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Spot the Real: Stella McCartney Python Platform Sandals

Can you guess which pair of python platform sandals are by Stella McCartney?
Stella McCartney's snake-effect platform sandals ($650, are the perfect mod-nod to the spring runways. Pair with breezy minimalist frocks for a cool downtown vibe. But don't let the pricetag keep you from trying this look. Everyone's favorite high-street store has a similar look for $99.90. Can you guess which sandals cost more? Click a link below to find out.


We Can Give You Jenna Dewan-Tatum's Workout Look for Less (But You'll Have to Get Her Abs On Your Own)

Jenna Dewan-Tatum's workout look for less
We've often said on this blog that cute workout gear can go a long way when it comes to motivating us to get moving! That's why we love Jenna Dewan-Tatum's fun floral capris, simple white tank and high-performance sneaker look. It's the perfect spring ensemble for the gym. And while we might not all want to toss our sweaty post-workout clothes into a thousand dollar Celine bag (I'm hoping this isn't her gym bag?!), we've found a fun look-for-less that you can tote around after you cool down.

1. Fabletics Salar Capri, $44.95 for VIPs

2. New Balance Sneakers, $45

3. Forever 21 Seamless Workout Tank, $10.90

4. H&M Sunglasses, $9.95

5. Mango Tote Bag (Celine look for less), $39.99 (down from $59.99)

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Spot the Real: Rebecca Minkoff Palm Print Shorts

Can you guess which palm print shorts cost more?
Nothing says summer like palm leaf prints on a cute pair of shorts, skirt or romper. Just take a peek at fashion blogger Song of Style's palm-print shorts and button-down shirt look, or Bows & Sequins' palm-print shorts and blazer outfit for inspiration. Rebecca Minkoff's adorable Valencia shorts are $198 at, but you can get a taste of the tropics for just $29.94 elsewhere (plus 35% off regular priced styles with code PERFECT). Can you guess which shorts cost more? Click a link below to find out!


8 Ponchos Under $50 Inspired by Alessandra Ambrosio's Bohemian Chic Look

Alessandra Ambrosio's poncho style / STPR /
Recently a reader asked me for stylish alternatives to the hoodie, that closet comfort we all reach for when we want to feel cozy. The short answer is this: Denim jackets, boyfriend blazers and leather jackets are all easy, chic options when you need a cover-up but don't want to look frumpy or like you're headed to the gym. Then, I spotted supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio wearing a fringed poncho and it struck me that this lightweight knit is the perfect choice for summer, especially if you're feeling the season's irresistible bohemian vibe. Layer a poncho with denim cut offs and boots for outdoor summer festivals, or pair one with skinny white jeans and heels for a night out. Ready to try the look? Here are 8 options under $50 to help you do just that:

Spot the Real: Sincerely Jules Celfie Tee

Can you guess which Celfie tee costs more?
The blogger behind Sincerely Jules created a line of cool message tees, including the 'Célfie' tee you see here ($49, Basically, everyone has/wants/needs one. Recently I spotted a look for less at my favorite big-box store (and yes, I confess, I bought it) that retails for $12.99 and comes in plus-size, too. (Use code MEM30 to save 30% off the lookalike.) Can you spot the real from the steal above? Click a link below to find out!


P.S. Browse my Memorial Day sales round-ups here and here!