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Real vs. Steal: Cuff Me

It’s no secret I loooooove me some MK&A, I mean, these girls just get it! When I saw this Elizabeth and James Delano Cuff I HAD to have it. The double gold bands with the Lapiz detailing… i die.
As much as I love this cuff… I knew there had to be steal out there, cuz let’s face it… I’d rather get a whole new outfit H2T than just one amazing piece. What I found is pretty darn close minus the gemstones, but whateves, it will still totally get the job done.

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+ Elizabeth and James Delano Cuff $295

+ FXXI Classic Double Band Cuff $7.80

So what do u think? Do you die over the real, or would you be just as stoked on the steal?

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Real vs. Steal: Ring Around The Rosy

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I am kind of obsessed with anything and everything floral these days. I’m usually an über-tomboy… but I think flowers are the easiest way to femme it up a little.

This floral slip dress is seriously to die. It’s so girly and feminine and I feel like I would literally wear it with everything… Docs ✓, knee-highs ✓, an oversized flannel ✓, a slouchy beanie ✓✓✓. I esp. love the lace detailing at the bottom. I was literally about to pull the trigger and finalize my “shopping cart” when I thought… lemme make SURE I can’t find a steal for this bad boy. Lo and behold… I found the perfect one. Sry… but this little number is almost identical. Plus, it’s under $20 bucks. Double score.

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+ Pins And Needles Lace-Trim Chiffon Slip Dress $59

+ FXXI Slit Floral Slip Dress $19.80

I feel like they are both totes affordable and equally adorable… so what do u guys think…? Go for it with the ‘real’… or save with the ‘steal‘?

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Real vs. Steal: Pretty Little… Bra?

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Sry. I am kind of obsessed with Pretty Little Liars. Shhh. I can’t help it. No, I’m not 13… but I might as well be.

I love being able to get a good mystery and even better fashion all in one show.

I’ve been really into the criss-cross bra-strap thing for awhile. No, I’m not talking about the racerback, between the shoulder deal. I’m talking about the criss-cross in the front between the… well, you know. It’s like a reverse mullet… this time the party is totally in the front.

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Anyway… back to my guilty pleasure. Emily was totally wearing one of these lil numbers on last night’s epi and I fell in love all over again. I love how it just barely peeks out and makes you wonder… is that part of the top, or just a killer bra? So, I did what I do best… scoured the internet and found the real… and the steal.

+ Lonely Sabel Cutout Bra $94

+ FXXI Garden Rose Corset Bra $14.80

IDK about you… but I’m not really in the market for a hundred-dollar bra… so what do u guys think?? Splurge on the real… or save with the steal?

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Real vs. Steal: GI Jane

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I know I’ve blogged about my favorite combat boots about twenty five- hundred times… but I can’t help it. When I like something… I like something. So sue me.

Why do I love these boots… well, they are comfy as hell and go with anything and everything. Shorts, skirts, leggings, sweats. I’m serious. They rarely leave my feet.

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BUT… I have to tell you guys that I found a KILLER steal. Like. It’s ridic. Nine eyelets… check. Floral fold-down… check. Totally to-die… check check check. The ‘steal’ is a little more ‘boot-like’ than the ‘real’, which makes me wonder… do I need them both? <– Told you I have a problem. Anyway, at $80 smackaroos, I feel that the ‘reals’ are totally justifiable… however, if you’re pinching your pennies, these ‘steals’ are right up your alley!

► Real: Dr. Martens Stratford Leather 9-Eye Sneaker Boots $80

► Steal: FXXI Pretty-Tough Combat Boots $39.80

So… which ones do you pick… the ‘real’, the ‘steal’… or both, LOLZ.

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Girly Grunge

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Anyone who knows me knows that I am shoe OBSESSED. Like, it’s a problem.

“Groceries… maybe. New shoes… definitely!”

Anyhow… I think splurging on shoes is totally justifiable, don’t you? However… There’s no feeling quite like finding a great “steal”.

I live in boots… summer, winter… doesn’t really matter. They are def my shoe of choice. That being said, it’s kind of fun to spice up everyday ‘uniform’ which typically consists of black on black with a touch of black.

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I love anything ‘tomboy’… especially when it has a hint of girly-ness, so I’m obviously dying over these floral Dr. Martens. I’m all about mixing prints and patterns, so in my opinion they literally go with everything. The price point isn’t too shabby, and honestly a good pair of docs will last you for life. But… these little gems from Steve Madden are equally as cute and only half the price. So, the choice is yours. Spend on the “Real“, or save on the “Steal“?

+ Dr. Marten’s 1460 Floral Boot $130

+ Madden Girl Rexxx Floral Boot $78

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Real vs. Steal: Hat-Trick

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I love headwear. Period. Especially in the form of a good snapback. Throwing on a cap is definitely my go to move when I want to hit the gym, run errands ( aka shop ), or just don’t feel like spending an hour brushing out my rat’s nest. IDK why… but sometimes I feel like if I’m wearing a hat I’m all of a sudden invisible and can go about my day with no distractions.

Sometimes, however, a hat is not just a cover-up, but rather a strategically placed part of the whole ensemble. I’ve been obsessed with this cutie for quite some time. It pretty much calls my name every time I walk into UO… which is far too often. I will say that this “Real” is totally budget friendly, and if you’re all about rocking headwear I would go for it. However, if you’re new to the hat game and not so sure how often you would actually sport it, opt for the “Steal”. It’s equally as cute for a quarter of the price so you pretty much can’t go wrong.

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+ Real: Urban Outfitter’s Profound Aesthetic Portland 5-Panel Hat $42

+ Steal: FXXI Funky Floral 5-Panel Hat $11

Soooo… what would you do? Splurge on the real or save with the steal?

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Crystal Clear

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Clearly, lucite has made a comeback… and I’m really diggin’ it, esp. in the form of accessories and home decor. Its crisp and clean, goes with everything, and forces you to be uber organized.

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There’s nothing cuter than a clear clutch and I’m kind of dying to get my hands on one… literally. This CC Skye one with the rose gold accents is to-die, right? However, $300+ on something that’s bound to be a passing trend is kind of unjustifiable IMHO. I mean, yes… it’s perfect for girls night out, but it’s not going to be your everyday bag. This little Nasty Gal gem is equally as cute and won’t break the bank.

So what do you guys think? Would you splurge on the real or save with the steal…? The choice is clear, if you ask me!

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Real Vs. Steal: High Voltage

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With the holiday season comes holiday parties ← yay for that! This means dresses for days, sky high heels, lots of champs, and a good old statement necklace. Statement necklaces are one of my fav ways to amp up the volume and switch things up… esp if you’re re-wearing ( eeek )!

The thing with statement necklaces is that they do just that… make a statement, meaning you’ll probably only wear it a time or two. I mean, repetition is boring ( yawn ).

This Sam Edelman linked cage necklace is to die… but knowing me I would wear it once and be over it in a hot minute. There is nothing worse than buyer’s remorse… so, I’d rather drop $9 bucks on this FXXI geo bib, wear it once, and pass it on to a friend.

What do you guys think…? Spend on the real, or save with the steal?? And please tell, what’s your favorite way to spice up your look this holiday season?

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Real vs. Steal: Coated Denim

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So… coated denim is kind of my thing as of late! It gives you the best of both worlds IMHO. I love the look of leather, but hate feeling like I’m stuck in a sauna. Ick. Coated denim lets you feel like you’re wearing super comfy jeans, but with a rocker edge that’s right up my alley.

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You know what’s not up my alley…? Spending $200 on a pair of jeans. I mean. Are you insane?!? I’ll admit… I used to fall into the “designer jeans trap” myself, then I grew up and got smart.

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Yes, the Paige Verdugo Coated Skinnies are adorbs, but you can get an equally amazing pair for less than half the price. These Mya Motos from the AOS fall collection are to die for. I am beyond obsessed and have been living in mine ever since I scored a pair.

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So, do I even have to ask…? Are you going to splurge on the real… or save with the steal?

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Real Vs. Steal: Bootie Call

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So, time to spill a dirty little secret. I’m a shoe addict… particularly when it comes to boots. I probably have 25+ pairs of black boots alone, and I’m not sorry about it.

These bad boys are my absolute fav!! They may look a little intense, but I swear they are beyond comfortable and go with literally everything + I kind of feel like Jack Skellington when I wear them which to me is a total plus!

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Yes, these gorgeous UNIF Neo booties are absolutely to die… I know they’re platforms and all, but $215 is a little steep if you ask me <– get it… steep, platforms, k. Oh ya, another ‘lil secret… I ♥ bad puns, lolz.

So back to the shoes. The H&M version is a quarter of the price and wayyyyy cuter IMHO. I’m so obsessed with the front zips, ribbed padding, and chunky soles. Plus, this version is totally vegan & animal friendly <– woo hoo!

So, spill… would you splurge on the real or save with the steal?

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