Day 15: In My Little Black Dress

Posted on | August 15, 2009



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



Select one image goal you want to work on and start taking steps toward meeting that goal. It truly is a good feeling. The goal I am working on is resuming swimming on a regular basis (more than every 15 years…LOL)

QUESTION OF THE DAY: What goals do you have for your image that you want to reach this year? What steps can you take to achieve these goals?

LOCATION OF THE DAY: 24-Hour Fitness



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; $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


SUNGLASSES: Michele Brickell

ABOUT THE PIECE: The tortoise Michele Brickell sunglasses are my go-to tortoise sunglasses. They fit nicely and have good coverage to block the sun. The glasses are priced $118 though mine were a gift in the swag bags when I judged the Miss Dallas USA pageant. Gotta love amazing thank you gifts. They are available at Nordstrom and

NECKLACE: Turquoise Cross

ABOUT THE PIECE: I purchased this necklace on my honeymoon when we stopped at the Santa Barbara Mission, for about $35.

HANDBAG: Michele Newport Tote

ABOUT THE PIECE: I picked up this caramel brown leather tote the night I attended the Organicare launch party at the Dallas Galleria Nordstrom, just days after Michele launched their handbag line exclusively with Nordstrom earlier this Spring. It is one of the few bags I paid full retail for, $795. It also came in white, which I almost purchased but figured I would get it dirty too quick.

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.

SHIRT: Seed Supply Company

ABOUT THE PIECE: I am a big fan of the tanks by Seed Supply Company. The tanks come in a rainbow of colors, they are extra long and they hold up in the wash. Read my blog about their products here. Seed supply company products are available at Wal-Mart and are priced less than $10.

HOODIE: Rubbish

ABOUT THE PIECE: Crisp cotton hoodie by Rubbish, from Nordstrom, in khaki. I purchased this from Brass Plum (is it still called that?) last summer. It cost about $20. I wear it occasionally.



So of all the things that happened today my proudest accomplishment was making it to the gym to swim laps in the pool. Admittedly, there weren’t many laps but hey I took the steps to get there including…checking out the gym facilities, then making the trip to the local Costco to take advantage of an awesome deal they have going (if you are looking for a gym membership, check this out) where you can buy a 2 year membership for $299, just $12.46/month. Then I had to stop by the sporting goods store and pick up a swimmer’s suit, goggles, swim cap (BTW it is hard to get my long hair in a swim cap…if anyone knows a good trick let me know),kick board and pulley thing (it’s been 15 years since I swam regularly…sad, I know.) Then later in the night I went back to the gym and actually swam laps. The rest of the day was filled with a trip to Mi Cocina (I know twice in three days might be excessive…but it’s so good), a movie, some computer work and possibly the best part…getting nine whole hours of sleep last night. Something I hope to do again tonight! I hope you all enjoyed your Saturday!!!


4 Responses to “Day 15: In My Little Black Dress”

  1. Karen
    August 16th, 2009 @ 9:58 AM

    My #1 goal for my image is to be at a weight that makes me feel like I look good. I love clothes and approve of the way I look in them–when I approve of my size. I have a few pounds to lose to be at a weight I approve of. I am watching my diet and exercising to reach that weight. My weight has fluctuated by 10 to 20 pounds for years, and I have finally realized how unhealthy, and just plain unintelligent this is. I know everyone says, “I’ll not gain it back,” and then they do. I know that the reason I gain it back is that I quit weighing. SO, the way I plan to stay at my goal weight is to weigh weekly. It is easy to get out of this habit, and being a structured, list-making person, I will have a chart in my vanity drawer with each week’s date on it. When I weigh, I will enter it on that chart, so I will have to face the numbers. It is easy to lose a pound or two, but I am tired of having to lose 20. This fashionista is excited that those few pounds are coming off and things are looking good!!!

  2. karenymorse
    August 16th, 2009 @ 10:15 AM

    I seem to always have a goal to lose weight, and hope to drop a few pounds by eating healthier (now that my summer fun is over!) by eating more vegetables and fruits in my diet to replace snacks or carbs. My other image goal is to purchase more investment pieces such as the LBD(versus numerous spontaneous purchases) which can be used in many situations and look amazing. Your LBD experiment is a great example of how this one classic staple can be worn dressy to casual.

  3. Pam Boyd
    August 31st, 2009 @ 11:25 AM

    My image goal is to not just diet but eat healthy and exercise as a way of everyday life.

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