Day 16: In My Little Black Dress

Posted on | August 16, 2009



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



Look around. Check out what people are wearing, see what you like in magazines, movies or television shows and take pictures or make notes on outfits, and styles you would like to make your own. (we’re putting together a great tool for this, called the Society Stylist: Style Diary, where you an track outfits and styles you like in an effort to find your own style.) Today someone on my Facebook page had the following question on their status update. I hope that when you look around you notice not just style you like but I hope you also notice life. Don’t let it pass you by.

QUESTION OF THE DAY:  When you look around, are you seeing anything? Name a few things you noticed (style-related or otherwise) that caught your attention.

LOCATION OF THE DAY: Costco Wholesale Store 


Picking up a twin pack of plasma tvs and some beef jerky. (If you don’t get this reference, click HERE)



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 Orange Alligator Strap (coming August 25 to

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 Orange Alligator Strap (coming August 25 to


JACKET: Marc by Marc Jacobs

ABOUT THE PIECE: I picked up this great versatile grey jacket at Loehmann’s LA in Spring of 2008, for approximately $70. I have worn it a few times with various pieces in my wardrobe.

SHOES: Banana Republic

ABOUT THE PIECE: I walked into to Banana in Spring of 2008 to exchange a size on a gift and while I waited noticed these shoes (and a second pair in Brown) on the clearance back near the register. Both pairs were my size (read: enormous) and were prices $12.99 (down from $148 I believe) and both pairs went home with me. Must say, though they are in fact fairly comfortable I must admit walking around Costco in them probably wasn’t my best move.

BRACELETS: Hermes Clic Clacs

ABOUT THE PIECE: These bracelets are collected by many Hermes fans around the world. The come in a multitude of colors and my husband gave me these as a gift last Christmas. They were regular price which I  believe is somewhere around $500/piece. A good follow-up for my Love bracelet. And yes the Love bracelet is locked on and does require extra time at the airport. I get searched every time.

HANDBAG: Elli Grace

ABOUT THE PIECE: This is a staple bag and clearly becoming one of my favorites. It allows me to illustrate how a classic style and neutral color can go from day to day with very different looks and yet still coordinate perfectly. Invest in a good bag. I absolutely love this oversized white leather sloughy tote. Custom made for the new designer, Elli Grace, the leather is to die for. I think they may have one left in caramel so get it before it is gone. They are on sale now at Elli Grace $150 ,original price $250. A steal at full price, trust me.

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.



Got up and went to church this AM where the message was on the Five Love Languages. If you are familiar with them I suggest checking out a copy of the book with the same name. Though I have read it numerous times and am very interested in the subject I’ve yet to pin point my Love Language. Some people are very easy to figure out, me I’m a bit more difficult. Would be interested to hear what your love language is as well as guesses and reasoning on what you think mine might be. Grabbed some lunch at La Madeline where I attempted Day one of operation don’t eat so much junk, LOL. Not sure how the yummy buttery croissant fits in the plan except it’s better than Whataburger, right?

Then I stopped by Costco to pick up a twin pack of plasma televisions with the bonus jerky (not really) and ended up finding some excellent style deals while I was there. (If you don’t know the story behind the twin pack of plasmas, click HERE.) For men they have Sevens bootcut jeans for $79.99, Michael Kors and Tommy Bahama dress shirts for less than $17, marked $98. Lacoste polos for men and women for $49.99. and Adidas running shoes for $31.99 and for the ladies…True Religion jeans for $79.99 and Spanx camis for $14.97. Have some disposable income to throw around? You could pick up a black Chanel quilted handbag for $1999.

Started the tedious task of going through all the Facebook friend requests to see who I know, who I don’t know but seems okay and who doesn’t seem to have any actual connection to me and therefore should be declined. I must admit I feel bad every time I decline a “friend,” like what if someday we were destined to be BFF. Then I think about it and realize if it’s meant to be, it will be. In the meantime I turned over to quad digits today on Facebook. So I guess I am now one of “those” people, you know the ones with like 1,000 friends, but literally do have like 1,000 friends. LOL. I figured out why I have so many Facebook friends without even touching the depths of all the people I know. My husband said it’s because I am social, maybe. I think it’s because I attended 10 different schools and four major churches by the time I was 21. So either I was social or by force of being in the same room/grade/school/ Sunday School, met a lot of people. The good news is I am thrilled to reconnect and see where everyone’s lives have gone. Anyone else think it’s interesting how many people married one another?

Also spent some time this evening with the family and had what seemed to be a marathon Uno game, going thru the deck twice before anyone got “Uno.” Did some computer work and planning for the week ahead and now in the wee hours of Monday AM I am off to sleep. Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead and wondering what my week will have in store.


7 Responses to “Day 16: In My Little Black Dress”

  1. karenymorse
    August 17th, 2009 @ 7:26 AM

    LOVE the question of the day – its what we’re all about to notice the little things, because they really arent that “little” after all. Just waking up this morning I am happy to notice the sun is out, the coffee smells amazing, my kitty is following me around (love the attention!) and I am heading to Costco soon (Spanx camis!). Fashion wise I always love to people watch – I have noticed little things such as choices of accessories or shoes that were interesting enough for me to try. I am intrigued and fascinated with new ideas and the best way to discover these ideas isnt by re-inventing the wheel but by opening your eyes to others.

  2. Karen
    August 17th, 2009 @ 7:42 PM

    My day started with such beautiful scenery. Took Mom for a last quick trip to Vicksburg before school in-services start tomorrow. Ate breakast looking out over the Mississippi River. Such a wonderful feeling to see our American flag high atop the bridge. Watched a super-long barge going up the river, being pushed by just a little tug boat. I thought about the amazing skills of the person behind the wheel of that boat. This job doesn’t require the years of schooling that many jobs require, but it requires years of training. As we look around at non-professional people, it would probably be amazing to really know the skills surrounding us. Many times we don’t see wonderful styles, but there may be something truly wonderful inside.

  3. Pam Boyd
    August 31st, 2009 @ 11:21 AM

    Love to people watch to get fashion ideas.

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  5. James Raymond
    January 6th, 2010 @ 6:42 AM

    James Raymond…

    Finally someone who gets it! Thanks for the informative info!…

  6. y3
    January 19th, 2010 @ 9:46 PM

    I would like to say that this post really forced me to do so! I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

  7. oolong tea
    January 31st, 2010 @ 7:31 PM

    I would like to say that this post really forced me to do so! I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

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