Color Me Style: Breaking The Brown & Black Mixing Myth (Dedicated to Christine)!


In an effort for some variety, I turned to my dear friend Christine for some blog inspiration. Of course, there’s plenty of great deals out there this weekend with all of the Black Friday sales, but I was intrigued by her question about mixing black & brown, as in boots & dress, or belt & bag. 2013 is  a year to break the rules with accessories coordination & knowing which hues work best for your look, despite the myths that these colors don’t work together!

Walmart - waistband dress $14.00, Payless - riding boots $29.99, H&M - leather belt $12.95, & Dress Barn - disc earrings $12.00.

The first look I’m featuring shows a casual chic way to reinterpret a little black dress, including brown accessories: Faux leather waistband dress ($14.00) in black @WalmartBrash Zane riding boot ($29.99) in cognac @Payless, Glitter disc earrings ($12.00) in brown @Dress Barn, & leather belt ($12.95) in brown @H&M.

Target - sweater dress $29.99, Forever 21 - chain necklace $12.80, JC Penney - stretch bead bracelets $7.95, & DSW - NYLA flat $19.95.

To dress up a flattering brown sweater dress, I’ve picked some luxe black accessories to make this look perfect & effortless for the holidays. Here’s what we’re working with: Mossimo long sleeved sweater dress ($29.99) in brown heather @Target, sleek curb chain necklace ($12.80) in black / gold @Forever 21, & black bead & shell stretch bracelet ($7.50) in black / gold @JC Penney, & NYLA Elanino flat ($19.94) in black @DSW.

Other style myths worth breaking are the navy & black combination, as well as wearing gold & silver jewelry. There are so many ways around a clashing look, and often mixing metals & textures can be even more fabulous! For more shopping posts, check out fashionable flats on sale for Black Friday, stylish sweater steals from The Limited & Old Navy, & ladylike stud earrings from Lauren Conrad’s Kohl’s collection! Happy Styling!

Black Friday Sale Update: Nine West’s 50% Off Select Boots & Booties, & Select Pumps $49.99!


Have you got the holiday blues? Has the holiday spirit just not hit you yet? Well, I have a solution, by sharing the latest Black Friday sale from Nine West. Select boots & booties are currently 50% off, & select pumps are reduced to $49.99! I love a Nine West shoe… there’s something about the combination of quality, affordability, & style that makes me swoon b/c this is one of my favorite name brands to follow in footwear.

If that doesn’t excite you, then head to a doctor (a cute one)! Anyway, I want to share all of the styles, but simply don’t have the time to talk about each & every one, so I picked my four favorite styles to share for a variety of occasions during the season.

Play with the neutral shoe trend with the Sheryl pumps ($49.99) a nude / black patent combo. These are fun to mix with cocktail dresses, & can work well with suit separates for the office.  They’re available in four other colors to help round out your wardrobe.  Get your glam on & all of your Wizard of Oz dreams to come true with the Love Fury pumps ($49.99) in red, which also come in dark silver & black- ideal for making your Christmas wish more festive.

I’m a big fan of flat boots for those days when you wanna give your arches a break, but you still want to look fashion forward, which makes the Bogie bootes ($59.50) in bronze metallic perfect for wearing under jeans with a cable knit sweater or layering with a button down.  For something a little more edgy, these are also sold in silver metallic, calling on your 80s-inspired duds! Because anything animal print sends me into a fashion fury, I had to include the Haywire booties ($69.50) which will hug your foot in all the right ways & call on lots of attention when you walk into a room!

Which shoe is your favorite? Do you frequently order footwear from store websites? What kind of shoe sales are you looking for? Happy Styling!

Black Friday Sale Update: Get BOGO 50% Off @Dress Barn!


Where I live, Dress Barn has become quite the hub of fashion, especially when you’re shopping on a budget. Of course the demographic that the store is aiming for is for the professional woman, with special departments for plus & petite sizes, which is why I wanted to share the latest Black Friday sale from here.  They’re offering BOGO 50% off on regular priced items only, ending on Sunday at midnight.  Also, I should mention that Dress Barn is offering some really great deals on their sale items, which have been reduced to jewelry as low as $7.50, sweaters for as low as $9.99, & plus size casual skirts for as low as $9.99!

On a personal note, I’ve had a lot of success @Dress Barn, finding a cute sweater dress that came with me this year to Italy (see post here), & with a cocktail dress for my very special New Year’s Ever first date with my boyfriend (see post here ❤).

Since it’s the time of year to start thinking about the holidays, I wanted to share a party-friendly look from Dress Barn, including dresses that can also work for the office during the day if you add a blazer or embellished cardigan. Not to mention that these are accessorized with classic pieces that will work for plenty of future dressy occasions.

The first look consists of the side knot dress ($40.00) in royal, paired with chain Peter Pan collar necklace ($30.00), crystal bracelet set ($20.00), & sequined peep toe pumps ($30.00). Then the look to the right is plus size faux sarong scoop neck dress ($50.00) in eggplant, with the mesh & bead frontal necklace ($20.00), colorblock diamond bracelet ($15.00), & metallic peep toe heels ($45.00), which are also sold in wide width. All eight of these items are included in the BOGO 50% off sale, so you do the math to find out how much you’ve saved with this one-stop-shop look for the upcoming sparkling holiday season! Happy Styling!

Black Friday Sale Update: Caché’s Big 60% Off Already Reduced Accessories!


We’ve covered clothing & shoes, but what about jewelry? More specifically, earrings- which are a perfect gift to check out during the madness of these Black Friday sales.  @Caché, already reduced sale items are 60% less in celebration of the holiday week, in addition to some more great discounts as seen in the ad above.

I haven’t hit up this website in quite some time, but I was happy to find some classic & feminine earrings to share with readers & shoppers. However, today I was excited to see these perfect gift ideas for your favorite gal pals without breaking the budget.  This includes the brown snake hoop earring (was $28.00, on sale for $11.20), Hemi & Pave link earring (was $28.00, on sale for $11.20), enamel link earring (was $24.00, on sale for $9.60), & animal enamel hoop (was $22.00, on sale for $8.80).

While these are all ideal for celebrating the holiday season, the list goes on with the green teardrop earring (was $24.00, on sale for $9.60), life saver earring (was $22.00, on sale for $8.80), dusted earring (was $22.00, on sale for $8.80), & the black diamond teardrop earring (was $24.00, on sale for $9.60).

What stylish gifts are you shopping for? Do you regularly shop @Caché? Where are you heading for the best Black Friday deals? Happy Styling!

Black Friday Sale Update: 30-50% Off Shoes, Sandals, Boots, & Handbags @ALDO!


I’ve been searching plenty of websites for the best outfits at the most affordable prices, but I haven’t forgotten about my love for footwear.  Once I checked out what was going on @ALDO shoes, I knew I had to share the latest markdowns for the Black Friday sale. There’s always a good reason to buy shoes on sale, including some sensible flats for the office, sexy pumps for a date night, & chic boots for a casual day of shopping with the girls.

The Patrin flats ($17.49) in cognac are the perfect way to finish off a belted sweater dress look with tights & they’re also sold in blue & fuchsia. Also, for a glitter glitz & glam, I love the Nottingham flats ($9.99) in blue, which will compliment any leather skirt & embellished blouse look.  For a more utilitarian look, I recommend the Mandina boot ($38.49) with skinny jeans & a plaid button-down. The sleek Sperow heels ($32.49) are ideal for sporting the cap toe trend with the contrasting texture, but they’ll also make any LBD look all the more fierce, especially when worn with textured tights.

Next is the Jonquiere heels ($32.49) with a classic platform for elongating the legline. Match these with a polka dot dress or a sleek red number & you’ll really be making an entrance.  The Korsen bootie ($39.99) plays with colorblocking, adding an unexpected twist with the regal cobalt & bright turquoise.  The feminine Laesser flats ($14.99) are a gorgeous pairing with a slipdress & boyfriend blazer for an effortless night out on the town.

Which shoes are your favorites? Would you buy your BFF a pair of shoes for the holidays? Happy Styling!

Black Friday Sale Update: Joe Fresh’s Fierce 30-60% Off Sale!


Joe Fresh is one store that I’ve yet to shop in, but I love their clean & chic ad campaigns, not to mention the elegant & modern designs of their styles.  There aren’t any local stores in my area on Long Island, but I’m always excited to see what’s going on online.  For tomorrow’s Black Friday sale, all regular-priced merchandise is 30% off & 60% off select merchandise from 5am – 10am only.

You can get a head start on your wish list with some new additions to your wardrobe, including the lurex shell ($24.00) with the ankle split pant ($39.00), lace shirt ($39.00) with the a-line skirt ($39.00), & the print shift dress ($39.00) with a 2-tone belt ($24.00). If you’re lucky enough to find pieces like these in stores, you can certainly mix & match them with other wardrobe staples that’ll last all year long! Happy Styling!

Black Friday Sale Update: 40% Off @Ann Taylor + Another 25% Off Sale Items!


The style just keeps coming as we’re preparing to break out the plastic for all the great deals for tomorrow’s Black Friday sales.  I wanted to share what’s going on @Ann Taylor, which includes a 40% off sale on full-priced merchandise & an additional 25% off all sale items, when using code THANKS. This includes everything from tops, pants, dresses, denim, accessories, shoes, jewelry, etc.

I put together a few must-have pieces to give to your favorite gal pals or if you’re looking for some essential basics to upgrade your wardrobe.  This include the 3/4 sleeve bubble hem top ($29.99), abstract pearlized button earrings ($38.00), leopard print oblong silk scarf ($68.00), animal print small makeup bag ($24.00), pyramid stretch bracelet ($28.00), & pearlized striped tee ($38.00).

Which sales are you most excited about on Black Friday? Are there certain pieces you’re dying to have? Happy Styling!

Black Friday Sale Update: Get Up To 60% Off At The Gap + 20% Off Today Only!


It took me some time to warm up to The Gap, only b/c I always saw how high the prices were, but if you keep an eye out on the sales & keep your coupons handy, I’ve learned that this is one of my favorite places to shop for a great deal. On this Thanksgiving day, Gap is sharing an up to 60% off sale online & for today only, you can get another 20% off using code GAPGIFT at checkout.

For some style inspiration, I’ve found some of my favorite pieces to share with shoppers & readers. Not only do I love the styles of these items, but their newly reduced prices are hard to beat for the quality that you’re getting! I’m featuring the cable boatneck pullover ($31.46) in charcoal heather, slim cropped refined dot pants ($34.96), suede belt ($17.46) in electric fuchsia, fitted boyfriend flannel ruffle shirt ($32.97) in navy plaid, 1969 perfect boot jeans ($45.47), buffalo plaid open weave scarf ($20.96) in yellow plaid, & printed ballet flats ($27.96) in camouflage.

Are you a loyal Gap shopper? Is this one of the stores on your must-hit Black Friday shopping list? Happy Styling!

Black Friday Sale Update: Shop 50% Off The Entire AMI Clubwear Website!


I’m doing my best to sift through the dozens of emails that I’ve received between yesterday & today, including the big sitewide 50% off sale going on @AMI Clubwear! Use code 50BF2012 on your online purchase today & tomorrow. If you’re looking for easy & fun pieces to spruce up your cocktail wardrobe or wanna add some spice to your everyday looks, AMI Clubwear is the perfect place to shop.

I’ve put this look together, which is holiday friends for any upcoming parties with friends or family that you may be attending & all of it is 50% off! This includes the red orange satiny ruffle neckline pleated detail sexy dress ($23.99), black long sleeves collar contrast lining velvet outerwear ($43.99), black faux suede spike studded peep toe heels ($29.99), gold getallic faux leather woven studded clutch handbag ($32.99), & the gold leaf teardrop shape two-tone earrings set ($9.99). Listed are original prices, so when you go to check out, simply enter the discount code & see the difference! Happy Styling!

Holiday Gift Style: Get 50% Off Everything @Express Until Noon On Friday!


There’s big news coming out of Express starting today, until noon on Friday- Black Friday, that is. EVERYTHING online & in-stores is 50% off, which means is pretty amazing for you & your man! Need I say more?

Of course I can’t help but recommend a few favorite pieces that are sure to spruce up your holiday wardrobe, but can also lend some additional style to your work & cocktail ensembles. This includes the ponte knit peplum dress ($39.95) in aquarium perfect with a collar necklace & peep toe pumps, sequin stripe sweatshirt ($24.95) with leather leggings & a boyfriend blazer, stella printed jean legging ($44.00) with a tunic sweater & drop earrings, & mixed print satin pencil skirt ($34.95) with a lace blouse & pointed toe stilettos.

Also, for those extra special finishing touches, I like the large pave flower stud earrings ($11.45) for any LBD & cardigan, zebra burnout waffle knit cover-up ($14.95) over a sheath dress & belt, & metallic piped platform bootie ($44.00) with a wool skirt & opaque tights. Happy Styling!

Holiday Gift Styles: Pre-Black Friday BOGO FREE Jeans Deal From Delia’s!


Delia’s isn’t really a store meant for my demographic, I get that, but I can’t help but love the adorable styles that are perfect for a casual day of cuteness.  What’s better is the latest in-store only BOGO FREE jeans sale (excluding jeggings) currently going on @Delias today. Of course the store runs in juniors sizes from 00-19/20, which is perfect for my curvy Style Darlings too! Since the sale is just too good to miss, bring a gal pal with you shopping so you can both benefit from the offer!

With this sale, you can jump on board the latest trends in denim including colored jeans, neon, metallic, & prints.  I recommend the Britt low-rise skinny color jean ($39.50) in red, which are also available in deep purple, electric blue, & geranium.  Also, the peach floral skinny jean ($39.50) which will immediately soften any heavy, chunky knit that you’re sporting to keep warm.  Work that 80s flair in the Britt low-rise skinny jean ($39.50) in safety yellow, which are also available to brighten up your look in coral & coral blast. Lastly, you can keep those basics like a black tee or white button-down handy to help neutralize the eye-catching gold coated skinny jean ($39.50), especially if you want to start putting together a potential New Year’s Eve look with separates.

Which pre-Black Friday sales are you shopping? What style jeans do you typically shop for? Are you expanding your jeans style with these trends? Be sure to check back for all the latest posts in Holiday Gift Styles & Black Friday Sale Update to get the best deals from your favorite stores! Happy Styling!

Black Friday Sale Update: EVERYTHING Is On Sale @Old Navy!


Even if you’re not shopping for yourself on this very busy Black Friday, you should head over to Old Navy b/c everything in the store is on sale today & tomorrow! However, I picked out a few of my favorites, including the wool-blend double-breasted coat ($44.50) in blue plaid.  It’s also available in cream, red, & black in sizes XS – XXL for women.  I’m not the blazer wearing kind of Style Darling, but I thought that the jersey-fleece blazer ($19.50) was an unconventional, yet fashionable take on comfy, casual clothing.  Also, everyone needs a little sparkle, like with the sequined henley tank ($18.00), or try some frill with the ruffle-front henley top ($8.00).  Both tops can be layered with other pieces & worn to be dressed up depending on the bottoms & accessories. Happy Styling!

Black Friday Sale Update: 50 – 60% Off Sale @Nine West!


I’ve bene waiting on the Nine West sale for Black Friday all week & here it is! There’s a limited selection on styles that are 60% off.  Also, on the website & in stores, there are some major 50% off sales too!

Part of the 60% off deal are some really fabulous booties that range in style from utilitarian to boho chic.  I’ve posted a bunch of animal-inspired items so far today & I couldn’t resist sharing the Fessup booties ($83.30) which are perfect for any red top & black skinny pants outfit.  The Esmiralda booties ($90.30) have a snake trim, which just add some luxury to the shoes which have been reduced in price from $129.00.  Also, Gracious bootie ($76.30) is an essential piece for this season with wide leg trousers, knit leggings, dark denim jeggings, & boyfriend jeans.

Be sure to check ou the Woodney pumps ($49.50) in nude patent, but they are also available in black patent.  The heel is classic & offers much more support as opposed to a skinny stiletto.  In addition, the Hideout sandals ($49.50) in red synthetic also come in nautral & gray.  They’d really make a splash with a leather mini dress, romper & tights outfit, or studded sheath dress with a belt.

Don’t forget that there’s a limited time offer on free shipping for any purchase, so if you decide not to keep your purchase, you can return them to your local Nine West store without having to spend any additional cash!  Happy Styling!

Black Friday Sale Update: BOGO Free, 40% Off, $9 Denim, & 2 For $10 Deals @Forever 21!


Get a load of all the crazy sale @Forever 21! There’s Buy One, Get One Free on selected merchandise, 2 for $10 deals on tops, 40% off selected new items, $9.00 for denim, & loads more fabulous deals!

I picked out just a few can’t-miss finds, including the paisley maxi dress ($15.99) & flower child sublimation tank ($8.99), which are a part of BOGO!  The dark skinny ankle jeans ($9.00) come in dark denim & dark black.  Also, the multicolor purl knit sweater ($14.88) comes in sizes XL-3X.

Be sure to also check out the store’s gift shop which includes great deals on more sweaters, handbags, & other accessories! Happy Styling!

Black Friday Sale Update: 50% Off The Entire AMI Clubwear Site!


Get your fashionable footwear fix today only, from AMI Clubwear, with the 50% off discount code amiblkfri50! The store has hundreds of boots, heels, sandals, & flats for the picking, indlucing these six sweet finds, ranging in price from $9.99 – $27.99!

The Camel Faux Suede Cross Strap Studded Heel Booties ($9.99) have been marked down from $28.99! Get your animal inspiration with the Leopard Print Faux Kid Suede Platform Pump Heels ($19.99).  I know I’m a big lover of bows on my shoes, which is why I selected Black Faux Suede Bow Decor Peeptoe Slingback Platform Heels ($26.99) to go with any embellished dress for an upcoming party.

Turn some heads with the Mustard Faux Suede Tier Fringe Platform Wedges ($26.99)! Two-tone shoes like the Royal Blue Velvet Bow Accent Peep Toe Platform Heels ($26.99) are a fun way to mix things up with an abstract print dress. And who doesn’t love a red shoe?  I recently posted about adorable red heels from a night of watching Wizard of Oz & the Lipstick Smooth Faux Suede Beaded Bow Peep Toe Heels ($27.99) definitely belong in that category. Happy Styling!