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!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: A Figure-Friendly Calvin Klein Dress For Less!


While Style Darling is undergoing some exciting new upgrades, I’m making a conscious effort to discuss fashion & style for women of all sizes, keeping a budget in mind, while promoting a positive body image for all. One of the best ways to show off your curves is with an a-line dress. Last summer, I shared a post featuring a classic dress from Calvin Klein @Dress Barn, & I’m happy to report that a new incarnation of the dress has hit stores, perfect for any occasion & transitioning into fall with style.

Dress Barn - Calvin Klein fit & flare color block dress

SHOP: color block stripe fit & flare dress ($59.50) in red / black & ivory (available in size 4-16) & plus size color block stripe fit & flare dress ($67.50) in black / neutral & red / black (available in sizes 14W-24W) @Dress Barn.

Do you like to wear a-line dresses? Do you shop designers at a discount? Where do you find the best summer deals? For more posts, check out Taylor Swift’s stylish music videos, ankle strap sandals inspired by Rihanna & Bella Thorne, Chrissy Teigen’s menswear separates for summer, & must-have wedges from Payless for $10.00. Happy Styling!

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Basics for a Bargain: Delicate Ankle Strap Sandals Inspired by Rihanna, Jennifer Lawrence, Rachel McAdams, & More!


One of the hottest shoe trends of this summer is the ankle strap sandal, showing off plenty of toe & foot cleavage. A single-strap across the top of the foot helps elongate the legline & make any outfit instantly sleeker.

Take note from celebrities in an all-purpose black pair like Rihanna in a gold Giorgio Armani skirt set with black ankle strap sandals at the 2015 BET Awards. Also, Rachel McAdams attended the Southpaw screening in a white embroidered Zuhair Murad floral dress & black ankle sandals. Michelle Monaghan mixed separates in a black & pink polo with a ruffed leather skirt by Erdem & black ankle strap sandals at the New York premiere of Pixels. Mad Men actress Kiernan Shipka was youthful & sophisticated in a jacquard Giamba little white floral dress (shop similar here @Saks Fifth Avenue) with a yellow Miu Miu clutch (shop similar here @Miu Miu) & black Stuart Weitzman sandals (shop here @Stuart Weitzman) at the Los Angeles Confidential Women of Influence party.

Rihanna, Rachel McAdams, Michelle Monaghan, & Keirnan Shipka.

For a little variety, I’m also inspired by neutral & metallic options for ankle strap sandals, great for pairing with pastels & softer looks. For example, Jennifer Lawrence was radiant in a lace macramé Antonio Berardi little white dress with a black & white Roger Vivier chain purse & nude sandals. Model Miranda Kerr showed her support  at the Swarovski collection launch event in Austria in a cream Halston Heritage high low column dress (shop similar here @Neiman Marcus) with rose gold Jimmy Choo heels (shop similar here @Nordstrom). Teen actress Bella Thorne went monochromatic in an olive camisole & wide-leg culottes by Camilla & Marc with stacked bracelets & metallic sandals at her visit to The Lowdown with Diana Madison. It-girl Hannah Davis was feminine in a lace little white dress by Chloe with a nude belt, Edie Parker clutch, & nude Stuart Weitzman ankle sandals (shop here @Stuart Weitzman) at the 2015 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards.

Jennifer Lawrence, Miranda Kerr, Bella Thorne, & Hannah Davis.

I’ve assembled a variety of ankle strap sandals, which are available in multiple colors & range from high-end prices like those worn by the above A-list Style Darlings, as well as budget-friendly options for the shopper looking to save some money on her wardrobe.

sleek, summer-ready ankle strap sandals

SHOP: 1. Manolo Blahnik Chaos sandals ($725.00) in white @Neiman Marcus, 2. Stuart Weitzman sandals ($199.00, was $398.00) in orange @Stuart Weitzman, 3. Steve Madden Stecy sandals ($79.95) in gold @Steve Madden, 4. Mix No.6 Rayelle sandals ($39.95) in mint @DSW, 5. Betty Believe It sandals ($32.00) in polka dots @Lulu’s, 6. faux leather sandals ($29.90) in black @Forever 21, 7. single strap sandals ($26.00) in pink @GOjane, & 8. Dakota sandals ($26.00, was $36.00) in nude @Dress Barn.

Are you on board the ankle strap sandal trend? Which color do you like the best? Where are you shopping for this season’s biggest shoe trends? Which celebrity’s style do you follow? For more posts, check out my latest earring buys from Express, major clearance must-have wedges from Payless, Chrissy Teigen’s blazer & shorts look, & a nine-piece outfit for under $100. 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!

Show Me The Shoes: Summer Sale Must-Have Wedge Sandals for $10.00!


When it comes to summer footwear, I’m all about fashion & function, especially since the temperature is rising & my busy schedule keeps getting busier. An all-purpose recommended shoe for this lifestyle is a wedge sandal, but how about one (available in eight different shades) for $10.00? The ankle strap peep toe details are perfect for showing off your bold pedicure, while also dressing up a pair of shorts & a blouse, or going from day to night in a shift dress.

Payless - Montego Bay Prima strappy wedge sandal $10

SHOP: Montego Bay Prima strappy wedge ($10.00, was $39.99) available in black, white, nude, brown, blue, pink, multi, & metallic @Payless. I bought the multi color pair, happy to reinvent my favorite outfits in blue, purple, pink, & yellow with such a fun pop of pattern & color on my feet. Use code 251487194 for an addition 15% off (expires 7/19/15), plus get FREE SHIPPING with any online order shipped to your local Payless store. I might just have to add to my collection now since these are such a bargain!

Which color or style is your favorite? Where do you like to shop for the best summer deals on shoes? What’s your summer shoe style? For more stylish posts, check out Chrissy Teigen’s menswear inspiration, a nine-piece must-have summer outfit for under $100, Reese Witherspoon’s street style in Draper James, & affordable totes perfect for any summer outing! Happy Styling!

07/17/2015 Darling of the Day: 5 Ways to Wear Chrissy Teigen’s Summer Menswear Separates!


Chrissy Teigen is winning the internet right now & why shouldn’t she be? The model / TV personality is all things gorgeous & brilliant with her impeccable style, legs for days, & eff-you sense of humor- no wonder hubby John Legend keeps writing songs about her! However, Style Darling is posting today to share Chrissy’s effortless menswear-inspired separates that she’s been sporting this summer (& last year too!). Like most curvy girls, I’m a little skeptical about wearing shorts, but reinterpreting Chrissy’s shorts + blazer + heels style seems to be a feasible possibility. I’ve scoured the web to find affordable separates to recreate her looks in 5 interchangeable & fashionable ways!

Chrissy Teigen in shorts, a blazer, & heels. Chrissy was flawless in a pair of gray high-waist shorts, a cream blouse, & shorts with jewelry by Jennifer Meyer & lace cap-toe Kurt Geiger pumps at the NASDAQ Opening Bell in New York City. Last year, she rocked a cream shorts, a white A.L.C. blouse, jewelry by EF Collection & Vita Fede, & white pumps. Also in 2014, Chrissy wasn’t afraid of playing with texture in leather shorts by Halogen with an ASOS blazer, Givenchy bag, Express necklace, & black pointed toe pumps. Then, she combined a white tee with denim cut-offs & an ivory double-breasted blazer with a taupe fedora, studded white purse, & neutral mules. For the Cannes Film Festival, Chrissy was carefree in white shorts with a plunging top, blush blazer, ankle strap sandals, & sunglasses.

Shorts, blazers, heels, oh my!SHOP: LOOK 1. blazer ($24.99, was $59.00) in gray @Urban Outfitters, top ($7.00, was $17.95) in white @H&M, shorts ($14.99, was $29.50) in white eyelet (also available in navy, shop plus size here) @Dress Barn, & shoes ($12.49, was $30.99) @Charlotte Russe. LOOK 2. blazer ($20.00, was $50.00) in black @Boohoo, top ($10.83, was $21.28) @Romwe, shorts ($6.99, was $12.99) in black (also available in taupe & blue) @H&M, & shoes ($15.00, was $39.99) in brown (also available in silver) @Payless. LOOK 3. blazer ($24.80) in gray (also available in cream, burgundy, & black) @Forever 21, top ($4.99, was $29.99) in gray (also available in green, pink, & blue) @MANGO Outlet, shorts ($4.44, was $14.80) in khaki @Forever 21, & shoes ($35.00, was $70.00) in black @ALDO shoes. LOOK 4. blazer ($30.00, was $59.98) in nude @Missguided, top ($5.99, was $14.00) in black (available in other colors, &up to size 2x) @JC Penney, shorts ($12.00, was $26.94) in green (also available in black & white, up to size 20) @Old Navy, & shoes ($20.53, was $27.40) in taupe (also available in red & black) @GOjane. LOOK 5. blazer ($24.05) in white (also available in blue & peach) @ChicNova, top ($5.99, was $12.99) in blue (also available in white) @Charlotte Russe, shorts ($14.99, was $26.00) in black / white (also available in other patterns) @JC Penney, & shoes ($14.97, was $39.00) in black @Nordstrom Rack.

What do you think of Chrissy’s style? How do you like to wear menswear? Do you feel comfortable in shorts? For more stylish posts, check out a nine-piece outfit for under $100, Reese Witherspoon’s recent Draper James street style, summer-ready totes for $20 & under, & Chloe Grace Moretz’s Coach look. 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!