The Stylish Five: Totally Totes for Summer ($20 & Under)!


When it comes to summer style, I love how accessories can instantly transform a look, especially one that’s day-to-night, changing for the many events on your calendar. I’m all about a good tote bag for when I’m headed to work, out to lunch with friends, to the beach for some sun, & then to drinks later on. Also, I think a chic & playful black & white tote bag will work with a variety of outfits, especially paired with bold colors in a maxi dress, shorts romper, or classic tee with cut-offs. Since Style Darling is all about affordability, I’m excited to share these five totes that are priced $20 or under!

Stylish Summer Totes for $20 & Under. 1. patterned tote ($9.95) @H&M, 2. striped textured cotton tote ($10.43) in cream / black @Forever 21, 3. banned books tote bag ($18.00) @Uncommon Goods, 4. tropical print tote ($19.00) in white palm print @Old Navy, & 5. reversible lasercut tote bag ($19.49) @Swell.

SHOP: 1. patterned tote ($9.95) @H&M, 2. striped textured cotton tote ($10.43, was $14.90) in cream / black @Forever 21 (also available in cream / red & cream / mustard), 3. banned books tote bag ($18.00) @Uncommon Goods, 4. tropical print tote ($19.00, was $19.94) in white palm print @Old Navy, & 5. reversible lasercut tote bag ($19.49, was $64.95) @Swell.

What kind of handbags do you like to use in the summer? Where do you shop for the best seasonal deals? How much do you invest in accessories? For more stylish posts, check out celebrity-inspired fashion with Darling of the Day posts featuring Chloe Grace Moretz, Lily James, & Cara Delevingne, as well as must-have statement jewelry & the entire lookbook for Eddie Borgo’s new collaboration with Target. Happy Styling!

Splurge or Save… on Gold Wedge Espadrilles!


One of my favorite summer wardrobe staples is the wedge. This season, I’m seeing so many different styles of wedges, especially in chic metallics like gold, sold at high-end retailers & mainstream stores, appealing to shoppers at multiple price points ($200.00 – $15.00). These shoes are perfect for coordinating with a variety of outfits. Gold wedge espadrilles like the styles shown below are neutral for a maxi dress with drop earrings, a printed romper & chunky belt, & a flirty blouse with linen shorts. Not only are wedges a super comfortable alternative footwear when the temperature rises, but they can dress up the most casual outfit & dress down something cocktail ready. Also, a wedge heel of 3-4 inches elongates the legline & shows off your favorite nail polish hues of the season.

gold wedge espadrilles for summer - Joie ($192.50), MK Michael Kors ($150.00), Steve Madden ($79.95), Dress Barn ($40.00), Charlotte Russe ($35.99), & Payless ($15.00).

SHOP: 1. Lena wedges ($192.50, was $275.00) @Joie, 2. Giovanna wedges ($150.00) @MICHAEL Michael Kors, 3. Seaside wedges ($79.95) @Steve Madden, 4. Darcie wedges ($40.00) @Dress Barn (use code 2633 in-store for 15% off, expires 7/7), 5. ankle strap wedges ($35.00) @Charlotte Russe (BOGO 50% off, expires 6/21), & 6. Whimsy wedges ($15.00, was $39.99) @Payless.

For more shoe shopping, check out similar wedge styles, including Nine West, Prada, Kurt Geiger London, Badgley Mischka, Charles by Charles David, G by Guess, Fergalicious, & Candie’s.

Where do you like to shop for summer’s best shoe styles? What is your shoe style preference? Do you wear wedges? Which metallic is your favorite? Happy Styling!

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!