Update: This post has been updated on March 07, 2010. Scroll down to see the new add.

It’s been about a year but I am now fully committed to the open-toe bootie look. I think it’s the versatility that gets me – they look equally as great with a skirt or dress as they do with pants. These Sergio Rossi Dakota booties are the perfect new addition to the trend. The basket-weave and pale wooden heel scream spring (get here, already!) but the dark leather glides you effortlessly into fall. I think these hot booties would look awesome with bare legs but also beautiful with colored tights. Unfortunately with a hefty price tag of $366 (sale price!) those outfit ideas are merely a day-dream.

Sergio Rossi Dakota Woven Booties in black

Sergio Rossi Dakota Woven Bootiescj
($366, Zappos)

Michael Antonio “Matteo” Woven Ankle Boots

UPDATE (02/28/2010): Just happened to stumble upon these Sergio Rossi inspired booties by Michael Antonio. Me likey! Available in black, tan, beige & turquoise.

Michael Antonio "Matteo" Woven Ankle Boots in black (Sergio Rossi Dakota knockoffs)

Michael Antonio “Matteo” Woven Ankle Bootsamazon
($71.95, Amazon)

Boutique 9 “Yashi” Huarache Pumps

I was psyched when I happened upon these Boutique 9 heels. While slightly more of a pump than a bootie, these shoes totally embody the spirit of the Sergio Rossis. Some of you may actually also prefer the black heel to the tan of the originals. Available in both tan and black, I picture these worn with a full skirt and a brightly-colored printed top.

Boutique 9 "Yashi" Huarache Pumps in black (Sergio Rossi Dakota knockoffs)

Boutique 9 “Yashi” Huarache Pumpsamazon
($115.46, Amazon)

N.Y.L.A. “Writhe” Huarache Pumps

For those of you that liked the deep brown color of the originals but not the price, this version by N.Y.L.A. might be perfect for you. These booties are slightly more rugged than the Dakotas but they also are considerably cheaper and still have that great basket-weave look. With a myriad of colors to choose from, you can’t go wrong.

N.Y.L.A. "Writhe" Huarache Pumps in brown (Sergio Rossi Dakota knockoffs)

N.Y.L.A. “Writhe” Huarache Pumpscj
($61.02, REVOLVEClothing)

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Last year, I discovered the glorious versatility of the oversized grey tank. Throw it on with skinnies and it’s perfect for a summer weekend, or belt it over a skinny mini, add a blazer and strappy sandals or booties, and it’s a sexy-but-not-too date night ensemble. I can see why celebs love the KAiN Side Drape Pocket Tank. You can wear it with almost everything, to almost anywhere.

KAiN Side Drape Pocket Tank in grey

KAiN Side Drape Pocket Tankcj
($93, Shopbop)

Celebrities Love KAiN

Lindsay Lohan and Dakota Fanning wearing a KAiN Side Drape Pocket Tank

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NYC Boutique “The Shark Bite Tank”

The KAiN Side Drape Pocket Tank is a wonderful wardrobe staple, but $94 for a tank top? Come on. That’s a bit much. Luckily, we’ve found an alternative that is not only cheaper, but better. “The Shark Bite Tank” by NYC Boutique has the same flowing sides and pocket, but it is less transparent. That’s good for two reasons: a dark legging or bottom doesn’t show through the shirt, and the material holds up longer. See? I told you it was a better choice.

NYC Boutique "The Shark Bite Tank" in gray (KAiN Label knockoff)

NYC Boutique “The Shark Bite Tank”ls
($34, Karmaloop)

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Every woman needs that perfect dress in her closet; the dress that hugs in the right places and flows away in the wrong ones. I know generally this is a little black dress but I’m going to argue that a dash of color, on the contrary, is what will really get you noticed. Reem Acra started out as a bridal gown designer back in 1997 but eventually branched out – and perfected – the red carpet dress. Acra’s experience designing for women’s bodies is clearly evident in this satin jersey wrap dress from her Resort 2010 collection. Exquisitely draped with that aforementioned pop of color, this dress was made to flatter a woman’s body.

Reem Acra Resort 2010 Satin Jersey Wrap Dress in baby blue

Reem Acra Resort 2010 Satin Jersey Wrap Dress
(Price Unknown, N/A)

Celebrities Love Reem Acra

Katherine Heigl & Carla Gugino wearing Reem Acra Resort 2010 Satin Jersey Wrap Dress

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ABS by Allen Schwartz Crossover Pleated Dress

Now don’t get me wrong: I adore the ocean blue hue of the Reem Acra Satin Jersey Dress, above, however how delicious is the steel blue (cornflower blue?) of our ABS by Allen Schwartz knock-off? It is precisely that inability to pinpoint the shade that really renders this dress so captivating. We’re missing some of the Grecian draping of the original, but I can picture this color looking outrageously good on a whole spectrum of skin tones. Still a bit pricey at $320, but this dress is guaranteed to be your go-to frock for all fancy occasions.

ABS by Allen Schwartz Crossover Pleated Dress with Jeweled Waist in cornflower

ABS by Allen Schwartz Crossover Pleated Dressls
($320, Bloomingdale’s)


It was only yesterday that I told you about these hot hidden platforms pumps by Mixx. They’re very reminiscient of Christian Louboutin’s Rolando pumps and I was right to say that you better act fast if you want to snap these up because I just checked and the black version is already completely sold out at LuLu*s. Not surprising considering their price of $34!

Anyway, I just cyberstalked on LuLu*s again and stumbled upon these awesome blue & hot pink version of the “Laura” pumps and I’m head over heels for them! Color, shape, price are absolutely fantastic! If you love these too, be fast because I don’t expect these to last long on the website either. Hurry and head over to LuLu*s to grab this cheap thrill (don’t forget to use our coupon code above for some extra budget relief).

Mixx Laura-01 Hot Hidden Platform Pumps in blue & fuchsia faux suede

Mixx Laura-01 Hot Hidden Platform Pumps
($34, LuLu*s)

P.S.: Also available at Shiekhcj, LoveMyShoes & AmiClubWear.


What I love about Eva Longoria is that she’s not one to shy away from color. Also because she can make a simple $150 frock look absolutely luxe. Yes, believe it, this hot pink sheath dress costs less than $150! Eva mastered the uptown chic to perfection and usually sticks with trusted red carpet designers for public events, that’s why I never expected her to wear such accesible fashion. Can’t say I don’t love it though!

Eva Longoria wearing a hot pink Jones New York Lotus Pink Silk Sheath Dress

Our Rating: ★★★★☆

Who?Eva Longoria
Where?2010 The Hollywood Reporter Reception Honoring Oscar Nominees, Los Angeles
When?March 4, 2010
What?Jones New York Lotus Pink Silk Sheath Dress

Jones New York Lotus Pink Silk Sheath Dress

Jones New York Lotus Pink Silk Sheath Dress in fuchsia pink

Jones New York Lotus Pink Silk Sheath Dressamazon
($149, Amazon)

If you like Eva’s red carpet look head-to-toe and want to recreate it as a whole, check out our take on Eva’s accessories below:

Eva Longoria Look 4 Less

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