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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Budget vs Blow-the-budget


My favorite thing to do, especially these days is to create a look for less. Or at least part of a look for less.  I like mixing styles and also mixing in high-end with budget items in both interiors and in fashion.  Like for example, wearing a blow-the-budget pair of shoes with a cheap, but great pair of jeans and a simple white tee-shirt. I think that = fabulousness.  Check out these blow-the-budget pieces and then their economy look-a-likes!
Blow-the-budget items- Lamp: crystal and silvered-bronzed-base with silk shade from JF Chen $5,775 & Clock: antique silver from Paul Ferrante $1350  vs: 

Gracious Home Venus table lamp $380

Simon Pearce: $95 - $130

 I've been putting off replacing a much needed pair of black pumps so since I was on the hunt...

Yves St Laurent: $760 at Barney's NY
Love-love them...but these aren't bad at all either...

Jessica Simpson: $69.99 L&T

Marc by Marc Jacobs: $99 at L&T

This Alberta Ferretti outfit is so pretty with an easy-breezy feeling.  The total price tag? ... $3,985 for the hat, top, skirt and sandals.  Marie Claire & I found some similar looks for a lot less.  What do you think?  I've had a floppy straw hat since forever and I'm glad it's held up, even on the plane trip back from London where I got it.  Although, I have to say I'm not sure I like the way I look in this style.   You wouldn't know it by the amount of hats I wear year-round--what with bad hair days and all...but maybe I'm not a hat person after all.  If you are, these are cutey-pies.

Hats left to right: 
Juicy Couture $78, Screen door by Lola hats at Jill Roberts $165, Walmart $7 Sweaters left to right: Express $60, J.Crew $88, Rachel Roy $89
& btw, what about these hats? I don't know the price but they do look pretty awesome. Found them Kris Atomic and had to post...OK, back to it...

 BCBG Max Azria Kara top $148
BCBG Max Azria Kara top $148

Guess sweater $79 (on sale at $47.40)

Leifsdottir skirt:$328

I found this at Zara $99 (more colors available)

Coach: $158 (-20% at Lord & Taylor)

Left to right:
Max Studio $89 & Zappos $155

Jessica Simpson: $79  (-20% at L&T)

1 comment:

The Buzz said...

Given that I sometimes (actually quite often!) blow the budget, having well-priced fabulousness on hand is a must! BTW - the hats you love with the flowered dresses are Carolina Herrera (Spring 2011) and they are most certainly in the blow the budget category!

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