Look for Less: Realisation Par Red Ruffle Dress

Look for Less: Realisation Par Alexandra Dress

This Realisation Par dress has been a longstanding item on my “lust list.”  I love the timeless, feminine cut that also exudes cool-girl effortlessness. Beloved by multiple bloggers and celebs Bella Hadid, the dress’s ubiquity still hasn’t tempered my pining.

Look for Less: Bella Hadid Realisation Par Dress

Look for Less: Lorna Luxe Realisation Par DressBlogger Lorna Luxe showcases how selfie perfect the dress is.

So, why haven’t I pulled the online shopping trigger after multiple visits to the site and almost check-outs? The $195 price tag. I just can’t quite bring myself to make the splurge when the dress is so memorable and can’t be switched up too much for everyday wear. The LBD, this is not. While I’m still searching for a spot-on dupe, Asos has a pretty lovely look-for-less. The studs are a bit different than the original, but the ruffles, cut and deep red hue have my approval.

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Snag it here.

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Look for Less: Gigi Hadid’s Studded Anine Bing Booties

Sorry for the lack of posts recently, but I am settling in to life in London/life as a full time student again. The past two weeks have been a craze of moving in, dorm shopping, registering for courses, attending courses and starting a part time job. I’m finally getting room to breathe and blog again, so here I am! While I’ll definitely be delving into the move and London life in a TON of posts, today I thought I’d slowly ease back into blogging with something a little more fun and frivolous – a look for less.

Since moving to London, I’ve started walking EVERYWHERE (something very new for this former sedentary American), and I’m getting so much wear out of all my booties. They’re comfortable, utilitarian, but still stylish enough for the Brits (Londoners love to dress up). So naturally, this look for less is bootie-centric, since I can’t resist a badass pair to power strut all over the city in. Add Gigi Hadid to the mix, and I’m a full-on superfan.

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Gigi’s Anine Bing studded booties are pure rock n roll, but unfortunately, at almost $800, won’t fit into my student budget.

anine-bing-charlie-boots-look-for-lessSo bad bitch. So Gigi. So expensive.

Boohoo has a Gigi-appropriate pair for less than $30. Sizes are disappearing, so definitely nab your size quickly and refresh to see if more come back in stock.

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Buy here.

If BooHoo is out of stock, Asos has another very similar look for less. These have more of a heel, but the requisite studs are there in all their glory. These retail for $63.

glamorous-studded-ankle-boot-anine-bing-look-for-lessBuy here.

I hope you all have a great Sunday full of boozy brunch (or Sunday roast if you’re in the UK!) and Neflix bingeing – the Amanda Knox documentary looks insane. I’ll be back ASAP with more London posts and fill you all in about the big move.

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Look for Less: Self Portrait Lace Off the Shoulder Top

During our recent trip to San Diego, one night we ventured north to the ritzy seaside town of La Jolla. We opted for dinner at George’s Ocean Terrace, the more casual younger brother to George’s on the Cove, as it came highly recommended from literally everyone on Facebook and Instagram. Sipping on cocktails and nibbling on their perfect stuffed figs, we  dined on the rooftop, perched high on the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean. While most of San Diego is decidedly beachy and casual, I decided to amp it up and get a little fancy (just love getting my fancypants on!) for dear George.

Outfit at George's in San Diego White Off the Shoulder Top Lace Sleeves

Getting artsy with the George’s sign while we waited for our table. Very fashion. Very ootd.

White Off the shoulder top with crochet sleeves

Buy the top here
Choker was from Claire’s
Bag here

I recently bought this off the shoulder top from SheInside, and it checks all the right boxes. Lacy? Check. Off the shoulder? Check. Show-stopping sleeves? Check and check. Better yet, it’s a bargain and a spot-on dupe for a Self Portrait blouse that’s sold out everywhere. The only flaw? It doesn’t come in every color.

shopbop crochet off the shoulder blouse

The ShopBop version for about $80. Buy here.

Shopbop sells a pricier but still under $100 version, if you’re afraid to order from SheInside. My items took about two weeks to arrive and the quality has been great so far. No complaints, especially for a perfectly feminine and detailed summer top under $20 that I think looks much more expensive. Snag yours before summer’s over and it’s too late!

Look for Less: Bows on Bows in San Diego

Working 9-5 slaving in an office, I’m trapped in conservative soul-sucking business clothing all day and don’t get many opportunities to prance around in cute summer clothes. So you better believe I embraced every opportunity to bare some clavicle and wear every single off the shoulder top I own while on vacation in San Diego.

Blouse // Choker // Bag

Even better than an off the shoulder top? An off the shoulder top paired with a choker. I decided to go full-on bows on bows. This sassy little choker reminds me a lot of an Are You Am I version, so I was happy to scoop it up at a mere fraction of the price. Ain’t nobody got money for a $50 choker.


Blouse // Choker // Bag // Sandals // Shorts // Sunglasses

Every night we relished in the perfect San Diego weather and would explore the nearby marina and Seaport collection of touristy shops and overpriced, yet kitschy restaurants. I also took the opportunity to force my mom to take outfit photos! I am so awkward with these still. I love fashion and want to blog about personal style, but I’m  pretty uncomfortable in front of the camera, and my mom is a saint for putting up with my self-critical direction.  Only thing to get me through a photo shoot? Ice cream!

ice cream cones in san diego

We grabbed two crazy expensive ($17 total!) from Ben & Jerry’s, but they were worth it to satisfy my never-ending sweet tooth.  Also worth it? Taking in the sunset and golden light over the harbor. No one does sunsets quite like Southern California.

Sunset at San Diego Marina

Look for Less: Stuart Weitzman Highland Boots

Gigi Hadid Grey Stuart Weitzman Bootsimage source

The #Nsale ends later this week, so why not grab a spot-on dupe while prices are still low? These Steve Madden Gleemers are practically twins with  the famous Stuart Weitzman Highland boots that celebs and bloggers love. With #NSale pricing they are only $100 until August 8th. I want to keep the end of summer far out of my mind, but these are the perfect cold-weather investment piece to stock up on now while prices are low and before the dreaded autumn and winter chill sets in.

Tijan Serena Black Stuart Weitzman Highland Boots

One of my favorite bloggers, Tijan Serena, can rock the hell out of the black Highlands.

Nordstrom currently have the black in stock in many sizes, and you can find the grey version at Macy’s which is price matching #NSale prices. It’s a win-win situation. I already have a pair of over the knee black boots, so I’m pretty keen on the grey beauties. Minus the side of Zayn Malik, I’ll do my best Gigi Hadid in these. They elevate any neutral look into a full-on supermodel-approved  power outfit. Any excuse to do a bad-bitch strut is fine by me.

 

In other news, I’m in a full-on taco coma from a fun lunch with friends, and already ready to watch RHONJ and plan our trip to San Diego next weekend. What did you do this weekend?