June 5, 2011

"Dance By The Light of The Moon"

She tucked her coral aubergine lipstick away and floated back to the party (When I saw this printed on the shoe bag, I knew these shoes were made for me)

Frank Tell Dress, Chanel Necklace, Kate Spade Shoes

"Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman." Coco Chanel

Words to live by. There's something wonderful about being impeccably well dressed. You can always tell when a girl has carefully considered her attire. It's a way of articulating your presence. Evening dressing with all of its intricacies can throw a girl into a panic, but I love an excuse to get dressed up. To be honest I don't really need a reason to dress up. I'm an advocate for looking pulled together at all times.

Here are a few pictures of the dress I decided on for the Spring Benefit. I instantly loved this dress the moment I saw it. I have a fondness for black and white. This dress is at once polished and poised. There is just something about this dress that instinctively suits me. When I started thinking about this event I knew I wanted to wear my talisman. A seated dinner calls for an attention grabbing necklace. 

The blend of wool and silk Mikado (one of my favorite fabrics) give the dress structure. A garment retaining its structure is of utmost importance when the evening calls for a lot of wrinkle inducing sitting before the dancing begins. I hesitated at first because of the full skirt and even had an Alberta Ferretti dress at the ready just in case I had a change of heart. I just kept coming back to this dress because it was charming. For important events the first dress that I like is usually the dress. It's simply a matter of trusting my own instincts.

The objective for evening should be to standout, while looking appropriate for the affair. If you're going to an event where everyone is wearing black, why not wear color? If everyone is wearing a long gown, there's something refreshing about going short.  I never strive to be the girl wearing the dress by such and such designer. It's simply a matter of achieving that look that you can't put your finger on, but it's perfection. 

Thursday night was a success sartorially. Even more importantly the event raised a lot of money for an amazing cause. The event was packed and people were so excited to get more involved. There's nothing quite like "dancing by the light of the moon" for a cause you love. 

PS- When the sun goes down the tuxedos come out. There's nothing like a dapper gentleman escorting you in his best. 


  1. You look impeccable! The cutting and the fit is pitch perfect. I love how the heart skips a beat when one finds something that fits them THIS WELL.

  2. You look AMAZING! The dress is made for you, with the necklace and shoes. What a gorgeous ensemble you've put together. Once again, you know exactly what to wear to emphasize your assets.

    I must say you take fantastic photos. What camera do you use?

    I have a little blog that I just started a few days ago and would love to hear your input. http://agnescommejeanluc.blogspot.com/

    Have a wonderful day.


  3. Joy- Thank you. I think the cut and fit are what I was initially drawn to. Fit is always one of my biggest concerns. I also wanted something classic but unique.

    The heart does skip a beat when you find something you love.

    agnes comme fellini- Thank you! You're so sweet. I'm not big on narcissim so I have really debated a lot about whether to do outfit shots. If anyone has any opinions on this I'm really interested.

    I think dressing is an art and it really is about emphasizing your assets. There's a silhouette out there for everyone, but it takes time and a bit of energy to figure out what works best. Nothing comes easy, right?

    I use a Canon T2I. A friend who is a street style photographer helped me pick it out. Otherwise I wouldn't have known what to get.

    Congrats on starting your blog. I can't wait to take a look at it. I hope you really enjoy the blogging experience.

  4. You look stunning, the fit, the fabric, it's perfection. Am so glad you had a good time - dancing is so much fun, and with well-dressed men....sigh!
    Love how you decided to wear the talisman necklace. It adds a special touch.

  5. I love the structure of this dress! Beautiful.

  6. Wow, beautiful - the shape of the dress is just so unique, in a subtle way, it's one of those unusual classics. Glad to hear you had a lovely time!

  7. Ammu- Thank you. That's very sweet. I had a great time and was really happy that the dress didn't restricted dancing.

    There's nothing like a well dressed gentleman. It's cute to see them take a little extra care to get dressed up.

    I love wearing that necklace.

    Prêt à Porter P- Thank you! The structure and tailoring won me over.

    Lin- Thanks! I like to strike a balance between looking unique but classic. You're right- it's about subtleties. I can't wait to see what you do for your event.

  8. Oh, just stunning! The shape is so lovely and it fits you perfectly. I've never had the opportunity to attend an event like that, it must be so interesting, sartorially speaking, and in other ways too.

  9. Beautiful dress! Reminds me of old school Balenciaga, i think it's the tulip shape of the skirt.

  10. Garderoben- Thank you! And to think I hesitated about the shape at first. Yes, these events are so interesting. Wonderful people watching I must say.

    koko // res pulchrae- Thanks! Very old school Balenciaga. Perhaps it's because I saw the Balenciaga and Spain exhibit twice and have been reading the exhibition catalog. There's something about the tulip shaped skirt that I really like.

  11. Wow. this shape is immaculate. I cant believe you hesitated!! The shoes are gorgeous too, I love nothing more than a pair of black patent heels.

  12. La Fille mal Gardée- Haha! Thanks! I hesitate/overthink purchases because my initial feelings are always so strong. I always think 'hmm this can't possibly be it, can it?' I suppose that's better than having buyers remorse.

    I love black patent heels too. They're such a classic!

  13. Sherrie Cola- Thank you for stopping by and commenting. The top half is actually more white, but the material makes it look silver in photos:) I love this dress so much!