The $100 Challenge: Styling A Summer Dress At Every Size!


I’ve been thinking about fun & transformative ways to get the most out of my summer wardrobe, always looking for upgrades in staples like dresses, jewelry, & accessories at an affordable price. Lately, I love playing with color against my favorite classic pieces, which is the inspiration for this most recent Style Darling Daily post for The $100 Challenge. Since the dress below has so many possibilities, I couldn’t help picking out a few extras to get the most out of summer style for all shapes & sizes.

The $100 Challenge: dress ($30.00) in black / white @Old Navy, heels ($25.00) in lemon @Charlotte Russe, hat ($12.90) in white / black @Forever 21, studs ($8.99) @Francesca's, & clutch ($14.75) in ivory @Dress Barn.

SHOP: 1. dress ($30.00, was $32.94) in black / white @Old Navy (available in sizes XS-XXL), 2. heels ($25.00, was $28.99) in lemon @Charlotte Russe (available in sizes 5.5-10), 3. hat ($12.90) in white / black @Forever 21, 4. studs ($8.99, was $14.00) @Francesca’s, & 5. clutch ($14.75, was $29.50) in ivory @Dress Barn (also available in peach & black).

Affordable extras include neutrals, texture, & sensible alternatives to keep your looks fresh & playful this season. I love mixing up my jewelry from day to day, even when I rotate essentials like a favorite dress from week to week.

Affordable extras: jacket ($34.95) in light beige & plus jacket ($34.99) in light beige @H&M, bracelet ($5.99) in gold @Romwe, sunglasses ($5.99) @ModCloth, & sandals ($12.90) in coral @Wet Seal.

SHOP: 1. jacket ($34.95) in light beige & plus jacket ($34.99) in light beige @H&M, 2. bracelet ($5.99, was $8.42) in gold @Romwe, 3. sunglasses ($5.99, was $19.99) @ModCloth, & 4. sandals ($12.90) in coral (wide width available for $10.99, was $14.90) @Wet Seal.

Where are you shopping for this season’s best bargains? How do you like to style your favorite summer dresses? What patterns or colors do you love to wear now? For more stylish posts, check out the latest red carpet looks from Rachel McAdams & Karlie Kloss, where to get a figure-friendly Calvin Klein dress for less, Taylor Swift’s fashionable 1989 music videos, ankle strap sandals inspired by Jennifer Lawrence & Michelle Monaghan, & jewelry must-haves from Express. Happy Styling!

Inside A Style Blogger’s Closet: A Little BOGO 50% Off Sale Goes A Long Way!


There’s always room in my accessories arsenal for some earrings (as seen in my various Instagram posts), which is why I have to share the latest BOGO 50% off sale on jewelry @Express. I’m crazy about the elegant & sophisticated fashion jewelry, perfect for day & evening, especially when there’s a coupon in hand. During my latest mall venture, I discovered & fell in love with the earrings below, which I already have lined up for very special outfits.

Express - faceted stone dangle earrings $!9.90 & white stone stud earrings $19.90.SHOP: faceted stone dangle earrings ($19.90) in shiny gold (also available in pale pink) & stone stud earrings with pave halo ($19.90) in white (also available in turquoise) @Express.

While I love special, one-of-a-kind jewelry, I’m also a big fan of go-to piece when in a rush. What kind of jewelry do you like to wear over the summer? What sales are you shopping this season? Do you prefer gold or silver, or do you mix your metals? For more stylish posts, check out can’t-miss bargain wedges from Payless for $10, Chrissy Teigen’s menswear inspiration on the red carpet, the latest from The $100 Challenge, & Reese Witherspoon’s street style in her own Draper James separates. Happy Styling!

The $100 Challenge: A Stylish, Summer-Ready Nine-Piece Outfit!


When it comes to summer style, I love mixing up separates & discovering great ways to wear old favorites with new, affordable pieces as well. After a lot of Pinterest scouring, I’m inspired by several different street style looks, especially when it comes to statement pieces, like a bold printed tank, colorful bottoms like a feminine pair of pastel shorts, & mixing up accessories for a layered, elegant day look. Also, scarved aren’t usually a summer staple, but I love knotting them on the handle of my tote bag to add an extra splash of style, while getting the most use out of my scarves, always prepared for a chilly night. I’m excited to share all of the below pieces, especially since the total cost of the look (before tax) comes to under $100!

The $100 Challenge. 1. feathered blouse ($12.95) @H&M, 2. waves pocket shorts ($11.67) in green @Romwe, 3. faux leather flats ($16.61) in white @GOjane, 4. beaded triangle earrings ($3.90) in gold multi @Forever 21, 5. LC Lauren Conrad beaded multistrand necklace ($14.40) in gold @Kohl's, 6. square gold bracelet ($4.90) @ChicNova, 7. skinny belt ($5.99) in grey @MANGO Outlet, 8. French postcard tote bag ($19.00) @Shoptiques, & 9. lightweight grid scarf ($4.00) in blue @Boohoo.1. feathered blouse ($12.95) @H&M, 2. waves pocket shorts ($11.67, was $22.08) in green @Romwe, 3. faux leather flats ($16.61, was $20.80) in white @GOjane, 4. beaded triangle earrings ($3.90) in gold multi @Forever 21, 5. LC Lauren Conrad beaded multistrand necklace ($14.40, was $20.00) in gold @Kohl’s, 6. square gold bracelet ($4.90) @ChicNova, 7. skinny belt ($5.99, was $12.99) in grey @MANGO Outlet, 8. French postcard tote bag ($19.00, was $29.00) @Shoptiques, & 9. lightweight grid scarf ($4.00, was $10.00) in blue @Boohoo.

What do you like to wear for a causal summer day? Are you shopping for printed tanks or pastel shorts? Where are you finding the best summer bargains? For more stylish posts, check out Darling of the Day posts featuring Reese Witherspoon in Draper James, Chloe Grace Moretz in Coach, & Lily James in Ralph Lauren Collection, as well as new Top 10 Celeb Sightings galleries featuring Taylor Swift & Gig Hadid, & Elizabeth Banks & Lea Michele. Happy Styling!

06/28/2015 Darling of the Day: Reese Witherspoon’s Chic Draper James Separates!


The always stylish Reese Witherspoon is more than just a red carpet darling. She’s taken her off-duty street style to a whole other level, especially since opening her online boutique & lifestyle site, Draper James. Her latest look in a floral pencil skirt (shop here @Draper James) with a classic Oxford shirt (shop similar here @Nordstrom) is the perfect way to mix up your work wardrobe for a combination of youthful & tasteful flare. Also, Reese accessorized her look with a black & gold chain cross-body bag (shop here @Draper James) & navy espadrilles (shop similar here @Zappos). Check out these four looks below inspired by Reese’s effortless, Southern style.

Darling of the Day - Reese Witherspoon in Draper James. 1. snap button down skirt ($19.90) in blue @Forever 21, 2. chambray shirt ($15.00) in light wash @Old Navy, 4. short sleeve shirt ($23.99) in blue @ModCloth, 3. chambray shirt ($22.99) @Target, 5. Worthington pencil skirt ($12.99) in multi @JC Penney, 6. floral pencil skirt ($22.00) in black floral @Shoptiques, 7. Thalia Sodi floral pencil skirt ($29.99) in blue combo @Macy's, 8. floral midi pencil skirt ($16.00) in yellow floral @Boohoo, 9. sunglasses ($3.00) in black @H&M, 10. heart crossbody bag ($17.00) in black @Dorothy Perkins, 11. bangle watch ($11.99) in gold @Kohl's, & 12. platform wedges ($25.99) in navy @Kohl's.

SHOP: 1. snap button down skirt ($19.90) in blue @Forever 21, 2. chambray shirt ($15.00, was $24.94) in light wash @Old Navy (available in XL & XXL), 4. short sleeve shirt ($23.99, was $34.99) in blue @ModCloth, 3. chambray shirt ($22.99) @Target (BOGO 50% off clothing, accessories, & shoes), 5. Worthington pencil skirt ($12.99, was $40.00) in multi @JC Penney, 6. floral pencil skirt ($22.00, was $28.00) in black floral @Shoptiques, 7. Thalia Sodi floral pencil skirt ($29.99, was $49.50) in blue combo @Macy’s, 8. floral midi pencil skirt ($16.00) in yellow floral @Boohoo, 9. sunglasses ($3.00, was $5.95) in black @H&M, 10. heart crossbody bag ($17.00) in black @Dorothy Perkins, 11. bangle watch ($11.99, was $24.99) in gold @Kohl’s, & 12. platform wedges ($25.99, was $64.99) in navy @Kohl’s.

What do you think of Reese’s street style? Do you like the way she’s styled her look? Have you checked out her website Draper James? For more stylish posts, check out affordable totes for summer, Chloe Grace Moretz’s recent red carpet look in Coachbargain buys on statement jewelry, Lily James in Ralph Lauren, Eddie Borgo’s newest accessories collaboration with Target, & the latest Top 10 Celeb Sightings post featuring Taylor Swift & Mindy Kaling. Happy Styling!

The Stylish Five: Totally Totes for Summer ($20 & Under)!


When it comes to summer style, I love how accessories can instantly transform a look, especially one that’s day-to-night, changing for the many events on your calendar. I’m all about a good tote bag for when I’m headed to work, out to lunch with friends, to the beach for some sun, & then to drinks later on. Also, I think a chic & playful black & white tote bag will work with a variety of outfits, especially paired with bold colors in a maxi dress, shorts romper, or classic tee with cut-offs. Since Style Darling is all about affordability, I’m excited to share these five totes that are priced $20 or under!

Stylish Summer Totes for $20 & Under. 1. patterned tote ($9.95) @H&M, 2. striped textured cotton tote ($10.43) in cream / black @Forever 21, 3. banned books tote bag ($18.00) @Uncommon Goods, 4. tropical print tote ($19.00) in white palm print @Old Navy, & 5. reversible lasercut tote bag ($19.49) @Swell.

SHOP: 1. patterned tote ($9.95) @H&M, 2. striped textured cotton tote ($10.43, was $14.90) in cream / black @Forever 21 (also available in cream / red & cream / mustard), 3. banned books tote bag ($18.00) @Uncommon Goods, 4. tropical print tote ($19.00, was $19.94) in white palm print @Old Navy, & 5. reversible lasercut tote bag ($19.49, was $64.95) @Swell.

What kind of handbags do you like to use in the summer? Where do you shop for the best seasonal deals? How much do you invest in accessories? For more stylish posts, check out celebrity-inspired fashion with Darling of the Day posts featuring Chloe Grace Moretz, Lily James, & Cara Delevingne, as well as must-have statement jewelry & the entire lookbook for Eddie Borgo’s new collaboration with Target. Happy Styling!

06/26/2015 Darling of the Day: Chloe Grace Moretz’s Coach Tee & Leather Mini Look for Less!


Actress Chloe Grace Moretz might only be eighteen years old, but her sense of style exceeds her age. She’s a designer darling & can do no wrong, while still looking youthful & sophisticated when hitting the red carpet & making appearances for press events. This week, she made a splash supporting Coach in the brand’s sheer collar tee & leather mini skirt with a navy crossbody bag & sleek ankle strap sandals at the Coach 2015 Summer Party on the Highline. This effortless luxury look is easy to duplicate, especially for a Style Darling on the a budget. Without cutting out your favorite tee for a collarless look, I recommended the below affordable outfit, including a pointy beaded bib necklace to dress up a staple tee.

Chloe Grace Moretz in a faux-collard knit tee & black leather mini skirt, both by Coach, with a navy Coach crossbody bag & black ankle strap sandals at the Coach 2015 Summer Party on the Highline. 1. crew-neck tee ($7.50) in charcoal @Old Navy, 2. French Connection faux leather mini skirt ($44.80) in black @Dillard's, 3. bib necklace ($12.25) @Swell, 4. BCBGeneration crossbody Zooey bag ($17.39) in navy @Bluefly, & 5. Michael Antonio ankle strap sandals ($20.23) in black @Nordstrom Rack.

SHOP: 1. crew-neck tee ($7.50, was $8.50) in charcoal @Old Navy, 2. French Connection faux leather mini skirt ($44.80, was $128.00) in black @Dillard’s, 3. bib necklace ($12.25, was $24.50) @Swell, 4. BCBGeneration crossbody Zooey bag ($17.39, was $48.00) in navy @Bluefly, & 5. Michael Antonio ankle strap sandals ($20.23, was $45.00) in black @Nordstrom Rack.

How do you like to dress up a basic tee? Do you wear leather or faux leather pieces in the summer? Which celebrity dons your favorite summer style? For more fashionable posts, check out must-have statement jewelry for summer inspired by Kate Hudson & Selena Gomez,  Lily James’ Ralph Lauren look for less, Eddie Borgo’s new collection for Target, & Cara Delevingne’s menswear-inspired look. Happy Styling!

Accessories Access: Summer’s Best Statement Jewelry For $10 & Under!


When it comes to transitioning your wardrobe from season to season, sometimes favorite repeats from years past just need a little reinventing with bold, statement jewelry. For myself, I’ve been diving into accessories lately, finding new ways to wear my favorite tops with a little pop of color or sparkle. Also, I’m crazy about dressing up something casual with ornate earrings & an embossed cuff bracelet. As usual, as a Style Darling on a budget, I’ve found six items in each general jewelry category for $10 or under for your shopping & style inspiration!

For high-profile red carpet events, celebrities don statement earrings to compliment their looks, but these stunners aren’t just for gowns & cocktail dresses. Baubles & gem dripping from ears totally elevate any outfit, as seen on Zoe Saldana, Kate Hudson, Emma Roberts, & Emily Blunt.

Zoe Saldana, Kate Hudson, Emma Roberts, & Emily Blunt in statement earrings. 1. circular long earrings ($4.29) @Chic Nova, 2. fan statement earrings ($7.99) @Target, 3. Jennifer Lopez geometric disc earrings ($9.00) @Kohl's, 4. gem drop earrings ($7.00) in black @Boohoo, 5. faceted drop earrings ($6.00) in blue @Charlotte Russe, & 6. statement stud earrings ($9.97) in pink @Nordstrom Rack. SHOP: 1. circular long earrings ($4.29) @Chic Nova, 2. fan statement earrings ($7.99) @Target, 3. Jennifer Lopez geometric disc earrings ($9.00) @Kohl’s, 4. gem drop earrings ($7.00) in black @Boohoo, 5. faceted drop earrings ($6.00) in blue @Charlotte Russe, & 6. statement stud earrings ($9.97) in pink @Nordstrom Rack

When it comes to statement necklaces, it’s important to be aware of your dress or shirt’s neckline to truly show off the details in your jewelry. Let the necklace do all the talking & take note of the confidence in celebs like Heidi Klum, Jessica Biel, Nina Dobrev, & Amy Adams featured below.

Heidi Klum, Jessica Biel, Nina Dobrev, & Amy Adams in statement necklaces. 1. facet stone statement necklace ($3.49) in pink @Charlotte Russe, 2. gem statement necklace ($8.90) in nude @Forever 21, 3. chain collar necklace ($6.98) @Target, 4. layered statement necklace ($5.00) in black @Icing, 5. 3-layer necklaces ($9.99) in rose gold @H&M, & 6. flower statement necklace ($7.99) @JC Penney.SHOP: 1. facet stone statement necklace ($3.49) in pink @Charlotte Russe, 2. gem statement necklace ($8.90) in nude @Forever 21, 3. chain collar necklace ($6.98) @Target, 4. layered statement necklace ($5.00) in black @Icing, 5. 3-layer necklaces ($9.99) in rose gold @H&M, & 6. flower statement necklace ($7.99) @JC Penney.

Sometimes your dress or outfit is so sleek & simple, dressing it up with a statement bracelet is all you need to do, especially when sporting a head-to-toe monochromatic look. That’s when your sparkle will say the most, just like on Drew Barrymore, Selena Gomez, Olivia Palermo, & Emma Watson.

Drew Barrymore, Selena Gomez, Olivia Palermo, & Emma Watson in statement bracelets. 1. teardrop stretch bracelet ($7.99) @New York & Company, 2. hammered stone cuff ($6.00) @Charlotte Russe, 3. curly cuff ($10.00) in silver @Shoptiques, 4. cut-out cuff bracelet ($4.90) @Forever 21, 5. large bead cuff ($5.85) in black @Swell, & 6. engraved cuff ($8.00) @Boohoo.SHOP: 1. teardrop stretch bracelet ($7.99) @New York & Company, 2. hammered stone cuff ($6.00) @Charlotte Russe, 3. curly cuff ($10.00) in silver @Shoptiques, 4. cut-out cuff bracelet ($4.90) @Forever 21, 5. large bead cuff ($5.85) in black @Swell, & 6. engraved cuff ($8.00) @Boohoo.

Lastly, a statement cocktail ring adds a special touch of glamour & chicness, complimenting your manicure, while tying the whole look together in an understated way. Check out what Blake Lively, Rihanna, Eva Mendes, & Kerry Washington wear for that little something extra.

Blake Lively, Rihanna, Eva Mendes, & Kerry Washington wearing statement rings. 1. LC Lauren Conrad leaf ring ($6.40) @Kohl's, 2. faux stone ring ($4.90) @Forever 21, 3. diamante ring ($7.00) @Boohoo, 4. faceted stone cocktail ring ($6.00) @Charlotte Russe, 5. three-part ring ($9.95) @H&M, & 6. etched ring ($10.00) in gold @Chicos. SHOP: 1. LC Lauren Conrad leaf ring ($6.40) @Kohl’s, 2. faux stone ring ($4.90) @Forever 21, 3. diamante ring ($7.00) @Boohoo, 4. faceted stone cocktail ring ($6.00) @Charlotte Russe, 5. three-part ring ($9.95) @H&M, & 6. etched ring ($10.00) in gold @Chicos

How do you like to wear statement jewelry? Which is your favorite? Do you prefer gold or silver, beads or stones, or feminine or edgy pieces? Which celebrity’s jewelry style inspires you? For more stylish posts, check out Target’s newest collaboration with Eddie Borgo, the latest red carpet looks from celebs like Taylor Swift & Gigi Hadid, Cara Delevingne’s menswear look while promoting Paper Towns, & the gold wedge espadrille trend for summer. Happy Styling!

06/24/2015 Darling of the Day: Lily James’ Ralph Lauren Collection White Shirtdress!


I’m a sucker for classic style, especially when it comes to staples like an LBD, pointy pumps, pearl studs, & the list goes on. One summer must-have is a shirtdress, especially in white, a look that Cinderella & Downton Abbey star Lily James has mastered in a Ralph Lauren Collection design (shop similar here @Farfretch). She’s paired the crisp dress with gilded gold platforms sandals (shop similar here @Net-A-Porter), adding some sparkle to the chic Hamptons-ready ensemble.

Lily James in a white shirtdress by Ralph Lauren Collection with gold gilded sandals. 1. belted shirtdress ($22.90) @Forever 21, 2. sleeveless shirtdress ($32.99) @ModCloth, 3. flared shirtdress ($29.99) @MANGO, 4. short sleeved shirtdress ($49.99) @LOFT, 5. t-strap sandals ($21.59) @6PM, 6. platform heels ($27.00) @Lulu's, 7. ankle strap sandals ($29.90) @Forever 21, & 8. strappy peep toe heels ($18.99) @Charlotte Russe.

SHOP: 1. belted shirtdress ($22.90) @Forever 21, 2. sleeveless shirtdress ($32.99) @ModCloth, 3. flared shirtdress ($29.99) @MANGO, 4. short-sleeved shirtdress ($49.99) @LOFT, 5. t-strap sandals ($21.59) @6PM, 6. platform heels ($27.00) @Lulu’s, 7. ankle strap sandals ($29.90) @Forever 21, & 8. strappy peep toe heels ($18.99) @Charlotte Russe.

What’s your go-to summer dress & shoe combination? Do you have a favorite kind of dress? Do you wear platforms? For more stylish posts, check out Eddie Borgo’s new collection for Target, the latest red carpet looks from Gigi Hadid & Taylor Schilling, Cara Delevingne’s menswear look, & gold wedge espadrilles for summer. Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: The Eddie Borgo Accessories Collection for Target Lookbook!


The Eddie Borgo for Target CollectionLast month, Target announced its newest collaboration with accessories designer Eddie Borgo, & now the entire lookbook has hit the web. The collection includes tons of modern jewelry, clutches & bags, as well as whimsical home decor, set to hit stores on July 12th, ranging in price from $7.99 to $49.99. The face of the line is none other than the always gorgeous model & designer darling, Poppy Delevingne.

In the retailer’s press release of the new line, Borgo’s designs are hailed as “the designer’s signature aesthetic – geometric shapes and symbols inspired by sculptural art and architecture – and on-trend textures, colors and finishes (think silver, gold and rose gold combined with materials like hand-poured resin, brass mesh and chains).

Also, Borgo shares, “When designing this collection, I was inspired by the idea of modernizing the 1960s and 1970s craft culture and empowering people to be creative… It’s been exciting to bring the spirit of this collection to life, and I can’t wait to see how Target’s guests make it their own.”

What do you think of Target’s newest collaboration & designer? Are you fan of Target’s previous designer campaigns? For more on the success of these brand name collaborations, check out galleries from 3.1 Phillip Lim, Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung, & Kate Young. To check out more stylish posts, click through the latest red carpet looks from Gigi Hadid & Emilia Clarke, Cara Delevingne’s recent look while promoting Paper Towns, gold wedge espadrilles from Steve Madden & Dress Barn, & my newest summer favorites from Old Navy & H&M. Happy Styling!

06/21/2015 Darling of the Day: Cara Delevingne’s Starry Menswear Look for Less!


Supermodel Cara Delevingne is a star on the rise, aside from her catwalk fame & awesome-by-association with besties like Taylor Swift & Rihanna. She’s been getting major buzz since the world of fashion media caught wind of her killer street style & enviable red carpet looks. She’s a sure-fire Style Darling who takes risks in modern menswear, minimalistic chic ensembles, & utilitarian pieces, making her a style icon. Recently, she mixed up her off-duty style for an appearance in London in an Equipment star-print ruffled blouse (shop here @Farfetch) with a Saint Laurent blazer (shop here @Net-A-Porter), black skinny pants, initial pendants (shop similar here @Max & Chloe), & black ankle strap sandals (shop similar here @Calvin Klein) at a photo call for her new film, Paper Towns.

Cara’s look here is easy to duplicate, especially for a shopper on a budget. Using the always amazing & helpful site ShopStyle, I was able to recreate the outfit with some Cara-inspired look-alikes for under $100!

Darling of the Day - Cara Delevingne in an Equipment star-print ruffled blouse with a Saint Laurent blazer blazer, black skinny pants, initial pendants, & black ankle strap sandals at the London photo call for Paper Towns.

SHOP: 1. star blouse ($21.99, was $44.99) @Mango Outlet, 2. double-breasted blazer ($15.99, was $32.80) in black @Forever 21 (FREE SHIPPING with code 10ZCSYG, expires 6/25), 3. ELLE skinny leggings ($17.60, was $44.00) in black @Kohl’s (15% off with code JUNE15 online only, expires 6/21), 4. Michael Antonio Jayvix-Sue ankle strap sandals ($32.99, was $49.00) in black @6PM, 5. BCBGeneration initial pendant ($9.99, was $25.00) in silver-gold @Saks Off Fifth, & 6. retro ring set ($2.75) @ChicNova.

What do you think of Cara’s menswear look? Does her style inspire your wardrobe this season? Are you looking forward to seeing Paper Towns in theaters? For more stylish posts, check out luxury look-alikes of gold wedge espadrilles from Michael Kors & Payless, my summer must-haves including affordable maxi dresses & cute tote bags, & stylish celeb sightings from Victoria Beckham & Kate Hudson! Happy Styling!