New ‘Optimistic Femininity’ from Kate Spade!


It’s a new year & a new Kate Spade with the newest ad campaign for the brand under Creative Director Nicola Glass. The stylish & bright brand embarks on their “optimistic femininity” by staying true to what’s classic & what works, with the message that women should stay true to their own story. Kate Spade has always embodied such an empowering vibe, but continues to do so with the help of Ozark‘s Julia Glass, If Beale Street Could Talk breakout star Kiki Layne, & Stranger Things actress Sadie Sink.

It’s hard not to smile when checking out these latest Kate Spade designs & the playful photographs taken by Tim Walker, who worked with the brand since the late Kate Spade was at the helm in 1999. The photos offer a fresh, vibrant, & young take on fashion, including the bold textiles, girlish jewelry, & polished accessories.

What do you think of the photo shoot? Are you a fan of Kate Spade designs? What brands are your favorite to follow? For more designer-inspired posts, click here, here, here, & here! Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Kate Spade Saturday’s Fall 2013 Collection!


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We all know Kate Spade as a prim & proper feminine brand, featuring classic silhouettes to accent a woman’s shape with sophisticated & timeless patterns & color palette. However, this spring saw the debut of Kate Spade Saturday, a more masculine & edgy collection, featuring tomboy-inspired chic separates, perfect for a modern Style Darling, looking to mix up her look. While we’re in the midst of spring fashion, looking forward to summer details, we already have a sneak peek at the fall collection for Kate Spade Saturday. The line includes dark colors with a 70s & 80s vibe in separates like leather pieces, chunky knits, thick belts, & funky patterns.

Which looks are your favorites? How would you wear these pieces? For more from Runway Rundown, check out previous posts including Project Runway winner Dmitry Sholokhov’s debut collection for Lord & Taylor, Kohl’s latest DesigNation line from Derek Lam, & the entire Kate Young lookbook for Target! Happy Styling!

Watch This Style / Cover Craze: Emmy Rossum Is Self’s February 2013 Cover Girl!


Emmy Rossum for Self February 2013

Emmy Rossum isn’t just a pretty face, but the talented Shameless actress already has a Golden Globe nomination under her belt for her performance in 2004’s Phantom of the Opera. In addition, the trained singer is currently promoting her debut record, Sentimental Journey, featuring covers of oldies from the 1920s-1960s. As the latest cover girls for Self magazine, the multi-faceted New York native talks about her music project, which hits stores on January 29th, as well as her tricks to staying fit & healthy.

Emmy Rossum for Self February 2013

During the shoot, Emmy frolics outdoors on inflatable furniture in bright & flirty frocks that we’d love to be wearing right now at the end of this cold January. Designers for the shoot include Ralph Lauren Black Collection, Jill Stuart, Milly, Kate Spade, & accessories by Courtney Lee Collection. You can also see Emmy in her latest big screen role as a witch named Ridley in Beautiful Creatures opposite Emma Thompson, Viola Davis, & Jeremy Irons.

Watch the video below to learn more about Emmy’s latest work, what she likes to drink, her favorite colorful pieces from the shoot! To see more of Emmy’s red carpet style, check out posts including her hot pink Monique Lhuillier dress, shimmering gold Donna Karan gownblack polka dot Theia dressedgy chiffon & leather outfit, & the Zuhair Murad lace confection! Happy Styling!

Red Carpet Review: The 2013 Presidential Inauguration, Featuring Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, & More!


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While the 2013 Presidential Inauguration from yesterday might not have been an official red carpet event, some of the most popular names in entertainment were looking their best to celebrate President Obama’s next term. The fashion world was on the edge of their seat to see who FLOTUS, Michelle Obama, was going to wear & as it turned out, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, as seen in her return to wearing a custom-made design in red by the always glamorous Jason Wu. Also in tow were Kelly Clarkson in an adorable outerwear ensemble, a smoldering Alicia Keys in a red gown by Michael Kors, & Beyoncé who performed the National Anthem in a black embellished gown by Emilio Pucci with emerald jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz.

Did you follow yesterday’s public inauguration? Did you think the First Lady made the right fashion decision? What was your favorite part of the event? For more from Red Carpet Review, check out galleries including the all-black trend featuring Scarlett Johansson & Ashley Greene, the comeback of yellow on the red carpet with Lauren Conrad & Olivia Palermo, checkered Louis Vuitton looks on Kerry Washington & Jessica Alba, & the entire red carpet from the Golden Globe Awards featuring Jennifer Lopez, Tina Fey, Hayden Panettiere, Emily Blunt, & more!

Splurge Or Save… Stripes & Florals, Inspired By The Pages Of Marie Claire!


While preparing for the imminent hurricane, I’ve gathered plenty of reading materials that will have to suffice as both entertainment & education in case of a power outage.  I have Monday & Tuesday off from work b/c of this Sandy nuisance, so I was starting to refer back to some of my favorite magazine articles that I checked out while at work & this page from Marie Claire sticks out most in my mind.  The latest issue, which features the lovely Ashley Greene, actress from The Twilight Saga & spokesmodel for DKNY, on its cover.  However, I posted this image on my Instagram (@MissAlissaL), sharing the daring dud combination of stripes & florals- one I’ve yet to explore.

Of course any Style Darling would be lucky to own any of the pictured items from page 72 of MC (ranging in price from $44.95 – $565.00, from brands like Sergio Rossi, Coach, Chris Benz, Kate Spade, & more); however, I wanted to share my version of this page, hoping to see this trend done right without breaking the bank!

My recommendations all cost under $50.00 per item & will certainly help transform your fall favorites into fresh, new outfits to wear to work, going on a date, a family occasion, or a party.  We know how figure flattering pencil skirts are, so I stuck with the idea of a floral pencil skirt, matching with uncomplicated basic stripes, as well as strong neutral accessories.  The jewelry has enough visual interest to add the perfect amount of dimension for an evening occasion, while still looking expensive & luxurious.

First, I’m sharing a plus size look, which can be built from the lace pencil skirt ($40.00) @Eloquii by The Limited, available in sizes 14W-24W. Yes, I see that this isn’t a basic floral print, but the flower concept is in the feminine lace details. To help make the elegant skirt pop, I’ve added the Extra Touch plus-size top ($19.99) from Macy’s, which is also available in green, fuchsia, & purple. To finish off the look, I turned to Torrid for the patent system heel ($26.70) in red, which is available in size 7-13 wide width.  Also, the Candie’s two tone bead multistrand necklace ($7.20) is from Kohl’s & can be worn over any graphic tee, with an LBD, or to add a splash of personality to a solid cardigan.

My next looks run in misses sizes, including New York & Company‘s tapestry print wrap skirt with pleating ($46.95) in black plum, but this can also be bought in saffron. Since the print is so busy, I wanted to stick to an all-flattering stripe with the striped cowlneck waffle tee ($29.95) in black & white from the Gap. The neckline of the top is pronounced, so I opted for the patent hip belt ($4.80) in eggplant from Forever 21 over a necklace & matched it with the Moda Spana Nadine patent pump ($29.94) from DSW.

The third look is definitely a bold statement, mixing the floral pencil skirt ($24.99) from The Limited with Forever 21‘s cream & navy striped 3/4 sleeve top ($10.80). The Brash Kosmic platform pump ($29.99) in tan suede from Payless & BaubleBar‘s triple tear pendant ($26.00) are neutral pieces that can be mixed with any variety of casual, office, & evening looks.

Look’s #1-3 total out to $93.89, $111.64, & $91.78, respectively. That’s a pretty amazing deal for such versatile pieces that will work with jeans, skinny pants, button-down shirts, & other wardrobe staples. Would you dare to wear stripes & florals? Which of these looks is your favorite? How much would you spend on an outfit like this?

Luxury Look-Alikes For Less: The Big Jewelry Post Featuring Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, & More!


Who doesn’t love fashion jewelry?!  For starters, the real thing is fabulous, but when you can find luxury look-alikes like these, who’s thinking about dropping some serious dough?

During my search, I came across these blue-stone hoop earrings.  One pair is $695.00 @Bergdorf Goodman, whereas the other comparable pair is sold @Kohl’s by the Candies label for under $10.  These are the perfect pop of color to bring out any eye color, especially with a boldly printed maxi dress, or if you’re sporting a ruffled blouse & skinny jeans for date night!  Next, if you’re looking for animal-inspired accessories, check out the Ikat bangle by Kate Spade from Neiman Marcus, however it runs $128.00, whereas the white leopard option is a mere $5.80 @Forever 21.  If you’re wearing solids like a sultry red, or a bright cobalt mini dress, here’s where animal prints work best in your accessories.

If you’re into two-finger rings, a la Gwen Stefani’s Rock Steady phase, check out what designers Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen have designed for their label, Elizabeth & James.  The sea urchin two finger ring costs $175.00 @Bloomingdale’s, but is comparable in the rock star chic sense to the Candie’s crystal two finger ring from Kohl’s for $11.20.  Lastly, I wasn’t intentionally looking to feature a second pair of earrings, but I couldn’t get over how similarly these drop earrings are & just had to make room for them! Between Nordstrom & Forever 21, both pairs show off gold tones, but vary in price from $4.80 all the way up to $262.00!  These are the perfect finishing touches on a look with upswept hair or a messy ponytail!

Check out our previous Luxury Look-Alikes posts for more great affordable ways to recreate these stylish finds!  Is there a piece that you’re looking for, but can’t find for less cash?  I can’t make any promises, but I’ll do my best to try & find it!  Happy Styling!

9/30/2010 Darling Of The Day: Alexis Bledel!


Alexis Bledel, known for her adorably lovable portrayal as Rory Gilmore on Gilmore Girls, has certainly grown up.  She’s been all over the fashion world these days & here she is last month celebrating the launch of Kate Spade‘s new fragrance Twirl.  Wearing dark denim skinny jeans, a white bow neck sleeveless blouse, & House of Lavande jewels, her look is chic & easy to recreate with just a few irresistible pieces.

Alexis Bledel 9/30/2010Top (Macy’s), Jeans (Old Navy), Shoes (GOjane), Bracelet (Forever 21), Bracelet (Forever 21), Earrings (Forever 21), Ring (Forever 21), Clutch (Forever 21).

Which TV actress do you think has the best style? How do you like to dress up a pair of jeans? Keep following all the latest updates from Polyvore fo rmore celebrity looks for less. Happy Styling!