Day 9: In My Little Black Dress

Posted on | August 9, 2009



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



When you are shopping for shoes, regardless of the price you spend, I encourage you to be sure and buy a good quality shoe that fits you properly and is both comfortable, stylish. As children we go thru shoes quickly because our shoes size changes but once we become adults we can purchase shoes for their longevity and trust me the higher quality shoe you purchase the longer it will last. This is not to say you have to spend a lot of money on your shoes.

Note on DSW…I often find designer shoes at DSW for 80% off. There are select DSW locations nationwide that carry the designer lines. Often they get reduced to 80% off because the typical DSW shopper is not looking to spend that much money and the designer shoe shopper doesn’t typically shop at DSW….this can be our little secret. Though I must brag my best trip to DSW was December 26, 2003. I purchased eight pairs of mid-range designer shoes for $56. 

QUESTION OF THE DAY: What are your favorite shoe designers for their combination of style and comfort?

LOCATION OF THE DAY: The view that sold the house



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 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. Today I paired it with the Garnet Alligator Strap


BLOUSE: INC by Macy’s

ABOUT THE PIECE: I purchased this black and white Swiss dot blouse by INC at, you guessed it, Macy’s. I was on a trip to a remote town in Northern Maine for a funeral and wouldn’t you know, my luggage was lost. On a whirlwind shop thru the Portland , Maine Macy’s I grabbed this top off the clearance rack for about $7. They were having additional 25% off already reduced 75% off and gave an additional discount when using the store credit card. Many moons ago I worked for Macy’s and one thing I always remember them for is allowing customers to stack their discounts. Sometimes it seems as though they are giving the stuff away.

SHOES: Ralph Lauren Aruba Slide

ABOUT THE PIECE: Black patent leather Ralph Lauren Aruba sandal from the Resort 1996 collection. Yes, 1996. This is a perfect example of a pair of quality shoes that I purchased in a classic style and have had resoled to last more than 13 years. The original price on the shoe was $145. As an employee, at the time, I was able to purchase them at a discounted price of just $50.75. Not sure why I remember the name, price and season but hey here’s a time that info came in handy.

HANDBAG: Roberta di Camerino Bagonghi

ABOUT THE PIECE: One of the best deals I have gotten yet. I purchased this bag at the Heroes and Handbags event in Dallas this Spring. Might I mention that is an awesome event and I strongly recommend anyone who likes handbags attend. I didn’t get what a big deal the silent auction was and so I arrived just before it closed and put a bid on this bag because I thought it was cute and it was one of the only bags that hadn’t been bid on. Minutes later they closed the auction and we went into the luncheon. At the end of the event I went to check the silent auction and found I had won this bag. A few months later I looked it up online to find out more about it and found out it worth more than $2,000. Not only did I get an amazing deal, the $300 I paid for the bag went to a great charity. 

BELT: St. John White leather/burnished brass wide belt

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.

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.


ABOUT THE PIECE: Black Fendi glasses. I picked these up from Peepers in Highland Park Village last fall. I have light blue eyes which happen to be very light sensitive. I especially can’t have light pouring in from above my eyes (not sure why) so this explains why I wear such oversized sunglasses. Yes it actually is functional not just fashionable. My favorite new sunglass designer is Michele and I am looking forward to picking up a pair of their Miami sunglasses in black. I have them in the deep pink color they had for Spring. They are a great oversized style and have that signature Jackie O look to them, I love the coverage they provide. Check out the Miami sunglasses for yourself at


Started the day off at church where we heard a very timely message on “How to keep your balance.” Since so many people inquired after my tweet this AM I thought I’d give you a run down of the message, see below. I grabbed some lunch on the way home and then jumped into multiple lists of unfinished to-do’s. If you surf around the site you’ll see the front page was updated with a new image, I added a contact page (not sure what happened to the old one) and also updated the press page. I caught up on Project Runway Season 1 in the background and took a couple reading breaks (how I unwind) and also spent some time preparing for the week ahead. I have no idea what this week holds but if its anything like last week it is sure to be unpredictable. One big goal I have is to go live with our Gallery page as there are so many wonderful pictures that I know many of you are anxious to see. I think we’ll load it gradually and maybe start with a “31 days in my LBD” album. Be sure to write comments and tip on the blog to be entered to win the cool LBD Experiment prize package.

 ABOUT THE MESSAGE: The message certainly was inspiring and targeted some things I have been dealing with. Don’t you love it when it seems like the message is directed exactly at something you needed help with. Though they covered a lot of ground essentially the topic was covering time management. One of the first points he made was to remind us that though technology has developed over the years we still have the same number of hours in the say that Adam and Eve had. The only difference is we are not locked in by day and night with the advent of electricity and international business we can work 24 hours a day. However, this might not be a good thing because we begin to run ourselves 24 hours a day and our bodies weren’t built for that. He went on to say we need to get enough sleep, enough nourishment, enough relaxation and indulgence in activities that re-energize us. I am so guilty of running until my body shuts down so I certainly understood what he was saying. Yet here I am writing in the wee hours of the morning and those of you who know me, know this isn’t unusual. The other major topic he discussed was using the time you have to accomplish the things you need to get done. He also suggested that depending on the “season” of your life there are some things that may need to be cut out for the time. For instance maybe if you are getting lots of opportunities with work you may have to forgo a perfect house for awhile. If you have a toddler its almost a non-negotiable. I truly was encouraged to keep on the path towards excellence and not get distracted by menial things while also allowing myself the time to unwind and recharge occasionally. The entire message will be available online tomorrow, click here to go to



8 Responses to “Day 9: In My Little Black Dress”

  1. Paisley
    August 10th, 2009 @ 2:13 AM

    Your LBD project is so inspiring! All your outfits are super chic and I love them all. I found your site when I did a blog search for Michele watches. I just got my very first Michele watch (a SS CSX-36 thank you very much) and I am obsessed. I ran out to Nordstrom today and bought two more bands. Thanks so much for doing this experiment… I’ve always struggled with the “shopping machine” that we are so accustomed to, season after season of must have this and must have that. Now I’m on a hunt for the perfect LBD. 😉

  2. Karen Morse
    August 10th, 2009 @ 8:34 AM

    With 3 pairs of Tory Burch shoes in my closet, I am a big fan of hers! Not only are the shoes classic, trendy and stylish but they are also comfortable. I think she is a fabulous designer and can’t wait to get a new fall pair of her shoes to add to my collection. Another designer who I adore for style and comfort and low price is Boutique 9. Always fashionable and affordable – it’s a no brainer!

  3. Ventego
    August 10th, 2009 @ 5:50 PM

    Very interesting and amusing subject. I read with great pleasure.

  4. Karen
    August 10th, 2009 @ 6:40 PM

    There are 3 designers that I love because of their comfort and style. These designers are all in a medium price range which can be available to many. Kenneth Cole Reaction has always been a good shoe, but the new 925 technology silver edition shoes may be just what a lot of ladies have been waiting for. They are proving to be a stylish, dressy shoe that can be worn all day with comfort. Cole Haan really brought style and comfort together when they combined with Nike air technology, which is found in all types of shoes and boots. The third shoe is an old favorite, Born, which is doing a better job stylewise these days. I was recently looking for shoes to take to a large vacation resort—had to be really stylist and really, really comfy. After extensive shopping, in Dillards I came across a muted gold Born sandal that meets the requirements, and is versatile as well. My shopping was rounded out in Nordstrom when I spotted a Born Crown silver wedge sandal. I was not familiar with Born Crown, but I agree with the claim that they provide a “degree of sophistication with refined styling and superior hand craftsmanship.” These are the ultimate in comfort, and since everyone needs a sassy silver sandal in their wardrobe (perfect to give a pop to jeans), I couldn’t be happier!

  5. Amber G
    August 10th, 2009 @ 11:11 PM

    I love your outfits so far! I would really like to see you try and put together an outfit with your LBD and sneakers. I know – so faux pas – but it would be a challenge and I would be excited to see what you come up with!

  6. Pam Boyd
    August 31st, 2009 @ 11:49 AM

    I have hard to fit feet. If I find shoes that fit, I try to by them in all the colors available.

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