Daily Dose of Design: Save vs. Splurge: Winter Edition

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Save vs. Splurge: Winter Edition


Over the summer I shared a summer edition of save vs. splurge and it was SO much fun to make! It seriously never, ever fails to amaze me just how many dupes are out there for super high-end products. I love upscale shopping just as much as the next girl, but I also love a good sale and since my student loan payments officially have started, I love these save vs. splurge round ups even more! ;) I found 9 awesome dupes for much more expensive designer versions and I'm loving them for winter:

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Plaid Blanket Scarf ($58.50) vs. Burberry Scarf ($650)
Steve Madden OTK Boots ($99.95) vs. Stuart Weitzman OTK Boots ($798)
Crystal BaubleBar Choker ($68) vs. Swarovski Crystal Choker ($350)
Black & White Shoulder Bag ($99) vs. Prada Shoulder Bag ($1,480)
Cat Eye Sunnies ($59) vs. Rose Gold Cat Eye Sunnies ($650)
Blue Topaz Pandora Ring ($90) vs. Ble Topaz & Rose Gold Ring ($1,750)
Wool Fedora ($175) vs. Maison Michel Fedora ($515)
Elf Kabuki Brush ($6) vs. Too Faced Kabuki Brush ($34)
Steve Madden Loafers ($89.95) vs. Gucci Loafers ($595)

Let's just talk for a sec about this Elf kabuki brush... I've been using it since last April and it's SO good. I've tried expensive, more "high end" kabuki brushes from Sephora before and I haven't liked any as much as I love my Elf one! It's only $6 so it's easy to replace if and when needed and it seriously beats out all of the more expensive versions, even the Too Faced version that has awesome reviews!

I'm dreaming about this color-block Prada bag but I was so excited when I found an almost exact replica *and* one that's on sale! It's about the same size, too. The same goes for these Steve Madden over-the-knee boots. They're so cute and come in a bunch of different colors - the best part is they're just under $100! I love the Stuart Weitzman version too (and stare at them with heart eyes every time I walk past the display in Nordstrom) but the Steve Madden version is seriously so good - if not better! They're super comfortable and I actually like the colors in person a bit more.

The new Gucci Marmont line has been all the rage lately and honestly, why wouldn't it be?! The line is amazing and I looove everything from it, including these loafers (including the fur embellished pair, *so* cute). Since they're so popular I've noticed a lot of brands are replicating them in some way and Steve Madden does it again with their version of the loafers! They come in a few colors and the tassel detail is just the cutest.

Have you seen any awesome dupes this season?
XOXO

57 comments:

  1. Love posts like these! It's always great to find affordable pieces. I am loving the affordable loafers...I may need to get my hands on those!

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

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  2. I love when you can find the same look for a better deal! I wish I could afford the gorgeous designer labels but finding a good deal is the best!

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  3. Love this!!!! It brings me such joy to find a steal! :)

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  4. These are all so great! I love the dupe for the Burberry scarf- that has been on my wishlist forever!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

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  5. I just recently made the switch to Elf brushes, and I am in love! And those Steve Maddens... to die for!

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  6. I LOVE posts like this! You seriously can't even tell the difference between most of these items, which is awesome. I'm always on the hunt for a good deal! :)

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  7. You have to love it when you actually like the save versions better than the splurges!

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  8. I like some of the 'save' items better than the 'splurge' ones! Awesome list.

    Alix | www.apintsizedlifeblog.com

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  9. Love this post! I love finding designer replicas for less.

    Greta | www.gretahollar.com

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  10. Honestly, I don't know who the heck would pay more than $20 for a simple scarf hahaha or is that just me!?

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  11. Love all the dupes! I have the cheaper OTK boots and love them.

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  12. Those boots and that scarf are such great dupes! Love round-up posts like this!

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  13. I actually like some of the "save" items better than the "splurge" options! This is a great dupes roundup!

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  14. Love this list! I'm always down for a save item, because then I can buy more items!

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  15. That's one expensive Burberry scarf! So glad you have cheaper cute options :)

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  16. I love this series! You do a great job finding good dupes. Those Steve Madden mules are super cute!

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  17. I'm checking out everything on your save list because I've splurged enough lately. I really love the scarf, I can never have enough of blanket scarfs.

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  18. I just needed a new kabuki brush and I bought the ELF retractable one. I'm hate to say it but I just don't like it. I debated between that one and the one you feature and I think I made the wrong choice. I'm going to pick up the one you have and love and try that one out.

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  19. This is such a great post idea! You really nailed it.

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  20. Love both the steal and the splurge hats! I am a sucker for an awesome wool hat (evident by all the hats worn in my blog posts!).

    Gennifer Rose | www.GenniferRose.com

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  21. ELF brushes are some of my favorite. They are so affordable, yet work so well. When it comes to very trendy things I tend to go for saving rather than splurging. I like to leave the splurging for more classic items that won't go out of style next month.

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  22. This is amazing! I love these kind of comparisons. You can still look amazing without spending an arm and a leg.

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  23. omy! this are fab! the Swarovski Crystal Choker is very expensive hahaha but I love it! lol. good comparison! They are almost just the same looks but the price differs!

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  24. Oh my goodness! Those "Save" items are real winners in my book. I can't believe anyone would even spend that much money on items like those when you can get something similar. Let me stress on the word, "similar." There is a big difference when you compare items as "similar" rather than "fakes" or "knock offs."

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  25. That prada purse is to die for!!!!! I loveeeee how the “save” purse is almost identical!

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  26. Oh gosh, i am in trouble, I prefer all the splurge ones haha

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  27. I'm so glad to see posts like these. A great way for me to learn how to accessorize myself.

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  28. I love those boots! I especially love that they're not as expensive as the splurge column.

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  29. Thanks so much for this girl! I've been eyeing Gucci's loafers for the longest time and need to find a much less pricey version!

    xx, Vivian | viviantang.co

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  30. I have used some E.L.F Cosmetics products and I really like them. Those Steve Madden OTK Boots are gorgeous!

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  31. Girl! I love everything about this post! Thanks for rounding up so many great dupes for popular splurge items!!!

    <3 Nicole @ www.WorkWearWander.com

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  32. I love a good "save or splurge" post! All those pieces you picked out are amazing!!

    xoxo, Hannah

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  33. I love that ELF kabuki brush! I also recommend saving on the OTK boots. As much as I love them, we never know how long this trend will last.

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  34. These are all a great selection of a winter outfits, Glad you share this with us.

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  35. I love all of these choices! I always love finding lower-priced versions!

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