Accessories Access: Laser Cut Handbags, Shoes, & Belts for Spring!


In getting ready for spring (because it still isn’t here on Long Island—though we experienced two very magical spring-ish days before massive blizzards hit), I’m looking ahead, specifically to the trends I can’t wait to explore. One of the easiest ways to get into the mood of a new season is with accessories. My goal is to turn to some staple & classic pieces that I’ve collected from past seasons for my own looks. However, for some inspiration, I love seeing what’s new & stylish in stores & online right now to get me even more into a spring state of mine. Since I’m always interested in ways to mix patterns & textures to create a detailed & sophisticated look, I love the idea of laser cut accessories, which are typically faux leather, modern & feminine, & created in soft & neutral tones, to offset bold hues, floral prints, & abstract color combinations, especially when it comes to handbags, shoes, & belts. To achieve an affordable & fashionable take on spring, I’ve scoured the web & some of my favorite go-to stores to find the chicest ways to elevate your outfit, as well as help Style Darlings to transition from these last remaining chilly winter days & into a brighter & lighter spring style.

SHOP: black & white tote @dressbarn, nude scalloped crossbody @ASOS, beige handbag @Target, & white Western crossbody @Express.

SHOP: blue pointy toe flats @GOjane, white d’Orsay flats @Old Navy, black Darlene flats @Target, & blush dress sandals @Charlotte Russe

SHOP: pink stretch belt @Charming Charlie, bone skinny belt @Old Navy, & black faux leather belt @Banana Republic

What spring trends are you most excited to wear? Where do you shop to refresh your wardrobe from season-to-season? What neutral accessories do you like best? Happy Styling!

NYC Street Style: Fall-Ready Flats, Belts, Tights, Scarves, & Boots, Oh My!


I recently took a few trips into NYC, to see Catch Me If You Can on Broadway before it closed, & I attended a special advanced screening of The Lion King 3D before it opened this past weekend.  Good times were had with friends & plenty of wine was consumed, however, post-Labor Day street style has brought out some new fall pieces like flats, belts, textured tights, scarves, & boots.

I’ve been doing a lot of posting recently about what the stars are wearing & indulging in my favorite new category, Super Style Wishlist, but I have not forgotten the roots of Style Darling, style on a budget.  Seeing all the different combinations of belts over tunic tops or button downs with leggings & skinny jeans, paired with flats, there’s just so much to talk about!

I clicked through some of my favorite websites for affordable accessories & shoes & couldn’t decide what to pick, so I focused on items, on a store-to-store basis.  Where are you looking to get some new belts this season?  I recommend Forever 21, with prices ranging from $1.50 – $8.80 in the belts shown.  Sizes range from Small – Large, but if you click here for Forever 21+, you can find fashionable belts in the same price range that go from XL – 3X.

I’m loving the flats this season from Payless, especially the ones designed by Christian Siriano & Z London.  Post-summer styles start at $12.99 & newer designer styles go up to $49.99, but the prints are so versatile for your office look or weekend look.  Inspired by my weekend in New York City, you can bet a lot of the city going gals are pounding the pavement in these comfortable foot-friendly flats in croc, leopard, with jewel embellishments, or bows?!

My absolutely favorite part of this time of year is that I can now break out my textured tights.  The store that is selling the best designs is certainly Express.  I love florals, animal prints, polka dots, striped, & anything you can think of to go with my tweed, bubble, or pencil skirts!  The prices of these tights & many more on the website, range in price from $14.90 – $29.90, but if you are signed up to receive emails, you’ll get coupons & notifications of all the best sales.  Not to mention, if you’re a credit cardholder, you can receive a rewards card, like I did & got $15 off acute sequined top.  Now I wish I’d saved it & spent it on some tights, but I’m sure I’ll figure something out.  For my fuller-figured readers, check out Torrid for textured tights & flirty legwear, ranging in sizes 1X – 4X (styles not shown).

If we’re talking about fall fashion, you can’t leave out boots.  There weren’t many boots out & about during my two weekends in NYC, but a few did catch my eye.  I instantly went to DSW to see these sexy & polished styles, ranging in price from $19.94 – $39.94, from brands like Michael Antonio & Madden Girl by Steve Madden.  Everyone loves knee boots or over-the-knee boots, but at heart, I’m an ankle bootie girl, especially with the textured tights shown above!

Last, but not least, you can’t have anything to do with fall & not talk about scarves.  They’re that extra special touch of style that make your casual, dressy, or edgy look possible, especially with these finds from Old Navy! The store offers lightweight, infinity, & heavy knit scarves for whatever occasion may call for a covered neck, but stars like Sienna Miller, Nicole Richie, & Ashlee Simpson always rely on a scarf to avoid a chill.  The styles range in price from $8.94 – $14.94.  Those are prices you can’t beat, especially if you’re a cardmember b/c you’ll earn points for future purchases & get discounts like $15 off you next purchase of $50- which I received as a recent birthday gift from the store.

Be sure to check out my last NYC Street Style post for when I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty exhibit before it closed!  Which trends are you spotting around town?  Do you have a favorite scarf, pair of tights, or flats that you’re looking forward to wearing this fall?  What’s your favorite accessory for when the weather turns a bit chillier? Happy Styling!

 

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: Affordable Animal-Inspired Accessories!


There’s nothing that I love more in an accessory than a pop of animal inspiration!  Personally, I’m a big fan od zebra print, having always been pro-black-&-white in my style.  However, the spectrum of animal print doesn’t stop there since we have leopard, cheetah, croc, & snake prints to bring out the style in our basic items.

First let’s talk shoes… hands down, the boldest of my choices is this blue platform heel from Charlotte Russe for $35.50.  It does border on tacky, but you’re not likely to run into anyone else at a cocktail party wearing them!  They’re wild to pair with a metallic mini dress or even show off with a pair of jeans & silk top.  Something to keep in mind while shopping the shoes @Charlotte Russe is that they’re always having promotions for shoes, like BOGO $10 or $15.  That’s when getting the zebra slingbacks comes in handy so that you’re saving a bunch of money since they cost $40.00!

If you’re looking for something more moderate when it comes to an animal-inspired shoes, take a look at the scrunchy cheetah flats for $15.80 @Forever 21.  They’re darling for a tunic top & leggings or to wearing with skinny jeans & a babydoll top on a casual day.  Another fierce option would be the leopard peep toe cone pumps for $22.80, & cone pumps are very on-trend for fall.  There’s something vintage about them, yet they’re still cute enough to wear with a pencil skirt & button-down shirt.

For fall, I’m also currently obsessed with scarves & can’t wait to layer them over tanks & short-sleeved cardigans at night when the summer weather turns cooler!  The first of my scarf choices is the multi-print scarf from The Limited, but is no longer available!  I had picked this item out a few days ago for $16.99, but my heart has broken b/c I was sooo close to ordering it!  The combination of leopard & polka dot just screamed chic & would’ve paired so well with an all-black ensemble! However, the leopard scarf is available @Payless for $12.99.  It would look so great with a neutral wrap dress or against a black romper.

In the middle, I have three belts picked out, which make for the best finishing touch on a look where you want to show off your figure.  The Material Girl belt duo in pink & taupe is no longer available @Macy’s.  Sad face.  Although, you can do very well with the leopard & black skinny belts from Payless for $12.99, especially since the store is currently having their BOGO 50% promotion!  If you wanna find something a little thicker, try the animal tab stretch belt by Style & Co. @Macy’s for $19.98.

You can’t talk about accessories & not show some bags.  The patchwork shopper is from Payless for $26.99, available in Black / Gray & Brown / Tan.  The combination of exotic prints & the chain strap add some luxury.  Not to mention that it’s also super spacious to put your iPad, cell phone, & other goodies in!  I have been talking about Target a lot lately & looooove this snake print clutch wallet for $19.99.  It’s looks like chic enough to be an evening clutch, but can always be used on a daily basis as your very sassy wallet.  It’s multiple sections inside are perfect for helping to organize your bills & shopping expeditions!

Last, but not least, I have some jewelry pics.  This includes the pink snake embossed bangle from White House Black Market for $34.o0.  It’s just enough print to go with a floral sun dress,  Right now the store is having a sale that you can’t miss: All jewelry is BOGO 25% off!  So while you’re there, try the zebra drop hoop earrings which are marked down to $13.99 from $20.00!

What are your favorite animal print accessories?  For more inspiration, check out how celebrities like  Megan Fox, Rachel Bilson, Julia Roberts, Diane Kruger, Rihanna, & Eva Longoria sport animal-inspired accessories on the red carpet & when they’re out & about!  Happy Styling!