10.06.2009

Tightwad Tuesday: Fiona Paxton Coco Necklace for Less

Coco Chanel will forever resonate in my brain as the preemptive Coco of the universe. Other Coco’s may come and go, but she will be regarded and regaled as the queen of them all based on her impact on fashion, and her many quotes which seem so often applicable to my daily life. That said; the Coco currently on the tip of my tongue is one of a different sort. She is neither ethereal being nor fashion monger; celebrity offspring or budding rock star. To be brutally honest, the Coco in question is a sparkly accessory with not a trace of simplicity.

It is Fiona Paxton who is the brainchild behind the charming Coco. Her talent and imagination alone has spun beautiful beaded baubles depicting diamonds, zig-zags, squares, and so very many more. Chain-fringed cuffs trimmed with streaming golds, silvers, and art-deco black; earrings dripping with draped pretties peeking out from behind a waterfall of cascading shimmering hair. But no; all those beauties aside, it is the chevron-designed Coco which makes me, as embarrassing as it sounds, practically foam at the mouth. A fact which is painstakingly heartbreaking for me as the $338.00 pricetag is bound to leave both my neck and assortment of accessories out in the cold.

No fancy schmancy shirt is required when wearing the oh-so chic Coco. The two-toned black and silver beaded necklace, constructed of tiered chains and a heavenly mesh backing serves as embellishment enough; a truly divine way to awaken a plain white tee or casual ebony tank. I had such plans for the sublime sparkler. My dreams were riddled with evenings out on the town with the glittering Coco leading the way, a light as bright as Times Square beaming from her beaded body; or days spent languishing in light as a feather cotton tanks, the sunlight glinting off Coco’s twinkling tenement. Though I suppose such dreams were not meant to come to fruition; they were destined to remain stored in a location only reached during hours of slumber. Unless…

Darlings, she may not be Coco, but for $30, Nasty Gal’s Marni Beaded Necklace is most certainly the next best thing. Crafted out of black and metallic silver beads, Marni lacks the tiered chain detailing so prevalent on Coco; yet the black and silver beads used in its place are just as jaw-dropping as the former, and provide their own petit je ne sais quoi that supplies just as much of a statement.

What are you doing today, kittens? Will you be a big spender, or tighten the reigns about your wallet and take the thrifty route?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Shopbop and Nasty Gal for the pictures.


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40 comments

kpeach said...

I love that it is similar but not a complete knock-off-I've already seen Fiona's version at street vendors in NYC. xxxx

Jacqueline said...

I always find it is better to save up for what you really want because it will be worth more to you in the long run, BUT it is hard to resist sales =)

FashionSnag

Leah said...

I will surely go the thrifty route... that Marni beaded necklace is beautiful. I'm so fond of long necklaces and this one would definitely spice up my black outfits.

Dina's Days said...

What a great find. Nasty Girl's will do the trick. Such a nice necklace to have.

Michael said...

Thrift = gold! It saves me so much money and I just adore thrift clothing.

Jaime said...

Cool necklace- I'll take the tightwad, hahaa ;)

Leila said...

I loved that necklace when I saw Drew Barrymore rocking it!

E said...

I'll take Marni any day! What an incredible find! You tempt me so!

Couture Carrie said...

Awesome find, darling!

xoxox,
CC

Charlotte said...

That's soo cute! Haha, even the model looks almost the same ;p.

Tasha said...

That necklace is stunning! I may have to buy that!

Little Red said...

I love long necklaces so these are perfect. They are quite similar and both look great... However, I like the Fiona one best. :)

The Blonde Duck said...

Thrifty, as always--

I told you. Blogging and little red riding hood soulmates.

MAISON CHAPLIN said...

Hi, I didn't know Fiona, thanks for the tip ;)

MaisonChaplin.blogspot.com @ Donatella Versus Christopher

issa said...

that necklace is srsly cool.

meraldia said...

Very impressive!

Sherin said...

Its a beautiful necklace, but I'm afraid I'm going to be a tightwad this week.

Erin said...

Love it! Free people also has one very similiar that I saw in there store a while ago... I can almost guarantee it's more expensive than $30, thanks for the tip off!

Join the Gossip said...

I generally don't like big, bulky necklaces...but I LOVE this one. I'd def buy the knockoff! Thanks for bringing this bad boy to my attention!!!

lancelonie said...

Coco is really fabulous!!! Classic! :)

Savvy Gal said...

they are both very similar.

ana said...

It's gorgeous!!! I imagine wearing a little black dress and this necklace as the only accesory... :) with high heels... of course

Gabbi said...

Gorgeous necklace! I love your amazing heads up in affordable couture... thank you!!

All Women Stalker said...

The cheaper one looks more put-together because of the pattern on the non-woven part.

-meream

Tawney--A Chichi Life said...

Cheap and chic! Love it.
-Tawney

Rina said...

so pretty necklace! love it! very stylish!

Emily said...

wow it looks just like the real thing - I'm gonna be a tightwad like always!

Sweet_Tooth said...

you have such a nack for finding things that are truly new & innovative.

That necklace for that price? You've got to be joking! I'm all over it...
X

Kristin said...

You know how I feel about deals and this is most def one. Lovely!

lamodedejuline said...

ah, loving alternatives to wallet breakers, esp. this one.

Elizabeth Marie said...

Umm, you never cease to amaze me my favorite! Def buying the $30 one like now...I think me coming to your blog=spending money is becoming a routine? Oh well, I'm not stopping either one! :)

S.Elisabeth said...

I like it! Its simple yet interesting. Dresses up a simple shirt perfectly. I like the cheaper one better =) How do you always find them?!

Couture Cookie said...

Coco or Marni... great names, great pieces, right? No spending for me today as I am doing another long tedious day on SATC2 (right, the fun has worn off by now!), but on Thursday I have a day off and I am undeniably going to spend a chunk of what I made here. We could all benefit from some Marni in our lives...! :)

Amelia said...

I love the chevron pattern! Very cool.

Kellie Collis said...

Simple yet oh so fabulous!

Princess Liberty said...

This necklace is beautiful particularly with a black T-shirt

miriam said...

these pieces are fantastic. i want! may i?

Keith said...

These are great. I really like them.

Yeah, there will never be another Coco like Coco Chanel.

Hope you're having a great week. Cheers!

Tights Lover said...

Always love Coco, but gotta hand it to Nasty Gal. That is a very nice necklace for the times when you can't be a big spender...

kajsa said...

oh, do i need something like that? oh yes i dooo!
I love that its so b-b-b-b-b-ig. Like some kind of collar almost. You can wear the most simple dress and then that great necklace.
Hate the prizetag though. Why oh why?

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