The Stylish Five: Invest In These Fall Must-Have Dresses!


Typically, my posts in The Stylish Five  under s feature bargain items under a certain price point & while I’m still budget conscious, I have to talk about these five dresses, which range in price from $40.00 – $60.00 @Dress Barn.  As some of you may know, I’ve been spending a lot of time at that store, reveling in the new fall fashions, readying my wardrobe for some refreshing updates & getting inspired by details like leather trims, lace overlays, colorblocking, structured silhouettes, & flirty prints!

Dress Barn dresses

This post features the following dresses: Faux leather trim ponte dress ($46.00), Belted zebra dress ($46.00), Peplum sheath dress ($40.00), Belted houndstooth dress ($50.00), & Lace & faux leather dress ($60.00). Of course, there are plenty of ways to get around the original price tags, but I’d like for my readers to consider the usefulness of an all-purpose dress. This means that it can be worn to the office, for a special occasion, during a night out, & transformed with different accessories. This also includes statement necklaces, drop earrings, textured clutch bags, embossed peep toe pumps, or animal print ballet flats.

What’s on your must-have fall shopping list? Which stores do you hit up first when dress shopping? For more shopping-friendly posts, check out affordable flats from Old Navy, Emmy Rossum in a Banana Republic dress, Phillip Lim’s lookbook for Target, & Gisele Bundchen for H&M’s fall ad campaign! Happy Styling!

The Stylish Five: Last Day Of Summer Sale Items ($15.00 & Under)!


Today is officially the last day of summer & tomorrow starts the fall. I’ve probably never been so sad to see the summer end (even though I’m crazy for suede & booties right now). It was an especially lovely season, partly b/c I was a free bird all over Long Island & had a great time with my boyfriend & friends.  Of course, now that my birthday is over & I’m back to school (working for one & no longer a student!), I still can’t get those last-minute summer deals out of my mind.  I didn’t have to look very hard to find these five very stylish pieces to include for a special post, all for $15.00 or under!

First, the racerback rugby stripes tank ($1.99) from Forever 21 is perfect to wear still, but for fall, you have to keep in mind that fall is all about layering.  This bright pop of color can be worn under a button-down shirt & sweater vest or cardigan.  Of course, yellow isn’t necessarily the color of the season, but it’s still fun to add against something red or cobalt!  Also, even though here on the east cost, it’s getting too chilly even during the day for shorts, but if you’re headed on vacation soon or traveling south where the summer sun is still beaming, check out the patterned shorts ($15.00) from Old Navy that are available in dark tone chambray (pictured above), as well as navy stripe & green stripe.

I love checking out what’s going on @J.Crew, which is where I found the perfect-fit tee ($14.99) in light blade & deep turquoise, however you’ll also be able to score this tee is spice for $9.99.  These colors are fun to mix up by colorblocking with a pencil skirt, trousers, or leggings & some chunky, oversized accessories or printed scarves.  For those who love daring prints, check out the floral/houndstooth printed mirror t-shirt dress ($12.00) from Windsor Store, which is a mini that calls for opaque tights & a boyfriend blazer.  I’m not saying you have to hide your shape in this flattering frock, but another way to keep it seasonal & fresh is by adding a belt & a knit cardigan.

Lastly, I’m crazy for the American Eagle sparkling flip-flop ($6.00 – $9.99) from Payless.  This pewter hue is higher in price, but they’re available in eleven other colors to help fulfill all of your flip-flop needs, especially if you’re headed for a hot tub or looking to something with some sheen for next season! What are you shopping for on this last day of summer? Do you have a favorite store where you love to shop clearance? Happy Styling!

Black Friday Sale Update: Get 30% Off Jessica London’s Plus Size Styles!


If you’re trying to find some amazing plus size styles for this season, check out Jessica London.  Clothing comes in sizes 12-32 & right now with code JLBLACK, you can get 30% off your entire order until Monday, 11/28!  If you’re a Style Darling of a certain size, it’s difficult to find items that fit & don’t look too frumpy, but there are always plenty of accessories to go around, including the rosette cuff bracelet ($29.99).

I always say that this is the season to wear dresses & I love the smocked waist dress ($34.99 – $39.99) in deep ocean, as well as the houndstooth faux wrap dress ($64.99 – $89.99).  You can get a lot of use out of both dresses & wear them with tights, boots, slingbacks, or peep toes.  Classic cuts like these also call for some fabulous earrings, which you can find here by Jessica London!

A special pop of color is perfect for a cropped shrug ($19.99 – $24.99) for your belted skirts, blouses, & casual day looks with dark denim jeans.  Also, don’t forget about the right outerwear while the seasons are in transition.  There’s nothing more elegant than a trench coat ($99.99 – $119.99) that can help cinch in your waist while trying to manage in the rain! Happy Styling!