Red Carpet Review: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Transformers 3 Press Tour & More!


Rosie Huntington – Whiteley is the latest it-girl to hit the red carpet, making headlines in the fashion world for quite a while now.  She is the new leading lady for the mega-Blockbuster action movie, Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon starring opposite Shia LaBeouf and Patrick Dempsey.  The English-born actress & former model was handpicked by director Michael Bay, after working on one of those sexy winged-angel Victoria’s Secret ads.

Courtesy of In Style, we see Rosie (which is also my best friend’s name!) in a slew of gorgeous looks on & off the red carpet, attracting every camera in sight!  Even at this summer’s MTV Movie Awards Rosie kept it classy, but edgy in a tiger print long-sleeved shift by Dolce & Gabbana, Sergio Rossi heels, & a Salvatore Ferragamo bag. At a recent appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, she opted for a glamorous halter jumpsuit by Michael Kors in a very luxurious white & classic movie star aviators. Even when she’s not making a formal appearance somewhere, she struts her stuff in a loose-fitting long-sleeved blouse, black cuffed trousers, ankle strap heels in neutral, & finishes it all off with oversized sunglasses & an Alexander Wang bag.

Keeping with the sultry-girl-next-door look, she dons Michael Kors once again in a belted black slit gown.  This makes me think that the ingenue is an early Halle Berry / Angelina Jolie in-the-making. For a photo call appearance for Transformers 3, she went bold in a magenta Michael Kors gown with a super high slit & nude platform Christian Louboutins.  After seeing this stunning look, all I can say is: Move over, Blake Lively, there’s a new Style Darling in town! When the film premiered in Berlin, she sparkled in a silver belted open-back Naeem Khan gown, which made her golden skin & enviable cheekbones all the more sensational. In a very Jessica Rabbit-inspired red lamé strapless gown by Antonio Berardi 2011, she glowed like a veteran Style Darling at the movie’s New York premiere this week. Obviously she’s got the gams & she’s gonna show them off & there was no exception when she attended the Moscow premiere in two-toned Gucci confection with a sheer black skirt.  Not to mention that this is where we see her usually movie-star locks pin straight, accented by the flower details across her shoulder.  AND, Lady Gaga may have started the hotpants-in-place-of-real-pants movement, but Rosie is setting the trend for see-through looks like this one in a very classy & sensual way.

What do you think of this latest Style Darling?  Are you watching out for her latest red carpet appearances?  Do you think she has what it takes to make it to the top of the style ranks?  Check out our previous Red Carpet Review posts, featuring some of your favorite & most stylish stars!  Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: The Most Comfortable Flats Ever!


Along with all of my manic dress shopping, I couldn’t neglect my passion for shoes.  Even when I wasn’t even looking for anything specific at Payless, especially since I jokingly told the saleswoman that I was simply looking for a pair of shoes from the store that I didn’t already own.  I came across these adorable scrunched peep toe flats in black (also available in blue denim), which I didn’t even think I would like.  I think that every shoe deserves a chance, so I tried it on & was soooo surprised to feel how comfortable they were.

In addition, there was just the right amount of toe cleavage & it was perfect for the office (even though it has a denim look), as well as night out in the city with girl friends, or out on a date with the beau.  I couldn’t resist the BOGO 50% off sale, so I searched high & low for something inexpensive to make my purchase a real steal & then discovered a darling pair of flip-flops for under $10.  While they were rung up for 50% less, I added a very helpful 15% off coupon (code 44892 expiring 6/30/11) & the total for my purchase came to $23 + change.  So basically, my flip-flops were free & the tax was hardly anything worth noticing.  I’m also super excited that my receipt provided me with a coupon code for $3 off any regular-priced item purchase for $14.99 or more.  This code was 492347, expiring on 7/30/11.  I wouldn’t invest my hard-earned money in a pair of shoes if it wasn’t worth it & if there wasn’t a great deal to be found.

I’m happy to report that in the week that has passed since I took home the black pair of peep toe flats, I’ve worn them a bunch of times without any discomfort.  Even when I should’ve known better, I wore a really rough pair of platforms this weekend when my best friend & I were out & about NYC, revealing about 6 nasty blisters on my very sensitive feet.  However, these flats were the perfect remedy to solve the ache that all other shoes enhanced & allowed my feet the time & style to feel better, especially when paired with a lace-trim skirt, cropped capris, or a sundress.

What’s additionally awesome about these shoes is how convenient they are to roll up & stick in your favorite tote bag if you’re out & about for the day & think that you’ll need to change your look around.  What do you think of these flats?  Which are your most comfortable pair?

Be sure to catch the current sale at Payless on sandals for adults & kids up to 50% off, along with another coupon code (49486) for $5 off your purchase of $25 or more, which expires 7/4/11! Don’t forget that any time your order from Payless, if you have your delivery shipped to a store, the cost of shipping is FREE, but you may have to wait a few extra days for it!  Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Banana Republic & ‘Mad Men’ Style!


It’s impossible to suggest that TV does not influence fashion & vice versa.  Carrie Bradshaw anyone? Anyway, you better watch out for fall fashions at Banana Republic, where we’re seeing a straight-from-the-set collaboration of Mad Men‘s costumer designer Janie Bryant with the retailer.  Courtesy of In Style, we have a sneak peek at the fall line which will hit your local stores on August 10th!  Bryant told the magazine, “The collection is about dressing with effortlessly chic style, bringing a dressed up look to American style for the modern man and woman.”  You can pick being a Joan (Christina Hendricks), Peg (Elisabeth Moss), or Betty (January Jones), looking super sensational with a whole lot of vintage.  These separates are also great for pairing with more modern pieces like a one-shoulder top, boyfriend cardigan, skinny jeans, wide leg trousers, or cropped pants.  In addition, there are tailored mens looks included in the line, which you can spot by going to the magazine’s article.

*Note: The outfits in the picture to the far right are not sold at Banana Republic.  That is simply a promotional image to show the styles of three characters.  Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: Gingham Dresses & Endless Belt Possibilities!


Part of  my recent shopping spree weekend, I started it all off with the purchase of this navy gingham dress by Merona at my local Target.  I’d passed the dress about five or six times before I finally settled on it without even trying it on.  As happy as I was about the purchase, knowing the classic, cook summer vibe of the gingham pattern, making me feel all Charlotte York / preppy inside, it just didn’t sit right on me, belt tied to perfection & all.  Before I could huff & puff to stuff it back into the bag, my very thoughtful boyfriend reminded me that I could always add a different belt.

I immediately thought of something in basket weave to wear with white sandals, but he recommended something red (to appease his pinup persuasion).  So while I was out & about, I found a very similarly looking belt, perhaps a combination of the second & third belt shown here, @Mandee for less than $9 on clearance, using a 25% off coupon!  However it is not available on the website anymore, but I’m sure one of these days, with the right lighting, I’ll actually start posting pictures of the items I have.

As for the red gingham dress, it’s now been on my mind too.  I love the delicate floral detail at the neck.  It would make for a sweet summer look both at work & for weekend backyard barbecues.  Any one of these five belts could be switched between both dresses.

First we have a floral grommet belt by Fossil, also available in black & yellow, but those images could not be acquired either (darnit)!  Next is a very summertime straw-designed, white-accented belt which would even work over a floral printed dress or any shirtdress of your choosing.  I’m not one to usually gravitate towards camel or cognac hues, but this fish tail belt is an irresistible find for $5.80!  If you thought $5.80 was great, then consider the skinny blue belt for $2.50, both available @Forever 21.  This style also comes in plum & grey.  Lastly, we have the red buckle stretch belt that without-a-doubt calls for some sort of halter dress, but would also look smashing with these gingham designs. Happy Styling!

6/25/2011 Darling of the Day: Charlize Theron in Head-To-Toe Dior!


Of course we all can’t wear head-to-toe Dior like Charlize Theron, but a Style Darling can certainly dream…

However, it is possible to look as dreamingly chic as Charlize does in a textured party dress with a blazer in the real world.  These were super easy finds at some of my favorite stores like Forever 21, Ann Taylor, & Kohl’s b/c adding that strong menswear touch to even the most frilly & feminine pieces makes for a seriously memorable style moment.

This fun taffeta party dress is such a pretty color that will flatter virtually any skintone, especially paired with chunky dark metallic slingback platforms!  Take advantage of its softness & really bring some edge to it with a silver snake embossed belt!

My featured sateen blazer was marked down from $158 to $99, which is a big drop in price & decent investment to make if you’re a blazer wearing gal!  It’s a piece that can be dressed down with skinny jeans, a patterned blouse, & mustard platforms! Also a blazer like this one can be the perfect item to take your work look from 9-5 to happy hour!

Keeping with the all-black accessories, while Charlize is donning a watch by the Dior brand, I’ve found this really pretty crystal stretch bracelet that is fun for  a striped maxi dress in the summer or with a cardigan for the office.  To add a little more sparkle to this fun occasion, I came across a super affordable butterfly sequined clutch for under $13 that will match with virtually any cocktail look & really stand out in a regal & youthful way with your favorite LBD!

But my favorite part of this dress is the faux suede heels that really add more dimension to this already very polished ensemble, especially since they come from a store that offers BOGO $15 deals on shoes!  Check out a previous Darling of Day post featuring Charlize, as well as the whole collection including looks worn by other stylish stars like Amy Adams, Sophia Bush, & Rihanna! Happy Styling!