Style Tip: How to Outfit Prep for the Week!


When it comes to prepping for the work week, most people schedule & plan out meals for lunch during work, but also at home, whether you’re single or providing for an entire family. However, on top of that, something that I try to do to make my harried mornings a little easier is outfit prep. A typical Sunday night includes me picking out 5-6 full outfits & folding them in a neat pile in order of when I will wear them so that I can get ready steadily each morning before I’m about to get my pre-schooler dressed & fed, along with embarking on my hour-long commute. Here are my steps to outfit prepping success:

1. Check the weather & your schedule. No matter the season, checking the weather will be helpful. For me, hot days mean dresses & laser cut flats with a lightweight sweater for the air conditioned office. Likewise, snow or rain mean that I need to be conscious of footwear & hair styling. Also, if you have an important meeting or post-work event, take into account how your outfit can transition.

2. Build the whole look. Even if I know I’ll be removing a cardigan or other layer for most of the day, I always keep one handy. I’m a cardigan girl, so all of my outfits include either a button-down, flyaway, or cropped topper to complete the look. I try to mix it up each day with length & color, so it doesn’t look like I’m wearing the same piece each day. Also, I put together a top with pants or a skirt & make a note of the shoes I’ll wear somewhere on my phone. I have too many shoes, so it’s worth it—for me—to ensure that I’m varying them each day. If it’s going to be a hectic week, of course, I’ll repeat out if sheer comfort needs!

3. Pre-select accessories. I have little dishes on my bedroom dresser handy for accessories, in addition to my jewelry boxes & trays that are organized by metal type. Upon selecting the outfit pieces, topper, & shoe, the accessories come next. I usually only do this for 2 days in advance to avoid cluttering my dresser Monday through Friday. This also ensures that I’m putting my jewelry away each day too. I have 5 piercings in each ear, so I select which earring will be the main one, if it’s a drop, hoop, or stud, & then grab a card or 2 of smaller options for my other holes that I’ll grab easily as I’m getting dressed. This applies to necklaces & bracelets too. Also, if I need a belt, I pick one that coordinates with my jewelry.

4. Check for imperfections. I don’t really own much that needs to be ironed or steamed, but I like to plan in advance for those outfits. Rather than folding them on my dresser, as seen below, I’ll steam ahead of time & leave the item hanging somewhere they won’t be in the way if I’m not wearing it until the end of the week & where it will remain in tact. The same goes for checking for fit, holes, missing buttons, stains, etc. You don’t want to be halfway to work when you realize that there’s something irreversibly wrong—in the moment—with your outfit, especially right before a major meeting too!

5. Grab an extra look. I sometimes get overly ambitious with an outfit that I plan, but then when the day comes & maybe the weather changes or I’m feeling bloated, I change my mind & want something more comfortable. Also, I consider factors before & after my work day, such as any errands to run or stops to make, so I’m comfortable & capable to perform those tasks & my outfit doesn’t interfere.

6. Hair! I’m curly all summer long & since my work days have been light lately, I’ve relied on a claw clip or barrette, but once the cooler weather arrives, I’ll straighten my locks & turn to scrunchies, bobby pins, or hair ties, so I plan in advance if I have something that coordinates well with a particular look. It usually ends up on a dish with the jewelry too.

7. Keep it up. The usual Monday mornings when I realize I’ve forgotten to outfit prep somehow always become my most stressful days, setting the tone for more stress. The more frequently I outfit prep to get myself mentally & physically prepared for the week, the calmer I can start my day. Also, by maintaining a weekly outfit prep schedule, at least for a 9-5, I spend more time with my wardrobe & then remember better what I’ve worn recently to make sure I’m getting the most out of my investment by not wearing the same handful of pieces each week & rotating old favorites that make me happy.

8. Adapt as necessary. If you keep grabbing the same top each week, planning to wear it & then you change your mind each time, maybe it’s time to donate it since you may never actually wear it. Similarly, you might find that you’re wearing all black all the time & you’re missing other brighter colors; then, set a goal for the week to celebrate patterns or include a neon each day or coordinate a different take on animal print on Fridays.

To conclude, there definitely other things we all worry about that are way more important in our lives, but if feeling prepared for the week & expressing yourself through your clothing are major facets of who you are, try to outfit prep. Playing dress-up doesn’t have to be just for special occasions. Having fun with what you wear helps with confidence & definitely reduces my anxiety about what lies ahead each week.

What do you do to prepare your work looks? Do you outfit prep or do you just grab something quick in the morning? What are your style goals? For more stylish posts, check out: the prettiest polka dot flats from Amazon, fun leopard print pencil skirt options, & fabric headbands for fall from Old Navy! Happy Styling!

Show Me the Shoes: Pick Polka Dots!


Fall fashion doesn’t usually shout out polka dots—at least not like spring & summer style do—but that doesn’t mean it’s not a pattern you can rely on. I love a polka dot piece, especially because it means that I can mix another pattern with it. Particularly, polka dots can work with leopard, stripes, florals, & abstract prints when done right. An easy way to dip your toes into pattern mixing with polka dots—wait for the pun to click—is through an accessory or finishing piece, such as a polka dot shoe.

The Ollio dot pattern ballet comfort pointed toe flat in black @Amazon ($29.99, available in sizes 6-11) is a subtle, stylish, & playful way to incorporate polka dots into your look. I love the pointer toe, which is fashion forward for a street style look, but also elongating for a professional & confident outfit for work.

I’m obsessed with these flats in the black & white combination, especially with the possibility of pairing them with a floral dress, as well as some colorblocking with patterned tights. When experimenting with pattern mixing, try matching up colors that work in both patterns to find success, as seen in my previous black & white outfit post. However, if trying to coordinate black & white polka dot flats like these with another print, then I suggest keeping it solid with classic neutrals, like black pants or dark denim jeans & a bold solid sweater or top in red, magenta, yellow, or royal blue, all of which will really make the polka dots pop.

Additionally, the Ollio store on Amazon, which I’ve previously recommended for these cute navy floral flats, also includes polka dot flats in other colors, such as pink, green, red, yellow, & blue.

I definitely love the idea of matching any of these up with floral counterparts when the warmer weather returns, as well as with lighter & more delicate cotton pieces that can be found on sale on the major end-of-season clearance blowout racks.

How would you style these flats? Are you a fan of polka dots? Do you shop Amazon for shoes or back-to-school must-haves? For more stylish posts, check out: leopard print pencil skirts from New York & Company, fabric headbands from Old Navy, & kimono-inspired tops for fall! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW!: Once Upon a Leopard Print Pencil Skirt…


I’d like to write a whole fairy tale about one princess’ quest to find the perfect leopard print pencil skirt, but when I, as a fashion blogger, can make this story a reality, it’s probably better to just get right to the point. As the transition of seasons approaches, most may think that pastels & lighter weight pieces must be hidden in the back of the closet & taken out of rotation, but that’s not the case when it comes to a versatile leopard print piece. Whether wearing the popular pattern as a top or bottom, or through accessories, it’s timeless for any Style Darling & presents a unique styling opportunity.

However, when it comes to a professional look that offers both creativity & boldness, I recommend a leopard print pencil skirt. This is one of my power pieces—in lieu of a preferred power suit. Leopard print can include any color combination from the traditional golden-khaki-black to fun & bright tones too.

SHOP: leopard print high-waist pencil skirt @New York & Company (on sale: $34.97, available in sizes XS-XL).

SHOP: leopard-print scuba skirt @New York & Company (on sale: $19.48, available in sizes XS-XXL).

These skirts can be paired with a button down shirt & stilettos, tee/cardigan combo with pointed ballet flats, scoop neck sweater & statement necklace, or cami/blazer + drop earrings, which is only the beginning, playing up different hues. Try a red, mustard, burgundy, or olive top with a more neutral-toned leopard skirt or for the yellow, pink, & blue option shown, mix it up with a pinstripe shirt with tennis shoes, ombre tee & denim jacket, or pastel sweater set & platforms to emphasize your softer side—no matter the trends or season.

How would you style these leopard print pencil skirts? How often do you wear pencil skirts? What’s your go-to work ensemble? For more stylish posts, check out: fabric headbands from Old Navy, Zendaya’s most gorgeous green looks, flattering & fall-ready peplum cardigans, & the most controversial red carpet looks from the MTV VMAs! Happy Styling!

Inside a Style Blogger’s Closet: Professor Style Then & Now!


The picture from 2017 was taken in front of my parents’ house in Lake Grove for my first day of teaching (as Professor LeClair) a college class & I had no idea the path I was about to fashionably forge or how my life would change over the next 5 years! When I recently uncovered the tropical dress from deep storage (that I was unable to unpack or even mentally tackle for a good 2 years), I remembered that I hadn’t worn the dress since that very first, nerve-wracking day of a career I never wanted; however, with the launch of my sixth academic year as an English professor (as Professor Gambino), I thought it was “fitting” to break it out again.

Of course, I accessorized it differently, opting for white accents & skipped the belt, but it’s good to know that 40 or do classes later, I still got it! The top picture on the right was taken this morning, a beautiful summer morning as the buzz of academia awaited me & called so many back to their jobs after a long break. I’d like to look back on both of these moments as bursting with possibility & new starts, reminding myself that they do come back around, even when it seems like fate has stuck you in a never-ending cycle.

Ultimately, recycling old favorites to make them feel new again & doing my very best to live the stylish life (one day at a time) are goals that I hope to uphold now that I’ve reclaimed a part of myself (& my style) in finally having my wardrobe where I want it to be. Stay tuned for more detailed updates on the unveiling of my cloffice (a.k.a. Style Darling Daily headquarters).

As for the outfit: The dress is an oldie from my stylist days @Dressbarn, as is the black bolero. The recent picture includes a @New York & Company cardigan & @Ardene flats, as well as oldie @Dressbarn drop earrings.

Happy Styling!

Show Me the Shoes: Fabulous Floral Flats for Fall!


When it comes to fall fashion, bold florals don’t usually come to mind first, but I like mixing it up when the seasons change with unexpected pops of colors so as not to look like everyone else in plaid & still challenge myself. Anyway, expressing one’s style isn’t about following trends!

Florals are not for everyone & I typically veer my style attention away from a traditional grandmother/curtain-looking floral; however, one pair of floral flats that I’ve had since last year always seems to stay in rotation. I love the Dream Paris casual pointed toe ballet comfort soft slip on flat shoes in floral @Amazon (on sale: $21.99 & available in sizes 5-12) for the color versatility with magenta, purple, white, neon green, navy, & black.

I’ve worn these to the office with virtually every solid maxi dress that I own, paired with a crochet bolero or cardigan, as well as with different pant & blouse outfits. After getting another closet look at them online & wearing them on & off cue the last few months, I suspect that the floral pattern placement on each pair may vary, as seen with my shoes below.

For fall, I even love mixing these flats with a navy & magenta outfit, as well as a black & purple color-blocked look. Not to mention that the shoes are perfect beyond the office with a shift or fit & flare dress for a special occasion. They’re super comfortable & I get so many compliments on them every time I wear them.

Additionally, they’re reduced in priced from $35.99 & have a 4/5 rating from over 7,000 reviews! However, one downside is that they’re not available for shoppers needing a wide width size.

Where are you shopping for all-year must-have items? Do you wear florals on your feet? What’s on your fall fashion wishlist? For more stylish posts, check out: kimono-inspired tops from Amazon in multiple colors, stylish patterned tights from Target, & Time & Tru’s latest dresses & cardigans! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW!: A Kimono-Inspired Top in Every Color!


When I find an article of clothing I like & can see myself wearing it on the daily, I become obsessed & can’t stop thinking about all the styling possibilities & if I should just get 1 every color! Sometimes, 1 in every color is excessive, but when it’s comfortable & versatile for nearly any season, why not?

Well, the Lock & Love store on Amazon has cast this spell on me with their kimono-inspired top in both a scoop & v-neck ($17.95, available in sizes XS-5XL).

With over 26,000 reviews, a 4.2/5 rating, & a variety of over 20 colors to choose from for both necklines, I’ve added to cart! Though, I prefer more of a scoop neck, as opposed to v, myself. Also, I appreciate that this is a piece I can share with readers of any size too!

I’d style these with any kind of printed pant for heading back to the classroom, such as a window pane or plaid, with pointed ballet flats; a pencil skirt in lace or jacquard with stilettos; dark denim jeans with ankle booties & a statement necklace; or a jeweled cardigan & my favorite dress pants. As I await my order to arrive, I’m super excited to share another fabulous 1 in every color find since timeless, fashionable, & comfortable basics—at the right price—are a must-have for any time of the year, as well as for any professional or social situation. I could wear this casually for a lunch date with friends on the weekend or dress it up with some luxe satin or blinged out pieces for somewhere fancier.

How would you style this time? Do you wear kimono, draped, or gathered pieces? What’s your favorite Amazon brand? For more stylish posts, check out: a fashion flashback of Keke Palmer’s best red carpet looks, Blake Lively’s most stunning jewelry & hair moments, Selena Gomez as Mabel Mora in the season 2 finale of Only Murders in the Building, & the newest houndstooth pieces for fall from New York & Company! Happy Styling!

Show Me the Shoes: Mules for Back-to-School!


One style of shoe that’s growing on me (& the trendiest this past spring-summer) is the mule, which always gave me pause since I like to feel a footwear all around my foot—with the exception of flip-flops. However, as I’m getting ready—mentally & stylishly—for the fall semester, as many teachers & professors are, I have my sights set on fashionable, but comfortable footwear.

The Time & Tru twist mule @Walmart ($16.98, available in sizes 6-11) is the answer, especially in black & blush! The low heel & twisted front present a stylish option to coordinate with any blouse & trousers look for parent-teacher conferences, a midi dress & cardigan for the first day of school, or a pair of dark denim jeans with a button-down.

Also, one thing to keep in mind when viewing the miles online versus in person is the difference in shade for the blush pair, as seen below from my discovery of the shoe in-person:

I did try these on & they were comfortable. I didn’t get far walking in them, but they’re still on my mind. I do wish they were available in navy or olive since those are some of my favorite summer-to-fall transition hues.

What do you think of these mules? Would you wear them to school or the office? How would you style them? For more stylish posts, check out: must-have clearance earrings for $3.50 & under, 10 fashionable & fun music videos by Dua Lipa, a fashion flashback of Kacey Musgraves’ most stylish moments for her 34th birthday! Happy Styling!

Accessories Access: Clearance Earrings by Time & Tru for Up to $3.50!


During a quick browse around the accessories & jewelry departments of my local Walmart, I sought to catch some clearance deals by Time & Tru. Even though my jewelry collection is very full & not lacking in any way, I decided to treat myself anyway to earrings that are different from what I already have & that I knew I’d wear—& for a bargain! to boot!

The following earrings selected are not available online to be linked, but that means you should head to your local store to get that deal for any look, along with other can’t-miss end of the season mark downs!

A mixed metal earring is perfect for a floral printed ensemble, like a sheath dress, maxi, or matching shorts & cropped top in order to accentuate the different tones of gold, silver, & rose gold.

Love the mixed metals here! For $2, I had to get these!

When looking for a classic, but unique stud, these pink studs will soften up any harder look in leather with jeans, a blouse, & boots.

I bought these months ago & was glad to see them still around for other shoppers to grab!

Colorful jewelry works for any time of year, especially with a colorblock dress paired with stilettos & a cuffed blazer.

I’m not a big fan of hoops, but I love the flare these have with the mixed colorful threading.

When trying a dramatic & romantic look with subtle sparkle, these earrings will get the job done for a jewel tone or cable knit sweater & faux leather pencil skirt.

Love these studs to pair with other silver or beaded pieces!

Which pair is your favorite? Do you buy clearance jewelry whenever you see it? What would you style these earrings with? For more stylish posts, check out: Dua Lipa’s stylish music videos for her 27th birthday, a fashion flashback with Kacey Musgraves, & comfy tunic tops for fall! Happy Styling!

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!

Cover Craze: Stranger Things Star Sadie Sink is the Face of FASHION Magazine’s September Issue!


If you’re still catching up with the second volume of Stranger Things‘ 4th season, lean in! The anticipation for the 5th & final season is real, especially as star Sadie Sink is stepping more & more into the spotlight both on the Netflix fantasy drama & in other projects. The 20-year-old redhead is the face of FASHION magazine’s September issue, speaking to the article‘s author, Annika Lautens, about her journey to stardom starting out in regional theater in Houston with her brother, along with learning from colleagues, like Taylor Swift & Helen Mirren.

For the feature article’s photo shoot, styled by Karen Clarkson & photographed by Royal Gilbert, the Fear Street star’s feminine side sparkles with lots of pink, lace, regal jewels, & pointy toe pumps, which are a departure from her personal off-screen style that includes baggy jeans, a tee, & a blazer. However, the looks for the shoot derive from designers, such as Miu Miu, Versace, GCDS, Bulgari, Moschino, Gucci, Alaia, & Prada.

Later this year, Sadie can be seen alongside Brendan Fraser & Samantha Morton, in Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale, as well as Dear Zoe with Jessica Capshaw & Justin Bartha. What do you think of Sadie’s photo shoot? Are you reeling over Max’s journey on Stranger Things this season? Who is your favorite character from the show? Which magazines are you most excited to read each month? For more stylish posts, check out: Beyoncé’s gorgeous Renaissance album art, Anne Hathaway’s NYC street style in shorts, Selena Gomez in the new trailer for her 4th season of Selena + Chef, & Jennifer Lopez’s best performance looks! Happy Styling!

08/06/2022 Darling of the Day: Selena Gomez’s Glitzy Orange Sequin Set by LaPointe!


Maybe between Only Murders in the Building & Selena + Chef, I have a little girl crush on Selena Gomez, but who doesn’t? Really? The 30-year-old star continues to celebrate her glamorous arrival into the next chapter of her life while in Italy with rumored beau Andrea Iervolino, making a stylish & sparkling statement in a LaPointe orange sequin tank (shop here) & coordinating Bermuda shorts (shop here).

The look is glamorous, unapologetic, mature, & timeless for a young woman living it up in Capri, a celebrity hotspot as of late, & shopping at YSL. Additionally, the actress’s look includes slide heels (shop similar here), drop earrings (shop similar here), & Vintage Frames sunglasses (shop similar here).

However, finding an affordable & comparable look inspired by these LaPointe pieces is somewhat difficult (try Poshmark or Mercari for similar separates too), but if a shoulder-to-knee sequins may be a bit much for you, think about coordinating the sparkle with satin for a luxurious & comfortable outfit. I’ve selected the pieces below for inspiration, even though an orange set is hard to find for a budget. Also, keep scrolling for suggested accessories too!

SHOP: sequin embellished best top in orange @River Island ($56.00, available in sizes 2-14), Liangchenmei sequin sparkle cami in rose gold @Walmart ($17.49, available in sizes S-XXXXL), & Rachel Roy Erica satin tank top in orange @Walmart ($41.36, available in limited sizes).

SHOP: contrast sequin drawstring shorts in rose gold @Shein ($14.00, available in sizes XS-L), A New Day high rise satin pull-on shorts in orange @Target ($20.00, available in sizes XS-XXL), & satin paper bag waist tailored shorts in orange @Boohoo (on sale: $18.00, available in sizes 6-10).

SHOP: Rosemarie Collections double teardrop dangle earrings @Amazon ($22.99), square frame fashion sunglasses in black @Shein ($6.00), & A New Day Basil heels in brown @Target ($ 34.99).

About 15 years ago, I would’ve totally donned a look like this—which is not to say that it’s out of style; it’s just not my personal aesthetic. I can still appreciate it & applaud Selena’s fashion choices when it comes to neon hues & unexpected glam! When on vacation, it’s fun to express a different side of yourself to explore a new city or open yourself up to someone knew, all through style! What do you think of Selena’s outfit? Would you wear all-over sequins in a matching set like this? Is orange a color you gravitate towards for summer? For more stylish posts, check out: Anne Hathaway’s NYC street style in gauzy cream, Rachel Brosnahan’s bold Loewe look in parrot pants, & Sadie Sink’s Miu Miu floral dress. Happy Styling!

08/05/2022 Darling of the Day: Anne Hathaway’s Breezy & Coastal Gauze Glam in NYC!


As the temperatures rise, the need to stay cool & comfortable is much greater, but when you have places to go, finding a balance between the weather & your style isn’t always easy. However, Academy Award-winning actress Anne Hathaway effortlessly proves otherwise while out & about in New York City this past weekend. Opting for a minimalist cream, loose-fitting shirt & coordinating shorts, the WeCrashed star paired her look with a Barbiecore Valentino crossbody bag (shop here), Bulgari sunglasses (shop similar here), & Dolce & Gabbana sandals to shop & hail a cab.

To make this look your own with alternate pieces on a budget, especially if you want to play up the different muted tones of white, cream, or beige, depending on your style, the options are out there! Additionally, this outfit is so realistic & chic for all body types, which is why I’ve included the options below to wear when running errands, between appointments, or grabbing some coffee with friends:

SHOP: Let Me Adore You button front gauze blouse in ivory @Pink Lily ($48.00, available in sizes XS-3X), Calvin Klein roll-sleeve gauze button-down shirt in wheat @Saks Off 5th (on sale: $34.99, available in sizes XS-XL), & BB Dakota Oh My Gauze top in white @Amazon ($69.00, available in sizes XS-L).

SHOP: paddle short in white @J.Crew ($69.50, available in sizes XXS-3X), cotton gauze shorts in cream @Kacey’s Closet ($35.00, available in sizes S-L), & Universal Thread high-rise pull-on gauze shorts in cream @Target ($15.00, available in sizes XS-XXL).

SHOP: Patrizia by Spring Step Talitha sandal in white @DSW ($44.99), Blowfish Malibu Rose B sandal @Zappos ($33.55), & INC International Concepts Petria two-band flat in white pearl @Macy’s (on sale: $47.70).

SHOP: Juicy by Juicy Couture Crowd Pleaser crossbody bag in pink @JCPenney (on sale: $29.40) & tortoiseshell square-frame sunglasses @Old Navy (on sale: $7.97).

What do you think of Anne’s street style? Would you wear a loose button-down with matching shorts? What’s your go-to everyday look in the summer? For more stylish posts, check out: the trailer for the newest season of Selena + Chef, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Rachel Brosnahan in head-to-toe Loewe, earrings sets perfect for vacation from Target, & affordable & fashionable navy flats from Amazon! Happy Styling!

08/03/2022 Darling of the Day: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Star Rachel Brosnahan Wears Loewe & Wide Leg Pants!


As summer comes to an end, one upside to look forward to (aside from the pumpkin spice latte craze) is that awards season is just around the corner. This year’s Emmy nominations for the most groundbreaking & entertaining performances on television (networks, cable, & streaming) were announced last month, inciting shock over snubs & much debate about the worthiest of nominees. However, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Rachel Brosnahan earns her 5th, & well-deserved Emmy nomination (garnering 1 win in 2018 for the show’s debut season), 4 of which are for her portrayal of the lovable, frustrating, hilarious, & stylish Midge Maisel as a struggling comic & divorcee in the 1950s-60s.

At a recent Emmy FYE event, Rachel was photographed nailing a combination of trends, paying homage to the 90s with wide-leg pants, a crop top, & a peace sign pose (#girlpower). More specifically, the look included a long twill jacket (shop here), orange cropped tank (shop here), & bold parrot-printed jeans (shop here) by designer Loewe. That comes to over $4,000 with the 3 pieces & you can’t really even tell what kind of shoes she’s wearing, but let’s just assume for the fun of it that the $850 matching parrot mules (shop here) by Loewe are hiding underneath the voluminous bottoms.

In true Style Darling Daily fashion, you don’t have the break the bank to revive Rachel’s look in your own way, coordinating similarly shaped & colored separates to hearken back to the 1990s & make this yours. Check out the suggestions below for any combination of colors that appeals to your personal aesthetic:

SHOP: The Drop Blake long blazer @Amazon ($69.00, available in sizes XXS-5X) in black, ivory, rose pink, coffee bean (as well as desert sage, lilac marble, & praline).

SHOP: fitted ultra-cropped rib-knit tank top @Old Navy (on sale: $5.97, available in sizes XS-4X) in white lilies, cosmic rouge, sun worship, Mediterranean Sea (as well as iced peach, cochineal, date palm, watercolor, & dried herb).

SHOP: geometric-print ultra wide-leg pant (on sale: $69.96), abstract-print wide-leg pant (on sale: $69.96), high-waisted printed palazzo pant (on sale: $62.96), & abstract-print tie-waist wide-leg pant (on sale: $69.96) @New York & Company (available in sizes XS-XXL).

What do you think of Rachel’s bold, throwback look? Do you wear patterned or palazzo pants in the summer? What retro trend is your favorite to wear? Have you been watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel? For more stylish posts, check out: fancy flowered flats in navy from Amazon for under $30, stackable & stylish jewelry organization, & a fashion flashback with Bullet Train actress Joey King! Happy Styling!

Show Me the Shoes: Fancy Flowered Flats in Navy!


As I’m preparing to return to the office after almost 2 1/2 weeks off, my mind is racing with style inspiration for what I’ll wear! Even though I’m not teaching again until the fall semester begins, there’s still plenty of opportunity to explore summer work style & that starts with a cute pair of navy flats!

I’d purchased very plain faux suede navy flats from Old Navy years ago, which were staples for anytime I needed a pop of the darker neutral to complete a mostly blue look for work. Eventually, those flats were worn out, but I did order another pair. However, I dreamt of more special navy flats, something with flare to rank with my assortment of patent leather, lace, snake embossed, bowed, jeweled, laser cut, & studded flats in other colors. Navy just never seemed to have its moment—until I found the Ollio faux suede decorative flower pointed toe ballet flats @Amazon ($29.99, available in sizes 6-10 & in 6 additional colors).

I have an 8 medium foot, so these fit me perfectly for work when wearing a blouse & dress pants, wrap dress & cardigan, or if I am attending a special daytime occasion, these coordinate well with any spring or cocktail-length dress needing a navy companion. Unfortunately, the flats are not available in wide & some half sizes.

As fall fashion starts to poke its fashionable head into retail windows, these flats, in addition to the other jewel-toned green & mustard options, are on my mind & remain in an all-year rotation. What are your go-to flats for work or a special occasion? What pieces do you keep out for every day use? For more stylish posts, check out: stylish & stackable jewelry organization, $8 sandal slides in 4 colors from Walmart, & a fashion flashback with Bullet Train actress Joey King! Happy Styling!

Show Me the Shoes: $8 Sandals Going Fast!


Right now is the best time to shop for summer’s trendiest & most stylish pieces, from tops to dresses & shorts to accessories. It seems like everything is on sale everywhere & fall is just around the retail corner. Additionally, I was in a local Walmart Superstore today with my family when I came across a can’t-miss deal on Time & Tru’s multi-band slide sandal marked down to $8.00 from $14.98!

I tried on a pair, although I didn’t end up buying the great deal. They are comfortable & definitely soft, but I’m, personally, not a fan of slides. However, I’d definitely recommend these to coordinate with a multitude of stylish summer looks, including a tee & pair of shorts, print Ed romper, headed to the beach with a sarong, maxi or midi dress, & button-down with cropped jeans.

SHOP: Time & Tru multi-band slide sandal in white, black, mint, & blush (available in sizes 6-11, $8.00) @Walmart.

I’m a fan of the color variety here, especially when a mint shoe isn’t usually a choice. However, I’d recommend checking your local Walmart stores for the color(s) & size you need since online availability is limited.

How would you style these flats? Which color is your favorite? Have you been shopping the slide sandal trend this season? Are you stocking up on end-of-the-summer deals now? For more stylish posts, check out: a fashion flashback of Joey King’s style, Ana de Armas in the official trailer for Blonde, earrings sets from Target, & the perfect linen-blend top for summer! Happy Styling!

Accessories Access: The Best Resin & Blue Jewelry from LOFT!


Well my family vacation is wrapping up & I am proud of myself for economically and minimally packing accessories, I am definitely missing some of my bolder & more colorful jewelry that I’ve recently unearthed in my forever-unpacking my home cloffice adventure. However, I have my eye on some striking & classic accessories pieces in resin & blue from one of my favorite fashion jewelry retailers, LOFT. The mix of the gold-metal with the pop of color can work for any blue-centric look, but the bling also heightens other hues needing a boost, such as a magenta maxi dress, khaki romper, or tropical pattern separates.

SHOP: resin chain bracelet in deep space blue ($34.95) @LOFT, fabric wrapped chain bracelet in midnight galaxy (on sale: $29.99) @LOFT, resin chain necklace in deep space blue ($44.95) @LOFT, colorblock hoop earrings in industrial navy ($34.95) @LOFT, & cluster charm necklace in summer blue ($32.95) @LOFT. Use code: NEED for an additional 25% off your order, while offer lasts!

Where do you shop for colorful accessories? Do you prefer resin or classic metals? Do you often wear fashion jewelry in the summer? For more accessories posts, check out: earrings sets from Target, fruity fashion finds, & Time & Tru totes from Walmart! Happy Styling!

Accessories Access: Earrings Sets for Vacation!


When considering accessories for vacation, I keep it super minimal, especially since it’s a hot summer week & I’m vacationing with a toddler to toddler-friendly places. That’s not to say I can’t do it in style, but I bring 2 bags, a few neutral sandals, 1 hat, 1 pair of sunglasses, & the most neutral earrings sets. The only other jewelry I wear is my wedding ring. We’re not planning on any fancy dining, so I just keep it mom-chic. Since we’re away for only 4 days & I have 5 piercings in each ear, I typically stack up on the earrings to avoid the discomfort of a necklace or bracelet on my skin.

Some favorite sets to rely on for chic, downplayed accessories style include these picks below from A New Day @Target:

SHOP: A New Day pavé hoop & charm hoop 8-piece earring set @Target ($14.99).

SHOP: A New Day crystal glass stud & small hoop 8-piece earring set @Target ($14.99).

SHOP: A New Day charm hoop, stud, & ear climber 8-piece earring set @Target ($14.99).

SHOP: A New Day stud earrings 8-piece set @Target ($14.99).

What kind of jewelry do you pack & wear on vacation ? Do you have multiple earrings on all the time? Where to you like to shop for affordable fashion jewelry? For more stylish posts, check out: the perfect linen-blend tops from Walmart, button-front blouses for any occasion from New York & Company, studded sandal flats for summer, & colorful Time & Tru totes! Happy Styling!

Basics for a Bargain: The Only Sleeveless Linen-Blend Top You’ll Ever Need!


A major heatwave hit Long Island recently, which is likely to happen again this summer, but that means that it’s imperative to stay cool! Wearing heavy materials that don’t breathe will make any outdoor time more oppressive. However, relying on linen & chambray materials will offer a fashionable & refreshing take on summer style. Specifically, Time & Tru’s core tank top @Walmart ($11.98) is a must-have for a casual Friday, to pair with shorts of any length, palazzo pants, or a maxi skirt. It’s available in 8 styles, including a stripe in black, rainbow, sandstone, & sunflower, along with solids blues in medium wash & vintage bleached, as well as tie-dye indigo & sea turtle, with varying availability in sizes XS-3XL.

I bought & am satisfied with the black & rainbow stripes, plus the medium wash tops. They’re easy breezy, though on the shapeless side, but that’s more than ideal for a fitted bottom. I was hoping to pack them for our family vacation this week, but they arrived wrinkly & I did not want to have to iron or steam while away. Overall, it would be a great top to travel in to start a vacation, when heading to a farmer’s market, or gathering for a weekend brunch.

How would you style this top? Which color / pattern is your favorite? How many linen or linen blend pieces do you rotate in your weekly wardrobe routine? For more stylish posts, check out: Bridesmaids actress Rose Byrne’s best red carpet moments, a look back at Jennifer Lopez’s performance style, & blinged-out rose gold sandals from David’s Bridal! Happy Styling!

Splurge or Save… on Black Knotted Slides?


It’s amazing that this is the season of the slide sandal. The slide sandal comes in a flat, kitten heel, block heel, and even platform with an array of details including the material, such as leather or faux leather, basket weaving, or a jelly. However, if you are still in the market for comfortable, it’s stylish black knotted slides, don’t break the bank! You might find inspiration from designer label slides, but obtaining the look on a budget for your next backyard gathering, weekend chore, maxi dress & tote bag combo, or day at the beach in a romper is possible!

Below includes a high-end example of black knotted sandals:

SHOP: Tinsley knotted flat sandal in black ($149.00) @BCBG Max Azria.

In contrast, you can find a near identical look with a knotted band across the top of your foot for much less:

SHOP: LC Lauren Conrad Cedar knotted slide sandals in black (on sale: $8.39) @Kohl’s.

Additionally, this type of shoe can even be found in unexpected places, such as Five Below:

However, these sandals, also available and 10, or not sold on the store’s website, but you may still be able to find them in a local Five Below location near you! If they are $5, you might as well get both colors!

Do you like slide sandals? Where have you been shopping for the best deals on luxury look-alikes? Do you ever buy clothing or accessories from Five Below? For more stylish posts, check out: my fabulous cloffice rug, gorgeous rose gold sandals for any occasion this summer, stylish statement necklace organization, & Blake Lively’s little white dress inspiration! Happy Styling!

Show Me the Shoes: Rose Gold & Bling? Yes, Please!


About 5 years ago, I posted about finding the prettiest & blingiest summer sandals from David’s Bridal, ones that I still wear to this day. I rotate them with about 3 other sandals, along with flip flops & ballet flats, depending on where I’m going. However, when buying a must-have item, it’s rare to see it still available to purchase, even a whole 5 years later! Since David’s Bridal carries year-round bridal accessories, along with newer, trendy pieces, it’s actually no surprise that the Gemma jeweled t-strap sandal (available in sizes 5-11, in rose gold & silver + wide width, $29.95) is still in stock & as fabulous as ever!

I love styling these with a tropical maxi dress for a party, a blouse & linen shorts for an outdoor dinner, or to dress up a tee & cropped pants.

How would you style these sandals? Have you been looking for rose gold footwear? Do you like bling on your sandals? For more stylish posts, check out: my personal statement necklace displays, Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ best gown looks, colorful & patterned sandals in varying heel heights on sale, & a versatile blouse for work & play! Happy Styling!

Show Me the Shoes: Summer Sandal Must-Haves!


While summer is the best time to indulge in flip flops of all colors, textures, & materials, the season’s go-to shoe is always a sandal, which includes any kind of mostly open shoe. Lately, sandals have been all over: with wedge heels, block heels, platform heels, as mules, as ankle strap, as slingback, & more. In celebration of summer sandals with still so much of July & all of August ahead of us, here’s to some recent picks–all marked down with limited availability–of summer sandal must-haves.

When thinking of a patterned shoe, gingham screams summer, calling for a white eyelet dress, linen blend romper, or blouse & shorts look. If you like gingham, like in the sandals below, check out my recent gingham post featuring items from Old Navy!

SHOP: Covington gingham ankle strap heels (available in 4 colors, sizes 5-11, on sale: $14.50 with code: HALFSIES) @Lulu’s.

Braided sandals are another major shoe trend this season, which offers a playful, sophisticated way to dress up any casual look or maxi dress, especially when wanting to expand the color palette of your ensemble.

SHOP: braided slip-on sandals (available in 4 colors, sizes 5-10, $17.99) @Forever 21.

For a dressier option to usher in fall, suede with a braiding detail & neutral tone will help you get a longer wear out of maxi skirts, linen pieces, & summer denim.

SHOP: Jene suede sandal (available in 4 colors, sizes 5-11, on sale: $65.00) @Banana Republic.

Sandals with flare also make for a fun option as seersucker & polka dots coordinate with other pops of color, including a red cotton dress or chambray shirt dress.

SHOP: strappy fabric leather sandals (available in 2 colors, sizes 6-10, $69.50 / get 40% off with code: OMG) @LOFT.

To get on board with jelly & chain options, these seemingly patent leather finds will elevate any casual look when wanting to be comfortable at an outdoor barbecue or afternoon at the park.

SHOP: chain jelly sandals (available in 2 colors, sizes 6-10, on sale: $10.00) @Ardene.

If you’re headed to a daytime wedding or looking for casual Friday sandals, anything with buckles, animal prints, & pastels will elevate an outfit.

SHOP: Fioni Sullivan bit thong sandal (available in 3 colors, sizes 5-13, on sale: $19.99) @Payless.

Which summer sandal picks are your favorites? Where are you shopping for summer sandals? Where are you finding the best deals on summer footwear? What qualities do you look for in a summer shoe? For more stylish posts, check out: Barbiecore style on Reese Witherspoon & Megan Fox, colorful & affordable tote bags by Time and Tru, versatile button-front tops from New York & Company, & the prettiest summer dress from Amazon! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW: The Softest Pajama Pants (On Clearance)!


When it comes to sleepwear, I am so picky, it’s almost embarrassing. However, I am all about comfort & coverage, no matter the season. As I started to recognize how overworn much of my pajama bottoms & loungewear clothing were getting during the pandemic—I was working full-time from home for 15 months. I decided to make the investment in go-to bottoms, especially for the warmer nights when I still prefer my legs be covered up.

The always reliable & affordable Target brand, Stars Above, proved the right choice with the Beautifully Soft Cropped Pajama Pant & now, most of the selection is on clearance. I bought 2 black pair & 1 navy pair. Not only are they comfortable to sleep in & easy to care for, they also double as acceptable loungewear bottoms if you have to run out for an errand or two or are spending the weekend home doing light chores or enjoying family time.

The women’s XS-XL styles in gray, black, & navy are currently limited in availability (on sale: $14.44), but they can also be found in plus (1X-4X) in gray, black, & navy with limited availability ($16.99).

Where do you shop for your sleepwear? Do you buy sets or mix it up with separates? What materials & styles best suit you for summer? For more stylish posts, check out: perfect printed tees for summer, #PRIDE style for always, colorful totes from Walmart, & Diane Kruger’s best red carpet outfits! Happy Styling!

Basics for a Bargain: The Perfect Printed Summer Tees for $8.00!


When my summer weekends entail hanging out with family in the backyard, running errands & taking care of chores, or meeting up with friends, staying cool & comfortable is essential, which is why I love a printed tee! New York & Company has perfect printed summer t-shirts marked down to $8.00 & I can’t lie—I’ve added to cart!

Here are some of my favorites in regular summer rotation with cropped pants, linen shorts, or a pair of cut-off jeans:

SHOP: leopard print scoop neck tee (available in sizes XS-XXL, on sale: $8.00) & paint splatter v-neck tee (available in XS-XXL, on sale: $8.00) @New York & Company.

SHOP: lemon print v-neck tee (available in sizes S-XXL, on sale: $8.00) & pineapple print v-neck tee (available in sizes XS-XXL, on sale: $8.00) @New York & Company.

SHOP: line print v-neck tee (available in sizes XS-XXL, on sale: $8.00) & printed v-neck tee (available in sizes XS-XXL, on sale: $8.00) @New York & Company.

SHOP: paisley v-neck perfect tee in blue nightshade & lemon cake (available in sizes XS-XXL, on sale: $8.00) @New York & Company.

I love the variety of patterns & colors offered, especially since they provide so much style inspiration for accessories, including earrings, a crossbody bag, & sandals.

Which tee is your favorite? Do you like a printed to or do you prefer to wear logos? Where are you shopping for summer’s most comfy separates? For more stylish posts, check out: Diane Kruger’s best non-gown looks in celebration of her 46th birthday, must-have studded sandals from Macy’s, the red carpet premiere of The Gray Man including Ana de Armas & Ryan Gosling, & Emma Cotton’s Vogue’s cover shoot! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW: Summer’s Must-Have Peplum Top from Walmart!


One-in-every-color is at it again! This time, I’m obsessed–to my surprise–with the Time and Tru peplum hem t-shirt @Walmart for $12.98. I had ordered only the berry fun (pink) & black soot colors on a whim, but I’ve just added the other colors to my cart, although dark navy is not available in my size!

I was scrambling to get ready for my last day of work before a long-awaited vacation & knew that I had my favorite past-season black ankle pants & a stack of casual, weekend tops at the ready without the forethought from the previous night to pick out my outfit. Suddenly, with Barbiecore on the brain, I grabbed the pink version of this top, a long necklace, & patterned flats; along with my ankle pants, I was all set. It’s not very often that I use Time and Tru pieces for work, especially when my comfortable, weekend wardrobe is way more toned down. I was happily surprised with the final look & excited to share it with readers since the 6 colors are made in sizes XS-XXXL, although availability may be limited due to the end of the summer season rush in stores.

The modal/polyester/spandex material of this top is lightweight & the perfect blend of summer business casual Friday; however, this top must be ironed or steamed. Luckily, I had my hand steamer nearby when I was rushing to put myself together & the top came out as polished as I expected.

This top is ideal for a variety of looks, especially if you’re seeking out flowy, loose pieces for a hot summer day & when you just don’t have the capacity for something form-fitting. Check out the below suggested pieces to coordinate with this versatile, must-have, & affordable top:

SHOP: 1. Time and Tru button fly high rise curvy jeans in leopard (limited availability in sizes 4-20, on sale: $12.00) @Walmart, 2. Time and Tru faux leather leggings in black (available in sizes XS-XXXL, $15.96) @Walmart, 3. Time and Tru modern mid rise straight jeans in dre wash (limited availability in sizes 4-24, $16.87) @Walmart, 4. Time and Tru pull-on dress pant in black (available in size 10, $15.96) @Walmart, 5. Time and Tru linen blend shorts in watercolor floral (available in sizes XS-3XL, $16.98) @Walmart, 6. Time and Tru gingham shorts in dark navy (available in sizes XS-XXXL, $12.98) @Walmart, & 7. Time and Tru patchwork denim shorts in light wash (available in sizes 2-16, on sale: $10.98) @Walmart.

Do you shop Time and Tru at Walmart? How would you style this peplum top? Where are you shopping for your favorite go-to summer pieces? What’s your summer office style? For more stylish posts, check out: Ana de Armas & Ryan Gosling at the Los Angeles premiere of The Gray Man, Barbiecore pink inspiration on the red carpet from Ariana DeBose & Khloe Kardashian, the best red carpet looks on Modern Family star Sofia Vergara, & getting Stranger Things‘ Sadie Sink’s Miu Miu look for less! Happy Styling!