The Stylish Five: Loving A Little Leopard, Inspired by Heidi Klum, Miranda Kerr, & More!


When it comes to animal prints, my go-to is zebra, which goes back to my natural love all black & white patterns. However, as we’re in the thick of summer, stores are filling up with fall fashions, including luxe leopard pieces to mix up with neutral separates & pops of color in your accessories.

Olivia Palermo, Miranda Kerr, & Heidi Klum

Trendsetter Olivia Palermo styled her separates by Tibi with a pop of leopard in her skinny belt, which offset the geometric look of her ankle strap sandals. Model Miranda Kerr was flawless this spring when hitting the street for a stylish day out with a bold leopard A.L.C. duffel bag to add a trendy splash of personality to her button down shirt, denim skirt, & thigh high boots. Project Runway host Heidi Klum shows off her wild side (& her legs!) in a high slit skirt & embellished too.

For affordable leopard love in your wardrobe, I found these functional & fashionable pieces that are sure to make a splash when corrdinated a variety of ways. First, the leopard tote ($2.50) from Forever 21 is great for all of your on-the-go needs, especially when wanting to use a durable recyclable bag when hitting the market. Also, you can dress up or dress down the tiered leopard tank ($34.00) from Dress Barn (which I own & love!) with dark denim skinnies & a blazer for a girls’ night out, or cardigan & pencil skirt for the office. For a truly wild look, pair these loose fit pants ($17.95) from H&M with a black tank & gold flats for day, or mix up your look with a crop top & pointy heels for evening.

leopard images

I love shopping for printed belts, which can work well with a wrap dress, shirtdress, over a cardigan, or when you wanna cinch in a tunic top to show off your waist, like the leopard skinny belt ($24.90) from Express. One of my most recent purchases come from Charlotte Russe, & that is the patent thong sandal ($7.50), which was such a great buy too since there’s currently a BOGO $5 sale of select shoes. So, I also indulged in a white pair to wear with sporty jersey dresses & when heading out to the beach this summer.

For one last look at some leopard inspirations, I put together some of my favorite images, high end & affordable items, & celebrity moments that include leopard. This includes a September 2010 Vogue UK shoot fetauring supermodel Kate Moss in an embellished leopard jacket. Scarlett Johansson added a pop of leopard in her Christian Louboutin pointy toe pumps with a Vivienne Westwood dress. Also, to celebrate leopard on your nails, there’s the Sally Hansen strips ($9.99) in leopard, available @Ulta. Also, you can keep warm on those cool summer knits with this Apt. 9 leopard scarf ($11.99) from Kohl’s. For some designer inspiration, the paneled leopard dress ($1,150.00) by Escada is sold @Neiman Marcus. Lastly, the leopard heart drop earrings ($16.00) from River Island are playful & flirty to dress down a classic LBD.

Kate Moss for Vogue UK, Scarlett Johansson in a Vivienne Westwood dress & Christian Louboutin pumps, Leopard earrings by River Island, Sally Hansen leopard nail stickers, leopard scarf from Kohl's, & Escada leopard panel dress from Neiman Marcus.

How do you like to wear leopard? What’s your favorite leopard accessory? Which leopard pieces are your favorites? Happy Styling!

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Beauty Buys: Hurricane Sandy Can’t Stop Your Nails From Sparkling!


Local schools, universities, offices, & transit is already cancelled for tomorrow, while we’re waiting for this hurricane to make a mess out of the Northeast (for those of you who don’t know, Style Darling is based out of New York’s very suburban Long Island).  I figured I’d get a jump on posting blogs for my lucky readers to indulge in since they’ll have power & alas, I won’t.

My family has stocked up on water, ice, batteries, & clock radios, but I’m not worried about how I will spend my time should the power go out.  Of course, I wouldn’t dream of recommending to anyone that polishing your nails is an essential part of hurricane survival, but here’s a little advice for when the daylight in upon us & there’s not much to do when the television & internet is down.

I’ve been keeping an eye out on the latest trends in nail art, especially since that’s the fashion-related hashtag read around the world. No matter where you live, what language you speak, or what your style is, there’s nail art for everyone. I’m a big fan of sparkles, especially this season & I don’t have time to change my nail color daily. I’m no basic pink-fingered Style Darling, but I like something that can be re-touched without any hassle… which brings me to the Gem Crush collection by Sally Hansen ($6.99) from Ulta.

You can find Sally Hansen at any drug store (Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, as well as Target or Walmart), but I love shopping for any & all beauty products at Ulta since I’m a member & receive tons of weekly coupons ranging from $3.50 off a $10 purchase, $5 off a $10 purchase, or 20% off any item.

The Gem Crush line includes dazzling hues like (from left-to-right, as seen above) Show Girl Chic, Cha-Ching, Big Money, Bling-tastic, Be-Jeweled, Razzle Dazzler, Lady Luck, & Glitz Gal. I haven’t picked a favorite, but if you were wondering, I’m currently sporting Big Money on my fingers & Razzle Dazzler on my toes! For more about Style Darling’s nails, be sure to check out the latest updates on Instagram (@MissAlissaL)! Happy Styling!

The Stylish Five: Beauty Buys from Ulta ($10 &Under)!


 While Sephora is a  magical land of beauty products, I am & always will be a big supporter of all things from Ulta!  If you don’t already know of the salon / affordable beauty store, they carry “drug store” brands like Cover Girl, Burt’s Bees, & Sally Hansen (which are almost always on sale in some form or another), as well as higher-end merchandise from Bob Mackie, Bare Escentuals, & Kim Vo

Not to mention, the Ulta brand itself carries everything from hair products to skin care to bath & body items to your everyday cosmetics.  For the last ten years (AT LEAST!), I’ve been championing all of the different shades, quads, & combinations of this brand’s eyeshadow b/c it proves time & time again successful for my daily makeup routine.  When I was preparing to travel to Italy at the end of last year, Ulta was my first stop to travel size essentials for any beauty need abroad. 

 

I love that the store is also fully equipped with a wide selection of bath & body products, sure to make a splash for any at-home spa day that we busy Style Darlings can try to fit in.  My favorite is the moisturizing Vanilla Sugar lotion, which makes my skin feeling extra smooth & smelly super sweet all day long! AND the brand produces a 3-in-1 shampoo, conditioner, & bubble bath “shower smoothie,” available in Appletini, Buttercream Cupcake, & Pink Champagne, just to name a few.   

 

If you sign up to become a rewards club member (for FREE), you will receive emails about their daily specials, weekly ad, get great coupon deals, & earn points for free items ranging from salon-quality nail polishes or brand name fragrances like my favorite perfume, Happy by Clinique, or something spring fresh like Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana.  While supplies last, you can almost always can get a free gift items when purchasing a fragrance, like luggage separates, umbrellas, plush bath robes, or home decor pieces. 

 

When conducting online orders, you can always choose from three – five free samples of salon brand beauty formulas & samples of the newest perfumes!  Here are just five beauty buys, all $10 or under, to help perk up any winter blues that your cosmetic arsenal may be “facing!” Ha! 

And just five more honorable mentions that I simply have to recommend are… Glitter Top Coat Polish by Ulta for $2.00 (on sale!), Rejuvenating Bath & Shower Gel in Lush Pear by Ulta for $9.00, Bamboo Mini Foot File by Eco Tools for $1.19, Aloe After Sun Lotion by Banana Boat for $6.99, & a Travel Size Dermal Clay Cleanser by Dermalogica for $9.50! Happy Styling!