UPDATE: This post has been updated on August 23, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

Even though I love high heels and complex designs, sometimes shoes have to be simple, flat and wearable in order to fit one’s needs of everyday life. Over the years, I have come to love and appreciate neutral-colored ankle boots. They are easy to combine, comfortable and look good with virtually anything in your closet. You might also already know about my passion for anything Alexander McQueen and these chain-embellished booties from the lower-priced McQ Alexander McQueen line unite everything I love in a good ankle boot. They are flat (= comfortable) yet have a small heel (= added height) and the gold chain is a nice little detail which gives these booties a more individualistic, unique look. If only I could afford these…

McQ Alexander McQueen Paddock Chain-Embellished Ankle Boots in black

McQ Alexander McQueen Paddock Chain-Embellished Ankle Bootsls
($625, Farfetch)

P.S.: Also available in bordeaux patent leather at YOOXls.

ASOS “AS GOOD AS GOLD” Wide Fit Leather Ankle Boots

UPDATE (08/23/2014): Discovered yet another great McQ back-chain bootie alternative at ASOS today.

ASOS "AS GOOD AS GOLD" Wide Fit Leather Ankle Boots in black (McQ Paddock knockoffs)

ASOS “AS GOOD AS GOLD” Wide Fit Leather Ankle Bootsls
($92.87, ASOS)

P.S.: Also available at ASOS (DE) & ASOS (FR).

Ivanka Trump “Danny” Ankle Boots

UPDATE (10/20/2013): And here we have yet another McQ designer inspired chaint bootie. Check out these ankle boots by Ivanka Trump. Available in black and dark brown leather.

Ivanka Trump "Danny" Ankle Boots in black (McQ Paddock knockoffs)

Ivanka Trump “Danny” Ankle Bootscj
($99.99, 6pm)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon.

Forever 21 Standout Chained Booties

UPDATE (10/08/2013): Just happened to stumble upon these fab and cheap chained ankle boots (aka McQ Paddock boot look-a-likes) at Forever 21.

Forever 21 Standout Chained Booties in black (McQ Alexander McQueen Paddock knockoffs)

Forever 21 Standout Chained Bootiesls
($39.80, Forever 21)

Steve Madden “GRUDGES” Chain-Embellished Booties

Well, hello again Mr. Steve Madden! Here we go with yet another designer-inspired shoe. The “GRUDGES” ankle boot is a great alternative if you want the look of the McQ chain booties for a fraction of the price.

Steve Madden "GRUDGES" Chain-Embellished Booties in black (McQ Alexander McQueen Paddock knockoffs)

Steve Madden “GRUDGES” Chain-Embellished Bootiesls
($169.95, Steve Madden)

Jeffrey Campbell “Sammy” Chain-Embellished Ankle Boots

If you prefer a shinier look and are willing to spend a bit more, check out this black patent bootie by Jeffrey Campbell. So close to the real deal!

Jeffrey Campbell "Sammy" Chain-Embellished Ankle Boots in black patent (McQ Alexander McQueen Paddock knockoffs)

Jeffrey Campbell “Sammy” Chain-Embellished Ankle Bootscj
($204.95, Urban Outfitters)

Image source(s): The Outnet, ASOS, Zappos, Forever 21, Steve Madden, Lori’s

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on August 22, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

Oh boy! I think I might have a new favorite Chanel bag! I’ve always thought I would never like a Chanel bag more than their classic flap bag, but seeing the quilted version of the Chanel Boy bag below makes me reconsider. It’s edgier than all the classic Chanel bags and I love its modern twist. It looks fresh and new yet still remains to be quintessentially Chanel. Not sure how much this baggie retails for, but I do know that I’m not able to afford it. Boohoo!

Chanel Quilted Boy Bag in black

Chanel Quilted Boy Bag
(Price Unknown, N/A)

Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Crossbody Bag

UPDATE (08/22/2014): Forever 21 now have a second, more exact Chanel Boy bag dupe available for $24.80 in either black or cream faux leather.

Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Crossbody Bag in black and white (Chanel Boy knockoffs)

Forever 21 Quilted Faux Leather Crossbody Bagls
($24.80, Forever 21)

P.S.: Also available at Forever 21 (UK)ls & Forever 21 (EU).

DailyLook Large Classic Quilted Purse

UPDATE (12/24/2013): Now check out these amazing Chanel Boy bag dupes which I found over at DailyLook. So close to the original and the price of $49.99 ain’t too bad either. Available in 2 sizes.

DailyLook Large Classic Quilted Purse in black, nude, navy and black and white (Chanel Boy knockoffs)

DailyLook Large Classic Quilted Pursecj
($49.99, DailyLook)

BagInc “Ingrid” Quilted Medium Leather Bag

UPDATE (12/17/2013): Found this super lovely Chanel Boy dupe at BagInc today for $109! Use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” to get 10% off! Also available in a small and a black/white version.

BagInc "Ingrid" Quilted Medium Leather Bag in black (Chanel Boy knockoff)

BagInc “Ingrid” Quilted Medium Leather Bag
($109, BagInc)

Fiorelli “Chelsea” Quilted Flap Over Shoulder Bag

If you’re looking for a Chanel Boy inspired-by option, check out the “Chelsea” bag by Fiorelli. It has all the important characteristics of the Chanel bag yet isn’t a too obvious knock-off. Available in black or nude faux leather.

Fiorelli "Chelsea" Quilted Flap Over Shoulder Bag in black (Chanel Boy knockoff)

Fiorelli “Chelsea” Quilted Flap Over Shoulder Bagls
($69.87, ASOS)

Jessica Buurman “WLLIET” Chain Strap Shoulder Clutch Bag

HOT DEAL: Sign up to the Jessica Buurman newsletter and receive 10% off your first order!

Jessica Buurman aren’t quite as discrete with their Chanel look-a-likes. Their “WLLIET” bags which, by the way, come in 28 different versions including the gorgeous emerald green velvet version that I absolutely love, are pretty much spot-on Chanel Boy dupes. Just wish these were genuine leather, but oh well you can’t have it all I guess.

Jessica Buurman "WLLIET" Chain Strap Shoulder Clutch Bag in black (Chanel Boy knockoff)

Jessica Buurman “WLLIET” Chain Strap Shoulder Clutch Bag
($89-$95, Jessica Buurman)

P.S.: Also available in black at Chicnova for $58.

Forever 21 Iconic Faux Leather Crossbody Bag

Forever 21 also have a lovely and super budget-friendly Chanel Boy inspired woven faux leather crossbody bag which comes in either black or white and costs $27.80!

Forever 21 Iconic Faux Leather Crossbody Bag in black and white (Chanel Boy knockoff)

Forever 21 Iconic Faux Leather Crossbody Bagls
($27.80, Forever 21)

Choies Chain Strap Quilted Cross Body Bag

At Choies I stumbled upon this super cute denim fabric Chanel Boy look-a-like which retails for a little over $80. Don’t forget to use the promo code above to save some extra cash!

Choies Chain Strap Quilted Cross Body Bag (Chanel Boy knockoff)

Choies Chain Strap Quilted Cross Body Bag
($82.99, Choies)

Image source(s): Google Images, DailyLook, BagInc, ASOS, Jessica Buurman, Forever 21, Choies

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on August 21, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

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, N/A)

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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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 Bagls
($22.80, Forever 21)

P.S.: Also available at Forever 21 (Canada)ls.

Jessica Buurman “SOAN” Push Lock Bag

UPDATE (05/31/2013): Found another great Céline Box Bag alternative in this lovely bag from Jessica Buurman. Made of genuine leather and also available in 12 (!) other beautiful colors. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

Jessica Buurman "SOAN" Push Lock Bag in navy blue (Céline Box look-a-like)

Jessica Buurman “SOAN” Push Lock Bag
($119, Jessica Buurman)

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 Bagcj
($29.95, DSW)

GoJane Buckle Strap Satchel

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

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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Back in May, one of our readers emailed us in search of Emma Watson‘s stunning white column gown which she wore to the “Noah” UK Premiere in London in March.

Hi there,

I am trying to find Emma Watson’s dress that she wore to the UK premiere of Noah. I know it’s Ralph Lauren. But I can’t find it on his site. Any similar suggestions or where to buy it is of great help to me.

Thanks
Gail

As soon as I laid my eyes on Emma at this red carpet event, I was swept off my feet! She looked immaculate in her silky white column halterneck gown by Ralph Lauren and her Jimmy Choo shoes and clutch. Her dress was quite likely custom made, that’s why I tried to recreate Emma’s outfit for the girl on a budget. Hope you like my take on Emma’s look, Gail!

Emma Watson’s White Ralph Lauren Gown Look 4 Less

Emma Watson's White Ralph Lauren Gown Look 4 Less

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Our Rating: ★★★★★

Who?Emma Watson
Where?UK Premiere of “Noah” in London, England
When?March 31, 2014
What?Ralph Lauren halterneck gown, Jimmy Choo “Carmen” Clutchls ($1.450), Jimmy Choo “Anouk” Pointed-Toe Pumpsls ($595)

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UPDATE: This post has been updated on August 19, 2014. Scroll down to see the new adds.

I have a feeling this summer will be the summer of the espadrille. First we had Valentino’s lace espadrilles and Chanel’s iconic cap-toe espadrille flats and Céline have created their own version in form of this pony hair espadrille slipper which also comes in gorgeous leopard print and royal blue (my fave!). I couldn’t find a retail price for these, but I’m sure they’re totally out of my budget.

Céline Pony Hair Espadrille Slippers in black

Céline Pony Hair Espadrille Slippers
(Price Unknown, Céline)

Celebrities Love Céline

Celebs such as Ashley Olsen and Jennifer Garner and style blogger Bryan Boy have all been spotted wearing Céline Pony Hair Espadrille Slippers.

Ashley Olsen, Bryan Boy and Jennifer Garner wearing black Céline Pony Hair Espadrille Slippers

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ALDO “Fesien” Slip-On Espadrilles

UPDATE (08/19/2014): There’s also a fabulous Céline slip-on espadrille alternative available in either black, leopard print or gold for $90 at ALDO.

ALDO "Fesien" Slip-On Espadrilles in black (Céline knockoffs)

ALDO “Fesien” Slip-On Espadrillesls
($90, ALDO)

P.S.: Also available at ALDO (Canada)ls & ALDO (UK).

Jessica Buurman “HELANA” Slip-On Espadrille Shoes

UPDATE (08/19/2014): Stumbled upon these Céline espadrille dupes at Jessica Buurman. Available in black leather or calf hair. Don’t forget to sign up to their newsletter to get a 10% off coupon!

Jessica Buurman "HELANA" Slip-On Espadrille Shoes in black (Céline knockoffs)

Jessica Buurman “HELANA” Slip-On Espadrille Shoes
($169, Jessica Buurman)

Tony Bianco “Chika” Pony Hair Slip-On Espadrille Flatforms

UPDATE (08/05/2014): Here’s one more Céline designer espadrille alternative to add to the list. Found at Tony Bianco.

Tony Bianco "Chika" Pony Hair Slip-On Espadrille Flatforms in black (Céline knockoffs)

Tony Bianco “Chika” Pony Hair Slip-On Espadrille Flatforms
($99.95 AUD, Tony Bianco)

Steven by Steve Madden “LANII” Calf Hair Espadrilles

But imagine my happiness when I first spied this calf hair espadrille from Steven by Steve Madden. A pretty perfect Céline dupe if I may say so. And at $72.99/pair (sale price!), I might even be tempted to buy them in two colors. Available in black, blue, pink, grey, leopard and zebra.

Steven by Steve Madden "LANII" Calf Hair Espadrilles in black (Céline knockoffs)

Steven by Steve Madden “LANII” Calf Hair Espadrillescj
($72.99, Zappos)

P.S.: Also available at Piperlimecj, DSWcj, Shopbopcj, Jildorcj, Amazonamazon, Lori’spjx, Onlineshoes.comls, Lord & Taylorcj, Steve Maddenls, Shoes.comls & Macy’sls.

Manebi “Dakota” Calf Hair Espadrilles

Another great and stylish alternative, although slightly more expensive at $130, are these espadrille flats by Manebi which are also an almost identical Céline dupe. Available in black, leopard and blue calf hair. Love these!

Manebi "Dakota" Calf Hair Espadrilles in black (Céline knockoffs)

Manebi “Dakota” Calf Hair Espadrillesls
($130, NET-A-PORTER)

P.S.: Also available at NET-A-PORTER (International)ls, Les Nouvellespjx & farfetchls.

Selected Femme “Agnes” Leather Espandrillos

We also discovered a great Céline dupe for all of you European Céline lovers. These espadrilles by Selected Femme are virtually identical to the Céline designer version but cost a mere £69.95.

Selected Femme "Agnes" Leather Espandrillos in black fur (Céline knockoffs)

Selected Femme “Agnes” Leather Espandrillos
(£69.95, Nelly)

P.S.: Also available at About Youaffilinet & Amazon.co.ukamazon.

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