Runway to Real Way – Gucci S/S 2012

by Juliana on August 14, 2012

With a “The Great Gatsby” remake coming out next year, it’s no wonder we’re seeing hints of Art Deco and “roaring” 20’s glamour everywhere; and the runway is no exception. Gucci has done its own take on the time period’s extravagant attire, creating beautifully designed gowns that take us back to an era of bootleggers and rascals. However, as much as we love Frida Giannini’s gorgeous designs, they are way out of the average girl’s budget. However, it seems someone was paying very close attention at the fall shows because mass-retailer, Express, took the high-end designs and made them not only affordable but modern and highly versatile. If you don’t think you are ready to go for the full sequined dress, there are tops and skirts in the same pattern that will look great with some of the basic black and white staples that are already in your closet; such as a black pencil skirt and a white sleeveless blouse.

Runway to Real Way – Gucci S/S 2012

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Real vs. Steal – Gucci Cat Eye Sunglasses

by Irina on April 24, 2012

Update: This post has been updated on April 24, 2012. Scroll down to see the new add.

Lately, I’ve been craving a pair of cat eye sunglasses like ca-ha-razy and I had very specific expectations about how they should look like. I knew I wanted them in brown tortoise with oversized degradé lenses and the cat eye form shouldn’t be too extreme either. So after checking out the latest sunglass fashion offerings, I’ve decided that this pair of Gucci sunnies was the most perfect pair of sunglasses I have ever seen in my life! Well, perfect in every way except for one thing, of course. The price. $270? Whoa, big bummer here!

Gucci GG 3162/S 0M3/02 Cat Eye Sunglasses in havana brown

Gucci 3162/S Cat Eye Sunglassesamazon
($269.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at FramesDirectcj, Bloomingdale’s & Sunglasses Shop.

Alloy “Ivy” Cat-Eye Sunglasses

Update (04/24/2012): Came across another budget-friendly steal alternative which is available at Alloy. Not too thrilled about the rhinestones, but luckily they’re barely noticeable.

Alloy "Ivy" Cat-Eye Sunglasses in tortoise (Gucci 3162 knockoffs)

Alloy “Ivy” Cat-Eye Sunglassesls
($10.90, Alloy)

Kate Spade “Shawna” Cat Eye Sunglasses

If you’re looking for a great pair of sunnies in the style of the Gucci version above, but don’t want to spend more than $150+, how about these lovely shades by Kate Spade instead? They’re very similar to the Gucci sunglasses, but cost only $123.75.

Kate Spade "Shawna" Cat Eye Sunglasses in brown tortoise (Gucci knockoffs)

Kate Spade “Shawna” Cat Eye Sunglassescj
($123.75, FramesDirect)

Sunglass Warehouse SW Cat Eye Style #1363

I know these cat eye sunnies by Sunglass Warehouse are no perfect match, but they’ll give you the same look as all the key elements are there (Cat Eye? Check! Tortoise? Check. Brown Gradient Lenses? Check!). Only these cost less than 10% than their big original Gucci sister. Can’t argue that price! Available in 4 colors.

Sunglass Warehouse SW Cat Eye Style #1363 in brown tortoise (Gucci knockoffs)

Sunglass Warehouse SW Cat Eye Style #1363
($13.56, Sunglass Warehouse)


A few days ago Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively helped making cupcakes for a good cause at Sprinkles in NYC. The blonde beauty looked stylish and festive in a cream sheer button-down blouse which she paired with a stunning gold Gucci leather skirt from the Resort 2012 collection. I’m not sure where she was headed with the dark green Brian Atwood Maniac pumps, but since I’m really loving Blake’s upper ensemble I’m willing to overlook her shoe choice faux-pas. Check out our budget-friendly take on Blake’s look below and let us know what you think!

Blake Lively wearing a gold Gucci Resort 2012 pleated skirt and forrest green Brian Atwood Maniac platform pumps

Our Rating: ★★★★☆

Who? Blake Lively
Where? Making cupcakes at Sprinkles, New York
When? December 09, 2011
What? Gucci Resort 2012 gold pleated leather skirtls ($2.600), Brian Atwood Maniac platform pumps

Blake Lively’s Golden Look 4 Less

Blake Lively's Golden Look 4 Less

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A few weeks ago Olivia Palermo sported a look I found quite lovely. The stylish socialite wore a navy Topshop polka dot skirt with tan Gucci sandals, a blush Mulberry bag and an ivory knit top. Check out our budget-friendly version of Olivia’s look below and let us know what you think.

Olivia Palermo’s Look 4 Less

Olivia Palermo's Look 4 Less

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Our Rating: ★★★★½

Who? Olivia Palermo
Where? Lunch at Sant Ambroeus Restaurant, New York
When? May 11, 2011
What? Christian Dior cat eye sunglasses, Mulberry Tillie bag, CC Skye spiked bracelet, Topshop polka dot skirt & Gucci Sigourney sandals

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I’m really enjoying the look of this sleek Gucci Bamboo leather tote! Love the bamboo handle and of course the classic Gucci tassels. I also love that the bag comes with an extra strap just in case you get tired carrying it around your arm. Yet, the price tag is a little steep for me. If you’re willing to pay the $4.200 by all means go ahead! You’ll definitely receive compliments. But, if you want a steal we have one for you!

Gucci New Bamboo Stud-Embellished Leather Tote in black

Gucci New Bamboo Stud-Embellished Leather Totels
($4.200, NET-A-PORTER)

Melie Bianco “Zoe” Bamboo-Accent Satchel

I’m not quite sold on the colors of the Melie Bianco handbags, yet if you’re looking for that bamboo look of the Gucci I do think the handbag gives you that. If I was to get any of the colors I’d get the yellow!

Melie Bianco "Zoe" Bamboo-Accent Satchel (Gucci New Bamboo knockoff)

Melie Bianco “Zoe” Bamboo-Accent Satchelamazon
($113, Amazon)

Lany Handbags “Nadya” Top Handle Bag

The “Nadya” handbag by Lany Handbags is similar in color to the authentic Gucci. Yet I hate the fact that it’s missing the tassels and the bamboo handle. It’s a cute little handbag for less than $50, but I think I’m going to stick with the Melie Bianco “Zoe” Bamboo-Accent Satchel for my steal! This one is available in black or beige.

Lany Handbags "Nadya" Top Handle Bag in black (Gucci New Bamboo knockoff)

Lany Handbags “Nadya” Top Handle Bag
($47.56, Lany Handbags)

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