The Look for Less

You Don’t Have to go Baroque for Fab Shades

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Hi, my name is T. Espinoza and I have a shopping problem.

Whew, I’m glad I got that off my chest. That’s not the only problem I have though. I also have Louboutin taste on a Red Circle Boutique (read: Target) budget. In addition to the shopping problem and my innate attraction to all things designer (or otherwise expensive) I’m also kinda cheap extremely fiscally responsible. These forces are in constant battle with one another… I win some, I lose some.

Recently, I came thisclose to allowing myself a splurge on these Über Fab Prada Baroque sunglasses.

I saw Solange wearing them a while back and couldn’t get over how chic they looked.

*I'd like to note that Solo and I are BFF's in my head*


Peep the head-wrap. Swoon.


I figured, why not? I work hard and I had put away a little extra, so I should reward myself. Alas, my mind just could not get wrapped around the idea of paying $300 for, let’s face it, some damn plastic sunglasses.

Enter Retro City Sunglasses. And these:

Black Bellissimo Oversize Sunglasses, $10.99

Black Bellissimo Oversize Sunglasses, $10.99

**The Black Bellissimo Oversize Sunglasses are actually not available anymore, but you can still get your *swirl* on at Amazon. You have your choice of 11 different colors and most are less than $10. #Winning

*insert happy dance here*

What’s missing? The “Prada” label.  Do I care? For 10 bucks, not so much.


So what say you? Would you go for the splurge or the save?


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T. Espinoza is CEO at The Style Medic. She's the Diva next door, the girlfriend who always looks Fab but doesn’t spend a bundle. She works with the active, focused Diva who wants to look fly, save time and most of all, save money. T. can help you streamline your wardrobe, maximize your budget and take your style from flat-lined to FABULOUS!


  1. Dhakiyya

    June 14, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Awesome find! I love it when steals like this come to life. You can look and feel like a million bucks while only spending ten!!

  2. Joyce

    June 14, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    This is absolutely shameful! I wasn’t sure whether or not this was you in the photo. You know I don’t do celebrities, even the young man in the photo didn’t help. His curls look like XMan’s, but the age and the wrap were right for Taz.

    Never, ever deprecate your Kopi Luwak and platinum taste, ’cause you most certainly got that honestly. And, the shades ain’t half bad either.

  3. Ali

    June 15, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    fab-u-LESS!!! As in price, not fab! 😉 *THIS* is why you make such an amazing personal shopper, and are real-girl friendly! now if you can find me a substitute for my broken YSL blue shades that won’t cost me a week’s pay, I will do a happy dance for a whole week!

  4. ms honey

    June 16, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    I love a great deal. Good find! I suffer your same symptoms but I’m not big on labels so I’m always looking for a good substitute. (Unless I can catch a deal at a TJMaxx, Ross, etc…!)

  5. Chrissy

    June 18, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    And THIS is why you are the bomb at what you do. I love how you can find just about anything at a more “fiscally responsible” price! Awesommmme!!! 🙂

  6. sandi

    June 26, 2012 at 10:28 am

    yes thats a responsible price. I did the same thing and bought them for $10 at a vintage store. Nice post.

  7. Rachel

    June 29, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Oooh!!! How awesome are you for finding fashionable deals like these!!!

    Thanks for sharing!!!

    • T. Espi

      June 29, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      Thanks Rachel! I love the thrill of a bargain LOL

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