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!

The Stylish Five: Sweaters On Sale For Under $20!


What I love about this time of year is not only the varieties of hot chocolate, but the major clothing & accessories sales hitting stores to sell those winter duds to make room for spring & summer designs. My biggest must-have items are sweaters to wear not just for now, but definitely for next fall & winter as well. I sought out some of my favorite retailers to see the best deals on the most stylish sweaters. The best part is that each one is under $20!

The Stylish Five - Sweaters Under $20SHOP: abstract sweater ($19.99) @Wet Seal, stripe sweater ($13.96) @Joe Fresh, patterned sweater ($14.97) @Old Navy, shawl collar sweater ($10.00) @H&M, & lace cardigan ($15.88) @LOFT.

These are perfect for wearing on cozy at-home snow days with fuzzy socks & some hot chocolate, when headed out for brunch in skinny jeans & ankle booties, or to the office in a pencil skirt & patterned tights. What’s your favorite kind of sweater? Are you a cardigan girl? Have you been shopping the big winter sales?

For more stylish posts, check out how to wear an affordable statement necklace in 4 ways, Jennifer Lopez’s press your for The Boy Next Door, Natalie Portman’s Dior look for less, & the complete red carpet galleries from this year’s Critics Choice Awards & Golden Globes. Happy Styling!

The Stylish Five: Affordable Capes Just In Time For 2015!


If Santa didn’t fulfill all of your style picks on your holiday wishlist, you haven’t missed out on the best must-have outerwear of the season yet! Capes of all varieties have been everywhere, making that transition from fall to winter all the more stylish. However, the weather has been pretty fickle here on Long Island, which makes the necessity of a cape all the more important. The great news is that you don’t have to break the bank to add a cape to your wardrobe. Capes present a style opportunity to play with prints & textures, from color blocking to plaid to tribal to menswear inspiration.

affordable capes for 2015

SHOP: check pattern cape ($26.00) @Boohoocolor block batwing cape ($36.67) @Romwe, reversible cape with check panel ($47.38) @ASOS, burgundy check blanket cape ($43.70) @Miss Guided, & vintage print tassels cape ($45.00) @Chic Nova.

Have you been shopping around for a cape this season? Which cape suits your style? Which pattern is your favorite? For more stylish posts, check out my new favorite deals from LOFT & Payless, bargain scarves from Forever 21, the top 10 Style Darlings to watch for in 2015, as well as Pre-Fall 2015 Collection lookbooks from Tory Burch, Oscar de la Renta, & Marchesa. Happy Styling!

Accessories Access: Scoop Up These Deals On Scarves From Forever 21 (Under $10)!


If there’s anything that I’ve learned over the years about my personal style, it’s that there’s no such thing as too many scarves! I love mixing up different scarves for my outerwear look, as well as when my outfit needs a little something extra. Also, working a retail job this holiday season has shown me that shoppers love scarves & all of their styling possibilities. Not only am I all about the scarf, but I’m pro-experimentation when it comes to textures & colors. Celebrities even love wearing scarves at any time of the year, including Heidi Klum topped her olive blazer with a multicolor leopard print scarf, Miranda Kerr played with prints in a zebra scarf & polka dot pumps, & Nicole Richie added a delicate scarf to her furry coat & skinny jeans look.

Heidi Klum, Miranda Kerr, Nicole Richie, Jamie King, Pippa Middleton, & Twilda Swinton.

Also, Jamie King adds a bold cherry scarf to her gray dress, Pippa Middleton knotted a fur scarf over her quilted jacket & pencil skirt, & Tilda Swinton mixed prints with a frayed scarf & star-spangled sweater.

Typically, I’m drawn to black & white scarves, but a pop of color or playful print can really add that wow factor an outfit of basics needs. Forever 21 might be a juniors’ store, but its affordable accessories make it my first stop when it comes to building a scarf collection, especially for under $10.00 each.

Forever 21 scarves under $10

SHOP: classic striped scarf ($5.99), bandana print scarf ($9.90), laid back crinkled scarf ($8.80), frayed plaid scarf ($5.99), & classic frayed scarf ($9.90) @Forever 21.

What’s your scarf style? How do you like to wear scarves? What store is your go-to for stylish accessories? For more posts, check out 365 of the best celeb looks from 2014, New Year’s Eve-ready pumps, Daily Look’s LBD Challenge, & luxury look-alike picks from Valentino & H&MHappy Styling!

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!