Buy This - Not That

Okay, here's a little truth for your Tuesday, (though it will come as no surprise to those who know me best.) In my entire 29 years, I've owned only one "designer" label item. That's it. And even that, I got on sale. (My wedding shoes. A pair of 6" Badgley Mischka stilettos. They looked like heaven and felt like hell.)

Yochi Design Turquoise Necklace ($76) // Shine On Necklace in blue from Riffraff ($28)

Call me cheap. Call me thrifty. Call me an assortment of other words. (It wouldn't be the first time.)

I gives no craps.

Yep, girls. Even my "Louis V" bag is a faux , albeit a pretty convincing one. At the time I bought it in 2010, I lived on a single gal's budget that was tighter than the lid on a pickle jar. Ergo, a faux LV for $250, it was. And, do you know what? I still carry the darn thing.

So, what is this post all about? To teach you how to be cheap resourceful like me?

"Why yes, Dorothy!! It is!!"

Here are a few of my recent picks for summer that look pretty doggone similar to their more expensive counterparts:

Kate Spade Saturday Tassel Heels in black ($195) // GMD High-Heeled Sandals in black ($49)

Aurelie Bidermann Esteban Ring from Barney's ($325) // Vertebrae Quad Ring ($28)

Alice D. Perforated White Leather Tote ($371) // Genuine Leather Shopper Tote ($129)

Diane von Furstenburg Tiffany Shorts  ($112) // Gap Sunkissed Striped Shorts ($49.95)

Anthropologie Cartonnier High-Rise Trousers ($98) // Clinton Greylin Pant from Maude Boutique ($39)


So how 'bout you? Are you a bargain hunter like me? Where's your favorite affordable place to shop?


  1. I am a bargain queen butt whenever they do the low vs. high in the magazines, I can always tell the difference and like the champagne version. Not so here. Your budget picks are great!

  2. I love that you are thrifty and frugal and still find beautiful things! As a teacher, that's the name of my game! I just went shopping with two friends who buy all things Lily etc and I just can't afford to spend that much on a single item of clothing. I love this post :)

  3. Love this post! Thanks for sharing these fun finds! :)

  4. I love this post. Most bloggers are pictured with thier designer bags and shoes. I love that you included less expensive choices. I actually like some of the cheaper items better than the designer! thanks for sharing.

  5. Definitely a bargain hunter - I love a good look-a-like!

  6. Thank you for showing that fashion can be affordable!

  7. Great post, friend! I love the faux LV, mine is the same and it works just as good! :)

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  9. THANK YOU for being authentic and transparent! I was beginning to think I was the only girl without a LV! I like you even more that you admitted yours isn't real :)

  10. Leslie...This post is just another reason why I love your blog & adore you...GIRLFRIEND KEEPS IT REAL!!!:):):)

  11. Love those little Gap shorts that you picked out!

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  12. you should've been on that show "the look for less" great post!

  13. love those gap shorts. i had a major happy day at the baby gap a few weeks ago when i bought a few items off the clearance rack and didn't realize they were another additional 40% off that too until i got to check out. i told the lady i'd be right back and went and stocked up on some more for my one year old. love their bargains.

  14. cute finds! i love that necklace. xo jillian - cornflake dreams


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