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Stella Steal: Fringe Earrings

I love statement earrings, and I love a happy wallet even more. Thanks to Stella & Dot, a boutique-style jewelry and accessories line, you can have both!

Have you seen Tory Burch’s Fringe Earrings?! They are absolutely adorable, but unfortunately at $175, they are a little out of most of our price range. Check out this fabulous style steal from Stella & Dot: the Gold Aida Tassel Chandeliers! These fringe beauties are only $49, and you can actually wear them 3 different ways! Say whaaaat?!? The Stella & Dot earrings are a total lookalike AND can be worn 3 ways, hmmm, that’s a no brainer. Sorry, Tory Burch, but this one takes the cake.

Tory Burch Fringe Earrings on the left, and Stella & Dot’s Aida Tassel Chandeliers on the right.


Even celebs like News Anchor Natalie Morales, from NBC’s Today Show, love these gorgeous earrings! Plus she does a great job highlighting their versatility by wearing them with no tassel.



Stella Steal: Versatile Handbags

Pumpkins and ghosts are already making their appearance at stores, which can only mean one thing… Fall is almost here! This is my absolute favorite season of the year. I love the changing weather, the pumpkin everything, and the excitement of the quickly approaching holiday season! With the changing season, our accessories need an update as well. Lately, I have been loving handbags that come with their own detachable clutches. It allows for so much versatility. You can use the bag for every day and the clutch for a romantic stroll through the pumpkin patch. Diane Von Furstenberg has some undeniably awesome bags, and lately we’ve been seeing a lot of them. Karlie Kloss even starred in an amazing short film highlighting the fabulousness & versatility of DVF’s gorgeous Secret Agent leather bag, but it’s a costly $498. [Here’s that Secret Agent film if you want to check it out!] The only thing stopping me from snatching one up for myself is the price tag – yikes! If you want to be a secret agent and have a beautiful new bag for Fall, but don’t have $500 to spare, Stella & Dot has the perfect solution. The “The Shift” Bag from Stella & Dot is perfect for both day & night, with a zip-off clutch that you can easily detach! The best part is that it’s only $198 on our website, and just as stunning and versatile as the DVF bag.

Stella & Dot’s “The Shift” on the left, and DVF’s “Secret Agent” on the right.


Stella Steal: Double Clutch Soft Mint

Everyone wants to feel light & breezy during summertime. With the hot sun beaming down, the last thing we want is another accessory weighing us down! This is why clutches are so perfect for this time of year. You can still hold all of your essentials without having to deal with a cumbersome, huge bag slung over your already sunburnt shoulders! I love Kate Spade’s Mint Clutch… but at $248, it’s a little pricey with all the other fun summer activities I’m dying to jump into! Luckily, Stella & Dot is to the rescue and offers an equally as adorable perforated clutch – check out the Double Clutch in Soft Mint! This clutch is also available in a metallic color. The best part is that it’s only $89! Get it HERE.


Stella & Dot has more fabulous clutches that are perfect for summertime. Other faves include Stella & Dot’s City Clim Clutch in both Green Botanical Palm Leaf Print and Metallic, both only $49 here!


Is it Real or a Steal?!

We all know diamonds are a girl’s best friend… but an empty wallet is not! At Stella & Dot, we know how much you love to sparkle, and that’s why we have some great options for you to shine and even keep your wallet happy, too!

First of all, have you seen Stella & Dot’s best-selling Sparkle Studs?! These gorgeous earrings look like 1.5 carat diamonds, but are just $19!! You can find your own pair on our website, and why not grab a pair for your mom, sister, bestie… or all the above!? They make great gifts too (stash some away for Christmas!).

Note: All of Stella & Dot’s earrings are nickel and lead free, hypoallergenic, and have surgical steel posts.

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The Stella & Dot Deco Cocktail is another jewelry piece that will make you question… “Is it real, or is it a steal?” This ring is stunning, and is only $39 here! This is a 1920s vintage deco inspired ring made with Faceted Cubic Zirconia and Czech crystals, but it totally looks like a fabulous rock.


Check out some more of our steals that look like the real deal:

Stackable Deco Rings

Deco Drop Earrings

Alice Bracelet

Stella Steal: Metallic Woven Clutch

Summer is officially here, and sometimes the last thing we want to do is drag around a huge purse, especially at night! Clutches are so light and portable – it’s just the answer we’re looking for!

The metallic woven raffia City Slim Clutch from Stella & Dot, on the right, is only $49! In addition to being an adorable clutch as is, it can also be worn with a chain as a crossbody bag!

A favorite Southern brand, Elaine Turner offers fabulous luxury bags and shoes. Her silver Bella Python Clutch looks awfully similar to the one that Stella & Dot offers, but it retails for $228 — ouch.

While both are fabulous options, Stella & Dot’s City Slim Clutch, with its gorgeous design and wonderful price, is a clear winner for summer. This look for less will be your go-to clutch, we promise!


Stella Steal: Gold Becker Cuff

As Oprah knows – and countless other celebs – jewelry pieces from Susan Hanover Designs are incredibly beautiful and widely coveted. But they may not be in the everyday budget of the everyday woman. So what’s a girl to do? Easy! Stella & Dot jewelry is equally as coveted and loved by the stars, and this cuff is no exception. The Stella & Dot Becker Cuff is steal at $79 when compared to the Avery Cuff Bracelet from Susan Hanover Designs for $275 (below right).

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Stella Steal: The Perfect Green Purse for Spring

Spring time has officially arrived! The flowers are in full bloom, sweet scents fill the air, and that black bag of yours is ready to be exchanged for a much brighter color! This is the season of happiness, liveliness, and vibrance – and green is the perfect color to inspire these feelings! Both of the bags in the photo below are gorgeous – but I’ll share a little secret with you! The bag on the left is from Kate Spade, and costs $398. The bag on the right is the Voyage Croc Tote from DVF, also $398. In the middle is Stella & Dot’s kelly green Fillmore Tote, just $138! All of the green bags are fun, bright and beautiful, but Stella & Dot tote bag is a true style for a steal. With this tote bag’s gorgeous green color, vegan leather handles & interior, and unbeatable price, this is the perfect bag to add a pop of Spring to your life… And your wardrobe!

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Stella Steal: Sommervell Necklace & Christina Gold Link Bracelet

These two pieces are perfect holiday accessories to dress up any dress or work blazer. It’s the perfect amount of gild and glam and it’s a favorite combo of mine! Get this look for less (half the price!) with Stella & Dot jewelry.
J. Crew has these two pieces for the holidays. They are great pieces and great quality… But Stella & Dot’s Sommervell Necklace and Christina Gold Link Bracelet (bottom pics) are half the price and the same great quality. Plus, we have a delight guarantee at Stella & Dot on all our accessories!

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Stella Steal: Turquoise Serenity Stone Earrings

Stella & Dot best-selling Serenity Drop Earrings are a favorite jewelry piece for a reason: The earring comes in four different semi-precious stones, it’s the perfect a not-too-big, but not-too-small size for any one, and it’s less than $50. Choose between turquoise, green jade, brown smoky quartz or aqua calcedony stone. It’s the perfect statement earring for every woman, for every outfit. It will surely be a staple in your jewelry wardrobe. And compare it to the $1,000 Ippolita Turquoise Teardrop Earrings from Neiman Marcus, below left, it’s even more of a steal. I mean, wow, who spends a grand on turquoise earrings??

Get the same look for less with the fab Stella & Dot Turquoise Serenity Stone Drop Earrings for just $49!

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Stella Steal: Janie Flower Stud Earrings

Every woman needs a dainty pair of studs in her jewelry wardrobe. Check out these beautiful 10kt gold Sweet Pea Flower Studs from jewelry designer Page Sargisson for $240 (below left). As wonderful as they are, they may not be within budget for the every day girl. If you need something more wallet-friendly, check out the Janie Flower Stud Earrings from Stella & Dot for just $34. Beautiful and smart!

Stella Steal: Chantilly Lace Cuff

Who can deny any style from Rachel Zoe? Sign up for The Zoe Report and you can get just that. In yesterday’s issue of The Zoe Report, the uber fashionsta featured the exquisite Gold Lace Cuff from Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci (below left), a delicate lacy beauty for just $1,005 (I guess they had to throw on an extra five bucks for good measure). I would naturally recommend the much more affordable — and in my opinion, equally adorable — gold Chantilly Lace Cuff from Stella & Dot for just $98 (right), buuut she already beat me to it, natch.

And check out the matching gold Chantilly Lace Chandelier Earrings from Stella & Dot for just $49. They are a top 10 best-seller for a reason.

Here’s what Miss Zoe said about this gold lace trend:
“In fashion, a foolproof equation to achieve greatness is to play opposites against one another. This can be as simple as mixing black and white separates or as specific as teaming a feminine floral-print dress with a masculine leather jack. Borrowing from the contrasting concept, Givenchy’s Gold Lace Cuff merges a tough shape with a delicate lace pattern for a totally stellar result.” >> Read More

Stella Steal: Kalahari Animal Bracelet

Animal motifs are a huge trend for fall 2012, and now you can wear this look for less. Check out this style steal: Gucci’s tiger head bracelet retails for over $1,300, but get a similar look with Stella & Dot’s Kalahari Animal Bracelet or just $79. The hottest way to wear your bracelets this season is stack them. Try pairing it with other equally bold and striking bracelets, such as the Chimera Bangle and the Duchess Bangle.

Stella Steal: Secret Garden Leaf Cuff Bracelet

Lately, accessories with an organic feel have become very popular. And I think these cuff bracelets have taken the word “organic” to a new level. Check out the Olga Prieto Leaf Cuff for $150, made of brass (left), and compare it to the Stella & Dot Secret Garden Cuff (right) molded in pure bronze for just $98. Both leaf bracelets are lovely, but save some extra spending cash by getting the Stella & Dot version. In fact, Stella & Dot’s jewelry designer Blythe Harris was inspired to create this piece after her daughter Olive gave her a fresh-picked leaf in the Central Park. How’s that for “organic?”

Stella Steal: White Enamel Lindsay Bangle

Check out this look alike for less! The Coach Thin Hinged Shell Bangle is a lovely white enamel bangle perfect for summer and retails for $98. Compare it to the equally stunning white enamel Lindsay Bangle from Stella & Dot for just $49 and you’ve got yourself a steal! Save 50% by getting the Stella & Dot version instead! Shop online anytime at

Stella Steal: Gold Spike Renegade Hoop Earrings

Spikes are all the rage in jewelry right now. And I don’t mean spikes as in a gothic studded dog collar or anything like that. I mean spikes as in delicate, intricate, beautiful and feminine gold peaks of glory. Check out the gold Andre Spike Earrings from Flutter NYC for $185. They are gorgeous and you could wear them with anything. But if they are out of your price range, check out the Renegade Cluster Hoop Earrings — a fabulous look-alike pair — from Stella & Dot for just $29! [Update: they are on sale now for only $23! Available while supplies last.]

Stella Steal: Rose Gold Rhea Bangles

Rose gold is a huge trend this season and it will most likely be sticking around for a while. Get a few rose gold jewelry pieces now so you can stay on-trend all year long. The Diamond Tiara Bangle from Ippolita is breathtaking but at $1,095 it may not fit into the average girl’s budget. Try the rose gold Rhea Bangles from Stella & Dot — you get a set of three bracelets (versus just the one bangle) for just $79.

More fabulous rose gold jewelry pieces from Stella & Dot include the Goddess Teardrop Earrings, Copper Cupchain Bracelet and the Sidewinder Ring, which can all be found at

Stella Steal: Serenity Stone Drop Earrings

We all love and adore the jewelry brand Ippolita, but we may not love and adore its prices. Stella & Dot has several pieces that look similar for much less moolah. These Teardrop Earrings in Lapis from Ippolita are absolutely breathtaking, but they are also nearly $1,000 (the smaller ones are $550, still a bit pricey). Get the exact same look for a lot less with the Serenity Stone Drop Earrings in Lapis from Stella & Dot, just $34. You can get 29 pairs of earrings from Stella & Dot for the same price as the Ippolita pair. Wow!

Stella Steal: Revival Tassel Necklace

Tassels, chains and wood beads have been trending for a while now, but take a look at these look-a-likes! The Woods for Chris Benz necklaces (shown left) retail for $600 to over $1,000 each, as featured in the November 2011 issue of Marie Claire magazine in the MC’s Editor’s Favorites article. Get the look for less with the Revival Tassel Necklace from Stella & Dot for just $79. Featuring wood enamel beads, hematite chain tassel, and silver, hematite and gold CZ soiree balls, it’s the perfect mix of sparkly and earthy all in one.

Stella Steal: Chantilly Lace Cuff

This lacy cuff was Stella & Dot’s best-selling sku number during the last half of 2011 for a reason – it’s simply irresistible. Inspired by an old lace handkerchief, the golden beauty was painstakingly designed with love by Stella & Dot Chief Creative Officer Blythe Harris. I recently ran into this other golden beauty in the December 2011 issue of Allure magazine: the Aurelie Biedermann 18-karat gold dipped lace cuff for, oh, just $1,890 on Stella & Dot’s Chantilly Lace Cuff is half the length, but about ten times cheaper, at just $98. The matching Chantilly Lace Earrings – which are equally exquisite and don’t look matchy-matchy when worn together – are also exceptionally affordable at just $49.

Oh, and P.S., the Chantilly Lace Cuff also comes in limited edition black – so gorge and goth  – and found HERE.

Stella Steal: La Coco Curbchain Necklace & Bracelet

Curbchain jewelry was a foreign concept to me until Stella & Dot introduced their La Coco Curbchain Necklace in their Fall 2011 jewelry collection. Well, the shiny, thick chain jewelry has become a huge trend this season, reaching everything from handbags to ballet flats to statement necklaces — and reaching retailers high and low, from Neiman Marcus to Kohl’s to David Yurman.

Fashion jewelry featuring a curbchain style generally runs a few hundred dollars. If you’re looking to splurge on a substantial 10kt – 24kt curbchain knockout, then get ready to pay the substantial price tag: about a grand and up.

Get the same look, but for a lot less, with the Stella & Dot La Coco Curbchain Necklace & Bracelet for way less than $100. This shiny piece works double duty too — Wear as one long necklace or detach the clasps to make it into a shorter necklace and a matching curbchain bracelet. Brilliant!

Left to Right: Lanvin Rhinestone Link Bracelet from Neimen Marcus, $770; Gold Curbchain Bracelet from Kohls, $100; Stainless Steel Curbchain Necklace from Kohls, $245; Sterling Silver David Yurman Curbchain Necklace from Neiman Marcus, $1650.

Stella & Dot La Coco Curbchain Necklace & Bracelet, Gold $89, Silver $79 at

Stella Steal: Leather Wrap Bracelets

Get that tough rocker vibe without a lot of dough by piling on the leather – bracelets that is. Pull on some motorcycle boots and you’re good to go. But some leather goods can be pricier than others. The funky leather bracelets from retailers Linea Pelle and Tory Burch can be upwards of $90. Try the less expensive but equally hot leather bracelets from Stella & Dot, for $39 and $59 each. And a bonus: You can wear the leather wraps inside out to get even more bang for your buck!

Left: Linea Pelle Leather Wrap Bracelet, $100
Right: Stella & Dot Trifecta Leather Bracelet, $59

Above: Tory Burch Studded Leather Cuff Bracelets, $95 each

Above: Stella & Dot Leather Wrap Bracelets, $39 – $59

Stella Steal: Goddess Teardrop Hoop Earrings

What’s trendy now? Rose gold is all the rage and it looks like it’s here to stay. The feminine, pretty, delicate material is generally used on fine jewelry, but some retailers and jewelry designers – including Stella & Dot – are now offering it at a lower price point. Check out the lovely Judith Jack Orbital Triple Teardrop Hoop Earrings at Nordstrom for $200, below left, or the Max & Chloe Etoile Three Crystal Earrings in Rose Gold, below center, which retail for $163. Well, you could buy approximately 5.8 pairs of the Goddess Teardrop Hoop Earrings from Stella & Dot, below right, at just $34, it’s the best style steal for quality rose gold jewelry. Pair it with the gorgeous rose gold Anabelle Necklace and you’ll be ready to go anywhere in style.

Stella Steal: Starry Night Necklace

As seen in the recent October 2011 issue of Lucky magazine, the gorgeous diamond and 10kt gold Audrey Necklace from Kara Ackerman Designs is stunning (below left), but it’s a hefty $800. Get this look for less by opting for the equally delicate and beautiful CZ and 14kt gold vermeil Starry Night Necklace from Stella & Dot, for just $98 (below right). Both are lovely options – and they make great gifts, especially for the holidays – but why buy the more expensive necklace when you can get the look-alike for $700 cheaper? It’s a no brainer.

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Stella Steal: Rio Gold Coin Bracelet

Remember that sound you made when you “clicked” and “clacked” along the tile floor in those powdery pink, plastic princess heels? Well, the jingle-jangle of the Rio Coin Bracelet from Stella & Dot is the adult equivalent of those plastic shoes. And our jewelry designer, Blythe Harris, can attest to it, as it took her seven revisions to perfect the sound of the coins on this bracelet.

For just $89, put a smile on your face and put some sound on your wrist with the Rio Gold Coin Bracelet from Stella & Dot (below left). It’s a total steal when compared to the look-alike Oscar de la Renta Russian Charm Bracelet, $255, from Neimen Marcus (below right). So, every time you wear this Stella & Dot bracelet – and every time the coins dance together on your wrist – remember those plastic shoes… and smile.


Stella Steal: More Maya Brenner Jewelry for Stella & Dot

With the launch of the new spring 2011 collection from Stella & Dot comes even more fabulously delicate and detailed pieces from jewelry designer Maya Brenner, who is loved by A-list celebs such as Penelope Cruz, Demi Moore, Lindsey Lohan and Jessica Biehl. Maya Brenner is known for her attention to detail, he use of semi-precious stones, her whimsical charms and her delicate chains.

And if you didn’t love Stella & Dot enough, here’s more reason to covet this fabulous jewelry — Several pieces are offered exclusively through Stella & Dot at a fraction of the cost. Take a look below.

The Sadie Necklace from Maya Brenner Designs, $750; 14kt gold vermeil Pave Ellipse Necklace from Stella & Dot, just $69.

The Diamond Bars Necklace from Maya Brenner, $650; Pave Double Bar Necklace from Stella & Dot, $79

Day to Night Necklace from Maya Brenner, $295; After Midnight Necklace from Stella & Dot, just $89.

Diamond in the Rough Disc Necklace from Maya Brenner, $380; Starry Night Necklace from Stella & Dot, just $98.

Straight As An Arrow Necklace from Maya Brenner Designs, $240; On the Mark Necklace from Stella & Dot for just $49.

Stella Steal: Nugget Wrap Leather Bracelet

The new leather wrap bracelets from Stella & Dot have quickly become a huge hit. And everyone is getting in on the trend. Tory Burch and Coach both offer several colorful leather wrap bracelets. But check out this Stella & Dot look-alike from Chan Luu jewelry. The Gold Vermeil & Leather Wrap Bracelet from Chan Luu is $190, shown below left. It comes with a button closure and measures 23″ long. The Nugget Wrap Bracelet from Stella & Dot i sjust $39 and features brushed gold vermeil and a button closure, shown below right. The bracelet looks terrific layered with bangle bracelets or the Clover Double Wrap Leather Bracelet from Stella & Dot.

Stella Steal: Love Script Necklace

The only thing that’s different between these two sterling silver necklaces is the price. Both pendants feature the word “love” in sterling silver, on a 16″ sterling silver chain. The Paloma Picasso Love Pendant from Tiffanys, below right, retails for a cool $150. Get the same exact look for less with the Love Script Necklace from Stella & Dot for just $44, below right. In fact, you could get the sterling silver signature Hoopla Dot Hoop Earrings and the set of seven sterling silver Lucky 7 Rings and still have money left over. Can’t beat that.

Stella Steal: Pave Bee Necklace

The bee charm was such a popular seller from Stella & Dot’s fall 2009 collection that jewelry designer Blythe Harris created a similar necklace for the fall 2010 jewelry line. Check out the look alike piece from fine jewelry company Love Rocks NY. Their version of the bee necklace features 14kt gold and a couple hand-set diamonds for $400. Get the look for less with Stella & Dot’s Pave Bee Necklace for $44, featuring a 14kt gold vermeil ball station chain with a hand-set CZ bee charm. Get the matching Ladybug Stud Earrings for just $24 to complete the look.

Stella Steal: Gold Vintage Link Bracelet

Kenneth Jay Lane has made a name for himself in the couture costume jewelry market and this piece highlights his strengths: A lot of gold, a lot of flash and a lot of glamour. It’s become his style M.O. This Chunky Link Bracelet from Kenneth Jay Lane, shown below left, can be found in major retail stores such as Neimen Marcus, Bloomingdale’s or Macy’s at a retail price of $225. The 14kt gold plated bracelet may seem like a good buy, but compare it the equally fabulous Stella Vintage Link Bracelet from Stella & Dot for just $79, shown below right, and you may have to rethink it. The Stella & Dot version is so popular, in fact, that they created a matching necklace for the new Fall 2010 collection.

Stella Steal: Freshwater Pearl Drop Earrings

These pretty yet understated earrings caught my eye in the September 2010 issue of InStyle magazine in the “Instant Style” section. The pearl and hematite Baroque Pearl Earrings from Carla Wax retail for $95 — not too shabby for couture jewelry. But compare that to Stella & Dot, a company equally fabulous (perhaps even more fabulous, but I’m biased) and offers a similar pair of sterling silver and pearl earrings for just $29. YES, you read that correctly — $29! Stella & Dot is such a style steal. Check out the Freshwater Pearl Drop Earrings from Stella & Dot, below right.