SHOP NOW!: Printed Summer-to-Fall Dresses & Cardigans by Time & Tru!


As we’re headed into mid-August & all the back-to-school merchandise is out in stores, it’s an exciting time to get thinking about fall fashion & how to transition favorite summer pieces into the next season. Particularly, when starting the new school year, having versatile, stylish pieces that are also comfortable–bonus!–makes the getting ready process easier & more exciting.

For example, Walmart‘s Time & Tru brand strikes again with the printed midi dress with flutter sleeves ($19.98) available in sizes XS-XXXL & 4 patterns: green chili, papyrus beige patchwork, sheer salmon, & winter white watercolor ditsy.

Another options includes Time & Tru’s 3/4 sleeve smocked midi dress ($24.98), which is also available in sizes XS-XXXL & 4 patterns: rustic red painted peony, black plaid, papyrus beige patchwork, & peach glaze batik leaves.

Of course, any of these dresses would like darling with a pair of neutral slides, a charm bracelet, & some drop earrings for this summer, but the classic & colorful prints match with some signature fall hues, including burgundy, mustard, olive, navy & brown, which is why the following cardigan suggestions are perfect to match up with these dresses for cooler days.

SHOP: Time & Tru open front duster cardigan in urban khaki ($12.00, available in sizes XS-XXXL & 6 colors), Time & Tru pointelle cardigan with long sleeves in papyrus beige ($10.50, available in sizes XS-XL & 3 colors), Time & Tru tie-front cardigan sweater in green chili ($12.00, available in sizes XS-XXXL & 3 colors, Time & Tru open front cardigan sweater in apple juice ($14.98, available in sizes XS-XXXL & 8 colors), & Time & Tru boyfriend cardigan in black soot ($18.98, available in sizes XS-XXL & 4 colors).

How would you style these dresses? Would you wear them to work or for play? Which patterns & colors are your favorites? What’s your go-to cardigan style? For more stylish posts, check out: my top 5 picks from J.Crew Factory’s clearance sale, more stackable jewelry organization ideas from Walmart & Amazon, Serena Williams on the September cover of Vogue, & new must-have work pants by A New Day @Target! Happy Styling!

The Stylish Five: Extra 70% Off Clearance Sale Extended @J.Crew Factory!


Now is the perfect time of year to stock up on new summer favorites that can be worked into your summer-to-fall transition wardrobe, but also to hang onto for next year–or that surprise winter vacation you may take to a tropical location or resort destination! Just this morning, J.Crew Factory bombed my email advertising that their extra 70% off on clearance sale has been extended, with code: FLASH70! Here are my Top 5 stylish suggestions to add to your summer wardrobe arsenal!

First, to get the most out of your maxi skirts & linen shorts before the heat dies down, a feminine cami in a neutral or bold hue coordinates well for a night on the boardwalk or afternoon party. Additionally, the cami is a staple piece for under a blazer, low-cut sweater, or cardigan when opting for luxe layers.

SHOP: scalloped cami top, limited availability in sizes 00-20 & 9 colors / patterns, priced: $9.00-$15.00 after code: FLASH70.

Next, two of my favorite summer trends are combined with the tank below. I love a playful pattern, but also a smocked effect because stretch is a friend, especially across the bustline. The peplum & shoulder-tie details add to the whimsy of this tank, especially when paired with cropped jeans & wedges or cut-off shorts & slide sandals.

SHOP: smocked tie-shoulder tank top, limited availability in sizes XS-3X & 5 colors / patterns, priced: $9.00 after code: FLASH70.

Additionally, basic isn’t always bad, especially when a tiered dress like this can be dressed up with a statement necklace, woven belt, wedges & a clutch when headed to a waterfront dinner or with some metallic flip flops & floppy hat for running errancds.

SHOP: sleeveless knit tiered mini dress, limited availability in sizes XXS-3X & 4 colors / patterns, priced: $5.10-$10.50 after code: FLASH70.

Also, footwear for summer shouldn’t be bland, especially when fun & flirty patterns can be mixed & matched. For example, a printed slide can work with a printed top, as in the stripes can play well against polka dots & the palm print would highlight colorblocking too!

SHOP: printed knot slide sandals, limited availability in sizes 5-12 & 3 patterns, priced: $16.50 after code: FLASH70.

Finally, during the hottest days of the summer, I try to keep jewelry to a minimum, unless I’m at work, which is why these colorful necklaces are fashionable options to wear with a blouse-pencil-skirt-cardigan combination or printed suit with embellished flats.

SHOP: enamel link statement necklace, limited availability in 3 colors, priced: $9.00 after code: FLASH70. Check out the matching earrings & bracelet here!

What stylish items have you yet to find at the end of this summer season? Where are you shopping for the best clearance deals? What’s your seasonal wardrobe budget? For more stylish posts, check out: stackable jewelry organizers from Walmart & Amazon, Serena Williams on the cover of Vogue‘s September issue, & a fashion flashback for Cara Delevingne’s best pants looks! Happy Styling!

07/09/2022 Darling of the Day: Stranger Things Star Sadie Sink Appears on TODAY in a Floral Miu Miu Dress!


Now that volume two of Stranger Things‘ fourth season has finally hit Netflix, the show’s stars are talking up that major cliffhanger ending in preparation for a final fifth season. This week, Max Mayfield herself, portrayed by the always luminous Sadie Sink, hit the press circuit with an appearance on Today, wearing all Miu Miu in a floral prairie dress & kitten heel loafer slingbacks. The 20-year-old actress discussed not only “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush as Max’s escape song, which, by the way, is still charting strong, but also Netflix’s binge-worthy success with Stranger Things, her supportive family, and starring in Taylor Swift‘s short film for her song “All Too Well.”

The dress includes many classic summer dress elements, including the delicate floral print, button down closure, & puffed sleeves, adding maturity & retro style to the ensemble that is paired with an unexpected, though on-brand, menswear-inspired footwear choice. See below:

SHOP: long printed crepe de chine dress in pomegranate yellow / red ($3,900) & leather loafers with heel in white ($1,700) @Miu Miu.

However, if shopping the luxury price tag of Miu Miu isn’t in your budget realm (it’s not in mine, that’s for sure), I selected some look-alike summer dresses to recreate Sadie’s anytime look, which is perfect for work with a cardigan & pumps or weekend with flat sandals & a crossbody bag.

SHOP: 1. BebreezChic floral puff sleeve chiffon dress in yellow flowers (available in sizes XS-XL, $39.99 + $6 off coupon code on site) @Amazon, 2. SheIn allover print ruffle a-line maxi dress in multi color (available in sizes XS-L, $33.99) @Amazon, & 3. Agnes Orinda casual ditsy floral midi shirt dress in white (available in sizes 1X-4X, on sale: $34.99) @Target.

SHOP: 1. metallic chain decor slingback mules in white (available in sizes 6-10.5, $38.00) @Shein, 2. faux weave mule flats in white (available in sizes 6-10, on sale: $10.00) @Ardene, & 3. Nina loafer in white (available in sizes 6-10, on sale: $25.00) @New York & Company.

Do you like Sadie’s Miu Miu look for TODAY? Would you mix a floral dress with loafer heels? Have you been binging Stranger Things? Who is your favorite character from the show? For more stylish posts, check out: The Crown star Emma Corrin on the cover of Vogue‘s August 2022 issue, Kim Kardashian’s beauty regimen interview with Allure, a flashback to Cameron Diaz’s best red carpet looks, an entire any-day dress look from H&M for under $100, & Keira Knightley’s little black dress inspiration from Paris Fashion Week! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW: Vibrant Summer Dresses for $7.99!


With over two months left of summer, you’d think that stores would be fully stocked with the latest designs & styles for any shopper still looking to update their wardrobe for the season or investing in a fresh vacation wardrobe… but now that 4th of July has passed, retailers are clearing out merchandise to make room for incoming fall fashion. This means that it’s time to check those clearance racks for special finds that are perfect for the still-thriving summer season, but also to store for next spring’s rotation.

New York & Company is probably one of my favorite places to buy work & weekend clothing, but now that there are no longer any stores to peruse through, making online purchases that are final sale should be done carefully. When buying anything online, a shopper should always read the reviews & the product details, like garment material & care, along with checking a size chart for limited size availability, but for items that cannot be returned, taking the time to do this, especially for a dress that looks good enough to add-to-cart, is crucial. As New York & Company’s website is promoting their latest Into the Wild summer collection, most, if not all, short, midi, & maxi dresses from earlier in the season are reduced to $7.99, including the following bold & stylish short frock redlines:

SHOP: 1. tie-neck puff-sleeve tiered dress in pretty lilac, 2. bow-waist eyelet shift dress in summer berry punch, 3. floral-print tie-waist dress in black, 4. magic crepe floral-print tie-neck flare dress in black, 5. premier stretch plaid cap-sleeve flare dress in bluebell, & 6. chambray cut-out dress in medium blue wash.

Additionally, I’m a big fan of midi & maxi dresses to ensure that a dress isn’t too short, loving the below picks:

SHOP: 1. floral-print puff-sleeve maxi dress in optic white, 2. colorblock off-the-shoulder poplin maxi dress in bouncing yellow, 3. floral-print tiered halterneck midi dress in grand sapphire, 4. linen-blend paisley midi dress in green opal, 5. geometric-print halterneck maxi dress in black & 6. gingham-print belted maxi dress in red.

If you’re a bargain shopper, like me, don’t forget to also check out New York & Company’s other redlines, including tops for $7.99, sweaters for $4.99, jeans for $7.99, shorts for $7.99, skirts for $7.99, pants for $7.99, outerwear for $7.99, & shoes for $7.99 to stock up on can’t-miss deals!

How would you style the short, midi, & maxi dresses? What special occasions do you have coming up that you need a dress for? Where do you usually shop for bargain-priced end-of-the-season clearance items? How often do you refresh your seasonal wardrobe? For more stylish posts, check out: a blonde Kim Kardashian on Allure‘s August 2022 cover, an H&M outfit for under $100, patriotic red carpet inspiration featuring Anne Hathaway & Jennifer Garner, & the prettiest polka dot picks from LOFT! Happy Styling!

The $100 Challenge: #OOTD in Green from H&M!


In today’s world, it’s actually not hard to find comfortable, stylish clothing, what with the coziness of loungewear still on everyone’s mind during lockdown; however, the world is changing, & it’s time to marry the comfort with the glam, especially when it comes to budget fashion. Today’s post is all about getting an entire look for under $100, which is exactly what I was able to put together with these stylish, neutral, & versatile pieces from H&M for a total of $85.95 (before taxes & any shipping fees), including:

SHOP: 1. cotton jersey dress in green (available in sizes XS-XXL, $24.99), 2. heart-shaped earrings in gold-coloured ($9.99), 3. metal-buckle waist belt in light beige (available in sizes XS-XXL, $17.99), 4. crossbody bag in beige ($19.99), & 5. slides in beige ($12.99).

The dress is also available in black, dark taupe, & light beige, which means that the styling possibilities are endless, especially with the slides & crossbody bag also made in black. If you like a billowy silhouette, you can ditch the belt or go for something more natural in a straw or basketweave, or even add a floppy hat & go for gladiator sandals with this look.

Where are you shopping for affordable fashion this season? What kinds of summer dresses are you most drawn to? Do you coordinate your accessories by shade or texture? For more stylish posts, check out: Keira Knightley’s Paris Fashion Week LBD, the prettiest maxi dress for summer from Amazon, #PRIDE styles from New York & Company, & affordable glam day-to-night sandals! Happy Styling!

07/06/2022 Darling of the Day: Keira Knightley’s Summer French Girl Chanel LBD at Paris Fashion Week!


Two-time Academy Award nominee & Chanel ambassador Keira Knightley hit Paris Fashion Week‘s Chanel Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2022 Runway, sitting front row in a French-girl-chic little black dress by, none other than, Chanel.

Her return to spotlight is long overdue & demonstrates her consistent triumphant style, grace, & polish as she turned heads in an unlikely summer combination of velvet & Mary Jane heels (shop similar here). However, Keira nails the look, especially with bumper sunglasses (shop similar here), a quilted clutch (shop similar here), & elegant rings (shop here & here). See the photos below of Keira’s exquisite style, alongside her husband, James Righton, to inspire your next summer LBD outing.

Even though summer is a season all about colors & patterns, a little black dress for a variety of occasions is a timeless wardrobe staple, including these more affordable options to help a Style Darling live your best French-girl fantasy, whether you’re headed to a cocktail party, wedding, weekend brunch, or somewhere fabulous & fashionable.

SHOP: 1. Gabrielle Union faux leather fringe dress in black @New York & Company (available in sizes XS-XXL, sale: $38.98), 2. satin mini cowl neck slip dress in black @ELOQUII (available in sizes 14-28, $99.95), 3. velvet lace dress in black @Venus (available in sizes 2-24, $89.00), 4. button v-neck dress in black @LOFT (available in sizes 00-14, sale: $79.99), 5. And Now This cotton cutout one-shoulder dress in black @Macy’s (available in sizes XS-XL, sale: $41.30), & 6. allover lace midi dress in black @Express (available in sizes XS-XL, sale: $59.00).

Additionally, an LBD doesn’t necessarily demand coordinating black shoes, especially as seen on Keira wearing beige & black Mary Janes, but this season, black sandals come in a variety of strappy & mule styles that elevate any ensemble. Here are some suggestions:

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SHOP: 1. Journee Collection Sidney pump in black @DSW (available in sizes 5.5-12, $59.99), 2. Journee Collection Emory heel in black @Express (available in sizes 6-12, $59.99), 3. ruched bloc-heeled sandals in black @Ardene (available in sizes 6-10, sale: $17.94), 4. Allegra K pointed toe chunky heel dress mule pumps in black @Target (available in sizes 6-10, sale: $55.99), & 5. Journee Collection comfort Vivvy heel in black @Express (available in sizes 7-12, $64.99).

Do you like Keira’s Chanel look? Would you wear velvet in the summer? Which designer runway shows have you been following for Paris Fashion Week? Which celebrities are your favorites to see sitting in the front row? For more stylish posts, check out: the prettiest summer maxi dress from Amazon; red, white, & blue red carpet style on celebrities like Dakota Johnson & Anne Hathaway; top polka dot picks from LOFT; & Natalie Portman’s Variety photo shoot in Dior & Iris Van Herpen! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW: The Prettiest Maxi Dress for Summer from Amazon!


I’ve said it once & I’ll say it again… If there’s something that I love & it’s made in multiple colors, I’ll take it! This goes for cardigans, blouses, pants, ballet flats, & dresses too! So when I was searching Amazon for options to spruce up my summer maxi dresses, to wear to both work & for weekend or night occasions, I wanted something lightweight, classic, & effortless to pair with wedges or sandals, along with a cardigan or crossbody bag. When I happened upon this one-should midi dress from Zesica, I searched their Amazon store for more options, which included a Bohemian Spaghetti Strap Swiss Dot Sleeveless Smocked A Line Flowy Maxi Dress ($37.99) in 12 different colors: black, burgundy, dark orange, midnight blue, mint, navy, pink, plum, purple, rose, white, & green.

I’ve worn the midnight blue (which is more of a periwinkle) three times now: to a carnival fundraiser, a family dinner, & to work with a cardigan. The slit is only visible if you pose a certain way. Otherwise, I had no problem wearing it & liked the movement that the maxi offered. Additionally, I liked that the straps could be tied & bowed to fit my frame as I usually find that some straps are too loose, if they’re not adjustable, & then they tend to fall down. I bow for the straps is also a nice touch, adding to the Swiss dot, feminine feel. I paired this dress with metallic sandals, laser cut ballet flats, or flowered flip-flops, wearing a statement earring in a coordinating color. Also, I ended up ordering the plum color (which is more of a dusty rose) & have the mint & purple on my mind since I do love a bright hue, especially when there’s a $2 off promotional coupon applied to the purchase, but I may invest in those colors with other dresses that I have saved at the moment.

The only downside to the dress above is that Zesica only sells it in sizes S-XL. However, for plus-size maxi dress recommendations, check out: CARROTMOB wrap dress (available in 5 colors, sizes 1X-5X), The Drop tiered maxi dress (available in 7 colors, sizes XXS-5X), & LONGYUAN short sleeve maxi (available in 32 colors, sizes XL-6X).

How would you style this dress? Which color are you most drawn to? Where do you shop for classic maxi dresses for summer? For more stylish posts, check out: lovely polka dot pieces from LOFT, Natalie Portman’s Variety cover while promoting her new film Thor: Love and Thunder, affordable metallic day-to-night sandals, & Selena Gomez in Alexander McQueen & Jimmy Choo while promoting Rare Beauty!

SHOP NOW: My Favorite Summer Midi Dress from Amazon!


When on the hunt to spruce up some summer staples, I fell into the Amazon abyss, naturally. However, I was happy to come up for air with the Women’s Bohemian Summer One Shoulder Smocked Midi Dress sold by Zesica on Amazon. There are other vendors that carry this type of dress, but my heart landed on Zesica also because of some other favorited items that I added to my cart from their Amazon store too.

Anyway, what I love about this dress is its lightweight fabric, smocked bust (perfectly stretchy), & the variety of 28 styles–in 4 solid colors & 24 patterns–for $39.99.

I bought the black (top left) to wear to a Jewel concert recently, along with the grassgreen (second on top left) when attending a graduating ceremony recently. I might just add 1 or 2 more to my cart since I love the fit & style so much, plus I’m constantly seeing discounts posted with the purchase, like currently there’s a $2 off coupon with purchase. I’d recommend pairing this dress with a cropped cardigan for a daytime occasion or breaking out the jewel sandals for a dressier event.

I must say… The only downside is the dress runs from S-XL, which excludes the amazing plus-size shoppers & readers out there, but stores like Lane Bryant have got you covered with their gorgeous variety of summer midi dresses that are on sale now!

What is your favorite style of summer dress? Where are you shopping for your summer staples? how would you style this dress? For more stylish posts, check out: my recommended final sale finds from New York & Company, affordable floppy straw hats (to pair with the above dress!) from Target, cotton & linen shorts from Walmart, & Blake Lively’s little white dress inspiration! Happy Styling!

The Stylish Five: Get That Gingham @Old Navy!


One of the most classic & stylish staple summer patterns is gingham, offering a cool, breezy cotton piece for any seasonal look, especially in red, black, white, or blue. Old Navy is on top of the summer gingham trend with a variety of pieces at prices you can’t miss out on, especially in sizes XS-3XL!

SHOP: Cotton-Poplin Cami Maxi Swing Dress in gingham & Tiered Gingham Maxi Skirt in gingham daisy. Pair the dress with metallic slide sandals & a straw hat; try the skirt with a boatneck tee & espadrilles.

SHOP: Fitted Gingham Twist-Front Cami Top in blue & Sleeveless Tie-Shoulder Gingham Babydoll Top in red. Coordinate either of these tops with denim cutoff shorts or cropped pants & a cardigan for cooler nights.

SHOP: Printed Canvas Tote Bag in blue. This is a perfect tote for heading out to the park for the day, reading against a tree or hitting up the beach for a day in the sun.

Do you like to wear gingham? What is your favorite summer trend right now? Where are you shopping for the best summer fashion deals? What are you planning to pack for your next weekend getaway? For more stylish posts, check out: the perfect goddess dress from New York & Company, stylish floppy hats from Target for $10, Charlize Theron’s classic Dior & denim look, affordable cotton & linen shorts from Walmart, & Beyonce’s British Vogue cover! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW! New York & Company’s Goddess Dress!


Back in 2019, I posted my love for New York & Company‘s goddess maxi dress, which has only heightened as the years have gone by & deepened as comfort in the summer moved higher on the list of summer style priorities (as a busy mother who works full-time). However, I’m excited to share that the short version of this dress (the v-neck goddess dress) is available on the retailer’s website in a fabulous variety of 7 colors (black, coral, green opal, grand sapphire, paper white, purple mardi gras, and scuba blue) in sizes XS-XXL while supplies last.

Currently, these dresses on sale for $19.99, but I urge readers to keep an eye on all of the major sales that New York & Company frequently posts about, not only on social media, but via email subscription; prices change quickly! I already have the black & navy versions of this dress, but I have the green & purple dresses on my mind too. Although, any of these frocks can be styled in a plethora of ways, including with high heels & a metallic clutch for a girls’ night out, gladiator sandals & a floppy hat for daytime, as well as with a sporty blazer & sneakers for a mix of athleisure & glam.

Additional adaptations of this flattering goddess style can also be found with New York & Company’s tie-waist goddess romper (available in 4 colors in sizes XS-XXL) & cold-shoulder goddess top (available in 9 colors in sizes XS-XXL); examples are pictured below:

What’s your summer go-to top style? Do you gravitate towards a flowy goddess piece or prefer more structured options? Where are you shopping for the best deals on summer must-haves? For more stylish posts, check out: $10 floppy straw hats from Target, Charlize Theron’s Dior and denim look, casual cotton & linen shorts from Walmart, & Blake Lively’s little white dress inspiration! Happy Styling!

06/13/2022 Darling of the Day: Blake Lively’s #LWD Inspo for Summer!


When it comes to summer style, I’m always all about a breezy, comfy fit & pops of color, but a little white dress (#LWD) is always a staple to break out for a fresh day in the sun, gathering with family & friends, or a chic date night out. Case in point, actress & style icon Blake Lively attended this weekend’s Tribeca Film Festival in support of her superstar pal Taylor Swift‘s “All Too Well” short film, which apparently should not be confused with a music video. However, Blake’s classic white dress caught my eye to feature because the actress has elevated the look for evening with her always stylish eye for accessorizing, along with her charming husband, Ryan Reynolds at her side.

The featured neutrals, along with the light cotton frock offer a juxtaposition of hard & soft, as well as glitzy & effortless. Furthermore, the Christian Louboutin t-strap heels and Gucci purse are likely too costly for the average Style Darling, which is why I wanted to feature affordable & fashionable alternatives, if Blake’s look has you inspired. Here are a few white dresses, available in a variety of sizes XS-4X (while supplies last) to get you ready for your next summer night out in style, ranging in prices $24.99-$74.00:

SHOP: 1. Smocked Top Puff-Sleeve Dress @New York & Company, 2. Fit & Flare Sleeveless Cotton-Poplin Smocked-Bodice Midi Dress for Women @Old Navy, 3. Hear My Heartbeat White Sleeveless Tie-Back Tiered Maxi Dress @Lulu’s, 4. Sofia Jeans by Sofia Vergara Women’s Midi Empire Dress with Ruffle Seam @Walmart, 5. Who What Wear Women’s Elbow Sleeve One Shoulder Knit Dress @Target, & 6. BTFBM Women Summer Bohemian Floral Casual Wrap V Neck Ruffle Cap Sleeveless Belt A-Line Pleated Hem Swing Midi Sun Dress @Amazon.

Additionally, some suggested accessories to coordinate with any of these white dresses (or one that you still haven’t dug out from the back of your closet) include:

SHOP: 1. Lassy Pump by Mix No. 6 @DSW, 2. Liraven Pump by Mix No. 6 @DSW, 3. Liah Braided Slide Dress Sandals by I. N. C. @Macy’s, 4. Basketwoven Crossbody Bag @Forever 21, 5. 2-Daisy Earrings @Ardene, 6. Fiona Wrapped Flat Hoops @francesca’s, 7. LC Lauren Conrad Rose Gold Tone Flower Circle Necklace @Kohl’s, & 8. LC Lauren Conrad Hook Bangle Bracelet @Kohl’s.

Where are you shopping this season for fabulous little white dresses? Which pieces are your go-to accessories for a summer night out? Do you prefer cotton, linen, or jersey for your staple little white dress? Share in the comments! Also, for more stylish celebrity posts, check out: suits inspired by Awkwafina & Selena Gomez, Jessica Alba’s summer platforms, & Victoria Beckham’s neon stilettos! Happy Styling!

Why Say “Or” When You Can Say “And” (For These Maxi Dresses)?!


I know I’m not the first to say that buying “one in every color” is worth the investment, but if there’s a staple piece of clothing (or accessory) that you love & just can’t live without, when why not? I have this philosophy typically when ti comes to cardigans & ballet flats, but with a busy summer ahead, I’m also applying this philosophy (& maybe fashion addiction excuse?) to the Goddess maxi dress @New York & Company.

I was first introduced to this dress last year & have since bought it in EIGHT different colors. It is super fashionable, very comfortable & breathable, & really, a classic maxi dress style that I will continue to wear for more summers to come. Truth: I bought it when I was very VERY pregnant last summer, which gave my big baby belly lots of room, but this is not a maternity dress. The banding underneath the bust was very forgiving & even now (not pregnant), I’m loving the flowing long skirt, which flatters my shape now. Not to mention that this dress can be style in a multitude of ways, easy breezy for weekend errands or dressed up for a special occasion! Most colors are available in sizes XS- XXL, which means that this dress really is for everyone!

I love accessorizing this dress with any number of cropped cardigans, long necklaces, oversized earrings, a denim jacket, & studded sandals. Every color of dress is a great foundation for some summer fun, coordinating with playful watermelon or pineapple accents, gawdy golds, or crisp white pieces.

SHOP: black pointelle shrug @dressbarn (shop plus size here), rimless gradient sunglasses @Forever 21, rose gold strappy sandals @David’s Bridal, stone pendant necklace @LOFT, large drop earrings @H&M, & charm bracelet @H&M.

How would you style these bold, feminine maxi dresses? What style dress is your favorite for summer? Where you headed on vacation this season? What stores are you shopping for best deals on summer must-haves? For more stylish posts, check out Old Navy’s cute flip flops, trendy resin earrings, & stylish summer hats inspired by Jessica Alba & Suki Waterhouse! Happy Styling!

Show Me the Shoes: Summer-Ready Sneakers for $10-$15!


Summer is all about no-fuss style. While I sometimes fuss & muss over what I’m going to wear in order to be comfortable when running from work to do some errands to going out with my beau, the temperature continues to rise. Effortless comfort is most important in the end, even when I want to wear a scuba dress & some wow-worthy high heels. However, what’s more fuss-free than a canvas sneaker? I know, some jaws might be hitting the floor at my mention of a sneaker here on Style Darling Daily.

I’ve never been much of a sneaker fan, only because I don’t find most sneakers attractive. I’ve owned the same one pair for years that I’ll break out for the occasional woodsy walk or hiking venture. Sneakers have an athletic function & not much of a presence in my life when I’ve found so many comfortable ballet flats that I can wear for work & while going about my daily routine. Aside from that, sneakers have just never equaled fashion to me… until now. Sneakers have taken on this whole new street style vibe, as seen on celebrities in Converse & tennis shoes, such as style icon Olivia Palermo, singer Rihanna, performer Dita Von Teese, as well as models Gigi Hadid & Karlie Kloss.

As a kid, I grew up wearing Keds-adjacent sneakers since the look-alikes at Caldor (remember Caldor?) & other bargain-centric stores were just more reasonable for my budget-conscious family. The white canvas material would only stay white for about a day until the remnants of nature, as well as the wear & tear of childhood stained the exterior. Honestly, I never quite looked back on that shoe style until today when I received an email from Payless about their latest canvas collection, featuring shoes in up to 17 different colors & pattern varieties, ranging in a limited time sale price from $10-$15, available in women’s sizes 5-13, with their summer-ready American Eagle Bal Sneaker.

When I ooo-ed & ahh-ed at these cute options, I began to imagine how to style these sneakers, especially with sweet & casual summer dresses. Of course, any of these dresses can be worn with wedges, sandals, or heels to add a little more dressy flair when headed out for a night on the town, but why not consider a sneaker if you’re going to the local carnival, on a sunset walk, or just enjoying a casual lunch with some friends?

This Westport belted denim shirt dress @dressbarn (available in plus) is just one of the many versatile denim options for the tan linen sneaker, especially when neutrals are just so easy & classic to style. Try this look with textured hoop earrings & classic bangles & you’ll be ready for anything!

The yellow-red combination might not be for everyone, but the primary color mix of the linen blend swing dress @Old Navy (available in sizes XS-XXL) with the bold red sneakers is a daring & summery way to play with color blocking, especially when paired with a denim jacket & layering necklaces!

White is the color of the summer & you really can’t go wrong with this ruffle off the shoulder dress @Express when looking at all the footwear possibilities. You could wear the purple eyelet or the dark blue stripe one day & then embrace the chambray polka dot sneaker the next! This look can be styled with some colorful tassel earrings & a basket weave belt too!

Some days, even in the summer, we just wanna wear black. Maybe it’s a New York thing, but here we can turn the dark hue into something playful & casual-chic with the plus cargo dress @H&M & the black eyelet sneakers. Try a gold chain choker & chunky ring to dress up the monochromatic look!

Lastly, use online coupon code 15CANVAS for an additional 15% off, expiring 07/09/17, because we could all use a little help when it comes to summer shopping! What’s your take on the summer sneaker-dress combination? What color combinations are you looking to try this season? Where are you shopping for your favorite footwear finds? Happy Styling! 

The Stylish Five: Feel Fabulous With Forever 21’s End Of The Season Sale ($15 & Under)!


Yes, I’m still talking about the great end of the season sales online to help Style Darlings complete their summer wardrobe with this latest installment of The Stylish Five! What better place to check up on than Forever 21, where their sale items & plus size sale items are crazy affordable right now! Of course, read b/w the lines to see that these are all final sale items! These are perfect from making the transition from day-at-the-beach to poolside-under-the-stars!

For my fuller figured Style Darlings, I love the colored denim shorts with belt ($10.99) in aqua & ombré fringe slub top ($8.99) in black since they can be mixed & matched with so many other staples including a striped tank, printed wedges, dark skinny jeans, & ballet flats.  I’m always a big fan of dresses, which is why I’ve picked out the smocked midi-length tube dress ($8.99) in green.  Not only is the price unbelievable, but the length is super cute for showing off your shoes & new Labor Day pedicure.

You can never go wrong with accessories & I love the striped canvas floppy hat ($8.99), very Jennifer Lopez.  It’s essential for any day activities if you’re looking to protect your beautiful face from the sun, as well as creating that retro look with a maxi dress & stacked bangles.  Not to mention the desert heart shoppers tote ($9.99) is plenty big for your next beach excursion.  The fun print is bold for running errands with your gal pals or simply ‘toting’ around your favorite items.

Be sure to check out yesterday’s post with items $15 & Under from J.Crew! Happy Styling!

Inside A Style Blogger’s Closet: How I Styled A Summer Dress ($8.74) For Fall!


I took a recent trip to Target, just to return something & pick up some tortilla wraps, but of course I was swayed to check out the clearance section in the women’s clothing department.  Despite my protest against buying yet another dress since I clearly have no closet space for it, the $8.74 price tag made all the difference when I saw the Converse One ‘Adna’ Dress ($34.99 online).  Not to mention, that the only two dresses on the rack were in a Medium, so I didn’t think it would fit.  But then again, I did recently lose some weight, so I ducked into the fitting room to try it on. Now, this is me, at home with my new dress friend, smiling like it’s Christmas day!

I bought the wide stretch belt by Minicci ($12.99) a while back from Payless, of course with a coupon when it was on sale for $7.99. Also, the crocodile tights ($9.80) were another recent coupon purchase from Kohl’s by Simply Vera Vera Wang. I got 20% off just for being a cardholder!

The cardigan is a last season clearance purchase from Old Navy (I’m sure it was under $12).  Since the dress is pretty lightweight, the heaviness of the knit cardigan is a perfect match to add some texture & make it fall-ready! My staple sunburst necklace comes from Park Lane Jewelry, in which I received at a discounted price since I reaped the benefits of hosting a jewelry party two summers ago.

I bet you’re all wondering about the shoes.. They’re from Payless by Lela Rose.  I bought them about two winters ago, probably for around $38.00, but I’m sure that there was a BOGO 50% off deal in there somewhere!  I’m a big fan of black & cream, so this is a perfect uniform for me this fall.

I’m especially proud of the closeup on the headband since I made it myself, with a basic fabric-wrapped headband from a dollar store, as well as ribbons & lace from stores like Michael’s, Walmart, & Joann’s Fabrics & Craft Stores. I love all the different details in this look, knowing that it’s not too busy or bulky.

What do you think of my first official outfit posting?  All together it probably cost just over $100, but all of it can be mixed & matched with different outfits.  I can’t wait to see how this dress looks next summer with some wedges & an updo!  If you like looks that can be switched up b/w seasons, check out The $100 Challenge! Happy Styling!

The $100 Challenge: Mix Up Your Summer Pieces with Fall Style!


The IT color for this fall is green (YES!), which is of course, my favorite color.  My point for thing specific post is to show how you can take a summer item, like this one shoulder dress in light green from The Limited, marked down to $24.99 from $89.90!  It’s dressy enough for a summer wedding or a cocktail party, but to incorporate the pastel piece into your fall wardrobe, contrast its delicacy with darker, heavier companions.

I love textured & patterned tights, so these black lace mesh tights already add a darker element to the look & are only $5.80 @Forever 21 (also available in brown too)! The best way to work on layering is with a voluminous sweater, like the chunky knit cardigan for $12.50 (available in 7 different colors).  It’s perfect for over a plaid button-down shirt dress or even something as soft & feminine as the dress.  To keep the shape of the dress & flatter your figure, you can pair a wide belt with a flower buckle for $10.50 from Wet Seal over the cardigan.

Since there’s so much going on at the top of the look, let’s focus on the bottom with slouchy buckle strap boots for $24.20 @GOjane.  The boots are an excellent investment for the season since they can be matched with skinny jeans for a casual day as well. When you’re working with so much shape, be sure to keep an eye on proportion & these boots do just that!

The accessories helps make the look more casual & edgy, as well as sleek & playful.  The two-finger leaf ring is $6.60 @Kohl’s, complimenting the whimsical flower on the belt & print on the tights.  I went with the tri-tone hammered bangles for $7.70.  The copper & gold both look very rich against the soft hue of the dress.  Since the accessories & layering pieces are so big, I picked out really cute star stud earrings that are only $1.50 from Forever 21 that will help frame your face, especially if you’ve got your hair in an updo.

Lastly, there’s nothing like a reusable tote bag, like the owl bag for $1.50.  It’s easy to store in your car, or inside another purse if you’re preparing for a day of shopping.  Our grand total is (before taxes)…. $97.58! Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: All Dressed Up For Summer!


Rather than the usual slew of budget-friendly details, I’m gonna tell a little story.  I recently decided to treat myself to a shopping splurge, in a search for some new, cute capris to wear this summer, but of course, that didn’t happen (otherwise the name of this post would be about capris).  I ended up bringing home 5 dresses, 4 of which were from my old stomping grounds, New York & Company.  Having worked there this past holiday season, while saving up some extra cash for my recent trip to Italy, I got to see some of the best sales in action- or so I thought.

When I went into the store, during this particular trip, most items were BOGO 75% off & I had a spend $150, get $80 off coupon.  Now, I had set a spending budget for myself, so my best friend / shopping partner in crime combined our purchases to get the best deal & use the coupon & between the two of us, we did pretty darn good.  Naturally, as a way to get out of the crazy unexpected heat wave that was going on that week, later in the evening, I returned to the store with a second coupon in tow & really went at it.

Long story short, these were just 2 of the fantastic items that I bought & b/c of the super sale that was going at that weekend, I think the total of these 2 dresses alone came to about $36, which is why New York & Company is my dress destination for the summer.  The black & white pinstripe summer dress was originally marked up to $59.95.  I should also mention about the rosey pink dress, which originally went for $42.95, I also took home in black too!  I was able to get some super cozy tanks with ribbon details, as well as a few pullover tops that would work well all year long for work looks with pencil skirts or for at night with an embellished cardigan & animal ankle booties.

These will come in especially handy since I’m headed out to Southampton in July for a Writer’s Conference! These are just two of the looks that I’ll be wearing, as I’ve already been forewarned that there will be come evening events where dressier clothes are recommended.  Now.. what shoes to pack?!  Happy Styling!