Accessories Access: Braided Summer Belts from JCrew Factory & Lane Bryant!


When it comes to summer, I’m wearing dresses most of the time, which also means, depending on the style of dress, I’ve selected a belt to add some shape to an otherwise too flowy frock or I’m playing with the possibilities of a casual dress for other occasions. For summer, I love a belt with texture & detail, including braided styles that recall a basket weave aesthetic or one in straw material. When always on the hunt for great bargains to share with readers, my mouse clicked upon the skinny braided leather belt from J.Crew Factory, originally $49.50, but currently on sale for $19.50 in white, sweet marigold, California poppy, & brown.

The style is exactly what I gravitate towards this time of year; however, it is only sold in sizes XS-L, so my search continued to celebrate styles for all & I was wowed by the variety offered by Lane Bryant in sizes 14-28, pictured below:

SHOP: 1. Covered Buckle Braided Cotton Belt in white (on sale $24.97), 2. Stretch Straw Belt in new navy (on sale $22.47), 3. Braided Rectangular Bar Belt in black (on sale $22.47), 4. Stretch Straw Belt With Tortoise-Print Buckle in natural (on clearance $12.99), 5. Wrapped Buckle Straw Belt in brown (on sale $22.47), & 6. Circle Whipstitch Straw Belt in brown (on sale $24.97).

Not only are these belts stylish to pair with a shirt dress or maxi, but the slimmer options add an extra polish to a blouse & cropped denim, halter tank & cutoff shorts, or a separates look with a blouse & mini skirt too.

How would you style these belts? Do you wear belts in the summer? Where are you shopping for the best summer accessories now? What kinds of belts do you typically buy? For more stylish posts, check out: the perfect crossbody bag for summer, my favorite midi dress from Amazon, fruity fashion finds, & New York & Company’s classic goddess dress on sale now! Happy Styling!

Accessories Access: A Bold Crossbody Bag for Summer!


We’re almost at the close of June & my head & heart are already in vacation mode… & so is my wardrobe. I’ve always been able to find stylish, colorful, & multipurpose crossbody bags from Target & their A New Day brand has not let me down, yet again.

I came across this basket weave woven crossbody bag ($30.00) in coral pink, lime green, black, & teal blue in a bold display in the accessories department of my local Target store. More frequently now on the weekends, I’m opting for a smaller corssbody bag when I’m on the go, as opposed to the monster tote that I carry around all the time. Something like this with a nearly 52-inch strap length & canvas accent, especially in the coral pink, gets me excited for my family’s upcoming roadtrip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, carrying all of my essentials, like my cell phone, ID & money, lip balm, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, & sunglasses.

I’ve been using the same crossbody from last summer, which is also one by A New Day, but it’s become more of my casual, everyday bag & for my vacation, I like the feeling of something new. The bright shade will match perfectly with an array of outfits, including a maxi dress & flat sandals for dinner, a graphic tee & linen shorts while at a park, or a blouse & cropped pants for a trip to a museum.

Where are you shopping for summer’s boldest & most stylish accessories? What is your preferred bag type this season? How would you style wearing this bag? Which color do you like the best! For more stylish posts, check out my favorite midi dress from Amazon, final sale finds from New York & Company, celebrating Juneteenth with red carpet looks from Zendaya & Kerry Washington, & bargain-priced laser cut ballet flats! Happy Styling!

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!

Show Me the Shoes: Summer’s Perfect Laser Cut Ballet Flats!


If you’re the type of shopper to buy one of each (insert stylish vice here–mine are many!) in every color, then Ardene‘s Laser Cut Pattern Ballet Flats (sale: $10.43), where available in sizes 6-10, are the shoe for you! I recently bought the purple, yellow, & brown since I already have very similar black & white laser cut flats from previous years; however, this is a class summer style that will never go out of fashion.

I love the possibility of wearing any of these for any weekend family event, with a maxi dress & rose gold sunglasses, paired with tropic shorts & a bold tee, as well as for a concert or day of running errands. I love that I can feel my feet breathing, so to speak, & the fact that these shoes include a subtle cushion for my arch, offering support as I’m on the go, which isn’t always present in fast fashion flats.

Since this style is currently on sale for such a bargain-can’t-miss price, I might just go ahead & grade an extra pair of black & white flats to store for future seasons. However, my only wish is that these were also available in other pastel & neon hues, like a pistachio, powder blue, hot pink, or aqua. Perhaps, that would only fuel more of my penchant for variety.

How would you style these flats? Which colors are your favorites? What features do you look for in ballet flats? Do you prefer a laser cut pattern or a different style toe? For more recommended footwear from Ardene, check out: v-shaped vamp flats, pointy toe flats with chain, 2-band pool slides with buckles, braided platform slides, & quilted heeled sandals. Additionally, for more stylish posts, check out: affordable fruit fashion finds, classic gingham picks from Old Navy, Charlize Theron’s denim and Dior look, fashionable linen & cotton shorts from Walmart, & Beyonce’s British Vogue cover shoot! Happy Styling!

Style Tip: Fruit Fashion Finds for Summer!


There’s something about this time of year that gets me thinking about prints in my wardrobe, especially when it comes to my casual clothing–that is, outside of my regular rotation of leopard print, polka dots, & houndstooth. More specifically, I love mixing up my look with a fruit pattern to embrace all this fresh & summery, along with showing off a more laid back & playful side of my style.

I’ve rounded up some fruit-centric new finds on sale now to help inspire readers to incorporate bold, fun lemons, watermelons, strawberries & more! To pair with some denim cutoffs or linen shorts, check out these tees:

SHOP: EveryWear Printed V-Neck T-Shirt in fruit smoothie pink @Old Navy (sale: $6.00) & EveryWear Printed V-Neck T-Shirt in strawberry @Old Navy (sale: $3.97), prices may vary where available in sizes XS-4XL.

To go head-to-toe fruit for an upcoming weekend barbecue, vacation getaway, or when mixing up separates, check out:

SHOP: fruit-print maxi dress in burnt orange @New York & Company (sale: $64.96), fruit print off-the-shoulder blouse in burn orange @New York & Company (sale: $38.46), & fruit print paperbag-waist short in burnt orange @New York & Company (sale: $41.96), prices may where vary where available in sizes XS-XXL.

Recently while scrolling through Instagram, I came across & instantly fell in love with Tanesha Awashti’s Girl with Curves Collection, thus placing my order for:

SHOP: Girl With Curves Woven Peplum Top in lemon print @QVC (sale: $26.02), prices may where vary where available in sizes XXS-5X.

Fruit inspiration can even lend itself to your accessories, especially with these reduced picks:

SHOP: Lulu strawberry clutch @Nordstrom Rack (sale: $26.24) & Lulu When Life Gives You Lemons clutch @Nordstrom Rack (sale: $34.99).

SHOP: Maddy Crystal Cherry Stud Earrings @ Francesca’s (sale: $8.00) & LC Lauren Conrad Gold Tone Fruit Charm Bracelet @Kohl’s ($16.00).

Last, but not least, summer is all about colorful footwear, just like any other part of an outfit, which is why an espadrille upgrade is just the thing that any casual look demands!

SHOP: Fruit Embroidered Espadrille Flats @LOFT ($69.00 <– check frequently for sales & coupon codes via email subscription), prices may where vary where available in sizes 6.5-11.

Is there a fruit you love to wear? What fruity items from the above do you love? Where are you shopping for your trendiest summer styles? What summer sales have you hitting “add-to-cart”? For more stylish posts, check out: gingham must-haves from Old Navy, New York & Company’s versatile goddess dress, Target’s straw summer hats for $10, & a Juneteenth gallery of fabulous black celebrities on the red carpet, including Zendaya, Viola Davis, & Ciara! 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!

Accessories Access: Stylish Summer Straw Hats for $10!


On sunny, summer days, aside from packing some sunscreen & shades, I keep reminding myself to invest in a stylish & fun floppy hat to protect my face from sun damage. I’m excited to have found the perfectly feminine, playful, & affordable floppy straw hat to add to my accessories arsenal, which is the packable straw floppy hat by Shade & Shore from Target for $10.00, available in 6 stylish colors: natural, black, green, orange, pink, and white. However, my current conundrum is: which color to choose?

I can picture wearing the neutral or green hat with a summer separates outfit in earth tones for an afternoon at the park, the black with my favorite maxi dress & studded sandals for a day date with my husband, the orange or pink with a swimsuit & flip flops for a day at the beach, or the white one for a patriotic look this coming 4th of July. And… for $10, why stop at getting just one hat?!

Floppy and/or straw hats aren’t necessarily a new trend for the season as seen on stylish celebrities, including: Meghan Markle at a sporting event, Anne Hathaway while traveling, Jessica Alba at the beach, Lupita Nyong’o for a daytime social occasion, and Jamie Chung showcasing her effortless style for a photo shoot.

Do you wear hats during the hot summer days? What style is your favorite to don? Do you prefer a band around your hats, something solid & classic, or do you prefer a hat in a pattern? Where are you shopping for your favorite summer accessories? For more stylish posts, check out: Charlize Theron’s demin & Dior inspiration, Jennifer Lopez’s Netflix documentary Halftime, cotton & linen shorts from Walmart, & bargain barrettes from Ardene! Happy Styling!

SHOP NOW: Time and Tru Linen & Cotton Shorts!


I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with summer, even though the fashion I’ve touted (summer dresses, tops, sandals, & more) for over a decade on Style Darling Daily has been some of the most colorful, joyful, & stylish of the entire year. It’s the heat that gets me–literally & figuratively frazzled! I vehemently dislike having to plan my wardrobe around oppressively hot weather when it comes to outdoor events, such as family gatherings, headed to festivals or farms with the family, etc. However, last summer on a vacation to upstate New York with my husband & daughter, I sweat through my cute cotton dress & desperately needed a change of wardrobe just for the drive back to Long Island. Our sudden stop to a Walmart changed my perspective on one long-avoided summer staple: shorts.

I’ve been a fan of Walmart‘s Time and Tru label for some time now, but always steered away from shorts in my adult years out of self-consciousness about my body & feeling much more comfortable & feminine in a dress or skirt outfit. Now, I accept that my legs are my legs & worrying over my self image takes time away from the fun things I could be doing out in the world. I’m usually the only person thinking about my legs, anyways! So… I’ve come to learn that I feel much better about myself when I’m wearing something that I feel best represents me, especially on sunny days, which is certainly the case for the cotton & linen shorts featured below:

SHOP: 1. Linen Blend shorts in Black Soot, 2. Linen Blend shorts in Black/White Stripe, 3. Linen Blend shorts in Navy Stripe, 4. Tencel Shorts in Navy Tropical, 5. Linen Blend shorts in Vivid White, 6. Linen Blend shorts in Watermelon Floral, 7. Linen Blend shorts in White/Black stripe, & 8. Tencel shorts in Sea Turtle.

These shorts can be paired with any variety of tee or tank (see some options below), along with flip-flops, sandals, or wedges for a perfectly fashionable & budget-friendly day or night out this summer. Additionally, I love that Time and Tru designs for a variety of sizes; the featured shorts above are available in XS – 3XL while supplies last, ranging in price from $12.98 – $16.98. Suggested coordinating tanks below range in price from $6.50 – $12.98 in sizes XS – 3XL, which means that you can easily wear an outfit for under $20 before tax!

SHOP: 1. Knot tank top in Galapagos Blue (available in 7 colors), 2. High Low tank top in Orange (available in 4 colors), 3. V-Neck tank top in Black Soot Tie Dye (available in 7 colors), & 4. Tie Strap tank top in Vivid White (available in 4 colors).

What are you summer wardrobe staples? Where do you like to shop to refresh your summer style in season? What are your favorite & most affordable summer steals right now? For more stylish posts, check out: bargain barrettes from Ardene, Blake Lively’s must-have summer little white dress look, & bold suit inspiration from Priyanka Chopra Jonas & Salma Hayek Pinault! 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!

Summer’s Most Stylish Wristlet for $12.99!


I was recently in a situation where–gasp–I realized that I was not appropriately dressed for an event. My husband & I were going to a concert & even though my maxi dress & shrug combo were perfectly comfortable, rain was imminent & the weather was not about to stop us from going to the beachfront concert. So, I had a little time after work to run to @Target for a quick change of looks. I found leggings, a tunic tee, & cozy hoodie to endure the weather, but also, this yellow floral wristlet pouch by A New Day completed my look while still staying true to my style. It was the perfect way to carry only necessities, instead of my usual oversized tote bag with absolutely everything I owned.

A day or so after the event, I went on Target‘s website to share my joy about this wristlet & that’s when I found the navy & orange combo on the same wristlet, which is equally stylish for summer.

Both wristlets offer a fashionable pop of color & tropical feel in their patterns, which work perfectly with any outfit this season. Also, they’ll transition nicely for spring looks when headed out to a party or daytime wedding. My absolute favorite part of these wristlets is the price–$12.99!

What kind of small bag do you carry to special occasions & outings? Where are you shopping for great deals on summer accessories? How are you incorporating flowers into your summer style? For more stylish posts, check out Jessica Alba’s platforms, affordable tees for every size, Betsey Johnson’s butterfly inspiration, & beach / weekend totes! Happy Styling!