Red Carpet Review: White Hot Style At The White House Correspondents’ Dinner!


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The hot red carpet ticket this week has been the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, featuring celebrities like Charlize Theron, Kate Hudson, Rachel Zoe, & Ginnifer Goodwin. Of course the stars are showing their support for the president, but the biggest news coming from the celebration is the fabulous fashion. Take a look at the gallery below & share your favorite looks! Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: Classic & Affordable Style by Jennifer Lopez @Kohl’s!


Spring is the time of year when you break out a chic dress.  Of course, you have your choice of fabulous print & bold patterns, but a solid sheath dress is always a classic choice, especially when it’s affordable.  Jennifer Lopez isn’t slowing down as a judge on American Idol, singer, actress, or fashion designer.  Her line @Kohl’s is thriving & one of my favorite pieces is the ponte sheath dress ($39.00), which features modern details like asymmetrical seams, a high cowl neck, & offset front pocket. Also, this fashionable frock is currently marked down from its original $60.00 price tag!

The lightweight fabric will move with you, but it’s also perfect for accessorizing if you want to wear it with a cardigan, thick belt, boyfriend blazer, or patterned tights.  Not to mention that right now, LWDs (little white dresses) & rich hues like royal blue are totally on-trend right now. For more stylish steals, check out previous posts in Quickie Darling Deal & Steal like earrings from Bebe, BOGO shoes @Charlotte Russe, & suede platforms @Payless. Happy Styling!

Basics For A Bargain: Maxi Dresses Inspired By Olivia Wilde, Lauren Conrad, Lily Collins, & More!


‘Tis the season for maxidresses, which will be staples in your warm weather wardrobe from now even until after Labor Day.  As you can see, there are plenty of celebrities wearing maxidresses in a bunch of different ways.  Belts, beads, heels, flats, & jackets are perfect for accessorizing these flowy floor-length frocks.  First we have Alessandra Ambrosio in a tiered maxidress with a Loewe bag, Beyonce in a printed maxidress with stilettos, Rachel Bilson in a Suno maxidress, & Lily Collins in a Peter Som maxidress.

Also, for some more celebrity-inspiration, there’s Lauren Conrad in a belted Heartloom maxidress, Olivia Wilde in a Yigal Azrouel maxidress, Emma Roberts in an Isabel Lu maxidress, & Nicole Richie in a floral printed maxidress. With all these celebrity images, you can see how a maxidress is perfect for a red carpet event, daytime luncheon, or summer date night.

I’ve searched high & low for the best & most affordable maxi dresses from my favorite stores to share with readers.  In an effort to offer up some variety, I’ve selected trends like colorblocking, animal print, ruffles, & chiffon, as well as patterns like stripes, paisley, & florals. These selections include the cheetah lace maxi dress ($28.99) @Charlotte Russe, the I Heart Ronson striped maxi dress ($32.00) from JC Penney, tube cup feather maxi dress ($29.50) from Wet Seal, paisley maxi dress ($50.00) from Dress Barn, New York & Company‘s floral ruffle maxi dress ($69.95), leopard maxi dress ($27.80) from Forever 21‘s Plus 21 collection, colorblock maxi dress ($25.00) from Target, & flounced racer back dress ($27.80) also from Forever 21.

Which maxidress do you like the best? Where do you shop for maxidresses? How do you like to accessorize your spring / summer looks? Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: Stylish Earrings From Bebe!


If you’re looking to invest in some beautiful accessories to wear any time of the year, then you need to check out the earrings @Bebe.  I haven’t browsed through the website in quite some time, but I was thrilled to see these drop & stud earrings, perfect to wear for cocktail parties, going out with the girls, for a date night, & for a family party.

I have talked about affordable accessories from store like Forever 21, Target, Payless, H&M, & Kohl’s, which I will continue to endorse, however these are perfectly stylish designs for the earring lover in all of us, even though they run in price between $22.00 – $34.00. If you’re looking for unique designs to bring out some of your wardrobe staples, then I recommend the Multi Tiered Ombre Crystal Earrings ($34.00), Crystal Cluster Leaf Stud ($24.00), Multi Tier Diamond Duster Earring ($22.00), & Teardrop & Faceted Stone Earring ($24.00). Happy Styling!

Super Style Wishlist: Lela Rose’s Spring Dresses @Bergdorf Goodman!


I’m crazy for spring dresses & can’t stop looking at some of the beautiful designs by Lela Rose @Bergdorf Goodman.  Of course these dresses are way beyond my budget, but they’re still amazing to gawk at.  They range in price from $1295.00 to $2295.00, but styles with laser cut lace, polka dots, a-line skirts, or peplums are on my Super Style Wishlist.

These looks include the Belted Jacquard Dress ($1895.00), Dress With Crystal Embroidery ($1595.00), Lace-Detailed Dress ($1295.00), Floral-Print V-Neck Dress ($1895.00), Polka-Dot Swingy Dress ($2295.00), Striped Sheath Dress ($1395.00), Floral-Print Faux-Wrap Dress ($1295.00), & Gathered One-Shoulder Dress ($1395.00). They’re perfect for a fancy spring brunch, moonlit wedding, or outdoor cocktail party.

For more fabulous designer duds, check out dresses from White House Black Market, Jennifer Lopez in Casadei & Michael Kors, & wedges from Neiman Marcus! Happy Styling!

Red Carpet Review: Taylor Schilling From ‘The Lucky One’ Is Stylish In Calvin Klein, Prabal Gurung, & More!


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The latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Lucky One stars a very grown up Zac Efron & Hollywood’s latest up & coming it-girl, Taylor Schilling, who has previously starred on the short-lived medical drama, Mercy.  The Massachusetts native has been hitting red carpets all over the world to help promote the romance / drama, looking effortless, chic, & like a superstar in-the-making in Calvin Klein Collection, Prabal Gurung, Azzedine Alaia, & Peter Pilotto. Take a look at the gallery below & check out the trailer for the movie, if you haven’t seen it yet.  Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: BOGO $12.50 Shoes @Charlotte Russe!


@Charlotte Russe, there’s a fabulous sale going on right now for shoes.  You can get nearly any style BOGO $12.50, & my favorites include these two pairs of fabulous & feminine peep toe pumps.  The patent bow peep toe pump ($30.00) is perfect to add with your favorite shirt dress, date night look, or little black dress.  Also, the pop-up bow velvet pump ($39.50) is a sexier evening pump, perfect for nearly any time of the year with a cocktail dress or a stylish separates look with a brocade mini skirt & polka dot blouse.

I’m always an advocate of shoe sales, which is why I’ve created this post, in addition to other recent write-ups on footwear including suede platform sandals from Payless, a latest design by Sofia Vergara for KMart, & starry flats from ALDO! Happy Styling!

Watch This Style: Christina Aguilera’s 5 Most Stylish Videos!


I’ve been thinking long & hard about what I would post in Watch This Style when featuring pop star / The Voice mentor, Christina Aguilera, since it would most certainly contain all the musical numbers from Burlesque. However, this post is focusing solely on Christina’s best videos from her albums.  While there are so many gorgeously styled videos to choose from, my favorites include “Hurt,” “Ain’t No Other Man,” “The Voice Within,” “Fighter,” & “Not Myself Tonight.”

Perhaps sometime in the future, I’ll feature more videos from the Grammy winner, but I love that there’s a wide variety of styles ranging from Old Hollywood to gothic to futuristic. For more stylish music videos, be sure to check out Katy Perry, Madonna, & Whitney Houston! Happy Styling!

Red Carpet Review: Catherine Middleton’s Very Fashionable 2012 (So Far)!


 

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I’ve featured plenty about Pippa Middleton in the past & even though Style Darling is still 100% in love with the famous younger sister, it’s time I finally gave big sis, Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton some style love.  Although I should mention that I’ve featured some of Kate’s fashionable looks in my blog for Ladies Outfitters, as seen here & here.

Even though we’re in the middle of spring, indulging in light flowy dress & breaking out strappy sandals, I wanted to take a quick look back at Kate whose style (although not on a red carpet) is always worth another look, especially since she’s having such a fabulous 2012! Take a look at the slideshow above, or click through the images below.

For more posts from Red Carpet Review, be sure to check out Brooklyn Decker’s press tour for Battleship, Emma Roberts in Juicy Couture, Yves Saint Laurent, & more, & The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence! Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: Spring Styles & Lovely Lace From ModCloth!


I haven’t visited the ModCloth site in a quite a long time, but I was happy to find some of the latest sale items, featuring all sorts of lace details.  I’ve always loved lace b/c even just a swatch on a collar or trim on a skirt, makes for an especially garment.

After perusing through some of affordable deals that are selling out quick, these are some of my favorites! The Critical Moss Top by Jack by BB Dakota ($22.99) is perfect to pair with jeans to make a daytime look a little more polished.  This is one sweatshirt that won’t ever go out of style & will make your lazy day look all the more trendy.

The Pleat Me For Dinner Skirt ($29.99) is a fun way to wear lace b/c of its polka dot pattern & slimming waistband.  This is work appropriate with a high neck blouse & bright blazer.

If you’re looking for a vintage-inspired cocktail dress straight off the set of Mad Men, take a look at the Rock Show Royalty Dress ($39.99).  This is a classic with a twist choice, especially with black opaque tights & round toe pumps. The sexy front slit & button details are unexpected, making this a go-to staple for any season. Happy Styling!