At first glance, I wasn’t head over heels for these Christian Louboutin shoes; they were just sort of there, but then I scanned my wardrobe in my head (I’m like the human version of Cher Horowitz’s closet computer – D’uh, Clueless!) and I realized they could blend in seamlessly with so many different outfits and allow them to stand out on their own while still being stylish.

Christian Louboutin Miss Boxe Cork Wedges

Christian Louboutin Miss Boxe Cork Wedges
($625, Saks)

Vaneli “Ussa” Cork Wedges

Now while I realize dropping over $500 on an item that I just described as being perfect to “blend” would be considered a bit extreme to some, these look-a-likes by Vaneli will get the job done just as well and not put quite the same dent in your budget. If you’re still not understanding what exactly the job is, consider dresses and outfits that are vibrant on their own or have bold accessories taking the focus… then you go for shoes that blend. Available in natural cork or black patent.

Vaneli "Ussa" Cork Wedges (Christian Louboutin Miss Boxe knockoffs)

Vaneli “Ussa” Cork Wedgescj
($125, Jildor)

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The best part about investing in a pair of open booties is that they’re multi-seasonal, which means more wear for your money. I can see this pair of MICHAEL Michael Kors looking fierce right now with a pair of shorts and totally sexy during the holiday season with a long sleeve mini dress.

MICHAEL Michael Kors Jamesport Zip Sandal Booties in black

MICHAEL Michael Kors Jamesport Zip Sandal Bootiesls

ALDO “Volmer” Sandals

ALDO gets it done a little differently, but just as good. The Volmer sandal (bootie) has a small platform heel which is great for some extra height and visual leg length. Plus, your pedicure will love you all year long! Available in black or nude.

ALDO "Volmer" Sandals in black (MICHAEL Michael Kors Jamesport knockoffs)

ALDO “Volmer” Sandalsls
($44.98, ALDO)

Image source(s):, ALDO


I personally love Lauren Conrad because she wears, re-wears and even shares so much of her wardrobe like all “regular” girls do worldwide. Case in point: these Givenchy sandals. I only hope that next time she breaks them out of her closet, we see a little more color!

Givenchy Chain Link Gladiator Sandals in black

Givenchy Chain Link Gladiator Sandalsls
($1.190, Barneys)

Lauren Conrad Loves Givenchy

Lauren Conrad wearing black Givenchy Chain Link Gladiator Sandals

Bumper Kvass-06 Platform Sandals

If you want to give some of Lauren’s looks a try, but can’t locate yourself a pair – check out this awesome alternative by Bumper. At less than $45 they aren’t much of an investment, but will bring much style to a variety of wardrobe choices. Available in black, brown & camel.

Bumper Kvass-06 Platform Sandals in black (Givenchy knockoffs)

Bumper Kvass-06 Platform Sandalsamazon
($44.99, Amazon)

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Leopard is one of those prints that is really a fashion staple, although it seems to come in and out every few years. Well, it’s in again for the fall/winter 2010 season, and in a big way. Designers are peppering everything with it, so American Chic‘s Leopard Print Tassel Hobo is dropping at the absolute perfect time.

American Chic Leopard Print Tassel Hobo

American Chic Leopard Print Tassel Hobo
($70, American Chic)

Vahni & Her American Chic Leopard Print Tassel Hobo

Vahni & Her American Chic Leopard Print Tassel Hobo

As I mention in my video review, I’ve been scouring the ‘net for affordable leopard bags, without much luck. There is a lot out there in the $1.200 to $2.900 range, but not much for the everyday person. This bag is a fun, irreverent leopard piece that is like an instant wardrobe update, and for only $70.

What I loved about this bag—other than its generous size and useful interior pockets—is the braided tassel detail, and the gold hardware. At-a-glance, the bag looks luxe, and makes a statement. Without the tassels and gleaming gold, I might not be so enamored. They really take this bag to the next level, and are the kind of details a synthetic bag should have to keep it from looking cheap.

Bottom Line

The American Chic Leopard Print Tassel Hobo is a fantastic—and practically foolproof—way to cost-effectively work some leopard into your wardrobe. I think the bag will hold up fine for a season or two of regular use, perhaps longer. It is also a nice alternative for those who are opposed to wearing animal fur, but really want a bag covered in this vibrant, glamorous pattern.


  • Will never show a speck of dirt.
  • Fun, on trend, inexpensive. Great animal-friendly alternative to calf-hair leopard print print bags.
  • Roomy, cloth-lined interior with three pockets. Big enough to fit a laptop in.


  • A large bag; may be overpowering for petite women.
  • Seams near the strap look a little fragile, like they might tear with repeated, heavy use.
  • Synthetic material is a little plasticky, though texture on the surface does make it more believable.
LookOur Rating: ★★★★☆
QualityOur Rating: ★★★☆☆
WearabilityOur Rating: ★★★★☆
PriceOur Rating: ★★★★☆
OverallOur Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

(The bag has been provided to Vahni for review)


Deal of the Day – $25 Off at bebe!

by Irina on July 30, 2010

HOT DEAL: Use promo code “25FORYOU” to get $25 off your order of $150 at bebe!

Here’s a great deal to get you in the right mood for the weekend. bebe slash off $25 of your purchase of $150 and throw in free shipping, too! Now that’s a cool promo, isn’t it? Simply enter code “25FORYOU” at checkout and you’re good. If you need some shopping suggestions: we recently wrote about two hot bebe shoe styles: the ultimately sexy Iris (a.k.a. YSL 4 less) or the hot pink suede Neve (a.k.a. Sergio Rossi on a budget). You’re welcome!

$25 OFF at bebe!

Shop now!pjx

Image source(s): bebe


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