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I shine, the city never looked so bright



This is a super fun, pattern playing look that I wore recently to the grand opening of Calypso St Barth’s in Georgetown! I love the fashion forward yet office style feel of the look, and the comfort factor was a major plus. The ensemble was also great for the amazing networking and mingling at the event; shout out to the lovely new ladies I met!




Narciso Rodriguez for Kohl’s trousers
Tank via TJ Maxx
Vintage luggage bag
Zara blazer
Michael Kors watch
ring from Francesca’s Collection
gifted ONecklace initial necklace
thrifted heels via Saver’s

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Hump Day Dupes

Back in October (has it really been that long!?) I introduced you all to a fun little side project of mine, UnderEmployed Fashionistas. I also shared with you one of my favorite weekly features, the Hump Day Dupes! Today, I’m sharing more of these as a cross post. I’d also like to say that if you’re interested in budget living, and/or music, we’re looking for more writers and contributors to help push the website into grander success! Shoot me an email at Sahra@underemployedfashionistas.com if you’re interested in joining!

On to the dupes…

lvWho doesn’t remember the iconic oversized checks of the Louis Vuitton runway, the coveted final collection of Marc Jacobs!? With gargantuan prints still being in style you can’t go wrong with this style steal. Romwe’s version is $24.99; compare that to the bank-breaking $2,500 price tag of the real deal.
fish bone backWith Fashion Weeks around the corner, our sartorial wheels are spinning as fashionistas everywhere look for the coolest, most unique inspirations. This jacket is a cult favorite; Christine Centenera of Harpers Bazaar Australia in a $1,995 Dion Lee jacket. What a pretty price, eh? For us budget inclined divas, Get The Look offers up this admitted dupe for $99. Still out of your price range? TARI DC (a local upscale thrift store, that SHIPS) has a version for $88!
mini mac vsThe Rebecca Minkoff Mini-Mac is one of the most covetable handbags of our generation. It’s been seen on bloggers, celebrities, and friends alike. But with a $200 price tag, even the occasional luck of finding one at TJ Maxx still puts it at $100 or more. Charlotte Russe is to the rescue though, with their very clear dupe at, wait for it….only $15! The leather, or lack there of, won’t be as buttery, but the aesthetic is there without breaking that new 2014 savings bank!
givenchy vsWhile us here on the Eastern Coast can’t even FATHOM the thought of sandals right now, these dupes are too good to wait until spring for. Compared to the Givenchy price tag of nearly $700, these Alloy pumps are higher and cheaper, by a long shot. At just under $30, these pumps are fabulous and fierce, and financially reasonable!
hermes beltThe Hermes monogram belt has been an iconic clean piece of the wealthy wardrobe for years. The real deal costs up to $600, even in the $300 range on Ebay. Why not take the thrifty approach and add a perfect dupe of an initial to an old (or new) belt for only $28? C. Wonder will supply the buckle, you do the rest!
burb sweatshirt
Starting off with another piece from one of the most coveted Fall/Winter 2013 collections. Burberry’s now iconic heart print is also available in sweatshirt form, with a price tag of…$1,295. For us thrifty fashionistas, Choies has a dupe for only $28.99! It may not be the silk blended v-neck, but it will surely still be warm and chic!
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Hump Day Dupes

Remember when I asked you followers if you wanted to write for a new budget-lifestyle website? Some of you responded and are now on my team, but for those who don’t know, there’s a new website you NEED to check out.
I started UnderEmployed Fashionistas with my pal Alisse, hoping to bring fashion, beauty, and advice to all the “underemployed” ladies out there. One of the things I have been in charge of, alongside my Editor-In-Chief duties, has been putting together a weekly list of designer knock offs I’ve started calling Hump Day Dupes. The series is in it’s third week currently, but I figured I’d cross post to here so all you lovely folks can enjoy the cheapest and chicest in non-designer-but-looks-like-designer styles.
kenzoKenzo has recently been on the up and up of the fashion blogger wardrobe scene. But these runway designer duds are not even fathomably affordable for us savvy savers! SheInside, one of the top “dupes” websites (as you may have noticed in previous posts) knocks off the ready-to-wear staple, which costs almost $650, for only $31.48. Score the dupe HERE and get ready to impress, as only the keenest eye will be able to tell the difference between these duds!
balenciage bootsA fashion staple, at least in the bloggosphere of fashion forward ladies, are the Balenciaga Ceinture High Derby, or more commonly: cut out boots. A little bit of edge; or, well, a lot of edge, as well as a lot of fun and comfort due to no heel. At nearly $1,300 though, these shoes are only for the elite and/or gifted. Jeffrey Campbell immediately noticed a need for a cheaper version and created their Coltrane Boots for $1000 less. But Alas, some of us with a serious budget still can’t afford almost $300 for even the most covetable of styles. So, I introduce you to the Qupid Valiant; coming in at $40 these are what we call affordable! Buy the cheap dupes here on Amazon and embrace your rocker cool side!dgChannel your inner Carrie Bradshaw with this current trend! Dolce and Gabbana rolled this beautiful full tulle midi skirt down the runway recently, but who has the $750 to shell out for the five layers? Not us underemployed fashionistas, that’s for sure! After scouring the internet for a solid hour, trying to find the best quality, for the best price, with the closest looks to the original, I’ve found it. $10 on EBay gets you this delectable dupe that is the full 5 layers of gorgeous, dreamy tulle.
rock studNo Fashion blog could be complete without any notion towards the newly iconic Valentino Rock Stud Pump. While the dupe isn’t the pyramid studded patent leather perfect replica, GoJane still kills it with this soft velvetine version of the closet staple. For ornly $34.50 you too can look like you’re rocking the $1,000 pump! Get the knock-offs here, or oggle the OG’s here.hermes vsWhile the Hermes Rivet stud cuff is an edgy staple among bloggers and fashionstas alike, the beauty costs anywhere from $1000 to $2000. Now, for those of you who’s rent isn’t even half that, there’s still an option. I show you, the SheInside rivet cuff. Available in almost as many colors as it’s original Hermes, this statement piece will only cost you $8.16, available here. Now THAT is an affordable deal!

burb vsOne of the biggest hits for fall, in my opinion, was Burberry’s heart print blouse, available for both men and women. But really, who has the money to shell out $795 for this name brand? NOT US. Lucky for you ladies, SheInside has a chiffon version of the top for a mere $21.97, available here. Can we say “MUS HAVE”?!

prada vs
While Prada brand oversized baroque sunglasses cost $290, why not be budget-savvy and sun ray blocking with these $14 look-a-likes!? Get the 80sPurple version HERE! While they may be a cheaper plastic and not have a designer logo, most people of the general public can hardly tell the difference (I know; I’ve been told “love your Prada’s” numerous times and I just smile slyly to myself knowing they think I’m rich, not a broke bitch).
pearlsInspired by Rihanna and Lady GaGa? While our favorite lady singer’s wear $7,500 vintage Chanel pearl framed sunnies, we budget fashionistas don’t have that luxury. NastyGal, thankfully, comes to our rescue with their dupes for only $37. Now, this may not seem fathomably affordable,, there are $10 options available on Etsy, but none of them are up to par with the knock-off envy inducing aesthetic that these babies carry. And if the vintage Chanel’s are any indication, these shades will be in style for many years to come, so why not the mini-splurge for the best look!?
jcrew henWhile this $95 J.Crew hen sweater isn’t absurdly priced, we still can’t recent saving and duping. SheInside offers an 0h-so-similar version for only $33! Cozy, kitschy, and cute!
stellaaaIt’s sweater weather season alright! Cozy, cashmere (or not) and fun prints for added warmth and chic-ness are everywhere. Stella McCartney has this beaut on-trend plaid mohair sweater for $1,200, and we all know mohair is made of the clouds of Heaven and the pillows of Gods. Lucky for us budget-savvy folk, Choies created this knock-off made of a light weight knit and darker colors (but still same design and scheme) for merely $67. I actually kind of perefer the cut of the Choies one as well, as it’s more youthful and fun!
plvThis may be the best dupe of the week, aesthetically speaking. You can hardly spot the difference between these two pumps, unless you were staring at the price tags. The covetable metal toed Pour La Victoire pumps cost a pretty penny at $252, where as these Target knock offs are a just $29.99 (not including all the other things you walk out of Target with because that’s just what happens there).

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