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Update: This post has been updated on December 29, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

So how HUGE was Balmain x H&M, huh? The highly anticipated designer collaboration went live online on November 5th at 8 am EST and it was only a matter of an hour until almost every item of the collection was sold out; all despite the hefty price tags (with prices set around $500-$700 for key pieces, the most expensive item peaking at $699), thus making Balmain x H&M’s collection the company’s most successful designer collaboration yet. The website continued to crash over the visitor overload all morning while eager shoppers in Seoul queued up in front of H&M stores over a week before the official collection launch. The hype surrounding this collaboration has certainly caught on to the masses and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the collection is now selling for vastly inflated prices on eBay where some pieces are priced at twice their retail value. No word from H&M yet whether they are going to restock the highly successful collection. One of my favorite pieces from the Balmain x H&M collaboration is this gold and white embroidered black velvet mini dress. I love that it doesn’t look watered down and could easily be mistaken for a design from Balmain’s mainline collection. Now would I spend $549 on such a statement dress? Maybe. But due to the hype, I don’t even have to ask myself this question because just like all the other pieces, this beautiful frock is sold out.

Balmain x H&M Embroidered Mini Dress in black, gold and white

Balmain x H&M Embroidered Mini Dress
($549, H&M)

P.S.: Also available at Vestiaire Collective & eBayeBay.

Celebrities and Style Bloggers Love Balmain x H&M

Celeb sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner and style blogger Sandra Hagelstam (5 inch and up) have all been spotted wearing the black and gold Balmain x H&M Embroidered Mini Dress.

Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Sandra Hagelstam (5 inch and up) wearing a black Balmain x H&M Embroidered Mini Velvet Dress

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Missord Embellished Mini Dress

Update (12/29/2016): Stumbled upon another Balmain inspired embellished mini dress by Missord which can be yours for under $30. The customer reviews don’t look too bad either.

Missord Embellished Mini Dress in black (Balmain x H&M inspired)

Missord Embellished Mini Dressamazon
($29.33, Amazon)

bebe Bead & Sequin Crepe Dress

If you don’t want to pay the ridiculously inflated eBay prices and can’t wait a few more months for other fast fashion companies to catch on to this hype to come up with their own inspired Balmain x H&M; look-alikes (c’mon, Forever 21!), I suggest you take a look at this beautiful beaded mini dress by bebe. I know this isn’t a spot-on dupe for the dress above and it certainly isn’t a steal at $299, but the Balmain x H&M inspiration is clearly visible on this frock in my opinion. Plus, unlike the real deal, this dress is readily available for you to buy with all sizes still in stock and all. So you can either keep on stalking eBay waiting for a miracle to happen or you can snap up this dress instead and get your own kind of Balmain party going.

bebe Bead & Sequin Crepe Dress in black and white (Balmain x H&M knockoff)

bebe Bead & Sequin Crepe Dress
($299, bebe)

P.S.: Similar bebe dresses are also available here & here.

Image source(s): H&M, 5 inch and up, Amazon, bebe

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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 November 15, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Is there anyone out there who wasn’t crazy about some aspect of the Burberry Prorsum fall/winter 2010 collection? From the draped, ruched mini dresses, to the over-the-knee boots, to the completely delicious cropped shearling jackets—it was a sensation at the minimum, iconic at the max. And you can see why. The Shearling Funnel Neck Aviator Jacket looks like a cloud in the form of a clothing. If I could justify $3.5k for it, I so would.

Burberry Prorsum Shearling Funnel Neck Aviator Jacket in brown

Burberry Prorsum Shearling Funnel Neck Aviator Jacketls
($3.595, Burberry)

P.S.: Also available at Burberry (UK)ls.

Banana Republic Leather Sherpa Bomber Jacket

Update (11/15/2016): More than three years after our last Burberry Prorsum jacket steal find, Banana Republic decided to revive the (faux) shearling aviator trend and came up with an amazing Burberry-inspired alternative. It’s quite expensive at $1.400 (retail price), but also so, so gorgeous much so more affordable than the real deal’s $3.595, don’t you agree?

Banana Republic Leather Sherpa Bomber Jacket in brown (Burberry Prorsum dupe)

Banana Republic Leather Sherpa Bomber Jacket
($1.400, Banana Republic)

P.S.: Also available at Banana Republic (EU).

SuperTrash “Olammy” Coat

Update (07/15/2013): I know we’re in the middle of summer and nobody wants to think about warm winter jackets yet, but I just stumbled upon this super fab Burberry Prorsum inspired aviator jacket by SuperTrash and had to share it with you. What do you think? Are shearling bomber jackets still “in” for Fall 2013?

SuperTrash "Olammy" Coat in brown (Burberry Prorsum knockoff)

SuperTrash “Olammy” Coat
(€169.95, Zalando)

Marc New York Faux Suede Jacket with Faux Fur Collar

Update (10/11/2012): Here’s another fabulous Burberry Prorsum Aviator Jacket alternative for under $150 by Marc New York. Love this one!

Marc New York Faux Suede Jacket with Faux Fur Collar in chocolate brown (Burberry Prorsum Aviator knockoff)

Marc New York Faux Suede Jacket with Faux Fur Collar
($142.40, Bluefly)

Mango Flight Jacket

Update (09/25/2012): Woohoo! After quite some time we found another fabulous Burberry Prorsum aviator jacket look-a-like for under $120 by Mango.

Mango Flight Jacket in brown (Burberry Prorsum Aviator Jacket knockoff)

Mango Flight Jacket
($119.99, Amazon)

MICHAEL Michael Kors Shearling Funnel Neck Aviator Jacket

Update (11/14/2011): And here’s another great Burberry alternative coming from MICHAEL Michael Kors. Not a steal but possibly worth the investment if you fancy the look of the Burberry jacket.

MICHAEL Michael Kors Shearling Funnel Neck Aviator Jacket in brown (Burberry Prorsum Aviator knockoff)

MICHAEL Michael Kors Shearling Funnel Neck Aviator Jacket
($295, Zappos)

ASOS REVIVE Sheepskin Aviator Jacket

Update (11/10/2010): Excuse me? Please meet the love of your life! OMG, ASOS has done it! The perfect Burberry Prorsum aviator jacket knockoff. Isn’t it beautiful? I just wish it would be a little cheaper, but even at $600 this buy might be worth the investment. Either way, if you want this jacket, get it NOW. It will fly off the shelves.

ASOS REVIVE Sheepskin Aviator Jacket

ASOS REVIVE Sheepskin Aviator Jacket
($603.40, ASOS)

Barney’s Leather Aviator Jacket

Update (11/12/2010): Another great Burberry Prorsum alternative by Barney’s Orignals. A real leather jacket for under $150? Sold! Available in brown or black.

Barney's Leather Aviator Jacket in brown (Burberry Prorsum knockoff)

Barney’s Leather Aviator Jacket
($146.54, ASOS)

Lipsy Faux Sheepskin Aviator Jacket

If you, like me, are really hanging to recreate the Burberry fall 2010 aesthetic at a lower price point, you know it can be achieved pretty easily until you get to the outerwear. Well now, even that is no obstacle. Behold the Lipsy Faux Sheepskin Aviator Jacket, ladies. This brown faux shearling is cut beautifully, and is the perfect topper for a skinny ruched mini, or even jeans and a tank. And at a mere £85, you’ll be looking like Burberry Barbie in no time.

Lipsy Faux Sheepskin Aviator Jacket in brown (Burberry Prorsum knockoff)

Lipsy Faux Sheepskin Aviator Jacketls
(£85, Lipsy)

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Oh dear Self-Portrait, how can you make even the most of demure dresses still make look so unbelievably feminine and sensual? Case in point: the collared “Felicia” two-tone dress pictured below. The basic design of this frock is actually pretty prudish, but the short length and Self-Portrait’s signature delicate lace save this dress from being plain boring and forgettable. Now if you have the shopping budget to afford this lovely lace dress and shell out the needed $371 (we’re already talking sale price here!), by all means, go for it and get the real deal. However, if you’d rather have a look at the available budget-friendly alternatives, just keep on reading…

Self-Portrait Felicia Collared Guipure Lace Mini Dress in black and white

Self-Portrait Felicia Collared Guipure Lace Mini Dressls
($371, Net-A-Porter)

P.S.: Also available at Neiman Marcusls, Shopbop, ASOS & Stylebop.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Self-Portrait

Celebs such as Paris Hilton and Rachel McAdams and personal style bloggers like Suma Gowda (Suma’s Lookbook) have been spotted wearing a Self-Portrait Felicia Collared Lace Mini Dress.

Paris Hilton, Rachel McAdams and Suma Gowda wearing a Self-Portrait Felicia Collared Lace Mini Dress

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Aqua Color Block Lace Dress

Enter Aqua. They ditched the Peter Pan collar, but kept most of the other key details in place and hence offer a great Self-Portrait alternative for less than $100. Steal deal alert!

Aqua Color Block Lace Dress in white and black (Self-Portrait Felicia look-alike)

Aqua Color Block Lace Dress
($98, Bloomingdale’s)

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Update: This post has been updated on September 19, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

So I’ve already gushed in detail about the gorgeousness that is Dolce & Gabbana‘s S/S 2015 collection, but what I haven’t gushed about yet is this gorgeous floral embroidered body-con dress by House of CB which I discovered about an hour ago. I immediately had to drop everything, so I could write this blog post and share my beautiful (and budget-friendly) find with you, that’s just how excited I was about having come across this dress. House of CB has done quite the heavy copycat math on this one; somehow they managed to turn a $14.500 dress and a $7.500 skirt into a smokin’ hot $214 dress. Now that’s what I call a serious steal deal! Get this beauty of a dress before it sells out (and if you dare to wear such a racy look). Rock this frock with a bold red lip, sleek ponytail and dramatic eyeliner (hi there, Kendall!) and you’ll be the perfect Dolce & Gabbana femme fatale on a budget!

Copycat Math - Dolce & Gabbana Sacred Heart Floral Embroidered Net Dress + Dolce & Gabbana Mesh Midi Skirt = House of CB Carmen Mesh Dress with Rose Appliqué

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River Island Rose-Embroidered Mesh Dress & Top

Update (09/19/2016): Spotted these floral embroidered mesh dress and crop top at River Island today and both pieces instantly reminded me of Dolce & Gabbana’s S/S 2015 collection.

River Island Rose-Embroidered Mesh Dress & Top in black and red (Dolce & Gabbana S/S 2015 dupes)

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Image source(s): Moda Operandi, @kyliejenner Instagram, InStyle, Net-A-Porter, River Island, House of CB

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