The New Urban Darling The internet's most trusted network of personal, professional, wardrobe stylists Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:54:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 SAVE ON YOUR ACCESSORIES WITH BLACK FRIDAY SALES Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:54:07 +0000 Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 7.17.52 AM

Now is the time to score major deals on everything. Some items that you should think about getting now to lift your wardrobe up this season are accessories.  If you don’t have the money to buy that new dress for all those holiday parties, go to the next best thing and purchase new accessories.  A necklace, handbag, or shoes can really change an entire look.  Here my favorites sales to check out on Black Friday and the accessories that can make any fashionista sparkle and shine.   Happy Thanksgiving and let me know what you items you scored!

Nine West – 20% off a purchase of $125 or more

ASOS – 30% off everything

Piperlime – 25% off sitewide, use code IHEARTNYC

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SUSPENDERS Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:14:39 +0000 While suspenders may remind you of tragic nerds like Urkel, please don’t shy away from this trend as they definitely have made a comeback.  Stylish ladies both on and off the runway are proving you can wear this trend without looking like a nerd.

In the past it was typical to wear them with shirt but nowadays, you can wear them with a simple Tshirt or whatever else you want.

Below I opt for a holiday plaid pair of braces over a henley shirt.




How do you wear your suspenders Ladies?  Please do share in the comments below as we’d love to know.

Similar Plaid Suspenders available here.

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CYBER MONDAY IS ONE WEEK AWAY…ARE YOU READY? Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:49:13 +0000 I’m sure everyone is busy this week in prep for Thanksgiving…I know I am.  I bet some of you are even busier prepping for Black Friday.  Regarding the latter,  I’m not a fan.  Thanksgiving is a big affair in my big Italian family, and for one I enjoy a bit of respite the following day.  Obviously, Black Friday is the antithesis of peaceful.  Sales are great, and big sales are even better, but I can’t stand shopping in a crowd, not to mention a crowd so intense people trample one another.  That’s why I loooove Cyber Monday.  You have access to all the same great sales you’d find in store, but you can shop them from the comfort of your own home while lounging in your pajamas.  The best part about Cyber Monday is that it usually starts early and ends late.  A lot of online stores have already starting running sales, though they’ll get even better and offer up more promos as Black Friday and Cyber Monday approach.  It gives you ample time to shop what you’re looking for.  Though I’m seriously tempted to buy myself a bunch of stuff, the true purpose of this sale holiday is to stock up on gifts for others.  So I’ve compiled a Cyber Monday Gift Guide that should cover everyone on your list.  I can’t tell you exactly what promos these stores will be running come Monday, but I guarantee you everyone will be offering deals!

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WHAT TO WEAR TO A JOB INTERVIEW: EMERGENCY PERSONAL SHOPPING Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:34:11 +0000 I think it is safe to say that ALL of my styling clients are going through some sort of big life change. In Renae’s case she recently retired from owning her own  business and from a successful career in the service industry to pursue other endeavors. She called me in a panic an hour before her 1st formal interview in 17 years for an emergency personal shopping service.  Fearing that she her current outfit didn’t reflect her professionalism and confidence she asked if I could meet her at Target (because it was close to where the interview would take place) and help her put something together.

After a quick briefing on where and who she was interviewing with and a budget set, I was able to do some speed shopping. We didn’t need or have the time to buy a completely new outfit so I focused on the skirt and accessories to create a more polished look.  Our budget was $100 and all together we spent $50 and we finished with plenty of time for her to get to her interview on time!

Renae walked into her interview feeling confident, looking beautiful and putting her best self forward, now fingers crossed she gets the job!  Good luck Renae!

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CASUAL GLAM Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:41:51 +0000 Fashion is a great way to bring a little bit of glam to your personal lifestyle. It could be a sequins dress for the holiday party, a white blazer for work or night out, a piece of jewelry or a faux fur anything (vestscarfcoat) for the fall/winter season. As you can see I opted for the Kenneth Cole faux fur jacket that will keep me warm and stylish for the upcoming cooler days. It also has a fun leopard print lining.

My first time wearing it was for a brunch with friends at Sixth Engine DC. My other pieces were pretty basis. A pair of Paige Ultra Skinny jeans (similar here), a cream pullover (similar here) and suede wedge booties (similar here). It’s one of those looks that proofs that completer pieces can make an outfit. What makes it more you is how you style and accessorize it to finish the whole look. I chose my Banana Republic scarf (similar here) to add a bit of color, interest & warmth and finished off with a statement ring (similar here) and my DKNY cross-body bag that holds my necessities.

It’s a fantastic cozy & comfy look for a casual occasion that looks of the moment. This jacket is so versatile that you can wear it with everything and anything. It would look just as fab with a lace dress and strap sandals for your New Years Eve party. SO GLAM, right?

Tip about the fit: Since I am petite the coat is longer on me then on the model. I don’t mind that at all since that will keep my upper legs warm as well. I also went for a size S instead of XS to get the oversized look. For a more chic look I plan on belting it at the waist.


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Till next Friday,
your DC Darling Marina

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THE STATEMENT PARTY DRESS: NOIR DRAMA Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:07:18 +0000 Holiday Party Dresses
Nothing beats the mystery and drama of a black dress not to mention the sex appeal. The holiday season is fast approaching and it’s time to think about the eveningwear that will take you through the holidays party marathon with aplomb.

Executed in an array of materials from leather and velvet to lace, and invoking a myriad of moods from fierce to elegant, the Fall 2014 RTW runways of Lanvin, MarchesaAlexander McQueen and Erdem serve as the ideal inspiration for noir dressing.

Scroll though to see my picks for elegant and smoldering party frocks. Which beguiling dress will you be rocking for the holidays?
x0 Sasha

Topshop Uniqie Black Mini Dress
Topshop Unique Satin Mini Dress $750

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Joa Black Mesh Party Dress $75

Alice by Temperley Dress
Alice by Temperley Dawn Crepe Dress $575

Calvin Klein Gown
Calvin Klein Ruched Gown $199.99

Ryu Confettie Dress

Ryu Festive Confettie Dress $98

Tibi Leather Dress
Tibi Leather Flirty Dress $650

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Sisters Sweatshirt here,  J Brand skinny jeans here, Ivanka Trump knee high boots here, Tory Burch fringed tote (sold out) similar here

My usual style is classic with a touch of bohemian and edge.  When I dress casually on the weekend, I tend to gravitate toward boho chic.  It feels effortless and comfy for the most part. This look is an example of this relaxed vibe.  My Tory Burch fringed tote was my favorite buy of this fall season and of course it fits in with this. This southwestern cowl neck sweatshirt is an offshoot of the boho vibe and stays within my habit of buying grey sweatshirts. (Even stylists now and then buy the same things too.) This one separated itself from the pack because of it’s vibrant colors.  Here are some suggestions of items to add to your closet if you want to embrace this easy-going style. A girl has the right to change her mind now and then. :)

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BROOKLYN CHIC Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:58:44 +0000 IMG_5056







VIBE: Brooklyn Chic

STYLIST: Jenny Vincent-Minkey

LOCATION: Dumbo, Brooklyn

OUTFIT: vintage black motorcycle jacket similar style available here and here

cream henley, American Eagle Outfitters, same style available here

Current Elliott burgundy track pants, similar style available here

infinity grey scarf available similar style available here and here

Frye tall black lace up boots, similar style available here

JJ Hat Center black fedora, similar style available here

Club Monaco black gloves, similar style available here

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COATS AND BOOTS GALORE Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:50:03 +0000 Coats and boots are my F/W fashion weakness!  It’s not even practical considering I live in So Cal, but as soon as fall rolls around I yearn to shop outerwear.  A fabulous winter coat and badass leather boots are, in my opinion, totally empowering.  Not to mention, if you live in a cold climate, they are also a necessity! Here are my top picks this season…the best part is, most are wonderfully affordable.


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KEEP IT COZY Sat, 15 Nov 2014 15:51:16 +0000 It is that time of year, the temperature is dropping, snow is starting to fall (it did yesterday here in Ohio), and it is hard to go outside with out bundling up a bit!  Finding the perfect pair of gloves is key to keeping your hands warm but, gloves/mittens can also be your most stylish accessory this season.  Find a pair that suits your style and daily life.  No matter if you are rocker/glam, worker/chic, boho/wild, sweet/modern, or maybe even all of the above check out the options below and you are sure to find a pair that suits your style!


Which is your favorite gloves or mittens?  What is your glove/mitten style?  Share with us in the comments!

Stylist: Alicia Howell

Location: Ohio

Vibe: Cozy & Cool

 Find similar gloves here: Red gloves, wine mittens, blue gloves, grey/black bow gloves, coral gloves, white mittens, black fingerless gloves, leopard gloves, i love you mittens

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WARDROBE TOOL GUIDE #1 Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:00:27 +0000 Over are the times where I create a steam room in the bathroom just to get out some wrinkles on a blouse or a dress. As well as the times where I am not wearing something because I don’t want or don’t have the time to iron it. You must know that I absolutely dislike ironing so you can understand that it hurts me when I see people ironing towels and undergarments. WHAT? Twisting and turning the garments around the ironing board for several times just to settle on the fact that it’s not gonna be perfect at the end anyway is frustrating. Then you also run the risk of destroying your lovely pieces because the settings were not correct or the materials are very delicate.
Can you relate? If not, then you are probably a pro, you enjoy ironing and it has a relaxing effect on you.
But if you are like me… GARMENT STEAMER to the rescue!
My original plan was to try out a handheld steamer. I ended up with a free stand Garment Steamer because I sent my husband to the store.
Oh boy, I can’t tell you how much I love it. It’s fabulous! Believe me, life is so much easier with it!

I would love to hear from you…  Are you a fan or not? Are you considering? If you are already using one, please share which one and what you love about it!

Till next time,
Your DC Darling Marina

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FAVE FLATS OF THE SEASON Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:02:22 +0000 Suffering for beauty is so passé. A cool pair of flats goes the distance and with so many high-fashion options to choose from, they are an essential part of a modern fashionista’s wardrobe. Give your pumps a rest this season and take a pick from the extensive styles on offer for fall. Loafers, point-toes, ballerinas, metallic lace-ups–they look as smart and flattering as heels.

From practical to embellished, stay comfortable and chic from day to night in the shoe of the moment. And see my previous post all about the oxford here, a trend that is here to stay.

Scroll to shop my fave picks. How are you going to wear your flats this fall?
xo Sasha

Tory Burch snakeskin flats
Wear these gorgeous  poin-toe snakeskin flats with a neutral outfit to show of the the vivid color.
Tory Burch $275 Saks Fifth Avenue

Sam Edelman Loafer
Leopard-print loafers in yummy calf hair, yes please!  Wear these with everything.
Sam Edelman $140 Cusp by Neiman Marcus

Hush Puppies Smoking Sippers
A smoking slipper with an attitude. Work these studded flats with relaxed separates for all day comfort.
Hush Puppies $79 Dillard’s

Thakoon Addition Metallic Oxfords
Streamlined oxfords with gold embellishment are the perfect androgynous accompaniment to a feminine cocktail dress.
Thakoon Addition $350 Shopbop

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Ballet flats are essential in every closet. I love the mint trim and bow detail paired with pewter. Dance the night away in this shimmery pair!
Topshop $25 Topshop

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SUMMER CLOTHES MOVING INTO FALL Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:00:45 +0000 KE6

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Photos by Melissa Leigh Hansen Photography

H&M tunic dress similar here, Gap denim jacket here, Ivanka Trump booties here, Forever 21 tights here, Henri Bendel pendant necklace similar here, Express felt fedora here, patent clutch similar here

As a wardrobe stylist, I try to make my client’s clothes work for them all year round.  Spring/Summer dresses are examples of garments that can worn almost any time of year,  Today I am wearing a favorite piece of mine from my closet that encompasses this idea.  At the end of this post, see how I wore this H&M dress in the summer.  To winterize this look, I added a denim jacket, tights, boots, and a fedora. The key with working with lighter dresses is layering.  Jackets, cardigans, vests, etc. give the warmth you need as well as tights which give an extra pop of style to an outfit.  There are so many fun tights out there this season for sure.  Lastly, go for it and try a hat.  I always hear from clients that they can’t wear hats.  Not true! I felt the same way until this past summer when I bought a straw fedora hat.  It was unbelievable how many compliments I received, especially from men.  They love women in hats.  Be bold this fall/winter season and find those summer pieces that you still can use now.  Your wallet will thank you. Here are some fun tights and hats that you can work into your wardrobe this season.




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BUFFALO PLAID / LUMBERJACK CHIC Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:38:28 +0000  The buffalo plaid is a fashion trend that makes me crave cozy clothes and a look that reminds me of falling leaves, apple picking, log cabins and hot beverages near a fire.  It is not as intense as a full on tartan plaid but more exiting then solids and it adds a bold and graphic touch to any ensemble

Looks great with a bold pattern  or paired with another plaid as seen below.




So ladies, how do you wear your Buffalo Plaid, we’d love to know so please do share in the comments below.

Buffalo plaid scarf, similar style available here and here

Buffalo plaid shawl collar sweater, Denim & Supply by Ralph Lauren. Similar styles available here and here

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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VETERANS DAY: THANK YOU (AND SALE ROUNDUP) Mon, 10 Nov 2014 18:58:34 +0000 While every holiday tends to be an excuse for a sale, I think on Veterans Day it’s particularly important to say THANK YOU to all of the courageous men and women who have served this country throughout the decades.  I’m sensitive to this issue because I know several very honorable veterans personally, and also because several of our stylists (E’beth in Okinawa and Marina in D.C.) are military spouses.  The history of Veterans Day can be traced back to WWI when November 11th was designated as “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace”.  Later on, following WWII, it “became a day to honor American veterans of all wars”.  No matter your beliefs or political leanings, paying respect to our veterans is something I would think we all agree on.

Now the Veterans Day sale frenzy, like any other holiday sale, was born from the idea that when people have a day off they shop.  A pretty simple concept, and one that’s stood the test of time.  Though nowadays it’s even easier, because you don’t have to leave your house!  You can sit at home in your PJ’s enjoying your day off and shop the sales straight from your computer.  This is the ideal time to stock up for fall/winter, so here’s a quick summary of some online sales active today and tomorrow…


J. Crew: 25% off plus an additional 30% off sale with code GETWARM



Macy’s: 20% off with promo code VETS plus an extra 25% off clearance



Nordstrom: Clearance sale up to 40% off select items



Piperlime: Extra 30% off all sale merchandise with code EXTRAEXTRA


Too Faced

Skin Store: Save $10, $20, or $50 with promo code SHOP

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SOUTHWEST MEETS MIDWEST Sun, 09 Nov 2014 17:17:03 +0000 IMG_7616





In the heart of Saint Paul you’ll find the Quince boutique filled with southwestern bohemian style. The pieces in this shop range from hand made Native American sterling and turquoise pieces to local artisan jewelry, clothing and accessories. Turquoise jewelry, like the pieces featured above, go with every outfit and are pieces you will wear forever. The store is also brimming with a huge selection of Frye boots, Old Gringo boots and Pendleton clothing and blankets. A pair of classic cowboy boots is a great staple in any wardrobe and with the huge selection in store you’ll be sure to find your favorite. Amy and her staff are very knowledgeable about all artisans featured in store as well as backgrounds on jewelry stones and materials.

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How to wear:Khaki Blazer Sat, 08 Nov 2014 15:50:58 +0000 My khaki blazer is one of my favorite things in my closet!  It is versatile, light weight enough to wear year round and layer and gives a quick put together look. When shopping for any jacket fit and cut is the most important thing.  The blazer should compliment your curves but not be too tight and should also not be so big that it creates bulk. Check out the great jackets below to find your perfect fit! 


Photography by Acacia Johnston for Emerald Studios

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RUSTY FALL Fri, 07 Nov 2014 12:37:50 +0000 It seems like winter is coming soon. It’s already November. Where did the time go?
Before we all start thinking about the holiday looks, I wanted to share an outfit I wore on a beautiful fall day!


I started with my light wash skinnies (similar here) and paired it with my striped blouse (also like this one). To add a fall touch to the look, I decided to wear a rusty colored cardigan that also adds a layer of warms (similar here). Before walking out the door, I slipped into my hot pink Monroe’s by Cole Haan (exact here). I feel like they change up the whole look, making it more fun.

As you can see, being stylish and comfortable is easy if you choose colors and prints to your advantage.
How does your casual fall outfit look like?

Till next Friday,
Your DC Darling Marina

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KICKING IT ON THE BIG ISLAND Thu, 06 Nov 2014 17:06:11 +0000 It was time for a much needed getaway. I’m not a big fan of the sun and beach variety of vacation, I prefer to discover what a more urban trip has to offer. But if it’s time to relax and unplug nothing beats the Hawaiian Islands. Having traveled to Honolulu before and while remembering it as beautiful, it was also crowded and commercial. So when an opportunity arose to see another kind of Hawaii, I could not resist and spent a week on the Big Island, traipsing the golden sand beaches (and black and green ones), swimming in the clear, turquoise waters, and enjoying local seafood delicacies like poke and a surprise discovery that chocolate covered squid is delish. Yeah sounds like a total cliche, but when it’s this good,  I’ll take it!

One day,  I took a break from diligently working on my tan and sipping on a Lava Flow and explored the Big Island by taking an 11 hour bus tour around the whole isle (Hawaii is twice as big as all the other Hawaiin islands put together). From discovering how the super charged Kona coffee is grown (the ripe “cherries” are hand-picked several times a year, hence it’s one of the most expensive in the world) to visiting a lave tube and waterfalls, one of my fave places besides the Mauna Loa volcano (one reason I chose this island was for the moon like landscape created by eruptions), was visiting a black sand beach. The picture perfect lily pond across from it proved the obvious choice for a quick ootd shoot.

It actually took me awhile to figure out to wear for such a long day. Luckily one can never go wrong with classic basics.  A pair of (just so distressed) blue jeans, a white drapey T, and my newly acquired Chucks ( my first pair and I love them!)  proved the ideal ensemble. A couple of chunky vintage gold tone bracelets and my 70s Gucci shades where the perfect extras to elevate the vacay casual look.

What’s your fallback vacation outfit? Please share in the comments.
xx Sasha
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T-Shirt, James Perse here (similar here & here) / Jeans, Zara (similar here and here) // Shoes, Converse here (similar here and here) /Wide cuff, personal collection (similar here and here) / Gold tone link bracelet, personal colection (similar here and here) / Sunglasses, vintage Gucci, (similar here and here).

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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THE STATEMENT EARRING Wed, 05 Nov 2014 12:00:49 +0000  

IMG_1617IMG_1619A lot of trends that you see each season are not very doable or they are just scary.  (I was not loving the birkenstock trend this past spring/summer. But to each its own.) Sometimes certain trends don’t work with your body type or just don’t suit your own taste.  The statement earring is little out there but still easy for anyone to pull off.  You can be any size or shape with this jewelry trend.  The key here, of course, is to wear one earring that’s a substantial size.  It might feel a little weird at first, like you forgot the other one, but give it a chance.  That singular earring functions just like a statement necklace – no other accessories needed.  I love bling so I chose this jeweled one for some glam.  Feel free to work with your own style whether it’s boho, feminine, minimal, or edgy to achieve the vibe you are looking for.  I like the idea of doing a simple stud for the other ear so you look and feel balanced. Here are some of my favorites. As you can see, many come in pairs so if you lose one, you are not out of luck! Are you willing to step outside the box with this jewelry trend?


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HOLIDAY PLAIDS Tue, 04 Nov 2014 20:37:57 +0000 When the leaves start to fall and the weather gets chilly, one timeless pattern always makes a stylish appearance: plaid! There’s just something about traditional plaids that feels so right for cold weather especially as we approach the holidays, and I couldn’t be more delighted to partake in the trend every year. That said, we don’t want to settle for just any old tartan piece; we’re always on the lookout for fresh ways to wear this timeless look.

Plaid can be a bit too prim, so be a little wild and give this look some bite.  Below, I proudly sport my plaid skirt with my favorite #Vliegerandvandam  knife embossed bag, lace gloves and a fedora hat.





plaid skirt, Stylist own (similar style available here)

velvet blazer,  Ralph Lauren Collection (similar styles available here and here)

Vlieger & Vandam knife embossed bag  (similar style available here  and here)

Black Fedora, JJ hat Center,  available here and here)

black lace gloves available here

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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DRESSING FOR A COMFORTABLE THANKSGIVING Mon, 03 Nov 2014 18:28:34 +0000 Here in So Cal, it rained all through the night on Halloween night, and we woke up on November 1st to freezing weather (by Cali standards).  The cold weather has stuck around, so it actually feels like fall, and the start of November has me looking towards Thanksgiving.  We typically have a huge family & friends feast on Thanksgiving…it’s one of those times when A LOT of people gather together for dinner.  So of course, I like to make sure I have something stylish planned.  I’m thinking about my outfit now, which is exactly what prompted this post.  Thanksgiving is a tricky one, because you want to look fabulous, but you also plan to eat a lot.  I don’t like to wear anything too snug or clingy…a combo fear of belly bulge and simply feeling uncomfortable after my meal!  Interestingly, I’m vegetarian, and wouldn’t touch turkey even if I wasn’t (find it completely vile).  But I have no problem stuffing my face with mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, and pumpkin pie.  Throw in the turkey and stuffing and I can’t imagine how full I’d feel.  Hence, I wanted to throw out some wardrobe ideas, both dressy and casual, for a comfortable chic Thanksgiving…

Thanksgiving Chic Style

If you’re attending a formal dinner, a dress is most likely the way to go.  Obviously avoid body con styles! I adore both of these options, available via Piperlime
1. Vintage & Fem: This gorgeous dress from Keepsake has a slightly higher waistline and poufs out below the waist for an elegant bouffant effect.  The silhouette is perfect for concealing a full belly and also leaves plenty of room for comfort.  Pair with a cropped faux fur jacket and some fabulous statement earrings for a stunning ladylike statement.
2. Sleek & Modern: This draped number from Muse is also a great option.  The ruching at the waist will conceal any unsightly lumps, and the fabric drapes loosely from there.  The jersey material is super soft and cozy, but the metallic element elevates the style.  Pair with a sleek (not overdone) statement necklace and a classic wool coat for a very “uptown” Thanksgiving look.


Thanksgiving Casual Style


If you’re going cas, avoid jeans, or you’ll find you want to unbutton them by the end of your meal! Instead, opt for cozy leggings with a forgiving waistband.  I adore these dressed up black leggings by Helmut Lang.  Though pricey, they’re super versatile, with an amazing fit.  Wayyyy more elegant than your fitness leggings, but still very comfortable. They can be styled many ways, but here are two suggestions…
1. Casual Chic: Style your leggings with a simple yet elegant loose fit sweater and elongated necklace (try layers of gold chain or a statement pendant).  Add some modern black leather boots and you’re good to go!
2. Traditional: If your Thanksgiving dinner is set to be super cas, opt for a cozy, traditional winter look. Try an oversized plaid sweater, soft scarf, and classic riding boots for a look that’s casual and cool.

I’d love to hear what everyone is planning to wear on Thanksgiving!  Chime in via the comments if you already have your outfit ready to go.

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MYTH: LOOKING GREAT TAKES TOO MUCH EFFORT Sun, 02 Nov 2014 11:34:17 +0000 I often hear women say that they “could never” look put together every day because it’s either too time consuming or because it’s just plain uncomfortable. My response, is where on earth did you get that information?  Guess what?  It’s a lie…It’s an absolute and complete MYTH.

Okay, in your defense, you were probably conditioned to believe that back in the day when we had to don nylons and heels to give the appearance of being “put together”.  We all were, but that was then and this is now.  Rest assured, Darlings, there is hope!

Let’s try an experiment.  Think about if, without ever having seen one another, we were to have a conversation on the phone about our style. We might be surprised when we met in person because we were saying exactly the same thing, we were just interpreting it differently.  Don’t believe me?  Let me show you how – it’s just a matter of changing perspective

“I’m a Yoga pant & tank top girl”

Not so Yoga

You’ve heard me say it before, but Yoga pants are for YOGA!  You can find pieces that are just as comfortable and don’t take any more effort than putting on that tank and pants.  This look is easy care with washable linen – just like your oldie but goodie yoga wear, but they definitely give another impression.

“I’m a T-shirt, sneakers and jeans type of gal”

Basics before & after

I wear my boyfriend jeans several times a week because, let’s face it, they are uber comfortable and incredibly versatile.  Chucks are a staple in my wardrobe they are a timeless classic sneaker and they’re comfortable.  T-shirt?  Yep that too, it’s (say it with me…) comfortable and absolutely no effort to put on.  So what’s different?  The hat is an everyday hat but adds enough interest to tie the look all together.  4 pieces, 4 pieces   – this look is exactly the same and at the same time, completely different.

“There’s no way I could do my hair everyday – most days I just throw it up in a ponytail”

Ponytails for everyone everyday

 Ponytails don’t automatically put you into the “I can’t be bothered” category.  They can be a sign of carefree and not careless.  They can be elegant or even a bit whimsical.  An elastic with a little embellishment doesn’t take any additional time and gives the impression of having put in a little effort.

You can do it on the go, and I promise it won’t take any more work or additional pieces for an everyday look than what you normally wear.  Bonus…it’s within your comfort zone and you’ll feel great.

Darlings, I’d love to know how you’ve elevated your style with a new way of looking at things.

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THREE WAYS TO WEAR: FUR Sun, 02 Nov 2014 02:15:41 +0000 Personally I love fur! Faux  fur that is, it keeps all sweet furry creatures safe by making the choice to go faux.  Today I am going to show you three ways to wear faux fur.  With winter on the way (it is suppose to snow where I live today!)  faux fur is a great way to keep cozy but, looking amazingly stylish.











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MATERNITY: WORK & PLAY Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:00:31 +0000 My recent client is the inspiration behind todays topic. I knew she was pregnant before doing her closet audit but when I stepped inside her home she had a surprise for me. TWINS! She found out that day and was in complete shock mode. Nevertheless, we had a blast and she was overly excited that I was there to help her. She didn’t have a huge wardrobe to begin with but after purging all the outdated, ill fitting and “I don’t fit in this anymore” pieces, which we put aside till after birth, we were left with, not much!
Next step, shopping for the next month to come. Maternity wear for the cold season. My client is a working professional so we will be hunting down pieces for work and weekend.
I created these inspiration boards to keep us on track!

1. COOL MOM TO BE: always ready to meet the girls for brunch

2. ALWAYS STYLISH MOM TO BE: nice for family weekends as well as running errands

3. POWERFUL MOM TO BE: perfect for conferences and speaking events

4. CLASSIC CHIC MOM TO BE: great for everyday office attire

Off course she will be wearing tights for the work looks :-)
To all the mommies out there…
Do you think it’s challenging to be cute and stylish during the time were your body is changing so drastic?
If not, what are your tips & tricks you can share with us that will help all the soon to be mommies?

When I was pregnant with my now 6 year old, I remember not having all the resources that I have now.
I love it that nowadays everyone has the opportunity to look fab, with or without bump.
PS: Scroll over the + icons to shop the looks.

Till next Friday,
Marina, your DC Darling!

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HOLIDAY MAKEUP PALETTES Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:00:37 +0000 One of my favorite things to receive for Christmas is a makeup palette.  I love how you get a little bit of everything in these mini and portable makeup studios.  They are always packaged beautifully and so easy to travel with.  Laura Mercier’s sets are my favorite but she has a lot of competition this holiday season. Which one is your favorite? It’s never to early to start thinking about gifts for the holidays and these are perfect for that woman on the go.



 Laura Mercier Into the Wild Book Collection – $150


Mac Keepsakes “Natural” Face Palette – $49.50



Too Faced Everything Nice Palette – $56


Dior Limited Edition Deluxe Holiday Palette – $90


Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Deluxe Lip and Eye Palette – $80

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BIJULES JEWELRY Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:08:58 +0000  





IMG_4456I’m not big on jewelry but absolutely go gaga for NYC designer Jule Kim #bijulesnyc and absolutely adore everything from her collection.  The Gelfling Ear Tip, one of my favorite piece is guaranteed to instantly transform you into a sexy urban elf.  The Nail Ring on the other hand, will add that extra bit of fierceness to your personality you did not know existed, and it commands attention.

So ladies If you have not yet met BIJULES, please do get acquainted and be bijuled.  Her pieces have graced celebrities such as Rihana, Madonna and Beyonce to name a few.  

Gelfling Ear Tip  and several versions of the Nail Ring all available at BIJULES

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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URBAN DARLING STYLES THE LADIES OF POSTMODERN JUKEBOX Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:06:23 +0000 Like it or not, most of us are familiar with chart topping modern pop songs like Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love”.  However, I’m guessing only some of you have you have heard the postmodern version of these songs.  Postmodern Jukebox is an incredibly talented band that covers trendy pop songs in a style reminiscent of yesteryear.  For example, check their 1920’s version of  Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” or their 1950’s version of Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop” (a personal fave).  Soooo I’m super stoked to announce I’ll be styling the lovely lead singers for some upcoming music videos and tour appearances.  Their style is mostly retro/vintage (duh!) with barely a hint of current times.  Stay tuned for updates and check their YouTube channel to see how they’re styled in future videos!

Cristina, Robyn, and Ashley covering Ellie Goulding’s “Burn”


Some super cute retro threads courtesy of Mod Cloth


Loving the details and color story!


Vintage inspired t-strap pumps by Seychelles via Mod Cloth 

Love their look as much as I do?   You can shop all the styles right here!!


Plus some fun (handmade) extras thanks to my lovely assistant @Purely_Jessica

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AUTUMN SMOKEY EYE: DAY TO NIGHT Sun, 26 Oct 2014 13:53:44 +0000 IMG_7517

Smokey eyes are always in style, but for the fall I like to switch up the color making it a little bit softer and warmer. For this daytime smokey eye, warm browns, luminous creams and a soft brown liner draw attention to the eyes without overpowering them. The first piece I put on the eye was a creamy tinted eye primer from Bare Minerals called Soft Linen. This base has a very creamy texture and dries to a beautiful warm hue with hints of shimmer.  I then took a rich brown shade called Pebble and swept it from lash line to natural crease, doing a little extra blending into the crease to soften the line. For a nicely defined lash line, I took a warm brown liner and tight lined my lash line. To tight line I lift my upper lid slightly, careful not to pull, and fill in the lash in the upper and lower water line. Then a nice coat of volumizing mascara and voila!


To transition this look into evening, I chose a light gold, a shimmery copper, a deep burgundy and a black liquid liner. Make sure you choose a good tapered brush like this for application. This brush distributes pigment evenly and makes for  beautiful pigment payoff. First take the mid shade, I used something like the third shade from the left on this palate,  and press it full lid to your natural crease. Next take the burgundy shade and a brush like this, and sweep the shadow along your outer crease. You can also press the color on to create a deeper pigment. Then take a smaller tapered brush and sweep a little on your lower lash line from outer edge half way in. To highlight the inner crease, wipe off your smaller tapered shadow brush, use a small amount of a shade like this, and press the color into the tear duct and inner crease. Finally, I used a liquid liner to create a slight wing and dramatic effect and two coats of a volumizing mascara.  I would love to hear about your favorite fall makeup looks so please share them below. :-)


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THREADS: AN UPSCALE CONSIGNMENT AND VINTAGE BOUTIQUE Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:13:15 +0000 If you follow my Outfits of the day you may have seen Threads tagged in several because this is one of my favorite stores in town! Run by mother daughter team Donna & Breanna, Threads is an upscale consignment and vintage boutique specializing in high-end women’s clothing and one of a kind pieces.  This duo prides itself in being environmentally conscious and recycling items to give them new life.

When you walk into Threads you are greeted by smiling faces and helpful ladies that are willing to help you navigate their racks to find that perfect piece or pieces.  I can never get just one thing!  Because of their unique style and their excellent customer service, they are am Urban Darling partner which means, my clients can walk in there with the shopping list I create for them and they will know exactly what to do!

Some examples of brands you can expect to find at Threads: Free People,Ann Taylor Loft,Coach, Silver Jeans,Michael Kors,Miss Me,CABI, INC,Daytrip,7 For All Mankind,Steve Madden & much more.  You will also find one of a kind jewelry made from recycled items for a unique look!

Threads is located in the Marineland Village in Kennewick,WA.  You can keep up with their latest finds on their facebook page HERE and their Instagram

Go check them out!!!

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