It’s time to dust of the grey. This week I feel sexy in…

Dress & Sunglasses: Joe Fresh. Earrings: Forever 21. Bracelet: AMH Style (thrifted). Shoes: Naturalizer.

…in BLACK!

Um…I’m not sure why I felt the need to go all caps on the word “black”. Perhaps because I feared black as a sartorial choice for much of my life. In the folly of my youth, I got the fool notion that black was a boring colour best suited to mournful occasions. I also had a vague but persistent fear of getting lost at cocktail parties. How on earth do you stand out when you’re one little black dress in a sea of many?

The answer is all in the accessories!

Accessorizing is another relatively new development in my style evolution. I know see how a simple black dress like the one pictured above, allow other elements of the outfit to take center stage.



Dress & Scarf: Old Navy. Earrings: Forever 21. Shoes: Payless Shoes.

This was the first non-funereal black dress I ever bought.  Two summers ago, I went on a bit of a wardrobe spree with my pals Stylin’ Jes and Natalie Joy.  I was determined, as ever, to shop the rainbow. Meanwhile, Natalie Joy unearthed this simple, dark frock. She tried it on and the woman looked FANTASTIC! I decided immediately to copy her. Of course the dress looked completely different on me. But it still worked and I dig jazzing it up with fun scarfs and such!

Dress & Scarf: (thrifted). Bracelet: Ahora Jewlery. Shoes: Seychelles.

The fact that I now own not one, not two, but three black dresses is probably a sign that I’m past my fear of the dark side. I picked up this number at a recent clothing swap. I did experience a twinge of reluctance at first, but Jes easily convinced me of this frock’s versatility and potential.

BTW, The Man of Mans was busy the afternoon I wore this outfit, so The Green Bean filled in as camera person. I think he did pretty well, don’t you?


If any of you Ottawans looking for an excuse to get dolled up in your favourite LBD, might I suggest checking out the majesty that is Lord of The Rings In Concert at the National Arts Centre!  The NAC orchestra performs the score to Peter Jackson’s Fellowship of the Ring, while the movie is projected onto a massive 60-foot screen.  The peeps at the NAC very generously invited me to their premiere performance and peeps – this gal was blown away!

I can be stingy with the ovations, but I had to stand for this one! Brava, NAC orchestra!

There are only two more performances, tonight and Saturday. Tickets are a bit on the pricey side, ranging from $26-$120 but if you have the means, this LoTR In Concert is well worth the price of admission!


  1. WA_side says:

    You look gorgeous (and sexy) as always on Fashion Friday, but I just had to comment to say how jealous I am of the LOTR production. My budget is tight, but I would so find the cash to pay for my family and I to go and see that if it was showing in Western Australia. Maybe they could send information to our Festival of Perth Artistic Director? I found a general email (, and saw some other personal emails on the site, so am guessing his personal email would be: