01/11/2019 Darling of the Day: Meghan Markle’s Maternity LBD!


The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, made her first patronage to work with the charity organization, Smart Works, that works with women who are seeking to improve their job pursuits (via interview skills & wardrobe choices). The mother-to-be arrived in a black materntiy t-shirt dress by Hatch & Oscar de la Renta coat with a Victoria Beckham purse & cow print heels. The looks was in keeping with her minimalist elegance, especially as she radiated with positivity & style.

Of course, Meghan’s wardrobe budget can’t compare to most of ours, but her designer pieces are available to shop online. See below.

SHOP: Hatch maternity t-shirt dress @Shop Bop, coat @Oscar de la Renta, & Victoria Beckham purse @Net-A-Porter.

However, to achieve a look similar to Meghan’s (pregnant or not), I scoured the web for similar & affordable items that are also chic wardrobe essentials. The LBD could be styled for day or night depending on your accessories. Also, a neutral coat is a must-have for the colder months.

SHOP: Isabel maternity t-shirt dress by Ingrid & Isabel @Target, t-shirt dress @Old Navy, pea coat @Milanoo, Emmala pointy toe pumps @Nine West, & Kelly & Katie purse @DSW.

What do you think of Meghan’s demure look? How would you style a little black dress? For more celebrity-inspired posts, check out Michelle Obama’s holographic boots, pearl-inspired looks from Brie Larson & Rihanna, Jessica Alba’s gold top, & Jennifer Lopez’s Second Act premiere gown. Happy Styling!

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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!

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


Jenny Packham Pre-Fall 2015 Collection.

Jenny Packham is one of Britain’s top designers, famously worn by the likes of Kate Middleton, Emmy Rossum, Nina Dobrev, Kate Winslet, Taylor Swift, & Emma Roberts. Since it’s awards season, there’s no doubt that some, if not most of these looks will appear on the red carpet, especially at this weekend’s Golden Globes. The Pre-Fall 2015 Collection is full of gorgeous column gowns with plenty of sequin & beadwork detail, elegant belts, soft draping, metallic embellishments, & sophisticated pleats.

Which gown is your favorite? Which celebrities are you looking out for at the Golden Globe Awards? Do you have a favorite designer? To shop Jenny Packham’s designs, check out retailers like Harrods, Neiman Marcus, Net-A-Porter, Debenhams, Shop Bop, Boutique 1, & YOOX. For more stylish posts from Runway Rundown, check out more galleries from Christian Siriano, Naeem Kahn, Tory Burch, Alice + Olivia, Badgley Mischka, Marchesa, The Rachel Zoe Collection, & Oscar de la Renta. Happy Styling!

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Runway Rundown: Monique Lhuillier’s Complete Spring Summer Ready-To-Wear 2015 Collection From New York Fashion Week!


Monique Lhuillier Spring Summer Ready-To-Wear 2015 Fashion Week Collection

In an ongoing effort to bring readers the best from New York Fashion Week (#NYFW), I’m very excited & inspired to share the latest from Monique Lhuillier, who continues to present a combination of modernity with classic femininity. The blend of flowy separates & evening gowns made for a really beautiful show. I love the soft, luxe pastels in this Spring Summer Ready-To-Wear 2015 line, especially when they’re shown with a little sparkle.

These looks are made for the red carpet & editorials in upcoming fashion magazines & I can’t wait to see which star wears one of these designs first. The videos capture a behind-the-scenes look at the collection, beauty prep, & an interview with Ms. Lhuillier herself.

Check out the gallery of gorgeous shots from the catwalk, as well as the slideshow. Also, to shop the designer’s current pieces & bridal collection, head over to Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, & Shop Bop. Which look is your favorite? What trends are you looking forward to for spring? How is this season’s fashion week inspiring your own personal style? Happy Styling!

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Luxury Look-Alikes For Less: House of Harlow 1960 Ring Vs. Forever 21!


 

Nicole Richie‘s House of Harlow 1960 collection contains a wide variety of vintage & tribal-inspired pieces of jewelry, as well as other accessories & clothing by Nicole’s other line Winter Kate.  Both brand names are named after her daughter, Harlow Winter Kate Madden.  You can items from this line sold at high-end retailers like Revolve Clothing, Shop Kitson, & Shop Bop. Trends in these styles are very popular for the spring to pair with flirty florals & masculine plaids.  One of these rings costs $95.00 & the other is a mere $3.80 @Forever21. Take a look at the entire Fall 2010 House of Harlow 1960 jewelry collection, courtesy of In Style.  Also Forever 21’s entire jewelry line is just one click away, ranging from $1.50 to $24.80! Happy Styling!

Luxury Look-Alikes for Less: Renee Zellweger’s Golden Globe gown!


After this week’s Golden Globes, I started thinking about some of my favorite gowns from previous years.  Back in October, I posted a luxury look-alike of Renee Zellweger from back in 2000 when she won for Nurse Betty

This vintage sweetheart Jean Desses gown made all the headlines b/c of its gorgeous yellow hue.  The Oscar winner set the trend for wearing yellow on the red carpet- in January.  Stunners like Reese Witherspoon, Mariska Hargitay, & Angelina Jolie have since (& perhaps inadvertently) followed.  This look-alike (to the left) is still on the market for purchase! And if yellow is on your mind, check out these gorgeous yellow gowns!

                                 

If you’re determined to find a yellow gown, might I suggest some of these gorgeous accessories to add special touches of sparkle & splashes of glamour to the sunshine hue.  Break out some bling in silver or gold, which will definitely pop against a bright white.  There’s always the fun combination of yellow with red, like mustard & ketchup.  Here’s where a cocktail ring really comes into play.  If you’re going for a fierce bumble bee black & yellow theme, try bringing in your black with some glitter in a clutch. 

                                    

 Although there was no yellow at this year’s Golden Globes, all 11 years later, it’s one of those colors that always catches our attention.  Always cheerful & playful, yellow keeps appearing & as long as it’s fabulous, you can count on Style Darling to share it.  For example, check out a shoe search for a friend’s upcoming wedding shoes in yellow… I wonder what ever came of that search?  Keep a look out for some more Luxury Look-Alike posts about this year’s Golden Globe ceremonies.  I’ve already seen Mandy Moore & Sofia Vergara‘s gowns knocked off.  Maybe you’ll see them too!  Happy Styling!