SHOP NOW!: Time & Tru Eyelet Dress + Earring Combinations!


As spring is just around the corner–hopefully–spring is definitely hitting stores & I can’t wait for lighter layers, bright hues, & dangly earrings, which is pretty much my warm weather wardrobe! The must-have staple for spring is an eyelet dress, which can be dressed up down, depending on where you’re headed. One classic cut dress with a flattering scallop detail at the sleeves & hem can be found by Time & Tru at Walmart:

SHOP: Time & Tru short sleeve eyelet dress in black soot, emerald bliss, vivid white, & lunar yellow @Walmart ($23.98, available in sizes XS-XXXL).

Aren’t these colors gorgeous?! Of course, I do wish for a magenta or bright purple too, but I’m pleased that this selection is offered in such a wide range of sizes as it is flattering, feminine, & stylish for every body type. I’d love to add a belt, denim jacket, & wedges before heading out the door for a sunny day in the village, joining the family for some festivities, or to work with a cardigan!

Also, with great dresses comes great accessories from Time & Tru:

SHOP: Time & Tru silver leaf filigree earrings, mixed metal hammered teardrop earrings, textured leaf drop earrings, & gold leaf drop earring @Walmart ($3.88 each).

Here’s how I would pair them up! What do you think?

Which dress color if your favorite? How would you style the dress? Do you often wear drop earrings? For more stylish posts, check out: 50% off stilettos from Express, short-sleeve pajama sets by Joyspun, cable knit sweaters for under $15, & stylish mule slides from Target! Happy Styling!

Show Me the Shoes: 50% Off Must-Have Pumps!


I love a sleek stiletto pump! I love a pump with unique detail that offers more interest & luxury to any outfit. I love a pump in an unexpected color. I love a point toe. However, I haven’t been wearing pumps much since early in the pandemic, even though I have purchased my fair over the last year. Speaking of pumps…

SHOP: Express X Simon Spurr pumps in pitch black, stone, & electric blue @Express (on sale: $44.00, available in sizes 5-10).

I’m crazy about this electric blue, though I wish it was also made in the same croc embossed texture as the black & white options. Additionally, a wide width alternative would be helpful, as well as other neutral colors, like tan, gray, & navy to wear with a sheath dress & blazer outfit, bow-neck blouse & pencil skirt look, & jogger jumpsuit ensemble.

Which color do you like the best? Do you love to strut in stiletto pumps like these? How often do you wear embossed footwear? For more stylish posts, check out: pajama sets for under $19, final sale on sequin star cardigans from LOFT, & Time & Tru pastel sweaters! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW!: Short-Sleeve Pajama Sets for Under $19!


It’s a slow, gray winter here on Long Island, but there have been plenty of cozy days & dreams of warmer weather. As I’ve had some down time to organize dressers, closets, & cabinets, I’ve been preparing for those warmer weather days, assessing wardrobe staples that I have & want to keep, what to donate, & what to get. Perhaps adulthood has instilled a much more regimented preparation of sleepwear, or that I’m so impressed by the ease my toddler daughter’s matching pajama sets, but I love to wear a set & have struggled to find a lightweight short-sleeve & cropped pant set to my liking…until now!

SHOP: Joyspun jewel neck flutter sleeve pajama set in 8 colors / patterns @Walmart ($18.98, available in sizes S-3XL).

I was immediately drawn to the leopard print & black with kisses sets, which are already stored for warmer months. Of course, there are so many pajama styles, including button-down tops or drawstring shorts, but I’ve always been looking for something soft without any buttons & something that colors my legs while sleeping. I’m really excited to break these out on a summer vacation or when hanging around the house for a lazy Saturday morning having pancakes with the family & cuddling up for cartoons. The material is very lightweight & I’m so pleased with the size inclusivity for the variety of colors & patterns. Joyspun has done it again!

Which set do you like the best? What’s your ideal pajama style? Do you often wear sets? For more stylish posts, check out: sequin sweaters & velvet leggings, pastel sweaters for under $18, & braided mules from Target in 12 colors! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW!: Pastel Sweaters for Under $18!


It’s still sweater season & when retailers start rolling out styles in spring colors, it’s time to click add-to-cart! The latest from Time & Tru that I can’t stop thinking about have got me inspired to pair with relaxed light denim jeans & sneakers for a weekend of errands, beige trousers & ballet flats for a day at work, a pleated midi skirt & high heels for a special occasion, or leggings & slippers for a cozy day around the house.

SHOP: Time & Tru long sleeve lightweight fashion sweater in lilac sky cheetah, pink coral cheetah, blue ash stripe, & faded rose stripe @Walmart (on sale: $16.98, available in sizes XS-XXXL).

SHOP: Time & Tru patchwork sweater in blue ash, orchid dream, peach margarita, & winter white @Walmart ($17.98, available in sizes XS-XXXL).

SHOP: Time & Tru elbow sleeve polo sweater in lilac bud, almond, mauve glow, & black soot @Walmart ($16.98, available in sizes XS-XXXL).

Which style sweater is your favorite? Do you like these warm & cool colors? Would you wear the cheetah print, stripes, or patchwork? For more stylish posts, check out: colorful mules for spring by A New Day, a must-have sequin sweater & leggings outfit, the boldest statement necklaces of the season, & stylish Valentine’s picks! Happy Styling!

Show Me the Shoes: Braided Mules for Spring in 12 Colors!


The 2020s have seen a major shift in style, especially concerning footwear as 90s & early 2000s trends are slowly creeping back. While a stiletto heel is classic, block heels have returned & we’ll be seeing them in the spring. Additionally, open slides with braiding details will be trendy once again, & why shouldn’t they be? The mule style is easy to slide on & when it comes in multiple colors, the stylish possibilities are endless.

SHOP: A New Day Basil mule heels in 12 colors @Target ($19.24-$34.99, available in sizes 5-12 in medium & wide width).

Personally, I’m a big fan of the neutral/white mix, as well as both metallic gold & silver options. I envision them with a maxi dress, drop earrings, & floral wristlet for a summer date night or family party.

Additionally, nearly every major shoe retailer has some version of these mules, as well as ankle booties & flats, for the various seasons, mostly because the braiding detail is timeless & offers a cushion around the foot. Which color do you like best? Do you prefer a chunky heel or something slimmer? How would you style this shoe? For more stylish posts, check out: a must-have sequin sweater & leggings outfit, classic denim jackets in 4 washes by Time & Tru, & spring ballet dresses in sizes XS-4X! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW!: The Spring Dress You’ll Want in Every Color!


Currently, I’m never thinking about springtime until I log on to social media & see Style Darlings across the country, especially those in warmer locations, donning lightweight floral-printed tops, dresses, or pants. However, retailers are ready for pastels & preparing shoppers for Spring Break!

All late spring & summer long, I’m wearing a dress! It’s one piece & great for casual or dressy occasions, depending on how it’s styled. I love being able to share a dress that not only comes in several different colors, but is an inclusive option for all sizes! Case in point:

SHOP: A New Day sleeveless ballet dress in black, green, dark blue, pink, & taupe @Target ($28.00, available in sizes XS-4X).

I’m especially excited about the green dress, as it is my favorite color, but I can picture any of these styled with a cardigan & ballet flats for work, a denim jacket & slides for weekend, or a metallic shawl & strappy wedges for date night. The flattering fit & flare silhouette combined with the midi length makes for a classic dress option that’ll make for a fashionable spring season.

How would you style this dress? What color do you like best? Are you already refreshing your spring wardrobe? For more stylish posts, check out: faux leather pull-on pants on sale now, classic & stylish bracelets for a Valentine’s gift, & cozy sweaters with a spring twist! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW!: Cozy Sweaters with a Spring Twist!


Of course, sweaters come in all shapes, patterns, & colors; we know they’re not exclusive to winter, but they’re definitely a go-to this season. If you’re looking for a sweater that seems to whisper springtime in that stylishly playful way that pastels do, check this out:

SHOP: Time & Tru long sleeve crewneck embroidery sweater in winter white & dark navy @Walmart ($22.98, available in sizes XS-XXL).

As much as the love the lightness of the white with the pink & blue details, I’ve got my eye on the navy to wear with various menswear-inspired navy trousers this season, especially as the spring semester is just around the corner. Either sweater can be styled with pants, jeans of all rises & cuts, as well as joggers or leggings.

How would you style this sweater? Would you dress it up or wear it casually? Do you prefer the white or the navy? For more stylish posts, check out: W magazine’s best performances portfolio with Stephanie Hsu & Kate Hudson, bold & colorful statement necklaces, must-have leopard pullover sweaters, & stylish earring sets from LOFT! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW!: Quilted Coats for $20!


Winter is in full swing & every day requires a topper, at least here on Long Island. There’s nothing wrong with a go-to coat that does everything you need it to, but isn’t it fun to try something different? I love the quilted look on outerwear, so this coat, in 7 stylish colors, has me hitting add-to-cart!

SHOP: Time & Tru quilted barn coat @Walmart (on sale: $20.00, limited availability in sizes: S-3XL).

I’m very drawn to the green or berry hues, but a classic black is always a great staple for mixing up your printed & textured cold weather accessories. What an awesome deal for a coat that was already an irresistible price originally at $29.98! How would you style this coat? What color do you like best? Do you like quilted designs? For more stylish posts, check out: a fashion flashback with Florence Pugh, sequin leggings & pencil skirts, & a chic houndstooth wrap for under $25! Happy Styling!

Holiday Gift Style: 40% Cardigan Sets from Target!


The Black Friday deals continue with 40% women’s clothing today only @Target!

Gift yourself—or a Style Darling you love—a fuzzy cardigan by A New Day (on sale: $18.00, available in sizes XS-4X). This is cozy & lush in 5 colors: black, cream, green, purple (though it looks more periwinkle, & & red).

Try styling with the coordinating fuzzy tank (on sale $13.20, available in 5 colors in sizes XS-4XL), along with any bottom: sequin joggers & heels for a holiday party, skinny jeans & tennis shoes for a day of shopping with friends, a pencil skirt & sparkly sandals for a special occasion, or plaid trousers & embellish ballet flats for the office.

I don’t know if I’d go as far as wearing the fuzzy tank, but I love the cardigan, especially on green & the purple shade for over a fit & flare dress or to dress up a t-shirt & jeans. How would you style this cardigan set? Which color do you like best? What are you shopping for this Black Friday weekend? For more stylish posts, check out: Ava + Viv sparkly sweaters for 40% off, discounted jewelry organizers, holiday bling from Macy’s, & velvet pull-on pants for $26! Happy Styling!

Holiday Gift Style: Sparkly Envelope Clutches for Under $8!


The party invitations must be rolling in for the most festive time of the year! Aside from landing on a comfortable & glittery outfit to celebrate the holidays, the right accessories at the right price are key! Finding an all-purpose evening clutch isn’t always easy, especially a neutral option that would work for another special occasion, like a wedding, & for any ensemble. However, you don’t have to pick just one when a bargain comes along. For example:

SHOP: faux suede envelope clutch in black / silver & beige / gold @Ardene (on sale: $7.47).

I love the neutral color + metal + sparkle combination, perfect for a velvet wrap dress & satin heels, a sequin sheath dress & patent stilettos, or an embellish sweater dress & patterned tights for a holiday party or gift exchange with friends. At 70% off, investing in both is a great idea to be prepared for a more dramatic, darker look or something softer in pastels for another season.

How would you style this bag? Which color do you like best? Where do you shop for special occasion accessories? For more stylish posts, check out: the most festive party shoes of the season, J. Crew Factory’s “Cheers!” Sweater in XXS-3X, & Jennifer Aniston on the last print edition of Allure! Happy styling!

Splurge or Save: The Ultimate Embellished & Sparkly Bowed Holiday Heels at Every Price Point!


This holiday season, I’ve been doing a double-take when it comes to festive, feminine, & one-of-a-kind footwear for holiday gatherings & upping up my at-work style game leading up to mid-December. Before I can hit add-to-cart on any of my selections, I have to do my research to see if I am getting the best deal for my dollar, but also, if the holiday shoe of my choice, with a regal satin texture, sparkly embellishment, & bow adornment, is made in a design that best suits my shoe aesthetic.

Back in March, Harper’s Bazaar declared the below Mach and Mach design the party shoe of the year, which makes perfect sense given its glamour, festive embellishment, & Cinderella appeal–not to mention all the different color & design possibilities that have clearly spawned from this original style.

SHOP: Mach and Mach double bow silk satin pumps in black @Saks Fifth Avenue ($1,095, available in sizes 5.5-12).

Check out the below designs from various retailers & at a range of price points. All the styles offer all the bride’s dreams to come true, bridesmaids color-coordination perfection, & party girl giving-you-life flare. Which do you like?

SHOP: Badgley Mischka Sacred embellished ankle strap pumps in black, blue, white, lime, fuchsia, & blush @Bloomingdale’s ($245.00, available in sizes 5-11).

SHOP: Deela pointed toe heel in black satin, black suede, ochre, & silver @Sam Edelman ($on sale: $134.95, available in sizes 5-12).

SHOP: Viable heels in black, light pink, off white, purple, rhinestone, & white multi @Steve Madden ($109.95, available in sizes 5-11).

SHOP: BCBG Ilara crystal bow sandal in black, silver/clear, & tan/rainbow @Macy’s (on sale: $71.40, available in sizes 5-11).

SHOP: Embellished pointed toe heel in black & blue @Torrid ($69.50, available in Wide Width sizes 6-14).

SHOP: Katie & Kelly Blaken pump in silver & blue @DSW ($59.99, available in sizes 6-10). Not available in black.

SHOP: Vetaste double bow pointed toe ankle strap crystal pump stilettos backless satin heeled sandals in 13 colors @Amazon ($59.99, available in sizes 5-11).

SHOP: Rhinestone embellished bow pumps in black, white, nude, & grey @Express (on sale: $58.80, available in sizes 6-10).

SHOP: Rhinestone bow heel in black & pink @New York & Company (on sale: $49.97, available in sizes 6-11).

SHOP: Public Desire Midnight bow heel in 11 colors @ASOS ($48.99, available in sizes 5-11).

SHOP: Destiny rhinestone strap pumps in black, gold, pink, silver, & white @Dream Pairs ($46..99, available in sizes 5-11).

SHOP: Lullie suede rhinestone ankle strap pointed toe pumps in black, light nude, & ivory @Lulu’s ($44.00, available in sizes 5.5-11).

SHOP: Scoop embellished sateen slingback pumps in black & fuchsia @Walmart ($42.00, available in sizes 6-11).

SHOP: Madden Girl Dreamy heel in black, pink, & clear @Kohl’s (on sale: $41.99, available in sizes 5-11).

SHOP: Rhinestone bow pointed toe ankle strap stiletto in black, pink, & purple @Charlotte Russe ($34.99, available in sizes 6-11).

SHOP: rhinestone bow sculptural heeled slingback pumps in black @SHEIN ($29.00, available in sizes 5.5-8.5).

SHOP: Rhinestone bow slingback pumps in black @Forever 21 (on sale: $28.49, available in size 7.5-11).

Which version of the party shoe is your favorite? Where do you shop for holiday footwear? What features do you look for in a holiday shoe? Do you prefer an ankle strap or heel? How much would you spend on a festive shoe? For more stylish posts, check out: Jennifer Aniston’s sexy cover for Allure‘s final print issue, an affordable & comfortable blazer from Aldi, a fashion flashback of Rachel McAdams’ red carpet style, & Jennifer Lopez’s cover shoot for Vogue‘s December issue! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW!: An Affordable & Comfortable Ponte Blazer from Aldi!


Sometimes, there’s fashion in unexpected places, like Aldi! I’ve definitely purchased boots, slippers, ballet flats, & socks for myself in their “fun aisle,” never paying much attention to the clothing provided since I couldn’t try it on & didn’t want to bother with returns. However, as I’ve been in the hunt for a comfortable & basic blazer recently, I was pleased to come across the Serra ponte blazer in black & tan @Aldi ($17.99, available in sizes S-XL).

While this item can only be found in stores, also rolled up in the package, I definitely recommend it if you’re looking for an affordable & easy piece to wear over a blouse, dress, or jumpsuit. I had to steam the blazer when I wanted to wear it; also, I found the sleeves were a touch long for me, wearing the XL), but I was pleased with the fit & how I styled it for a professional occasion.

I’ll likely not get the tan option, but it would be a nice option to coordinate with plaids & with rich, fall colors, like hunter green, burgundy, & rust.

Where have you found fashion & didn’t expect to? Do you shop Aldo’s fun aisle for wardrobe or home finds? What do you look for in a blazer? For more stylish posts, check out: Jennifer Lopez’s Vogue December 2022 cover, the red carpet for the Baby2Baby Gals with Kylie Jenner & Alexandra Daddario, & festive holiday heels from New York & Company! Happy Styling!

Holiday Gift Styles: Sparkles, Plaid, & Velvet High Heels!


So a pair of high heels may not be on every Style Darling’s holiday wishlist & it’s nearly impossible to buy someone else high heels as a surprise—unless you’ve received a specific request, you know their style & size to a tee, or you’re a stylist who can read people’s style needs easily. However, for the rest of us, some high heels remain a dream & that’s fine. That’s not to say that I’ve hung up my high heel collection & passion, but we’re taking a break in the name of happy arches & comfortable days at work. With that… a little sparkle, plaid, & velvet perks my feet right up for holiday footwear!

SHOP: Liv pump in red plaid (on sale: 59.46, available in sizes 6-12), Liv pump in purple metallic (on sale: $62.96, available in sizes 6-12), & Lyla pump in teal green & purple (on sale: $55.96, available in sizes 6-12) @New York & Company. Check site & emails frequently for coupon codes!

I love the idea of pairing the plaid with a sweater dress & faux fur vest. Likewise, the metallic option can amp up a little black dress & statement necklace; whereas, the velvet styles with the blingy bow offset faux leather leggings & a tunic sweater or sheath dress & drop earrings for your next holiday gathering!

How would you style these shoes? Where would you wear them? What’s your go-to holiday shoe style? For more stylish posts, check out: a feminine & festive blouse from Walmart, a fashion flashback with Zoey Deutch & Emma Stone, & the LACMA Gala 2022 red carpet with Sydney Sweeney & Elizabeth Banks! Happy Styling!

Holiday Gift Styles: The Perfect Festive Blouse for the Season!


I don’t normally promote juniors department clothing, but when I see something all over Instagram, I have to investigate to find out more! Specifically, I mean the No Boundaries scoop neck top with floral bell sleeves in brilliant red, black soot, hunter green, & winter white @Walmart ($17.98, available in sizes XS-3X).

If you search #walmartfashion on the ‘Gram, you’ll see what I mean; however, I love the sleeve detail, especially in green! This top can be worn in so many ways this season, including with a sequin midi skirt, plaid trousers, faux leather leggings, winter white corduroys, or velvet joggers. Take your pick of jeweled ballet flats, embellished evening sandals, velvet pointy toe pumps, or suede ankle boots & your outfit is set!

How would you style this top? Which color do you see yourself in? How do you feel about a dramatic sleeve? For more stylish posts, check out: a fashion flashback with Zoey Deutch, holiday earrings from SUGARFIX by BaubleBar, & thermal pajama sets from Old Navy! Happy Styling!

Holiday Gift Styles: Festive Earrings from SUGARFIX by BaubleBar @Target!


Fa-la-la! It’s holiday time for fun festivities to begin, especially when it comes to our accessories. It’s the season for extra sparkly bling & even the most literally holiday-riffic jewels. SUGARFIX by BaubleBar @Target does it again with the following selections to brighten up the weekend, your next luncheon with the girls, or holiday gathering.

SHOP: SUGARFIX by BaubleBar Dear Santa Statement Earring 3-piece set ($16.99), Season’s Greetings Statement Earring 3-piece set ($16.99), Sweet Tooth Statement Earring 3-piece set ($16.99), & Happy Hanukkah Statement Earring 3-piece set ($16.99) @Target.

SHOP: SUGARFIX by BaubleBar Claus Couple Statement Earrings in light & dark ($14.99), Merry & Light Statement Earrings ($12.99), & All is Calm All is Bright Statement Earrings ($9.99) @Target.

SHOP: SUGARFIX by BaubleBar Home for the Paw-lidays Statement Earrings ($12.99), Cat in a Hat Statement Earrings ($12.99), Jingle All the Way Statement Earrings ($12.99), & Winter Wonderland Statement Earrings ($12.99) @Target.

SHOP: SUGARFIX by BaubleBar If You Know You Snow Statement Earrings ($12.99), Hog the Eggnog ($12.99), Tree Spirit Statement Earrings ($12.99), & Eight Nights Statement Earrings ($12.99) @Target.

Which earrings do you like the most? Do you typically wear statement jewelry? Will you break out festive jewelry this holiday season? For more stylish posts, check out: thermal pajama sets from Old Navy, the LACMA Art + Film Gala 2022 red carpet with Sydney Sweeney & Quinta Brunson, & Emma Stone’s best pants & jeans looks! Happy Styling!

Holiday Gift Styles: Old Navy’s Thermal Sets for 50% Off!


If you’re into matching family pajamas or if you love a cozy loungewear set on chilly days, then get your credit card ready to add-to-cart these thermal favorites from Old Navy! Not only are the tops interchangeable with denim or jogger outfits, topped with puffer vests or a shacket, but the cozy & festive at-home set comes in 20 different colors / patterns + 50% off at checkout for a limited time:

SHOP: printed thermal long-sleeve pajama top @Old Navy ($19.99, available in sizes XS-4X) & matching printed thermal-knit pajama leggings @Old Navy ($24.99, available in sizes XS-4X).

Which print & color do you like the most? How would you style the top for a festive outing? Who do you know that loves pajama sets? For more stylish posts, check out: Emma Stone’s best pants & denim looks, sequin cardigans for the holidays, the red carpet of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, & Selena Gomez’s cover shoot for Rolling Stone! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW!: An Any Season Textured & Knit Sweater!


I’m a little sweater obsessed this time of year, though I wish it was consistently cool enough to wear one—at least here on Long Island. As I seek out different color combinations, sleeve lengths, & textures, I always have versatility on my mind, especially if a piece can be worn during the fall-to-winter transition & shift then to spring.

SHOP: Time & Tru textured knit pullover sweater with short sleeves in blue sea combo, mocha splash combo, & peach glaze combo @Walmart ($20.98, available is sizes XS-XXXL).

I love the sleeves on this top, which can be worn over a long sleeve turtleneck & with dark denim jeans or even with a pencil skirt & ankle boots. The top offers more possibilities when layered with a button down or matched up with leggings.

How would you style this sweater? Which color do you like the best? Do you often wear elbow length sweaters? For more stylish posts, check out: must-have velvet leggings from Old Navy, a lacy sweatshirt for under $18, & a plaid pull-on skirt from J. Crew! Happy Styling!

Show Me the Shoes: Love Leopard Always!


What do you get when you pair a stiletto with leopard print & a bow?

These:

SHOP: Demi heel in leopard print @New York & Company (on sale: $44.97).

Love. Pure love. The purest of shoe loves!

I can’t wait for these to go down in price a little bit more before adding them to my well-stocked & already leopard-spotted cart. I love leopard all year long, & the bow detail on these just cries out for a little black dress, cream sweater with a burgundy pencil skirt, or magenta blouse & straight leg trousers!

How would you style these heels? Do you wear a lot of leopard print? How do you feel about bow details on footwear? For more stylish posts, check out: Sally Hansen’s collaboration with Netflix’s The School for Good & Evil, cozy tops for $10 by Time & Tru, shimmering camis for work & the holidays, & blingy chain link bracelets from Ardene! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW!: Fuzzy Slippers + 40% Off!


There are some accessories or around-the-house pieces I was always rely on until I just can’t wear them anymore. That definitely applies to slippers. In our high ranch house, since we live most of the time upstairs, I keep a pair in the bedroom for early, chilly mornings & when getting ready for bed. Likewise, I have another pair in my cloffice downstairs for work-from-home days & playing with my daughter in our family room. This is convenient, so that no matter where I am, I have slippers to stay cozy.

However, now that Target has a major 40% off deal happening right now on slippers, I might just have to freshen up my options, especially for post-shower primping when I don’t necessarily want my feet to be all covered up.

SHOP: Stars Above Annika single band fur slide slipper in tan, purple, & blush @Target (on sale: $10.80, available in sizes S-XL).

I love the purple the most, which is a stark contrast to the grey & ivory styles I typically flock to. What do you think of these slippers? Did you like fuzzy, furry styles in pastel colors? How much do you spend on slippers? For more stylish posts, check out: Halloween bling by SUGARFIX by BaubleBar, peplum tops from Amazon, & a faux leather midi dress for all! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW!: Your New Favorite Bateau Neck Top!


I’m loving these cooler days & chillier nights so that I can rediscover my cozier clothes, like reconnecting with old friends. I will miss the stylish ease of my maxi dresses, but fall can’t be denied. When it comes to dressing casually, but fashionably, I love a solid piece that can be coordinated with variety of separates for multiple occasions.

SHOP: bateau-neck banded top in wild berries, black, arctic blue, gentle mauve, & paper white @New York & Company (on sale: $16.00, available in sizes XS-XXL). This is a perfect match with printed leggings & a scarf, dark denim jeans & knee boots with a puffer vest, a sequin pencil skirt & drop earrings, or velvet pants & ballet flats with a statement necklace.

Truth be told, I bought all of the colors (except for the gentle mauve) with a birthday reward from New York & Company & I couldn’t happier with the decision. Though the poly-blend material needs a good steam before wearing right out of the package, this top is not only a staple for a casual Friday, but a mainstay in my weekly rotation with printed pants! My only wish is that there were other colors to choose from, like teal, olive, red, purple, or gray.

How would you style this top? Do you bateau necklines? What about waist-banding on a hem? For more stylish posts, check out: a fall-ready sweater from LOFT, fashion flashbacks with Naomi Watts & Gwyneth Paltrow, & the season 3 trailer for Emily in Paris! Happy Styling!

Show Me the Shoes: Your Next Add-To-Cart Tweed Ballet Flats!


As tomorrow marks the last day of summer, I’m not quite ready to bid adieu to my maxi dresses & sandals. My heart just isn’t there yet, but my eyes are on the fashionable fall prize… & so is my finger as I click my mouse to Add-to-Cart! I can’t even think about wearing heavy layers or hefty fabrics, but they just kept finding their way into my social media. Case in point:

SHOP: tweed ballet flats in black @Ardene ($19.90, available in sizes 6-10). Not only do I adore the tweed fabric, but also, the chunky buckle across the pointy toe cries out for black polka dot tights & a cardigan with pencil skirt outfit—fit for any teacher or professor (like myself!) this fall.

Currently, Ardene has a 30% off on select shoes, for customers in the U. S., so this is getting more & more tempting! Tweed never goes out of style & creates the perfect juxtaposition of textures when paired with lace or florals of similar color scheme!

How would you style these flats? Do you experiment with different kinds of hardware or embellishments in footwear? What’s your must-have fall favorite? For more stylish posts, check out: Arden Cho’s sophisticated wardrobe on Partner Track, fall-rustic earrings from Target, the next best tunic for work or play, & dreamy Karl Lagerfeld Paris pumps from Macy’s! Happy Styling!

Show Me the Shoes: Gorgeous Jacquard Flats for $35!


Instagram’s algorithm is working since it has identified that I love a deal & a pretty ballet flat. After over 8,000 posts, how could it not?! See examples below:

And as summer is turning into fall, I’m already scoping out bargains & must-haves to prepare for a sparkly holiday season!

So… when scrolling through my feed, I happened upon the Laura embellished pointed ballet flats in jacquard @ASOS ($35.00, available in sizes 4-12), which hit all the right style notes, in my opinion.

Aside from the pretty floral pattern, I love the rich color combination in conjunction with the jewel embellishment, both of which enable this flat to go from day to night. Imagine wearing this with a navy romper for a posh weekend brunch spot, with a hunter green suit & champagne blouse for an important meeting, a rust pullover sweater with dark denim skinny jeans for a game night with friends, or a cocktail dress & statement studs for a special occasion.

How would you style these shoes? Do you wear patterned or embellished flats? Do you have holiday style on the brain already? What’s your favorite go-to footwear for a special event? For more stylish posts, check out: classic & affordable v-neck sweaters by A New Day, Ana de Armas’ stunning Louis Vuitton gown at the Venice Film Festival premiere of Blonde, more jewelry organization ideas, & the most feminine faux leather midi dress of the season! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW!: A Feminine Faux Leather Midi Dress!


When it comes to fabrics & patterns, I have a set of what I like that suits my style. Not included in that is anything leather or faux leather, besides belts or shoes. A faux leather detail on a pant or top isn’t unheard-of for me, but a whole piece in it makes me fearful of overheating in the office, classroom, or during a special occasion. However, one affordable faux leather dress has me inspired & rethinking my whole point of view on the material.

Scoop’s faux leather pleated strapless midi dress in black, olive, or aubergine @Walmart ($54.00, available in sizes XS-XXL) is a machine washable polyester-spandex must-have piece in a timeless length to wear all year long—for real. The sweetheart neckline, A-line silhouette, & pleated midi skirt scream feminine, but juxtapose with an edgy look from the fabric.

Both Carrie Bradshaw & Blair Waldorf would wear this! This could be styled for day under a tied button-down shirt, blazer, & stilettos; under a slouchy sweater with knee boots & stacked bangles for fall; & with a studded cardigan, drop earrings, & ankle strap heels. For nighttime, try this with a choker & PVC heels, sparkling platforms & a leather jacket, or ankle boots & a neon clutch. Also, I thinking about the color combinations with the olive & aubergine options, mixing denim, brocade, plaid, houndstooth, or lace with it.

What do you think of this dress? Would you wear it? How would you style it? Where would you wear it to? For more stylish posts, check out: how to outfit prep for the week, a flattering peplum cardigan for fall, fabulous flat flats from Amazon, & Selena Gomez as Mabel Mora for the season finale of Only Murders in the Building! Happy Styling!

Show Me the Shoes: Pick Polka Dots!


Fall fashion doesn’t usually shout out polka dots—at least not like spring & summer style do—but that doesn’t mean it’s not a pattern you can rely on. I love a polka dot piece, especially because it means that I can mix another pattern with it. Particularly, polka dots can work with leopard, stripes, florals, & abstract prints when done right. An easy way to dip your toes into pattern mixing with polka dots—wait for the pun to click—is through an accessory or finishing piece, such as a polka dot shoe.

The Ollio dot pattern ballet comfort pointed toe flat in black @Amazon ($29.99, available in sizes 6-11) is a subtle, stylish, & playful way to incorporate polka dots into your look. I love the pointer toe, which is fashion forward for a street style look, but also elongating for a professional & confident outfit for work.

I’m obsessed with these flats in the black & white combination, especially with the possibility of pairing them with a floral dress, as well as some colorblocking with patterned tights. When experimenting with pattern mixing, try matching up colors that work in both patterns to find success, as seen in my previous black & white outfit post. However, if trying to coordinate black & white polka dot flats like these with another print, then I suggest keeping it solid with classic neutrals, like black pants or dark denim jeans & a bold solid sweater or top in red, magenta, yellow, or royal blue, all of which will really make the polka dots pop.

Additionally, the Ollio store on Amazon, which I’ve previously recommended for these cute navy floral flats, also includes polka dot flats in other colors, such as pink, green, red, yellow, & blue.

I definitely love the idea of matching any of these up with floral counterparts when the warmer weather returns, as well as with lighter & more delicate cotton pieces that can be found on sale on the major end-of-season clearance blowout racks.

How would you style these flats? Are you a fan of polka dots? Do you shop Amazon for shoes or back-to-school must-haves? For more stylish posts, check out: leopard print pencil skirts from New York & Company, fabric headbands from Old Navy, & kimono-inspired tops for fall! Happy Styling!

Inside a Style Blogger’s Closet: Professor Style Then & Now!


The picture from 2017 was taken in front of my parents’ house in Lake Grove for my first day of teaching (as Professor LeClair) a college class & I had no idea the path I was about to fashionably forge or how my life would change over the next 5 years! When I recently uncovered the tropical dress from deep storage (that I was unable to unpack or even mentally tackle for a good 2 years), I remembered that I hadn’t worn the dress since that very first, nerve-wracking day of a career I never wanted; however, with the launch of my sixth academic year as an English professor (as Professor Gambino), I thought it was “fitting” to break it out again.

Of course, I accessorized it differently, opting for white accents & skipped the belt, but it’s good to know that 40 or do classes later, I still got it! The top picture on the right was taken this morning, a beautiful summer morning as the buzz of academia awaited me & called so many back to their jobs after a long break. I’d like to look back on both of these moments as bursting with possibility & new starts, reminding myself that they do come back around, even when it seems like fate has stuck you in a never-ending cycle.

Ultimately, recycling old favorites to make them feel new again & doing my very best to live the stylish life (one day at a time) are goals that I hope to uphold now that I’ve reclaimed a part of myself (& my style) in finally having my wardrobe where I want it to be. Stay tuned for more detailed updates on the unveiling of my cloffice (a.k.a. Style Darling Daily headquarters).

As for the outfit: The dress is an oldie from my stylist days @Dressbarn, as is the black bolero. The recent picture includes a @New York & Company cardigan & @Ardene flats, as well as oldie @Dressbarn drop earrings.

Happy Styling!