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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.

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

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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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Update: This post has been updated on December 14, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

I feel like lately ankle boots have become the new high heels. Heeled booties? Yes, please! But favorably with a block heel, so the boots stay wearable and the heel height stays manageable. We know by now that French fashion house, Céline, can get away with pretty much anything and everything and still easily maintain that understated coolness vibe. Case in point: their latest “It“-shoe of the moment, the Rodeo High Ankle Boot; a very loooong and very pointy Western-style ankle boot with a wooden block heel and heavy, brass-colored studs along the sole. At first, I wasn’t much of a fan of the boot when I saw it on its own, but once the blogger and street style outfits started rolling in featuring these Cowboy-style infused booties, I was instantly won over: these boots have some serious iconic shoe potential. And if you can afford them, by all means, invest in them! If you can’t, however, just keep on reading to find more budget-conscious options that will give you a similar Céline Rodeo boot look.

Céline Rodeo High Ankle Boots in black

Céline Rodeo High Ankle Boots
(£1.200, Vestiaire Collective)

P.S.: Also available at The RealReal.

Style Bloggers & Fashion Insiders Love Céline

Personal style bloggers and fashion insiders such as Pernille Teisbaek, Amanda Shadforth (Oracle Fox), Sara Escudero (Collage Vintage) and Jennifer Grace (Native Fox) have all been spotted wearing a pair of Céline Rodeo High Ankle Boots.

Personal style bloggers & fashion insiders wearing black Céline Rodeo High Ankle Boots

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BCBGeneration “Jonnie” Stud Detail Block Heel Booties

Update (12/14/2016): Spotted another Céline Rodeo inspired ankle bootie by BCBGeneration. It’s not quite as extreme in its features as the real deal, but close enough to give you a similar look. Available in black leather as well as mink and wheat suede. Currently on sale for $53.99 at Dillard’s.

BCBGeneration "Jonnie" Stud Detail Block Heel Booties in black (Céline Rodeo dupes)

BCBGeneration “Jonnie” Stud Detail Block Heel Booties
($53.99, Dillard’s)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls & Sole Society.

Office “Levi” Studded Western Boots

I love Office‘s shoes! There I said it. I own several pairs of Office shoes and love them all to death! The quality is pretty decent, the prices are fair and the collections are all very up-to-date and with a lot of designer inspired, budget-friendly options in between. “Levi” is quite obviously inspired by Céline’s Rodeo boots without being a blatant knock-off, plus it’s quite affordable at £98. And it’s also available in a non-studded version if studs aren’t exactly your thing.

Office "Levi" Studded Western Boots in black (Céline Rodeo dupes)

Office “Levi” Studded Western Boots
(£98, Office)

P.S.: Also available at Amazon.co.ukamazon.

Image source(s): Céline, @pernilleteisbaek Instagram, Oracle Fox, Collage Vintage, Native Fox, Dillard’s, Office

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Update: This post has been updated on October 20, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

If you think of Salvatore Ferragamo shoes, the first one to spring to mind is probably the iconic “Varacj” pump – a one-inch heeled patent ballet-style bow-adorned shoe. This shoe was first introduced in 1978 by Fiamma Ferragamo, the daughter of Salvatore, and has gained a lot of recognition among celebrities like Princess Diana for example. “Varina” is a spin-off of Vara, a more casual and modern designed ballerina flat with a lovely grosgrain bow on the vamp, which has been around since 2007. I’m usually not a fan of ballet flats, but these are so gorgeous and the quality looks absolutely superb, don’t you agree? I’d so love to own these ($525 isn’t that expensive for a pair of made in Italy designer shoes nowadays). If only I had that kind of shopping budget.

Salvatore Ferragamo Varina Classic Bow Flats in red patent leather

Salvatore Ferragamo Varina Classic Bow Flats
($525, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Zapposcj, Nordstromls, Saks Fifth Avenuels, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Neiman Marcusls, Bloomingdale’s, Farfetchls, Bluefly & MyTheresa.

Celebrities Love Salvatore Ferragamo

Celebs and style bloggers such as Emma Roberts, Alexa Chung, Susie Lau (Style Bubble) and AnnaSophia Robb have all been spotted wearing Salvatore Ferragamo Varina Classic Bow Flats.

Emma Roberts, Alexa Chung, AnnaSophia Robb and Susie Lau (Style Bubble) wearing Salvatore Ferragamo Varina Classic Bow Flats

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Kaitlyn Pan Soft Leather Patent Ballet Flats w/ Bow

Update (10/21/2016): Just discovered that Kaitlyn Pan are also offering an awesome set of Salvatore Ferragamo Varina ballet flat dupes for under $90.

Kaitlyn Pan Soft Leather Patent Ballet Flats w/ Bow in black, nude and red (Salvatore Ferragamo dupes)

Kaitlyn Pan Soft Leather Patent Ballet Flats w/ Bow
(84.99, Etsy)

Journee Collection “Kim” Glossy Ballet Flats

Update (04/16/2016): Spotted these super cute Salvatore Ferragamo Varina look-alikes by Journee Collection today. They’re available in red, black, nude and grey faux patent leather for $29.99.

Journee Collection "Kim" Glossy Ballet Flats in red, black and nude faux patent (Salvatore Ferragamo Varina knockoffs)

Journee Collection “Kim” Glossy Ballet Flats
(29.99, Target)

P.S.: Also available at JCPenney, Kohl’sls & Overstock.

Aldo “Juricek” Ballerina Bow Flats

If you can’t afford Italian luxury, but still want Italian style, here’s a fantastic alternative I found at Aldo which looks so similar to Ferragamo’s “Varina” flats. Price point: $70 and the “Juricek” flats come also in bone and black leather.

Aldo "Juricek" Ballerina Bow Flats in red (Salvatore Ferragamo Varina knockoffs)

Aldo “Juricek” Ballerina Bow Flatsamazon
($70, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Aldo (US)ls, Aldo (Canada)ls, Aldo (UK) & Amazon.co.ukamazon.

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Update: This post has been updated on September 20, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Leave it to Chanel to make us crave those #grannyshoes we all deemed ugly when we were teenagers. And if it weren’t for Chanel and the iconic CC-logo on the side of the heel, I doubt these would have been quite as popular as they are right now, but even though I know the greater part of the allure of these shoes can be traced back to just being by Chanel, I somehow still understand why so many bloggers and fashion insiders are so in love with these. The two-tone cap-toe, the mid-height block heel, the convenient slingback; it’s the perfect example of 50s retro chic and an absolute timeless classic. By pairing these shoes with modern pieces such as ripped skinny jeans or a cool biker jacket, you will keep yourself from looking like an actual granny in these. And while I don’t know what the exact retail price is for these, we’re talking about Chanel here after all, so I think it’s safe to say that they’re expensive. And apparently very hard to get ahold of these days.

Chanel Two-Tone Slingback Pumps in beige and black

Chanel Two-Tone Slingback Pumps
(~$1.500, Vestiaire Collective)

P.S.: Also available at The RealReal & Fashionphile.

Style Bloggers & Fashion Insiders Love Chanel

Personal style bloggers and fashion insiders such as Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad), Nicole Warne (Gary Pepper Girl), Pernille Teisbaek (Look de Pernille), Miroslava Duma, Aimee Song (Song of Style) and Leandra Medine (Manrepeller) have all been spotted wearing Chanel Two-Tone Slingback Pumps.

Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad), Nicole Warne (Gary Pepper Girl), Pernille Teisbaek (Look de Pernille), Miroslava Duma, Aimee Song (Song of Style) and Leandra Medine (Manrepeller) wearing Chanel Two-Tone Slingback Pumps

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River Island Slingback Block Heels

Update (09/20/2016): Just spotted these cute Chanel inspired cap-toe suede slingbacks at River Island. They come in various colors and uppers and cost $50 (sale price!).

River Island Slingback Block Heels in cream and black suede (Chanel dupes)

River Island Slingback Block Heels
($50, River Island)

P.S.: Also available at River Island (UK)ls, River Island (EU).

Ivanka Trump “Liah” Slingback Block-Heel Pumps

Update (06/29/2016): OMG, I’m officially in designer dupe heaven! Now please take a long look at these gorgeous and spot-on Chanel look-alike pumps by Ivanka Trump. The search for the perfect Chanel slingback dupe is finally over! These are available in either nude, black or grey suede and retail for $125. It’s not the cheapest Chanel dupe, but probably worth the investment (made of genuine leather). I promise you, these shoes will sell out in less than a week, so if you find yourself fancying a pair, don’t wait (they won’t last until sale season) and BUY THEM NOW!

Ivanka Trump "Liah" Slingback Block-Heel Pumps in nude, black and grey (Chanel knockoffs)

Ivanka Trump “Liah” Slingback Block-Heel Pumps
($125, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at Lord & Taylorls (use code GIFT for 20% off!), Amazonamazon, Bluefly, Macy’s, 6pm, Nordstromls, eBayeBay & Hudson’s Bay.

Kaitlyn Pan Two-Tone Block Heel Slingback Pumps

Update (06/20/2016): And Kaitlyn Pan strikes again! Just discovered yet another gorgeous designer shoe dupe! Love, love, looooove these Chanel slingback look-alikes which are made of genuine sheepskin leather and cost under $80. The customer reviews are also raving as usual for Kaitlyn Pan shoes. Definitely got to get myself a pair!

Kaitlyn Pan Two-Tone Block Heel Slingback Pumps in beige and black (Chanel knockoffs)

Kaitlyn Pan Two-Tone Block Heel Slingback Pumpsamazon
($79.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Etsy (alternative buying option for non-US based buyers).

Mango “Orly” Slingback Pumps

Update (06/20/2016): I also spotted these lovely Chanel inspired faux suede slingback shoes at Mango which cost $59.99. They don’t have the contrasting black cap-toe front, but the overall look of these slingback is still very reminiscent of Chanel, don’t you think?

Mango "Orly" Slingback Pumps in nude faux suede (Chanel knockoffs)

Mango “Orly” Slingback Pumps
($59.99, Mango)

P.S.: Also available at Mango (UK)ls & Mango (EU).

Vaneli “Aliz” Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps

Update (03/29/2016): And just like that Chanel dupes are starting to come in! This one’s by Vaneli and it’s available in either nude/black or black/black for $150.

Vaneli "Aliz" Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps in nude and black (Chanel knockoffs)

Vaneli “Aliz” Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps
($150, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, Nordstromls, Jildor & Bluefly.

New Look Suedette Slingback Pumps

Update (03/30/2016): I also discovered these cute and budget-friendly faux suede slingback cap-toe pumps by New Look which retail for £8 (sale price!).

New Look Suedette Slingback Pumps in tan and black (Chanel dupes)

New Look Suedette Slingback Pumps
(£8, New Look)

P.S.: Also available at New Look (EU) & ASOS.

Jill-YBC Contrast Toe Heeled Shoes

Update (03/24/2016): OMGSHOEALERT! Just discovered these amazing and spot-on Chanel dupes by Jill-YBC and guess what? They’re under $35! What a steal deal! Available in beige/black or black/black faux leather. A non-slingback flat version is available here for $34.90. Choies was so nice to provide a pair of these shoes for us to review and we can honestly say that these Chanel dupes are lovely, especially considering the price! True to size, well made and durable. Definitely a recommendation from our side.

Jill-YBC Contrast Toe Heeled Shoes in beige and black (Chanel knockoffs)

Jill-YBC Contrast Toe Heeled Shoes
($33.90, Choies)

P.S.: A similar version is also available at Amazonamazon.

Balloonana Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps

If you can’t spend that much money, here’s a very budget-friendly Chanel dupe by Balloonana which is currently on sale for a little over $20. This one comes also in a black/black and in a beige/black faux suede version.

Balloonana Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps in beige and black (Chanel look-alikes)

Balloonana Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps
($24.43, YesStyle)

P.S.: Similar versions are also available by Sunsteps, Kimi, Linda Lane, JY Shoes & Anran.

Heine Two-Tone Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps

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For all you European Chanel lovers and budget-conscious fashionistas out there, I have discovered these beautiful slingbacks by Heine which are obviously heavily inspired by the Chanel shoes above. They’re currently on backorder and will approximately ship around mid-April, but you can pre-order these now and get your hands on these beauties before they sell out once again. Available in beige/black or beige/rose pink for €69.90.

Heine Two-Tone Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps in nude and black (Chanel dupes)

Heine Two-Tone Cap-Toe Slingback Pumps
(€69.90, Heine)

P.S.: Also available at Kaleidoscope & I’m walking.

Jeffrey Campbell “Tulloch” Cap-Toe Pumps

Another great Chanel inspired alternative are these lovely cap-toe pumps by Jeffrey Campbell which are $139.95 and come in beige/black, taupe/black and red/black.

Jeffrey Campbell "Tulloch" Cap-Toe Pumps in beige and black (Chanel inspired)

Jeffrey Campbell “Tulloch” Cap-Toe Pumpsls
($139.95, Nordstrom)

Office “Maddie” Slingback Toe Cap Block Heels

And one last Chanel alternative for all my lovely UK readers. Now these beige/black suede slingbacks from Office might not be an identical dupe, but they’re still close enough to serve as a great Chanel look for less, wouldn’t you agree? Plus, there’s also a closed back version named “Madison” available here which costs £38 (sale price!) as well.

Office "Maddie" Slingback Toe Cap Block Heels in beige and black (Chanel knockoffs)

Office “Maddie” Slingback Toe Cap Block Heels
(£38, Office)

Image source(s): Chanel, Keep it Chic, @chiaraferragni/@pernilleteisbaek Instagram, Gary Pepper, Song of Style, Lindley Pless, River Island, Nordstrom, Amazon, Mango, Lori’s, New Look, Choies, Jessica Buurman, YesStyle, Heine, Designs by Stephene, Office

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