Knock (it) Off

I imagine most people don’t have the budget for Isabel Marant, Laurent, Chanel and the like. I certainly don’t. Sadly though I’m cursed with a deep love for all things couture, luxe, and high fashion. It’s a shame to have champagne taste and a PBR sort of budget, but alas, such is life.
In an era in which we are inundated with fashion though, it’s inevitable that even the most sought after, high end item is going to be replicated. Here is where the fashion mecca Zara comes into play. Sweet lord they make some bad ass knock-offs…and in a lot of cases, they do it better than the original. You want to excommunicate me now? Fine. So be it, but let me at least take my awesome, fraction of the price, designer knock-offs with me.
In one more ode to the knock-off, Forever 21 is batting a thousand this season. No joke they’ve got some pieces that kind of actually put Isabel to shame. God don’t quote me on that, or maybe do. Hell, go for it. Why? Because this is some good shit lollipop! I’m actually dying to get this one embroidered shirt, and it’s a grand total of $24.00 Yes, yes I will be purchasing it quite soon thank you very much.
And seriously, can we all just agree that the pictured Zara outfit is beautiful? Throw a jean jacket over that and BAM! Gotta get those shorts…Zara Isabel Knock Off

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Acoutrement

Gold Lace CuffSee I can sound fancy and French if I want to. Hell I can maybe even pronounce acoutrement correctly, but I’m writing and not talking so you’ll never be the wiser since you can’t hear me.

Anyway, let’s talk about Stella & Dot. Why? Well because I want to and I’m wearing this pretty fly gold cuff right now that I think everyone with a brain should own. Maybe not everyone. I think the sartorial flair might be lost on people like say…my brother. Now for all the ladies though…get you and your sassy pants right on over and check out my friend Joy’s page: http://www.stelladot.com/joyjohnson She’s the coolest for one thing and for another, a white t-shirt just looks way more awesome with some snazzy jewels.

The bracelet I’m wearing today is here
http://www.stelladot.com/shop/en_us/p/jewelry/bracelets/b173g
Host a party and you too can be the proud owner of this piece of finery at 50% off the retail price. Not too shabby eh?

I’m also wearing this garishly large necklace I got a while ago at Anthropologie. A similar can be found here:http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/shopsale-jewelryaccessories/26823302.jsp
The only difference is that mine has this (un)strategically placed disco ball hanging from one side.

Pile all that shit on and my t-shirt (dress in this case) is way less boring. Dannijo (www.dannijo.com) has some amazing pieces too, but not nearly as affordable as Stella & Dot or Anthropologie. I have to hand it to Mary Suki as well. Her jewelry is gorgeous. I will have her gold cuff one day. But to be honest, I’ve found some real gems (pun totally intended) at H&M and Forever 21 as well. Any one else have great recommendations for some affordable flair?