The New Urban Darling The internet's most trusted network of personal, professional, wardrobe stylists Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:47:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 OOTD: EVERYTHING UNDER $50 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:23:42 +0000

Hi guys! So today I would like to do a quick outfit inspiration post.
I attended a causal event yesterday and this was my look. I definitely wanted to wear my distressed jeans by American Eagle. I absolutely love them. The fit is perfect (I’m petite but they are regular sz) and they are super comfy as well. Since I was going for a feminine cool vibe I balanced out the edgy denim with a floral ruffle tank (cute one here) and completed my look with a fitted jacket. Mine is old, I got it at H&M but here is a nice cream version or a royal blue one with lapel here. Lastly I slipped into my Madden Girl wedge booties (similar here) and I was ready to go.

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Have a great weekend!
Till next Friday,
your DC Darling Marina

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VINTAGE IN STRIPES: SILK DRESS + LONG CARDI Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:52:11 +0000

stripes on stripes dress and cardi

I was immediately drawn to this dress by it’s pattern and color, found in oft frequented vintage boutique in Oakland. The heavy silk feel luxe and indulgent. As you have probably often heard to pull off pattern on pattern the styling trick is to vary the scale of the print. And this formula works perfectly here, the long knit cardi coat, with shades of Missoni, is actually from another venerable, Italian brand, Krizia. I kept the palette in the red, orange, and brown family ( I know this look so autumnal, but very apropo for the chilling SF spring), accenting the dress with a large agate pendant necklace wrapped in gold tone wire.

For this look I collaborated with a new San Francisco designer consignment boutique, Closet 1951, owned by two passionate partners in fashion Ilona Rinenberg and Tania Rmijos, the retail veterans curate a selection of luxury and designer brands that’s on every fashionista’s wish list in their cozy shop in Cow Hollow. The patent leather Mary Janes and the Gucci bag come from their extensive collection.

How do you like to mix your prints? Please share in the comments below.
XO Sasha

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Stylist: Sasha Maksutenko
Location: Soma, San Francisco
Vibe: Stripe on stripe

Dress, Vintage (similar here) / Jacket, Vintage Krizia (similar here) / Bag, Gucci c/o Closet 1951 (similar here ) / Shoes, Prada c/o Closet 1951 (similar here) /Necklace, Sasha Maks Vintage, contact

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APRIL’S EMPTIES – BEAUTY PRODUCTS TO STOCK UP ON Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:39:38 +0000

I have noticed on Instagram that many bloggers post what products they recently have run out of. Obviously they love these items since they have drained them to the last drop.  You can’t get a better product endorsement than that! Here are my empties these month in no particular order.

macadamiaprofessional_flawlesscleansingconditioner_3oz_900x900Macadamia Flawless Cleansing Conditioner – This all-in-one haircare product was a find from Birchbox.  It cleanses, smoothes, and softens hair.  I was a little nervous only doing one step in the shower but the smell is amazing and my hair felt so soft and looked super shiny afterward.  You leave it on from anywhere from 1 to 5 minutes so it’s doesn’t add much time to your beauty routine.

Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Moisture Creme – I use the normal/combination formula.  This moisturizer has been in my routine for years now and it’s perfect if you have combination skin like I do.  It’s not greasy and has an SPF of 15 which is so important for protecting your skin.  I sometime mix it with Laura Mercier’s Creme Smooth Foundation (see below) to make a beauty balm.

_6317964Trish McEvoy’s Mandarin & Ginger Lily Eau de Toilette (No. 6) – This fragrance is one of my faves of all time. I love the smell of citrus with just a touch of florals and musk. I get asked many times over what I’m wearing when I spritz it on in the morning. Trish McEvoy’s No. 9, Blackberry and Vanilla Musk, is another favorite which I wear more in the winter.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat (No. 2) – I swear by this product! (I have been wearing it for over 7 years.)  I have tried other brighteners (concealers) but I always come back to this one.  It comes in a variety of colors so you can get it in the shade perfect for your coloring.  Makeup artists says it’s a magic wand and makes you look like you have gotten 8 hours of sleep.  I use it mostly in the eye area for lift but also use it on the sides of my nose and on my chin where I have redness.  It’s on the expensive side for a beauty product but I can’t deny the results.

Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Foundation (Warm Ivory – This foundation is so lightweight but gives great coverage. It also doesn’t settle into fine lines which is a huge bonus for my over 40 skin.  If offers buildable coverage with a smooth finish.  My makeup glides on perfectly after using this product.



Have you used any of these products? What empties do you have this month? Let me know in the comments.  I love to try new products!

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HARNESS THE STYLE Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:11:26 +0000

Harness the Style

Whether you are styling up or down your spring outfits this week, do not forget to adorn your style with some fabulous accessories. We often focus on accessories for the neck and arms but it is time to harness the style of adorning our feet! If you thought toe ring accessories were a thing of the 80’s past they have reinvented themselves into fashionable anklet harnesses that bring a flair element to your outfit.

The anklet harness is generally worn on a single foot as a statement piece. It is acceptable to wear matching anklet harnesses on both feet for a fun event like a beach party or an oceanside wedding. A note of functionality however, if you are wearing your anklet harness to the beach or poolside, I do recommend finding a sterling silver or beaded harness that will not get ruined by water. Beautiful lace anklet harnesses are exquisite if you plan to stay on dry land. I often wear my anklet harness to my barre workout class when I am not styling my feet poolside!

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Don’t limit adornments to the top half of your body as your feet deserve some accessory style as well! Here are some examples and links to begin your anklet harness collection!

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Gold Fancy Footwerk Anklet

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Free People Womens Macrame Anklet

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ASOS Filigree Foot Harness – Gold

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Beaded Foot Harness


Wardrobe Stylist, Urban Darling- Phoenix

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Howdy Ya’ll!!!

I am so excited to share with you my presence to the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards! If you live in Texas, having an interest in county music is a MUST! Today I wanted to share with you my OOTD (outfit of the day)! I have lived in Texas all of my life, but have never owned  a pair of cowboy (cowgirl in my case) boots. Can you believe that? I know, it’s shocking. Although I admire country music, I am not the true definition of a Texas cowgirl. I don’t live out in the country on a ranch, ride horses, wear wranglers with big belt buckles, or wear cowboy hats!  You get what I mean. Therefore, for today’s outfit…I wanted to put together a look that has elements of “country chic” while maintaining “my style“….









I decided to go with a see through lace dress with 3/4 sleeves. I don’t own too many clothing pieces in the color orange so it was nice adding this to my closet. I am wearing high waisted cotton shorts with a crop tank top underneath so the orange can really pop. Any tank top lower than the shorts would have been uncomfortable. While shopping for my outfit, I wanted to find a dress I can dance in and this one is IT!








I especially love the back of the dress! As per the dress code for the ACM Awards…. formal, country chic, or casual  were acceptable. The low cut area where the back is revealed is so elegant! Although this dress is not a gown, there is something about a dress when it  reveals a woman’s back that is sexy. So I will show it off!








I really wanted to wear something with fringe, but I was unsuccessful in finding something that was still ME and included fringe at the same time! Therefore, I went with an accessory such as this fringe handbag to compliment my shoes and black attire under the lace dress. I also threw on my statement necklace that has a fringed look. In essence, the more thought I put into what ‘country chic’ means to me, two things came to mind; Lace and fringe.

If you are like me, and don’t wear country attire or own a pair of boots….I hope my outfit has inspired you!  Remember, the key is to find an outfit that represents YOU and YOUR STYLE! Don’t wear buckled belts, cowboy hats, and leather boots just to fit the mold.




What does Country Chic mean to you? 

Happy 50th ACM Awards Day!

Much Love,

50th ACM Awards

LIVE from AT&T Stadium (Home of the Dallas Cowboys) in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, April 19, 2015


Show 7:00 PM CT

Co-Hosts; Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan


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CHOP CHOP! NEW SUMMER DO Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:35:21 +0000

I don’t know about you but if I go to a hair salon I always want a drastic change. I never like walking out and thinking that it looks the same as when I walked in. So here we go, I chopped of my hair to a length that’s between a bob and a lob. I specifically went for this length so it can grow out into a lob without me having to cut it again in the next few weeks. I didn’t do anything to my coloring. I left it alone which is unusual; trying to grow it out to my natural hair. Let’s see how long that lasts :-)

What was completely different and new to me is where I had it done. I took a chance and decided to experience the Paul Mitchell cosmetology school. I have to admit, I was nerves. I didn’t know anyone there so I was assigned to Nicole. See asked me a bunch of questions and listed to what I want before an instructor stopped by and explained the cut and technique she would use. Both of them made sure that I left happy and satisfied. After the main blunt cut, which I requested, they made it work for my hair texture by point cutting the ends to take of some weight so it would not look to heavy on the bottom.

On the side note, Nicole was so happy to have a real client instead of a plastic head. She was very excited because she truly enjoys what she does. If you would like to try it out but you are not completely comfortable with the fact that a student does it, I would recommend going in for a trim or simple color so you can see how they work. If you leave happy you can always rebook the same person for your next appointment. Even if you go twice it will still be cheaper then your regular salon. You also have the option of choosing a beginner or advanced student. The beginner student (my case) is more supervised by the instructor.

Are you going to change up your hair style for the spring/summer season?
Please share in the comments below, I would love to hear your ideas!


Shop my look: White T similar here / Animal print pant same here (on sale) / Cutout booties (old) also love these (on sale) / Bar necklace via TAudrey (see my review here)

Till next Friday,
your DC Darling Marina

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IT’S GETTING WARM! SANDALS UNDER $50 Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:10:48 +0000


Recently I found some comfy (and affordable) sandals from Forever 21 which you see in this above pic.  I loved them so much that I also got them in a nude color as well.  I love to have multiple styles of sandals to play around with during warmer weather so being more of a bargain shopper in this category is not such a bad idea.  I tend to stick with sandals that have more neutrals tones like tan, nude, and varying metallics.  You can wear almost anything with these colors but if you want to walk on the wild side, go for a bright neon or bold red.  With these prices, try a little bit of everything!

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SUNGLASS SEASON IS UPON US Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:47:37 +0000

Sunglass Season Is Upon Us

Living in the Valley of the Sun, I absolutely cannot venture outdoors without my sunglasses. However, all weather can call for great shades of style as your eyewear accessory. Decades ago I used to buy all the expensive sunglasses; Ray-Ban, Oakley, etc. and I would always break or lose them. Since then I have been grabbing a cute pair here and there at TJ Maxx or Marshalls. Of course, these I never break or lose! In light of the spring season, pun intended, I am contemplating investing some fashion dollars in a cute pair of sunglasses, which prompted the topic for this blog. Below are some of my style suggestions and links on where to find them! These Kate Spade sunglasses are topping my shopping list right now!

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Kate Spade Sunglasses

The fantastic cat-eye is always a classic look. Quite an iconic silhouette!

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Cat-Eye Sunglasses

I remember having a pair of these Wayfarer sunglasses an entire lifetime ago. They have returned to spring style again! Neon colors are hot, hot, hot this spring and brighten your entire face with a bold pop of color!

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Wayfarer Neon Pink Sunglasses

I adore mirror lenses in sunglasses, as they go with anything, especially Aviators as they are classic in style. I also love how they hide the eyes for a hint of mystery!

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Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses

Sometimes a fun accessory to update your look is all you need. While trendy sunglasses are certainly fun it is always good to have a basic color style such as black, white, or neutral such as tortoise shell on hand that you can wear with various outfits.

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Shady Sunglasses

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Tortoise Shell Sunglasses

Curious as to what sunglasses will be compliment your face shape? If you have a long, thin, or narrow face, over-sized sunglasses are your best choice.

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Over-Sized Square Sunglasses

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Over-Sized Round Sunglasses

A more round face is complimented by smaller sunglasses, which will elongate your face overall.

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Silver Dollar Round Sunglasses

If you have an oval face shape, you are in luck because you can get away with just about any size and shape of sunglasses! If your face has a square shape, sunglasses with a rounded edge or a distinctive edge, such as the cat eye, will dull the square shape of your face and pull the eyes of onlookers to your cool shades.

I hope you find some fabulous sunglasses this spring! And remember it is always important to check for UV protection in addition to style…


Wardrobe Stylist, Urban Darling – Phoenix

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PIPERLIME BLOWOUT SALE Mon, 13 Apr 2015 17:54:09 +0000


Sadly, the time has come, and Piperlime is closing its online doors for good.  I always felt their selection was expertly curated, and I’ll sincerely miss shopping the site, which was visually appealing and user friendly.  The store will close by the end of this month, but in the meantime nearly everything is on sale.  It’s a great time to stock up, but be mindful because “on sale” is “final sale”.  I recommend only purchasing products that have been reviewed so that you have better insight into what you’re getting (sizing, quality, etc).  I know I’ll be scooping up a few things, and here are some of my top picks below…


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DENIM- THE ULTIMATE WEAR FOR (MUSIC) FESTIVALS Sun, 12 Apr 2015 17:19:43 +0000

Festivals are happening all over the country Ya’ll!!

Whether you are packing your festival wear for Coachella or another festival in your area, your either there for the fashion, music, or BOTH. What you can expect to see worn thee most at any festival is DENIM!! Denim top, Denim bottom, or Denim Jacket…mixed with other fashion festival necessities such as lace, fringe, maxi dress/skirt, fedora, headbands, ankle booties, rompers and crop top…the list goes on and on! If you want to get fashion festival ready, check out my outfit which is easy to put together. You don’t have to combine too many pieces to stand out. Start with the basics!




Start with either a denim button up, or distressed denim high waisted shorts. You can either combine these two together (as I did), or create two separate outfits.

Style Tip! If you decide to wear denim  bottoms, pair it with a light colored tank top, such as white or color of your choice, and tuck it in to create a waist. Throw on a pattern or print kimono to stay cool. You can also replace the tank with a crop top if you feel comfortable!










Should you decide to wear a blue jean jacket, the easiest color palate that work well with the denim jacket are a white top, and black shorts.

Style Tip! You can always break up the denim-on-denim outfit by wearing a light colored, loose polyester blouse under the blue jean button up, or jacket. Keep the blouse un-tucked so that it flows while you dance the night away!






Try to include at least 2 tribal or ethnic pieces. Remember, I am keeping this outfit simple as festivals are outside..I want to be comfortable and not worry or deal with the fuss of too much accessories. Also, stay clear from over-sized bags! This one in particular can wrap around as a cross-body so it works well for travel or events.






Style Tip! If you are wearing a bold statement necklace (as I am), keep the rest of the jewelry simple so the necklace can be the main piece of jewelry that is center of attention. Over accessorizing can be a distraction and completely take away from the outfit.






Finish your look with some low-cut ankle booties. You want to wear shoes that will STICK to your feet considering festivals can take place on grass, dirt, or pavement. Stiletto heels and thong sandals are big NO!

Style Tip! You can also replace these booties with open toe booties OR open toe flat sandals.


Shop my look and other festival must haves !




I hope this has inspired an outfit for your next festival!!!


With love,





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NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL Fri, 10 Apr 2015 19:41:00 +0000

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is a big yearly event that draws millions of people to the Capital. A lot of activities and events are planed over the corse of 3 weeks. The festival honors both the American and Japanese cultures as well as the long lasting relationship between the United States and Japan. Beauty to the eyes are the trees once they are at their peek bloom.


Photography by Mila Jackson

Fact: “The first donation of 2,000 trees, received in 1910, was burnt to the ground on orders from President William Howard Taft. Insects and disease had infested the gift, but after hearing about the plight of the first batch, the Japanese mayor sent another 3,020 trees to DC two years later.” via
Because the Cherry Blossom parade takes place tomorrow, I though I would give you some super last minute outfit inspirations of what to wear if you are planning on going. I kept it casual but fun while focusing on comfort. The weather should be partly cloudy so I incorporated lightweight long sleeves to keep you warm.

Outfit #1: incorporate a floral print that is fresh and pretty

Jumpsuit: here / Chambray shirt: here / Booties: here / Earrings: here / Lipgloss: here

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Outfit #2: try an unexpected color that will stand out

Dress: here / Cardigan: here / Sandals: here / Hat: here / Bag: here / Necklace: herenky Collage

Outfit #3: incorporate a mix of American and Asian culture

Kimono: here / Sweater: here / Leggings: here / Sneakers: here / Blush: here 
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Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!
Till next Friday,
your DC Darling Marina
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LACE MAXI + MOTO Thu, 09 Apr 2015 16:57:37 +0000
Lace Maxi Dress and Moto
A maxi dress is a must-have for spring and summer! When I recently attended a blogger event at Moda Vive, I had the pleasure of discovering Les Lunes (whose French design team creates luxe basics in bamboo jersey in saturated colors), and the luck to win this dress in the Insta contest!  The collection is chic, comfortable, and expertly crafted. The jersey stretch fabric drapes beautifully, this is an elevated basic you need in your closet.

While the weather is still nippy, I’m going to wear my maxi with a moto, and echo the jacket’s tough-chic vibe with chunky buckled sandals.
Find your own Les Lunes creation and enjoy 15% off  the Lingerie collection by using code, Exclusivite_Sasha_15, through next Thursday.

I love contrast, and when I considered the soft drape of the dress with lace embellishment, I knew I wanted to contrast it with an edgier piece. How to do you like to style to style a maxi dress for spring? Please comment below.
XO Sasha

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Stylist: Sasha Maksutenko
Location: Soma, San Francisco
Vibe: Lace and Leather

Dress, c/o Les Lunes, here (similar here) / Jacket, Zara (similar here) / Bag, Scabby Robot, here (similar here ) / Shoes, Zara here, (similar here) / Kenneth Lane bracelet, contact (similar 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 UP YOUR ANORAK Wed, 08 Apr 2015 11:28:42 +0000






Photos by Melissa Leigh Hansen Photography

Target Massimo side touched dress here, H&M anorak similar here, Corso Como leopard pumps similar here, Henri Bendel snakeskin collar necklace similar here, Coach Reagan sunglasses here

I love that you can wear all different types of jackets in the spring as opposed to the heavy down coats that we usually have to sport in the dead of winter here in Chicago.  The anorak is a favorite of mine because it can be worn rain or shine. Most of the time you see women wearing them in casual looks with jeans and a t-shirt.  I thought I would change it up a bit and throw it over a body con dress.  It’s the perfect item to wear when you want to look polished but with an informal feel. I think it also adds a little bit of edge. What do you think? Feel free to mix casual with dressy sometimes.  The outcome can be beautiful and interesting.  Here are some of my favorite anoraks of the season.  Welcome to Spring!

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Finding Fashion in Unexpected Places

The unexpected can always be exciting if you are able to look at it in a positive light. Stumbling upon something when you are not looking for it is one of those unexpected surprises that can make your day, life, or wardrobe. People say that when you are not looking for love that is when you find it. While I hate to admit it, I believe this is true, as I was awestruck at an elementary school holiday party and have been enamored ever since. Fashion can be the quite the same.

Fabulous fashion is not always found at the mall. While I can spend a full day at the mall shopping like any great fashion stylist can, I do believe that malls narrow our focus and provide us with tunnel vision within our closets. Some of the really great fashion finds are where you least expect them, such as antique shops, festivals, street fairs, consignment shops, airport shops, etc. Back in its heyday, Pittsburgh International Airport had some of the best fashion accessory shopping around. Sadly many of those shops have closed with the downsizing of the airport. My new favorite airport for great fashion accessories is Denver. Really, check it out if you have a layover!

If you really want to go outside-of-the-box, check out major hospital gift shops. Yes, I am going really far off the grid with this one… Honestly the art of fashion lies everywhere around us if you can open your mind to new possibilities. The Cleveland Clinic tops my recommendations for hospital gift shop fashion, but to show you an example, here is a cute spring dress that I stumbled upon at the Scottsdale Healthcare Center gift shop in Arizona. It’s certainly not Channel but it is a fun dress that can be dressed up with heels, lots of fun jewelry, and accessories or can be dressed down with a pair of cowgirl boots or peep-toe dressy ankle boots. Certainly not a dress that you purchased at The Limited and up seeing three other people wearing when you are out on date night.


A fabulous purse from the Toledo Promedica Hospital gift shop


I share this information, as you never know when you may discover a fabulous fashion find in a place where you least expect it. I encourage you to stop into all kinds of shops, boutiques, and corner stores that you pass by thinking, “no, that’s not for me.” The only way to escape the shopping tunnel vision is to expand your points of reference outside of the mall or the same stores where you always shop. I find it absolutely breathtaking when a bracelet, dress, coat, fashion accessory, etc. has a unique story of where it came from, i.e. craft fair, emerging designer event, or the markets of Dubai.

Don’t be another brick in the wall. Inspiration and certainly fashion inspiration is everywhere. Let the scavenger hunt begin…


Wardrobe Stylist, Urban Darling – Phoenix

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LAST MINUTE EASTER OUTFIT IDEA Sun, 05 Apr 2015 12:00:14 +0000


I hope some of you have your Easter dress or outfit ready to go!!! But JUST IN CASE… I got you covered. You may have these pieces in your closet, but if you don’t… stock up on these basic items for next year!  Here are the the key pieces to put together thee cutest Easter outfit!


A-Line Dress





Statement Necklace





Trench Coat






Neutral Shoes  & Statement (Color Block) Tote Bag





Shop My look!

What is your go-to Easter Outfit?

Happy Egg Hunting!

With Love,


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LOCAL DC DISCOVERIES Fri, 03 Apr 2015 18:31:37 +0000

Once again I attended the Real Housewives of Northern Virginia event and discovered a view new businesses that I haven’t heard of before. My friend and I started going to the events in January and it kind of became a MUST do each month. We always look forward to it and are eager to see what vendors are attending. Of course we can’t miss out on enjoying a glass of wine, having some delicious food (if applicable) and chit chat.


Shop my look: 

Before we dived into the market we made sure our tummies were happy. Unlike last time, we were not disappointed with the food selection. We made sure our plates were fully loaded with everything they had to offer in the self service food bar. It was mouth watering and unforgettable, each bite was delicious! Thank you 703 Bar + Kitchen for a fantastic dinner!


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The colorful bag collection cut our eye once we went inside the ballroom. “The creators of Evil Eye Envie hail from Washington, DC and Istanbul, Turkey.  This family business incorporates the best of Istanbul leather quality and craftsmanship while using modern city life and simplicity as inspiration.” Giving back is important to them so they are donating a portion of the profits to support primary and secondary school education for girls in the rural parts of Turkey. The good luck evil eye on each bag will block negativity and preserve power and energy.


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For my sport enthusiasts out there… How about a power cycle full-body workout in less then one hour? Zengo Cycle is opening up a new location in the hip Mosaic District. The girls at the station were absolutely lovely and energetic. “Zengo classes are run by certified master instructors and are as welcoming to novices as they are challenging to world-class athletes. There are no annual or monthly membership fees. No egos. No judgment. Nothing stopping you from reaching your peak.”


If any of my readers are from the Washington D.C area, give those businesses some love cause they work very hard to bring something special to our area!

Till next Friday,
your DC Darling Marina

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SPRING TREND: MILITARY-INSPIRED Thu, 02 Apr 2015 12:00:35 +0000


Spring Trend: Military Inspired

In my final installment on my fave five trends for spring, I’m going to cover the military-inspired trend. Check out previous weeks posts on how to wear gingham, fringe, a polo shirt and culottes.

Seen on the Spring 2015 runways of at Marc Jacobs, Gucci, and Yigal Azrouel, I have always admired this trend,( see how I styled my Uniqlo safari dress here and my military green trench here).
Who can resist the androgynous sex appeal of YSL muse Betty Catroux in a lace front khaki tunic (it was based on a uniform worn by the French army in the Algerian war) with thigh high boots and a wide, low-slung belt. And speaking of sex appeal, Verushka posing for Vogue Paris in 1968 wearing the  same tunic is iconic. But I digress, the best part of this trend, besides its’ impressive precedents, is it’s utilitarian chic appeal and versatility.

The look is streamlined and neutral and lends itself to luxe accessories. Glam up a safari dress with gold- tone extras. Wear cargo pants with a boho top  and pair an army jacket with a sweet chiffon dress.

What is your modern uniform for spring? Please comment below.

XO Sasha
Wardrobe Stylist, San Francisco and Bay Area

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URBAN DARLING’S VIRTUAL EASTER BASKET Wed, 01 Apr 2015 11:52:45 +0000

Happy April’s Fools Day everyone! I am not fooling around with my Urban Darling Easter basket though. Since Easter is this weekend, I can’t help but want to focus on pretty pastel colors.  I love that color is being embraced more and more each season and this spring is no exception.  If I had a giant Easter basket, these items would be in it.  (I also would add some chocolate too which will hopefully be in my real basket at home.  I gave up chocolate for Lent. Just 4 more days! ) On a side note, the link to the pastel printed scarf is here.  Sorry for not including it in with the rest. Have a wonderful Easter weekend. :)

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GREAT WAYS TO WEAR PALAZZO PANTS Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:47:47 +0000

Great Ways to Wear Palazzo Pants

When comfort and fashion collide, palazzo pants are often involved in the style. While I enjoy comfort in my wardrobe as much as any other girl, I am a firm believer in keeping style in my comfort. However, sweatpants to the grocery store is a big no-no if you can avoid it! Palazzo pants fit various body shapes and styles. While this style is flowy and designed to drape against the body, it can still be very slimming and flattering to the eye. Not every slimming or sexy style needs to be tight or skimpy. I believe there is certainly something to be said for the elegant and understated.

Palazzo pants look great in a solid color but for added style it is great to pick up palazzo pant with a bold color or bold floral pattern to pair with different wardrobe pieces currently adorning your closet. Palazzo pants are best accessorized with jewelry that is dangly and flowy, resembling all the elements of the palazzo style. When it comes to matching shoes to your palazzo pants, versatility is the answer! It is easy to switch from heels to flat sandals while keeping your entire outfit intact.

Here are some fabulous suggestions on how to style your palazzo pants.

Palazzo off the shoulder

Boho Top, is taking comfortable to the ultimate level when styled with palazzo pants.

Palazzo barefeet 2

White Gauze Blouse, a great beach or pool look. Pair this look with some fashionable flat sandals.

Palazzo and denim shirt 2

Denim Shirt, a fabulous blend of dressy and casual for those parent-teacher meetings at school, a day of shopping, or lunch with friends!

Palazzo and print tank top

Mixed Print Top, take your style outside-the-box and blend patterns with your palazzo pants.

Palazzo and print tank top with blazer

Mixed Print Top & Bright Blazer, will take this blended pattern look to a professional level.

Palazzo band tee 2-2

Band Tee, dress those palazzo pants down with your favorite band tank top. Perfect for errands or casual happy hour with friends.

Palazzo band tee leather jacket 2

Band Tee & Leather Blazer, a bit more dressed up for a night out on the town!


Wardrobe Stylist, Urban Darling – Phoenix

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BEST SWIMWEAR FOR YOUR BODY TO GET NOW Sat, 28 Mar 2015 15:00:19 +0000

While some areas of the U.S. are warmer than others, one thing we all have in common is our desire to get Spring Season ready!  The time to prepare is now! Some of those essentials are Sun screen, spring hats, sandals, and sundresses. However, what about being “bikini ready”? NOT TO WORRY! Take my advice on fitting your body to the right swimwear per your body shape.



Having a Pear Shape, means having a curvy bottom and a smaller top. In other words, your weight is held at the lower half part of your body. Due to having hips and thighs, the key is to balance body proportions. Don’t go for boy short-kini (boy shorts) because that will bring more attention to your bottom. Instead, simply look for a bikini bottom where the coverage is at the bottom half so the attention is focused on your entire figure rather than just the bum. Try high cut or low cut brief. (To find the right top for a smaller bust, see athletic)





An Apple Shape figure means having a full bust and round tummy. In other words, your weight is held at the upper half part of your body. Show off your legs with a tankini, or body shaper swimsuit to highlight those legs! For an un-toned tummy, look for a bikini in a solid color to create a lean silhouette. If you decide to pick a floral or print swimsuit, make sure its the right style (tankini or body shaper).





The perfect style for an hour glass figure (full bust, round hips and small waist) is keeping the look classic! Bra style top with a high cut bottom. Low plunge necklines are also good for those that have a full bust. However, if you  have a full bust, try going a cup bigger for support.





Athletic shapes have often been referred to having narrow shoulders and hips. Bright prints and frills are perfect for this body shape to add some volume on top. Athletic bodies usually have a small bust, therefore fringe, bold prints,  padding, or wearing a halter bikini top may create cleavage giving the illusion of a bigger bust (which is the idea!). String bikini’s with triangle squares and bandeau’s also work well with this shape.




Some great swimsuits to hide or shape non-toned tummies are finding classic swimsuits that have cutouts or details. Those cut outs will draw the attention away from the tummy to give you a very sexy lean look! Try finding swim suits with sheer details if you are not comfortable with cut out swim suits.








Don’t worry about what is in season as far as swim suit fashion. Find the best style that suits your body! You will look and feel more stylish when you find the right swim suit to compliment your body type.


What’s your shape and style? 

With Love,

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COLOR THEORY: MUSTARD Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:50:34 +0000

Mustard yellow works on so many skin tones and is a great color year round. I am excited that it pops up in the stores right now. Earthy tones are definitely trending right now, including the color of the year marsala.

Ways to wear it…

color theory: mustard



Work: Use it as your accent color while keeping everything else simple if your work environment is business formal. Nude colors look effortless chic with it. Pair with a classic print, like stripes, for a business casual outfit.
Weekend: Have fun with it and try different combinations. Add texture to the mix for a more interesting effect.
ripped jeans + mustard top + leopard shoes + floppy hat = boho cool.
Night: Be bold and pair it with a vibrant color that will take your look to the next level.
It could be anything from a clutch to a jacket as well as a fierce pair of sandals.

Check out my top picks for any budget:

Also, see how our Dallas Darling Vanessa rocks a mustard scarf in a casual look here.

Till next Friday,
your DC Darling Marina

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SPRING TREND: HOW TO WEAR CULOTTES Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:38:19 +0000
Spring Trend: Culottes


The trend for this week is culottes, as part of an ongoing series of my favorite five spring trends. See previous week’s tips on how to wear gingham, fringe, and a polo shirt.

Whatever you call them, gauchos, divided skirt, I’ve always loved culottes, but have only being able to find them in vintage stores, and I love seeing them on the runways in such a big way! The questions always arises, how to wear them? Nothing could be simpler, think of them as a full midi skirt and they won’t appear as mysterious.

See how I styled a high-waisted pair by San Francisco designer Amanda Scarlett Smith by pairing it with a trim top to balance out the volume of the bottoms. If you prefer a looser fit on top, then choose a silky fabric that will be easy to tuck in without creating bulk. A statement shoe whether wedge heeled, stiletto or flatform will finish off the look. Accent with chunky jewelry for polish and drama.

Will you experiment with this trend? Please share in the comments.

XO Sasha
Wardrobe Stylist, San Francisco and Bay Area

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ARM CANDY 101 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:41:04 +0000
Photo courtesy of Your Style

Photo courtesy of Your Style

I am a huge lover of accessories, especially jewelry.  It has been well-documented in earlier posts that I am obsessed with it.  Since I have collected so much over the years, I always look for new ways to wear the pieces that I do have.  Stacking on bracelets is something that has gotten a lot of traction over the years when accessorizing.  It takes no time to do and instantly adds more polish to any look. Who doesn’t love a little bling on the wrists? Lately, I have been taking unique bracelets and bangles and wearing them together to form a unique looking cuff.  The key to putting bracelets together is to have similar shades of colors (dark with dark, light with light).  Don’t be afraid to mix metals and textures.  Instead of going out to buy a set already put together, make one from what you already own!


In the first set, I mixed metals while the stones in the outside bracelets were similar in color.  This ties the whole set together.

In the second set, I stuck with a dark color palette but made it more special by adding the bronze metallic bangle.

Extra bonus points if you add your watch to the mix.

There really are no rules.  Experiment and see what catches your eye. Check our some of my favorites bracelets of the season.  Mix and match to your heart’s content!

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SPRING INTO STYLE Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:12:10 +0000

Spring into Style


Over the weekend I attended the Spring into Style Fashion Show, featuring upcoming spring trends. Taking along my favorite spring Kate Spade purse that I have carried now for over a decade. Some things just never go out of style!

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Phoenix Fashion Week and Executive Director, Brian Hill, put on a great show and hosts various other fashion seminars, events, etc. throughout the year.  Various shops from the Phoenix area were highlighted for their emerging spring trends. Here are links to some of my favorites!

Amber’s Closet

Nazila Couture

Shazia Boutique

Rhinestones & Relics

Vintage Misty

Misha Mendicino was also in attendance, sitting across from me, who was the 2014 Emerging Designer of the Year for Phoenix Fashion Week. If you are ever looking for tropical boho chic fashion – look no further! Misha Mendicino Designs is just fabulous and unique. If you are heading to the beach this spring a dress from Misha Mendicino is a great style to wear! The Short Santorini Dress in Pink Coconut Leaf is my favorite and will be hanging in my closet soon!


Wardrobe Stylist, Urban Darling – Phoenix

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CASUAL COOL SUNDAY OUTFIT Sun, 22 Mar 2015 12:00:01 +0000

Sunday’s are meant to rest, sleep in, and be lazy. Sunday’s are also meant to catch up with friends, take a stroll in the park, or meet up for brunch. Whatever your Sunday may bring, reach for an outfit that you can truly have a great time in! Try this casual and cool Sunday look while your out and about today. What’s your go-to Sunday Look???
























Happy Sunday!


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PRODUCTS I LOVE & YOU WILL TOO Fri, 20 Mar 2015 13:21:00 +0000

I have been watching a lot of YouTube videos lately. Favorites, holy grail, reviews, how to…
It sounds like I am a little obsessed but a lot of times research helps me decide what I will purchase next.
It’s great if you can share your favorite things and connect with an audience. That’s why I decided to write a post about five random things I personally love outside the fashion industry.
It’s always exciting to discover and try new things.
Let’s get started…


I first mentioned the Mardelian Farm on my Real Housewives of NOVA event blog. I never heard about the brand before since they are a local farm and you don’t find them in your regular beauty websites and stores. Completely new to me and my skincare routine I now had the chance to try it out for several weeks. It gets the job done and my skin is super smooth and soft after each use.
Fun fact: it’s made with goat milk.




I received this candle as a gift and I fell in love with it. If you are a wine lover than you will appreciate it even more. It smells soooo good! They are all handmade in Charleston, SC. Pinot Noir is what I currently have but I am looking forward to try the other once. I appreciate that they burn evenly, just wish they would last longer.



This is a product I know from Germany and it’s been shipped to me by my friend since I moved to the US. I am the type of person that uses super minimal hair products but I can’t go without this leave in conditioner. I love that all I have to do is spray it all over my hair and I have no trouble combing it. So easy and effective while repairing you hair.

4. CLEANSING BALM by Clinique


Take the Day Off cleansing balm is my holy grail for makeup removing. I am absolutely obsessed with it. It dissolves my face and eye makeup without leaving any residue on my skin. It’s non-drying nor greasy. Give it a try if you are looking into purchasing a new remover. It’s worth every penny.



Let’s bring eatables into the mix. My favorite is the multi grain and I enjoy it with smoked salmon, avocado, Philadelphia cream cheese topped with radish, butter and jam… so many options and all delicious. A perfect base for your snack time! It’s also available at Target.

What are some of your favorite products right now? Please share them with us!
You never know what we are looking for next :-)

Till next Friday,
your DC Stylist Marina

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SPRING TREND: SPORTY LUXE POLO Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:31:23 +0000
Spring Trend: Polo Shirt

This week I’m featuring another spring trend–a polo shirt and how to wear it, as part of my series of my fave trends for spring, you can check out my tips on how to wear gingham here and fringe here. Whether slouchy, cropped, or tailored the sporty chic top goes feminine in crochet, lace, silk-georgette, and cotton-piqué fabrications and offers limitless possibilities on how to wear it.

The polo shirt seen on the Spring 2015 runways at Polo Ralph Lauren, ICB, and Tory Burch is a preppy staple, and I was most inspired by the Polo Ralph Lauren runway pairing of the iconic polo with a maxi skirt. I can imagine styling it with a more glitzy and voluminous silhouette, in gold or silver lame, taffeta or tulle, or with cascading  chiffon tiers for an evening out.

Complete the ensemble with statement jewelry and barely there strappy heels. Popping your collar is optional. How will you sport your polo?
Please comment below.
XO Sasha
Wardrobe Stylist, San Francisco and Bay Area

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THE KEY TO RADIANT SKIN – EXFOLIATE! Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:36:31 +0000



Taking care of my skin is something that is extremely important to me.  Being over 40, I am more aware of the wrinkles that are starting to creep up. It’s amazing how things start to hurt, sag, fall apart, etc. after 40. :) Instead of dwelling on the inevitable, I am focused on doing whatever I can to be the best I can be.  When it comes to skincare for myself, exfoliation is the key.  As you get older, cell turnover starts to slow down so do what you can to speed up the process!

Adding exfoliation to your skin care routine helps the natural shedding process of skin and encourages healthier, smoother, more even-toned, and clearer skin. Who doesn’t want that?! Exfoliation also prevents acne, creates smaller pores, aids in wrinkle reduction, and it helps moisturizers actually absorb into the skin. Everyone can benefit from adding this to their skincare routine.

I exfoliate my face every couple of days in the shower and do an exfoliating mask once a week.  Here are the products that I’m loving right now for this.

IMG_6404Laura Mercier’s Flawless Skin Face Polish – This creamy scrub is a cleanser and an exfoliator at the same time.  I love that it contains small micro beads so I don’t feel like I’m scratching my face off.  This product also contains emollients that soften your skin.  I use this product 2 to 3 times a week and I definitely feel that my skin has a smoother texture afterwards.

IMG_6400Murad’s Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask  – This sweet smelling mask helps to dissolve dull, dry skin as well revitalize and balance combination skin.  I tend to have a lot blocked pores in my t-zone area and this mask cleans these areas nicely.  It also contains pomegranate and ginkgo biloba extracts to fight free radicals and inflammation. The fruit enzymes and AHAs in this product can really make you skin tingle (you can really feel it working!)so if you have sensitive skin, try it on a small area first.

Aqua Reveal’s Satin Bright Soft Water Peel – I recently got a Birchbox sample of an exfoliator that worked amazingly well.  It’s a little different because you use it on dry skin.  It has no scrubbing particles and it water-based. I have used it a couple of times and was stunned how much smoother my skin looked after using it on my t-zone problem areas.  I plan on purchasing a full size of it in the near future. Here is Birchbox’s description of this product which can also be used 2 to 3 times a week:

IMG_6403“After dealing with stinging peels, rough scrubs, and all sorts of grating exfoliators, we found that this water-based formula is as refreshing as, well, a cool glass of water for our long-suffering skin. Its innovative formula is made without scrubbing particles, acids, or enzymes, for skin-brightening exfoliation that leaves skin radiantly fresh without irritating it.”

I do get compliments on my skin ever so often and get asked what my regimen is. I tell people what my regular skincare routine is but I always mention that I get a facial every 3 – 6 months.  I highly recommend the HydraFacial. This isn’t your ordinary everyday facial.  You are in and out in about 30 minutes. This treatment promises clearer, more hydrated, younger-looking skin immediately. I have noticed results and so have others.  Click here to learn more about HydraFacial.

What products do you swear by in your skincare routine? I would love hear what’s working for you in the comments.

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FIFTY SHADES OF GREEN Tue, 17 Mar 2015 14:35:31 +0000

Fifty Shades of Green

In the spirt of the St. Patrick’s Holiday, I thought it would be best to write on how to wear 50 shades of green. I don’t have the time in one blog posting to cover 50 in total but I can talk about a few and provide some guidance on how best to style your greens this spring! As I ripped through my closet in search of green items to wear for St. Patrick’s Day, I found that I have no solid green pieces but several green printed pieces. Below is a photo of my favorite green printed pants.


One of the tricks with green is too much green can be a very bad thing. In my opinion, Elizabeth Taylor is one of the few that could wear head-to-toe emerald color and emerald jewelry and look absolutely stunning. When I paired a green tank top with these pants, I looked like a leprechaun in high heels. It is interesting because you can easily pull off head-to-toe white (white lighting) black (black magic) and red (racey red). Just remember, green is lucky but can be tricky.

Lime green is a classic spring shade that you can’t go wrong with and it is best paired with something equally bright and vibrant. If you are going lime green try not to dull the color with browns, greys, or tans. If you need an anchor color, black or white is best paired with lime green. Purple capri pants or a purple cami is highly recommended with lime, for the daring!

If you are feeling olive green this St. Patrick’s Day, you can still certainly get away with olive green as a transitional color from winter to spring. If you are like me and talking about olive green made you think about a martini…  Cheers! Olive green can be paired with those brown, grey, or tan ankle boots you have not parted with yet as we transition into spring.

As I was inspired to add some green to my wardrobe after finding little green in my closet, I set out shopping and did stumble upon some fabulous new green items with shades across the pallet. Here are a few candid shopping photos (White House Black Market)… and yes some of these are now in my closet!

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Mint green, while cool, is going to be a hot color on the town this spring. I caution the fashionista’s filling their wardrobes with mint this spring that too much mint can be a bad thing (unless we are talking about thin mint cookies here…) Mint can be a great anchor piece or accent piece but I am having a hard time agreeing that it is both.

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I tried on the outfit below with mint heels and a mint purse and I looked completely washed out in color and for an Italian that is rather difficult to accomplish. For someone with even fairer skin or hair color, it could be awful. After I ditched the mint heels and went for a stronger solid, such as the black & white heels and black & white tank top it provided me back the deep color contrast that I needed. Hindsight being what it is, I should have photographed the all-mint-outfit to show the difference between the two, but no need to document that look into cyberspace.



Wardrobe Stylist, Urban Darling – Phoenix

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GO BACKLESS! SPRING SHOE TREND Sun, 15 Mar 2015 14:00:51 +0000

In the midst of all that is winter, I can’t help but look forward to Spring! My feet are ready to show some skin! Although the thought of slipping into sandals may come as humorous at the moment, there is nothing wrong with prepping for the warmer months that are on the way! Today I decided to showcase the “backless spring shoe trend” that was seen on the runways of  this years fashion week, and a style that we will definitely see on the streets!




Which Shoe is your favorite? What other Spring Shoe trends do you want to see in 2015 !?? Comment below!

Much Love,

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