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!

11/1/11 Darling of the Day: America Ferrera is Red Hot in Nicole Miller!


As soon as I saw the former Ugly Betty star, America Ferrera, in this red hot Nicole Miller dress, I knew I just had to post it.  I don’t think she’s ever looked better & she’s miles away from where she was when she first made her red carpet debut during press tours for Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Here, America is definitely stealing the show, attending a West End production of Chicago in London.

While I couldn’t find a red dress with the same neckline, anything figure flattering & curve hugging that helps frame the face will do to recreate the smouldering look.  This Ellen Tracy dress ($83.53) from 6PM is also available in black & turquoise, in sizes 2-16. The textured surplus dress ($22.80) from Forever 21 is super hot for my fuller-figured Style Darlings, available in XL – 3X.

As for the shoes, America’s wearing red velvet peep toes that make her look all the more luxurious.  I found velvet lace-up ballerina pumps ($38.00) from Charlotte Russe, which are both youthful & flirty for any night out.

Even though the glowing actress doesn’t seem to be wearing much jewelry, since her figure is her best asset, I added these delicate glittered bead earrings ($6.80) just for a polished touch of class & contrast.

For more on Nicole Miller dress designs, check out the official website here, along with America’s actual long sleeve matte jersey sheath dress ($275.00) from Nordstrom.

Also, to read more about Darling of the Day posts, check out Miranda Kerr, Gwen Stefani, & Lea Michele! Do you think this dress looks good on the Emmy winner?  Who are the other curvy stars that inspire your style?  Happy Styling!

Super Style Wishlist: Nordstrom’s Best From Diane von Furstenberg, DKNY, Via Spiga, & More!


I haven’t clicked around on my favorite luxury store sites in a while, so I thought it was time to check back with some dreamy fall fashions! @Nordstrom, brands like Alexander Wang, Balenciaga Paris, & Oscar de la Renta are just as regular as there are birds in the sky. Even though 70s influence is everywhere with flowy tops & high-waisted jeans, I’m crazy for the mod color-blocking look.  This is an amazing example of that & I’d love to have every piece!

To start building our look, I’m smitten with this Diane von Furstenberg ‘Lorah’ dress ($345.00).  The mock houndstooth print in graphic black & white is super chic & creates a slim line hugging your figure.  When wearing a dress like this, a coat at the same length is super sexy.  The Ellen Tracy a-line wool blend coat ($198.00) in plum is lush & modern, especially when paired with a bold boot like Via Spiga ‘Piper’ boot ($379.00).  When you take off the coat, there’s still that special pop of color in the boots that would even work with leggings & a tunic mini dress, or a leather mini skirt & one-shoulder top.

To keep your legs covered as the weather is changing, the DKNY ‘Super Opaque’ control top tights ($15.00) are the only affordable piece to the whole outfit, but make a mini dress look more figure-flattering. Additional accessories include deco / mod-inspired jewelry.  Since there are so many shapes in the dress, you can play with dimension with the Kara by Kara Ross large cabochon ring ($190.00).  The gold also goes with the Belle Noel mini-dagger collar necklace ($188.00) that helps call attention to your face & gorgeous smile.

Since there’s so much going on with the dress, colorful coat & shoe, & sharp jewelry, a basic black clutch like the Tasha Snake Embossed Metal Box Clutch ($88.00) is the perfect match. The size is good enough to fit in the pockets of the coat, or if you carry it with you, it can fit comfortably under your arm while you’re taking compliments on your look.

The total for this look comes to just over $1400.00, but pays homage to all the great trends for fall. Even though we can’t all afford luxury items like the ones that I’ve shown, I can celebrate the fact that big, bold patterns are in style, sexy suede footwear can totally transform an outfit, & timeless opaque tights can make any look work!  Check out previous Super Style Wishlist, featuring looks from Madison Los Angeles & Mod Cloth! Happy Styling!