Splurge vs. Steal: Mise En Dior Tribal Double-Pearl Earrings

I recently purchased some double pearl earrings from Ily Couture because I loved the look then I discovered that this is a big trend that started with the beautiful Mise En Dior Tribal Double-Pearl Earrings. Imagine my surprise when I realized that they are all the rage right now. Celebrities have been showing off these Dior beauties all over the red carpet:

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Now here’s the funny part. The Dior versions are faux pearl earrings with gold-tone hardware, so they are really just designer costume jewelry. They come in all different styles and colors and retail for anywhere between $290-$645. Most of them are sold out and Dior recently raised their prices. Dior touts that you can wear them alone or as a pair. I don’t know if I am fashion forward enough to just wear one earring, so I will stick to wearing mine as a pair. I am wearing the silver ones as I write this post so you can see how they look on:

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I got my Ily Couture Dual Pearl Studs during one of their recent sales for $4.99. That is a steal if I’ve ever seen one. Some of the variations are also at $11.99 depending on what you want. I got the silver and the hematite versions, but the classic version is $11.99. After seeing all of the Dior looks, I want to get the pearl ones too.

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Which version of these do you like best and what colors would you wear?

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 these Dior earrings.

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5 on Friday: Oscars Best Dressed Edition

It’s time for another edition of Five on Friday with A Liz AdventuresThe Good Life BlogHello Happiness and Carolina Charm.


The Academy Awards were last Sunday and we saw some amazing outfits. I fell in love with a few looks and it reminded me of Gwyneth Paltrow’s pink Ralph Lauren Dress at the 1999 Academy Awards. I loved that dress and actually purchased a look for less that I wore on a cruise after graduation.

52438026This inspired me to pick my top favorite looks from Sunday’s awards and find a great look for less. Here are my top picks:

1. Lupita Nyong in Prada

This was by far my favorite dress of the evening, It is just stunning and so feminine. I found this Faviana chiffon dress with a beaded belt ($438):

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I recently stumbled across this Donna Morgan Julie Twist Gown ($230) that would also be a great match:

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2. Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen

I love navy and this look was sleek and elegant. This JS Collections Dress ($209) is just as sleek as Sandy’s look:

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3. Jessica Biel in Chanel

I LOVE Chanel and Tiffany so Jessica Biel was one of my favorites. This David’s Bridal Strapless Metallic Foil Ruched Dress ($149) is similar:

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4. Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Reem Acra

I loved the sparkle and the mermaid cut of this gown. This David’s Bridal Tulle Fit and Flare Gown with Sweetheart Neckline ($329) has a similar feel:

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5. Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

This dress is a great color and I love the peplum. LM Collection has a similar dress for $278:

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What were your favorite Academy Award looks?

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