Splurge vs. Steal: Valentino Rockstud T-Strap Pump

It’s time for another edition of Splurge vs. Steal! This time with the infamous Valentino Rockstud T-Strap Pump. Valentino first introduced the Rockstud pumps in Fall 2010 and they have been a hit with celebrities ever since. The Rockstud pumps are appealing due to their edgy studs and variety of heel and color options. Celebrities such as Alessandra Ambrosio, Ashanti, Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, Olivia Palermo, Ashley Tisdale, Garcelle Beauvais, Megan Fox and Emma Stone have sported Valentino’s Rockstud pumps on the red carpet and out on the town.

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The Valentino Rockstud T-Strap Pumps  and the kitten heel Rockstud Pumps are available for a mere $995. It only makes sense that BCBG has designed a great look for less since Lubov Azria, the owner and chief creative officer of BCBG Max Azria has 12 different pairs of Valentino Rockstud Pumps! The BCBGeneration Darron Pump is available at DSW for only $79.95, which is a steal in my opinion. They have even offered a few different colors in case you can’t settle on just one.

Valentino Rockstud Steal

UPDATE: I got the BCBG Darron Pumps for myself and I love them! They are really comfortable and go with most everything.

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Do you have a splurge that you want me to find a steal for? Let me know in the comments. Or let me know if you find another steal for the Valentino Rockstud T-Strap.

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The Crazy Ones “Outbreak” Recap

This week on The Crazy Ones, we learned that dolls are creepy…but you already knew that. The team at Lewis, Roberts & Roberts takes on a PR crisis to rehab Randi Jenkins, the homici-doll. Unfortunately, during the meeting at the doll company, Zach (James Wolk) is exposed to the flu!

Sydney (Sarah Michelle Gellar) wears the sultry black diamond crystal chandelier earrings from Arte Designs ($52):

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Sydney decides to quarantine Zach to the conference room because she has an amazing date with a pediatrician who sommelies (apparently its a verb) and loves Debbie Gibson’s Lost in Your Eyes (who doesn’t). Andrew (Hamish Linklater) is jealous of Sydney’s date and is trying to undermine her excitement.

Sydney wears a Helmut Lang Convex Concealed Placket Blouse ($395), Jay Godfrey Exclusive Cascade Cami ($99),  Peggy Li Crystal Elegance Earrings ($79) and the Peggy Li Turquoise Pendant Necklace ($129):

Screen Shot 2014-01-20 at 12.05.59 AMAndrew tries to give Sydney the flu germs by switching her water glass for an infected one, but she catches onto him and confronts him about his feelings. She wears an American Rag striped dress and Robyn Rhodes Azin Earrings ($99). I found a similar American Rag striped dress at Macy’s ($34.99):

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She realizes that Zach has her phone in the quarantined area and Andrew sacrifices his health to go in and get it for her so she won’t be exposed. Let me just say that room was a nightmare, scary!

The apology tour doesn’t go as planned when Lauren (Amanda Setton) accidentally includes the defective doll in the group for the event. Simon (Robin Williams) ends up beheading the doll in front of all the kids.

On the bright side, Sydney gets to go on her date and she looks smokin hot in a white lace peplum dress from Bless’ed are the Meek ($99.11). There aren’t very many left, so you can try this similar Herve Leger Peplum Bandage Dress ($209):

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I have to admit, I got super excited when she was walking to the elevator and they were playing Starship (one of my favorites)! Unfortunately, Sydney chose that time to cough and the pediatrician got freaked out and bailed on their date. It’s too bad because I hope she didn’t waste that dress.

In the end, Simon ends up keeping the doll account due to the company’s weird obsession with their doll. Andrew and Sydney renew their friendship over the flue, but it is unclear whether or not they will ever have a romance.

What was your favorite part of this week’s episode? Do you think Andrew and Sydney will ever get together?

If you missed this episode, you can still watch it online here.

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The Crazy Ones “The Face of a Winner” Recap

On the latest episode of The Crazy Ones, we learn that Sydney (Sarah Michelle Gellar) likes to win…a lot. Lauren (Amanda Setton) and Sydney were hard at work on a new campaign for a spa company while Zach (James Wolk) and Andrew (Hamish Linklater) were working on a video game campaign. Simon (Robin Williams) decides to turn the tables on the group and have the girls work on the video game account and the boys work on the beauty campaign.

Sydney wears the Rag & Bone Aviator Blazer ($267.50) and a Michelle Mason Drape Blouse ($179). This ASOS boucle jacket ($44.47) and Crepe Split Neck Cap Sleeve Blouse ($79) are similar:

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This episode reminded me a lot of my job, when you are at an agency you get to work on many different accounts and sometimes it is something completely foreign to you. I joke that working in public relations, you get to visit all of the different worlds and become an expert in them. That is what Sydney has to do on the video game account. So she ends up getting addicted to winning the game and becoming an expert.

Eventually, the team decides to host an intervention and try to get her to stop playing the game. But not before she comes up with an amazing presentation to win the client’s business. Sydney wears a blue velvet blazer by Girl. by Band of Outsiders ($501) and Michelle Mason floral tee ($129). This Tommy Hilfiger blazer ($97.99) and Rebecca Minkoff Celadon Floral Print Silk ‘George’ Sleeveless Blouse ($55.97) provide a similar look for less:

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What was your favorite part of this week’s episode? I loved seeing SMG a wreck – so different than anything else I’ve seen her do.

If you missed this episode, you can still watch it online here.

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The Crazy Ones “The Intern” Recap

This week on The Crazy Ones, the team gets a new intern who was hired primarily to win a big client. The team immediately judges Kelsi (Ashley Tisdale) for having her rich daddy line up a job for her. Sydney (Sarah Michelle Gellar) over identifies with this situation and wants to give Kelsi the benefit of the doubt. Sydney wears a Theory blazer ($425) and the Abstract Garnet Link Earrings from Arte Designs ($42). This Olivia Moon Knit Blazer ($47.70) is similar for a great price:

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Things start to go sour as soon as Kelsi arrives  – late on her first day. Sydney wears a Rebecca Taylor Tweed Peplum Top ($140) and Mystic Sapphire Sliver Earrings from Arte Designs ($40).

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One of the principles we learn about this week is the habit loop – the act of trying to break a habit by replacing it with something else. A trick that Lauren (Amanda Setton) uses to try to wean herself off of Zach (James Wolk) by replacing him with Andrew (Hamish Linklater).

Things get tricky when Sydney and Simon (Robin Williams) have a talk with Kelsi to talk about some things she needs to improve on. Kelsi gets entitled and insults Sydney – then Sydney lets her have it. The problem with that is she runs out and that means no $30 million client for the agency. The team ends up following Kelsi to a Jewish fraternity party and in order to talk to her have to play a game of beer pong with her.

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Sydney wears a Varuna leather combo top by Sachin & Babi ($138), Leather Trim Blazer by Rebecca Taylor ($395) and the Sloane earrings from Brooklyn Designs ($55). The same Apt. 9 Blazer from Kohl’s ($34.99) from last week’s recreation works here. She really gets use out of the leather blazers in the series so far:

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They get Kelsi to come back to the office by agreeing to help her with a roommate problem she had been having. It seems to be going well until Kelsi’s immaturity shows through and she gets in a hair-pulling fight with the roommate. Her father shows up midway through the fight and demands to know what is going on. He actually commends the team for calling Kelsi on her crap and complements Sydney on her character and hard work. Sydney wears a Cynthia Vincent Dress ($91.25), Helmut Lang Blazer ($398) and Kate Spade’s Drop Earrings ($48). This Michael Kors Leather Blazer ($146.99) is similar and would work to recreate the look:

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What was your favorite part of this week’s episode? I loved watching Sarah Michelle Gellar play the drunk girl – that is definitely something you don’t usually see from her (minus the Buffy Beer Bad and Life Serial episodes).

If you missed this episode, you can still watch it online here.

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