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, Selfridges & 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

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
($55.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at ShoeMetro & Macy’s.

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.

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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The curved heel has been making its appearance quite often among stylish footwear lately, adding a futuristic yet minimalistic flair. Not to spare, Maison Martin Margiela brings us a common yet inspiring open toed bootie with a twist. His take on such a popular silhouette makes this design so easy to wear; the versatility goes on without an end just like the price tag. Beautiful, yes, but also extremely pricey. That’s why we have a steal below that is just as gorgeous as it is affordable!

Maison Martin Margiela Open Toe High Heel Booties in wine red felt and black leather

Maison Martin Margiela Open Toe High Heel Booties
($855, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Net-A-Porterls.

Celebrities Love Maison Martin Margiela

Kristin Kreuk and Julianne Moore wearing black Maison Martin Margiela Open Toe High Heel Booties

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Express Peep Toe High Heel Booties

UPDATE (06/17/2015): Stumbled upon curved heel peep-toe booties at Express today and they instantly reminded me of the Martin Margiela booties above.

Express Peep Toe High Heel Booties in black (Maison Martin Margiela knockoffs)

Express Peep Toe High Heel Booties
($59.90, Express)

Steve Madden “PAULINA” Suede Peep-toe Booties

UPDATE (04/13/2013): Check out these fabulous suede peep-toe booties by Steve Madden which would also be a great alternative to the original MMM ankle boots.

Steve Madden "PAULINA" Suede Peep-toe Booties in taupe and black (Maison Martin Margiela look-a-likes)

Steve Madden “PAULINA” Suede Peep-toe Bootiesls
($149.95, Steve Madden)

ASOS “ANDES” Leather Ankle Boots

UPDATE (02/04/2013): Found another great MMM peep-toe bootie look-a-like by ASOS. Available in black or brown leather.

ASOS "ANDES" Leather Ankle Boots in black (Maison Martin Margiela 22 knockoffs)

ASOS “ANDES” Leather Ankle Boots
($127.28, ASOS)

Diavolina “Addict” Peep-toe Booties

With the current transition from summery warm to a colder climate, this bootie functions perfectly in the often moody transitional weather. The Diavolina “Addict” Bootie is designed for multiple seasons and can easily be worn on colder days with tights, or barefoot on warmer days. Besides the fact that they are an amazing designer look-a-like, they are also accessible to the masses. With international shipping for an extra fee, they can easily reach any destination.

Diavolina "Addict" Peep-toe Booties in wine red suede and black leather (Maison Martin Margiela knockoffs)

Diavolina “Addict” Peep-toe Bootiesamazon
(£66.99, Amazon.co.uk)

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Fashion magazines are consistently talking about the day clutch. While carrying all your essentials in a bag the size of a large envelope isn’t exactly feasible, how can you make a clutch work during the day? It’s easy, you just toss it in your larger work tote and then pull it out for lunch, a quick run to Starbucks, or keep it handy for an impromptu dinner after work. This particular style by Valentino is perfect. It has great proportion, construction and just enough edginess to make it less “boardroom” and more “downtown chic”. But although this particular clutch would get a lot of use, it may not be quite enough to justify the price. As always, we present you more accessible options. Check it out below!

Valentino Rockstud Leather Clutch in black

Valentino Rockstud Leather Clutchls
($1.395, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Bergdorf Goodmanls, Forward, Saks Fifth Avenuels, Nordstromls & Farfetchls.

Celebrities Love Valentino

Zoe Saldana, Alexa Chung, Jessica Biel, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba and Clémence Poésy carrying a Valentino Rockstud Leather Clutch

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Carlos by Carlos Santana “Sarita” Studded Zip Top Wristlet Clutch

UPDATE (06/17/2015): Discovered these fabulous Valentino Rockstud pouch dupes by Carlos by Carlos Santana today. They’re available in either black, white or turqoise faux leather and are currently on sale for a steal price of $29.97 (down from $69!).

Carlos by Carlos Santana "Sarita" Studded Zip Top Wristlet Clutch in black and turquoise (Valentino Rockstud knockoffs)

Carlos by Carlos Santana “Sarita” Studded Zip Top Wristlet Clutch
($29.97, Nordstrom Rack)

MICHAEL Michael Kors Large “Selma” Stud-Trim Saffiano Clutch

UPDATE (08/15/2013): Whoa, look at this fab Valentino dupe by MICHAEL Michael Kors! Totally looks like the high-end designer clutch, but actually costs only $108! I also love the Saffiano leather which is usually mainly used for and most known because of Prada’s famous Saffiano bags. Available in a lot of different colors like tan, taupe, turquoise, red and purple!

MICHAEL Michael Kors Large "Selma" Stud-Trim Saffiano Clutch in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

MICHAEL Michael Kors Large “Selma” Stud-Trim Saffiano Clutchls
(108, Neiman Marcus)

Stylistpick “Alessia” Multi Stud Clutch

UPDATE (02/10/2013): And here we have another Valentino Rockstud Clutch look-a-like by Stylistpick. Available in black or beige faux leather for £20! Psst: All new customers to Stylistpick automatically receive 25% off their first item!

Stylistpick "Alessia" Multi Stud Clutch in black and nude (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

Stylistpick “Alessia” Multi Stud Clutch
(£20, Stylistpick)

GoJane Pyramid Stud Trim Clutch

HOT DEAL: Use promo code “GJSHIP60” to get free shipping on your $60+ order!

Just as lovely, this version by GoJane is exactly the type of clutch you need for everyday and costs way less than the original designer inspiration. Place all your essentials inside and then place it in your larger tote to make it easier to pull out when you’re on the go. It will also keep everything organized and easier to spot inside your larger bag as well! Wear this clutch with everything; from your pencil skirt and blouse to your jeans on the weekend for brunch. The detachable strap is fantastic; and I’m sure you’ll find a dozen ways to wear your new bag! Want to add a little glam twist to your look? You can also get this style in peach or gold metallic faux leather.

GoJane Pyramid Stud Trim Clutch in black (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

GoJane Pyramid Stud Trim Clutch
($11.95, GoJane)

Buffalo Stud Clutch Bag

Another great steal and also made of completely vegan leather is this cute look-a-like clutch by Buffalo. These are a bit more expensive than the previous style, but the hardware is very similar to the original. The wristlet detail is just fabulous because it helps keep your hands free when you need them most (perhaps you’re going out for cocktails or meeting friends at an after work networking event). I really like that you have the option of the taupe color as well because it’s perfect if you wear a lot of brown or prefer a lighter palette for your key wardrobe pieces.

Buffalo Stud Clutch Bag in black and taupe (Valentino Rockstud knockoff)

Buffalo Stud Clutch Bag
(€49.90, Buffalo)

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Fellow vegans and vegetarians unite! Stella McCartney has created an all vegan faux leather handbag to mimic the lavish style, without resorting to animals to achieve a luxurious appeal. Not only is Stella McCartney a lifelong devotee to vegetarianism, she has also an impeccable tailoring and wonderful taste to fulfill the desirable expensive, leather look. This Shaggy Deer Falabella Fold Over Clutch is bold and has a super edgy look and ultimately can be the key accessory to any outfit. As much as I would love to own any piece from her vegan collection someday, especially this one, I can’t afford to pay such a grand price. However, there is no reason to fret since we have such beautiful and affordable alternatives below!

Stella McCartney Shaggy Deer Falabella Fold Over Clutch in black

Stella McCartney Shaggy Deer Falabella Fold Over Clutchls
($895, Neiman Marcus)

P.S.: Also available at Net-A-Porterls, Barneysls, Nordstromls, Bergdorf Goodmanls, Stella McCartney, Farfetchls & Selfridges.

Celebrities Love Stella McCartney

Kate Moss, Jordana Brewster, Jenny McCarthy, Alesha Dixon and Glenn Close carrying a Stella McCartney Shaggy Deer Falabella Fold Over Clutch

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Phase 3 Lizard Chain Foldover Clutch

UPDATE (06/17/2015): Our reader Devna tipped us off about this lovely Falabella clutch look-alike by Phase 3. Also available in various other colors for $48!

Phase 3 Lizard Chain Foldover Clutch in black (Stella McCartney Falabella knockoff)

Phase 3 Lizard Chain Foldover Clutchls
($48, Nordstrom)

Inzi Chain Border Clutch

UPDATE (04/22/2014): Discovered this cute Stella McCartney Falabella clutch dupes by Inzi. Available in pewter and white faux leather for $88.95!

Inzi Chain Border Clutch in pewter and white (Stella McCartney Falabella knockoff)

Inzi Chain Border Clutchpjx
($88.95, Lori’s)

Urban Expressions “Joy” Clutch Messenger Bag

UPDATE (10/18/2012): Just came across this lovely and super affordable Falabella clutch alternative by Urban Expressions. Available in black, navy, pewter, red and silver.

Urban Expressions "Joy" Clutch Messenger Bag in black (Stella McCartney Falabella knockoff)

Urban Expressions “Joy” Clutch Messenger Bagamazon
($54.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Century 21ls, Lori’spjx, Zalando.co.uk & Zalando.deaffilinet.

Latico “Crawford” Clutch

There is no reason we shouldn’t indulge in the Stella McCartney style, especially when the price tag is less than 13% (sale price!) of the real deal’s sale price. This “Crawford” Clutch by Latico is certainly more affordable, yet it looks just as expensive. And though the silhouette and structure of this clutch is minimal the overall result is maximum impact. The chain embellishments are edgy but chic at the same time and for utmost versatility one can wear it with a drop-in chained strap or simply as a clutch. Additionally, this clutch comes in an array of colors such as red, taupe, metallic white and mocha leather.

Latico "Crawford" Clutch in black (Stella McCartney Falabella knockoff)

Latico “Crawford” Clutchamazon
($52.50, Amazon)

Traffic People “Emily” Chain Shoulder Bag

A favorite steal of mine is this “Emily” Chain Shoulder Bag by Traffic People. It is currently on sale for £25.68, but still pertains and upholds to the appearance of the Falabella Fold Over Clutch. Here it is pictured in the black color; however, the navy blue is just as amazing! It is not only efficient in functionality, but also the best priced look-a-like alternative. For extra savings, one day shipping is free if you are located anywhere in the UK or EU. Although international shipping is available, the downside is that shipping prices become a bit steep (£20 flat fee per delivery for all non-EU countries).

Traffic People "Emily" Chain Shoulder Bag in black (Stella McCartney Falabella knockoff)

Traffic People “Emily” Chain Shoulder Bagamazon
(£25.68, Amazon.co.uk)

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Obsession of the Day – Blush Beauty

by Irina on June 14, 2015

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with soft, flesh-toned colors such as blush pink. There’s something so quintessentially feminine about that color that makes me want to turn my wardrobe into an altar for everything blush. So when I happened to come across this gorgeous nude-colored draped jersey skirt by Rachel Pally, I simply had to create a blush-toned look around it. I went full on matchy-matchy with this outfit which might be a bit too much for some, but I totally love it. Do you?

Obsession of the Day - Blush Beauty

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Image source(s): Shopbop, Ulta, bebe, Macy’s, BaubleBar, BagInc

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