Day 27: In My Little Black Dress

Posted on | August 27, 2009


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



Sometimes life needs a little bit of whimsy. With the daily stressors we each face I strongly believe our outlook and attitude directly impacts how we feel about ourselves on the inside and how we look to others on the outside. I have found to overcome this is to take preventative measures when you know you’ll have a long day, when you know you are already tired or when you foresee a day of stressful events. Many of you will have your own tips some of my favorites include wearing bright colors and giving extra attention to my looks when I am tired, adding a bit of fun or whimsy when I know I’ll have a stressful day. For today’s look I combined a bunch of fun colors and whimsical elements including a youthful ring, a pair of jeweled shoes and a funky bright colored necklace.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: What style tricks do you use to give yourself a little extra something on those long, stressful or tiring days?


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 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


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.

HANDBAG: Michele Kenya Satchel

ABOUT THE PIECE: The Kenya satchel, available in multiple colors from for $595, is an awesome handbag. It has a great, unique shape but still holds as much as you could need to put in your bag. I love the Michele bags because they have great interior pockets so you can always find your cell phone, camera and keys. This may be my favorite new bag. It is just so fun and funk it adds a spice of flavor to any outfit.


ABOUT THE PIECE: This adorable ring is by a fresh designer Eden’s Bloom. This cute whimsical rings, come in a variety of cute options and have an adjustable back for just $10. Eden’s Bloom has a cute Etsy boutique for unique gifts for friends and family. As donuts have long been one of my favorite foods I was drawn to the sprinkles donut design. And if sweets are too tempting for you there is a fun coffee design for the caffeine fan in your life. The rings were excellently presented in little pastel colored gift boxes with a coordinating card that opened up to display a personal message from the designer on a stylish iridescent card. Great gifts for the whimsical girls in our lives.


SHOES: Hollywould

ABOUT THE PIECE: These shoes are from the first collection Holly Dunlap created for her line Hollywould. Which means they date back about 10 years. Those familiar with the brand will notice the original tag; the new tag has a quite different look. A pair of shoes, identical to the shoes on these were also given to Gwenyth Paltrow, in her celebrity marketing campaign, I am sure they have an official name but I call them my “Gwyneth” shoes. I got them for $195, which was 50% off retail. And after having them for 10 years and wearing them a lot over that time they are still in amazing shape. Read a prior blog I wrote about Hollywould, HERE.

SUNGLASSES: Michele Miami

ABOUT THE PIECE: I am a sucker for oversized glasses and love the Michele Miami style. This style is set with real diamonds in the logos on each side. They are available in brown and black at for $198.SWEATER:


ABOUT THE PIECE: This funky turquoise necklace compiled of layered gold chains was on sale last week at Target for 75% off along with most of the jewelry in their case. I pick it up for $9.98. A great price on a definite trend piece.

BELT: Navy leather

ABOUT THE PIECE: I bought this belt in LA at Buffalo Exchange for $20, this past May. It was new and still had the $100 price tag on it. It was also way too big for me. But for about $5 Deno’s shoe repair shortened it to fit me.


Today was a day filled with a lot of follow-up but ended with some very exciting news…IMG notified me that I was approved for press and industry accreditation for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York next month. What does this mean? The coordinators of the show pre-screen individuals/publications for designers and their PR firms and then provide a list of pre-screened press and industry representatives who can be invited to the designer shows. I will be there reporting live from Fashion Week so remember to check my micro-blog on Twitter and visit the Society Stylist website each day to read about the latest trends coming down the runway.


4 Responses to “Day 27: In My Little Black Dress”

  1. karenymorse
    August 29th, 2009 @ 8:22 AM

    Although simple, the style tricks I use on those long days are altering my regular look slightly. I do this by wearing my hair in a different style (using clips or headbands) and playing up different accessories. Although a simple alteration, it can make a difference especially on those long and stressful days so that I still look my best!

  2. Karen
    August 29th, 2009 @ 6:07 PM

    I always feel better when I really like the outfit I am wearing. When I know the day is going to be stressful, I definitely want to wear an outfit that I feel looks really good, and as trendy as I can venture, depending on the day’s agenda. I can’t imagine going through a really stressful day, or being in a stressful meeting, and not having the “lift” of being happy with what I am wearing!

  3. Pam Boyd
    August 31st, 2009 @ 12:23 PM

    Can’t wait for your new blog on the trends for Fall.

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