TSD Essentials: The Unofficial Uniform

Although it’s Memorial Day Weekend, the weather here is hardly reflective of the beginning of summer. So instead of breaking out my favorite warm weather dresses, I’m wearing what has now become my (off-time) unofficial uniform. With such unpredictable temperatures these last few weeks, I’ve taken to wearing my favorite pair of boyfriend jeans and with a rotating selection of flats (I’ve even thrown on a pair of heels for a quick drink with the girls!). It’s that effortless combination of casual & cool and pairs perfectly with a tweedy motorcycle jacket when the temp drops.

Hope you’re all enjoying the weekend and stay safe! xo

The Unofficial Uniform

1  J.Crew anchor tee

GAP boyfriend jeans

Converse sneakers

2  J.Crew tee

Rag & Bone jeans

Tory Burch loafers

3  GAP tee

Madewell boyfriend jeans

DV by Dolce Vita

Philadelphia Fashion, Philanthropy & Fun with Preakness at the Piazza

This Saturday, May 18th, Philadelphia brings you fashion, philanthropy, and fun with Preakness at the Piazza! Proceeds of Preakness at the Piazza will benefit the MS Society, so don your most smashing chapeau and get your beau into a bowtie to watch the race on their enormous jumbo screen while sipping your favorite cocktail! For being a TSD reader, enter ‘preaknessstyle’ when you purchase your ticket and receive 30% off!

The Piazza in Northern Liberties is bringing all the pomp and circumstance of the fabulous Preakness race to Philadelphia and that includes the fashion! As a style ambassador for this fantastic event, that’s where I come in! Whatever your personal style, these looks are guaranteed to land you in the winner’s circle!

Preakness Style

Darling at the Derby

1  chapeau

2  dress

3  shoes

Posh at Preakness

4  chapeau

5  dress

6  shoes

Stylish at the Stakes

7  chapeau

8  dress

9  shoes

Trendy at the Track

10  fascinator

11  dress

12  shoes

New Portfolio Images of Hair & Makeup

In the last few weeks, I’ve been so busy and I’ve finally had a moment to add a few new images to my portfolio. There will be even more added in coming weeks!

Now & Later: Mint Condition

I’ve always been a fan of the color green but mostly the really deep shades of evergreen, the classic olive, and jewel toned emerald but lately this very special shade of green is speaking to me. This pretty hue is soft yet vibrant and pairs so well with gray right now which is a huge staple of my cooler weather wardrobe. Later, when the temp rises, this color looks fantastic with a tan and mint is perfect with your spring/summer neutrals and white. If you’re feeling especially girly, try going pastel from head to toe!

Now & Later: Mint Condition

1   J. Crew merino boyfriend sweater in Minty Green

2   7 For All Mankind The Skinny’ jean in Midnight Floral

3   GiGi NYC ‘Uber Clutch’ in Mint

4   Vince Camuto ‘Tipper’ bootie

5   J. Crew linen scarf in Soft Mint

6   Diesel ‘Grupee’ skinny jeans

7   GAP colorblock pop sweater in Navy

8   BaubleBar mint twist ring trio

9   C Wonder bow tassel driving moc

10  Forever 21 lace back peplum top

11  C Wonder stretch skinny jeans

12  C Wonder frosted neon bling stud earrings in Bright Aqua

13  Forever 21 platform peep-toe slingbacks

14  BCBG ‘Nellie’ dress*

15  Essie ‘Mint Candy Apple’ nail polish

16  Sam Edelman ‘Alina’ sandals

*I actually couldn’t resist this gorgeous dress and purchased it for my upcoming trip to Key West! Key West: What to Pack post coming soon!

Diesel x The Style Darling: Coachella’s What to Pack

If you’re like me, you get that packing is one of the best parts of a trip! So welcome to my new installment: ‘What to Pack’. I’ve teamed up with Diesel at King of Prussia Mall to host their grand opening this weekend with a chance to win 2 tickets to Coachella plus airfare and access to the Diesel house!

Diesel’s designs are simultaneously edgy and effortless which couldn’t be more well-suited to Coachella’s chic Cali vibe. We’re talking some crazy cool distressed denim, a dress that zips apart into a vest & skirt, and some show-stopping prints! So I’ve pulled together my dream Diesel wardrobe for this three-day mega music festival and a few beauty necessities to ensure that you stay stylish and safe under that warm Cali sun!

(Insider tip: Come enter the contest and see which outfit I chose! I’ll be at Diesel KOP Friday for the kickoff at 4pm, Saturday 4-8pm, and Sunday 12-4pm. And follow along with #DieselKOP!)

DieselxTSD what to pack

Friday:

Diesel ‘Euthasia’ detachable dress

Diesel ‘DM0009’ sunnies

Diesel ‘Divina’ medium bag

Diesel ‘Alma’ wedge espadrille

Saturday:

Diesel ‘Puna’ top

Diesel ‘Euthasia’ detachable dress (vest)

Diesel ‘Grupee’ skinny jean

Diesel ‘We Ally’ wedge sneaker

Sunday:

Diesel ‘Casol’ bomber jacket

Diesel ‘Euthasia’ detachable dress (skirt)

Diesel ‘Carrus’ cap

Diesel ‘Alma’ wedge espadrille

Pool Party:

Diesel ‘Puna’ top

Diesel ‘Janet’ bathing suit

Diesel ‘DM0009’ sunnies

etc.:

Bobble filtered water bottle

Tarte ‘Natural Beauty’ cheek stain

Diesel ‘Loverdose’ perfume

Philosophy ‘Hope in a Jar SPF’ face lotion

Essie ‘Butler Please’ nail polish

Maybelline Baby Lips SPF lip balm

Benefit ‘They’re Real’ mascara

This post is sponsored by Diesel.

A Little Bit of Leather

I definitely have a fashion comfort zone. In the winter, it consists of soft, fuzzy sweaters which can easily become boring. So to infuse my wardrobe with a little edge, I’ve been adding pieces with leather accents. The bit of leather adds unexpected toughness and if you’re wary about being able to pull off leather pants or a leather skirt, you can rock the trend without feeling like you need to own a Harley.

1  Guess double breasted wool blend coat $148
2  Jimmy Choo metal aviator with leather detail $265
3 TopShop faux leather bodycon dress $100
4  Zara peplum skirt with faux leather $89.90
5  Rebecca Taylor leather sleeve tee $350
6  Aqua faux leather tuxedo ponte leggings $54.60
7  Forever 21 faux leather trim lace dress $24.80
8  rag & bone ‘Grand Prix’ motocross panelled leggings $253
9  Zara mini skirt with leather frill $89.90
10  Forever 21 contrast utility jacket $37.80
11 Zara shirt with faux leather details $29.90

Holiday Gift Guide: Under $100

The Style Darling Holiday Gift Guide $100
1  ZARA turtleneck knitted sweater $79.90
2  Longchamp ‘Veau Foulonné’ cosmetic bag $78
3  BCBG reusable mug with studded trim $68
4  Henri Bendel ‘It Girl’ ipad sleeve $88
5  ZARA jeweled box clutch $89.90
6  Salvatore Ferragamo ‘Signorina’ $98
7  Giesswein ‘Traun’ slipper $94
8  Tory Burch fox stud double wrap bracelet $125 (over-budget but I just adore it! The TB stud bracelet is $95)