Splurge or Save: The Ultimate Embellished & Sparkly Bowed Holiday Heels at Every Price Point!


This holiday season, I’ve been doing a double-take when it comes to festive, feminine, & one-of-a-kind footwear for holiday gatherings & upping up my at-work style game leading up to mid-December. Before I can hit add-to-cart on any of my selections, I have to do my research to see if I am getting the best deal for my dollar, but also, if the holiday shoe of my choice, with a regal satin texture, sparkly embellishment, & bow adornment, is made in a design that best suits my shoe aesthetic.

Back in March, Harper’s Bazaar declared the below Mach and Mach design the party shoe of the year, which makes perfect sense given its glamour, festive embellishment, & Cinderella appeal–not to mention all the different color & design possibilities that have clearly spawned from this original style.

SHOP: Mach and Mach double bow silk satin pumps in black @Saks Fifth Avenue ($1,095, available in sizes 5.5-12).

Check out the below designs from various retailers & at a range of price points. All the styles offer all the bride’s dreams to come true, bridesmaids color-coordination perfection, & party girl giving-you-life flare. Which do you like?

SHOP: Badgley Mischka Sacred embellished ankle strap pumps in black, blue, white, lime, fuchsia, & blush @Bloomingdale’s ($245.00, available in sizes 5-11).

SHOP: Deela pointed toe heel in black satin, black suede, ochre, & silver @Sam Edelman ($on sale: $134.95, available in sizes 5-12).

SHOP: Viable heels in black, light pink, off white, purple, rhinestone, & white multi @Steve Madden ($109.95, available in sizes 5-11).

SHOP: BCBG Ilara crystal bow sandal in black, silver/clear, & tan/rainbow @Macy’s (on sale: $71.40, available in sizes 5-11).

SHOP: Embellished pointed toe heel in black & blue @Torrid ($69.50, available in Wide Width sizes 6-14).

SHOP: Katie & Kelly Blaken pump in silver & blue @DSW ($59.99, available in sizes 6-10). Not available in black.

SHOP: Vetaste double bow pointed toe ankle strap crystal pump stilettos backless satin heeled sandals in 13 colors @Amazon ($59.99, available in sizes 5-11).

SHOP: Rhinestone embellished bow pumps in black, white, nude, & grey @Express (on sale: $58.80, available in sizes 6-10).

SHOP: Rhinestone bow heel in black & pink @New York & Company (on sale: $49.97, available in sizes 6-11).

SHOP: Public Desire Midnight bow heel in 11 colors @ASOS ($48.99, available in sizes 5-11).

SHOP: Destiny rhinestone strap pumps in black, gold, pink, silver, & white @Dream Pairs ($46..99, available in sizes 5-11).

SHOP: Lullie suede rhinestone ankle strap pointed toe pumps in black, light nude, & ivory @Lulu’s ($44.00, available in sizes 5.5-11).

SHOP: Scoop embellished sateen slingback pumps in black & fuchsia @Walmart ($42.00, available in sizes 6-11).

SHOP: Madden Girl Dreamy heel in black, pink, & clear @Kohl’s (on sale: $41.99, available in sizes 5-11).

SHOP: Rhinestone bow pointed toe ankle strap stiletto in black, pink, & purple @Charlotte Russe ($34.99, available in sizes 6-11).

SHOP: rhinestone bow sculptural heeled slingback pumps in black @SHEIN ($29.00, available in sizes 5.5-8.5).

SHOP: Rhinestone bow slingback pumps in black @Forever 21 (on sale: $28.49, available in size 7.5-11).

Which version of the party shoe is your favorite? Where do you shop for holiday footwear? What features do you look for in a holiday shoe? Do you prefer an ankle strap or heel? How much would you spend on a festive shoe? For more stylish posts, check out: Jennifer Aniston’s sexy cover for Allure‘s final print issue, an affordable & comfortable blazer from Aldi, a fashion flashback of Rachel McAdams’ red carpet style, & Jennifer Lopez’s cover shoot for Vogue‘s December issue! Happy Styling!

Holiday Gift Styles: Sparkles, Plaid, & Velvet High Heels!


So a pair of high heels may not be on every Style Darling’s holiday wishlist & it’s nearly impossible to buy someone else high heels as a surprise—unless you’ve received a specific request, you know their style & size to a tee, or you’re a stylist who can read people’s style needs easily. However, for the rest of us, some high heels remain a dream & that’s fine. That’s not to say that I’ve hung up my high heel collection & passion, but we’re taking a break in the name of happy arches & comfortable days at work. With that… a little sparkle, plaid, & velvet perks my feet right up for holiday footwear!

SHOP: Liv pump in red plaid (on sale: 59.46, available in sizes 6-12), Liv pump in purple metallic (on sale: $62.96, available in sizes 6-12), & Lyla pump in teal green & purple (on sale: $55.96, available in sizes 6-12) @New York & Company. Check site & emails frequently for coupon codes!

I love the idea of pairing the plaid with a sweater dress & faux fur vest. Likewise, the metallic option can amp up a little black dress & statement necklace; whereas, the velvet styles with the blingy bow offset faux leather leggings & a tunic sweater or sheath dress & drop earrings for your next holiday gathering!

How would you style these shoes? Where would you wear them? What’s your go-to holiday shoe style? For more stylish posts, check out: a feminine & festive blouse from Walmart, a fashion flashback with Zoey Deutch & Emma Stone, & the LACMA Gala 2022 red carpet with Sydney Sweeney & Elizabeth Banks! Happy Styling!

Splurge of Save… On Light Blue Suede Ankle Strap Sandals for Spring!


My goal, as of late, when it comes to my everyday outfits and sharing style tips on Style Darling Daily, is try something new. This includes combinations of separates that I hadn’t thought of previously, as well as only investing in special new additions that not only stand apart from other items I already own, but will also serve multiple purposes. I’ve realized that in the past, I’ve sought out dresses, shoes, & more that thrill me in the moment to add to my wardrobe, without considering their need in the long run. In order to better maintain my closet & finances, I’m being much more careful about how I approach styling.

With that, spring is underway & I’m trying to break away from my usual all-black or only black & white routine. Spring is all about soft, light colors, embracing pastels & brighter hues like nobody’s business. When I was recently perusing through my daily barrage of emails from my favorite stores, I saw a shoe trend that I just couldn’t stop thinking about. Normally, I’m not a trend chaser, sticking to what’s classic & works for my specific body type & daily needs. Ankle strap sandals have always been a little tricky. I haven’t been able to find a comfortable pair in recent years, though I’ve written much about the sleek & delicate style (here), but when I saw that so many different designers & retailers were pitching light blue suede ankle strap sandals for spring, my mind was racing with all the styling possibilities—with dresses, pencil skirts, cropped jeans, & so many more!

It doesn’t hurt to have a little celebirty inspiration when it comes to this particular shoe style, showing all the different colors & ways to wear them. This includes German starlet Diane Kruger, supermodel Kendall Jenner, Oscar-winner Emma Stone, blogger / actress Ashley MadekweOrange Is The New Black star Taylor Schilling, & pop star Rihanna

SHOP: 1. Stuart Weitzman nearly nude sandal @Stuart Weitzman, 2. Pelle Moda Bonnie sandal @Zappos, & 3. Steve Madden Carrson sandal @Steve Madden.

SHOP: 4. Jessica Simpson Monrae sandals @DSW, 5. Brash Houston sandal @Payless, & 6. ‘It’s Simple Really’ sandal @GOjane.

We all have different styling expectations & budgets, which is why I wanted to share the six above pairs of shoes, ranging in price from $21 – $400, including some very well-known, quality brands, as well as more affordable options to try this spring for a weekend brunch, Easter with the family, or a fashionable date night look.

For more ankle strap sandals, check out these options in other colors & textures to expand your shoe collection & brave a new shoe adventure!

SHOP: Call It Spring wine velvet sandal @Macy’s, Fiolla pink suede sandal @ALDO, Mossimo Pamela sandal in black @Target, Michael Antonio Lovina sandal in pink @JC Penney, & ‘All Star Cast’ white patent leather sandal @Lulu’s.

How much do you typically spend on trendy items? Do you like to try new colors from season to season? What’s your spring go-to shoe style? Happy Styling!