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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 31, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

Before you start wondering whether these oversized bow sandals somehow look familiar: yes, they are obviously inspired by the highly popular Aminah Abdul Jillil Bow Pumps which we have featured in the past except these here are open-toed which I personally find equally charming. The rest is pretty much spot-on identical; including design, color and material. And while $130 for such a beautiful shoe is not what I’d call exactly expensive, we did manage to find an even more budget-friendly alternative which looks just like the Betsey Johnson version but is $90 cheaper. The only noticeable difference is that the heel on the Betseyvilles is straight while the Betsey Johnsons have more of a flared heel. Anyway, which bow sandal would you choose and why? Cheap or cheaper? Let us know in the comments.

Cheap vs. Cheaper - Betsey Johnson Friskyy vs. Betseyville Beaux Bow Ankle Strap Sandals

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Charlotte Russe Bow Two-Piece Sandals

Update (01/31/2017): Spotted another super budget-friendly ankle bow high heel sandal today! You can buy these fab heels for just $25 at Charlotte Russe.

Charlotte Russe Bow Two-Piece Sandals in red and blush pink faux suede

Charlotte Russe Bow Two-Piece Sandals
($25, Charlotte Russe)

Image source(s): DSW, Dillard’s, Target, Charlotte Russe

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Update: This post has been updated on January 28, 2016. Scroll down to see the new adds.

So, lace-up flats. You probably won’t get around them this summer. First, we started with Aquazzura’s pointy “Christy” flats and today we present you yet another gorgeously delicate example: “Leo” by Isabel Marant, an eyelet-embellished ballet flat with intricate lace-up design and scalloped edges for a soft and feminine look. It seems like high heels may have to take a summer vacation this summer because the fashion blogosphere has gone cuckoo for sophisticated flats this season.

Isabel Marant Leo Embellished Lace-Up Ballet Flats in black

Isabel Marant Leo Embellished Lace-Up Ballet Flatsls
($200, Net-A-Porter)

Also available at Barneysls, MyTheresa, Luisaviaroma, Farfetchls, Vestiaire Collective & The RealReal.

Pretty Girl Studded Lace-Up Flats

Update (01/28/2017): Spotted these lovely and super budget-friendly “Leo” dupes today. By Pretty Girl and available in either black or tan faux suede for just $14.80.

Pretty Girl Studded Lace-Up Flats in black and tan faux suede (Isabel Marant Leo dupes)

Pretty Girl Studded Lace-Up Flatsamazon
($14.80, Amazon)

Spurr “Sephorai” Studded Lace-Up Flats

Update (01/28/2017): Another cute Isabel Marant alternative are these studded lace-up flats by Spurr which are on clearance for less than $15 AUD. Steal deal alert!

Spurr "Sephorai" Studded Lace-Up Flats in faux suede (Isabel Marant Leo dupes)

Spurr “Sephorai” Studded Lace-Up Flats
($14.99 AUD, The Iconic)

Pedder Red “Joey” Eyelet Suede Lace-Up Skimmer Flats

Update (03/10/2016): Discovered these fabulous lace-up flats by Pedder Red which instantly reminded me of the Isabel Marant Leos above. $165 and available in various colors and uppers. By the way, these would also be a great alternative for the popular Zara studded flats.

Pedder Red "Joey" Eyelet Suede Lace-Up Skimmer Flats in black (Isabel Marant Leo dupes)

Pedder Red “Joey” Eyelet Suede Lace-Up Skimmer Flatsls
($165, Lane Crawford)

Charlotte Russe Grommet-Embellished Lace-Up Pointed Toe Flats

Update (02/06/2016): Just stumbled upon these spot-on Isabel Marant Leo dupes at Charlotte Russe. So cute, right? And budget-friendly, too!

Charlotte Russe Grommet-Embellished Lace-Up Pointed Toe Flats in black (Isabel Marant Leo dupes)

Charlotte Russe Grommet-Embellished Lace-Up Pointed Toe Flats
($18, Charlotte Russe)

Choies Eyelet Detail Lace Up Ballet Flats

Update (02/06/2016): Also spotted these cute Isabel Marant inspired lace-up flats at Choies which are available in either black or white faux leather for $46.99.

Choies Eyelet Detail Lace Up Ballet Flats in black (Isabel Marant Leo dupes)

Choies Eyelet Detail Lace Up Ballet Flats
($46.99, Choies)

MIA “Benni” Lace-Up Flats

Update (02/06/2016): Another alternative I discovered are these Isabel Marant inspired lace-up flats by MIA which are available in black or beige snake print for under $10.

MIA "Benni" Lace-Up Flats in black (Isabel Marant Leo dupes)

MIA “Benni” Lace-Up Flatsamazon
($7.99, Amazaon )

Also available at ShoeMetrocj.

Jeffrey Campbell “Prudence” Lace-Up Flats

So you love Isabel Marant, we get that. But spending almost $600 isn’t a viable option right now? Well, leave it to Jeffrey Campbell to come up with an almost identical design. JC’s “Prudence” is astonishingly similar to Isabel Marant’s “Leo” flats, but costs $400 less than the real deal. A few sizes are already sold out, so be fast if you want Isabel Marant chic 4 less!

Jeffrey Campbell "Prudence" Lace-Up Flats in black (Isabel Marant Leo knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Prudence” Lace-Up Flatsamazon
($175, Amazon)

Also available at Ashbury Skies, Shopbopls & Mirapodo.

Jessica Buurman “Asby” Lace Up Flats

If you want to save a little more, check out the “Asby” lace up flats at Jessica Buurman. Spot-on design but with a much nicer price tag!

Jessica Buurman "Asby" Lace Up Flats in black (Isabel Marant Leo knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “Asby” Lace Up Flats
($109, Jessica Buurman)

Image source(s): Selfridges, Amazon, The Iconic, Lane Crawford, Charlotte Russe, Onlineshoes.com, Shopbop, Jessica Buurman

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I don’t know exactly when and why, but over the last few years heeled ankle boots have become my personal shoe kryptonite. For some reason, I don’t seem to be able to let a month go by without buying a new pair of ankle boots. I’ll usually go for pairs-with-everything black, but occasionally my “adventurous” side will get the better of me and I’ll opt for a softer, less safe shade like tan, taupe or grey. So when I first saw these beautiful, neutral-colored suede ankle boots by Saint Laurent, I was instantly smitten. They’re casual and cool, complementing and blending effortlessly into any day-to-day outfit. Long story short: Saint Laurent’s “Blake” bootie is pretty much the perfect ankle boot – EVER! But it’s also pretty expensive at $895.

Saint Laurent Blake 40 Jodphur Suede Ankle Boots in tan and taupe

Saint Laurent Blake 40 Jodphur Suede Ankle Bootsls
($895, Barneys)

P.S.: Also available at Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Net-A-Porterls, Farfetchls, S|Sense, MyTheresa, Matches Fashionls, Luisaviaroma & Italist.

Celebrities Love Saint Laurent

Celebs such as Kendall Jenner and her BFF Gigi Hadid as well as Alessandra Ambrosio and Rita Ora have all been spotted wearing Saint Laurent Blake Suede Ankle Boots.

Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Alessandra Ambrosio and Rita Ora wearing Saint Laurent Blake 40 Jodphur Suede Ankle Boots

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Sole Society “Leo” Suede Ankle Boots

Luckily, we’ve found a dead-on “Blake” dupe for you! Sole Society‘s “Leo” looks just like the Saint Laurent boot with the exception that it costs only a fraction of the real deal. The retail price for the Sole Society version used to be $109.95, but it’s currently on sale for half off! Now that’s what we call a real steal deal, so you better get advantage of this awesome deal while it’s still available! At this price I’d get them in all three colors!

Sole Society "Leo" Suede Ankle Boots in coffee and ash green (Saint Laurent Blake dupes)

Sole Society “Leo” Suede Ankle Boots
($54.98, Sole Society)

P.S.: Also available at QVC & Nordstromls.

Mango “Alba” Buckle Ankle Boots

Another fitting Saint Laurent alternative would have to be these tan suede ankle boots by Mango which may not be an identical “Blake” dupe, but are still close enough to give you the same laidback designer look. Bonus: these, too, are currently on sale for less than $60! Yay!

Mango "Alba" Buckle Ankle Boots in tan suede (Saint Laurent Blake inspired)

Mango “Alba” Buckle Ankle Boots
($59.99, Mango)

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

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Update: This post has been updated on January 22, 2017. Scroll down to see the new add.

If Schutz hasn’t been on your radar yet, I think these sultry-looking caged heels named “Juliana” are about to change that in a second. But let’s get the facts first: Schutz is a Brasil based footwear brand which has been around for 20 years now, but has only gained significant momentum in the last 3-4 years. Schutz’ success partly stems from the influx of fashion bloggers and famous Instagrammers wearing their shoes and “Juliana” seems to have been an especially popular shoe style of theirs (see picture collage below). You can often find designer-inspired styles in Schutz’ collections, but they always manage to infuse those inspired styles with the brand’s own unique aesthetic. I’m not sure whether “Juliana” is a designer-inspired style (if so, I couldn’t tell), but I absolutely adore it anyway! It’s such a sexy and flattering high heel and I just love the spider web-like, diamond-shaped cut-out design. Total shoe hotness! And while $190 isn’t a terribly expensive price for shoes (if you compare it to those of designer shoes, of course), there’s still room to save here, I think!

Schutz "Juliana" Caged Sandals in pink and black suede

Schutz “Juliana” Caged Sandalsamazon
($190, Amazon)

Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels, Zappos, 6pm, Shopbopls, Nordstromls, Revolve, Farfetchls & Belk.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Schutz

Celebs such as Olivia Palermo and Rocky Barnes and personal style bloggers like Blair Eadie (Atlantic-Pacific), Monica Awe-Etuk (Awed by Monica), Pam Hetlinger (The Girl from Panama) and Soraya C. Pena (Chic Flavours) have all been spotted wearing Schutz Juliana Caged Sandals.

Olivia Palermo, Blair Eadie (Atlantic-Pacific), Rocky Barnes, Monica Awe-Etuk (Awed by Monica), Pam Hetlinger (The Girl from Panama) and Soraya C. Pena (Chic Flavours) wearing Schutz Juliana Caged Sandals

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Touch Ups “Mercury” Caged High Heel Sandals

Update (01/22/2017): And yet another Schutz Juliana dupe popped up on the shoe scene! These caged heels by Touch Ups cost $55 and come in various colors and uppers.

Touch Ups "Mercury" Caged High Heel Sandals in nude patent and black faux suede (Schutz Juliana dupes)

Touch Ups “Mercury” Caged High Heel Sandalsamazon
($55, Amazon)

Also available at Shoes.comls, Zappos, ShoeMallls & Overstock.

Madden Girl “Sanity” Lattice High Heel Sandals

Update (01/09/2017): Browsed the internet for new shoes today and discovered these budget-friendly Schutz Juliana dupe heels by Madden Girl which come in either black or red and cost $29.99.

Madden Girl "Sanity" Lattice High Heel Sandals in red and black (Schutz Juliana dupes)

Madden Girl “Sanity” Lattice High Heel Sandals
($29.99, Journeys)

Madden Girl “Directt” Caged Sandals

Update (01/09/2017): Seems like Madden Girl liked the “Juliana” style so much, they came up with a second pair of dupes which has a lower and less flared high heel of 3.75″. Available in red, black and nude for under $40! Steal deal alert!

Madden Girl "Directt" Caged Sandals in red, black and nude (Schutz Juliana inspired)

Madden Girl “Directt” Caged Sandalsls
($39.99, Famous Footwear)

Also available at Amazonamazon, ShoeMallls & Macy’s.

Express Caged Heeled Sandals

Update (04/30/2016): Found a white Schutz Juliana dupe today at Express for a super steal price of just $59.90. But hurry up, some sizes are already out of stock! Also available in black, nude and red.

Express Caged Heeled Sandals in white (Schutz Juliana knockoffs)

Express Caged Heeled Sandals
($59.90, Express)

Breckelle’s Sylvia-11 Caged Stiletto Sandals

Update (04/30/2016): Also spotted these colorful Schutz Juliana look-alikes by Breckelle’s which are a total steal with a price tag of just $24.95. Available in turquoise, blue, nude, pink, yellow and more colors.

Breckelle's Sylvia-11 Caged Stiletto Sandals in turquoise and blue faux suede (Schutz Juliana knockoffs)

Breckelle’s Sylvia-11 Caged Stiletto Sandals
($24.95, Amazon)

Also available at eBayeBay.

Vince Camuto “Kristana” Cage Cutout High Heel Sandals

Update (02/21/2016): Found these beautiful Schutz Juliana look-alike heels by Vince Camuto today! The cutout pattern is slightly different on these, but the rest is pretty much spot-on identical to the real deal. And I’m so in love with the bright colors! Vince has also a kitten heel dupe available named “Paxtonamazon” for $53.99.

Vince Camuto "Kristana" Cage Cutout High Heel Sandals (Schutz Juliana dupes)

Vince Camuto “Kristana” Cage Cutout High Heel Sandalscj
($53.99, ShoeMetro)

Also available at Vince Camutols, Amazonamazon & Nordstromls.

Mossimo “Kylea” Caged High Heels Sandals

Update (02/21/2016): Then I spotted these lovely and super budget-friendly Schutz Juliana dupes by Mossimo. Only $34.99, steal deal alert!

Mossimo "Kylea" Caged High Heels Sandals in nude and black faux suede (Schutz Juliana dupes)

Mossimo “Kylea” Caged High Heels Sandals
($34.99, Target)

Qupid Ara-71 Caged High Heels Sandals

Update (02/21/2016): Also stumbled upon these spot-on Schutz look-alikes by Qupid.

Qupid Ara-71 Caged High Heels Sandals in pink and black faux suede (Schutz Juliana knockoffs)

Qupid Ara-71 Caged High Heels Sandalsamazon
($44, Amazon)

Also available at ZooShoopjx.

Izabella Rue “Aleen” Caged Heel Sandals

Update (02/21/2016): How lovely are these Schutz Juliana look-alikes by Izabella Rue? I looooove the vivid green color and you can’t beat the price of $9.99 (VIP offer)!

Izabella Rue "Aleen" Caged Heel Sandals in green and black (Schutz Juliana dupes)

Izabella Rue “Aleen” Caged Heel Sandals
($9.99, ShoeDazzle)

Bamboo “Princess” Cutout High Heels Sandals

Update (02/21/2016): Bamboo has also a sweet and budget-friendly Schutz Juliana inspired high heel sandal alternative. Available in pink or blue faux suede for $21.99 (sale price!).

Bamboo "Princess" Cutout High Heels Sandals in pink and blue faux suede (Schutz Juliana dupes)

Bamboo “Princess” Cutout High Heels Sandals
($22.99, Necessary Clothing)

Buffalo Caged Stiletto Sandals

Update (02/21/2016): A spot-on Schutz Juliana dupe is also available at Buffalo. Available in black and nude suede and snakeskin print leather.

Buffalo Caged Stiletto Sandals in nude and black suede (Schutz Juliana dupes)

Buffalo Caged Stiletto Sandals
(€129.90, Buffalo)

Tony Bianco “Aztec” Caged Stiletto Sandals

Update (02/21/2016): Also discovered these caged heels by Tony Bianco which are a spot-on dupe of the Schutz sandals above. Also available in black and nude suede.

Tony Bianco "Aztec" Caged Stiletto Sandals in red suede (Schutz Juliana dupes)

Tony Bianco “Aztec” Caged Stiletto Sandals
($239.95 AUD, Tony Bianco)

Also available at The Iconic & David Jonesls.

GoJane Latticed ‘N Laddered Strappy Heels

Update (11/11/2015): Stumbled upon these amazing and spot-on Schutz Juliana dupes at GoJane today. I loooove all the rad colors and the best part? These heels are currently on sale for a steal-worthy $20.51!

GoJane Latticed 'N Laddered Strappy Heels in yellow, pink and black faux suede (Schutz Juliana knockoffs)

GoJane Latticed ‘N Laddered Strappy Heels
($20.51, GoJane)

A similar version is available at Amazonamazon & ZooShoopjx.

Lipstik “Kimbah” Caged Sandals

Update (11/11/2015): Had to include these spot-on Schutz Juliana dupes by Lipstik for all our Australian readers. Available in nude or black for $67.47 AUD (sale price!).

Lipstik "Kimbah" Caged Sandals in nude and black (Schutz Juliana knockoffs)

Lipstik “Kimbah” Caged Sandalsls
($53.97 AUD, StyleTread)

Steve Madden “Slithur” Caged High Heel Sandals

Let’s start with my favorite “Juliana” dupe which is by Steve Madden. The style is called “Slithur” and it looks exactly like the Schutz version, but costs $100 less. These beauties come in 10 different colors, my personal faves being the yellow, aqua blue and red.

Steve Madden "Slithur" Caged High Heel Sandals in pink and black suede (Schutz Juliana knockoffs)

Steve Madden “Slithur” Caged High Heel Sandals
($80.99, Zappos)

Also available at Amazonamazon, 6pm, Nordstromls, ShoeMallls, Shoes.comls, Jildor, ZooShoopjx, Dune Londonls, Zalando, John Lewis, House of Fraser, Amazon.co.ukamazon, Amazon.deamazon & Amazon.framazon.

Shiekh “Wanda World” Caged Sandals

If you’re not willing to commit to such a big financial investment, please take a look at these lovely Schutz “Juliana” look-alikes which I discovered at Shiekh. They have a few minor differences if compared to the real deal, but the overall look is still very similar and so incredibly sexy, too. They come in 6 different colors and uppers and you can make them yours for an affordable $16.99.

Shiekh "Wanda World" Caged Sandals in nude and black faux suede (Schutz Juliana knockoffs)

Shiekh “Wanda World” Caged Sandals
($16.99, Shiekh)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon.

Office “Trance” Caged Heels

Of course, I haven’t forgotten about our European readers and shoe aficionados here! Ladies (and gentlemen?), may I kindly introduce you to “Trance” by Office, a spot-on dupe to the “Juliana” heel by Schutz. “Trance” is available in black, snakeskin, gold and silver and costs only £48!

Office "Trance" Caged High Heel Sandals (Schutz Juliana knockoffs)

Office “Trance” Caged Heels
(£48, Office)

Public Desire “Satine” Caged Heels

And lastly, another steal-worthy Schutz alternative which I have come across at UK footwear e-shop Public Desire. Their “Juliana” inspired version “Satine” isn’t quite as detailed and delicate as the real deal, but overall it’s the same look and a great look for less option, because these heels here are currently on sale for less than £10. “Satine” comes in 4 lovely colors: black, fuchsia, aqua blue and white faux suede. Worldwide shipping is available, by the way. Total steal deal alert, everyone!

Public Desire "Satine" Caged Heels in pink fuchsia and black faux suede (Schutz Juliana knockoffs)

Public Desire “Satine” Caged Heels
(£9.99, Public Desire)

Image source(s): Shopbop, Olivia Palermo, Rocky Barnes, Atlantic-Pacific, The Girl from Panama, Chic Flavours, Awed by Monica, Zappos, Journeys, eBay, Famous Footwear, Macy’s, Express, ShopAkira, Shiekh, Office, Public Desire, Tony Bianco, Target, GoJane, StyleTread, Vince Camuto, Zulily, Buffalo, ShoeDazzle

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