Day 8: In My Little Black Dress

Posted on | August 8, 2009



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



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QUESTION OF THE DAY: What tips do you have for handling wardrobe cleaning or repairs when you have time or budget constraints?

LOCATION OF THE DAY: Cinemark at The Harbor



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

WHERE TO BUY: Available online, beginning August 10, at

PRICE: $150


MODEL: Deco Glamour

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

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


BELT: Studded western belt

ABOUT THE PIECE: I picked up this attractive, studded western belt at one of my favorite LA shops, Buffalo Exchange for less than $20. Well, technically I used trade credit so I guess it was free. If you haven’t tried trading at Buffalo Exchange I strongly suggest you test it out to experience the fun at least once in your life.

HANDBAG: D&G Caramel Leather

ABOUT THE PIECE: I absolutely love the buttery soft, caramel leather that first attracted me to this piece. I patiently waited all season after I first saw this bag and due to my relationship with my wonderful handbag salesgirl at Nordstrom I was able to get the bag at 60% off as soon as management was notified of mark-downs.

NECKLACE: Turquoise Beads

ABOUT THE PIECE: The turquoise beaded necklace was actually a bracelet to begin with. I purchased it in a set years ago, for under $20, at H&M I believe. Last year before Cattle Baron’s I altered the bracelet into a chunky necklace. (Ah the helpfulness of a good pair of jewelry pliers.)

EARRINGS: Classic cubic zirconia teardrops by Nordstrom

ABOUT THE PIECE: I wore these so as not to overpower the necklace, these are one of the go to pieces in my accessories wardrobe. 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.

RING: Turquoise/Silver

ABOUT THE PIECE: I received this fun fashion ring as a gift from an old friend but was told it was very inexpensive, I believe under $10 at Sam Moon.

SHOES: Xhilaration

ABOUT THE PIECE: I purchase these shoes a few years ago at Target for $2.98. They are super comfortable, very versatile and if I could buy more pairs like this, I would.

SWEATER: Buffalo by David Bitten

ABOUT THE PIECE: I purchased this comfy, cozy brown sweater at the Buffalo Exchange shop in LA on trade credit for under $20.



Last night I finally got a full night’s sleep and allowed myself to sleep in until 11AM. With such a full day yesterday I wasn’t able to catch the first day of Julie & Julia, a movie I have been anticipating for months. So this morning, just forty minutes after waking up I had showered, selected my LBD outfit, driven to the theater and purchased tickets to the first showing of the day.

I arrived at the snack counter looking for my early morning pick-me-up, my beloved Barq’s root beer. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love Barq’s. As a note I do not like and will not drink any other type of root beer. Anyhow, for some bizarre reason at this theater they serve barq’s in bottles rather than at the fountain and they keep the bottles under lock and key. Literally. The cashier tried about 7 different keys to find the one to open the refrigerator. It was like the broken vending machine that won’t give you the coke you are desperate for when you are so thirsty. Once the Barq’s broke free we proceeded to the theater and scored seats in the back row of the theater, just a bit off center…my favorite place to sit. movie was phenomenal and a lot of her experiences reminded me of my own experiences. For instance my husband asks almost everyday if I am really going to wear the Little Black Dress because…how would anyone know? To answer that question, yes I really do wear the dress all day, everyday though I do wear pajamas to bed. Oh and I went to the pool this afternoon and wore a swimsuit. It seemed like it wouldn’t be appropriate to try and wear the dress in the water. It was nice to have a break this afternoon to hang out with some friends at the pool, do some light reading and catch up on some household stuff.

Tonight I got quite a bit of work down while multi-tasking with Project Runway in the background and dinner on a tray. So before I sign off, I want to address the number one question I get about The Little Black Dress Experiment. Are you wearing the same dress everyday? How are you cleaning it? I have two identical dresses and the cleaning answer can be found in the “Tip of the Day.” Dryel.


5 Responses to “Day 8: In My Little Black Dress”

  1. Karen Morse
    August 9th, 2009 @ 8:40 AM

    When time and money are an issue with wardwobe repairs I use a pocketful of little “tricks”. I have used “Mighty Mend It” which is a great little bonding agent ( if a seam needs fixing – of course you can always use a stapler or adhesive tape too. A black marker can fix up a pair of black heels in a snap if there is a scuff.

  2. Karen
    August 9th, 2009 @ 8:58 PM

    I am really fortunate to be a person who is handy with tools and a sewing machine, but I also have a few “tricks.” Permanent markers (get a set of varied colors) can be used to touch up small scuffs, scratches, and worn spots on numerous items—shoes, bags, luggage, even things around the house. I have “saved” student’s dark uniform pants that somehow got white spots on them. Touch the spots with matching pen, and the slacks are repaired, as well as student self-esteem saved. Another handy item is a stapler for a variety of issues. Keep a roll of tape, such as Maidenform Stay Put Fashion Tape handy for numerous needs. But sometimes you don’t actually need a repair, but a “quick fix.” Spray wrinkle releaser should always be close. My hair flat iron can quickly iron a collar, sash, or other spots. When you realize your tank top that you are wearing underneath another top is slipping to reveal too much, grab the stapler and secure it to your bra. Modesty saved!

  3. Susan
    August 10th, 2009 @ 3:55 PM

    I could not live without my steamer! It has saved me so many trips to the dry cleaners on items that are not in need of cleaning, but could use a touch. Especially great for linen pants that wrinkle easily!!!

  4. Pam Boyd
    August 31st, 2009 @ 11:52 AM

    I love my steamer. It is so much faster than the iron.

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