Sunday, September 15, 2013

Pop of Pink

Mr. J and I attended a charity benefit this weekend where the dress code was "upscale wine country casual."  I had no idea what that meant so I decided to play it safe with a little black dress.  The ponte knit cotton made it a bit more casual and I added just a few pieces of jewelry to glam it up.  After I was dressed, I looked in the mirror and felt like I was dressed for a funeral.  I was running low on time so while I usually shy away from lip color, a bright pink lip was a quick way to bring the pop of color that this outfit sorely needed.

This outfit also features two staples in my very different price points: my lovely black caviar Chanel flap bag and my black Zara pointy-toed pumps.  Since I've moved 4 times in the last 6 years, I've had to take re-evaluate my wardrobe many times.  I was shocked that despite the frequent moves (and frequent purging), I was still able to amass so much stuff.  The disheartening part was that a lot of the stuff just wasn't worth keeping.  So over the past two years, I've really tried to collect some wardrobe essentials and limit myself from buying something new if I already had an item that served the same purpose.

 Black knit dress: Madewell (last season). Black pumps: Zara (old) (this season's version here). 
Jeweled necklace and pave bracelet: J. Crew (here and here). 
Purse: Chanel medium flap bag in black caviar. 
Bright pink lipstick: Urban Decay Revolution in 'Catfight'.


  1. It's amazing how much stuff we accumulate! My city flooded this year. Our basement flooded; we live in a hundred year old house and store almost everything down there. It forced me to throw out a ton of stuff I was keeping for no reason (lecture notes from medical school, anyone?)

    I love the dress, especially the back!

    1. Haha...I think I have you beat. I can't convince my husband to throw away his COLLEGE lecture notes! Sorry to hear about the flood though. Hope you didn't lose anything of sentimental value.

  2. Nice classic look - I love the unexpected cute cut-out on the back of the dress!

  3. My re-evaluation takes place at the start of each season - when I take out the clothes packed away underneath the bed and frankly, I am always shocked at what I find in there. I suppose the limited wardrobe space in my tiny NYC apartment reigns in my spending but I know I can do better at making better shopping decisions!

    Anyway I am on a cutout kick and love that detail on your dress too!


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