1/31/11 Darling of the Day: Rihanna in Stella McCartney- inspiring warmer weather!

Rihanna took a stroll in New York back in August, doing what she does best- mixing & matching unlikely trends that work so well on here.  Here she is wearing a Stella McCartney boyfriend blazer over a sheer striped tee & cutoff shorts.  Her legs look a mile long with adorable polka dot Brian Atwood pumps that add a perfect touch of class to her edgy look.  Topped off with a bold red short ‘do & a single silver bangle, she’s a woman about town & no one can stop her.  Part of what I love about this look is that it mixes so many great pieces that most of us already have in our wardrobe.  If you’re at a loss for cutoff shorts, then maybe try a denim skirt, or if a sheer tee isn’t something you have, then layer up some tanks with a button down for the same casual chic effect.  Or if you don’t have polka dot heels, try something in an animal print or something striped.   






Although this was months & so many degrees warmer ago, it’s a look worth looking forward to honoring as soon as all this terrible snow in the Northeast clears up.  For more on Rihanna’s unbelievably fabulous no-fail style, check out these awesome links at InStyle, Elle, & Rihanna Daily.  Happy Styling!

1/30/11 Darling of the Day: Ali Larter at 2007 Emmy’s in Reem Acra!

At the 2007 Emmy Awards, Heroes star Ali Larter wore a shining crimson gown by Reem Acra.  She was a favorite among critics for her effortless style & glamorous delivery of chic minimalism, while still channeling something Grecian too!  Red is sometimes hard to pull off on the red carpet, you wouldn’t want to blend in, but with the right accessories, this scarlet sweetheart satin gown is a stunning creation & perfect for her slim frame.  The simplicity of the dress screams for accessories & nothing will pop against this quite like diamonds or platinum, but if you’re a Style Darling on a budget, the perhaps sticking to chandelier earrings & a bauble of a cocktail ring will do the trick! 



If you love red, then you have to see these dresses by worn on the red carpet like Anne Hathaway in Marchesa, Christina Hendricks in Romona Keveza, & Nicole Kidman in Balenciaga.  Happy Styling!

1/29/11 Darling of the Day: Kerry Washington at Sundance!



 At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Kerry Washington brings winter casual forward with a jacket from Ann Taylor, Hudson jeans, ring from Lia Sophia, & Rene Caovilla clutch.  Her knee boots, hoop earrings, & lace  top are items that most of us have in some form or another, but here at the premiere of The Details, she shows us again her effortless & trendy style.  Nothing completes an outfit like a blazer, but the Lakeview Terrace star makes hers a little more special for evening. For more on Kerry’s chic sense of style, check out In Style, Cosmopolitan, & Fashion Indie!  Happy Styling! 


1/28/11 Darling of the Day: Kate Mara in a Kenneth Cole LBD!

Kate Mara may be an actress that you don’t know right away, but if you’ve had your eye on all the latest fashion magazines, the sister of the upcoming The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara, is about the blow up on the Hollywood radar.  She co-starred alongside James Franco in the Oscar-nominated 127 Hours.  Not to mention, having a small role in Iron Man 2, as well as Entourage, Kate is the newest redhead in town.  She didn’t just show up on the scene though, as this look is from 2008.  She’s wearing a Kenneth Cole tank dress with a leather motorcycle jacket, a red clutch, & embellished peep toe pumps.  She combines casual & chic, a touch of femininity & some roughness.  And she’s no stranger to fashion!  This look can easily be replicated to bring new life to your basic LBD. 



 For more on Kate’s style, check out this link from In Style & this archive from My Fashion Life


1/27/2011 Darling of the Day: Eva Longoria at this year’s Golden Globes!

Eva Longoria was my favorite at this year’s Golden Globe awards, hands down (Olivia Wilde was a close second)!.  She went old school Hollywood in this all-black Zac Posen cap sleeve dress with an embellished belt.  For a petite actress, the dress really captures her curvy figure, and she doesn’t get swallowed up by the solid color or length.  Wearing Neil Lane jewels and accessorizing with a black rectangular clutch, she stole the show for the black dresses.  Part of what’s so spectacular about this look is that even though she had trouble walking in it during the ceremony, she showed off her natural confidence as her best asset.  I was so happy to see this design knocked off at an affordable price & it would be my first pick to try on for an upcoming formal event. 



For more on Eva’s street & red carpet style, check out this link & here too! Also look at Harper’s Bazaar profile of the newly single actress!  Happy Styling!

1/26/11 Darling of the Day: Reese Witherspoon in Colbalt!

Reese Witherspoon recently showed up in this gorgeous cobalt blue Jason Wu cascade creation to help Avon celebrate its 125th anniversary.  The spokeswoman & Oscar-winning actress relies on her confident smile & some basic black pumps to show off her look.  She proves that sometimes that’s all you need- stick to something classic & timeless without any fuss.  Since my search only really included a dress & pair of shoes, I just so happened to stumble on two dresses that fall into this color family that are really similar & super affordable if you’re a fan of Reese‘s professional, yet elegant look. I choose these pumps that have a little touch of animal print to them for some extra flair at such an awesome price from Payless





Reese does love wearing blue, as you can see here at last year’s Vital Voices 2010 Global Leadership Awards in Washington D.C., here taking a stroll in Beverly Hills, & here at last year’s Golden Globe awards in Giorgio Armani Prive.  For more on Reese’s style, check out this link & here too!  Happy Styling!




The $100 Challenge: A True Style Darling Uniform!

Somehow or another, the circle of style keeps coming back my way, which makes me very happy.  I recently received word from a very fashionable college friend that the very chic & spirited retailer Mod Cloth features a dress that’s called none other than “Style Darling.”  So here we are on a very snowy blog day that requires a venture into some familiar territory, The $100 Challenge


While we’re in the middle of a week of gray skies, I wanted to show this dress, staying true to its sweetness, but also add some surprises.  Given the price of this dress, at a cool $61.99, wouldn’t it be something to make an entire stylish outfit with the remaining $38?  I love how the simplicity of this dress reminds me of something vintage with a touch of Charlotte York, but the bright tights have a little essence of Carrie Bradshaw.  A touch of polka dots makes for a playful collar, the cinched waist allows for a belt with a little gold- just enough metallic so as not to clash with classic silver bangles.  A simple foldover coin purse turns into a chic daytime clutch & you can’t forget about those cut-out shooties that are perfect for any time of year.  They’re just enough modern for this mod look!  This look can be switched up with knee boots & bright leather belt, or a sweet cardigan & cute ballet flats.  Thanks Michelle & Happy Styling!


Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: Nine West Pump for $24.99!

Sometimes there’s nothing that makes me happier than a peep toe pump by Nine West. They just scream girlie girl with a scalloped skirt & make for the perfect touch for any date night look with a mini skirt & blouse. Something with a lace design like these makes for a special contrast to neutral hues like black, gray, navy, or brown.  It’s time to rethink your next office look by pairing your favorite gray suit with this shoe, creating an unstoppable & confident persona.  Hey, you can even mix this up with a bright pop of red or a sexy purple

This Nine West peep toe pump was $69.00 & is now $24.99!  For a limited time only, Nine West is offering Free Shipping on any purchase, along with 70% off select sale items, for a limited time only.  What’s really amazing here is if you buy two pairs of shoes, you get the second at 50% off (the higher price prevails)!  You could add these to your purchase & only spend $10 on them!  Those are some serious Payless-inspired BOGO deals!  On the website, you can also print a store coupon for this BOGO deal to shop in stores!

If this isn’t enough shoe inspiration for you, why not check out these zebra flats, blue patent peep toes, or these caged booties– all under $30 at Nine West now!  Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: A Sequined Cardy!

While the latest issues of Marie Claire, Vogue, & Elle are riddled with what’s hot for spring, I look outside to see gray skies & snowflakes falling, which will certainly continue on for at least another month. I’m torn between wearing my cute suede flats or the new faux fur-lined boots that I bought for my recent trip to Italy. But chunky boots it is, just to safely exit my house for the daily task of heading to the office. I’m definitely not thinking about a lightweight floral dress, a charmeuse cami, or pastel belts. I do love the idea that sandals are supposedly just around the corner, because this means that warmer weather is on the horizon- at some point at least.

On the days when I’m snowed in, shoveling out the driveway in my suburban neighborhood where streets are unplowed, I’m consoled to know that I can save some money by not trekking halfway across town to check out the latest sale items at H&M. However, the sometimes deadly thrill of the hunt inspires me to click, click, click away to see what’s going on at some of my favorite retail websites. Before I take a look at any of the new & regular priced merchandise, I always hit the sale section & here is an item that just can’t be missed!

Perhaps when you’re not into wearing a structured jacket, a sequined cardigan will do the trick to finish off your look. This is simply a must for any pencil skirt or patterned trouser, making your look ready for happy hour, yet still subtle enough for the daytime. A simple pair of studded earrings or pair of dark denim jeans turns casual into chic with just a cardigan.

This Beach Sand Heather cardigan was $69.00 & is now $59.99 at Ann Taylor LOFT, but you can get an extra 50% off taken at checkout, plus FREE SHIPPING on all purchases $125 or more- no code needed.  It comes out to about $30 for the one item, which is a great deal on something that can you can wear any time of the year! This cardigan is also available in Dark Grey Melange

If you sign up for their free emails, you can get notifications for all the best sales & discount codes on items every week!  This comes in super handy for birthdays & the holidays at the end of the year! 

**NOTE: The selected links are additional suggestions & not items that I actually own, although I would very much like to! Happy Styling!

1/25/11 Darling of the Day: Mandy Moore’s LBD & Red Heels!

So this is day two of Mandy Moore‘s fabulous fashion choices.  She brings glamour & simplicity together in a little black dress with an adorable sweetheart neckline.  While at an event for her new movie Tangled, she shows off her newlywed glow & chooses a statement necklace & gorgeous red satin platforms for some old school charm.  Her song for the film, “I See The Light,” was just nominated for an Academy Award, which surely means that the multi-talented entertainer will be hitting Oscar’s red carpet next month.  In my search for fabulous look-alikes for today’s darling, these suede bow pumps kept popping into my head, so I just had to post them.  For that price, you could even invest the black pair.  Not to mention, Mandy’s elegant & understated stud earrings are easy to affordably find & here, I’ve offered up a set of nine pairs.  If you’re like me with multiple ear piercings, this is probably the chicest way to do up your lobes without looking too overaccessorized. 



If Mandy keeps this up, I’m sure we’ll be seeing her again tomorrow!  Happy Styling!