Belle de Nuit

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When hubby and  I decided to attend a ball this year, I knew that I wanted to wear something long and dramatic. I have been hanging on to this Armani couture skirt, an impulse buy at Barney’s Warehouse for a New Year’s Eve Party over twenty years ago, for just such an occasion. I love the skirt’s color, a rich midnight blue, and its simple silhouette with dramatic details like that thigh-skimming side slit and long train.

I wanted to keep the look simple but edgy for this event. I thought it would be fun to do my duty as a MICHI brand ambassador and pair that couture skirt with one of their sexy, modern tops (check out my feature on MICHI designer Michelle Watson here). I tried several but ended up choosing this one because I love the cutout and mesh details and open back.

I added a wide belt not only to give the look a more polished feel, but also because it came in handy to tuck the train in for walking purposes. I found a lovely pair of black Gucci sling-back sandals on sale that really pulled the look together, and the rhinestone details definitely elevated the look.  Instead of jewelry, I wore a custom manicure that combined an ombré effect with sparkles in shades of blue.

My Halston minaudière was the obvious handbag choice, although I could barely fit my iPhone 7plus into it, which was a bit of problem.  Luckily for me, my date was a very tall man with correspondingly large suit pockets. 🙂

Photos: Hannah Ratcliff

A Walk on the Wild Side

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Taking a walk on the wild side every once in a while is not a bad thing, is it? I fell in love with this black leather mini when I saw it at Ella Rue, and although it’s out of my comfort zone (I’m generally more of a CEO skirt kind of gal), I decided to go with it. It’s definitely a statement piece (just look at those studded details), and since I was already in statement-making territory, I figured why not throw some leopard into the mix? Continue reading