Accessories Access: Big Bargain Baubles!

Summer is typically the season of the big earring (for me) since I don’t love feeling heavy metals layered on my skin during a humid & sticky day. However, when I’m headed to work or for a special occasion with friends, knowing that I’ll be in air conditioning changes the way I think about my outfit & accessories. I’ve been spotting so many gorgeous statement & bib necklaces lately, each that are perfect for these last days of summer in fun pops of color & whimsical designs. Also, discounted prices play a big role in what I’m willing to invest in, especially as my accessories collection grows!

SHOP: hammered gold coin necklace @Francesca’s, black teardrop stone necklace @Target, poppy collar necklace @BaubleBar, & floral bib necklace @Charming Charlie.

Statement necklaces definitely do make a statement, which can be anything from elegance, confidence, & a chic sensibility. Even though they’re bold, statement necklaces work for outfits that include both patterns & solids, creating an interesting, layered look. Try one of these affordable options over a little black dress, printed maxi dress, blouse & jeans, or graphic tee & leather mini.

Do you like to wear statement necklaces? Which colors do you gravitate towards? What metals are your favorite to wear? How do you style bold accessories? Happy Styling!

11/21/2014 Darling of the Day: The Ultimate Olivia Palermo Gallery, Featuring Over 300 of Her Most Stylish Looks!

In a world where reality stars (sometimes unfortunately) rule pop culture, there’s one who’s made an everlasting mark on the fashion world. That’s reality star-socialite-style-icon-fashion-blogger, Olivia Palermo. She’s been on the fashion radar for years & there’s nothing she can’t wear. Whether it’s mixing prints, playing with texture, donning luxe furs, bringing back the belt, taking risks with pops of color, & experimenting with every type of shoe under the sun, her style & beauty is utterly flawless.

Olivia PalermoThe designer darling is a favorite on the red carpet & of photogs’ when it comes to street style. Her level of sophistication is equal to haute couture gowns at the Cannes Film Festival & a casual day walking her dog in skinny jeans & ballet flats. Ever since I started gathering fashionable photo galleries on Style Darling’s Facebook page, I couldn’t help but think about Olivia’s masterful style strategy for taking over the web with one frock at a time.

Check out the gallery below, along with the inspiring slideshow, which can influence any tired wardrobe looking for a change. Rethink a metallic belt, statement necklace, chic coats, lace-up booties, peasant skirts, & a classic tote when putting together your ensemble with basics like a printed scarf, white button down, leather leggings, sparkly LBD, suede knee boots, & tortoise sunglasses. Not to mention that her effortless expression through fashion goes beyond trends since she can wear anything, including menswear, boho chic, minimalist, classic Hollywood, beachy, preppy, bombshell, city casual, utilitarian, girl next door, & ultra chic- all in the same week!

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Since there’s just so much style-wise to examine about Olivia’s constantly gorgeous looks, I’ve put together some affordable ways to upgrade your style with go-to pieces that she wears, & isn’t afraid to be seen wearing out & about more than once, making her wardrobe function for multiple occasions!

Olivia Palermo-inspired pieces.Shop: little black dress ($65.00) @Lulu’s, bib necklace ($20.00) @Charming Charlie, jacquard skirt ($40.00) @Topshop, peep toe bootie ($26.87) @GOJane, Calvin Klein belt ($20.99) @Bluefly, slim leg pant ($26.47) @New York & Company, rose print scarf ($17.94) @Express, cowlneck sweater ($27.80) @Forever 21, faux fur vest ($39.95) @H&M, tote bag ($27.00) @Old Navy, button down shirt ($30.32) @ASOS, zipper jacket ($41.30) @Dress Barn, & leopard flats ($19.99) @JC Penney.

For more on Olivia Palermo, check out her official blog, as well as Facebook, Twitter @TheRealOliviaP, Pinterest, & Instagram @oliviapalermo to see more of her sensational style! Also, for all the latest from Style Darling, take a look at recent posts, including pastels for winter featuring designs from Rebecca Taylor & Chanel, as well as red carpet inspiration from Kerry Washington & Elle Fanning, all-in-one cosmetic kids for the holidays from Sepha & Victoria’s Secret, cold weather accessories from Express & Forever 21, & Anna Kendrick’s beachy cover shoot for Marie Claire‘s December issue! Happy Styling!

The Stylish Five: Must-Have Necklaces From Forever 21 (Under $20)!

One of the best trends that isn’t just going away, & why should it?, is a statement necklace. In the last year, I’ve been trying to experiment with new necklaces to coordinate with any variety of workplace, day, & night looks.  One of my favorite stores to find affordable accessories is Forever 21, which is where I’ve been drooling over these five necklaces, all under $20.00, which will help transform & amplify any outfit. Typically I like to wear long necklaces with a bunch of charms, but I’m excited about exploring the collar & bib necklace trend.  The sparkling charm necklace ($19.80) is a feminine & elegant explosion of sparkle, perfect for any LBD outfit or cocktail sheath.  For a rich pop of color, I selected the oval collar necklace ($12.80), especially to wear with a button-down shirt, cardigan & blouse, or basic white t-shirt with jeggings.

When I saw the teardrop bib necklace ($12.80), I immediately thought of the pop of turquoise that Eva Mendes wore at the 2009 Golden Globes with the white Dior gown, as styled by Rachel Zoe.  This is the perfect piece to help transition your lighter summer pieces into the fall/winter season.  The snake chain swag necklace ($10.80) is a metallic & minimalist way to dress up your look without overdoing the glitz & glam.  Try wearing it with a monochromatic look in all burgundy, navy, or mustard.

For something sweet, I adore the cupcake & heart necklace ($1.50) for not just its cuteness, but also it’s a piece that I connect with since (when I’m not working, or blogging, or enjoying the final year of my twenties) I’m a baker as well.  It’s a playful accent to wear with a graphic tee & dark wash jeans, or when headed out for a picnic in a denim skirt, knee boots, & chunky knit.

Which necklace would you wear? What kind of jewelry are you attracted to? How much do you invest in fashion jewelry? Happy Styling!

The Stylish Five: Clearance Jewelry Picks from JC Penney ($10 & Under)!

I’m loving the new Bravo show, Project Accessory, & I’ve got jewelry on the brain! With the combination of the show & my latest JC Penney coupons b/c I’m a card holder, I went in search of some fun jewelry finds!

Special pieces of jewelry really make an outfit pop, even if you’re just wearing something as basic as a white tee & jeans.  I’m a big bracelet gal, & I love the metallic accented leather bracelet ($5.40).  It’s part Cleopatra / part diva & makes for a glamorous finishing touch to any work outfit transformed for night.  Bring out your personality with a statement piece like the brown large feather necklace ($6.00) for a blazer & jeans, or an LBD.  For the playful Style Darling, the owl ring ($4.50) would stand out against a paisley peasant blouse & a dark denim pencil skirt with camel knee boots.  If you’re looking for some color in a ring, try out the turquoise tone stone ring ($7.20) which will make quite the style statement.  Take a look at the black multi bib necklace ($7.20) which will frame your face & sparkle over a mock turtleneck.

Are you a bargain shopper looking for the best buys? Check out more posts from The Stylish Five, as well as Basics for a Bargain.  Check out all the accessories on clearance @JCP here & start your holiday shopping! Happy Styling!

7/3/11 Darling of the Day: Drew Barrymore Goes Nautical Chic for Chanel!

At a recent benefit dinner for Chanel, the very lovely Drew Barrymore stepped out in this season’s most fashionable colors: navy & white.  Looking every bit a Style Darling, she added a glamorous bib necklace to her white top & navy textured skirt, all by the very stylish brand.  The pieces were matched with cork-heeled wedges by Christian Loboutin. With just the addition of a flowered bib necklace, the look instantly went from casual to dressy.  Not to mention her polished black & white clutch.  Or maybe it’s navy also?  I can’t tell.

Because Drew is one of those actresses adored by women of all shapes, styles, & sizes, I decided to do something a little different by selecting items that are both Misses & Plus Size friendly, as per the request of a very close friend who made a good point on Style Darling’s Facebook group page.

Here we have two very basic, but flattering white tops (from Macy’s & Avenue) that can be mixed & matched with virtually any item in your closet.  Of course it was quite the task to search for two non-peasant looking navy skirts, but here we have ’em from Dillards & the other from One Stop Plus.  A look like this can also be accessorized with a wide textured belt & platform sandals if you don’t have navy wedges.  The wedges are currently on sale @Steve Madden for under $34, which is an awesome deal if you wear a lot of summer dresses in white eyelet or linen.  Something in red would actually look really cute with these wedges too!

Speaking of accessories, the bib necklace is very affordable from JC Penney, along with a cocktail ring from Forever 21.  While I couldn’t quite find an evening clutch worthy of this blog, I did come across a black one & a white, from Express that are just as versatile & affordable! Check out our previous blog on Drew in a Darling of the Day post from back in April, showing off some rock star chic! Happy Styling!

1/17/2011 Darling of the Day: Emmanuelle Chriqui!

Entourage starlet Emmanuelle Chriqui rang in 2011 with some basic black & a splash of sparkle.  She’s wearing a Bird by Juicy Couture sleeveless blouse with skinny Habitual Denim leggings and platform booties.  She kept her accessories simply chic with bangles & drop earrings.  I choose a tank & a bib necklace to create the same effect as Emmanuelle’s top, which is a quick fix to dress up any basic. These boots are more ornate than the pictured pair, but they’re by Christian Siriano (yes, Project Runway winner) & they’re fabulous!  Also, they’re available at Payless, so you can’t go wrong with that!

1/17/11 Emmanuelle Chriqui