The Stylish Five: Last Day Of Summer Sale Items ($15.00 & Under)!


Today is officially the last day of summer & tomorrow starts the fall. I’ve probably never been so sad to see the summer end (even though I’m crazy for suede & booties right now). It was an especially lovely season, partly b/c I was a free bird all over Long Island & had a great time with my boyfriend & friends.  Of course, now that my birthday is over & I’m back to school (working for one & no longer a student!), I still can’t get those last-minute summer deals out of my mind.  I didn’t have to look very hard to find these five very stylish pieces to include for a special post, all for $15.00 or under!

First, the racerback rugby stripes tank ($1.99) from Forever 21 is perfect to wear still, but for fall, you have to keep in mind that fall is all about layering.  This bright pop of color can be worn under a button-down shirt & sweater vest or cardigan.  Of course, yellow isn’t necessarily the color of the season, but it’s still fun to add against something red or cobalt!  Also, even though here on the east cost, it’s getting too chilly even during the day for shorts, but if you’re headed on vacation soon or traveling south where the summer sun is still beaming, check out the patterned shorts ($15.00) from Old Navy that are available in dark tone chambray (pictured above), as well as navy stripe & green stripe.

I love checking out what’s going on @J.Crew, which is where I found the perfect-fit tee ($14.99) in light blade & deep turquoise, however you’ll also be able to score this tee is spice for $9.99.  These colors are fun to mix up by colorblocking with a pencil skirt, trousers, or leggings & some chunky, oversized accessories or printed scarves.  For those who love daring prints, check out the floral/houndstooth printed mirror t-shirt dress ($12.00) from Windsor Store, which is a mini that calls for opaque tights & a boyfriend blazer.  I’m not saying you have to hide your shape in this flattering frock, but another way to keep it seasonal & fresh is by adding a belt & a knit cardigan.

Lastly, I’m crazy for the American Eagle sparkling flip-flop ($6.00 – $9.99) from Payless.  This pewter hue is higher in price, but they’re available in eleven other colors to help fulfill all of your flip-flop needs, especially if you’re headed for a hot tub or looking to something with some sheen for next season! What are you shopping for on this last day of summer? Do you have a favorite store where you love to shop clearance? Happy Styling!

Silver Screen Style / Watch This Style: Get Swept Away by ‘Oz: The Great & Powerful!’


I was just about to call it quits on the blogging front today- until I saw this trailer! I’d been keeping up with all the latest news around casting & the production of Oz: The Great & Powerful on Movie Buzzers, especially when I heard that the lovely Michelle Williams was going to play Glinda! THe movie is a prequel to the classic Wizard of Oz, starring James Franco as Oz himself, the legendary wizard who started it all.  Also in two are Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, & Zach Braff.  There’s nothing more exciting to me than a fabulously colorful fantasy movie like this, that makes the kid inside all of us smile.

Okay, okay, I realize this isn’t entirely style-related, but when I watch this, even though the trailer shows very little of Michelle, I was reminded how beautiful she looks with long hair.  Let’s hope that more of her on-screen characters in the future don longer locks.  Check out the trailer for the movie which premieres March 8th 2013! Happy Styling!

Silver Screen Style / Watch This Style: Keira Knightley’s ‘Anna Karenina Trailer & Banana Republic-Inspired Collection!


It’s not a secret that Oscar-nominated actress Keira Knightley is fond of making period pieces, especially with director, Joe Wright (Atonement).  However, when the news came out that the British siren was going to star in a remake of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, I was super excited since the novel is one of my favorites of all time.  I’ve been following the production of this film on Movie Buzzers, covering all the casting news & now, not only has the official trailer hit the web, but costume designer Jacqueline Durran has told WWD that she is creating a collection inspired by the film for Banana Republic.

What’s curious about this collaboration is that the classic Russian drama is set in the late 19th century, however the BR line will feature a ’50s feel with a historic twist on blouses, coats, furs, jewelry, & accessories, ranging in price from $29.50 to $250.00.  Durran describes her vision for the film & capsule collection as “a once in a lifetime experience. I was given the chance to apply my passion for period styles to a collection that translates to fashion today.” The line is set to debut in stores in October & audiences can revel in the fashionable film when it hits theaters November 2nd.

For more stylish films, check out previous posts in Watch This Style, including the trailers for Les Miserables & The Great Gatsby. Happy Styling!

Silver Screen Style / Watch This Style: New Movie Trailers for ‘The Great Gatsby’ & ‘Les Miserables!’


Classic literature has never looked so stylish, especially with the motion picture remakes of some of the most well-known stories.  This includes Les Miserables, starring Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Eddie Redmayne, & Amanda Seyfried.  The adaptation from Victor Hugo’s novel & the quintessential Broadway play is set to hit theaters December 14th. Check out the trailer below for an emotional first trailer of the film, as well as this link to the latest coverage of the film on Movie Buzzers.

Also, for some real high-fashion glamour, director Baz Luhrmann is reinventing F. Scott Fitzgerald jazz-age tragedy, The Great Gatsby, in 3-D with a stellar cast which includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey MulliganTobey MaguireIsla Fisher, & Joel Edgerton.  I’ve been following the coverage of this film on Movie Buzzers, but I’ve been dying to share with my Style Darling readers a gimpse of this movie.  The trailer is a dramatic tease of glitz & glory.  Also, be sure to follow that least news on this film here.

For more movie-worthy style, click on over to Silver Screen Style! Of course I love posting videos of any & every style-related sort, which is why I’ve also added this post in my Watch This Style category! What movies are you most looking forward to this year? Which are your favorite stylish characters so far? Happy Styling!

Silver Screen Style: Woody Allen’s ‘To Rome with Love’ Trailer!


Excuse me if I’m repeating myself.. As some of you may know I am the sole proprietor of Style Darling, but also write full-time for Ladies Outfitters & also dabble in some entertainment writing for Movie Buzzers.  I recently wrote about the trailer for Woody Allen’s latest European romp, To Rome with Love, for Movie Buzzers. I’m featuring it here b/c not only does it look like a fantastic movie, but the Italian setting brings on a whole new level of stylish inspiration!

The film stars Woody Allen, Judy Davis, Penelope Cruz, Ellen Paige, Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Roberto Benigni, & Alison Pill.  I’m most excited about seeing Ms. Cruz back on the big screen under Allen’s direction, especially after her Oscar win for Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

For more on stylish movies, check out my Movie Buzzers article on The Most Stylish Films of 2011, the trailer & images for The Rum Diary, & in-depth coverage of Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn. Check out the trailer for To Rome with Love below & leave some comments. The film is due out in theaters on April 22nd! Happy Styling!

Watch This Style / Silver Screen Style: The Top Picks from ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Collaboration with H&M!


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is in theaters now & you can even get Lisbeth Salander’s edgy, sporty style at your local H&M store.  A while ago, I posted (here) about the stylish, tattered collection, designed by the film’s costume designer, Trish Summerville.  Courtesy of FabSugarTV, here’s a video I found on YouTube, talking about the details behind the collection! Also, check out my more in-depth article from my column ‘A Dash of Fashion’ on Culture Mob! Happy Styling!

Watch This Style / Silver Screen Style: The Very Best of Samantha Jones (a la Sex & the City 2)!


My last post was about a quartet of stylish women, but when you’re talking about that, you have to mention Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, & Miranda!

Even though Sex & the City 2 wasn’t as huge of a success as the first film, all the elements of friendship, romance, comedy, & style are still there.  If you didn’t know this already, I’m definitely a Charlotte with a plash of Carrie.  However, during my latest venture around YouTube, I came across this nearly 12 1/2 minute video montage of Samantha’s best moments from the sequel film.  I have to say that I haven’t watched this movie as much as I have the first once, but it’s always fun to see what the girls are up to, even if their time in New York is limited.  Have fun watching Samantha’s highlights, as well as the unforgettable banter between the ladies!  Happy Styling!

Silver Screen Style: ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Style Comes to H&M!


I haven’t read the popular book series by Steig Larsson, by the trailer for the new movie adaptation, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, starring Rooney Mara & Daniel Craig looks pretty awesome!  Fans are gearing up for the movie which premieres December 21st, but before that, you can get your stylish hands on a new line @H&M, inspired by Mara’s character, Lisbeth Salander.  The news comes courtesy of In Style, but I wanted to share these pieces which will be available in H&M stores on December 14th.

Talk about distressed, androgynous, & edgy!  If you’re a leggings lover, then get a load of these leather pieces, along with the destroyed tees which can also be mixed & match with boyfriend blazers & cardigans.  Try the gray jeans with menswear pieces or oversized sequined tops. The items, which also includes accessories like bags, sneakers, cold weather knitwear, & jewelry, range in price from $4 – $199.

For more in-depth details about this line, check out my latst article for my column A Dash of Fashion on Culture Mob here! Would you wear any of the items from this line? Do you think it’s overkill to create a collection inspired by the movie or do you think that’s where fashion is headed?  Happy Styling!

Watch This Style / Silver Screen Style: Behind-The-Scenes of My Week with Marilyn Starring Michelle Williams!


Aside from the obviously fabulous sales this Black Friday weekend, one of the most anticipated movies of the year was released on Wednesday, My Week with Marilyn, starring Michelle Williams.  I won’t really be able to see the movie until Sunday, but I can’t wait!  I found this exciting clip on YouTube which includes some behind-the-scenes juice on the development of the story, Michelle’s interpretation of Monroe, & more behind the Oscar-buzzing film!  Take a look & share your thoughts! Happy Styling!

Silver Screen Style: Get Your Own Ruby Slippers!


On one unsuspecting Saturday night, I found myself planted in front of the tube watching Wizard of Oz with my best friend, Rosie.  Of course, I can’t get over Dorothy’s signature ruby slippers.  I have plenty of red high heels, but none are quite as classic & adorable as the original Salvatore Ferragamo designed shoes for the movie.

I’ve recently posted a lot about shoes & even dedicated a whole Color Me Style post to Rosie (clicky here), but there’s really no such thing as too many red shoes!

Take a look at these shoes which range in price from $24.50 – $99.00, but are totally worth the investment if you’re looking to add some glimmering polish to the upcoming holiday season & for any smashing LBD ensemble.  My favorites by far are the glittery mary jane platform pumps ($30.00) from Charlotte Russe.  The store is currently having a sale where you can buy shoes BOGO $15.00.  That’s a good deal! You can find the sparkle toe pumps ($99.00) @Victoria’s Secret, or go for some all-over twinkle with the Promiscuous ‘Ryan’ pumps ($24.50) from 6PM.

While Dorothy’s shoes weren’t peep toes, I’ve also selected the ‘Jeana’ knot slingbacks ($27.99) in red satin, which add an old Hollywood glamour to any look, from Payless.  They’re also available in black & wide width, just in case the red isn’t for you.  I’m also a big fan of patent leather, so these Romantic Soles ‘Peony’ pumps ($44.50) sold @Zappos are the perfect fit for a polka-dotted dress in the summer, or with heavier textures this season like tweed or a chunky knit dress.  Speaking of texture, @Nine West, the ‘Galactica’ suede pumps ($69.30) have a little bit more edge with gold embellishments around the platform.

Have a red shoe story? Love Wizard of Oz? Share your story with us Style Darlings!  Happy Styling!