Luxury Look-Alikes for Less: Bucket Bags for Spring, Michael Kors vs. Target, & More!


One of the biggest bag trends for spring is the bucket bag, perhaps for the variety of fabrics, patterns, material, & detailed straps that can go into the spacious accessory. Although bucket bags have been around for quite a while, celebrities have been toting the bag around since last year. They’re perfect for traveling, when you’re on the go, or headed for out for lunch with the girls. 

Reese Witherspoon, Miranda Kerr, Jamie Chung, & Julianne Hough with bucket bags.

This perfect all-purpose day bag has been spotted on A-listers & style icons like Wild star Reese Witherspoon with a yellow Elizabeth & James bucket bag, model Miranda Kerr with a hot pink bag, actress & fashion blogger Jamie Chung with a printed Elizabeth & James bag, & actress-dancer Julianne Hough with a tan bucket bag.

Just for fun, I wanted to share some gorgeous luxury bucket bags, which come in many forms, with many strap varieties, buckets, studs, & ties. Of course, these gorgeous & high quality bags are investment pieces, but when you’re shopping on a budget, they’re pretty steep when it comes to price tags.

Luxury bucket bags.

SHOP: Saint Laurent ($2,150.00) in red @Net-A-Porter, Michael Kors ($822.94) in blue @Farfetch, Alice + Olivia ($695.00) in black @Neiman Marcus, Elizabeth & James ($595.00) in cream @Bergdorf Goodman, Tory Burch ($475.00) in gold @Saks Fifth Avenue, & Halston ($325.00) in pink @Shop Bop.

And for those Style Darlings who are looking to upgrade their accessories collection for less with an affordable bucket bag, I’ve found these six picks, for $25.00 & under!

Affordable bucket bags.

SHOP: red ($15.99) @MANGO, white ($16.00) @Boohoo, navy ($19.99) @Target, black ($20.00) @Charlotte Russetaupe ($24.90) @Forever 21, & brown ($25.00) @Aeropostale.

Would you wear a bucket bag? How much do you typically spend on handbags & purses? Which accessory do you usually splurge on? For more stylish posts, check out how to wear floral leggings in four ways, Alexandre Vauthier’s Spring 2015 Couture collection, the latest red carpet looks from Anne Hathaway & Felicity Jones, the fringe trend inspired by Scarlett Johansson & Shailene Woodley, & Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s London street style look for less! Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Oscar de la Renta’s Pre-Fall 2015 Collection Lookbook!


Oscar de la Renta Pre-Fall 2015 Collection

2014 is nearly over & I can’t help but look back on the incredible names in fashion that the industry has lost, including the one & only Oscar de la Renta. This month, the lookbook for his Pre-Fall 2015 Collection debuted, & it’s nothing short of fabulous, continuing to celebrate the designer’s timeless legacy. De la Renta has been worn by some of the tops names in Hollywood, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Amal Clooney, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Chastain, & Zooey Deschanel. It won’t be a surprise to see these latest designs featured on A-listers for the upcoming Golden Globe, Screen Actor’s Guild, & Academy Awards ceremonies. The collection includes a chic blend of minimalist separates, sleek silhouttes, exotic & bright florals, as well as the sort of classic ball gown volume we’re used to seeing from the designer.

To see more looks from the designer, check out collections for sale at Net-A-Porter, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, & Nordstrom, Also, for more posts from Runway Rundown, check out more lookbook collections from Badgley Mischka, Naeem Khan, Marchesa, & The Rachel Zoe Collection. Happy Styling!

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Runway Rundown: The Rachel Zoe Collection’s Pre-Fall 2015 Lookbook!


Rachel Zoe Pre-Fall 2015 Collection

It’s awards season, which means that celebrity stylist / designer Rachel Zoe is in a fury to dress her A-list clients when hitting the red carpet. Amid this stylish frenzy, The Rachel Zoe Collection‘s Pre-Fall 2015 Lookbook is out, featuring Zoe’s signature 70’s aesthetic, with perfect touches of glamour, even in the line’s simplest looks. There’s a balanced range of party frocks, maxi dress, menswear inspiration, & glitter to go around, perfect for the likes of celebrities like Jamie King, Elizabeth Banks, Rose Byrne, & Anna Kendrick who are likely to make a splash during their upcoming appearances.

For all the latest on Rachel Zoe, check out The Zoe Report, along with their Tumblr blog. To shop more from the designer, check out stores like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Shop Bop, & QVC. Also, for more runway / lookbook posts, click through galleries featuring Naeem Khan, Marchesa, Badgley Mischka, & the 365 stylish celebrity looks of 2014. Happy Styling!

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Super Style Wishlist: Luxury New Year’s Eve-Ready Pumps From Neiman Marcus!


 While catching up with all the latest 2015 collections & lookbooks, I can’t help but think about all of the luxury brand inspiration out there for this holiday season. Christmas might be over, but New Year’s Eve is just around the corner & now is the time to grab your best & most glamorous pieces for a fun night out with your beau or when hitting the dance floor for a girl’s night out. I haven’t posted in Super Style Wishlist in quite some time, so I thought I’d peruse one of my favorite high-end retailers, like Neiman Marcus, to see what the big designers are up to for inspiration when it comes to a sparkly frock, ruffled sheath dress, sleek LBD, or classic jumpsuit look when celebrating the ball drop.

New Year's Eve pumps by Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Kate Spade, & Christian Louboutin from Neiman Marcus.

SHOP: Valentino rockstud chevron pump ($1,195.00), Alexander McQueen metal toe pump ($825.00), Kate Spade New York pouf pump ($350.00), & Christian Louboutin follies spike-studded pump ($1,295.00) @Neiman Marcus.

What are you wearing this New Year’s Eve? What’s your party shoe style? For more stylish posts, check out the Pre-Fall 2015 Collection from Badgley Mischka, Daily Look’s NYE Little Black Dress Challenge, luxury picks for your holiday wardrobe, & Julep’s tips for winterizing your nails. Happy Styling!

 

Color Me Style: Daily Look’s New Year’s Eve Little Black Dress Style Challenge!


It’s been a very fortuitous holiday season for my blog so far & the style keeps on coming! Style Darling has been invited to participate in Daily Look‘s New Year’s Eve Style Challenge, featuring the website’s best little black dresses to sport from party-to-party before the year is up. Of course there are many ways to don classic black, a favorite to feature in Color Me Style, such as lace, leather, silk, satin, along with many different shapes & styles.

However, before we get started, I’ve had LBDs on my mind, especially when there’s so much celebrity inspiration hitting the red carpet.  For example, Diane Kruger in a black lace Elie Saab cocktail dress with a black Osman blazer, a graphic Charlotte Olympia clutch, & striped lace-up Sophia Webster heels. Also, Scandal star Kerry Washington makes a bold statement in a leather little black dress with Jennifer Fisher jewelry & white pumps. Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o was stunning in a ruffled LBD by Fitriani, black pumps, & jewelry headband.

Diane Kruger, Kerry Washington, & Lupita Nyong'o.Cameron Diaz, Hailee Steinfeld, & Nicola Peltz.Also,  Cameron Diaz dazzled in little black dress by Isabel Marant with a quilted Chanel purse & Givenchy ankle-strap sandals. Hollywood it-girl Hailee Steinfeld was chic in a black high-neck David Koma pencil dress with capped silver pumps. Newcomer Nicola Peltz played with her youthful style in a black cut-out dress by Michael Kors with strappy sandals.

There’s so much to look forward to when it comes to upcoming fashion trends, but the little black dress is here to stay, especially when seen with runway inspiration from the recent Spring 2015 Ready-To-Wear Collections that hit the runway during this past Fashion Week season. LBDs were seen on the runway in modern cuts, with plunging necklines, embellished details, cinched wasitlines, sweetheart necklines, & figure flattering shapes. This includes looks from Kenzo, Dolce & Gabbana, & Saint Laurent.

Kenzo. Dolce & Gabbana. Saint Laurent. Sprng 2015 Ready-To-Wear.Alexander Wang. Anthony Vaccarello. Vera Wang. Spring 2015 Ready-To-Wear.Also, I just had to share these stunning looks from the Spring 2015 Ready-To-Wear from designers Alexander Wang, Anthony Vaccarello, & Vera Wang.

Now that there’s LBD inspiration oozing off the screen, here are some of the best little black dresses from Daily Look, which can work for a variety of shapes & sizes, if you want to show off your legs, neckline, figure, or shoulders.

Daily Look. Little Black Dresses.

SHOP: pleated a-line midi dress ($59.99), mesh strip midi dress ($44.99), bejeweled cuffs bodycon dress ($49.99), lovely lace midi dress ($49.99), jersey knit long sleeve maxi dress ($55.99), & jessa open back midi dress ($59.99).

You can’t shop for New Year’s Eve without considering some blinged-out accessories, sparkling jewelry, & sexy shoes to complete your look, which is why I picked some of the most affordable & investment-worthy pieces to really bring out your inner glam girl.

Daily Look Accessories.SHOP: fringe earrings ($16.99), sequin multicolor clutch ($44.99), vixen cross strap heel ($39.99), harmony stone plated necklace ($24.99), sparkling pave link bracelet ($64.99), simple strap heel ($39.99), Jane Taylor rhinestone clutch ($64.99), & J.O.A. square pearl ring ($19.99).

Lastly, when it comes to the holidays, not only do your outfits get a chance to shine, but also your beauty look is allowed to be a little extra special, which is why I’ve shared some of my favorite celebrity looks that emphasize one facial feature or makeup style in order to show off the best version of you. This includes new mom Mila Kunis who nails a smoky eye & neutral lip for a dramatic & sexy look, prefect for any cocktail dress. Ingenue Bella Thorne plays with metallic eyeshadows to emphasize the shape of her eyes, as well as play up the glitz of the holiday with playful hues. Experiment with bright eyeliners like Jessica Biel who is making quite the beauty statement with an edgy turquoise swipe of a pencil underneath her lower lash line.

Mila Kunis, Bella Thorne, & Jessica Biel.Beyonce, Reese Witherspoon, & Rita Ora.Another way to play up your eyes is to follow Beyoncé‘s lead with winged liner, recalling a dramatic Cleopatra look that works with a sheath dress or sleek jumpsuit. American sweetheart Reese Witherspoon goes for a soft look with rosy cheeks & classic makeup, which easily makes you photo-ready before the ball drops. Brit singer Rita Ora looks stunning with a bold red lip that draws on her Old Hollywood appeal for some vintage inspiration, perhaps paired with a lacy or beaded frock.

What’s your New Year’s Eve style? Where are you shopping for your holiday essentials? Which are your favorite little black dresses from Daily Look? To see my favorite New Year’s Ever Daily Look ensemble, check out their Style Sets! For more stylish posts, be sure to check out previous posts including holiday gift styles from luxury brands & affordable retailers, how to winterize your nails from Julep, & sleeping in style with Casper’s Beauty Sleep Challenge! Happy Styling!