Top 10 Celeb Sightings: Color Combinations & Easy Elegance for Summer, Featuring Victoria Beckham, Solange, Olivia Palermo, & More!

So far this summer has been pretty stylish & there are so many trends to talk about, especially since our favorite celebrities are looking better & better every time they hit the red carpet & break out a new street style look. With a busy summer ahead of the most stylish A-listers, there are so many different events & opportunities to sport some major summer looks.

Amanda Seyfried, Elizabeth Banks, Emily Blunt, Kate Hudson, & Lea Michele.

Amanda Seyfried paired together a scalloped lace blouse & black tiered lace mini by Red Valentino with black criss cross Christian Louboutin pumps at the 30th Annual Women of Achievement Awards. Powerhouse actress / director Elizabeth Banks was red-hot in an Osman halter dress with a mesh panel front with a red clutch & satin Sophia Webster sandals. at the L.A. premiere of Love and Mercy. British import Emily Blunt looked sleek in a midnight Elisabetta Franchi jumpsuit with Ofira diamond jewelry & sparkly silver pumps (shop here) by Kurt Geiger London. A-lister Kate Hudson went for a sporty chic ensemble in a black & white Fabletics crop top (shop here) with black Alice + Olivia pants (shop here) & open toe heels at the Fabletics new men’s line FL2 event. Glee alum Lea Michele was all smiles in a deep-v LBD with a contrast paneled neckline by Preen & yellow pointy toe pumps at the 2015 Inspiration Awards.

Olivia Palermo, Sarah Jessica Parker, Solange Knowles, Victoria Beckham, & Zoe Saldana.

Style icon Olivia Palermo played with menswear in an oversized tuxedo dress by Tibi with matching Miriam Haskell cuffs, a Capwell + Co choker, black clutch, & pink caged heels by Schutz (shop here). at the Art of Shaving event. The always glamorous Sarah Jessica Parker was a vision in a printed Elie Saab dress with layered necklaces & embellished sandals at the Irish Repertory Theatre’s YEATS The Celebration event. Singer Solange Knowles went futuristic in a lacquered laser-cut jacket & pants with a brocade tee, all by Christian Siriano, with white strappy sandals at the Christian Siriano Resort 2016 presentation. Fashion designer Victoria Beckham was effortless in a striped top & coordinating culottes from her own Victoria Beckham Autumn Winter 2015 collection with nude pumps in NYC. Actress Zoe Saldana looked bold in a green brocade Dolce & Gabbana dress with Jennifer Meyer jewelry, & Kurt Geiger London sandals at Spike TV’s Guys Choice 2015 event.

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Which celebrity look is your favorite? Whose style are you watching out for this summer? For more celebrity posts, check out Charlize Theron’s Forever 21 jumpsuit look, a complete red carpet gallery of this year’s Met Ball, & all the red carpet looks from the Academy Awards. Happy Styling!

Watch This Style: My Top 5 Favorite ‘Glee’ Moments!

I’ve featured plenty of news about Glee on Style Darling in the past, but I wanted to take a moment today to share my favorite moments from the musical show, especially with the headlines circulating about the death of lead actor Cory Monteith this weekend. I’ve been saying for a while now that the show isn’t the same as it was in its first two seasons, but either way, a memorable impression has been made on the world of television & its audience. My persona here is all about fashion & style with a side of literary nerd-dom, but I also come from a theatrical background & have come to appreciate performers for their craft & style, which is why I frequently feature music videos in Watch This Style posts.


There have been so many great Glee moments, including anything that Darren Criss has performance by Katy Perry, as well as Chris Colfer‘s “I Want To Hold Your Hand” ballad, Lea Michele singing with Idina Menzel, & when the New Directions broke out into a Rolling Stones number. However, with that in mind, I’d like to share my top 5 favorites which is comprised of Barbra Streisand’s “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” a Queen cover of “Somebody To Love,” Prince’s “Kiss” featuring Gwyneth Paltrow, “Bust Your Windows” by Jazmine Sullivan, & the always touching “Imagine” by John Lennon.

Which are your favorite Glee songs? What do you think will happen in light of recent events for the upcoming season? For more video posts, check out Rooney Mara for Calvin Klein’s Downtown fragrance, Miu Miu’s fall ad campaign, behind-the-scenes with Nicole Kidman for Jimmy Choo, & Adam Levine speaks out about his debut fragrance! Happy Styling!

Basics For A Bargain: The Hottest Tops & Pants Looks Worn By Kristen Stewart, Alexa Chung, Kate Hudson, & More!

I’ve never been a dress pants kind of girl- until lately.  I was always the girl walking around in a skirt or dress b/c those pieces were just always easier for me to find since I wear petite bottoms in most cases, but also have a curvy shape.  However, I’m inspired by these tops & bottoms (pants, more specifically) looks that I’ve been spotting on the most photographed & stylish celebrities.

This includes actress Rashida Jones in jewel-tone trousers by Theyskens’ Theory paired with a studded blazer, an eggplant blouse, Graziela earrings, a Dana Rebecca Designs ring, & metallic cap toe pumps.  This look says so much about her edgy, but conservative style.  The rich hues combined with the luxe fabrics make looking like you’re wearing pajamas with an 80s-esque jacket look super cool.  Next is K-Stew herself, Kristen Stewart, wearing a daring Balenciaga design with a Cartier bracelet, & sleek Christian Louboutins. Critics are calling this look a ripoff of the barely there bra-top & bare midriff look that the blonde-coiffed Miley Cyrus has been sporting, but I think The Twilight Saga star has got it right here. French import / Bond girl Berenice Marlohe is ravishing in colorblocked black with feathers & a white top by Alexander McQueen, Norman Silverman studs, & Sergio Rossi pumps. I love her smoky eye, yet mature Blake-Lively inspired beachy locks, providing a fresh take on an unlikely pairing.

Kate Hudson is a vision in Alexander McQueen menswear with towering Brian Atwood pumps at the Glee premiere in September, while donning a sexy lace cami underneath.  Style icon Alexa Chung has never looked sleeker in this Maje button-down shirt & slacks with minimalist black pumps- again another menswear-ish look that couldn’t be more fabulous.  Lastly, reality star Olivia Palermo is getting on board with the volume trend wearing an Elin Kling for Marciano oversized sweater with cropped pants, ankle-strap Gucci sandals, & tribal-inspired accessories.

I gave myself the daunting task (while the power could hold out during the crazy snow storm that hit the Northeast on Wednesday) to try & replicate these looks- all in one post! Of course, I’m still working on those PhotoShop skills, but I’m happy to share affordable versions of these six looks, which cost b/w $41.50 – $124.99. If you take a look below, you’ll see that I’ve recreated the pieces of clothing from Rashida’s look, including a textured Lark Lane foil-print zip jacket ($45.00) from JCPenney, the Honey Punch ‘high-waisted hopes pants ($42.00) in red from Lulu’s, & the LC by Lauren Conrad embellished chiffon blouse ($26.40) from Kohl’s. Kristen’s look was tougher to put together, but a daring Style Darling can certainly pull off the stretch lace bralette ($24.50) from Victoria’s Secret & pair it with White House Black Market‘s legacy bi-stretch modern bootcut pant ($49.99).

For Berenice’s look, I couldn’t find feathers, but the peplum trend was easy to put together when I found the laser cut dot peplum tank ($21.99) from Charlotte Russe & the Lauren Jeans Co. Biltmore trouser pants ($44.99) @Macy’s. A winter white tuxdeo on a budget was an even trickier ensemble to recreate, but Kate’s look wasn’t too far off when I found the Bar III three-quarter open-front tuxedo blazer ($26.99) from Macy’s & the White House Black Market modern bootcut tux pant ($98.00). Alexa’s look is comprised of pieces from Forever 21, including the tail hem shirt ($18.90) & coated trimmed trousers ($22.80). Lastly, Olivia’s look was perfectly timed now that heavy knits are in stores, & I selected The Limited‘s cowlneck poncho ($49.99) & Logan fit slim ankle pant ($49.99) from Banana Republic.

For more celebrity-inspired posts, check out features in Red Carpet Review, Darling Of The Day, & Top 10 Celeb Sightings.  Also, if you’re looking for the best ways to acquire an affordable wardrobe, take a look at updates blogs in Basics For A Bargain, Luxury Look-Alikes For Less, The $100 Challenge, & Splurge or Save?! Happy Styling!

Watch This Style: What’s More Exciting Than Sarah Jessica Parker, Fashion, & Glee??

Glee is doing all the right things this season so far, only after 2 episodes & tomorrow night’s episode just got a little juicier with these 2 clips! However, the first video is the better of the pair, especially since it includes the iconic & incomparable Sarah Jessica Parker as fictional fashion designer Isabelle Wright who will be Kurt’s New York City mentor.  I know the show already did a Madonna episode, but why do I have the feeling that a number as glamorous as “Material Girl” is right around the corner.  Also, I’m crazy for Kurt’s fashion sense & how his character is turning another fashionable chapter.

Secondly, we’ve seen Brittany’s downward spiral hopefully at its worst, & here’s a sneak peek at her version of Hole’s “Celebrity Skin.” I always love it when the show reinvents songs, like Lea Michele singing “Oops I Did It Again,” but breaking out late 90s songs brings me back to my teenaged years of wearing neon pleather pants, or days straight of nothing but black (in a very Posh Spice kind of way).

What do you think of the videos? Are you excited about SJP’s return to television? What’s your favorite storyline this season on Glee? Which songs are you dying to see the cast reimagine? Happy Styling!

Watch This Style: Lea Michele Sing’s Britney’s “Oops I Did It Again” For Kate Hudson On Glee!

Even if you’re not a Gleek, you still need to check this out! Britney Spears has been making headlines as the latest new addition to X-Factor, but Glee is helping bring Brit-Brits music back to life, especially with Lea Michele‘s super sexy performance of “Oops I Did It Again,” which in my opinion is nothing compared to the original red pleather get-up that Britney wore in the song’s music video.

Check out this video, while Lea’s character, Rachel Berry, is trying to prove to her dance teacher, played by the smoldering Kate Hudson, that although she’s in her first year of college, she can still stand up on stage as a temptress.  Check out the video & share your thoughts! Did you watch the Britney 2.o episode? Do you want to see Lea Michele more? Which is your favorite character? Happy Styling!

Top 10 Celeb Sightings: Poised, Polished, & Pumped Up Featuring Jennifer Lopez, Lea Michele, Kate Beckinsale, & More!

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It’s been a whirlwind for celebrities recently, what with movie premieres, prepping for the Emmy’s, press appearances, & charity gatherings, yet I’ve been able to sift through some of the best looks for my Style Darlings.  It seems that our favorite ladies of the red carpet haven’t forgotten to dress like ladies, especially since they’re all sporting pretty dresses with pumps, just enough plunging necklines, & figure-flattering frocks.  I’ve been keeping an eye out for the fall trends as well, finding that suit separates are one of the top trends, but I’ll save that for another post since 9/10 of these Style Darlings are pants-free.

Click around through the gallery to see more of fashionable actress Camilla Belle in Jason Wu, Eva Longoria looking red-hot (& affordable) in ASOS, Jennifer Lopez making a splash in Las Vegas wearing Edition by Georges Chakra, the soon-to-be Mrs. Timberlake, Jessica Biel, in bridal white by Giambattista Valli, Dallas star Jordana Brewster in Dolce & Gabbana, Total Recall badass Kate Beckinsale in neon Preen, Hit & Run actress Kristen Bell in a Jenny Packham jumpsuit, Glee songstress Lea Michele baring her assets in Giorgio Armani, rising star Olivia Munn in Raquel Allegra, & the always adorkable New Girl, Zooey Deschanel in polka dots! For more from Top 10 Celeb Sightings, check out links to see Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick & Revenge actress Ashley Madekwe, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton & the lovely Emmy Rossum, & a cropped Anne Hathaway & Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr! Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Lea Michele Models for Candie’s Newest Ad Campaign!

While flipping through the latest magazines, there are tons of new ad campaigns for the stylish spring collections, including Glee star Lea Michele modeling for Candie’s.  I just had to find out about the peep-toe platform high heels ($35.99) in lavender, which are exclusively sold @Kohl’s– yes, just like the ad says! Right now, the shoes are marked down from their original $59.99 price tag.  Also, they’re available in a rusty coral & lush purple. You can jump on this deal right now & wear them with a floral spring dress, or keep them for the fall with opaque tights & a sweater dress.

What do you think of Lea’s look in the ads? Would you wear these platforms? Happy Styling!

The $100 Challenge / 10/8/11 Darling of the Day: Lea Michele In An ASOS Mini Dress!

Lea Michele is by far the best dressed Gleek of them all- Dianna Agron is a close second.  What I love about Lea’s looks is that they’re unexpected, a little risky, & very natural on the young actress.

Here, she’s wearing a mini lace high neck cut-out top dress in navy by ASOS ($52.38).  Although it may seem like there’s part of the dress missing, especially considering that the model is wearing leggings, Lea pulls it off with to-die-for patent leather Brian Atwood ankle booties!

Just so you know, the Brian Atwood booties have a black leather look-alike pair, which is sold @Saks Fifth Avenue for $850.0o! However, the petite star who stands at 5’3″ (my height) looks lean & leggy with the four-inch heel.

Since there’s so much memorable detail in the lacey dress & contrasting edgy booties, she accessorizes her look with a cocktail ring by M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza.  Consider that when your look consists of several details that offer a lot of dimension to the overall statement of your personality, keeping the extra, background pieces simple is always the best way to go!

The reason why I’ve cross-categorized this blog is b/c it just so happens to fall under the criteria of The $100 Challenge!  You can add Steve Madden ‘Menlo’ platform bootie ($39.94) from DSW, as well as the sparkling sunburst ring ($5.80) from Forever 21 to get a look that costs $98.12 before taxes!

I did recently feature Lea in a Darling of the Day post, wearing Jason Wu & Brian Atwood, but you can check out stars like Rosie Huntington – Whiteley & Jessica Biel sporting looks that are easily translatable to pieces that you may already own in your wardrobe!  Also, if you’re a bargain shopper, check out a comfy chic look & how to style your summer favorites for fall in The $100 Challenge!

Happy Styling!

9/13/11 Darling of the Day: Lea Michele’s Jason Wu Look Recreated from Dillards, Avenue, & Payless!

Lea Michele showed up during Fashion Week to help support the designs of Jason Wu, wearing an ensemble by the brand with Brian Atwood pumps.  This look is so easy to recreate & I actually do it everyday for work!

As usual, I’ve featured the look in plus & women’s sizes because it’s universally figure-flattering! An a-line skirt allows you to emphasize the smallest par of your waist, creating that bombshell hourglass shape!  Skirts like the abstract plaid from OneStopPlus for $22.99 & the black & white floral print from Dillards are perfect examples of modern patterns in an a-line that will transform your look from everyday to polished.  Also, the floral print skirt is marked down from $58.00 to $34.80!

A scoop neck black tee like those selected from Avenue for $19.99 & The Gap which costs $12.50 are the basic foundation pieces to any stylish look with a bold print.

As for the shoes, classic round toe pumps like these from Payless will help elongate the legline, while also complimenting the busy print in the skirt. The sale price of $19.99 from $27.99 doesn’t hurt either!

I picked two different textured clutches, a metallic leopard clutch ($16.50) from Charlotte Russe & a green patent croc clutch from Payless ($14.99) to show how the careful mixing of these textures can add dimension to your outfit, while also matching in an unexpected way. And last, but not least, Lea is wearing two cocktail rings, so I picked two that are both edgy & feminine to wear on each hand.  The adjustable spike ring for $4.80 & rhinestone filigree ring for $5.80 are both from Forever 21!  If you’re seeking to replicate Lea’s side-pinned bangs, I even picked out a cute set of bobby pins from Ulta for $2.62!

Do you wear tops tucked into skirts like this?  Are you into bold graphic print skirts?  Would you wear this outfit?  Check out our previous Darling of the Day posts featuring Glee guest-star Gwyneth Paltrow & everybody’s favorite guidance counselor Jayma Mays! Happy Styling!

Basics for a Bargain: Pencil Dresses Inspired by Olivia Wilde, Dianna Agron, Emma Stone, & More!

Pencil dresses are the perfect way to accentuate your figure!  What’s even more fabulous about a dress like this is that you can show off some serious leg without worrying about a short hemline.  No matter your accessories (platforms, peep toes, belts, or chandelier earrings), a pencil dress recalls Old Hollywood & never goes out of style.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon star Rosie Huntington-Whiteley dons a feminine lace Dolce & Gabbana frock with neutral stilettos to a press event in Shanghai.  The softness of the lace details adds dimension, as well as creating a longer legline.  Emma Stone is trendy in a belted black lace pencil dress by Tom Ford, paired with Fred Leighton jewelry for the New York premiere of Crazy Stupid LoveThe Change-Up star Leslie Mann rocked a LWD with sequin accents by Marchesa with a gold clutch & Jimmy Choo peep toes.  Dianna Agron promoted Glee in a velvet Stella McCartney peplum dress & towering YSL platforms.  Lastly, super Style Darling of the moment, Olivia Wilde of Cowboys & Aliens went siren red in a knee-length Antonio Berardi pencil sheath with satin Brian Atwood pumps.

I’ve selected some super cute & affordable pencil dresses that are the foundation to any cocktail or work look.  We’ll start with the printed belted sheath dress from Macy’s by Charter Club, which costs $44.99.  If you break out your store card & check your local newspaper for coupons, you can reap the rewards of this great deal that can be made to look more professional with a blazer or jazzed up by switching the belt for something metallic.  Also, click here to see this dress is available in sizes 14W – 24W.  Next, @Victoria’s Secret, you can find a form-fitting tee midi dress for $59.50, that can be dressed up or down with just a few simple accessories, but really makes an impression as a stand-alone LBD.  Kohl’s sells this illusion brush stroke dress by AB Studio, which looks like a blouse & pencil skirt, but it is put together in one fashionable piece for only $41.30.

For my fuller-figured Style Darlings, I did find a mega sexy red dress from Torrid which runs in sizes 16-26.  No wonder it’s called Stop Staring! Red Millions Dollar Baby Dress, although it costs $120.50 (which is a lot for our budget, but this is definitely a dress that you can get a lot of miles out of for work or a wedding!).  It can be downplayed for a day at the office with a printed cardigan or simply worn for a fancy night out with black patent pumps, like those pictured.  Over @White House Black Market, I came across an affordable steal of a dress- the white jacquard strapless dress for $39.98, marked down from $158.00! It’s perfect to wear this season or it can be saved for the holidays with a sequined bolero cardy.  Over @ASOS, this cafe creme cowl front pencil dress costs $46.55.  The dress just calls out for a subtle, but complimentary animal print, like a leopard belt or chunky cut-out booties.  Also, it kind of reminds me of the slinky, nude dress that Carrie wore on her first date with Big in the first season of Sex & the City!

For more celebrities wearing pencil dresses, check out Rachel McAdams & Uma Thurman at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival in Red Carpet Review, as well as a Darling of the Day post featuring Sophia Bush wearing Ann Taylor. For more Basics for a Bargain, check out my post on pencil skirts inspired by Jennifer Lopez & Kate Bosworth, as well as denim dresses like those worn by Pippa Middleton & Reese Witherspoon! Happy Styling!