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Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Look for Less - Prada Padded Headband Dupes

When Miuccia Prada sent her models down the spring/summer 2019 runway adorned with baby bangs and padded headbands, a new beauty trend was (re)born for the season. Set aside all those pearl hair clips you've been wearing (and admiring on the 'gram) and get ready for the resurgence of the headband. This time around, the trend has a whole new look. These aren't the preppy styles of Blair Waldorf's Gossip Girl era; they are retro and modern all at once. Prada's puffy versions, adorned with jewels or made from lustrous satin, were paired with striking baby bangs for a fresh new take on the schoolgirl classic. The padded construction makes them quite the statement piece, infusing them with a unique futuristic feel. 



Influencers and royalty alike are already getting in on the padded headband trend. Kate Middleton wore a black velvet one in November to an event at Westminster Abbey. Camila Coelho and Leonie Hanne are also fans. 


A padded headband instantly elevates any outfit, especially when made from velvet or adorned with faux pearls.

The Look for Less

If the Prada headband isn't in your budget, no worries. (If so, you can shop the pretty pink style here for $240.) There are so may ways to get the padded headband look for less. Insta favorite accessories designer Lele Sadoughi makes super affordable styles that are easy on the wallet. Choose from knotted versions, printed styles, velvet, and more. 

September 6, 2019 update - Shop chic padded headbands for fall:





Shop some of my budget friendly favorites below.














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Monday, May 13, 2019

The Look for Less - Castañer Carina Espadrille Wedge Dupes

Espadrilles are the quintessential summer shoe. With their classic jute and canvas construction, they evoke a carefree, comfortable vibe. They are easy to style with everything in your closet from weekend denim to workwear and a wide variety of dresses. Spanish brand Castañer is a go-to for their super chic espadrille wedges with ankle wrap laces. Castañer espadrilles come in a variety of heel heights and colors, and they pair especially well with straw handbags and soft floral prints for summer. Known for their comfortable construction and height-boosting soles, they are wardrobe must-haves. Shop the best selection of colors and styles here and see more styles here. Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are fans of Castañer. Top influencer Julia of Gal Meets Glam (below, left) wears them in her Gal Meets Glam Collection monthly lookbooks, and they look great with everything. 


Castaner Carina espadrille wedges outfits, lace up espadrille wedges



Shop Castañer espadrilles:










The Look for Less

While a pair of Castañer espadrilles can cost from $120 to about $300, there are many dupes and less expensive styles to choose from. I'm eyeing this Castañer espadrille dupe pictured below in multiple colors for under $40. After trying them on, I found them to run true to size and they have nice cushioning. I love them styled with midi dresses, cropped denim, and jumpsuits.


lace up espadrille wedges






July 11, 2019 update - Shop wedges under $110:





June 30, 2019 update - Shop these espadrille wedges under $75:




June 4, 2019 update - Shop this style below in three colors under $35:




Shop the style below in three colors for $80:


Aldo Muschett espadrille wedges

Shop the style below on sale under $50. They run true to size, but don't have much cushioning.


closed toe lace up espadrille wedge sandals, Castaner dupes

June 1, 2019 update - Shop these styles on sale before they're gone:




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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Look for Less - Loewe Puzzle Bag Dupes

The Loewe Puzzle bag is a distinctive cuboid handbag made of geometric leather shapes. The artfully deconstructed design by Jonathan Anderson is an influencer favorite, even five years after its June 2014 debut. Originally presented for a Men's spring summer 2015 collection, it has since reached handbag icon status. The Puzzle bag features artisanal construction, a removable rolled top handle, and an adjustable crossbody strap, allowing the wearer to carry it many different ways. It even folds flat, making it a must-have for travel. It comes in a rainbow of colors including a pale blue, rose pink, scarlet red, lime green, and versatile brown. Fun fact: each Loewe Puzzle bag takes about nine hours to produce; the bags are handmade in Spain by Loewe artisans. Prices for the Loewe Puzzle bag range from $1750 to $3350, making it an investment item. 

September 4, 2019 update - Shop pre-owned Loewe Puzzle bags at a discount:




August 19, 2019 update - Shop pre-loved Loewe Puzzle bags at sale prices:








Shop Loewe Puzzle bags in these gorgeous colors:




The chic shape makes it easy to style with suits, midi skirts, and floral dresses. Here are my favorite #ootd 'grams featuring the Puzzle bag.


Loewe Puzzle bag outfits street style


photos via @carolineblomst, @mariehindkaer and @karenbritchick

Up for a treat? Shop the Loewe Puzzle bag:








The Look for Less


If you're looking for Loewe Puzzle bag dupes, there are some pretty versions under $60. I'm sharing my favorite look alike styles to help you get the designer look for less. 
Loewe Puzzle bag dupes and replicas


Shop the black dupe for $36.99 right here. It's real leather and comes in other colors: brown, blue, pink, or white. The brown and blue versions are $56.99.

This style comes in pink, brown, or white for under $32.





October 21, 2019 update - Shop these faux leather styles under $40:



September 13, 2019 update - Shop these Puzzle bag dupes under $45:




May 30, 2019 update - Shop this Puzzle look-alike style below in black, white, or red leather:



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Monday, April 22, 2019

The Look for Less - By Far Heeled Sandal Dupes

If you've spent any time looking for fashion inspiration and shoe trends on social media lately, you've likely spotted your favorite influencers wearing must-have footwear by an up and coming Bulgarian brand called By Far. Started in 2016, By Far is known for their popular Libra and Virgo mule sandals. The brand's signature square-toe silhouettes and ladylike kitten heels are right on trend for the '90s revival and the skinny/strappy sandal trend that's escalating on the trend cycle right now. By Far sandals have simple, clean lines and are Italian made, making them a chic addition to spring and summer looks. Below are pictured some of the most sought-after styles.


By Far Virgo Libra January heeled mule sandals


Ranging in price from $295 for sandals to $530 for ankle boots, By Far shoes are more attainable than high end designer styles but they are also quite the splurge. Aimee Song is a fan of the bow-adorned January style and the cutout Virgo style.

By Far sandals outfits street style

photos via @songofstyle, @sabinasocol, and @parisianvibe


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The Look for Less

If spending over $300 isn't in your budget, there are some stylish By Far sandal dupes to get the strappy sandal look for less.

October 21, 2019 update - Shop heeled sandals under $50:






September 26, 2019 update - Shop these heels under $140:




September 20, 2019 update - Shop these styles under $35:




September 13, 2019 update - Shop these By Far heel dupes under $45:



September 6, 2019 update - Shop heels under $120:







August 29, 2019 update - Shop these strappy sandals for less:





August 27, 2019 update - Shop strappy heeled sandals under $100:




August 20, 2019 update - Shop heels under $30:




August 2, 2019 update - Shop heeled sandals under $90:




July 27, 2019 update - Shop heeled sandals under $120:




July 23, 2019 update - Shop strappy sandals under $75:




July 18, 2019 update - Shop heeled sandals under $100:




July 12, 2019 update - Shop these strappy heels under $120:






July 7, 2019 update - Shop these styles under $30:



June 20, 2019 update - Shop strappy heeled sandals under $75:




May 30, 2019 update - Shop these By Far inspired strappy sandals under $160:








May 23, 2019 update - Shop on-trend sandals for summer 2019:




May 21, 2019 update - Shop the skinny strap (aka floss sandals) trend with these styles under $130:




May 5, 2019 update - I just found these two By Far sandal dupes pictured below under $65. Shop this style for $40 in many colors or this Virgo sandal dupe under $65 in several colors. 





May 5, 2019 update - Shop these low-heeled sandals under $85:




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