Show Me The Shoes: One Stop Shoe Shop For Day, Work, & Cocktail @Payless!


It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the styles @Payless, which is why I continue to share the best finds from the store for all seasons. Not to mention, while celebrating the holidays, you can hone your style a little better without breaking any budget with a special 20% off coupon code (82028) to ease any shopping stress & it expires on 12/19. 

I’ve selected styles that vary for occasions, including day, work, & evening. I believe in a versatile shoe, while getting the most for your money, which is why I’m starting off with the dexflex by Dexter Kappy toe pump ($16.49) in bronze, the most inexpensive of my quintet here.  I’ve been getting into the less popular metallics like copper, rose gold, & bronze, loving the way they offset some of this season’s trendiest colors.  Not only are they perfect for a pencil skirt & blouse for work, but will also contrast any powersuit. 

For some menswear inspiration, I love the Dexter Kylie wedge pump ($22.99) in grey-black plaid, which changes up a traditional wedge to a work-ready investment. Of course the pattern is specific, but you won’t do wrong with a lace-detail sweater with jeans for day or an embellished top & trumpet skirt for the office. 

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For the vintage lover out there, I love the latest from Project Runway winner Christian Siriano‘s Hadley t-strap pump ($34.99) in burgundy, which is the go-to color for fall & winter! This screams for some corduroy, tweed, or textured tights- always cute for a sophisticated night out with the girls or if you’re headed to the board room. 

We can’t talk about the holidays without bringing up any upcoming parties. If you’re not afraid of heights, I recommend the Silvia Tcherassi Lyon platform pump ($29.99) in tan, but it’s also sold in a very regal navy with the same luxe gold details.  Lastly, for the party girl & flirt, the Fioni Kipsie stitch peep toe heel ($29.99) is the perfect touch for a polka dot frock on a date.  There’s a special bow detail right at the toe, which is always a favorite of mine!

Which shoes are your favorite? Have you set aside a spending budget for footwear this season? Do you like bargain shopping when it comes to shoes? Happy Styling!

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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!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: BOGO $12.50 Shoes @Charlotte Russe!


@Charlotte Russe, there’s a fabulous sale going on right now for shoes.  You can get nearly any style BOGO $12.50, & my favorites include these two pairs of fabulous & feminine peep toe pumps.  The patent bow peep toe pump ($30.00) is perfect to add with your favorite shirt dress, date night look, or little black dress.  Also, the pop-up bow velvet pump ($39.50) is a sexier evening pump, perfect for nearly any time of the year with a cocktail dress or a stylish separates look with a brocade mini skirt & polka dot blouse.

I’m always an advocate of shoe sales, which is why I’ve created this post, in addition to other recent write-ups on footwear including suede platform sandals from Payless, a latest design by Sofia Vergara for KMart, & starry flats from ALDO! Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: The Black Peep Toes from Payless That’ve Lasted Me All Day!


I haven’t been loyal to any daily readers out there b/c I failed to post a blog for the day, but it’s still Wednesday & I’ve got a little time left & a little something to dish on.  See these shoes here?  I wore them all day today, from 8:30am until 10:00pm.  Of course my work day consisted of a lot of sitting time in my cubicle & then I drove back & forth to Southampton (1hr – 45min each way), so I’m cheating a little bit here. You dan’t deny that that’s a long day of the same pair of heels & I can’t complain one bit about how my feet feel!

I posted their red companion in a Quickie Darling Deal & Steal blog last month about suede shoes @Payless & I’m definitely kicking myself for not getting the red pair when I had the chance.  The sturdy heel & knot detail just scream a little bit Marilyn Monroe & they’re just so easy to add to just about any look.  Back in April, as seen in a Luxury Look-Alikes for Less posting, I was lucky enough to score the nude pair, which have lasted me all summer & into fall so far! They’re by far, my sexiest, most classic looking heels for when I want to be polished, but playful at the same time!

Right now these Fioni ‘Kutie’ knot platform pumps are on sale for $19.99, marked down from $27.99.  If you’ve got too many black shoes & are looking to spice things up with an unexpected pop of color, the navy ones are also on sale.  However, the black is only available in both regular & wide width sizes.

I wanted to share these b/c they were so stylish to go with my work outfit, consisting of a knee-length abstract print black & white pleated bubble skirt that I paired with a patent red Nine West belt & wore a tucked in black tissue tee to help show off my shape.  On top, I finished off my look with a white short-sleeved cardigan & went about my work day, earning a handful of compliments on my ensemble.  After, when I was headed to an Open House @SUNY Southampton for their MFA program (cross your fingers, I applied for the spring), I wanted to sit more comfortably in my car during the long, rainy commute.  So I changed into my dark denim bootcut jeans & a sparkly black long-sleeved cardigan over my untucked tee.  Somehow I had the time this morning to think of bringing my silver & gold braided belt to complete the very dark look.  I feared for the safety of my peep toes b/c it was raining pretty heavily, but now I’m home & they’ve withstood the elements successfully!

Do you have a pair of go-to comfortable heels?  Do you have any Payless stories?  Would you buy & wear these?  Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: Textured Shoes for the New Year!


This is a little delayed, seeing how we’re already halfway into January, but Style Darling (still under construction) has returned to the blogosphere nonetheless.  I’m gonna do my best to open up some style inspiration here with some shoe talk- can’t get any better than that!  Just because it’s a new year, it doesn’t mean that I’ll be any less careful about spending, so buying on a budget is, of course, central to these selections.  The first pick of the new year, as it should be for all of winter is something with texture.  Gravitating toward some suede, wool, velvet, croc, canvas (& so on) will adds loads of extra detail to your outfit & take place of a pattern, while complimenting bolder colors that you may be wearing like red or tangerine.  Neutrals like gray, brown, black, & navy will look all the more richer & expensive in textures, as well as less basic- especially if you wearing two textures in one item.  Thus, bringing us into the shoe talk.  Investing in pieces that are both versatile and timeless will make the most of your wardrobe in an effortless way!

These ‘In The Mix’ peep toe pumps from Payless by Fioni are in a dark gray soft felt (also available in navy) for a tailored wool look.  The black patent leather lining around the ruffle adds visual interest and just enough detail for your footwear to look so much more luxurious than their $26.99 pricetag.  Check out these other textured shoes that will instantly punch up any office or casual look. 

       

Kenneth Cole Reaction ‘How Chicky’ Bootie in Cloud Medium, $39.99 @Piperlime.  High Gloss Bow Front Flats in Black, $15.80 @Forever21. Canvas Chain Fold Front Flat in Camel, $22.50 @Charlotte Russe. Madden Girl ‘Micolee’ Snake Platform Pump in Multicolor, $29.94 @DSW. Aldo ‘Fronori’ Tall Round Tow Block Heel Boot in Brown Suede, $41.99 @Aldo.

What textures are you loving this season?  If shoes aren’t your thing (then you shouldn’t be reading this!), perhaps you have a textured bag you wanna share with us?  Keep checking back for more updates & I will get my Darling of the Day posts up & running once again any day now!  Happy Styling!