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Update: This post has been updated on March 23, 2015. Scroll down to see the new add.

When it comes to costume jewelry, I’m still undecided whether or not it’s worth taking the splurge. While I do love my beloved YSL Arty Ring, I must admit I haven’t gone all out on other custome jewelry yet simply because I prefer to either buy cheap jewelry or invest in classic gold or silver jewelry from the likes of Tiffany & Co. and others. But all the middle-priced stuff in between? Not so sure about that. This beautiful crystal-studded ring by Vita Fede however just might change my mind. I love how subtle and delicate it is, plus being 24k gold plated it’s not terribly expensive at $150. Decisions, decisions. What’s your opinion on that matter? Would you rather splurge or save?

Vita Fede Mini Crystal V Ring in gold

Vita Fede Mini Crystal V Ring
($150, Shopbop)

P.S.: Also available at Saks, Neiman Marcus & Manhattanite.

LC Lauren Conrad Chevron Midi Ring

UPDATE (03/23/2015): Stumbled upon this budget-friendly Vita Fede alternative by LC Lauren Conrad. Currently on sale for $10.50!

LC Lauren Conrad Chevron Midi Ring in gold (Vita Fede V knockoff)

LC Lauren Conrad Chevron Midi Ringls
($10.50, Kohl’s)

BaubleBar Ice Peak Pavé Ring

If you can’t make up your mind either or simply don’t want to splurge, here’s a great alternative from BaubleBar that won’t break the bank. The design is very similar to Vita Fede’s V Ring, but the price difference is huge since the BaubleBar version is currently on sale for a very wallet-friendly $20.

BaubleBar Ice Peak Pavé Ring in gold and hematite (Vita Fede Mini Crystal V knockoffs)

BaubleBar Ice Peak Pavé Ring
($20, BaubleBar)

Express Stackable Pavé Chevron Ring Set

If you like a little bit more variety in your jewelry and want to save even further, then this ring set from Express might be your best choice. Again a similar design, but way cheaper than the real deal. $22.90 for two rings!

Express Stackable Pavé Chevron Ring Set in gold and rosegold (Vita Fede V knockoff)

Express Stackable Pavé Chevron Ring Set
($22.90, Express)

Image source(s): Shopbop, Kohl’s, BaubleBar, Express

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Update: This post has been updated on July 12, 2013. Scroll down to see the new add.

I’ve heard a lot of good things about the newly re-launched brand Equipment. Their blouses and shirts are supposed to be top notch quality and they quickly gained a loyal celebrity following since their re-launch in 2010. Fashion insiders like Carine Roitfeld and Giovanna Battaglia are fans as well. While I can’t comment on the quality of Equipment clothing myself (yet!) and hence can’t say whether it’s worth the splurge, I sure can say that I absolutely love the look of this semi-sheer striped silk-chiffon shirt in cream and black! I mean it has stripes on it, and as you might already know that’s all it takes to get me swooning over something!

Equipment Sophie Striped Silk-Chiffon Shirt in fawn and black

Equipment Sophie Striped Silk-Chiffon Shirtls
($190, Net-A-Porter)

Celebrities, Fashion Insiders & Style Bloggers Love Equipment

Rachel Bilson, Lauren Conrad, Giovanna Battaglia and Alicia Lund (Cheetah is the New Black) wearing a fawn and black Equipment Sophie Striped Silk-Chiffon Shirt

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ASOS PETITE Shirt In Mono Stripe

Update (07/12/2013): Stumbled upon another great stripe blouse alternative at ASOS!

ASOS PETITE Shirt In Mono Stripe in black and white (Equipment Sophie knockoff)

ASOS PETITE Shirt In Mono Stripe
($61.09, ASOS)

Forever 21 Sheer Striped Shirt

Update (05/22/2013): Found a great dupe to Equipment’s Sophie blouse at Forever 21 which is currently on sale for a steal-worthy price of $13.99! Yay! Also available in a lovely cream/mint version.

Forever 21 Sheer Striped Shirt in cream and black (Equipment Sophie look-a-like)

Forever 21 Sheer Striped Shirt
($13.99, Forever 21)

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

LC Lauren Conrad Striped Chiffon Blouse

Now look which celebrity socialite is taking inspiration from her own designer wardrobe for her budget-priced fashion line! When I saw this LC Lauren Conrad chiffon blouse I was instantly reminded of the Equipment striped shirt. And besides the slight variation in color and the crochet collar, I can’t really see any visual differences between these two (not talking about quality here!). Snap up this blouse for only $13.20 and get yourself the coral/white version, too, while you’re at it.

LC Lauren Conrad Striped Chiffon Blouse in black and white (Equipment Sophie knockoff)

LC Lauren Conrad Striped Chiffon Blousels
($13.20, Kohl’s)

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Lauren Conrad is to Los Angeles what Olivia Palermo is to New York; namely the best dressed socialite/reality tv personality in town! I was seriously starting to forget about LC and her impeccable style, but then I saw her in this white crisp button down shirt and forest green skinny jeans and I remembered how much I used to love Lauren’s classic style of dressing. Of course, I instantly had to recreate LC’s sharp look on a budget-friendly level. Check it out below!

Lauren Conrad’s White & Green Look 4 Less

Lauren Conrad's Crisp White Shirt & Forest Green Skinny Jeans Look 4 Less

Go Shopping:

Our Rating: ★★★★½

Who?Lauren Conrad
Where?Shopping in Westwood, California
When?January 15, 2013
What?Rag & Bone Skinny Jeansls ($109), Balenciaga Arena Giant Bagls ($1.895), LC Lauren Conrad Bootiesls ($26.97)

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Real vs. Steal – Chloé Myrte Sunglasses

by Irina on October 26, 2012

Update: This post has been updated on October 26, 2012. Scroll down to see the new add.

I recently noticed that I am pretty ill equipped in terms of sunglasses. In fact, I own exactly ONE (UPDATE: make that 15 now) pair of sunglasses which I bought about 2 years ago on eBay. However, those sunglasses I absolutely adore and treasure. It’s a pair of chocolate brown oversized Miu Miu sunnies which had cost me ca. $120. I haven’t been tempted to buy any new sunglasses ever since, but that might be about to change because I fell in love with Chloé‘s gorgeous “Myrte” sunnies. I really like the shape and the metal inlays add detail! Too bad they retail for $297 which is not a price I’m willing to pay since I’m not that big on sunglasses in the first place.

Chloé Myrte CL 2119 Sunglasses in black

Chloé Myrte CL 2119 Sunglassesamazon
($172.99, Amazon)

Celebrities Love Chloé

Lauren Conrad, Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz wearing Chloé Myrte Sunglasses

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ASOS Metal Corner Detail Sunglasses

UPDATE (10/26/2012): 2 years later I have come across another pair of ASOS sunglasses that look a lot like Chloé’s Myrte shades.

ASOS Metal Corner Detail Sunglasses in black (Chloé Myrte knockoffs)

ASOS Metal Corner Detail Sunglassesls
($20.25, ASOS)

LC Lauren Conrad Round Sunglasses

UPDATE (10/14/2010): Lauren Conrad’s upscale fashion line may have tanked, but it looks like her line for Kohl’s, LC Lauren Conrad, is going pretty strong. The success might stem from the fact that she takes inspiration from her own fashion basics. Clearly, these sunglasses are spot-on Chloé’s Myrte knockoffs which she owns herself. Want the same style for a whole lot less? Get these sunnies at Kohl’s on sale for $16.99 in black, champagne or tortoise.

LC Lauren Conrad Round Sunglasses in black (Chloé Myrte knockoffs)

LC Lauren Conrad Round Sunglassesls
($16.99, Kohl’s)

ASOS Corner Detail Sunglasses

I happened to browse ASOS for the newest arrivals today and was absolutely delighted to see an almost identical version of the Chloé Myrte sunnies for a much, much lower price. The inlays on the black version are gold instead of gunmetal, but I think I even prefer that. The sunglasses come also in brown tortoisels.

ASOS Corner Detail Sunglasses in black (Chloè Myrte CL 2119 knockoff)

ASOS Corner Detail Sunglassesls
($20.40, ASOS)

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Whether running errands or sitting front row at Versace, Jessica Alba always looks incredible. This casual look is no exception. Her vintage-inspired floral blazer goes really well paired with the more modern blue/black tuxedo stripe jeans. Add to that a neutral oversized bag for carrying one’s all essentials, some simple yet structured booties, a girlish ponytail et voilà, you’ve got a very chic outfit that looks absolutely effortless yet remarkably put together. The secret is balancing the pieces: an oversized jacket with slim jeans, a large bag with structured shoes and hair that throws everything in a desirably feminine direction. Shop for Jessica’s separates and create your own inspired-by look for way less with some of our awesome finds below!

Jessica Alba’s Floral Blazer Look 4 Less

Jessica Alba's Floral Stylestalker Blazer & Blue Skinny Jeans

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Our Rating: ★★★★☆

Who?Jessica Alba
Where?Outside a salon in West Hollywood
When?August 23, 2012
What?Stylestalker Fight Club Blazercj ($199), Current/Elliott The Harvest Tux Trouser Jeanscj ($218)

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