Color Me Style: Daily Look’s New Year’s Eve Little Black Dress Style Challenge!


It’s been a very fortuitous holiday season for my blog so far & the style keeps on coming! Style Darling has been invited to participate in Daily Look‘s New Year’s Eve Style Challenge, featuring the website’s best little black dresses to sport from party-to-party before the year is up. Of course there are many ways to don classic black, a favorite to feature in Color Me Style, such as lace, leather, silk, satin, along with many different shapes & styles.

However, before we get started, I’ve had LBDs on my mind, especially when there’s so much celebrity inspiration hitting the red carpet.  For example, Diane Kruger in a black lace Elie Saab cocktail dress with a black Osman blazer, a graphic Charlotte Olympia clutch, & striped lace-up Sophia Webster heels. Also, Scandal star Kerry Washington makes a bold statement in a leather little black dress with Jennifer Fisher jewelry & white pumps. Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o was stunning in a ruffled LBD by Fitriani, black pumps, & jewelry headband.

Diane Kruger, Kerry Washington, & Lupita Nyong'o.Cameron Diaz, Hailee Steinfeld, & Nicola Peltz.Also,  Cameron Diaz dazzled in little black dress by Isabel Marant with a quilted Chanel purse & Givenchy ankle-strap sandals. Hollywood it-girl Hailee Steinfeld was chic in a black high-neck David Koma pencil dress with capped silver pumps. Newcomer Nicola Peltz played with her youthful style in a black cut-out dress by Michael Kors with strappy sandals.

There’s so much to look forward to when it comes to upcoming fashion trends, but the little black dress is here to stay, especially when seen with runway inspiration from the recent Spring 2015 Ready-To-Wear Collections that hit the runway during this past Fashion Week season. LBDs were seen on the runway in modern cuts, with plunging necklines, embellished details, cinched wasitlines, sweetheart necklines, & figure flattering shapes. This includes looks from Kenzo, Dolce & Gabbana, & Saint Laurent.

Kenzo. Dolce & Gabbana. Saint Laurent. Sprng 2015 Ready-To-Wear.Alexander Wang. Anthony Vaccarello. Vera Wang. Spring 2015 Ready-To-Wear.Also, I just had to share these stunning looks from the Spring 2015 Ready-To-Wear from designers Alexander Wang, Anthony Vaccarello, & Vera Wang.

Now that there’s LBD inspiration oozing off the screen, here are some of the best little black dresses from Daily Look, which can work for a variety of shapes & sizes, if you want to show off your legs, neckline, figure, or shoulders.

Daily Look. Little Black Dresses.

SHOP: pleated a-line midi dress ($59.99), mesh strip midi dress ($44.99), bejeweled cuffs bodycon dress ($49.99), lovely lace midi dress ($49.99), jersey knit long sleeve maxi dress ($55.99), & jessa open back midi dress ($59.99).

You can’t shop for New Year’s Eve without considering some blinged-out accessories, sparkling jewelry, & sexy shoes to complete your look, which is why I picked some of the most affordable & investment-worthy pieces to really bring out your inner glam girl.

Daily Look Accessories.SHOP: fringe earrings ($16.99), sequin multicolor clutch ($44.99), vixen cross strap heel ($39.99), harmony stone plated necklace ($24.99), sparkling pave link bracelet ($64.99), simple strap heel ($39.99), Jane Taylor rhinestone clutch ($64.99), & J.O.A. square pearl ring ($19.99).

Lastly, when it comes to the holidays, not only do your outfits get a chance to shine, but also your beauty look is allowed to be a little extra special, which is why I’ve shared some of my favorite celebrity looks that emphasize one facial feature or makeup style in order to show off the best version of you. This includes new mom Mila Kunis who nails a smoky eye & neutral lip for a dramatic & sexy look, prefect for any cocktail dress. Ingenue Bella Thorne plays with metallic eyeshadows to emphasize the shape of her eyes, as well as play up the glitz of the holiday with playful hues. Experiment with bright eyeliners like Jessica Biel who is making quite the beauty statement with an edgy turquoise swipe of a pencil underneath her lower lash line.

Mila Kunis, Bella Thorne, & Jessica Biel.Beyonce, Reese Witherspoon, & Rita Ora.Another way to play up your eyes is to follow Beyoncé‘s lead with winged liner, recalling a dramatic Cleopatra look that works with a sheath dress or sleek jumpsuit. American sweetheart Reese Witherspoon goes for a soft look with rosy cheeks & classic makeup, which easily makes you photo-ready before the ball drops. Brit singer Rita Ora looks stunning with a bold red lip that draws on her Old Hollywood appeal for some vintage inspiration, perhaps paired with a lacy or beaded frock.

What’s your New Year’s Eve style? Where are you shopping for your holiday essentials? Which are your favorite little black dresses from Daily Look? To see my favorite New Year’s Ever Daily Look ensemble, check out their Style Sets! For more stylish posts, be sure to check out previous posts including holiday gift styles from luxury brands & affordable retailers, how to winterize your nails from Julep, & sleeping in style with Casper’s Beauty Sleep Challenge! Happy Styling!

Holiday Gift Styles: Luxury Brand Picks Vs. Affordable Finds!


luxury-inspired, affordable must-haves for the holidaysStyle Darling is certainly in the holiday spirit, seeking out the best & most stylish deals to make the holiday party circuit fashionable, as well as stuffing those stockings with chic & affordable picks. Some of my favorite holiday must-haves are trends followed by some of the most noteable designers, as well as retailers for mainstream shoppers. This includes studded sweatshirts, pave stone stud earrings, a black jumpsuit, gold metallic pumps, & a sequin embellished clutch. Jeweled sweatshirt. Malene Birger - sweatshirt $264.15. Dress Barn - sweatshirt $36.00.SHOP: embellished sweatshirt ($264.15) @Malene Birger & jeweled sweatshirt ($36.00) @Dress Barn.

Pave accent earrings. Marissa Collection - Monique Pean earrings $6,230. Lord & Taylor - A.B.S. Allen Schwartz earrings $9.99.SHOP: Monique Pean fossilized stud earrings ($6,230) @Marissa Collections & A.B.S.by Allen Schwartz Pave stud earrings ($9.99) @Lord & Taylor.

Jumpsuits. Nordstrom - DVF jumpsuit $598.00. H&M - jumpsuit $59.50.SHOP: Diane von Furstenberg ‘Margot’ jumpsuit ($598.00) @Nordstrom & jumpsuit ($59.50) @H&M.

Gold pumps. Neiman Marcus - Valentino pumps $695.00. DSW - pumps $29.95.SHOP: Valentino pumps ($695.00) @Neiman Marcus & metallic pumps ($29.95) @DSW.

Sequin Clutch. LuisaViaRoma - Dolce & Gabbana $2,195.00 . Lulu's - clutch $31.00.SHOP: Dolce & Gabbana clutch ($2,195.00) @LuisaViaRoma & sequin clutch ($31.00) @Lulu’s.

What are your favorite trending items this season? Which brands are you looking to for style inspiration? Which stores are you shopping for your best holiday looks? For more stylish posts, check out tips to better winterize your nails from Julep, how to sleep better & in style, the ultimate Olivia Palermo photo gallery, & pretty pastels for your winter wardrobe featuring Kerry Washington & Victoria Beckham! Happy Styling! 

Holiday Gift Styles: Casper’s Beauty Sleep Challenge & Stylish Deals for Better Sleep!


November is nearly over, but it’s not too late to take better steps towards National Sleep Comfort Month… Did you know? I didn’t! Casper, a company that makes latex memory foam mattresses, is holding a Beauty Sleep Challenge & Style Darling is up for the task, sharing favorite ways to relax in style & get ready for bed for a more satisfying night’s sleep. Not to mention the fact that everyone’s life gets crazy, so giving the gift of better sleep to a loved one this holiday season is a great idea, whether it’s with a pajama set, fuzzy slippers, stylish throw blanket, or relaxing extras like candles or moisturizers!

When it comes to sleepwear, I’m all about color. Here’s the one instance where color-coordination isn’t such a big deal for me. I love mixing pops of color since sleep is all about a time for your body to rejuvenate & why not have fun with colors & patterns that you can alternate for a playful sleep ensemble? When hitting the sheets, I’ve picked some must-haves that will certainly make lounge-time even better, & these selections won’t break the bank!

Casper's Beauty Sleep Challenge for National Sleep Comfort MonthSHOP: Eartherapeutics sleep mask ($8.00) @Ultashort robe ($39.50) in pink @Victoria’s Secret, pajama set ($13.19) in oatmeal heather @Target, pajama set ($13.19) in grey @Target, & slippers ($17.95) in blue @H&M.

This is definitely the time of year to bundle up & I’m not one to shy away from blanket variety, if I’m snuggling up for a Sunday afternoon nap or curling up with my beau for a restful winter night’s sleep. Here’s another opportunity to let your style speak through your sleep-ready essentials. Soft textures & modern prints are what bring any bedding arrangement to life & these will certainly inspire you to get that much-needed shut eye.

sleepSHOP: throw blanket ($8.88) in interlocking squares @Walmart, velvet plush throw ($8.99) in leopard @JC Penneyfleece blanket ($6.00) in houndstooth @OldNavy, & fluffy throw ($9.99) in fucshia @Bed Bath & Beyond.

Before heading off to bed, I always have to take care of my skin since I suffer from dryness. Staying moisturized will keep your skin glowing & healthy for when you wake up!

sleepSHOP: Neutrogena night cream ($11.99) @CVS & Blistex medicated lip balm ($3.69) @Drugstore.com for a 3-pack.

Lastly, the writer in me loves a good book before dozing off at night. When prepping my mind for dreamland, I have a few other valuable pre-sleep rituals to relax & distress me from everything going on during my hectic day of work, school, relationships, & writing. I try to keep hydrated, especially since this the dryness in the air this time of year sometimes affects my mouth and throat.

sleepSHOP: chamomile tea ($3.39) @Celestial Seasonings, coconut water ($21.16) @Zico for a 12-pack, candle ($11.25) in necatrine green tea @Bath & Body Works, & Eartherapeutcis pillow mist ($9.00) @Ulta.

When it comes to sleep, the best thing you can really do is invest in a quality mattress & pillows that meet your sleeping needs. For more from Casper, be sure to check out their informative & helpful blog, Pillow Talk, featuring plenty of tips for better sleep habits & ways to relax before heading to bed!

Where do you like to shop for pajamas? What’s your sleepwear style for the seasons? For more stylish & affordable posts, check out recent #BlackFriday deals from stores like Gap & New York & Company, Jennifer Aniston’s latest red carpet looks, the ultimate photo gallery featuring Olivia Palermo’s style, & winter pastel wardrobe inspiration from Lupita Nyong’o & Elle Fanning! Happy Styling!

#BlackFriday Sale Update: 50% Off Everything At The Gap!


Another stylish store with great #BlackFriday deals is The Gap (code BLKFRIDAY), with everything on their website 50% off! Instead of posting all the same items over & over again, I was happily inspired by the colorful, fair isle pieces to help make this winter not just a fashionable one, but also a snuggly season with soft knits & playful colors.

GapSHOP: sweater ($24.98), hat ($12.46), leggings ($22.48), & scarf ($22.48) @The Gap.

For more budget-friendly posts, check out accessories from New York & Company, 30% off picks from Francesca’s, affordable pieces from TJ Maxx, & 50% off finds from The Limited. Happy Styling!

#BlackFriday Sale Update: New York & Company’s Entire Website Is 50% Off!


In keeping with all of the latest #BlackFriday deals, I wanted to mix things up & show some accessories that will not only make perfect gifts, but will definitely spruce up any winter wardrobe rut you’re in. New York & Company‘s entire website is 50% off & it’s hard not to want to shop everything. I know I’m always looking for extras to mix up with my casual, party, & professional looks, which is also why I’ve picked the items below!

New York & CompanySHOP: heart tights ($8.00), scarf ($12.99), stretch bracelet ($8.00), studded flat ($24.00), & opague tights ($8.00) @New York & Company.

For more Black Friday shopping, check out previous posts, including my picks from TJ Maxx, must-haves from The Limited, & holiday-ready items from Francesca’s! Happy Styling!

#BlackFriday Sale Update: The Limited’s Entire Website Is 50% Off!


The Limited is a sophisticated store that I know I certainly don’t shop enough, but I love scouring their website for great buys to share with readers. This includes for #BlackFriday the entire website is 50% off (code THANKS). If you’re looking for elegant separates, chic frocks for parties, sparkling jewelry for gifts, or just a little something extra for yourself, The Limited is certainly your best stop.

The LimitedSHOP: penguin sweater ($29.97), lace top ($29.97), pleated skirt ($34.97), jacquard pencil skirt ($39.97), bow purse ($19.97), & statement ring ($17.47) @TheLimited.

For more Black Friday posts, check out my picks from TJ Maxx & the 30% off sale @Francesca’s! Also, to keep reading about great deals & all the latest fashion news, including Jennifer Aniston’s red carpet looks, the ultimate photo gallery of Olivia Palermo’s fashions, & pastels for your winter wardrobe, inspired by Kerry Washington & Victoria Beckham! Happy Styling!

#BlackFriday Sale Update: Francesca’s Has 30% Off Entire Website!


One of my new favorite stores for both my closet & home is Francesca’s, which is my nest feature for #BlackFriday. The entire website is not only 30% off (no code necessary) with FREE SHIPPING on orders $50 or more, but also select sale items are 40% off & clearance items are up to 50% off! However, I found some of the most elegant & holiday-ready pieces to instantly upgrade your fall & winter staples with.

Francesca'sSHOP: sweater wrap ($37.80), blouse ($14.00), dress ($33.60), earrings ($11.20), & cuff ($19.60).

Which styles do you like the best? What’s your favorite thing to look for @Francesca’s? What are you wearing this holiday season? Happy Styling!

#BlackFriday Sale Update: TJ Maxx Gives The Gift of Free Shipping!


I’m all for staying home on Thanksgiving, & even avoiding the long lines in stores for this #BlackFriday chaos, which is why I’ve opted to spend my time online, sharing with readers great deals without having to leave the comfort of a cozy couch.

TJ Maxx website is offering FREE SHIPPING (no code necessary), which is a perfect way to get started with your online shopping. I don’t typically shop for loved ones online, only because I never know what to get them until the last minute, but there’s no reason why a wardrobe in need of an extra splash of style shouldn’t prosper.

TJX 01When in doubt, keeping your party look minimalist with one statement piece is an easy go-to for any upcoming occasion. SHOP: Flying Tomato dress ($19.99), Leuven Alexander booties ($34.99), & E&M blazer ($16.99) @TJ Maxx.

Where are you shopping this holiday weekend? What item(s) are you shopping for? What’s your preferred method of Black Friday shopping? What’s your best holiday deal? Happy Styling!

Beauty Buys: All-In-One Cosmetic Kits For The Holidays!


I’m known for my dresses, shoes, & earrings collections, but I’m also a sucker for a good cosmetic case, full of eye-popping shadow colors, fun lip hues, & basic blushes to enhance your beauty look. Not to mention, that all-in-one sets are the perfect holiday gift for the Style Darling in your life. Even if you’re just starting to discover your makeup style, a kit with plenty of color options is fun for experimenting to discover what looks best withy our eye shape or skin tone. Also, it’s important for space efficiency to have your cosmetics in one unit in order to keep your personal space as organized as possible for a stress-free morning & getting ready routine.

e.l.f.

 e.l.f. large makeup collection ($45.99) @Target

Sephora

color festival blockbuster palette ($49.50) @Sephora

Ulta

glam & glow blockbuster ($19.99) @Ulta

Victoria's Secret

give me glam makeup kit ($35.00) @Victoria’s Secret

Which brands or beauty store do you prefer for all of your makeup needs? Do you have a weakness for new eyeshadows or lip colors? What’s your go-to beauty must-have? For more stylish posts, check out affordable cold weather accessories, Anna Kendrick for Marie Claire‘ December 2014 issue, & bowed ballet flats from MICHAEL Michael Kors & Kate Spade New York! Happy Styling!

The Stylish Five: Cuddle Up With Cold Weather Accessories!


The weather is about to shift dramatically this weekend here on Long Island, but that’s no reason for your style to suffer. Now is the time to invest in some fashionable & comfortable cold weather accessories, items that perfect for bundling up when out & about. This includes a hat or headband, scarf, cape, gloves, & earmuffs. These pieces present the perfect opportunity for adding pops of color to your outerwear look, or playing down a bolder coat with neutral accessories.

cold weather accessories

My picks include: scarf ($12.80) in tribal @Forever 21, hat ($12.95) in powder pink @H&M, cape ($39.50) in gray @Dress Barn, earmuffs ($39.90) in navy @Express, & gloves ($18.00) @Francesca’s.

What’s your go-to cold weather accessory? Where do you like to shop for affordable accessories? For more stylish posts, check out Anna Kendrick for Marie Claire‘s December issue, bowed ballet flats from Kate Spade New York & ALDO, & Gwyneth Paltrow’s new beauty campaign for Max Factor! Happy Styling!