Day 30: In My Little Black Dress

Posted on | August 30, 2009

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



When I started this experiment I admittedly knew it was a little bit crazy but I thought it would be a good growing experience for me and a great way to share style tips with others. With just one day left in the Little Black Dress Experiment I have been asked quite a few questions throughout the experiment but most recently the number one question I’ve been asked is “Are you ready to be done?” I have to say I have mixed feelings. It is kind of like graduating from high school or college, you are excited to try new things but don’t want to let go of your friends and memories. In like manner I am so excited about what is to come, with just four days until I leave for New York, yet I have gotten into a routine with my LBD and my daily write-up that I think I will miss. I even find myself looking at things in my closet saying “Oooh, I didn’t ever wear that.” That being said I will transition this experience into the next stage in my life and continue writing daily about what I am wearing and the fashion trend or tip of the day. I will also remember this experience and use the things I have learned from it to extend the wardrobe I have as well as when I buy future pieces. My tip for today is don’t hold yourself back from a good idea just because others say it’s impossible or crazy or wonder why you would do something or doubt you can do it. A little bit of crazy is good for everyone and your little bit of crazy might be the best thing that ever happened to you.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: What was your favorite “Look of the day?” Vote here.

LOCATION OF THE DAY: The Harbor at Lake Ray Hubbard. A hidden gem twenty miles east of downtown.



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 MarcusNordstrom and

PRICE: $3295 Deco Glamour Diamond, $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. Strap the Leopard Glitter Patent Leather Strap.


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.

BRACELET: Wooden Giraffe Print

ABOUT THE PIECE: I picked this up at a resale shop for $4. Had it for years but I think this was the first time I ever wore it.

BELT: St. John- Brown with bronzed buckle

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.

HANDBAG: Michele Kylie Hobo

AOUT THE PIECE: This Kylie Hobo handbag, in Cuoio (pronounced “Coy-oh”) is the focal point of Michele’s Fall collection. You will see this bag on the cover of the upcoming Bloomingdale’s catalog and certainly on the arm of many fashionable ladies on the street as well. Price is $595.


ABOUT THE PIECE: I bought these at DSW (love this store) with my shoe rewards points!!! They were just $29.99 in rewards points and though I have had them for about six months, this is the first time I wore them. Surprisingly they were not uncomfortable.

WRAP: Cejon

ABOUT THE PIECE: This wrap is one of the styles you will see all over for Fall. The wrap style sweater is everywhere this Fall. You can get them at Coldwater Creek for $29.99 or Neiman Marcus for $250 or most everywhere else for something in between. Regardless you’ll want to have one/some. They are warm for cold weather and just all around cozy to keep you comfortable all day long. Add a belt to accentuate your waist and wear with skinny jeans or slim cut trousers to dress it up or down. The wrap I am wearing also happens to be an animal print, another hot for Fall trend. I am not really an animal print person but I do see how it could be fun to throw in for a season. Mine came from Stein Mart and cost $29.99.

SUNGLASSES: Leopard Print Sunglasses by Michele

ABOUT THE PIECE: These great Flamingo Leopard Print Sunglasses are a great accessory for Fall with animal prints being so hot right now. The price point is $138. You can see they work great as a headband as well.

RING: David Yurman

ABOUT THE PIECE: Champagne citrine 14mm set in silver/gold. From the Albion® Collection, sterling silver and 18-karat yellow gold ring with faceted and split Cable shank. Stone, 14mm x 14mm. Made in the USA of domestic and imported material. A note about David Yurman rings. Since the stones are genuine each individual stone will have it’s own unique color. Be sure to select the exact ring you want and if you are matching another piece in your collection bring it along as the colors can vary dramatically. It is not currently available online but may be available in store. This was my 30thbirthday gift from my husband.



4 Responses to “Day 30: In My Little Black Dress”

  1. Pam Boyd
    August 31st, 2009 @ 1:53 PM

    I love this wrap! Does it have a place for your arms or is like a pashmina?

  2. karenymorse
    August 31st, 2009 @ 3:16 PM

    I love the wrap and the way it works into the outfit. I also am drooling over the Michele Kenya Satchel. Gorgeous look! THe color makes it all pop!

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  4. R4i
    January 16th, 2010 @ 1:13 PM

    Hello, very nice post 😉 I like R4

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