Splurge or Save… On Pink Jeans!


The neon trend just isn’t going away & why should it? With the latest trend in colored jeans, I wanted to play up the popularity of spring hues after my last Splurge or Save? post, featuring neon blouses. There were just so many different pinks to pick from & styles in skinny jeans that can work for so many looks.

First, I headed over to Forever 21 with the colored skinny jeans ($19.80), which are also available in four other neon colors to mix & match with everyday wardrobe essentials. Next up the price point ladder are the Sophie perfect fit skinny jeans ($30.00) from JC Penney, which can work for a casual day with ballet flats, a graphic tee, & a leather jacket, or for a night out with the girls in a sequin tank & strappy sandals. The jeans that caught my eye to inspire this post are the modern slim denim jeans ($59.99) from Ann Taylor, which have been marked down from their original $88.00 price tag. Not only are these perfect for any age, but I also love the look of ExpressStella colored jean legging ($79.90), which will punch up any casual Friday look at the office with a metallic belt & watercolor print blouse.

Higher price point pink jeans include the MICHAEL Michael Kors Guatemala skinny pants ($89.50) from Dillards, which fulfill any bubblegum pink needs that your wardrobe may have. The feminine color is perfect for neutral accessories like round toe pumps, a taupe jacket, or leather-accented top. Next, you can find the J Brand Jeans neon skinny jeans ($112.20) @Bloomingdale’s & the slim cigarette destroyed jeans ($198.00) @7 For All Mankind. If you prefer to spend more money on a well-known brand, consider your cost per wear & break down how much you’re investing into these 80s throwback bottoms.

How much would you spend on colored jeans? Which color is your favorite? Would you wear pink, or do you prefer the other neon trends? For more posts on affordable fashion options, check out winter-ready LWDs inspired by Taylor Swift & Emma Stone, luxury look-alike Stella McCartney floral pants worn by Dian Kruger, my latest shoe purchases from Target for under $10, & stylish stud earrings from Forever 21. Happy Styling!

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Holiday Gift Style: New York & Company’s Big 50-70% Off Sitewide & Storewide Sale!


After you’ve stuffed your face with all the yumminess of the holiday, head to your local mall or hit up the web to go shopping for some amazing deals @New York & Company, which is celebrating the season of giving by giving 50-70% off sale online & in-stores. Of course I’ve picked out some of my favorite pieces which comprise the chic look below.

The color skinny leg jeans ($29.97) in promenade purple caught my eye immediately & I love that they can be worn with heels for a date, or with cute flats like the faux leather metallic cap flats ($13.98) for day. Also, I paired this look with the side pleat deco print cowl-neck top ($8.98). For an additional pop of color & texture, I love the rich look of the sequin edge scarf ($9.97), perfect for any heavy wool coat or with a cool dark denim jacket.  Lastly, the faceted triple drop earrings ($7.97) in brown topaz are a chic neutral for any outfit, but they’re also available in black, lovely blue, dark blue, dark pink, & purple promenade.

Which trends are you following for these big Black Friday sales? Are you headed to New York & Company for these great deals? Happy Styling!

Fabulous in 4 Ways: Over-The-Knee Boots From Victoria’s Secret (Dedicated To Laurie)!


Attention Style Darling Readers: We have a new category alert! Fabulous In 4 Ways is my latest in offering the best style advice that I can, while keeping a budget in mind. Of course, I’ve had this idea (taking one item & showing how it’s worn in 4 fabulous ways) for a while now, just sitting away & linkless on my categories page, but just recently, a good friend has come to me w/ a deal on a killer pair of over-the-knee boots, asking for help on how to wear them once the temperatures cool down & heavy knits emerge from the depths of our closets.  Said friend, Laurie (who I’ve dedicated a total of 4 blogs to now- Jordana Brewster’s style, how to wear turtlenecks, & the best day-to-night blazers) has challenged me in a very good & very stylish way. Let’s take a look…

As I usually do in my Basics for a Bargain posts, let’s start off with some celebrity inspiration to see how some of the most photographed & stylish stars interpret their over-the-knee boot looks. The City star / socialite Olivia Palermo looks Upper East Side chic with her navy suede boots & fur-lined jacket, mixing neutrals with a sweater tunic. Mom-on-the-go Kourtney Kardashian wears her boots with a flowy blouse under a menswear-inspired blazer & floppy hat, keeping accessories like her bag matching in texture with her footwear. Supermodel legend Claudia Schiffer goes casual in jeggings & a cobalt cable knit sweater with a coordinating bag for her tan suede over-the-knee boots. Former Spice Girl / designer Victoria Beckham keeps her polished posh persona in check with ultra tight leggings, a black top, & satin-trimmed blazer while traveling through Heathrow airport. Lastly, Project Runway host Heidi Klum offers an edgy approach to her leather Jimmy Choo over-the-knee boots by completing her look with a graphic tee & abstract print blazer.

The boots inspiring this post are the Colin Stuart over-the-knee boots ($94.00) from Victoria’s Secret, which are on sale for less than their original $118.00 price tag (pictured below, to the left).  These are fierce confections of footwear meant only for the confident Style Darling (for example: Laurie!).  Even though these may seem much pricier than your average pump &/or ankle bootie, I can’t emphasize enough that this is an investment piece, especially one that you can dare to wear from the beginning of fall, all the way to the end of the winter.  Since we’re talking boots, VS is currently having a 20% off sale on all Colin Stuart boots, which you can shop here.

However, let’s get down to business in putting together these outfits wth some of the celebrity inspiration seen above.  Typically when I see boots, I think of sweaters & leggings b/c they’re both just so comfy & very on-trend for effortless fall looks.  My first ensemble includes the asymmetric hem sweater ($59.90) from Express, which is available in orchid, black, grey, & blue.  The loose fit is perfect for recalling that 80s off-the-shoulder bulky sweater look, as well as hugging your curves to show off your legs.  Just so you know, Express is currently having a mix & match BOGO 50% off sale this Labor Day weekend, so if you really love the look pictured, then check out the short metal stick necklace ($44.90) to go with the sweater. I’ve selected Forever 21‘s pebbled pointe knit leggings ($17.80), which will add some texture & shine against the rich suede of the boots.  Of course, any solid legging will do, but if you’re going for something with a print, keep it subtle since you’re dealing with a sexy lace-up detail in the back of the boots.

My second outfit is perfect for an office environment where jeans are allowed.  The Faded Glory jeggings ($12.88) from Walmart are a steal & can work with so many other wardrobe staples all year long.  The colored denim trend is obviously not going away & pairing it with White House Black Market‘s tweed trophy jacket ($188.00) is a professional & elegant way to dress up denim.  When shopping @WHBM, of course the regular prices are on the high side, but if you sign up for their seasonal catalogues, you can get discount codes, as well as earn points for reductions on future purchases. I find that comes in handy around the holidays when in a pinch for a cute cocktail dress.  For an extra feminine splash, I’ve selected the graphic checkered strips tiered cotton tank ($39.99) from LOFT to add some dimension- which also just so happens to marked down another 30% at checkout.

Look #3 required a little more attention since I wanted to find pieces that would work for more than just the over-the-knee boots challenge.  I started with this streaky knit t-shirt dress ($39.99) from The Limited, which has been marked down 50% on the store’s website. With a solid sheath-like dress as this, I immediately thought of a belt & found this duo of ivory cheetah & glossy black skinny belts ($10.79) from Bluefly. To keep warm during the cooler fall days, I picked out the basic, yet affordable Style & Co. three-quarter ruched sleeve cardigan ($14.99) in black from Macy’s. If you’re headed out to happy hour with the girls or going from the office to an evening function, this look is perfect with the boots, especially when the Minicci scroll weave tights ($7.99) from Payless are hiding underneath your layers.

Lastly, the forth look is my favorite, but perhaps not too far of a departure from the previous blazer look above.  When I saw the Merona tailored blazer ($34.99) @Target, I immediately loved the idea of mixing the plaid with the laces, as well as navy & black, along with integrating the fall’s best new neutral deep red hue with New York & Company‘s satiny roll-tab shirt ($39.95). Of course you can complete the look with skinny pants, but Style & Co. skinny stretch jeggings ($36.75) from Macy’s looked too good to be true in a classic dark wash!

What do you think of these looks? Would you wear over-the-knee boots? If so, how would you style your look with them? What boots are you shopping for this fall? Happy Styling!

8/2/2012 Darling Of The Day: Kate Middleton & Christina Hendricks Colorblock With Bright Pants!


When I saw these looks worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, & Mad Men star Christina Hendricks, I kept them in mind b/c I loved the bright bottoms worn by both Style Darlings.  Kate’s look is very casual, perfect for observing Olympic events, whereas Christina’s look is more feminine & polished while she walks the red carpet.

Since it’s summer time, a crisp white top, whether it be a polo shirt or a blouse, is always a stylish way to start building an outfit.  I’ve selected both looks to feature in Darling of the Day, especially since it’s been a while since my last post in this category.

To start building Kate’s look, I’ve turned to KMart for the polo shirt ($7.99) & paired it with the Stella colored jean legging ($79.90) in cobalt from Express. The price on the jeans may be high, but right now @Express, there’s a BOGO $29.90 sale on these jeans.  If you’re an Express credit card holder, you can earn coupons for up to $50.oo off! To complete this look, head over to Piperlime for the Nine West Skip N Jump wedges ($39.99) & Kohl’s for the Simply Vera Vera Wang silver tone simulated crystal ball drop earrings ($10.50).

If you’re looking for a dressier way of pairing your whites with bright bottoms, take a look at Christina’s ensemble, which can comprise affordable separates like the satin cascading ruffle blouse ($17.80) from Forever 21 & New York & Company‘s The Crosby Street city double stretch slim leg pants ($46.95). This outfit lends the perfect opportunity to play with prints & textures in your accessories, such as the Andiamo gavel pumps ($34.94) from DSW & Big Buddha handbag clutch ($24.99) from Macy’s.

To shop more colorful bottoms, inducing jeans, pants, & leggings, check out colored stonewash skinnies ($24.80) from Forever 21, stretch twill pants ($24.95) from H&M, Jessica London‘s color jeggings ($39.99), colorful skinny jean ($44.90 – $74.90) from The Limited, & the cafe capris ($39.99) from J.Crew. Also, for basic white tops to mix & match with other wardrobe staples, check out the burnout animal racerback tank ($9.99) from Charlotte Russe, The Gap‘s Essex sugar wash scoop tee ($19.99), the ASOS button down skirt ($33.14), the white zebra twist tee ($28.50) from Torrid, Old Navy‘s split-neck button-front blouse ($22.50).

For more celebrity-inspired posts, be sure to check out Blake Lively’s commercial for Gucci Premiere, Top 10 Celeb Sightings featuring Emmy Rossum, Katy Perry, Liv Tyler, & more, & Kate Hudson’s latest ad campaign for Ann Taylor.  Happy Styling!

Super Style Wishlist: A Fashionable Fall Blend of Alice + Olivia, House of Harlow, & Much More!


Even though I’ve gracefully cancelled my birthday this year (tomorrow), I am going to showcase a very special edition of Super Style Wishlist with items that I actually really do want, although I wouldn’t ask my friends to spend this much money on me.  I spent a little time clicking around Revolve Clothing, an online fashion retailer that sells brands like Miss Sixty, Betsey Johnson, KORS by Michael Kors, & William Rast (just to name a few).

Since fall is just around the corner, I love the idea of mixing textures & playing with different patterns when it comes to sparkly tops & accessories like shoes.  Take a look at what I’ve put together for a stylish, but casual day look that could easily turn into a party with friends look.  I loooove the Alice + Olivia black sequin stripe top, which can be mixed with jeans for day, trousers for an interview, or a pencil skirt on a date.  Between the sequins & the stripe design, it’s not hard to bring out the glamour in your look if this is your top!  On bottom, I selected J Brand skinny twill pants in green (my favorite color). Colored jeans are soooo on-trend right now & you can find look-alikes at stores like Forever 21 & Delia’s.  Also check out a recent Darling of the Day post where Kerry Washington donned some skinny red jeans.

One trend that I love for this time of year is an animal print accessory & what better way to do that than with a peep toe pump by House of Harlow?  I love the very graphic look of this print, which gives animal inspiration a whole new & fresh feel.  The natural color in the shoes is what helps bring out the richness of other accessories too.  You can’t go anywhere without a functional tote these days either.  For example, take a look at the Foley + Corinna timber tote, which serves as both handbag & shoulder bag with two different handles.

Speaking of accessories, I’m in the market for some new jewelry & I love this multi-chain necklace by Belle Noel.  It’s dainty & edgy, adding some extra flair to my already polished look.  If you wanna take an outfit like this & get it ready for a last-minute night out, you gotta have one extra piece of bling.  That comes in the form of the large triple crystal ring by Low Luv X Erin Wasson.  The very deco feel of it can help transform any look for a cocktail party or a stylish drink with the girls. Even though it is a statement piece of jewelry, it’ll compliment the sparkle in the top!

Lastly, for when the afternoons start to get chilly, keep your look urban & a little bit preppy with a cotton duster by Free People.  It’s perfect to go over a sweater, blouse, graphic tee, or button-down shirt. To create a more fitted look, throw on a belt, but since there’s already so much going on with the color of the jeans & the animal print in the shoes, try a thin belt in a neutral color like black or taupe.

Your total for a look like this would come to… $1514.00! While all the pieces are super stylish & any Style Darling would be lucky to receive them as a gift, just imagine what you can invest your money in with that much cash?  Would you spend that much on this look?  Have you ever purchased from Revolve Clothing in the past?  Do you like this colored jeans trend?  What’s on your wishlist?? Happy Styling!