Update: This post has been updated on May 12, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Now if this back-bow d’Orsay pump by everyone’s favorite French shoe designer, Monsieur Christian Louboutin, isn’t absolute shoe perfection, I don’t know what is! I mean, just look at it! Perfectly-shaped arch, a nice, subtle platform with a luscious red sole, an almost 5″ stiletto heel and the loveliest tied bow on the back. In a word, the perfect symbiosis of girly and grown-up.

Christian Louboutin Dos Noeud Back-Bow d'Orsay Pumps in black

Christian Louboutin Dos Noeud Back-Bow d’Orsay Pumpsls
($1.045, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Net-A-Porterls & Bergdorf Goodmanls.

Celebrities Love Christian Louboutin

Celebs such as Zendaya Coleman, Rocsi Diaz, Caroline Sieber and Mariah Carey have all been spotted wearing Christian Louboutin Dos Noeud Back-Bow d’Orsay Pumps.

Zendaya Coleman, Rocsi Diaz, Caroline Sieber and Mariah Carey wearing Christian Louboutin Dos Noeud Back-Bow d'Orsay Pumps

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Kate Spade New York “Izzie” Back-Bow d’Orsay Pumps

Update (05/12/2016): Kate Spade New York came out with a second CL Dos Noeud inspired shoe style named “Izzie”. Available in various colors with an either leather or satin upper, these beauties will cost you a not so steal-worthy $328, but that’s still better than $1.045, right?

Kate Spade New York "Izzie" Back-Bow d'Orsay Pumps (Christian Louboutin Dos Noeud inspired)

Kate Spade New York “Izzie” Back-Bow d’Orsay Pumps
($328, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls, Lord & Taylorls, Shopbop, Amazon, Neiman Marcusls & Bloomingdale’s.

Nina “Mileena” Bow Back Sandals

Update (01/29/2016): Stumbled upon these adorable bow back heels by Nina and they instantly reminded me of the Louboutins above. Available in various beautiful colors and uppers.

Nina "Mileena" Bow Back Sandals (Christian Louboutin Dos Noeud dupes)

Nina “Mileena” Bow Back Sandalsamazon
($52.96, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Zappos, Nordstromls, Nina Shoespjx & Zalando.

Milanoo Rivet Bow Spike Slingback Pumps

Update (05/09/2014): Also discovered these gorgeous Christian Louboutin dupes at Milanoo. Love the price, too!

Milanoo Back-Bow d'Orsay Pumps in black (Christian Louboutin Dos Noeud knockoffs)

Milanoo Back-Bow d’Orsay Pumpsls
($56.99, Milanoo)

Kate Spade “Chrissie” Back-Bow Dress Sandals

And while I’d love to invest in the Louboutins above, I have to face reality and accept the fact that they’re way out of my price league. That’s why I made it my mission to find a similar shoe for less money. Et voil√†, Kate Spade delivered! At $373.50 (sale price!), these cute bow heels are from being a “steal”, but they are about half the price of the Loubis while looking suspiciously similar to the CL Dos Noeud pumps. FYI: I wouldn’t mind having both versions in my closet. ūüėČ Available in deep red satin or black suede.

Kate Spade "Chrissie" Back-Bow Dress Sandals in red satin and black suede (Christian Louboutin Dos Noeud knockoffs)

Kate Spade “Chrissie” Back-Bow Dress Sandalsamazon
($373.50, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstromls & Neiman Marcusls.

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Blair from Atlantic-Pacific is hands down one of my absolute favorite personal style bloggers and I think she has such an impeccable sense of style. Whenever I visit her blog, I always find an abundance of outfit inspiration and rarely see a look that I do not love. While browsing for some new outfit ideas yesterday, I happened to discover this beautiful summer outfit where Blair wore a striped off-the-shoulder top with white short overalls by Madewell, tan Chlo√© espadrille wedges, a cute straw boater and cool Ray-Ban Clubmaster shades. I was so in love with Blair’s French Chic summer ensemble that I decided to recreate her look on a more budget-friendly level. What do you think of my alternative picks? Close enough? Let me know.

Blair’s Striped Top & White Overalls Look 4 Less

Style Blogger Look 4 Less - City Stripes @ Atlantic-Pacific

Outfit Picture via @blaireadiebee

Go Shopping:

Image source(s): @blaireadiebee Instagram, Nordstrom, Sole Society, Target H&M, Lori’s

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Update: This post has been updated on June 9, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Time for some Chlo√© goodness again. The French fashion house really is on a roll with their newest line of “It” bags everyone is lusting after. We’ve already covered the “Drew” and “Faye” and now it’s time to talk about the “Hudson” which is actually a whole set of different Chlo√© bags coming in different shapes and sizes, all of them exuding that iconic Chlo√© boho-vibe with their tassels and fringes. And yes, sure, this is undeniably a gorgeous bag, but can you imagine spending more than $2.000 for this sweet little mini bag?

Chloé Hudson Mini Fringe Shoulder Bag in caramel brown and black

Chloé Hudson Mini Fringe Shoulder Bagls
($2.150, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Bergdorf Goodmanls, Barneysls, Forward by Elyse Walker, Farfetchls, MyTheresa, Editorialistls & Vestiaire Collective.

Celebrities & Style Bloggers Love Chloé

Celebs such as Emma Roberts and personal style bloggers like Aimee Song (Song of Style), Jessi Malay (My White T) and Charlotte (The Fashion Guitar) have been spotted wearing a Chloé Hudson Mini Fringe Shoulder Bag.

Aimee Song (Song of Style), Jessi Malay (My White T), Emma Roberts & Charlotte (The Fashion Guitar) carrying a Chloé Hudson Mini Fringe Shoulder Bag

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Melie Bianco “Blair” Fringe Crossbody Saddle Bag

Update (06/09/2016): Discovered these cute and affordable Chloé Hudson fringe bag look-alikes by Melie Bianco today which come in either black, navy or grey faux leather and cost less than $40. Steal deal alert!

Melie Bianco "Blair" Fringe Crossbody Saddle Bag in black and navy (Chloé Hudson dupes)

Melie Bianco “Blair” Fringe Crossbody Saddle Bagamazon
($35, Amazon)

Lush Leather Saddle Tassel Crossbody Bag

Update (05/11/2016): Spotted the first genuine leather Chloé Hudson dupe today! By Lush and available in either black or brown for $139.99.

Lush Leather Saddle Tassel Crossbody Bag in black and cognac brown (Chloé Hudson knockoffs)

Lush Leather Saddle Tassel Crossbody Bagamazon
($139.99, Amazon)

Sole Society “Exie” Mini Fringe Shoulder Bag

Luckily, I stumbled upon this cute Chlo√© alternative by Sole Society which will give you the coveted Chlo√© boho look for a whole lot less. Sole Society’s version is a little larger than the real deal Chlo√©, but I actually prefer that because I can’t see my wallet, phone, keys and lipstick fitting comfortably in the Hudson mini bag above. “Exie” is available in cognac brown or black faux leather (with genuine suede tassels) for $59.95.

Sole Society "Exie" Mini Fringe Shoulder Bag in cognac brown and black (Chloé Hudson knockoffs)

Sole Society “Exie” Mini Fringe Shoulder Bag
($59.95, Sole Society)

BagInc “Renee” Faux Leather Fringe Bag

Deal: Use promo code “SPRINGBAG” to get 15% off your entire order!

BagInc has also a good looking, spot-on Chlo√© Hudson faux leather dupe available in various beautiful colors for the budget-friendly price of $69. You can even save some more (15%!) by using the promo code above. FYI: A few weeks ago I received an email from a reader who was having issues with her BagInc order (long order processing and unsatisfactory customer service), so please proceed with caution, prepare yourself for a possibly longer shipping process (products are being shipped from Hong Kong) and if nothing helps, there’s always the possibility to file a dispute with PayPal or your credit card company. I own a couple of (genuine leather) BagInc bags and was always very pleased with both the shipping duration as well as the product quality, but that’s been quite a while ago now, so I can’t fully vouch for the company at this point and thus wanted you to be aware of this.

BagInc "Renee" Faux Leather Fringe Bag in cognac brown, black, grey and red (Chloé Hudson knockoffs)

BagInc “Renee” Faux Leather Fringe Bag
($69, BagInc)

Image source(s): Neiman Marcus, Song of Style, My White T, @emmaroberts Instagram, The Fashion Guitar, Amazon, Sole Society, BagInc

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Update: This post has been updated on May 10, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Anyone remember these Zara flats? For a couple of weeks, these were the no. 1 shoes on Instagram and it seemed like everyone and their mom owned a pair. If they look somehow familiar to you, you’re absolutely right as they are a beautiful hybrid of Isabel Marant’s studded Leo flats and Aquazzura’s Christy lace-up flats (see another lovely Isabel Marant and Aquazzura hybrid example here). I’m not sure how much they retailed for, but I guess probably somewhere around $80. Now that isn’t expensive for a pair of chic flats and probably also the reason why these babies were sold out in no time at Zara. I tried my best to score them, but no such luck! Boohoo!

Zara Studded Lace-Up Flats in black

Zara Studded Lace-Up Flats
(Price Unknown, Vestiaire Collective)

Style Bloggers & IGers Love Zara

Various personal style bloggers and IGers have been spotted wearing Zara Studded Lace-Up Flats.

Style Bloggers and IGers wearing black Zara Studded Lace-Up Flats

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Athena Footwear “Danielle” Lace-Up Flats

Update (05/10/2016): Steal deal alert! Check out these fabulous lace-up flats by Athena Footwear which are available in either black, nude or denim and are currently on sale for under $20. Yay!

Athena Footwear "Danielle" Lace-Up Flats in black (Zara dupes)

Athena Footwear “Danielle” Lace-Up Flats
($19.97, Nordstrom Rack)

Billini “Adrienne” Studded Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats

Update (04/15/2016): Found another great and budget-friendly Zara dupe today! This one’s by Billini and it’s available in black or nude faux leather for $79.95 AUD.

Billini "Adrienne" Studded Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats in black (Zara knockoffs)

Billini “Adrienne” Studded Pointed-Toe Lace-Up Flats
($79.95 AUD, The Iconic)

Verali “Stella” Eyelet-Studded Lace-Up Flats

If you weren’t lucky back then as well, here’s your second chance, ladies: these chic eyelet-studded lace-up flats by Verali are a spot-on Zara dupe and they are available in either black or tan for just $79.95 AUD. Yay!

Verali "Stella" Eyelet-Studded Lace-Up Flats in brown and black (Zara dupes)

Verali “Stella” Eyelet-Studded Lace-Up Flats
($79.95 AUD, StyleTread)

P.S.: Also available at The Iconic.

Pedder Red “Joey” Eyelet Suede Lace-Up Skimmer Flats

Another great alternative would be these suede lace-up flats by Pedder Red. They’re probably more expensive than the original Zara version, but the quality looks pretty good here, so they might be worth the splurge. Available for $165 in various colors and uppers.

Pedder Red "Joey" Eyelet Suede Lace-Up Skimmer Flats in black (Isabel Marant Leo dupes)

Pedder Red “Joey” Eyelet Suede Lace-Up Skimmer Flatsls
($165, Lane Crawford)

P.S.: Also available at Lane Crawford (UK)ls.

Image source(s): eBay, Fashion by MNP, Instagram (@raquelnunez8, @claraalonsonet, @yasmin_dxb, @gvp_loves, @zaratolouboutin), Nordstrom Rack, The Iconic, Styletread, Lane Crawford

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Update: This post has been updated on May 7, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

Espadrilles! These summer shoes have risen to fame in the last couple of seasons with Chanel and Valentino leading the pack of the fabulous espadrilles. We’ve already done a Real vs. Steal on Valentino’s highly popular lace espadrilles from a few seasons ago and now they’ve updated their shoe collection with a just as stylish crochet version. But as gorgeous as they are, do you actually see yourself spending $675 (!) on a pair of highly delicate espadrilles? Well, I can’t.

Valentino Glamorous Mesh & Crochet Knit Espadrilles in black

Valentino Glamorous Mesh & Crochet Knit Espadrilles
($675, Forward by Elyse Walker)

River Island Lace Espadrille Shoes

Update (05/07/2016): Discovered these lovely Valentino inspired crochet espadrilles at River Island and they’re super budget-friendly as well ($36).

River Island Lace Espadrille Shoes in red and black (Valentino inspired)

River Island Lace Espadrille Shoes
($36, River Island)

Merona “Wendy” Crochet Espadrille Flats

Update (03/05/2016): Spotted another great and budget-friendly Valentino look for less alternative today. These crochet espadrilles by Merona come in 3 fab colors and are currently on clearance for super affordable $12.48.

Merona "Wendy" Crochet Espadrille Flats in coral, black and yellow (Valentino dupes)

Merona “Wendy” Crochet Espadrille Flats
($12.48, Target)

Aldo “Molinis” Crochet Espadrilles

Update (03/05/2016): Also found a second Valentino alternative by Aldo. How cute are these crochet espadrille flats?

Aldo "Molinis" Crochet Espadrilles in black, coral and white (Valentino dupes)

Aldo “Molinis” Crochet Espadrillesls
($24, Aldo)

P.S.: Also available at Aldo (Canada)ls, Aldo (UK)ls & Zalora.

Halogen “Serene” Crochet Lace Slip-On Espadrilles

Update (05/26/2015): So in love with these beautiful Valentino inspired crochet slip-on espadrilles by Halogen! Perfect summer shoes!

Halogen "Serene" Crochet Lace Slip-On Espadrilles in black, ivory and coral (Valentino knockoffs)

Halogen “Serene” Crochet Lace Slip-On Espadrillesls
($79.95, Nordstrom)

Dollhouse “Flirt” Crochet Espadrille Flats

Update (04/21/2015): Check out these sweet lovely Valentino inspired Dollhouse crochet espadrilles. Available in white, orange, blush and yellow for around $20. Yay!

Dollhouse "Flirt" Crochet Espadrille Flats in off-white and orange (Valentino knockoffs)

Dollhouse “Flirt” Crochet Espadrille Flatsamazon
($15.40, Amazon)

Aldo “Agrano” Crochet Lace Espadrilles

Update (07/18/2014): Came across these Valentino inspired and budget-friendly crochet lace espadrilles at Aldo today. What you think? Hot or not?

Aldo "Agrano" Crochet Lace Espadrilles in black and ivory (Valentino knockoffs)

Aldo “Agrano” Crochet Lace Espadrillesls
($19.98, Aldo)

P.S.: Also available at Aldo (Canada)ls, Aldo (UK)ls & Amazon.co.ukamazon.

Jeffrey Campbell “Nia” Crochet Lace Espadrilles

Update (05/23/2014): Stumbled upon another lovely Valentino alternative! What do you think of these crochet lace espadrille sandals by Jeffrey Campbell? So cute, right? Available in black, white or beige.

Jeffrey Campbell "Nia" Crochet Lace Espadrilles in black (Valentino knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Nia” Crochet Lace Espadrillesls
($105, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstrom Rack & Revolve.

Rebecca Minkoff “Genny” Lace Espadrille Flats

Good thing is that I don’t have to spend nearly $700 when there are Valentino-inspired espadrilles like these by Rebecca Minkoff around. And while I admit these aren’t what I’d consider a steal at $67.99 (sale price!) they are still in fact $600 cheaper than the originals. Available in black, red coral, yellow and taupe.

Rebecca Minkoff "Genny" Lace Espadrille Flats in black (Valentino knockoffs)

Rebecca Minkoff “Genny” Lace Espadrille Flatsamazon
($67.99, Amazon)

Tory Burch “Abbe” Crochet Espadrilles

Another great Valentino alternative are these crochet espadrilles by Tory Burch. They aren’t terribly cheaper than the Rebecca Minkoffs but in comparison to the pricey Valentinos they’re quite the good deal. Available in black and white.

Tory Burch "Abbe" Crochet Espadrilles in black (Valentino knockoffs)

Tory Burch “Abbe” Crochet Espadrilles
($150, Tory Burch)

Also available at Nordstromls & Shopbopls.

Jessica Buurman “AGAR” Lace & Crochet Slip-On Espadrilles

Lastly, here’s another Valentino dupe which is actually my personal favorite because of the price and all the lovely colors you can buy them in. $109 at Jessica Buurman. Available in black, blush, aqua and yellow.

Jessica Buurman "AGAR" Lace & Crochet Slip-On Espadrilles (Valentino knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “AGAR” Lace & Crochet Slip-On Espadrilles
($109, Jessica Buurman)

Image source(s): Forward by Elyse Walker, River Island, Neiman Marcus, Dollhouse, Shopbop, Nordstrom, Target, Aldo, Jessica Buurman

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