rack, Lori’s, BagInc, Forever 21, Jessica Buurman, Amazon, Aldo

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Mary Seng from Happily Grey is one of my absolute favorite personal style bloggers at the moment. I love scrolling through her Instagram feed; she has such a great taste in clothes and I adore her sense of style which is modern yet feminine and elegant yet also bold and fearless. To me it feels like Mary isn’t afraid of playing with fashion and taking risks while at the same time still maintaining her unique style and genuineness. One of her recent looks particularly caught my attention; Mary wore a white oversized chunky knit sweater with a beautiful forest green wool skirt which she then paired with a timeless black quilted Chanel bag. I loved this outfit so much that I just had to recreate it on a more accessible level with budget-friendly options. Let me know what you think of my white and green blogger winter look for less.

Get Happily Grey’s White & Green Winter Look

Get The Look - Happily Grey's White Chunky Knit & Green Wool Skirt

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Image source(s): @happilygrey/Instagram, Dillard’s, Amazon, Public Desire, Revolve

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Christmas is right around the corner and today I was in such a festive mood that I decided to create a wintery budget look to honor the coldest of seasons. But it wasn’t until I was finished and very proud of my creation that I noticed this black-white-blush winter outfit might not be exactly weatherproof for colder climates (hello, backless loafers and sheer mesh body!). So instead of ditching the whole look and starting all over again, I simply decided to rename the outfit theme from “Winter Wonderland” to “Californian Winter Wonderland”. Pure genius, I know. But anyways: Happy Holidays, everyone! I hope you will be able to enjoy a relaxed and joyful Christmas with all your loved ones! And now step away from your computer and treat yourself to a Christmas cookie or two.

Budget Look - Californian Winter Wonderland in black, white and rose pink

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Image source(s): Mango, Topshop, Amazon, Minusey, Humble Chic, BagInc, BaubleBar

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Update: This post has been updated on September 18, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Fashion magazines are consistently talking about the day clutch. While carrying all your essentials in a bag the size of a large envelope isn’t exactly feasible, how can you make a clutch work during the day? It’s easy, you just toss it in your larger work tote and then pull it out for lunch, a quick run to Starbucks, or keep it handy for an impromptu dinner after work. This particular style by Valentino is perfect. It has great proportion, construction and just enough edginess to make it less “boardroom” and more “downtown chic”. But although this particular clutch would get a lot of use, it may not be quite enough to justify the price. As always, we present you more accessible options. Check it out below!

Valentino Rockstud Leather Clutch in black

Valentino Rockstud Leather Clutch
($1.395, Forward by Elyse Walker)

P.S.: Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Nordstromls & Farfetchls.

Celebrities Love Valentino

Zoe Saldana, Alexa Chung, Jessica Biel, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba and Clémence Poésy carrying a Valentino Rockstud Leather Clutch

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Express Studded Border Clutch

Update (09/18/2016): Found another great Valentino Rockstud inspired clutch bag today! It’s available at Express, comes in black and costs $39.90.

Express Studded Border Clutch in black (Valentino Rockstud dupe)

Express Studded Border Clutch
($39.90, Express)

Forever 21 Studded Clutch w/ Wristlet Strap

Update (09/09/2016): Just spotted this lovely Valentino Rockstud dupe clutch at Forever 21 in white which is on final sale for $10. Super steal deal alert!

Forever 21 Studded Clutch w/ Wristlet Strap in white (Valentino Rockstud dupe)

Forever 21 Studded Clutch w/ Wristlet Strap
($10, Forever 21)

Carlos by Carlos Santana “Sarita” Studded Zip Top Wristlet Clutch

Update (06/17/2015): Discovered these fabulous Valentino Rockstud pouch dupes by Carlos by Carlos Santana today. They’re available in either black, white or turqoise faux leather and are currently on sale for a steal price of $29.97 (down from $69!).

Carlos by Carlos Santana "Sarita" Studded Zip Top Wristlet Clutch in black and turquoise (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Carlos by Carlos Santana “Sarita” Studded Zip Top Wristlet Clutch
($29.97, Nordstrom Rack)

MICHAEL Michael Kors Large “Selma” Stud-Trim Saffiano Clutch

Update (08/15/2013): Whoa, look at this fab Valentino dupe by MICHAEL Michael Kors! Totally looks like the high-end designer clutch, but actually costs only $108! I also love the Saffiano leather which is usually mainly used for and most known because of Prada’s famous Saffiano bags. Available in a lot of different colors like tan, taupe, turquoise, red and purple!

MICHAEL Michael Kors Large "Selma" Stud-Trim Saffiano Clutch in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

MICHAEL Michael Kors Large “Selma” Stud-Trim Saffiano Clutchls
(108, Neiman Marcus)

Stylistpick “Alessia” Multi Stud Clutch

Update (02/10/2013): And here we have another Valentino Rockstud Clutch look-a-like by Stylistpick. Available in black or beige faux leather for £20!

Stylistpick "Alessia" Multi Stud Clutch in black and nude (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

Stylistpick “Alessia” Multi Stud Clutch
(£20, Stylistpick)

GoJane Pyramid Stud Trim Clutch

Just as lovely, this version by GoJane is exactly the type of clutch you need for everyday and costs way less than the original designer inspiration. Place all your essentials inside and then place it in your larger tote to make it easier to pull out when you’re on the go. It will also keep everything organized and easier to spot inside your larger bag as well! Wear this clutch with everything; from your pencil skirt and blouse to your jeans on the weekend for brunch. The detachable strap is fantastic; and I’m sure you’ll find a dozen ways to wear your new bag! Want to add a little glam twist to your look? You can also get this style in peach or gold metallic faux leather.

GoJane Pyramid Stud Trim Clutch in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

GoJane Pyramid Stud Trim Clutch
($11.95, GoJane)

Buffalo Stud Clutch Bag

Another great steal and also made of completely vegan leather is this cute look-a-like clutch by Buffalo. These are a bit more expensive than the previous style, but the hardware is very similar to the original. The wristlet detail is just fabulous because it helps keep your hands free when you need them most (perhaps you’re going out for cocktails or meeting friends at an after work networking event). I really like that you have the option of the taupe color as well because it’s perfect if you wear a lot of brown or prefer a lighter palette for your key wardrobe pieces.

Buffalo Stud Clutch Bag in black and taupe (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

Buffalo Stud Clutch Bag
(€49.90, Buffalo)

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