David Yurman Designer Jewelry: Splurge vs. Steal

When it comes to designer jewelry, David Yurman is always a name I keep coming back to. His designs are just exquisite. One of my favorite parts of his collection are his colored-stone pendants. They are available in almost every color you can think of but my personal favorite is the minty green.

Well, as it turns out, you don’t need to break the bank in order to enjoy the beautiful look of a David Yurman-esque colored stone surrounded by diamonds. Take a guess at how much the pendant from Overstock–which includes diamonds–costs. Big difference! If you really want to get the David Yurman look down to a t, put the look-a-like pendant onto a box chain.

David Yurman 20x15mm Prasiolite Wheaton Enhancer ($1650, Neiman Marcus) 10k Gold Green Amethyst and 1/10ct TDW Diamond Necklace ($153.99, www.overstock.com)

David Yurman 20x15mm Prasiolite Wheaton Enhancer ($1650, Neiman Marcus)

10K Gold Green Amethyst and 1/10ct TDW Diamond Necklace ($153.99, www.overstock.com)

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Designer Pumps: Splurge vs. Steal

Christian Louboutin is the first name most women now associate with luxury footwear. With the brand becoming a household name, Jennifer Lopez even wrote a song about her Louboutins. I love Louboutin’s classic Platform Pump, which is incredibly simple and chic.

However, if you’re not ready for that type of splurge quite yet, check out the Go Max Justice pump from the Runway by Kmart collection. It mimics the signature red heel of Louboutin and features a beautiful checkerboard-like texture. Love!

Christian Louboutin Platform Pump ($695, Neiman Marcus) Go Max Justice - Black ($27.99, Kmart)

Christian Louboutin Platform Pump ($695, Neiman Marcus)

Go Max Justice – Black ($27.99, Kmart)

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Studded Satchels: Splurge vs. Steal

Pop quiz! Without cheating by looking at the labels, can you guess which of these bags costs more $1,000 and which one is about $60? Hard to tell, isn’t it? Who knew “spot the difference” could be so good for your wallet!

Be&D Garbo Lambskin Studded Grommet Satchel ($1,245.00, Bloomingdales) Logan Shelby Bag ($59.95, Baghaus)

Be&D Garbo Lambskin Studded Grommet Satchel ($1,245.00, Bloomingdales)

Logan Shelby Bag ($59.95, Baghaus)

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Bronzer: Splurge vs. Steal

I am definitely a tan addict. As soon as fall arrives, I start worrying that I look pale or even green. But I don’t use tanning beds or spray tans because each freaks me out in its own way (cancer, zebra stripes). As you’ve probably guessed, bronzing powder has become an essential item in my makeup bag. It helps me avoid feeling that I look ghost-like and has definitely made a few people ask me if I just returned from a tropical getaway.

If you’re looking for something not too pricey, try Physicians Formula Loose Bronzing veil. It is conveniently packaged in a container with a built-in brush, making it especially perfect for on-the-go touch-ups. Those who are willing to spend a little more should check out Star Bronzer Poudre Soleil from Lancome. The thin compact also makes taking it with you in your purse hassle-free. The lid has a mirror, which is quite handy.

Star Bronzer Poudre Soleil ($36.50, Lancome) Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Loose Bronzing Veil ($8.97, www.drugstore.com)

Star Bronzer Poudre Soleil ($36.50, Lancome)

Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Loose Bronzing Veil ($8.97, www.drugstore.com)

I actually own both of these products and alternate using them depending on which shade I’m in the mood for on a given day. In my experience, both products provide the skin with a just-right, not overly orange color and a smooth finish. Many makeup artists say you should apply bronzer to three areas on your face: jawline, cheek bones and forehead. On days when I feel I need extra enhancement, I ignore this rule and apply bronzer all over. Both the Lancome and Physicians Formula products get the job done equally well.

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Splurge-worthy Christmas Wishlist

A few things that we at StealThisDress! would be delighted to find under the tree this year:

Burberry Skinny Giant Check Cashmere Scarf, Camel ($195, Neiman Marcus)Burberry Skinny Giant Check Cashmere Scarf, Camel ($195, Neiman Marcus)

7 For All Mankind Houndstooth Seam Leggings ($159, www.shopbop.com)7 For All Mankind Houndstooth Seam Leggings ($159, www.shopbop.com)

kate spade new york Big Apple Neda Continental Wallet ($145, Bloomingdales)Kate Spade new york Big Apple Neda Continental Wallet ($145, Bloomingdales)

Badgley Mischka Halma Open Toe Pumps with Stone Detail ($215, Bloomingdales)Badgley Mischka Halma Open Toe Pumps with Stone Detail ($215, Bloomingdales)

MICHAEL Michael Kors Oversized Chronograph Gold Watch 44MM ($250, Bloomingdales)MICHAEL Michael Kors Oversized Chronograph Gold Watch 44MM ($250, Bloomingdales)

What splurge-worthy items are you lusting after this holiday season?

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Studded Suede Ankle Booties: Splurge Vs. Steal

BCBGeration Model Ankle Boots ($125, Macy's) Urban Studded Bootie ($26.80, Forever21)

BCBGeneration Model Ankle Boots ($125, Macy’s)

Urban Studded Bootie ($26.80, Forever21)

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Prada Butterfly Frame Sunglasses

Prada Large Butterfly Frame Sunglasses ($245)

Prada Large Butterfly Frame Sunglasses ($245)

The very first “Splurge Worthy” review I wrote was about sunglasses. StealThisDress! is now six months old (woo!) and I’ve decided that it is time we talk about another pair of amazing designer shades.

There’s nothing better than getting the same thrill out of something as you did when you bought it a year ago. For me, the Prada ‘Butterfly’ Frame sunglasses are,without a doubt, one of these treasured items. A year later, I still feel unstoppable every time I put them on.

With a frame whose shape mimics the outline of a butterfly’s wings, these shades are out there. They are definitely not ‘safe’. But as declared by Paris Hilton–who was photographed sporting the Butterfly glasses on numerous occasions–“Life is too short to blend in.” These shades embody this exact style mantra.

Prada Large Butterfly Frame Sunglasses ($245)

You may be surprised to learn, though, that Prada’s butterfly-inspired creation is also practical. The frame is nice and big, allowing me to stay incognito when I don’t particularly feel like facing the world.

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StealThisDress! Rating: 5

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

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Stealing the Look: Chanel J12 White Ceramic Watch

Chanel J12 38mm White Ceramic Watch

Chanel J12 38mm White Ceramic Watch

Aah, the white Chanel J12 watch. It’s been featured on the prestigious outside back cover of many glossy fashion publications. It’s ‘sporty luxe’ charm is undeniable. And then I remember that the many of the J12 varieties are priced at between 5 and 15 K. Ouch. [Read more…]

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Will Work for Pianegonda Jewelry

Confusion Necklace ($998, Pianegonda)

Confusion Necklace ($998, Pianegonda)

Yes, the necklace pictured on the left costs almost $1,000. What can I say? Pianegonda is one of my favorite jewelry designers of all time and this love of mine comes with a hefty price tag–literally.

Connection Rings ($250, Pianegonda)

Connection Rings ($250, Pianegonda)

Pianegonda’s line is divided into several themes. Examples include the keys, hearts and crosses combination featured on the ‘Confusion’ necklace and the circular elements that dominate the “Circle Light” and “Connection” collections.

There is something very futuristic in a lot of Pianegonda’s designs. Modern and abstract are the first words that come to mind, so don’t expect to find angel pendants or flower brooches in his collection. With that said, many of Pianegonda’s pieces are especially relevant in this year of geometry-inspired jewelry

At several hundred dollars a pop, rest assured that the quality of the work is superior, as it should be considering the price tag. Keep in mind also the fact that Pianegonda’s work has a unique look that is difficult to confuse with that of many other fine jewelry designers. In fact, my Pianegonda pieces are the source of more compliments, comments and questions than any other jewelry that I own.

Irregular Choice Bracelet ($465, Pianegonda)

Irregular Choice Bracelet ($465, Pianegonda)

No, this is not exactly recession-friendly jewelry. It is simply stunning jewelry. And such a splurge is exactly what you need sometimes. Even if it means putting the good old piggy bank back to use.

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

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Stealin’ from the Seventies

tom-ford-ft-0003-ford In my case, sunglasses are an obsession–one that I’m willing to spend the money on. The pricier ones better protect your eyes against the sun and I’m not going to put a price tag on my vision.So you guys will probably be seeing many more a sunglasses review from me.

I’m completely obsessed with these aviators from Tom Ford. My friends keep saying that I look like a police officer from the 70’s, but I think they are awesome. They’re not all that feminine and I’m into that for a change.

This is always the pair I grab when I’m sporting a casual look. Key for running errands and other times when I don’t really have time to fuss around with makeup. Tom Ford is a genius.

StealThisDress! Rating: 4

StealThisDress! Rating: 4

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