Warmer Days Mean Watermelon Dreams!


Maybe it’s because it’s spring & sometimes spring on Long Island means that it’s basically summer, but I’ve got watermelon on the brain. This time last year, watermelon was one of my strongest cravings while pregnant–& now that I think of it, my daughter does have some cute watermelon-themed summer duds, so basically I want to match her in not just an outfit, but with my accessories too! Of course, there are a ton of fun, food-theme kitchy clothing articles (like lemon, lime, avocado, strawberries, or cherries), but there is something especially refreshing & youthful-for-all when it comes to watermelon! These cute & coordinated spring / summer-ready watermelon-centric accessories from @Old Navy will have you salivating with style & ready for the beach, park, & any daytrip or vacation you’re planning! 

Large Fruit-Shaped Tote for Women

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Graphic Jelly Bikini Bag for Women

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Printed Terry-Cloth Beach Towel

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Fruit-Shaped Cosmetics Case for Women

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Scalloped Faux-Leather Coin Purse for Women

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Graphic Faux-Leather Sunglasses Case

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Graphic Canvas Lunch Tote

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Clear Plastic Water Bottle

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Printed Umbrella

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Not only are these affordable finds perfect for transitioning your accessories from spring to summer, but also they make for a fun gift idea for Mother’s Day! Think about this playful twist with a pair of jeans & eyelet blouse, or a polka dot fit & flare with ballet flats. The possibilities are endless–endlessly sweet!

What trends are you looking to explore this spring & summer? Where are you shopping for the best deals on must-have affordable accessories? What are your go-to items for when you’re literally on the go? Happy Styling!

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas from H&M!


It’s crunch time for holiday shopping & I know I’m scrambling for last-minute gift ideas for loved ones. However, in my search, I’m coming across a bunch of great finds for readers to consider from none other than H&M, which means these picks are not only affordable, but have a little extra personality & style, whether it’s a trend piece or something cozy. Any time you’re exchanging gifts, it’s always a good idea to consider a budget, but also, create a list with descriptive words & their interests. Here are some of my favorite picks from H&M to help make this season a little brighter & definitely more stylish!

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What’s your favorite of these last-minute holiday gift picks? Where do you shop when you’re in need of a quick gift? How do you prepare for the craziness of the holiday season? For more holiday inspired posts, click here, here, here, & here. Happy Styling!

08/05/2017 Darling of the Day: Rachel Bilson is Neutral Chic in Denim!


Contrary to popular style belief, sometimes the most fashionable looks aren’t necessarily the fanciest. I’m of the mindset that style should exist on the daily & even on my most casual of days off, I take care of myself in the best way I know how—comfortably! Still, on those days, I have things to do like see my family or prepare a dinner date night with my boyfriend, so even if I give my face a break & go makeup-free, I like to put together an easy breezy outfit (comfy top & jeans perhaps) with unexpected twists (usually in the form of accessories).

Actress Rachel Bilson is showing her casual style with a combination of no-fuss neutrals with denim, heather gray, tan, black & silver during a sunny afternoon in Beverly Hills. Typically, one might not think these colors work together, but the Nashville / former Hart of Dixie / The O.C. it-girl knows how to style even the simplest seeming looks, especially with Old Navy’s $40 Rockstar skinny jeans! Earlier in the week, I featured Blake Lively mixing her high-low look with the same jeans in a darker wash!

SHOP: tee @JCPenney (shop plus here), jeans @Old Navy, sunglasses @Target, hoop earrings @Charming Charlie, satchel @Charming Charlie, & Trope sandals by Steve Madden @DSW.

Where do you like to shop for you favorite go-to jeans? Are you a fan of Old Navy’s Rockstar skinny denim? Which celebrity style appeals most to you? For more fashionable celebrity posts, check out how to recreate looks from Blake Lively & Jennifer Lawrence, as well as mixed prints on Jamie Chung & Olivia Palermo. Happy Styling!

Living in Style: Summer Vacation Must-Haves from Francesca’s!


Summer is all about fun in the sun & adventure, which means it’s time to explore each & every beautiful day. If you haven’t already gone on or planned your summer getaway, or sought out stay-cation options for a local weekend of sightseeing, now is the time to do so! I know I’ve got a beach day on the brain, listing out all the necessities for a comfortable & memorable day of relaxation & style. Here’s an opportunity for Style Darlings to make more playful & whimsical choices when it comes to wardrobe & accessories for a most fashionable day off. This also includes a few must-haves that you’ll need while travelling from one hot spot to the next, such as beach gear, food / drink items, & some extras for quiet time too! I love shopping Francesca’s for cute finds for around the house, which is why I also sought out their latest online collection of vacation-ready trends.

SHOP: watermelon beach blanket, tribal kimono, woven tassel tote, pineapple hair pins, aviator sunglasses, Roxette thong sandal, Bonjour journal, & Secretly A Mermaid emergency kit @ Francesca’s.

Where are you headed this summer? What are some of your travel-ready favorites? Where do you shop for vacation necessities? What’s your vacation style? Happy Styling!

06/24/2016 Darling of the Day: Angelina Jolie’s Easy Breezy Summer LBD & Strappy Flats!


I can talk (or write, in this case) for hours about shoes. That’s always been the case for me. Yeah, I’m that girl, a shoe girl! I have to say (or write, in this case) that my relationship with shoes has evolved over the years in the most strangely sensible way too. Once I transitioned from working a job in an office (where sitting meant I could really wear any & every shoe I could stick my feet in) to a commuting job in the city & most currently as a sales associate in the retail world, my shoe needs have drastically & painstakingly changed. Don’t get me wrong, I still gasp in admiration & find high heels sexy as hell. However, my everyday shoes are usually flats that I can actually walk in (go figure!). I save the heels for special occasions of going out with my boyfriend, days in the classroom during the semesters (not much walking to do there), & specific photo opportunities (when I’m really digging an outfit combination). 

During one recent & busy night at work, I had a conversation with a lovely but frustrated customer for whom I was helping put an outfit together. Once a top & skirt found, our conversation turned to shoes. Of course, any kind of black pump (slingback, stiletto, or wedge) would make for a party-ready look, but then I suggested a nude shoe, which time and time again, has proved successful, especially when it comes to a summer ensemble. By now, you’re probably wondering what this anecdote has to do with the title of this post about. While I rely on a nude shoe as my go-to for many stylish summer outfits, my fashion world was rocked once more scrolling through social media, discovering that during a New York City day with her son, Knox, Angelina Jolie simplified a classic LBD-wayfarer shades look with nude ankle tie flats by Gianvito Rossi (shop here). 

Darling of the Day - Angelina Jolie's Easy Breezy Summer LBD & Strappy FlatsI was instantly inspired by this delightful & obvious (really!) style choice that I had to share its versatility with my readers. Speaking of evolutions, the ballet flat has come a very long way & as a result of that journey, shoppers don’t have to break their budget (even when there’s a time crunch) to achieve this level of style perfection. Really, this sort of shoe would amplify a belted cotton frock with a cardigan, a cargo vest & skimmers, or a sheath mini & blazer.

SHOP: Misses tee dress @Old Navy (available in sizes XS – XXL), black sunglasses @Icing, lace-up pointed flats @Charlotte Russe, Plus dress @Forever 21, Betsey Johnson sunglasses @Nordstrom Rack, Wild Diva ankle strap flats @Aeropostale (also available in black), Petites Worthington dress @JCPenney, ELLE sunglasses @Kohl’s, & ankle strap d’orsay flats @GOjane.

Do you like to wear ankle strap or lace-up flats? Where do you shop for your summer shoe must-haves? Do you like Angelina Jolie’s street style? How do you like to style a day-ready little black dress? How does summer inspire your style? Happy Styling!

Accessories Access: Summer Must-Haves For $15 & Under!


While there’s still a week before the calendar kicks off summer, the sunny season is here on Long Island & there’s no turning back. For me, summer is about taking it easy when it comes to life & style. I want to read, get together with friends, & spend nights cuddling up with my special someone. When I’m not working or on the go, I want to wear comfortable, breezy, effortless pieces from my wardrobe & accessories, all of which exude the playful lightness that makes summer a fashionable time of year. When I’m stumped on what to wear, especially when transitioning between seasons, I turn to Pinterest to look up some fierce street style looks, as well as those of my favorite celebrities.

This includes Eva Longoria in a graphic jumpsuit with a bold white tote & aviators, Miranda Kerr‘s maxi dress look in sandal flats & a hat, Olivia Palermo in a cotton off-the-shoulder top with sneakers & a blue clutch, Kendall Jenner‘s flowy shorts & strappy sandals street look, Ashley Madekwe in a graphic tee & denim shorts, & Zoe Saldana in a floral print maxi, hoop earrings, & neutral tote bag.

Summer inspiration from Eva Longoria, Miranda Kerr, Olivia Palermo, Kendall Jenner, Ashley Madekwe, & Zoe Saldana.I’m always up for different colors & textures, keeping things bright with classic primaries & flowy in cotton or linen to inspire a fun, relaxing day in the sun & night under the stars. When hitting up the beach or going away for the weekend, I’d like to recommend a few essential accessories that are not only affordable, but can also play up your personality when mixing & matching with your favorite summer staples like denim cut-offs, a shirt-dress or maxi dress, gladiator sandals, & a shorts romper. 

SHOP: hat @Dress Barn, espadrille sandals @Old Navy, sunglasses @Forever 21, tote @Charming Charlie, & cover-up @Walmart (shop plus size here).

What are your favorite summer-ready pieces to wear? Where do you shop for the best bargain accessories? Which celebrities do you turn to for style inspiration? What’s your go-to summer look? Happy Styling!

4/01/2013 Darling Of The Day: Taylor Swift’s Preppy & Cozy Sweater Look In NYC!


During a recent stay in New York City, country crooner Taylor Swift exited her hotel in a black long-sleeved cable knit sweater, cropped burgundy trousers, lace-up flats, & a leather tote bag. The usually feminine singer / songwriter shows off her preppy style, despite not having received the memo that spring is in the air. Of course there are just a few chilly days left in New York, but it’s not joke (on April Fool’s Day) that Taylor’s look is classic, effortless, & easy to pull off.

To put together an affordable version of this outfit, I selected the Sonoma life + style cable knit sweater ($19.99) in black from Kohl’s, which can also be mixed with a pastel pleated skirt, or worn over a floral sheath dress. Also, the Marisa straight leg pants ($26.93) in empire red from LOFT can offset softer pieces like a silk ruffled blouse, sequined tank & boyfriend blazer, & solid tee with a statement necklace. The accessories are perfect for any season, including the H-Trosuer flats ($59.95) in black from Steve Madden, faux leather zip pocket tote ($45.00) in orange from Dress Barn, & floral square sunglasses ($5.80) from Forever 21.

What do you think of Taylor’s look? Do you like mixing menswear pieces to your everyday outfits? Are you shopping for loafer flats for the spring? For more Darling of the Day posts, check out Drew Barrymore’s look during her recent appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Revenge actress Ashley Madekwe’s black & white ensemble, Nikki Reed’s chic take on menswear, & Diane Kruger’s Stella McCartney pants in Berlin! Happy Styling!

10/31/2012 Darling Of The Day: Pippa Middleton’s Chic Fall Street Look!


This is no trick, but it is a treat. I could’ve posted about sexy maid costumes or how to recreate Carrie Bradshaw’s style, but in lieu of a little hurricane named Sandy, I wanted to share something more realistic, but as equally as delightful.  I haven’t written about Pippa Middleton‘s style in quite some time, but once I saw this chic purple & black ensemble, I knew I had to find the pieces to reimagine it while on a budget.

The Croft & Barrow solid faux suede shirt ($19.99) from Kohl’s is the perfect way to start building this look & if purple isn’t your hue of choice, it’s also available in grey, tan, & green. I always turn to New York & Company for work essentials, which is where I’ve found the ponte knit pencil skirt ($34.95). While it doesn’t have as much detail as Pippa’s, it is still figure flattering with plenty of structure given in the seams.  As for the shoes, I hit up DSW for the Madden Girl Zelouss bootie ($49.95), which compare at up to $80.00.

Accessories for this look in the Worthington tights ($6.00) from JC Penney, oversized wayfarer-style sunglasses ($20.93) from Express, as well as the Amour charm necklace ($3.80) & contrast strap hobo ($24.80), both from Forever 21.

These pieces aren’t just perfect for street style or heading in & out of the office since they can be rearranged with a boyfriend blazer & skinny jeans, belted with leather leggings, or knotted with lace shorts & boots.  For more on my girl crush on Pippa, be sure to check out posts in Top 10 Celeb Sightings, Darling of the Day, Luxury Look-Alikes For Less, & Basics for a Bargain. Happy Styling!

NYC Street Style: Brooklyn Bound Trends For Spring!


Since I’ve been living the life of a commuter, I’ve been witness to many a style-flub. However, this post is featuring some of the best trends that I’ve seen while I’ve been working in Brooklyn.  Of course I’m in the office for all of my work day & only get to see the culture & residents when I’m walking to & from the subway, but also, I’m inspired to start getting my own closet ready for spring. Not to mention, it’s been quite some time since I’ve featured a post in NYC Street Style!

We can start putting away those heavy knit tights, but still embrace fashionable hosiery with the double fishnet full tights ($11.83) from Express, which are perfect for adding a little edge to a pastel sheath dress, or for night when going out with the girls in mini skirt & one-shoulder top.  Also, these tights are currently marked down 30% from their original $16.90 price tag!

I’m all about flats these days since my hectic schedule isn’t high heel-friendly, but I’ve seen plenty of designer-inspired styles, much like the Holtan flats ($14.98) @ALDO.  They make me think of Dolce & Gabbana’s entire starry-print collection from last year!

A denim jacket never goes out of style & the ladies out Brooklyn & city commuters know it! On casual days, I see all sorts of denim outerwear around me, but there’s nothing quite like the classic & chic way this denim jacket ($49.50) pairs with a graphic tee & some skinny jeggings.  It’s from American Eagle Outfitters & if you check out their site today, there’s a 25% off + FREE SHIPPING special going on right now!

The sales & deals don’t stop, especially when you’re gonna need some sunglasses to protect your eyes from the harsh sunlight that’s making this spring feel so heavenly! I love The Limited‘s debut sunglasses ($26.90), but don’t be discouraged by the price since the store is celebrating the holiday weekend with a sitewide 40% off sale! I’ve seen so many different types of shades while in Brooklyn, but nothing beats an over-sized tortoise-shell!

Lastly, spring is all about pops of color & why not take advantage of that with your accessories? You can wear this Relic grommet striped belt ($24.00) from Kohl’s in place of a belt on a printed sundress, with a classic  & crisp white shirtdress, or with a cardigan, jeans, & wedges look.

For more on what’s hot for spring, check out previous posts from Quickie Darling Deal & Steal, Luxury Look-Alikes for Less, & The Stylish Five! What trends are you seeing on the streets of your local city? Which items do you like the most? Happy Styling!

Basics for a Bargain / 10/14/11 Darling of the Day: Miranda Kerr in Leather Bottoms & Casual T-Shirts!


Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr has been spied out & about in Paris during Fashion Week wearing cotton t-shirts & leather bottoms. Of course this isn’t a look that just anyone can pull off, but there are affordable options if you’re daring enough to take the plunge!

On the Victoria’s Secret store site, I found the same oversized tee ($39.50) pictured, modeled by Miranda herself.  Also, the other t-shirt ($8.50) from Old Navy is also sold in five other basic colors.

The bottom half is all about leather, but in our case, faux leather is the best option.  This includes leatherette shorts ($19.80) from Forever 21 & the (minus the) leather seamed mini skirt ($59.90) from Express.

To help elongate the legline, Miranda goes with closed toe pumps with either texture or a pop of color.  The fuchsia platform pumps ($24.70) from GOjane & ‘Shieryl’ pointed toe pumps ($33.74) from ALDO are the perfect way to add some sass & femininity to such a minimalst look.

For one final touch, a pair of black shades ($5.80) easily makes this look day-ready & all the more fabulous!  Pieces like leather skirts or shorts are the best way to change up the way you’re putting together an outfit.  It can be downplayed with an effortless t-shirt & still look like it was something all your own.

If you’re a leather fan, check out a previous Basics for a Bargain post featuring leather pants inspired by Gwyneth Paltrow & Beyonce!  Also, check out a Darling of the Day post, showing Miranda’s Parisian chic day look! Happy Styling!