Cover Craze: Kerry Washington Is Flawless For Lucky’s December Issue!


Kerry Washington for Lucky December 2013

I can’t think of a better way to send off 2013 (in the magazine world) than with Kerry Washington on the cover of Lucky‘s December issue. Not only is the Emmy-nominated actress one of the most in-demand faces in fashion, but she’s also my current celebrity obsession & secretly, I want to be her best friend! She’s utter perfection on the red carpet, but also captivates audiences on the ABC drama Scandal, as the always stylish Olivia Pope.

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In the magazine’s behind-the-scenes video, Kerry talks about her favorite looks from the shoot, including a sparkling red sequined number by Yves Saint Laurent & a sexy white mini dress from design house Versace. The much-gossiped-about cover shows a stunning Kerry with blunt bangs, frosted makeup, & a feminine frock by Dior.

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However, it’s clear (as if it wasn’t before) that Kerry can wear anything & rock any look. She can don the glamorous Old Hollywood style, as well as strut in a super edgy rocker ensemble without even flinching.

Aside from her critical acclaim on both the small screen for Scandal & the big screen in the Oscar-winning film Django Unchained, Kerry has had a big year. She got married, is expecting her first child, & did a killer job hosting Saturday Night Live recently. It doesn’t look like the talented actress is slowing down any time soon & I know I can’t wait to see more & more of her on & off screen.

What do you think of Kerry’s photo shoot for Lucky? What’s your favorite look of hers? For more celebrity posts, be sure to check out LBD inspiration from Jennifer Lopez & Natalie Portman, Jennifer Lawrence’s In Style cover shoot, my favorite picks from Lauren Conrad’s jewelry for Kohl’s, & Carrie Underwood’s nine fabulous costume changes for this year’s CMAs! Happy Styling!

2013 Black Friday Style: 10 Can’t-Miss Sales Going On Right NOW!


Since I’m only one Style Darling & can’t possibly share every single awesome Black Friday deal going on in stores & online right now, I thought I’d put my limited graphic design skills to work & share bits of my favorite sales based on the emails that have been jamming my inbox!

Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor - 50% off everything with code ANNTHANKS.

Topshop

Topshop - 30% off select merchandise.

Sole Society

Sole Society - 33% off Boots & Booties.

New York & Company

New York & Company - 50-70% off Everything

GOjane

GOjane - 40% off sitewide with code THANKS40R.

Betsey Johnson

Betsey Johnson - 30% Off sitewide with code SHOP30.

Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus - 20-50% Off.

Banana Republic

Banana Republic - 40% off online only with code BRBLACK.

J. Crew

J. Crew - 30% off online & in stores with code HOLIDAY.

Arden B

Arden B - Additional 50% off clearance.

Which sales have caught your attention? What are you shopping for this weekend? For more Black Friday shopping posts, check out stylish sweater sales from Dress Barn & Old Navy, fabulous flats for any occasion, black & brown outfit ideas with pieces from Target & H&M, & cold weather accessories from LOFT & Zara! Happy Styling!

2013 Black Friday Style: White House Black Market’s 25% Off $100 Sale!


One of my favorite stores (in life!) is White House Black Market, so needless to say, I was super psyched to see what was going on in celebration of the Black Friday excitement. If you’re looking to update your wardrobe, for now or later, this sale is a great way to snatch up stylish deals on the most classic & contemporary separates that you can mix & match with many different looks. These items include: patent snake embossed reversible belt ($14.99) in black, floral scarf ($19.99) in imperial, blanc couture slim ankle jean ($19.99) in pink, & removable tie silk blouse ($19.99) in white.

White House Black Market - snake belt $14.99, slim ankle jean $19.99, floral scarf $19.99, & silk blouse $19.99.

Wrap the belt over a sweater dress with knee boots & hoop earrings. Or try the floral scarf with a pullover tee & skinny jeans with ballet flats. I love the bright pink jeans for a tunic sweater & pointy toe pumps. Lastly, the uber-elegant blouse would upgrade any work look with a pencil skirt, patterned tights, & a cardigan.

For more Black Friday-related posts, check out sweater sales from Dress Barn & The Limited, fabulous flats from Steve Madden & Forever 21, cold weather accessories from LOFT & Zara, little black dresses inspired by Jennifer Lopez & Natalie Portman, & ankle booties from Nine West & ALDO. Happy Styling!

2013 Black Friday Style: Fabulous Ankle Booties For Under $50!


So maybe getting a pair of ankle booties for about $50 isn’t the biggest bargain you could score for Black Friday, but I’m smitten with so many new styles, which can be worn in so many different ways. I love the variety of textures like suede & leather, or details like studs, snake embossed finish, or a wedge heel. Ankle booties are the perfect footwear choice for transitioning from fall to winter, while staying on-trend.

Aldo - Koubova booties $34.99, H&M - boots $39.95, Forever 21 - Standout lace-up booties $34.80, & Piperlime - Qupid Prevail bootie $49.97.

My favorite picks include the following: Koubova bootie ($34.99) in taupe @Aldo, suede boots ($39.95) in black @H&M, Standout lace-up booties ($34.80) in tan @Forever 21, & Qupid Prevail bootie ($49.97 + 40% off using code GIFT) in garnet @Piperlime.

How do you like to wear ankle booties? Which designers are your favorites? For enviable luxury brand ankle booties, check out these to-die-for designs by Alexander McQueen, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Oscar de la Renta, Tory Burch, Prada, Christian Louboutin, & Diane von Furstenberg. Happy Styling!

Basics For A Bargain: LBDS Inspired by Jennifer Lopez, Natalie Portman, & Kristen Bell!


Black Friday is all about getting the best deals on holiday gifts, but why not treat yourself to something special this season? The perfect go-to look for upcoming parties, family celebrations, & gatherings with friends is a little black dress, much like these flirty & elegant choices worn by A-list celebrities like Jennifer Lopez in DSquared, Kristen Bell‘s cut-out zip-up dress, & Natalie Portman‘s red carpet Dior look.

Jennifer Lopez in Dsquared. Kristen Bell in a cut-out LBD. Natalie Portman in Christian Dior.

While shopping around the web, I couldn’t help but fall in love with these designs, perfect for every style & budget. They can be styled in so many fabulous ways with a sequined blazer, embellished bolero sweater, or cardigan, along with accessories like a statement necklace, chandelier earrings, & a cocktail ring.

Forever 21 - Simply Sophisticated Bodycon Dress $24.80, Dress Barn - Belted Capelet Dress $25.00, & Lulu's - Spick & Span Black Midi Dress $35.00.

These dresses include: Simply sophisticated bodycon dress ($24.80) in black, available in sizes XL-3X, @Forever 21, belted capelet dress ($25.00) in black @Dress Barn, & spick & span midi dress ($35.00) in black @Lulu’s.

To shop more affordable LBDs, check out these additional selections from Bluefly, Dillard’s, Victoria’s Secret, Express, Sears, & H&M. For more Black Friday posts, check out sweater sales featuring items from The Limited & Old Navy, fabulous flats from Steve Madden & Payless, & cold weather accessories from LOFT & Zara! Happy Styling!

2013 Black Friday Style: Watch Out For Cold Weather Accessories!


‘Tis the season for cold weather accessories, & they always make for a great gift for the holidays. However, if you’re looking to mix up your outerwear look, but love your classic coat, changing up your hat, scarf, & gloves will do the trick! I’m a big fan of scarves, wearing them with my coats & coordinating them with my tunic sweaters & other essentials.

Avenue - Metallic Headband $12.00, Zara - Short Faux Leather Gloves $25.90, Charlotte Russe - Ruffled Open Knit Scarf $12.99, LOFT - Pearlized Gem Embellished Hat $34.50, & Kohl's - Croft & Barrow Ombre Animal Fringed Scarf $9.99.

Some suggestions that break that break the conventions of neutral cold weather accessories include the following: metallic headband ($12.00) in camel @Avenue, short faux leather gloves ($25.90) in navy @Zara, ruffled open knit scarf ($12.99) in rust @Charlotte Russe, pearlized gem embellished hat ($34.50– use code ENJOY for 40% off) in pale berry pink @LOFT, & Croft & Barrow’s ombre animal fringed scarf ($9.99) @Kohl’s.

I’m such a big fan of patterns when it comes to scarves, especially polka dots or houndstooth, which is why I also wanted to feature these other accessories for more shopping fun: Aeropostale, Wet Seal, Ann Taylor, QVC, Joe Fresh, & Urban Outfitters. Happy Styling!

Color Me Style: Breaking The Brown & Black Mixing Myth (Dedicated to Christine)!


In an effort for some variety, I turned to my dear friend Christine for some blog inspiration. Of course, there’s plenty of great deals out there this weekend with all of the Black Friday sales, but I was intrigued by her question about mixing black & brown, as in boots & dress, or belt & bag. 2013 is  a year to break the rules with accessories coordination & knowing which hues work best for your look, despite the myths that these colors don’t work together!

Walmart - waistband dress $14.00, Payless - riding boots $29.99, H&M - leather belt $12.95, & Dress Barn - disc earrings $12.00.

The first look I’m featuring shows a casual chic way to reinterpret a little black dress, including brown accessories: Faux leather waistband dress ($14.00) in black @WalmartBrash Zane riding boot ($29.99) in cognac @Payless, Glitter disc earrings ($12.00) in brown @Dress Barn, & leather belt ($12.95) in brown @H&M.

Target - sweater dress $29.99, Forever 21 - chain necklace $12.80, JC Penney - stretch bead bracelets $7.95, & DSW - NYLA flat $19.95.

To dress up a flattering brown sweater dress, I’ve picked some luxe black accessories to make this look perfect & effortless for the holidays. Here’s what we’re working with: Mossimo long sleeved sweater dress ($29.99) in brown heather @Target, sleek curb chain necklace ($12.80) in black / gold @Forever 21, & black bead & shell stretch bracelet ($7.50) in black / gold @JC Penney, & NYLA Elanino flat ($19.94) in black @DSW.

Other style myths worth breaking are the navy & black combination, as well as wearing gold & silver jewelry. There are so many ways around a clashing look, and often mixing metals & textures can be even more fabulous! For more shopping posts, check out fashionable flats on sale for Black Friday, stylish sweater steals from The Limited & Old Navy, & ladylike stud earrings from Lauren Conrad’s Kohl’s collection! Happy Styling!

2013 Black Friday Style: Fashionable Flats For Your Shopping Frenzy!


Whether you’re spending the holidays with family or hitting up the stores in search of the biggest & best deal, you’re definitely going to need a fabulous pair of shoes to help you along the way, which is why I’m happy to feature flats as a part of my 2013 Black Friday Style series. Having so much retail experience, I can tell you that flats are a stylish lifesaver to the working woman’s feet. I’m most inspired by details print & pattern, texture, shine, & menswear inspiration, which are essential ingredients to make any holiday season all the more special.

Forever 21 - plaid flats $16.80, GOjane - glitter flats $23.80, H&M quilted ballet flats $9.99, Steve Madden - patent KINGG flats $41.98, & Payless - Christian Siriano smoking flat $26.99.

Shop these: bold plaid flats ($16.80) in red multi @Forever 21, chain-ge glitter flats ($23.80) in gold @GOjane, quilted ballet flats ($9.99) in beige @H&M, patent KINGG flat ($41.98) in fawn @Steve Madden, & Christian Siriano crimson smoking flat ($26.99) in black @Payless.

I know I’ll be breaking out my most comfortable & stylish flats this weekend (working the 2nd job!), thinking about all the ways that I can style my flats with leggings & tunic sweater, blouse & skinny jeans, & a cardigan & A-line skirt with tights. How do you like to wear flats? Which style is your favorite?

For more suggestions on must-have flats, check out these picks from White House Black Market, LOFT, Nine WestCharlotte Russe, Kohl’s, Wet Seal, & Tilly’s. Happy Styling!

2013 Black Friday Style: No-Sweat Sweater Shopping!


In my day-and-a-half blog-athon quest, my first post is featuring the must-have item of the season- a sweater! Of course, you can wear something really basic & dress it up with fabulous accessories, but sweaters are one of those items that you just need to have each season. I’ve been hearing so much about all of the big Black Friday deals, so I’m starting off with these four sweaters that have caught my attention on the web!

Dress Barn - V-Neck Sweater $19.99, The Limited - Heart Sweater $59.95, Old Navy - Mock Turtleneck Sweater $30.00, & New York & Company - Striped Sweater $25.00.

Here are the details on each sweater: roz & ALI cashmiracle v-neck sweater ($19.99) in fuchsia @Dress Barn, Intarsia heart sweater ($59.95– 50% off with code THANKS) in blue @The Limited, mock turtleneck sweater ($30.00) in black combo @Old Navy, & Waverly v-neck striped sweater ($25.00) in cherry blossom @New York & Company.

Sweaters are the perfect separate to mix & match with basics for any occasion, like skinny jeans, trouser pants, a pencil skirt, or leggings (if it’s a tunic sweater, that is). Also, try accessorizing with knee boots, a crossbody bag, & a long chain link necklace for a trendy casual look. What kind of sweaters do you shop for? Which stores do you think have the best holiday sales on sweaters this weekend?

For more suggestions on where to shop for the most affordable & stylish sweaters, check out these exclusive picks from Forever 21, JC Penney, PiperlimeH&M, & Joe Fresh. Happy Styling!

Cover Craze: A Behind-The-Scenes Look At Jennifer Lawrence For In Style!


Jennifer Lawrence for In Style December 2013

Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence can’t go a day without being photographed, and it makes sense, especially after catching this behind-the-scenes look during her recent photo shoot for In Style‘s December 2013 cover. Of course, we get to see the tall, leggy blonde with her longer, fuller hair, while still loving all the recent shots for her press tour of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

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The Dior spokesmodel wows inside the magazine’s pages, decked out in luxe winter whites by designers like Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Proenza Schouler, Marc Jacobs, Céline, & naturally Dior Haute Couture. The ravishing images come courtesy of photographer Michelangelo Di Battista, who captures Hollywood’s it-girl alongside an article which features her chatting about being a high school cheerleader, being a sex symbol, her choice of not going to college, & her biggest spending splurge- so far!

For more on what’s going on with In Style, check out their YouTube channel, as well as the magazine’s official website to catch all the latest red carpet events featuring Jennifer Lawrence. Also, to view other stylish celebrity videos, check out previous posts including Scarlett Johansson’s new commercial for Dolce & Gabbana with Matthew McConaughey, as well as Nicole Kidman’s debut ads for Jimmy Choo! Happy Styling!