The Stylish Five: Floral Scarves for Spring!


When it comes to spring fashion, scarves don’t always come to mind first, but they do for me! That’s because I have an enormous scarf collection that I have found much use out of over the years, adding plenty of texture & interest in building a look with a denim jacket over a dress, for example. Scarves are not just limited to one’s neck & for outerwear accessorizing too! Most of the time, I wear a light weight scarf knotted or bowed around my purse to give said every day carryall a little extra splash of style. You can play up a floral scarf with the colors in your outfit, as well as matching other hues of your bag. Here are five examples, ranging in price, but each offers a little something different in terms of color combinations & styling possibilities.

SHOP: abstract floral scarf @Ann Taylor, fuchsia floral scarf @dressbarn, floral & print scarf @Target, woven floral scarf @H&M, & meadow oblong scarf @White House Black Market.

To expand on my scarf-bag theory, here are a few combinations to consider when assembling your next spring outfit. This not only serves fashion, but utility as well. In case you’re chilly, but you hadn’t needed it earlier, it’s right there on your bag!

SHOP: blue dew scarf @DSW, striped Dana Buchman Bella tote @Kohl’s, square tulip scarf @LOFT, bucket backpack @Charlotte Russe, floral fringe scarf @Gap, & faux leather white tote @Forever 21.

Do you wear scarves in the spring? Where do you like to shop for spring accessories? Do you coordinate with your purse on a daily basis? Happy Styling!

Accessories Access: Mad for Affordable Plaid Extras This Season!


Plaid is the perfect print for fall, calling to match up your menswear style with sleek separates & luxe textures. Celebrities have been on the plaid train for a long time now, & it couldn’t look any better on the following A-listers: Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Alba, Taylor Swift, Rita Ora, & Hilary Duff.

Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Alba, Taylor Swift, Rita Ora, & Hilary Duff in plaid.Easy ways to add some plaid to your wardrobe without breaking your budget is to invest in accessories to wear with a variety of looks. Plaid goes against classic staples like a button down shirt & skinny jeans, a sweater dress & knee boots, as well as a lace blouse with a pencil skirt. Anyone of any age can rock plaid, & here are some affordable accessories to get you inspired to build that street style-ready fall look.

Accessories Access - Mad for Plaid This Fall!SHOP: 1. poncho ($37.99) in black / white @Necessary Clothing, 2. shawl ($39.99) in stone @ModCloth, 3. France Luxe headband ($20.00) in navy / green @Nordstrom, 4. Remington headband ($5.00) in red plaid @Target, 5. scarf ($12.90) in navy / green @Forever 21, 6. scarf ($12.99) in yellow checked @H&M, 7. Volcom pixie tote ($30.99, was $45.00) in red @6PM, 8. Croft & Barrow wristlet ($24.00) in black / white @Kohl’s, 9. Kelly & Katie pump ($39.95) in multi @DSW, & 10. flats ($12.00) in black pattern @Wet Seal.

When it comes to plaid, amp up your look with a little luxury, playing up your jewelry style based on the colors in your plaid. The richest colors include navy, green, burgundy, rust, burnt orange, gray, & purple, which are easy to find in stud earrings, decadent ear crawlers, statements necklaces, cuffs & bracelets, & cocktail rings.

Affordable jewelry to match with your plaid accessories.SHOP: 1. Helen Pavé square studs ($14.00) in navy @Francesca’s, 2. stone ear crawler ($7.99) in gray @Target, 3. faux stone cocktail ring ($6.90) in green @Forever 21, 4. enamel hinge bracelet ($20.96, was $29.95) in burgundy @The Limited, & 5. spirit beads necklace ($20.00) in light orange @Charming Charlie.

How do you like to wear plaid? What’s your favorite accessories for fall? What jewelry do you find works best with plaid? For more posts, check out fall floral separates for every size, affordable capes & ponchos for any body type inspired by Gwen Stefani & Jamie Chung, Olivia Palermo’s new jewelry collection for Bauble Bar, & Sienna Miller’s three-piece menswear outfit for less. Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: End-Of-The-Summer Favorites On Sale!


It’s that time of year to shop for the best end-of-the-summer deals, especially on items that can transition into the next season & be worn as good as new for the following year. I’m all about the bargains & love finding new ways to wear past season favorites, especially when the sales are so good & shoppers of all sizes can up their style game! All of the below items are on sale for under $24 & will certainly make your wardrobe & budget happy!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal - End of the summer deals.

SHOP: 1. gem floral necklace ($8.99, was $18.90) in gold / white @Forever 21, 2. chunky sandals ($15.49, was $30.99) in floral @Charlotte Russe, 3. tie front top ($23.80, was $34.00) in black & white @Dress Barn, available in plus size here ($26.00, was $38.00), 4. Alohaa flats ($19.99, was $79.95) in multi @Steve Madden, 5. dress ($22.00, was $29.94) in navy @Old Navy, available in sizes XS – XXL, 6. maxi dress ($16.99, was $32.90) in burgundy @Wet Seal, shop similar plus sizes here ($20.99, was $36.90), 7. crossbody bag ($17.99, was $35.00) in pink @JCPenney, & 8. scarf ($6.98, was $18.00) in pink @Francesca’s.

And for a few more items that aren’t as widely available in sizes & color options, I couldn’t resist also sharing these basics & special pieces too!:

More end of the summer deals.

SHOP: 1. pants ($29.99, was $69.95) in tan @The Limited, 2. denim midi skirt ($21.99, was $64.99) @Jessica London, 3. lace stripe tee ($11.17, was $21.51) in black & white @Romwe, 4. flower earrings ($3.99, was $8.00) in coral @Charming Charlie, & 5. quilted flare dress ($34.00, was $59.95) in black @New York & Company.

Where are you shopping for the best end-of-the-season deals? What are your must-have summer items during these last few days before fall starts? For more stylish posts, check out Emily Ratajkowski’s suede skirt look, affordable scarves inspired by Emma Watson & Sarah Jessica Parker, the entire lookbook from Adam Lippes’ collection for Target, must-have mustard pieces for fall, must-see fall films including The Intern & Joy, & the latest red carpet looks from Gigi Hadid & Zendaya. Happy Styling!

The Stylish Five: Affordable Scarves for Fall ($11 & Under), Inspired by Jessica Alba, Ashley Olsen, & More!


Somewhere along the way, I fell in love with scarves. They’re perfect for fall & winter, adding that extra splash of personality to your outfit, & only this summer did I realize the full potential of my look when there’s a stylish scarf wrapped around the handle of my favorite tote & crossbody bags. This was a way to get the most use out of my ever-growing scarf collection all year long, resolving the problem of my arms getting chilly during those cool, starry summer nights. However, you can get plenty of scarf envy from some of today’s most stylish celebrities whose looks are elevated by the accessory, like Jessica Alba, Rihanna, Emma Watson, Rachel Bilson, Sarah Jessica Parker, & Ashley Olsen.

Jessica Alba, Rihanna, Emma Watson, Rachel Bilson, Sarah Jessica Parker, & Ashley Olsen in scarves.

In preparation for fall fashion, I wanted to share some of my favorite picks, in prints & solids, to inspire your scarf love, especially when wardrobe budgeting is essential. Scarves can dress down a black dress for day & keep you cozy when there’s a shift in temperature in the evening. Scarves also present an opportunity to play with prints, like trying a stripe against a polka dot (in a similar color scheme) or mixing leopard with something menswear inspired.  

The Stylish Five - Affordable Scarves for Fall, $11 & Under!

SHOP: tapestry scarf ($5.00, was $10.99) in blue combo @Charlotte Russe, leopard scarf ($7.36) @Chic Nova, woven scarf ($9.80) in burgundy @Forever 21, floral scarf ($9.99) in white / blue @H&M, & chiffon scarf ($11.00) in purple @Dorothy Perkins.

Which scarf style is your favorite? How do you like to style a scarf for summer & fall? Where do you shop for accessories like scarves? For more stylish posts, check out Adam Lippes’ plaid lookbook for Target, how to wear mustard for fall inspired by Jennifer Lopez & Bella Thorne, 5 must-see film trailers for this upcoming awards season, the latest celebrity red carpet looks including Keri Russell & Olivia Munn, & styling a chambray shirt like Reese Witherspoon & Kim Kardashian West. Happy Styling!

Accessories Access: Scoop Up These Deals On Scarves From Forever 21 (Under $10)!


If there’s anything that I’ve learned over the years about my personal style, it’s that there’s no such thing as too many scarves! I love mixing up different scarves for my outerwear look, as well as when my outfit needs a little something extra. Also, working a retail job this holiday season has shown me that shoppers love scarves & all of their styling possibilities. Not only am I all about the scarf, but I’m pro-experimentation when it comes to textures & colors. Celebrities even love wearing scarves at any time of the year, including Heidi Klum topped her olive blazer with a multicolor leopard print scarf, Miranda Kerr played with prints in a zebra scarf & polka dot pumps, & Nicole Richie added a delicate scarf to her furry coat & skinny jeans look.

Heidi Klum, Miranda Kerr, Nicole Richie, Jamie King, Pippa Middleton, & Twilda Swinton.

Also, Jamie King adds a bold cherry scarf to her gray dress, Pippa Middleton knotted a fur scarf over her quilted jacket & pencil skirt, & Tilda Swinton mixed prints with a frayed scarf & star-spangled sweater.

Typically, I’m drawn to black & white scarves, but a pop of color or playful print can really add that wow factor an outfit of basics needs. Forever 21 might be a juniors’ store, but its affordable accessories make it my first stop when it comes to building a scarf collection, especially for under $10.00 each.

Forever 21 scarves under $10

SHOP: classic striped scarf ($5.99), bandana print scarf ($9.90), laid back crinkled scarf ($8.80), frayed plaid scarf ($5.99), & classic frayed scarf ($9.90) @Forever 21.

What’s your scarf style? How do you like to wear scarves? What store is your go-to for stylish accessories? For more posts, check out 365 of the best celeb looks from 2014, New Year’s Eve-ready pumps, Daily Look’s LBD Challenge, & luxury look-alike picks from Valentino & H&MHappy 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!

The Stylish Five: Bundle Up With A Stylish Scarf From Forever 21 (Under $10)!


As soon as the first brisk breeze of fall appears, you can guarantee that I’ll be wearing a scarf until the first sunny spring day… however I do wear scarves when its cooler at night too. I’m a big fan of adding layers of interest to your look & there are plenty of ways to do so while keeping your ensemble stylish & fresh.  It took me a while to get into scarves, but over the last 2 or 3 years, I’ve turned into the crazy scarf lady & was even the happy recipient of a luxe cream & black houndstooth scarf for Christmas that matches perfectly with my new cream wool coat. 

Anyway, when it comes to accessories like scarves, you can have a lot of fun with colors, fabrics, & prints, which is why I always look @Forever 21 to get some scarf inspiration. I was happy to find a selection of five very fashionable scarves for under $10, so I knew it was time to post in The Stylish Five!

My selections include the geometric tassle scarf ($5.00) in black/fuchsia, but you can also find this four addition color combinations.  Next, to stay warm, I recommend the soft chunky loose knit scarf ($9.50) in olive.  If this hue isn’t your style, then be sure to check out the hot pink, rust, & teal options to create a cute, layered look.  As a proponent of pattern, a feminine floral can be found in the ditsy flower scarf ($8.80) in peach/cream.  This is also a sweet-looking accessory to wear over a button-down shirt & denim skirt.  Also, the frayed spotted scarf ($8.80) adds a hint of animal-print in a subtle blue, sure to bring out your eyes.  Lastly, for the Style Darling with a classic aesthetic, I recommend the frayed woven scarf ($5.80) in green, but it is also sold in cream, black, pink, yellow, & purple. 

What’s your scarf style? Do you like to match your outerwear accessories? Do you prefer solid colors over printed textures? Happy Styling!

Haute Headlines: Rachel Zoe’s NBC Comedy, Marchesa’s Latest Bridal Collection, Beyonce’s Latest Gig, & More!


We’re halfway through the week & it’s time to check on some headlines.  A lot has happened since my last Haute Headlines post & I can’t wait to share with readers all the juicy details.  Check out the following stories & share the links with your friends on Facebook & Twitter! Happy Styling!

*If you’re a bride-to-be, Marchesa‘s latest bridal collection is here, so click through the gallery*

*Hart of Dixie actress Rachel Bilson designs Vegan-friendly handbags for ShoeMint*

*The Kardashians aren’t the only family members in the fashion business, as Jenner sisters Kylie & Kendall prepare to debut their very own Juniors’ line*

*Crew members strike during the upcoming season of NBC’s Fashion Star*

*Beyonce will perform at next year’s Super Bowl Halftime show*

*What does Conan O’Brien think about Brad Pitt‘s Chanel No. 5 ad?*

*Shop 50 cold weather accessories (scarves, gloves, & hats) for under $50*

*Stylist / designer Rachel Zoe signs on for a scipted comedy for NBC based on her life*

*Michelle Obama & Ann Romney both sport hot pink at the latest presidential debate*

*The first images from Kate Upton‘s debut Vogue shoot*

NYC Street Style: Fall-Ready Flats, Belts, Tights, Scarves, & Boots, Oh My!


I recently took a few trips into NYC, to see Catch Me If You Can on Broadway before it closed, & I attended a special advanced screening of The Lion King 3D before it opened this past weekend.  Good times were had with friends & plenty of wine was consumed, however, post-Labor Day street style has brought out some new fall pieces like flats, belts, textured tights, scarves, & boots.

I’ve been doing a lot of posting recently about what the stars are wearing & indulging in my favorite new category, Super Style Wishlist, but I have not forgotten the roots of Style Darling, style on a budget.  Seeing all the different combinations of belts over tunic tops or button downs with leggings & skinny jeans, paired with flats, there’s just so much to talk about!

I clicked through some of my favorite websites for affordable accessories & shoes & couldn’t decide what to pick, so I focused on items, on a store-to-store basis.  Where are you looking to get some new belts this season?  I recommend Forever 21, with prices ranging from $1.50 – $8.80 in the belts shown.  Sizes range from Small – Large, but if you click here for Forever 21+, you can find fashionable belts in the same price range that go from XL – 3X.

I’m loving the flats this season from Payless, especially the ones designed by Christian Siriano & Z London.  Post-summer styles start at $12.99 & newer designer styles go up to $49.99, but the prints are so versatile for your office look or weekend look.  Inspired by my weekend in New York City, you can bet a lot of the city going gals are pounding the pavement in these comfortable foot-friendly flats in croc, leopard, with jewel embellishments, or bows?!

My absolutely favorite part of this time of year is that I can now break out my textured tights.  The store that is selling the best designs is certainly Express.  I love florals, animal prints, polka dots, striped, & anything you can think of to go with my tweed, bubble, or pencil skirts!  The prices of these tights & many more on the website, range in price from $14.90 – $29.90, but if you are signed up to receive emails, you’ll get coupons & notifications of all the best sales.  Not to mention, if you’re a credit cardholder, you can receive a rewards card, like I did & got $15 off acute sequined top.  Now I wish I’d saved it & spent it on some tights, but I’m sure I’ll figure something out.  For my fuller-figured readers, check out Torrid for textured tights & flirty legwear, ranging in sizes 1X – 4X (styles not shown).

If we’re talking about fall fashion, you can’t leave out boots.  There weren’t many boots out & about during my two weekends in NYC, but a few did catch my eye.  I instantly went to DSW to see these sexy & polished styles, ranging in price from $19.94 – $39.94, from brands like Michael Antonio & Madden Girl by Steve Madden.  Everyone loves knee boots or over-the-knee boots, but at heart, I’m an ankle bootie girl, especially with the textured tights shown above!

Last, but not least, you can’t have anything to do with fall & not talk about scarves.  They’re that extra special touch of style that make your casual, dressy, or edgy look possible, especially with these finds from Old Navy! The store offers lightweight, infinity, & heavy knit scarves for whatever occasion may call for a covered neck, but stars like Sienna Miller, Nicole Richie, & Ashlee Simpson always rely on a scarf to avoid a chill.  The styles range in price from $8.94 – $14.94.  Those are prices you can’t beat, especially if you’re a cardmember b/c you’ll earn points for future purchases & get discounts like $15 off you next purchase of $50- which I received as a recent birthday gift from the store.

Be sure to check out my last NYC Street Style post for when I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty exhibit before it closed!  Which trends are you spotting around town?  Do you have a favorite scarf, pair of tights, or flats that you’re looking forward to wearing this fall?  What’s your favorite accessory for when the weather turns a bit chillier? Happy Styling!

 

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: Affordable Animal-Inspired Accessories!


There’s nothing that I love more in an accessory than a pop of animal inspiration!  Personally, I’m a big fan od zebra print, having always been pro-black-&-white in my style.  However, the spectrum of animal print doesn’t stop there since we have leopard, cheetah, croc, & snake prints to bring out the style in our basic items.

First let’s talk shoes… hands down, the boldest of my choices is this blue platform heel from Charlotte Russe for $35.50.  It does border on tacky, but you’re not likely to run into anyone else at a cocktail party wearing them!  They’re wild to pair with a metallic mini dress or even show off with a pair of jeans & silk top.  Something to keep in mind while shopping the shoes @Charlotte Russe is that they’re always having promotions for shoes, like BOGO $10 or $15.  That’s when getting the zebra slingbacks comes in handy so that you’re saving a bunch of money since they cost $40.00!

If you’re looking for something more moderate when it comes to an animal-inspired shoes, take a look at the scrunchy cheetah flats for $15.80 @Forever 21.  They’re darling for a tunic top & leggings or to wearing with skinny jeans & a babydoll top on a casual day.  Another fierce option would be the leopard peep toe cone pumps for $22.80, & cone pumps are very on-trend for fall.  There’s something vintage about them, yet they’re still cute enough to wear with a pencil skirt & button-down shirt.

For fall, I’m also currently obsessed with scarves & can’t wait to layer them over tanks & short-sleeved cardigans at night when the summer weather turns cooler!  The first of my scarf choices is the multi-print scarf from The Limited, but is no longer available!  I had picked this item out a few days ago for $16.99, but my heart has broken b/c I was sooo close to ordering it!  The combination of leopard & polka dot just screamed chic & would’ve paired so well with an all-black ensemble! However, the leopard scarf is available @Payless for $12.99.  It would look so great with a neutral wrap dress or against a black romper.

In the middle, I have three belts picked out, which make for the best finishing touch on a look where you want to show off your figure.  The Material Girl belt duo in pink & taupe is no longer available @Macy’s.  Sad face.  Although, you can do very well with the leopard & black skinny belts from Payless for $12.99, especially since the store is currently having their BOGO 50% promotion!  If you wanna find something a little thicker, try the animal tab stretch belt by Style & Co. @Macy’s for $19.98.

You can’t talk about accessories & not show some bags.  The patchwork shopper is from Payless for $26.99, available in Black / Gray & Brown / Tan.  The combination of exotic prints & the chain strap add some luxury.  Not to mention that it’s also super spacious to put your iPad, cell phone, & other goodies in!  I have been talking about Target a lot lately & looooove this snake print clutch wallet for $19.99.  It’s looks like chic enough to be an evening clutch, but can always be used on a daily basis as your very sassy wallet.  It’s multiple sections inside are perfect for helping to organize your bills & shopping expeditions!

Last, but not least, I have some jewelry pics.  This includes the pink snake embossed bangle from White House Black Market for $34.o0.  It’s just enough print to go with a floral sun dress,  Right now the store is having a sale that you can’t miss: All jewelry is BOGO 25% off!  So while you’re there, try the zebra drop hoop earrings which are marked down to $13.99 from $20.00!

What are your favorite animal print accessories?  For more inspiration, check out how celebrities like  Megan Fox, Rachel Bilson, Julia Roberts, Diane Kruger, Rihanna, & Eva Longoria sport animal-inspired accessories on the red carpet & when they’re out & about!  Happy Styling!