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

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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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LUXchic Classic Box Bag

Update (03/22/2016): Another Céline Box alternative! Check out these fabulous genuine leather bags by LUXchic. They cost $119.80 and come in 23 (!) colors. So lovely!

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

LUXchic 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) & 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 (EU).

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)

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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Update: This post has been updated on March 21, 2016. Scroll down to see the new adds.

So I know I already raved quite a bit about Rag & Bone‘s Classic Newbury Booties (last time here), but a few days ago I discoreved this lustworthy burgundy suede version and have been obsessed with these classic and minimalistic ankle boots ever since! So much so that I am seriously contemplating biting the bullet and actually get the real deal! I know I’d get a lot of wear out of these because I am weirdly attracted to ankle boots lately and wear them almost daily. Decisions, decisions.

Rag & Bone Classic Newbury Suede Booties in burgundy

Rag & Bone Classic Newbury Suede Bootiesls
($525, Bergdorf Goodman)

P.S.: Also available at Ron Herman, Neiman Marcusls, Shopbopcj & Nordstromls.

Celebrities Love Rag & Bone

Rachel Bilson, Sienna Miller, Rachel Weisz, Nikki Reed, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Isla Fisher wearing Rag & Bone Classic Newbury Boots

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Nine West “Hollie” Ankle Boots

Update (03/21/2016): Just discovered these amazing and spot-on Newbury dupes by Nine West. Aren’t they just gorgeous? Available in black leather and nude or black suede for $189.95 AUD. Looooove!

Nine West "Hollie" Ankle Boots in black and beige suede (Rag & Bone Newbury knockoffs)

Nine West “Hollie” Ankle Boots
($189.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Humble Chic Stacked Heel Ankle Booties

Update (11/10/2015): Spotted these Rag & Bone Newbury inspired booties at Humble Chic. They’re currently on sale for $44.90 and come in either black or saddle faux suede.

Humble Chic Stacked Heel Ankle Booties in cognac and black faux suede (Rag & Bone Newbury knockoffs)

Humble Chic Stacked Heel Ankle Bootiesamazon
($44.90, Amazon)

Bandolino “Quadrina” Suede Booties

Update (09/16/2013): Just stumbled upon these suede booties by Bandolino which look very much like Rag & Bone’s Newbury ankle boots yet are so much more affordable at only $59.94 (sale price)! Also available in black suede.

Bandolino "Quadrina" Suede Booties in taupe (Rag & Bone Newbury knockoffs)

Bandolino “Quadrina” Suede Booties
($59.94, Zappos)

Steve Madden “Relay” Suede Ankle Boots

If you’re not too keen on spending $500 for a pair of booties, take a look at this nearly perfect Newbury look-a-like by Steve Madden. Can I just say: Oh. My. God! So in love with these! And they look astonishingly similar to the Rag & Bone Newbury originals, don’t you agree? The (sale!) price of $69.94 isn’t too bad either! Also available in black suede.

Steve Madden "Relay" Suede Ankle Boots in burgundy (Rag & Bone Classic Newbury knockoffs)

Steve Madden “Relay” Suede Ankle Bootsamazon
($69.94, Amazon)

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Update: This post has been updated on March 20, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Does the name Rene Caovilla ring a bell with you? If not, it definitely should and if you ask why, then just take a look at the darling shoes below and I’m sure you will all come to agree with me on this. Rene Caovilla is a family-run shoemaking business from Italy with a strong focus on jeweled luxury shoes. And as you can see, you don’t even have to be a high heel lover to be a fan. Their pearl- and bow-adorned thong sandal called “Venus” has been around for more than two decades now and is considered to be one of Caovilla’s most famous signature styles. Too bad you’d have to be pretty rich though because these babies are everything but cheap!

Rene Caovilla Venus Pearly & Crystal Flat Thong Sandals in white and black

Rene Caovilla Venus Pearly & Crystal Flat Thong Sandalsls
($1.150, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Bergdorf Goodmanls, Saks Fifth Avenuels, Farfetchls, Lane Crawfordls & Shoescribe.com.

Rihanna Loves Rene Caovilla

Rihanna has been spotted wearing her Rene Caovilla Venus Pearly & Crystal Flat Thong Sandals various times.

Rihanna wearing black Rene Caovilla Venus Pearly & Crystal Flat Thong Sandals

Blue by Betsey Johnson “Pearl” T-Strap Sandals

Update (03/20/2016): Spotted another beautiful Rene Caovilla alternative in these pearl- and bow-adorned thong sandals by Blue by Betsey Johnson.

Blue by Betsey Johnson "Pearl" T-Strap Sandals in silver (Rene Caovilla Venus knockoffs)

Blue by Betsey Johnson “Pearl” T-Strap Sandals
($99.95, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, Lord & Taylorls, Macy’s, Dillard’sls & Betsey Johnsonls.

I Love Billy “Crawf” Faux Pearl T-Bar Strap Sandals

Update (01/12/2016): And here’s another fabulous alternative for the pricey Rene Caovilla designer originals for under $100! This dupe’s by I Love Billy and it comes in either black or nude leather.

I Love Billy "Crawf" Faux Pearl T-Bar Strap Sandals in black and nude (Rene Caovilla Venus dupes)

I Love Billy “Crawf” Faux Pearl T-Bar Strap Sandals
($99.95 AUD, StyleTread)

Lara’s Pearls & Rhinestones Bow Thong Sandals

Update (07/29/2015): Just stumbled upon these lovely and super budget-friendly Rene Caovilla Venus dupes by Lara’s and wanted to share them with you. They’re available in either white, silver or gold faux leather and are currently on sale for less than $30! Steal deal alert!

Lara's Pearls & Rhinestones Bow Thong Sandals in white and platin gold (Rene Caovilla Venus knockoffs)

Lara’s Pearls & Rhinestones Bow Thong Sandalsamazon
($29.99, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Amazon #2amazon.

Marc Fisher “Fumi” Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandals

Luckily, there’s no need to break the bank because these pearly bow flat sandals by Marc Fisher are the next best thing to Rene Caovilla if you’re on a budget. Fisher’s “Fumi” is astonishingly similar to Caovilla’s “Venus” sandals; the only noticeable difference being the missing crystal rim on the sole. But since they’re about one thousand dollars cheaper than the real deal, I wouldn’t complain too much about missing details.

Marc Fisher "Fumi" Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandals in ivory and rose pink (Rene Caovilla Venus knockoffs)

Marc Fisher “Fumi” Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandalsamazon
($47, Amazon)

ASOS “Funder” Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandals

Another cute and slightly cheaper Rene Caovilla Venus alternative would have to be these faux-pearl bow thong sandals by ASOS. These are more of an “inspired by”-kind rather than an identical dupe, but I find them beautiful nonetheless. A similar version named “Florence” is available here.

ASOS "Funder" Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandals in black and silver (Rene Caovilla Venus knockoffs)

ASOS “Funder” Pearly Bow Flat Thong Sandals
($45, ASOS)

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Copycat Math - Rag & Bone Enid + Rachel Comey Mars Mule = dv by Dolce Vita Nya Ankle Booties

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Image source(s): Blue&Cream, The Dreslyn, Target

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