The New Urban Darling The internet's most trusted network of personal, professional, wardrobe stylists Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:01:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 NO MORE CRYING IN THE DRESSING ROOM: 11 AND 1/2 TIPS Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:59:15 +0000 Tis the season for crazy shopping frenzies and overspending. I will not be partipating in either, I did my Christmas shopping the way I do all my shopping. With a plan.  If you have ever hired me for personal shopping you know that I ALWAYS have a plan and I NEVER go shopping without first having the outfit mostly planned in my head. Having a plan saves time, money and heart ache especially when you are clothes shopping.  You can’t always hire a personal shopper so here are some tips to help you score the perfect outfit and keep you from crying in the dressing room.

When I go shopping with a client we ALWAYS have a style board and a list of specific items. We ONLY look at things that are on our list and that fit our style board esthetic. We also ALWAYS have a budget and we NEVER go over.

The plan:

1. What occasion or event am I shopping for?

2. What will I be doing at the event? Will you be on stage? Above people? Will those people be able to see up your skirt?

3. How do I want to be portrayed when I walk into the room?

4. What is my budget? BUDGET BUDGET BUDGET

Tips before you go shopping:

5. Don’t shop when you are: tired, cranky, emotional, mad, hungry or hangry, or have an unrealistic time frame to find something.

6. Go as far to have ideas for specific items you will look at.  Pinterest is an awesome tool for this! You can check out my Pinterest board for outfit ideas.

7. Plan on trying things on. YES you have to.

8. Stay focused. Stick to your list, anything else can wait for another trip.

Trying things on:

They say that the dressing room is the lonliest place on earth.  You DO have to try things on but avoid that lonly feeling by spending as little time in there as possible!

9. Only try things on that you LOVE.

10. Be honest with yourself.

11. Phone a friend. An honest friend that will tell you if something is or isn’t working.


11.5. Don’t buy anything that you don’t LOVE. Yep even underwear.


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SHOPPING AT DSW Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:39:43 +0000 Yesterday’s plan was to meet my friend for lunch at La Madeleine’s but that changed as she discovered that her laptop was acting up in the morning. Fixing technology was the number one priority now.
Arriving at the new destination we now had to kill 3 hours before the “doctor” appointment.
What is there to do when you are in a shopping area? YUP!
DSW it is! I love shoes, can’t have enough of them. Are you the same way?
I always check their clearance racks first. If you get lucky you can get up to an additional 70% off. Who doesn’t like a bargain like that? Unfortunately I don’t always have that many options there since I am a size 5 in sandals and a 5.5 in boots but from time to time I find something and then it’s even more special. All the other sizer are a goldmine :-) And even if you don’t find anything on the clearance racks, don’t give up since they always have BIG DEAL items throughout the store. That’s how I got the Unisa booties that I am wearing below back in April. The Phyllis bootie is now only available at JC Penny in several sizes but DSW has the Pippah bootie that’s very similar by the same brand. I basically live in them since it got colder. Easy on and off, comfortable due to the low heel and stylish.


My look: Sweater by Joseph A. (similar here) / Cardigan by Ellen Tracy scored at T.J.Maxx (exact here)
Faux leather leggings via Forever 21 (sold out, similar here) / Pendent Necklace by Pierre Lang


This Micheal Kors Selma satchel is an early Xmas present from my hubby! At this point it’s very hard to find the Aqua color since it’s sold out everywhere. I only found it here and here. But I also like this fuchsia and blue.

These are my purchases from DSW before we enjoyed our lunch at Not Your Average Joes.

Till next Friday,
your Washington DC Darling Marina

]]> 1 URBAN CHIC CAMO Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:16:06 +0000 I’m a new covert to the camo print. And I love how the abstract print can be worn just as you would a leopard print, in other words treat it as a neutral. To infuse this decidedly utilitarian pattern with urban chic, style it with luxe fabrics like suede and leather. A classic, gray single breasted coat elevates any look.

How do you like to wear a camouflage print? Please share in the comments.
XO Sasha

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Stylist: Sasha Maksutenko
Location: Hayes Valley, San Francisco
Vibe: Camo + Suede Dressed up Camo

Shirt, Current Elliott here (similar here & here) / Skirt, Vintage, (similar here and here) / Coat, Vintage Krizia, (similar here and here) / Booties, Martha Davis (similar here and here) / Purse, Scabby Robot here, (similar here and here) / Gold tone pendant necklace, Sasha Maks Vintage contact (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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HOLIDAY TREATS IN MINUTES – PEPPERMINT PRETZELS Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:26:18 +0000 dessert9




Photos by Melissa Leigh Hansen Photography

Are you hungry yet after seeing these photos? I have to tell you that these holiday treats are the easiest ones to make and they impress almost about everyone.  I found this recipe last year and had tons of compliments when people tried it. I ended up putting then on beautiful plates to give as gifts.  The beauty of it all is that is takes almost no preparation or bake time.  It’s a win-win for the woman that is on the go and doesn’t have time to bake for hours.  All you need is some holiday Hershey kisses, pretzel rings, and red and green chocolate chips.  Check out the recipe below for details and some gorgeous plates to display them on as well.  I guarantee you will be everyone’s favorite baker and gift giver when you are done. Just make sure you don’t let your family eat them all!

Peppermint Pretzel Rings

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RECENT SHOPPING FINDS Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:55:04 +0000 Since it’s the holiday season, I’ve been out and about even more than usual.  Given all the recent exposure, I wanted to share some fun brands and collaborations that I’ve discovered in the last few weeks of shopping…

Isabel Toledo for Lane Bryant

I was doing some personal shopping with a plus sized client and we popped into Lane Bryant. So very glad we did because I discovered that Isabel Toledo (the wife of famed fashion illustrator Ruben Toledo) has done an absolutely stunning holiday collection for the brand.  The quality is top notch and I love the festive feel.  My client fell in love with the Tapestry Trumpet Skirt for one of her upcoming events.

Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren

I had to hit up Macy’s during their 25% off friends & family sale. I was searching for a great pair of slouchy boyfriend jeans, when I decided to try out Denim & Supply.  I hadn’t previously tried the line, though I was aware of it.  The price point is a bit less than your standard “designer denim” and the fit was perfect.  Their jeans run true to size and I fell in love with the boyfriend style that was super soft and slouchy but NOT oversized like some bf jeans tend to be.  The skinnies were also a good fit but definitely tooooo long for my petite frame.  They also do gorgeous knits and outerwear…I’m now eyeing the Intarsia Sweater Dress!

Three Floor via Revolve

I was super stoked to finally visit the Revolve pop-up shop at The Grove this past weekend.  I was there mostly to seek out one particular brand, Three Floor, who’s designs I’d seen online but not in the flesh. Luckily they did have some pieces, but not the specific ones I wanted.  Nonetheless I was able to size myself and get a sense of quality.  Since they’re a British brand their sizing is a bit different, but I would say the US 2 is equivalent to an xs so the sizing is pretty true.  The quality wasn’t bad and I just love the uniqueness of these pieces.  For anyone who likes an edgy statement dress, I’d definitely recommend this brand.

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WHAT TO WEAR DURING THE HOLIDAYS Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:32:47 +0000 When it comes to holiday dressing, the options are endless. In the end it all depends on what you are doing, where you are going and what you want to project. On top of that, everyone has their own personal style, body parts they love and some they want to hide, as well as a budget. Here are some typical occasions for the holidays and inspirations on how you could dress for them. I know there are much more things to do in this magical season but that would require another post. After all, I don’t want to overwhelm anyone with 20 style boards. :-) Color wise, red would be the obvious choice and I will most certainly rock it as well but I wanted to think outside of the box and these are the results:


Keeping it cozy and comfortable for the holiday market and brunch.
These looks would also be great for a movie or date.


You might own a stripped dress already, transform it to a holiday look by adding some faux fur.
Over-knee-boots are super trendy right now. If you don’t want to be cold add thick tights to both looks.

Decide which look will fit your occasion! Extravagant or chic, they can’t be more different!


Ahhh, the day you open your presents. Quick and easy is the moto here but that doesn’t mean we are loosing style.


Fancy occasions call for fancy outfits! You will definitely be noticed in both of them!


Have fun with your NYE outfit! Bring out your inner fashionista! Lace, embroidery, glitter, the old time favorite LBD.. sky is the limit!



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BIJOUX MENAGERIE: THE HOLIDAY JEWELRY WARDROBE Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18:09:19 +0000 Kenneth Jay Lane rhinestone belt, 1960s

Kenneth Jay Lane rhinestone belt, 1960s.

Nothing gives me more joy then finding that spectacular piece of vintage costume jewelry for my e-boutique. This year I made a major score when I found  a Kenneth Jay Lane filigree rhinestone belt set with subtle, smoky and aurora borealis stones. It’s a rare find and is more then a piece of jewelry it’s an object be admired and treasured. Another fantastic find was of a more bohemian vibe–an artisanal faux baroque multi-strand stunner with sterling charms and clear glass cabochons inlaid with shell. What I like about both pieces is that the opulence is tempered by a subtle color palette.

 Black baroque pearl necklace with a floral glass cabochon cluster and sterling charms, 1960/70s.

Black baroque pearl necklace with a floral glass cabochon cluster and sterling charms, 1960/70s.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Bracelet

Check out some of my favorite pieces of covetable baubles below. These over the top pieces are all you need to take any look to the next level. Perfect for all the holiday soirées that are coming you way or any day of the week when you want to express your unique fashion sensibilities by donning a killer, to-die-for, everyone-is-looking at you bijou!

What are you favorite over-the-top jewels? Please share in the comments below.
XO Sasha

Marc by Marc Jacobs Locked Up Bracelet $100

Natch Panther Earrings
Natch Black Panther Earrings $116

Sasha Maks Vintage Faux Jade Necklace
Sasha Maks Vintage Faux Jade Necklace $225

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Isabel Marant Leather Bracelet $169

Kenneth Jay Lane earrings
Kenneth Jay Lane Faux Turquoise Earrings $85

Sasha Maks Vintage charm ball bracelet
Sasha Maks Vintage Gold Tone Charm Bracelet $265

Adia Kibur earrings
Adia Kibur Mismatched Crystal Earrings $30


J. Crew Necklaces
J.Crew Beaded Necklace $130




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HOLIDAY OFFICE PARTY LOOK – DAY TO NIGHT Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:12:22 +0000

Struggling with what to wear to your office party when you have to go right after work? My solution is to change up your accessories and you have can have a whole new look! First, start out with a basic, neutral-colored sheath dress like the one here.  I chose this beautiful knit Karen Kane dress that can be mixed with almost any color palette.  For the day look, I added a blazer (to tone down the holiday-feel of the metallic color) as well as neutral accessories such as the leopard print tote, black booties, and gold earrings.  These extras keep the look classic.  When it’s party time, take off the blazer and change up the accessories.  I added this gorgeous rhinestone statement necklace which gives add extra glam to to the outfit.  This necklace is the centerpiece of the nighttime look, so I keep the clutch and shoes festive but neutral. With these few changes, you are ready to have that first glass of champagne.

Interested in any of these pieces? Click on the item in the image to get more information.  Happy shopping!

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THE CHRISTMAS SWEATER Tue, 09 Dec 2014 19:49:26 +0000
With the holiday season officially upon us, the time has come to pull out the most important of Christmas items – the festive sweater.  But hold your horses as we are not referring to the infamous uggly Christmas sweater.

For those of you with a slightly more elevated taste level, you can still participate in the fun without looking too uggly. Luckily, there are a number of sweaters that can easily be categorized as festive, but remain distinctively stylish.




Sweater: Ralph Lauren, similar styles available here and here.





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10 WINTER BEAUTY MUST HAVES UNDER $25 Sat, 06 Dec 2014 13:27:54 +0000 Winter is NOT my season.  All I want to do is cuddle up in my favorite PJs with my favorite hot toddy and hibernate! But since that isn’t realistic and I must face the cold I thought I would share my winter staples that I absolutely could not make it thru the winter months without and the best part is…they are all under $25!

Shop the post below

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HOW TO LAYER A DRESS FOR COOLER DAYS Fri, 05 Dec 2014 13:00:15 +0000 It’s cooling down drastically at this point and that calls for some cozy & warm layers. Even though a pair of jeans, a cozy sweater and a coat will keep you warm, layering with a dress can be just as easy.
To proof that, here are some strep-by-step tips that you can follow or use as an inspiration to make it your own.
For your first layer, start with a thin turtleneck because you will be having more layers on top and thick, opaque tights because that will be the only thing keeping your legs warm. Your second layer should be a long sleeve dress that completes your core outfit. At this point it looks kind of boring so we need to bring in some excitement. I decided to go with the on trend blanket cat for now but once it gets even colder I will have to adjust again and switch to my faux fur jacket (also seen here). Simple and sleek booties as well as the bow belt keep the look chic and feminine. If you like it more edgy and cool then wear moto boots & a slouchy beanie instead and ditch the belt leaving the cape open and relaxed. Accessorize to your liking. Some gals like it simple and some like it bold. It’s up to your personality and mood. For this look, I only added drop earrings, a statement ring and my Anne Klein watch. VOILA!

The key to layering is to start with lighter fabrics and gradually build up the volume otherwise we might end up looking like a stuffed sausage :-)


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Till next Friday,
your DC Darling Marina

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HOLIDAY STYLE: HIGH SHINE FROM DAY TO NIGHT Thu, 04 Dec 2014 17:41:46 +0000 I recently attended the launch of a new boutique near Union Square, Trendy Mondays, that specializes in chic and modern European brands. See my post about it here.
I had the pleasure of shooting this cozy rabbit fur coat and a copper and silver sequin dress, that I’m eyeing for all the holiday festivities to come. Nothing spoils a party mood faster then having to rush home to change. To head  straight from the office to a holiday party there are a couple of styling tricks to follow. If you have your heart set on a sparkly number, choose a dress with a simple cut that skims the body and pick earth tones. The Poete sheath paired with a simple leather tie belt will transition seamlessly from day to night. For day, wear with a masculine shoe, the distinct cheetah print stands up to the all over floral sequin embellishment here. Another way to maintain a daytime vibe for the dress is to keep the rest of the ensemble monochromatic. The earthy fur collar coat is the perfect foil to the high shine dress.  A smart and understated envelope clutch on a chain strap is appropriate for day or night.
Change into a pair of vertiginous heels or booties to take this look to the next level. How will you combine office-appropriate and festive? Please comment below.
xx Sasha



Stylist: Sasha Maksutenko
Location: Downtown San Francisco
Vibe: Sparkly Day

Dress, Oky ^ Coky here (similar here & here) / Coat, Poete , available at Trendy Mondays (similar here and here) // Shoes, Rebecca Minkoff here (similar here and here) / Purse, Vaska here,  (similar here and here) / Gold tone bypass bracelet, Sasha Maks Vintage here (similar here and here) / Shield ring, personal collection (similar here and here).

Photographed by Jennymay Vilarette

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 STAPLE – THE CAMEL COAT Tue, 02 Dec 2014 20:17:31 +0000 20141123-IMG_4516




Photos by Melissa Leigh Hansen Photography

Christian Siriano camel coat similar here, Loft ankle trousers here, Corso Como pumps here, H&M long gloves similar here, Henri Bendel quilted tote here

When living in the Midwest, coats need to be a focal point in any women’s wardrobe.  You can never have too many coats living in Chicago! A camel coat is a classic wardrobe staple that works perfectly with an all-black ensemble.  Black and camel with gold extras exude just the right amount of chic and elegance. Since this coat has 3/4 sleeves, I added long black gloves (another must-have item for cold winters). The belt helps in accentuating my waist which is important with a voluminous coat like this. Here are some of my favorite camel coats of the season.

This coat by Christian Siriano (winner of Project Runway season 4 ) was purchased about 5 years ago at his fall trunk show at a boutique I used to work at.  It was a thrill meeting and having dinner with him that night.  Every time I wear this piece, I always remember what a fun and warm-hearted person he was. Are you fan of Project Runway? I can never miss a season and I always love watching Project Runway All-Stars to see what past designers are up to.

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XMAS TREE SHOPPING Tue, 02 Dec 2014 18:14:33 +0000 Why not dress the part while shopping for your Christmas tree this holiday season?  

In my book there’s nothing wrong with opting for a flashy holiday look while doing a little shopping. It actually makes the experience a lot more fun.  But how, exactly, do you dress up to shop for a tree? There are no rules, just have fun with it. Below I wear a vintage silk red chinese jacket over black legging and black sweater and accessorize with a plaid scarf.  Not only am I warm because of the layers but I feel quite festive while picking my tree.




Vibe: Christmas

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Vintage 1950’s silk chinese jacket, same style available here and similar style available here.  

Black Leggings, similar style available here.  

Plaid scarf, Ralph Lauren, similar style available here.

Tall Frye black lace up boots, same style available here.

Black fedora hat, similar style available here. and here.


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SIMPLE FLAWLESS FACE MAKEUP Mon, 01 Dec 2014 17:52:56 +0000 I have a small secret to share… Although I’m a stylist/blogger, I’m not a makeup queen.  Most days I prefer to keep it super simple with moisturizer a sweep of mascara and lip balm.  Now if I have somewhere to go, like a business meeting or special event, I’ll definitely glam it up a bit.  Still, I don’t like to feel  as if my face is caked with makeup.  With the holidays upon us, I’ll be dressing up more than usual, hence I felt inspired to share these tips for a relatively simple, flawless face regime.  It’s all about the right combination of products, as you can see below…

This first set of products is everything you’ll need for smooth, glowing skin.  Start with Too Faced Primed and Poreless Primer (actually works and does what it says, just check all the 5-star reviews).  Then follow up with their Cocoa Powder Foundation.  This foundation is soft and dewy, not to mention it smells delicious!  However note, it’s NOT full coverage.  Feels very light on the skin, which works for me, but if you want better coverage, swap out the Primed and Poreless for their Tinted Beauty Balm and then follow with the Cocoa Powder to mattify and set your makeup.  When it comes to blush, I swear by Nars…literally don’t use anything else!  It’s super smooth and perfectly pigmented, plus I love the vast array of colors.  If you haven’t already, you should try Orgasm – a cult classic, universally flattering shade. Finally, I’m all about glowing skin, and this luminizer from RMS Beauty is one of the best.  Sweep across cheekbones (high up just below your undereye) and dab a bit on brow bones and the bridge of your nose for beautifully highlighted skin.

The second set of products is everything you’ll need to accent your features.  To keep it really simple, start with this perfect shimmering neutral eye palette from Benefit Cosmetics.  The palette even includes their highly effective concealer and instructions built right into the packaging!  Top off with a sweep of They’re Real! Mascara (it’s a major top seller) for big, beautiful lashes.  Then prime your lips for some color with this Line & Define Lip Primer from Bite Beauty…it moisturizes while it primes which is absolutely wonderful in my opinion.  Follow with an application of Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick.  I loooove this set because you get the perfect nude and the perfect red.  Nude is great for everyday and red is ideal for those holiday parties.  Voila, there you have it…the perfect made-up face with just eight products!

Hope you found this info helpful.  Let me know in the comments.  If you act fast you can score all of these products on sale for Cyber Monday!!

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SHOP SMALL, SHOP LOCAL Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:11:14 +0000 First of all, I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed the time with people you love! I spent the holiday with my family, great friends and a wonderful dinner! Luckily, I don’t have to work today so I will be enjoying a relaxing day, maybe go to the spa and dine out in the evening. Don’t feel like fighting the crowds today… Tomorrow on the other hand is SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY. It’s a great opportunity to put your money in your local community and support all the fabulous entrepreneurs out there that work hard to build their own brand and have passion for what they do. All of them have wonderful deals in store for you as well. If you are in the DC area, here are some local stores that you could visit:

TAKE 5 BOUTIQUE in Fairfax


SHE’S UNIQUE in Alexandria






URBAN CHIC in Washington


 All images are courtesy to the boutiques.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Here’s a brief list of what I’m thankful for this year in no particular order. This is a great time of year to reflect on all the big  and small blessings, and celebrate with loved ones over a delectable meal.  Please let us know what you are thankful for in the comments.

My Family and Friends
Their support and love is invaluable and I couldn’t do what I do without them. I think this is true of any entrepreneur who forges stubbornly ahead.

Vintage Jewelry
My love for the statement bauble has not lost its appeal. The hunt for the next big find is just as exciting as the first time I spotted a statement piece at a flea market or an estate sale. This year, it was drop dead Kenneth Jay lane smoky rhinestone belt from the 60s. There’s nothing like seeing something in a book or an auction catalog and having it in your possession to admire and enjoy. See my collection at Sasha Maks Vintage.

California Passing Prop 47
Reducing penalties for low-level crimes like shoplifting, forgery and possession of small amounts of drugs from felonies to misdemeanors thereby reducing prison population and cost.
The savings will go to schools, treatment programs and victim’s services. With United States leading the world in prison population, this seems like the path to sanity.

Urban Darling
I joined Urban Darling about a year ago and soon after it was under new ownership of a dynamic brother and sister team–Brandon Esposito, CEO and Luisa Lucia, CCO. The site has gone through a major revamp, just like a good closet audit. New stylists are added judiciously across the country and exciting partnerships are pursued tirelessly. I’m sure I’m speaking for all the Darlings, when I say that I feel my best interests are looked after. And if you missed Luisa’s post on how to look chic and comfortable  for Thanksgiving check it out here.

A Long Weekend
It’s a time to decompress, shop, watch movies, did I mention shop?

Thanksgiving Day Sales
Here’s a list of my fave sales for Thursday!

Alice + Olivia 25% off sitewide

Azalea  30% 0ff sale

Bloomingdale’s save up to 50% off

Cynthia Vincent 25% off sitewide

DVF  40% off select styles

Eloquii 50% off sitewide with code BLITZ

Equipment 25% off sitewide with code THANKS

Luisaviaroma  extra 20% off with code BFRS

ModCloth 50% off new arrivals

Parker NY 25% off all dresses with code PARTYGIRL

Piperlime 25% off sitewide with code THANKFULL25

Sasha Maks Vintage 20% off sitewide with code TDAY

True Religion 30% off with code THANKFULL





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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

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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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

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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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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