The Stylish Five: Work A Holiday Skirt Into Your Wardrobe ($30 & Under)!


I’ve been turning to heavier textures for my work & can’t wait to start putting looks together for upcoming holiday gatherings too! For me, if I’m not wearing a dress, then you can be sure that I’ve got a holiday-friendly skirt in mind. I love all different fabrics & accents, which is why I wanted to share my five picks to wear without breaking the bank. 

I love a good tweed & houndstooth is one of my favorite patterns & @Dress Barn the houndstooth ponte skirt ($29.50) is a great buy for that transition from day to night by changing up suede ballet flats to studded ankle booties. For an edgier look, you can find the faux leather skirt ($24.95) @H&M, which will coordinate well with lush silk blouses, embellished tanks, & preppy knits for some contrast.

For a more feminine look, break out a softer hue with the solid trimmed jacquard skirt ($22.80) from Forever 21 & try it with this season’s top color, oxblood, with a leather jacket & some textured tights.  For the real party girl, though this isn’t an office appropriate skirt, I love the i jeans by Buffalo feather skirt ($25.00), which JC Penney has just marked down from its original $100.00 price tag.  With such a statement skirt like this, keep your other pieces a little more basic, but work a collar necklace or some stacked bangles in for extra sparkle.  Lastly, Target is one of my favorite stores to shop & the Merona sweater skirt ($26.99) adds a splash of animal print to any lace peplum or sequin top.  The cozy material is sure to be comfortable, while still showing off your flair for fashion. 

 What’s your holiday style? Do you have a go-to look for that upcoming office party? Do you prefer skirts over dress pants? Check out more affordable style tips including the best vests of the season, a great date look for under $100, & the prettiest ways to dress up your nails! Happy Styling!

Top 10 Celeb Sightings: Going Glam On The Red Carpet Featuring Scarlett Johansson, Miranda Kerr, Amy Adams, & More!


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The holidays are in full swing now & I can’t think of a better way to start celebrating the festivities than to share the latest celebrity images for Top 10 Celeb Sightings. There are some really amazing movies coming out, including Les MiserablesHitchcock, Rust & Bone, as well as some upcoming television premieres like Girls, which means that there’s lots to keep an eye out for on Style Darling. Some of my favorites include Scarlett Johansson during an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman in Giambattista Valli, Miranda Kerr‘s high-slit gown, Allison Williams in a stunning silver Naeem Khan gown, & Katy Perry‘s prettiest Dolce & Gabbana look.

Also, check out Amy Adams in Giorgio Armani, Emily Blunt in Calvin Klein Collection, Felicity Jones in Burberry Prorsum, Kate Mara in Jason Wu, Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior, & Selena Gomez in Dolce & Gabbana. Which look is your favorite? What upcoming red carpet events are you looking forward to this season?

For more from this category, be sure to click through galleries including Berenice Marlohe & Gwen Stefani, Lea Michele & Lauren Conrad, & Jessica Chastain & Taylor Swift! Happy Styling!

Splurge Or Save… On Red Suede Ankle Booties?


While I’m still keeping an eye on all things Black Friday still going on & the upcoming Cyber Monday deals, I’ve been noticing that red suede ankle booties.  Of course these aren’t a new item in the world of footwear, but it seems like every website that I’m clicking through has a pair & I love the idea of an unexpected pop of color on your feet with any layered heavy knit look & some neutral outerwear.

When it came time to update a Splurge or Save? post, I couldn’t help but wonder how I’d recommend my readers to wear these shoes, when I know I’d be looking for a more stiletto-like heel with some more feminine details. However, mixing this Western-inspired accessory is actually quite easy, when you consider it with skinny jeans or leggings, paired with plaids, polka dots, mini florals, & vintage lacey pieces.

@Zappos, the Seychelles ‘Crazy for You’ booties ($125.99) have been marked down from their original price of $140.00 & are my most expensive pick.  Next in line, you can find the Cinteresting ankle boots ($95.00) by Aerosoles with contrasting stitch details & a metallic buckle @QVC. Thirdly, the Rebels Harlow bootie ($39.94) from DSW has a lace-up detail behind the heel much like a sexy corset.  Standing at 3 3/4″, the cowboy booties ($29.80) from Forever 21 are the tallest of this quintet of shoes, but are also currently reduced $10.00 for the Black Friday sale which is ending today.  Lastly, the best deal of them all comes from Charlotte Russe with the sueded slip-on Western bootie ($18.55), which is 30% its original $26.50 price.

Would you wear red suede ankle booties? How would you style these? How much do you invest in your shoes? Are you following any of the Blake Friday & Cyber Monday sales? Happy Styling!

Haute Headlines: Amanda Seyfried for Vanity Fair, A Review of ‘Liz & Dick,’ Cool Gift Ideas For The Holidays, & More!


Maybe you’re done with your holiday shopping… or maybe you’re not, but either way, there’s lots going on in the fashion industry, entertainment world, & with pop culture, so I decided to take a little break from the trials of online bargain hunting to share with readers the latest news in Haute Headlines.  What stories are you following this week? Happy Styling!

*Kate Moss poses nude for Vogue Spain*

*James Franco & Lindsay Lohan in the latest R.E.M. video “Blue”*

*Lady Gaga raps for Terry Richardson in new video clip*

*FabSugar‘s best accessories picks for a wardrobe upgrade*

*Miranda Kerr becomes the new face of Mango*

*‘Liz & Dick’ premieres tonight, get your look at an early review*

*Redbook‘s 50 cool gift ideas under $50*

*Lauren Conrad & Dianna Agron don the same frock- Who wore it best?*

*Keira Knightley talks to Allure with photos by Mario Testino*

*Les Mierables star Amanda Seyfried gets a Vanity Fair spread*

Black Friday Sale Update: Forever 21’s Extra 50% Off Super Sale!


The evening hours of the Black Friday sales are upon us & some are ending today, but if you’re shopping @Forever 21, the extra 50% off sale is going on until Sunday, when you use code EXTRA50 at checkout! This is always the first store I check up on every year for Black Friday & it never fails me when I’m looking for a cute cardigan, dazzling jewelry, or a new blouse for work.

I couldn’t just pick a few pieces this time around b/c there was just so much to choose from, so I made a collage using my beginner PhotoShop skills.  Take a look at the houndstooth print racerback tank ($12.56) & the stretch plaid denim skinnies ($19.59) which call on the mixed-print trend, as seen on the runways of this year’s New York Fashion week.  For another mix of flavors & fashion, I added the cable knit panel sweater ($15.64) with the woven mesh skirt ($12.48). My favorite piece of this whole selection is the retro stripe dress with belt ($21.25), which is also available in a camel / plum color scheme.

I tried the essential cable knit sweater dress ($21.96) in the store back in the beginning of the season & although it didn’t quite sit on me right, I love the chic look of the cream hue in such a cozy fall-friendly frock.  My favorite outfit combination, which is just soooo my style, is the flounced layered top ($18.01) with the striped mini skirt ($15.64), which is perfect for a holiday party or date night with your beau.

In all of this, I can’t forget the accessories, which include the lace-up wedge booties ($25.91) in teal, tiger stripe bangle set ($5.99), zebra print platform pump ($12.99), rhinestone flower studs ($1.99), & rhinestone platform heels ($17.99) in taupe.

I already added some of these items & a few others to my shopping bag to make my own splurge-worthy Black Friday purchase.  What’s in your shopping bag? Happy Styling!

Black Friday Sale Update: Banana Republic’s Sitewide 40% Off Your Total Purchase Sale Ends Today!


So I’m swicthing gears a little here to share some fun gift ideas if you’re a Style Darling on a budget & you’re out shopping among the madness that is known as Black Friday.  @Banana Republic you can score some chic gifts for your famile friends while enjoying their 40% off your total purchase sale, which ends today, using code BRFRIDAY.  When I think about gifts, I always try to consider accessories, just to be on the safe side if I’m not sure about size.

I know I try & update my fall / winter accessories with fun pieces that help express my personality, but can also transcend multiple outfits.  This include the very necessary convertible knit glove ($29.50) in grey, which is also available in black, white, red, & tan to match with any other outerwear favorites.  Also, the heritage gathered stripe cap ($29.50) in tan, but also comes in navy & grey, adding a little sparkle to your cold weather accessories.

The sheer diamond tight ($22.50) in burgundy is both on-trend & perfect for wearing from now until the spring. This gift is perfect for a gal pal who takes pride in her work wardrobe, but loves to play with unexpected colors & make a style statement.  When it comes to stylish gifts, there’s nothing like a little splash of animal print, which is why I added the animal print hairfalf skinny belt ($39.50) to be worn over a cardigan, contrast with a plaid button-down & pencil skirt, or to wrap across a sheath dress for a cocktail party.  Lastly, it wouldn’t be the holiday season without a scarf & love the flowy nature of the Bobbi striped scarf ($39.50) in light grey. If you wanna bring a nautical chic feel to your fall / winter look, then I would recommend this in navy for you!

Don’t forget while you’re shopping to always hit up the sale items, b/c Banana Republic has 300+ just waiting to join your currently wardrobe staples! Happy Styling!

Black Friday Sale Update: Have Sweet Dreams With Old Navy Gifts Inclduing Sleepwear On Sale!


I’ve shared plenty about shoes, clothing, & accessories, & I often forget about sleepwear, which is the most comfortable of all & can definitely be found at an affordable price. If you’re stumped on what to give for a gift for that special someone, a cute pair of pajamas will do the trick, especially since Old Navy‘s entire store & website is on sale, featuring sleepwear separates for as low as $5.00!

I’ve included the applique waffle knit tee ($8.00) in carbon & gray heather, along with the printed flannel lounge pants ($8.00) in pink/black plaid & penguin.  Both the tops & bottoms are sold in various colors, prints, & patterns, which makes it even easier to find something to your liking, or if you’re seeking out these jammies as a gift.  Also, I’m a big fan of the sherpa-lined sweater slipper boots ($18.00) in neutral fair isle & red, which are also available in other varieties.

Are you going to Old Navy for their storewide / sitewide sale? Do you think giving pajamas is a smart & stylish gift idea? What’s your holiday spending budget on your loved one? Happy Styling!

Black Friday Sale Update: Nine West’s 50% Off Select Boots & Booties, & Select Pumps $49.99!


Have you got the holiday blues? Has the holiday spirit just not hit you yet? Well, I have a solution, by sharing the latest Black Friday sale from Nine West. Select boots & booties are currently 50% off, & select pumps are reduced to $49.99! I love a Nine West shoe… there’s something about the combination of quality, affordability, & style that makes me swoon b/c this is one of my favorite name brands to follow in footwear.

If that doesn’t excite you, then head to a doctor (a cute one)! Anyway, I want to share all of the styles, but simply don’t have the time to talk about each & every one, so I picked my four favorite styles to share for a variety of occasions during the season.

Play with the neutral shoe trend with the Sheryl pumps ($49.99) a nude / black patent combo. These are fun to mix with cocktail dresses, & can work well with suit separates for the office.  They’re available in four other colors to help round out your wardrobe.  Get your glam on & all of your Wizard of Oz dreams to come true with the Love Fury pumps ($49.99) in red, which also come in dark silver & black- ideal for making your Christmas wish more festive.

I’m a big fan of flat boots for those days when you wanna give your arches a break, but you still want to look fashion forward, which makes the Bogie bootes ($59.50) in bronze metallic perfect for wearing under jeans with a cable knit sweater or layering with a button down.  For something a little more edgy, these are also sold in silver metallic, calling on your 80s-inspired duds! Because anything animal print sends me into a fashion fury, I had to include the Haywire booties ($69.50) which will hug your foot in all the right ways & call on lots of attention when you walk into a room!

Which shoe is your favorite? Do you frequently order footwear from store websites? What kind of shoe sales are you looking for? Happy Styling!

Black Friday Sale Update: Get BOGO 50% Off @Dress Barn!


Where I live, Dress Barn has become quite the hub of fashion, especially when you’re shopping on a budget. Of course the demographic that the store is aiming for is for the professional woman, with special departments for plus & petite sizes, which is why I wanted to share the latest Black Friday sale from here.  They’re offering BOGO 50% off on regular priced items only, ending on Sunday at midnight.  Also, I should mention that Dress Barn is offering some really great deals on their sale items, which have been reduced to jewelry as low as $7.50, sweaters for as low as $9.99, & plus size casual skirts for as low as $9.99!

On a personal note, I’ve had a lot of success @Dress Barn, finding a cute sweater dress that came with me this year to Italy (see post here), & with a cocktail dress for my very special New Year’s Ever first date with my boyfriend (see post here <3).

Since it’s the time of year to start thinking about the holidays, I wanted to share a party-friendly look from Dress Barn, including dresses that can also work for the office during the day if you add a blazer or embellished cardigan. Not to mention that these are accessorized with classic pieces that will work for plenty of future dressy occasions.

The first look consists of the side knot dress ($40.00) in royal, paired with chain Peter Pan collar necklace ($30.00), crystal bracelet set ($20.00), & sequined peep toe pumps ($30.00). Then the look to the right is plus size faux sarong scoop neck dress ($50.00) in eggplant, with the mesh & bead frontal necklace ($20.00), colorblock diamond bracelet ($15.00), & metallic peep toe heels ($45.00), which are also sold in wide width. All eight of these items are included in the BOGO 50% off sale, so you do the math to find out how much you’ve saved with this one-stop-shop look for the upcoming sparkling holiday season! Happy Styling!

Black Friday Sale Update: J. Crew’s All-American Styles Are On Sale 25% Off Storewide& Sitewide!


Not to get political, but now that the Obama family is staying in the White House, we can be sure to see more of the First Lady’s all-American style making headlines in the fashion industry.  We know that one of her favorite places to shop for her & the family is J.Crew, which is celebrating the holiday weekend & joining the Black Friday rush with a 25% off storewide & sitewide sale when using code COLOR25.  This code even works on already reduced sale items, which has inspired me to put together these colorful looks, perfect for now, & especially if you’re heading away on a tropical vacation with that special someone to be the brisk breezes of winter approaching.

This includes pieces that are sure to make bold prints & classic patterns stand out, especially when you consider contrasting textures like leather, dark denim, & suede for a variety of modern & clean ensembles to go about the season.  Starting off, I’ve selected the ruffle string top ($29.99) in sutton purple to match with the mini ruffle hipster ($29.99) in the same hue, however both are available in a many other shades that you can mix & match with other swimwear separates. To keep comfy while out & about somewhere sunny, I’ve added the perfect-fit long-sleeve v-neck tee ($19.99) in dublin green with the 3″ chino shorts ($19.99) in casablance blue.  To complete your breezy look, the Lila patent platform wedges ($29.99) in neon peach are the perfect neutral to switch around with a romper, maxi dress, or cropped pants.  If you’re looking for more a neutral wedge to start off next summer with, these are also available in toffee & black.

I loved all the hues of the classic medium bangle ($17.50) in ivory, neon azalea, & fresh plum, which make for a perfect gift for your girl friends if you want to find something special & share your passion for fashion. Keep with the colorblocking trend & bust those turtleneck myths by choosing the tissue turtleneck tee ($19.99) in gallery green, matched with the high-waisted corduroy pencil skirt ($29.99) in neon fuchsia. For a more masculine look in with this must-have skirt, I recommend swapping out the turtleneck for the ink dip pop over ($34.99) in festival blue & adding the patent leather square-buckle belt ($29.50) in pale gold.

What great Black Friday deals have you snagged? Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? Are you shopping for an upcoming trip? Happy Styling!