SHOP NOW!: The Most Flattering Peplum Cardigan for Fall in 4 Colors!


While the weather is still prime summer here on Long Island, it’s definitely cardigan season in stores. Beyond shoes, earrings, & dresses, I’m a sucker for cardigans—my favorite, feminine outfit topper for any occasion. It’s definitely been part of my regular work uniform for decades now! Some may argue that cardigans are “frompy,” but I love the variety of necklines, button styles, sleeve lengths, & other special details that transform a look from everyday to special. Not to mention that a cozy knit sweater is super comfortable compared to an overly-structured blazer—just my opinion.

My go-to source to shop for cardigans is New York & Company. Even though they’re strictly online now, they continue to be reliable & impressive with their cardigan selection for the professional & fashionable Style Darling. While they reproduce their staple Chelsea cardigan each fall, my hunt for something different in terms of a cardigan always leads to success with this retailer. Specifically, the peplum button-front cardigan (on sale: $39.00) is available in sizes XS-XXL & in 4 rich & regal colors: black, dark purple, golden seal, & navy.

The flattering fit & flare look is the perfect options to show off your shape when pairing it with a blouse or cami, along with skinny jeans, straight leg printed trousers, bootcut pants, a pleated skirt, or a pencil skirt. These fall-ready hues are ideal to match with the season’s most popular patterns & materials, such as plaid, lace, velvet, jacquard, faux leather, or dark denim. However, I’ll add these to my cart when the price drops a little more and/or I receive a reward certificate in order to get the best possible deal since this cardigan is categorized as a “City Steal” & is excluded from most of their coupon code deals.

How would you style these cardigans? Which color do you like the most? Do you prefer a cardigan over a blazer for your work wardrobe? For more stylish posts, check out: the hottest red carpet looks from this weekend’s MTV VMAs from Taylor Swift & Bebe Rexha, fabulous floral flats from Amazon, & a kimono-inspired top in every color! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW!: A Kimono-Inspired Top in Every Color!


When I find an article of clothing I like & can see myself wearing it on the daily, I become obsessed & can’t stop thinking about all the styling possibilities & if I should just get 1 every color! Sometimes, 1 in every color is excessive, but when it’s comfortable & versatile for nearly any season, why not?

Well, the Lock & Love store on Amazon has cast this spell on me with their kimono-inspired top in both a scoop & v-neck ($17.95, available in sizes XS-5XL).

With over 26,000 reviews, a 4.2/5 rating, & a variety of over 20 colors to choose from for both necklines, I’ve added to cart! Though, I prefer more of a scoop neck, as opposed to v, myself. Also, I appreciate that this is a piece I can share with readers of any size too!

I’d style these with any kind of printed pant for heading back to the classroom, such as a window pane or plaid, with pointed ballet flats; a pencil skirt in lace or jacquard with stilettos; dark denim jeans with ankle booties & a statement necklace; or a jeweled cardigan & my favorite dress pants. As I await my order to arrive, I’m super excited to share another fabulous 1 in every color find since timeless, fashionable, & comfortable basics—at the right price—are a must-have for any time of the year, as well as for any professional or social situation. I could wear this casually for a lunch date with friends on the weekend or dress it up with some luxe satin or blinged out pieces for somewhere fancier.

How would you style this time? Do you wear kimono, draped, or gathered pieces? What’s your favorite Amazon brand? For more stylish posts, check out: a fashion flashback of Keke Palmer’s best red carpet looks, Blake Lively’s most stunning jewelry & hair moments, Selena Gomez as Mabel Mora in the season 2 finale of Only Murders in the Building, & the newest houndstooth pieces for fall from New York & Company! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW!: Top Houndstooth Styles from New York & Company for Fall!


Just as fruit prints & tropical patterns are signature to summer, houndstooth is a symbol of fall as fashion transitions from the lightweight to the heavier layers. In fact, wearing houndstooth is one of my favorite ways to greet the fall, no matter the color combination, although black & white is the more traditional route. I love a modern take on houndstooth with varying sizes, styles, & colors; particularly, the new Check It Out collection @New York & Company. The black houndstooth that we all love to wear with more subdued solids is brightened with more than white as we see bright yellows, kelly green, & even magenta to experiment with this fashion forward menswear-inspired print. I’ve selected a few tops, bottoms, & shoes that are my favorites to recommend anyone who dares to be bold with this striking pattern.

First, I love the combination of houndstooth on these tops with the details over a trimmed neckline, neck-tie bow, & solid collar, which are perfect to match with a pencil skirt & pumps, joggers & ankle boots, or jeans & ballet flats.

SHOP: houndstooth v-neck sweater in morningside yellow (on sale: $41.96, available in sizes XS-XXL), puff-sleeve tie-neck sweater in fuchsia purple (on sale: $41.96, available in sizes XS-XXL), & houndstooth collared blouse in black/white (on sale: $45.46, available in sizes XS-XXL).

Next, houndstooth certainly makes a style statement on the lower half, especially when coordinating with a pullover sweater & layered necklaces, classic tee & statement necklace, or pleated cami & tailored blazer.

SHOP: houndstooth pencil skirt in green fields (on sale: $48.96, available in sizes XS-XXL), pull-on houndstooth bootcut ponte pant in black/white (on sale: $39.00, available in sizes XS-XXL, shop petite here, shop tall here), & petite houndstooth button-waist straight-leg ankle pant in fuchsia purple (on sale: $55.96, available in sizes 00-18).

Playing up houndstooth in your footwear evokes confidence & tons of personality, especially when adding that wow factor to a pinstripe suit & button-down shirt or sweater dress & choker.

SHOP: houndstooth colorblock Madison pump in yellow (on sale: $39.00, available in sizes 6-11) & houndstooth Layla heel in black/white (on sale: $62.96, available in sizes 6-11).

Do you like to incorporate houndstooth into your wardrobe? What pieces do you like houndstooth on best? What are your favorite fall fashion items? Where are you shopping for the latest trends? For more shopping posts, check out: summer-to-fall dress & cardigan ideas from Time & Tru @Walmart, my top picks from J. Crew Factory’s clearance sale, stackable jewelry organizers, & how to recreate Anne Hathaway’s easy breezy gauzy outfit! Happy Styling!

08/03/2022 Darling of the Day: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Star Rachel Brosnahan Wears Loewe & Wide Leg Pants!


As summer comes to an end, one upside to look forward to (aside from the pumpkin spice latte craze) is that awards season is just around the corner. This year’s Emmy nominations for the most groundbreaking & entertaining performances on television (networks, cable, & streaming) were announced last month, inciting shock over snubs & much debate about the worthiest of nominees. However, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Rachel Brosnahan earns her 5th, & well-deserved Emmy nomination (garnering 1 win in 2018 for the show’s debut season), 4 of which are for her portrayal of the lovable, frustrating, hilarious, & stylish Midge Maisel as a struggling comic & divorcee in the 1950s-60s.

At a recent Emmy FYE event, Rachel was photographed nailing a combination of trends, paying homage to the 90s with wide-leg pants, a crop top, & a peace sign pose (#girlpower). More specifically, the look included a long twill jacket (shop here), orange cropped tank (shop here), & bold parrot-printed jeans (shop here) by designer Loewe. That comes to over $4,000 with the 3 pieces & you can’t really even tell what kind of shoes she’s wearing, but let’s just assume for the fun of it that the $850 matching parrot mules (shop here) by Loewe are hiding underneath the voluminous bottoms.

In true Style Darling Daily fashion, you don’t have the break the bank to revive Rachel’s look in your own way, coordinating similarly shaped & colored separates to hearken back to the 1990s & make this yours. Check out the suggestions below for any combination of colors that appeals to your personal aesthetic:

SHOP: The Drop Blake long blazer @Amazon ($69.00, available in sizes XXS-5X) in black, ivory, rose pink, coffee bean (as well as desert sage, lilac marble, & praline).

SHOP: fitted ultra-cropped rib-knit tank top @Old Navy (on sale: $5.97, available in sizes XS-4X) in white lilies, cosmic rouge, sun worship, Mediterranean Sea (as well as iced peach, cochineal, date palm, watercolor, & dried herb).

SHOP: geometric-print ultra wide-leg pant (on sale: $69.96), abstract-print wide-leg pant (on sale: $69.96), high-waisted printed palazzo pant (on sale: $62.96), & abstract-print tie-waist wide-leg pant (on sale: $69.96) @New York & Company (available in sizes XS-XXL).

What do you think of Rachel’s bold, throwback look? Do you wear patterned or palazzo pants in the summer? What retro trend is your favorite to wear? Have you been watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel? For more stylish posts, check out: fancy flowered flats in navy from Amazon for under $30, stackable & stylish jewelry organization, & a fashion flashback with Bullet Train actress Joey King! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW: Summer’s Must-Have Peplum Top from Walmart!


One-in-every-color is at it again! This time, I’m obsessed–to my surprise–with the Time and Tru peplum hem t-shirt @Walmart for $12.98. I had ordered only the berry fun (pink) & black soot colors on a whim, but I’ve just added the other colors to my cart, although dark navy is not available in my size!

I was scrambling to get ready for my last day of work before a long-awaited vacation & knew that I had my favorite past-season black ankle pants & a stack of casual, weekend tops at the ready without the forethought from the previous night to pick out my outfit. Suddenly, with Barbiecore on the brain, I grabbed the pink version of this top, a long necklace, & patterned flats; along with my ankle pants, I was all set. It’s not very often that I use Time and Tru pieces for work, especially when my comfortable, weekend wardrobe is way more toned down. I was happily surprised with the final look & excited to share it with readers since the 6 colors are made in sizes XS-XXXL, although availability may be limited due to the end of the summer season rush in stores.

The modal/polyester/spandex material of this top is lightweight & the perfect blend of summer business casual Friday; however, this top must be ironed or steamed. Luckily, I had my hand steamer nearby when I was rushing to put myself together & the top came out as polished as I expected.

This top is ideal for a variety of looks, especially if you’re seeking out flowy, loose pieces for a hot summer day & when you just don’t have the capacity for something form-fitting. Check out the below suggested pieces to coordinate with this versatile, must-have, & affordable top:

SHOP: 1. Time and Tru button fly high rise curvy jeans in leopard (limited availability in sizes 4-20, on sale: $12.00) @Walmart, 2. Time and Tru faux leather leggings in black (available in sizes XS-XXXL, $15.96) @Walmart, 3. Time and Tru modern mid rise straight jeans in dre wash (limited availability in sizes 4-24, $16.87) @Walmart, 4. Time and Tru pull-on dress pant in black (available in size 10, $15.96) @Walmart, 5. Time and Tru linen blend shorts in watercolor floral (available in sizes XS-3XL, $16.98) @Walmart, 6. Time and Tru gingham shorts in dark navy (available in sizes XS-XXXL, $12.98) @Walmart, & 7. Time and Tru patchwork denim shorts in light wash (available in sizes 2-16, on sale: $10.98) @Walmart.

Do you shop Time and Tru at Walmart? How would you style this peplum top? Where are you shopping for your favorite go-to summer pieces? What’s your summer office style? For more stylish posts, check out: Ana de Armas & Ryan Gosling at the Los Angeles premiere of The Gray Man, Barbiecore pink inspiration on the red carpet from Ariana DeBose & Khloe Kardashian, the best red carpet looks on Modern Family star Sofia Vergara, & getting Stranger Things‘ Sadie Sink’s Miu Miu look for less! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW: A Versatile Ruffle Blouse for Work & Play!


I’m guilty of being that “buy one in every color” shopper, as per my previous goddess dress post, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing because it makes picking out my day-to-day wardrobe seamless between family gatherings, prepping for class, heading into the office, or meeting up with friends. My latest obsession is ruffle button-front blouse from New York & Company, ranging in sizes XS-XXL. It’s currently on sale, ranging in price between $18.00-$26.97, depending on which coupon code you use & what your form of payment is; however, I like a top that I can wear with different bottoms, but also for different occasions.

The blouse is available in 3 solid hues: black, hazelnut latte, & pink garland, but my eye is on the flame orange leopard & multi color snake prints, which will pair well with any of the following items:

SHOP: 1. high-waisted linen-blend shorts in cerignola @Old Navy (available in sizes XS-4XL, sale: $18.00), 2. woven-textured crisscross sandals in natural stripe @Old Navy (available in sizes 6-11, sale: $16.00), 3. braided ankle strap sandals in natural @Walmart (available in sizes 6-11, $10.00), 4. Time and Tru tencel shorts in rinse wash @Walmart (available in sizes XS-3XL, $12.98), 5. A New Day smocked waist mid-rise a-line skirt in burgundy @Target (available in sizes XS-XXL, on sale: $23.79), 6. ruched-vamp pointy mules in black @Ardene (available in sizes 6-10, on sale: $11.94), 7. Ziva heel in crocodile embossed yellow @New York & Company (available in sizes 6-11, on sale: $44.97), 8. snake-print tie-waist pencil skirt in multi color @New York & Company (available in sizes XS-XXL, on sale: $41.97), 9. high-waisted cropped linen-blend pants in arugula @Old Navy (available in sizes XS-4XL, $39.99), 10. No Boundaries platform flip flops in gold @Walmart (available in sizes 6-11, on sale: $11.00), 11. Sofia Jeans by Sofia Vergara Rosa curvy super high-rise skinny ankle jeans in rinse @Walmart (available in size 14, $24.50), 12. Ansley block-heel sandal in red @New York & Company (available in sizes 6-10, on sale: $17.98), 13. Nanette Nanette Lepore angel zipper stretch work pants in black @TJ Maxx (available in sizes XS-XL, $19.99), & 14. Madison colorblock pump in pink @New York & Company (available in sizes 6-11, on sale: $35.00).

How would you style the ruffle button-front blouses? Where do you shop for the most versatile all-year separates? Do you pair blouses with casual pieces? What print do you prefer better? Leopard or snake? For most stylish posts, check out Vogue‘s August 2022 cover with The Crown star Emma Corrin, an entire summer outfit from H&M for under $100, Keira Knightley’s Chanel LBD at Paris Fashion Week, lovely polka dot pieces from LOFT, & the prettiest summer dress from Amazon! Happy Styling!

07/09/2022 Darling of the Day: Stranger Things Star Sadie Sink Appears on TODAY in a Floral Miu Miu Dress!


Now that volume two of Stranger Things‘ fourth season has finally hit Netflix, the show’s stars are talking up that major cliffhanger ending in preparation for a final fifth season. This week, Max Mayfield herself, portrayed by the always luminous Sadie Sink, hit the press circuit with an appearance on Today, wearing all Miu Miu in a floral prairie dress & kitten heel loafer slingbacks. The 20-year-old actress discussed not only “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush as Max’s escape song, which, by the way, is still charting strong, but also Netflix’s binge-worthy success with Stranger Things, her supportive family, and starring in Taylor Swift‘s short film for her song “All Too Well.”

The dress includes many classic summer dress elements, including the delicate floral print, button down closure, & puffed sleeves, adding maturity & retro style to the ensemble that is paired with an unexpected, though on-brand, menswear-inspired footwear choice. See below:

SHOP: long printed crepe de chine dress in pomegranate yellow / red ($3,900) & leather loafers with heel in white ($1,700) @Miu Miu.

However, if shopping the luxury price tag of Miu Miu isn’t in your budget realm (it’s not in mine, that’s for sure), I selected some look-alike summer dresses to recreate Sadie’s anytime look, which is perfect for work with a cardigan & pumps or weekend with flat sandals & a crossbody bag.

SHOP: 1. BebreezChic floral puff sleeve chiffon dress in yellow flowers (available in sizes XS-XL, $39.99 + $6 off coupon code on site) @Amazon, 2. SheIn allover print ruffle a-line maxi dress in multi color (available in sizes XS-L, $33.99) @Amazon, & 3. Agnes Orinda casual ditsy floral midi shirt dress in white (available in sizes 1X-4X, on sale: $34.99) @Target.

SHOP: 1. metallic chain decor slingback mules in white (available in sizes 6-10.5, $38.00) @Shein, 2. faux weave mule flats in white (available in sizes 6-10, on sale: $10.00) @Ardene, & 3. Nina loafer in white (available in sizes 6-10, on sale: $25.00) @New York & Company.

Do you like Sadie’s Miu Miu look for TODAY? Would you mix a floral dress with loafer heels? Have you been binging Stranger Things? Who is your favorite character from the show? For more stylish posts, check out: The Crown star Emma Corrin on the cover of Vogue‘s August 2022 issue, Kim Kardashian’s beauty regimen interview with Allure, a flashback to Cameron Diaz’s best red carpet looks, an entire any-day dress look from H&M for under $100, & Keira Knightley’s little black dress inspiration from Paris Fashion Week! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW: Vibrant Summer Dresses for $7.99!


With over two months left of summer, you’d think that stores would be fully stocked with the latest designs & styles for any shopper still looking to update their wardrobe for the season or investing in a fresh vacation wardrobe… but now that 4th of July has passed, retailers are clearing out merchandise to make room for incoming fall fashion. This means that it’s time to check those clearance racks for special finds that are perfect for the still-thriving summer season, but also to store for next spring’s rotation.

New York & Company is probably one of my favorite places to buy work & weekend clothing, but now that there are no longer any stores to peruse through, making online purchases that are final sale should be done carefully. When buying anything online, a shopper should always read the reviews & the product details, like garment material & care, along with checking a size chart for limited size availability, but for items that cannot be returned, taking the time to do this, especially for a dress that looks good enough to add-to-cart, is crucial. As New York & Company’s website is promoting their latest Into the Wild summer collection, most, if not all, short, midi, & maxi dresses from earlier in the season are reduced to $7.99, including the following bold & stylish short frock redlines:

SHOP: 1. tie-neck puff-sleeve tiered dress in pretty lilac, 2. bow-waist eyelet shift dress in summer berry punch, 3. floral-print tie-waist dress in black, 4. magic crepe floral-print tie-neck flare dress in black, 5. premier stretch plaid cap-sleeve flare dress in bluebell, & 6. chambray cut-out dress in medium blue wash.

Additionally, I’m a big fan of midi & maxi dresses to ensure that a dress isn’t too short, loving the below picks:

SHOP: 1. floral-print puff-sleeve maxi dress in optic white, 2. colorblock off-the-shoulder poplin maxi dress in bouncing yellow, 3. floral-print tiered halterneck midi dress in grand sapphire, 4. linen-blend paisley midi dress in green opal, 5. geometric-print halterneck maxi dress in black & 6. gingham-print belted maxi dress in red.

If you’re a bargain shopper, like me, don’t forget to also check out New York & Company’s other redlines, including tops for $7.99, sweaters for $4.99, jeans for $7.99, shorts for $7.99, skirts for $7.99, pants for $7.99, outerwear for $7.99, & shoes for $7.99 to stock up on can’t-miss deals!

How would you style the short, midi, & maxi dresses? What special occasions do you have coming up that you need a dress for? Where do you usually shop for bargain-priced end-of-the-season clearance items? How often do you refresh your seasonal wardrobe? For more stylish posts, check out: a blonde Kim Kardashian on Allure‘s August 2022 cover, an H&M outfit for under $100, patriotic red carpet inspiration featuring Anne Hathaway & Jennifer Garner, & the prettiest polka dot picks from LOFT! Happy Styling!

The $100 Challenge: #OOTD in Green from H&M!


In today’s world, it’s actually not hard to find comfortable, stylish clothing, what with the coziness of loungewear still on everyone’s mind during lockdown; however, the world is changing, & it’s time to marry the comfort with the glam, especially when it comes to budget fashion. Today’s post is all about getting an entire look for under $100, which is exactly what I was able to put together with these stylish, neutral, & versatile pieces from H&M for a total of $85.95 (before taxes & any shipping fees), including:

SHOP: 1. cotton jersey dress in green (available in sizes XS-XXL, $24.99), 2. heart-shaped earrings in gold-coloured ($9.99), 3. metal-buckle waist belt in light beige (available in sizes XS-XXL, $17.99), 4. crossbody bag in beige ($19.99), & 5. slides in beige ($12.99).

The dress is also available in black, dark taupe, & light beige, which means that the styling possibilities are endless, especially with the slides & crossbody bag also made in black. If you like a billowy silhouette, you can ditch the belt or go for something more natural in a straw or basketweave, or even add a floppy hat & go for gladiator sandals with this look.

Where are you shopping for affordable fashion this season? What kinds of summer dresses are you most drawn to? Do you coordinate your accessories by shade or texture? For more stylish posts, check out: Keira Knightley’s Paris Fashion Week LBD, the prettiest maxi dress for summer from Amazon, #PRIDE styles from New York & Company, & affordable glam day-to-night sandals! Happy Styling!

07/06/2022 Darling of the Day: Keira Knightley’s Summer French Girl Chanel LBD at Paris Fashion Week!


Two-time Academy Award nominee & Chanel ambassador Keira Knightley hit Paris Fashion Week‘s Chanel Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2022 Runway, sitting front row in a French-girl-chic little black dress by, none other than, Chanel.

Her return to spotlight is long overdue & demonstrates her consistent triumphant style, grace, & polish as she turned heads in an unlikely summer combination of velvet & Mary Jane heels (shop similar here). However, Keira nails the look, especially with bumper sunglasses (shop similar here), a quilted clutch (shop similar here), & elegant rings (shop here & here). See the photos below of Keira’s exquisite style, alongside her husband, James Righton, to inspire your next summer LBD outing.

Even though summer is a season all about colors & patterns, a little black dress for a variety of occasions is a timeless wardrobe staple, including these more affordable options to help a Style Darling live your best French-girl fantasy, whether you’re headed to a cocktail party, wedding, weekend brunch, or somewhere fabulous & fashionable.

SHOP: 1. Gabrielle Union faux leather fringe dress in black @New York & Company (available in sizes XS-XXL, sale: $38.98), 2. satin mini cowl neck slip dress in black @ELOQUII (available in sizes 14-28, $99.95), 3. velvet lace dress in black @Venus (available in sizes 2-24, $89.00), 4. button v-neck dress in black @LOFT (available in sizes 00-14, sale: $79.99), 5. And Now This cotton cutout one-shoulder dress in black @Macy’s (available in sizes XS-XL, sale: $41.30), & 6. allover lace midi dress in black @Express (available in sizes XS-XL, sale: $59.00).

Additionally, an LBD doesn’t necessarily demand coordinating black shoes, especially as seen on Keira wearing beige & black Mary Janes, but this season, black sandals come in a variety of strappy & mule styles that elevate any ensemble. Here are some suggestions:

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SHOP: 1. Journee Collection Sidney pump in black @DSW (available in sizes 5.5-12, $59.99), 2. Journee Collection Emory heel in black @Express (available in sizes 6-12, $59.99), 3. ruched bloc-heeled sandals in black @Ardene (available in sizes 6-10, sale: $17.94), 4. Allegra K pointed toe chunky heel dress mule pumps in black @Target (available in sizes 6-10, sale: $55.99), & 5. Journee Collection comfort Vivvy heel in black @Express (available in sizes 7-12, $64.99).

Do you like Keira’s Chanel look? Would you wear velvet in the summer? Which designer runway shows have you been following for Paris Fashion Week? Which celebrities are your favorites to see sitting in the front row? For more stylish posts, check out: the prettiest summer maxi dress from Amazon; red, white, & blue red carpet style on celebrities like Dakota Johnson & Anne Hathaway; top polka dot picks from LOFT; & Natalie Portman’s Variety photo shoot in Dior & Iris Van Herpen! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW: The Prettiest Maxi Dress for Summer from Amazon!


I’ve said it once & I’ll say it again… If there’s something that I love & it’s made in multiple colors, I’ll take it! This goes for cardigans, blouses, pants, ballet flats, & dresses too! So when I was searching Amazon for options to spruce up my summer maxi dresses, to wear to both work & for weekend or night occasions, I wanted something lightweight, classic, & effortless to pair with wedges or sandals, along with a cardigan or crossbody bag. When I happened upon this one-should midi dress from Zesica, I searched their Amazon store for more options, which included a Bohemian Spaghetti Strap Swiss Dot Sleeveless Smocked A Line Flowy Maxi Dress ($37.99) in 12 different colors: black, burgundy, dark orange, midnight blue, mint, navy, pink, plum, purple, rose, white, & green.

I’ve worn the midnight blue (which is more of a periwinkle) three times now: to a carnival fundraiser, a family dinner, & to work with a cardigan. The slit is only visible if you pose a certain way. Otherwise, I had no problem wearing it & liked the movement that the maxi offered. Additionally, I liked that the straps could be tied & bowed to fit my frame as I usually find that some straps are too loose, if they’re not adjustable, & then they tend to fall down. I bow for the straps is also a nice touch, adding to the Swiss dot, feminine feel. I paired this dress with metallic sandals, laser cut ballet flats, or flowered flip-flops, wearing a statement earring in a coordinating color. Also, I ended up ordering the plum color (which is more of a dusty rose) & have the mint & purple on my mind since I do love a bright hue, especially when there’s a $2 off promotional coupon applied to the purchase, but I may invest in those colors with other dresses that I have saved at the moment.

The only downside to the dress above is that Zesica only sells it in sizes S-XL. However, for plus-size maxi dress recommendations, check out: CARROTMOB wrap dress (available in 5 colors, sizes 1X-5X), The Drop tiered maxi dress (available in 7 colors, sizes XXS-5X), & LONGYUAN short sleeve maxi (available in 32 colors, sizes XL-6X).

How would you style this dress? Which color are you most drawn to? Where do you shop for classic maxi dresses for summer? For more stylish posts, check out: lovely polka dot pieces from LOFT, Natalie Portman’s Variety cover while promoting her new film Thor: Love and Thunder, affordable metallic day-to-night sandals, & Selena Gomez in Alexander McQueen & Jimmy Choo while promoting Rare Beauty!

SHOP NOW: Lovely Polka Dots from LOFT!


When thinking about holiday weekends & dressing in a theme, I try to find items that I already have & normally wear , so as to avoid a single specific holiday-only piece that I only break out once a year. For Independence Day, rather than donning an obviously flag shirt or branded tee from a store, I chose to feature a favorite pattern of mine in a way that can celebrate the holiday, summer season, & still appear stylish. Polka dots are always a great idea! They’re timeless & stylish for a variety of occasions, especially this July weekend!

However, with the below picks from LOFT, be sure to check the web (& website) for coupon codes for this holiday weekend to get an even better deal on sale price items.

Specifically, navy polka dots & ruffles scream summer, especially when paired with white linen shorts, denim cut-offs, or ankle pants.

SHOP: Zoo Dot Flutter Peplum Top in navy @LOFT (on sale: $44.99, available in sizes XS-XL).

Consider coordinating a flowy short skirt with a bold tee, in red or magenta, to contrast the classic polka dot vibe. Don’t forget the espadrilles too!

SHOP: Dotted Godet Skirt in navy @LOFT (on sale: $59.99, available in sizes XS-XL).

Lastly, a pair of wide leg pants is a must-have for summer, especially on the cooler nights. Try these with a button-down for brunch & then crochet sweater & tank for a family dinner with beads & bangles.

SHOP: Fluid Wide Leg Pants in navy @LOFT (on sale: $59.99, available in sizes XXS-XL).

What do you typically wear for 4th of July weekend? Do you go full-on patriotic or do you take a more subtle approach? Where are you shopping for the best summer deals? For more stylish posts, check out: #PRIDE style from New York & Company, metallic & jeweled day-to-night sandals, my favorite midi dress for summer from Amazon, colorful laser cut ballet flats from Ardene, & a bold crossbody bag from Target! Happy Styling!

Show Me the Shoes: Day-to-Night Summer Sandals!


When it comes to fashion & function, I try my best to have as few outfit changes in a day so that what I wear to start the day is what I’m wearing to end the day, unless, of course, there is a special occasion to take into consideration; however, comfortable & stylish footwear for the summer should not be compromised when it comes to leading a busy life. As a Style Darling mom on-the-go, I am usually sporting something a little flashier (meaning, blingier) than average, which keeps me happy, but also ensures that I’ve invested in a piece that I really care about. For example, for a flat sandal, why not go metallic for the everyday, so that it can easily transition from a daytime affair, such as a family gathering or carnival, to a nighttime event, like a wedding or cocktail party. Adding a metallic to a sandal can go a long way in getting your money’s worth & here are some options to consider for not only work, but also for play:

SHOP: Journee Serlinda sandal in gold metallic, rose gold, silver metallic, & black @DSW (available in sizes 6-12, $49.99).

SHOP: Out of Office sandals in silver, natural, & mutli @Versona (available in 5.5-8.5, $12.99-$29.99).

SHOP: Betsey Johnson Jamari sandals in multi snake, black multi, & gold-tone multi @Macy’s (available in sizes 5-11, on sale: $47.40).

I love all of these options to match with a maxi dress & fringed shawl or romper & crossbody bag, especially with the play on colors & patterns that make summer the most vibrant & fashionable season! Which sandals do you like the best? Do you seek out metallic footwear? Where are you shopping for summer sandals? For more stylish posts, check out: Selena Gomez’s Michael Kors gown for the season 2 premiere of Only Murders in the Building, braided summer belts on sale now at J. Crew Factory & Lane Bryant, bold crossbody bags from Target, & my favorite one-shoulder midi dress from Amazon! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW: #Pride Style for Always!


Today, June 30th ends PRIDE month, but that doesn’t mean that #PRIDE style must end, by any means! Our love for the LGBTQ+ community, & for love in general, remains a constant as all people should always celebrate themselves, especially through style. As a part of New York & Company‘s Color of Love collection, I’m obsessed with these bold & summer-ready rainbow stripes in a variety of separates & one-piece items, all of which are currently on sale, in sizes XS-XXL, to show not only your true colors, but to express love & PRIDE, inspiring the world around us!

Consider adding any of these dresses, rompers, or tunics to your wardrobe with hoop or drop earrings, metallic sandals or bright pumps, & white quilted clutch:

SHOP: 1. Striped Maxi Shirtdress ($49.97), 2. Striped One-Shoulder Dress ($34.97), 3. Striped Belted Romper ($19.99), & 4. Striped Flutter-Sleeve Tie-Waist Maxi Top ($32.47).

Otherwise, these tops & toppers are perfect to match with any denim of your choice, crisp white linen ankle pants, a primary colored-maxi skirt, or cut-off shorts:

SHOP: 1. Striped Tie-Waist Jacket ($64.97), 2. Striped Ruffle Smock-Waist Top ($29.97), 3. Striped Flutter-Sleeve Cut-Out Top ($24.97), 4. Striped French Terry Strapless Top ($19.99), & 5. Striped Crewneck Perfect Tee ($10.99).

For a vibrant bottom option for work or weekend, choose any of these options, paired with a classic scoop neck t-shirt, crochet top & tank, or a chambray button-down:

SHOP: 1. High-Waisted Striped Skinny Ankle Pant ($49.97), 2. Belted Striped Short ($19.99), 3. Striped Ruffle Maxi Skirt ($54.97), 4. Hampton 4-Inch Short ($14.99), & 5. Striped French Terry Short ($19.99).

Which pieces are your favorites? Do you like to wear bold patterns & bright colors? How have you celebrated #PRIDE this June? Where are you shopping to support #PRIDE? For more stylish posts, check out: Zendaya’s disco glam cover shoot for Vogue Italia, the latest images of Margot Robbie & Ryan Gosling filming the Barbie movie, & Kristen Bell’s neon suit outfit! Happy Styling!

Accessories Access: Braided Summer Belts from JCrew Factory & Lane Bryant!


When it comes to summer, I’m wearing dresses most of the time, which also means, depending on the style of dress, I’ve selected a belt to add some shape to an otherwise too flowy frock or I’m playing with the possibilities of a casual dress for other occasions. For summer, I love a belt with texture & detail, including braided styles that recall a basket weave aesthetic or one in straw material. When always on the hunt for great bargains to share with readers, my mouse clicked upon the skinny braided leather belt from J.Crew Factory, originally $49.50, but currently on sale for $19.50 in white, sweet marigold, California poppy, & brown.

The style is exactly what I gravitate towards this time of year; however, it is only sold in sizes XS-L, so my search continued to celebrate styles for all & I was wowed by the variety offered by Lane Bryant in sizes 14-28, pictured below:

SHOP: 1. Covered Buckle Braided Cotton Belt in white (on sale $24.97), 2. Stretch Straw Belt in new navy (on sale $22.47), 3. Braided Rectangular Bar Belt in black (on sale $22.47), 4. Stretch Straw Belt With Tortoise-Print Buckle in natural (on clearance $12.99), 5. Wrapped Buckle Straw Belt in brown (on sale $22.47), & 6. Circle Whipstitch Straw Belt in brown (on sale $24.97).

Not only are these belts stylish to pair with a shirt dress or maxi, but the slimmer options add an extra polish to a blouse & cropped denim, halter tank & cutoff shorts, or a separates look with a blouse & mini skirt too.

How would you style these belts? Do you wear belts in the summer? Where are you shopping for the best summer accessories now? What kinds of belts do you typically buy? For more stylish posts, check out: the perfect crossbody bag for summer, my favorite midi dress from Amazon, fruity fashion finds, & New York & Company’s classic goddess dress on sale now! Happy Styling!

Accessories Access: A Bold Crossbody Bag for Summer!


We’re almost at the close of June & my head & heart are already in vacation mode… & so is my wardrobe. I’ve always been able to find stylish, colorful, & multipurpose crossbody bags from Target & their A New Day brand has not let me down, yet again.

I came across this basket weave woven crossbody bag ($30.00) in coral pink, lime green, black, & teal blue in a bold display in the accessories department of my local Target store. More frequently now on the weekends, I’m opting for a smaller corssbody bag when I’m on the go, as opposed to the monster tote that I carry around all the time. Something like this with a nearly 52-inch strap length & canvas accent, especially in the coral pink, gets me excited for my family’s upcoming roadtrip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, carrying all of my essentials, like my cell phone, ID & money, lip balm, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, & sunglasses.

I’ve been using the same crossbody from last summer, which is also one by A New Day, but it’s become more of my casual, everyday bag & for my vacation, I like the feeling of something new. The bright shade will match perfectly with an array of outfits, including a maxi dress & flat sandals for dinner, a graphic tee & linen shorts while at a park, or a blouse & cropped pants for a trip to a museum.

Where are you shopping for summer’s boldest & most stylish accessories? What is your preferred bag type this season? How would you style wearing this bag? Which color do you like the best! For more stylish posts, check out my favorite midi dress from Amazon, final sale finds from New York & Company, celebrating Juneteenth with red carpet looks from Zendaya & Kerry Washington, & bargain-priced laser cut ballet flats! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW: My Favorite Summer Midi Dress from Amazon!


When on the hunt to spruce up some summer staples, I fell into the Amazon abyss, naturally. However, I was happy to come up for air with the Women’s Bohemian Summer One Shoulder Smocked Midi Dress sold by Zesica on Amazon. There are other vendors that carry this type of dress, but my heart landed on Zesica also because of some other favorited items that I added to my cart from their Amazon store too.

Anyway, what I love about this dress is its lightweight fabric, smocked bust (perfectly stretchy), & the variety of 28 styles–in 4 solid colors & 24 patterns–for $39.99.

I bought the black (top left) to wear to a Jewel concert recently, along with the grassgreen (second on top left) when attending a graduating ceremony recently. I might just add 1 or 2 more to my cart since I love the fit & style so much, plus I’m constantly seeing discounts posted with the purchase, like currently there’s a $2 off coupon with purchase. I’d recommend pairing this dress with a cropped cardigan for a daytime occasion or breaking out the jewel sandals for a dressier event.

I must say… The only downside is the dress runs from S-XL, which excludes the amazing plus-size shoppers & readers out there, but stores like Lane Bryant have got you covered with their gorgeous variety of summer midi dresses that are on sale now!

What is your favorite style of summer dress? Where are you shopping for your summer staples? how would you style this dress? For more stylish posts, check out: my recommended final sale finds from New York & Company, affordable floppy straw hats (to pair with the above dress!) from Target, cotton & linen shorts from Walmart, & Blake Lively’s little white dress inspiration! Happy Styling!

Show Me the Shoes: Summer’s Perfect Laser Cut Ballet Flats!


If you’re the type of shopper to buy one of each (insert stylish vice here–mine are many!) in every color, then Ardene‘s Laser Cut Pattern Ballet Flats (sale: $10.43), where available in sizes 6-10, are the shoe for you! I recently bought the purple, yellow, & brown since I already have very similar black & white laser cut flats from previous years; however, this is a class summer style that will never go out of fashion.

I love the possibility of wearing any of these for any weekend family event, with a maxi dress & rose gold sunglasses, paired with tropic shorts & a bold tee, as well as for a concert or day of running errands. I love that I can feel my feet breathing, so to speak, & the fact that these shoes include a subtle cushion for my arch, offering support as I’m on the go, which isn’t always present in fast fashion flats.

Since this style is currently on sale for such a bargain-can’t-miss price, I might just go ahead & grade an extra pair of black & white flats to store for future seasons. However, my only wish is that these were also available in other pastel & neon hues, like a pistachio, powder blue, hot pink, or aqua. Perhaps, that would only fuel more of my penchant for variety.

How would you style these flats? Which colors are your favorites? What features do you look for in ballet flats? Do you prefer a laser cut pattern or a different style toe? For more recommended footwear from Ardene, check out: v-shaped vamp flats, pointy toe flats with chain, 2-band pool slides with buckles, braided platform slides, & quilted heeled sandals. Additionally, for more stylish posts, check out: affordable fruit fashion finds, classic gingham picks from Old Navy, Charlize Theron’s denim and Dior look, fashionable linen & cotton shorts from Walmart, & Beyonce’s British Vogue cover shoot! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW! New York & Company’s Goddess Dress!


Back in 2019, I posted my love for New York & Company‘s goddess maxi dress, which has only heightened as the years have gone by & deepened as comfort in the summer moved higher on the list of summer style priorities (as a busy mother who works full-time). However, I’m excited to share that the short version of this dress (the v-neck goddess dress) is available on the retailer’s website in a fabulous variety of 7 colors (black, coral, green opal, grand sapphire, paper white, purple mardi gras, and scuba blue) in sizes XS-XXL while supplies last.

Currently, these dresses on sale for $19.99, but I urge readers to keep an eye on all of the major sales that New York & Company frequently posts about, not only on social media, but via email subscription; prices change quickly! I already have the black & navy versions of this dress, but I have the green & purple dresses on my mind too. Although, any of these frocks can be styled in a plethora of ways, including with high heels & a metallic clutch for a girls’ night out, gladiator sandals & a floppy hat for daytime, as well as with a sporty blazer & sneakers for a mix of athleisure & glam.

Additional adaptations of this flattering goddess style can also be found with New York & Company’s tie-waist goddess romper (available in 4 colors in sizes XS-XXL) & cold-shoulder goddess top (available in 9 colors in sizes XS-XXL); examples are pictured below:

What’s your summer go-to top style? Do you gravitate towards a flowy goddess piece or prefer more structured options? Where are you shopping for the best deals on summer must-haves? For more stylish posts, check out: $10 floppy straw hats from Target, Charlize Theron’s Dior and denim look, casual cotton & linen shorts from Walmart, & Blake Lively’s little white dress inspiration! Happy Styling!

#BlackFriday Sale Update: TJ Maxx Gives The Gift of Free Shipping!


I’m all for staying home on Thanksgiving, & even avoiding the long lines in stores for this #BlackFriday chaos, which is why I’ve opted to spend my time online, sharing with readers great deals without having to leave the comfort of a cozy couch.

TJ Maxx website is offering FREE SHIPPING (no code necessary), which is a perfect way to get started with your online shopping. I don’t typically shop for loved ones online, only because I never know what to get them until the last minute, but there’s no reason why a wardrobe in need of an extra splash of style shouldn’t prosper.

TJX 01When in doubt, keeping your party look minimalist with one statement piece is an easy go-to for any upcoming occasion. SHOP: Flying Tomato dress ($19.99), Leuven Alexander booties ($34.99), & E&M blazer ($16.99) @TJ Maxx.

Where are you shopping this holiday weekend? What item(s) are you shopping for? What’s your preferred method of Black Friday shopping? What’s your best holiday deal? Happy Styling!