6/10/2013 Darling Of The Day: Taylor Swift’s Leggy Look In London!

I will be honest- I have a like-dislike affection for Taylor Swift. Maybe b/c too many of her breakup songs relate to my personal situation for the 2013 calendar year, so far. However, I can’t help but love her casual separates looks, which reminds us that the country crooner is a young style icon, even though her more formal red carpet looks all seem to follow the same glittery or white princess uniform. Here at the 2013 Capital FM Summertime Ball in London, the singer / songwriter makes this feminine Oscar de la Renta blouse looks youthful by pairing it with classic black shorts & strappy black sandals. For those of you looking to show off your gams, but still keep it classy, this is the perfect look to emulate.

You certainly don’t have to break the bank, especially when I’ve found some look-alike pieces to recreate this luxury look… & for under $100! This includes the contrast trim button up ($19.80) from Forever 21. Clearly, it doesn’t have all the lace details & black trim on the sleeve, but it’s very similar in that it will keep your upper half covered up. Not to mention this will look chic with a brocade pencil skirt & peep toe pumps, leather leggings & ankle booties, or with skinny trousers & ballet flats. Also, the Gramercy Gabardine short ($39.95) from New York & Company are a summer staple, which will dress up plenty of other tops, including a silk cami & blazer with platform sandals. What’s great about shopping NY&Co is that you can also benefit from their current BOGO 50% off sale if you find another essential basic for your spring-summer wardrobe.

As for accessories, I went back to Forever 21 to find the heart charm ring ($1.80) which was just too precious to pass up, the Simply Vera Vera Wang silver tone simulated crystal stud earrings ($8.40) from Kohl’s, & Charlotte Russe‘s strappy zip-back mid-heel sandal ($30.00) in black.

For more posts on affordable fashion & celebrity style, check out LWDs inspired by Angelina Jolie & Jennifer Lopez, menswear looks as seen on Diane Kruger & Olivia Palermo, trendy flip-flops from Sam Edelman & Guess, & nautical-inspired striped maxi skirts at all price points! Happy Styling!

The Stylish Five: Killer Heels From GOjane ($20 & Under)!

I feel like it’s been a while since I focused on shoes.  Part of what I love about shoes is that they always make your outfit look good!  I’m about to do my big seasonal closet switch, where I’ll rediscover some “old sole” friends who I haven’t seen since the end of last winter. I’m most excited about doing this b/c perhaps I may be able to make room for some more new friends if I make a few bags of clothes & shoes for donations.

I recently received an email from GOjane that shared news of their latest sale- footwear marked down up to 67% off!  That’s a whole lot of savings right there!  I love this site b/c it various designs of shoes for every style.  You can get girly with bows, walk fierce with strappy sandals, make a statement in peep toes, & the list goes on!  Here I’ve picked some of my favorite for The Stylish Five, all under $20!

First we have the strappy side floral print pump ($19.95) in orange, originally priced at $26.95.  They’re flashy enough to bring out the wow factor in a pair of high waist trouser jeans & a 70s inspired knotted blouse.  The color & print may throw off some shoppers, but it’s a pair of shoes unlike anything else that you’ll see on the street.  If you’re not an orange gal, they’re also available in blue too! Next is my favorite pair of the bunch, in dark green the pleated bow front pump ($15.95).  They have a staggering 5.25″ heel, but make for the perfect finish to a black sheath dress with gold deco jewelry.  The color is so on trend for fall & the price is perfectly reduced from $27.95!

If you’re into texture & detail like me, then the ruffled velvet heel ($14.95) in sand is a must-have!  They offer just enough coverage that can be worn with tights & a pair of dressy shorts this fall.  This shoe selection is very strap-happy, especially with the cross strap leatherette platforms ($13.95) which lend a little bit of an urban feel to something soft like a tiered chiffon mini dress or skinny pants & a metallic top.  They’re marked down a whopping 37% from their original price of $22.20 & can be worn throughout the year! Lastly, I picked the espadrille strap slingback platform ($12.95) that can transform a day look into something evening-ready.  The 4.75″ heel will elongate your legline & give any sweater dress & leggings look a whole new life!

I know this season is all about boots, but you can help reboot next year’s wardrobe with a few discounted finds right now!  What do you think of these styles? What’s your best shoe deal story? Are you a peep toe gal or strappy sandal Style Darling? Check out previous posts in The Stylish Five, featuring cold weather accessories & affordable finds from H&M! Happy Styling!

Luxury Look-Alikes For Less: Super Strappy Black Gladiator Sandals from Barneys Vs. Mandee!

If you’re looking for some super sexy strappy black gladiator sandals for a cocktail dress or your favorite little black dress, then check these out!  However, I was soooo enchanted by a pair from Barney’s, but couldn’t get past the $675.00 price tag.  Naturally this is b/c the brand of the ‘Zaira’ is Loeffler Randall, which is also available @Zappos, Neiman Marcus, Singer 22, & Nordstrom.

However, as a Style Darling on a budget, check out Mandee for these four-inch strappy cone heel sandals.  They only cost $15.00 & while the two pairs of sandals are not identical, they’re pretty close in concept.  Think about how much you buy for $675 & why in the world would you want to spend that much on one pair of shoes (unless of course money was not an issue)?

When I look for shoes, it’s all about getting the most for my money.  As a regular on the Mandee website & in their stores, I’ve found their shoe selection very reliable in comfort & style.  Not to mention all the discount rewards you can earn just for having the store’s credit card! Check out previous Luxury Look-Alikes for Less posts for more great affordable & stylish finds! Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: Steve Madden Clearance Up to 80% Off!

There are some big sales going on right now @Steve Madden, including a very affordable selection of shoe styles on clearance!  These four styles are among my top picks, however the brand also has knee boots marked down to under $50!  Each of these are perfect for some time during the year & the wedges makes for a sweet spring combination with a pair of cuffed boyfriend jeans & a floral blouse.  Consider the shooties for the fall with a textured pencil skirt & chunky knit.  The strappy sandals are sexy for a summer date night in something metallic.  The more elegant choice for a cocktail affair is something in satin with a bow detail, especially in the winter! If you sign up for the brand’s emails, you’ll get regular notifications on sales, get a 10% off offer on your next order, & you’ll learn when all the latest styles are debuting!  Happy Styling!

The $100 Challenge: $100 worth of shoes!

Usually my $100 Challenge features an entire look that totals just under $100 before taxes, but this time I decided to collect $100 worth of my favorite shoes.  These are either marked down on sale or regular priced at some of my favorite affordable stores.  Since my site-wide overhaul of old blogs, I haven’t returned to this category (with the exception of a friend’s super stylish find in A True Style Darling’s Uniform). Who knew that finding up to seven pairs of shoes would total $98.94!  These styles that can be worn on & off throughout the year can be found at Payless, Charlotte Russe, Old Navy, Forever 21, Mandee, & Wet Seal. Can you come up with more stylish shoes than these seven for a total up to $100?  Of course, you can invest that money in just one item from a higher-end brand name like Nine West, Aldo, or Steve Madden, but sometimes finding a unique item like one of these is a fun way to avoid too much of a splurge. 



Furry boots like these are perfect for next winter with some skinny jeans & a leather jacket.  Flowered flats are adorable for leggings & an embellished blouse.  The black ankle strap heels are a lovely way to finish off a floral sheath dress.  These gladiator flats are vacation must-haves with a pair of navy bermuda shorts & a graphic tee.  These sexy zippered pointed toe pumps are sleek for work in a pencil skirt & button-down shirt.  For a flirty cocktail look, these purple sandals are a bright pop of color against a little black dress.  Lastly, these silver glitter flip-flops are beach-friendly with a zebra print swimsuit. Happy Styling!