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!

Show Me the Shoes: Studded Sandals from Macy’s for Under $30!


Details matter, especially on footwear. I love to contrast my flowery, feminine outfit with some metallic flare on my heels or play with a dark dramatic look against an unexpected pattern on my flats. However, for summer, when the toes are out & I’m all about sandals, I love the studded look for any casual outfit or maxi dress. A metallic stud in silver or gold instantly makes a jelly or PVC material sandals more elegant & definitely on-trend. Check out the below options from Macy’s, currently on sale for under $30!

SHOP: Madden Girl Candy Studded Strappy Footbed Sandals in clear, black, or light tan (available in sizes 5.5-8.5, on sale: $22.95 with coupon: JULY) @Macy’s.

SHOP: INC International Concepts Ellie Jelly Flat Sandals in nude stud or black stud (available in sizes 5-11, on sale: $19.75) @Macy’s.

SHOP: XOXO Jaylani Beachy Modern Sandals in nude or black (available in sizes 6-10, on sale: $19.99) @Macy’s.

How would you style these sandals? Do you prefer gold or silver studding? Would you wear the black or beige options? How many different kinds of sandals do you have for summer? For more stylish posts, check out: colorful Time and Tru totes from Walmart, ways to style New York & Company’s ruffle button-front blouse, a summer-ready dress outfit from H&M for under $100, & little black dresses inspired by Keira Knightley’s Paris Fashion Week look! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW: Lovely Polka Dots from LOFT!


When thinking about holiday weekends & dressing in a theme, I try to find items that I already have & normally wear , so as to avoid a single specific holiday-only piece that I only break out once a year. For Independence Day, rather than donning an obviously flag shirt or branded tee from a store, I chose to feature a favorite pattern of mine in a way that can celebrate the holiday, summer season, & still appear stylish. Polka dots are always a great idea! They’re timeless & stylish for a variety of occasions, especially this July weekend!

However, with the below picks from LOFT, be sure to check the web (& website) for coupon codes for this holiday weekend to get an even better deal on sale price items.

Specifically, navy polka dots & ruffles scream summer, especially when paired with white linen shorts, denim cut-offs, or ankle pants.

SHOP: Zoo Dot Flutter Peplum Top in navy @LOFT (on sale: $44.99, available in sizes XS-XL).

Consider coordinating a flowy short skirt with a bold tee, in red or magenta, to contrast the classic polka dot vibe. Don’t forget the espadrilles too!

SHOP: Dotted Godet Skirt in navy @LOFT (on sale: $59.99, available in sizes XS-XL).

Lastly, a pair of wide leg pants is a must-have for summer, especially on the cooler nights. Try these with a button-down for brunch & then crochet sweater & tank for a family dinner with beads & bangles.

SHOP: Fluid Wide Leg Pants in navy @LOFT (on sale: $59.99, available in sizes XXS-XL).

What do you typically wear for 4th of July weekend? Do you go full-on patriotic or do you take a more subtle approach? Where are you shopping for the best summer deals? For more stylish posts, check out: #PRIDE style from New York & Company, metallic & jeweled day-to-night sandals, my favorite midi dress for summer from Amazon, colorful laser cut ballet flats from Ardene, & a bold crossbody bag from Target! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW! Clearance Tops, Dresses, Shoes, & More from TJ Maxx!


One of my favorite things to do when I wake up in the morning (without the ring of a rowdy alarm clock) is to check my email. While I’ve been trying to discipline myself to disconnect from technology a little more each day, especially in the summer where there’s just so much to do & plenty of fresh air & sunshine to take in, I can’t help but still be a little obsessed with clicking through emails from my favorite retailers, blogs, & fashion news sources. It’s like having my own personal fashion show & bargain shopping experience while I’m still in the comfort of my own bed. With that, I’ve created SHOP NOW!, a new category of blog posts here on Style Darling Daily where I’ll be sharing the most exciting fashion buys & sales from the day. These are the styles that make me do a double take, inspire me to explore the latest in fashion, & even get me excited to get ready for another stylish day. So let’s get to it!

Getting into the spirit of summer isn’t hard to do, but when you can’t find anything to wear (oh, I’ve been there!) & you’re on a budget, there are plenty of options to resolve your style rut! Classic tops, flirty dresses, chic shoes, & effortless accessories are the key ingredients to a summer of superb style. Right now, TJ Maxx is having a major clearance event with plenty of brand names items, seasonal essentials, & trendy must-haves for unbelievable prices. Keep in mind that when it comes to clearance sales, sizes & quantities are sometimes limited, but finding a last chance deal makes for a great story!

These tops are perfect for a cool night with a pair of skinny jeans, headed to the local festival in cut-off shorts & sandals, or mixing it up with capris & wedges for a sophisticated summer take.

SHOP: Kaktus cold shoulder ruffle top, Cable & Gauge lace cut-out top, Cupio off-the-shoulder flutter sleeve top, & Acemi plus flounce cami.

Like this season’s hottest summer tops, dresses with ruffles & cold shoulders are the way to go. These affordable & versatile dress options can be accessorized in so many ways with statement necklaces or layering chains, espadrilles or peep toe flats, & belted or not!

SHOP: Cece by Cynthia Steffe Jackie ruffle cold shoulder dress, Ellen Tracy floral scuba dress, Nine West cold shoulder printed dress, & London Times plus denim dress.

It wouldn’t be summer without a fun & flirty shoe. While I’m always touting comfort as my first shoe priority, I love how a neutral wedge offer balance & elegance to a floral frock, whereas something with interesting details like polka dots, a laser cut trim, or animal prints can really express your personality & create some lovely style memories.

SHOP: Style by Charles David ankle strap wedges, Charles by Charles David Becki cork wedges, Jessica Simpson Raffia d’orsay pumps, Nicole Miller leather scalloped peep toe flats, & Bahia leather thong sandals.

Playing with accessories can completely revamp an old favorite like a shirt dress or t-shirt & jeans. Seek out details like pattern or texture in your extras. When it comes to jewelry, a mix of sparkle & simplicity is always the best way to go,

SHOP: Jules Smith stars scarf, Under One Sky paradise charger clutch, Isabella M rose gold opal stud earrings, Mythologie choker, Trina Turk gold opal ring, & Lisa Freede rhodium chain bracelet.

Where are you shopping for your best summer deals? Which store emails do you wait for in the morning? What seasonal trends are you seeking on sale? What’s your summer shopping budget? Happy Styling!