Flip for Old Navy’s Flip Flops & Stylish Summer Footwear!


Last summer, when my husband & I were planning our wedding, we included a basket of flip flops to give to our guests for those with tired feet after all the dancing & partying at our reception. Of course, we turned to Old Navy for comfortable, affordable, & colorful flip flops in bulk (& we couldn’t resist buying a few pairs for ourselves too). This summer, Old Navy continues its flip flop legacy with so many fashionable varieties, which brings us to today’s post!

black stripe flip flop @Old Navy

 

lavender dots flip flop @Old Navy

lavender red color block flip flops @Old Navy

lobster flip flop @Old Navy

mint flip flop @Old Navy

 

mustard hot pink flip flop @Old Navy

silver flip flop @Old Navy

Not only is Old Navy one of my favorite flip flop destinations (making traveling or packing for a quick weekend jaunt of errands so much easier), but there’s plenty of fashionable footwear to shop for if you’re looking for something with a little more flair this summer. Try out some slides, espadrilles, sandal flats, or wedges!

beetroot braided faux suede slide @Old Navy

black faux suede braided strap flat @Old Navyleopard knotted twist slide @Old Navy

mustard faux suede mule @Old Navy

olive faux suede faux leather ankle strap espadrille @Old Navy

peach gold metallic strappy ankle strap sandal @Old Navyred faux suede espadrille @Old Navy

Try any of these shoe styles with a floral summer dress & denim jacket for a cool evening walk by the water, a t-shirt with layered necklaces & cut-off jeans, or ankle pants & a blouse while transitioning from work to play! Additionally, the below dresses are also available, perfect for styling (& super affordable) with these shoes!

tamarind swing dress, striped linen-blend jumpsuit, blue gingham wrap dress, white botanical crepe midi dress, & beetroot cross-front jersey maxi dress @Old Navy

SHOP: tamarind swing dress, striped linen-blend jumpsuit, blue gingham wrap dress, white botanical crepe midi dress, & beetroot cross-front jersey maxi dress @Old Navy.

Where are you shopping for the best summer duds? What kind of shoes do you like to wear when the weather heats up? What shopping deals are you finding? For more stylish posts, check out resin earrings from LOFT & BaubleBar, summer hats inspired by Frieda Pinto & Jennifer Lopez, & skirts inspired by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley & Priyanka Chopra. Happy Styling!

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! 

Basics for a Bargain: Spring Dress Predictions, Inspired by Kerry Washington, Allison Williams, & More (Dedicated to Nicole)!


When asking around through social media to some of my friends for some style inspiration since I was stuck on what my next blog post should be, my lovely & brilliant friend, Nicole, inquired about spring dresses to expect for next season, especially when winter is such a rich season for playing with texture & prints when it comes to dresses. For spring, my research tells me that dresses are all about the details- what makes them special, whether it’s lace, metallic embellishment, bold colors / patterns, shine, or shape. I had so much fun getting inspired by dresses from the runway & my favorite A-list celebrities.  

Allison Williams, Kerry Washington, Julianne Moore, Anna Kendrick, Kate Mara, & Camilla Belle.

The always stylish Girls actress Allison Williams mixed patterns with her paisley printed silk dress by Giambattista Valli with black pumps. Scandal star Kerry Washington played up detail in a checked Prada dress with a violet clutch & metallic Christian Louboutin pointy toe pumps. This season’s Oscar nominee Julianne Moore dared to be different in a cherry red off-the-shoulder Delpozo dress with Givenchy sandals. The adorable & playful Anna Kendrick wore a flirty cobalt blue laser cut Temperley London shirt dress & nude Christian Louboutin pumps when making an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Former House of Cards co-star Kate Mara donned a lattice paneled little white dress by Vielma with a clutch by Botkier & nude pumps. Lastly, fashion it-girl Camilla Belle did Gucci proud in the brand’s blue printed dress with t-strap pumps.

Also, during Fashion Week, the Spring 2015 Ready-To-Wear Collections that hit the runways were all about detail-oriented dresses, chock full of bold colors, modern twists on classics, floral embellishments, playful prints, & much more! 

Mary Katranzou, Erin Fetherston, Alberta Ferretti, Peter Pilotto, Matthew Williamson, Roland Mouret, Temperley London, & Nanette Lepore Spring 2015 Ready-To-Wear.

This included collections from Mary Katrantzou, Erin Fetherston, Alberta Ferretti, Peter Pilotto, Matthew Williamson, Roland Mouret, Temperley London, & Nanette Lepore.

And finally, my picks for affordable dresses to start the spring off right are:

Spring dresses from Dress Barn, Old Navy, Wallis, Forever 21, ModCloth, JC Penney, & Chic Nova.

SHOP: textured fit & flare dress ($48.00) in royal @Dress Barn, belted shirt dress ($32.94) in red print @Old Navy, lace dress ($59.00) in black @Wallis Fashion, lush floral tea dress ($29.90) @Forever 21, floral flashback stripe dress ($17.99) @ModCloth, short sleeve print blouson dress ($19.99) @JC Penney, & print cross V-neck dress ($28.49) in yellow @Chic Nova.

Which dresses are your favorites? Which celebrities do you look to for style inspiration? What’s your favorite kind of dress? Have you started your spring shopping yet? What are you looking to update this spring? For more stylish posts, check out my latest picks of sale sweaters for under $20, how to wear a statement necklace in 4 ways, Jennifer Lopez’s press tour for her new movie, Natalie Portman’s Dior look for less, & the complete red carpet gallery from this year’s Golden Globes including looks from Emma Stone & Naomi Watts. Happy Styling!

8/21/2013 Darlings Of The Day: Emmy Rossum In Banana Republic & Olivia Palermo In ASOS!


I’m always scouring the web for look-alike pieces to celebrity outfits that budget-conscious shoppers can access. While I was catching up on the latest red carpet & street style images of my favorite A-listers, I found that Shameless actress Emmy Rossum & socialite / designer darling Olivia Palermo are acquiring their looks from stores that the (more stylish) rest of American can shop.

Banana Republic recently revealed their newest collection from British designer Issa, featuring this flirty blue ceramic printed wrap-tie dress ($130.00). This universally-flattering look was seen on Emmy, who played it up with tough accessories like lace-up booties & a black shoulder bag by Gerard Darel.

Emmy Rossum. Banana Republic - Issa Collection Blue Ceramic Printed Wrap-Tie Dress $130.00

Of course the price tag is a little steep if you’re looking for a bargain, but this style is timeless & perfect for any time of year. At the end of the summer, it’s a great transitional piece for fall with tights, knee boots, & a denim jacket. For the office, add a metallic belt & blazer with some pointy toe pumps.

While in New York City, Olivia stepped out in style in the skater dress in paisley print with lace up sleeve ($67.50) from ASOS, which she styled with a studded belt, a gold chain-link cuff, snakeskin flats, sunglasses by Westward Leaning.

Olivia Palermo. ASOS - Skater Dress In Paisley Print With Lace Up Sleeve $67.50.

The free-spirited frock is another versatile must-have that has multiple styling possibilities. Take a cue from Olivia’s choices with a textured belt, statement jewelry piece, & contrasting printed shoes.

Which dress is more your style? Are you a regular or ASOS & Banana Republic shopper? Which celebrities inspire your street style? For more celebrity looks, check our previous posts including the latest red carpet looks from Selena Gomez & Julianne Hough, Ashlee Simpson for Jessica Simpson Collection’s Fall 2013 campaign, Lily Collins’ press tour for Mortal Instruments, & Lauren Conrad’s lookbook for Kohl’s. Happy Styling!

Basics For A Bargain: It’s Finally Spring & Finally Time For Florals!


There’s still a chill in the air here in New York, but it’s finally starting to look like spring. There’s change in the air & I know I’m really excited about it- & not just for my change in wardrobe. However, speaking of spring fashions, the go-to print of the season is florals & I couldn’t turn my back the trend, especially when I’ve been seeing it everywhere! For example, A-list celebs have been wearing florals even during the winter, ushering in the warmer season. Miranda Kerr is all smiles in a floral skirt with a leather Prada tote while taking in the day in Sydney. Elizabeth Olsen mixed her floral top with a mustard coat & skinny jeans. Actress Diane Kruger attended a press event for Farewell, My Queen in a 10 Crosby Derek Lam ensemble.

Miranda Kerr, Elizabeth Olsen, Diane Kruger, Selena Gomez, Jessica Chastain, & Dianna Agron.

Superstar Selena Gomez hit the SXSW Festival in a matching bustier & skirt by Dolce & Gabbana. Two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain wears an Erdem sheath dress with nude Christian Louboutins. Lastly, former Glee star Dianna Agron attended a luncheon with The Hollywood Reporter in an Oday Shakar floral dress with suede Jimmy Choo heels.

Not to mention that there have been plenty of florals hitting the runways this year, including luxe vintage from Valentino, 80s-inspired rocker chic designs from Betsey Johnson, youthful & bright patterns from Tracy Reese, Lanvin‘s elegant & sophistication, & Erdem‘s playful & refreshing angle on flowers.

Valentino, Betsey Johnson, Tracy Reese, Lanvin, & Erdem.

Whether it’s on clothing, accessories, or mixed & match (which I only recommend doing with caution), I made a few selections from some of my favorite stores to share how you can wear the latest floral pieces on a budget! The best piece to start building the perfect spring wardrobe is a dress, like the Merona sleeveless tulip wrap dress ($19.00) from Target, which has recently been marked down from its original $24.99 price. The flattering wrap shape is perfect for accentuating your shape & the navy background adds a regal touch is paired with basketweave espadrilles or bright ballet flats. Next is the LC Lauren Conrad floral ruffle tank ($25.20) from Kohl’s, which is a feminine topper piece to wear with dark denim jeans, white skinny pants, or a denim skirt.

Don’t be afraid of florals on your bottom half, especially with the 4 1/2″ belted printed flat front shorts ($32.94) from Express, which add some tropical flair to your look & will dress down a lace blouse. I love the idea of sequins with florals & this skirt ($34.95) from H&M is a stylish marriage of both. This will pair nicely with a chambray button down shirt for a fashionable day out & about or with a solid pullover & pointy toe pumps for a date. Lastly, floral pants are also one of the biggest trends this season, especially in a looser cut to provide plenty of flow & movement, which is why I choose the Full Tilt skinny harem pants ($24.99) from Tilly’s. The chic black, gray, & white color combination is understated & can be coordinated with pastel pieces like coral or mint.

As for accessories, these bright colors will make your outfit pop, especially since they’re so effortless to match with wardrobe essentials. For example, the sequin tulip print pumps ($27.80) from Forever 21 are flirty & will add extra dimension to cuffed jeans & a ruffled top. Also, for a more subtle floral shoe, the novelty ballet flats ($39.95) from Gap. The soft pink & red tones in the shoe can offset any striped tee & jeans look in a ladylike way.

Part of what I love about spring is that I can still wear scarves, which can bring a lot to a look, like the ground floral scarf ($14.99) from Payless for a denim jacket & LBD with ankle strap platforms or a maxi dress & cargo vest with gladiator flats. Lastly, I’m not really a hat kind of girl, but in some cases, you need to protect your face from the harsh rays of the sun, especially this early in the season, which is why I picked the pop floral baseball cap ($8.99) from Charlotte Russe.

What do you think about the latest floral trend? Which pieces would you wear? What’s your spring wardrobe budget? For more affordable fashion posts, check out how to get Drew Barrymore’s latest look without breaking the bank, suede studded loafers, the best green pieces for spring, a budget-friendly spring look with pieces from Old Navy & American Eagle Outfitters. Happy Styling!

The $100 Challenge: A Neutrals & Leopard Print Perfect For Any Time Of The Year!


I’ve been really inspired by some of the Facebook pages that I’ve been spotting on my newsfeed lately, including J’s Everyday Fashion, Kendi Everyday, The Budget Babe, What The Frock?, Fashion Blog, Fashion is my life, Fashion lady, & finally, Fashion…. just to name a few.  I wanted to share my latest knowledge of Photoshop & pick out some affordable looks to help you through the fall & upcoming holiday season in  my latest post for The $100 Challenge!

What first caught my eye was the sueded pointy toe stud pumps ($32.50) from Charlotte Russe. Neutral & nude pumps haven’t gone away, but I love the contrasting texture of the suede with the edgy studding detail which adds more interest to what could be a forgettable & ordinary shoe. I’m always a big fan of animal print, which is why I’m recommending the long-sleeved wrap dress ($32.94) from Old Navy (online only), which is also available in other shades & prints, & sold in sizes XS – XXL.

As for the accessories, I wanted to find easy pieces to wear with other wardrobe staples, including the Minicci Susannah wristlet ($9.99) from Payless, H&M‘s beaded earrings ($9.95), & spike stretch bracelet ($9.20) from GOjane. Of course this look can be mixed up even more with red shoes, a glittery bag, under a blazer, & with tights & boots, but these basics are easy to throw on for work, a date, & drinks with friends on the weekend.

For more posts featuring affordable looks, check out Accessories Access & studded earrings, Basics for a Bargain & tops & pants looks inspired by Olivia Palermo & Kristen Stewart, Darling of the Day & Pippa  Middleton, & Luxury Look-Alikes for Less & studded ankle booties. Happy Styling!

7/12/2012 Darling Of The Day / Basics For A Bargain: Anne Hathaway’s Cropped ‘Do, LBDs, & Audrey Hepburn Inspiration!


Anne Hathaway has hit the red carpet with a reinvented classic retro vibe, cad with her pixie cut (for Les Miserables), little black dresses, basic black shoes, & elegance pendant necklaces.  The Oscar-nominee is in full swing promoting her latest film, the major summer blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises. The Style Darling‘s looks are elegant, contemporary, youthful, & worth making her the Darling of the Day.

Since I couldn’t pick just one look that I loved, I decided to share the four most recent images of her Audrey Hepburn-inspired style.  Her short ‘do is perfectly understated while these leg-baring frocks reveal that the actress isn’t slowing down her glamour game just yet.  Included in these images are dresses by Dolce & Gabbana, Stella McCartney, & Givenchy, paired with Tory Burch ankle strap sandals.

Since there are so many fabulous details in the dresses above, I’ve found some affordable LBDs to help recreate Anne’s breathtaking noir turn.  First from Forever 21, we have the shawl collar surplice dress ($27.80) & the mesh yoke bodycon dress ($24.80), which is available in sizes XL – 3X. H&M has this belted dress ($34.95) which moves beautifully & can be dressed up with peep toes or worn casually with flats.  To show off your shape, I recommend the ponte knit sheath dress ($48.93) from Express.  If you’re looking to imitate the feel of Anne’s forth look above, head over to Lulu’s for the Motown black dress ($38.00). Lastly, since we are talking about one of the most sought after actresses in all the land, we need to step up our style game just a little & share the Jessica Howard sequin cap sleeve dress ($70.00) @JCP

Lastly, to help complete the look, I’ve searched high & low for some of the best accessories. This includes the Forever 21 oval locket necklace ($5.80) & floral pendant necklace ($1.50).  In addition, my shoe choices include the Brash Gemini flat ($26.99) from Payless (which I’ve previously featured in champagne), Charlotte Russe‘s fabric mouse ballet flat ($30.00), sueded ankle wrap pump ($35.50), & Michael Antonio Loveme patent pump ($40.00) @Zappos.

Which of Anne’s looks do you like the best? Would you ever rock a pixie cut? How do you feel about all the black-on-black? All comments & suggestions are always welcome, so please share! Check out more posts like this in Basics for a Bargain, Luxury Look-Alikes for Less, & Red Carpet Review! Happy Styling!

Black Friday Sale Update: Get 30% Off Jessica London’s Plus Size Styles!


If you’re trying to find some amazing plus size styles for this season, check out Jessica London.  Clothing comes in sizes 12-32 & right now with code JLBLACK, you can get 30% off your entire order until Monday, 11/28!  If you’re a Style Darling of a certain size, it’s difficult to find items that fit & don’t look too frumpy, but there are always plenty of accessories to go around, including the rosette cuff bracelet ($29.99).

I always say that this is the season to wear dresses & I love the smocked waist dress ($34.99 – $39.99) in deep ocean, as well as the houndstooth faux wrap dress ($64.99 – $89.99).  You can get a lot of use out of both dresses & wear them with tights, boots, slingbacks, or peep toes.  Classic cuts like these also call for some fabulous earrings, which you can find here by Jessica London!

A special pop of color is perfect for a cropped shrug ($19.99 – $24.99) for your belted skirts, blouses, & casual day looks with dark denim jeans.  Also, don’t forget about the right outerwear while the seasons are in transition.  There’s nothing more elegant than a trench coat ($99.99 – $119.99) that can help cinch in your waist while trying to manage in the rain! Happy Styling!