I am one of those women who feel like I need to have a black dress for every season. I'm pretty pleased with my ponte knit dress from Eshakti for fall and winter, but I've been on the lookout for an appropriate spring and summer version. So, of course, I've been browsing Gwynnie Bee's selection because I can try lots of different styles without spending $100 on each dress. If it looks weird or bad, I can just try something else. I wasn't surprised when I really, really liked the Ciara Cinch Dress from the awesome Kiyonna.
This dress is super lightweight and jersey, so it's never going to wrinkle or stretch or shrink. I love the gathered ruching on the right side at the waist. Not only is it super flattering, but it also adds a special little touch to the LBD. I attended a social media conference Monday night, and I felt so put together and classy. I paired the dress with an old turquoise chunky necklace and a pair of turquoise heels. I loved the shade of blue with the black. While this outfit is very va-va-voom to me, this is not something that I would usually wear to a meeting or conference. But sometimes when you are doing something that makes you nervous (like networking with a bunch of strangers), you need a power outfit to give you an extra boost of confidence.
Funny story, I actually bought these shoes last spring to wear with my LWD (little white dress) and pretty much copied this outfit completely from a post from last summer... But I was totally shocked to discover that my shoes are now at least a half size too big! How the heck does that happen? Has some of my weight loss come from my feet? That seems crazy to me because I've heard of feet getting bigger, but never smaller.
|Dress: Kiyonna c/o Gwynnie Bee|
Shoes- Xappeal Rack Room Shoes (similar)
Necklace- New York and Co.(similar, similar)
One final note, yesterday in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon attack, I turned to the internet to find something happy and uplifting. And I found it here. I actually posted this several times last night, but I feel like it's worth posting again. Dove has a new commercial out in which an FBI-trained forensic sketch artist sketched women based on their descriptions. He never saw them; he just asked questions "What's your hair like?" "What's your most dominate feature?" Then complete strangers came in and described the women for a separate sketch. It was fascinating, heartbreaking, and inspiring to see how different your own perception of yourself is. Every one of these women described themselves with such disdain and disrespect- focusing on the negatives- moles, wrinkles dark circles; while the stranger saw a much different person.
It's so wonderful; I hope you will watch it right now. And ask yourself: "How would I describe myself?" It's a very eye-opening activity!