Style Tip: One Skirt Worn Six Ways!


I’m a big believer in getting the most use out of an item as I possibly can. That means that not only am I considering how many seasons I’m wearing something, but also how many different ways a piece can be worn. While I’m a sucker for black & white looks, I also love a colorful piece that way I can play up my neutral & bolder separates to give something new life.

For example, during a recent venture to Target, I perused through their clothing department, knowing that I couldn’t buy anything (budget, budget, budget), but since I’m always seeking inspiration, I excused the detour as necessary for my blog. My eye immediately spotted the Merona stripe pleated skirt, which is available in sizes XS-XXL, & its colorful stripe pattern made my head spin with styling possibilities for spring, summer, & fall. To get the most use out of wearing a garment like this (with tops tucked into the waist-cinching band, of course), here are just six stylish examples. Not to mention that you can layer sleeveless tops with pretty cardigans or neutral jackets (like khaki, denim, or olive camou) to offset the bold color palette.

SHOP: denim tank @GAP, green tank @Target, yellow flutter sleeve sweater @LOFT, navy cut-out tank @New York & Company, white studded tee @dressbarn (shop plus size here), & orange racer back tank @Old Navy

Because of the skirt’s delicate material & playful hues, I wouldn’t recommend it for winter, unless you live somewhere majestically sunny like southern California for those chillier months, perhaps with a ribbed turtleneck & cognac knee boots. Since I live on Long Island, I can’t fathom what it’s like to live somewhere without the extremes of both summer & winter.

However, the styling doesn’t end there, nor does the flair. The busy design & colors of the skirt shouldn’t hinder you from having fun with accessories either. Think of all the opportunities this skirt has to offer, as well as combinations of colors to wear when it comes to a statement necklace or dangly earrings.

SHOP: orange tortoiseshell earrings @Old Navy, yellow fringed hoop earrings @New York & Company, rose gold tassel earrings @H&M, blue lapis drop earrings @Charming Charlie, tribal woven choker @Forever 21, turquoise blossoms bib necklace @Charming Charlie, & howlite stone statement necklace @Francesca’s.

How would you style this skirt? What colors do you like to play with most in your wardrobe? Where are you shopping for the best deals on summer-to-fall transition pieces? Do you like to go bold with texture, pattern, & sparkle for your looks? Happy Styling!

08/05/2017 Darling of the Day: Rachel Bilson is Neutral Chic in Denim!


Contrary to popular style belief, sometimes the most fashionable looks aren’t necessarily the fanciest. I’m of the mindset that style should exist on the daily & even on my most casual of days off, I take care of myself in the best way I know how—comfortably! Still, on those days, I have things to do like see my family or prepare a dinner date night with my boyfriend, so even if I give my face a break & go makeup-free, I like to put together an easy breezy outfit (comfy top & jeans perhaps) with unexpected twists (usually in the form of accessories).

Actress Rachel Bilson is showing her casual style with a combination of no-fuss neutrals with denim, heather gray, tan, black & silver during a sunny afternoon in Beverly Hills. Typically, one might not think these colors work together, but the Nashville / former Hart of Dixie / The O.C. it-girl knows how to style even the simplest seeming looks, especially with Old Navy’s $40 Rockstar skinny jeans! Earlier in the week, I featured Blake Lively mixing her high-low look with the same jeans in a darker wash!

SHOP: tee @JCPenney (shop plus here), jeans @Old Navy, sunglasses @Target, hoop earrings @Charming Charlie, satchel @Charming Charlie, & Trope sandals by Steve Madden @DSW.

Where do you like to shop for you favorite go-to jeans? Are you a fan of Old Navy’s Rockstar skinny denim? Which celebrity style appeals most to you? For more fashionable celebrity posts, check out how to recreate looks from Blake Lively & Jennifer Lawrence, as well as mixed prints on Jamie Chung & Olivia Palermo. Happy Styling!

Holiday Gift Styles: Pre-Black Friday BOGO FREE Jeans Deal From Delia’s!


Delia’s isn’t really a store meant for my demographic, I get that, but I can’t help but love the adorable styles that are perfect for a casual day of cuteness.  What’s better is the latest in-store only BOGO FREE jeans sale (excluding jeggings) currently going on @Delias today. Of course the store runs in juniors sizes from 00-19/20, which is perfect for my curvy Style Darlings too! Since the sale is just too good to miss, bring a gal pal with you shopping so you can both benefit from the offer!

With this sale, you can jump on board the latest trends in denim including colored jeans, neon, metallic, & prints.  I recommend the Britt low-rise skinny color jean ($39.50) in red, which are also available in deep purple, electric blue, & geranium.  Also, the peach floral skinny jean ($39.50) which will immediately soften any heavy, chunky knit that you’re sporting to keep warm.  Work that 80s flair in the Britt low-rise skinny jean ($39.50) in safety yellow, which are also available to brighten up your look in coral & coral blast. Lastly, you can keep those basics like a black tee or white button-down handy to help neutralize the eye-catching gold coated skinny jean ($39.50), especially if you want to start putting together a potential New Year’s Eve look with separates.

Which pre-Black Friday sales are you shopping? What style jeans do you typically shop for? Are you expanding your jeans style with these trends? Be sure to check back for all the latest posts in Holiday Gift Styles & Black Friday Sale Update to get the best deals from your favorite stores! Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: 4th of July Style for all Sizes!


For the 4th of July, celebrate your love for America in patriotic style!  Break out the red, white, & blue! Here are just a few examples that you might already have in your summer wardrobe that would be perfect for your day at a family barbecue, out with some friends on the pier, or if you’re heading to a bar for some fun with friends!

Start your outfit off with a bold blue applique top with come skinny jeans for the cooler temperature at night, a plus-sized flowy peasant top with some white shorts & wedges, or something like this starry top for capris & red bangles, red chino shorts for a graphic tee & flats, plus-sized chambray shorts with a basic tank & some long beads, or even with a cute belted skirt for a tube top.

Here is where you can blend textures for the most comfortable combinations of looks.  We see a plus-sized striped dress which is adorable for some neutral accessories like a straw belt & metallic sandals, as well as a short one shoulder dress that just calls for some lucite jewelry & a denim tote bag, & a casual blue textured bubble dress for a cropped crochet bolero & polka-dotted flip-flops.  For the ease of being outside try some red sandal flats with any white cotton summer dress or even starry flip-flops & striped flip-flops from Payless for only $3.99!  Even for an early morning run to the stores to catch some great sales, try some espadrille-like boat shoes with a romper & canvas satchel.

Some cute extra accessories also include a stripe-detail fedora to wear with a maxi dress, a nylon blue belt to loop through your cutoff shorts, or a spacious straw tote to carry around your shades & sunblock.  Have a safe holiday & happy Styling!

NYC Street Style: Flip Flops, Crops, & Summer Dresses Everywhere!


During a girls-only weekend in New York City, my best friend, Rosie, & I headed out for her birthday celebration, including a classy dinner at a Midtown Italian restaurant, Arno, & then we followed it up with some drinks at a West Village bar, Bobo with another friend.  When we were headed out & about the next day for brunch, we hit up the very modern & affordable West End Bar & Grill for some bellinis & fruit after spending some time in Central Park & before enjoying the final performance of Born Yesterday, starring Jim Belushi, Nina Arianda, & Robert Sean Leonard.

This excursion was nothing short of stylish as we spied the feats of fashion that were pounding the pavement during this very warm weekend.  The streets were covered in flip-flopped feet, laced up sneakers, & exposed embellished sandals, making it evident that heels aren’t necessarily on-trend for easy-going daytime activities.  Also, shorts, crops, tunic tops, tanks, & all sorts of summer dresses (long & short) were all the rage since being comfortable amid a humid day was key.  I put some outfit examples together, along with some key pieces like a flowy black & white skirtbeaded chandelier earrings, colorful drop earringsthick red bangle, or a pink stone ring that helped make this weekend quite the stylish one for not just me.

Don’t forget to find basic accessories for maxi dresses like hoop earrings or a braided belt, or perhaps some beads over a shift dress with canvas wedges.  At night, we saw tons of bejeweled sandals & bright nail polishes, as well as the casual on-lookers enjoying the ease of denim shorts & lightweight tees or animal print tops with metallic flip flops and colorful beaded bracelets. And there’s no way you can get away with a day in the city without some fierce sunglasses too!

There’s no specific code necessary to enjoy a summer weekend in the city, however, depending on where you’re headed, there may be a dress code.  Just enjoy yourself & all the varieties of looks that exist in your wardrobe. I always recommend stylish pieces in cotton, linen, & jersey to help beat the heat, as well as sensible shoes (which was a very hard lesson to relearn, in my case), like classic wedges or low heels so that you don’t destroy your feet. I know I’ve been inspired to mix up bright colors in ocean-inspired necklaces with basics & embrace flats or black woven sandals for more occasions when I’m likely to put on some heels.

When strolling around, carry something colorful like a floral clutch, striped wallet or a graphic shoulder bag to add a modern splash to your look.  What looks do you find most prominent when you visit New York City, or any other local happening city?  What do you like to pick out to wear?  See you soon New York!  Happy Styling!