The New Urban Darling Find your Personal Stylist | Wardrobe Stylist | Personal Shopper | Fashion Stylist | Professional Stylist | Image Consultant Tue, 08 Apr 2014 04:27:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Trend of the Week – Peep Toe Booties Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:01:23 +0000
IMG_0601Lately I’ve been seeing gorgeous open toed booties everywhere and loving how they bring sexiness and edge to any look.  I was pleasantly surprised when my hubby found an amazing pair on Facebook by Ivanka Trump.  I had given up shopping for myself for Lent so he decided to buy them for me. Yes, I am one lucky gal! Since these type of shoes are showstoppers in their own right, you need to build the look around the shoes.  This black and white bootie, also known as the Derry Open Toe Bootie, is so sexy and goes with almost anything. I chose to wear darker garments to make the shoes pop.  I am wearing a tiered tank by PJK, crop trousers from the Loft, and a silver pendant necklace from Stella and Dot.  Here are some of my picks for open toed booties for many different budgets.  Are you buying a pair for this season? What’s your favorite?
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Bold Stripes With a Pop of Color Mon, 07 Apr 2014 05:47:50 +0000 Self-styled look of the week, by Candice Dennis, our Baton Rouge Darling…

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This is a simple summertime casual corporate look with a pop of color. I love black and white horizontal stripes paired with a bold color choice. Great way to dress up a casual t-shirt by tucking it into a high-waisted skirt and then adding chic accessories. The focal point of this outfit is all about the necklace!  T-shirt: Marshall’s, Skirt: Urban Outfitters, Accessories: Stella & Dot

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved having my picture taken.   There are probably more family photos of me as a child, than there are of my brothers.  That’s quite an achievement considering that I’m the youngest child.  Here I am, in my first grade school portrait.  I have a fabulous outfit on that my very stylish mother and I put together.  She made the dress I’m wearing in my Dad’s favorite color, blue.  I’m smiling confidently, and un-self consciously.  Ahh, those were the days.

In recent years, some of the fun has gone out of being in pictures.  With the age of the digital camera, we have the ability to approve or disapprove, of our own photos.  Back in “the day”, your school photos arrived in whichever still  the photographer looked best.  There were no proofs to agonize over.  There were no “re-do’s”.

I miss the days of simple photos, where you had only one chance to capture a specific moment.  Polaroids were my favorite.  Back then, I didn’t think about posing in ways that would make me look younger, or thinner, or happier.  Now I read articles like “How to Look Skinny in Pictures” or “Minimizing Wrinkles in Photos”.  After every shot is taken, I zoom in and analyze my picture and think about how it could have been better.

I recently finished my 30 Days of Style for the UD Facebook page.  I found it an interesting experience.   I’m going cut myself a little slack since I was sick with a bad cold much of the month.  The truth is tired eyes and a red nose are not that attractive on me.  I enjoyed posting pictures of my outfits, but I also noticed was how critical I’ve become of my own photos.

I realized that that I’m holding myself up to an impossible double standard that I don’t ascribe to others’ photos.   I don’t notice their wrinkles, or if they’ve lost or gained 10 lbs.  I see them for who they are – beautiful people on the inside, and on the outside.

This isn’t to say that I’m going to stop making sure I look my best when it’s important.  I appreciate the fact that we can enhance the lighting in our own pictures and remove the dreaded red-eye.  I’m glad that I know how to not look like a linebacker in photos.   A picture does speak a thousand words, but it’s up to me what the picture says.  I’m going to try a little harder to let my pictures show the real me.

Jack Nicholson once said “The camera photographs what’s there.”  In my case, what’s there is a life filled with lots of smiling, good times, bad times, and many many blessings.  Next time I look at my own photo, I’m going to think twice before I zoom in to look for imperfections.  Instead, I’ll try and think about the moment, the experience, or the lesson.  Wish me luck!

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Demonstrating the “arm on hip to make arms appear smaller” trick

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FREESTYLE FRIDAY: BEAUTY ROUTINE Fri, 04 Apr 2014 13:00:28 +0000 A lot of times I am overwhelmed by the beauty industry. So many choices are available which makes it hard to decide what I should use. What will work best for me? It seams like I have to go through tausends of products to figure it out. But who does that? Fashion is easier! I look for something that grabs my attention, try it on and if I love it and it fits well then it’s a buy. Cosmetics are more complicated and I have to wait for several weeks to see the true results. How do you decide what you will put on your skin? Recommendations, advertising, price, quality or celebrity faves?

In my teens I wasn’t interested in any testaments like creams & serums, it was more about foundations, eye shadows and lipsticks. In the 20′s I was experimenting here and there. Now that I am rolling into my 30′s I am starting to get into a skin care routine. Since January 2014 I am also a Clinique Consultant and it just feels right to use products that I recommend to my customers. I am not a newbie to their creations though. I have been using several of them before joining the Clinique team. My favorites include the 7 Day Scrub and All About Eyes. The Clinique 3-Step System on the other hand, I am sure a lot of you heard about it, is fairly new to my morning and evening routine.  Since using it I could see & feel improvements in my skins texture and overall appearance. My skin feels clean and refreshed after every use, ready to absorb all the treatments I am going to put on next. I can’t wait to get my hands on the Turnaround serum and Super Rescue night cream (still in shipping). I am expecting wonders :-)
Do you have any beauty products you swear by? Please share all your favorite secrets with us!

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Wardrobe Staples: A Fabulous Handbag Thu, 03 Apr 2014 08:57:38 +0000 Ok Ladies, Let’s talk about something very,very near and dear to my heart: Handbags. I don’t know about you, but it is safe to say I am obsessed. I think every wardrobe should have a handbag that a woman has longed for, maybe even dreamed about owning, and every time she sees it sitting in her closet, her heart skips a beat.  It’s almost.. almost, like how you feel when you’re in love.

A fabulous handbag can change an entire outfit. Here’s why:

A handbag can really speak for itself. It can dramatically change the feel the entire feel of an outfit. The bag you carry says alot about your personal style. Now, don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t have to be all designer, designer. I’m all about the Cheap and Chic look, and I encourage my clients to do the “High Low Look”. That means emulating looks you see in magazines, and having one piece be the “investment” piece, and the rest of the look can be more affordable. You can find just as fabulous a handbag at Target as you can at Barney’s, and I really mean that. I encourage my clients to see beyond labels and look at the design.

A good handbag is worth investing in. If you choose something classic and of good quality, you will have it for a   lifetime.


Refinery29 came into my house to take this picture. I have been collecting & investing for 15 years. I know what you are thinking.. BUT.. I am Notorious for scouring down designer bags at consignment stores, thrift stores, and I have been blessed to have been passed down bags from my grandma. If you ever want to find a great handbag at a great price, I’m your girl! I know all the hot spots.


Which handbag speaks to you? If you could pick one, which one would you pick?

Do you like playful, classic, Colorful, trendy, timeless? What type of lady are you? Maybe I just watched too much Sex&the City in my teens, but handbags are everything!

XOXO, Jackie Rose

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Fashion News: Wearable – Now Stylish! – Technology Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:53:05 +0000 Renderings of the Tory Burch for Fitbit pendants, a stylish alternative to chunky wristbands.

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For me and countless others, it started in 2012 with the Nike + Fuelband — hoping to spur on greater fitness levels by tracking our activity, we donned what one could loosely call ‘bracelets’ to track our steps. The problem with the Fuelband, Fitbit, the Jawbone Up, and other trackers is that they are not as attractive as any bracelet I’d ever choose to wear.  They are – gasp – plastic.  Black, clear, or colors that bear an uncanny resemblance to the pre-teen jelly bracelets all the rage a fashion lifetime ago.  Not what one wants to wear out and about, much less to all the glamorous fashion and social events your Darlings and their clients attend!  The best fashion news for me is that Tory Burch is coming to save the day.  The Tory Burch website announces the exclusive collaboration between Tory Burch and Fitbit that will “transform your tracker into a super-chic accessory for work or weekend, day or evening.” Their signature colors, prints and designs meeting the technology of the Fitbit means I don’t have to choose between style and measuring how much exercise I get dancing the night away at the next black-tie event I attend. Fantastic fashion news indeed!

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Trend Of The Week: Pastel Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:56:59 +0000
Trend of the Week: Pastel


I adore soft pastel colors come spring.  The palette is bright and cheerful but still slightly subdued. Pastels make for an elegant, sophisticated look, versus neons for example, which have the potential to look juvenile.  At the same time, it’s easy to add some edge to this ladylike color palette.  Try a pastel moto jacket or a studded handbag  to up your cool factor. My personal style is a bit rock and roll, but I have no problem wearing pastel and tweaking the look with some funky boots or statement jewelry. There are many ways to make this palette work for you.  If nothing else, you can try a soft pink or coral lip to incorporate the trend without a huge commitment or investment.

Have how-to style questions or creative input?  Feel free to sound off in the comments!

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Food For Thought: CHANGING YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MIRROR Sun, 30 Mar 2014 21:11:46 +0000 Boudoir lady

One might argue that the mirror has been the single worst invention for women. 

I don’t know about you, but I have spent thousands of lost hours of my life in front of the mirror. I wish I could say those have been kind hours, but they have not.  As women, most of us are victims of Dysmorphia. Just watch the Dove commercial on Youtube in which a forensic artist drew women as they described themselves and then as people who had met them saw them. The contrast is so shocking it’s sure to bring tears to your eyes in recognition of hard women are on our bodies and how it affects every area of our lives. I have an exercise to share. It’s at the end of this post. My gift to you in hopes it helps with whatever “perceived” imperfections you struggle against as it has me.

But first I want to share my personal struggles with the mirror.

In my teens I saw flaws that I’m sure now, never existed. Apparently, when I was about 10 I told my girlfriend’s mom that I was ALL FAT with a few strands of muscle. The truth is that I was a wired hard body with zero body fat. And oh yeah, I was ten! As a society, we fail to recognize how early girls start worrying about their looks.

How do we get here? How as women do we get into this mind set of sado-masochism with the mirror and with our bodies? Is it men? Is it advertising? Is it us? And if so, why?

I have a theory. I think as women we get the message early that beauty = love and since beauty is truly as they say “in the eye of the beholder” it’s this amorphous, subjective impossible to measure, thing. So, we make up rules, impossible rules and spend our lives cutting ourselves apart to try to reach them. It’s a kind of unachievable perfectionism and a secret feeling that as long as we are “trying” to reach it, we might deserve at least a B for effort.

The sad thing is, that my view of myself in the mirror has affected every aspect of my life. It has determined how confident I am, how much love I felt I deserved. In the past, if my ass was ever so slightly less round than I had determined it should look?  Well, no one should even look at me that day. I’m sure I missed tons of admiring glances simply because in my head I didn’t deserve them. To this day I’m still amazed my boyfriends stayed around. If I had to constantly reassure my partner that they didn’t look grotesque I would have walked long ago.

It’s time to change this obsession because it’s killing us. Look at the anorexia in movie stars. I look at Angelina Jolie and others and think “they must never eat.” I can’t imagine life without the pleasure of food. I can’t imagine going under the knife. My idols are French women who seem to somehow age beautifully and gracefully just the way they are.

So what do we do? First, we change our relationship to the mirror.  I had to learn to do this when I gained 20lbs two years ago after chemo. My body in the mirror was beyond cutting apart. It was now so different that I could no longer measure degrees of imperfection because all that I saw was grotesque. I had to pick a side. I could live in despair and self-loathing or I could find a way to accept and love what I saw.

I developed this technique:

Stand in front of the mirror and notice the words and thoughts that come into your head. Are they critical? Now close your eyes. Feel into your body. Feel your skin. Change all those negatives to positives and then, quickly, before your brain can turn negative, open your eyes and look with all those positive thoughts. Feel into them. Gird them around you. Try swishing your hips. Stand tall. Smile at yourself and think “I’m okay and I am beautiful and loveable just the way I am. The second thing is to set yourself a rule. You are simply NOT allowed to criticize. If you hear yourself doing so, you walk away. I have found this exercise to be incredibly powerful. Last but not least, if you can’t stop the voices, do at least stop and ask yourself “how do I know this is real? Who says?” You’ll be amazed at how much power your brain loses when you challenge it with these questions.

It won’t cure your self-image issues on the spot. After all, you’ve spent X number of years building them up. But the beautiful thing about the brain is that it is like a path in the woods. The more times you travel it, the deeper the grooves become. You just have to give the time and effort to make new paths for it to follow. New, beautiful and accepting paths that allow for love for what you see. Keep reminding yourself that if we feel confident we are attractive and beautiful that’s what the world sees.

Wishing you all success reflectively loving your reflection a little more this day.

With Love,


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Marina Ignatyev on Beauty, Fashion & War with Cleo Caban Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:23:59 +0000 Beauty, Fashion & War | Episode 23: Marina Ignatyev

Listen to Marina Ignatyev, our D.C. Darling, in an interview with Cleo Caban, the charismatic host of the new podcast, Beauty, Fashion & War!

Interested in learning more about Cleo Caban? Keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming feature on the fashion world’s newest media personality!

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Style Spotlight: A “Passion For Fashion” As Big As Texas!! Sat, 29 Mar 2014 18:57:06 +0000  Urban Darling Presents Lillyan David

Our South Texas Darling & Style Star in the Lone Star State


Deep in the heart of Texas is where my passion for fashion was born.
Ok, let’s be honest, when you think of Texas fashion, I’m sure the fashion images that run through your mind are,.. Ofcourse the staple of everything Texas which is the cowboy hats & cowboy boots, big hair and everything you could possibly make out of denim. Well you are absolutely right and we are ever so proud of it! But our fashion sense doesn’t stop there, no ma’am, Texas Fashion has come so far since the Cowboy and Indian era and we have been inspiring even the biggest names in the Fashion industry!

When Karl Lagerfeld announced that he’d be staging a Chanel fashion show in Dallas, more than a few eyebrows raised. How would the storied French fashion house mix with the utterly American southern culture?
Paris-based designer Karl Lagerfeld brought the big guns — high fashion, plus a handful of celebrities and fashion-world insiders including Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley, Alexa Chung, Dakota Fanning, Kristen Stewart, Lauren Hutton and Irving-born model Erin Wasson.
During the big-deal-for-Texas affair, nearly 100 pre-fall 2014 looks trotted out on a dirt runway in a barn for roughly 900 attendees.



Texas has born and bred some of fashion’s most successful top designers:

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…and the uber talented jewelry designer Kendra Scottimage

So Is Texas on the Fashion map? You better believe it is! In its 10th annual world survey of the Top 55 fashion capitals, the Global Language Monitor that tracks such stylish information, revealed this year that Dallas, at 25, Houston at 47, and Austin, at 53, made the cut.
At the top of the list–and out-distancing Paris just by .o5% is New York. London, in the third position was at the top of the list in 2011 and 2012. The survey also revealed that Los Angeles moved into the esteemed “Big Four” status, moving up five spots from 2012.

This is what inspires me and motivates me every day. When people ask me “What is your fashion sense like?” my comeback is,… “My fashion sense and style is so big and broad, it’s just like the size of Texas!”
And let me just add that the saying “Everything’s bigger in Texas” is absolutely true!
Big Hearts, Big personalities & Big fashion…. Especially the Fashion!

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Boho Fashion - Then and Now


I’m often asked the question, “How do you define your style?”  Well, it’s not a clear cut answer.  For me, the question of style is isn’t black or white, conservative or unconventional.  The fact is, I like elements of most current defined styles, and I enjoy mixing them up.   What is important to me, is authenticity.  As long as what I put on feels like me, then I go with it.

 I’ll admit, I do have a favorite” style” and that’s bohemian.  I love floppy hats, maxi dresses, textures and patterns.   My favorite fashion decade is the 70’s.   Now I’m not going to be wearing fringy leather boots any time soon, because that ship has sailed.  (I did have a pair in high school that I wish I still had).  Today, I like to keep it contemporary by adding glamour and shine.  The point is, when I’m wearing my boho inspired pieces, I feel like Me.

Be inspired by others, but put your own twist on it.  If you develop a strong personal style, you can create a signature look, thereby making it easy to put together outfits that you’ll always feel good in.  Trends are always coming and going.  Get excited about the ones that work for you, and ignore all others.   Staying true to yourself never goes out of style.


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Day to Night Sweater Chic Fri, 28 Mar 2014 04:29:23 +0000 Kathryn, Part-Time Engineer and Full-Time Mother of Two, Styled by Kathrine Eldridge


Kathryn is a busy and hard-working mom that needs to have pieces in her closet that can easily transition from day to night.  She wants to be comfortable but polished when she’s driving her kids around, then be sophisticated and stylish when going for a night on the town with her husband.  This sweater was an item she found recently on Piperlime.  I showed her some ways to style it for day and night.  We added a skinny belt to the evening look to show off her figure as well as a statement necklace to dress up the outfit even more. The quilted leather jacket gives her a touch of sophistication and edge.  She’s ready for a night on the town!


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Three Ways To Wear: Breton Stripes Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:26:55 +0000 Breton stripe shirt

Breton stripes, for me, conjure up images of 60s European film stars, such as the ultimate sex symbol Brigitte Bardot and her brunette antithesis, the gamine Anna Karina. Picasso, Audrey Hepburn, and Coco Chanel where also partial to the iconic stripe design.
The original navy and white knitted, boat neckline stripe shirt, aka as marinière, was introduced in 1858 as a uniform for seamen in Britanny.

The Breton tee is at the top of my wardrobe essentials list, this infinitely versatile design lends itself to a myriad of interpretations and moods. While the navy/cream is the original classic design, these versions by Marc Jacobs in burgundy sequin patch front and Être Cécile in white/red horizontal stripe and cheetah print put amp up the glam and fun of the wardrobe staple. But you don’t have to limit yourself to a sailor-stripe shirt alone. The très chic design lends itself to all garments and accessories.

 Breton stripe shirt for evening

While decidedly casual the Breton tee can be found in variety of fabrics that can go from day to night seamlessly. Wear the on trend cropped tee with a pleated chiffon skirt and the “It” shoe of the moment, a white or black mule. Layered beaded strands necklaces and a mesh statement clutch with a flick of midnight-blue liquid eyeliner for a dramatic cat eye will have you set for the night.

Breton stripe skirt for the office

Look smart in the office and clash prints for a fresh  look with a modern floral print top  and a sleek striped pencil skirt. A polished pump with a gold accent heel and a sleek architectural hardware bag will help you make climb up the corporate ladder in shipshape style. Coco would approve.

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Breton stripes for the weekend

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A cotton moto jacket and lace-up peep-toe wedges lend a touch of edge to a preppy Breton stripe boat neck tee and powder blue trousers. Wear to a bottomless mimosas brunch with the girls for laid-back chic appeal.

Jacket: HELMUT Helmut Lang(similar here)
Top: Alice and Olivia (here)
Pants: Phillilp Lim x Target (similar here and  here)
Belt: Barneys New York  (similar here)
Bag: Vintage clutch (similar here and here )
Shoes: Martha Davis (similar here and here)
Jewelry: Sasha Maks Vintage, shop online or contact

How do you rock Breton stripes? Share your favorite look in the comments below.

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Kathrine Eldridge on Beauty, Fashion & War with Cleo Caban Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:36:21 +0000 Beauty, Fashion & War | Episode 22: Kathrine Eldridge

Listen to Kathrine Eldridge, our Chicago Darling, in an interview with Cleo Caban, the charismatic host of the new podcast, Beauty, Fashion & War!

Interested in learning more about Cleo Caban? Keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming feature on the fashion world’s newest media personality!

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Trend of the Week: Patterned Skirts Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:44:48 +0000 In addition to being a wardrobe staple, skirts are all over the runways and stores this spring. Geometric prints, lace, stripes, florals, take your pick. Digital prints are my favorites; many of the florals have a breathtaking three-dimensional depth.  The beauty of fashion today is the wide array of skirt styles to choose from –A-lined, pencil, pleated, circle — to best suit your body type or occasion.  Skirts are terrific because you can vary the top you choose and alter the look from dressy to casual, and from season to season. Pair the skirt with a classic white shirt or a chambray shirt for the perfect spring outfit, and when summer comes, move into a sleeveless peplum or a colorful shell for a dress-like look that lends variety to your wardrobe.

A few of my favorite patterned skirts — Sister by Sibling floral print, Etcetera Spring and Summer collection.

Patterned Skirts!

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Ballroom Dancing In Style Mon, 24 Mar 2014 04:37:44 +0000 Self-styled look of the week, by Kathrine Eldridge, our Chicago Darling…

IMG_0512We are still holding on to winter here in Chicago so I decided to stay indoors to shoot my self-styled look. This was our last day of ballroom dance class and we always dress up for the last class to dance the night away. I am wearing a fun and flirty LBD from a line called Twenty from CUSP. If you look closely, it has a subtle textured pattern of polka dots all over. I love this LBD because I can wear it in any season. Because of the chill I threw on a jacket from H&M, and a necklace from Henri Bendel for a little bling. And yes, I am wearing sheer black hose which brings the whole black/white look together. Hose have made a comeback and I think they make the look more polished. For something unexpected, I added my new SJP green pumps. A little color never hurt anybody. I am now ready to dance in style to the foxtrot, waltz, or tango!IMG_0517IMG_0524IMG_0521

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Styling for a Cause Mon, 24 Mar 2014 03:07:21 +0000 LLFM

Marion Campisi with her client and friend, Nancy Rollet.  Posing with them is Marion’s husband, Jim.

I had the pleasure of attending the 3rd Annual Lymelight Foundation’s Dart for Art event. The Lymelight Foundation is an organization whose mission is to provide grants to enable eligible children and young adults with Lyme disease to receive proper treatment and medication, as well as raising awareness about Lyme disease.

The executive director of the Lymelight Foundation, Nancy Rollett, a long time friend and client, asked me to style her for the event. Of course, I was honored, and we immediately began brainstorming about what she should wear. When she told me more about the event, I immediately asked, “How can I get tickets?”

The Dart for Art event was no ordinary auction or cocktail party. At this event, everyone goes home with an original piece of art, for nothing more than the price of his or her ticket. Over 100 works of art had been donated. We enjoyed an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and best of all, a beautiful souvenir to take home and hang on our wall.

For the event, I wanted something for Nancy that would combine her classic style with her love of the arts and that she would feel comfortable in throughout the evening. We chose this Bianca Sleeveless Ruffle Dress by BCBG. The pleating and soft ruffles gave the illusion of soft petals. The black halter straps and banded waist gave it a nice contrast. We finished the look with a gorgeous cuff and simple black pumps.

MCNMarion’s client, Nancy, stealing the show.

The event was held at the Masonic Center in Burlingame, California. As guests arrived, we were assigned numbers. We then strolled through the gallery, enjoying our cocktails, meeting the artists and previewing the works of art. My husband Jim and I immediately knew which one we wanted, a beautiful abstract painting that would go perfectly in our home. Jim was the designated “darter”, as I certainly wasn’t going to do it in a brand new pair of heels that hadn’t yet been sufficiently scuffed on the bottom. (Girls, you know what I’m talking about!) When our group number was called, I smiled as I watched others sprint to the pieces they wanted to take home. As is his style, Jim just casually strolled over to the piece we wanted and claimed it as ours.


Jim, in the zone, as he prepares for his nonchalant stroll to the chosen painting.  A true gentleman, he allows the ladies to go first.

It was fun evening that benefitted a wonderful foundation. I’ll definitely be attending again next year, and adding another piece to our collection.


Jim, triumphantly displaying the evening’s spoils.

Marion Campisi is Urban Darling’s Silicon Valley Darling.

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Style Spotlight: The Mixmaster of High and Low Sat, 22 Mar 2014 17:00:28 +0000 Urban Darling Presents Kathrine Eldridge

Our Chicago Area Stylist & Daring Darling

IMG_0546I’d like to say that my closet is an interesting mix of pieces to say the least. In one section, you will see designers like Barbara Bui, Rick Owens, and Dries Van Noten while in another you will discover Forever 21, H&M, and Target. I do not discriminate! Before I came to be a stylist, I worked in high-end women’s clothing boutiques. Working with clients in these stores gave me a wealth of knowledge and experience.  I learned what quality was all about and what constitutes the proper fit.  I saw fashion at its finest.  (I also got some wonderful discounts!) I now am able to look anywhere and find pieces that look the part but are a fraction of the price. One idea that I will put out there is that you get what you pay for. Invest in quality staple items because they will be in your closet forever. Then go to the inexpensive brands to perk up your classics to make them more modern and on trend.

Another tip – don’t be afraid to go to second-hand shops and antique stores.  There are inexpensive and amazing finds to be had.  One of my favorite finds was an eel skin clutch that I got for $20.  Something like it would cost much more in a high-end department store.  It pays to be a detective. I’ve had this clutch for over seven years now and it still adds a level of sophistication to any look.  One last suggestion I have is to shop for statement necklaces at Forever 21.  I have shared this tip with many of my clients and many of them never thought of going there.  When we stop in, they are always pleasantly surprised. Their necklaces are so inexpensive ($5 to $20) and they dress up any outfit.  I can’t tell you how many times I have been stopped wearing one of their necklaces and asked where I got them.


So here’s an example of my take on mixing high and low price points. The dress is by Dolce and Gabbana. The style and fit of this dress is a signature of D&G’s brand and can be found in almost every season they put out there. I was lucky to find this dress discounted at Decades (a haute consignment retailer) when they did a trunk show in Chicago. Even at a discount it was definitely an investment piece for me but I have had it in my wardrobe for the past six years.  You can’t go wrong with florals.  The peplum jacket is from H&M. I got this last year and the cost was only $25.  It continues the feminine vibe of the dress. The choker necklace is from Forever 21 and was $8.  I love how it adds a touch of glam. Lastly, I threw on nude heels by Jimmy Choo.  A nude heel is a must in every woman’s closet.  I’ve had this pair for 3 years now and can wear them with almost anything.



So where are you favorite places to shop that won’t break that bank? Please reveal your shopping secrets in the comments.

The wardrobe stylists at Urban Darling have one goal: to build a wardrobe you can count on™. Try us. You’ll love us.

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The Darling Dozen: Lillyan Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:44:31 +0000 The Darling Dozen: The Stylists at the Soul of Urban Darling and Why We Love Them

This post is the fifth in a series of twelve features designed to put the spotlight on one of our extraordinary stylists and to offer a more in-depth look at what makes each of them unique. As each Darling is featured, we invite you to engage them with questions and comments and make these pages your go-to resource for posing queries and starting discussions! As we progress through this feature, these pages will be linked to each Darling’s profile and remain accessible.
Lillyan is our star in the Lone Star State. With her effervescent energy and characteristic sparkle, Lillyan will go to your head faster than a bottle of champagne. Our Texas Darling is a force of nature with a personality as big as the State she serves.

“No matter what’s going on, all it takes is one conversation with Lillyan to have me feeling bubbly. She’s just brimming with energy and charisma and has a really big heart. When she’s not volunteering her time to feed the less-fortunate at her local food pantry, she’s working with women of all ages to help boost their confidence or refine their looks. I don’t think it’s possible to work with Lillyan and not have some of her positive energy spill over. She’s a very ‘glass at 100% capacity’ kind-of person.” –Brandon Esposito, Urban Darling’s CEO

Whether she’s at a charity event or a country club, Lillyan is in her element. An avid tennis player, Lillyan styles many clients that have come to her from local country clubs. When they’re not pulling her into a doubles match, they’re relying upon her to up their conservative cachet. One thing, however, is for certain; our Texas field-marshal is not one to accept limitations of any sort.

“Lillyan has an incredible can-do attitude. She’s 100% passionate about styling and her infectious, positive energy shines through in all of her endeavors. Whether she’s working one-on-one with a client, or she’s styling for Austin Fashion Week, there’s no task she isn’t equal to. We absolutely adore her and I’m sure that all of her clients feel the same!”
–Luisa Lucia, Urban Darling’s CCO and Los Angeles Darling

Though Lillyan’s versatile skill-set and welcoming persona allow her to work with any client, helping young women build confidence in how they look is something she finds particularly rewarding.

“I really feel for young women who struggle with self-confidence because they don’t have the right support. No one was there for me when I was young; I was all alone. I had no choice but to trust in myself, and if I can be there for young women in similar situations and help them find their confidence and autonomy, that’s the world for me.”

Interested in learning more about Lillyan? Our Texas Darling delights in responding to questions and comments and will redefine your concept of Southern hospitality!

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Freestyle Friday: What Style Means to Me Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:18:40 +0000

Grace Kelly

Style – we all have it!  Part of my work as an Urban Darling Stylist is to help my clients find and refine their unique style. What is style?  To me, it is as Marshall Neilon, actor, screenwriter, and  producer says, “…a semi-mental, semi-physical quality…it depends not merely upon the clothes,” but also how we conduct ourselves.  Style is how we carry ourselves not only in what we wear and how we wear it, but also the confidence we convey, our savoir faire, while we go through life.

As Coco Chanel famously said, “Fashion passes, Style remains.”  This is why I help my clients build their wardrobes with classic, investment pieces that will remain in their closets for years.  The basic blazer, the cardigan, the great trousers.  Whether that blazer is wool, denim, or leather, cropped or long, bracelet-sleeved or cuffed, these are the choices that convey individual style. After the basics, we add the fun, whimsical, or trendy items that speak to the individual. My style icon is Grace Kelly – she could make a turtleneck look fabulous. My client’s style icon may be Grace Jones, and we will work to channel that energy into the client’s personal style statement. At Urban Darling, We Stylists work with our clients to help them bring out their individual style, and face the world with confidence.

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The wardrobe stylists at Urban Darling have one goal: to connect you with your style. Let us build a wardrobe you can count on™


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Wardrobe Staples & Style Tips: Denim { An American Classic } Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:58:56 +0000 denim wardrobe staples

Denim is a ubiquitous wardrobe staple to be found in every woman’s closet. Whether it’s jeans, overalls, a skirt, a denim jacket, or a vest, denim embodies classic American culture and style.

Skinny jeans

These Guess jeans with faux leather patches lend an edge to an oversized blazer.

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Maria is a study in jewel tones. The classic Levi’s denim jacket brings street style cred.

Maria Photographed by J.Villarete Photography

A myriad of styles and washes assures that every figure can find it’s perfect denim match in jeans.
The mid-rise cropped skinny is flattering style that shows off the skinniest part of the leg and can be worn casually with flats or elevated with a sleek pump. A ripped skinny version paired with a statement bag keeps the vibe from being too studied.

The slouchy fit of the boyfriend jeans is comfort personified. Elevate the androgynous look with strappy heels and a leather top, or wear a distressed version with a tank top  for festival season.
A faded denim jacket is cool way to top off anything. A slim version will flatter a ladylike floral skirt and can be worn as a shirt. An oversized style is ideal for layering with chunky knits.
denim jacketWhether you prefer your jeans in a stovepipe silhouette and a classic blue wash, or express your sartorial sensibility by donning a distressed denim pencil skirt, grab your favorite piece of denim and rock your best look.

What denim trends are you wearing? Share in the comments below.

The wardrobe stylists at Urban Darling have one goal: to connect you with your style. Let us build a wardrobe you can count on™.

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Three Ways To Wear: The Nude Sandal Wed, 19 Mar 2014 22:27:23 +0000 With spring upon us and summer fast approaching, I wanted to cover one of the most popular warm weather shoe options – the nude sandal. This strappy variation of the nude pump offers up a similar benefit with its sleek, sexy, leg-lengthening effect. For now, forget your stilettos, because chunky block heels are all the rage. The silhouette has been modernized and there are tons of fabulous fresh styles to choose from. Personally, I adore the Sam Edelman ‘Yasmine’ sandal.  The clean lines and universally flattering shade make it a top pick in my book, not to mention the heel is the perfect height and the shoe looks fairly comfy (i.e. walkable).  So let’s talk about versatility, because this shoe has tremendous potential to ensure you get your money’s worth…

Three Ways To Wear: Nude Sandal


1. Office Chic: Since the sandal is borderline casual, I would wear it with slacks at the office to seamlessly complement the shoe rather than draw attention. A mixed neutrals look is the perfect pairing. It’s modern and fun for spring, but still conservative for the workplace. There are no rules against mixing black, brown gray, etc…on the contrary, all these colors play well together! Just don’t go overboard, and keep your accessories simple. A classic satchel bag and elegant stud earrings are the office appropriate choice.

2. Weekend Casual: I love the idea of pairing this sandal with distressed denim shorts for a casual ensemble. Add a bit of feminine flair with a silky blouse (blush is still majorly trending!) and opt for a structured bag in an colorful spring hue. A hint of sparkle with your accessories will add interest and tie the look together for a perfect weekend chic outfit.

3. Date Night: Instead of wearing black sandals with your LBD, try nude! For spring/summer opt for an LBD with a twist, for example one that features a bright floral print. The nude shoe will lengthen your legs and complement the shorter dress style. For date night, feel free to glam up your accessories with a dramatic necklace and cuff bracelet. Carry a clutch bag in a pop of color and don’t forget to amp it up with a bold lip.

So what do think of the ‘Yasmine’ sandal? Love it as much as I do? Sound off in the comments!

The wardrobe stylists at Urban Darling have one goal: to connect you with your style. Let us build a wardrobe you can count on™

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Lillyan David on Beauty, Fashion & War with Cleo Caban Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:25:51 +0000 Beauty, Fashion & War | Episode 20: Lillyan David

Listen to Lillyan David, our star in the Lone Star State, in an interview with Cleo Caban, the charismatic host of the new podcast, Beauty, Fashion & War!

Interested in learning more about Cleo Caban? Keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming feature on the fashion world’s newest media personality!

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FASHION NEWS: NOLA FASHION WEEK Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:58:43 +0000 nolafw1

Indulging in this week’s fashion news, I am a little biased to showcase the seventh season of NOLA Fashion Week! As Urban Darling’s Louisiana representative, it brings me great joy to see my area taking pride in local artists and trendsetters. New Orleans Fashion Week is hosted by NOLA Fashion Council and continues to build exposure for local artists and designers.  As the state of Louisiana continues to evolve in the film industry, attracting some of Hollywood’s biggest names, the fashion scene has also exploded.   Fashion Week’s events captivate the culture of our unique city in various venues by combining music, fashion, design, art, and everything in between.

NOLAFC also provides educational workshops throughout the week, which help to build a platform for the fashion-based community.  Workshops are led by industry experts to provide our young entrepreneurs with the tools and resources they need to be successful in this competitive industry.

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Take a peak at the latest of what Louisiana unveils on the runway at

I have my eye on Suzanne Perron and Lisa Iacono’s new evening wear line Limousine.  An evening dress with comfort and affordability has Limousine at the top of my list for must-haves. I’m excited to add their line to my closet and am dying to go out dancing in style and comfort! Designer Suzanne Perron’s quote, “In New Orleans, you pull gowns out of the closet like you pull jeans out of the closet,” tells me not only does she know fashion, but she also knows what is crucial in my city!

What will be your favorite party piece?


The wardrobe stylists at Urban Darling have one goal: to connect you with your style.  Let us build a wardrobe you can count on.™


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E’beth Goad on Beauty, Fashion & War with Cleo Caban Tue, 18 Mar 2014 01:06:17 +0000 Beauty, Fashion & War | Episode 18: E’beth Goad

Listen to E’beth Goad, our warrior spouse, in an interview with Cleo Caban, the charismatic host of the new podcast, Beauty, Fashion & War!

Interested in learning more about Cleo Caban? Keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming feature on the fashion world’s newest media personality!

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TREND OF THE WEEK: Going Green Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:29:22 +0000
Going Green



Since today is St. Patty’s Day, I just couldn’t help but blog about one of my favorite colors: green. In the past, the color green has been associated with feelings of negativity.  ”Green with envy” or “green-eyed monster” are a couple of examples that come to mind. Today, this beautiful color represents balance and harmony. It is the color of growth, renewal, and of course, being ecologically conscious. The color green is easy on the eyes, and is a calming, refreshing color. Hmmm, I’m making quite the case for wearing green daily.

The color green pairs well with many of the current trends we’re seeing for Spring 2014. Hemlock (kind of a mint green) is one of Pantone’s Top 10 Spring colors. We’re even seeing it on fingernails! I love to pair it with black, white, cream and just about any animal print.  It goes well with gold jewelry for a really warm look.

DSCN0075Green is  versatile and I think it can be work with just about any color. The trick is to focus on the shades and to remember to always opt for a color contrast.  For example, don’t wear lime green and sky blue together.  The combination of the two will be too bright and could even be garish.  Instead, pair lime green with navy blue for a more colorful and modern combination.

So go ahead and get your green on today.  Unless you want to look like a leprechaun (and I’m pretty certain you don’t), just remember it’s all about the balance between fabulous and fanatical.  Just choose one or two green items.  That should keep the pinches away.  I think I’m safe!

The wardrobe stylists at Urban Darling have one goal: to connect you with your style.  Let us build a wardrobe you can count on™.
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Two Stylish Sisters Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:03:05 +0000 Renea & Melissa, Fitness Gurus, Styled by Lillyan David

imageI’d like to introduce two of my friends, who are also my clients and fitness mentors. They are not only sisters but business partners in a successful training enterprise called “THE BOD SQUAD.” Make no mistake, this isn’t your ordinary “cookie cutter” training facility…..THE BOD SQUAD IS A MOVEMENT! A powerful, fierce, inspiring fitness movement that began with a dream. I met Renea Adele Perez several years ago and was fortunate to be there when she opened her facility. What fascinated me most was her passion, drive, and the love she had for helping women achieve their fitness goals. Her sister Melissa Zepeda shares the same passion, and together  both SUPERWOMEN, wives, and mothers of two will have you looking and feeling fit and loving it! You will mostly find this POWERHOUSE DUO wearing their fabulous fitness attire so I thought it would be fun to showcase their stylish side outside the gym. My favorite thing to do with all my clients is SHOP THE CLOSET first! When I approached Renea and Melissa about doing a lookbook, they immediately assumed we were going shopping. They were convinced I wouldn’t find anything in their closets, though I soon convinced them I would.


Renea is wearing a sea foam green fitted dress and I “glammed it up” by adding a sequined royal blue crop top. I looked through her accessories and simply layered several necklaces to make it look like one full necklace.  She absolutely loved the look and said “I would’ve never thought of putting this entire look together.”



Melissa is wearing a gold sequined blouse and I paired it with a black and white patterned skirt. When I first put the look together, she informed me that she hadn’t worn the skirt in a long time and that the skirt didn’t fit her anymore but she loved the look so much that she took the skirt to get altered and now it fits perfectly. As I was looking around her room for more accessories, this bold chunky necklace caught my eye. It was hanging on the side of her mirror and I immediately told her I wanted to use it as part of her ensemble. She giggled and said “That’s not a necklace, it’s something they gave me in Hawaii at a Luau!” I said “PERFECT, it’s a necklace now!” Then she said exactly the same thing her sister said to me “I would’ve never thought of putting this look together.”


Here they are in a totally tribal ensemble! Renea’s look is a basic cotton black spaghetti strap dress that I paired with a sleeveless tribal print peplum blouse she had in her closet.



These two STYLISH SISTERS along with all their loyal BOD SQUADDERS are taking over the fitness world!

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Food for Thought: Style as Self Expression Sun, 16 Mar 2014 19:58:10 +0000  



I must admit, I rarely plan my outfits.  I usually get dressed based off my mood in the morning.  I actually realized this when I started noticing that the outfits I picked out for my daughter and I in morning were similar in color and style.

We were both feeling feminine and springy this day! Well, I was anyways!

We were both feeling feminine and springy this day! Well, I was anyways!

She has since started dressing herself more, but it made me realize I really am dressing based off my mood for that day, and how I want to express myself.  Haven’t you ever found it hard to peg yourself into one style category?  Because maybe some days you are feeling more free spirited and a flowing bohemian look is more up your alley for the day, but the next day you are confident with a decision or upcoming meeting at work, so a more structured professional look is what you’re feeling.  Maybe it’s just me, but I look at it as expressing style through fashion interpretation. Literally, this is my tagline for my commercial styling business.

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That is my job styling a shoot, to interpret the brand through a collaborative effort and express the brand through the styling.  It’s the same idea with my personal styling clients, it’s expressing their brand; their personality, based on how we interpret certain fashions, together.

One of the reasons I like to use Urban Darling’s 9 types of style e-book when first meeting with a personal client, is I think it’s important for my clients to be able to identify with a certain style type so that we can see together where we are trying to elevate their look to, have a foundation, something to refer back to, and stay on track.  Not only do I have them share with me which ONE style type they identify with, but I prefer them to pick out 3-4 style types.  There will always be different situations, moods and new ideas that will form our style and how we express it.  And I want my clients to know how to dress in a way that matches those new situations, moods and use their own ideas after we work together to come up with new looks on their own.  My goal when working with someone is to teach them HOW to identify and express their style types. Or know how to express a completely different style type just because that is what they are feeling today!

Call it style bi-polar, diverse, or self expression.  I prefer the term “style as self expression!”  Whatever you call it, rock your style with confidence! So go on Darlings, express, express and express some more!

Shopping with my client Jasper.  She wanted to express herself with a red dress, and that is just what we did!

Shopping with my client Jasper. She wanted to express herself with a red dress, and that is just what we did!


This was such a fun shoot to style!  This is Morgan with The Rock Agency.

This was such a fun shoot to style! This is Morgan with The Rock Agency.


The wardrobe stylists at Urban Darling have one goal: to connect you with your style.  Let us build a wardrobe you can count on™.


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STYLE SPOTLIGHT: Who am I? Sat, 15 Mar 2014 15:00:23 +0000 Urban Darling Presents Marina Ignatyev… Military Wife, Mom, and Super Chic D.C. Stylist

What makes you special? I have been asked this question many times and to be honest this is a tough one every time. Can I just say being ME makes me unique? In my opinion, people who know you can explain it better than you can. Don’t you think saying something about someone else is easier than describing yourself?  So where do I go from here?


I describe my style as feminine/cool.
I like to be comfortable and stylish at the same time.
Beauty is my finishing touch but I have no problem giving my skin a break.
I am a bargain hunter and very rarely pay full price.
I am a casual kind of girl but like to dress up from time to time.
I feel like a kid in a candy store while shopping.
I have my good and not so good days. Normal, right?
I try to do everything perfectly but have to remind myself that doing my best and more is fine too.
I am a mom and military spouse.
I don’t have favorites. Why choose one of anything?
I love being a personal stylist!

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Photography by Reese Studios

The wardrobe stylists at Urban Darling have one goal: to connect you with your style.  Let us build a wardrobe you can count on™.

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Springtime Sundress Sat, 15 Mar 2014 03:09:02 +0000 Anna, Doctor-In-Training, Styled by Marina Ignatyev

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Anna is a soon to be doctor, a wonderful mother, and my lovely sister-in-law. I had lot’s of fun styling her for a backyard photo shoot during my visit to Hourson, TX last year. While shopping her own closet I discovered this fun printed dress that shows her feminine, flirty style. But Anna also has a sophisticated, graceful side and that’s where the black peep toes come into play. A focal point was created by the vibrant color of the belt that accentuates her natural waist, and the gunmetal pendant earrings are the finishing touch to accessorize the look!

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