Accessories Access: Affordable & Fashionable Floppy Hats (Dedicated to Christine)!


The sun is shining & the sandals are out, which means that considering sun protection is a must! With that, I’ve taken some inspiration from my writer bestie, Christine, in exploring the world of floppy hats. Of course, with a budget in mind, I wanted to turn to some of my favorite & most stylish celebrities to see the variety of ways to wear floppy hats.

Lupita Nyong'o, Michelle Williams, & Jamie Chung.

Oscar winning actress & designer darling Lupita Nyong’o mixed a conservation black hat with her printed Alexander McQueen dress at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. For a casual day out & about, Michelle Williams topped off her chambray & striped shorts look with a country-inspired straw hat, which soften her camel leather sandals & shoulder bag. Lastly, Jamie Chung shows off her weekend style in a pale floral jumpsuit & tortoiseshell sunnies with a straw Panama hat.

Floppy hats - Kohl's, Forever 21, Old Navy, & Dillards

As you can see, there are many different ways to wear a floppy hat, but you don’t have to spend a lot of cash to get the most out of your summer wardrobe, especially if you’re looking to mix things up. The David & Young straw floppy hat ($22.80) in pink stripe from Kohl’s is also available in yellow, blue, & black to match up with any beachy look. For a truly nautical feel, head to Forever 21 for the tasseled straw hat ($14.80) to wear with a searsucker dress & gold sandals. For the perfectly neutral topper, the floppy hat ($22.94) in brown sugar from Old Navy to protect your face and shoulders from the harsh rays of the sun. My forth selection is the Kate Landry floppy hat ($12.00) in black from Dillard’s, which is also sold in a flirty red & both will make any cotton dress pop.

Checking out these floppy hats also made me think of how classic & current straw  & basket weave details are for the season. The following items are also versatile to celebrate summer style:

Payless wedges, Dillard's Lauren Ralph Lauren belt, & DSW Kelly & Katie clutch.

 The Dexflex Margaret wedge espadrille ($12.00) in coral from Payless is also available to wear with any dress, separates outfit, or shorts romper in black, white, turquoise, & nude. Also, to mix up your shirtdress look, switch it up with this Lauren Ralph Lauren stretch belt ($29.40) from Dillard’s, which has recently been reduced from its original $42.00 price.  My last pick is the Kelly & Katie striped straw clutch ($19.94) from DSW to help transition your day look to evening.

Where do you like to shop for summer accessories? Do you like to wear floppy hats? What do you think of straw accessories? Happy Styling!

Top 10 Celeb Sightings: Selena Goes Casual, Miley Makes Marc Jacobs Shimmer, Natalie Dons Cashmere & Dior, & More!


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It’s been quite the fashionable fall, & there’s just too much to talk about, but I’m sure that these top 10 images in my latest gallery are sure to blow away even the most critical of style critics. As signs of autumn have never been more present here on Long Island, it’s impossible not to look to the most buzzed about celebrities without some major fashion envy. Some of the favorites from the last week or so include a dressed down Selena Gomez in a white t-shirt with olive buckled leather pants from Rachel Zoe Collection, gold hoops by Melinda Maria, & black leather sneakers, as well as Oscar-winner Natalie Portman donning a cashmere sweater with a silver brocade full skirt by Christian Dior & black Charlotte Olympia pumps. Also, I’m loving the formal styles of Carrie Underwood‘s beaded blue number by Randi Rahm, Diane Kruger‘s graphic print frock by Cushnie et Ochs, & Michelle Williams‘ sleek LBD from Louis Vuitton.

Also featured in the gallery below are Style Darling regulars like blogger-actress Ashley Madekwe in a Thakoon design, Nashville crooner Hayden Panettiere in Georges Hobeika, Kate Beckinsale in a red Donna Karan draped dress with a Jimmy Choo pumps, the usually shocking Miley Cyrus looking elegant in an emerald Marc Jacobs halter gown, & Gravity star Sandra Bullock showing off her killer figure in an LBD by DSquared2.

Who wore your favorite looks? Which celebrity is your favorite on the red carpet lately? Which trends are you noticing this season? For more posts from Top 10 Celeb Sightings, check out black & white looks on Karolina Kurkova & Maria Sharapova, Jennifer Aniston’s sweet & sassy side in Alexander McQueen & Dior, & Kerry Washington & Rooney Mara’s retro chic style! Happy Styling!

Haute Headlines: Robin Thicke Performs With The Roots & Jimmy Fallon, Kate Upton Is The New Face Of David Yurman, & More!


It’s been a crazy month & I’m in between trips, trying to catch up on the latest & greatest fashion & pop culture news from around the world, all while bopping to “Blurred Lines” in the car! What stories are circulating on your Twitter feed? Which stars have caught your attention this week? Happy Styling!

Haute Headlines

*10 things you didn’t know about The Mindy Project*

*Watch this behind-the-scenes video of Michelle Williams during her latest campaign shoot for Louis Vuitton*

*Robin Thicke joins The Roots & Jimmy Fallon in a playful performance of “Blurred Lines“*

*Jennifer Aniston is Glamour‘s September cover girl*

*Penelope Cruz‘s racy video for L’Agent by Agent Provocateur has been pulled from YouTube*

*Kelly Osbourne & Jennifer Hudson are among the best dressed on the Do Something 2013 Awards red carpet*

*Britney Spears attends the premiere of The Smurfs 2 in blue*

*Check out the latest must-have pieces from the ASOS fall lookbook*

*Megan Fox is expecting baby number 2 with husband, Brian Austin Green*

*American supermodel Kate Upton is the latest face for David Yurman jewelry*

Ad Madness: Michelle Williams Is The New Face Of Louis Vuitton!


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I knew that being away for so long & out of touch with the latest fashion news would make me (almost) miss some really great stories tos hare here on Style Darling. This includes the latest from the fall ad campaign circuit, which is three-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams showing off her darker, dramatic side for Louis Vuitton. The usually ethereal girly-girl of the red carpet is shedding her bombshell Marilyn Monroe / sweetheart Glinda image in this images seen above & below!

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The ads are celebrating the latest in handbags from the brand’s Autumn / Winter 2013-14 line, including the W and the Capucines, by photographer Peter Lindbergh. However, it’s Michelle here who really steals the spotlight from the luxury accessories with her sensual wine-hued pout & a rocker-inspired shaggy ‘do.

What do you think of Michelle’s turn as LV spokesmodel? Do you like her new, dramatic look? Which ads are catching your attention for the upcoming season? For more fashionable posts like this, check out Lanvin’s latest Mad Men-inspired campaign, Rooney Mara for Calvin Klein, & Nicole Kidman for Jimmy Choo! Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: The Entire Kate Young For Target Lookbook!


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The fashion world has been buzzing stylist Kate Young & her upcoming collection collaboration with Target, & I even featured the news in my latest post for Haute Headlines. Young is responsible for the praised red carpet looks worn by top celebs like the always dazzling Michelle Williams (especially during her press tour for Oz the Great and Powerful) & Oscar-winner Natalie Portman. In addition, Young was named the most powerful stylist by The Hollywood Reporter last year, although her place dropped to fourth this year. Big names have seen lots of success in previous years with Target, including Prabal Gurung, Missoni, Rodarte, & Jason Wu.

I’ve included a thorough gallery of all the pieces from the chic collection, ranging in price from $14.99 – $89.99, including apparel & accessories that will mesh perfectly with current wardrobe staples. Check out each look which will hit stores on April 14th! Can’t wait!

Which looks are your favorites? Do you shop the designer collections at Target? Do you think the prices for the mainstream lines are comparable to lesser-known brands? For more on affordable fashion, check out posts including neon crossbody bags from Aéropostale, Lauren Conrad’s latest spring line for Kohl’s, how to dress up a graphic tee in 4 ways, floral pants inspired by a Stella McCartney design, stylish stud earrings for any budget shopper, & Kate Hudson’s ad campaign for Ann Taylor!