Cover Craze: Emma Stone for Marie Claire’s September Issue!


I. Love. Emma. Stone. My nose is glued to the screen whenever Emma Stone is promoting a film & has countless red carpet premieres to attend. She’s not only an iconic fashion chameleon, but her all-around girl-next-door goofball vibes makes me feel like we really could be best friends. I’m obsessed with her sense of style & will almost always vote her best dressed, no matter the competition. So, when it came to seeking out what she’s been up to, I was super excited that she was Marie Claire’s September cover star. Emma’s currently promoting her new film, Battle of the Sexes, all about tennis-legend Billie Jean King in 1973 & co-starring Steve Carrell, Emma’s Crazy, Stupid Love on-screen dad, who plays her rival, Bobby Riggs.

The interview for Marie Claire is conducted by funny lady Sarah Silverman, who has a girl crush on Emma that reads quite equal to mine, where Emma discusses the power each of our voices have in times of controversy & political uprising, but also the challenges that the Oscar-winning actress (for of course, La La Land) faced when becoming Billie Jean King for the new film.

The photo shoot (led by Greg Kadel) includes Emma wearing some gorgeous pieces from Dior, Chanel, Valentino, Bulgari, to name a few!

Battle of the Sexes premieres on September 22nd, just in time to kick of awards season & you can be sure that I’ll be on the lookout for Emma’s highly anticipated press tour fashion!

Are you going to see Emma Stone’s new film? Do you like the styling of her Marie Claire cover shoot? Which stars do you love to see on magazines? Happy Styling!

Cover Craze: Anna Kendrick for Marie Claire’s December Issue!


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If there’s one actress to watch, it’s Anna Kendrick who has a total of eight films coming up, including Into the Woods, where she plays a very complicated Cinderella. Anna appears on the cover of the December 2014 issue of Marie Claire, talking about haters who throw shade on her unconventional looks, her 2010 Oscar nomination for Up in the Air, & her ambition. Among those are the highly anticipated sequel Pitch Perfect 2, costarring Rebel Wilson & Elizabeth Banks.

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Get a behind-the-scenes look at Anna’s supposedly drunk interview, showing her lovable personality quirks, beauty necessities, & other fun quotables! Not to mention Anna’s ability to wear ANYTHING, including flirty separates, sequined gowns, & preppy ensembles, while pulling off an effortless elegance that makes her one of the most interesting A-listers to watch on the red carpet!

What do you think about Anna’s style? Are you a fan of the actress? Which magazines are your favorite to read for celebrity interviews? For more stylish posts, be sure to check out bowed ballet flats from MICHAEL Michael Kors & Kate Spade New York, Gwyneth Paltrow’s new ad campaign for Max Factor, & Jennifer Lopez’s wide leg pants trend! Happy Styling!

Cover Craze: 36 International September Issue Covers!


Last year when I posted the amazing September issues, I featured a mere 21, but even though we’re already into the ninth calendar month, I figured that in celebration of New York Fashion Week (#NYFW), I’d expand & look for more. My mailbox is bursting with the American issues of some of my favorite magazines, but I was also delighted to see A-listers like Claire Danes, Keira Knightley, Kate Bosworth, & Mia Wasikowska on international covers. To keep this post short & sweet, here’s what we have!

Ariana Grande for Seventeen Magazine September 2014-1

Ariana Grande for Seventeen

Aubrey Plaza for Nylon September 2014

Aubrey Plaza for Nylon

Blake Lively for Marie Claire September 2014

Blake Lively for Marie Claire

Brooke Burke-Charvet for Shape September 2014

Brooke Burke-Charvet for Shape

Cara Delevingne for Vogue UK September 2014

Cara Delevingne for Vogue UK

Chloe Grace Moretz for Allure September 2014.

Chloe Grace Moretz for Allure

Chloe Grace Moretz for Flare September 2014

Chloe Grace Moretz for Flare

Claire Danes for Marie Claire South Africa September 2014

Claire Danes for Marie Claire South Africa

Dakota Fanning for Lucky September 2014

Dakota Fanning for Lucky

Ellie Goulding for Cosmopolitan Poland September 2014

Ellie Goulding for Cosmopolitan Poland

Gisele Bundchen for Marie Claire Greece September 2014

Gisele Bundchen for Marie Claire Greece

Jessica Alba for Marie Claire UK September 2014

Jessica Alba for Marie Claire UK

Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne, & Karlie Kloss for Vogue September 2014.

Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne, & Karlie Kloss for Vogue

Julia Roberts for InStyle September 2014

Julia Roberts for InStyle

Juliette Binonche & Kristen Stewart for Interview Germany September 2014

Juliette Binonche & Kristen Stewart for Interview Germany

Kaley Cuoco for Women's Health September 2014

Kaley Cuoco for Women’s Health

Kate Bosworth for InStyle UK September 2014

Kate Bosworth for InStyle UK

Kate Upton for ELLE UK September 2014

Kate Upton for ELLE UK

Keira Knightley for InStyle Germany September 2014

Keira Knightley for InStyle Germany

Kendall Jenner for Teen Vogue September 2014

Kendall Jenner for Teen Vogue

Kristen Bell for Redbook September 2014

Kristen Bell for Redbook

Kristen Stewart for Elle September 2014

Kristen Stewart for Elle

Lady Gaga for Harper's Bazaar September 2014

Lady Gaga for Harper’s Bazaar

Lana Del Rey for Fashion September 2014

Lana Del Rey for Fashion

Linda Evangelista for Harper's Bazaar September 2014

Linda Evangelista for Harper’s Bazaar

Lucy Hale for Cosmopolitan September 2014

Lucy Hale for Cosmopolitan

Maria Sharapova for Self September 2014

Maria Sharapova for Self

Megan Fox for Cosmopolitan UK September 2014

Megan Fox for Cosmopolitan UK

Mia Wasikowska for ELLE Canada 2014

Mia Wasikowska for Elle Canada

Naomi Campbell for Interview September 2014

Naomi Campbell for Interview

Natalia Vodianova for Vanity Fair September 2014

Natalia Vodianova for Vanity Fair

Olivia Wilde for Glamour September 2014

Olivia Wilde for Glamour

Penelope Cruz for Harper's Bazaar September 2014

Penelope Cruz for Harper’s Bazaar

Rihanna for W magazine September 2014-1

Rihanna for W magazine

Rita Ora for Glamour UK September 2014

Rita Ora for Glamour UK

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for Harper's Bazaar UK September 2014

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for Harper’s Bazaar UK

Salma Hayek for Harper's Bazaar Mexico September 2014

Salma Hayek for Harper’s Bazaar Mexico

Happy Styling!

 

Cover Craze: It’s Going To Be A Stylish September For Magazines!


It’s been a crazy year for my magazine collection & I’m guilty of maintaining a pretty high stack of fashionable pages. However, it’s nearly the end of August & the mountain is getting higher, especially since there are so many amazing September issues hitting stands & arriving in mailboxes all over the country. I’ve included a whopping 21 covers in this post, also featuring links to the coordinating articles / cover shoot details online.

Amanda Seyfried – Glamour Paris

Amber Heard – Flare 

Blake Lively – Lucky 

Diana of Wales – Vanity Fair 

Drew Barrymore – In Style 

Jennifer Garner – Allure 

Jennifer Lawrence – Vogue 

Jessie J – Marie Claire UK 

Kate Bosworth – In Style UK 

Kate Moss – Esquire UK 

Kate Upton – ELLE 

Katy Perry – ELLE UK 

Kelly Osbourne – Cosmopolitan UK 

Lady Gaga – V magazine 

Lily Collins – Glamour UK 

Nina Dobrev – Cosmopolitan 

Olivia Wilde – Fashion Sarah Jessica Parker for Harper's Bazaar September 2013

Sarah Jessica Parker – Harper’s Bazaar Scarlett Johansson for Harper's Bazaar Australia September 2013

Scarlett Johansson – Harper’s Bazaar Australia 

Victoria Beckham – Vogue Australia

Zooey Deschanel – Marie Claire

Which magazine is your must-have for fall fashion? Which celebrity cover is your favorite? For more magazine-related posts, check out Girls actor Adam Driver’s Vogue shoot, Chloe Grace Moretz’s beauty shoot with Glamour, a behind-the-scenes video with Claire Danes, & the many playful & dramatic sides of actress Kate Mara! Happy Styling!

Haute Headlines: A First Look At L’Wren Scott for Banana Republic, Olivia Wilde is InStyle’s August Cover Girl, & More!


Haute Headlines

It’s summer & there’s always so much to talk about when it comes to fashion, like what the best must-haves are for this season, as well as what the most famous designers are up to for fall. Not to mention that our favorite celebrities are at work making the world a more fashionable & entertaining place. Which stories are you following? What topic is trending on your twitter feed? Happy Styling!

*Get a first look at L’Wren Scott‘s new line for Banana Republic*

*Actress Kate Hudson is collaborating on an athletic apparel line with JustFab*

*Olivia Wilde is InStyle‘s August cover girl*

*Shop Marie Claire‘s top summer road-trip essentials*

*Isabel Marant debuts an image from her new collection for H&M*

*Watch a behind-the-scenes video of Chanel‘s Fall 2013 Haute Couture runway*

*Shop Taylor Swift‘s fall line of cute sneakers for Ked’s*

*Singer Ciara shares a video teaser for her new single “Read My Lips“*

Cover Craze: Shakira Sizzles For ELLE’s July Issue, Katy Perry Makes Her Vogue Debut, & More!


It’s definitely going to be one hot summer, especially when it comes to the latest magazine covers. I’ve been trying to squeeze in some mag time & get inspired for some new summer looks & what to look forward to with my upcoming vacation wardrobe. However, I couldn’t help but share the latest & greatest in store for July, especially when the headlines there’s so much to talk about!

First, Shakira hits up ELLE, talking about her position as coach on The Voice, along with motherhood, her relationships, & her international fame. Also, another foreign beauty is Salma Hayek Pinault on the cover of InStyle‘s July issue. The dazzling 46-year-old actress has really never looked better, especially in this stunning Yves Saint Laurent red dress. The third & perhaps most exciting cover belongs to Katy Perry who makes her Vogue debut, showing off a stunning & feminine side to the popstar in floral frocks like her cover look by Rodarte. Lauren Conrad talks up her ambition & goals as both fashion designer & writer in the sunny pages of Marie Claire, while also giving plenty of tips on how to look summer-ready with bangs.

Man of Steel starlet Amy Adams is not only this summer’s big-screen Lois Lane, but she talks beauty in the pages of Allure, sharing that her plain face makes for a great makeup canvas. Speaking of beauty, Pretty Little Liars actress Lucy Hale makes her Lucky debut with a slew of edgy menswear looks, including pieces by Chanel, that are easy for any shopper of any budget to achieve! Helena Bonham Carter may be Tim Burton’s muse, but she’s certainly bemusing in the pages of Vogue UK, especially since images have recently hit the web of her playing the iconic role of Elizabeth Taylor for the upcoming BBC movie Burton and Taylor. Lastly, Kesha makes fitness look sexy, especially with a minimalist take on activewear fashions in next month’s Self. The blonde singer has never looked more naturally gorgeous as she talks about how she keeps her gams in shape!

For more celebrity posts, check out the commercial for Adam Levine’s debut fragrance, gorgeous red carpets looks from Diane Kruger & Uma Thurman, Lily Collins’ girly Glamour cover, & the newest ad campaign from Prada starring Christoph Waltz & more! Happy Styling!

Cover Craze: Scarlett Johansson’s Sultry Looks For Marie Claire’s May Issue!


She’s the face of Dolce & Gabbana cosmetics, a Tony award-winning actress, one of the most desirable women in the world, & the latest cover girl for Marie Claire‘s May 2013 issue. We’re talking about Scarlett Johansson, star of the upcoming Don Jon with Joseph Gordon-Levitt & the sequels to The Avengers & Captain America as the catsuit badass Black Widow.

Scarlett Johansson for Marie Claire May 2013

In the interview, she talks about her career, including her work alongside JGL, who’s making his triple threat debut in Don Jon as actor-writer-director, which focuses on a man addicted to porn who is conflicted upon meeting the love of his life. Also, she sheds some light on continuing her action hero streak as Natasha Romonoff since Iron Man 2. Not to mention, she addresses the controversy behind her hacked intimate photos that she shared with ex-husband, Ryan Reynolds, while the pair were still together.

However, in terms of fashion, red is certainly the color for Scarlett, especially given her first name. It’s refreshing to see the elegant actress return to her classic bombshell style for this shoot, which is comprised of red-hot pieces from Giambattista Valli, Miu Miu, Dsquared2, Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, & David Yurman!

Scarlett Johansson for Marie Claire May 2013

Scarlett Johansson for Marie Claire May 2013

In addition, you can win all of the beauty products from Scarlett’s cover shoot, including a year’s supply of Dolce & Gabbana items worth $232.00, by checking out this link. What do you think of Scarlett’s cover shoot? Do you like the red theme? For more from Cover Craze, check out previous posts including Drew Barrymore’s shoot for Lucky, Christina Hendricks’ for Flare magazine, Hayden Panettiere’s day at the beach for Glamour, & Kate Hudson talks motherhood with Elle UK! Happy Styling!

Cover Craze: Michelle Obama’s 2nd Vogue Cover, Kim K for Cosmo, Nicki Minaj’s Makeunder For Elle, & More!


I know I’m looking forward to April for more than the fabulous spring fashions & big upcoming movies, but I have a lot of exciting professional changes ahead of me. However, there’s so much going on in terms of our favorite magazines & the big international headlines are looking more & more fabulous, guiding where fashion is headed as the weather begins to warm up. In this latest post for Cover Craze, I went all out with a total of 15 covers that I just couldn’t stop looking at & reading up on.

The biggest news in covers is that First Lady Michelle Obama returns to Vogue for the April 2013 issue in a sleek two-tone Reed Krakoff sheath dress, photographed by the always impressive Annie Leibovitz. In an interview with Jonathan Van Meter, FLOTUS discusses parenting, marriage, her duties as First Lady, as well as fashion. She shares with readers, “If you’re comfortable in your clothes it’s easy to connect with people & make them feel comfortable as well.”

Michelle Obama for Vogue, Julie Bowen for Lucky, & Emily VanCamp for Marie Claire Australia April 2013.

On the cover of Lucky, two-time Emmy winner & star of Modern Family, Julie Bowen, looks like the modern & sexy cool mom that we all wish we had, wearing pieces from Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Stars, & Pandora. Inside the svelte blond is contemporary & chic in J.Crew, Juicy Couture, Jimmy Choo, & DKNY. Speaking of TV stars, Revenge actress Emily VanCamp looks smoldering in a cut-out Michael Kors dress on the cover of Marie Claire Australia, sharing the spotlight with her dashing male co-stars  Gabriel Mann (Nolan), Barry Sloane (Aiden), & Nick Wechsler (Jack).

Marie Claire shows The Incredible Burt Wonderstone actress Olivia Wilde in a sexy sheer blue dress, as she talks about her engagement to Saturday Night Live star Jason Sudekis. As for Marie Claire UK, Mila Kunis, star of Oz the Great & Powerful, talks about her breakout performance in Black Swan, upcoming Hollywood projects, & taking a break from back-to-back movies.

Olivia Wilde for Marie Claire, Mila Kunis for Marie Claire UK, & Zooey Deschanel for In Style April 2013.

New Girl star Zooey Deschanel, who takes the cover of In Style in a stunning Carolina Herrera gown. Also featured in the issue are pieces by Oscar de la Renta, Bottega Veneta, Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga, Chanel, & Nicholas Kirkwood, as she talks about her love of all things nail art & being a role model for girls.

I featured Selena Gomez‘s breezy spring look for Harper’s Bazaar in my last Haute Headlines post, but what was awestruck by the young star’s shoot by Terry Richardson featuring red carpet looks by Akris, Dior, Calvin Klein, & Prada. The down-to-earth Texas native & star of Spring Breakers talks about her family traditions, stardom, & her new role as a single lady.

Elle unzips rapper / American Idol judge Nicki Minaj without the big neon hair or exaggerated eyelashes that she’s always famous for donning. Also, Elle UK pays homage to another star in music, Rihanna, who looks effortless in a checkered Louis Vuitton outfit (like from the collection we’ve seen on Kirsten Dunst & Kerry Washington). She talks about her future, family, & more from the pixie-cutted pop star.

Selena Gomez for Harper's Bazaar, Nicki Minaj for Elle, Rihanna for Elle UK April 2013.

Kim Kardashian is always in the news & while photogs are tracking her pregnancy style, you can see her pre-baby-bump curves on the cover of Cosmopolitan in a Sophia Loren-inspired look. Smash star Katharine McPhee look positively fresh-faced for front & back covers of Women’s Health. She models various different makeup looks including striking blue eyeliner, enhanced cheeks, & bold red lips. Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence is the focus of People Style Watch & for her stylish red carpet looks in Stella McCartney, Hugo, & Michael Kors. Also, the mag looks at her street style in Thakoon & Tory Burch, as well as her changing hairstyles for previous films like Silver Linings Playbook, The Hungry Games, & X-Men: First Class.

Kim Kardashian for Cosmopolitan, Katharine McPhee for Women's Health, & Jennifer Lawrence for People Style Watch April 2013.

Lastly, we see country crooner Taylor Swift for Vanity Fair, talking about how she’s the target of constant jokes regarding her love life, including the jab that Tina Fey & Amy Poehler made during last month’s Golden Globes. A topless Kate Hudson let her natural beauty shine for Glamour, decked out in layers of Chanel necklaces. The mom of two talks about her romance with Muse frontman, motherhood in her thirties, & how she balances it all. I almost missed seeing Emily VanCamp‘s second April cover for Canada’s Fashion magazine, but I was glad to catch the former ballerina & leading lady for the Captain America sequel in this gorgeous snake-print dress & necklace, both by Gucci.

Taylor Swift for Vanity Fair, Kate Hudson for Glamour, Emily VanCamp for Fashion April 2013.

For more celebrity posts, check out black & white looks worn by Jessica Chastain & Jessica Alba, the neon trend as seen on Jennifer Lopez & Freida Pinto, Kate Winslet for Lancôme’s latest ad campaign, & complete red carpet coverage from the Academy Awards! Which magazines are your favorite for April? Which look makes for the best cover? Happy Styling!

Haute Headlines: Rose Byrne Covers Glamour UK, Elizabeth Olsen Announces Next Film, Best Male Looks From The Grammys, & More!


Haute Headlines

The last week has been full of amazing news, including that from last week’s Super Bowl, New York Fashion Week, that nasty winter storm Nemo, the red carpet from the BAFTA Awards, as well as this weekend’s Grammy Awards. What are the stories that you’ve been following? Which headlines are you tweeting? Happy Styling!

*Girls actor Christopher Abbott stars in Free People‘s new web series*

*Rose Byrne covers Glamour UK‘s March 2013 fashion issue*

*Watch Kelly Clarkson‘s Grammy tribute to Carole King & Patti Page*

*Carolina Herrera‘s newest collection teaches us how to dress like a lady*

*Helen Mirren debuts her pink hair at the BAFTAs*

*Gisele Bundchen shares first pictures of new daughter, Vivian Lake, on Facebook*

*Check out Marie Claire‘s favorite street style pics from New York Fashion Week*

*Elizabeth Olsen announces her starring role in another Godzilla remake*

*InStyle shares the best male looks from this weekend’s Grammys*

*Trina Turk debuts her collection at Lincoln Center*

*Anne Hathaway pays homage to Les Miserables with a fashionable clutch*

Cover Craze / Watch This Style: Keira Knightley Conquers Marie Claire’s March 2013 Issue!


Keira Knightley for Marie Claire March 2013

Keira Knightley recently sat down with Marie Claire as the face of their March 2013 issue & the Oscar-nominated actress discusses her style icons, including the timelessly androgynous Katharine Hepburn, as well as fashionable literary figures like Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, who she recent played on the big screen opposite Jude Law. In addition, the oft-potty mouth Brit, shared her favorite wardrobe must-haves, as well as her anticipation for romantic & feminine spring trends. In addition, the actress is currently filming opposite Star Trek star Chris Pine in Jack Ryan, inspired by the Tom Clancy novels. Also, she’s recently wrapped Can A Song Save Your Life? with Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, & Adam Levine.

Keira Knightley for Marie Claire March 2013 Keira Knightley for Marie Claire March 2013

The stylish shoot included fabulous & sculptural looks like Balenciaga, Chanel, Valentino, & Gucci. Check out the video below to hear her first-hand during the shoot & interview, which hits newsstands February 12th. For more fashionable videos, check out more posts from Watch This Style, including Beyonce’s halftime show performance from this weekend’s Super Bowl, Rihanna’s new River Island collection, videos from Emmy Rossum’s new album, Sentimental Journey, & behind-the-scenes with Carrie Underwood for Allure! Happy Styling!

Cover Craze / Watch This Style: Heidi Klum For Marie Claire’s February 2013 Issue!


Heidi Klum for Marie Claire February 2013

Along with the latest for that I’ve posted for Allure, InStyle, Self, Vogue, & Elle, Marie Claire is sharing the latest & greatest in fashion with former supermodel Heidi Klum on its February 2013 cover. The 37-year-old has proven time & time again that she’s an unstoppable force who always puts her kids first & discusses with the magazine how she never backs down from a challenge, craves Big Macs with fries, & even spills some of the latest secrets from the upcoming season of Project Runway.

Heidi Klum for Marie Claire February 2013 Heidi Klum for Marie Claire February 2013

The shoot includes some sleek all-black looks including pieces by Tom Ford, Lanvin, Dior, Louis Vuitton, H. Stern, Gucci, Stella McCartney, Chanel, Giuseppe Zanotti Designs, Maison Martin Margiela, & Chloé. Check out the video below of Heidi behind-the-scenes of the shoot & the interview. Also, get ready for the season 11 of Project Runway which premieres on Lifetime tonight! Happy Styling!

Haute Headlines: Marc Jacobs Creates A Cosmetics Line For Sephora, Beyonce’s Sexy GQ Cover, ‘Struck By Lightning’ Trailer, & More!


Haute Headlines

With so much going on in the world of fashion, like the latest images from the highest end Pre-Fall 2013 Collections & the upcoming awards season, I didn’t wanna forget to share some of the top news stories that have been catching my attention.  Follow Style Darling on Facebook, Twitter (@MissAlissaL), Instagram (@MissAlissaL), & Pinterest to get the latest updates on the hottest news stories! Happy Styling!

*Heidi Klum is Marie Claire‘s February 2013 cover girl*

*Stella McCartney‘s Pre-Fall 2013 collection presentation*

*Elle‘s 50 must-have for comfortable outfits*

*Yesterday Kate Middleton celebrated the big 3-1, check out her best looks*

*Beyoncé is GQ‘s sexiest woman of the 21st century*

*Marc Jacobs‘ new cosmetics line for Sephora debuts this fall*

*Check out Lea Michele & Anne Hathaway‘s latest red carpet looks*

*Lena Dunham & Allison Williams on The Today Show*

*The trailer for Chris Colfer‘s new film, Struck by Lightning*

Haute Headlines: Jessica Biel’s ELLE Photo Shoot, Affordable Festive NYE Dresses, Season 2 Trailer For HBO’s Girls, & More!


A lot has been going on in the fashion world, especially b/c of the holiday season. I’ve had plenty of time to dig up some news items while stuck in bed recovery from a nasty Christmas cold, I’m happy to share my findings in the latest post of Haute Headlines. What stories are you tweeting about? Which celebs have caught your eye recently? Happy Styling!

*In Style‘s picks for Festive New Year’s Eve Dresses Under $100*

*Marie Claire talks to Aussie actress Rachael Taylor about style*

*Diane Kruger‘s no stylist rule pays off for a fashionable red carpet gallery*

*Beyonce is rumored to be the March 2013 cover girl for Vogue*

*Have you seen the hilarious trailer for Season 2 of HBO’s Girls?*

*Get 70% off the ENTIRE Marc Jacobs Fall Collection*

*Harper’s Bazaar’s picks for the best pre-Fall 2013 runway looks*

*Kate Moss, Joan Smalls, & Daria Werbowy star in Versace‘s Spring ’13 campaign*

*Check out Jessica Biel‘s high fashion editorial shoot for next month’s Elle*

*Forbes magazine names Natalie Portman the most bankable actor*

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?

Cover Craze: Six Fabulous Mags Featuring The Faces Of Emma Watson, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, & More!


I couldn’t decide which October 2012 issue to feature in my next Cover Craze post, so I searched the web for a bunch of covers, which helps cover a lot of bases. Anyway, I’ve just about finished filing through the heaps of pages from the ripe September issues & can now start sorting through what October has to bring, especially considering the fact that we’re nearing the official start of fall this weekend! I’ve selected only 6 October issues so far b/c this is what I’ve received in the mail & I’m still super anxious to see what’s going on with In Style, Shape, Harper’s Bazaar, & Allure.

Be sure to check out Nashville star Hayden Panettiere on the cover of Women’s Health, where she talks about how she’s dealt with the rise to fame from child star to leading lady.  Also, get your girl friends together for a gossip session when you’re looking at the very umm… informative issue of Cosmopolitan with New Girl actress Zooey Deschanel on the cover, looking all sorts of adorkable, as always. I’m loving Emma Watson‘s grown out pixie cut right now & that she’s taking some very youthful, but elegant fashion risks in her article for Glamour.  Did anyone see her on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon promoting her new movie, Perks of Being a Wallflower? Adorbs!

For the season fashion mag reader, Keira Knightley continues her reign as period drama princess while talking about her latest film, Anna Karenina, as the role of a lifetime for VogueGwen Stefani proves that she’s still got it for Marie Claire, baring her abs (two babies later!) while No Doubt preps for their long-awaited comeback. Check out the music video for their latest single “Settle Down” here! Lastly, Britney Spears puts her pout to good use with the help of some stylists for Elle, showing off a combination of some pop / rock star style & talks about her latest gig as a judge on X-Factor alongside British grump, Simon Cowell.  Which magazine cover is your favorite? Who do you turn to for the best advice on fall fashion? Happy Styling!

Red Carpet Review / Runway Rundown: Who Loves Dolce & Gabbana’s Stars Print? Fergie, Jessica Alba, Anne Hathaway, & More! That’s Who!


Dolce & Gabbana‘s latest fall / winter collection is headed for the stars- seriously! While playing with classic silhouettes in pencil skirts, flowy blouses, & oversized blazers, the mix of the celestial black & white pattern stands out even more with sequins, lace, animal print, & fur.  These are just a few of the very fabulous runway looks, courtesy of the official website. Even the separate items can be matched with dark denim skinny jeans, a bold tee, & colorful pointed tow heels & socks (as pictured).  To shop for these items, head over to Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Net-A-Porter, & Saks Fifth Avenue.  Which is your favorite?  Do you think stars look juvenile or luxury?

But if the runway isn’t somewhere you normally hang, take a look at the latest fashion magazine covers & their stylish cover girls, donning star-themed dresses by the famed fashion house.  This includes One Day‘s Anne Hathaway for Marie Claire, pop princess Britney Spears for Harper’s Bazaar, & everyone’s favorite Virgo, Beyonce for In Style!

And since this is a partial red carpet post… Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen a slew of celebs of all styles opting for astronomical-inspired looks, as opposed to the tradition go-to polka dots or a simple LBD for camera-ready events.  First there’s Rose McGowan shows off her figured in a ruches sweetheart dress, Fergie isn’t afraid of color in the yellow & black mini, a very pregnant Jessica Alba wears a comfortable & elegant halter, Rosario Dawson plays with voluminous sleeves, Olivia Wilde sneaks around in sequins, Kim Kardashian isn’t afraid to wear curve-hugging stars during the dat, & Lily Allen is ladylike in a white coat & black tights.  Lastly, Evan Rachel Wood & Solange Knowles take on this print in legwear, both pairing the pants with loose-fitting tops & a masculine black jacket!

For more on Dolce & Gabbana, check out our Style ABC’s (x3) post, featuring the gorgeous Scarlett Johansson as the brand’s cosmetic spokesmodel.  Also, check out past runway shows at In Style!  Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: A Sequined Cardy!


While the latest issues of Marie Claire, Vogue, & Elle are riddled with what’s hot for spring, I look outside to see gray skies & snowflakes falling, which will certainly continue on for at least another month. I’m torn between wearing my cute suede flats or the new faux fur-lined boots that I bought for my recent trip to Italy. But chunky boots it is, just to safely exit my house for the daily task of heading to the office. I’m definitely not thinking about a lightweight floral dress, a charmeuse cami, or pastel belts. I do love the idea that sandals are supposedly just around the corner, because this means that warmer weather is on the horizon- at some point at least.

On the days when I’m snowed in, shoveling out the driveway in my suburban neighborhood where streets are unplowed, I’m consoled to know that I can save some money by not trekking halfway across town to check out the latest sale items at H&M. However, the sometimes deadly thrill of the hunt inspires me to click, click, click away to see what’s going on at some of my favorite retail websites. Before I take a look at any of the new & regular priced merchandise, I always hit the sale section & here is an item that just can’t be missed!

Perhaps when you’re not into wearing a structured jacket, a sequined cardigan will do the trick to finish off your look. This is simply a must for any pencil skirt or patterned trouser, making your look ready for happy hour, yet still subtle enough for the daytime. A simple pair of studded earrings or pair of dark denim jeans turns casual into chic with just a cardigan.

This Beach Sand Heather cardigan was $69.00 & is now $59.99 at Ann Taylor LOFT, but you can get an extra 50% off taken at checkout, plus FREE SHIPPING on all purchases $125 or more- no code needed.  It comes out to about $30 for the one item, which is a great deal on something that can you can wear any time of the year! This cardigan is also available in Dark Grey Melange

If you sign up for their free emails, you can get notifications for all the best sales & discount codes on items every week!  This comes in super handy for birthdays & the holidays at the end of the year! 

**NOTE: The selected links are additional suggestions & not items that I actually own, although I would very much like to! Happy Styling!

Luxury Look-Alikes for Less: Fabulous Lanvin Flats!


For a fresh take on evening or to dress up a casual day look, why not go for a jeweled ballet flat? While checking out this delightfully informative & stylish post by Marie Claire, I was inspired to reinvent a previous post about these gorgeously feminine Lanvin navy flats.  They are quite the hefty investment at $760.00, but with a little online surfing, there’s a great variety out there for inexpensive look-alikes.  Instead of knee-high boots with dark tights & a sweater dress, or ankle boots with skinny jeans & a flyaway knit, this embellished option will turn heads. 

                                       

Some of my favorite sources for great, fun flats include Payless, Charlotte Russe, Wet Seal, & Forever 21.  Which stores do you love to shop in for flats?  Which brand is your go-to when it comes to comfortable shoes?  Any comments, questions, or suggestions are always welcome!  Happy Styling!