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Black + Metal

Etsy_Club Monaco_Banana Republic_coverBetween my last post and this post, I think I have hit both ends of the colorful spectrum. Last Friday, I met up with a few girlfriends for dinner at Stella in the South End to celebrate a birthday. An all black pairing of a peplum top and skinny jeans fit the bill: simple yet chic. A few mandatory metallic accessories gave my outfit the right amount of flash and glimmer.

My choice to go with an all black ensemble was more of a strategic choice than a fashion one. Yes, I checked out the menu at around 10AM that morning and selected my meal: rigatoni bolognese. Splatters anyone? Not that anyone could see! Per usual, I ate way too much, but the peplum covered that food baby right up. Fashion and function, just what a girl like me needs!

Outfit Details:

Peplum Top: Club Monaco (selma top), $34.99 (sale). I was wedding shoe shopping with my mom and got side tracked by a big red sign that screamed 50% off sale. So we made a pit stop at Club Monaco and I swooped up this fab top, originally $98. Due to its popularity, it is currently sold out. Here are some similar items: (1) Piperlime: Colette 3/4  Sleeve Peplum Top, $50.97; (2) Banana Republic: Striped Peplum Top, $59.99. Use code BRTHIRTY5 and save 35% off your purchase thru 6/1; and (3) Nordstrom: Bobeau Ponte Peplum Top, $29.90.

Necklace: c/o Etsy (no longer available). I found an exact necklace for $30 at Socal Gems.

Resin Sparkle Clutch: BCBGeneration from Rue La La, $29.90 (retail $88). Want to add some sparkle to your wardrob? Then check these out: (1) Francesca’s: Pearl St. Glitter Clutch, $24.98 (sale) and (2) Zara: Glitter Box Clutch, $79.90.

Jean Leggings: Club Monaco, $50-ish. These are about 2 years old at this point. If you are in the market for pair of great jean leggings, my fave is the Gap 1969 legging jeans, on sale for $48.96 (reg.$69.95)!

Rings: The gold bands are my parents’, and have spent years in my mom’s jewelry box. She got them sized and then gave them to me. I wear them pretty much everyday. The midi ring is a recent pick up from Bauble Bar (got to pay with my vault points!), $20.

Rose Gold Strappy Sandals: Banana Republic, under $100. I purchased these a few years ago when they were on super sale. A current style available at Banana Republic is the Miah Wedge in white pewter, $120. Use code BRTHIRTY5 and save 35% off your purchase thru 6/1.

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