Shopping Tips

To this date Manolo Blahnik‘s “Hangisi” Cobalt Blue Satin Pumps are still one of the most requested shoes for a Real vs. Steal post on this blog. Our inbox is filled with emails from women who asked us to find a budget-friendly alternative to Carrie Bradshaw’s beautifully blue Manolos in the 2008 Sex and the City movie. And while there are quite a few wonderful Hangisi look-alikes out there, many of them run either on the rather expensive side or are simply not available anymore, so I was super happy when I came across these vivid blue satin heels by ASOS because they’re the perfect blank canvas for a DIY Manolo Blahnik Hangisi shoe project. All you need – besides the ASOS shoes, of course – is a pair of sparkly shoe clips and you’re good to go! I happened to find a really cute version by this brand called Absolutely Audrey for $22.95 which will give you a very similar look to the Manolo Blahniks. The total price for this super basic DIY amounts to a little over $90 which is less than 1/10 of the real deal’s price. Now that’s what I call a real steal deal!

DIY Idea - Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Satin Pumps

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Image source(s): Neiman Marcus, ASOS, Absolutely Audrey

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New Year’s Eve Outfit – Black & Gold

by Irina on December 31, 2015

And here we are again. The last day of the year has come and once more it’s time to say our goodbyes to a year gone by so fast. Reflecting on the last 12 months: the good, the bad and the ugly makes me all melancholic, excited and thankful at the same time. I know it sounds super cliché, but I love New Year’s Eve, it always gives me that sense of new beginnings and endless possibilities laying ahead. That’s why I love to dress up on this special day and celebrate it champagne, heels and lots of glitter. This year I felt like going with a black and gold theme. Simple elegance combined with bold jewelry. Sexy and daring without being overly complicated, a mantra I also want to become my mindset in 2016. What’s yours?

New Year's Eve Outfit - Black & Gold

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A few last words: make sure to say goodbye to all the bad things that have happened to you and leave them behind in the year 2015. Concentrate on a fresh, new start, reset your body and mind and do whatever makes you happy in 2016. Happy new year, everyone!

Image source(s): RevolveClothing, Sephora, BaubleBar, Zappos

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Gift Guide for Her – BaubleBar Jewelry

by Irina on December 17, 2015

Gifting jewelry is obviously almost always a good idea and luckily nowadays it doesn’t have to be wrapped in a small turquoise box to come appreciated. One of my favorite online destinations when looking for trendy and affordable jewelry is BaubleBarpjx. I love that they have such a broad selection of jewelry collections which cater to the most different tastes in jewelry; from classic pearls to colorful and girly bead bracelets to cutting-edge statement necklaces. It’s virtually impossible not finding something that suits your style at BaubleBar I think. To give you some starters (and possibly a few last minute gift ideas), we’ve put together our current BaubleBar favorites for you. Happy shopping!

Gift Guide for Her - BaubleBar Jewelry

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  1. BaubleBar Graphic Ear Jacket Setpjx, $38
  2. BaubleBar The Courtney Bib Necklacepjx, $68
  3. BaubleBar Garbo Drop Earringspjx, $36
  4. BaubleBar x FRENDS Helios Layla Headphones Setpjx, $175
  5. BaubleBar North Star Brooch Setpjx, $42
  6. BaubleBar Queenbee Cuffpjx, $58
  7. BaubleBar Ear It Is Gift Setpjx, $48
  8. BaubleBar Gamma Ringpjx, $38
  9. BaubleBar Bold Beaded Strand Necklacepjx, $38
  10. BaubleBar Ion Cuff Braceletpjx, $38

Image source(s): BaubleBar

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After Black Friday follows Cyber Monday of course and the shopping frenzy officially continues! One of our favorite Cyber Monday deals this year comes from BaubleBar called the “Cyber Splurge”. The details: get 25% off if you purchase 1 item with promo code “GOGIFT25” or get 35% off if you purchase 2 or more items with promo code “GOGIFT35“. Awesome, right? Offer ends at 11:59 PM EST on 12/1/15. Exclusions apply. Happy Cyber Monday shopping, everyone!

Cyber Monday Deal - Get up to 35% Off at BaubleBar!

Cyber Monday at BaubleBar!pjx

Image source(s): BaubleBar

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Black Friday 2015 – Best Deals

by Irina on November 27, 2015

Black Friday Best Deals

Black Friday is finally here! Huge discounts are to be snagged and great deals are to be made on this very special shopping day! And we’ve done all the legwork for you by putting together a list of the best online deals so you can start shopping away instantly without having to spend time on researching all the individual promo codes, dates, deals and conditions first. Keep hitting the F5 key as we are constantly updating this page by adding new deals to this list. Happy shopping!

Best Black Friday Deals

(deals sorted alphabetically)


ASOS30% off everything! Enter promo code “BLESSED” at checkout. Multiple orders per customer up to $895 (pre-discount). Not valid with other promo or discount codes, gift vouchers, delivery charges, ASOS Marketplace, or ASOS Premier subscription. For delivery to US and Canada only. Offer valid until: 3 am ET on December 1, 2015.


BaubleBar30% off sitewide! Use promo code: “THX” at checkout. Exclusions may apply. Free shipping on U.S. orders. Offer valid until: 4 PM on November 29, 2015.


Chinese Laundry30% off everything! Use promo code: “EARLYBIRD” at checkout. Free shipping on orders of $49 or more. Offer valid until: 1 PM on November 27, 2015.


Express50% off everything + free shipping on any order! No promo code needed, all prices as marked. Offer valid until: 11:59 PM ET on November 27, 2015.


J.Crew40% off selected items + 30% off on everything! Use promo code: “HOLIDAY” at checkout. Offer valid until: November 30, 2015.


Mango (US) / Mango (UK)ls / Mango (EU)30% off everything! Use promo code: “5BLACKFRIDAY” (US) / “5BLACK2015” (UK) at checkout. EU promo codes vary, see homepage for code. Offer valid until: November 29, 2015.


Missguided (US)ls35% off everything! Use promo code: “CYBER35” at checkout. Offer valid until: ???


Nine West50% off all boots & booties! Plus, 20% off your purchase of $125 or more. No code needed, 20% extra discount will be applied at checkout. Offer valid until: November 27, 2015.


Nordstromls – Extra 25% off selected sale items. No promo code needed. Restrictions apply. Offer valid until: November 30, 2015.


Nordstromrack – Extra 30% off clearance items + free shipping. No promo code needed, prices as marked. Restrictions apply. Offer valid until: 11:59 PM PST on November 27, 2015.


Rag + Bone – Enjoy 25% off sitewide + free shipping! Use promo code: “BF25” at checkout. Offer valid until: November 28, 2015.


Shopbopcj – Spend $250+, save 15%. Spend $500+, save 20%. Spend $1000+, save 25%. Use promo code “GOBIG15“. Exclusions apply. Offer valid until: 11:59 p.m. PT on November 30, 2015.


Shoebuyls – Enjoy 30% off sitewide + free shipping & free exchanges. Use promo code “BLACKFRIDAY15“. Exclusions may apply. Offer valid until: 11:59 PM PST on November 27, 2015.


Sole Society30% off all footwear, select bags & accessories! No promo code needed, prices as marked. All sales final. No returns and no exchanges. Cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion. Offer valid until: November 29, 2015.


Steve Maddenls – Get 30% off your purchase + free shipping. Enter promo code “FESTIVE” at checkout. Certain exclusions apply (e.g. pre-order items). Offer valid until: November 29, 2015.


Tony Bianco – Get an extra 20% off sale items. Enter promo code “EXTRA20” at checkout. Offer valid until: November 27, 2015 (Australian time).


ZooShoopjx – Spend $50+, get 25% off (code: “BF25“). Spend $75+, save 30% (code: “BF30“). Spend $100+, save 35% (code: “BF35“). Free shipping included. Offer valid until: ???


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