So we’ve already covered quite a few of Stuart Weitzman‘s best-selling shoe styles including the highly coveted Alex Wedges, the 5050 Boots and the Highland/Lowland Overknees, but we happened to miss out on one very important shoe until now: the Nudist – a minimalistic stiletto sandal with two skinny straps running across the toes and the ankle which give the shoe that alluring “barely there”-look everybody is lusting after these days. Over the last two years the Nudist was by far one of the most worn red carpet shoes I have seen yet. The list of celebrities who’ve worn these super sexy heels is seemingly endless (Blake Lively, Reese Witherspoon, Miranda Kerr and Jennifer Lopez to name a few) and personal style bloggers seem to love the Nudist – which comes in a variety of different colors, uppers and variations – just as much. And even though Stuart Weitzman shoes are not the most expensive designer shoes out there, the prices are still everything but budget-friendly. The standard leather version of the Nudist retails for $398, a hefty price for what is basically a stiletto heel with two skinny leather straps attached to it.

Stuart Weitzman Nudist Ankle Strap Stiletto Sandals in nude patent and black

Stuart Weitzman Nudist Ankle Strap Stiletto Sandals
($398, Stuart Weitzman)

P.S.: Also available at Neiman Marcusls, Shopbop, Zappos, Amazon, 6pm, Nordstromls, Net-A-Porterls, Saks Fifth Avenuels, Forward by Elyse Walker, Bloomingdale’s, Bluefly, Jildor, Revolve, Farfetchls, LuisaViaRoma, David Jonesls & Vestiaire Collective.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Stuart Weitzman

Celebs such as Bella Hadid and various style bloggers like Julie Sarinana (Sincerely Jules), Aimee Song (Song of Style), Ashley Madekwe (Ring My Bell) have all been spotted wearing Stuart Weitzman Nudist Ankle Strap Stiletto Sandals.

Julie Sarinana (Sincerely Jules), Aimee Song (Song of Style), Ashley Madekwe (Ring My Bell) and Bella Hadid wearing Stuart Weitzman Nudist Ankle Strap Stiletto Sandals

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Banana Republic “Holland” Heeled Sandals

Deal: 40% off your purchase at Banana Republic (US)! Use promo code “BRSPRING” at checkout! Restrictions apply. Offer ends 04/02/2016.

First, take a deep breath! … OK, done? Good. Now look at these amazing and almost identical Stuart Weitzman Nudist look-alikes by Banana Republic! Spot-on design, genuine leather and available in various beautiful colors and uppers. All that for just $118. Consider me obsessed. But the best part? There’s currently an awesome promotion going on where you can get a whopping 40% off your Banana Republic (US) purchase which would lower the price of these lustworthy stilettos down to a budget-friendly $70.80! Total steal deal alert! Psssst, don’t tell my bank consultant, but I’ve just placed my order for the black and the nude version. Sigh! Can’t help it, I’m a hopeless shoe addict and super passionate about snatching great deals.

Banana Republic "Holland" Barely There Ankle Strap Stiletto Sandals (Stuart Weitzman Nudist knockoffs)

Banana Republic “Holland” Heeled Sandals
($118, Banana Republic)

P.S.: Also available at Banana Republic (EU).

Image source(s): Stuart Weitzman, Sincerely Jules, Song of Style, Ring My Bell, @versace_official Instagram, Banana Republic

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Update: This post has been updated on March 25, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Valentino‘s shoe line from the “Rockstud” collection is probably the most popular here on this blog. And even though the Rockstud shoes have been going strong in the fashion community for a couple of years, there seems no sign of declining popularity with these pyramid studded, strappy Valentino shoes. We’ve written about quite a few shoe styles from the “Rockstud” family already and today we’re finally featuring the caged t-strap ballet flats. For a flat, this shoe is about as dressy as it gets; the luxe patent leather juxtaposed the shiny studded straps = perfection! But before you fall hopelessly in love, take a deep breath and look at the price tag: $975! And that’s the lower price limit for this type of Rockstud style. Other variations of the caged flat go as far up as $1.095! Now that’s a lot of money.

Valentino Rockstud T-Strap Cage Flats in nude and black patent

Valentino Rockstud T-Strap Cage Flatsicon
($975, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Bergdorf Goodmanls, Nordstromls, Saks Fifh Avenuels, Forward by Elyse Walker, Barneysls, S|Sense, Intermix, Lane Crawfordls, Selfridges, MyTheresa, Stylebop & David Jonesls.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Valentino

Celebs such as Ashley Tisdale and Alexa Chung as well as personal style bloggers like Blair Eadie (Atlantic-Pacific), Arielle Nachmani (Something Navy), Rachel Parcell (Pink Peonies) and Jessica Stein (Tuula Vintage) have all been spotted wearing Valentino Rockstud T-Strap Cage Flats.

Ashley Tisdale, Alexa Chung, Blair Eadie (Atlantic-Pacific), Arielle Nachmani (Something Navy), Rach Parcell (Pink Peonies) and Jessica Stein (Tuula Vintage) wearing Valentino Rockstud T-Strap Cage Flats

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Topshop “Kate” Studded Pointy Toe Flats

Update (03/25/2016): Spotted these cute Valentino inspired slingback flats by Topshop today. Available for $50 (sale price!) in either nude patent leather or black leather.

Topshop "Kate" Studded Pointy Toe Flats in nude patent (Valentino Rockstud inspired)

Topshop “Kate” Studded Pointy Toe Flatsls
($50, Nordstrom)

P.S.: Also available at Zalando & Topshop.

Mivida Studded T-Strap Flats

Update (03/15/2016): And one more Valentino Rockstud alternative to add to the list! These studded flats by Mivida have cone studs instead of pyramid studs, but the rest of the design is pretty much spot-on Valentino. Available for $148.95 in black and white patent leather and bronze metallic.

Mivida Studded T-Strap Flats in black and white patent (Valentino Rockstud dupes)

Mivida Studded T-Strap Flats
($148.95, Bluefly)

Kaitlyn Pan Strappy Ballerina Leather Flats

Update (10/21/2015): Spotted these amazing genuine leather Valentino Rockstud dupes by Kaitlyn Pan today. They’re not the cheapest pair of Valentino look-alikes, but the quality looks quite great here.

Kaitlyn Pan Strappy Ballerina Leather Flats in rose pink and taupe nude (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Kaitlyn Pan Strappy Ballerina Leather Flatsamazon
($109, Amazon)

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

SheIn Pointy Studded T-Strap Flats

Update (10/21/2015): Also discovered a set of budget-friendly Valentino Rockstud knockoffs at SheIn. They’re on sale for around $35 and come also in black faux leather here.

SheIn Pointy Studded T-Strap Flats in black and nude (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

SheIn Pointy Studded T-Strap Flats
($33.23, SheIn)

Billini “Azalea” Pointy Studded T-Strap Flats

Update (05/22/2015): OMG! Look at these perfect, spot-on Valentino Rockstud dupes by Billini! Aren’t they just gorgeous? So close to the original and not too expensive at $39.98 AUD (sale price!). Just wish these were widely available.

Billini "Azalea" Pointy Studded T-Strap Flats in black and nude (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Billini “Azalea” Pointy Studded T-Strap Flats
($39.98 AUD, The Iconic)

Diavolina “Delight” Studded T-Strap Flats

Luckily, there are some fantastic and affordable alternatives out there for all of us Valentino-loving fashionistas on a budget. Let’s start with my current favorite Valentino steal find which is the “Delight” by Diavolina, a spot-on Rockstud flat dupe which comes in either black or nude patent. Unfortunately, at $94.98 AUD (sale price!), it’s a pricey Valentino look-alike and also rather hard to get hold of outside of Australia, but nonetheless, it’s about 90% cheaper than the real deal, so I’d still consider this to be a great steal find if you’re willing to invest in a high-quality Valentino alternative.

Diavolina "Delight" Studded T-Strap Flats in black and nude patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Diavolina “Delight” Studded T-Strap Flats
($94.98 AUD, StyleTread)

P.S.: Also available at The Iconic & Wanted Shoes.

Wild Diva Pippa-35 Pyramid Studded Ankle T-Strap Ballet Flats

If you’re looking for a quick and budget-friendly Valentino look for less fix however, then you’re probably best off with these pretty Rockstud flat dupes by Wild Diva. They’re spot-on with the design, come in various lovely colors and cost under $30! Total steal deal alert here!

Wild Diva Pippa-35 Pyramid Studded Ankle T-Strap Ballet Flats (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Wild Diva Pippa-35 Pyramid Studded Ankle T-Strap Ballet Flatsamazon
($23.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Century 21, eBayeBay, CiCi Hot, Kmart & Sears.

Betseyville “Epic” Studded Ballet Flats

Another cute Valentino alternative are these studded ballet flats by Betseyville. They’re very similar to the Valentinos, come in either black, blush or leopard print and cost only $12.48!

Betseyville "Epic" Studded Ballet Flats in nude and black patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Betseyville “Epic” Studded Ballet Flats
($12.48, Target)

Milanoo Studded Pointed Toe Flats

And lastly, may I present you these budget-friendly Valentino Rockstud dupes I found at Milanoo. Same design but a veeery different price tag (only $19.99!). Available in black, warm and cool pink as well as white faux patent leather. Happy shopping!

Milanoo Studded Pointed Toe Flats in black and pink patent (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Milanoo Studded Pointed Toe Flatsls
($19.99, Milanoo)

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Right now you can’t go to a fashion blog or open a fashion magazine without stumbling upon a Chloé bag: Drew, Faye, Hudson, Georgia. They are everywhere! And everybody – high fashion or not – seems to love the new Chloé bags. We have already featured steal versions of the Faye and Drew and today want to show you a couple more Chloé inspired budget options. Do you like them?

Copycat Math - Chloé Hudson + Chloé Marcie = Faith, Forever 21 & Vince Camuto Izzi Whipstitch Suede Tassel Bag

Go Shopping:

  1. Chloé “Hudson” Small Whipstitched Suede Shoulder Bagls, $2.090
  2. Chloé “Marcie” Medium Leather Crossbody Bagls, $1.395
  3. Faith Whipstitch Tassle Saddle Bag, $50
  4. Forever 21 Studded Faux Leather Crossbody Bag, $27.90
  5. Vince Camuto “Izzi” Tassel Flap Bagamazon, $248

Image source(s): Net-A-Porter, Nordstrom, ASOS, Forever 21, Vince Camuto

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Budget Look – Cookie Monster Blue

by Irina on March 22, 2016

I’m usually not a big fan of faux fur jackets, but when I saw this cookie-monster blue concoction by n:PHILANTHROPYls (make sure to check out the rest of the collection, it’s amazing!), I was for some reason totally smitten and instantly had a thousand outfit ideas that revolved around this fluffy royal blue beauty of a jacket. One of these ideas was to pair it with a light knit pencil skirt, nude ankle boots and a matching funky handbag, so that’s what this “budget” look is all about. What do you think? Is this outfit a hit or miss?

Budget Look - Cookie Monster Blue

Go Shopping:

Image source(s): Nordstrom, ASOS, Steve Madden, Public Desire, BaubleBar

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Update: This post has been updated on March 22, 2016. Scroll down to see the new adds.

I swear Céline makes the most lustworthy bags on the planet. And this Classic Box Bag rocketed to being no. 1 on my personal wish list. For the last 2 years, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect medium sized satchel bag in a classic shape and as soon as I laid my eyes on this particular Céline bag I knew it was “The One“. Then I cried out in utter desperation; $3,400 for this small boxy bag? With all due respect to Phoebe Philo and her incredible talent to create the most coveted bags worlwide, this price is absolutely outrageous and unjustifiable! When did designer fashion get so overly expensive anyway? It’s a worrying development in fashion I noticed over the last few years. But I digress…

Céline Medium Classic Box Bag in brown

Céline Classic Box Bag
($3.400, Vestiaire Collective)

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

Fashion Insiders & Celebrities Love Céline

Fashion Insiders carrying a Céline Classic Box Bag

Alessandra Ambrosio, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Walsh and Michelle Williams carrying a Céline Classic Box Bag

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Unita Classic Box Bag

Update (03/22/2016): Another Céline Box alternative! Check out these fabulous genuine leather bags by Unita. They cost $119.80 and come in 21 (!) colors. So lovely!

Unita Classic Box Bag in brown and black (Céline Box dupes)

Unita Classic Box Bagamazon
($119.80, Amazon)

BagInc “Martha” Medium Classic Leather Bag

Update (03/22/2016): Spotted another Céline Box Bag dupe today! This time at BagInc. They have 16 variations of their “Martha” bag in various colors and uppers with prices ranging from $105 to $115. Don’t forget to use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” to get 10% off your purchase (free shipping on orders $99+).

BagInc "Martha" Medium Classic Leather Bag (Céline Box knockoffs)

BagInc “Martha” Medium Classic Leather Bag
($105-$119, BagInc)

Forever 21 Structured Faux Leather Crossbody Bag

Update (08/26/2015): May I present you: Forever 21‘s third attempt at recreating Céline’s Box Bag, this time a more spot-on version.

Forever 21 Structured Faux Leather Crossbody Bag in black (Céline Box knockoff)

Forever 21 Structured Faux Leather Crossbody Bag
($22.90, Forever 21)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Chain-Strapped Crossbody Bag

Update (06/11/2015): And here’s another Céline Box inspired bag by Forever 21.

Forever 21 Faux Leather Chain-Strapped Crossbody Bag (Céline Box knockoff)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Chain-Strapped Crossbody Bag
($22.90, Forever 21)

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

Choies Lock Across Body Box Bag

Update (05/05/2015): Spotted these spot-on Céline Box bag dupes at Choies today. They’re available in either black, white, cobalt blue, burgundy, camel and grey faux leather for a steal price of $39.99!

Choies Lock Across Box Bag (Céline knockoffs)

Choies Lock Across Body Box Bag
($39.99, Choies)

Lush Leather Boxy Shoulder Bag

Update (04/16/2015): Discovered the most spot-on Céline Box bag dupe today! Check out this genuine leather box bag by Lush which is currently on sale for $99.99.

Lush Leather Boxy Shoulder Bag in black (Céline Box knockoff)

Lush Leather Boxy Shoulder Bagamazon
($99.99, Amazon)

Mango “Sasha” Flap Cross-Body Bag

Update (02/16/2015): Discovered this little Céline inspired box bag at Mango today.

Mango "Sasha" Flap Cross-Body Bag in navy (Céline Box knockoff)

Mango “Sasha” Flap Cross-Body Bag
($59.99, Mango)

P.S.: Also available at Mango (UK)ls, Mango (FR) & Mango (DE).

Forever 21 Faux Leather Crossbody Box Bag

Update (08/21/2014): Check out these cute Céline inspired box bags which I have just discovered at Forever 21. So lovely, aren’t they? I’m especially loving the pink one.

Forever 21 Faux Leather Crossbody Box Bag in pink, cognac and black (Céline knockoff)

Forever 21 Faux Leather Crossbody Box Bag
($14.99, Forever 21)

Jessica Buurman “SOAN” Push Lock Bag

Update (05/31/2013): Found another great Céline Box Bag alternative in this lovely bag from Jessica Buurman. Made of genuine leather and also available in 12 (!) other beautiful colors. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

Jessica Buurman "SOAN" Push Lock Bag in navy blue (Céline Box look-a-like)

Jessica Buurman “SOAN” Push Lock Bag
($119, Jessica Buurman)

Romwe Retro Single Shoulder Bag

Update (04/03/2013): Just stumbled upon this lovely Céline look-a-like bag by Romwe. Only $60.99 and made of real leather.

Romwe Retro Single Shoulder Bag in tan (Céline Classic Box look-a-like)

Romwe Retro Single Shoulder Bag
($60.99, Romwe)

Urban Expressions “Catherine” Crossbody Bag

Update (09/10/2012): Found a super fabulous Céline bag look-a-like by Urban Expressions today. $29.95 only and available in fuchsia (love!), black and beige.

Urban Expressions "Catherine" Crossbody Bag in fuchsia, black and beige (Céline Classic Box bag knockoff)

Urban Expressions “Catherine” Crossbody Bagamazon
($29.95, Amazon)

GoJane Buckle Strap Satchel

In terms of quality and longevity these Céline bag look-a-likes by GoJane are nowhere near a close match, but they’ll give you the same coveted look of simplified elegance and, most importantly, these satchels are actually attainable for the masses by costing less than 1% (imagine that!) of the original. Now if that ain’t something to think about. Looking at the stated bag dimensions on the website I assume the GoJane bags come in the mini size rather than the medium size, but at $30 a pop I’ll take one in every color anyway.

GoJane Buckle Strap Satchel (Céline Classic Box Bag knockoff)

GoJane Buckle Strap Satchel
($37.10, GoJane)

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