Red Carpet Review: 2012 SAG Awards in Black, Sparkles, & Lace!

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The 2012 awards season is in full swing & the red carpet at last night’s Screen Actor’s Guild ceremony showed off lots of black, sparkles, & lace in different styles.  Also, a big trend of the night was bold color, as seen on Sofia Vergara, Jessica Chastain, & Kyra Sedwick.  Some of my personal favorites include Emma Stone (a continuous hit on the red carpet), Michelle Williams, Rose Byrne, & Ariel Winter! Share your thoughts on who wore what well & what you think they were thinking?! Happy Styling!


Red Carpet Review: A Glamorous 2012 Golden Globes Gallery!

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Better late than never! I’m watching the SAG Awards now & figured I’d get my butt moving on posting a gallery of all the glamour from this year’s Golden Globe awards, which took place while I was busy writing my heart out abroad.  My favorites include Jessica Alba, Emma Stone, Natalie Portman, & Paula Patton! Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: Starting Off 2012 In Style & On The Right Foot!

Dear Style Darling Readers, My endless apologies for my nearly month-long absence, but due to my amazing trip to Italy & subsequent illness that sidelined me for a whole week after my return, I’d like to make January count for something on here, so let’s talk about shoes!

Since I’ve been in bed, ignoring all email alerts for sales on the latest spring styles, my first stop (once I peeled myself out of misery & a layer of tissues) was Payless.  I was happy to find the La Femme pumps ($32.99) by Christian Siriano, my very favorite winner of Project Runway.

Not only are they perfect for transitioning your winter / fall wardrobe, but the price is pretty awesome too! Right now, Payless is offering their fabulous Buy One, Get One 50% off sale, so spending $33 on a pair of pumps isn’t such a bad deal.

Of course, this isn’t the first time I’m talking about classic black pumps or sleek nude patent pumps, but these will really never go out of style!  They’re perfect for pairing with something a little wild, or even if you’d like to keep your look streamlined & professional. For more shoe-related posts, check out the sales @Nine West, how to get green for 2012, & rich rust heels from Lulu’s! Happy Styling!

Inside A Style Blogger’s Closet: Ciao Style Darlings, From Italia!

Ciao Style Darlings! My time in Italy is coming to an end, but I wanted to share a little something from my trip.

A few days ago the weather was particularly gorgeous, for it being January & all, so I took a stroll along the Arno river, wearing my favorite sweater dress with cable knit panel ($22.50) in green.  Also, I’ve been leaving my footprint all over Florence in my boots from Payless.

Additional favorites include my leggings from Target, as well as flats boots & another sweater tunic.

I should also mention that I’ve made a few trips to the local H&M, finding such affordable fashions, including a green short-sleeved dress. As it turns out the conversion from Euros to U.S. currency wasn’t pro-budget, but there were dozens of other sale items that I’m bringing back with me from the international retailer.

Tomorrow (Saturday) is my travel day, & then I’ll be waking up on Sunday back on Long Island, reacquainting myself with all the shoes in my closet that I’ve been missing.

Hope everyone’s having a stylish 2012 so far! Ciao! Happy Styling!

The Stylish Five: Pretty Hues For Your Peepers ($10 & Under)!

I can’t even remember the last time I bought eyeshadow (perhaps b/c I have sooo much of it), but every now & again, it’s always a good idea to refresh your collection with some new hues.  Here are some of my affordable suggestions, all for under $10 @Ulta.

The Almay Intense I-Color Satin Eyeshadow in Greens ($6.99) is a palette perfect for any eye color & the chic blend of green & purple will make the lighter flecks of color really stand out.  The Prestige Cosmetics Eyeshadow Duo in Morada ($2.39) is a great way to reinvent the smoky eye, especially in such rich purple hues.  This affordable duo also comes in combinations of neutrals, pinks, & blues.  My favorite everyday eye shadow is Revlon’s 12 Hour Eyeshadow Quad in Nude Elements ($3.29) b/c its neutral for daytime, but still smoldering when blended with the darker hues for a date night.  To perk up your peepers with cream instead of powder, try Revlon’s Illuminance Creme Shadow in Black Magic ($5.99) will take away any evidence of your previously night’s party.  For those Style Darlings that really like to sparkle, NYX’s Glitter Cream Palette in Ocean Breeze ($5.99) gives you five different & vibrant options in one package!  This also comes in combinations of golds, silver, purples, & bronze shades!

What’s your favorite makeup brand?  Are you an Ulta shopper?  How do you usually do your eye makeup this time of year?  Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Check Out Anne Hathaway’s Latest Campaign for Tod’s!

The newly-engaged star of the upcoming Dark Knight Rises & always fashionable Anne Hathaway has returned to TOD’s for another modeling campaign. She is promoting the line’s spring collection featuring Italian-designed leather goods like handbags & clutches, which are available for a hefty cost at stores like Bluefly, Saks Fifth Avenue, & Nordstrom.

Courtesy of People, we’ve learned “The campaign for TOD’s Signature reaches out to a new and younger clientele… We see a stunningly exquisite Anne as a classic beauty with a modern Italian edge — feminine and strong,” according to the brand’s creative director Fabien Baron.

Hathaway admitted, “I have been a longtime fan of TOD’s and was very excited to be a part of exploring a new side of their identity with the launch of their Signature Collection… The designs are classic and the materials are of the highest quality.

Keep an eye for pages of the spread in upcoming weeks of your favorite fashion magazines!  Happy Styling!

Basics for a Bargain: Best Black Jackets For Day & Night (Dedicated to Laurie)!

During a recent breakfast date with my uber-stylish friend Laurie, the subject of blazers came up since she’s in search of a jacket with enough flair to dress up a going out look, but one that can also be worn for a daytime casual look.  Because a black blazer is such an essential item, I thought I’d turn to some of my favorite celebrities for some inspiration on the different styles of blazers for a number of different occasions.

First off, we have Olivia Palermo in a velvet Giambattista Valli mini dress with brogues from Zara & a Mango clutch.  She tops her look with a button-embellished jacket for a more polish at a Macy’s event.  Fergie attended an affair for Black Eyed Peas in a feathered & gold skirt with a satin-trim blazer & Christian Louboutins.  Rachel Weisz paired her velvet jacket with leather leggings at the DVD launch for Deep Blue Sea.  At the premiere of Sandra Bullock‘s latest film, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, the Oscar-winner donned an Alexander McQueen suit with a plunging jacket & corset-inspired belt.  Jessica Alba went out for a stroll in West Hollywood, pairing a single-button jacket with a high-neck white dress & black tights.  Lastly, Kristen Bell played down her cropped pink trousers with a Rachel Zoe tuxedo jacket & satin pointy toe pumps.

When looking for a blazer that works for you, there are a lot of factors to take into account like fit around the waist, where the sleeves fall, & details like trim & structure.  Since jackets are investment pieces, these bargains are a little higher in price, but totally worth it if you find one that works best for your shape.  I picked out a variety of jacket suggestions to be worn casually with shorts & tights, with your favorite dark denim jeans & a button-down top, over an LBD, or over a sequin cocktail dress.

The classic two-button blazer ($59.99) from Gap ranges in sizes 0 – 20 & has been marked down from its original $98.00 price tag.  There’s plenty of room here to add a fancy antique brooch if it looks too office-ready for a going out ook.  If you’re looking for something with some built-in personality, try the zebra stripe textured blazer ($32.80) from Forever 21.  A dressy option for a jacket comes from JC Penney, the MNG by Mango tuxedo jacket with satin trim ($60.00) is just enough to wear over a blouse or with a jersey dress & metallic belt.  If details like buttons are your thing, the H&M blazer ($59.95) is not just available in black, but also light pink & bright blue.  A classic single-button stretch jacket ($48.96) like the one from New York & Company adds confidence to a t-shirt & jeans look, especially with knee boots & hoop earrings.  Lastly, I remembered my recent post about Kmart’s Sofia by Sofia Vergara collection & the velvet tuxedo blazer ($31.99) came to mind, especially if worn with a slinky cami & skinny pants.

For more Basics for a Bargain looks, check out scarves inspired by Claire Danes & Rihanna, tees & leather like Miranda Kerr, & look-alike sweater dresses to those worn by Nicole Richie & Eva Mendes! How do you wear your favorite blazers? Where are your favorite places to shop for blazers? Happy Styling!

Watch This Style: My Five Favorite Lady Gaga Videos / Performances!

Lady Gaga is a commited artist when it comes to her music, performances, & costumes.  In recent months, she’s been showing off her softer side in high-end designs by Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, Versace, Michael Kors, & Salvatore Ferragamo.  I think it’s time to feature some of my favorite Lady Gaga style moments, whether they’re music videos, or videos of live performances.  What are your favorites?  Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: Fierce Tights From Fred Flare!

I realize that I’ve posted lots about tights & stockings, but if you didn’t gasp with adoration for these fashionable leg coverings, then you’re not really a Style Darling! One of my favorite ways to style a dress / skirt look this season is with tights & tights with texture, design, pattern, or delicate details are no exception to this.

While casually clicking around the Fred Flare website, I found these two pairs of tights on sale & I’m two minutes away from breaking out my wallet to buy them online, but I know I’m on a super crazy budget since I’m leaving for Italy on Wednesday.

The polka dot New York tights ($19.99) have been marked down from $30.00 & would instantly make any LBD look a little more flirty & playful.  Also, I’d even wear these to the office with something simple like suede pumps & a black cardigan.

The midnight garden party tights ($9.99) have also been reduced from their original $15.00 price tag & would transform a sheath dress from sexy to super deadly.  The mixture of something so feminine as lace against edgier fabrics like leather or metal embellishments can bring your outfit to a whole new level.

For more posts & advice on tights, check out clearance deals @Torrid, Vera Wang tights @Kohl’s, & my mod look from Halloween! Happy Styling!

Watch This Style: ‘It’s A Brad, Brad World’ (on Bravo) & We Just Live In It!

It’s not very often that I feature style for guys on here, but if there’s one stylist & budding style icon to watch out for, it’s Brad Goreski, former assistant to super stylist & designer, Rachel Zoe.  When I first learned that Brad left Rachel’s side, I was a little heartbroken, but Bravo quickly picked up the hilarious personality for his very own reality show, which airs on Monday nights.  The first episode aired this week & I absolutely loved it & wanted to share my love all of things style with readers, including this little red carpet clip of Brad talking about what to expect on the series’ first season!  His celebrity clients (so far) include Jessica Alba & Keri Hilson, but I’m sure there’ll be more on horizon as he makes a bigger name for himself away from the shadow of the all-powerful & mighty Rachel Zoe.  Brad’s adorable, well-dressed, & a very hard-working stylist, making his way up the style ladder & I really want him to be my GBFF!  Show your support by checking out the video below, courtesy of YouTube, & check your local listings for when the show airs! Happy Styling!