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Update: This post has been updated on May 8, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

I have already written in length how much I love everything “Rockstud” from Valentino, so I won’t even start elaborating how I lust over these pyramid studded ankle wrap espadrilles. But the whopping $895 price tag attached to these summer shoe beauties makes them absolutely inaccessible for me. So when I spotted the non-studded ShoeDazzle “Morena” espadrilles shown below, I thought these would be the perfect fit for a DIY Valentino Rockstud project. Personally, I’m not much of a DIYer, but since this DIY idea would only require ironing on a couple of pre-glued studs, the task sounds actually manageable even for absolute DIY beginners like me. What do you think? Are these shoes worth the effort?

DIY Idea - Valentino Rockstud Double Ankle-Wrap Flat Espadrilles

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Ash “Zania” Studded Ankle Wrap d’Orsay Espadrille Flats

Update (05/08/2016): Spotted the perfect Valentino Rockstud espadrille look-alikes today! They’re by Ash, come in either black, white, snakeskin or ponyhair animal print and they’re currently on sale for under $80 at Amazon (sale price!). Yay!

Ash "Zania" Studded Ankle Wrap d'Orsay Espadrille Flats in white and black (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Ash “Zania” Studded Ankle Wrap d’Orsay Espadrille Flatsamazon
($79.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Last Call by Neiman Marcusls, Jildor, Amazon #2amazon,, Amazon.deamazon, Farfetchls & Jades24.

Rebecca Minkoff “Gilles” Studded Ankle Wrap Espadrille Flats

Update (03/25/2016): Found a high-quality Rockstud dupe in these Rebecca Minkoff studded espadrille flats. $175, but so fab, right? Available in black, coral, white and denim.

Rebecca Minkoff "Gilles" Studded Ankle Wrap Espadrille Flats in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Rebecca Minkoff “Gilles” Studded Ankle Wrap Espadrille Flats
($175, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Revolve, Neiman Marcusls, Amazonamazon, Nordstromls, Rebecca Minkoff & Saks Fifth Avenuels.

Forever 21 Ankle Strap Espadrilles

Update (03/25/2016): And here’s another suitable and budget-friendly alternative for the Valentino Rockstud DIY project which I’ve found at Forever 21. Available in nude or black faux leather for $19.90.

Forever 21 Ankle Strap Espadrilles in nude and black (Valentino Rockstud inspired)

Forever 21 Ankle Strap Espadrilles
($19.90, Forever 21)

P.S.: Also available at Forever 21 (Canada)ls, Forever 21 (UK)ls & Forever 21 (EU).

Halogen “Dylan” Espadrille Flats

Update (03/05/2016): Discovered these Halogen espadrilles which instantly reminded me of the Valentino Rockstuds above. Available in black or ivory leather for $89.95.

Halogen "Dylan" Espadrille Flats in ivory and black (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Halogen “Dylan” Espadrille Flatsls
($89.95, Nordstrom)

Cute to the Core “Mandy” Studded Espadrille Sandals

Update (10/16/2015): Spotted another ready-to-wear Valentino Rockstud dupe if you can’t be bordered to do it yourself. This one’s by Cute to the Core, costs $35 and comes in either black, leopard print or metallic pink.

Cute to the Core "Mandy" Studded Espadrille Sandals in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Cute to the Core “Mandy” Studded Espadrille Sandalspjx
($35, ZooShoo)

JustFab “Kesnia” Espadrille Flats

Update (04/21/2015): If you can’t be bothered with DIY-ing, why not opt for these spot-on, ready-to-wear Valentino espadrille dupes by JustFab instead?

JustFab Kesnia Studded Double Ankle Wrap Flat Espadrilles (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

JustFab “Kesnia” Espadrille Flatscj
($31.96, JustFab)

Image source(s): Bergdorf Goodman, ShoeDazzle, Jildor, Amazon, Rebecca Minkoff, Forever 21, Nordstrom, ZooShoo, JustFab

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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


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


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


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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