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The BEST Designer Jewelry Dupes under $20.

The BEST designer jewelry dupes for under $20!

I am obsessed with jewelry, especially designer jewelry. The price tag I am not so obsessed with. Sharing my favorite dupes for under $20!

The BEST designer jewelry dupes for under $20!
The BEST designer jewelry dupes for under $20!

The BEST designer jewelry dupes for under $20!

 

The BEST designer jewelry dupes for under $20!

The BEST designer jewelry dupes for under $20!
The BEST designer jewelry dupes for under $20!

The BEST designer jewelry dupes for under $20!

 

 

OUTFIT DETAILS

CARDIGAN (on sale!)| SWEATER (old) | JEANS | BOOTIES (thrifted! check out my POST about how.) | NECKLACE | WATCH | BRACELETS: here and here | LIPS (Snob)

How many times does our budget hold us back from being able to buy that gift for someone that you know they will love or to add a cute little bracelet to your favorite bracelet stack? I am not encouraging you to break your budget or overspend on one item, I am teaching you how you can do both of these things for under $20!!! 

I am sure you know about the gloriousness of Amazon. Have you ever thought to order jewelry from them? Probably not. I have been ordering jewelry from Amazon for years now and it’s the perfect setup! I happen to keep my eyes out for new designer styles that I LOVE but can’t afford. Sometimes I even find these style dupes at Nordstrom, Baublebar, and Forever 21. Typically, they are under $20, sometimes I a little more but ALWAYS a great deal. The key is to know what you are looking for!

I LOVE the David Yurman Cable Bracelets, but at their $400 minimum price tag, I can’t afford them. Here are my favorite dupes I have found for under $20! Most of them are on Amazon Prime, hello to free shipping. My favorites that I wear are HERE!

Neiman Marcus has this beautiful gold screw cuff that I am swooning over for $200. I found an almost exact dupe on Amazon HERE and I am SO impressed. It’s a great weight, not too heavy but definitely sturdy. It’s stainless steel which is a great cue for it being able to last. Here are a couple of other favorites similar to it!

Link bracelets have been a huge trend for years. They have stayed around because they are classic. THIS is my favorite but I also found the ones below that are an amazing deal.

Hermes makes the most amazing bangles but their nearly $700 price tag is not amazing for my budget. Amazon has all of these for under $20 in any color you want!

Cartier makes the beautiful Love Bracelets for $6,300. It’s a timeless piece but I like these alternatives much better for my budget! Stacking one of each color is a great way to add class to your outfit!

Have fun finding the perfect dupes for you!

 

Spring Style Tips and Tricks

Thrifting DO’S and DON’TS

ALL my do's and don'ts for thrifting successfully!

I have been thrifting since I can remember, this is a skill I have fine tuned. It saves SO much money, so I want to share with you how to thrift smartly. 

ALL my do's and don'ts for thrifting successfully!
ALL my do's and don'ts for thrifting successfully!

ALL my do's and don'ts for thrifting successfully!

ALL my do's and don'ts for thrifting successfully!

ALL my do's and don'ts for thrifting successfully!
ALL my do's and don'ts for thrifting successfully!

ALL my do's and don'ts for thrifting successfully!

ALL my do's and don'ts for thrifting successfully!OUTFIT DETAILS
TOP c/o (Piko Style) | JEANS | WEDGES (similar) | TOTE | EARRINGS c/o | WATCH |

BRACELETS | LIPS (Snob)

I recently shared some AMAZING thrifting finds with you guys on my Instagram Stories. There were so many requests to share about how I do it. I decided to share the DO’s and DON’Ts that I have learned over the years. My mom taught me everything I know. SECRET FACT: we were featured in the Statesman Journal on thrifting at our favorite store when I was in middle school. This was before it was a “cool” thing, needless to say, I was SO embarrassed. Now, I carry share this skill proudly!

DO’s

You need to know brands to look for. Obviously, brands like Old Navy and Gap are easy to spot. You want to also be on the lookout for brands that names are not the name of the store but hold a lot of value. Study brand names from department stores or smaller stores that will hold value. Full list below!

Have a list. Either a mental or a physical list of the items you are looking for. This can be something as simple as shoes and shelf or as specific as gold shoes and tall white shelf.

Know your style. When you go into thrift stores, it can be overwhelming. Know what you like and stick with it. Just because something is a good deal and a name brand, doesn’t mean you need it. I had a closet full of good deals that weren’t my style for years, that was a lot of wasted money.

Learn how to scan. Thrift stores have a lot of products in them. You need to scan the shelves and racks for things that draw your eye. You won’t be able to go through every item so make your time spent worth it. Scan for good fabrics, colors, textures, good condition materials, authors, etc.

Find the sales. Most thrift stores have specific sale days. Goodwill has color days. Make sure you know what days they are running sales because these are the days that you can score some great gems. I found an almost brand new Tahari pantsuit for a total of $2! All the clothing was on sale for $1 a piece.

Clean. I always wipe down my books with Clorox wipes, wash all clothes, and disinfect all decor pieces. This is to just ensure there isn’t anything that you would bring into your home that would be a pest or an odor.

Think outside the box. Especially with furniture. If it can be a small project, buy it! If you have time for big projects, this is also a great place to find them.

DON’Ts

Never buy in excess. Don’t blow your budget on multiples of one item. In places like Goodwill, they will often have multiples of items. Don’t get overwhelmed by all of them, only buy what you need. I used to buy multiple of the same item because I loved it and it was a great deal. I NEVER used them all and wasted space and money on these items. Most of the time, this is decor items.

Judge. Try and not let the smell of a thrift store get to stop at the door. Thrift stores have a unique smell and set up. You can still find AMAZING items in there, you just need to know what you are looking for.

Overload. Don’t overload yourself with too many projects! If you don’t have time to fix it or paint it, don’t buy it. You don’t want to have a storage unit full of projects you probably won’t do because of being overwhelmed by all of them.

Buy without thinking. I’m talking about, it’s such a good deal so you buy it. If you can’t think of at least 2 places in your home it would work or at least 3 different outfits you can wear with it, then don’t buy it.

My List of brands I look for:

Shoes: Sam Edelman, BP, Born, Keds, Nike, Sorel, Hunter, Nine West, Steve Madden, Mossimo, Dolce Vita, 14th Union, Halogen, BCBG, Cole Hann, Franco Sarto, Jambu, Jeffrey Campbell, Louise et Cie, Sole Society, etc.

Clothes: Old Navy, Gap, PINK, Paige, Hudson Jeans, American Eagle, Joe’s Jeans, 7 for all Mankind, Free People, LOFT, Ann Taylor, Tahari, PJ Salvage, Lily Pulitzer, Kut From The Kloth, Halogen, Lush, Forever 21, H&M, Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Nike, Adidas, Puma, The North Face, Hollister, Abercrombie & Fitch, Adrianna Pappell, Zella, AG, ALDO, Articles of Society, BCBG, BB Dakota, Calvin Klein, Caslon,        Chelsea 28, Cupcakes and Cashmere, DKNY, Wildfox, Hinge, J. Crew, Jolt, Leith, Madewell, Make + Model, Michael Kors, all NORDSTROM brands, Sun and Shadow, Trouve`, Treasure&Bond, Gibson, Tommy Hilfiger, and so many more that I can’t remember!

Decor: Nate Burkus, Mossimo, Threshold, Nicole Miller, etc.

I may update this list in the future when I have more come to mind!

Go find treasures!!!

Tips and Tricks Winter Style

Why buy Sorel Boots IF you don’t live in the snow.

Walking in a blanket of snow with a fur lined burgundy peacoat.

I have two pairs of Sorel Boots and I DON’T live in the snow. I have had them for more than 2 years. I am sharing IF they are worth their money if you don’t live in the snow.

I have two pairs of Sorel Boots and I DON'T live in the snow. I have had them for more than 2 years. I am sharing IF they are worth their money if you don't live in the snow.
I have two pairs of Sorel Boots and I DON'T live in the snow. I have had them for more than 2 years. I am sharing IF they are worth their money if you don't live in the snow.

I have two pairs of Sorel Boots and I DON'T live in the snow. I have had them for more than 2 years. I am sharing IF they are worth their money if you don't live in the snow.

I have two pairs of Sorel Boots and I DON'T live in the snow. I have had them for more than 2 years. I am sharing IF they are worth their money if you don't live in the snow.
I have two pairs of Sorel Boots and I DON'T live in the snow. I have had them for more than 2 years. I am sharing IF they are worth their money if you don't live in the snow.

I have two pairs of Sorel Boots and I DON'T live in the snow. I have had them for more than 2 years. I am sharing IF they are worth their money if you don't live in the snow.

OUTFIT DETAILS:
COAT c/o (under $30!)| BOOTS here and here (both $100 or less!)| JEANS | LIPS (Snob)

LOCATION: Grouse Mountain Lodge Whitefish, MT

Two years ago I invested in my first pair of Sorel Boots. I had never owned a pair of snow boots since I lived in an area of the PNW that rarely had snow. Jason and I spent two weeks in Montana with our family and I wore them every day of the trip! 

Fast forward to this Winter after Jason I moved back from So Cal. I have worn my Sorel boots ALL WINTER LONG. We have received so much snow in my area this year along with freezing temps and ice. I naturally grab my Sorel Boots because of the traction, warmth, and comfort. I wear them so much, in fact, I bought a second pair in a different color tone for versatility. 

If my area doesn’t have snow all winter long, you may be asking why I invested in not one but two pairs of these Boots? Let me count the ways for you. 

They are warm! Even when there isn’t snow on the ground, cold temperatures are hard on your feet. These boots keep my feet and legs warm on walks in evenings or running around town.

The comfort level is beyond ridiculous. These are the most comfortable boots I own, hands down. They support my arches and provide so much stability for my sports injured ankles. Long walks or hikes, this is a vital piece for me.

They provide amazing traction. When there is ice or snow out, having traction is 100% important. Both of my boots have amazing traction. THIS pair has slightly more traction then THIS pair but both are amazing. When you are walking in cold temps without ice, the ground can still be slick so these are perfect.

Waterproof, I repeat waterproof. When I don’t want to wear my Hunter Boots (although I LOVE them, find out why HERE), I grab these because they protect me from the moisture.

Timeless. The styles of these boots range from super trendy to classic. I have chosen to invest in super classic styles because I know I will be wearing them for years to come. They will LAST far longer than your average boot. I like to invest in a classic style when I know they will last a long time.

Snow Appropriate. These boots are by far the BEST boots I have ever worn in the snow. They keep the snow from falling into your boot as you walk in deep snow, keep the moisture out and the warmth in, fit inside snow pants, durable for snow shoes, comfortable for long walks in the snow, etc. As you can see in these pictures, I am standing in a couple feet of snow at the Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish, MT. The snow was not falling into my boots from the top or seeping into the bottoms. SCORE!

If you live in the snow, then these boots need to be in your closet. Whether you visit the snow through the winter, have then occasional snow fall, or have cold temperatures in the winter, these boots need to be in your closet. I am listing my favorites below which also all happen to be on sale!

My Favorite Sorel Boots:

I have two pairs of Sorel Boots and I DON'T live in the snow. I have had them for more than 2 years. I am sharing IF they are worth their money if you don't live in the snow.