Okay everyone not going to lie here I loooove my designer items and my husband will be the first one to agree with that (haha sorry Mark!) Sometimes though these items can run you A LOT of money and I will be the first person to admit that I can usually totally tell the difference between a designer item and a copy/dupe of an item. That being said, most of the time I really don’t think its worth it to spend a ton on certain items. First on my list is clothing. I rarely think its worth it to spend a ton on designer clothing. There are so many cute options that resemble expensive designer pieces and are a quarter of the price. I personally wont spend tons of money on clothing because I know I wont get much use out of it. Bags and jewelry though are a whole other story…and shoes..sometimes haha! I really think its depends on the item and personal preference though.
I went through some of my favorite items I own and compiled a list below of the designer and duplicate option. Everything is directly linked! Let me know what you guys think!
# 1 Balmain Blazer / Lioness Blazer– Ok this one is a no brainer for me. I own two lioness blazers and I LOVE them. I get so many compliments on them and have been told so many times this looks exactly like the Balmain blazer and its only $80.
#2 Retrofete / Sequin Dress – For me I think its important to spend a little extra when it comes to sequins so both options aren’t exactly “cheap”. I feel that sometimes sequins can look a little cheap when the piece is not well made. Both of these dresses are extremely well made and great brands. I would choose either option with these depending on how much you want to spend!
#4 Canada Goose Jacket / Amazon Jacket – I own a Canada Goose jacket and they are VERY warm and worth every penny. That being said, if you don’t live somewhere cold its probably not worth the investment. This jacket from Amazon was on Oprah’s favorite things list and I have see so many people walking around in this coat in New York City. I have also heard so many good things and its also a quarter of the price.
#5 BlankNYC Jacket / Blank NYC Sale Jacket– so these are the exact same brand and almost identical jackets except one is double the price (the more expensive one is actually on sale right now for just under $100 but usually is closer to $200)
#6 David Yurman Cable Bracelet / Amazon Bracelet – I absolutely love DY Jewelry but recently, there are soo many amazing dupe options out there. I purchased a few of the amazon ones and I mix them with my David Yurman ones and you can barely tell the difference.
#7 Stuart Weitzman OTK Boots / Dolce Vita Boots – The Stuart Weitzman OTK boots are amazing and I wear mine all the time so I do think they are worth the investment. I also have a pair of Dolce Vita ones and I think these are amazing quality for the price as well. They are currently on sale for $108 down from $180.
Hope you guys enjoyed this and have an amazing week!
I am back with another gift guide for you! I asked you on Instagram what gift guide you really wanted to see this year. The most requested one was a gift guide for your Secret Santa! I know a lot of you do family Secret Santa’s or White Elephant in the office so I wanted to come up with some fun ideas.
I included some basics like your coffee mug (this coffee mug is the best though soo cute and so perfect to keep at your desk at work). I also included the cutest little humidifier that is in the shape of a cactus. This is another cute item for your desk. And for the men my favorite gift of all- a pair of socks that are customizable so you can literally put anything on them (pets, someones else face lol). Anyway, I linked everything below!
# 1- Candle– If you haven’t smelled anthropolies candles you need to! They smell amazing and last so long I think the one I have said it has a burn time of 180 hours? This would make such a cute gift!
#2- Socks– Okay these socks are SO funny! You are able to customize them and put anything you want on them. This would be so funny for an office party secret Santa!
#3- Mini Speaker- This is such a cute gift for the office if you play music during the day. Also cute if you travel a lot and like to play music in your hotel room- or even for the beach in the summer!
#4- Mini Cactus Humidifier- I looove this so much. Its super inexpensive and perfect too keep in your office at work or even in your bedroom at home.
#5- Tiled Mug– Anthropologie has the cutest tile kitchen accessories! I love that you can make this personal and get someone initial on the mug. This would be cute for a future bride in the letter of their new last name!
Happy ALMOST Thanksgiving and Black Friday! I wanted to start a list of some of my favorite Retailers that are having amazing Black Friday Sales. I know sometimes its worth it to wait until Christmas is closer for the sales but over the last few years I honestly think its so worth it to shop Black Friday/Cyber Monday and for most retailers the Sales that start on Friday run through to Cyber Monday.
SO I am going to start a list of some of my Favorites for everyone! I will also be updating this as more sales are announced!
Amazon -various flash and lightening Deals throughout the weekend will be posting these on my Instagram story throughout the weekend!
Ebay – Various Black Friday Deals (saw some David Yurman up to 40% off!) also a ton of electronics
I wanted to share a few of my absolute favorite items with you and a few items that are on my holiday wish list this year! I love asking for useful items that I am going to use for many years or items that I am going to be using on a very regular basis. I have linked a few items for you guys below!
1.) Silk Slip Pillowcase – I have heard nothing but amazing things about this pillow case. I currently do have a silk pillowcase from Amazon and I do like it but I find that I continuously have to get a new one and it’s only silk on one side. This pillowcase is 100% silk inside and out and is highly recommended by doctors, hair dressers and beauty experts alike. It is good for anti aging and for your hair. It is described as an 8 hour beauty treatment for you every night so this is definately on my wish list this year!
2.) Ugg Robe– My parents got me this robe for Christmas last year and I literally wear it all year round. It is soon soft and cozy and I look forward to putting it on everyday LOL. It is a little expensive for a robe BUT I promise you will get soon much use out of it and will not be disappointed.
3.) Sorel Snow Boots– These are on my Christmas list this year! I have been seeing these Sorel boots for years now and I didn’t think I had a need for them until these last few years with all the snow we have been getting in NJ. My Hunter rain boots are just not cutting it for the snow anymore.
4.) Tory Burch Flats– I wear these flats almost everyday to work and they are so comfy. I have never really been a huge fan of flats because I have always found them to be pretty uncomfortable. These flats will mold to your feet after wearing them a few times- I didn’t believe this at first but I can tell you first hand they absolutely do and I have multiple pairs of these now.
5.)Gucci Marmot Sandals– I have been wanting these since I saw them in the Gucci store in NYC last year but couldn’t get myself to spend this much on sandals. This would make a great gift and they match with so much. I am obviously thinking of warmer days looking at these sandals!
6.) Calpak Roller Luggage– This was another Item I received as a gift for Christmas last year. My Husband and I were gifts the Rose Gold and Black luggage sets and I must say they have held up really well. We took a decent amount of flights this year and although the luggage did get a little dirty, well my rose gold luggage not so much the black bags, they held up extremely well and are large enough to fit everything you need. It’s such a useful gift and something that anyone can use for years!