The Stylish Five: Trendy & Affordable Fall / Winter Must-Haves!


This time of year is ripe with fashionable possibilities, which is precisely what makes it fun to get dressed in the morning, finding new ways to express your style and personality. Of course, there are challenges when it comes to putting together a chic & effortless fall / winter wardrobe, mainly because of the changing weather, but also, if you’re stuck in a style rut, there are five fall / winter trends that will help elevate your look without having to invest too much cash into passing fashion fads that only work for certain body types. These include: layers, sparkle, prints, jewel tones, & lace. The savviest of Style Darlings can even take some of these trends to create a detailed & unique outfit.

SHOP: turtleneck poncho @Macy’s, plaid blanket scarf @Lord & Taylor, faux fur vest @Old Navy, hooded cape @Zulily, & oversized cardigan @The Limited.

SHOP: embellished sweater @Target, glitter skirt @Wet Seal, statement necklace @Icing, glittery platforms @Charlotte Russe, & sequined satin clutch @Forever 21.

SHOP: plaid shirt @H&M, houndstooth blouse @JCPenney, paisley dress @Forever 21, leopard scarf @Charming Charlie, & floral flats @DSW.

SHOP: velvet wrap dress @ASOS, cold shoulder top @Macy’s, zipper sweater @New York & Company, straight leg pants @The Limited, & midi skirt @Charlotte Russe.

SHOP: dress @H&M, tank @Gap, blouse @New York & Company, choker @Lulu’s, & pumps @Payless.

What fall / winter trend are you thinking about? Where are you shopping for the latest deals & style buys? Happy Styling!

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Runway Rundown: Badgley Mischka’s Pre-Fall 2015 Collection Lookbook!


Badgley Mischka Pre-Fall 2015 Collection

It’s awards season, which means that it’s time for the stars to weigh their red carpet options &  many, many press appearances promoting the best films of the year. One line that’s sure to grab the attention of A-listers is Badgley Mischka‘s Pre-Fall 2015 Collection, which is why I’m sharing it first. It includes luxe gowns that are perfect for the red carpet, as well as chic frocks & sheath dresses for those token interviews & events leading up to the big night. The collection tells a lovely story with lace details, delicate architecture, fine lines, & classic silhouettes. These pieces would shine on a Style Darling of any age, including this year’s nominees like Into the Woods star Emily Blunt, awards season favorite Julianne Moore, & Game of Thrones heroine Emilia Clarke.

To shop some gorgeous designs by Badgley Mischka, check out sites like Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Zappos, & 6PM. Which looks are your favorites? What collections are you following for Pre-Fall 2015? Which celebrities are you looking forward to seeing on the red carpet? For more stylish posts, check out Daily Look’s New Year’s Eve LBD Challenge, luxury & bargain picks to upgrade your holiday style, winterizing your nails with Julep products, & how to sleep in style with essential must haves! Happy Styling!

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Beauty Buys: Julep’s Holiday #NailArt Must-Haves & Tips to ‘Winterize’ Nails!


Style Darling Nail ArtOne of my favorite luxury nail beauty companies is Julep, thanks to my lovely writer friend & style twin, Meghan, for gifting me some of the brand’s elegant polishes for my birthday earlier this fall. I’m a registered Maven & love seeing my monthly subscription options for what I can add to my Maven box, as well as exclusive deals through the (FREE) Julep smartphone app!

Thanks to Julep for sharing with me some of their trending winter & holiday colors, including Ilsa ($6.99), Joanne ($6.99), Shari ($11.40), Sawyer ($6.99), & Kiki ($11.20). I love the variety of matte & sparkly colors, which presents some #nailart inspiration to decorate for upcoming holiday parties, dinner out with the girls, or a romantic night in.

Trending Winter Colors, courtesy of Julep.However, I have a love-hate relationship with my nails. LOVE: when my nails look perfect after dressing them up in sparkly hues. HAAATE: when the color chips or a nail breaks. SOLUTION: ‘WINTERIZING‘ your nails, which is not just about taking care of the part you’re polishing, since the condition of your hands is equally as important.

I thought I had a solid nailcare routine, but I’ve learned so much from Julep with their valuable tips for a nail, cuticle, & skin regimen for healthy digits when the drop in temperature becomes a factor in your beauty routine! Not only do I wash & moisturize my hands with sensitive hand soap & intensive moisturizer, I’m guilty of skipping a few steps for lack of time. Now, with Julep’s how-to guide, I know just what must-haves to put on my list to Santa & I’m so excited to share these with my readers!

Winterize Nails How-To, courtesy of Julep.SHOP: emery board ($4.00), cuticle softener ($14.40), cuticle pusher ($11.40), hand scrub ($18.40), oxygen smoothing base coat ($14.40), & silk effect top coat ($9.99).

Some of my favorite & recommended polishes for stocking stuffers & to upgrade your collection include:

FavoritesSHOP: Aretha ($11.20), Phia ($11.20), Queen Anne ($4.99), Mia ($11.20), Florence ($11.20), Cameron ($11.20), Natalia ($11.20), & Devon ($11.20).

For more from Julep, sign up to be a Maven & receive your first FREE Maven box, their uber-stylish blog, & shop their new arrivals, which includes tons of beauty care must-haves! To check out all the latest from Style Darling, read my post for Casper’s Beauty Sleep ChallengeJennifer Aniston’s recent red carpet looks, the ultimate Olivia Palermo photo gallery featuring over 300 of her most fashionable outfits, & how to incorporate pastels into your winter wardrobe! Happy Styling!

Fabulous In 4 Ways: Pretty Pastel Looks For Your Winter Wardrobe!


Pastels don’t only belong to spring time. They’re the perfect color palette for winter, paired with metallics when you’re looking to avoid an uber-holiday-inspired outfit. Also, pastels this time of year isn’t such a crazy fashion risk when you think about cuddly sweaters against the outdoor snowy landscape.

Some of our favorite celebrities have turned to pastels when hitting the red carpet or making a street style splash. Fashion it-girl Olivia Palermo mixed a white Dior jacket with a ruffled pastel skirt & blinged out belt. Young actress Elle Fanning played with pastel hues with a houndstooth dress, blue jacket, & floral heels by Miu Miu. Scandal actress Kerry Washington was a knockout in a lace & brocade Oscar de le Renta gown & matching pink minaudiere.

Olivia Palermo, Elle Fanning, & Kerry Washington.

Camilla Belle, Lupita Nyong'o, & Victoria Beckham.

Camilla Belle stole the spotlight in a pale green Gucci crop top & matching skirt with gold metallic sandals. Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o made a splash at Fashion Week in a pale purple Calvin Klein sweater dress with a gray clutch & matching strappy sandals. The always glamorous Victoria Beckham showed off a relaxed separates look in a white t-shirt & blue wide leg trousers by Malene Birger.

If that isn’t proof enough that pastels belong to the colder months, plenty of designers displayed Fall Collections featuring pale pink, periwinkle, lilac, mint, winter white, & yellow. This includes pastels featured on the runway by Reed Krakoff, Rebecca Taylor, Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Ermanno Scervino, & Gucci.

Reed Krakoff, Rebecca Taylor, & Ralph Lauren Fall 2014 Ready-To-Wear Collection.

Chanel Fall 2014 Haute Couture, Ermanno Scervino & Gucci Fall 2014 Ready-To-Wear Collections.

I put together some outfits, inspired by some of the prettiest pastel colors in stores this season. Of course, there are other hues to make any Style Darling swoon, but the working pale blue, winter white, blush pink, & mint green into your winter wardrobe will make everyday staples like rhinestones & sparkles, as well as cold weather accessories really pop.

blue outfit

Shop the affordable & casual separates look: LC Lauren Conrad sweater ($29.99) in snow blue @Kohl’s, pants ($34.00) in soft sky @Neiman Marcus, flats ($14.99) in silver @Payless, & studs ($3.90) in silver @Forever 21.

winter white outfit

Surprise at a cocktail party in winter white with: dress ($24.00) in ivory @Dress Barn, flats ($39.98) in bone @ALDO, pearl necklace ($13.00) @Charming Charlie, & nail polish ($11.20) in Casper @Julep.

pink outfit

Monochromatic blush pieces create a professional, yet feminine look: top ($32.94) in pink @Old Navy, pencil skirt ($19.80) in blush @Forever 21, bootie ($19.94) in blush @DSW, & necklace ($42.00) in peach @BaubleBar.

mint green outfit

Mint makes everything better- even a chic daytime look: tunic sweater ($49.90) in green @Express, jeans ($29.99) in white @JC Penney, ankle strap heels ($28.50) in mint @Charlotte Russe, & necklace ($16.50) in mint @Icing.

Lastly, to break up the monotony of this chillier season, add a splash of pastel to your wardrobe with a winter coat. While black & grays have their place in a classic must-have closet, mix it up with the paler shades in rich textures like wool & leather. 

coats

Button up for a sweet day of sweet colors, matched with metallic scarves & jewel details when wearing: swing coat ($36.00) in sea salt @Old Navy, flip collar coat ($119.00) in mint @TJ Maxx, wool coat ($69.99) in pink heather @Target, & leather coat ($54.00) in yellow @ChicNova.

What’s your favorite pastel color for winter? Do you wear more brights or saturated colors? Which outfit is your favorite? For more stylish posts, check out all-in-one cosmetic kits for the holidays, affordable cold weather accessories from Francesca’s & H&M, Anna Kendrick’s Marie Claire cover shoot for the December 2014 issue, & Gwyneth Paltrow’s new ad campaign for Max Factor! Happy Styling!

The Stylish Five: Cuddle Up With Cold Weather Accessories!


The weather is about to shift dramatically this weekend here on Long Island, but that’s no reason for your style to suffer. Now is the time to invest in some fashionable & comfortable cold weather accessories, items that perfect for bundling up when out & about. This includes a hat or headband, scarf, cape, gloves, & earmuffs. These pieces present the perfect opportunity for adding pops of color to your outerwear look, or playing down a bolder coat with neutral accessories.

cold weather accessories

My picks include: scarf ($12.80) in tribal @Forever 21, hat ($12.95) in powder pink @H&M, cape ($39.50) in gray @Dress Barn, earmuffs ($39.90) in navy @Express, & gloves ($18.00) @Francesca’s.

What’s your go-to cold weather accessory? Where do you like to shop for affordable accessories? For more stylish posts, check out Anna Kendrick for Marie Claire‘s December issue, bowed ballet flats from Kate Spade New York & ALDO, & Gwyneth Paltrow’s new beauty campaign for Max Factor! Happy Styling!

Haute Headlines: The Latest Fashions From Hart of Dixie, Scarlett Johansson’s Russian Magazine Cover, White Dresses For Winter, & More!


Haute Headlines 08

Among the hottest & haute-est headlines hitting the fashion blogs, I’ve been searching high & low to share as much as I possibly can since there’s so much going on that I’m excited about. Aside from posting the latest Pre-Fall 2013 Collections (Bottega Veneta, Michael Kors, Chanel) & keeping up with the red carpet highs & lows (Golden Globes, Art of Elysium Heaven Gala, Critics’ Choice Awards), there’s a lot happening in fashion, music, & entertainment! Take a click through the following links & share which stories are topping your gossip radar.  Happy Styling!

*InStyle celebrates this week’s return of Hart of Dixie with a fashionable gallery from the show*

*Interview Russia gives Scarlett Johansson an Andy Warhol-inspired cover*

*Stephanie Seymour, 44, models for Jason Wu*

*People Style Watch tracks this star who loves showing off her love of blue pumps*

*Tim Gunn talks to Jimmy Fallon about his likes & dislikes in fashion*

*Alber Elvaz animates a video for Lancôme & his latest cosmetics collaboration*

*Elle‘s picks for the 20 best beauty products under $50*

*The 99 best accessories from this year’s Golden Globe Awards*

*Kate Upton‘s playful & sweet fashion shoot for Elle France*

*Katie Holmes is the first celebrity spokesmodel for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics*

*Golden Globe winner Lena Dunham chats about her boyfriend, success, tell-all book, & upbringing*

*Details behind Justin Timberlake‘s big music comeback & new single, “Suit & Tie“*

*Lucky‘s 15 winter-friendly white dresses for any occasion*

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: Cozy Up With 50% Off Sweaters At Arden B.!


Arden BAfter some much-needed down time during these holiday preparations, I am happy to share my latest post for Quickie Darling Deal & Steal, featuring the latest 50% off sale on select sweaters going on @Arden B. I’m all about posting the best looks, images, & articles that I find on Facebook by other fashion bloggers, & since it’s the weather is quite wintry here in New York, I’m excited about the idea of adding more sweaters to any wardrobe.

Arden BThe cowl neck asymmetrical sweater ($35.40) in passion is a flirty & fun version of an oversize knit to pair with leather leggings, skinny jeans, or straight leg pants.  The speckled foil sweater ($35.40) in black pattern is a dressy way to sport a sweater, perfect for wearing with a pencil skirt to a holiday party or with leggings & knee boots.  The criss cross draped sweater ($35.40) in charcoal is a relaxed way to show off your style & have the opportunity to wear a chunky collar necklace, a bold brooch, or ornate metallic earrings.  Lastly, the twisted ribbed sweater tunic ($35.40) in orange crush is the perfect knit for flattering your curves while on a date or having dinner with the girls.

Which sweaters are on your list to Santa? Do you have a favorite style of sweater to shop for? If you’re looking for more affordable style finds, be sure to check out previous posts, including my top picks of holiday skirts & trendy red suede ankle booties! Happy Styling!