Day 18: In My Little Black Dress

Posted on | August 18, 2009



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


Know what your limits are and what you need to look and act rested (To feel rested??? that’s another story.) With all the activity of the week today was my shut down day where my normal pick-me-up, Barq’s Root Beer, wasn’t going to help. I recognized this and adjusted my normal routines to get in the extra sleep I needed. Yes I was in bed about 9PM (anyone who noticed that the blog template posted between 12-6AM can attest to this….this is the real daily update) This is hard for us to do especially when we are having fun but I strongly suggest we each remember our body needs sleep, nourishment and time off to re-charge.  Remember looking or acting tired detracts from those stylish outfits.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: What do you to look/act rested when you are a bit overwhelmed?

LOCATION OF THE DAY: Inside the Elli Grace store, home of “The Valerie Shift”



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; $70 Bright Pink Patent 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 bright pink patent strap.


JACKET: Stella McCartney

ABOUT THE PIECE: My mom actually tipped me off to this jacket. She saw a girl try it on in the dressing room and said it was amazing but the girl didn’t want it and suggested I try it on. I absolutely love it. It is likely my favorite (of my many favorites) piece that I picked up at The Ultimate Exchange. If you don’t know what that is, visit their website ASAP to get registered for the next sale…as a shopper or a seller. They are a clothing swap based out of Dallas where you can consign your clothes for a cut of approximately 70% and you pick the selling price. Don’t have the time to sell? Society Stylist will do the listing for you, for a portion of the proceeds. Wow! I paid about $45 for this piece. Amazing deals are to be had at this sale. Many items were more than 90% off.

SHOES: Christian Louboutin

ABOUT THE PIECE: I LOVE these shoes. I had an opportunity to buy these from the awesome ladies at Fringe Fashion Group. They are a liquidation company based out of the Dallas area (they do travel nationally to shows) and they liquidate high end designer merchandise. Be sure to check my blog for information about their sales and you can check out their website here at Fringe Fashion Group. This pair was a one-off and I was thrilled that they happened to be my size. I paid just $300, a steal for Louboutins.

NECKLACE: Tommassini

ABOUT THE PIECE: I purchased this at the half yearly sale at Lisa Kline on Robertson in LA. If you ever have the chance to stop in there it is a great store and the people there are great to work with. Here is the link to check out the store: Lisa Kline. I paid $19.95 for the necklace, originally $199.95.

BRACELET: Retro Turquoise Plastic

ABOUT THE PIECE: Oddly I have no recollection of buying this bracelet though clearly I must have since it was sitting in my closet. LOL. How many things do you have like that? Based on the style I can tell you I would have paid less than $10 and I am guessing the bracelet came from Target or Forever 21.



Where do I begin? I woke up to find the story had spread virally, nationally and there had been so many visits to my site that the awesome folks at were up until 5AM moving my website to a dedicated server to make sure it didn’t go down. Thank you to all the amazing fans for going to visit the site and for all of the nice messages, wall posts, @societystylist tags and emails. I am so grateful for your support and appreciate you taking the time to spread the word about the experiment.

As 8:30 rolled around in came reporter Lindsey Wilcox (an absolute doll…someone needs to pick this girl up for an anchor job) and the crew from NBC5. We taped for about an hour and a half and by the time we wrapped Jo’s (my awesome PR from Trizilla Communications) phone started to get some action. By 2PM she’d booked me on Virgin Radio Toronto (yes the story has gone international), CBS11 in Dallas, CBS21 Live in Fort Worth, KLRD “The Other Side of the News” and Good Morning Texas. I am so thrilled to all of them and very happy to be doing Good Morning Texas on a day when my good friend LeeAnne Locken happens to be guest hosting (hey some things just work our brilliantly.)

The day moved very fast. I met Vanessa (my adorable friend from Michele) at MiCocina (yes I admit I go there a lot) for lunch and we were joined by my graphic designer Joel Ott with Fletcher Graphics (you need a good designer, this is your man. I have worked with him for four years and he is awesome) Then headed over to Elli Grace, check out my pic of the day to drop off pictures from their fashion show and the high-res files of all my looks for a window display they are doing in their Willowbend store. (pics to come I am sure)

I had to race home as I was notified that CBS11 Dallas would be arriving at 5:30PM to tape for the 10PM show and that would be followed by a live spot with CBS21 in Fort Worth at 8PM. Got to quickly view the clips on the DVR, great job by all the stations by the way. (will have the links posted ASAP) At this point I met exhaustion and fell into bed minutes after the crew left. Yes I was asleep about 9PM and for those who have seen me post you know this is crazy and unheard of as my normal bedtime starts with…AM. Well I am so excited to see what the next 13 days will bring.

Oh and I forgot to mention I was invite to model in the Kidney Texas Fashion Show, a great cause to support. If you want to attend, definitely get your tickets ASAP as it’s just a week away. Also Lucky Magazine invited me to come on board as one of their Alpha Style Shoppers (more soon about this I am sure) and I got quite a few emails about upcoming presentations and product deliveries. Whew…what a day!!!


4 Responses to “Day 18: In My Little Black Dress”

  1. karenymorse
    August 19th, 2009 @ 8:04 AM

    During hectic times I try to remember a few simple routines to help me look my best despite my schedule! At night before I go to bed I try to remember to drink a few extra glasses of water. This helps de-puff myself and generally when one is stressed their face can show it in a form of bloat. Then in the morning I first start with exfoliating my face – it helps mother nature remove that tired layer to make me look more alive. Then I use cooled cucumber or cooled off chamomile tea bags on my eye area before I apply a great moisturizer. Finally some carefully applied concealer to even out the dark circles and voila – a fresh face to the world!

  2. Karen
    August 20th, 2009 @ 7:31 PM

    When tired and overwhelmed, some people take a nap to rejuvenate. Others think exercise is wonderful. But what works for me is to get a lovely frozen margarita, sit by the pool, close my eyes, and listen to trickling water and birds singing. After a few minutes, my mind feels refreshed and I am ready to get up and face the world again.

  3. Pam Boyd
    August 31st, 2009 @ 11:14 AM

    Happy to hear others like to catch a quick nap to make it through the day.

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