All About Platforms with Jessica Alba!


Jessica Alba has always been one of my favorite celebrities to watch out for on the red carpet because several elements of her personal style mirror my own. She loves feminine, classic pieces, never straying too far into an architectural or modern aesthetic, but still appearing current & trendy. While the actress / entrepreneur has been promoting her new series L.A.’s Finest (also starring the always exquisite Gabrielle Union), as well as her brand The Honest Company, Jessica has been all about platforms. I couldn’t help but notice the chunky shoe under many of her dresses during her promotional tour, a choice that I would not personally make, but something I love to look at with her red carpet fashion, which has a very 70s & 90s glam vibe right now.

Below Jessica goes peachy in a Giambattista Valli Spring 2019 dress with beige patent leather platforms & an Alaia cropped shirt with a striped skirt in Jimmy Choo platforms.

Also, at the Monte Carlo TV Festival, Jessica wore an orange Silvia Tcherassi belted dress with a Mulberry bag & satin platforms. For her Honest Beauty Meet & Greet, Jessica looks heavenly in a Self Portrait midi dress with rust suede Salvatore Ferragamo platforms. For the budget shopper looking for trend pieces without breaking the bank, check out some of these affordable & stylish platforms out in stores & online now.

burgundy platforms @GOjane

beige platforms @Forever 21

Mix No. 6 Trima platforms @DSW

Madeline bronze platforms @Steve Madden

Chinese Laundry red Theresa platforms @Zappos

Design Lab black platforms @Lord & Taylor

Chinese Laundry Going Haute striped platforms @ModCloth

Do you like platforms? How do you typically style platform heels? Where are you shopping for the latest shoe styles? For more stylish posts, check out classic tees from New York & Company & dressbarn, Betsey Johnson’s Vandi butterfly shoes, & weekend totes perfect for the beach! Happy Styling!

Jennifer Lopez is the Prettiest in the Prettiest Pink Poof Dress!


Jennifer Lopez can’t do just one thing & I’m so glad for it. For her newest film, Second Act, she not only stars in & produced it, but also sings the power anthem “Limitless” (penned by Sia). She also directed the yet-to-be released music video (also starring her daughter Emme) & has taken the fashion world by storm once again at the New York City premiere of the film. She wore a breathtaking pink Giambattista Valli high low tulle gown (from the brand’s Fall 2018 Couture runway collection) with a train that rivals anyone else in gown train history (Priyanka Chopra… Princess Diana…) styled with silver accessories including a Judith Leiber clutch & Jimmy Choo platforms, as well as jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz. The play on volume & length in such a bold statement color only makes the dress more amazing to gawk at.

The ethereal design floated down the Fall 2018 runway & has now made history. Perhaps all those sparkly naked dresses are out & voluminous tulle dresses are in?

What do you think of J.Lo’s big pink dress? Is it too big? Not big enough? For more celebrity-inspired posts, click here, here, here, & here. Happy Styling!

06/21/2016 Darling of the Day: Blake Lively’s Yellow + Denim Combo Inpires Summer Style in New York City!


Blake Lively is making the style rounds to promote her latest film, The Shallows, taking advantage of every opportunity she can for a beautiful fashion moment. The actress donned her baby bump (#2 on the way for her & hubby Ryan Reynolds) like a prom queen / prep girl straight out of Gossip Girl (that’s really a compliment, folks!) after completing an appearance on NBC’s Today (in a stunning Elie Saab beaded frock & strappy Stuart Weitzman sandals seen here). While waving to photogs, Blake played up her yellow embellished Jenny Packham gown (see it here on the runway from the designer’s Fall 2016 collection) with a light wash denim jacket from Madewell (shop it here), printed Christian Louboutin ‘Kate’ chevron pumps (shop them here), as well as tons of turquoise, blue, & silver jewelry layered on to stay true to her bohemian aesthetic by Jennifer Meyer, Alison Lou, Mociun, & Lorraine Schwartz.

Blake Lively in a yellow Jenny Packham empire maxi dress with a Madewell denim jacket & printed Christian Louboutin pointy toe heels.What I especially love about this look is that it inspires new life into those gowns we all have from special occasions in the past. Since summer is all about maxi dresses, why not play with the styling possibilities & mix up your look with a staple like a denim jacket & fun footwear? That goes for classic prom dresses, perhaps something not so ball gown-shaped, as well as that bridesmaid dress tucked away in the back of your closet. Chiffon is a breezy, light weight material perfect to try on any look this season, maybe when you’re meeting with girlfriends for lunch, or headed to a museum or vineyard this weekend. Check out the inspiration below in dresses (not as glam as Blake’s but still hitting the sunshine-y notes of yellow) & accessories for budget shoppers who wear misses, plus, & petite sizes.

outfitsSHOP: Misses embellished neck maxi dress @boohoo, denim jacket @H&M, Steve Madden cork heels @DSW, Plus maxi dress @Forever 21, Westport denim jacket @Dress Barn, Christian Siriano Wide Width Kathryn pumps @Payless, Petite maxi dress @Dorothy Perkins, Style & Co denim jacket @Macy’s, & Jackpot pointy toe pumps @Nine West.

jewelrySHOP: stud earrings @Charming Charlie, silver tone ring @Kohl’s, turquoise ring @Bebe, circle round stone bracelet @Charming Charlie, & elephant tassel bracelet @Charming Charlie

If pictures & links don’t quite do it for you, be sure to check out this short video of Blake in action, flaunting her look with confidence & elegance, something I practice even when walking from my front door to the car & from the car to wherever life is taking me.

While we’re on the subject of one Blake Lively, it would be a waste not to share the gallery below of Blake’s flawless maternity style this spring during press appearances, hitting the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, & maintaining her #styleicon status at the 2016 Met Ball.

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What do you think of Blake’s Jenny Packham-Madewell-Christian Louboutin ensemble? Can you envision something like this for yourself? How would you dress down a super fancy dress like hers? What do you wear in the summer to make you feel ultra confident? Which celebrities inspire your street style? Happy Styling!

Top 10 Celeb Sightings: Gorgeous Gown Glamour, Featuring Jennifer Lawrence, Gwen Stefani, & More!


I’m not usually one to rush time away, especially in the face of the holidays, but the holiday spirit has its hold on me & I can’t stop thinking about sparkle, glamour, & elegance this season. With that in mind, I’ve been ooh-ing & aah-ing at all the latest celebrity looks that have hit the red carpet because there are so many beautiful designs, recalling Old Hollywood decadence & inspiring me to get a little extra glam every day when it comes to lace, sequins, jewel tones, & drama.

Elizabeth Banks, Gwen Stefani, Heidi Klum, Hilary Swank, & Jennifer Lawrence.Actress / director Elizabeth Banks sparkled in a striped sequined Dolce & Gabbana column gown with jewelry by Irene Neuwirth & a black clutch at the Los Angeles premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. The Voice coach Gwen Stefani hit the red carpet for the 2015 Baby2Baby Gala in a black one-shoulder floral dress by Marchesa with jewelry by Nigaam, EFFY Jewelry, & Norman Silverman, with Rene Caovilla pumps. Project Runway judge Heidi Klum in a plum Zac Posen ball gown with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry at the 2015 Bambi Awards. Two-time Oscar-winner Hilary Swank was shimmering in a black & white Naeem Khan long sleeve gown with drop earrings & a black clutch at the 2015 Bambi Awards. It-girl Jennifer Lawrence dazzled in a white silk illusion-paneled Dior evening gown with jewelry by Graziela Gems at the Los Angeles premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.

Jessica Biel, Kerry Washington, Lea Seydoux, Lupita Nyong'o, & Rita Ora.New mom Jessica Biel wore a pink off-the-shoulder sculpted Monse design with a blue clutch & jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz at the 2015 Baby2Baby Gala. Scandal star Kerry Washington looked heavenly in a black sheer Giambattista Valli Haute Couture tulle ball gown with Neil Lane earrings at the 2015 Baby2Baby Gala. Spectre ingénue Léa Seydoux in a white plunging goddess gown by Prada with a crystal-embroidered red belt at the film’s Beijing premiere. Designer darling Lupita Nyong’o looked elegant in a forest green Jason Wu peplum gown with cut-outs at the 2015 Glamour Woman of the Year Awards. Singer Rita Ora stunned in a mint & gray ombre tulle & floating ball gown by Marchesa for the 2015 Bambi Awards.

Which celebrity look is your favorite? Which star’s style always surprises you? Who inspires your style? For more stylish posts, check out fall’s go-to look of plaid & a statement necklace inspired by Rihanna & Jessica Alba, budget-friendly earrings for the holidays like Taylor Swift & Angelina Jolie, Olivia Palermo’s entire shoot for Holt Renfrew, & how to get Victoria Beckham’s sleek menswear look for less. Also, check out more red carpet posts from Top 10 Celeb Sightings, including Allison Williams & Gigi Hadid, Diane Kruger & Nina Dobrev, Emilia Clarke & Miranda Kerr, & Kate Hudson & Emily Blunt. Happy Styling!

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Red Carpet Review: Kate Mara’s ‘Fantastic 4’ Summer Fashion & Pixie Cut!


Fantastic 4 actress Kate Mara is an in-demand actress & surely a Style Darling to watch. The actress has been having one stylish summer, as spokesmodel for MaxMara & promoting the new summer blockbuster. She looks confident & sleek in mini dresses, A-line frocks, ankle strap sandals, pointy toe pumps, & a toussled pixie ‘do. 

Kate Mara 01Kate Mara hit the MaxMara 2015 Women In Film event in a burgundy jumpsuit by MaxMara with strappy sandals & a black clutch. Then, for an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Kate  was edgy in a black leather detailed David Koma mini dress with Jimmy Choo pointy toe pumps. She went for a black leather fit & flare dress by Valentino with black ankle strap sandals at the New York premiere of Fantastic 4. For a ladylike look, Kate wore a floral black & white Giambattista Valli mini dress with white Sophia Webster pointy toe pumps & an Emm Kuo clutch for an appearance on Live! With Kelly & Michael. At Comic Con, Kate dressed up in a jeweled gunmetal mini dress with by Valentino black ankle strap sandals.

Kate Mara 02For the Women In Film 2015 Crystal + Lucy Awards red carpet, Kate in a little black fit & flare dress by Max Mara with leopard print sequin pointy toe pumps. In Miami, Kate looked sweet a little white dress by J. Mendel with black detailing & black ankle strap sandals. Then, she switched it up for a military-inspired lace blouse by Sandro & Louis Vuitton mini skirt with jeweled yellow pumps at an Atlanta screening of Fantastic 4. During a press junket appearance in New York City, Kate dazzled in a pink tweed mini dress by Dior with red pointy toe wedges. Again in Dior, Kate picked in a red vest by the brand & cream shorts with nude pointy toe pumps at an Apple store event. Lastly, Kate kept it minimalist in a white A-line mini dress with red pointy toe wedges.

What do you think of Kate Mara’s summer of style? Do you like her new pixie cut? Which is your favorite look of hers? For more stylish posts, check out maxi skirts for summer inspired by Jennifer Lopez & Beyonce, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s fall denim campaign for Paige Denim, how to restyle a bridesmaid dress with looks from Weddington Way, Eva Mendes for Estee Lauder, & an affordable summer dress outfit for any size. Happy Styling!

Top 10 Celeb Sightings: Head-To-Toe Black & Summer Prints, Including Kate Hudson, Karlie Kloss, & More!


It’s been a big week for Style Darling Daily, but also the red carpet has been sizzling with plenty of style inspiration from our favorite celebrities. There are a lot of surprising trends this summer, including head to toe black looks, minimalist hues, & fun colors & prints. Anything is game this summer, so take a look!

Cara Delevingne, Diane Kruger, Freida Pinto, Halle Berry, & Karlie Kloss.

Actress / Model Cara Delevingne went for head-to-toe black in an Alexander McQueen blouse with high-waist black pants & patent black pumps for an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers. German beauty Diane Kruger mixed prints in lattice-print separates & floral jacket by Giambattista Valli & black Stuart Weitzman sandals at  Women in Film event. Freida Pinto was gorgeous in a black satin crepe Kate Spade New York jumpsuit with a white Kate Spade New York clutch & pumps at the Amazon Prime Summer Soiree. Oscar-winner Halle Berry made a red carpet appearance for the 2015 ESPY Awards in a lace-paneled LBD with leather accents, jewelry by Sylva & Cie, & black satin Brian Atwood sandals. Supermodel Karlie Kloss hit the Paper Towns red carpet in a minimalist nude & pink sheath dress with matching nude pumps.

Kate Hudson, Michelle Monaghan, Nina Dobrev, Olivia Palermo, & Rachel McAdams.

Actress Kate Hudson showed some skin in a black cut-out sheer Julien Macdonald gown with a black minaudiere & ankle strap platforms at the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala. Pixels star Michelle Monaghan took a risk in a red tailored Zac Posen shorts suit with LFrank mosaic earrings, an Edie Parker clutch, & nude sandals at a Dinner Honoring the Women of the film. Former Vampire Diaries actress Nina Dobrev was ethereal in a white & gold beaded Reem Acra gown, a sparkling Charlotte Olympia clutch, jewelry by Csarite, & sandals by Stuart Weitzman at the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala. Style icon Olivia Palermo walked the streets of New York City in watercolor separates by Tularosa with a mustard bad & snakeskin ballet flats. At the premiere of Southpaw, Rachel McAdams mixed a classic & sexy look in a cut-out Self-Portrait LBD with diamonds by Tiffany & Co. & black Stuart Weitzman sandals.

Which look is your favorite? What’s your go-to summer trend? Are you on board with all the lace & sheer panels? Whose style do you follow? For more posts, check out a Calvin Klein dress for less at Dress BarnTaylor Swift’s stylish music videos from 1989, ankle strap sandals inspired by Miranda Kerr & Jennifer Lawrence, & must-have summer wedges for $10 from Payless! Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Giambattista Valli’s Spring 2015 Couture Collection from Paris!


Giambattista Valli Spring 2015 Couture Collection.

Giambattista Valli is one of the most in-demand designers that every celebrity has worn on the red carpet. It’s almost like a premiere / awards show rite of passage, as seen on fan of the label like Diane Kruger, Rose Byrne, Kate Bosworth, & Kerry Washington! However, the brand’s newest Spring 2015 Couture collection hit the Paris runways. The inspiration behind the line is an impossible conversation between Coco Chanel & Janis Joplin, which was evident in details such as dresses & tunics over pants, luxe jackets & nods to menswear, as well as pops of spring florals, belted looks, flowing feathered capes, & sheer accents.

What do you think of the collection? Which is your favorite look from the line? Which runway have you been obsessing over during Spring 2015 Couture week? For more Runway Rundown posts, check out galleries featuring Alexandre Vauthier, Viktor & Rolf, Schiaparelli, Elie Saab, Atelier Versace, & Christian Dior. Happy Styling!

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#RedCarpet Review: #2015SAGAwards #BestDressed Gallery, Featuring Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Aniston, Emmy Rossum, & More!


Reese Witherspoon, Claire Danes, Keira Knightley, & Sarah Hyland.

Last night’s Screen Actor’s Guild Awards were full of red carpet surprises from veteran A-listers like Cake nominee Jennifer Aniston (in vintage Galliano), Birdman‘s Emma Stone (in Dior Couture), America’s sweetheart Julia Roberts (in Givenchy), Homeland‘s Claire Danes (in Marc Jacobs), & last year’s it-girl, Lupita Nyong’o (in Elie Saab). Also, there were plenty of newcomers who made an impact, including many Orange is the New Black winners like Uzo Aduba (in Angel Sanchez) & Danielle Brooks (in Christian Siriano), as well as Game of ThronesMaisie Williams (in Self-Portrait).

Some of my favorites of the night included The Imitation Game nominee Keira Knightley (in Erdem), Wild‘s Reese Witherspoon (in Atelier Versace), model & wife, Camila Alves McConauhey (in Donna Karan), designer darling Emmy Rossum (in Armani Prive), Modern Family‘s rising star Sarah Hyland (in Vera Wang), St. Vincent nominee Naomi Watts (in Balenciaga), How to Get Away with Murder winner Viola Davis (in Max Mara), & this season’s golden girl, Still Alice winner, Julianne Moore (in Givenchy).

Now the official countdown to the Academy Awards can begin, which takes place on Sunday February 22nd, sure to wow & inspire more amazing style. Who wore your favorite look? What trends are you still talking about? For all the latest on this awards season, check out previous Red Carpet Review posts with complete galleries from the Golden Globe Awards & Critic’s Choice Awards. If that isn’t enough, get more celebrity inspiration from Style Darling‘s spring dress predictions featuring Kerry Washington & Allison Williams, how to style a statement necklace like Katy Perry or Emma Roberts, & Jennifer Lopez’s stylish press tour for her new movie, The Boy Next Door! Happy Styling!

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Basics for a Bargain: Spring Dress Predictions, Inspired by Kerry Washington, Allison Williams, & More (Dedicated to Nicole)!


When asking around through social media to some of my friends for some style inspiration since I was stuck on what my next blog post should be, my lovely & brilliant friend, Nicole, inquired about spring dresses to expect for next season, especially when winter is such a rich season for playing with texture & prints when it comes to dresses. For spring, my research tells me that dresses are all about the details- what makes them special, whether it’s lace, metallic embellishment, bold colors / patterns, shine, or shape. I had so much fun getting inspired by dresses from the runway & my favorite A-list celebrities.  

Allison Williams, Kerry Washington, Julianne Moore, Anna Kendrick, Kate Mara, & Camilla Belle.

The always stylish Girls actress Allison Williams mixed patterns with her paisley printed silk dress by Giambattista Valli with black pumps. Scandal star Kerry Washington played up detail in a checked Prada dress with a violet clutch & metallic Christian Louboutin pointy toe pumps. This season’s Oscar nominee Julianne Moore dared to be different in a cherry red off-the-shoulder Delpozo dress with Givenchy sandals. The adorable & playful Anna Kendrick wore a flirty cobalt blue laser cut Temperley London shirt dress & nude Christian Louboutin pumps when making an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Former House of Cards co-star Kate Mara donned a lattice paneled little white dress by Vielma with a clutch by Botkier & nude pumps. Lastly, fashion it-girl Camilla Belle did Gucci proud in the brand’s blue printed dress with t-strap pumps.

Also, during Fashion Week, the Spring 2015 Ready-To-Wear Collections that hit the runways were all about detail-oriented dresses, chock full of bold colors, modern twists on classics, floral embellishments, playful prints, & much more! 

Mary Katranzou, Erin Fetherston, Alberta Ferretti, Peter Pilotto, Matthew Williamson, Roland Mouret, Temperley London, & Nanette Lepore Spring 2015 Ready-To-Wear.

This included collections from Mary Katrantzou, Erin Fetherston, Alberta Ferretti, Peter Pilotto, Matthew Williamson, Roland Mouret, Temperley London, & Nanette Lepore.

And finally, my picks for affordable dresses to start the spring off right are:

Spring dresses from Dress Barn, Old Navy, Wallis, Forever 21, ModCloth, JC Penney, & Chic Nova.

SHOP: textured fit & flare dress ($48.00) in royal @Dress Barn, belted shirt dress ($32.94) in red print @Old Navy, lace dress ($59.00) in black @Wallis Fashion, lush floral tea dress ($29.90) @Forever 21, floral flashback stripe dress ($17.99) @ModCloth, short sleeve print blouson dress ($19.99) @JC Penney, & print cross V-neck dress ($28.49) in yellow @Chic Nova.

Which dresses are your favorites? Which celebrities do you look to for style inspiration? What’s your favorite kind of dress? Have you started your spring shopping yet? What are you looking to update this spring? For more stylish posts, check out my latest picks of sale sweaters for under $20, how to wear a statement necklace in 4 ways, Jennifer Lopez’s press tour for her new movie, Natalie Portman’s Dior look for less, & the complete red carpet gallery from this year’s Golden Globes including looks from Emma Stone & Naomi Watts. Happy Styling!

Red Carpet Review: The 2015 #GoldenGlobes Awards, Featuring Jennifer Lopez, Emma Stone, Amy Adams, & More!


Anna Kendrick, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Lupita Nyong'o, Jennifer Lopez, Dakota Johnston, Kate Mara, Diane Kruger, & Kate Hudson.

The 2015 Golden Globes is upon us & already the show is an extravaganza in entertainment & movie madness. However, it’s the red carpet that has the fashion world buzzing, including some major trends in pops of color like red, cobalt, & yellow, as well as luxe metallics, plenty of cleavage from A-listers, pretty pastels, & dramatic ballgowns. Some of my favorite celebrities that hit the red carpet are Anna Kendrick (in Monique Lhuillier), Emma Stone (in Lanvin), Naomi Watts (in Gucci), Lupita Nyong’o (in Giambattista Valli), Jennifer Lopez (in Zuhair Murad), Dakota Johnston (in Chanel), Kate Mara (in Miu Miu), Diane Kruger (in Emilia Wickstead), & Kate Hudson (in Versace).

Other noteables are the always glamorous Reese Witherspoon (in Calvin Klein Collection), Jessica Chastain (in Atelier Versace), Kate Beckinsale (in Elie Saab), Allison Williams (in Armani Prive), Zosia Mamet (in Andrew Gn), Gina Rodriguez (in Badgley Mischka), & Amy Adams (in Versace). Who was your favorite on the red carpet? Which looks are you talking about the most?

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For more fashionable posts, check out Runway Rundown galleries featuring Jenny Packham, Christian Siriano, & Oscar de la Renta, as well as how to get Girls-inspired style, affordable capes from Chic Nova & Romwe, & the top 10 Style Darlings to watch for in 2015! Happy Styling!