SHOP NOW! Clearance Tops, Dresses, Shoes, & More from TJ Maxx!


One of my favorite things to do when I wake up in the morning (without the ring of a rowdy alarm clock) is to check my email. While I’ve been trying to discipline myself to disconnect from technology a little more each day, especially in the summer where there’s just so much to do & plenty of fresh air & sunshine to take in, I can’t help but still be a little obsessed with clicking through emails from my favorite retailers, blogs, & fashion news sources. It’s like having my own personal fashion show & bargain shopping experience while I’m still in the comfort of my own bed. With that, I’ve created SHOP NOW!, a new category of blog posts here on Style Darling Daily where I’ll be sharing the most exciting fashion buys & sales from the day. These are the styles that make me do a double take, inspire me to explore the latest in fashion, & even get me excited to get ready for another stylish day. So let’s get to it!

Getting into the spirit of summer isn’t hard to do, but when you can’t find anything to wear (oh, I’ve been there!) & you’re on a budget, there are plenty of options to resolve your style rut! Classic tops, flirty dresses, chic shoes, & effortless accessories are the key ingredients to a summer of superb style. Right now, TJ Maxx is having a major clearance event with plenty of brand names items, seasonal essentials, & trendy must-haves for unbelievable prices. Keep in mind that when it comes to clearance sales, sizes & quantities are sometimes limited, but finding a last chance deal makes for a great story!

These tops are perfect for a cool night with a pair of skinny jeans, headed to the local festival in cut-off shorts & sandals, or mixing it up with capris & wedges for a sophisticated summer take.

SHOP: Kaktus cold shoulder ruffle top, Cable & Gauge lace cut-out top, Cupio off-the-shoulder flutter sleeve top, & Acemi plus flounce cami.

Like this season’s hottest summer tops, dresses with ruffles & cold shoulders are the way to go. These affordable & versatile dress options can be accessorized in so many ways with statement necklaces or layering chains, espadrilles or peep toe flats, & belted or not!

SHOP: Cece by Cynthia Steffe Jackie ruffle cold shoulder dress, Ellen Tracy floral scuba dress, Nine West cold shoulder printed dress, & London Times plus denim dress.

It wouldn’t be summer without a fun & flirty shoe. While I’m always touting comfort as my first shoe priority, I love how a neutral wedge offer balance & elegance to a floral frock, whereas something with interesting details like polka dots, a laser cut trim, or animal prints can really express your personality & create some lovely style memories.

SHOP: Style by Charles David ankle strap wedges, Charles by Charles David Becki cork wedges, Jessica Simpson Raffia d’orsay pumps, Nicole Miller leather scalloped peep toe flats, & Bahia leather thong sandals.

Playing with accessories can completely revamp an old favorite like a shirt dress or t-shirt & jeans. Seek out details like pattern or texture in your extras. When it comes to jewelry, a mix of sparkle & simplicity is always the best way to go,

SHOP: Jules Smith stars scarf, Under One Sky paradise charger clutch, Isabella M rose gold opal stud earrings, Mythologie choker, Trina Turk gold opal ring, & Lisa Freede rhodium chain bracelet.

Where are you shopping for your best summer deals? Which store emails do you wait for in the morning? What seasonal trends are you seeking on sale? What’s your summer shopping budget? Happy Styling!

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Runway Rundown: The Heart Truth’s Annual Red Dress Fashion Show, Featuring Kelly Osbourne, Minka Kelly, Jamie Chung, & More!


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Last night’s The Heart Truth’s annual red dress fashion show kick-started New York Fashion Week, where celebrities like Kelly Osbourne (in Zac Posen), Jamie Chung (in David Meister), & Minka Kelly (in Oscar de la Renta) walked the runway to raise awareness for heart disease. Notable designers contributed their gowns & dress, including Carolina Herrera, Pamella Roland, Marc Bouwer, Badgley Mischka, Reem Acra, Tadashi Shoji, Nicole Miller, & more!

Click through the gallery & share with us who wore your favorite look for this good cause. For more celebrity looks, check out posts including Diane Kruger’s Stella McCartney floral pants look, Beyonce at Super Bowl promotional events, winter-friendly white dresses inspired by Rooney Mara & Kerry Washington, the 2013 SAG Awards including Jennifer Lawrence & Freida Pinto, as well as Kristen Stewart & AnnaSophia Robb’s Louis Vuitton looks. Happy Styling!

11/1/11 Darling of the Day: America Ferrera is Red Hot in Nicole Miller!


As soon as I saw the former Ugly Betty star, America Ferrera, in this red hot Nicole Miller dress, I knew I just had to post it.  I don’t think she’s ever looked better & she’s miles away from where she was when she first made her red carpet debut during press tours for Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Here, America is definitely stealing the show, attending a West End production of Chicago in London.

While I couldn’t find a red dress with the same neckline, anything figure flattering & curve hugging that helps frame the face will do to recreate the smouldering look.  This Ellen Tracy dress ($83.53) from 6PM is also available in black & turquoise, in sizes 2-16. The textured surplus dress ($22.80) from Forever 21 is super hot for my fuller-figured Style Darlings, available in XL – 3X.

As for the shoes, America’s wearing red velvet peep toes that make her look all the more luxurious.  I found velvet lace-up ballerina pumps ($38.00) from Charlotte Russe, which are both youthful & flirty for any night out.

Even though the glowing actress doesn’t seem to be wearing much jewelry, since her figure is her best asset, I added these delicate glittered bead earrings ($6.80) just for a polished touch of class & contrast.

For more on Nicole Miller dress designs, check out the official website here, along with America’s actual long sleeve matte jersey sheath dress ($275.00) from Nordstrom.

Also, to read more about Darling of the Day posts, check out Miranda Kerr, Gwen Stefani, & Lea Michele! Do you think this dress looks good on the Emmy winner?  Who are the other curvy stars that inspire your style?  Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: Super Savings on a Skirt from JC Penney!


During all the big sales for the 4th of July last week, I took advantage of a coupon from JC Penney which was $10 when you spend $25 or more.  Of course, I’d been shopping in the store a little more often than I usually do, knowing that there was no possible way to fit anything else in my closet, including another skirt, but I went ahead & checked out the store anyway.  I’d been very successful in finding cute a-line, pencil, or sateen.  This skirt by east 5th popped out at me, especially since I’m trying to get away from the darker colors.

It was originally priced at $36.00, but was on sale for $19.99.  I picked up a few super cheap clearance items to make my coupon eligible.  These items included a graphic printed floral skirt with some illusion ruche details & a black scoop neck pullover, both under $7.  When I walked out of the store, the super long receipt read “You saved $69!”  I couldn’t believe it.  Aside from that, at the bottom of it, there was a provided website address where I cold fill out a survey about my shopping experience & get a 15% off coupon for my next purchase.  I’m super stocked b/c I also know that JC Penney often has sales where you get 15 % off just for using your JCP credit card, so that’s already 30% off & all I have to do is show up for the sale!  If you’re a skeptic about all this sale stuff & think JC Penney is just for frumpy old ladies, well, you’re wrong.  With brands like I Heart Ronson, Nicole Miller, Mango, & a.n.a, you definitely can’t go wrong!

Even though I’m a skirt-aholic, you can find just about any & every stylish design of a well-structured skirt at the store.  If you’re looking for a reliable black pencil skirt, or need something floral & whimsical like this one, check out their entire skirt department.  I don’t think I’ve ever walked in there when there wasn’t a sale going on.

I’m looking forward to wearing this skirt not jut for the color, but b/c even though it’s a seriously bold floral print, I could try to pair it with some black opaque tights & suede peep toes.  Also, I have a pair of pointed toe pumps in the same teal color in the skirt.  If I find the right olive-green cardigan, it could make for a well-coordinated look.  Any suggestions on how to wear this skirt?  Have you had any super crazy fashion finds at this store? Leave some comments!  Happy Styling!