Day 14: In My Little Black Dress

Posted on | August 14, 2009


day-14-picWhat is The Little Black Dress Experiment all about? Read the introduction here.


If you are looking for inspirational reference guides for Fall might I suggest the Fall issues of our favorite magazines. This year’s edition’s have quite a few recession friendly suggestions and be sure to pick up a copy of Glamour where you’ll get a $25 coupon from my spread with Coldwater Creek. Speaking of September issues, I’m looking forward to seeing the new Vogue documentary in NYC. Anyone have early personal reviews?

QUESTION OF THE DAY: What fashion and style magazines do you subscribe to and which magazine is your favorite?

LOCATION OF THE DAY: Massage Envy, West Village


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


MODEL: Deco Glamour

WHERE TO BUY: Available at MICHELE retailers include Neiman Marcus (at North Park, ask for Laurie), Nordstrom and

PRICE: $3295 Deco Glamour, with SS Diamond Strap; $2695 Deco Glamour, head only; $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. Today I paired it will the Leopard Glitter Patent Leather Strap.


SHOES: Manolo Blahnik

ABOUT THE PIECE: I purchased this great pair of bronze gladiator style sandals at the Barney’s outlet in Camarillo (one hour north of Loa Angeles) back in May on one of my best shopping (read: buying) trips ever. I have never seen so many pairs of designers shoes so discounted in one place, ever. This was one of four pairs I bought that day. Anyhow the shoes were about 70% off retail and I believe I paid approximately $275. This was also the day I inducted my BFF of 24 years into the designer shoe club…she bought her first pair of Louboutins and as I predicted has not regretted the splurge. Amazing shoes (that fit) make you feel…amazing.


ABOUT THE PIECE: This Chloe Paddington is a unique twist on the fashionable “It” bag everyone had. Not one to want to mimic the masses I picked up this interesting version after the craze died down, at Neiman Marcus Topanga (just north of Los Angeles.) Bought this great bag for $965, down from an MSRP of $2500 during the Thanksgiving holiday last year. It elicits compliments and interest whenever I carry it.

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.

CHARM: Max Factor

ABOUT THE PIECE: The elephant charm on my Tommassini necklace has a great back-story. The charm is actually a locket with a perfume gloss inside. It is a vintage piece and was produced by Max Factor circa 1960. The solid perfume inside the charm is Hypnotique and the Tiny Tusker charm is set with red cabochon crystals. My paternal grandfather collected elephants and had hundreds, if not thousands of them, in his collection when he passed away in 2001. Each child, grandchild, and great-grandchild was allowed to select an elephant(s) from the collection in memory of him. I, having always admired the little golden elephant, selected the charm. It remained boxed up in it’s protective case for the past eight years. This Spring I was selected “Face of Dallas” by Max Factor and D Magazine and was reminded of my elephant charm. I unpacked it, attached it to my favorite gold necklace and on June 11, as I was honored at a wonderful announcement party at the W in Dallas, the elephant made it’s first public appearance. Thank you grandpa, D and Max Factor for the great memories. Value: priceless

EARRINGS: Diamond Studs

ABOUT THE PIECE: When pairing jewelry and scarves you see I often wear a very demure pair of CZ/diamond studs. As a fan of the layered necklaces and of course scarves, I recommend you don’t pair a large earring with one of the aforementioned. Though you certainly can wear a few pieces of jewelry and you can see I often do, you don’t want too much going on around your face…especially if you are being photographed. So with my piles of golden chains I once again opted for a simple diamond stud.

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.

BELT: Satin scarf

ABOUT THE PIECE: The gold toned satin scarf is the ribbon belt from a great dress I picked up at Buffalo Exchange for a mere $40. The original price? Approximately $495. Designer? Yoana Barschi.


Day 14. Wow! I can’t believe this month is flying by. Woke up bright and early (and not too tired, thankfully) looked into some travel arrangements for NYC, did a few follow-up phone calls with the AP writer who was finishing her story. Did a whirlwind get ready (for those who’ve asked I get ready in under 30 minutes each day…today was about 15) For the first time I wore my LBD as an LBD. Inspired by the Michele Safari collection strap I wore I had a little safari look and changed up  the look of the dress just a tad by adding a satin scarf to give it an empire waist styling. 

Late morning I headed out to Neiman Marcus to the Zodiac Room for lunch with my friends from Michele. On the way out we stopped by the Michele counter (which looked impeccable by the way) and I was distracted by something shiny. It could be said that I am often distracted by sparkly things. Got all the way to the car and realized I had to go back for the jeweled bracelet or I’d regret it later. You’ll see it in a future look I assure you.

After a few errands, a barq’s root beer (my lifeline) and a quick visit with a friend I took a break from my crazy week to indulge in a massage at Massage Envy. If you haven’t checked out their memberships, I highly suggest it. At least treat yourself to an introductory massage for $39, it is well worth it. Anyhow I got an appointment with Daniel who I hadn’t had before but he was great. I would highly recommend him and with all of the massages in my life there are only three people I’d recommend, so that’s a huge compliment.  This was my first time to the West Village location and I was super impressed. The facility is very nice…looks much different than it did as a furniture store. The only downside is the parking situation at West Village but if you get there before 4PM you get free valet in front of Mi Cocina. I pulled up at 3:55 and even though I left after 5 they still honored the free parking. Score! After turning my phone back on I was alerted (by multiple people) of the fact that the Channel 8 segment on The Little Black Dress Experiment was reaired on the 5PM news. WOW!!!


Feeling relaxed and ready for a date night I headed home and multi-tasked by doing an interview with Laurie Brucker for her column in the LA Examiner. Popped in to visit my favorite waiter Sammy at Blue Canyon and then caught a ridiculously crowded screening of The Time Traveler’s Wife. And then after 11 hours of being gone I headed home to write for you fine people. LOL!!! Enjoy. Here’s to wishing you a fun and stylish weekend!!!


6 Responses to “Day 14: In My Little Black Dress”

  1. karenymorse
    August 15th, 2009 @ 9:00 AM

    I subscribe to many fashion magazines because I adore reading and seeing new trends, ideas, advice and concepts. The fashion/styling magazines that I subscribe to include Glamour, Lucky, W, Elle, Elle Decor, Bazaar, Allure, Real Simple, Martha Stewart and a few others that I know I am forgetting about! My favorite is Glamour – I admire how they truly focus on the whole woman. They highlight her fashion trends, her styles, her strength in achievements and her intellect. I believe it is a wonderful example of how women are beautiful on numerous levels!

  2. Olga
    August 15th, 2009 @ 9:32 AM

    I subscribe to Glamour, Allure, Marie Claire, and Bazaar. My fave is Glamour cause it’s more me…great styles at reachable lengths, meaning I don’t need to spend $5000 on an outfit, they give me affordable looks.

  3. sue
    August 15th, 2009 @ 10:22 AM

    lots of magazines…you know us…^^ and I do, truly love them all because they all have their own little charms…
    But I love Nylon & 10 the most because of their twisted weired but cool, artistic photos…and funky peeps~

  4. Karen
    August 15th, 2009 @ 12:53 PM

    I enjoy Glamour, InStyle, Lucky, Vogue, Elle . DMagazine is a wonderful source for local trends and to keep up with local activities like fashion shows, and it is sooooo much fun to see what people in Dallas are wearing at events. Style Watch in People magazine is interesting, showing trend setting by the stars. Also, there are many websites that provide fashion news. Some of the ones I subscribe to are,, and’s daily newsletter will keep you up with fashion trends, chic things from around the world, as well as the Red Carpet news. I really look forward to my daily emails from Neiman Marcus–seeing trends in general and the newest styles from famous designers. An interesting item in today’s posting was “Fall Trends–Major Black Dresses,” showcasing 120 beautiful LBD’s! I am anxiously awaiting my Glamour to see Valeries’ spread–where is it?–has it been sabotaged????

  5. Pam Boyd
    August 31st, 2009 @ 11:28 AM

    Thanks for the heads up about the coupon in Glamour.

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