Basics for a Bargain: Delicate Ankle Strap Sandals Inspired by Rihanna, Jennifer Lawrence, Rachel McAdams, & More!


One of the hottest shoe trends of this summer is the ankle strap sandal, showing off plenty of toe & foot cleavage. A single-strap across the top of the foot helps elongate the legline & make any outfit instantly sleeker.

Take note from celebrities in an all-purpose black pair like Rihanna in a gold Giorgio Armani skirt set with black ankle strap sandals at the 2015 BET Awards. Also, Rachel McAdams attended the Southpaw screening in a white embroidered Zuhair Murad floral dress & black ankle sandals. Michelle Monaghan mixed separates in a black & pink polo with a ruffed leather skirt by Erdem & black ankle strap sandals at the New York premiere of Pixels. Mad Men actress Kiernan Shipka was youthful & sophisticated in a jacquard Giamba little white floral dress (shop similar here @Saks Fifth Avenue) with a yellow Miu Miu clutch (shop similar here @Miu Miu) & black Stuart Weitzman sandals (shop here @Stuart Weitzman) at the Los Angeles Confidential Women of Influence party.

Rihanna, Rachel McAdams, Michelle Monaghan, & Keirnan Shipka.

For a little variety, I’m also inspired by neutral & metallic options for ankle strap sandals, great for pairing with pastels & softer looks. For example, Jennifer Lawrence was radiant in a lace macramé Antonio Berardi little white dress with a black & white Roger Vivier chain purse & nude sandals. Model Miranda Kerr showed her support  at the Swarovski collection launch event in Austria in a cream Halston Heritage high low column dress (shop similar here @Neiman Marcus) with rose gold Jimmy Choo heels (shop similar here @Nordstrom). Teen actress Bella Thorne went monochromatic in an olive camisole & wide-leg culottes by Camilla & Marc with stacked bracelets & metallic sandals at her visit to The Lowdown with Diana Madison. It-girl Hannah Davis was feminine in a lace little white dress by Chloe with a nude belt, Edie Parker clutch, & nude Stuart Weitzman ankle sandals (shop here @Stuart Weitzman) at the 2015 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards.

Jennifer Lawrence, Miranda Kerr, Bella Thorne, & Hannah Davis.

I’ve assembled a variety of ankle strap sandals, which are available in multiple colors & range from high-end prices like those worn by the above A-list Style Darlings, as well as budget-friendly options for the shopper looking to save some money on her wardrobe.

sleek, summer-ready ankle strap sandals

SHOP: 1. Manolo Blahnik Chaos sandals ($725.00) in white @Neiman Marcus, 2. Stuart Weitzman sandals ($199.00, was $398.00) in orange @Stuart Weitzman, 3. Steve Madden Stecy sandals ($79.95) in gold @Steve Madden, 4. Mix No.6 Rayelle sandals ($39.95) in mint @DSW, 5. Betty Believe It sandals ($32.00) in polka dots @Lulu’s, 6. faux leather sandals ($29.90) in black @Forever 21, 7. single strap sandals ($26.00) in pink @GOjane, & 8. Dakota sandals ($26.00, was $36.00) in nude @Dress Barn.

Are you on board the ankle strap sandal trend? Which color do you like the best? Where are you shopping for this season’s biggest shoe trends? Which celebrity’s style do you follow? For more posts, check out my latest earring buys from Express, major clearance must-have wedges from Payless, Chrissy Teigen’s blazer & shorts look, & a nine-piece outfit for under $100. Happy Styling!

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Top 10 Celeb Sightings: Gorgeous Gowns, Dazzling Dresses, & Sleek Separates, Featuring Megan Fox, Jennifer Aniston, Chrissy Teigen, & More!


While we wait for the red carpet for this weekend’s Grammy Awards & the Oscars later this month, we can find some style inspiration from our favorite Style Darlings in the latest installment of Top 10 Celeb Sightings, featuring beautiful designer gowns, flirty frocks, & chic separates.

Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway surprised in a magenta Solace London strapless gown with an arm cuff by Antonini Aurea & white pointy toe heels at the 19th annual Art Directors Guild Excellence In Production Design Awards. Model Chrissy Teigen was all smiles in a crop top & ivory slitted skirt by Temperley London with a netted clutch by d & nude Stuart Weitzman sandals at the 2015 NFL Honors event. Oscar nominee Felicity Jones was pretty in a floral print neck-tie silk gown by Erdem at the 19th Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards. Actress Isabel Lucas sparkled in a pale blue Swarovski crystal-encrusted Jenny Packham gown with a mirrored Lee Savage clutch. America’s sweetheart Jennifer Aniston maintained her retro trend in an all-black ensemble including a keyhole top & wide-leg pants for the Montecito Awards.

Anne Hathway, Chrissy Teigen, Felicity Jones, Isabel Lucas, & Jennifer Aniston.

Obvious Child star Jenny Slate showed off her feminine side in a floral tea length Dolce & Gabbana dress with Christian Louboutin sandals Virtuoso Awards during the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Jordana Brewster worked a wave-embroidered Narcisco Rodriguez little white dress with a black Edie Parker clutch, & mesh black Casadei pumps at the premiere of Project Almanac. The Americans actress Keri Russell made an appearance on the Today show in a pale blue button-down shirt with a floral print Victoria Beckham pencil skirt, green cocoon coat, & orange sandals. Mad Men ingénue Kiernan Shipka continued with her perfect red carpet streak in a strapless floral lace Lela Rose dress with blue Stuart Weitzman sandals at the 19th annual Art Directors Guild Excellence In Production Design Awards. The always sultry Megan Fox was elegant in a purple Salvatore Ferragamo gown at the Tokyo premiere of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Jenny Slate, Jordana Brewster, Keri Russell, Kiernan Shipka, & Megan Fox.

Which celebrity look is your favorite? Whose style have you been inspired by? For more stylish posts, check out runway galleries from Viktor & Rolf & Elie Saab, the fringe trend featuring Julianne Hough & Scarlett Johansson, Rosie Huntington-Whitley’s look for less, & how to wear the latest earrings trends like Sarah Jessica Parker & Emma Stone. Happy Styling!

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#RedCarpet Review: #2015SAGAwards #BestDressed Gallery, Featuring Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Aniston, Emmy Rossum, & More!


Reese Witherspoon, Claire Danes, Keira Knightley, & Sarah Hyland.

Last night’s Screen Actor’s Guild Awards were full of red carpet surprises from veteran A-listers like Cake nominee Jennifer Aniston (in vintage Galliano), Birdman‘s Emma Stone (in Dior Couture), America’s sweetheart Julia Roberts (in Givenchy), Homeland‘s Claire Danes (in Marc Jacobs), & last year’s it-girl, Lupita Nyong’o (in Elie Saab). Also, there were plenty of newcomers who made an impact, including many Orange is the New Black winners like Uzo Aduba (in Angel Sanchez) & Danielle Brooks (in Christian Siriano), as well as Game of ThronesMaisie Williams (in Self-Portrait).

Some of my favorites of the night included The Imitation Game nominee Keira Knightley (in Erdem), Wild‘s Reese Witherspoon (in Atelier Versace), model & wife, Camila Alves McConauhey (in Donna Karan), designer darling Emmy Rossum (in Armani Prive), Modern Family‘s rising star Sarah Hyland (in Vera Wang), St. Vincent nominee Naomi Watts (in Balenciaga), How to Get Away with Murder winner Viola Davis (in Max Mara), & this season’s golden girl, Still Alice winner, Julianne Moore (in Givenchy).

Now the official countdown to the Academy Awards can begin, which takes place on Sunday February 22nd, sure to wow & inspire more amazing style. Who wore your favorite look? What trends are you still talking about? For all the latest on this awards season, check out previous Red Carpet Review posts with complete galleries from the Golden Globe Awards & Critic’s Choice Awards. If that isn’t enough, get more celebrity inspiration from Style Darling‘s spring dress predictions featuring Kerry Washington & Allison Williams, how to style a statement necklace like Katy Perry or Emma Roberts, & Jennifer Lopez’s stylish press tour for her new movie, The Boy Next Door! Happy Styling!

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Red Carpet Review: The 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards, Featuring Amanda Seyfried, Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Garner, & More!


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In this latest Red Carpet Review post, we’re one step closer to rounding out this year’s awards season with the red carpet looks from tonight’s 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards. The ceremony is currently airing & there’s so much movie news to report, however some of the hottest & most-talked-about celebrities have made a splash in couture, following the runway trends, including black gowns (like what we saw at the Golden Globes) on Anne Hathaway (in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture), Elisabeth Moss (in Dolce & Gabbana), Naya Rivera (in Donna Karan), Michelle Dockery (in Chado Ralph Rucci), Tina Fey (in Oscar de la Renta), Jaimie Alexander (in Marc Bouwer) & Kelly Osbourne (in Jenny Packham).

Also, side parts for hair are big, as seen on Jessica Chastain (in Alexander McQueen), Katrina Bowden (in Badgley Mischka), & Naomi Watts (in Marchesa). Colors of the night that popped were pretty pinks & purples on Lea Michele (in Valentino), Nina Dobrev (in Elie Saab), Freida Pinto (in Roland Mouret), & Sally Field (in J. Mendel).

There was a classic & regal combination of blue & navy hues hit the red carpet with Amanda Seyfried (in Zac Posen), Jordin Sparks, Nicole Kidman (in Vivienne Westwood), Jennifer Lawrence (in Christian Dior Haute Couture), Giuliana Rancic (in Max Azria Atelier), & Edie Flaco (in Chagoury).

Lastly, colorblocking & mixed tones in black & white were a hit, featured on Claire Danes (in Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci), January Jones (in Prabal Gurung), Julianna Margulies, & Julianne Moore (in Chanel Haute Couture).

Which looks were your favorites? Are you watching the show tonight? For more red carpet looks this season, check out gallery posts including the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, all black & leather looks on Miranda Kerr & Scarlett Johansson, Louis Vuitton’s checkered runway pieces on Kerry Washington & Jessica Alba, & the 2013 Art of Elysium Heaven Gala! Happy Styling!

Red Carpet Review: Emma Roberts Makes The Rounds!


Ever since the first time I saw Emma Roberts hit the red carpet, which I can’t even remember when, I’ve loved her feminine & fashion forward style.  She’s been off the radar for a while, but I’m happy to see that the Scream 4 star has returned to red carpets & is celebrating various events with some serious style.

After finding these images (check out In Style‘s Look of the Day series), I knew I had to feature the young starlet.  Her style is a cool combination of classic, youthful, & effortless.  I love the wavy shag she’s been sporting, as well as all of those fancy satin heels!

While checking out the Juicy Couture collection, Emma’s donning a printed shift dress by the brand, with major satin platforms.  Emma attended the premiere of Manon at Lincoln Center in this embellished Yves Saint Laurent sweetheart jumpsuit & sleek minaudiere.  The rising fashion icon hit a party for Salvatore Ferragamo in a bowed blouse and buffed trousers, adding a pop of color in some adorable blue satin pumps. Emma continues to prove that she’s fierce when it comes to outfits, especially in this Jonathan Saunders blouse, wide leg trousers, jewelry by Caleo, & a black Swarovski clutch.

Which look of Emma’s is your favorite? What do you think of the satin heels? If you’re interested in shopping for affordable satin pumps, check out the following links to Target, Macy’s, Piperlime, & 6PM!

To see more of Emma’s style, check out Style ABCs (x3) & the Versace debut for H&M. For more on Red Carpet Review, check out Style Darling’s gallery of this year’s Academy Awards, Golden Globes, & to see how Jennifer Lawrence is knocking fashion critics away while promoting The Hunger Games! Happy Styling!

Super Style Wishlist: Grant Your Style Wishes with 70% Off @Bluefly!


It’s been a while since I posted in Super Style Wishlist, but I wanted to mix the best of both worlds (luxury & sales, that is) with Bluefly.  While the online retailer sells luxury items from designers like Balenciaga, Hermes, Ralph Lauren, & Versace, there’s a major 70% off sale going on right now!

Even though these items aren’t necessarily affordable (maybe the belt is!), the reduced prices are pretty sweet for Style Darlings everywhere to indulge.  The Wyatt white stripe jersey long sleeve panel dress ($73.99originally $112.00) is a figure flattering & fall-friendly for work & going out at night.  Of course, I’m very big in the black & white dresses, evident by my Nordstrom wishlist post & my retro Halloween costume.

It’s perfect to pair with knee boots, or with tights & these Boutique 9 dark grey suede ‘Alynda’ platform peep toe pumps ($85.99, originally $160.00).  Now, as for the Michael Kors vanilla faux leather metal tipped skinny belt ($23.99, originally $42.00), it can also go over a sweater dress or with some trousers & a tucked in blouse.

With a look like this, you need a fabulous addition of outerwear, like the Tahari taupe sateen ruffle front ‘Evelyn’ belted trench ($165.99, originally $225.00).  It’s the perfect length & color, especially to go with the Matt & Nat magenta studded ‘JJ’ wallet ($49.99, originally $85.00).

For a finishing touch, just some simple pieces of jewelry like the Chamak by Priya Kakkar set of 4 – jonquil and silver crystal glitter bangles ($41.99, originally $79.00) & the M+J Savitt black pearl & Swarovski crystal earrings ($149.99, originally $255.00).

Do you have any favorite black & white pieces?  Any style stories from Bluefly? Where do you shop for the best deals on luxury labels?  Happy Styling!

Red Carpet Review: Selena Gomez’s 9 Outfit Changes Hosting The MTV Europe Music Awards!


Last night, Selena Gomez hosted MTV’s Europe Music Awards in Belfast.  She out-wore this year’s Oscar co-host, Anne Hathaway, who donned a mere eight looks during the ceremony.  The big difference is that Selena sports short shorts, rompers, metallic pants, & bubble dresses for the international celebration of popular music.

Selena is making her way up the style ladder with these very different, but youthful looks.  My favorite is the multicolored sequin shorts with the yellow cowl neck blouse with purple ankle booties.  Picking up on the 70s trend, Selena wore a red sparkly jumpsuit by The Blonds.  Then she turns it up with some serious gam exposure in the purple sequin romper with knee-high boots.  For a playful twist during her hosting duties, Selena stepped out in a golf-inspired look with argyle knee socks & high heel loafers.  For a sexy, more grown up look, Selena also jumped on board the sheer trend with a leopard & leather dress.  While on the red carpet, Selena wore a tutu-inspired lace Marchesa dress with Swarovski earrings & peep toe pumps.

The Disney darling channeled the 80s with gold leggings & a silver-sleeved jacket.  Then she played with pattern & shape in this bubble dress with Swarovski bangles. I think the chartreuse mini was adorable, making her look like a prom princess!

Which is your favorite look of Selena’s?  Would you wear a bubble mini or gold leggings?  Check out previous Red Carpet Review posts, featuring the looks of the Emmy’s, the 2011 Toronto Film Festival, & the 2011 Venice Film Festival.  Happy Styling!

Luxury Look-Alikes for Less: Drop Earrings by Swarovski Vs. New York & Company’s $20 Pair!


While I’m more of a stud earrings girl myself (what with always wearing my glasses & headbands so frequently), I do love checking out drop earrings, especially for fancy occasions. Although I have none coming up, I was inspired to search around the Swarovski website & check out their jewelry line, when a fellow Style Darling cried out for some help trying to find luxury look-alikes to another pair of gorgeous crystal earrings by the famous brand.  Even though I was unable to find near replicates to the fabulous pair that she selected, I did happen to notice a correlation between a pair of earrings that had caught my eye during my recently documented trip to New York & Company.

The more expensive pair sold at Swarovski goes for $75.00, which is a good investment in jewelry for anyone on a budget, however compared to the equally as gorgeous pair sold at New York & Company, you’d be spending $19.95!  Usually I have a link up to show which is which over the images, but in an effort to sir up some online style browsing, as well as some much-needed feedback, check out the links within the text here.  Which pair would you buy?  Would you trust your jewelry more to Swarovski for a special occasion or are you always looking for the best bargain even if it’s in a CZ? Happy Styling!

Red Carpet Review: 2011 SAG Awards (PART ONE)!


Last night’s Screen Actor’s Guild Awards were a red carpet dream come true, filled with florals, belted looks, sparkles, brights, & enough black & white to go around.  Oscar de la Renta was the most worn designer & the stars were frosted in names like Fred Leighton, Neil Lane, Chopard, Lorraine Schwartz, & Swarovski.  Scroll your mouse over each image to see who’s wearing which designers.

My favorite of the night was an unexpected ballerina-inspired pale pink Monique Lhuillier ruffled number that Angie Harmon wore, although some may say that its beauty was Oscar-worthy & too overdressed for this event. With that, here we have the ladies wearing blush & pink showing off their femininity & boldness.  We saw a splash of pink at last month’s Golden Globe awards with Claire Danes, Lea Michele, & Megan Fox.

We can see that Jennifer Lawrence‘s whirlwind award’s season is only getting better after her ruffled Louis Vuitton pick.  I can’t wait to see what she’ll choose to wear at the Oscars- she’s nominated for her gritty performance in Winter’s Bone.

 We saw Christina Hendricks & January Jones showing off their love of red, but here we have four looks (including one demure burnt orange, a little warmer than Emma Stone’s coral) proving that no gorgeous color or design can clash with the red carpet at this event if you’re confident.  Tina Fey‘s red Oscar de la Renta was a most unexpected choice for the usually conservative comedienne, but I’m sure critics will love her bold choice, especially after last year’s stunner. For more on Oscar de la Renta’s Spring 2011 collection, click here.

Other nominees lit up the red carpet with thier elegant choices, embracing a deep crimson, magenta red, & a pretty pumpkin.  These rich colors make for incredible photographs & remind us of how truly stunning the female form can look in a column-inspired gown.  Whather cinched at the waist or knotted for a Grecian-style, these dresses made each starlet look like a tall glass of glamour!

 

Everybody was dying to see what glowing mother-to-be Natalie Portman was going to wear & she turned this white Azzaro number into a ridiculously chic maternity gown that would put red carpet moms-to-be like Angelina Jolie, Heidi Klum, & Naomi Watts to shame. White was definitely on-trend with Amy Adams & a creamy Rosario Dawson presented her own interpretation as well! Winona Ryder‘s Alberta Ferretti creation reminded me so much of a modern-day version of this famous Marilyn Monroe dress.

  

It isn’t a true awards show without some sparkle.  Bejeweled looks have been a staple for the red carpet in recent years, as we’ve seen on Sandra Bullock, Claire Danes, & Cameron Diaz.  Adding glistening touches to dresses with color was a popular trend too!  It must’ve been winner & Oscar-bound actress Melissa Leo of The Fighter who stole the sparkle show with a fitted golden number & a plunging neckline.

While other sparkles were subtle & elegant, none could quiet compare, but we have to give it up to Eva Longoria & Jayma Mays for their stylish efforts.  We could look forward to some of these fabulous ladies at the upcoming Oscar ceremony- that’s for sure!

Glee stars Lea Michele (keeping with her Globes Oscar de la Renta choice) & Naya Ramirez were on hand to lend some youthful glow to this parade of glitters.  We can see the diversity in a plunging neckline, a modest one-shoulder, spaghetti straps, & a short-sleeved dress in a hint of periwinkle.

Well, there’s really only so much fashion a girl can handle, but I’m excited to report that tomorrow’s post will contain the dark, black, & purple dresses (like Dianna Agron), as well as the risk takers of the night (including one of my favorites- Claire Danes!).  Any questions, comments, or suggestions are always welcome!  Happy Styling!