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aquatalia booties $495 | treasure and bond bootie $79.90| free people dress $148 | goodnight macaroon dress $45| vince camuto purse $165 | rebecca minkoff purse $275

hello! and welcome to the new this or that series. shopping can be intimidating and sometimes we want to just buy the first thing we see so we can be done. well, by we i mean a group of people in which i’m not included. because i really do enjoy shopping and i enjoy finding a good deal. i’ll be the first to scoop up a dupe of something i want to give a try or, i will spend a good amount of time researching an item, reading reviews and checking on the quality before purchasing an investment piece. so if you’re one of those, “nope, don’t want to waste my time on shopping” kind of people, this will be your new favorite series.

every friday i’ll be rotating with a this or that or weekend sales post. so, get ready to save money!

first up we have the trending leopard print bootie. as you can see there is a whopping price difference. because this is a piece that would not be on an everyday rotation for me, i would hands down choose that. if leopard booties are something that you have had your eye on and will be your favorite purchase of the year, then make the splurge. but, before you do, make sure that if you’re going to drop some serious cash on these booties that they’re something you would wear next year during the season as well. i recommend only splurging on pieces that you know you will get good wear out of.

next on the docket we have the beloved free people dress that i’m sure you’ve seen many bloggers wearing vs a near identical dupe from goodnight macaroon. this one for me, is a toss up. i love free people. i love the oversized comfy fit, and i know my size in their product [ xs for reference ]. however, when you can cut the price more than half, i think when it comes down to it, i would again opt for the dupe. to be honest, i keep trying to find a significant difference to make me go for the free people dress because i love the brand that much, but i cannot. the sleeves are sinched the same way, the pattern is near identical and both are very similar lengths. the one thing i can say is this, the  free people dress does come in multiple colors, whereas the dupe only has 2 options. still, h e l lo savings!

use code “anniversary” to get the dupe down to $45. promotion ends 7/30. dress will go back to $75 after, which is still a huge savings in comparison.

last and certainly not least, we have two of my favorite brands, vince camuto and rebecca minkoff. i purchased this rebecca minkoff bag over a year ago and absolutely love it. i take it everywhere when traveling because i find crossbody bags to be most comfortable and easiest to tote around while on the go. that being said, vince camuto just came out with this near identical beauty. the major difference between the two would be the tassels. after looking at both bags, i would have to say i would choose that and go with the rebecca minkoff. i love how soft rebecca minkoff bags are, and the tassels are a huge draw for me. my style has always had a boho flair and this just fits me perfectly. [the tassels can be easily removed if they are not your things] for those that would choose the dupe, purchase quickly! it is currently a part of the nordstrom anniversary sale. the killer savings unfortunately disappear august 7th and this bag will go back up to $248.

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xoxo | jasmine




  1. July 21, 2017 / 11:44 am

    Love this series!! ??

    • July 21, 2017 / 11:47 am

      thanks so much!! i love finding a good dupe!! and if i’m going to splurge, i sure as heck make sure it is worth it 🙂

  2. July 21, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    What a great idea. They are so similar too! Super cute!

    • July 21, 2017 / 8:30 pm

      thanks girl! and aren’t they!! the dresses especially.. i can barely tell a difference!

    • July 22, 2017 / 6:38 pm

      absolutely! especially when you can barely tell a difference!

  3. July 22, 2017 / 11:37 am

    these are all perfect dupes! love that rebecca minkoff bag though!!

    xo megan

    • July 22, 2017 / 6:38 pm

      i agree! the rebecca minkoff is worth the splurge for me. i get so much use out of my bag!! and i couldn’t say no to those tassles!! 🙂

  4. July 22, 2017 / 9:43 pm

    I LOVE posts like these!! Thanks for sharing awesome dupes!

    • July 23, 2017 / 11:34 pm

      you bet, girl! gotta love a good, money saving dupe!

  5. July 23, 2017 / 9:54 pm

    Seeing these leopard booties are giving me Fall Feels! I just got a pair and can’t wait to wear them soon!

    • July 23, 2017 / 11:32 pm

      me, too! i love fall fashion! <3

  6. Melvin
    July 25, 2017 / 7:10 am

    nice post ^_^

    July 25, 2017 / 4:14 pm

    I could barely tell the difference between the affordable and not so affordable! Great finds!

    • July 25, 2017 / 7:28 pm

      same! when you can barely tell a difference, saving money is worth it!

  8. tristandennington
    July 27, 2017 / 8:47 am

    Girl, you found some amazing dupes! It’s crazy how much money you can save and still get the same look!


    • July 27, 2017 / 5:55 pm

      thanks girl! and isn’t it!? you really could save a bundle opting for the dupe!

  9. triplyksis
    July 27, 2017 / 10:35 pm

    Who doesn’t love saving money while looking amazing!?

  10. July 28, 2017 / 8:02 am

    This is such a good post!! These dupes are great. Thanks for sharing!!