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REAL vs STEAL- shoe edition

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For a little treat on this rainy Friday evening, I wanted to share with y’all my first REAL vs STEAL! My favorite thing to shop for in the fashion world is shoes, so I thought that would be a great place to start. Dress from the shoes up- that’s what they say, right?! If you’re like me, you love to keep up with the latest high fashion trends and see what all of the big designer’s are coming out with and the celebrities are wearing. But, sometimes their prices are just NOT easy on a girls’ wallet! The great thing is you can find similar styles for a mere fraction of the cost!! No, I’m not talking about those fake Louis Vuitton bags you bought on your 8th grade trip (totally guilty). These aren’t “fakes” or “replicas” they’re just budget friendly versions of what is hot right now!

1. Valentino Rockstuds- Okay, so I totally have a pair of these and I absolutely LOVE them!! But, that was also before seeing these strikingly similar pair from Tobi (ps- if you’ve never heard of Tobi, you must check it out. you.will.die.). These are the perfect neutral heel to have in your closet. They’re super practical, but the studs also make them a bit edgy. They can be worn to dress up jeans and a tank or to add a bit of rock n roll to an otherwise girly dress. With the $58 version, you also won’t be worried about messing them up on a night out!

2. Chanel Espadrilles- I’m currently OBSESSED with Espadrilles, especially these Chanel beauties. But, spending over $500 on a pair of casual shoes is kind of insane, especially since they’re white linen and I would probably dirty them the first time I wore them. These Kendall & Kylie for Madden Girl’s are a great alternative. Not only are they like a tenth of the price, but the synthetic leather material will definitely hold up better through wear and tear. The black and white is still a timelessly classic look!

3. Birkenstock Arizonas- So, Birkenstocks may not exactly be outrageously priced. But, they have been going in and out of style my entire life, most of that time spent out. I never think it’s a great idea to spend a ton of cash on a trendy item, especially when there is another option! These Sam & Libby for Target sandals are almost identical to Birks, BUT they also have gold studs!! I mean seriously, you had me at gold. Priced originally at $29.99 they’re currently on sale for $22.49, so when they go out of style again in a few months, you won’t be hating yourself for spending over a hundred bucks. Plus, if you’re like me and have the Target Red card you also save another 5%!! Yes, that’s totally what I tell myself every time I walk out of Target after spending $300 on bathing suits, office supplies and dog toys- “at least I saved 5%”

I would LOVE to hear what y’all think of my REAL vs STEAL post and if YOU have any items you’re looking for a less expensive alternative to!! Everyone have a happy and safe weekend!! XOXO

 

Shopping on Wheels

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Last night I spent a fun night with fellow bloggers and Charleston fashionistas at an amazing event/fashion show at Republic Garden & Lounge. It was put on by Rolling Rack Boutique, a mobile shopping truck, named Rita to be specific.  Now, while this concept has been in California for years, it had yet to hit the coast of Charleston until now! The truck is taken to local events, concerts and even popular brunch spots {Shelter, every Sunday, ladies}. You can also privately rent Rita to come to your party or event. What a fun girl’s night, right?! Perfect for birthday parties, bachelorettes, or even just a ladies night in! Not only does Rolling Rack stock the hottest styles at fabulous prices with everything from jewelry to sweet little dresses and tops to OMG so sexy jumpsuits, but on the inside Rita is absolutely the cutest thing you’ve ever seen! They have done a fabulous job getting this truck to look just like a cute boutique, except this one can come to YOU! Unfortunately, this was my first encounter with Rolling Rack Boutique so I wasn’t able to wear one of their pieces to the event. However, I did do some shopping and cannot wait to share my new threads with y’all! Since this was a fun, Summer event I wanted to keep my attire fairly casual but with some great summery colors! This floral top is so girly and the colors just pop! It’s also super light and airy- perfect for this hot, humid Charleston weather. I wore it with the classic Summer staple, white skinny jeans, which I of course did a little roll at the bottom. My Rockstuds were a perfect shoe pairing to add a little sass to this sweet outfit. Just the right amount of rock-n-roll to add to the pretty florals. I couldn’t go without throwing on a few baubles that complimented the colors in my top just right! For a bag, I carried my go-to classy white quilted cross body that goes fabulous with any outfit! This is an easy outfit to recreate with a floral top in bright colors, white skinnies and a pair of pumps {studs optional, but amazing}.

Top- Trés Carmen Boutique > (similar here)  / Pants- Vigoss / Shoes- Valentino from Saks Fifth Avenue  / Bangles – Bourbon and Boweties from Trés Carmen Boutique / Cuff Bracelet- Lisa Kerns / Bag- Kate Spade from Gwynn’s > (similar here)

 

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Midweek Shoe Sale Fix

So, I’ve been wanting to break Southern Meets Chic into more than outfit posts for a while now, but I just never knew exactly where to start. That is, until I got word that Saks Fifth Avenue was having a HUGE designer shoe sale! Once I got on their site and saw all of the amazing deals and variety of styles, I knew I had to share this with the world!! If you’re like me, you love big name brands, but can hardly ever afford to fork out the dough for them. Now is your chance to get designers like Prada, Miu Miu, Jimmy Choo- the list goes on, at up to 60% OFF!! Now, a lot of these can still be a little pricey so I also threw in some, still designer, but less expensive options as well. I’ve organized them into 4 different categories- flats, sandals, dressy heels and casual heels with info below. If you are seriously interested in a pair, I’ve got a great contact over at Saks in Atlanta I can hook you up with. Happy Shopping & Happy Hump Day!!

6b9b0564e7127b298bc8b603984999961. Jimmy Choo Alina Perforated Leather Ballet Flats in Lemon <original price: $675.00 SALE: 315.16>

Consider these neon babes the new neutral for summer! You can wear these with virtually any color to add some fun to your everyday look. The laser cut leather was huge for Spring/Summer ’14 and is a great way to spice up a basic flat.

2. Miu Miu Patent Leather Mary Jane Flats in White <original price: $550.00 SALE: $256.79 >

These Blair Waldorf-esque Mary Jane flats will put just the right amount of “prep” in your step this summer. This style is perfectly classic, but with a modern and trendy twist. These can be worn easily with most shorts, skinny jeans and dresses. Now all you’ll need is a fun headband to complete the look!

3. Chloé Suede Mary Jane Double-Strap Ballet Flats in Red <original price: $630.00 SALE: $294.15>

I absolutely love these precious flats! The ballet flat keeps them simple, but the double strap adds a bit of funk. They are a great transitional shoe between seasons. I can picture them worn with fun, floral tops and black/white striped shorts, but also with black tights and a skater skirt and fuzzy sweater in the winter. Simply perfect!

620297d7e4228334b407ec491c6cf1371. Rachel Roy Camden Studded Ankle Strap Sandal in nude <original price: $295.00 SALE: $137.74>

These are a basic must-have sandal to keep in your closet! They are easy to throw on and put with everything. But, with the gold studs they are anything but boring! Great chance to add a staple shoe to your Summer wardrobe, and if you’re like me, throw out your 3 year old Target go-to’s!

2. Nicholas Kirkwood Bicolor Leather Zigzag Sandals in black/red <original price: $495.00 SALE: $231.12>

Now, I will be the first one to say that I am OVER chevron- if you’re considering it as a part of your outfit, don’t do it!! However, on the inside of your shoe it actually has a bit of a draw (besides the fact that it can’t be seen). These are a sandal that you can easily match with outfits, but still add a pop of color! You’ve also got to love that gold toe!

3. Prada Saffiano Patent Leather Gladiator Sandal in white <original price: $575.00 SALE: $268.47>

These white beauties are a different take on gladiator sandals. The gleaming white is perfect for summertime and will go great with all of those fun neon colors you’ve got in your closet! They can also take a classic jean shorts & white tank from boring to chic!

2e0b368260d80c4b45d45312e3dbbfd21. Tibi Anouk Leather High-Heel Sandals in Mandarin <original price: $395.00 SALE: $184.43>

The color of this shoe is everrrryyything!! The options of how to wear the style are endless- perfect for shorts, skirts, jeans, dresses..I mean the list goes on! I love the idea of wearing it with black/white, neon yellow or even a really pale sky blue.

2. Reed Krakoff Leather Cutout Pumps in Sky Blue <original price: $695.00 SALE: $324.50>

The laser cut leather does it again!! This time in an absolutely beautiful pump. Remember above with the Tibi heel in that great mandarin color? Now picture these shoes with a dress that color. Gorgeous, right?! Also, the perfect splash of color and sass to an all white outfit.

3. Jimmy Choo Thistle Patent Leather and Metallic Leather Sandals in White/Gold <original price: $795.00 SALE: $371.19>

Can you say Grecian Goddess sandal?! These babies are a great summer shoe for a night out on the town! Or, how about all of you future brides out there? These are perfect for bachelorette, showers, rehearsal dinner or even the big day!! A designer wedding day shoe for almost half off?! Oh yes, that just happened!

 


b34e2c8b887aee7ba6035e8fade7d4b21. Kate Spade Aisha Leather T-Strap Sandals in Luggage <original price: $328.00 SALE: $153.14>

If you know me, then you know I love a block heel! If you have yet to get into the trend, these are the perfect starters. The classic colors make this super versatile. This sandal will take you from day to night and looking super classy all the while!

2. Valentino Patent Chevron-Espadrille Slingback Wedge in Pink <original price: $575.00 SALE: $301.50>

Okay, so ignore the word chevron being in the title because that super cute stitching on the heel is nowhere near that stuff that makes me want to gauge my eyes out! These are the most fun wedges! I know they’re a little Elle Woods, but it’s summer, you’re supposed to add a little fun to your life and wardrobe! These would also make perfect pool party shoes- think Vegas & Miami BABY!

3. Diane von Furstenberg Remy Leopard-Print Calf Hair Cork Sandals in Camel <original price: $350.00 SALE: $163.41>

These 1970’s style leopard sandals are TO DIE!! It’s no wonder DVF is Rachel Zoe’s mentor/role model, these totally encompass everything that is RZ. Just add some bell bottoms, loose black tank and huge sunnies and you are ready to go!

 

*** What did you think of today’s non-outfit post?! Did you have a favorite shoe? Did this inspire you to purchase a pair of designer shoes on sale? Is there anything YOU would like to see me blog about? I absolutely love to hear from my readers!! Comment below or shoot me a message on my contact page!! XO ***