9.10.2009

Thrifty Thursday: Chinese Laundry Turbo for Less

Serena van der Woodsen stole my shoes. Obviously it’s not enough that she rules the Upper East Side; has been romanced by a slew of adorable suitors vying for her affections – the poetic Dan Humphrey, the artistic Aaron Rose, the sophisticated bad boy Nate Archibald; is attending an Ivy League; can buy anything her heart desires; and virtually has the world at her fingertips. No, she has to go and steal my shoes, as well.

Okay, so Serena was wearing Chinese Laundry’s Strate Boot, a magnificent piece of footwear that has since been discontinued, not the equally as gorgeous Turbo, which is proving to be just as satisfying to my well-being. And, to be completely honest, they weren’t mine to begin with exactly; just something I fancied from the moment I laid eyes upon them. But in my mind I was already wearing them on shopping sprees and coffee dates, and then there they were…strapped to her feet.

The 22-inch shaft pulled up stylishly about her knee, providing the ideal above the knee aesthetic to be donned with all sorts of luscious legwear – leggings, skinnies, minis, tights. The supple gray suede scrunching in all the right places yet retaining a very…a la mode slouch where required. Function and fashionable flair juxtaposing with one another upon one preemptive, must-have piece.

But I suppose it’s all right. There’s nothing stopping me from picking a pair up now. Except, perhaps, the $99.99 exaction. Oh, to be a young lady with the bank account of Ms. van der Woodsen. But I’m not; therefore my assortment of footwear must simply suffer in silence. Don’t worry dolls, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel – both for me, and all of you wanting to envelop these enchanters. And that consolation, kittens, is Charlotte Russe’s $34.99 Knee-High Suede Boots.

A round toe and a slight chunk of a heel give way to a 17-inch ruched shaft made up of faux suede fabric perfect for tucking jeans into, or simply wearing with cutoff denim on those slightly sticky days when you crave a little boot boogie. Now that’s something to…gossip about.

I’m having a Blair Waldorf moment…it feels good to undermine Serena van der Woodsen – even if it is simply in the saving money department.

Your turn loves…will you be thrifty or suckered into putting on your spendthrift cap?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Chinese Laundry and Charlotte Russe for the pictures.


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48 comments

alwayslistentoyourart said...

NICE BOOTS!
XOXO
B

Keith said...

I have to be thrifty because I don't have the bank account to satisfy my wants. I definitely wish I did have the kind of money to buy whatever I wanted.

meraldia said...

The boots seems to be very comfortable and stylish at the same time! And Thank God, there is always light at the end of the tunnel!

Little Red said...

Ah, I can remember seeing Serena wearing those boots! They looked so fabulous!

I would definitely buy the pair from Charlotte Russe. So affordable and perfect for fall.

Jaime said...

I have the Turbo in black.... I LOVE. I actually bought 2 years ago and wore them to the ground for 2 winters. I had to toss them after this past winter- and bought a new pair for this winter :)

Jaime said...

Oh ps: bought them online at DSW and you can use up to 3 coupons on that site, so got them for much less :)

Kristin said...

You know I'm all about a good deal...and grey! I saw a similar pair at Target too the other day. : )

Leah said...

I chose thrifty... I love boots but over-the-knee kind can only be used when I go on fall vacations. So, I can't spend too much on that kind of boots.

ana said...

I just have finished my shopping list for winter and guess what: There is a pair of grey boots without heel!!! Just like the second ones!!! Have a great day!

The Pink Tutu said...

So LOVING these boots! I can totally get away with wearing them in Florida, right? :)

The Anthology said...

I love thrifty Thursdays! And I wish I could say I'd be able to be sensible, but I'm the absolute worst when it comes to self control.

I may also be the best/worst person to shop with because I will always encourage you to get what you fall in love with.

* Kelsey

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

love the CR ones. grey suede is gorgeous! xx

Amelia said...

Those boots are fantastic! I was totally envious of S, haha.

la petite fashionista said...

I just found a pair of gray suede-ish over the knee boots from Target for like $30! i was thisclose to buying them, but i couldn't justify it seeing as its still 90 degrees outside here!

Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous, darling! Love this shade... and for boots, I will splurge!

xoxox,
CC

FabBlab said...

I saw the picture in my reading list and nearly screamed "OMG SERENA!"
Haha :P
I love these. Yep. To be a young girl with the bank account of SVDW.
Always preferred her look to Blair's anyway.

the southern hostess said...

Somehow you're always reading my mind. I am craving a pair of gray boots for fall.

ONiC said...

man im so cheap hahaha

Princess Liberty said...

lovely boots

Savvy Gal said...

For boots I will spend the big bucks. i love the grey. LOVELY!!!

Sang said...

haha i enjoyed your post just as always. van der woodsen's bank account, wouldn't that be every shopaholic girls' dream? but many of us know and learn how to do better even without it. o my. a blair moment. i just love your dinstinctively cute expressions.

E said...

I was just telling someone how I need a pair of over-the-knee boots and how gray would be the perfect color!

Emily said...

i was just at target oohhing and awwwing over boots similar to these..I LOVE BOOTS!

kpeach said...

I bought the CL ones for my sister 2 years ago and she loved them! Think I need them in grey for myself this time!
xo

Margaux. said...

those are awesome~

Ela said...

Those CLs are great boots! I tried on a pair. Bought them last year. Then returned them. After walking around in them at home, I realized I just couldn't do it - I needed a 1/2 bigger. Too bad they didn't have them in the size I needed.

I think your Seychelles sixth sense, is way cute and very handy. I love them too, I've got two boots - now 2 yrs old (one I'm wearing in a recent post) that I will wear till the soles have holes in them :)

Luinae said...

I'm loving grey this fall- oh to be rocking ANY kind of grey boots.

Taylor Sterling said...

really great boots at a great price

Girl With The Bow Tie said...

Oh, that Serena... Always in an idealistic life... Glad you found a way to undermine her :)

And I love those shoes - definitely want knee-high boots for fall/ winter and I love your choice! Wouldn't mind them in black!!

Thanks again for your super sweet comment!! :)
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Dina's Days said...

You are officially the boot finding queen. Any time I need to find boots, I will refer to Cafe Fashionista. There, I said it!

Sam said...

I think I was born thrifty! Even if I had a million dollars I'd be a thrifty soul! These boots are divine!!!

Jack Daniel said...

Ah, thanks for mentioning my future wife, Blake Lively.

:)

Nubiasnonsense said...

There great boots at a good price well worth it.

Damsels said...

theres nothing better than a pair of suede bad boys like these

S.Elisabeth said...

team blair righttt here =)

ahaha i love the whole set up this post, so perfect!

Julia said...

Nice boots! I just may have to splurge and copy serena's style!

xoxo

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Patty Ann said...

you are sooo funny!!!
these boots rock
the charlotte russe ones look almost exactly the same!!!
you have to get them
xxxxxx


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LACY said...

i have seriously been dying for those chinese laundry boots, they are simply beautiful :)

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miriam said...

shame on serena, she should've known better : )

but this is a great colour, i've been wearing my grey repetto flats. with autumn approaching, i could do with a warmer pair!

The Blonde Duck said...

I love those boots! I really need some new ones for fall.

Macaron Treats ♥♥ said...

Those boots are just gorgeous, the colour is amazing!! I adore boots, though with the warmer weather coming there is not much point in buying a pair.. pity I saw a gorgeous pair the other day

xx

Miss Neira said...

ahh love them! i tried them on but i couldnt fit them around my calves! damn them

All Women Stalker said...

I actually like the cheaper version. Great find. :) I'll link to this.

-meream

All Women Stalker said...

I actually like the cheaper version. Great find. :) I'll link to this.

-meream

Sherin said...

Love the boots. I have to have them! I think I meight have to go for the expensive ones this week...I'll save up.

daisychain said...

I am lusting after boots like this!

Isabela said...

Those boots are absolutely stunning.! Would be perfect for fall. Hope to get that pair of boots from Charlotte Russe.

Kelly said...

Hey that's Gorgeous!!

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