Show Me the Shoes: Velvet Ankle Strap Heels on Sale Now!


I have a lot to look forward to as season transitions from summer to fall. My birthday is coming up, I’m returning my primary job after summer vacation, it’s my boyfriend’s birthday, & we’re headed to some pretty major celebrations all in a matter of a month. With that, I’m very budget-conscious & plan to reinvent wardrobe favorites with stylish accessory combinations, in an effort to avoid buying new pieces. However, when I saw the Delphine velvet ankle strap heels @Nine West, I became really excited at the idea of wearing luxe gray or pretty blush shoes as neutrals to my planned party dresses.

Right now, Nine West is clearing out their spring & summer shoes with amazing clearance discounts. These Delphine evening sandals were originally $99.00 & they’re currently on sale for $29.99, available in sizes 5.5-10. The ankle strap sandal trend isn’t going away, especially as we head into the holidays. Wearing a regal textured shoe is also a stylish way to extend the life of cocktail dresses, dressy separates, & chic street style pieces.

Do you wear the same pair of shoes for every special occasion? Do you invest into textured, unique pieces for events? How much do you spend on end of the season shoes? Where do you shop for your favorite footwear? Happy Styling!

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SHOP NOW! The Only Navy Heels You’ll Ever Need!


For this summer, I’ll admit that my shoe game isn’t always the win that it could be, mostly because I’m always on the go, whether I’m headed to work, hitting up a local festival, & running errands, all while beating the heat. I’ve stuck to my favorite ballet flats, flip-flops, & most sparkling sandal flats, saving my high heels & wedges for only the most very special of occasions. This means that I haven’t made good use out of all my heels this summer (I’m nodding a bit in style shame), but comfort is also such a big deal because I’d never want how my feet feel to dictate if I’m having a good time while out with my beau or working the day away. With this, there’s one thing I can’t deny—a shoe sale!

That brings me to the Taylor cut-out tie heels @dressbarn in navy. I have the blush pair, which were such a big hit when I wore them this spring (though quantities are now very slim fr the paler neutral). I had no idea that the heels also came in a navy—a tricky color for those all-blue looks when you just don’t know what to wear since navy is uncommon, as opposed to a go-to black option. I love that these heels (originally $45 & now they’re only $14.99 on sale!) are so feminine & fancy, while also lending a modern edge when matched with a fit & flare dress, blouse & skinny jeans, or graphic tee & denim skirt. Like I always say, “Oh the styling possibilities!

Keep in mind that this time of year is one of the best to shop for in-season sale items, especially when there are so many coupons available (don’t delete those emails!) to get you some extra discounts on stylish finds, just like these heels! While all the fall goodies are hitting the racks, retailers are marking down perfectly wearable summer pieces (though varieties & sizes might be limited) that can elevate your summer style with bargain-priced shoes, a statement necklace, flirty shirt dress, or an on-trend, off the shoulder top.

Where are you shopping for you best seasonal sale items? Would you wear these navy heels? Do you like the lace-up cut-out trend on footwear? What’s your end of the summer shopping budget? For some more affordable shopping tips, check out previous posts, including my recent adventure in pattern mixing, summer vacation  must-haves, my favorite new summer-to-fall transition sweater, super cute clearance buys @TJMaxx, & colorful pom pom bags! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW! Clearance Tops, Dresses, Shoes, & More from TJ Maxx!


One of my favorite things to do when I wake up in the morning (without the ring of a rowdy alarm clock) is to check my email. While I’ve been trying to discipline myself to disconnect from technology a little more each day, especially in the summer where there’s just so much to do & plenty of fresh air & sunshine to take in, I can’t help but still be a little obsessed with clicking through emails from my favorite retailers, blogs, & fashion news sources. It’s like having my own personal fashion show & bargain shopping experience while I’m still in the comfort of my own bed. With that, I’ve created SHOP NOW!, a new category of blog posts here on Style Darling Daily where I’ll be sharing the most exciting fashion buys & sales from the day. These are the styles that make me do a double take, inspire me to explore the latest in fashion, & even get me excited to get ready for another stylish day. So let’s get to it!

Getting into the spirit of summer isn’t hard to do, but when you can’t find anything to wear (oh, I’ve been there!) & you’re on a budget, there are plenty of options to resolve your style rut! Classic tops, flirty dresses, chic shoes, & effortless accessories are the key ingredients to a summer of superb style. Right now, TJ Maxx is having a major clearance event with plenty of brand names items, seasonal essentials, & trendy must-haves for unbelievable prices. Keep in mind that when it comes to clearance sales, sizes & quantities are sometimes limited, but finding a last chance deal makes for a great story!

These tops are perfect for a cool night with a pair of skinny jeans, headed to the local festival in cut-off shorts & sandals, or mixing it up with capris & wedges for a sophisticated summer take.

SHOP: Kaktus cold shoulder ruffle top, Cable & Gauge lace cut-out top, Cupio off-the-shoulder flutter sleeve top, & Acemi plus flounce cami.

Like this season’s hottest summer tops, dresses with ruffles & cold shoulders are the way to go. These affordable & versatile dress options can be accessorized in so many ways with statement necklaces or layering chains, espadrilles or peep toe flats, & belted or not!

SHOP: Cece by Cynthia Steffe Jackie ruffle cold shoulder dress, Ellen Tracy floral scuba dress, Nine West cold shoulder printed dress, & London Times plus denim dress.

It wouldn’t be summer without a fun & flirty shoe. While I’m always touting comfort as my first shoe priority, I love how a neutral wedge offer balance & elegance to a floral frock, whereas something with interesting details like polka dots, a laser cut trim, or animal prints can really express your personality & create some lovely style memories.

SHOP: Style by Charles David ankle strap wedges, Charles by Charles David Becki cork wedges, Jessica Simpson Raffia d’orsay pumps, Nicole Miller leather scalloped peep toe flats, & Bahia leather thong sandals.

Playing with accessories can completely revamp an old favorite like a shirt dress or t-shirt & jeans. Seek out details like pattern or texture in your extras. When it comes to jewelry, a mix of sparkle & simplicity is always the best way to go,

SHOP: Jules Smith stars scarf, Under One Sky paradise charger clutch, Isabella M rose gold opal stud earrings, Mythologie choker, Trina Turk gold opal ring, & Lisa Freede rhodium chain bracelet.

Where are you shopping for your best summer deals? Which store emails do you wait for in the morning? What seasonal trends are you seeking on sale? What’s your summer shopping budget? Happy Styling!

Accessories Access: LOFT’s Final Sale Chic Zebra Belt At 40% Off!


If you’re looking to shop for something special, but without the extra special price tag attached to it, then you should almost always think about hitting up LOFT first & check out the latest sale items.  I haven’t purchased very much there for myself, but I’ve heard countless stories from friends & always see these great deals on their website- especially when it comes to clearance.

My latest pick for Accessories Access is the zebra haircalf stretch belt ($29.88), which gets reduced an additional 40% off at checkout without any special code.  This is the perfect piece to reinvent an old favorite like a basic cardigan with jeans, buckled over a polka-dotted sheath dress, or with a heavy sweater tunic & leggings.  What do you think about this deal? Do you like to wear belts? Do you prefer animal prints to other patterns? Happy Styling!

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!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: Piperlime’s Tinley Road Mixes Nautical Inspiration & Lace For This Super Sale Deal!


I always love looking to see what’s going on @Piperlime, especially since one of my idols, Rachel Zoe, is so involved in sharing the best trends with shoppers.  Typically I’m always looking for end-of-the-season deals, but on this very browsing occasion, I was surprised to find this Tinley Road Raglan lace detail top ($11.97), which have been marked down to final sale from their $24.00 original price.  This offers a comfy mix of a nautical inspiration with the stripes & a touch of femininity in the lace details. Wear this casually with dark denim or color jeans, or try this tucked into a wool blend skirt in the fall with some knee boots.  Or for now, break this out on cool summer nights over a cotton dress when you’re snuggling with that special someone down by the beach.

For more on Quickie Darling Deal & Steal, check out the affordable finds featured in the latest issue of People Style Watch, how I fantasy-styled my less than $12 skirt from Target, & H&M’s sequin skirt for under $25.00! Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: 70% Off Clearance Shoes, Bags, & Accessories @Piperlime!


I’m going to be writing about Piperlime again in the near future b/c there’s so much going on (new celebrity guest editors!!), but I just had to post about these clearance accessories that are up to 70% off their original price!

I think that finding end-of-the-season shoes is super fun b/c then you’ll have new(ish) pieces to shoe off with you spring & summer outfits next year.  The natural Hive & Honey ‘Lolly’ wedges ($19.97) are a little tribal, but would look great with a cotton tiered dress or animal-print maxi dress.  The Nine West ‘Nonsense’ wedges ($19.97) in black are great for pairing with a denim mini skirt & ruffled blouse.  Also by Nine West are the ‘Altan’ slingbacks in khaki green / camel ($39.97), which are flattering for skinny jeans, a shirt dress, or a jersey LBD!

Accessories are pieces that be worn (for the most part) from season-to-season (meaning with the exception of shoes).  I love to find elegant clutches & shoulder bags marked down b/c when you use them, they can bring out the special touches in a printed dress, help dress up a solid sheath, or turn a menswear-inspired look into a vintage throwback look.  For example, the ivory bag by Street Level ($27.97) is really chic to pair with a houndstooth coat & dark denim jeans. For more formal occasions, check out the details in the Street Level ruffled clutch ($24.97) or the Big Buddha ‘Malibu’ woven clutch ($19.97).

You can’t have a blog about accessories & not talk about jewelry.  Bracelets are by far my favorite piece of jewelry, especially the Sabine woven bracelets ($15.99).  I also love how beads add extra color & sparkle, which is why I choose the wide beaded silver bracelet ($18.99).  Also, the multi-bead gold bracelet by Tinley Road ($11.97) is a unique addition for Style Darlings who gravitate toward earth-tones & natural colors.

Since I’m sooo into scarves, I had to feature at least one!  The delicate Peony Vine Spun by Subtle Luxury scarf in fuchsia ($15.97) is adorable to wear over a long-sleeved tee with wide-leg jeans & ballet flats!

What are your favorite marked down in-between-season items?  Do you regularly buy from Piperlime?  Which are your favorite brands?  Check out more great accessory finds in our previous posts: The Stylish Five: Fall Accessories for Every Style Darling & Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: Affordable Animal-Inspired Accessories! Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: Start Layering With Sale Tops From ESPRIT!


Since the weather is changing (at least here in New York it is!), it’s time to start swapping out some of the pieces in your closet for heaviers once, but what’s so great about now is that you can mix & match your tops & tanks to layer them!  I recently checked out the sale section on ESPRIT & so many tops on sale & the ones that I’ve selected are all under $30.00.  Now, before you say that $30.00 is too much for a sale top, just hear me out!  A tee shirt or a basic tank is something that you will always need.  Whether you wanna rock your new bomber jacket or break out your boyfriend blazer & skinny jeans for a night out with the girls, tops like these are the pieces that build those outfits.

Take your favorite button down shirt & throw a tee over with a fancy brooch, or try once of these tanks under your favorite cardigan with a bubble skirt! The brighter shades are perfect for that pop of color for underneath, heavy sweaters, or use the pastel ones to soften a look with heavy sweater tights & knee boots!

In a wide variety of colors, from your basic neutrals to brighter, bolder shades, there’s plenty to choose from.  Don’t think for a minute that there are only solids on this site b/c as you can see, I have a striped top, but there are also plenty of floral & graphic print tops to choose from too!  If you scroll your mouse over the image below, you can see all the names, colors, & prices of the tops to decide for yourself.

While you’re on the site, be sure to check out their new fall knits, denim, jackets, dresses, & accessories! If you sign up to receive emails from the site, you’ll hear about all the latest sales, including the occasional 40% off storewide sale, which is not something you wanna pass up! Not to mention that the store offers FREE SHIPPING & FREE RETURNS on any order $30 & up, another great reason to keep this site among your favorites!  Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: Get Clearance Deals @Newport News!


At Newport News, Style Darlings of any age can can enjoy the latest clearance markdowns to enjoy this spring!  Not only are some of these pieces great for now, but they can be worn & remixed into your fall  & winter wardrobe.  For example take this tie-neck tunic with some leggings & wedges for a bright day, or mix it up with a chunky vest, skinny jeans, & knee boots for when it’s cooler out.  A beaded cropped jacket like this can help dress up an embellished teeflared jeans, or even look nice over a cute LBD. Go with a sexy off-the-shoulder top for a pencil skirt & skinny belt for an after work affair, but mix it up with cargo pants, cut-out shooties, & a beaded necklace for a day of running errands.  For your next family affair, break out this flirty yoke-waist skirt with a simple top & ballet flats.  Jump on the 70s trend bandwagon with a jumpsuit!  You can change up the belt with something colorful or go for something thick! A one-piece like that calls for large earrings & strappy platforms.  However, if accessories are your thing, break out some color with these chunky bangles for just $5.99. Hit up the website to check out more clearance items that will help keep your wallet happy, but make your wardrobe all the more fabulous!  Happy Styling! 

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: Steve Madden Clearance Up to 80% Off!


There are some big sales going on right now @Steve Madden, including a very affordable selection of shoe styles on clearance!  These four styles are among my top picks, however the brand also has knee boots marked down to under $50!  Each of these are perfect for some time during the year & the wedges makes for a sweet spring combination with a pair of cuffed boyfriend jeans & a floral blouse.  Consider the shooties for the fall with a textured pencil skirt & chunky knit.  The strappy sandals are sexy for a summer date night in something metallic.  The more elegant choice for a cocktail affair is something in satin with a bow detail, especially in the winter! If you sign up for the brand’s emails, you’ll get regular notifications on sales, get a 10% off offer on your next order, & you’ll learn when all the latest styles are debuting!  Happy Styling!