Top 10 Celeb Sightings: Gorgeous Gowns, Dazzling Dresses, & Sleek Separates, Featuring Megan Fox, Jennifer Aniston, Chrissy Teigen, & More!


While we wait for the red carpet for this weekend’s Grammy Awards & the Oscars later this month, we can find some style inspiration from our favorite Style Darlings in the latest installment of Top 10 Celeb Sightings, featuring beautiful designer gowns, flirty frocks, & chic separates.

Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway surprised in a magenta Solace London strapless gown with an arm cuff by Antonini Aurea & white pointy toe heels at the 19th annual Art Directors Guild Excellence In Production Design Awards. Model Chrissy Teigen was all smiles in a crop top & ivory slitted skirt by Temperley London with a netted clutch by d & nude Stuart Weitzman sandals at the 2015 NFL Honors event. Oscar nominee Felicity Jones was pretty in a floral print neck-tie silk gown by Erdem at the 19th Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards. Actress Isabel Lucas sparkled in a pale blue Swarovski crystal-encrusted Jenny Packham gown with a mirrored Lee Savage clutch. America’s sweetheart Jennifer Aniston maintained her retro trend in an all-black ensemble including a keyhole top & wide-leg pants for the Montecito Awards.

Anne Hathway, Chrissy Teigen, Felicity Jones, Isabel Lucas, & Jennifer Aniston.

Obvious Child star Jenny Slate showed off her feminine side in a floral tea length Dolce & Gabbana dress with Christian Louboutin sandals Virtuoso Awards during the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Jordana Brewster worked a wave-embroidered Narcisco Rodriguez little white dress with a black Edie Parker clutch, & mesh black Casadei pumps at the premiere of Project Almanac. The Americans actress Keri Russell made an appearance on the Today show in a pale blue button-down shirt with a floral print Victoria Beckham pencil skirt, green cocoon coat, & orange sandals. Mad Men ingénue Kiernan Shipka continued with her perfect red carpet streak in a strapless floral lace Lela Rose dress with blue Stuart Weitzman sandals at the 19th annual Art Directors Guild Excellence In Production Design Awards. The always sultry Megan Fox was elegant in a purple Salvatore Ferragamo gown at the Tokyo premiere of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Jenny Slate, Jordana Brewster, Keri Russell, Kiernan Shipka, & Megan Fox.

Which celebrity look is your favorite? Whose style have you been inspired by? For more stylish posts, check out runway galleries from Viktor & Rolf & Elie Saab, the fringe trend featuring Julianne Hough & Scarlett Johansson, Rosie Huntington-Whitley’s look for less, & how to wear the latest earrings trends like Sarah Jessica Parker & Emma Stone. Happy Styling!

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Runway Rundown: Lela Rose’s Resort 2014 Collection!


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While adding to my galleries of Resort 2014 Collections, I’m happy to share the latest images from Lela Rose, which remind me the delicate femininity of the 1960s, á la Mad Men. I love every piece of this line, especially the dresses with cinched in wastes & tea-length hemlines. I can see so many of these looks on all the most wanted celebrities of today, including Jessica Chastain, Lea Michele, Zooey Deschanel, Katy Perry, & Emma Watson. In the absence of Marchesa this season, I’ll take any look by Lela Rose to fill the glamour gap.

Which look is your favorite from the collection? Have you been following the Resort 2014 lines? Which designer so you think is the standout for the season? For more posts from Runway Rundown, check out Bottega Veneta, Hervé Léger by Max Azria, Burberry Prorsum, Gucci, Erin Fetherston, Rachel Zoe Collection, & Chanel! 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!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: The Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection For Target Is Up To 70% Off Online & In Stores!


We all heard about the fabulous designer collection that came to Target, wrought with items for the household & whole family from Jason Wu, Marchesa, Diane von Furstenberg, Prabal Gurung, & more, courtesy of a collaboration with the ever so luxurious Neiman Marcus.  However, aren’t we lucky that all of these glamorous items are up to 70% off on the Target website & in stores? I’ve been doing  a lot of clicking around & have found that there are plenty of sizes available for the apparel, so it’s time to break out those gift cards & shop now!

You can start booking that glamorous vacation to somewhere tropical & warm, especially since these prices of must-have travel essentials are pretty darn amazing.  This includes the Oscar de la Renta tote ($17.99) in white, Carolina Herrera travel bag set ($11.99), & Alice + Olivia luggage ($53.99). If your winter plans bring you somewhere fancy, then be sure to grab one of these amazing dresses, like the Robert Rodriguez lace dress ($29.99) & Lela Rose floral dress ($29.99), either of which will work for any upcoming weddings or formal events for the winter or spring!

Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection for Target

This collection even has items that will make your casual wear more polished & posh, including the Proenza Schouler sweatshirt ($8.99), Tracy Reese sequin blouse ($23.99), & the Marc Jacobs scarf ($20.99) in black. 

To shop more from this collection, head over to this link! Which pieces are you coveting? Did you buy anything from the holiday collection when it first debuted? Do you prefer to buy these pieces online or in stores? Happy Styling!

Fabulous in 4 Ways: Floral Skinny Pants From H&M For Day, Date, Cocktail, & Weekend!


Just b/c the holidays are mostly over, it doesn’t mean that the glamour has to end. The latest trends in spring fashion are slowly, but surely emerging & this includes floral pants. They’re not just for springtime, especially when there are so many chic & cozy ways to dress up or dress down florals when the weather is still chilly outside.  I’d like to take a look at some celebrity inspiration to see how the A-listers are wearing this trend.

Kristin Cavallari shares her chic maternity style in Joe’s Jeans with a basic black top & blazer to offset the vibrant pattern.  90210 star Shenae Grimes adds some punk flavor to her Alice + Olivia cropped pants with strappy booties & a leather top.  Playing with the same idea is Minka Kelly, whose Dolce & Gabbana floral pants are enhanced by suede peep toe pumps & a bright rectangular clutch.  Singer Lana Del Rey plays up her demure style in Citizens of Humanity pants under her trench coat with embellished ballet flats.  Lastly, Twilight star Kristen Stewart sticks to her favorite designer, Balenciaga, for her micro floral printed pants, paired with a Rebecca Minkoff blazer & a Juicy Couture tank.

Kristin Cavallari, Shenae Grimes, Minka Kelly, Lana Del Rey, & Kristen Stewart.Even if we look to the runways for Spring 2013, you’ll find that there’s plenty of floral on the bottom. Floral isn’t meant just for dresses, skirts, or blouses anymore. It can be an unexpected pop of femininity or juxtapose more masculine pieces for day or evening.  For example, we’ve seen this in collections from Jason Wu, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Lela Rose, Paul & Joe, & Tanya Taylor. Here, complimenting colors in your floral prints can work to accentuate a factor of luxury in your look, especially when it comes to jackets, cardigans, scarves, & heels.

Jason Wu, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Lela Rose, Paul & Joe, & Tanya Taylor. The pants in question for today’s Fabulous in 4 Ways post are the floral pants ($24.95) from H&M. Not only are these an amazing bargain, but I’m convinced that these can be worn in a variety of ways to get the most out of your wardrobe basics for day, weekend, date, & cocktail hour.  These may be a little hard to pull off in the office, depending on what your work dress code is, but for the more casual environments, I recommend a cute blouse & pumps to make your look polished & professional.

First, for daytime when you’re running some errands or meeting with your girlfriends for a casual luncheon (á la Sex & the City), I recommend playing with the colors in the pants, including the ruched panel cardigan ($9.99) in gold from Dress Barn worn over the lurex lace bra cami ($14.99) in true white from Express. When floral pants such as these are the focal point of your look, you can play with textures to add interest, which is why I’ve selected the Kenneth Cole ‘Slip Me One’ flats ($29.97) in red @Piperlime & the easy metallic combo of Forever 21‘s beaded hoop earrings ($5.80).

Keep it cozy when it comes to a weekend look, if you’re headed out to a movie during the day with your beau & then sit by the fireplace eating Chinese food. Yes, that’s what I’d like my weekends to be, which is why I picked the striped sweater with oversized cowl neck ($34.96) in herbal mist from New York & Company to wear with the Brash Zoey riding boot ($39.99) in black from Payless. The mixture of stripes & florals has fascinated me for a while, so when you’re cooped up with your significant other in the house when the weather is on the frightful side, experiment with your looks a little to keep things fresh.  However, if you’re headed out, I love the mix of tassels with the patent textures in the daisy fuentes Gemini studded cross-body handbag ($29.50) in magenta from Kohl’s matched with a little more spring fever in the floral bangle set ($7.80) from Forever 21.

When it comes to date night looks, you always have to consider where you’re headed.  Floral pants may seem busy, but if accessorized correctly, they’re the perfect foundation for a sophisticated & smart look to impress your date.  I picked the teardrop cut-out blouse ($24.99) in black from The Limited, a piece that is sure to make the rounds with other wardrobe staples like a pencil skirt, boyfriend jeans, & leggings.  Of course in skinny pants like these, a pair of DSW‘s BCBG Paris Preena pumps ($29.94) in fuchsia will elongate the legline & won’t be as intimidating as some seriously pointy toe shoes.  For a special finishing touch, I love the colorblocked flap crossbody ($19.80) from Forever 21 & Mixit hematite stone tassel drop earrings ($4.00) from JC Penney.

For a cocktail event, pants aren’t necessarily the first thing to come to mind, especially when a dress is so easy to throw on with some snazzy earrings & killer heels. However, if you’re running around & don’t have time to get that go-to LBD dry-cleaned, you can rely on floral plants to build an evening-ready cocktail look, including the gem collar peplum top ($30.00) in aubergine from Topshop with a built-in jeweled neckline that helps accessorize your ladylike ensemble.  Also, I’ve added the Abrianna heels ($34.99) in bone from ALDO with the sparkling sequin hinge wallet ($9.99) in champagne from Charlotte Russe. Lastly, b/c there’s so much going on in the look already, I didn’t want to bog it down with extra bling, but here’s your opportunity to break out a really fabulous cocktail ring like the affordable stretch oval ring ($12.99) in orange from Target.

Do you own floral pants? Would you consider adding them to your wardrobe? How would you style them? For more styling posts, check out my affordable LBD look, statement rings for under $10, & how to wear a metallic faux leather skirt in 4 ways! Happy Styling!

Splurge Or Save… On Feminine Peep Toe Pumps?


If you’ve been following Style Darling on Instagram, then you know that I’ve been busy with some shoe shopping as of late, but it’s not all for me, for once! My bestie asked for my help in finding closed toe evening pumps & I advised her on investing in Christian Siriano‘s La Femme pumps for Payless, which I featured in a post back in January. I love patent leather for the holidays, but also it’s a luxe material for a shoe any time of year. 

While thinking about holiday shoes, I wanted to share a classic & festive staple & that’s the peep toe pump. Of course you can find any old peep in whatever material you so desire, but for the holidays, I thought it was important to emphasize feminine details in ruffles & bows, especially when our outfits are covered in lace, sequins, or embellishments. 

I’ve selected five pairs of peep toe pumps at varying price points for to share with readers & shoppers that you don’t necessarily have to break the bank when looking for holiday essentials like fashionable footwear. I’ve started off with the Stuart Weitzman peep toe pump ($201.49) that have recently been reduced by 50% @Farfetch. The all-patent exterior is luminous & the shoe offers a stiletto that is sure to show off your legline.  If that’s too out of your price range, then Badgley Mischka sail suede pump ($84.50) from Last Call by Neiman Marcus is sure to get you plenty of bang for you buck. Of course this shoe is definitely more dressy, if worn to at least 2 occasions during the holiday months & throughout the winter, you’ll have 10 wears & each will only cost $8.45! Fancy that!

An even better deal thrives behind my Zappos find with the RSVP Sheryl pumps ($55.99) with an all-over satin finish, perfect for not just the holidays, but evening weddings with a sweeping empire waist gown.  Next, I’m happy to finally share a shoes by Fergalicious (yes, that’s Fergie Ferg) from 6pm, & the Energy pumps ($27.99) break down to less than $3 per wear. The soft ruffle around the peep toe frames your new pedicure, while contrasting any edgy pieces that complete your look like a leather jacket or white satin blazer.

Finally, I’m re-sharing the Valencia bow pumps ($19.99) by Lela Rose for Payless, which I featured back in an August post as a must-have for its patent body & satin bow. The shoe is marked down from its original $44.99 price (which I paid + 20% off with a coupon), but I couldn’t pass these up, thinking that they wouldn’t be around when I needed them (& I wore them for my birthday back in September!). Now, the even lower price makes these all the more desirable & I can tell you from firsthand experience that they’re very comfortable!

Where do you like to shop for holiday shoes? What are your must-have footwear pieces for the holidays? Do you prefer satin over suede or leather over patent? Would you splurge or save on a pair of peep toes like these? Happy Styling!

Show Me The Shoes / Inside A Style Blogger’s Closet: Pretty Patent Peep Toes With Bows From Payless (+ Coupon Codes)!


I confess. I splurged. I bought a pair of shoes for which I have no immediate need, aside from the sudden smile they brought to my face & the hopes that said smile would thrive each time I saw the shoes.  Aren’t these perfection? The Valencia bow pump ($44.99) from Payless by Lela Rose is nothing short of feminine, polished, elegant, & timeless.  I love the combination of patent leather & the satin bow, especially since I’m always looking for new textures to help complete a look.  Since I’m currently on the hunt for a job, spending $44.99 on ANY pair of shoes just isn’t logical, but I’m a smart & savvy Style Darling & had some coupon offers in my email from Payless. I received $10 off my purchase & walked out of the store $10 richer, but with $34.99 less in my wallet.

However, I am not lamenting b/c I’ve since accumulated a few coupon codes for Payless that I’d like to share with readers, all for the same $10 off a purchase of $25 or more offer.  This includes 74685, 75762, & 75453 each with the a 9/3/12 expiration.  I can’t post images of the coupons online since they’re codes from receipts or postal mail offers, but these can be used for online purchases.  Don’t worry about shipping costs with Payless since they offer FREE SHIPPING when you have your order (on any total amount) shipped to one of their store locations.  Be sure to sign up for emails from Payless to get all the latest updates on sales & even more coupon codes in the future!

Also, Style Darling is covering all blog/web bases with updates to Instagram (@MissAlissaL) as well, so be sure to check out what I’m sharing on a daily basis during my spur of the moment shopping outings, or if I’m just browsing around for something to ogle at! For more fabulous shoe news, check out posts from Show Me The Shoes, including Christian Siriano’s loafer pumps, Christian Louboutin look-alikes from GOjane, & the latest Steve Madden markdowns! Happy Styling!

Super Style Wishlist: Lela Rose’s Spring Dresses @Bergdorf Goodman!


I’m crazy for spring dresses & can’t stop looking at some of the beautiful designs by Lela Rose @Bergdorf Goodman.  Of course these dresses are way beyond my budget, but they’re still amazing to gawk at.  They range in price from $1295.00 to $2295.00, but styles with laser cut lace, polka dots, a-line skirts, or peplums are on my Super Style Wishlist.

These looks include the Belted Jacquard Dress ($1895.00), Dress With Crystal Embroidery ($1595.00), Lace-Detailed Dress ($1295.00), Floral-Print V-Neck Dress ($1895.00), Polka-Dot Swingy Dress ($2295.00), Striped Sheath Dress ($1395.00), Floral-Print Faux-Wrap Dress ($1295.00), & Gathered One-Shoulder Dress ($1395.00). They’re perfect for a fancy spring brunch, moonlit wedding, or outdoor cocktail party.

For more fabulous designer duds, check out dresses from White House Black Market, Jennifer Lopez in Casadei & Michael Kors, & wedges from Neiman Marcus! Happy Styling!

Inside A Style Blogger’s Closet: How I Styled A Summer Dress ($8.74) For Fall!


I took a recent trip to Target, just to return something & pick up some tortilla wraps, but of course I was swayed to check out the clearance section in the women’s clothing department.  Despite my protest against buying yet another dress since I clearly have no closet space for it, the $8.74 price tag made all the difference when I saw the Converse One ‘Adna’ Dress ($34.99 online).  Not to mention, that the only two dresses on the rack were in a Medium, so I didn’t think it would fit.  But then again, I did recently lose some weight, so I ducked into the fitting room to try it on. Now, this is me, at home with my new dress friend, smiling like it’s Christmas day!

I bought the wide stretch belt by Minicci ($12.99) a while back from Payless, of course with a coupon when it was on sale for $7.99. Also, the crocodile tights ($9.80) were another recent coupon purchase from Kohl’s by Simply Vera Vera Wang. I got 20% off just for being a cardholder!

The cardigan is a last season clearance purchase from Old Navy (I’m sure it was under $12).  Since the dress is pretty lightweight, the heaviness of the knit cardigan is a perfect match to add some texture & make it fall-ready! My staple sunburst necklace comes from Park Lane Jewelry, in which I received at a discounted price since I reaped the benefits of hosting a jewelry party two summers ago.

I bet you’re all wondering about the shoes.. They’re from Payless by Lela Rose.  I bought them about two winters ago, probably for around $38.00, but I’m sure that there was a BOGO 50% off deal in there somewhere!  I’m a big fan of black & cream, so this is a perfect uniform for me this fall.

I’m especially proud of the closeup on the headband since I made it myself, with a basic fabric-wrapped headband from a dollar store, as well as ribbons & lace from stores like Michael’s, Walmart, & Joann’s Fabrics & Craft Stores. I love all the different details in this look, knowing that it’s not too busy or bulky.

What do you think of my first official outfit posting?  All together it probably cost just over $100, but all of it can be mixed & matched with different outfits.  I can’t wait to see how this dress looks next summer with some wedges & an updo!  If you like looks that can be switched up b/w seasons, check out The $100 Challenge! Happy Styling!

Inside A Style Blogger’s Closet: Where Style Meets Darling!


I’ve spent a great deal of time the last 2 weeks shopping & preparing my closet for fall-ready fashions, but nothing makes me happier than documenting this trial of trends. I did a serious workout this Sunday doing the great closet switch, which included all my bags, shoes, dresses, & other everyday apparel from the spring / summer now tucked in whatever storage space I have & in its place are the loads of fall / winter glam with which I am obsessed.

Of course this was no shallow feat of materialism, this required a great deal of soul-searching via style!  I thought it would have to be a full weekend process, but my motivation was high & level of organization was even higher, so I banged it out without tribulation! I have a limited space to work with & I’m happy to share what I’ve got!

One day I’ll have a spacious walk-in or a better organizer, but I have my shoeboxes labelled, tops color-coordinated, dresses & skirts separated by texture & length.  You see all those shoeboxes?  Well, they’re 99% from Payless & I love the sturdiness of the Lela Rose boxes sold @Payless.

My adventure did go beyond the closet as I reorganized by color, the slew of hand-made headbands that I try to wear regularly.  I have them also organized by color, but as you can see from the clothing above & headbands below, I love my black!  One of these days I’ll get my Etsy shop running (making Stacey of EtsyBrook very happy) & then you can get your hands on those bands too!

Check back for another post in Inside A Style Blogger’s Closet coming up! Happy Styling!