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My fixation with footwear began once upon a time. Even as a munchkin, I knew ruby sparklers and glass slippers were the must-haves that guaranteed the happy endings. Fast forward to womanhood: I want the whole fairytale. The white knight. The shoes. A couple of killer bags. And some stunning baubles to complete the look.  The good news is that a modern maiden can snag all of these necessities from the privacy of her own castle, thanks to the Web. The following destinations peddle gorgeous accessories that are sure to increase your princess potential. Granted, you’re on your own when it comes to searching online for your elusive knight in shining Armani…


Edgy wedges, ballerina flats and stilettos are just a few of the selections available at Piperlime, a new Web site from Gap, Inc. that’s devoted to shoes. Glorious shoes. Scroll through confections by top designers including Betsey Johnson, Vince, Taryn Rose, Cynthia Vincent, Bill Blass Couture, Delman, Hollywould, Bettye Muller and Oscar by Oscar de la Renta.


Bag Borrow Or Steal allows you to rent designer handbags for a weekly or monthly fee, which means you can swap your Fendi Spy Bag for a Chloe Paddington Satchel when a new mood strikes. Unlike Blockbuster, there are no late fees and in the event you become attached to a bag, you can elect the “Steal It” option, or browse the gently used bags for sale in the Outlet.


Chunky “excess-ories” are still must-haves (and will be as long as Lulu de la Falaise continues to stock her Paris boutique with them), but if you prefer the classics, add this site to your must-browse list. Jewelry by Alexis Bittar, Me&Ro, Good Charma, Heather Hoffman, Robert Morris, and Wagner&Ko abound. We love San Francisco-based designer Jeanine Payer who creates three collections a year using embellishments such as water diamonds, Sardinian coral or braided leather.

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You love snagging new sneaks, but when your best friend runs out and buys the exact same pair? Not so much. Enter UK-based Oki-ni, a company that works with edgy labels to create unique designs in limited quantities, leaving chronic copycats to fend for themselves when it comes to personal style (emphasis on per-son-al). Here you’ll find precious wearable goods like circa-1968 Adidas Gazelle Laser sneakers.

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More virtual boutiques for the accessory obsessed:

Collette, Kirna Zabête, Standard Style, Etsy, J Amori, eLuxury, Net-a-Porter, Le Train Bleu, Barefoot Tess, Makeup Jewelry, Endless


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