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Forever 21 dress, vintage slip, customized Zara boots.

It’s safe to say that only when it comes to attaining the Balmain look am I compelled to maniacally DIY. I guess I’m pretty lazy, but I mostly just really hate that craft store potpourri smell. I realized somewhere along the way I didn’t have the $16,000 it would take to create the designer look (I’m roughly estimating $15,000 for the dress and a grand for the boots), so I ordered this surprisingly well made dress from Forever 21 and made up for the fringelessness of my Zara boots by devoting an evening to studding them with my boyfriend/watching Gossip Girl and Heroes. They are now some kind of cheap mutant hybrid of FW08 and FW07. And, obviously, my new favorite shoes in the world.