My girlfriend, Lindi, has been in New York City all week, as a guest of Martha Stewart. I am not kidding. She was invited as one of 50 small business owners to attend a little conference, a taping of the show and meet the homemaking queen herself. Lindi has had so much success with her new business, Love The Day, and she is such a talented, hardworking woman.
In preparation for her trip, Lindi asked me to come up with ideas for what she should wear. In true Megan fashion, I put this task off and I ended up not getting any ideas to her before she went shopping. But I came up with what I would wear to a cocktail party anyway :-). I started with the Urban Outfitters skirt. I saw this in early December and wished that I had somewhere nice to wear it. I love the soft, gold overlay. And it's on sale right now! I would top it with a velvet fitted blazer, like this one from Zara, belted by something blingy, like this belt from J.Crew. I like a small, hard clutch with a long shoulder chain (not sure where I found that) and a pink/lilacish shoe with a little bling from Anthropologie.
As Mormon girls, we have to wear something that reaches our knees and with at least a cap sleeve, so sometimes dressing for a semi-formal event is difficult. There are some modest dress options out there at Mormon-based businesses, but sometimes those cute little short-sleeved dresses make me feel like a little girl. And an LBD wanders into funeral attire territory when it is long and has sleeves. It's a lot of black and not so little anymore. So, I think the blazer (with a deep-V... well as deep as us Molly Mormons can get) helps the playful skirt feel mature, while adding layers to make a complete look.