Splurge or Save: Stella McCartney Embellished Shift

Stella McCartney Embellished Silk Twill Shift Dress TopShop Embroidered Shift Pink Peach SS 2014

Stella McCartney Aubine Embellished Dress, $2,995  v.  TopShop Embroidered Shift Dress, $130

Nothing can really beat the cool factor of this crystal embellished dress from Stella McCartney’s Resort ’14 collection–but at $2,995 (gasp), it’s not exactly a purchase for the masses.  TopShop’s embroidered satin shift bears a close resemblance at a far more palatable price.  I love me some Stella but I’ll take the $130 version, please!

Splurge or Save: The LB{drop-waist}D


Red Valentino, $595 (here) v. Banana Republic, $119.99 (here)

A trusty drop-waist frock is a mainstay to add to your LBD arsenal.  Pair it with a white boyfriend blazer and point toe flats (like these or these) for your 9 to 5.  Add a statement necklace and heels for a night out.

P.S.: Banana is offering 50% off with code REVEAL50 until 10/22!

Splurge or Save: The Cartier Tank Watch


Cartier Tank Anglaise, (crazy expensive) v. Juicy Couture Darby Bracelet Watch, $250.

Cartier’sTank watch is truly timeless–no pun intended.  But alas, the real thing requires a lot of spare pennies (two million three hundred and fifty thousand to be exact).  This imposter by Juicy is a pretty decent stand in!

Splurge or Save: Jenni Kayne d’Orsay Flats

Jenni Kayne’s coveted d’Orsay flats are the bomb but the price tag…um…not so much.  Fortunately, Chinese Laundry now makes an imposter that  looks just like the real thing for only (drum roll) $59.00.   I’ll take these two…err…three, thank you!

Jenni Kayne D'Orsay Flats

Above: Jenni Kayne d’Orsay Flat, $450; Below: Chinese LaundryEasy Does It Flat, $59.

Jenni Kayne d'Orsay Flats Chinese Laundry Knock Off

Splurge or Save: Valentino Rock Stud Flats

Valentino v. Forever 21 Rockstud Flat 2

Left: Valentino Rock Stud Flat $595 v. Right: Forever 21 Studded Flat $24.80

Who isn’t obsessed with Valentino’s rock stud collection (hello gorgeous T-strap version here and here).   Fortunately, as with most of the fashion set’s MVPs, knock offs have followed–and they’re pretty close comparables, right?  Score!

Forever 21 Valentino Rockstud flat $24.80

Splurge or Save: Newbury Booties

I’ve been obsessed with Rag & Bone’s Newbury booties forever–the styling is amazing and the sturdy heel makes them surprisingly easy to walk in despite the height, a crucial deciding factor for any shoe purchase.  However, the $495 price tag isn’t easy to swallow no matter how cute they are.  But just the other day, I stumbled across these look-a-likes by Vince Camuto for less than (gulp) one-third the cost.

Available at Nordstrom for $158!  Compare to Rag & Bone’s version:

While I haven’t tried them on (yet), they certainly give you the style of the Newbury at a fraction of the cost.  How cute would they look  paired with ankle length skinnies and a blazer like Rosie Huntington Whitley below?

Or with leather leggings, shorts, skirts or a dress and trench like model Jaquelyn Jablonski (love that PS1 bag too).

Oh the possibilities….