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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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!

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!

06/21/2015 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!