Holiday Gift Styles: Luxury Brand Picks Vs. Affordable Finds!


luxury-inspired, affordable must-haves for the holidaysStyle Darling is certainly in the holiday spirit, seeking out the best & most stylish deals to make the holiday party circuit fashionable, as well as stuffing those stockings with chic & affordable picks. Some of my favorite holiday must-haves are trends followed by some of the most noteable designers, as well as retailers for mainstream shoppers. This includes studded sweatshirts, pave stone stud earrings, a black jumpsuit, gold metallic pumps, & a sequin embellished clutch. Jeweled sweatshirt. Malene Birger - sweatshirt $264.15. Dress Barn - sweatshirt $36.00.SHOP: embellished sweatshirt ($264.15) @Malene Birger & jeweled sweatshirt ($36.00) @Dress Barn.

Pave accent earrings. Marissa Collection - Monique Pean earrings $6,230. Lord & Taylor - A.B.S. Allen Schwartz earrings $9.99.SHOP: Monique Pean fossilized stud earrings ($6,230) @Marissa Collections & A.B.S.by Allen Schwartz Pave stud earrings ($9.99) @Lord & Taylor.

Jumpsuits. Nordstrom - DVF jumpsuit $598.00. H&M - jumpsuit $59.50.SHOP: Diane von Furstenberg ‘Margot’ jumpsuit ($598.00) @Nordstrom & jumpsuit ($59.50) @H&M.

Gold pumps. Neiman Marcus - Valentino pumps $695.00. DSW - pumps $29.95.SHOP: Valentino pumps ($695.00) @Neiman Marcus & metallic pumps ($29.95) @DSW.

Sequin Clutch. LuisaViaRoma - Dolce & Gabbana $2,195.00 . Lulu's - clutch $31.00.SHOP: Dolce & Gabbana clutch ($2,195.00) @LuisaViaRoma & sequin clutch ($31.00) @Lulu’s.

What are your favorite trending items this season? Which brands are you looking to for style inspiration? Which stores are you shopping for your best holiday looks? For more stylish posts, check out tips to better winterize your nails from Julep, how to sleep better & in style, the ultimate Olivia Palermo photo gallery, & pretty pastels for your winter wardrobe featuring Kerry Washington & Victoria Beckham! Happy Styling! 

Splurge Or Save… On A Lace Sweatshirt?


Even though I’m stuck in the thick of winter, along with the rest of the east coast, I’m still looking ahead to spring for some style inspiration. One of the favorite trends that started coming up during the winter & is making its way into stylish spring wardrobes in the lace sweatshirt. The feminine combination of elegance & casual makes for a fabulous way to reinterpret what it means to be chic. This is an essential separate for a casual Friday at the office, which can also be turned into a night our piece with leather leggings & ankle boots or skinny jeans & stilettos.

Keeping a budget in mind for any Style Darling shopping the sale rack, I wanted to direct your attention to a pair of lace sweatshirts, in different price ranges.

lace sweatshirtsThe lace sweatshirt ($110.00) to the left is from White House Black Market, & while it will make an investment in quality craftsmanship, it’s not exactly budget-friendly. However, on the right, the floral lace front tee ($44.50) @LOFT, which is a lightweight option, but still shares the same idea. To maintain the classy look of this shirt, mix these up with various accessories, like a string of pearls, stud earrings, & a headband, especially with modern bottoms like distressed jeans & ballet flats, menswear-inspired trousers & studded boots, or cigarette pants & ankle strap platforms.

What trends are you looking forward to this spring? What looks caught your eye during New York Fashion Week? Which pieces are your favorites to mix & match? For more fancy sweatshirts, check out designer duds like these from Tory Burch @Nordstrom & Valentino @Net-A-Porter! Other more affordable shopping options include sweatshirts from Delia’s, Macy’s, Bluefly, & Kohl’s. Happy Styling!

Cover Craze: A Behind-The-Scenes Look At Jennifer Lawrence For In Style!


Jennifer Lawrence for In Style December 2013

Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence can’t go a day without being photographed, and it makes sense, especially after catching this behind-the-scenes look during her recent photo shoot for In Style‘s December 2013 cover. Of course, we get to see the tall, leggy blonde with her longer, fuller hair, while still loving all the recent shots for her press tour of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

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The Dior spokesmodel wows inside the magazine’s pages, decked out in luxe winter whites by designers like Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Proenza Schouler, Marc Jacobs, Céline, & naturally Dior Haute Couture. The ravishing images come courtesy of photographer Michelangelo Di Battista, who captures Hollywood’s it-girl alongside an article which features her chatting about being a high school cheerleader, being a sex symbol, her choice of not going to college, & her biggest spending splurge- so far!

For more on what’s going on with In Style, check out their YouTube channel, as well as the magazine’s official website to catch all the latest red carpet events featuring Jennifer Lawrence. Also, to view other stylish celebrity videos, check out previous posts including Scarlett Johansson’s new commercial for Dolce & Gabbana with Matthew McConaughey, as well as Nicole Kidman’s debut ads for Jimmy Choo! Happy Styling!

Red Carpet Review: Lily Collins’ Stylish Press Tour For ‘The Mortal Instruments’!


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Lily Collins is the it-girl of the summer, while promoting her latest film Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. She’s been hitting the red carpet, making talk show appearances, & showing off her youthful & daring style, establishing herself as one of the most in-demand Style Darlings of the summer! She’s on trend with cut-outs, high-low hemlines, ankle-strap pumps, & bold red lips, all while donning duds by designers like Cushnie et Ochs, Valentino, Roland Mouret, Paper London, & Versace! While she’s known for her thick eyebrows, I’m starting to see more & more classic style from the young actress, with influences like Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, & Audrey Hepburn!

What do you think of Lily’s red carpet style? Which actress are you looking out for this summer? Is Mortal Instruments on your must-have movie list? For more posts from Red Carpet Review, check out head-to-toe white looks on Vanessa Hudgens & Kristen Wiig, Sandra Bullock’s cobalt monochromatic outfit, the leather trend inspired by Naomi Watts & Kerry Washington, & how to copy Taylor Swift’s style for fall! Happy Styling!

Top 10 Celeb Sightings: Lots Of White, B/W Looks, & Booties, Featuring Vanessa Hudgens, Gwen Stefani, & More!


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I’m all packed & ready to hit the road tomorrow for a highly anticipated break from reality while attending a very intense, yet chic Writer’s Conference out in Southampton for the next eleven days… which means that posts may be sparse for the rest of the month. However, I wanted to leave readers with plenty of inspiration, including some of my favorite celebrity looks who are toting head-to-toe white, black & white ensembles, & fall-ready designer booties that I can’t wait to put on my own feet! My top picks include Salma Hayek Pinault in a printed Christopher Kane dress with seriously stylish Giuseppe Zanotti booties. Also, there’s much to talk about with the usually belly-baring Rihanna who couldn’t look cooler or more casual, as well as supermodel Karolina Kurkova in elegant menswear-inspired separates & Kristen Wiig in a Viktor & Rolf shift dress at an NYC screening for her new film, Girl Most Likely.

My gallery also includes Gwen Stefani working the printed pant trend, young actress Holland Roden in a pretty Naeem Khan frock, Kelly Rowland testing gravity in a flouncy dress & towering booties, tennis star Maria Sharapova in a Valentino shift dress, socialite Olivia Palermo continuing her stylish streak, & Vanessa Hudgens in a cropped sweater by Catherine Malandrino.

Who wore your favorite looks? Do you wear all-white? Are you breaking out your ankle booties just yet? For more fashionable celebrity posts, check out Rooney Mara as the face of Calvin Klein’s Downtown, the trailer for Burton & Taylor starring Helena Bonham Carter, Lauren Conrad’s July lookbook for her Kohl’s collection, & Diane Kruger as the face of Chanel skincare! Happy Styling!