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Royal Wedding Dress Knock Offs

9 May

Remember back on April 29th when Kate Middleton made jaws around the world collectively drop? Now you can share in her head-turning moment. In the week and a half since the big Royal wedding dozens of wedding dress designers have come forward with their own versions of Kate’s breathtaking Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen dress. Here is a round up of who’s making the knock-offs and when they will be available.

JS Collections Dutchess Wedding Dress ($698) – Available September 16th, this dress is the first knock-off to hit a mass retailer like Nordstrom. It’s $700 price point makes it  budget friendly and beautiful.

Lucie Konirova and Emile Karr – The Alterations Boutique, London – This family of dressmakers started on their replica of the royal wedding dress less than 5-hours after the ceremony.

ABS by Allen Schwarz ($900) – Designer Allen Schwarz got to work on a knock-off the morning of the wedding. His version is a wearable option for the simple elegant bride. The dress will be in stores by the end of June.

Mary Rose McGrath – London-based dress designer Mary Rose McGrath put this dress together in less than 24-hours. The replica is now on display at a shopping center in Belfast, sure to delight and inspire brides-to-be for years to come.

Jason Matlo – Even the Canadian designers are going mad for the royal wedding dress. Vancouver-based designer Jason Matlo had this dress made and ready for display less than a week after the wedding.  The dress is available at La Novia Bridal for $5000 CAN.

Would you walk down the aisle in a dress inspired by a royal?

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6 Tips for (shamelessly) Finding the Best Deal

9 Feb

I’m of the mindset that paying full price just isn’t acceptable. It may sound a little extreme, but if there is something I really like, I go to great lengths to get it at a discount. My few designer pieces (ahem, Rebecca Minkoff bags) were purchased shamelessly with coupon codes or during deep sales.

Here are my tips for saving money when building your wardrobe.

1)      Find it vintage. Love a specific designer? Look for designer pieces at local vintage, consignment and resale shops. Every once in a while, a beautiful designer top or bag will make its way onto the sales floor at Goodwill. I once found an almost new Burberry scarf at a vintage store for just $30!

2)      Search coupon codes. If you are like me, you loathe shipping charges. Good news – most retailers offer codes for either free shipping or a percentage off. Google the name of the store and “coupon codes”. Sites like Retail Me Not will list current codes and their specific limitations.  I recently saved my boss $400 on registration to an industry conference. Not fashion, but its money in his pocket!

3)      Reward yourself. Be a part of an online rewards program. My favorite is Lucky Magazine Rewards (free to subscribers). I get anywhere from 1-10% back on online purchases. All I have to do is click through the links on their site. They have double and triple cash back bonuses too. The money comes back to you in the form of a Visa gift card, acceptable almost anywhere. I can’t tell you how much money I have saved in iTunes alone!

4)      Sign up for email lists. Yes, it can be a pain to keep track of store emails, but they are often  filled with special deals and savings. You are the first to know about exclusive sales and special discounts. I keep a separate email account specifically for my “deals”.

5)      Browse deal sites. Yes, there are sites out there that specialize in bringing you deals. I frequent sites like hip2save, Slickdeals, and Brad’s Deals. You will find some amazing deals, and much of the content is user generated, making it current and relevant. I turn to these sites first when I’m shopping for a gift.

6)      Knock it off. Love a trend? Buy the “knock-off” version, not the designer. Yes, those YSL tassel pumps look great now, but next season you won’t be able to wear them. Don’t invest in designer unless you can see yourself wearing the piece 1, 5 or even 10 years down the line. The knock-offs are affordable and you won’t feel guilty tossing them (or selling them) at the end of the season.

There are plenty of ways to shop smart. Get the style and pieces you want and end up with a few extra dollars in your pocket.

Big Changes

7 Sep

After a few weeks of seemingly endless work, Mock-off has some big improvements! After being up for over a year I figured it was time for a little face lift.

– Check out the new homepage, with easier navigation and access to the most recent updates via Twitter. There is easier navigation of the left menu, including clear categories to find exactly what you are looking for on the site.

– While pretty before, the celebrity styles page wasn’t exactly easy to search. Now you can find your favorite celebrity easily with an alphabetized list. The 3 most recent updates will always be listed at the top so you can easily find the newest styles.

– Formerly known as the “mocksies” page, the new improved “designer styles” section is easy to navigate. Find exactly which sort of piece you are looking for with the new vertical menu.

We are constantly looking to improve the site, so please feel free to offer any suggestions! I hope you enjoy the new Mock-off.

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