Fabulous in 4 Ways: A Chambray Shirt for Day, Work, Date, & Weekend (Dedicated to Meghan)!


There’s nothing more classic than a crisp button down shirt. An extension of this is the chambray shirt for summer. While the season is at its height (let’s ignore fall for just a moment, please), a menswear-inspired chambray shirt is the perfect piece to get optimal use of your wardrobe for a variety of occasions, like day, work, weekend, & date, which is why it’s featured in my latest addition of Fabulous in 4 Ways.

This post is inspired by an equally versatile friend, Meghan, who works boho princess / bombshell prep street style like nobody’s business. When challenged with how to wear a chambray shirt, I advised my very favorite & fashionable friend that any way that a button down shirt can be styled is also any way that a chambray shirt can be styled (depending on the cut, of course). Here are some examples of must-haves tops to build an affordable ensemble at any size:

Chambray shirts.

SHOP: 1. Dockers chambray shirt ($24.99, was $40.00) @6PM, 2. chambray shirt ($39.99, was $69.00) @J.Jill, 3. chambray shirt ($32.94) available in sizes XS – XXL @Old Navy, 4. New Directions plus size chambray shirt ($18.19, was 52.00) @Belk, & 5. plus size chambray shirt ($46.00) @Maurices.

When it comes to essential basics to fill your closet, it’s always valuable to turn to some top A-listers for a little style inspiration, in the form of the button down shirts for anytime. This includes the flawless likes of Taylor Swift who takes the girl next door approach in a skate skirt, red oxford shoes, & retro sunnies. Curvy Kim Kardashian West dresses down her turquoise pencil skirt & ankle strap pumps with a tucked in, low-cut button down for a fierce day look. Draper James creator Reese Witherspoon is all buttoned up while traveling with mixed textures of black denim, leather pointy flats, & a pink lip. Style icon Olivia Palermo makes an appearance at a Kohl’s event in a knotted shirt over a floral pencil skirt with suede pumps.

Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian West, Reese Witherspoon, Olivia Palermo, Rihanna, Ashley Madekwe, Zoe Saldana, & Jennifer Garner.

Mixing chambray with similarly-hued denim isn’t a no-no, as seen on Rihanna who looked sporty & chic in a leather baseball cap & nude slingbacks. Salem actress Ashley Madekwe is all about layering with a mini skirt, ankle booties, brocade blazer, & red chain link crossbody bag. Guardians of the Galaxy star Zoe Saldana kept her cool in head-to-toe blue with cowboy boots & aviators when out & about. Lastly, busy mom on the go Jennifer Garner offers a laid back combo in a chambray pullover shirt tucked into a pencil skirt with ballet flats & a luxe navy snake embossed bowler bag.

Now comes the real-life outfit possibilities. Chambray is so lightweight to wear from week to week, especially if you like to reinvent your favorite pieces in new ways. I styled each look with the chambray shirt ($19.50, was $69.50) @J.Crew Factory because it was not only a bargain, but also the best foundation for a polished & flirty look. Try tucking the shirt in for day by rolling up the sleeves, but on the weekend, open it up & knot it when heading to brunch.

Cambray for Day. Chambray for Weekend.

SHOP the DAY look: 1. chambray shirt ($19.50, was $69.50) @J.Crew Factory, 2. pineapple earrings ($5.00, was $7.50) @Icing, 3. LC Lauren Conrad necklace ($8.00, was $20.00) @Kohl’s, 4. shorts ($13.98, was $19.99) in orange @Target, 5. Nine West crossbody bag ($19.99, was $45.00) in oat @Century 21, & 6. wedges ($31.49, was $89.99) in beige @Dillard’s.

SHOP the WEEKEND look: 7. earrings ($12.00) @Francesca’s, 8. tank ($16.95) in turquoise @Gap (available in sizes XS – XXL), 9. maxi skirt ($30.00) @Dress Barn (available in plus size here), 10. bangle set ($9.99, was $26.00) @JCPenney, 11. tote ($14.90) in cream / mustard @Forever 21, & 12. sandals ($15.00, was $22.99) in gold @Charlotte Russe.

Depending on your job’s dress code, chambray can make a casual Friday a little more elegant when tucked into a minimalist skirt with edgy extras, but then knot it over an LBD for date night to keep cozy with colorful accessories to pop.

Chambray for Work. Chambray for Date.

SHOP the WORK look: 1. chambray shirt ($19.50, was $69.50) @J.Crew Factory, 2. cardigan cape ($34.00, was $108.00) in black @Neiman Marcus Last Call, 3. earrings ($10.50) in gold @G by Guess, 4. Daniel Rainn pencil skirt ($24.97, was $68.00) in black @Nordstrom Rack (shop similar in plus size here), 5. necklace ($15.00) in rose gold @Topshop, 6. bowler bag ($49.00, was $99.00) @ASOS, 7. belt ($24.90) in snake @Express (shop similar in plus size here), & 8. booties ($38.50) in black @GOjane.

SHOP the DATE look: 9. dress ($12.95) in black @H&M (shop similar in plus size here), 10. necklace ($8.99) @Rainbow Shops, 11. ring ($16.00) @River Island, 12. clutch ($29.00, was $43.00) in yellow @Venus, & 13. sandals ($39.95, was $70.00) in red @DSW.

Do you wear button down or chambray shirts during the summer? How many ways do you like to style them? Which celebrity wears your favorite chambray look? For more stylish posts, check out Kate Mara’s sleek pixie cut & outfits while promoting Fantastic 4, affordable maxi skirts inspired by Jennifer Lopez & Miranda Kerr, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Fall 2015 denim campaign for Paige Denim, how to restyle bridesmaid dresses from Weddington Way, Eva Mendes for Estee Lauder, & a figure-friendly summer outfit for under $100! Happy Styling!

The Weddington Way Challenge: How To Restyle A Bridesmaid Dress!


Style Darling Daily for Weddington Way's How to Restyle a Bridesmaid Dress. SHOP: D449, Emily, Lily, Scarlett, & Aubrey.

Style Darling Daily is expanding its styling possibilities by means of Weddington Way, a chic one stop shop for all things bridal for the millennial woman. Not only does the company have a fantastic Facebook following, but they’ve been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Knot, & Martha Stewart Weddings, to name a few. For my latest post, I transformed bridesmaid looks (shop the bridesmaid dress collection here) into something that can be worn beyond the ceremony & reception. Since I’m always all about a great dress, I took on the challenge with a budget shopper in mind, wanting to get the most use from a garment, while appealing to shoppers of all sizes.

Since most of us aren’t walking a red carpet any time soon (maybe, maybe one day), considering how to re-wear a long bridesmaid dress is a tricky task. When I found the Dove & Dahlia Clara dress in plum perfect (also available in blush champagne, coral kiss, mint to be, something navy, & slate gray), I was immediately inspired by all of the latest fall trends hitting stores (let’s not wish August away yet!), & I wanted to featured tougher, modern textures & accessories to really bring new life to this classic long dress, especially since maxi looks aren’t just for summer. I couldn’t pick one shoe for this look, so I went with two really edgy, statement footwear items to alternate when going wine tasting in the country, checking out an art show, or heading to the city to enjoy a play.

The Weddington Way - How To Restyle a Long Bridesmaid Dress

SHOP: 1. Dove & Dahlia Clara dress ($129.00) in plum perfect @Weddington Way (available in other colors & sizes XS – 2XL), 2. Jennifer Lopez hoop earrings ($10.50, was $14.00) in gold @Kohl’s, 3. belt ($19.97, was $39.95) in leopard @The Limited (shop similar in plus size here), 4. pyramid bangle ($19.00, was $60.00) in gold @Gilt, 5. scroll jacket ($44.00) in black @Dress Barn (shop plus size here), 6. handbag ($35.00) in black @ALDO, 7. booties ($25.00, was $42.99) in black @Charlotte Russe, & 8. D’orsay heels ($32.99) in black @Charlotte Russe.

Short dresses are fun to play around with, what with so many choices of shoes & jackets. In contrast to the above look, I picked a brighter option in mint to be with the Dove & Dahlia Jessica frock (also available in blush champagne, coral kiss, something navy, plum perfect, & slate gray), which immediately made me envision a walk through town with your beau, lunch with the girls, or going from a day of errands to a party at night. I took a more playful approach to this dress with every day basics to reinvent the elegance for a street style win.

The Weddington Way - How To Restyle a Short Bridesmaid Dress

SHOP: 1. Dove & Dhalia Jessica dress ($99.00) in mint to be @Weddington Way (available in other colors & sizes XS – 2XL), 2. jacket ($34.94) in denim @Old Navy (available in sizes XL – XXL), 3. scarf ($14.90) in snake @Express, 4. Christian Siriano bag ($44.99) @Payless, 5. sunglasses ($5.90) in black @Forever 21, 6. necklace ($30.80, was $44.00) @JCPenney, 7. charm bracelet watch ($15.00, was $26.95) in silver @New York & Company, & 8. sandals ($13.38, was 16.90) in silver @GOjane.

I’d like to thank Weddington Way for the opportunity to explore their affordable & chic collections with this interesting & stylish challenge. It’s certainly made me rethink my special occasion pieces for more than just a loved one’s special day, especially since style makes every day a special one. Have you ever restyled a bridesmaid dress for another purpose? How would you recreate these pieces? What pieces are your go-to for mixing up day & night looks? For more posts, check out Eva Mendes’ new campaign for Estee Lauder, The $100 Challenge featuring a tropical summer dress for every size, the latest celeb red carpet looks including Karlie Kloss & Kate Hudson, a bargain Calvin Klein dress from Dress Barn, & sleek ankle strap sandals inspired by Rihanna & Rachel McAdams. 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!

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!

Top 10 Celeb Sightings: The Best Looks from Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, Claire Danes, & More!


A lot happened in Hollywood this past week, especially when it came to the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, as well as the premiere of Furious 7 & the Samsung Galaxy Event. Some of the top trends were playing with patterns & textures, as well as mixing separates & classic gowns reinvented for the 2015 woman.

Camilla Belle, Ciara, Claire Danes, Iggy Azalea, & Jennifer Lopez.

Camilla Belle played with structure in a navy one-shoulder asymmetric David Koma dress with nude ankle strap Ann Taylor pumps at the Forward by Elyse Walker event. Singer Ciara made an appearance on Live with Kelly & Michael in a strapless white Grecian-inspired dress with two-toned sandals. Actress Claire Danes looked chic in a navy metallic printed organza lurex Prabal Gurung dress with blue pumps at a screening of Homeland. Rapper Iggy Azalea wowed on the red carpet in a white crop top & blue printed skirt by Temperley London at the Nickelodeon Kids’s Choice Awards. The always perfect Jennifer Lopez showed off her own designs & style in a Jennifer Lopez for Kohl’s blouse & shorts with rings by Effy Jewelry & metallic Giuseppe Zanotti stilettos.

Jordana Brewster, Lily Collins, Olivia Munn, Taylor Swift, & Zoe Saldana.

Jordana Brewster walked the red carpet for the premiere of Furious 7 in a starfish embellished blue Valentino tulle gown with a pale blue clutch & nude sandals. It-girl Lily Collins stunned in a leather & satin bustier top with an asymmetric zipper a-line skirt & black slingback sandals at the Chanel Paris-Salzburg show. The Newsroom‘s Olivia Munn mixed up her look in a black & yellow graphic mini skirt & printed blouse by A.L.C. with a black leather jacket, black clutch, & ankle strap sandals at the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge party. Pop star Taylor Swift wore a black sparkly cut-out Kaufmanfranco mini dress with black ankle strap sandals at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. New mom Zoe Saldana was gorgeous in a Roland Mouret one-shoulder graphic print sheath dress with gold Christian Louboutin pumps at the Samsung Galaxy event.

Which celebrity look is your favorite? Whose style do you like to emulate most? For more stylish posts, check out Jennifer Lopez’s recent American Idol performance, white-hot celebrity style inspired by Shailene Woodley & Sarah Hyland, a complete runway gallery from Oscar de la Renta’s Fall 2015 show during fashion week, & bucket bags for a bargain inspired by Halston & Saint Laurent. Happy Styling!

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Basics for a Bargain: Pretty & Patterned Separates To Amp Up Your Solids (Dedicated to Lisa)!


When it comes to new style resolutions for 2015, an easy way to spruce up a boring wardrobe or upgrade to a more mature style is to step outside of your comfort zone & that starts with prints. An attention to detail immediately shows off your personality & gives off a very positive first impression. I’ve learned (from shows like What Not to Wear) that when you put a thoughtful effort into what you’re wearing, you’ll have more confidence & the people around you will notice. I’d like to dedicate this post to my favorite cousin, Lisa, who has turned to me with advice & questions on how to dress more appropriate to her age, while shopping on a budget & discovering who she is through her own personal style.

When it comes to prints, there are a lot of opportunities to discover your personal style, which is why I turned to recent Spring 2015 Ready-To-Wear runway collections for a little inspiration of what’s trending this coming spring.

Altuzarra, Dries Van Noten, Louis Vuitton, & Valentino Spring 2015 Ready-To-Wear.

Of course, not all of these outfits are meant to be taken literally as inspiration, but it’s apparent that the range of prints, from classic to crazy, will instantly amp up any look, including those from Altuzarra, Dries Van Noten, Louis Vuitton, & Valentino.

Also, when it comes to prints, mixing separates with basics is the perfect way to build a variety of outfits for day, work, night, & weekend looks, as seen with these tops & sweaters on actress Jessica Alba, model Miranda Kerr, Glee star Lea Michele, fashion darling Alexa Chung, singer Gwen Stefani, & it-girl Kendall Jenner.  

Jessica Alba, Miranda Kerr, & Lea Michele in printed tops.

Alexa Chung, Gwen Stefani, & Kendall Jenner in printed sweaters.

Also, A-listers know how to play with prints when it comes to bottoms, which is why I sought out chic printed shorts, skirts, & pants. Examples include The Americans star Keri Russell, Victoria’s Secret supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio, Oscar nominee Reese Witherspoon, TV personality Kelly Ripa, style icon Olivia Palermo, & actress / fashion blogger Jamie Chung.

Keri Russell & Alessandra Ambrosio in printed shorts.

Reese Witherspoon & Kelly Ripa in printed skirts.

Olivia Palermo & Jamie Chung in printed pants.And so… with a budget shopper in mind, I’ve searched high & low to find great deals on stylish printed separates. First, these printed tops are great building blocks to a more sophisticated look, when layered with staples like a military or moto jacket, flyaway cardigan or cropped bolero, or with leather leggings, tuxedo pants, dark denim jeans, or bootcut trousers.

Printed tops.

SHOP: printed tank ($22.50) @Neiman Marcus, lace tee ($14.97) @Old Navy, print top ($22.80) @Nordstrom, & black top ($22.90) @Forever 21.

Also, printed blouses are must-haves when you’d like to sport a clean, professional look. Not only do smaller patterns work on flowy toppers, but they’re great for when you really want to go all out with your prints & mix them with other bolder prints, like animal spots, polka dots, colorblocked stripes, & many more.

Printed blouses.

SHOP: heart blouse ($24.99) @Kohl’s & shirt ($29.94) @Old Navy.

In these colder months, printed sweaters are a fun way to play with patterns, while also staying warm. Also, sweaters in different textures will surely show off a variety of colors to play with when it comes to accessories too! 

Printed sweaters.

SHOP: lace sweater ($27.80) @Forever 21 & animal sweater ($32.99) @LOFT.

When headed to the office in a dress or skirt outfit, try on a printed cardigan to wear open or closed over basics like a button down shirt, scoop neck tee, tie-neck blouse, or ruffled camisole.

Printed cardigans.

SHOP: houndstooth cardigan ($22.99) @Target & snake cardigan ($11.93) @LOFT.

When it comes to bottoms, we’re often so quick to pick out a pair of jeans or leggings, but wearing prints on your lower half is unexpected & certainly a way to get the most out of your solid tops, like a black turtleneck, three-quarter sleeve sweater, or pocket tee. However, printed skirts are fun since you can not only layer with neutrals, but also enhance your look with a pop of color.

Printed skirts.

SHOP: plaid pencil skirt ($24.99) @Target & zebra skirt ($29.95) @H&M.

Maxi skirts are everywhere & great when headed on vacation, to a day  by the water, or lunch with the girls, which is why playing with printed maxi skirts has so many possibilities, especially with metallic gladiator sandals, riding boots with button details, & textured wedges.

Printed maxi skirts.SHOP: snake maxi skirt ($30.00) in blue @Dress Barn & print maxi skirt ($30.00) in coral @Dress Barn.

For those who dare to wear shorts, think outside of the box with printed shorts in delicate fabrics. not only can these be perfect for day, but they’re easy to dress up with decadent pieces in lace, leather, & brocade.

Printed shorts.

SHOP: chevron shorts ($23.30) @Saks Off Fifth & shorts ($24.99) @Kohl’s.

Printed pants aren’t new, but not everyone gives them a chance, especially when concerned about emphasizing your assets in an unflattering way. However, loose-fitting pants in subtle prints are perfect for neutral tops & jackets when on the go. These are also great for pairing with ballet flats or pointy toe stilettos.

Printed pants.SHOP: pants ($12.00) @H&M & stripe pants ($19.99) @JC Penney.

Lastly, I’m certainly not saying that anyone should abandon jeans in any way, but perhaps instead of wearing regular washes, try a printed jean, which will not only perk up a casual look, but will surprise those around you, especially when paired with a blouson top, graphic tee, or tunic sweater.

Printed jeans.

SHOP: camo jeans ($26.55) @Lord & Taylor & floral jeans ($24.99) @6PM.

Must-have prints to have in your wardrobe, yet worn with caution, include polka dots, animal prints, graphics, modern florals, lace, stripes & chevron, tribal, plaid, & houndstooth. I even made a quick guide to learning prints, which will perhaps also serve as a chart on how to successfully mix prints too.

The guide to prints & patterns

Which prints are you naturally drawn to wear? How do you like to wear prints? Do you mix prints with solids regularly? For more stylish posts, check out all of the runway looks from Christian Dior’s Spring 2015 Ready-To-Wear collection, tips on how to dress your body type, the complete red carpet gallery of this year’s Screen Actor’s Guild Awards, & spring dress predictions inspired by designers Erin Fetherston & Nanette Lepore! Happy Styling!

Fabulous In 4 Ways: A Bold Statement Necklace For Under $12!


Although the holidays may be over, that doesn’t mean it’s time to put away your best & most sparkly accessories & that includes statement necklaces. I’m pretty new to the bauble club, but I’m having fun experimenting with different ways to wear the bold piece of jewelry, which is what inspired my latest post for Fabulous in 4 Ways. I’m excited to explore the variety of style choices one can make with a statement necklace, especially when headed out for a day off of lunch with the girls, to the office for a big meeting, a cocktail party on a date, or a weekend getaway trip.

Coco Rocha, Katy Perry, Emma Roberts, Olivia Palermo, Molly Sims, & Jamie King in statement necklaces.Statement necklaces have been a prominent go-to accessory for celebrities over the years, including supermodel Coco Rocha, pop star Katy Perry in Amrapali, actress Emma Roberts, style icon Olivia Palermo, Molly Sims in a floral necklace, & Hart of Dixie‘s Jamie King.

To start this project, I choose the statement necklace ($11.98) in black & gold from Target, which has just enough glitz & glam to dress up several combinations of basics with prints & rich textures.

Target - statement necklace $11.98.

For daytime, I love the ease of this look & how just one piece instantly adds some punch against the backdrop of casual separates. Also, the necklace is successful over a basic blouse & colorblock look for a fashionable office environment, playing up your personality, yet still remaining professional.

Fabulous in 4 Ways - Day & Work

SHOP day look: sweater ($24.80) @Forever 21, jeans ($19.99) @Zara, & ballet flats ($44.10) @Bon Ton. SHOP work look: top ($25.00) @Topshop, skirt ($34.11) @ASOS, & shoes ($32.99) @Charlotte Russe.

When headed to a cocktail party, a statement necklace is just the piece to elevate a classic LBD, sheath, or lace frock. Lastly, when taking a road trip for the weekend, a statement necklace is perfectly interchangeable when considering how to efficiently pack to get the most out of your wardrobe.  

Fabulous in 4 Ways - Cocktail & Weekend

SHOP cocktail look: dress ($49.99) @ModCloth, sandal ($19.94) @DSW, & clutch ($15.00) @Payless. SHOP weekend look: sweater ($19.97) @New York & Company, sweat pants ($41.30) @Last Call, booties ($44.99) @Nine West, & cardigan ($18.99) @Kohl’s.

For more statement necklace inspiration, I choose a few more styles that are both affordable & adjustable to any neckline for any outfit.

statement necklaces.

SHOP: gothic collar necklace ($16.00) @Boo Hoo, marquise necklace ($15.00) @Charming Charlie, tribal necklace ($12.90) @Forever 21, & pharaoh bib necklace ($20.00) @Bauble Bar.

Which way would you wear a statement necklace? What’s your favorite go-to piece of jewelry? Do you mix p your wardrobe staples to create new, stylish options? For more fashionable posts, check out Natalie Portman’s Dior look for less, full red carpet galleries from the Critics Choice Awards & this year’s Golden Globes, Runway Rundown lookbooks from Jenny Packham & Alice + Olivia, & affordable fashion inspired by HBO’s Girls. Happy Styling!

Fabulous In 4 Ways: Pretty Pastel Looks For Your Winter Wardrobe!


Pastels don’t only belong to spring time. They’re the perfect color palette for winter, paired with metallics when you’re looking to avoid an uber-holiday-inspired outfit. Also, pastels this time of year isn’t such a crazy fashion risk when you think about cuddly sweaters against the outdoor snowy landscape.

Some of our favorite celebrities have turned to pastels when hitting the red carpet or making a street style splash. Fashion it-girl Olivia Palermo mixed a white Dior jacket with a ruffled pastel skirt & blinged out belt. Young actress Elle Fanning played with pastel hues with a houndstooth dress, blue jacket, & floral heels by Miu Miu. Scandal actress Kerry Washington was a knockout in a lace & brocade Oscar de le Renta gown & matching pink minaudiere.

Olivia Palermo, Elle Fanning, & Kerry Washington.

Camilla Belle, Lupita Nyong'o, & Victoria Beckham.

Camilla Belle stole the spotlight in a pale green Gucci crop top & matching skirt with gold metallic sandals. Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o made a splash at Fashion Week in a pale purple Calvin Klein sweater dress with a gray clutch & matching strappy sandals. The always glamorous Victoria Beckham showed off a relaxed separates look in a white t-shirt & blue wide leg trousers by Malene Birger.

If that isn’t proof enough that pastels belong to the colder months, plenty of designers displayed Fall Collections featuring pale pink, periwinkle, lilac, mint, winter white, & yellow. This includes pastels featured on the runway by Reed Krakoff, Rebecca Taylor, Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Ermanno Scervino, & Gucci.

Reed Krakoff, Rebecca Taylor, & Ralph Lauren Fall 2014 Ready-To-Wear Collection.

Chanel Fall 2014 Haute Couture, Ermanno Scervino & Gucci Fall 2014 Ready-To-Wear Collections.

I put together some outfits, inspired by some of the prettiest pastel colors in stores this season. Of course, there are other hues to make any Style Darling swoon, but the working pale blue, winter white, blush pink, & mint green into your winter wardrobe will make everyday staples like rhinestones & sparkles, as well as cold weather accessories really pop.

blue outfit

Shop the affordable & casual separates look: LC Lauren Conrad sweater ($29.99) in snow blue @Kohl’s, pants ($34.00) in soft sky @Neiman Marcus, flats ($14.99) in silver @Payless, & studs ($3.90) in silver @Forever 21.

winter white outfit

Surprise at a cocktail party in winter white with: dress ($24.00) in ivory @Dress Barn, flats ($39.98) in bone @ALDO, pearl necklace ($13.00) @Charming Charlie, & nail polish ($11.20) in Casper @Julep.

pink outfit

Monochromatic blush pieces create a professional, yet feminine look: top ($32.94) in pink @Old Navy, pencil skirt ($19.80) in blush @Forever 21, bootie ($19.94) in blush @DSW, & necklace ($42.00) in peach @BaubleBar.

mint green outfit

Mint makes everything better- even a chic daytime look: tunic sweater ($49.90) in green @Express, jeans ($29.99) in white @JC Penney, ankle strap heels ($28.50) in mint @Charlotte Russe, & necklace ($16.50) in mint @Icing.

Lastly, to break up the monotony of this chillier season, add a splash of pastel to your wardrobe with a winter coat. While black & grays have their place in a classic must-have closet, mix it up with the paler shades in rich textures like wool & leather. 

coats

Button up for a sweet day of sweet colors, matched with metallic scarves & jewel details when wearing: swing coat ($36.00) in sea salt @Old Navy, flip collar coat ($119.00) in mint @TJ Maxx, wool coat ($69.99) in pink heather @Target, & leather coat ($54.00) in yellow @ChicNova.

What’s your favorite pastel color for winter? Do you wear more brights or saturated colors? Which outfit is your favorite? For more stylish posts, check out all-in-one cosmetic kits for the holidays, affordable cold weather accessories from Francesca’s & H&M, Anna Kendrick’s Marie Claire cover shoot for the December 2014 issue, & Gwyneth Paltrow’s new ad campaign for Max Factor! Happy Styling!