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dress for less: lookalike booties

I have been watching these awesome Francoise Shoemint buckled booties but of course I just don’t have it in my budget to get another pair of shoes. While looking I also found a more affordable version.

check it out…

Forever21 Buckled Ankle Boots
Forever21 Buckled Ankle Boots – $40 – faux leather, also available in black
ShoeMint Francoise Boots
ShoeMint Francoise Boots – $80 – real leather, also available in black

See the similarity? The Forever21 version is half the price of the Shoemint version but it’s also worth noting that 1. the F21 version is faux leather while the SM version is real leather, 2. you can take 20% off your first ShoeMint purchase with coupon code 20LUVUS, 3. Shoemint has sold out of quite a few sizes, 4. Forever21 doesn’t have a lot of size variety either.

Hope you like this “dress for less” option:)


hello kitty everywhere

Anyone that knows me knows that I have had a love for Hello Kitty since the mid 90s. Not surprisingly, the brand has become very popular recently (how can something as cute as Hello Kitty and other Sanrio characters not be popular)?

The latest merchandise to emerge from the Sanrio brand has been:

A) a JustFab.com Hello Kitty shoe collection – WHAT?!

My favorite is DEFINITELY the peep toe pump with the gorgeous red hear print and adorable hello kitty charm.

Hello Kitty Shoe Collection @ JustFab
Hello Kitty Shoe Collection @ JustFab

B) Forever21 has launched yet another Hello Kitty/Chococat/Sanrio clothing and accessory line

Sanrio Set

Are there any other Hello Kitty / Sanrio fans out there?

that was fast! forever21 mary jane platform review!

UPDATE 10/15/12: After wearing these shoes a few more times, I have concluded that they are super painful and uncomfortable – so much so that I cannot wear them again  EVER. I work in an office all day and I don’t even need to walk much but couldn’t stand these mary janes even at work… that is telling. I consigned them so maybe someone else can get wear out of them.


Remember yesterday when I blogged about these amazing Mary Jane platform heels from Forever21? Well they came in today! WHOO!

The verdict? HOTNESS!

Style: I am a huge fan of mary jane shoes and I’m loving the platform and the awesome chunky heel! I am an even bigger (well maybe not) fan of patent leather. SCORE! [These also kind of remind me of the Shoedazzle Ruthie, which I ordered and sent back because 1) they weren’t really the right size, 2) they were extremely damaged 3) I didn’t end up liking the style in person.] 5/5.

Fit: I ordered the 9 while I usually wear a 9 or 9.5. The 9 fits OK, it would have been nice to have a little more wiggle room but I’m hoping these babies stretch even just a little. I do have a wide foot and so there is a little bit of bunching on the sides, but that’s expected unfortunately. The ball on my foot is slightly uncomfortable but it’s not to bad. Definitely walkable! 3.5/5.

Color: I really love the burgundy color of these shoes. Perfection! 5/5.

Quality: Hard to tell at this point as I’ve only been sporting these mary janes around the office but I think for the price… can’t complain! The patent leather has a few small scuffs but nothing to write home about. 4/5.

Price: At under $25, I find the price to be fantastic! 5/5.

Overall: 4.5/5. Even though I haven’t worn these mary jane platforms much, I’d like to wager that these shoes will be a big hit! I just love them!

Patent Mary Jane Platform at Forever21
Patent Mary Jane Platform at Forever21
Patent Mary Jane Platform at Forever21
Patent Mary Jane Platform at Forever21
Patent Mary Jane Platform at Forever21
Patent Mary Jane Platform at Forever21
Patent Mary Jane Platform at Forever21
Patent Mary Jane Platform at Forever21

What do you think of my new mary jane heels?

reader request: comfortable, affordable flats

My wonderful cousin Deb is a young, busy mom of three little girls. She asked me to help her find a pair of comfortable, flat, affordable, cute shoes. She would normally wear her flip flops running around and playing with her kids. But even these simple, ubiquitous flip flops have waned in their popularity. I totally get it Deb, comfortable does NOT have to mean perfunctory or boring. It’s good to shake things up once in a while!

Even though I’m not a mom, I like to get down with comfy flats too. I am going to start with my favorites as recommendations for Deb.

1. Flat Thongs Sandals

When summertime comes around and I want something simple and a little sexy, I go for my gold thong flat sandals.They go with everything, are easy to wear, and are relatively comfortable as long as you’re not on your feet all day. And at $7.50, these cute sandals won’t break the bank.

Forever21 Leatherette Sandals
Forever21 Leatherette Sandals

2. Crocs

Anyone that knows me knows that I love Crocs. The two main reasons that attract me to Crocs are comfort and durability during rainy days. My favorite pair are Crocs Malindi slingbacks; they are very cute, comfortable, and feminine. And they are currently on sale for $14.99-19.99, which is a steal.

Crocs Malindi
Crocs Malindi

I have the Malindi in navy and wear them when running around town, gardening, and even to work when it’s raining. If they get muddy, you can easily wash them off in the sink.

3. Mary Jane Athletic Flats

The third pair of go-to flats for me are a more athletic, rubber soled, Mary Jane style flats. I love that they have a hint of femininity yet are still considered athletic shoes.

Chant Mary Jane from Payless
Chant Mary Jane from Payless

My pick for Deb is this super cute Champion Mary Jane from Payless.  You can wear these with capris, shorts, pants, and even skirts and dresses. The idea is versatility, femininity, and comfort.

These cute Mary Jane sneakers are on sale for $19.99, which is not a bad price. They come in 4 different colors too.

Singne D'Orsay Flats from Target
Singne D'Orsay Flats from Target

4. Peep Toe Flats

Lastly, I want to recommend a type of flat shoe what I myself don’t own but am currently looking for– the peep toe flat!

Perfect for summer, the cute and sexy peep toe flat shoe is versatile and feminine. This type of shoe can be worn with pants, shorts, capris, skirts, or dresses.

I love these Xhilaration Singne D’Orsay peep toe Flats in red patent. I love a pop of color to brighten up your outfit. These cute flats are currently on sale for $16.99, a price that doesn’t raise any eyebrows.

There you go, Deb! I hope I was helpful in finding you a cute pair of comfortable flats! Let me know what you think!

hoop dreams: a tale of two prices

Fortuna Earrings
Fortuna Earrings
Modern Bohemia Earrings
Modern Bohemia Earrings

I spotted a lookalike for a pair of gorgeous earring at Shabby Apple and I had to post it.

The Fortuna Earrings are a gorgeous brass/gold colored hoop earrings that have pretty embellishments and are $16.

I also spotted a darn close lookalike at Forever21 called Modern Bohemia Earrings for a fraction of the price at $3.80.

The Forever21 version of these hoops aren’t quite as detailed in the embellishments, but they are still extremely pretty and have a somewhat exotic “tribal” vibe.

They are also available in gold tone or silver tone. For that price, you can buy both colors and still come up ahead.

What do you think of these cute hoop earrings?