Buttoned Up Bargain!


This Thanksgiving-Black Friday weekend was a whirlwind for me! There was plenty of time spent with family, showing off our dazzling daughter, but there was lots of shopping too! Of course, gift lists were made, but I couldn’t help & treat myself here & there when a great buy was discovered.

As a part of my daily uniform (for work mostly–my at-home mom style has become more of function than fashion), I love a cute blouse-skirt combo with a cardigan, or at least to wear a cardigan over a dress. I was never one for structured jackets (although I can appreciate their visual appeal), so cardigans are my go-to & I can be quite obsessed with them. I’m always on the hunt for a patterned cardigan that I don’t have, especially one that allows me to experiment with pattern mixing too.

When I least expected to find some major style, the Laura Scott houndstooth cardigan found me @Sears. Black & white is always a great way to go when it comes to patterns, that way I could really highlight bright colors to match up; however, I was very interested & attracted to the purple-black combination.

Laura Scott houndstooth cardigan @Sears

For the price I paid, I could’ve very easily bought both colors & been done with it, but keeping my budget in mind for the holidays for my whole family, I limited myself to the purple option. The fit was just what I look for in a cardigan, so I was definitely all set. My mind is already swirling with styling ideas for this cardigan for the rest of the fall and throughout the colder months.

How do you like to style cardigans? What’s your best Black Friday fashion find? For more stylish posts about affordable fashion, click here, here, here, & here. Happy Styling!

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2013 Black Friday Style: No-Sweat Sweater Shopping!


In my day-and-a-half blog-athon quest, my first post is featuring the must-have item of the season- a sweater! Of course, you can wear something really basic & dress it up with fabulous accessories, but sweaters are one of those items that you just need to have each season. I’ve been hearing so much about all of the big Black Friday deals, so I’m starting off with these four sweaters that have caught my attention on the web!

Dress Barn - V-Neck Sweater $19.99, The Limited - Heart Sweater $59.95, Old Navy - Mock Turtleneck Sweater $30.00, & New York & Company - Striped Sweater $25.00.

Here are the details on each sweater: roz & ALI cashmiracle v-neck sweater ($19.99) in fuchsia @Dress Barn, Intarsia heart sweater ($59.95– 50% off with code THANKS) in blue @The Limited, mock turtleneck sweater ($30.00) in black combo @Old Navy, & Waverly v-neck striped sweater ($25.00) in cherry blossom @New York & Company.

Sweaters are the perfect separate to mix & match with basics for any occasion, like skinny jeans, trouser pants, a pencil skirt, or leggings (if it’s a tunic sweater, that is). Also, try accessorizing with knee boots, a crossbody bag, & a long chain link necklace for a trendy casual look. What kind of sweaters do you shop for? Which stores do you think have the best holiday sales on sweaters this weekend?

For more suggestions on where to shop for the most affordable & stylish sweaters, check out these exclusive picks from Forever 21, JC Penney, PiperlimeH&M, & Joe Fresh. Happy Styling!

Accessories Access: Stuff Those Stockings Early With Stylish Studs & More!


I know it’s only November 9th & all, which is realistically too early to start making holiday wish lists, but at my current (& second) retail job, the holiday music has started & the decorations have been displayed. While scanning my Facebook newsfeed for blog inspiration, I saw some affordable jewelry picks from LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s, which made me feel like it was time to write a shopping post, after all this celebrity stuff I’ve been sharing lately.

If you follow Style Darling‘s Instagram, then you know that I’m a big fan of stud earrings, especially with my five fabulous ear piercings in each ear. Not a day goes by where I don’t fill up my ear with my favorite studs, which always coordinate with my outfit & other jewelry pieces. However, I’m getting more & more keen on the idea of mixing up stud earrings with each other to create a visually-interesting look to my ear bling. Part of the former reality star & current fashion mogul’s collection includes these super adorable earrings, which will certainly put a smile on any Style Darling’s face. I love the richness of the gold-tone metal, as well as the very feminine rose gold hues that make Conrad’s line of accessories perfect for my style (at least).

Jewelry by LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl's

I’m crazy about the clover drop earrings ($7.00), crystal stud earrings ($7.00), X stud earrings ($8.40), & high heel shoe stud earrings ($8.40), which are all currently on sale. Also, the consummate believer in heart jewelry, I especially love the heart link bracelet ($14.00) & cystal heart pendant ($11.20), both which would find regular rotation in my own wardrobe- hint hint!!

Anyway, what jewelry trends are you most attracted to? Where do you plan on doing your holiday shopping? What’s your go-to gift for stylish gal pals? Suggested sites for online accessories shopping including Forever 21, Gap, Charming Charlie, JC Penney, & Bauble Bar. Also, for more suggestions on affordable stocking stuffer jewelry ideas, check out previous posts on budget-shopping, including fall-ready striped tops inspired by Kate Middleton, my favorite new Dress Barn purchases, & a gallery of Catherine Malandrino’s DesigNation collection for Kohl’s. Happy Styling!