UPDATE: This post has been updated on August 25, 2014. Scroll down to see the new add.

Sometimes I really question my sanity. I will jump at the chance to buy and subsequently wear (all night long) a pair of 5 inch heels, however when it comes to bags I am much more comfort-conscious. I carry my Rebecca Minkoff cross-body purse more than any other bag in my closet, and it’s because it’s just so darn comfortable. I really love a cross-body bag because it distributes the weight of all your worldly possessions while simultaneously looking effortlessly chic. My new favorite bag to fall into this utopian category is the Proenza Schouler PS1 Large Leather Satchel. God, it’s a beauty, isn’t it? I’m particularly lusting after the gray color Leighton Meester is carrying. Unfortunately this satchel retails for $1.995. Yes, folks, life is cruel.

Proenza Schouler PS1 Large Leather Satchel in chestnut brown

Proenza Schouler PS1 Large Leather Satchells
($1.995, Bergdorf Goodman)

P.S.: Also available at Neiman Marcusicon, Forward by Elyse Walkercj, Barneysls & Kirna Zabêtels.

Celebrities Love Proenza Schouler

Mary-Kate Olsen, Kirsten Dunst, Leighton Meester, Nicky Hilton, Jessica Alba and Chloë Sevigny carrying a Proenza Schouler PS1 satchel bag

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Sole Society “Presley” Vegan Leather Messenger Bag

UPDATE (08/25/2014): Stumbled upon this Proenza Schouler PS1 inspired handbag at Sole Society today. It’s available in either black, red or brown faux leather.

Sole Society "Presley" Vegan Leather Messenger Bag in brown (Proenza Schouler PS1 knockoff)

Sole Society “Presley” Vegan Leather Messenger Bagls
($59.95, Sole Society)

Forever 21 Runaround Faux Leather Satchel

UPDATE (05/09/2014): Found these cute satchels at Forever 21 that instantly reminded me of the Proenza Schouler PS1 bag. Love all the different colors, too!

Forever 21 Runaround Faux Leather Satchel (Proenza Schouler PS1 knockoff)

Forever 21 Runaround Faux Leather Satchells
($27.80, Forever 21)

Chicnova Pure Color Nubuck Leather Tote

UPDATE (02/02/2014): After a long time, I stumbled upon these fabulous Proenza Schouler PS1 dupes at Chicnova. These bags are made of nubuck leather, are currently on sale for $51.80 and also come in various other lovely colors. Make sure to sign up for the newsletter and you’ll get 20% off your first order at Chicnova.

Chicnova Pure Color Nubuck Leather Tote (Proenza Schouler PS1 knockoff)

Chicnova Pure Color Nubuck Leather Tote
($51.80, Chicnova)

P.S.: Also available at Jessica Buurman.

Tylie Malibu Heritage Trotter Ohio THC002 Satchel

UPDATE (09/29/2011): So I know this “steal” by Tylie Malibu is probably the most expensive designer look-a-like we’ve ever featured, but I just found it way too good to pass on it. The bag might be too pricey for most of us at $449, but it’s still $1.500 cheaper than the original PS1 so I guess it does qualify as a steal.

Tylie Malibu Heritage Trotter Ohio THC002 Satchel in black (Proenza Schouler PS1 knockoff)

Tylie Malibu Heritage Trotter Ohio THC002 Satchelamazon
($449, Amazon)

BagInc The Most Coveted Bag For Years

UPDATE (07/24/2011): This PS1 knockoff by BagInc is one of the best look-a-likes I’ve seen yet. And it’s made of real leather, too. Love all the colors! Use our exclusive promo code “INTHEIRCLOSET” to get 10% OFF your entire order!

BagInc The Most Coveted Bag For Years (Proenza Schouler PS1 knockoff)

BagInc The Most Coveted Bag For Years
($92, BagInc)

Vieta Veronique Buckle Satchel

UPDATE (07/24/2011): Just came across another PS1 alternative by Vieta.

Vieta Veronique Buckle Satchel in cream and yellow (Proenza Schouler PS1 knockoff)

Vieta Veronique Buckle Satchel
($69.66, Handbag Heaven)

Mossimo Messenger Bag

UPDATE (03/25/2011): Just stumbled upon the much buzzed about infamous PS1 knockoff by Mossimo. Available in black, cognac, mushroom and olive.

Mossimo Messenger Bag in cognac (Proenza Schouler PS1 knockoff)

Mossimo Messenger Bagpjx
($34.99, Target)

Pink Studio “Martine” Suede Satchel

UPDATE (07/24/2010): Check out this almost identical PS1 knockoff by Pink Studio. Isn’t it absolutely amazing?

Pink Studio "Martine" Suede Satchel in tan (Proenza Schouler PS1 knockoff)

Pink Studio “Martine” Suede Satchel
($185, Baghaus)

ASOS Leather Slot Through Satchel

UPDATE (05/14/2010): I just stumbled upon another ASOS PS1 inspired version and I think it looks absolutely amazing. The bags comes in black, nude, yellow, green, mink & black/brown, is made of real leather and although not every detail is spot-on the overall look & feel is very similar to the Proenza Schouler PS1 in my opinion.

ASOS Leather Slot Through Satchel in nude & black (Proenza Schouler PS1 knockoff)

ASOS Leather Slot Through Satchells
($109.49, ASOS)

ASOS Leather Twist Lock Satchel

But wait! What light through yonder window breaks? ASOS‘s Leather Twist Lock Satchel is not an exact copy of the Proenza Schouler bag but it is so similar in all the ways that count (I considered seeing that Shakespeare reference through to the bitter end but didn’t want to bore you). I love the buttery looking leather and of course the long cross-body strap. I am also quite fond of the rich tan color. I truly think this is an excellent “inspired by” satchel. Now if only it came in gray…

ASOS Leather Twist Lock Satchel in tan (Proenza Schouler PS1 knockoff)

ASOS Leather Twist Lock Satchells
($117.92, ASOS)

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Felt like doing a new budget look today. And as you can see I’m still very much in love with the “striped crop top meets fitted skirt meets nude ankle strap heel”-thing. Sorry, can’t help it, it just makes such a stylish and flattering combination I think. This time I added a couple of turquoise accents to liven up the outfit. Do you like it?

Budget Look - Lime, Stripes & Turquoise

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Image source(s): Topshop, DSW, BaubleBar, River Island, Piperlime, ULTA

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Well, hello there Giuseppe Zanotti darlings! You look quite nice. I love your serpent gold ankle strap detail along with the snake-embossed leather and the pin-thin stiletto heel of yours. How about you both hop into my shopping cart, huh? Oh, wait a moment, is that a $1.600 price tag I spot on you? Uhm, well, it was really nice meeting you. Gotta go now. Bye!

Giuseppe Zanotti E40254 Nirvana Snake Ankle Cuff High Heel Sandals in black snakeskin

Giuseppe Zanotti E40254 Nirvana Snake Ankle Cuff High Heel Sandalsls
($1,696.63, Farfetch)

P.S.: Also available at Amazonamazon, Neiman Marcusls, Bergdorf Goodmanls & Saksls.

Celebrities Loves Giuseppe Zanotti

Model Chrissy Teigen has been spotted wearing Giuseppe Zanotti E40254 Nirvana Snake Ankle Cuff High Heel Sandals at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards.

Chrissy Teigen wearing black suede Giuseppe Zanotti E40254 Nirvana Snake Ankle Cuff High Heel Sandals

bebe “Sameena” Gold Anklet Sandals

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If you, too, find yourself having such a talk with those designer shoes above, here’s a great Zanotti dupe I’ve found at bebe. Their “Sameena” sandal is very similar looking to the Giuseppe Zanotti heels, but will cost you only approx. 10% of the real deal. So yay for that, right?

bebe "Sameena" Gold Anklet Sandals in white and black (Giuseppe Zanotti E40254 Nirvana knockoffs)

bebe “Sameena” Gold Anklet Sandals
($159, bebe)

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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

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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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