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Nicole’s Look For Less: The Valentino Studded Bag on a Budget!

Hi girls! I love looking at beautiful fashion pieces, but when I see them I always think two things: 1. Is this modest and inspiring? 2. Can I recreate this look for way less?

When I saw this Valentino bag online, I loved it, but knew I could find a less expensive version!

Here is the Valentino bag–with a price tag of $2,000!

Valentino bag

And here is a beautiful and affordable option from Forever 21! This bag is $40, 1/50th of the Valentino bag’s price!

forever 21 bag

[Image: Courtesy Nicole Weider]

The lighting isn’t great in this picture, but the bag is white! 🙂

What look would you like me to recreate in the next post? Share your thoughts in the comments and take my poll below!

Which bag is your favorite?

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by Sharon256 on March 5, 2013 at 14:39

    they are preety much the same so….. it all comes down to the price!

  2. sha566

    Posted by sha566 on February 3, 2013 at 16:11

    I love the look of the Valentino bag a little bit more but I love the Forever 21 one its so cute!

  3. LauraLove

    Posted by LauraLove on February 2, 2013 at 14:27

    I like the Forever 21 bag! I’d love to see you recreate a look from Hollister. I love the beachy feel of their clothing but it’s really expensive and so immodest!

  4. bethluvstheafters

    Posted by bethluvstheafters on January 29, 2013 at 21:49

    I wonder how much less that Valentino bag would be if you made it from faux leather rather than from real leather from Italy.

    • Kyla

      Posted by Kyla on January 30, 2013 at 16:42

      Well I have to vouch for the real leather thing. I treated myself to an expensive Coach purse (a girl can indulge every once in a while, right? ;)) and it has held together MUCH better than any of my 6 other cheaper purses

  5. Paris

    Posted by Paris on January 29, 2013 at 20:18

    I like both of them,but you should recrate Forever 21 because most people can’t afford the original,so they have an affordable but pretty and modest look.

  6. Kyla

    Posted by Kyla on January 29, 2013 at 16:06

    Not big on either but if I had to choose, I think the F21 version is much prettier! You’re amazing at this Nicole!

  7. PolkaDot

    Posted by PolkaDot on January 29, 2013 at 11:58

    I love the first bag but the f21 bag is so much better because fo the price! 🙂

  8. lilyworshipsongs

    Posted by lilyworshipsongs on January 29, 2013 at 11:37

    I like the valentino a bit better, but i mean, not so much better I’d pay 50 times more!

  9. unicorns4567

    Posted by unicorns4567 on January 29, 2013 at 05:10

    that is so cool! i have a great idea on valentines day or any day i call it LOVE LETTER MISSION we should all write a love letter to somebody and tie it to a ballooon and let it go but dont put any personal info on it and that way we can give someone some love and some hope! thanks for the other letter idea i will try it! thanks oh and i take no credit for this

  10. Aragorn

    Posted by Aragorn on January 29, 2013 at 04:28

    I personally love the one from fv21!