7/4/2013 Darling Of The Day: Sandra Bullock’s Monochromatic Look by Alberta Ferretti!

Sandra Bullock has been making the red carpet & talk show rounds promoting her latest film, The Heat, which co-stars Bridesmaids actress Melissa McCarthy. However, this week in Sydney, the Oscar-winner donned a chic monochromatic cobalt look from designer Alberta Ferretti, as well as uber-strappy shoes by Gwen Stefani‘s label, L.A.M.B.. I wanted to post this especially for the 4th of July holiday since the prominent color in the outfit is a very patriotic blue. However, I immediately found look-alike separates to recreate this look, fulfilling yet another post for The $100 Challenge! Also, from now on I’m changing up my format a bit so that it’s easier for readers to access these fashionable wardrobe suggestions!

Sandra Bullock

Top ($19.80) @Forever 21, Pants ($24.75) @Dress Barn, Shoes ($30.00) @Charlotte Russe, Earrings ($4.80) @Forever 21, Belt ($6.98) @Target, Watch ($11.47) @New York & Company.

For more fashionable celebrity posts, check out Nicole Kidman’s latest ad campaign for Jimmy Choo, leather looks inspired by Naomi Watts & Heidi Klum, Jessica Chastain for Yves Saint Laurent’s Manifesto, Kate Mara’s photo shoot for ELLE, & Olivia Palermo’s chic summer outfit! Happy Styling!

Basics For A Bargain: Leather Has Never Looked Better, Inspired By Mandy Moore, Sandra Bullock, Heidi Klum, & More!

Leather really had never looked better! Each summer I’m surprised to see many looks worn by celebrities with leather, as well as dresses that have recently hit the runway. Of course, most of these runway looks are for the upcoming fall / resort seasons, but playing the game of fashion always means that you’re looking ahead with your wardrobe. For example, here we have leather dresses that offer texture, femininity, elegance, & modernism from Barbara Bui Pre-Fall 2013, Alice + Olivia Fall 2013 Ready-To-Wear, Tibi Pre-Fall 2013, & 10 Crosby by Derek Lam Pre-Fall 2013.

Alice + Olivia, Tibi, Barbara Bui, 10 Crosby by Derek Lam.This also makes me think of recent red carpet appearances by some of my favorite celebrities who’ve worn leather dresses, including Naomi Watts in a leather dress by Alexander McQueen with jewelry by Jennifer Meyer at the Los Angeles premiere of Ray Donovan. Also, my girl crush, Mandy Moore, attended a Helmut Newton event in a leather LBD with gold jewelry & sexy ankle-strap heels. Byzantium actress Gemma Arterton showed off her shape in a curve-hugging letaher dress with 3/4 sleeves, black pointy toe pumps, & a metallic clutch at the film’s screening in London. Scandal star Kerry Washington walks the red carpet at an ABC event in a red Marc by Marc Jacobs leather sheath dress with black & gold accessories, including House of Lavande studs.

Naomi Watts, Mandy Moore, Gemma Arterton, & Kerry Washington.Shopping for leather, or faux leather in this case, dresses is tricky sometimes b/c you always want to make sure that it fits you properly & doesn’t require an abundance of care or cleaning. I found these chic options that are both timeless & edgy to mix & match with accessories like pointy toe pumps, platform sandals, a metallic clutch, or drop earrings. First, I selected the BB Dakota Kira perforated dress ($68.00) from ShopBop, which definitely plays up the lasercut trend with playful peek-a-boo holes. Also, I found the Sanctuary Clothing faux leather shift dress ($55.65) from Dillard’s. It’s especailly flattering with strategic colorblocked panels.

leather dressesMy third pick is from Forever 21, the studded faux leather dress ($27.80) is the most affordable, & also offers plenty of styling possibilities with a boyfriend blazer, cropped bolero, metallic belt, or suede knee boots. For a change of color, the Anne Klein faux leather dress ($42.99) from 6PM brings a gritty edge to any office look, especially if paired with strappy sandals or printed pumps.

When it comes to leather, we’ve also seen a great deal of separates, especially in the form of skirts & leggings, which always cause a stir on the runway. The mixture of the tough material in sophisticated silhouettes makes for a memorable show, especially with skirts of varying lengths for a date night, the office, or an instant update to other basics. I found trendy leather separates in collections from SUNO Resort 2014, L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani Fall 2013 Ready-To-Wear, Altuzarra Fall 2013 Ready-To-Wear, & Michael Kors Pre-Fall 2013.

Suno, L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani, Altuzarra, & Michael Kors.Celebrities continue to once again mirror the runways when on the street or red carpet with leather pieces to accent this look. Sandra Bullock heated up the premiere of The Heat in an affordable leather pencil skirt from ASOS with a button-down blouse & strappy leather sandals. Rashida Jones was all smiles in a striped top with a cobalt blue leather mini skirt, which she accessorized with a statement pendant, colorful clutch, & towering platform sandals. Project Runway judge / supermodel Heidi Klum looks every bit the style icon in a head-to-toe midnight blue look, including a zippered pencil skirt, blouse, pumps, & snakeskin bag. Lastly, the always effortless Zoe Saldana attends a Chime for Change event in a Gucci floral blouse with leather leggings, jewlery by Repossi, & strappy sandals.

Sandra Bullock, Rashida Jones, Heidi Klum, & Zoe Saldana.As for wearing leather bottoms, you have a chic choice of skirts or leggings. Of course, there are shorts out there, as well as cropped trousers, but here I’m focusing on recreating skirts & leggings as seen by the celebrities above. This starts with the Rhyme Los Angeles perforated vegan leather skirt ($46.99) from Piperlime, which not only serves the environment, but also offers an upgrade to your professional office look. Also, for a pop of color, I love the Glamorous PU patent faux leather mini skirt ($42.43) in wine from ASOS, which adds a futuristic vibe to any button-down shirt, studded tank, or scoop neck pullover.

leather separatesFor a flirtier look, BonTon‘s Blu Pepper lasercut faux leather skirt ($47.20) will instantly make a silk blouse & fishnets look like you’ve just stepped off the runways of Paris. Lastly, these faux leather zip leggings ($13.80) from Forever 21 are perfect for pairing with a printed tunic top, knit oversized sweater, & sequin mini dress.

Would you wear leather this summer? Which is your favorite leather look? Do you experiment with leather in different colors? This isn’t the first time I’ve featured leather looks on Style Darling, so if you’d like to read more to catch all the trends, check out previous posts including inspiration from Jessica Chastain & Lucy Hale, red carpet looks from Julianne Hough & Zoe Kravitz, & leather pant looks on Gwyneth Paltrow & Fergie! For more posts from Basics for a Bargain, check out little white dresses as seen on Jennifer Lopez & Angelina Jolie, luxury leopard & metallic flip flops, floral favorites on Dianna Agron & Selena Gomez, striped maxi skirts from Vince Camuto & BCBG Max Azria, & peplum looks inspired by Amy Adams & Cate Blanchett! Happy Styling!

Watch This Style: No Doubt’s Comeback Single ‘Settle Down’ Video!

As much as I love what Gwen Stefani has been doing in terms of fashion, there’s still that teenaged part of me that loves to see her performing as front woman of No Doubt.  The group, which hasn’t turned out any music in a decade now, has released their first single, “Settle Down,” off of their upcoming record, Push and Shove, which is due out September 25th.  Surely the group will be making a lot of appearances to promote the album, but this video gives us a taste of Gwen’s classic punk / pop / rock style, with bleached locks, a ruby red pout (à la L’Oreal Paris), & funky duds.  In a recent article on In Style, I read that Gwen went to great lengths to put together the customer L.A.M.B. pants that she’s sporting in the video, made from vintage Indian mirrored belts & fabrics.  Take a look at the highly anticipated new video & share the link if you love it!

For more on Gwen & her music, check out a previous post featuring her Top 5 Most Stylish Music Videos! Happy Styling!

10/13/11 Darling of the Day: Gwen Stefani’s Sleek Casual Stroll in London!

Gwen Stefani took a stroll around London looking beyond chic! She’s donning a white sleeveless top, skinny pants, movie star sunglasses, & classic peep toe pumps.  This look is so easy to recreate b/c it’s made from basic pieces that we all have.

I love the simplicity of a sleeveless white blouse & fitted black trousers.  Gwen always looks good in black & white, often sporting polka dots, houndstooth, or stripes, but this look is always elegant & very age appropriate for the forty-two year-old L’Oreal spokesmodel.

I found the cream crepe de chine shirt ($22.80) @Forever 21 & the pleated button front blouse ($29.90) from Avenue to help bring this look to life for Style Darlings of all sizes.  The slim crop pants ($49.95) from Gap come are available in size 00-20.

There are so many different black peep toe pumps out there, but I just love that GOjane layered patent peep toe platforms ($23.90) are a little more edgy than your average pair of heels.  Since the look is so minimal, a textured tote ($19.99) by Merona from Target is the perfect everyday accessory for a day-to-day basis.

To finish off the look, oversized round black sunglasses ($5.80), mixed chain necklaces ($8.80), & two-tone textured bangles ($12.60) are subtle ways to show off your style.  I know this look has inspired me to put together some classic pieces of my own for a polished go-to look.

Check out my previous Darling of the Day posts, featuring stars like Lea Michele, Rosie Huntington – Whiteley, & Jessica Biel. Also, if you love Gwen’s style, check out my post on last season’s L.A.M.B. collection! Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Gwen Stefani & L.A.M.B!


Gwen Stefani showed off her L.A.M.B. line at New York’s Fashion Week & its eclectic mix of inspirations are a fun & flirty blend of everything that we love about the No Doubt frontwoman.  In Style gives us a complete look at the line, but here are some of my favorites.  Gwen created six different styles which included Soldier Girls in military prints, Raga Muffin Girls wearing rasta-inspired looks, London Girls in English prep style, Buffalo Girls in Navajo printed knitwear, Mod Girls donning 60s inspiration, & Glamour Girls in all-black evening looks. 

While all of these looks are hip & trendy, Gwen’s vision is so accessible to everyday Style Darlings.  Featuring many layers that can be incorporated into your daily wardrobe, the entire line can be deconstructed & mixed & matched in several different ways.



To shop these looks at a hefty price tag, check out Shop Style & Shop Bop.  Of course, I’m all about the bargains, but how can you go wrong with amazing style inspiration like this? Gwen’s hip style has made headlines even before the birth of L.A.M.B., earning her the title of spokesmodel for L’Oreal Paris.

Her signature red lips & preppy / punk / glam coolness made her the perfect face of the brand.  If you’re a fan (and who isn’t?), take a look at Gwen’s other fabulous project, Harajuku Lovers, featuring a variety of adorably-packaged fragrances & accessories!  These are also sold at Zappos, Amazon, & Endless!

You can follow Gwen on Facebook & Twitter for all of the latest details on her upcoming projects! Also, check out her videos for “Cool,” “What You Waiting For,” & “Don’t Speak” (which are some of my favorite stylish videos!)!  Happy Styling!