Splurge or Save… On Summer Gingham Tops!


When it comes to summer, there are so many prints that make for a fashionable look, but among them, gingham gets top billing! The typical gingham button down is classic for a variety of outfits, but this summer is all about the trendy, off-the-shoulder, ruffle, or halter gingham top available for shoppers of all sizes! Celebrities even love gingham, as seen on Baby Driver star Lily James, style blogger Olivia Palermo, singer / actress Vanessa Hudgens, A-lister & fashion mogul Reese Witherspoon, & Shameless actress Emmy Rossum.

For a trendy, one-season item like a gingham top, you don’t have to break the bank. There’s so much fashion out in the world & online for shoppers of all budgets, but I do love checking out high-end designer duds for a little inspiration when it comes to finding something to write about, as well as putting together my next outfit. Here are a few examples that range in price from $88 – $265, but still worth keeping an eye on for an end of the season sale item.

SHOP: Carmen blouse @White House Black Market, McGuire Florentine top @Saks Fifth Avenue, Rag & Bone off-the-shoulder Drew top @Neiman Marcus, Draper James Cloister top @Nordstrom, & Mindy Cindy one-shoulder top @Nordstrom.

The six gingham tops below are much more affordable & perfect for styling with white skinny jeans, red chino shorts, a denim skirt, or with bottoms in a bold pop of color like yellow, green, or orange.

SHOP: checked top @H&M, gingham tie top @Saks Off 5th, Design Lab blouse @Lord & Taylor, flounced gingham top @Talbots, plus off-the-shoulder lace-up top @Charlotte Russe, & plus one shoulder ruffle top @Lane Bryant.

Which summer trends are on your wardrobe wish list? Do you prefer the black, navy, or red gingham color scheme? Where are you shopping for summer favorites? Happy Styling!

Accessories Access: Pom Pom Bags for Spring!


The world is our runway. This phrase couldn’t be truer. When a lot is happening in life, I sometimes feel stuck in my wardrobe, seeking something refreshing & exciting to recreate old favorites & discover new trends to move my style forward. However, inspiration is always just around the corner with every click & keystroke on different social media forums.

This spring is probably my favorite spring ever, possibly because so much in life seems to be aligned personally, & I’m also feeling more confident in my style. This knowledge has also informed my newfound respect & developing radar for how accessories can transform your look. While I’m experimenting most right now with separates (mixing prints & color combinations), I’ve noticed how the playful pom pom movement isn’t going away. This includes all sorts of accessories: bags, shoes, earrings, & necklaces. When so much of spring is about light layers & pastels, pom pom accents make a bold statement without being too over the top.

One easy way to embrace the pom pom is with a straw bag, which is perfect for the everyday Style Darling looking to try something different, as well as for a variety of occasions like a weekend away or luncheon with the girls. Sure, there are plenty of expensive designer options making waves in the fashion world, including selections by (above) Kate Spade New York, Rebecca Minkoff, Loeffler Randall, Alice + Olivia, & Nannacay. When seeking out this look, you certainly don’t have to break the bank since the following styles (below) range in price from $29.99 – $43.00.

SHOP: 1. bag @ASOS, 2. tote @Fayrouzy, 3. tote @Zulily, 4. bag @ASOS, & 5. tote @Stein Mart.

What spring trends are you most interesting in trying? Where do you shop for new seasonal accessories? How much do you invest in trend items? Happy Styling!

09/30/2015 Darling of the Day: Sienna Miller’s Three-Piece Jacket-Shirt-Jeans Outfit for Less!


Sienna Miller has had one stylish year, killing it at the Cannes Film Festival, & every red carpet she hits. The actress recently lent her support to the 2015 Social Good Summit where she mixed up fall’s best with a chic menswear look in a striped button-down shirt by Frame Denim (shop here) with black skinny jeans, a beaded black tweed Chanel jacket (shop similar here @Nordstrom), & black patent Mary Jane chunky heels (shop similar here @Saks Fifth Avenue). Get inspired by her menswear take with these affordable look-alike items, playing with texture, print, & layers for Style Darlings on a budget & any size.

Darling of the Day - Sienna Miller's menswear look for fall.SHOP: LOOK 1: textured scuba zip-front jacket ($40.00) in black @Dress Barn (shop plus size here), tartan plaid pocket shirt ($17.90) in black @Forever 21, original skinny jeans ($25.00, was $29.94) in black @Old Navy (available in sizes 00-20), chunky ankle strap heels ($24.99, was $46.00) in black @Cato, LC Lauren Conrad filigree ball stud ($10.00) in gold @Kohl’s, & GUESS enamel crystal ring ($13.50, was $18.00) in gold / black @Macy’s. LOOK 2: textured knit zip-front jacket ($40.00) in black / white @Dress Barn (shop plus size here), gradated stripe shirt ($22.90) in white / black @Forever 21 (available in sizes XL-3X), curvy skinny jeans ($25.00, was $29.94) in black @Old Navy (available in sizes 00-20), Gabriella Rocha ‘Sutton’ mary jane heels ($35.99, was 59.00) in black @6PM (available in wide width), Apt. 9 square stud earrings ($8.99, was $12.00) in rose gold @Kohl’s, & GUESS multirow crystal stone ring ($15.00, was $20.00) in rose gold @Macy’s.

Do you like Sienna Miller’s fall menswear look? How do you like to layer separates for fall? Where are you shopping for fall’s best trends? For more posts, check out previous posts featuring affordable looks inspired by Anne Hathaway, Gwyneth Paltrow, & Emily Ratajkowski, as well as the complete red carpet gallery from this month’s Emmy Awards. Happy Styling!

09/25/2015 Darling of the Day: Anne Hathaway’s Lovely Lip Look on Good Morning America!


Anne Hathaway is hitting every media outlet this week, promoting her latest film, The Intern, co-starring Robert DeNiro. She made a recent appearance on Good Morning America with a quirky, surprising outfit that shows she’s still the cool girl we loved from back in The Devil Wears Prada day. Check out her lip print Equipment x Garance Doré (shop here @Farfetch) & her edgy Osman leather skirt (shop similar here @Bergdorf Goodman), which she paired with chic accessories, including white frame sunglasses, gold bangles & a ring, & red suede pumps (shop similar here @Saks Fifth Avenue).

Anne Hathaway at Good Morning America.SHOP: 1. Label lips print blouse ($12.50, was $24.87) @Romwe, 2. Worhtington faux leather skirt ($14.99, was $44.00) in black @JC Penney, 3. suede pointed toe pumps ($24.00) in red @Lulu’s, 4. sunglasses ($6.98, was $14.50) @Torrid, 5. bangles ($5.99) in gold @H&M, 6. ring ($8.00) in gold @River Island, 7. Barbie lips sheer blouse ($29.48, was $42.50) in black @Torrid, 8. plus faux leather pleated skirt ($38.87) in black @Pulse Designer Fashion, & 9. faux suede pumps ($17.26, was $23.00) in red @GOjane.

What do you think of Anne’s street style? Do you like her lips & leather combination? Which celebrity are you following for fall inspiration? For more fashionable posts, check out Gwyneth Paltrow’s Monique Lhuillier boxy blouse & wide leg pants, the entire Emmy’s red carpet gallery including Amy Schumer & Kerry Washington, the best end of the summer deals from Wet Seal & Charlotte Russe, & Emily Ratajkowski’s suede skirt & heels look! Happy Styling!

Basics for a Bargain: Delicate Ankle Strap Sandals Inspired by Rihanna, Jennifer Lawrence, Rachel McAdams, & More!


One of the hottest shoe trends of this summer is the ankle strap sandal, showing off plenty of toe & foot cleavage. A single-strap across the top of the foot helps elongate the legline & make any outfit instantly sleeker.

Take note from celebrities in an all-purpose black pair like Rihanna in a gold Giorgio Armani skirt set with black ankle strap sandals at the 2015 BET Awards. Also, Rachel McAdams attended the Southpaw screening in a white embroidered Zuhair Murad floral dress & black ankle sandals. Michelle Monaghan mixed separates in a black & pink polo with a ruffed leather skirt by Erdem & black ankle strap sandals at the New York premiere of Pixels. Mad Men actress Kiernan Shipka was youthful & sophisticated in a jacquard Giamba little white floral dress (shop similar here @Saks Fifth Avenue) with a yellow Miu Miu clutch (shop similar here @Miu Miu) & black Stuart Weitzman sandals (shop here @Stuart Weitzman) at the Los Angeles Confidential Women of Influence party.

Rihanna, Rachel McAdams, Michelle Monaghan, & Keirnan Shipka.

For a little variety, I’m also inspired by neutral & metallic options for ankle strap sandals, great for pairing with pastels & softer looks. For example, Jennifer Lawrence was radiant in a lace macramé Antonio Berardi little white dress with a black & white Roger Vivier chain purse & nude sandals. Model Miranda Kerr showed her support  at the Swarovski collection launch event in Austria in a cream Halston Heritage high low column dress (shop similar here @Neiman Marcus) with rose gold Jimmy Choo heels (shop similar here @Nordstrom). Teen actress Bella Thorne went monochromatic in an olive camisole & wide-leg culottes by Camilla & Marc with stacked bracelets & metallic sandals at her visit to The Lowdown with Diana Madison. It-girl Hannah Davis was feminine in a lace little white dress by Chloe with a nude belt, Edie Parker clutch, & nude Stuart Weitzman ankle sandals (shop here @Stuart Weitzman) at the 2015 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards.

Jennifer Lawrence, Miranda Kerr, Bella Thorne, & Hannah Davis.

I’ve assembled a variety of ankle strap sandals, which are available in multiple colors & range from high-end prices like those worn by the above A-list Style Darlings, as well as budget-friendly options for the shopper looking to save some money on her wardrobe.

sleek, summer-ready ankle strap sandals

SHOP: 1. Manolo Blahnik Chaos sandals ($725.00) in white @Neiman Marcus, 2. Stuart Weitzman sandals ($199.00, was $398.00) in orange @Stuart Weitzman, 3. Steve Madden Stecy sandals ($79.95) in gold @Steve Madden, 4. Mix No.6 Rayelle sandals ($39.95) in mint @DSW, 5. Betty Believe It sandals ($32.00) in polka dots @Lulu’s, 6. faux leather sandals ($29.90) in black @Forever 21, 7. single strap sandals ($26.00) in pink @GOjane, & 8. Dakota sandals ($26.00, was $36.00) in nude @Dress Barn.

Are you on board the ankle strap sandal trend? Which color do you like the best? Where are you shopping for this season’s biggest shoe trends? Which celebrity’s style do you follow? For more posts, check out my latest earring buys from Express, major clearance must-have wedges from Payless, Chrissy Teigen’s blazer & shorts look, & a nine-piece outfit for under $100. Happy Styling!

Luxury Look-Alikes for Less: Bucket Bags for Spring, Michael Kors vs. Target, & More!


One of the biggest bag trends for spring is the bucket bag, perhaps for the variety of fabrics, patterns, material, & detailed straps that can go into the spacious accessory. Although bucket bags have been around for quite a while, celebrities have been toting the bag around since last year. They’re perfect for traveling, when you’re on the go, or headed for out for lunch with the girls. 

Reese Witherspoon, Miranda Kerr, Jamie Chung, & Julianne Hough with bucket bags.

This perfect all-purpose day bag has been spotted on A-listers & style icons like Wild star Reese Witherspoon with a yellow Elizabeth & James bucket bag, model Miranda Kerr with a hot pink bag, actress & fashion blogger Jamie Chung with a printed Elizabeth & James bag, & actress-dancer Julianne Hough with a tan bucket bag.

Just for fun, I wanted to share some gorgeous luxury bucket bags, which come in many forms, with many strap varieties, buckets, studs, & ties. Of course, these gorgeous & high quality bags are investment pieces, but when you’re shopping on a budget, they’re pretty steep when it comes to price tags.

Luxury bucket bags.

SHOP: Saint Laurent ($2,150.00) in red @Net-A-Porter, Michael Kors ($822.94) in blue @Farfetch, Alice + Olivia ($695.00) in black @Neiman Marcus, Elizabeth & James ($595.00) in cream @Bergdorf Goodman, Tory Burch ($475.00) in gold @Saks Fifth Avenue, & Halston ($325.00) in pink @Shop Bop.

And for those Style Darlings who are looking to upgrade their accessories collection for less with an affordable bucket bag, I’ve found these six picks, for $25.00 & under!

Affordable bucket bags.

SHOP: red ($15.99) @MANGO, white ($16.00) @Boohoo, navy ($19.99) @Target, black ($20.00) @Charlotte Russetaupe ($24.90) @Forever 21, & brown ($25.00) @Aeropostale.

Would you wear a bucket bag? How much do you typically spend on handbags & purses? Which accessory do you usually splurge on? For more stylish posts, check out how to wear floral leggings in four ways, Alexandre Vauthier’s Spring 2015 Couture collection, the latest red carpet looks from Anne Hathaway & Felicity Jones, the fringe trend inspired by Scarlett Johansson & Shailene Woodley, & Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s London street style look for less! Happy Styling!

Basics for a Bargain: Pretty & Patterned Separates To Amp Up Your Solids (Dedicated to Lisa)!


When it comes to new style resolutions for 2015, an easy way to spruce up a boring wardrobe or upgrade to a more mature style is to step outside of your comfort zone & that starts with prints. An attention to detail immediately shows off your personality & gives off a very positive first impression. I’ve learned (from shows like What Not to Wear) that when you put a thoughtful effort into what you’re wearing, you’ll have more confidence & the people around you will notice. I’d like to dedicate this post to my favorite cousin, Lisa, who has turned to me with advice & questions on how to dress more appropriate to her age, while shopping on a budget & discovering who she is through her own personal style.

When it comes to prints, there are a lot of opportunities to discover your personal style, which is why I turned to recent Spring 2015 Ready-To-Wear runway collections for a little inspiration of what’s trending this coming spring.

Altuzarra, Dries Van Noten, Louis Vuitton, & Valentino Spring 2015 Ready-To-Wear.

Of course, not all of these outfits are meant to be taken literally as inspiration, but it’s apparent that the range of prints, from classic to crazy, will instantly amp up any look, including those from Altuzarra, Dries Van Noten, Louis Vuitton, & Valentino.

Also, when it comes to prints, mixing separates with basics is the perfect way to build a variety of outfits for day, work, night, & weekend looks, as seen with these tops & sweaters on actress Jessica Alba, model Miranda Kerr, Glee star Lea Michele, fashion darling Alexa Chung, singer Gwen Stefani, & it-girl Kendall Jenner.  

Jessica Alba, Miranda Kerr, & Lea Michele in printed tops.

Alexa Chung, Gwen Stefani, & Kendall Jenner in printed sweaters.

Also, A-listers know how to play with prints when it comes to bottoms, which is why I sought out chic printed shorts, skirts, & pants. Examples include The Americans star Keri Russell, Victoria’s Secret supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio, Oscar nominee Reese Witherspoon, TV personality Kelly Ripa, style icon Olivia Palermo, & actress / fashion blogger Jamie Chung.

Keri Russell & Alessandra Ambrosio in printed shorts.

Reese Witherspoon & Kelly Ripa in printed skirts.

Olivia Palermo & Jamie Chung in printed pants.And so… with a budget shopper in mind, I’ve searched high & low to find great deals on stylish printed separates. First, these printed tops are great building blocks to a more sophisticated look, when layered with staples like a military or moto jacket, flyaway cardigan or cropped bolero, or with leather leggings, tuxedo pants, dark denim jeans, or bootcut trousers.

Printed tops.

SHOP: printed tank ($22.50) @Neiman Marcus, lace tee ($14.97) @Old Navy, print top ($22.80) @Nordstrom, & black top ($22.90) @Forever 21.

Also, printed blouses are must-haves when you’d like to sport a clean, professional look. Not only do smaller patterns work on flowy toppers, but they’re great for when you really want to go all out with your prints & mix them with other bolder prints, like animal spots, polka dots, colorblocked stripes, & many more.

Printed blouses.

SHOP: heart blouse ($24.99) @Kohl’s & shirt ($29.94) @Old Navy.

In these colder months, printed sweaters are a fun way to play with patterns, while also staying warm. Also, sweaters in different textures will surely show off a variety of colors to play with when it comes to accessories too! 

Printed sweaters.

SHOP: lace sweater ($27.80) @Forever 21 & animal sweater ($32.99) @LOFT.

When headed to the office in a dress or skirt outfit, try on a printed cardigan to wear open or closed over basics like a button down shirt, scoop neck tee, tie-neck blouse, or ruffled camisole.

Printed cardigans.

SHOP: houndstooth cardigan ($22.99) @Target & snake cardigan ($11.93) @LOFT.

When it comes to bottoms, we’re often so quick to pick out a pair of jeans or leggings, but wearing prints on your lower half is unexpected & certainly a way to get the most out of your solid tops, like a black turtleneck, three-quarter sleeve sweater, or pocket tee. However, printed skirts are fun since you can not only layer with neutrals, but also enhance your look with a pop of color.

Printed skirts.

SHOP: plaid pencil skirt ($24.99) @Target & zebra skirt ($29.95) @H&M.

Maxi skirts are everywhere & great when headed on vacation, to a day  by the water, or lunch with the girls, which is why playing with printed maxi skirts has so many possibilities, especially with metallic gladiator sandals, riding boots with button details, & textured wedges.

Printed maxi skirts.SHOP: snake maxi skirt ($30.00) in blue @Dress Barn & print maxi skirt ($30.00) in coral @Dress Barn.

For those who dare to wear shorts, think outside of the box with printed shorts in delicate fabrics. not only can these be perfect for day, but they’re easy to dress up with decadent pieces in lace, leather, & brocade.

Printed shorts.

SHOP: chevron shorts ($23.30) @Saks Off Fifth & shorts ($24.99) @Kohl’s.

Printed pants aren’t new, but not everyone gives them a chance, especially when concerned about emphasizing your assets in an unflattering way. However, loose-fitting pants in subtle prints are perfect for neutral tops & jackets when on the go. These are also great for pairing with ballet flats or pointy toe stilettos.

Printed pants.SHOP: pants ($12.00) @H&M & stripe pants ($19.99) @JC Penney.

Lastly, I’m certainly not saying that anyone should abandon jeans in any way, but perhaps instead of wearing regular washes, try a printed jean, which will not only perk up a casual look, but will surprise those around you, especially when paired with a blouson top, graphic tee, or tunic sweater.

Printed jeans.

SHOP: camo jeans ($26.55) @Lord & Taylor & floral jeans ($24.99) @6PM.

Must-have prints to have in your wardrobe, yet worn with caution, include polka dots, animal prints, graphics, modern florals, lace, stripes & chevron, tribal, plaid, & houndstooth. I even made a quick guide to learning prints, which will perhaps also serve as a chart on how to successfully mix prints too.

The guide to prints & patterns

Which prints are you naturally drawn to wear? How do you like to wear prints? Do you mix prints with solids regularly? For more stylish posts, check out all of the runway looks from Christian Dior’s Spring 2015 Ready-To-Wear collection, tips on how to dress your body type, the complete red carpet gallery of this year’s Screen Actor’s Guild Awards, & spring dress predictions inspired by designers Erin Fetherston & Nanette Lepore! Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Alice + Olivia’s Pre-Fall 2015 Collection Lookbook!


Alice + Olivia Pre-Fall 2015 Collection.

I heard somewhere that 2015 is all about the 70s, & when you see the Alice + Olivia Pre-Fall 2015 Collection lookbook, it couldn’t be clearer. The line includes knotted blouses, maxi skirts, flowy dresses, fringe details, & deep-v necklines. These new separates are perfect for mixing & matching with plenty of other wardrobe essentials like skinny jeans, a boyfriend blazer, cigarette pants, ankle booties, a white tee, & pencil skirt. Fans of the brand include Sarah Hyland, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Alba, & Emily Blunt.

Which pieces from the collection are your favorite? Which brands are you following with their newest designs? To shop Alice + Olivia, check out retailers like Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, The Outnet, Bergdorf Goodman, Revolve Clothing, & Saks Fifth Avenue. For more stylish posts, click through more Runway Rundown galleries featuring Tory Burch, Oscar de la Renta, Naeem Khan, Rachel Zoe Collection, Marchesa, & Badgley Mischka. Happy Styling!

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Runway Rundown: Marchesa’s Pre-Fall 2015 Collection Lookbook!


 

Marchesa Pre-Fall 2015 Collection

One of my favorite designers of all time is Marchesa, the epitome of glamour & elegance when it comes to ornate & timeless red carpet gowns, as famously seen on the red carpet on celebrities like Sandra Bullock, Halle Berry, Blake Lively, & Kerry Washington. The brand’s newest Pre-Fall 2015 Collection is everything & more to expect, including lots of brocade, lace, metallic textures, & just-right ruffles. Of course these designs are perfect for the upcoming awards season, likely to be seen on red carpet favorites like Big Eyes star Amy Adams, American’s sweetheart Jennifer Garner, model-turned-style-icon Kendall Jenner, & Girls actress Allison Williams.

Which evening look is your favorite? Which celebrities are you anticipating on the red carpet this season? To view more collections from Marchesa, check out Resort 2015, Fall 2014, & Spring 2014. To shop more from Marchesa, check out stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Net-A-PorterThe Outnet, Bergdorf Goodman, & Marissa Collections. For more posts from Runway Rundown, check out Badgley Mischka, Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg, & Carolina Herrera. Happy Styling!

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Runway Rundown: Badgley Mischka’s Pre-Fall 2015 Collection Lookbook!


Badgley Mischka Pre-Fall 2015 Collection

It’s awards season, which means that it’s time for the stars to weigh their red carpet options &  many, many press appearances promoting the best films of the year. One line that’s sure to grab the attention of A-listers is Badgley Mischka‘s Pre-Fall 2015 Collection, which is why I’m sharing it first. It includes luxe gowns that are perfect for the red carpet, as well as chic frocks & sheath dresses for those token interviews & events leading up to the big night. The collection tells a lovely story with lace details, delicate architecture, fine lines, & classic silhouettes. These pieces would shine on a Style Darling of any age, including this year’s nominees like Into the Woods star Emily Blunt, awards season favorite Julianne Moore, & Game of Thrones heroine Emilia Clarke.

To shop some gorgeous designs by Badgley Mischka, check out sites like Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Zappos, & 6PM. Which looks are your favorites? What collections are you following for Pre-Fall 2015? Which celebrities are you looking forward to seeing on the red carpet? For more stylish posts, check out Daily Look’s New Year’s Eve LBD Challenge, luxury & bargain picks to upgrade your holiday style, winterizing your nails with Julep products, & how to sleep in style with essential must haves! Happy Styling!

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