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 wardrobe...at 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).
Purse: Chanel medium flap bag in black caviar.
Bright pink lipstick: Urban Decay Revolution in 'Catfight'.