Day 31: In My Little Black Dress

Posted on | August 31, 2009




Wow! 31 days in my Little Black Dress. I can’t believe it all went by so fast. The week I started I thought back to 31 days prior and thought it seemed like a long time but I have to say this past 31 days just flew by. I am so glad I jumped headfirst into this crazy ordeal because hour by hour I am hearing more stories of people who have been touched or inspired by the story and that tells me that I was able to reach my target audience, you.

Stylists are often thought of as someone only a celebrity could access and someone who would spend all your money on extravagant clothes. By all means I have no problems working with celebrity clients or spending lots of money (does anyone?) but my goal with this project was to bring the ideas of a stylist to the modern everyday consumer. I certainly don’t expect everyone to love or imitate my personal style and I tried to incorporate many styles into the experiment that were not necessarily my own. What I do hope though is that each person who has followed The Dress Diaries has taken away something from the experiment that they can apply to their day, their life, their style.

We are compiling the experiences of the last month into a book soon to be released, titled The Dress Diaries. We have received so many messages, posts, thoughts and comments (both good and bad) and we love to hear your feedback. If you have a story you would like to share please post your comments on the blog or submit your story or your thoughts to

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



Don’t be afraid to mix black and brown or even (GASP!!!) black and navy. The colors are both neutrals and work well together as a backdrop for other colors.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: What unusual color combinations are you drawn to?

LOCATION OF THE DAY: Elli Grace at the “Take Off The Dress” Event…standing next to the outfit voted “Look of the Day,” Day 29



THE DRESS: “The Valerie Shift” designed by Elli Grace. Black cowl neck, sleeveless, knit dress.

WHERE TO BUY:  Available online, beginning August 7, at

PRICE: $150


MODEL: Deco Glamour

WHERE TO BUY: Available at MICHELE retailers include Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and

PRICE: $3,295 Deco Glamour Diamond with Stainless Diamond Bracelet

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.

SHIRT: Manuel

ABOUT THE PIECE: I bought this at a Manuel liquidation sale hosted by Fringe Fashion Group. It was a sample size so I paid $5. I am sure each jeweled button cost more than that.


ABOUT THE PIECE: I stole (read: borrowed, possibly permanently) this…from my mom’s closet. Luckily the price tag was just right. She purchased at JC Penney for just $11.99. A great deal for this neutral, versatile piece.

HANDBAG: Michele Inez 

ABOUT THE PIECE: My bag is obviously the black version but it available at in a beautiful pearl version. Retail is $595 but if you can find any more in the black at Nordstrom it was marked down 50% off. This is the bag featured in The Dress Diaries sketch. 


ABOUT THE PIECE: I paid $12.98 for this piece a few weeks ago. Is was 75% off in the jewelry case and I absolutely love the color combination/contrast this off-turquoise color makes with the gold.

SHOES: Miu Miu Strappy Sabbia Sandals

ABOUT THE PIECE: I picked these shoes up at Nordstrom South Coast Plaza as a day before my birthday gift. Funny story…after trying on quite a few pairs of shoes and selecting these for their style comfort and versatility I was flabbergasted when after fifteen minutes the salesman told me he couldn’t find the other shoe, there were no more in the country and couldn’t I just find another shoe. Solution? A salesgirl. LOL. One thing I have found when shopping, you must find salespeople as motivated as you. The salesman couldn’t see why I wouldn’t just pick something else while the girl realized (as of course you will as well) that once a woman has selected a shoe, its time to find the shoe. So what happened? The girl went in the back and reappeared not two minutes later with my shoes. This is the second time I have worn them and though I don’t recommend them for long walks in the woods or a day in retail they are comfortable and certainly a great neutral footwear solution. Celebrity sighting? Lauren Conrad has these shoes. I purchase the shoes for approximately 60% off retail at $236.90, MSRP $595.



I woke up with mixed feelings. Excited about completing the 31 days but sad to have completed. I couldn’t stir on this for long though because the day was a whirlwind preparing for the evening’s festivities. By 4PM I was on the road to Elli Grace and when I arrived right at the stroke of 5PM the camera crews for FOX4, NBC5, CW33 CH9, CBS11, CBS21 were already onsite waiting for me. What a great welcoming committee.  


Got to mix and mingle with some of my closest friends and we held the drawing for the winner of the Little Black Dress Experiment grand prize, a “Valerie Shift” from Elli Grace, a Michele watch and a collection of bags from GigiHill. Congratulations to the winner, Karen S. or Arkansas.


Wrapped up the event with the “Take Off The Dress” wardrobe change and guests went home with great goody bags compliments of Michele and Society Stylist.



One Response to “Day 31: In My Little Black Dress”

  1. The Dress Diaries…31 Days in my LBD | Society Stylist
    October 12th, 2009 @ 12:49 AM

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