Accessories Access: Braided Summer Belts from JCrew Factory & Lane Bryant!


When it comes to summer, I’m wearing dresses most of the time, which also means, depending on the style of dress, I’ve selected a belt to add some shape to an otherwise too flowy frock or I’m playing with the possibilities of a casual dress for other occasions. For summer, I love a belt with texture & detail, including braided styles that recall a basket weave aesthetic or one in straw material. When always on the hunt for great bargains to share with readers, my mouse clicked upon the skinny braided leather belt from J.Crew Factory, originally $49.50, but currently on sale for $19.50 in white, sweet marigold, California poppy, & brown.

The style is exactly what I gravitate towards this time of year; however, it is only sold in sizes XS-L, so my search continued to celebrate styles for all & I was wowed by the variety offered by Lane Bryant in sizes 14-28, pictured below:

SHOP: 1. Covered Buckle Braided Cotton Belt in white (on sale $24.97), 2. Stretch Straw Belt in new navy (on sale $22.47), 3. Braided Rectangular Bar Belt in black (on sale $22.47), 4. Stretch Straw Belt With Tortoise-Print Buckle in natural (on clearance $12.99), 5. Wrapped Buckle Straw Belt in brown (on sale $22.47), & 6. Circle Whipstitch Straw Belt in brown (on sale $24.97).

Not only are these belts stylish to pair with a shirt dress or maxi, but the slimmer options add an extra polish to a blouse & cropped denim, halter tank & cutoff shorts, or a separates look with a blouse & mini skirt too.

How would you style these belts? Do you wear belts in the summer? Where are you shopping for the best summer accessories now? What kinds of belts do you typically buy? For more stylish posts, check out: the perfect crossbody bag for summer, my favorite midi dress from Amazon, fruity fashion finds, & New York & Company’s classic goddess dress on sale now! Happy Styling!

Accessories Access: A Bold Crossbody Bag for Summer!


We’re almost at the close of June & my head & heart are already in vacation mode… & so is my wardrobe. I’ve always been able to find stylish, colorful, & multipurpose crossbody bags from Target & their A New Day brand has not let me down, yet again.

I came across this basket weave woven crossbody bag ($30.00) in coral pink, lime green, black, & teal blue in a bold display in the accessories department of my local Target store. More frequently now on the weekends, I’m opting for a smaller corssbody bag when I’m on the go, as opposed to the monster tote that I carry around all the time. Something like this with a nearly 52-inch strap length & canvas accent, especially in the coral pink, gets me excited for my family’s upcoming roadtrip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, carrying all of my essentials, like my cell phone, ID & money, lip balm, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, & sunglasses.

I’ve been using the same crossbody from last summer, which is also one by A New Day, but it’s become more of my casual, everyday bag & for my vacation, I like the feeling of something new. The bright shade will match perfectly with an array of outfits, including a maxi dress & flat sandals for dinner, a graphic tee & linen shorts while at a park, or a blouse & cropped pants for a trip to a museum.

Where are you shopping for summer’s boldest & most stylish accessories? What is your preferred bag type this season? How would you style wearing this bag? Which color do you like the best! For more stylish posts, check out my favorite midi dress from Amazon, final sale finds from New York & Company, celebrating Juneteenth with red carpet looks from Zendaya & Kerry Washington, & bargain-priced laser cut ballet flats! Happy Styling!

Style Tip: Fruit Fashion Finds for Summer!


There’s something about this time of year that gets me thinking about prints in my wardrobe, especially when it comes to my casual clothing–that is, outside of my regular rotation of leopard print, polka dots, & houndstooth. More specifically, I love mixing up my look with a fruit pattern to embrace all this fresh & summery, along with showing off a more laid back & playful side of my style.

I’ve rounded up some fruit-centric new finds on sale now to help inspire readers to incorporate bold, fun lemons, watermelons, strawberries & more! To pair with some denim cutoffs or linen shorts, check out these tees:

SHOP: EveryWear Printed V-Neck T-Shirt in fruit smoothie pink @Old Navy (sale: $6.00) & EveryWear Printed V-Neck T-Shirt in strawberry @Old Navy (sale: $3.97), prices may vary where available in sizes XS-4XL.

To go head-to-toe fruit for an upcoming weekend barbecue, vacation getaway, or when mixing up separates, check out:

SHOP: fruit-print maxi dress in burnt orange @New York & Company (sale: $64.96), fruit print off-the-shoulder blouse in burn orange @New York & Company (sale: $38.46), & fruit print paperbag-waist short in burnt orange @New York & Company (sale: $41.96), prices may where vary where available in sizes XS-XXL.

Recently while scrolling through Instagram, I came across & instantly fell in love with Tanesha Awashti’s Girl with Curves Collection, thus placing my order for:

SHOP: Girl With Curves Woven Peplum Top in lemon print @QVC (sale: $26.02), prices may where vary where available in sizes XXS-5X.

Fruit inspiration can even lend itself to your accessories, especially with these reduced picks:

SHOP: Lulu strawberry clutch @Nordstrom Rack (sale: $26.24) & Lulu When Life Gives You Lemons clutch @Nordstrom Rack (sale: $34.99).

SHOP: Maddy Crystal Cherry Stud Earrings @ Francesca’s (sale: $8.00) & LC Lauren Conrad Gold Tone Fruit Charm Bracelet @Kohl’s ($16.00).

Last, but not least, summer is all about colorful footwear, just like any other part of an outfit, which is why an espadrille upgrade is just the thing that any casual look demands!

SHOP: Fruit Embroidered Espadrille Flats @LOFT ($69.00 <– check frequently for sales & coupon codes via email subscription), prices may where vary where available in sizes 6.5-11.

Is there a fruit you love to wear? What fruity items from the above do you love? Where are you shopping for your trendiest summer styles? What summer sales have you hitting “add-to-cart”? For more stylish posts, check out: gingham must-haves from Old Navy, New York & Company’s versatile goddess dress, Target’s straw summer hats for $10, & a Juneteenth gallery of fabulous black celebrities on the red carpet, including Zendaya, Viola Davis, & Ciara! Happy Styling!

The Stylish Five: Get That Gingham @Old Navy!


One of the most classic & stylish staple summer patterns is gingham, offering a cool, breezy cotton piece for any seasonal look, especially in red, black, white, or blue. Old Navy is on top of the summer gingham trend with a variety of pieces at prices you can’t miss out on, especially in sizes XS-3XL!

SHOP: Cotton-Poplin Cami Maxi Swing Dress in gingham & Tiered Gingham Maxi Skirt in gingham daisy. Pair the dress with metallic slide sandals & a straw hat; try the skirt with a boatneck tee & espadrilles.

SHOP: Fitted Gingham Twist-Front Cami Top in blue & Sleeveless Tie-Shoulder Gingham Babydoll Top in red. Coordinate either of these tops with denim cutoff shorts or cropped pants & a cardigan for cooler nights.

SHOP: Printed Canvas Tote Bag in blue. This is a perfect tote for heading out to the park for the day, reading against a tree or hitting up the beach for a day in the sun.

Do you like to wear gingham? What is your favorite summer trend right now? Where are you shopping for the best summer fashion deals? What are you planning to pack for your next weekend getaway? For more stylish posts, check out: the perfect goddess dress from New York & Company, stylish floppy hats from Target for $10, Charlize Theron’s classic Dior & denim look, affordable cotton & linen shorts from Walmart, & Beyonce’s British Vogue cover! Happy Styling!

Accessories Access: Stylish Summer Straw Hats for $10!


On sunny, summer days, aside from packing some sunscreen & shades, I keep reminding myself to invest in a stylish & fun floppy hat to protect my face from sun damage. I’m excited to have found the perfectly feminine, playful, & affordable floppy straw hat to add to my accessories arsenal, which is the packable straw floppy hat by Shade & Shore from Target for $10.00, available in 6 stylish colors: natural, black, green, orange, pink, and white. However, my current conundrum is: which color to choose?

I can picture wearing the neutral or green hat with a summer separates outfit in earth tones for an afternoon at the park, the black with my favorite maxi dress & studded sandals for a day date with my husband, the orange or pink with a swimsuit & flip flops for a day at the beach, or the white one for a patriotic look this coming 4th of July. And… for $10, why stop at getting just one hat?!

Floppy and/or straw hats aren’t necessarily a new trend for the season as seen on stylish celebrities, including: Meghan Markle at a sporting event, Anne Hathaway while traveling, Jessica Alba at the beach, Lupita Nyong’o for a daytime social occasion, and Jamie Chung showcasing her effortless style for a photo shoot.

Do you wear hats during the hot summer days? What style is your favorite to don? Do you prefer a band around your hats, something solid & classic, or do you prefer a hat in a pattern? Where are you shopping for your favorite summer accessories? For more stylish posts, check out: Charlize Theron’s demin & Dior inspiration, Jennifer Lopez’s Netflix documentary Halftime, cotton & linen shorts from Walmart, & bargain barrettes from Ardene! Happy Styling!

06/17/2022 Darling of the Day: Charlize Theron in Dior!


A classic look never goes out of style & is always a go-to for nearly any occasion, which was the case for Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron who celebrated her Africa Outreach Project 2022 Summer Block Party in head-to-toe Dior, which took place at the Universal Studios Backlot this past weekend. While Dior isn’t a brand that all of us budget-friendly Style Darlings can depend on on the regular, we can take inspiration from Charlize’s stylish white button-down shirt (shop here), flared jeans (shop similar here), black pointy toe pumps (shop here), black quilted clutch (shop similar here), & Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

Button shirts are a staple for any wardrobe, especially if you work in an environment that requires professional attire, but these tops vary in style & can be worn with a number of different options, including a pencil skirt, linen shorts, or a velvet pants in the cooler months. The below suggested options vary in availability for sizes XS-XXL and range in price from $14.99 – $44.63.

SHOP: 1. Madison Roll-Sleeve Button-Front Waist-Panel Secret Snap Shirt in Optic White @New York & Company, 2. Madison Roll-Sleeve Button-Front Secret Snap Shirt in Optic White @New York & Company, 3. INC International Concepts Satin Utility Shirt in Bright White @Macy’s, & 4. INC International Concepts Solid Button-Up Tunic in Bright White @Macy’s.

Next, a flared jean is a playful & throwback way of mixing up your look, especially when contrasting a more demure button-down shirt. The below options range in price $40.00-$52.46 and are vary in availability for sizes 0-30.

SHOP: 1. Mya Curvy High-Waisted Barely Bootcut Jeans in Light Wash @New York & Company & 2. Higher High-Waisted Side-Slit Flare Jeans in Rite @Old Navy.

Next, a black pointy toe pump is definitely a classic to incorporate into one’s weekly routine; however, aside from a breezy, cool denim look, like Charlize’s, check out these affordable options ranging in price from $37.99 – $59.99 for special occasions & other professional functions:

SHOP: 1. NINE WEST Fifth 9×9 Pointy Toe Pump in Black Calf Leather @Amazon, 2. Jessica Simpson Haneh Pump in Black Leather @DSW, 3. CHARLES by CHARLES DAVID Pact Clear Stiletto Pump in Black Smooth @Nordstrom Rack, & 4. ASOS DESIGN Penza Pointed High Heeled Pumps in Black @ASOS.

Lastly, you can’t go wrong with a quilted bag bag or clutch, especially one with an option to use the chain or tuck it in for Instagram posing, including the following picks that range in price from $24.97-$39.99:

SHOP: 1. Joseph D’Arezzo Quilted Envelope Clutch in black @New York & Company, 2. Katie & Kelly Day To Night Clutch in black @DSW, 3. River Island Patent Quilted Clutch Bag in black @River Island, & 4. MANGO Quilted Shoulder Bag in black @MANGO.

Which part of Charlize’s look are you most inspired by? Where do you shop for staple pieces like denim & button down shirts? Which celebrity do you follow for style inspiration? For more celebrity posts, check out: the trailer for Jennifer Lopez’s new Netflix documentary Halftime, Blake Lively’s summer dress inspiration, & suits inspired by Rose Byrne & Selena Gomez! Happy Styling!

06/13/2022 Darling of the Day: Blake Lively’s #LWD Inspo for Summer!


When it comes to summer style, I’m always all about a breezy, comfy fit & pops of color, but a little white dress (#LWD) is always a staple to break out for a fresh day in the sun, gathering with family & friends, or a chic date night out. Case in point, actress & style icon Blake Lively attended this weekend’s Tribeca Film Festival in support of her superstar pal Taylor Swift‘s “All Too Well” short film, which apparently should not be confused with a music video. However, Blake’s classic white dress caught my eye to feature because the actress has elevated the look for evening with her always stylish eye for accessorizing, along with her charming husband, Ryan Reynolds at her side.

The featured neutrals, along with the light cotton frock offer a juxtaposition of hard & soft, as well as glitzy & effortless. Furthermore, the Christian Louboutin t-strap heels and Gucci purse are likely too costly for the average Style Darling, which is why I wanted to feature affordable & fashionable alternatives, if Blake’s look has you inspired. Here are a few white dresses, available in a variety of sizes XS-4X (while supplies last) to get you ready for your next summer night out in style, ranging in prices $24.99-$74.00:

SHOP: 1. Smocked Top Puff-Sleeve Dress @New York & Company, 2. Fit & Flare Sleeveless Cotton-Poplin Smocked-Bodice Midi Dress for Women @Old Navy, 3. Hear My Heartbeat White Sleeveless Tie-Back Tiered Maxi Dress @Lulu’s, 4. Sofia Jeans by Sofia Vergara Women’s Midi Empire Dress with Ruffle Seam @Walmart, 5. Who What Wear Women’s Elbow Sleeve One Shoulder Knit Dress @Target, & 6. BTFBM Women Summer Bohemian Floral Casual Wrap V Neck Ruffle Cap Sleeveless Belt A-Line Pleated Hem Swing Midi Sun Dress @Amazon.

Additionally, some suggested accessories to coordinate with any of these white dresses (or one that you still haven’t dug out from the back of your closet) include:

SHOP: 1. Lassy Pump by Mix No. 6 @DSW, 2. Liraven Pump by Mix No. 6 @DSW, 3. Liah Braided Slide Dress Sandals by I. N. C. @Macy’s, 4. Basketwoven Crossbody Bag @Forever 21, 5. 2-Daisy Earrings @Ardene, 6. Fiona Wrapped Flat Hoops @francesca’s, 7. LC Lauren Conrad Rose Gold Tone Flower Circle Necklace @Kohl’s, & 8. LC Lauren Conrad Hook Bangle Bracelet @Kohl’s.

Where are you shopping this season for fabulous little white dresses? Which pieces are your go-to accessories for a summer night out? Do you prefer cotton, linen, or jersey for your staple little white dress? Share in the comments! Also, for more stylish celebrity posts, check out: suits inspired by Awkwafina & Selena Gomez, Jessica Alba’s summer platforms, & Victoria Beckham’s neon stilettos! Happy Styling!

Fun Winter and Holiday Sparkles from Kate Spade New York!


I’m baaack…. or at least trying to come back. I’ll save the introspective essay of how the pandemic affected my view on style blogging and my personal style for another, more fortuitous time; however, with the seasons changing and holiday cheer jingling around every street corner, albeit Thanksgiving is less than a week away, I had some fun clicking through Kate Spade New York‘s website. Ultimately, I found these adorable, seasonal, and on sale earrings that I was excited to share:

arctic friends penguin studs @Kate Spade New York, $30, marked down from $49
arctic friends penguin pave huggies @Kate Spade New York, $35, marked down from $59

My personal jewelry collection has never really lent itself to the animal kingdom, although a few ladybug and butterfly earrings come to mind, but as a mother of a rambunctious, imaginative, joyful three-year-old girl, I find that my mommy-style is an in-progress combination of no-fuss-ease with anything I can do to excite my daughter with what I’m wearing. Of course, my hope is that one day she will embrace the extensive fashion jewelry collection that I have amassed in my life, even though I haven’t unpacked most of it in over a year since buying my first family home with my husband. I hope the special, sentimental pieces connected with holidays and celebrations, like these penguin earrings from Kate Spade, could tell a powerful and cherished story of happy times for her as well.

While I’m not in a position these days to just lavish myself with designer duds, even though the above penguin picks are priced reasonably for a holiday gift, my recommendation would be that for any reader looking to add sparkle by means of festive bling this season to check these out, along with other limited sale buys from Kate Spade New York (like the matching bow bangle and earrings set here). As a result of considering my daughter’s reaction in what I wear, I have expanded some of what I choose to wear to feature cutesy, kitchy animals because… why not? For one more animal-friendly suggestion, check out these:

arctic friends polar bear pave mini studs @Kate Spade New York, $35, marked down from $59

Where are you shopping for holiday sparkles or fun, playful jewels? Where do you stop first when it comes to pre-Black Friday deals? What’s on your list to Santa this year? I’ll take a nap any day of the week before more stuff to find space for in the house, but a little sparkle does go a long way. For more holiday jewelry inspiration, check out other fun picks from Francescas, LC Lauren Conrad Collection for Kohls, Sugarfix by Bauble Bar at Target, and INC International Concepts for Macy’s.

Happy Styling!

Summer’s Most Stylish Wristlet for $12.99!


I was recently in a situation where–gasp–I realized that I was not appropriately dressed for an event. My husband & I were going to a concert & even though my maxi dress & shrug combo were perfectly comfortable, rain was imminent & the weather was not about to stop us from going to the beachfront concert. So, I had a little time after work to run to @Target for a quick change of looks. I found leggings, a tunic tee, & cozy hoodie to endure the weather, but also, this yellow floral wristlet pouch by A New Day completed my look while still staying true to my style. It was the perfect way to carry only necessities, instead of my usual oversized tote bag with absolutely everything I owned.

A day or so after the event, I went on Target‘s website to share my joy about this wristlet & that’s when I found the navy & orange combo on the same wristlet, which is equally stylish for summer.

Both wristlets offer a fashionable pop of color & tropical feel in their patterns, which work perfectly with any outfit this season. Also, they’ll transition nicely for spring looks when headed out to a party or daytime wedding. My absolute favorite part of these wristlets is the price–$12.99!

What kind of small bag do you carry to special occasions & outings? Where are you shopping for great deals on summer accessories? How are you incorporating flowers into your summer style? For more stylish posts, check out Jessica Alba’s platforms, affordable tees for every size, Betsey Johnson’s butterfly inspiration, & beach / weekend totes! Happy Styling!

Tee Time!


I’m a sucker for dresses, cardigans, & big jewelry. There’s no question about it. There are some staple pieces that I love to have en masse, including cardigans, ankle pants, & blouses. However, one wardrobe must-have that I haven’t embraced so much is the classic t-shirt!

(gasp)

…Perhaps this is because I always relied on the cozy ease of a t-shirt for my sleepwear & not so much to mix with my day pieces. T-shirts are an easy way to play off of busy patterns, bold textures, & trendy companions, which is why I’m featuring some great deals on colorful, classic, & trendy t-shirts.

SHOP: navy crewneck Hampton tee @New York & Company (available in 4 colors in size XS – XXL), blue pocket tee @LOFT (available in 4 colors in size XS – XXL), coral square-neck trim tee @dressbarn (available in six colors in size XS – XL, shop 1X – 3X here, pale blue v-neck tee @Gap (available in 17 colors in size XS – XXL), A New Day white crewneck tee @Target (available in 4 colors in size XS – XXL), & green jersey tee @H&M (available in 7 colors in size XXS – XXL).

No matter what your favorite neckline is, t-shirts really are for everyone. There are so many styles to consider from crewneck to v-neck to square-neck to split-neck, which is what makes t-shirts so versatile & compatible to offset a busy look to keep in minimal with all solids. Any of these tees could be worn with jeans, tucked into a skirt, with printed pants, or under a sleeveless dress, creating a new layer of possibilities in outfit building. Consider coordinating any of these items to build your next comfy t-shirt chic look:

SHOP: beaded flower necklace @dressbarn, gold chain choker @Forever 21, blue paisley Audrey ankle pant @New York & Company, Match Made midi skirt @ModCloth, green gingham sandals @GOjane, & leopard Pixie pant @Old Navy.

How do you like to style t-shirts? Where do you shop for a variety of colors when it comes to t-shirts? What is your favorite style t-shirt? For more stylish posts, check out Betsey Johnson’s butterfly adorned heels, stylish summer totes from T.J. Maxx & Windsor, pretty pendant necklaces for any outfit from Kohl’s & Francesca’s, & Victoria Beckham’s bold neon heels! Happy Styling!