The Budget Alternatives



I love a good steal, but sometimes I’ll pick something up just because it’s so affordable – whether it be an accessory or piece of clothing – and wind up disappointed with less-than-ok quality. Recently, however, I’ve come across really high-quality, staple items that don’t break the bank. In addition to being available for great prices, they all [well, all but the tee] resemble designer pieces that go for much, much more.

  1. Express Squared Cat Eye Sunglasses – these beauties look so much like the Prada Cat Eye sunnies, but for a fraction of the price at $29.99. I have been wearing them everyday since I got them, and I really love how they look on. The shape is really flattering, and for being on the larger side, they frame the face nicely without being overpowering.
  2. Dailylook Saddlebag – I had to make this purchase [some things are just necessary, right?] after I saw that it was on sale for $19.99. This handbag looks very much like a Chloe bag, and though it is faux leather, it both feels and looks very high quality. It has a few different compartments inside, and is just the right size to fit all of my daily essentials [including 5-7 lip products ;)].
  3. Mossimo Tee – When I go to Target, I always, always hit up the tee section. This one from Mossimo is super soft, and is a very flattering, longer length; it’s my go-to for wearing underneath cardigans and sweaters.
  4. Forever21 Detachable Crossbody Bag – this purse looks very much like the Celine three compartment bag, and it’s such a great deal for $22.90. I picked it up when I was home in NY as I needed a smaller bag to carry around the city on New Year’s Eve, and it has been my everyday bag ever since.

What is your favorite budget buy?

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  1. January 8, 2015 / 7:57 pm

    I love those sunglasses

    • sarahlovesmakeup
      January 9, 2015 / 3:38 pm

      They are so nice!! Such a great deal!

    • sarahlovesmakeup
      January 9, 2015 / 3:38 pm

      It’s the perfect size!! I really wish it was still on sale 🙁

      • January 9, 2015 / 8:01 pm

        It is a great size! I have a weakness for purses! lol.

  2. January 9, 2015 / 1:32 am

    Neeeed the sunnies and the saddle bag! Wish it was still on sale!

    • sarahlovesmakeup
      January 9, 2015 / 3:40 pm

      Ahh I wish it was, too!!! Definitely get the sunnies! The black bag [from forever21] is also so nice!

      • January 9, 2015 / 3:47 pm

        Ill def be checking them out! Thanks for the tip girfran!

  3. January 9, 2015 / 10:21 am

    loved the sunglasses and bag..

    • sarahlovesmakeup
      January 9, 2015 / 3:40 pm

      They are both such great steals!

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