How to Make a Fancy Black Dress Suitable for a Week Night

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I have so many fancy dresses hanging in my closet and not enough “dazzling dress” events to attend. Sometimes I manipulate a piece to make it work for me, and not the other way around! While some may still think that sequins for holiday parties and that’s it, I vehemently disagree.  I like to think that, “If it sparkles, it’ll make you smile” so why not make sequins a regular part of your wardrobe? Dress them down with these three simple style tips:

1. Wear a Ponytail

Ponytails are great for job interviews, working out, and…dressing down a fancy dress. Nothing says “I’m so chill” more than a ponytail. On one hand it shows everyone that you’re confident enough to go a day without styling your hair down and on the other it says that you can rock anything because you’ve got gorgeous features.

2. Add a Touch of boho

Larger than life silver hoop earrings are the perfect glamorous boho element to add to an evening look. They show that you’re not afraid to have fun, in fact, you’re probably the life of the party.

3. Add Bright Color

Adding bright color accessories to a little black dress makes its seem less “dressy” and more “stylish.” Being bold is different than being fancy. Hot pink or electric blue will turn heads, drawing attention to your outfit as a whole without singling out your oh-so-divine sparkly dress.

Here are a few chic pieces to inspire your new evening wardrobe for Spring:

Black dressGucci clutchBlue booties SaksSilver Hoop Earrings



I Wore an Evening Gown in the Ocean and it was Perfect

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When I first heard that people were getting together to dress up in formal wear and go to the beach, I was beyond intrigued.  I love dressing up and I love the beach with the beautiful ocean and the hot sand, but never have I ever thought that I would end up combining the two!

My dress search began a week ago.  I needed an inexpensive long evening dress that I wouldn’t have to get altered.  The hardest part was finding a dress that I wasn’t sad to wreck, but also one that I’d love to wear.

This Forever 21 dress fit all of my criteria!  Best of all, it wasn’t too long for me!  Seeing as how I am 5 foot 3.5 inches tall, I’ve always had to get long dresses shortened.  It was a very pleasant surprise to find a maxi dress that I wasn’t tripping over!

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The first plunge into the ocean was incredible.  There is something so cathartic about running into the freezing cold waves not only fully clothed, but wearing fancy attire!

This photo happened when an unsuspecting, powerful wave knocked me down.  Of course by that point, with my dress already ruined, I took the opportunity to have a photo shoot to capture this ridiculous moment!


You can buy this dress by clicking here: Forever 21 Bejeweled Waist Maxi Dress


J. Molly