I attended a charity event for a friend the night of the Oscars. It’s a rarity that I get all dolled up and do that type of thing, but I thought it would be fun and it would be for a good cause. The problem? Of course, if you followed me since the beginning, I rarely do dresses. So in desperate need of something to wear, I went out and bought a new dress and as a result, it was my sixth item purchased over the last few months making my 5-item challenge a fail this year. I’m not too broken up about it, but I am still a bit disappointed with myself.

I wanted something both fun and edgy and ended up picking a up this yellow number from Zara. The process happened rather quickly which is very unusual since it usually takes me weeks to find a dress that I feel good in. In anticipation of not taking a good photograph of the outfit at the event, I snapped a few before I left the house (my friends are horrible photographers…shhh).

DSC07128Oscar  Zara Dress with Cape Sleeve / Botkier Charlotte Clutch (similar here) / LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Amaya Pumps (Black, size 6)(newer version here) / Hue So Silky Sheer / Forever21 Bracelets /  Le Chateau Ring / Le Chateau Earrings

The dress looked best on bare legs, but it being the end of February, I didn’t feel like that was a good option. I also don’t like the look of an opaque tight with basic pumps as they can sometimes make an outfit appear more casual. A sheer tight can sometimes appear old lady-ish, however, with the right dress, it can also give it a bit of edge which is what I was going for (though maybe not necessarily successful). These are Hue So Silky Sheer (12 denier). I liked the texture of the hose (although maybe next time I’ll opt for a 20 denier) and although I thought they were of pretty good quality, they didn’t even last the entire night. Very sheer tights don’t last very long even if you invest in a $100 pair, but they should certainly last more than one wear.

And a few Instagram snaps taken during the night:

picstitchGreat news, Zara-loving Canadians! Zara is going online March 6! It probably won’t have free shipping and returns like our American-counterparts, but hey, we can work up to it! 😀 Check out the dress here!

It’s been a while

You all haven’t seen me in a work dress in a while, huh? That’s because I haven’t put one on in a LOOONNGG time.

I had an idea for an outfit, but what resulted was something totally different than what I initially envisioned in my head (it’s still fairly warm here in DC if you’re wondering why there are no tights yet):

DSC09632_2 DSC09652_2 DSC09664_2Zara Blazer/ Banana Republic Sheath / Ann Taylor Signature Pumps / Adrienne Vittadini, inherited from my late grandmother / Forever21 Ring / Botkier Charlotte Clutch / ASOS Double-wrap Leather Belt 

This Zara blazer is one of my favorites in my closet right now. I bought it out of necessity a few months back when I went home to Toronto for a friend’s wedding and realized that I had forgotten to pack a blazer or a coat to wear over my dress. D’oh! I needed some sort of black cover-up around the $100 mark and this fit the bill. I love how just a bit of the lapel is blue so it can only be seen when it’s folded down, and how I can pop the collar and it suddenly looks like a different jacket. I do wish, however, that there was some sort of button closure to hold it closed. I think I may add a small hook-and-eye myself.

Any good finds this Black Friday? I bought a bunch of things, but I think they might all be going back. Lots to return this coming week! Maybe I’ll have better luck tomorrow (Cyber Monday).