Monday, March 19, 2012

Battle of the Brands: Strapped In

Get the look for less!
    This weekend, it was hailing and raining so hard that I was not in much of a mood to go out. However, I did have to make a quick trip out to H&M to return some ill-fitting Marni pieces (sad times). Naturally, I did a *bit* of shopping and may do a "haul" on this blog. Would you be interested in seeing a shopping haul or would you rather just see them on me in an outfit? The reason I ask is because I am always so anxious and excited to show you all what bargain buys (and not so bargain...hehe) I came across and who knows? Maybe you can snag a thing or two if you like my purchases, too. Let me know in the comments below if you might want to see something like that!

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As I mentioned in my last post, I will be doing another Battle of the Brands post here today, where I showcase 1 item and tell you where to buy it at a variety of different price points. Today, I am featuring the classic ankle strap platform sandals (as recommended by my friend Ellen H.), and the battle will be very heated today, as the prices range from $995 to $25! I opted for the Olsenboye sandals, as featured in my last post. I could not BELIEVE how comfortable they were! I wore them for 6-7 hours continuously dancing/walking/standing and they did not hurt one bit! I highly recommend them!

Our Competitors:
3. TOD'S

Take your pick and let me know which you would buy!

SERGIO ROSSI- Platform Sandal, $995

JIMMY CHOO- Linda, $695

TOD'S- Ankle Strap Sandal, $665
SEE by Chloe- Ankle Strap Platform Sandal, $355
JEFFREY CAMPBELL- Perfect 2, $150
STEVE MADDEN- Dynemite, $110

MADDEN GIRL- Naughtyy, $50
OLSENBOYE- Dakota, $40

CANDIE'S- Peep-Toe Platform High Heels, $25

Why pay more, when you can get it for less, right?

If you're like me, you might prefer two pairs of shoes totaling $100 as opposed to investing in one pair for $100. Why? Well personally, since I live in Southern California, I *rarely* wear my shoes down to breaking point (I have only done that twice, both with Nine West heels, which I wore less than a dozen times each). I rotate a variety of different pairs and wear each for only a few hours at a time, and even less is spent walking since I mostly drive everywhere. Anyway, that's my rationale for non-work shoes, but I do believe in investing more in staple pieces (especially for work/school) that you find yourself wearing daily.

I hope you found this helpful! Want to read more "Battle of the Brands?" Click here, or here to read past battles. TIP: Always do your research before buying! It might actually pay off, like when I was looking into buying a rose gold watch, I found out that Michael Kors, Fossil, and Relic watches are all manufactured (some are also designed) by Fossil. That was key to helping me decide which watch to buy!

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Descontraidas said...

I prefer two than one, thanks for visit my blog,
kisses and come back soon.

Akiko said...

I can't believe how all the brands make same style..! (Well, I knew they do, but never seen these at the same time :) This is such a great post! xo akiko
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Baby Budget Blog said...

This was a fun post! I have yet to invest in a really expensive pair of shoes...maybe in my 40's. Sometimes quality trumps quantity but for now, I'm quite satisfied in buying 2 for 1 :) Thanks so much for following! I'm following on bloglovin as well!!
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fashion meets art said...

yes for sure. i love the steve madden ones :) gorgeous!
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Nee said...

hi sweety, thanks a lot for the comment! yes you're right, why spending more if you can have it for a lower price:) <33

Nee said...

and yes i love blair's style too:) all on gossipgirl have amazing outfits!


Thanks for your lovely comment! I like the fourth pair of heels!

a-hearts said...

I love looks for less. I do them once in awhile : ) you did a great job!

BlondeFashiontale said...

great founds and I like looks for less :)


Arra Abella said...

Love the shoes!


t said...

Cool post!

KylieR said...

I honestley prefere the cheapest shoes here (and thats not because im continually skint, lol.
And in answer to your shopping haul question, I prefere to see whole outfits! I love to see how people style their outfits and get inspiration on how to put pieces together myself.

Great blog am a new follower :)

Shels415 said...

I agree with doing some research before splurging. But if I know it's going to be a staple in my closet than I would splurge. I also try to find the cheapest price on certain pieces like trendy items that will only last for one season. Great post!


Vicky said...

Thanks a lot! I'm following you via GFC ;)

Rachel said...

awesome post!!! The olsenboye shoes do look awesome- i'm going to have to check them out cause i'm tired of getting sore feet! :)

xo Rachel

Erin @ Currently Coveting said...

Great post! I was actually going to post about those JCP shoes in coral because they are almost exactly the same as the steve madden coral colored ones! I just ordered them but they haven't come in yet :)


Cathy said...

Cute heels! I love the last one! (:


LOIS said...

beautiful shoes :)
Love Lois xxx

jenaly enns said...

some great shoes

CY said...

Thanks for the feedback! I just visited your blog as well :)

CY said...

Yes! You have to try them out! You won't be disappointed :)

CY said...

I just read your latest entry and you're hilarious!!

CY said...

Can't wait to see how you style them when they do come in! And your "guest blogger" in your recent post is awesome ;P

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P. said...

Loving the shoes!

Love, Xx

Mette Holm Justesen said...

Where can you buy the 3 last shoes?

Mette Holm Justesen said...

Where can you buy the 3 last shoes?

Mette Holm Justesen said...

Where can you buy the 3 last shoes?

C.Y. said...

The links are right above each photo. Let me know if you have trouble clicking on it! Thanks for stopping by :)

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