Velvet: The Holiday Season’s Most Luxurious Texture!


When shopping for holiday must-haves, it’s easy to be attracted to the intricate details of jacquard, colors of tweed, lines of corduroy, & patterns of knits. However, when mixing & matching your favorite separates to prepare for a stylish season, there’s one texture that remains a constant (& it’s really affordable too). That’s velvet!

Right now @Old Navy, velvet is everywhere & affordable in tops (ranging in sizes XS-XXL) & shoes, perfect for coordinating with a printed pencil skirt, skinny jeans, trousers, & much more. What I love the most of these velvet items is their hue. Shoppers can easily enjoy the softest pastel pink & cream, but also go for something more dramatic a jewel tone or luxe charcoal.

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These pieces are easily transitional from day to night, especially when replacing a pendant necklace with a statement bauble, swapping out a pair of pants for a tiered skirt & patterned tights, or playing with layers of leather & silk too. Velvet gets me super excited for all of its styling possibilities, inspiring me to take a closer look at accessories with pearls, ribbons, studs, & mixed metals!

What textures do you like to wear in the fall-winter? What colors are your favorites for this time of year? For more posts on affordable fashion, click here, here, here, & here! 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: 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!