Society Stylist’s “Little Black Dress Experiment” Tours America

Posted on | July 23, 2010

31 Bloggers, One Little Black Dress….how will they style it??? And how you will you style yours???

Nearly a year ago I embarked on a crazy journey that came to be known as “The Little Black Dress Experiment.” For 31 days I wore the same dress, styling it differently each day; blogging about how I styled it and the pieces I used. The purpose was to illustrate how you can style the accessories you already own in an endless combinations of ways to expand your wardrobe, using the staple pieces in your wardrobe— such as the timeless Little Black Dress— as the canvas for the unique looks you create each day. Read more

The Dress Diaries…31 Days in my LBD

Posted on | October 11, 2009

The daily blogs from The Little Black Dress Experiment- as seen on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, The WB and online at Yahoo, AOL and The Today Show- have been compiled here. To view The Dress Diaries gallery and check out all 31 looks from The Little Black Dress Experiment, click HERE.

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After Good Morning Texas interview on Day 20!!!

The Little Black Dress Experiment: DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 DAY 4 DAY 5 DAY 6 DAY 7 DAY 8 DAY 9 DAY 10 DAY 11 DAY 12 DAY 13 DAY 14 DAY 15 DAY 16 DAY 17 DAY 18 DAY 19 DAY 20 DAY 21 DAY 22 DAY 23 DAY 24 DAY 25 DAY 26 DAY 27 DAY 28 DAY 29 DAY 30 DAY 31

Day 31: In My Little Black Dress

Posted on | August 31, 2009

 

 

“THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS EXPERIMENT” WRAP UP!!!!

Wow! 31 days in my Little Black Dress. I can’t believe it all went by so fast. The week I started I thought back to 31 days prior and thought it seemed like a long time but I have to say this past 31 days just flew by. I am so glad I jumped headfirst into this crazy ordeal because hour by hour I am hearing more stories of people who have been touched or inspired by the story and that tells me that I was able to reach my target audience, you.

Stylists are often thought of as someone only a celebrity could access and someone who would spend all your money on extravagant clothes. By all means I have no problems working with celebrity clients or spending lots of money (does anyone?) but my goal with this project was to bring the ideas of a stylist to the modern everyday consumer. I certainly don’t expect everyone to love or imitate my personal style and I tried to incorporate many styles into the experiment that were not necessarily my own. What I do hope though is that each person who has followed The Dress Diaries has taken away something from the experiment that they can apply to their day, their life, their style.

We are compiling the experiences of the last month into a book soon to be released, titled The Dress Diaries. We have received so many messages, posts, thoughts and comments (both good and bad) and we love to hear your feedback. If you have a story you would like to share please post your comments on the blog or submit your story or your thoughts to TheDressDiaries@SocietyStylist.com.

I hope you will continue reading my daily blog for our September series on Fall trends and live coverage from New York Fashion Week.

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LOOK OF THE DAY

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What is The Little Black Dress Experiment all about? Read the introduction here.

 

TIP OF THE DAY

Don’t be afraid to mix black and brown or even (GASP!!!) black and navy. The colors are both neutrals and work well together as a backdrop for other colors.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: What unusual color combinations are you drawn to?

LOCATION OF THE DAY: Elli Grace at the “Take Off The Dress” Event…standing next to the outfit voted “Look of the Day,” Day 29

 

ABOUT THE OUTFIT

THE DRESS: “The Valerie Shift” designed by Elli Grace. Black cowl neck, sleeveless, knit dress.

WHERE TO BUY:  Available online, beginning August 7, at www.elligrace.com

PRICE: $150

WATCH: MICHELE

MODEL: Deco Glamour

WHERE TO BUY: Available at MICHELE retailers include Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Michele.com.

PRICE: $3,295 Deco Glamour Diamond with Stainless Diamond Bracelet

ABOUT THE PIECE: The Deco style is one of the top seller’s for MICHELE. The Deco Glamour just seems like a perfect match for me, right? Bringing together two of my favorites MICHELE & Glamour. This month I’ll be pairing this watch head with a variety of straps from my strap wardrobe to showcase how changing the strap on your watch can change not just the look of the watch but often the look of the outfit as well.

SHIRT: Manuel

ABOUT THE PIECE: I bought this at a Manuel liquidation sale hosted by Fringe Fashion Group. It was a sample size so I paid $5. I am sure each jeweled button cost more than that.

BELT: A.N.A.

ABOUT THE PIECE: I stole (read: borrowed, possibly permanently) this…from my mom’s closet. Luckily the price tag was just right. She purchased at JC Penney for just $11.99. A great deal for this neutral, versatile piece.

HANDBAG: Michele Inez 

ABOUT THE PIECE: My bag is obviously the black version but it available at Michele.com in a beautiful pearl version. Retail is $595 but if you can find any more in the black at Nordstrom it was marked down 50% off. This is the bag featured in The Dress Diaries sketch. 

NECKLACE: Target

ABOUT THE PIECE: I paid $12.98 for this piece a few weeks ago. Is was 75% off in the jewelry case and I absolutely love the color combination/contrast this off-turquoise color makes with the gold.

SHOES: Miu Miu Strappy Sabbia Sandals

ABOUT THE PIECE: I picked these shoes up at Nordstrom South Coast Plaza as a day before my birthday gift. Funny story…after trying on quite a few pairs of shoes and selecting these for their style comfort and versatility I was flabbergasted when after fifteen minutes the salesman told me he couldn’t find the other shoe, there were no more in the country and couldn’t I just find another shoe. Solution? A salesgirl. LOL. One thing I have found when shopping, you must find salespeople as motivated as you. The salesman couldn’t see why I wouldn’t just pick something else while the girl realized (as of course you will as well) that once a woman has selected a shoe, its time to find the shoe. So what happened? The girl went in the back and reappeared not two minutes later with my shoes. This is the second time I have worn them and though I don’t recommend them for long walks in the woods or a day in retail they are comfortable and certainly a great neutral footwear solution. Celebrity sighting? Lauren Conrad has these shoes. I purchase the shoes for approximately 60% off retail at $236.90, MSRP $595.

 

ABOUT THE DAY

I woke up with mixed feelings. Excited about completing the 31 days but sad to have completed. I couldn’t stir on this for long though because the day was a whirlwind preparing for the evening’s festivities. By 4PM I was on the road to Elli Grace and when I arrived right at the stroke of 5PM the camera crews for FOX4, NBC5, CW33 CH9, CBS11, CBS21 were already onsite waiting for me. What a great welcoming committee.  

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Got to mix and mingle with some of my closest friends and we held the drawing for the winner of the Little Black Dress Experiment grand prize, a “Valerie Shift” from Elli Grace, a Michele watch and a collection of bags from GigiHill. Congratulations to the winner, Karen S. or Arkansas.

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Wrapped up the event with the “Take Off The Dress” wardrobe change and guests went home with great goody bags compliments of Michele and Society Stylist.

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Day 30: In My Little Black Dress

Posted on | August 30, 2009

Welcome to all the new Society Stylist fans and followers!!!

I am so flattered that so many of you have come to visit my website and I hope you will be sure to check back daily. For live micro-blog updates follow us on Twitter www.Twitter.com/societystylist and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook/societystylist. Starting tomorrow, September 1, I’ll be blogging daily on “30 looks for Fall.”

Also, I was recently approved for press and industry accreditation by IMG for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and as a contributor for “Inside the Tents,” so I will be reporting live from New York Fashion Week.  

 

LOOK OF THE DAY

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What is “The Little Black Dress Experiment” all about? Read the introduction here.

 

TIP OF THE DAY

When I started this experiment I admittedly knew it was a little bit crazy but I thought it would be a good growing experience for me and a great way to share style tips with others. With just one day left in the Little Black Dress Experiment I have been asked quite a few questions throughout the experiment but most recently the number one question I’ve been asked is “Are you ready to be done?” I have to say I have mixed feelings. It is kind of like graduating from high school or college, you are excited to try new things but don’t want to let go of your friends and memories. In like manner I am so excited about what is to come, with just four days until I leave for New York, yet I have gotten into a routine with my LBD and my daily write-up that I think I will miss. I even find myself looking at things in my closet saying “Oooh, I didn’t ever wear that.” That being said I will transition this experience into the next stage in my life and continue writing daily about what I am wearing and the fashion trend or tip of the day. I will also remember this experience and use the things I have learned from it to extend the wardrobe I have as well as when I buy future pieces. My tip for today is don’t hold yourself back from a good idea just because others say it’s impossible or crazy or wonder why you would do something or doubt you can do it. A little bit of crazy is good for everyone and your little bit of crazy might be the best thing that ever happened to you.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: What was your favorite “Look of the day?” Vote here.

LOCATION OF THE DAY: The Harbor at Lake Ray Hubbard. A hidden gem twenty miles east of downtown.

 

ABOUT THE OUTFIT

THE DRESS: “The Valerie Shift” designed by Elli Grace. Black cowl neck, sleeveless, knit dress.

WHERE TO BUY: Available online, beginning August 10, at www.elligrace.com

PRICE: $150

WATCH: MICHELE

MODEL: Deco Glamour

WHERE TO BUY: Available at MICHELE retailers include Neiman MarcusNordstrom and Michele.com.

PRICE: $3295 Deco Glamour Diamond, $100 Leopard Glitter Patent Leather Strap

ABOUT THE PIECE: The Deco style is one of the top seller’s for MICHELE. The Deco Glamour just seems like a perfect match for me, right? Bringing together two of my favorites MICHELE & Glamour. This month I’ll be pairing this watch head with a variety of straps from my strap wardrobe to showcase how changing the strap on your watch can change not just the look of the watch but often the look of the outfit as well. Strap the Leopard Glitter Patent Leather Strap.

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BRACELETS: Gold toned bangles

ABOUT THE PIECE: These bangles were part of a set I picked up at a fun Melrose boutique for just $9.99.

BRACELET: Wooden Giraffe Print

ABOUT THE PIECE: I picked this up at a resale shop for $4. Had it for years but I think this was the first time I ever wore it.

BELT: St. John- Brown with bronzed buckle

ABOUT THE PIECE: While accompanying my husband to San Antonio for business in January I got to indulge in one of my favorite past times, outlet shopping. We made a brief stop at the San Marcos outlets where I discovered a St. John outlet with Target prices. I’ll be wearing a number of pieces from that amazing shopping trip throughout the month. I picked up this very versatile belt for just $18, MSRP $145.

HANDBAG: Michele Kylie Hobo

AOUT THE PIECE: This Kylie Hobo handbag, in Cuoio (pronounced “Coy-oh”) is the focal point of Michele’s Fall collection. You will see this bag on the cover of the upcoming Bloomingdale’s catalog and certainly on the arm of many fashionable ladies on the street as well. Price is $595.

SHOES: Diba

ABOUT THE PIECE: I bought these at DSW (love this store) with my shoe rewards points!!! They were just $29.99 in rewards points and though I have had them for about six months, this is the first time I wore them. Surprisingly they were not uncomfortable.

WRAP: Cejon

ABOUT THE PIECE: This wrap is one of the styles you will see all over for Fall. The wrap style sweater is everywhere this Fall. You can get them at Coldwater Creek for $29.99 or Neiman Marcus for $250 or most everywhere else for something in between. Regardless you’ll want to have one/some. They are warm for cold weather and just all around cozy to keep you comfortable all day long. Add a belt to accentuate your waist and wear with skinny jeans or slim cut trousers to dress it up or down. The wrap I am wearing also happens to be an animal print, another hot for Fall trend. I am not really an animal print person but I do see how it could be fun to throw in for a season. Mine came from Stein Mart and cost $29.99.

SUNGLASSES: Leopard Print Sunglasses by Michele

ABOUT THE PIECE: These great Flamingo Leopard Print Sunglasses are a great accessory for Fall with animal prints being so hot right now. The price point is $138. You can see they work great as a headband as well.

RING: David Yurman

ABOUT THE PIECE: Champagne citrine 14mm set in silver/gold. From the Albion® Collection, sterling silver and 18-karat yellow gold ring with faceted and split Cable shank. Stone, 14mm x 14mm. Made in the USA of domestic and imported material. A note about David Yurman rings. Since the stones are genuine each individual stone will have it’s own unique color. Be sure to select the exact ring you want and if you are matching another piece in your collection bring it along as the colors can vary dramatically. It is not currently available online but may be available in store. This was my 30thbirthday gift from my husband.

 

Day 29: In My Little Black Dress

Posted on | August 29, 2009

 

 

Welcome to all the new Society Stylist fans and followers!!!

I am so flattered that so many of you have come to visit my website and I hope you will be sure to check back daily. For live micro-blog updates follow us on Twitter www.Twitter.com/societystylist and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook/societystylist. Starting September 1, I’ll be blogging daily on “30 looks for Fall” and I was recently approved for press and industry accreditation by IMG for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and as a contributor for “Inside the Tents,” so I will be reporting live from New York Fashion Week.  

 

LOOK OF THE DAY

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What is “The Little Black Dress Experiment” all about? Read the introduction here.

 

TIP OF THE DAY

Sometimes you need to take some time out to plan your outfits. Most of us are very rushed in the morning and find that the beginning of the day, just after waking up is not the best time to figure out what to wear. I suggest planning one day a month or a couple evenings a month to try pieces of your wardrobe on , mix and match and see how pieces look together when they are actually on you. It is a great way to get outfit ideas in your mind to make selecting your daily outfits easier and quicker.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: When do you pick out your outfits? Do you feel this is the best way/time for you to select pieces from your wardrobe?

LOCATION: Out and about with Miss Dallas

ABOUT THE OUTFIT

THE DRESS: “The Valerie Shift” designed by Elli Grace. Black cowl neck, sleeveless, knit dress.

WHERE TO BUY: Available online, beginning August 10, at www.elligrace.com

PRICE: $150

WATCH: MICHELE

MODEL: Deco Glamour

WHERE TO BUY: Available at MICHELE retailers include Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Michele.com.

PRICE: $3,295 Deco Glamour Diamond with MW Pattern Gold Strap, which will be available August 25.

ABOUT THE PIECE: The Deco style is one of the top seller’s for MICHELE. The Deco Glamour just seems like a perfect match for me, right? Bringing together two of my favorites, MICHELE & Glamour. This month I’ll be pairing this watch head with a variety of straps from my strap wardrobe to showcase how changing the strap on your watch can change not just the look of the watch but often the look of the outfit as well. The strap is MW pattern gold and it will be available August 25.

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NECKLACE: Tommassinni

ABOUT THE PIECE: I purchased this great Tommassini necklace from the fashionable Lisa Kline boutique on Robertson in January 2007. The necklace retailed for $495 and I bought it for an astounding 90% off, just $49.50. It had a large broken locket on it that I clipped off with some jewelry pliers.

HANDBAG: Michele Kenya Satchel

ABOUT THE PIECE: The Kenya satchel, available in multiple colors from Michele.com for $595, is an awesome handbag. It has a great, unique shape but still holds as much as you could need to put in your bag. I love the Michele bags because they have great interior pockets so you can always find your cell phone, camera and keys. This may be my favorite new bag. It is just so fun and funk it adds a spice of flavor to any outfit.

SHOES: Xhiliration

ABOUT THE PIECE: I love this great gold flip-flops. I have them in silver and gold and bought quite a few pairs for just $9.99 at Target last year. They are great to wear to the beach or pool when you don’t want to damage your nice sandals and with both a silver, and a gold pair, they go with everything. They currently have this same style on end of summer clearance in bronze.

 

ABOUT THE DAY

I spent the morning doing web updates, responding to emails, working on the food drive and planning the “Take off the dress” event. Then I spent the rest of the day with Brittany Tiner, Miss Dallas, helping her prepare her wardrobe for Miss Texas USA next week. We got to visit many of my favorite shops 4510, Stanley Korshak, Tootsies, Elements, Saks, Neiman Marcus and of course Elli Grace. A fun but exhausting day. It gave me new excitement and inspiration for the coming days after I remove the little black dress.

Day 28: In My Little Black Dress

Posted on | August 28, 2009

 

 

 

Welcome to all the new Society Stylist fans and followers!!!

I am so flattered that so many of you have come to visit my website and I hope you will be sure to check back daily. For live micro-blog updates follow us on Twitter www.Twitter.com/societystylist and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook/societystylist. Starting September 1, I’ll be blogging daily on “30 looks for Fall” with a special week live blogging from New York Fashion Week.  I was recently approved for press and industry accreditation by IMG for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and as a contributor for “Inside the Tents,” so be sure to check out the inside scoop.

 

LOOK OF THE DAY

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What is “The Little Black Dress Experiment” all about? Read the introduction here.

 

TIP OF THE DAY

See how you can help someone else today. The act of doing good by another will lift your spirits and ultimately change not only how you feel but how you look as well.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: What have you done lately to help someone else out? How did you make you feel about yourself, did it brighten your day to help someone else?

LOCATION: In my picture of the day you’ll see some empty shelves but look at the picture below and you’ll see how it is an even more drastic need. The location is Helping Hands Food Pantry…those shelves are bare because they are in dire need of  food to distribute. Please see my blog on how you can help!!!


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ABOUT THE OUTFIT

THE DRESS: “The Valerie Shift” designed by Elli Grace. Black cowl neck, sleeveless, knit dress.

WHERE TO BUY: Available online, beginning August 10, at www.elligrace.com

PRICE: $150

WATCH: MICHELE

MODEL: Deco Glamour

WHERE TO BUY: Available at MICHELE retailers include Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Michele.com.

PRICE:$3,295 Deco Glamour Diamond with $200 Espresso Alligator strap

ABOUT THE PIECE: The Deco style is one of the top seller’s for MICHELE. The Deco Glamour just seems like a perfect match for me, right? Bringing together two of my favorites, MICHELE & Glamour. This month I’ll be pairing this watch head with a variety of straps from my strap wardrobe to showcase how changing the strap on your watch can change not just the look of the watch but often the look of the outfit as well. The strap is Espresso Alligator.

SCARF:The Vintage Scarf

ABOUT THE PIECE: Gorgeous red, brown, green and purple long floral scarf. This style is great to wear around your neck or tie around your waist. I wore it in a pretty traditional style today. The soft material feels like silk and the edge is hand rolled and trimmed in red. The scarf measure 54”x10” and is available online at The Vintage Scarf for just $19.99. Check out their website to see the beautiful variety of vintage scarves they have available. Love their tagline, Nobody AGES As Good As The Vintage Scarf.

HANDBAG: Michele Collins Flap in Garnet

ABOUT THE PIECE: The Collins flap handbag, available in multiple colors from Michele.com for $495, is a very versatile bag. The colors is a deep red that is hot for Fall. It has a great, classic shape but still holds as much as you could need to put in your bag. I love the Michele bags because they have great interior pockets so you can always find your cell phone, camera and keys. It adds a great pop of color to any outfit.

SHOES: Miss Sixty

ABOUT THE PIECE: I saw these on the runway at the Miss Sixty show at Dallas Fashion Week last year. They are very cute and comfortable though I have only worn them a few times. I am very glad that both bootie sand red are hot for Fall as these red booties will certainly make some appearances

 

ABOUT THE DAY

I started the morning with, surprise-surprise, computer work and had an early start to make it to the Hyatt for my 9:45AM call time. I was participating in the fabulous Kidney Texas fashion show with both old and new friends. For those of you who’ve met me in person you know I am pretty tall for a woman, 5’11 flat footed. In the following picture we are both bare foot. For the first time since pre-school I am not the tallest girl in the picture

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The clothes were provided by Stanley Korshak so you know they were fabulous and the production was put together by Jan Strimple which means it too was fabulous. The runway was one of the most professional I have ever seen and the amazing Jan Strimple outdid herself with the entire production. I cannot wait to post the video of the show. What did I wear in the show you ask? A little black dress, of course.

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After finishing the show I went to pick up some lunch and then stopped by the Helping Hands food pantry to asses the need with my own two eyes. WOW was it shocking to see how low the supply was. Remember as you decide what you are going to eat today, some people aren’t having that luxury, let the empty shelves be a reminder of how many people need our help in these trying times. I hope you will help collect supplies for my five day food drive. See details HERE. 

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Day 27: In My Little Black Dress

Posted on | August 27, 2009

 

Welcome to all the new Society Stylist fans and followers!!!

I am so flattered that so many of you have come to visit my website and I hope you will be sure to check back daily. For live micro-blog updates follow us on Twitter www.Twitter.com/societystylist and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook/societystylist. Starting September 1, I’ll be blogging daily on “30 looks for Fall” and as a contributor for “Inside the Tents,” will be reporting live from New York Fashion Week.  Check out their website: http://insidethetents.com/

 

LOOK OF THE DAY

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What is “The Little Black Dress Experiment” all about? Read the introduction here.

 

TIP OF THE DAY

Sometimes life needs a little bit of whimsy. With the daily stressors we each face I strongly believe our outlook and attitude directly impacts how we feel about ourselves on the inside and how we look to others on the outside. I have found to overcome this is to take preventative measures when you know you’ll have a long day, when you know you are already tired or when you foresee a day of stressful events. Many of you will have your own tips some of my favorites include wearing bright colors and giving extra attention to my looks when I am tired, adding a bit of fun or whimsy when I know I’ll have a stressful day. For today’s look I combined a bunch of fun colors and whimsical elements including a youthful ring, a pair of jeweled shoes and a funky bright colored necklace.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: What style tricks do you use to give yourself a little extra something on those long, stressful or tiring days?

ABOUT THE OUTFIT

THE DRESS: “The Valerie Shift” designed by Elli Grace. Black cowl neck, sleeveless, knit dress.

WHERE TO BUY: Available online, beginning August 10, at www.elligrace.com

PRICE: $150

WATCH: MICHELE

MODEL: Deco Glamour

WHERE TO BUY: Available at MICHELE retailers include Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Michele.com.

PRICE: $3295 Deco Glamour, with SS Diamond Strap; $2695 Deco Glamour, head only; $200 Peacock Blue Alligator Strap

ABOUT THE PIECE: The Deco style is one of the top seller’s for MICHELE. The Deco Glamour just seems like a perfect match for me, right? Bringing together two of my favorites, MICHELE & Glamour. This month I’ll be pairing this watch head with a variety of straps from my strap wardrobe to showcase how changing the strap on your watch can change not just the look of the watch but often the look of the outfit as well. Today I paired it with the $200 Peacock Blue Alligator Strap

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BRACELET: Retro Turquoise Plastic

ABOUT THE PIECE: Oddly I have no recollection of buying this bracelet though clearly I must have since it was sitting in my closet. LOL. How many things do you have like that? Based on the style I can tell you I would have paid less than $10 and I am guessing the bracelet came from Target or Forever 21.

HANDBAG: Michele Kenya Satchel

ABOUT THE PIECE: The Kenya satchel, available in multiple colors from Michele.com for $595, is an awesome handbag. It has a great, unique shape but still holds as much as you could need to put in your bag. I love the Michele bags because they have great interior pockets so you can always find your cell phone, camera and keys. This may be my favorite new bag. It is just so fun and funk it adds a spice of flavor to any outfit.

RING ABOUT THE PIECE: Eden’s Bloom

ABOUT THE PIECE: This adorable ring is by a fresh designer Eden’s Bloom. This cute whimsical rings, come in a variety of cute options and have an adjustable back for just $10. Eden’s Bloom has a cute Etsy boutique for unique gifts for friends and family. As donuts have long been one of my favorite foods I was drawn to the sprinkles donut design. And if sweets are too tempting for you there is a fun coffee design for the caffeine fan in your life. The rings were excellently presented in little pastel colored gift boxes with a coordinating card that opened up to display a personal message from the designer on a stylish iridescent card. Great gifts for the whimsical girls in our lives.

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SHOES: Hollywould

ABOUT THE PIECE: These shoes are from the first collection Holly Dunlap created for her line Hollywould. Which means they date back about 10 years. Those familiar with the brand will notice the original tag; the new tag has a quite different look. A pair of shoes, identical to the shoes on these were also given to Gwenyth Paltrow, in her celebrity marketing campaign, I am sure they have an official name but I call them my “Gwyneth” shoes. I got them for $195, which was 50% off retail. And after having them for 10 years and wearing them a lot over that time they are still in amazing shape. Read a prior blog I wrote about Hollywould, HERE.

SUNGLASSES: Michele Miami

ABOUT THE PIECE: I am a sucker for oversized glasses and love the Michele Miami style. This style is set with real diamonds in the logos on each side. They are available in brown and black at Michele.com for $198.SWEATER:

NECKLACE: Target

ABOUT THE PIECE: This funky turquoise necklace compiled of layered gold chains was on sale last week at Target for 75% off along with most of the jewelry in their case. I pick it up for $9.98. A great price on a definite trend piece.

BELT: Navy leather

ABOUT THE PIECE: I bought this belt in LA at Buffalo Exchange for $20, this past May. It was new and still had the $100 price tag on it. It was also way too big for me. But for about $5 Deno’s shoe repair shortened it to fit me.

ABOUT THE DAY

Today was a day filled with a lot of follow-up but ended with some very exciting news…IMG notified me that I was approved for press and industry accreditation for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York next month. What does this mean? The coordinators of the show pre-screen individuals/publications for designers and their PR firms and then provide a list of pre-screened press and industry representatives who can be invited to the designer shows. I will be there reporting live from Fashion Week so remember to check my micro-blog on Twitter and visit the Society Stylist website each day to read about the latest trends coming down the runway.

Day 26: In My Little Black Dress

Posted on | August 26, 2009

 

Welcome to all the new Society Stylist fans and followers!!!

I am so flattered that so many of you have come to visit my website and I hope you will be sure to check back daily. For live micro-blog updates follow us on Twitter www.Twitter.com/societystylist and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook/societystylist. Next month I’ll be blogging daily on “30 looks for Fall” and as a contributor for “Inside the Tents,” will be reporting live from New York Fashion Week.  Check out their website: http://insidethetents.com/

LOOK OF THE DAY

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What is “The Little Black Dress Experiment” all about? Read the introduction here.

  

TIP OF THE DAY

Statement jewelry is really big for Fall and one of the hot trends is over the top necklaces. If you don’t have the resources so buy one of the new pieces out for Fall I suggest taking some of the single strands you have and layering them. Attach some of the strands together with a vintage (or vintage style) brooch to give the look even more sizzle.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: What pieces do you have to mix and match to create a statement piece for Fall?

LOCATION OF THE DAY: Northpark for the Neiman Marcus Fall Preview Fashion Show. It’s like home, away from home.

ABOUT THE LOOK

THE DRESS: “The Valerie Shift” designed by Elli Grace. Black cowl neck, sleeveless, knit dress.

WHERE TO BUY: Available online now at Elli Grace

PRICE: $150

WATCH: MICHELE

MODEL: Deco Glamour

WHERE TO BUY: Available at MICHELE retailers include Neiman MarcusNordstrom and Michele.com.

PRICE: $3295 Deco Glamour Diamond, $120 Plum Leather Strap

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ABOUT THE PIECE: The Deco style is one of the top seller’s for MICHELE. The Deco Glamour just seems like a perfect match for me, right? Bringing together two of my favorites MICHELE & Glamour. This month I’ll be pairing this watch head with a variety of straps from my strap wardrobe to showcase how changing the strap on your watch can change not just the look of the watch but often the look of the outfit as well. Strap is the Plum leather strap. 

HANDBAG: Michele Inez 

ABOUT THE PIECE: My bag is obviously the black version but it available at Michele.com in a beautiful pearl version. Retail is $595 but if you can find any more in the black at Nordstrom it was marked down 50% off. This is the bag featured in The Dress Diaries sketch. 

NECKLACES: 3 Black Beaded Necklaces

ABOUT THE PIECE: I am actually wearing three different necklaces. The longest one with the graduated beads is a vintage replica from Nordstrom that cost about $75 last fall. The long single strand was about $18 at Target last year as well. The triple strand is a vintage piece and I picked it up for about $12 nearly 10 years ago at a flea market.

SKIRT: Elli Grace

ABOUT THE PIECE: This great fuschia pleated silk skirt is made by Elli Grace and there were a few left at there end of season sale for just $100.

BRACELET: Neiman Marcus

ABOUT THE PIECE: Statement jewelry is big for Fall and I found this stunning bracelet at Neiman’s last week, sitting on top of the Michele watch counter. Got all the way to the car and decided I had to go back for it. I don’t typically spend this much on costume jewelry but I know this is a piece I will wear for years to come. Priced is $250.

SHOES: Fendi

ABOUT THE PIECE: I picked these shoes up at the Barney’s private end of season sale last year. They were 60% off retail and I have worn them and received more compliments on them than any other pair of heels in my closet. They are a perfect staple and the dramatic heels height does wonders for the calves.

ABOUT THE DAY

Busy day began with a radio interview on the “Marty and Shannon” morning show on HOT 107 in Syracuse, New York. The morning was full of scheduling and preparations for New York Fashion Week…I leave in less than 7 days. So excited to be included as a contributor for “Inside The Tents,” New York Fashion Week’s Independent Blogosphere Coverage. Check it out at: http://insidethetents.com/

Morning quickly turned into afternoon where I was schedule to appear as a guest “Judge” along with Brittany Tiner “Miss Dallas” and Brooke Daniels “Miss Texas” for the MDA Executive Lock-up, at The Joule’s PM Lounge, hosted by Channel 5’s Scott Murray. It was a great venue for the fundraiser with a very good turn out and inevitably was a great kick off for the upcoming MDA telethon.

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I left The Joule and headed straight to Neiman Marcus (the one at Northpark, not downtown as that would have been too convenient..hehe) for the private Neiman Marcus Fall Fashion Preview. We were seated in ladies footwear, which is a little like what I imagine heaven will be like (haha) and served fruity cocktails and white wine along with dainty appetizers befitting the venue.

The show highlighted the trends for Fall with looks featuring statement jewelry, animal prints, bright reds and pinks and of course, The Little Black Dress. Guests were treated to $50 shopping cards and they held drawings for great prizes including a stunning red Stella McCartney handbag.

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After picking up a great grey cashmere wrap for Fall and the coordinating necklace to the bracelet I was wearing I headed to Kona Grill for some dinner. If you are ever in the area late at night they have a great reverse Happy Hour with drink specials and 50% off food after 9PM.

Day 25: In My Little Black Dress

Posted on | August 25, 2009

 

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LOOK OF THE DAY

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What is “The Little Black Dress Experiment” all about? Read the introduction here.

  

TIP OF THE DAY

Do what you love, wear what you love and don’t let others discourage you from pursuing your dreams. Years ago I received a tape measure (this gift makes sense if you design stuff..hehe) as a gift and on the leather exterior it was embossed with the words “Think Big.” It still sits on my desk (when it isn’t being used) as a daily reminder and encouragement to continue pursuing my passion, fashion. I would encourage you to pursue your dream, whether it’s fashion or physics or something in between, because as we all learn more and more each day…we just have one life to live, so live it.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: What is your passion, your dream?

LOCATION OF THE DAY: Home at the end of a 17 hours day in my Little Black Dress…still looks good. I am shocked that at the end of the day and after twenty five days of wearing the dress it still looks so great.

 

ABOUT THE LOOK

THE DRESS: “The Valerie Shift” designed by Elli Grace. Black cowl neck, sleeveless, knit dress.

WHERE TO BUY: Available online now at Elli Grace

PRICE: $150

WATCH: MICHELE

MODEL: Deco Glamour

WHERE TO BUY: Available at MICHELE retailers include Neiman MarcusNordstrom and Michele.com.

PRICE: $3295 Deco Glamour Diamond, $100 Leopard Glitter Patent Leather Strap

ABOUT THE PIECE: The Deco style is one of the top seller’s for MICHELE. The Deco Glamour just seems like a perfect match for me, right? Bringing together two of my favorites MICHELE & Glamour. This month I’ll be pairing this watch head with a variety of straps from my strap wardrobe to showcase how changing the strap on your watch can change not just the look of the watch but often the look of the outfit as well. Strap the Leopard Glitter Patent Leather Strap.

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HANDBAG: Michele Kylie Hobo

AOUT THE PIECE: This Kylie Hobo handbag, in Cuoio (pronounced “Coy-oh”) is the focal point of Michele’s Fall collection. You will see this bag on the cover of the upcoming Bloomingdale’s catalog and certainly on the arm of many fashionable ladies on the street as well. Price is $595

SHIRT DRESS: Tory Burch

ABOUT THE PIECE: I bought this lightweight cotton Tory Burch shirtdress at Buffalo Exchange, about a year and a half ago for just $40. I paired it here with my LBD to add a casual flair for back to school.

SHOES: Xhiliration

ABOUT THE PIECE: I love this great gold flip flops. I have them in silver and gold and bought quite a few pairs for just $9.99 at Target last year. They are great to wear to the beach or pool when you don’t want to damage your nice sandals and with both a silver and a gold pair, they go with everything. They currently have this same style on end of summer clearance in bronze.

BELT: St. John- Brown with bronzed buckle

ABOUT THE PIECE: While accompanying my husband to San Antonio for business in January I got to indulge in one of my favorite past times, outlet shopping. We made a brief stop at the San Marcos outlets where I discovered a St. John outlet with Target prices. I’ll be wearing a number of pieces from that amazing shopping trip throughout the month. I picked up this very versatile belt for just $18, MSRP $145.

RING: Yellow Topaz

ABOUT THE PIECE: I picked up this fun faux topaz ring on Melrose last summer for about $30. If you get the chance to shop Melrose, I highly suggest it, there truly are so many great little boutiques with up and coming designers.

SUNGLASSES: Leopard Print Sunglasses by Michele

ABOUT THE PIECE: These great Flamingo Leopard Print Sunglasses are a great accessory for Fall with animal prints being so hot right now. The price point is $138. You can see they work great as a headband as well J

BRACELETS: Gold toned bangles

ABOUT THE PIECE: These bangles were part of a set I picked up at a fun Melrose boutique for just $9.99.

Day 24: In My Little Black Dress

Posted on | August 24, 2009

LOOK OF THE DAY

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What is “The Little Black Dress Experiment” all about? Read the introduction here.

  

TIP OF THE DAY

Before buying any of the Fall trend pieces check your closet, your friends’ closets, your mom’s closet to see if you can find any similar pieces you can work into this season’s looks. In my outfit the main piece is an animal print (HFF…hot for Fall) sweater/shawl/blanket/wrap thing that is so comfortable it reminds me of kindergarten naptime. I think I will wear this everyday. Kidding. I can’t say stuff like that anymore because now people starting thinking “oh sure, 30 ways to wear a blanket.” LOL. To give you the heads up, I won’t be abandoning you when The Little Black Dress Experiment is over. Starting September 1st I will be writing each day on 30 trends for Fall with a special “Live from New York Fashion Week” segment in the middle.  Be sure to spread the word.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: What do you have in your closet that you’ve heard will work with a predicted Fall trend?

LOCATION OF THE DAY: My living room. Which has gotten more use this month with all the tapings than in the three years I’ve been here combined.

 

ABOUT THE LOOK

THE DRESS: “The Valerie Shift” designed by Elli Grace. Black cowl neck, sleeveless, knit dress.

WHERE TO BUY: Available online now at Elli Grace

PRICE: $150

WATCH: MICHELE

MODEL: Deco Glamour

WHERE TO BUY: Available at MICHELE retailers include Neiman MarcusNordstrom and Michele.com.

PRICE: $3295 Deco Glamour Diamond, $200 18mm Garnet Alligator Strap

ABOUT THE PIECE: The Deco style is one of the top seller’s for MICHELE. The Deco Glamour just seems like a perfect match for me, right? Bringing together two of my favorites MICHELE & Glamour. This month I’ll be pairing this watch head with a variety of straps from my strap wardrobe to showcase how changing the strap on your watch can change not just the look of the watch but often the look of the outfit as well. Strap is 18mm Garnet Alligator Strap.

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SWEATER: Animal Print Wrap

ABOUT THE PIECE: This piece is “borrowed”…possibly permanently from my mom’s closet. Testing out this whole animal print trend. Never been one for animal print before but there’s a first time for everything I guess. IT originally came from Chico’s and was under $100.

BELT: St. John

ABOUT THE PIECE: The small white belt that transforms this dress into a top was a great find at the St. John outlet earlier this year. I paid about $25, the original price was more than $150.

SHOES: PELLE moda

ABOUT THE PIECE: Steel grey crystal adorned, leather soled thong-style sandals. I picked up this great pair of sandals at Kitson on Robertson back in fall of 2007, for $148.

EARRINGS: Classic cubic zirconia teardrops by Nordstrom

ABOUT THE PIECE: I believe every woman should have at least one pair of basic CZ or diamond stud earrings. I am too afraid of losing an earring to wear real diamonds but either way this look is very classic and worth investing in. The standard shapes available include round, princess (square), emerald (rectangle) and pear/teardrop shape. Today I selected to wear the pear shaped earrings that are one of my classic go-to pieces. I purchase these earrings in the Spring of 2008 at Nordstrom NorthPark (while gift shopping for someone else…haha) for about $75.

SUNGLASSES: Michele Miami

ABOUT THE PIECE: I am a sucker for oversized glasses and love the Michele Miami style. This style is set with real diamonds in the logos on each side. They are available in brown and black at Michele.com for $198.

HANDBAG: Michele Inez 

ABOUT THE PIECE: My bag is obviously the black version but it available at Michele.com in a beautiful pearl version. Retail is $595 but if you can find any more in the black at Nordstrom it was marked down 50% off. This is the bag featured in The Dress Diaries sketch. 

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