As always I have a wish list of things I want that is a mile long, and full of things that are completely out of my price range. One of my favourite things to do when I have a spare ten minutes is to sit down with a drink and my laptop and browse my favourite (and expensive) sites like Selfridges and net-a-porter and choose what I would buy if I suddenly won the lottery.
As the chances of me winning the lottery are slim, even more so as I sometimes forget to buy the tickets, I try to look cheaper versions of my very favourites things that I might actually have a chance in owning.
Top of my wish list at the moment is a watch. My beloved Baby G bit the dust about a year ago, and I have been mourning it’s loss ever since. This time around I want to go for something a bit more classic and grown up, and also something that will go with many outfits. I am currently have a love affair with rose gold, and when I saw this watch by Michael Kors (bottom right) on ASOS my heart gave a very painful thump of longing. This is simply beautiful, but at £199 its not something I could ever justify buying for myself with my two small beauties to think of. Sob! However, after having a look around I managed to find this Fossil one (top left) for £75.90 on amazon which looks very similar. This is still on the expensive side, but much much cheaper than the Michael Kors version.
The other item I have been desperate for are some Marc Jacobs Mouse Flats (bottom left) which I came across on the Selfridges website. I think these are so pretty, cute and useful as they would go with loads of different outfits. These would be especially lovely in the summer to wear with summer dresses or cute shorts. But… (and its a big but) these cost around the £200 mark. Yikes. After searching through eBay I found a shop selling loads of mouse flats (top right) in lots of different colours, such as pink, red, black and beige. They even have heeled platform ones, so cute! The flats and the heels are only £29.99 each with free postage…bargain in comparison.
A staple in every woman’s wardrobe should be a pair of heeled nude pumps. My pair died a few months ago and I the gap in my wardrobe has been extremely noticeable since. So many times I have reached for them only to grit my teeth in annoyance when I remember they are gone. In my quest for a new pair I decided to go for a pair of platform ones, as I am really short and my PLSH is very tall, and lets face it, what women doesn’t want to look taller and therefore thinner? Whilst on net-a-porter I ended up on the Christian Louboutin page and saw these nude platform pumps (bottom right). These are no longer on the net-a-porter site, but can be found elsewhere if you are desperate for them and are made of money, similar ones but without the platform cost £375 eeek! Lovely eBay came up trumps again and I found this pair of nude platforms (top left) for £19.99. If you really crave the red heel grab your favourite red nail polish and go to town!
The Chloe paddington bag is one of those iconic cult bags that nearly celebrity has been seen with, and the matching wallet (top right) is just as gorgeous, and just as expensive. If you want a similar look for less head on over to here on eBay where you can get this mustard one (bottom left) for only £6.
As you can see similar but much cheaper versions are there to be found if you spend the time looking for them.. Designer products are lovely, don’t get my wrong, but as we are in the middle of a recession it makes sense to be a bit thrifty. If you total up the cost of all four of the cheaper versions the amount of money wouldn’t probably pay for half of one of the more expensive ones.
What are you wishing for? If there is anything you desperately want send me a line and I will look for a similar but cheaper version for you! x