You can always count on Sergio Rossi to pump out what I call “Cinderella” shoes: breathtaking, but totally over the top yet one-of-a-kind and “be the belle of the ball”-shoes that make the inner 8-year old girl in us scream out in excitement. Case in point: Rossi’s “Flora” slingback sandals; a delicate pair of Swarovski crystal-studded leaf-shaped slingback high heels. The black version would be a great choice for any special occasion like a red carpet event or a glamourous cocktail party and the ivory pair would make the perfect bridal shoes! Only downside? The astronomical price tag! Even the 50% off sale price is still way over €700.

Sergio Rossi Flora Swarovski Crystal Embellished Slingback Sandals in black and ivory white

Sergio Rossi Flora Swarovski Crystal Embellished Slingback Sandalsls
(€795, Farfetch)

P.S.: Also available at Saks Fifth Avenuels.

Nina “Fauna” Crystal-Studded Satin Slingback Sandals

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No need to worry though because Nina is here to save the day! Their “Fauna” sandal (how obvious can the naming be though? Flora. Fauna. D’uh!) has a very similar design compared to Sergio Rossi’s “Flora” heels. The price however is much easier on the wallet, although I wouldn’t exactly call them a steal at $195 either. Plus, these come in additional colors such as gold and pewter as well. So if you want Sergio Rossi for less, these heels here are probably your best bet right now.

Nina "Fauna" Crystal-Studded Satin Slingback Sandals in black and ivory white (Sergio Rossi Flora knockoffs)

Nina “Fauna” Crystal-Studded Satin Slingback Sandals
($195, Nina)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls & Lord & Taylor.

Image source(s): Saks Fifth Avenue, Nina

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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
($580, Net-A-Porter)

P.S.: Also available in snake-stamped ecru at Barneysls.

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 Flatsls
($175, Nasty Gal)

P.S.: Also available at Ashbury Skiespjx, Amazonamazon & Shopbop.

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
($129, Jessica Buurman)

Image source(s): Selfridges, Shopbop, Jessica Buurman

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Update: This post has been updated on June 4, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

Alright, I’ll just come out and say it: I like big bows and I cannot lie! And I’m not going to deny! OK, OK, enough with the rhymes and musical references, let’s cut straight to the chase: this suede d’orsay pump by newcomer Aminah Abdul Jillil with the oversized bow on the ankle is a picture-perfect example why I can’t resist anything with a big, fat bow on it. Take a moment and let the beauty of this shoe unfold before your eyes. Don’t you just love how bold and feminine this pump is? Especially in red suede? AH-MAZING! And the best thing is that it ain’t too expensive either: $215 is a solid price for a shoe this pretty if you ask me, but if you can’t justify spending that much on such a statement shoe, we’ve come up with a few budget-friendly alternatives that will give you the same look a little down below.

Aminah Abdul Jillil Oversized Bow Pumps in red suede

Aminah Abdul Jillil Oversized Bow Pumps
($215, Aminah Abdul Jillil)

Style Bloggers Love Aminah Abdul Jillil

Style Bloggers such as Laura from Laura Lily, Blair from Atlantic-Pacific, Stella from Jadore-Fashion, Annabelle from VivaLuxury, Aimee from Song of Style and Helena from Brooklyn Blonde have all been spotted wearing Aminah Abdul Jillil Bow Pumps.

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Choies Bow-Embellished High Heel Pumps

UPDATE (06/04/2015): Look at these fabulous Aminah Abdul Jillil bow pump dupes by Choies! Aren’t they just gorgeous. They’re available in 5 different colors (black, red, pink, green and blue) and sell for budget-friendly $39.99! Steal deal alert!

Choies Bow-Embellished High Heel Pumps in red, black, pink and green faux suede (Aminah Abdul Jillil knockoffs)

Choies Bow-Embellished High Heel Pumps
($39.99, Choies)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon.

Akira Black Label “Bravo” Pointed Toe Bow Ankle Strap Sandals

UPDATE (06/04/2015): Discovered these lovely Aminah Abdul Jillil dupes by Akira Black Label which are also available in an open-toe version named “Happyls“.

Akira Black Label "Bravo" Pointed Toe Bow Ankle Strap Sandals in red and black faux suede (Aminah Abdul Jillil knockoffs)

Akira Black Label “Bravo” Pointed Toe Bow Ankle Strap Sandalsls
($79.90, ShopAKIRA)

Betsey Johnson “Malissa” Bow-Detail Ankle Strap Pumps

UPDATE (01/11/2015): Stumbled upon another Aminah Abdul Jillil inspired bow pump: “Malissa” by Betsey Johnson. Available in black and floral print.

Betsey Johnson "Malissa" Bow-Detail Ankle Strap Pumps in black (Aminah Abdul Jillil knockoffs)

Betsey Johnson “Malissa” Bow-Detail Ankle Strap Pumps
($119.98, Betsey Johnson)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstrom Rack, Amazonamazon & 6pm.

Jessica Buurman “ANGOP” Ankle Side Bow Cut Out Pumps

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First ones in line would have to be these lovely side bow pumps by Jessica Buurman. They’re not that much cheaper than the real deal (you’ll save $76!), but they are cheaper and very similar to the Aminah Abdul Jillil heels above, so there’s that. Make sure to sign up to the newsletter to save a few extra bucks! Available in red, black, blue, green and pale pink suede.

Jessica Buurman "ANGOP" Ankle Side Bow Cut Out Pumps in red, black, blue and green suede (Aminah Abdul Jillil knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “ANGOP” Ankle Side Bow Cut Out Pumps
($139, Jessica Buurman)

Oasap Big Bowknot Black Stilettos

Another great option are these bow-accented d’orsay pumps which I have come across at Oasap. They only come in two colors, but those colors offered are very lovely, aren’t they? Plus, they’re moderately priced at a little over $70.

Oasap Big Bowknot Black Stilettos in rose pink and black faux suede (Aminah Abdul Jillil knockoffs)

Oasap Big Bowknot Black Stilettos
($71.40, Oasap)

JustFab “Hadley” Oversized Ankle Bow d’Orsay Pumps

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Alright, here we have the star of the Aminah Abdul Jillil look-a-likes: the “Hadley” by JustFab. Now isn’t she perfect? And surprisingly budget-friendly, too! Love, love, love this one.

JustFab "Hadley" Oversized Ankle Bow d'Orsay Pumps in red and black faux suede (Aminah Abdul Jillil knockoffs)

JustFab “Hadley” Oversized Ankle Bow d’Orsay Pumpscj
($31.96, JustFab)

Mojo Moxy “Bowie” Oversized Pump d’Orsay Pumps

If you like it a little more girly, then this bow-adorned pump by Mojo Moxy might be the right fit instead. The bow on these is more feminine and less abstract than on the Aminah Abdul Jillil pumps, but the overall look is still the same. Also, I’m totally obsessed with the green color (♥)!

Mojo Moxy "Billie" Oversized Pump d'Orsay Pumps (Aminah Abdul Jillil knockoffs)

Mojo Moxy “Bowie” Oversized Pump d’Orsay Pumpsamazon
($62.06, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Shoes.com, ShoeMall, Heels.com & ModCloth.

Privileged “Panarama” Side Bow d’Orsay Platform Pumps

If you love the look of the Aminah Abdul Jillil Bow Pumps, but need a bit more height (e.g. because you’re petite), you might want to take a look at these platform-supported mega high heels by Privileged. Available in black, pink and blue faux suede. Same look, but with 6 inch heels!

Privileged "Panarama" Side Bow d'Orsay Platform Pumps in black faux suede (Aminah Abdul Jillil knockoffs)

Privileged “Panarama” Side Bow d’Orsay Platform Pumpscj
($75, Shiekh)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, ShopAKIRA, Heels.com & eBayeBay.

Image source(s): Aminah Abdul Jillil, Laura Lily, Atlantic-Pacific, Jadore-Fashion, VivaLuxury, Song of Style, Brooklyn Blonde, Choies, Jessica Buurman, JustFab, Oasap, DSW, Shiekh

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Update: This post has been updated on June 4, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

What a shame that these Christian Louboutin heels went mostly unnoticed by the fashion world and have only been worn by a handful of celebs. Personally, I think these deserve a lot more attention because they’re absolutely fabulous. “Crosspiga” features the same silhouette as Louboutin’s most iconic style, the “Pigalle“, but “Crosspiga” has an extra two thin straps crossing on the arch. What a sexy shoe, right? If I had the money to buy myself a pair of Loubies without having to worry about how to pay next month’s rent, I’d so get these…

Christian Louboutin Crosspiga Patent Pumps in black

Christian Louboutin Crosspiga Patent Pumpsls
($795, Neiman Marcus)

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Celebs such as Emma Watson, Heidi Klum, Brooklyn Decker, Diane Kruger, Rihanna and Alessandra Ambrosio have all been spotted wearing the Christian Louboutin Crosspiga Patent Pumps.

Emma Watson, Heidi Klum, Brooklyn Decker and Diane Kruger wearing Christian Louboutin Crosspiga Patent Pumps

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Pleaser Sexy-26 Criss Cross Pointed Stiletto Pumps

UPDATE (06/04/2015): Discovered these fantastic and almost spot-on Louboutin dupes by Pleaser today. Love the colors and looooove the price!

Pleaser Sexy-26 Criss Cross Pointed Stiletto Pumps in red, black and nude patent (Christian Louboutin Crosspiga knockoffs)

Pleaser Sexy-26 Criss Cross Pointed Stiletto Pumpsamazon
($50.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Shoebuyls, BananaShoes, Overstock, eBayeBay, Amazon.deamazon & Amazon.framazon.

ASOS “PARTIAL” Pointed High Heels

UPDATE (06/24/2013): Another great alternative for the Crosspiga Louboutins are these crisscross pumps from ASOS. Also available in blue faux suede.

ASOS PARTIAL Pointed High Heels in black patent (Christian Louboutin Crosspiga knockoffs)

ASOS “PARTIAL” Pointed High Heels
($57.17, ASOS)

Nine West “Gee” Pointed Pumps

UPDATE (05/26/2013): Just stumbled upon a fantastic CL Crosspiga look-a-like by Nine West! Absolutely in love with this heel. Available in black, nude, pink and white leather.

Nine West "Gee" Pointed Pumps in black (Christian Louboutin Crosspiga look-a-likes)

Nine West “Gee” Pointed Pumpscj
($41.99, 6pm)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon & Nine West.

Pour La Victoire “Cheyenne” Strappy Pumps

However, I am not Mrs. Rockefeller and hence have to look for more budget-friendly options instead. Pour La Victoire‘s “Cheyenne” Pumps are a wonderful alternative that will give you the same Louboutin look for less than $140 (sale price!). The black patent pump is lovely and classic, but my personal favorite would have to be the delicate gold snakeskin version. So glamorous!

Pour La Victoire "Cheyenne" Strappy Pumps in black patent (Christian Louboutin Crosspiga look-a-likes)

Pour La Victoire “Cheyenne” Strappy Pumpsamazon
($139, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Last Call, Nordstromls & Shopbopcj.

Pleaser Milan-42 d’Orsay Pumps

A big thank you to our reader Lisah who gave us a heads-up about these Louboutin-like heels by Pleaser. Available for under $50 in black or black patent!

Pleaser Milan-42 d'Orsay Pumps in black patent (Christian Louboutin Crosspiga look-a-likes)

Pleaser Milan-42 d’Orsay Pumpsamazon
($41.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Shoebuyls & Shiekhcj.

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Can you believe half of the year has almost already gone by? Time flies, my friends, and summer has officially arrived – at least in our calendars! In order to celebrate the seasonal change, I created my first 2015 summer budget look to properly welcome the season of pool parties, BBQs, tan lines and cool drinks. For this look I took to the summer sky as my source of inspiration: baby blue with a little bit of cloudy white here and there and splashes of summery yellow everywhere in between.

Budget Look - Cloudy with a Chance of Yellow

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Image source(s): Zappos, Nordstrom, Ulta, BaubleBar, Macy’s, Lulu’s

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