Alexander Wang‘s Hilary Leather Studded Shopper was destined to be a huge success. It combines the classic shape of a hobo with the rocker edge and masterful craftsmanship that Wang brings to all his leather creations. The bag is pure leather smooshiness and will hold your entire life if you let it. Shockingly, despite the huge price tag ($900!), this bag is completely sold out.

Alexander Wang Hilary Leather Studded Shopper in black

Alexander Wang Hilary Leather Studded Shopper
($900, SOLD OUT)

ASOS Premium Leather Flat Cone Stud Slouch Bag

ASOS recently came out with their version of the Alexander Wang Hilary Shopper. Their Flat Cone Stud Slouch bag is 100% leather and looks just as soft as smooshy as the original. Works great as an everyday bag but could easily double as an overnight or weekender bag. If you love the Alexander Wang but can’t afford or find it, I think this ASOS is a great alternative – $145 is pretty darn reasonable for a real leather bag!

ASOS Premium Leather Flat Cone Stud Slouch Bag in black (Alexander Wang Hilary knockoff)

ASOS Premium Leather Flat Cone Stud Slouch Bagls
($145.30, ASOS)


Love this Nanette Lepore shirt—erm—dress?—uh—shirtdress. Actually, I take that back. I have issues with this dress. It’s cute and light and lovely for a casual summer evening, yes—but they forgot the “dress” part. And $248 for a long-ish cotton shirt (or half a dress)? Kinda steep. Don’t know about y’all, but I think only Lady Gaga could rock this and not get arrested for indecent exposure.

Nanette Lepore Charlotte Shirtdress in chambray

Nanette Lepore Charlotte Shirtdresscj
($248, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at REVOLVEClothingcj & Bloomingdale’sls.

Alloy “Ella” Shirt Dress

HOT DEAL: Use coupon code A15CPN to get 15% OFF your order! Or use promo code A25FS for free shipping on orders over $25.

A better choice, for modesty and practicality, is the “Ella” Shirt Dress by Alloy. This is a shirtdress with serious potential. Belt it and add some cognac colored sandals, and it’s an absolute winner. Add leggings and a gladiator heel and go for urban preppy. You could even throw it over a swimsuit when running to/from the pool or beach and look totally pulled together. And for under 50 bucks, plus another 15% off? Ka-ching, baby.

Alloy "Ella" Shirt Dress in light blue denim (Nanette Lepore Charlotte Shirtdress knockoff)

Alloy “Ella” Shirt Dressls
($39.90-$41.90, Alloy)

Alloy 3/4 Sleeve Shirt Dress

HOT DEAL: Use coupon code A15CPN to get 15% OFF your order! Or use promo code A25FS for free shipping on orders over $25.

Another option is this sweet little Alloy 3/4 Sleeve Shirt Dress. With its gathered empire waist and puff-sleeves, there’s no mistaking it for a classic menswear-inspired shirtdress. And like the “Ella” above, it is also extremely affordable, even before the special discount.

Alloy 3/4 Sleeve Shirt Dress in blue (Nanette Lepore Charlotte Shirtdress knockoff)

Alloy 3/4 Sleeve Shirt Dressls
($39.90-$41.90, Alloy)


I was really twisted whether or not I should share this little secret with you which almost never happens as I love our readers, but on this occasion I felt a little greedy because of the awesomeness of the deal and was afraid if too many people would know about this sale I wouldn’t be able to make a good bargain. However, Karma is a b*tch, so I better not mess with her! 😉 Alas, here’s the once-in-a-lifetime deal…

theOutnet 1st Birthday Designer Sale

Sounds too good to be true, I know. I can’t stop thinking: “Where’s the catch?” – But NET-A-PORTER who is the owner of theOutnet is a well respected e-tailer in the fashion industry, so I highly doubt that they’d be trying to fool their customers with some shady promotions. Anyway, I’m super curious to find out how good this sale’s going to be. Can you imagine snagging Louboutins for just $1? OMG! – Head over to theOutnet USls if you’re located in the US or theOutnet Internationalls for UK, Europe + rest of the world, register an account with them (if you haven’t one already) and rsvp once again for the sale which is going to be on April 16th, 2010. Good luck!

UPDATE: I just received this email which further explains how the birthday designer sale will work, read below…

Dear Irina,

Yes! is having a 1st birthday party and everyone’s invited, so be sure to tell your readers!

To celebrate our 1st birthday, the most fashionable fashion outlet will host a one-day designer sale – all items will be at the giveaway price of $1. There’s a limit of one item per guest, but be quick – items will go fast and it’s first come, first served.

This once-in-a-lifetime event will take place on Friday April 16th – our official birthday – and you’ll only be able to access the sale on the day via a secret link sent by email.

You have to RSVP to enter our birthday pop-up sale. The RSVP list opened yesterday on March 29th and closes April 11th. Even if you’ve already registered for an account at theOutnet, you’ll still need to RSVP. It’s important that you communicate this point clearly within any editorial or story.

Not registered yet? In order to RSVP, you’ll need to sign up with a password and register for an account.

Best wishes, team


Nude Shoes Under $100!

by Irina on March 30, 2010

We’ve been getting quite a few requests lately to do a post on affordable nude shoes. It’s a trend I have first seen emerging on the red carpet about 2 years ago. Eva Longoria seems to be pioneering this trend as she owns a multitude of nude heels. From simple Louboutin pumps to luscious champagne colored satin evening sandals we can regularly see Eva sporting nude footwear on and off the red carpet. And who can blame her? It’s probably as flattering as a shoe trend can be because nude shoes naturally elongate your legs and can be worn with almost any outfit either dressed up or down.

Eva Longoria wearing nude shoes

We’ve made it our mission to find the best nude heels for under $100 and I’m really satisfied with how many fabulous nude shoes are currently on the market for a budget-friendly price. Now that spring has finally come and temperatures are rising, it’s time to lighten up our wardrobes… starting with our shoes! Enjoy our finds and let us know whether or not you like this trend or if you already have a pair of nude heels in your closet.

Nude Heels Under $100

Go Shopping:

  1. BCBGeneration “Toledo” T-Strap Sandalsamazon, $89.95
  2. Gianni Bini “Honey” Pumpsls, $89.99
  3. Type Z “Penni” Platform Sandalscj, $79
  4. Shiekh Laura-01 Hidden Platform Pumpscj, $44.97
  5. rsvp “Katrina” Peep-toe Pumpscj, $83
  6. ALDO “Daven” Peep-toe Pumpsls, $90
  7. ALDO “Grayer” Peep-toe Flatsls, $55
  8. ALDO “Volmer” Open-toe Sandalsls, $65
  9. Steven by Steve Madden “BLEND” Slip-on Wedgesls, $99.95
  10. Seychelles “Get Outta Town” Braided Flatscj, $84
  11. Nina “Xion” Petal Pumpscj, $89.95
  12. Gabriella Rocha “Judit” Cork Wedgescj, $59.95
  13. Guess “Hondo” Platform Peep-toe Pumpsls, $90
  14. ALDO “Withey” Platform Peep-toe Pumpsls, $80


Azzedine Alaïa is an inspired clothes designer, but I think he’s an even better shoe designer. Devotees seem to hoard his footwear like each pair is the last. Alaïa counts many celebrities as fans but our favorite starlets seem to favor one pair of his shoes in particular: the Ankle Strap Platform Sandals. They have delightful lattice-like cut-away detailing and a 70s retro vibe. The black color is divine, of course, but the cerise has my heart (just look how great they look paired with black stockings on Miroslava Duma, below). You’ll be paying for that style, however: these sandals retail for about $660 and are sold out anyway.

Azzedine Alaïa Ankle Strap Platform Sandals in red

Azzedine Alaïa Ankle Strap Platform Sandalsls
(£490, NET-A-PORTER)

Celebrities Love Azzedine Alaïa

Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Simpson, Miroslava Duma and Sandra Bullock wearing Azzedine Alaïa Ankle Strap Platform Sandals

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GUESS “Tank” Platform Sandals

If you love the look of the Alaïas but, like me, can’t afford them, GUESS has come out with their version of the Ankle Strap Platform Sandal. Their red color appears to be more on the side of burnt orange but the lattice cut-away is dead-on, as is the adorable peep-toe. GUESS has added a T-strap to their copy, which some women might find is actually more flattering to their legs than just having an ankle-strap. These GUESS “Tank” sandals are also available in medium and dark brown as well as black and come with a reasonable price tag of $98.95.

GUESS "Tank" Platform Sandals in dark red (Azzedine Alaia knockoffs)

GUESS “Tank” Platform Sandalsamazon
($98.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Heels.comcj.

Vince Camuto “Paula” Peep-toe Sandals

If the GUESS sandals aren’t quite doing it for you (I don’t know, maybe you hate T-straps!), we thought these Vince Camuto “Paula” sandals were also a great alternative to the Alaïas. They have the same great cut-aways (minus the perforated edges), a platform front (with triangle detailing, just like the originals) and a retro-inspired chunky heel. These will run you less than the GUESS sandals, which is to say a helluva lot less than the Azzedine Alaïas.

Vince Camuto "Paula" Peep-toe Sandals in black (Azzedine Alaia knockoffs)

Vince Camuto “Paula” Peep-toe Sandalsamazon
($53.95, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Shoebuyls & Dillard’sls.


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