Top 10 Celeb Sightings: Sheaths, Lace, LBDs, & Ladylike Style Featuring Kate Middleton, Rachel Bilson, & Jessica Biel!

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I’ve returned home to the middle-of-nowhere suburbs on Long Island, known for its malls & neighboring university hospital, & as I’m preparing the daunting task of unpacking my overpacked bags from my eleven-day Southampton-based excursion of style & writing, I’m sitting here at my laptop, absorbed in checking on the latest & greatest from my favorite websites (In Style mainly) to see what I’ve missed.

While the Olympics are underway in London & the summer blockbusters are hitting theaters stateside, some of the best dressed celebrities are hitting the red carpet & posing at press events.  Not to mention that all of our favorite fall television shows are returning to production & the stars are plugging their shows & pilots in some serious style. From actresses to singers to royalty, this edition of Top 10 Celeb Sightings is chalk full of chic sheath dresses, lacy frocks, revealing LBDs, & ladylike elegance, sure to spark some water cooler conversation (among Style Darlings, of course).

Check out Emmy Rossum in Zuhair Murad, Jaime King colorblocking, Jessica Biel in Oscar de la Renta, Kate Middleton repeating her Roksanda Ilincic dress, Katy Perry in Dolce & Gabbana, a red-hot Kylie Minogue, Liv Tyler rocking a risky babydoll, Lucy Liu in J. Mendel, Rachel Bilson in menswear-inspired separates, & Rachel Weisz in Dior Haute Couture. Happy Styling!


Super Style Wishlist: It’s All About The Knees This Fall @Barneys New York!

I remember on an episode of Gossip Girl, Leighton Meester’s character, Blair Waldorf, said something about loving Barneys New York, & why wouldn’t she? Of course here, you can score big on designers like Proenza Schouler, Helmut Lang, & Bottega Veneta.  Be warned that you’ll also be spending big on these fabulous high-end designer creations.  However, I love turning to luxury stores like this one to find out what’s going on for next season & all eyes are on the knees… knee-length skirts that is.  Whether you love pencil skirts, a-lines, peplum skirts, or bubbles, there’s something available @Barneys for everyone.  However, while searching through their collection of skirts, I’ve found these four which have my head spinning. 

I’d love to style the Prabal Gurung lace pencil skirt ($895.00) with a feminine blouse, sequined tank, or crisp white button-down skirt. As for the Lanvin tipped pencil skirt ($549.00, marked down from the original $2,215.00 price), I love the black & white mod design of it & its side slit, but this can be matched with a belted red cardigan or sleeveless silk top & some beads. The Balenciaga pencil skirt ($1,495.00) is a leather dream come true, sure to emphasize your curves, especially when paired with masculine pieces like something in argyle or a bold-shouldered blazer.  Because there’s no such thing as too much lace, I also found this Lanvin lace pencil skirt ($2,210.00), which is a perfectly feminine pick for any Style Darling who likes bows, flowers, or beadwork details to make a look all the more ladylike!

Which skirts are your favorite? How would you style these? What kinds of shoes do you think look best with a knee-length or pencil skirt? Be sure to check out previous Super Style Wishlist posts, including the best Hamptons-ready dresses @Neiman Marcus, Prada’s newest fall runway shoes, & Miu Miu’s glittery ankle boots! Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: My Favorite Flip Flops From Wet Seal’s BOGO 50% Off Sale!

Of course all the fashion blogs & style magazines are gearing up for fall, but now is the best time to get your hands (or feet in this case) on some fabulous end-of-the-season deals. This includes the latest BOGO 50% off sale @Wet Seal, which applies to select styles of flip flops, available in a variety of colors.  I recently scored an adorable patent leather purple pair, which I featured in a previous post for The Stylish Five.

Aside from the chic & vibrant hues of these flat sandals, I’m loving the different details which really make them work for nearly any summer-oriented ensemble.  The basic glitter flip flops ($6.50) in gold are also sold in fuchsia, black, & silver, perfect for adding that pop of polish to your poolside outfit.  For some tribal-inspiration, the knotted macrame flip flops ($7.99 – $12.50) add a little something extra to a multi color maxi dress or shorts romper.  The side bow flip flop ($5.99 – $9.50) is just what any feminine beach babe needs to experiments with neon. Lastly, the Brandy braided flip flop ($3.99 – $6.50) is a classic style, available in pink, yellow, blue, silver, & orange. 

Also included in this BOGO 50% off sale are the store’s Blue Asphalt jeans & more sandals & wedges! Which flip flop is your favorite? Are you going to shop this sale? Happy Styling!

Ad Madness: Kate Hudson’s Latest Campaign For Ann Taylor!

Back in March, Kate Hudson debuted as the new face & body of Ann Taylor (see post here), sharing with the world that as a busy mom, she’s all about making it work without the fuss, especially when it comes to the elegant day & evening designs that are sold @Ann Taylor.  For the latest fall collection, the actress shares with In Style: Ann Taylor is about making sure women have one place to go where they can shop and still feel chic.

In this same article, I’ve found some behind the scenes images during the shooting for the new campaign, including some fabulous dresses, tops, & skirts. If you’re an AT shopper, be sure to check out the newest arrivals to build your new fall wardrobe! Happy Styling!

Top 10 Celeb Sightings: Casual Cool Featuring Miranda Kerr, Miley Cyrus, Katie Holmes, & More!

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I’m still out in Southampton, celebrating all things creative about the written word, but my eye is scouring the classrooms, computer labs, & lecture halls to see what my new friends & classmates are wearing. However, in an effort to stay up to the minute with Style Darling, I’ve been seeing a lot of separates looks on the red carpet, in pics taken by the paparazzo, or out for promotional events. I wanted to capture the cool & casual style of some of my favorite stars, including who are mixing up their denim, accessories, & skirts in unexpected ways. Take a look at the gallery below & share with readers who’s wearing your favorite looks! My personal favorites belong to Miley Cyrus & Anne Hathaway! Happy Styling!

Luxury Look-Alikes For Less: Featuring Fierce & Affordable Leopard Skirts!

I’m a very big fan of animal prints (when worn sparingly), although my print of choice is always almost zebra for its classic black & white color combo. It’s seemingly coy, yet still perfect for accessorizing with radiant reds, blooming blues, or a natural neutral! It’s been a while since I went out the hunt for some Luxury Look-Alikes For Less, so I was clicking through my emails & found a sale going on @BCBG Max Azria. I wanted to check out these supposed sale items & while I love the designs of glittery skirts, flattering trousers, & lacy tops, these were still beyond my budget.  This Simone leopard jacquard skirt ($168.00) is probably worth every penny & will last a very long time for virtually any season. When it comes to a print like this, especially on a skirt, the shoe possibilities are nearly endless when you consider a classic round toe pump, a daring embossed pointed toe stiletto, zip-up knee boots, or gladiator platforms. 

In a fury of fashion & frugality (go with me on this) I clicked around on Forever 21‘s website only to rejoice in finding the leopard knee length skirt ($12.80), which is perfect to pair with a crisp button-down shirt, silky cami, simple tee, or sequined tank.  For my Style Darlings who wear plus sizes, the Jessica London pencil skirt ($69.99), is available in sizes 12 – 28.  Although the prices have quite the range for my lovely look-alikes, I can’t emphasize enough how flattering & versatile this piece is.  A pencil skirt lasts & you can reinvent it with over & over again with some layered beads, a cropped cardigan, or metallic belt.  Happy Styling!

Ad Madness: Beyonce’s New Ad For Her Latest Fragrance, Midnight Heat!

Beyonce isn’t just causing a stir on the red carpets these days since the dynamic diva has just released her latest fragrance, Midnight Heat ($59.00), as well as its corresponding ad sure to make the pages of the upcoming September issues of all our favorite magazines.  The singer / actress / dancer is showing off her curvy post-baby body in a feminine, one-shoulder purple mini dress.  If you’re interested in adding this sixth scent, said to contain notes of starfruit, Armenian plum, & dragonfruit in the tradition of the Heat collection, it can be found @Macy’s. Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: Steve Madden Markdowns for $34.99!

I haven’t had a chance to visit Steve Madden lately, so in my shoe-loving craze during the conference, I knew I had to find a few minutes to go on the hunt for some affordable summer shoes.  Of course, you’re gonna start seeing all the new fall arrivals, which I love b/c that means that my birthday is coming up! However, end-of-the-season deals are very tangible & can completely change your wardrobe when you least expect it!

Check out these Onasiss peep toe slingback cork heels ($34.99), available in both multi & natural & marked down from their original $109.95 price tag.  Neutrals are great to keep around for those wildly printed dresses or when you want to soften a brightly-hued skirt, but I always recommend to go bold when it comes to shoes.  You’d be surprised how a multi color pattern like this one can really work for your wardrobe.  Break these out with a pair of skinny jeans & silky tank, or get ready for some dancing in a flowy summer dress. 

What end-of-the-season deals are you looking for right now? Are you a shoe gal? Can you find these for an even better price? Happy Styling!

Super Style Wishlist: Hamptons-Ready Dresses From Neiman Marcus!

So I’m on Day 3 during my participation here at the Southampton Arts Conference, out on the East End of Long Island, where I’m not only spreading the Style Darling word, but also meeting lots of great, friendly, brilliant, creative new people.  Not to mention that I’m getting inspired by the summer-time attire, including gauzy white dresses, chic khaki crops, ballet flats, jeweled sandals, & plenty of printed skirts.  I’ve been doing very well for myself on the style side, earning a reputation for being told “Heeey! Nice shoes!” This has triggered yet another edition of Super Style Wishlist, where I invite my readers to join me in drooling over some of the most fabulous flirty dresses, perfect for a day in The Hamptons!


I clicked through my favorite high-end retailer, Neiman Marcus, & found some adorable summer-ready dresses, perfect for wearing right now (although today is quite the rainy day). The price tag is quite a bit beyond my budget, but the styles & designers are always important to consider! For example, the Kate Spade New York Jane printed dress ($458.00) caught my attention immediately b/c I’m always drawn to bold black & white graphic prints.  This is darling for a day of poetic musings with a neon patent leather belt & neutral wedges.  Next, the M Missoni hexagon striped knit dress ($895.00) is a more vivid statement for the season & can be dressed down for day with ballet flats & layered beads. 

Every summer girl needs a maxi dress & I’m loving the contrasting neutral tones in the Jay Godfrey bell v-neck maxi dress ($440.00), which immediately brings to mind some chunky platform sandals & hoop earrings.  Lastly, the Theory short-sleeved shirt dress ($285.00) is a classic must-have with wedges & drop earrings, or sandals & a medium-sized tote.  Happy Styling!

Ad Madness: Pretty Little Liars’ Actresses Model For Bongo!

I should’ve known this already, but Bongo is still around! I recently spotted Pretty Little Liars actresses Lucy Hale & Ashley Benson rocking duds from the brand that is currently sold @Sears & KMart.  Aside from finding figure-friendly designs by the Kardashians @Sears, or getting your curve on with Sofia Vergara’s KMart collection, the department stores are revamping their apparel scene in a majorly stylish way! Of course, Bongo is a Juniors’-geared brand, but I’m also happy to share that they also sell plus-sized clothing, like colored denim jeggings ($16.00) up to size 22.  Not to mention, I’m loving Ashley’s sequin front tank top ($12.00$14.00) in the ad on the left!

For more celebrity-fronted ads, be sure to check out more from Ad Madness, including Mila Kunis for Dior & Chloe Grace Moretz for Aeropostale! Happy Styling!