8/31/2013 Darling Of The Day: Jamie Chung Sports An Ann Taylor Skirt!

Actress Jamie Chung couldn’t be any cuter & she’s certainly climbing her way up the style ranks. The actress known for roles in The Hangover Part 2, Sucker Punch, & TV’s Once Upon A Time hits the red carpet for the book release of Kitchen Revelry in a chic ensemble which includes the leopard jacquard flounce skirt ($89.00) from Ann Taylor.

Jamie Chung in a wite leather-accented top with a leopard print jacquard Ann Taylor flounce skirt, a leather clutch by Gerard Darel, & black strappy heels.

Here, she’s playing with multiple trends, including leather accents on her top, as well as strappy sandals which successfully add a little edge to her feminine look. An elegant all-purpose clutch like this one by Gerard Darel is perfect for day or evening, putting the focus on Jamie’s sophistication. Of course, spending nearly $90.00 on a skirt isn’t always budget-friendly, but this is a stylish reminder to look to our favorite retailers & celebrities on the red carpet to continuously inspire our wardrobes!

What do you think of Jamie’s outfit? How would you style the jacquard skirt? Do you think she could’ve pushed the envelope a little more? For more celebrity-inspired posts, check out the gallery for this year’s MTV VMAs featuring Katy Perry & Miley Cyrus, Robert Pattinson for Dior Homme, stylish September covers including Kate Bosworth & Scarlett Johansson, & Shameless star Emmy Rossum in a Banana Republic dress. Happy Styling!

Red Carpet Review: The Wild Looks From The MTV VMAs, Featuring Ciara, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, & More!

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Music’s most popular & praised hit Brooklyn this weekend to celebrate the MTV VMAs. The ceremony featured a slew of performances that left audiences with their jaws on the floor & many heads scratched. I’m going to talk about talent here. I loved seeing Lady Gaga back in action, as well as the throwback to Justin Timberlake‘s career since his days in NSYNC & also, a memorable Bruno Mars who hit the stage with his new single, “Gorilla.”

However, we must consider the red carpet, which featured a lot of controversial looks, as well as elegant surprises. My favorites include sophisticated risk-takers like Selena Gomez showing her rock side in Atelier Versace, Katy Perry‘s leopard, leggy look by Emanuel Ungaro, Ciara in a Givenchy Couture, & Lady Gaga herself in a black Elvira-inspired look by Prabal Gurung. Of course, Taylor Swift looked stunning in Hérvé Leger & Naya Rivera‘s cut-out black gown was chic, but these girls need to learn to loosen up.

Which looks are your favorite? Which performance were you talking about the most on Monday morning? Do you think Miley Cyrus went too far during her performance? For more celebrity posts, check out previous galleries including the thrilling season 3 promo for Revenge, Robert Pattinson for Dior Homme, stylish September issues featuring Amber Heard & Kate Upton, Olivia Palermo in an ASOS look, & Girls actor Adam Driver featured in Vogue! Happy Styling!

Watch This Style: Behind The Exciting Season 3 Promo For ‘Revenge’!

August is almost over & I’m getting my DVR ready to start recording all of my favorite shows that are returning this fall. This includes Revenge, which ended last season with so many twists that left me on quite the cliff all summer long!


In the recently released season 3 promo for the ABC drama, we get a 30-second look of all the thrills that will unfold when the show premieres on September 29th! In Style shared an interview with the show’s costume designer, Jill Ohanneson, who is behind Emily Thorne’s gorgeous & flowing wedding dress, pictured in the sketch above & video clip below!

After hearing about what would happen, the dress required so many elements that I knew we weren’t going to find any one piece that would do everything we needed, & since we had three weeks of prep time at the beginning, I found the fabric, did three or four sketches, and designed it myself,” says Ohanneson, adding, “I know Emily likes very slim silhouettes, but I also knew the producers and directors wanted the fabric to float around her when she fell into the water. To make that happen, I started with a slim silhouette & built around it with tulle, since it’s lightweight and floats well.”

We ended up making four gowns- we kept one perfect, we had to build one for a stunt girl, & we made two more that can take the blood hits. We saved the original since we’d have to shoot a wedding down the line,” explains Ohanneson.

Are you a Revenge fan? What are your season 3 predictions? Which character do you think is the best dressed? For more fashionable videos, check out previous posts from Watch This Style, including Robert Pattinson for Dior Homme, a behind-the-scenes look at the Phillip Lim for Target collection, the trailer for Diana starring Naomi Watts, a look at Chloe Grace Moretz’s beauty shoot for Glamour! Happy Styling!

The Stylish Five: Invest In These Fall Must-Have Dresses!

Typically, my posts in The Stylish Five  under s feature bargain items under a certain price point & while I’m still budget conscious, I have to talk about these five dresses, which range in price from $40.00 – $60.00 @Dress Barn.  As some of you may know, I’ve been spending a lot of time at that store, reveling in the new fall fashions, readying my wardrobe for some refreshing updates & getting inspired by details like leather trims, lace overlays, colorblocking, structured silhouettes, & flirty prints!

Dress Barn dresses

This post features the following dresses: Faux leather trim ponte dress ($46.00), Belted zebra dress ($46.00), Peplum sheath dress ($40.00), Belted houndstooth dress ($50.00), & Lace & faux leather dress ($60.00). Of course, there are plenty of ways to get around the original price tags, but I’d like for my readers to consider the usefulness of an all-purpose dress. This means that it can be worn to the office, for a special occasion, during a night out, & transformed with different accessories. This also includes statement necklaces, drop earrings, textured clutch bags, embossed peep toe pumps, or animal print ballet flats.

What’s on your must-have fall shopping list? Which stores do you hit up first when dress shopping? For more shopping-friendly posts, check out affordable flats from Old Navy, Emmy Rossum in a Banana Republic dress, Phillip Lim’s lookbook for Target, & Gisele Bundchen for H&M’s fall ad campaign! Happy Styling!

Watch This Style: Robert Pattinson Stars In The New Ads For Dior Homme!

Robert Pattinson for Dior's Dior Homme

In a thoughtful effort to featuring more news for any male readers out there, I have something here for everyone. About a month ago, news hit the web about The Twilight Saga heartthrob, Rob Pattinson, had set to star in the new ads for Dior‘s Dior Homme cologne. The below video features a series snapshots of the ad campaign, which took plane in New York City, under the direction of German artist Nan Goldin. The teaser images will certainly make for a special cinematic moment, especially since participating in fragrance ads for luxury designers has been a hot trend in the few years.

The scent features notes of amber, vetiver, & leather blend, according to In Style, which sounds like all things sophisticated & masculine- a perfect gift for the upcoming holiday season. You can shop the fragrance at Sephora & costs between $60.00 – $80.00.

What do you think of these images? Does the English-born actor fit the Dior image? For more celebrity ads, check out previous posts including Michelle Williams for Louis Vuitton, Rooney Mara for Calvin Klein’s Downtown fragrance, Diane Kruger for Chanel skincareNicole Kidman for Jimmy Choo, & Adam Levine’s debut fragrance line!

Show Me The Shoes: Fun Flats For Fall From Old Navy!

Fall fashion is all around us & I wanted to embrace the latest must-haves with a new post featured in Show Me The Shoes, including some stylish flats from Old Navy, one of my favorite stores to find affordable fashions & extra cherry-on-top great deals! I’m excited to pull out my past-season steals with new items, including fun & flirty shoes for any Style Darling on the go!

All for under $25 each, I can already picture these with different outfits, mixing prints & textures for a day at the office, heading to class at night, or when I’m out & about with the girls on the weekend. I especially love the trendy details like jeweled accents, ankle-straps & buckles, pointy toes, delicate bows, & cap toes.

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I recommend the embellished ballet flat ($24.94) in asparagus, printed ballet flat ($22.94) in coral print, printed cap toe flat ($22.94) in black/white dots, & pointed ankle flat ($22.94) in clay mate.

What’s your ballet flat style? Where are you shopping for shoes this fall? For more posts featuring fabulous shoes, check out H&M’s studded heels, Nine West suede booties, luxury look-alike sandals from Neiman Marcus, & Nicole Kidman’s debut as spokesmodel for Jimmy Choo! Happy Styling!

Cover Craze: It’s Going To Be A Stylish September For Magazines!

It’s been a crazy year for my magazine collection & I’m guilty of maintaining a pretty high stack of fashionable pages. However, it’s nearly the end of August & the mountain is getting higher, especially since there are so many amazing September issues hitting stands & arriving in mailboxes all over the country. I’ve included a whopping 21 covers in this post, also featuring links to the coordinating articles / cover shoot details online.

Amanda Seyfried – Glamour Paris

Amber Heard – Flare 

Blake Lively – Lucky 

Diana of Wales – Vanity Fair 

Drew Barrymore – In Style 

Jennifer Garner – Allure 

Jennifer Lawrence – Vogue 

Jessie J – Marie Claire UK 

Kate Bosworth – In Style UK 

Kate Moss – Esquire UK 

Kate Upton – ELLE 

Katy Perry – ELLE UK 

Kelly Osbourne – Cosmopolitan UK 

Lady Gaga – V magazine 

Lily Collins – Glamour UK 

Nina Dobrev – Cosmopolitan 

Olivia Wilde – Fashion Sarah Jessica Parker for Harper's Bazaar September 2013

Sarah Jessica Parker – Harper’s Bazaar Scarlett Johansson for Harper's Bazaar Australia September 2013

Scarlett Johansson – Harper’s Bazaar Australia 

Victoria Beckham – Vogue Australia

Zooey Deschanel – Marie Claire

Which magazine is your must-have for fall fashion? Which celebrity cover is your favorite? For more magazine-related posts, check out Girls actor Adam Driver’s Vogue shoot, Chloe Grace Moretz’s beauty shoot with Glamour, a behind-the-scenes video with Claire Danes, & the many playful & dramatic sides of actress Kate Mara! Happy Styling!

8/21/2013 Darlings Of The Day: Emmy Rossum In Banana Republic & Olivia Palermo In ASOS!

I’m always scouring the web for look-alike pieces to celebrity outfits that budget-conscious shoppers can access. While I was catching up on the latest red carpet & street style images of my favorite A-listers, I found that Shameless actress Emmy Rossum & socialite / designer darling Olivia Palermo are acquiring their looks from stores that the (more stylish) rest of American can shop.

Banana Republic recently revealed their newest collection from British designer Issa, featuring this flirty blue ceramic printed wrap-tie dress ($130.00). This universally-flattering look was seen on Emmy, who played it up with tough accessories like lace-up booties & a black shoulder bag by Gerard Darel.

Emmy Rossum. Banana Republic - Issa Collection Blue Ceramic Printed Wrap-Tie Dress $130.00

Of course the price tag is a little steep if you’re looking for a bargain, but this style is timeless & perfect for any time of year. At the end of the summer, it’s a great transitional piece for fall with tights, knee boots, & a denim jacket. For the office, add a metallic belt & blazer with some pointy toe pumps.

While in New York City, Olivia stepped out in style in the skater dress in paisley print with lace up sleeve ($67.50) from ASOS, which she styled with a studded belt, a gold chain-link cuff, snakeskin flats, sunglasses by Westward Leaning.

Olivia Palermo. ASOS - Skater Dress In Paisley Print With Lace Up Sleeve $67.50.

The free-spirited frock is another versatile must-have that has multiple styling possibilities. Take a cue from Olivia’s choices with a textured belt, statement jewelry piece, & contrasting printed shoes.

Which dress is more your style? Are you a regular or ASOS & Banana Republic shopper? Which celebrities inspire your street style? For more celebrity looks, check our previous posts including the latest red carpet looks from Selena Gomez & Julianne Hough, Ashlee Simpson for Jessica Simpson Collection’s Fall 2013 campaign, Lily Collins’ press tour for Mortal Instruments, & Lauren Conrad’s lookbook for Kohl’s. Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown / Watch This Style: The Phillip Lim For Target Lookbook!

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Back in May, Style Darling reported on the upcoming collaboration between Target with luxury designer 3.1 Phillip Lim (see article here). The collection hits stores next month, but the entire lookbook has debuted online, featuring plenty of “morning, noon, & night” outfits that will make your office wardrobe, day looks, & evening ensembles a little bit more fabulous, especially since they range in price from $19.99 – $299.99 for apparel & $19.99 – $59.99 for accessories. Of course some of these prices are a little high for a bargain shopper, but if I learned anything from Target’s holiday collection with Neiman Marcus last year, it’s that when they go on sale, the clearance prices are insane!

I’m a big fan of the line’s color combinations for fall, mixing pastels with rich jewel tones, all while playing off of neutrals like navy & gray to create a polished pajama-chic meets preppy girl-next-door. Structured details with menswear inspiration is especially on trend for this season, with leather accents, jeweled necklines, & plenty of elegant basics to go around with any current wardrobe staples you’re looking to upgrade.

What do you think of the collection? Do you shop designer collaborations with mainstream retailers? What are your must-have pieces for fall? For more posts on affordable fashion, check out Forever 21’s fast food-inspired muscle tees, trendy ankle strap pumps from H&M, a perfect polka dot backpack for fall, & the Downton Abbey-inspired beauty line! Happy Styling!

Magazine Must-Haves: ‘Girls’ Actor Adam Driver Models For Vogue’s September Issue!

I was recently asked if Style Darling shared anything about men’s fashion & I knew I was guilty of not giving male style enough attention… & isn’t it convenient that I just so happen to come across a story that features just that!

This weekend, the whopping 902-page epic September 2013 issue of Vogue arrived in my mailbox & I’m waiting to devote the proper amount of time to its fashionable glory. However, aside from the drop dead gorgeous it-girl Jennifer Lawrence (& recent Oscar winner) on the magazine’s cover, I’m crazy about Girls actor Adam Driver who dazzles on the countryside with model Daria Werbowy in a romantic William Butler Yeats & Maud Gonne-inspired photo shoot through the lens of the legendary Annie Leibowitz.

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Of course, when it comes to fashion shoots, sometimes the set and/or props make the editorial something a little more special, elevating the grandeur of being included in a Vogue shoot. The selected pieces for the sophisticated & classic shoot not only bends the brain into a fall-ready state of being, but also puts the Emmy-nominated actor of the hit HBO series on par with other fashionable celebrities like Eddie Redmayne, James Franco, Ezra Miller, & even Brad Pitt. Although, I’m sure none of them held a sheep around their shoulders wearing nothing but jeans & hanging suspenders.

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If I wasn’t already enamored with Adam’s same-name character (although in the show, he’s Sackler & not Driver), I’m wondering what his fictional persona would say about the beautifully classic & modern take on fall fashion. The fairer half of the stylish duo includes Daria in Michael Kors, Dries Van Noten, Prada, Alberta Ferretti, Ralph Lauren Collection, Jil Sadler, & Céline.

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Naturally, I’ll soon be featuring more images from the magazine, particularly a behind-the-scenes look of Jennifer Lawrence’s cover shoot. For more fashionable posts, check out recent red carpet looks from Diane Kruger & Jennifer Aniston, the trailer for Diana starring Naomi Watts, Lily Collins’ press tour for Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, & Chloe Grace Moretz’s beauty looks in Glamour. Happy Styling!