24 11 / 2013

Nothing feels more festive than donning a red scarf for the holidays, but add a little leopard print to it, and I’m over the moon.

Louis Vuitton’s version mixes cashmere and silk, but you’ll pay for that luxury at $875. Yowsa! Stella & Dot’s version is rayon (washable!) and with the added bonus of the heart print in the leopard, $59 is the obvious choice.

What’s your favorite red scarf for the holidays? Might it have a little leopard? Tweet me at @AlysonDodgen or post on Facebook at www.facebook.com/alysondodgenstelladot.

15 7 / 2013

Statement rings remain popular and some of the most interesting pieces are stackable bands. Check out two great look-alike finds in the art deco style.

Tiffany & Co. never disappoint in platinum and diamonds, but their three-row ring is out of reach for most at $9,000. You can get the same sparkly stackable look with Stella & Dot’s rings for an easy $49. With a savings like that, even Gatsby would be proud!

Show me your bling! Tweet me your favorite stackable rings at @AlysonDodgen.

08 7 / 2013

I’m back with another black bracelet find! A dark bangle is a great contrast to the summer whites you’ve been wearing.

Alexis Bittar’s bracelet is painted lucite with a Swarovski crystal-encrusted knot, but you’ll pay for those details at $275. Stella & Dot’s bangle is enamel with a gold finish and glass stone buckle, and is a steal at the sale price of $59.25!

What would you wear a black bangle with? Tweet me @AlysonDodgen.

05 7 / 2013

It’s no secret that a few studs can toughen up any look. I like to add them in small doses, particularly to a stacked wrist of bracelets, to counter-balance a softer, more feminine outfit.

Luis Morais’s single bracelet is black silicone with 14k white gold studded spikes, but it is a shocking $1390! For a much more affordable option, turn to Stella & Dot’s triple-wrapped version, with silver domes/pyramids and black stones for a mere $59.

How would you wear a spiked bracelet? Tweet me @AlysonDodgen.

20 5 / 2013

I’m back with another bag look-alike! Summer is a busy travel season for all, and having the right luggage to store and tote your travel items can make all the difference in having a smooth trip or not. Stripes continue to be all the rage in accessories for summer, and travel bags are no exception.

Tory Burch’s cosmetic case is a cute and easy way to travel with your makeup. The coated poplin makes it spill-proof and the cute turquoise stripes make it on-trend. But, $68 makes it a bit hefty for such a tiny bag. Stella & Dot’s Pouf has the same spill-proof feature and cute factor, but at a fraction of the cost - an amazing $22. For that price, I’m getting one for the road, and one for my purse!

What’s your favorite way to carry makeup on your travels? Tweet me @AlysonDodgen with #SDlookalikes.

13 5 / 2013

It’s a Stella & Dot Look-Alikes first! With the introduction of Stella & Dot’s bag line this spring, I’ve found look-alikes galore to share with you. Here’s my first to get you summer-ready.

There’s nothing like a good pouch or wristlet to take you from a day strolling through shops to an all-day music festival to evening drinks with your friends. This season, stripes abound in accessories, and these wristlets will not disappoint.

Michael Kors’s pouch comes in a navy-and-white stripe, and features a wrist strap and inside card slots, making it the only piece you’ll need to carry. But, at $78, it feels a little pricey for such a small and simple piece. Instead, try Stella & Dot’s Chelsea Tech Wallet in Navy Stripe. Not only does it feature the same color/pattern, wrist strap and card slots, it also has a (bonus!) slot designed to fit your iPhone 5 or other smartphone. At $59, this piece not only becomes a steal, but can also be used as your everyday wallet beyond your summer jaunts.

What’s your favorite wristlet or pouch for summer? Tweet me @AlysonDodgen.

22 4 / 2013

Rose gold remains a popular metal option throughout accessories. It pairs well with clothing colors on the warmer side, like pinks, oranges and warmer yellows. Getting a stylish, yet affordable pair of wardrobe staple hoop earrings in this new metal should be a breeze. Check out what I found:

Ippolita’s hoops are about 2” in diameter and feature a hammered 18k rose gold plating, but at $250, they are anything but affordable. Stella & Dot’s hoops have a 1.5” diameter and also feature hammered rose gold plating with a little extra fun of some sparkly CZs thrown in, and only cost you $39. At that price, you could get a set of the matching bangles as well!

What’s your favorite rose gold piece? Tweet me @AlysonDodgen.

15 4 / 2013

The color mint is all the rage for Spring and Summer, and if you’ve yet to buy your mint jeggings or pencil skirt, there are tons of options out there from Old Navy to Neiman Marcus. And what should you wear with this new color in your wardrobe? Mint earrings, of course!

Kate Spade New York’s earrings feature faceted crystals with 12k gold yellow plating, but become more of an investment at $98. For the same playful color and sophisticated silhouette, Stella & Dot’s earrings also feature aqua stones and gold plating, but will only set you back $39.

How have you incorporated mint into your jewelry wardrobe? Tweet me @AlysonDodgen.

08 4 / 2013

Fringe is a huge trend for Spring and Summer this year, and one of the easiest ways to try it is with a fun tassel necklace.

This Lagos necklace features a long strand and tassel of cultured freshwater pearls and sterling silver. But, you’ll really need to be committed to the look to pay $495 for it. A more economical option is Stella & Dot’s necklace. It features metallic glass beads and smoky quartz stones on silver-plated bronze for $69. The ultimate bonus? It’s adjustable and the tassel’s removeable. Talk about bang for your buck!

How do you rock a tassel or fringe? Tweet me @AlysonDodgen.

01 4 / 2013

Silver hoops are a wardrobe staple. As one of the most-worn pieces in your jewelry collection, it’s essential to find a pair you love in your price range.

I found these two sculptural options for you: Ippolita’s hoops come in sterling silver, but set you back an outrageous $295. For just a fraction of the price, but all of the glory, you can get Stella & Dot’s hoops in silver-plated bronze for a mere $29. For that price, I’d buy them in gold as well!

Tweet me a pic of your favorite hoops @AlysonDodgen.