A Sparkly LBD

First things first, and forgive me if this elicits an eye roll from the seasoned stylistas among you, but a LBD = Little Black Dress. Now that we’ve covered the basics let’s mix things up with a LNSBBD. Have I stumped you now?! That’s a Little Not-So-Basic Black Dress, and granted, it’s a term no one, save me, has ever or likely will ever use, I think it’s apropos today’s look. Sparkles are, after all, anything but standard issue. They have the power to captivate and to lift spirits. I promise. You just have to believe. Here’s a true story… The last time I wore this little dress I was looking forward to meeting an old friend that was very dear to me, and then they didn’t show up. But the dress sure did! Lest you cry for me (Argentina or any other wonderful nation), I salvaged the night and wound up making a few new friends. That’s what sparkles can do for you. They turn frowns upside down, they make the mundane more marvelous. (I love a good alliteration.) So pocket these words of wisdom… when you need a little extra insurance on a potentially wobbly night out, let sparkles be your guide.

Amanda Garrigus v-neck mini dress

Amanda Garrigus Sparkly Little Black Dress

Amanda Garrigus Dolce Vita bootie

Amanda Garrigus Black Sparkly LDB

LBD With A Twist

LBD or Little Black Dress. It’s a quintessential part of any woman’s wardrobe, am I right? But sometimes black just isn’t enough. Did I just say that? Sacré bleu! Well it’s true, and I’m here to speak the truth. Sometimes a little nude twist can take that little black dress to the next oh so intriguing level. Witness this A/X Armani Exchange number. It’s black tulle twisted over a nude bodice and it’s my go-to for those moments when I don’t want to make an effort but I want to look like I did. Maximum impact for minimum input. The accessories, of course, are key. Here I’m toting a box clutch gifted to me by the bag’s designer, and one of my dearest friends, Cornell Collins. I’ve carried this puppy everywhere. I believe it was with me when I met the queen and king of England, aka Victoria and David Beckham. This not-so-basic clutch, with this not-so-basic dress is basically perfect. At least it is for me!

Amanda Garrigus - A/X Armani Exchange LBD

Amanda Garrigus - Armani Exchange Dress

Amanda Garrigus - Armani Exchange Mini Dress

Amanda Garrigus - Black Tulle Dress

Amanda Garrigus - Little Black Dress