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Two more weeks until Valentine’s Day and while I’m not particularly excited about V-Day itself (all the single ladies!), I do like any opportunity that allows me to dress up and act all flirty about it. When dressing up, my personal motto is: “Drama, drama, drama!”, that’s why this black off-the-shoulder midi dress by Bardot with its body-con silhouette and the dramatic bell sleeves instantly caught my attention. I immediately started styling this LBD in my head and style-wise it felt like my mind ran in 100 different directions. There are a lot of ways to style this versatile dress and I decided to pick three for you to show: bold, romantic and just plain cute. So if you need some outfit inspiration for your own Valentine’s Day attire, feel free to check out my V-Day look suggestions and let me know whether you like them or not.

Look #1 – Femme Fatale in Black & Gold

Valentine's Day Outfit Inspo - 1 LBD, 3 Ways To Wear It: Femme Fatale in Black & Gold

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Look #2 – Romantic in Lace & Burgundy

Valentine's Day Outfit Inspo - 1 LBD, 3 Ways To Style It: Romantic Lace & Burgundy Red

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Look #3 – Cheeky Cute

Valentine's Day Outfit Inspo - 1 LBD, 3 Ways To Style It: Cheeky Cute

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Image source(s): Revolve, Amazon, Aldo, BaubleBar, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Eve’s Addiction, Steve Madden, Zappos, Etsy, Shopbop, Bloomingdale’s, Aldo

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Christmas is right around the corner and today I was in such a festive mood that I decided to create a wintery budget look to honor the coldest of seasons. But it wasn’t until I was finished and very proud of my creation that I noticed this black-white-blush winter outfit might not be exactly weatherproof for colder climates (hello, backless loafers and sheer mesh body!). So instead of ditching the whole look and starting all over again, I simply decided to rename the outfit theme from “Winter Wonderland” to “Californian Winter Wonderland”. Pure genius, I know. But anyways: Happy Holidays, everyone! I hope you will be able to enjoy a relaxed and joyful Christmas with all your loved ones! And now step away from your computer and treat yourself to a Christmas cookie or two.

Budget Look - Californian Winter Wonderland in black, white and rose pink

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Image source(s): Mango, Topshop, Amazon, Minusey, Humble Chic, BagInc, BaubleBar

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Update: This post has been updated on October 4, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

I’m currently trying to build/extend my jewelry collection which is a rather tough task since I just can’t get my mind used to spending hundreds of dollars on costume jewelry. For example, I really adore this pavé link bracelet by J.Crew, but $125 seems like a lot for a bit of shiny base metal, don’t you agree? That’s why I’ve been on the hunt for something more budget-friendly with a similar design…

J.Crew Classic Pavé Link Bracelet in gold

J.Crew Classic Pavé Link Braceletls
($125, J.Crew)

P.S.: Also available at J.Crew (UK)ls.

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Fornash “Ritz” Pavé Chain Link Bracelet

Update (10/04/2016): Spotted this sparkly chain link bracelet by Fornash today and thought it might be a great J.Crew bracelet alternative. It’s a little pricey at $82, but you can save 20% by using promo code “SAVE20” at checkout which will lower the price down to $65.60 for this pretty dupe.

Fornash "Ritz" Pavé Chain Link Bracelet in gold (J.Crew dupe)

Fornash “Ritz” Pavé Chain Link Bracelet
($82, Eve’s Addiction)

Bling Jewelry Chain Gang Bracelet

Update (01/12/2016): Found a really lovely silver alternative to the J.Crew bracelet at Bling Jewelry which is currently 80% off. Use promo code “BLINGCOM” at checkout to get an extra 10% off which will cut the price of this beauty down to a super steal-worthy $18.89. Free shipping on all purchases of $20+.

Bling Jewelry Chain Gang Bracelet in silver (J.Crew Pavé dupe)

Bling Jewelry Chain Gang Braceletpjx
($20.99, Bling Jewelry)

Jules Smith Textured Nautical Chain Bracelet

Update (08/06/2015): Found another suitable and budget-friendly alternative to J.Crew! Check out this chain link bracelet by Jules Smith! It doesn’t have the rhinestones but rather a textured surface, but it’s still so similar to the real deal, isn’t it? Plus, it’s currently on sale for $27!

Jules Smith Textured Nautical Chain Bracelet in gold (J.Crew Pavé knockoff)

Jules Smith Textured Nautical Chain Bracelet
($27, Shopbop)

bebe Chainlink Crystal Bracelet

Update (02/24/2015): Stumbled upon these great and budget-friendly J.Crew dupes at bebe. Available in gold- and silvertone for only $10! Steal deal alert!

bebe Chainlink Crystal Bracelet in gold or silver (J.Crew Pavé knockoff)

bebe Chainlink Crystal Bracelet
($10, bebe)

GoJane So Oval It Jeweled Chain Bracelet

Update (02/24/2015): Also found this J.Crew inspired chain bracelet at GoJane.

GoJane So Oval It Jeweled Chain Bracelet in gold (J.Crew Pavé Link knockoff)

GoJane So Oval It Jeweled Chain Bracelet
($25, GoJane)

Nordstrom Pavé Link Bracelet

Update (02/18/2014): Discovered yet another pavé link bracelet at Nordstrom. Available for $68 in either gold, rose gold, hematite or silver.

Nordstrom Pavé Link Bracelet in gold (J.Crew knockoff)

Nordstrom Pavé Link Braceletls
($68, Nordstrom)

Blu Bijoux Crystal Link Chain Bracelet

Update (01/11/2014): Came across another pavé link bracelet! Check out this lovely J.Crew inspired version by Blu Bijoux! Only $39!

Blu Bijoux Crystal Link Chain Bracelet in gold (J.Crew Pavé knockoff)

Blu Bijoux Crystal Link Chain Bracelet
($39, Nordstrom Rack)

DailyLook Sparkling Pavé Link Bracelet

Update (12/27/2013): Accidentally stumbled upon this J.Crew bracelet dupe at DailyLook today! So close to the original, right? Not a total steal at almost $70, but still ~50% less than the original.

DailyLook Sparkling Pavé Link Bracelet in gold (J.Crew knockoff)

DailyLook Sparkling Pavé Link BraceletAmazon
($69.99, Amazon)

Target Pave Stone Link Bracelet

Update (12/14/2013): Thanks to our reader MissDevourer, we can now add yet another J.Crew bracelet dupe to the list. Available at Target for $15.99!

Target Pave Stone Link Bracelet in gold (J.Crew knockoff)

Target Pave Stone Link Bracelet
($15.99, Target)

Ann Taylor Estate Shimmer Bracelet

Update (12/05/2013): Found another very lovely pavé chain link bracelet alternative at Ann Taylor today. It’s only halfe the price of the J.Crew original!.

Ann Taylor Estate Shimmer Bracelet in gold (J.Crew knockoff)

Ann Taylor Estate Shimmer Bracelet
($69.50, Ann Taylor)

Armitage Avenue Pave Chain Bracelet

Update (12/05/2013): While this Armitage Avenue pavé chain bracelet is admittedly not a steal because it’s only slightly cheaper than the original, it might become a sensible alternative once it goes on sale.

Armitage Avenue Pave Chain Bracelet in gold (J.Crew knockoff)

Armitage Avenue Pave Chain Bracelet
($112.95, JCPenney)

Sole Society Crystal Link Bracelet

Update (06/29/2013): For all of you who’ve always wanted an affordable pavé link bracelet in silver, Sole Society has got a pretty neat one in stock for $34.95!

Sole Society Crystal Link Bracelet in silver (J.Crew Pavé knockoff)

Sole Society Crystal Link Bracelet
($34.95, Sole Society)

Love Rocks Pave Link Chain Bracelet

Update (06/14/2013): Here’s another great link chain bracelet by Love Rocks which looks very similar to the J.Crew version.

Love Rocks Pave Link Chain Bracelet in gold (J.Crew knockoff)

Love Rocks Pave Link Chain Bracelet
($59.40, ASOS)

Stella & Dot “Christina” Pave Crystal & Gold Link Bracelet

Update (02/10/2013): Stumbled upon this lovely pavé link bracelet by Stella & Dot which would be a great alternative if you’re looking for a subtle look.

Stella & Dot "Christina" Pave Crystal & Gold Link Bracelet (J.Crew knockoff)

Stella & Dot “Christina” Pave Crystal & Gold Link Bracelet
($49, Stella & Dot)

Miao Miao Pave Link Rhinestone Bracelet

Update (01/25/2013): Found another great J.Crew bracelet alternative by Miao Miao for a little under $60! It looks a lot like the BaubleBar version but costs almost $20 less. You can buy this bracelet at Amazon and shipping is free, too!

Miao Miao Pave Link Rhinestone Bracelet in gold (J.Crew knockoff)

Miao Miao Pave Link Rhinestone Braceletamazon
($59.15, Amazon)

BaubleBar Pavé Links Bracelet

Update (01/19/2013): So how amazing is this almost identical J.Crew bracelet look-a-like by BaubleBar? Absolutely love this one! It is a bit pricey at $58, but you can take 15% off your first order at BaubleBar and shipping is free as well which makes a total saving of $77 in comparison to the real deal!

BaubleBar Pave Links Bracelet in gold (J.Crew knockoff)

BaubleBar Pavé Links Bracelet
($58, BaubleBar)

Forever 21 Sparkling Link Bracelet

Update (10/20/2012): Here’s another great and affordable J.Crew braclet alternative which you can buy at Forever 21. The gold tone is different, but the overall design is pretty much the same.

Forever 21 Sparkling Link Bracelet in gold (J.Crew Pavé knockoff)

Forever 21 Sparkling Link Bracelet
($19.80, Forever 21)

Jennifer Lopez Simulated Crystal Oval Link Bracelet

Update (10/20/2012): Also found a gunmetal grey chain bracelet version by Jennifer Lopez for Kohl’s which has partial pavé detailing. Really like this one!

Jennifer Lopez Simulated Crystal Oval Link Bracelet in gunmetal grey (J.Crew Pavé knockoff)

Jennifer Lopez Simulated Crystal Oval Link Braceletls
($26.60, Kohl’s)

bebe Chainlink & Crystal Bracelet

… And I made a great find at bebe. Their Chainlink & Crystal Bracelet isn’t a 100% match because it has only a few pavé’d links but for a 1/4 of the J.Crew price you’ll get the same look without breaking the bank.

bebe Chainlink & Crystal Bracelet in gold (J.Crew Pavé Chain knockoff)

bebe Chainlink & Crystal Bracelet
($34, bebe)

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Real vs. Steal – Vita Fede Titan Bracelet

by Irina on September 18, 2016

Update: This post has been updated on September 18, 2016. Scroll down to see the new add.

If you’re on Instagram and are only remotely interested in fashion, chances are you’re well aware of the Vita Fede jewelry craze that has been going on over the last year. Just take a look around there: no arm party is really complete without one of Vita Fede’s creations dangling from the photographer’s arm. But while I really, really love the spikey Titan bracelets that have become so uber-popular lately and would be over the moon to own one myself, they’re simply not in my price range. Especially since we’re talking $300 for costume jewelry here. Thanks, but I’ll pass, I think.

Vita Fede Titan Bracelet in gold

Vita Fede Titan Bracelet
($290, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Vita Fede, Saks Fifth Avenue & Revolve.

Instagrammers Love Vita Fede

Vita Fede Titan Bracelet on Instagram

Pictures via carpus_diem, chiweih, keepingupwithang.

Eye Candy Los Angeles Titanium Spike Cuff Bangle

Update (09/18/2016): This spikey goldtone cuff bangle by Eye Candy Los Angeles is yet another fab Vita Fede Titan inspired piece of jewelry. Currently on sale for $24.97.

Eye Candy Los Angeles Titanium Spike Cuff Bangle in gold (Vita Fede Titan dupe)

Eye Candy Los Angeles Titanium Spike Cuff Bangle
($24.97, Nordstrom Rack)

Jules Smith Bullet Hinge Cuff Bracelet

Update (08/06/2015): Just discovered these lovely and spot-on Vita Fede Titan dupe bracelets by Jules Smith. They’re available in gold or silver and are currently on sale for just $11.30! Yay for affordable arm parties!

Jules Smith Bullet Hinge Cuff Bracelet in gold and silver (Vita Fede Titan knockoffs)

Jules Smith Bullet Hinge Cuff Braceletamazon
($11.30, Amazon)

P.S.: Also available at Nordstrom Rack & Neiman Marcusls.

Passiana Arrowhead Bangle

Update (08/06/2015): Also spotted these Vita Fede Titan look-alikes by Passiana which are also currently on sale for $27.19 (down from $79) and come in either gold or rosegold.

Passiana Arrowhead Bangle in gold and rosegold (Vita Fede Titan knockoffs)

Passiana Arrowhead Bangle
($27.19, Overstock)

BaubleBar Gold Cone Cuff

Update (05/07/2015): Found another cute Vita Fede Titan alternative option at BaubleBar for roughly 10% of the real deal’s price!

BaubleBar Gold Cone Cuff (Vita Fede Titan knockoff)

BaubleBar Gold Cone Cuff
($32, BaubleBar)

ASOS Open Pyramid Cuff Bracelet

Update (02/08/2015): Stumbled upon this cute Vita Fede Titan inspired cuff braclet at ASOS today.

ASOS Open Pyramid Cuff Bracelet in gold (Vita Fede Titan knockoff)

ASOS Open Pyramid Cuff Bracelet
($14.95, ASOS)

GoJane Spiked Ends Hinged Cuff

Update (05/14/2014): Discovered another Vita Fede Titan bracelet dupe at GoJane.

GoJane Spiked Ends Hinged Cuff in gold (Vita Fede Titan knockoff)

GoJane Spiked Ends Hinged Cuff
($12.40, GoJane)

Forever 21 Secret Rebel Hinge Cuff

Good thing is you don’t have to rob a bank to take your arm party to the next level because Forever 21 are now offering a fabulous Vita Fede Titan bracelet dupe for under $10! Same look but a major price difference of $266.20! Ka-ching! Of course, you can’t expect the same quality here, but for one or two seasons this is a good and wallet-friendly alternative if you can’t afford the real deal.

Forever 21 Secret Rebel Hinge Cuff in gold (Vita Fede Titan knockoff)

Forever 21 Secret Rebel Hinge Cuff
($8.80, Forever 21)

Image source(s): Shopbop, Instagram, Nordstrom Rack, Amazon, BaubleBar, ASOS, GoJane, Forever 21

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Budget Look – Cookie Monster Blue

by Irina on March 22, 2016

I’m usually not a big fan of faux fur jackets, but when I saw this cookie-monster blue concoction by n:PHILANTHROPYls (make sure to check out the rest of the collection, it’s amazing!), I was for some reason totally smitten and instantly had a thousand outfit ideas that revolved around this fluffy royal blue beauty of a jacket. One of these ideas was to pair it with a light knit pencil skirt, nude ankle boots and a matching funky handbag, so that’s what this “budget” look is all about. What do you think? Is this outfit a hit or miss?

Budget Look - Cookie Monster Blue

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Image source(s): Nordstrom, ASOS, Steve Madden, Public Desire, BaubleBar

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