Peace, Love & Sparkles

There wasn’t a whole lot of color to this outfit except bad hallway lighting. So, I figured you wouldn’t be missing much if I flipped the photos to B+W. Before you cry into your cereal – trust me when I say you do NOT want to see this chick in the green-tinged fluorescent lighting of my floor’s hallway. Nothing says romance like direct overhead yellow-green lighting.


This is the outfit I wore to HB and I’s Valentine’s Day date on Monday! HB really outdid himself – instead of flowers, I got an adorable little trinket with loads of sentimental value and sweetness, and he took me to one of my favorite fine-dining restaurants in the city (it is a converted house, with a giant tree growing up and out of the middle of it).*

There, we munched on a four-course V-day menu including amazing crab cakes, calamari, delicious caesar salad, filet mignon, stuffed lamb chop, and an assortment of yummy dessert bites. Oh, and we washed it all down with a couple of bottles of pinot noir. Indulgent. Definitely indulgent. I was feeling it the next day, for sure!

I really love these two pieces put together – I’m really into sheers lately and (of course) sequins, and wearing the tank dress on its own wouldn’t have the lady-like approach desired for a romantic date. Since I’d been trying to find ways to wear the sheer tunic without revealing too much (hello, bra) it worked perfectly under the dress. Score!

What do you think? Should I come up with more ways to wear the sheer tunic? Do you ever wear head-to-toe black?

Peace, Love & Sparkles,

* – I got him a sweet card from Papyrus. HB’s birthday is tomorrow, February 17th, so I have more in store for him!

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  1. 02.16.2011 / 11:12 am

    SO cute! And bet you looked great, yucky hallway lighting and all =)

    • 02.17.2011 / 6:36 pm

      Thanks Amber – the hallway lighting was sooooo bad, thank god for black & white….lol

  2. 02.16.2011 / 11:20 am

    so pretty!

    so great to meet you in NYC this week (last week?… wait I have no sense of time…) and amazing job moderating.

    also, i need a referral for a wordpress template designer … let me know if you'd like me to email you or you can email me at ann@holierthannow dot com

    : )

    • 02.17.2011 / 6:37 pm

      It was great meeting you too Ann! Thanks so much. I'm not sure of any wordpress template designers, so I'm afraid I'm not of much help on that front… sorry!!

  3. 02.16.2011 / 11:20 am

    …. if you have any ideas about who that could be … sorry, I didn't really finish that sentence!!

  4. 02.16.2011 / 11:26 am

    You look fabulous – I like the sheer blouse under that dress!
    It's very NY to wear all black – the sequins help to make it not look like a funeral! πŸ˜‰

    • 02.17.2011 / 6:37 pm

      Thanks Julie! I guess NYC rubbed off on me a little! πŸ™‚

  5. 02.16.2011 / 11:28 am

    I almost live in all black. There is rarely a day when I don't have on at least one black item, it's my lot as a pr girl. I keep reading everyone's descriptions of their Valentine's Day dinners and it's making me so hungry. Yours sounded like four courses of deliciousness, but now I'm going to have to complain that my university doesn't sell crab cakes in the student center cafeteria.

    • 02.17.2011 / 6:38 pm

      It definitely was four courses of awesome. Although….I'm not sure if I would trust university cafeteria crab cakes. πŸ˜‰

  6. 02.16.2011 / 11:34 am

    I am in love with this look, sparkle with a bit of class. Im all about the sheer tops these days (with a tank top OVER my bra, to preserve modesty, ah hem) and who doesn't love a little sparkle? You look fab x

  7. 02.16.2011 / 11:58 am

    i would live in head to toe black if it were socially acceptable. maybe it's my years in NYC πŸ™‚ love your dress!

    • 02.17.2011 / 6:39 pm

      It probably is your NYC heritage. πŸ˜‰ Thanks, and glad you like the dress – it's so affordable from Ruche! (

  8. 02.16.2011 / 1:17 pm

    Gorgeous look!
    I love all black look and I do tend to overdo it. It's a nice look, it's comfortable and easy to put together. I got to constantly remind myself there are an endless range of colours to use and I've been trying to work on that. But black is sexy so it is my trusted colour to use on evening social events and dates. =)

    • 02.17.2011 / 6:39 pm

      It definitely is a fail-safe color to rely on πŸ™‚ thanks matita and thanks for commenting!

  9. 02.16.2011 / 1:56 pm

    I'm a huge fan of all black, it doesn't look boring if you know how to wear it (which obviously you do- the two peices look great together!)
    I've seen a lot of sheer layering lately, so you're definitly leading the way trend wise.

    I look forward to seeing what else you can do with this top!


    Lauren from ChickAdvisor

    • 02.17.2011 / 6:40 pm

      Hi Lauren! I looooove sheers right now! I will definitely be wearing the tunic more often on the blog, and in different styles.

  10. 02.16.2011 / 2:09 pm

    i *LOOOVE* Michelangelo's!! I agree… among the best this city has to offer! 10 points for HB.

    • 02.17.2011 / 6:40 pm

      Hehe – i'll tell him about the 10 points. It's his Bday today so I'm taking him out, so I guess it's my turn to earn points!

  11. 02.16.2011 / 3:35 pm

    I'm always so nervous to wear head to toe black- but you pulled it off SO well and I think I'm inspired to actually try it myself! Those platforms are adorable, can't believe they're from Forever!
    Your dinner sounds absolutely delish- it's making my mouth water.



    • 02.17.2011 / 6:41 pm

      Try it out and definitely come back and let me know how it works out for ya!

  12. 02.16.2011 / 5:11 pm

    I think the layering looks really classy, and elegant. What a great outfit for valentine's day. I try not to wear head to toe black, but it looks so classic, and chic.
    My Heart Blogged

    • 02.17.2011 / 6:44 pm

      Thanks girl. I don't wear black all that often, so this was definitely new for me, but I like wearing it at times to make my hair color stand out. This was super fun esp with the sequins!

  13. 02.16.2011 / 5:51 pm

    Love all black…great idea to put the sheer tunic under the sequin dress…looks amazing and those shoes are killer!
    Sounds like you had a great Valentine's Day!

    • 02.17.2011 / 6:45 pm

      It was certainly great…indulgent, and great!

  14. 02.16.2011 / 10:37 pm

    what a beautiful sparkly dress and i love the shoes!

  15. 02.16.2011 / 10:52 pm

    I'm not really an all black wearer, but this look is gorgeous! I love the sequins…adds some fun to the all black look! If I wear a shear top, I sometimes wear a different colored cami, or I like to wear them under a great jacket. I want to try a sheer skirt, but it seems too revealing.

    • 02.17.2011 / 6:47 pm

      Sheer skirts can be tricky, but if you pair a sheer maxi with boy shorts it's actually a very on-trend (and less scary/daring) look.

  16. 02.16.2011 / 11:25 pm

    This outfit is so fabulous!!!! Really encompasses your blog name!

    • 02.17.2011 / 6:42 pm

      That it does, girl, that it does!! Great meeting you at IFB! Thanks for coming up and saying hi. πŸ™‚

  17. 02.17.2011 / 12:55 am

    I hate when lighting ruins a perfectly good photo but thank god for Photoshop/lightroom so we can all salvage our photography missteps. I'm on a sequins kick lately and I'm currently trying to curb myself from buying another sequin skirt since I just received one from a sponsor and there's no reason to buy another…I swear they're both different. Seeing your sequin ensemble isn't helping though haha.

    • 02.17.2011 / 6:45 pm

      You can never have enough sequins in your life, Ria!

  18. 02.17.2011 / 9:07 am

    You look gorgeous. What a perfect dress to celebrate Valentine's Day in and your date sounds fabulous too!

    • 02.17.2011 / 6:46 pm

      Thanks Andrea! It was a lot of fun and the dress was perfect – I meant to wear it at NYFW but the weather didn't permit. πŸ™‚

  19. 02.17.2011 / 5:17 pm

    I think head to toe black can be so chic!! Love this look! What a great idea to put the tunic under the dress!! I honestly don't think I would have thought to do that. It definitely completed your "lady-like" look! πŸ™‚

  20. 02.17.2011 / 9:36 pm

    Probably one of my favorite outfit of yours so far! Love the classy black with a bunch of sparkly fun πŸ™‚
    I think if you do the all-black look, different textures/materials are a must to break it up – just like what you did with this outfit.

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