Color Me Style: All You Need is Olive!

One color that works well to transition from spring to summer & summer to fall is olive. It’s an earthy neutral, sometimes referred to as khaki green, that looks luxe against gold accessories or with rich leather. Also, olive touches in cargo separates offer a dressed down & utilitarian feel to more formal pieces like a sequin skirt or little black dress, presenting new options to standards in your wardrobe rotation. Olive is also a fashionable alternative to pair with denim to channel a bohemia look, additional neutrals like navy or chocolate for a layered & details ensemble, as well as pastels in peach or pink for a blend of warmth & femininity.

SHOP: shirt dress @H&M, wrap dress @Kohl’s (available in sizes XS-XXL), crochet tank @Target, twill jacket @Old Navy, Audrey Brooke Viv sandal @DSW, G by Guess Beaut wedge sandal @DSW, cargo jogger pants @White House Black Market, & high low mini skirt @dressbarn.

What colors are your favorite to wear each season? Where do you shop for your favorite trends? Do you like to mix cargo separates with other wardorbe pieces? Which of the above bargain finds is your favorite? Happy Styling! 

08/01/2017 Darling of the Day: Jennifer Lawrence Elevates Casual Chic in New York City!

So, it’s definitely been a minute since my last Darling of the Day post (hello 07/18/2016 with Gwyneth Paltrow!). Trends are always changing—I’m not so crazy about all this 90s-inspiration returning. Also, life is just busy & there’s so much to talk about. However, I just recently came across this image of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence (whose new movie Mother! looks terrifying) who was out & about in New York City this summer wearing the most elegant & casual of outfits that anyone can pull off. I knew I had to share the styling details, especially since so many of these pieces probably already reside in our wardrobes. What makes this look so special is Jennifer’s uber chic Elsa Peretti knotted necklace that completely elevates the whole ensemble from casual to genius. I’m always saying that accessories have the power to transform a look & here’s the proof with one simple gold necklace.

The ingredients for Jennifer’s look are easy to put together: white tank, black skinny jeans, & a gold knotted, tassel necklace. Here are three sources to recreate this outfit for the budget-minded shopper of any size because you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your entire income for your style.

SHOP: tank (shop plus here), skinny jeans (shop plus here), knot necklace @dressbarn.

SHOP: tank (available in sizes XS-XXL), skinny jeans (available in sizes 0-20), & multistrand necklace @Old Navy.

SHOP: tank & skinny jeans @H&M, & lariat necklace @Charming Charlie.

In addition, Jennifer’s outfit gets some help from classic tortoise sunglasses, a minimalist black crossbody bag, & platform wedges so she can live her most stylish & best A-list life.

SHOP: crossbody bag @Forever 21, cateye sunglasses @Target, & Kelly & Katie wedges @DSW

Do you like Jennifer’s street style look? What’s your go-to glam necklace? Where do you shop for basics like tanks & jeans? Which celebrity’s style do you follow most? What’s your summer must-have trend item? For more celebrity style inspiration, check out previous posts including mixed patterns on Olivia Palermo & Solange Knowles, Reese Witherspoon & Lily James in gingham, sneakers with dresses on Gigi Hadid & Rihanna, & ankle strap shoe goodness on Emma Stone & Taylor Schilling! 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!

Show Me The Shoes: Black & White Spring Trends From Payless!

I’ve always been pro black & white when it comes fashion, loving the classic color combination, especially when it comes to patterns like polka dots, houndstooth, & stripes. However, now that winter is finally leaving us, we can focus on spring trends, like black & white in our accessories. Wearing black & white printed shoes, for example, will instantly punch up any look, helping transition the heavy layers from the winter to lighter, breezier separates for spring.

black & white shoes

I know I can always count on Payless for the latest styles to mix & match with my other wardrobe staples, especially at such an affordable price. If you’re headed for the beach during the upcoming spring break, take the Sadia raffia high wedge sling ($24.99) with a maxi dress or shorts romper. Also, for the office, I love the Krime peep toe pump ($19.99) for a sheath dress, blazer & pencil skirt look, or for happy hour in a sequin tank & skinny jeans. If you’re looking for chic & comfy flats, I’m excited about the Chelsea flat ($16.99) & Claire scrunch flat ($24.99) that can work for a variety of occasions.

For more fabulous black & white shoes, check out luxury designs like these from Christian Louboutin, Michael Kors, Manolo Blahnik, & Loeffler Randall. More affordable options also include Nine West, Madden Girl, Fergalicious, & Croft & Barrow. What shoe trends are you following for the new season? What colors are you ready to wear? Happy Styling!

Show Me The Shoes: Up To 70% Off Clearance Shoes @Nine West!

Retailers are still in that transition period between seasons, which means that it’s the perfect time to get your hands, or feet in this case, on clearance deals on shoe. More specifically, Nine West is clearing out their online shelves with deals up to 70% off on a sale shoes. These prices are perfect for wearing the redt of the winter, preparing for this coming spring / summer, & even wearing on an upcoming vacation.

Nine West

I picked the Leggy wedge ($39.99) in camel multi leopard, which is perfect to match with a belted neutral shirt dress or with your favorite denim shorts & blouse.  The Heartbeat pumps ($39.99) in purple are essential for upgrading any office look- not to mention, they’re also available in blue. I featured the Love Fury ($39.99) pumps in a post last year in Black Friday Sale Update, but in red, however both pairs are now reduced from their original $89.00 price. Lastly, since I’m a sucker for animal print & ankle booties, I just had to include the Haywire booties ($39.99) in natural multi pony, which are probably the best deal I’ve seen on the Nine West site since they’ve been marked down from $129.00!

How would you wear these shoes? Do you like to shop during the end-of-the-season deals? Which style of shoe is your favorite? Do you prefer classic leather shoes or like to experiment with textures? For more from Show Me The Shoes, check out posts including Payless’ new arrivals by Christian Siriano, Rachel Zoe’s ShoeDazzle collaboration, footwear from Prabal Gurung’s Target collection, & video about the shoes the stars wore to this year’s Golden Globes! Happy Styling!

Show Me The Shoes: GOjane’s Great Up To 65% Off Booties Sale!

GOjaneI’m guilty of doing some fabulous Black Friday & Cyber Monday shopping… on myself, but why not? The deals were just too good to miss & my wardrobe needed a bootie update.  Even though the Thanksgiving holiday sales have ended, it’s time to start thinking about winter, but fortunately, GOjane is offering an up to 65% off booties sale, which means that shoe indulgence may go on, without breaking your budget.

There’s so much potential for sprucing up your winter wardrobe by just changing up your footwear & that starts with the canvas oxford heel ($25.95), which will change up your jeans & sweater look, as well as transcend your professional ensembles with the mix of textures.  The feather rosette bootie wedge ($13.95) is the perfect shoe for a feminine look, paired with a lacy sheath dress or tweed skirt & blouse.  For casual days, I love the idea of the slouchy leatherette ankle boot ($16.95) for wide leg jeans with a flyaway cardigan & layers of beads.

GOjaneI’m also crazy about wedges this season, which is why I’m sharing the lace-up bootie wedge ($28.60). They’re available in four other colors & will add a menswear edge to any outfit.  For those of you who aren’t scared of a high heel, I recommend the chunky heel booties ($29.00) for your knit tunic& leggings look, or to add a modern twist to a preppy sweater dress.  Lastly, if you’re not afraid of color, check out the two-tone velvet booties ($30.80), which especially bring out the holiday spirit.  These hues & the combination of textures with sequins, leather, & corduroy will make your winter look that much more dimensional!

Do you prefer ankle booties instead of knee boots? Do you find it easy to style them with your current wardrobe? What’s your favorite shoe style for winter? Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown / Show Me The Shoes: The Entire 106 Piece Fall 2012 Collection By Nicholas Kirkwood!

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I talk about a lot of shoes here on Style Darling, but this is the biggest shoe gallery I’ve ever shared with readers- on top of this being my 600th post!  As I was happily surfing through Facebook & Twitter today, I came across a link to Refinery 29 which included a 106-image slideshow gallery of designer Nicholas Kirkwood‘s Fall 2012 Collection of shoes.  The line ranges in sandals, pumps, flats, & wedges- each sleek, flirty, fierce, & sexy for a variety of occasions. Here’s a chance for you to check out the latest trends in fall styles, including platforms & towering high heels that can match perfectly with so many colorblocked, solid, printed, or textured looks for the upcoming season.

For more shoe posts, check out Show Me The Shoes, including Lela Rose’s latest for Payless, Christian Siriano’s loafer pumps, & Prada’s fall runway shoes @Neiman Marcus! Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: Be Brash This Spring With Wedges From Payless!

Spring is in the air! I feel it!! So get walking to your nearest Payless where you can find all the new spring arrivals from their brand, Brash.  The Mallory wedge sandal ($29.99) in black is a new favorite of mine, especially since I’ve been eyeing those spring dresses of mine in the back of my closet.

These wedges are also available in brown & coral, with croc & gold studding accents on the side.  They’re the best way to dress down a little black dress for day & easy to slip on with you favorite pair of capris & a flirty floral blouse.

While you’re doing some shopping around online, be sure to hit up some of my latest blog posts for Ladies Outfitters, also featuring some darling wedges by Apple Bottoms. Additional posts include: Saturday Night Style: What To Wear For A Night Out!, Prom Look Of The Day: The Blues Never Looked So Good!, Chilly Days = Time For A Sweater Tunic!, & Look Like Kate Middleton in Lace With Ladies Outfitters!

If you need more help finding some wildly cute new spring shoes, check out some of my favorite stores like DSW, Piperlime, Target, & Steve Madden! Happy Styling!

Black Friday Sale Update: 50% Off The Entire AMI Clubwear Site!

Get your fashionable footwear fix today only, from AMI Clubwear, with the 50% off discount code amiblkfri50! The store has hundreds of boots, heels, sandals, & flats for the picking, indlucing these six sweet finds, ranging in price from $9.99 – $27.99!

The Camel Faux Suede Cross Strap Studded Heel Booties ($9.99) have been marked down from $28.99! Get your animal inspiration with the Leopard Print Faux Kid Suede Platform Pump Heels ($19.99).  I know I’m a big lover of bows on my shoes, which is why I selected Black Faux Suede Bow Decor Peeptoe Slingback Platform Heels ($26.99) to go with any embellished dress for an upcoming party.

Turn some heads with the Mustard Faux Suede Tier Fringe Platform Wedges ($26.99)! Two-tone shoes like the Royal Blue Velvet Bow Accent Peep Toe Platform Heels ($26.99) are a fun way to mix things up with an abstract print dress. And who doesn’t love a red shoe?  I recently posted about adorable red heels from a night of watching Wizard of Oz & the Lipstick Smooth Faux Suede Beaded Bow Peep Toe Heels ($27.99) definitely belong in that category. Happy Styling!

7/3/11 Darling of the Day: Drew Barrymore Goes Nautical Chic for Chanel!

At a recent benefit dinner for Chanel, the very lovely Drew Barrymore stepped out in this season’s most fashionable colors: navy & white.  Looking every bit a Style Darling, she added a glamorous bib necklace to her white top & navy textured skirt, all by the very stylish brand.  The pieces were matched with cork-heeled wedges by Christian Loboutin. With just the addition of a flowered bib necklace, the look instantly went from casual to dressy.  Not to mention her polished black & white clutch.  Or maybe it’s navy also?  I can’t tell.

Because Drew is one of those actresses adored by women of all shapes, styles, & sizes, I decided to do something a little different by selecting items that are both Misses & Plus Size friendly, as per the request of a very close friend who made a good point on Style Darling’s Facebook group page.

Here we have two very basic, but flattering white tops (from Macy’s & Avenue) that can be mixed & matched with virtually any item in your closet.  Of course it was quite the task to search for two non-peasant looking navy skirts, but here we have ’em from Dillards & the other from One Stop Plus.  A look like this can also be accessorized with a wide textured belt & platform sandals if you don’t have navy wedges.  The wedges are currently on sale @Steve Madden for under $34, which is an awesome deal if you wear a lot of summer dresses in white eyelet or linen.  Something in red would actually look really cute with these wedges too!

Speaking of accessories, the bib necklace is very affordable from JC Penney, along with a cocktail ring from Forever 21.  While I couldn’t quite find an evening clutch worthy of this blog, I did come across a black one & a white, from Express that are just as versatile & affordable! Check out our previous blog on Drew in a Darling of the Day post from back in April, showing off some rock star chic! Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: Steve Madden Clearance Up to 80% Off!

There are some big sales going on right now @Steve Madden, including a very affordable selection of shoe styles on clearance!  These four styles are among my top picks, however the brand also has knee boots marked down to under $50!  Each of these are perfect for some time during the year & the wedges makes for a sweet spring combination with a pair of cuffed boyfriend jeans & a floral blouse.  Consider the shooties for the fall with a textured pencil skirt & chunky knit.  The strappy sandals are sexy for a summer date night in something metallic.  The more elegant choice for a cocktail affair is something in satin with a bow detail, especially in the winter! If you sign up for the brand’s emails, you’ll get regular notifications on sales, get a 10% off offer on your next order, & you’ll learn when all the latest styles are debuting!  Happy Styling!

Luxury Look-Alikes For Less: Cynthia Vincent @Bloomingdales Vs. Wedges from Mandee!



One of my favorite spring shoes is a wedge, perfect for elongating the legline, while also giving that extra support to my foot.  Part of the beauty of springtime is the variety of outfits that you can wear with a wedge like this, including a button-down & pair of chino shorts, a mini skirt with a blouse, a casual romper, & even a grafitti-inspired dress.  Scroll your mouse over these shoes to see which is $350.00 by Cynthia Vincent, sold @Bloomingdale’s & which is an affordable $32.00 @Mandee.  Regardless of cost, both sites offer free emails to receive excellent discounts & news on all the latest sales!  Happy Styling!