Black & Gold
Around the holiday season, I had been eyeing this dress on Piperlime. It was tagged at $98, but I was determined to buy it for less. Persistence paid off! It's been hanging in my closet since December, just waiting for the perfect event for its debut. When it was time to get gussied up for the first of many weddings in 2014, I knew it was time to pull this piece! This was the perfect choice. So perfect that I practically matched the tapestry and rug (see photos)! The all over gold rosette pattern magically pops against the black backdrop. With a heavy pattern, I love that the dress has a simple neckline. But simple cries for embellishment. Cue in the sparkly translucent necklace. A girl always needs her bling! As for my carryall that night? My lucite clutch, which picked up on the gold flawlessly. I was a bit nervous that the length of the dress would make me look short, but with a pair of heels the proportions worked out great. I love the fullness of the skirt and it's my favorite silhouette: fit & flare. I felt very elegant and ladylike in this number!
Rosette Dress: Piperlime (Pink Martini), $28.80! Piperlime had one of its fabulous sales and I was able to save 40%! As a Banana Republic card holder, I racked up a handful of reward points and got another $30 knocked off. I'm telling you, it's worth having this store card and racking up the points across BR, Gap, Old Navy, Piperlime and Athleta. This dress is currently out of stock but here are some great alternatives, all from Piperlime: (1) Ark & Co, $48.97, (2) Rhyme Los Angeles, $48.97; and (3) Ark & Co, $54.97.
J. Crew Inspired Translucent Flower Necklace: Very Jane (from midnightgirls.com), $14.50. Love Jane; it's like the Groupon of Etsy. Check in for daily for great deals!
Yellow Miniaudiere: BCBGeneration from Rue La La, $27.90 (retail: $88). Here are some similar options: (1) Macy's: La Regale Lucite Evening Clutch in Orange, $55; and (2) Asos: Clear Clutch Bag w/ Internal Contrast Purse, $39.52.
Evil Eye Bracelet: Bracelet was a pick up at the markets within the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem last summer, $55. I searched Etsy and found this bracelet, $44.99.
Tights: Bloomingdale's Outlet (Hue), $11 for a 2-pack. Currently available at Lord & Taylor on sale for $13.50/pair. Use code STYLE thru 3/10 and save an additional 15%.
Bronze Snake Pumps: Nicole Miller from DSW, $gift. My girlfriends bought these as a birthday gift many years ago and they are still my go to! A few suggestions: (1)DSW: Moda Spana, $59.95 and (2) DSW: Michael Antonio, $39.95