Budget Look – Cruise 2011

by Irina on January 8, 2011

I have to admit this ain’t my best budget look in terms of the “budget” part; because this outfit sums up to a whopping $357.70. However, each item is rather affordable on its own, so I figured I’d still publish it as a “Budget Look“. For the styling part of this outfit I’m quite proud of myself. I know self-praise is socially frowned upon, but I can’t help but keep staring at my own creation here. I’d love to wear this look head-to-toe, it’s quintessentially what I’d call a typical cruise look: a crisp white dress, oversized shades, turquoise accessories with gold accents, summery wedges, fun nail polish and a little bronzer to round it off. What do you think of it?

Budget Look - Cruise 2011

Go Shopping:


Update: This post has been updated on January 08, 2011. Scroll down to see the new add.

Finally! I officially have found the perfect nude pump! Are you surprised it is by the man of our shoe dreams, Monsieur Christian Louboutin? I am not. The strange thing is that I’ve been aware of the Banana pumps for quite some time now, but it wasn’t until today before I realized they are the perfect shape. And don’t get me started on the delicious patent nude color. You know you’ve found your perfect shoe when there isn’t one single thing you’d want to change about them… Wait! Oops, sorry, actually there are TWO things I’d change about these darlings here: a) the availability (they’re sold out) and b) the price ($800 isn’t exactly my kind of shoe shopping budget).

Christian Louboutin Banana Platform Peep-toe Pumps in nude patent

Christian Louboutin Banana Platform Pumpsls
($795, Bergdorf Goodman)

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Chinese Laundry “Hotness” Platform Pumps

UPDATE (01/08/2011): And here you go, another great and affordable Banana alternative by Chinese Laundry. Available in nude or black patent.

Chinese Laundry "Hotness" Platform Pumps in nude patent

Chinese Laundry “Hotness” Platform Pumpsamazon
($41.36, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at ShoeMallls, Shoebuyls, ShoeMetrocj, Chinese Laundrycj, PlanetShoesls & Macy’sls.

Vince Camuto “Milesy” Peep-toe Pumps

UPDATE (01/04/2011): Just came across this fabulous Banana look-a-like by Vince Camuto. Available in blush, red and black patent.

Vince Camuto "Milesy" Peep-toe Pumps in blush patent (Christian Louboutin Banana knockoffs)

Vince Camuto “Milesy” Peep-toe Pumpsls
($69, Dillard’s)

P.S.: Also available at Shoes.comls, Vince Camuto (UK)ls, Kurt Geigerls & Heels.comcj.

ALDO “Withey” Peep-toe Pumps

If Louboutins are out of your price range as well, opt for these equally amazing ALDO pumps instead. You might recognize these from our recent Nude Shoes Under $100 post. The only difference is the hidden platform; otheriwse it’s all there: the delicious nude patent leather, the perfectly shaped arch, the sky-high stiletto heel… and they’re only $80, not $800. Also available in black patent.

ALDO "Withey" Peep-toe Pumps in nude patent (Christian Louboutin Banana knockoffs)

ALDO “Withey” Peep-toe Pumpsls
($80, ALDO)

Liliana “Cord” Platform Pumps

In case you don’t feel like spending $80 on shoes right now, but still crave a new pair of heels, consider these gorgeous nude pumps by Liliana. They look a lot like the ALDO version, just a tad darker, and again have a hidden platform. I absolutely love these – especially the killer price of $20.60! New shoes for $20, how great is that? You better be quick to order because these will go fast!

Liliana "Cord" Platform Pumps in nude patent (Christian Louboutin Banana knockoffs)

Liliana “Cord” Platform Pumpspjx
($20.60, UrbanOG)


So this ASOS pencil dress is a knockoff of Victoria Beckham’s “Bidart” dress from her Spring 2009 collection and while I liked it in the original red color, I gotta admit I am in love with the newly added colors (my favorites: purple = regal, yellow = OMGIWANT!, cafe creme = delicately feminine). Definitely one of the best dresses currently available at ASOS.

ASOS Ponti-Roma Tailored Pencil Dress

ASOS Ponti-Roma Tailored Pencil Dressls
($68.96, ASOS)

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Update: This post has been updated on January 06, 2011. Scroll down to see the new add.

Sick of wedges yet? No? Good! Because as I mentioned in a previous post, wedges just seem to be THE shoe of the moment. Perfect for spring, comfortable and retro stylish. Take a look at these T-Strap Cork Wedges by Chloé: I think t-straps are so flattering on the foot and I love the nude color and leather piping. A really timeless shoe, to be sure, but also really expensive.

Chloé T-Strap Cork Wedge Sandals in nude

Chloé T-Strap Cork Wedge Sandalscj
($690, Jildor)

BCBGeneration “Carete” Wedge Sandals

UPDATE (01/06/2011): Just stumbled upon another, fabulous and stunningly identical Chloé knockoff by BCBGeneration. Available in black, ivory and gold.

BCBGeneration "Carete" Wedge Sandals in ivory (Chloé knockoffs)

BCBGeneration “Carete” Wedge Sandalsamazon
($110, Amazon)

Rosegold “Cara” Cork Wedges

Man, I am loving me some Rosegold right now. They just keep cranking out the knockoffs, but what makes them so awesome is that their “steal” shoes look great. It’s obvious where Rosegold got their inspiration for the “Cara” from. Nude leather, leather piping, platform – all the details are there to make this shoe an excellent knockoff of the Chloé T-Straps. Wear with a floral summer dress or shorts and a flouncy white blouse.

Rosegold "Cara" Cork Wedges in nude (Chloé knockoffs)

Rosegold “Cara” Cork Wedgesamazon
($151.20, Amazon)

Image source(s): Jildor, Amazon

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Budget Look – Pretty in Pink

by Irina on January 6, 2011

While doing my daily web browsing I discovered this beautiful draped dress at GoJane and decided I would do a budget look around it. It’s a very matchy-matchy, super girly approach, but I really like the femininity and delicacy of the outfit. The whole look would cost you a very fair $126.70.

Budget Look - Pretty in Pink

Go Shopping:

  1. GoJane Draped Asymmetrical Satin Waist Dress, $35.10
  2. GoJane Small Quilted Shoulder Bag, $45.50
  3. GoJane Multi Jewel Stretch Bracelet, $20.80
  4. GoJane Metal Wing Earrings, $4
  5. GoJane Patent Platform Pumps, $21.30


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