Style Tip: Fruit Fashion Finds for Summer!


There’s something about this time of year that gets me thinking about prints in my wardrobe, especially when it comes to my casual clothing–that is, outside of my regular rotation of leopard print, polka dots, & houndstooth. More specifically, I love mixing up my look with a fruit pattern to embrace all this fresh & summery, along with showing off a more laid back & playful side of my style.

I’ve rounded up some fruit-centric new finds on sale now to help inspire readers to incorporate bold, fun lemons, watermelons, strawberries & more! To pair with some denim cutoffs or linen shorts, check out these tees:

SHOP: EveryWear Printed V-Neck T-Shirt in fruit smoothie pink @Old Navy (sale: $6.00) & EveryWear Printed V-Neck T-Shirt in strawberry @Old Navy (sale: $3.97), prices may vary where available in sizes XS-4XL.

To go head-to-toe fruit for an upcoming weekend barbecue, vacation getaway, or when mixing up separates, check out:

SHOP: fruit-print maxi dress in burnt orange @New York & Company (sale: $64.96), fruit print off-the-shoulder blouse in burn orange @New York & Company (sale: $38.46), & fruit print paperbag-waist short in burnt orange @New York & Company (sale: $41.96), prices may where vary where available in sizes XS-XXL.

Recently while scrolling through Instagram, I came across & instantly fell in love with Tanesha Awashti’s Girl with Curves Collection, thus placing my order for:

SHOP: Girl With Curves Woven Peplum Top in lemon print @QVC (sale: $26.02), prices may where vary where available in sizes XXS-5X.

Fruit inspiration can even lend itself to your accessories, especially with these reduced picks:

SHOP: Lulu strawberry clutch @Nordstrom Rack (sale: $26.24) & Lulu When Life Gives You Lemons clutch @Nordstrom Rack (sale: $34.99).

SHOP: Maddy Crystal Cherry Stud Earrings @ Francesca’s (sale: $8.00) & LC Lauren Conrad Gold Tone Fruit Charm Bracelet @Kohl’s ($16.00).

Last, but not least, summer is all about colorful footwear, just like any other part of an outfit, which is why an espadrille upgrade is just the thing that any casual look demands!

SHOP: Fruit Embroidered Espadrille Flats @LOFT ($69.00 <– check frequently for sales & coupon codes via email subscription), prices may where vary where available in sizes 6.5-11.

Is there a fruit you love to wear? What fruity items from the above do you love? Where are you shopping for your trendiest summer styles? What summer sales have you hitting “add-to-cart”? For more stylish posts, check out: gingham must-haves from Old Navy, New York & Company’s versatile goddess dress, Target’s straw summer hats for $10, & a Juneteenth gallery of fabulous black celebrities on the red carpet, including Zendaya, Viola Davis, & Ciara! Happy Styling!

2013 Black Friday Style: Watch Out For Cold Weather Accessories!


‘Tis the season for cold weather accessories, & they always make for a great gift for the holidays. However, if you’re looking to mix up your outerwear look, but love your classic coat, changing up your hat, scarf, & gloves will do the trick! I’m a big fan of scarves, wearing them with my coats & coordinating them with my tunic sweaters & other essentials.

Avenue - Metallic Headband $12.00, Zara - Short Faux Leather Gloves $25.90, Charlotte Russe - Ruffled Open Knit Scarf $12.99, LOFT - Pearlized Gem Embellished Hat $34.50, & Kohl's - Croft & Barrow Ombre Animal Fringed Scarf $9.99.

Some suggestions that break that break the conventions of neutral cold weather accessories include the following: metallic headband ($12.00) in camel @Avenue, short faux leather gloves ($25.90) in navy @Zara, ruffled open knit scarf ($12.99) in rust @Charlotte Russe, pearlized gem embellished hat ($34.50– use code ENJOY for 40% off) in pale berry pink @LOFT, & Croft & Barrow’s ombre animal fringed scarf ($9.99) @Kohl’s.

I’m such a big fan of patterns when it comes to scarves, especially polka dots or houndstooth, which is why I also wanted to feature these other accessories for more shopping fun: Aeropostale, Wet Seal, Ann Taylor, QVC, Joe Fresh, & Urban Outfitters. Happy Styling!

Splurge Or Save… On Red Suede Ankle Booties?


While I’m still keeping an eye on all things Black Friday still going on & the upcoming Cyber Monday deals, I’ve been noticing that red suede ankle booties.  Of course these aren’t a new item in the world of footwear, but it seems like every website that I’m clicking through has a pair & I love the idea of an unexpected pop of color on your feet with any layered heavy knit look & some neutral outerwear.

When it came time to update a Splurge or Save? post, I couldn’t help but wonder how I’d recommend my readers to wear these shoes, when I know I’d be looking for a more stiletto-like heel with some more feminine details. However, mixing this Western-inspired accessory is actually quite easy, when you consider it with skinny jeans or leggings, paired with plaids, polka dots, mini florals, & vintage lacey pieces.

@Zappos, the Seychelles ‘Crazy for You’ booties ($125.99) have been marked down from their original price of $140.00 & are my most expensive pick.  Next in line, you can find the Cinteresting ankle boots ($95.00) by Aerosoles with contrasting stitch details & a metallic buckle @QVC. Thirdly, the Rebels Harlow bootie ($39.94) from DSW has a lace-up detail behind the heel much like a sexy corset.  Standing at 3 3/4″, the cowboy booties ($29.80) from Forever 21 are the tallest of this quintet of shoes, but are also currently reduced $10.00 for the Black Friday sale which is ending today.  Lastly, the best deal of them all comes from Charlotte Russe with the sueded slip-on Western bootie ($18.55), which is 30% its original $26.50 price.

Would you wear red suede ankle booties? How would you style these? How much do you invest in your shoes? Are you following any of the Blake Friday & Cyber Monday sales? Happy Styling!

Watch This Style: Video Of Brad Goreski & The Styling Industry with Nightline!


If you’re addicted to fashion & can’t stop talking about styling (just like me), not only are you a Style Darling, but you will LOVE the next (almost) six minutes of this video taken from a segment on ABC’s Nightline, which discusses the work of stylist Brad Goreski, as well as how stars like Jessica Alba, Lady Gaga, & Mila Kunis have become fashion icons during their red carpet appearances. In addition, the video talks about the empire that Brad’s former boss, Rachel Zoe, has built, not only as a stylist who charges upwards of $10,000/day, but as a designer for QVC & her high-end collection for Neiman Marcus. Who do you like better- Brad or Rachel? Do you watch It’s A Brad, Brad World & The Rachel Zoe Project?

If you can’t get enough of fashion-related videos online, then let me guide you through more from Watch This Style, featuring Victoria Beckham’s guest editor position for Glamour‘s September issue, a behind-the-scenes look at Lady Gaga in Vogue’s September issue, & Mariah Carey’s top 5 most stylish music videos! Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Jennifer Hudson’s New QVC Collection!


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Starting September 6th, Oscar-Grammy-winner Jennifer Hudson will be debuting her very first eponymous collection for QVC, featuring elegant dresses, flowy tops, slimming leggings, & jackets.  Courtesy of In Style, Style Darling is sharing a sneak peek at the collection that’s priced under $170.  The American Idol alum told the magazine, “I wanted to focus on being comfortable, but being cute at the same time. I was [inspired by] Michael Kors, because I feel that he focuses on the ‘real woman,’ you know? Every curve.

The actress / singer is definitely keeping busy, launching this line, while also joining the cast of Smash for its second season this fall. Take a look at the collection & mark your calendar’s for the line’s QVC debut! Happy Styling!