Red Carpet Review: Jayma Mays Promoting ‘The Smurfs’!

I’m totally loving all the latest images (courtesy of In Style) of Glee star Jayma Mays, who is currently promoting her newest film, The Smurfs.  She’s got that girl-next-door thing down, but knows how to keep it classy & sexy.

Jayma shows off her legs in a bright green Reem Acra mini dress with Ferragamo pumps, BaubleBar earrings & a Judith Leiber clutch at the film’s New York premiere. While filming a segment for the Young Hollywood Studio in Los Angeles, the perky actress donned a casual orange & white striped belted dress with layers of chains. During an event at Confederacy in L.A., Jayma sports head-to-toe Rebecca Minkoff, including a belted blue blazer, & purple mini skirt. Upon arrive in NY, she made an appearance at a mock Smurfs village in Central Park wearing a Rebecca Minkoff blouse & shorts with Aldo pumps & Jamie Wolf earrings. Lastly, while at the Empire State Building with co-star Neil Patrick Harris, wearing a Tibi blazer & shorts with a Polo Ralph Lauren shirt, & Aldo pumps.

For more on Jayma’s accessible style, click on over to Darling of the Day, or check out In Style’s Star Finder!  Happy Styling!

Luxury Look-Alikes For Less: Super Strappy Black Gladiator Sandals from Barneys Vs. Mandee!

If you’re looking for some super sexy strappy black gladiator sandals for a cocktail dress or your favorite little black dress, then check these out!  However, I was soooo enchanted by a pair from Barney’s, but couldn’t get past the $675.00 price tag.  Naturally this is b/c the brand of the ‘Zaira’ is Loeffler Randall, which is also available @Zappos, Neiman Marcus, Singer 22, & Nordstrom.

However, as a Style Darling on a budget, check out Mandee for these four-inch strappy cone heel sandals.  They only cost $15.00 & while the two pairs of sandals are not identical, they’re pretty close in concept.  Think about how much you buy for $675 & why in the world would you want to spend that much on one pair of shoes (unless of course money was not an issue)?

When I look for shoes, it’s all about getting the most for my money.  As a regular on the Mandee website & in their stores, I’ve found their shoe selection very reliable in comfort & style.  Not to mention all the discount rewards you can earn just for having the store’s credit card! Check out previous Luxury Look-Alikes for Less posts for more great affordable & stylish finds! Happy Styling!

7/29/11 Darling of the Day: Kristen Stewart Casual in Converse @Comic Con!

At this week’s Comic Con, Twilight star Kristen Stewart showed off her edgy / casual style in a tissue tee by Market, with a black bra, skinny jeans, & her favorite pair of Converse sneakers.  I wouldn’t recommend this look for most Style Darlings, but lately, the actress has been pulling it off, looking a bit softer & feminine than usual.  Anyone agree?

Endorsing a $47.99 tee isn’t my usual way of style blogging for a bargain, but I came across this see-thru tee from Bluefly that would replicate this look perfectly.  If you alternate this enough with other items you currently own, it will really begin to earn its value. Also, I choose this plus-size top from Old Navy, which is only $8.00 & available in nine other colors.  If you’re looking for some color in a look like this, then that’s your best bet!  As for jeans, I stuck to Old Navy with Flirt skinny jeans for $19.97 & Plus braid-trim skinny jeans for $39.94.

Kristen keeps it simple, but sexy with a black bra underneath & what better way to buy a black bra, than to get a white one with it for practically free!  This duo set is only $32.oo @Victoria’s Secret.  I’ve actually used coupons for this item & it’s been an essential part of my undergarment collection & you can’t get any better than Vickie’s!  A rectangular ring is all that she wears & here’s a great silver pick from Forever 21, costing barely $5.00! Lastly, while brand-name Converse sneakers run up to $90.00, I found high top look-alikes from Payless for $29.99 by Airwalk.

All & all, this look will cost you anywhere between $98.73 to $118.75, which really isn’t bad for one outfit that can be mixed & matched to follow the latest trends. For more on Kristen’s style, check out Red Carpet Review: The 2011 Met Costume Institute Gala & In Style’s Star Finder to see all her red carpet looks.  Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: New Markdowns @White House Black Market!

What’s so great about this end-of-July / beginning-of-August time of year is that all the summer items are being marked down to usher in the new fall goods.  There are such great sales currently @White House Black Market! While you can shop all their sale items yourself to find fabulous deals, I’ve picked out some of my favorites, including a classic graphic print tee, perfect for a flirty ruffled mini skirt, as well as the basic black cami to wear under your favorite shear blouse or bolero cardigan.  I’m a big, BIG fan of skirts & WHBM is my go-to resource for finding gorgeous quality skirts in my favorite color combination.  The striped skirt is flattering for ALL body types & can even be brightened up with a pop of color in a belt or slingback heel.  The design of the floral skirt is great if paired with a blazer to mix up a work outfit, or works well with ankle strap sandals.  Part of what I love about summer footwear is that there’s always plenty of sparkle to choose from, as seen in these pink croc studded flip-flops & the embellished tan wedge sandals (also available in black, red, & blue).  There’s no better way to protect your eyes than with these animal-print sunglasses for $19.99, which command movie star status even for a Style Darling on a budget. In my opinion, one can really never have enough bracelets& a multi-stranded beaded bracelet is a classic option for a wrap dress, or try out a hammered stretch bracelet to match up for a date night. Happy Styling!

The Stylish Five: Hip Hair Accessories ($10 & Under)!

When you’re having fun out & about in the sun, it’s sometimes too hot out to keep your hair down (unless you’re lucky enough to live in one of those always-perfect climates).  However, an easy fix to keeping your hair stylish amid the weather is with hair accessories.  Back in October, I featured The Stylish Five: Get Happy About Headbands ($10 & Under)!, so I’m pretty well-versed in hair-ware!  Featuring clips, pins, & headbands is always fun b/c there’s just so much variety with feathers, rhinestones, animal prints, & flowers.

Here I’ve selected a rhinestone encrusted headband for $5.80 @Forever 21, which is perfect to dress up a basic tee or to put with something dressier like a cocktail dress (very Blair Waldorf!).  Next up, add some flair with feathers in this clip duo from Wet Seal for $7.00.  They’re cute for pulling back bangs or clipping onto the top of your ponytail! I love pulling my bangs back (in between haircuts) with a bobby pin & the extra delicate daisy detail just screams summer, available @Fred Flare for $6.00! Another fun accessory is a single flower clip like the green one from Target for $3.99.  If you’re crafty, you can even attach a safety-pin to it to wear on the lapel of your blazer or on a canvas tote bag!  Lastly, I saved my favorite, a “leopard blossom” headband, perfect to jazz up an LBD or summer romper.  Check it out @Charlotte Russe for a mere $6.50! Check back for more on The Stylish Five!  Happy Styling!

Color Me Style: ‘Orange’ You Glad You’re In Orange?

Bright rich hues are the hot for summer, especially those in the  orange family.  Not everyone can pull of the boldness of persimmon, tangerine, or saffron, but here we have some stylish examples of how to pull off the tricky color in a dress.  Eva Longoria dons an ASOS sheath with coordinating Brian Atwood slingbacks.  Emma Stone plays up her auburn locks at a Today Show appearance.  Olivia Palermo shows off a Victoria Beckham design with leopard pumps & a pink Sondra Roberts clutch.  The Tree of Life star Jessica Chastain mixes hues with bright pink sandals.  Jennifer Aniston breaks out of her LBD with this draped cut-out Vivienne Westwood dress & Christian Louboutins.  Lastly, Kristin Cavallari wears a Jessica Barkley mini dress with nude pumps. To really play up this color, choose softer tones like neutrals in your accessories, or go a little bolder with bright pinks & animal-inspired shoes.  Also, nothing looks better with this color than a healthy tan (but DO avoid tanning beds), but as you can see on Emma & Jessica, a pale glow can also work with the right orange tone!

The selected dresses range in their orange hues from cinnamon to tangerine, & are all under $50! First, the ruched jersey dress by AGB is available @Macy’s.  Second, Urban Outfitters has this Sparkle & Fade knit bow back dress for $48.00.  If orange really isn’t for you, then this orange / red cotton-blend dress from Lulu’s might work better for you.  @Jessica London, this side ruche dress is flattering on many shapes & is currently marked down to $39.99.  The fifth dress is chiffon in rust from Forever 21 & can be coordinated with many different accessories like a chunky or metallic belts & a crochet vest.  Finally, the one-shoulder Bar III dress from Macy’s is reduced in price to $37.49 & can be matched with platform sandals & stacked bangles. Check out our previous Color Me Style posts for more color-coordinated style finds!  Happy Styling!

7/25/11 Darling of the Day: Pippa Middleton’s Casual Chic Day Look!

Pippa Middleton is making her second appearance here on Style Darling in a week (previously featured wearing a denim dress in Basics for a Bargain), so you know there’s some serious stuff going on with this famous British sister!  Pippa was caught out & about in May, strolling around London in a super hip, yet easy ensemble which includes a basic black blazer, red top, & skinny Hudson jeans.  She accessorized her look with Gucci sunglasses & a Modalu handbag.

During my search for comparable & affordable items, I was able to out together two looks for both Women’s & Plus Sizes.  These include blazers from Target & Torrid, tops from Bebe & One Stop Plus, & lastly, skinny jeans from Express & Torrid.

For the accessories, I really lucked out on bargain-priced items with a pair of sunglasses for $5.80, lace-up booties for $6.99 (YES $6.99!), & a camel shoulder bag for $32.80, all @Forever 21! As for the jewelry, the pair of drop earrings are from the Simply Vera Vera Wang collection @Kohl’s for $9.00.  Lastly, Charlotte Russe was my go-to resource for the rhinestone necklace, as well as the flower wreath ring & intertwined rhinestone ring, both $4.00!

These are the basic items that are the foundation to any great outfit.  She remains classic, chic, & very cool in this look that can be worn for a casual day at the office, running errands on the weekends, or even if you’re headed out to a quick meeting at a trendy cafe.  I recently had the argument about cardigans being so much more fabulous than blazers, but here is where the opposite is true.  I love how adding a blazer to a primary-colored top & basic pair of jeans (any style- flared, skinny, straight, or wide), adds a little more polish to the typically casual outfit.  Be sure to check out more Darling of the Day posts, including 48 photos of the Style Darling, courtesy of In Style’s Photo Gallery! Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: Nine West’s Rocha Pump from $39.99 – $79.00!

Ever wonder if an item you’re looking for is sold exactly as it is somewhere else & cheaper?  Specifically, I’m talking about shoes here!  With countless online outlets through which you can search your heart out, you can find a wide array of designer brand items for less than what the actual brand’s website is selling them for!  Of course, you have to make your own judgments about shipping costs & whether you can mix & match the item in your current wardrobe to get full use out of it.

An example of this would be while I was pining over some of the latest fall pumps @Nine West, I loved the black patent leather Rocha pump, but it’s $79.00.  Definitely out of budget for me.  It’s such a classic style & even available in taupe & dark silver for the same price. The look of the pump is universally flattering for any minimalist LBD, for the office in a skirtsuit, or even with some jeans & a cute blouse on date night.

On Zappos, I found the same pair, available in eight different colors & textures, including a sexy red wine patent pair for $56.96!  Also marked down is the dark blue leather pair for $59.25, which I think would look great with some trousers & a studded tank! Other colors include 2 different blacks, 2 browns, 2 greys, & a taupe.

I moved on to 6pm & even saw that the previously mentioned red wine patent pair was a dollar or so less for $55.27!  It’s very unique & the pattern is so subtle that it would also pop against pinstripes or polka dots!  The blue offers versatility, as opposed to the usual go-to black or brown pair of pumps.  6pm also offers a light grey pair for as low as $30.42- the lowest that I could find for any in this style, however the basic black pumps are not available at all there.

Piperlime made me super excited since the khaki green / camel, which wasn’t available anywhere else (perhaps it’s an older design) was reduced to $39.99, along with limestone, silver, & brown leather ones.  For $49.99, you can even indulge your wild side with the animal-inspired pair that would go nicely with a red sheath dress or a solid maxi dress.

In the search for this shoe, Style Darlings are able to get their hands… or feet on them in a multitude of different colors & at varying price points, but there is a lot of work involved.  If you’ve really fallen for something, then the search is definitely worth it!  What are your favorite online outlets for designer items?  Do you have any stories about finding an unexpected bargain on something with an originally luxury price?  Happy Styling!

Luxury Look-Alikes for Less: White Tiered Peasant Skirts from Theory Vs. Forever 21 & Target!

It’s been a while since I went on the prowl looking for luxury items & their less expensive look-alikes!  While ending my time here in Southampton, I noticed quite the array of peasant skirts in the mix & why not celebrate the summer with a fresh, crisp white tiered maxi skirt like these?

However, (starting from the left to right) I found a Theory brand skirt @Bloomingdale’s.  It was marked down considerably from $295.00 to $132.75, but on a Style Darling’s budget, that just won’t do!  While on the prowl for affordable skirts to fit Style Darlings of all sizes, I happily came across this middle one from Forever 21 for $19.80.  As we move to the far right, a plus-size look-alike skirt has been discovered @Target by designer CALYPSO for $37.99!

By finding these comparably priced afforadble items, you’re saving anywhere between $95 to $113!  With that money, you can invest in the entire outfit by finding tanks tops or basic tees to match up.  Also, a skirt like this calls for some serious splash & that can be found in espadrille wedges or platforms sandals- anything with a tropical flower pattern will do!  Also, take advantage of the simplicity of the skirt, like images show & throw on beaded bracelets, stacks of bangles, or layer over your top a chunky necklace to get a real summer feel!

Which items are you seeking in a less expensive form?  Do imitation designer shoes make you giggle?  Check out our previous Luxury Look-ALikes for Less posts to see the other fabulous finds that could be invading your wardrobe without hurting your wallet! Happy Styling!

The Stylish Five: Heads Up For Summer Hats ($15 & Under)!

One of the best ways to beat the sun this summer is to break out a hat! Not to mention, hide your hair if you’re a beach gal or just ending a day at the pool.  Here we have five examples of stylish, but affordable hats, all perfect for whatever look you’ve got going on!

While I myself am not a hat gal, I do love natural looking ones in straw like this chained banded basketweave hat, available @Forever 21.  It is ultra chic for a (summer) LBD with some metallic platform sandals if you’re headed to an outdoors occasion.  Keeping with the decorative bands, if you’re feeling animal-inspired, check out the zebra banded fedora from Wet Seal for only $7.99!  If you’re a country girl looking to snag a cute cowboy, then maybe the beaded straw cowboy hat from Charlotte Russe will do the trick with a plaid cotton shirt & some cutoff denim shorts!  For a day on the boat with friends, try canvas floppy hat to protect your eyes while rocking a babydoll dress & flip flops.  This fashionable Old Navy find is marked down to $10.97!  If you’re a lady about town, check out this white straw cloche hat from Target to go with a sheath dress & long string of pearls, very roaring 20s!

For more stylish inspiration, check out how Vanessa Hudgens, Rihanna, Kate Beckinsale, & Kate Hudson wear hats on & off the red carpet!  Happy Styling!