The New Urban Darling The internet's most trusted network of personal, professional, wardrobe stylists Wed, 01 Apr 2015 11:52:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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.

Mint 2


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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BUILD YOUR OUTFIT Fri, 13 Mar 2015 16:09:18 +0000

What any stylist will tell you is that finishing touches make an outfit! It depends on how you wear your basic wardrobe staples that will show the world your personal style! Of course a lot of people have the same pieces of clothing and accessories and chances are you ran into a person wearing the same dress as you are. But have your ever seen someone wear the same outfit as you from head to toe? Probably not! We are all individuals with likes and dislikes, we agree and disagree on certain things… Feelings, personalities and lifestyles are just some of the factors that reflect what you see in our closets.
One important rule is to only wear what make you feel great!

Since fashion is a lot of fun, I would like to play BUILD-YOUR-OUTFIT with the Urban Darling community.
Let’s discover your personal style!
Choose pieces that speak most to you from each category and reveal your outfit in the comments below.
You can incorporate this step-by-step system to your everyday life.


This part most likely takes the longest time. Standing in front of the collection and giving it a stare.
Just pick up a piece that you feel like wearing today and everything else will come easy.
To proof a point we will all start with the same dress:


Topshop geo bodycon dress


Classic or edgy, feminine or boho… you decide what you want to express.
A dress can go from weekend to work just by changing your layer.


Shoes can make or break an outfit so choose wisely.
Look at a full size mirror before you walk out the door.


Statement or delicate, minimal or layered on, trendy or classic…
Accessories are the cherry on top. It takes a look from great to wow!



Till next Friday,
your DC Darling Marina

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SPRING TREND: THE ’70S, HOW TO WEAR FRINGE Thu, 12 Mar 2015 16:58:11 +0000
Spring Trend: The '70s, How to Wear Fringe

Last week I featured one of spring 2015’s biggest trends and how to wear it–gingham, one of my fave five trends for spring that I covered in January. For this post, I’m in more familiar territory, the ’70s.  This is one fashion decade, along with the ’60s, that I come back to time and again for personal inspiration. The ’70s where a huge trend for spring,  and one of the more sexy looks to emerge is fringe. While it can be intimidating and seem like an overpowering statement, the beauty of of this trend is that you can commit full on or just dip your toe in the water.

To keep the look sophisticated and chic choose one item that features fringe. Rock a fringe moto jacket in the always edgy black or opt for more groovy version in caramel suede to showcase the trend. For a more subtle reference, choose statement accessories like a bag, jewelry, or shoes. Pair with minimalist pieces, a half-tucked tee in white or breton stripes, to highlight the trend. For mile long legs step out in pointy-toe pumps (I especially like lace-up versions for spring) that offer classic appeal, keep the hem long enough for a couple of inches of toe to peek out.

How will you flaunt your fringe this spring? Please comment below.
XO Sasha

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YOUR NEXT STAPLE – THE CLASSIC TRENCH COAT Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:23:02 +0000

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Ralph Lauren Lauren trench coat here, J. Crew Elsie suede pumps here, Moschino faux leather black tote here

Wardrobe staples are so important in your wardrobe because they are timeless and give polish to any look you put together.  The trench coat is a staple that I recommend to many clients because it can be worn almost any season.  For this upcoming season, there are many variations of the trench coat.  I prefer the one pictured above because it’s on the traditional side.  I love that you can wear it with jeans for a more casual feel or can throw it over a dress for a more formal occasion.  You can even wear it by itself as a dress. (Just make sure it’s not too short!) With the trench coat above, I just added a classic pair of pumps (which are a perfect shade for spring) and a luxurious black tote.  You really can wear almost anything with a wardrobe staple like this.  Here are some variations on the trench coat for this spring in many different price points.  What’s your favorite?


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IN A FLICK OF THE WRIST Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:33:09 +0000

mezon skirt


(Ewa I Wall Wrist Wraps in photograph)

In a Flick of the Wrist

There are many days where I feel like I need Superhero powers to get me through the day. While I have not been able to fully channel Wonder Woman or She-Ra for their Superhero power, strength, or the ability to deflect bullets or the impact of oncoming attacks with their wrist cuffs, I have certainly adopted the fashion style that provides me with the look that I can! And the power of positive thinking can be amazingly powerful! We can have profound fashion power in a Flick of the Wrist.

Robin Kaplan Wristwraps

(Robin Kaplan Wrist Wraps in photograph)

The fashion style of the wrist cuff can be dated back to the fashion of Cleopatra in Egypt, which represented strength and power. The Egyptians would decorate cuffs with stones or inscribed hieroglyphs. Wrist cuffs have continued through fashion history for many other women of iconic style, such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who was photographed numerous times for her wrist cuff fashion. Her gold wrist cuff was later sold by Sotheby’s for a mere $299,000. If you are looking for a wrist cuff that is full of power at less of a price tag than $299,000, I do have tips for you on how best to wear wrist cuffs and a few recommendations of cuffs that are on my wish list this spring!

Ideal Width: If you have long arms you can certainly wear a long and wide cuff. For shorter or more petite arms, a more narrow or thin cuff will flatter your wrist. Power will still be equal, I promise!

Flexibility: While some wrist cuffs are hammered metal, which is fashionably amazing, they can be difficult to mold to your wrist and even more difficult to put on and remove. If you are not fighting public evil all day, but instead typing at your computer, a hard metal cuff can become uncomfortable over a long period of time. It is best to find a metal that is flexible or go with a textile such as leather or lace.

No sharp edges: If you are out shopping, do try on the cuff and wear it around the shop a bit prior to purchase and if you are shopping online, do try to take the shape into consideration. I learned this lesson the hard way once when I purchased a cuff with sharp edges that would catch on the eyelets of my lace dress. The wrist cuff should destroy obstacles in your way, not destroy your outfit!

Double the power: It is fashionable and highly recommended to double up on your wrist cuffs! Don’t be afraid to purchase two of the same and wear one on each wrist. One is perfectly acceptable but why not double the style!

So join in with the powerful women of history and wear some wrist cuff or wrist wrap fashion. I have provided a few items of inspiration below that are on my shopping wish list! I hope you find adorning your outfit with one of these fabulous pieces inspiring!

Vince Camuto Cuff

Vince Camuto Cuff

Frye Stud Cuff

Frye Stud Cuff

Yellow Metal Bar Cuff

Yellow Metal Bar Cuff

Frye Ring Cuff

Frye Ring Cuff


Wardrobe Stylist, Urban Darling – Phoenix

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TREND ALERT: TRUE BLUE Mon, 09 Mar 2015 16:44:26 +0000
Trend Alert: True Blue


Spring is always full of color.  And each spring a new color seems to be the “it” color of the season.  Remember a few years back when mint was everywhere??  It was like the thing. And last year the fall/winter blush trend carried over into spring with lots of pinky nudes popping up all over the place.  Those colors are still fab, but right now blue is having a major moment.  It’s such a beautiful, fresh color for spring and it feels very breezy and warm. Chambray is one popular iteration, as it’s a lovely, lightweight way to wear denim in the spring and summer.  Try a classic chambray button up, or otherwise opt for a shirtdress or romper (as pictured).  There are really so many ways to wear this color in different shades and fabrics; or simply try an accessory to accent your look.  You might even want to experiment with an all-over blue monochrome look.  It’s an easier color to work with when mixing different shades.  Check out some of my top picks below, and have fun shopping this fabulous spring color trend!


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MUST-PACK FASHIONS FOR TRAVEL Sun, 08 Mar 2015 15:00:06 +0000

Welcome March! Spring is right around the corner, and Spring Break even closer!!! With Spring season creeping in, the first things that come to mind are pastels, bathing suites, swimming pools, and margaritas with little umbrellas!! I guess you can say I am ready for a vacation.

Whether it be a trip to the next city down, or out of state…there is always one question on my mind… WHAT DO I PACK? I have experienced over packing many many times. I love the feeling of giving myself options, but hate the feeling of dragging my entire closet in several travel bags!

One piece of advice is, only pack items that you are really going to wear. Duh right? Yet we still over pack time and time again. How do we accomplish this? Set time aside to really pick and choose your outfits to avoid over packing. More easier said than done. To ease the stress and help you pack for your next vacation, I have put together your must-pack travel items  below. I hope this makes your pre-packing a bit more stress-free!


Wardrobe Staples

These are your clothing items you should include EVERY SINGLE TIME.


One Dress Shirt



Pick a dress shirt that you can DRESS UP or DRESS DOWN and with a bold color such as cosmic teal. This cross-back top pairs great with jeans; skinny jeans, high waisted, or the new trend…flare. Dress it up with sandal heels, or go for a more casual look such as print flats.

One Pant or Jean

Urban Outfitters Jean

Pick your best pair of jeans! This can be white, khaki, black, or blue jean but just pick ONE! Reason is because jeans can take up so much room in luggage if you pack multiple. I love high waisted skinny jeans mostly because they give you the option to tuck in your shirt which completely changes your look. Versus jeans that sit low around the waist which can cause unflattering muffin tops. I prefer dark or medium-dark jeans in comparison to the light jeans because of the crisp and clean look they give off such as the Urban Outfitters High Rise Jean. However, pick YOUR favorite jean and make sure they will fit well and are appropriate with your setting.

One Short


Again, just ONE! Unless you are bringing a running short for the hotel gym then that’s an exception. I usually stick with blue jean shorts such as the mid-rise cuffed jean because it’s easy to pair with a variety of tops. However, if you dare to be adventurous, I would suggest bringing a print short; stripes, animal print, polka-dots, tribal, etc. When you are working with prints, this is when it’s MOST ideal to arrange your outfit before your trip because prints don’t necessarily go with everything. You need to mix and match until you find the top that matches the print short perfectly.

The Sundress


Sundress are the most comfortable item you can take on any vacation and still look very stylish! You can dress up this  Tile Print Strappy Sundress by accessorizing; long necklaces, ring, bracelets, stud earrings, and a cute handbag. One or two sundresses can definitely fit easily in your luggage without taking much room so GO FOR IT!



You might be able to get away with a few pairs of these. Try to aim for 2-3 pairs TOPS! Be sure they vary in style.


When it comes to sandals, now is not the time to break-in new ones. Pack comfy sandals because you are bound to do a lot of walking. I would recommend sticking to a solid color such as Top Shop- Hip Jelly Sandals in Black because they will match with everything. The key here is finding sandals that are comfy but yet will add style to your outfit. I know jelly sandals are not for everyone, therefore….

Try the alternative.


These strappy sandals are a little less bold, but still are cute and trendy.


urbanoutfitters boho

What I love about these Jeffrey Campbell Kelsey Boho Oxford flat is, not only are they different but they are in between sandals and flats. They satisfy my desire to take more than one sandal or more than one flat! It’s like a 2-in-1 shoe! Plus they are a neutral color AND comfy. If this boho style is not for you..

Try the alternative.

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Metallic Gold is such a great color! It’s the neutral or “nude” color in the metallic family followed by copper/bronze. I would definitely recommend you trying a metallic such as the Steve Madden-Elusion Leather D’Orsay Flat this Spring and you’d be amazed how many outfits this flat will go with!



My favorite accessory to take with me while I’m traveling is a cross-body bag. They store everything you need for the short while you are away, and are lightweight. Pack a cross body bag such as The Waverly Petite Fresh Orange/Natural Linen for your next vacation or getaway!

One Set of Jewelry

One Set = Necklace, Rings, Bracelets, Earrings (at most 2 pairs of each)

Stelladot Necklace

This necklace is perfect for travel! There are 5 different ways to wear this necklace. Check out the Sutton Necklace with all it’s versatility!

Drop Earrings


For checking out gift shops, or catching the complimentary breakfast bar at the hotel, these Cushion Drop Earrings are a must have to your travel essentials. Less is more.


It’s always good to have chandelier earrings as part of your jewelry inventory. I’m used to wearing “big” earrings similar to these chandelier earrings which are not too big, heavy, and are definitely an eye-catcher! Definitely throw these in your travel bag….NOW!!!



Bracelets that give the illusion of multiple bracelets are ideal to take on a vacation! Spiral Bangle (kind of like a slinky) are flirty and fun! Also try the Luna Wrap Bracelet or the Grace Cuff !



To take rings on vacation is optional, but you always want to remember to “dress your hands”.  I like this Rebal Ring in particular because you can wear a simple layered gold necklace and allow this ring to be your statement ring. It works in a variety of settings; casual, romantic, work, or cocktail fun!


If you decide to include a gold ring into your travel bag, you got to include a silver ring! Try one with a black stone or just pack a delicate silver ring.

What fashion items will you include in your travel bag? What will you take with you?

Comment Below!

With Love,

P.S. Don’t forget to pack a sweater and a swim-suit!

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TAUDREY JEWELRY REVIEW & DISCOUNT CODE Fri, 06 Mar 2015 13:00:02 +0000

You know you love a product if you can’t wait to tell everyone about it.
I was so excited when my package arrived last week. There is just something about it when you are waiting for the mailman. You know what it is but it’s like opening a present anyway.


I have been looking for a bar necklace for a while now and finally found my match once Urban Darling got approached by TAudrey. I decided to go with the Roman numerals one because I could personalize it with dates that are special to me. My birth year as a thank you to my mom and dad. My wedding year that turned my life in a different direction and brought me to the year of my daughters birth, the greatest gift ever. The proportion of the bar is just perfect. It’s a wider plate with a very delicate chain that is adjustable in size which I really appreciate. It gives me the opportunity to have a perfect fit for any neckline.



I love the fact that TAudrey’s jewelry is handmade by Tiffany Dominguez, a local entrepreneur in Miami, Florida. Most of the jewelry is gold filled and not plated which is awesome. You get quality pieces that are stronger and last longer without spending a fortune. All the pieces are great by themselves but also work fantastically when layered together. Necklaces, rings, bracelets…I am sure you will find something you love and wear it all the time (like I do). Everything has a timeless and classic design while being modern at the same time. TAudrey is all about enhancing a woman and not distracting from her beauty.



All right guys, I am sure you can’t wait to check out the goodies but before you do you should know that TAudrey is offering a 10% discount to all Urban Darling followers. How cool is that?!
All you have to do is enter urbandarling10 at checkout ;-)
Also, follow them on Instagram @taudreyjewelry21 to see the latest styles and inspirations!

Till next Friday,
your DC Darling Marina

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SPRING TREND: HOW TO WEAR GINGHAM Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:00:23 +0000

In January, I wrote about the spring trends dominating the runways and picked my faves– the 70s, culottes, polo shirts, military, and gingham. Each week I will show you how to style these five runway trends.  Now that spring is here it’s time to rock the looks in IRL!

I’m going to start with the ladylike and prim gingham, seen at AltuzarraProenza Schouler and Oscar de la Renta in decidedly sultry and polished interpretations, and how to style it.

Spring 2015 Trend: Retro Gingham


Go retro and channel a ’50s starlet in a gingham midi skirt. To make a statement, choose a bold version of the pattern that creates an optical effect. Balance out the volume and the sweet factor with a sexy bustier. Opt for strappy platforms in black or metallic. Cat-eye sunglasses optional. Voulez-vous danser avec moi?
Will you try out this graphic print trend? Please comment below.
XO Sasha

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MATCHY MATCHY WITH CAMEL Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:37:13 +0000






Photos by Melissa Leigh Hansen Photography

Tracey Reese belted turtleneck sweater similar here, Bella Luxe maxi skirt similar here, Chloe knee high boots similar (splurge) here and (steal) here, snakeskin clutch similar here, Jewel Mint cuff similar here

For so long, I have tried to persuade my clients to get out of the old mindset of matching everything in an outfit.  Well I’m here to tell you that matching pieces are making a comeback.  Monochromatic dressing was a big thing on the runways for this season and for the upcoming fall season.  My black skirt breaks up the head-to-toe look that is all the rage now but I’m taking baby steps. If you aren’t sure of sporting a monochromatic look, doing it in a less bold color palette like I’m wearing is a step in the right direction. I can never get enough camel because it can be worn in any season and look appropriate. Here are some examples of monochromatic dressing during New York Fashion Week.  Will you try this trend?


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IN THE MIX Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:06:09 +0000

In The Mix…

There are some days where you feel very put together in the style that you pull out of your closet. There are certainly other days where getting dressed may happen a bit more haphazardly. However coloring outside the lines, thinking outside of the box, etc. can lead us to putting together a great outfit.

A frequent question that I receive is what is socially acceptable regarding mixing patterns and prints. I say mix it up! Here is an example of a blouse and skirt that were on opposite sides of my closet that I paired together one morning when I was feeling in the mix. What is socially acceptable anyway? If you enjoy it and feel confident in your style, then you have style… your own style. Here are some tips as well on how to best mix your patterns and prints:

Ewa Plaid Top


When mixing plaids or prints you do not want to “match” exactly. The key is to have similar lines or colors but varied slightly as this draws the eye to different aspects of the outfit. It is best to focus on trying to match the colors versus matching the print. Don’t be predictable but don’t be too extravagant.

Try varied sizes. When duplicating patterns or plaids, it is best to have a more fitted blouse OR skirt to balance out the difference in pieces.

Do try to keep the size of the pattern, stripes, or plaids close to the same. For example, if the stripes are thick try to keep that same balance in the other stripes you choose. Mixing horizontal and vertical patterns will provide a distinctive look as well.

Mixing your patterns or plaids does not always have to be an “anchor” piece, such as pants, a skirt, or a jacket. It can be simple such as an accessory, such as a scarf or shawl to add another element to your design.

If your plaid-on-print or mixed pattern outfit is feeling overwhelming to you at first, try layering in a solid blouse to tone down the style and make your personal look a bit more comfortable for you.

Here are some other examples for your In The Mix Inspiration…

Mixed Ewa

Ewa i Walla Mixed Plaid Skirt

Mixed plaid combo

Badgley Mischka Plaid Combo Flare Dress

mixed plaid animal

Nine West Animal Plaid Dress


Wardrobe Stylist, Urban Darling- Phoenix


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POPULAR WINTER SCARVES Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:21:54 +0000

Howdy! There are still parts of the U.S. that are dealing with winter, and North Texas is one of them! Just this week alone, we braved iced roads, slushy pavements, and most recently SNOW! Snow in Dallas? Absolutely! One of my favorite go-to pieces during the cold weather are my reliable scarves! I can do without ear muffs and a beanie as long as my neck is covered! I have all sorts of scarves; prints, neutrals, wool, knits, cashmere, silk, plaid, etc. Today I want to share with you how I styled my favorite infinity scarf along with my recommended and most popular scarves you should definitely add to your winter wardrobe for next year (or NOW for those still enduring the cold).  Brrrrr…….Enjoy!












 Shop my look & my recommended pieces of the Scarf family below!

Stay Warm!

With love,


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WINTER TO SPRING WITH FLORALS Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:14:59 +0000

I don’t know about you but I am soooo ready for Winter to be over!! This time of year is tricky with its cool mornings and evenings and warmer days so mixing and matching and layering is essential.  If you follow me or are a client you know that I don’t believe in having a “winter wardrobe” as in “I need to get my spring wardrobe out and pack up my winter.”  Your wardrobe should be for the most part interchangeable throughout the year.

To help beat those winter blues add some floral pieces and fun accessories to your wardrobe! Florals not only put a pep in your step but also add a feminine touch to any outfit.  Also try this trick, instead of buying new items, roll your favorite jeans into the perfect cuffed capri!

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JUMPSUIT: SUMMER CASUAL TO WINTER CHIC Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:30:34 +0000

How to style a summer jumpsuit for winter
Your lightweight and fun summer clothes don’t have to be outcast during the colder months. I think we all strive to extend our wardrobes to their sartorial limits. And one my fave styling tricks to transition summer and spring clothes into winter is by layering a sweater under a sleeveless dress, but why not extend that to a strapless jumpsuit?
I picked out this tribal print inspired piece from Style Lend, a San Francisco based company touted as “the airbnb for your closet”. They specialize in designer dresses and allow members to monetize there closets by renting and lending clothes. Since I met the founder and CEO, Lona Duncan, a year ago, it has been exciting to watch them open an outpost in NYC and their  inventory grow to over 800 dresses in the SF showroom.

A casual, chevron print one-piece is weather proofed with a ribbed T-neck and upgraded with a wool boyfriend blazer and sophisticated cuffed heels. Layered chunky necklaces add a a playful, boho vibe.

What are you best styling tricks for transitioning summer pieces into fall/winter? Please share in the comments.
XO Sasha

How to style a summer jumpsuit for winter
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Stylist: Sasha Maksutenko
Location: South Park , San Francisco
Vibe: Layered jumpsuit

Jumpsuit, ASTR via Style Lend, here (similar here) / Turtleneck, Three Dots (similar here) / Blazer, Vintage Kenzo, (similar here and here) / Clutch, Rebecca Minkoff  (similar here ) / Shoes, Sam Edelman here, (similar here) / Gold tone link necklace, Sasha Maks Vintage, here (similar here) / Pendant necklace, contact necklace, (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.

Photography by Style Lend

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WARM GETAWAY – SPRING BREAK 2015 Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:44:31 +0000

Surfing in Costa Rica last year

The weather here in Chicago has been unbearably cold this month. They don’t call it Chiberia for nothing. Last year I was in Costa Rica for my honeymoon and I so badly want to be there right now! I would love all of these pieces to take along with me if were jetting off to somewhere warm like many people do this time of year.

I love how all these pieces are effortless. The romper, caftan, and lounge pants are perfect to throw over this black/white graphic bikini when you are done at the beach or pool. For a change of pace from the bikini, this gorgeous floral one-piece will really turn heads. Don’t forget to protect yourself from that hot sun with this straw fedora and aviator sunglasses.  The straw tote will be perfect to carry all your essentials when you are out and about exploring.  And lastly, these wedges by TOMS will go with everything in your travel wardrobe.  (I had a client buy these for her honeymoon and she couldn’t get over how comfortable they are.  These wedges are definitely in my future!) Do you have any plans for a spring break somewhere warm and can I come with you?

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LUNAR NEW YEAR FASHION Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:41:42 +0000

Celebrate the Lunar New Year in Red & Gold Fashion

Zodiac is an interest of mine when I am not obsessing over fashion. The term zodiac is related to the region of the celestial spheres encompassing the paths of the planet. I am not one that lives each day by their horoscope but I do heed notice when Mercury is in Retrograde, enjoy learning about the background of my birth sign, and find it fascinating to see various traits in others, as it relates to their specific zodiac sign. This week I am able to blend both my love for fashion and my interest with zodiac, as we celebrate the Lunar New Year, also often referred to as the Chinese New Year. The official date of the Lunar New Year fell on February 19, 2015 and is celebrated through February 24, 2015. And when one is celebrating the Lunar New Year, the fashion attire is to be Red & Gold!

2015 is the year of the Sheep (the Blue Sheep to be exact) as the 12 animals associated with the zodiac are used to define different years. People born in the year of the Sheep are thought to be calm, gentle, creative, and kindhearted. The past years of the Sheep were: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, and now 2015. I will tell you that I am a Sheep, but I will let you guess which year that corresponds to…

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The celebration of the Lunar New Year is a reflection of the misfortunes and mistakes that one made in the past year, not to focus on the negative, but to learn from those mistakes and leave them behind as you move forward into a new year. It is more of a spiritual cleansing. Now, back to the fashion info! Speaking of backs… it is always nice to find a fun dress with an open back for added detail!

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So, why Red & Gold? Red is the Chinese national color and represents happiness, beauty, and success. Gold symbolizes royalty, the power of the throne, and good fortune. If you are out shopping this week, pick up some Red & Gold fashion in celebration of the Lunar New Year!

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My outfit consists of the Red & Gold Jasper Midi Dress (Free People) Black & Gold Peep Toe Booties (Vince Camuto) Gold Bracelet (Christy Fisher) Below are some ideas to get you started…

 RS Red & Gold Dress

Red & Gold Pattern Dress

Tory Burch Red & Gold Earrings

Tory Burch Earrings Red/ Shiny Gold

*Matching bracelet available

Red & Gold Heels

Red & Gold Heels


Urban Darling Wardrobe Stylist- Phoenix

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TREND ALERT: HOW TO WEAR FLARE JEANS Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:04:40 +0000
Flare Jeans From Day To Night


The 70’s are trending this spring and flare jeans are back in style, even if only for a brief moment.  Growing up a child of the 90’s, I’m no stranger to big, flowy jeans.  I have ALWAYS loved flare and wide leg styles, and will wear them whether they’re trending or not.  I own far more flares and bell bottoms than I do skinny jeans if you can believe it.  The great thing about flares, is they balance out your body if you have wider hips or a bigger booty.  They enhance and flatter your curves at the very same time.  Contrary to popular belief, they’re also leg lengthening.  The key with flares is where the hem falls – ideally just skimming (but not quite touching) the ground.  This creates the illusion of a longer leg, versus skinny jeans, which stop at the ankle.  If you’re going to wear flares, definitely make sure they’re long enough!  On the other hand, be sure to hem them to the perfect length if they’re too long.  For someone like me, who’s super short, I hem my flares to wear with wedges, not flats, which is how they look best anyway.  The addition of a wedge with floor grazing denim makes my legs look wayyyy longer than they are.  You should really only wear flares with flats if you’re unusually (super model) tall.  Here I’ve styled the iconic J. Brand “Love Story” flare for springtime, keeping in mind the 70’s influence, and showing you how to wear it for day or night.

4425_storm_l_zThe J. Brand Love Story Flare   

Sooooo what do you think??  I know people either love them or hate them.  I’m obviously a lover, but what about you…will you be wearing flares this spring?  Xo

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RED CARPET READY GOWNS Sun, 22 Feb 2015 16:00:01 +0000

It’s Oscar Sunday !!! I’m excited to see what will happen this year at the Oscar’s. It’s thrilling to see different actors hit the red carpet displaying their unique personality through their gown or tux.  Every year I anticipate, not only the performances and Oscar winners, but mainly who will be wearing what! Since I (and probably the rest of the world) are avid Oscar viewers, below are some Red Carpet Ready gowns similar in color, style, and texture to what we saw at The Oscar’s last year!


All these gowns are lovely, and only at a fraction of the cost!!!

What color, style, and designer would you want to wear to a Red Carpet event? 

I hope this puts you in the RED CARPET MOOD!

With Love,

P.S. Tune In!
The Oscar’s 2015
February 22, 2015 on ABC 
4pm PT/6pm CT/7pm ET

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