A Little Pizzazz on Casual Friday

Today I picked out a pearl-embellished little black dress to wear to work.  It’s Friday, which calls for a little pizzazz.

Even a gal who doesn’t “party” anymore can enjoy a flouncy dress to ring in the weekend, right?

Of course she can.

I strolled through Cambridge, Dunkin Donuts in hand and my Karen Walker shades on.  I felt fantastic, with a Holly Golightly energy about me.

Dressing up gives me life!

I hopped onto the bus in Harvard Square and headed into the office.  Listening to a song that I envisioned as the soundtrack to my glamorous morning commute, I closed my eyes and felt grateful for this summer day.

I hopped off the bus and walked into my office.  As I sat at my desk, a coworker walked by and said hello.

“You look nice today,” he remarked.

“Thank you,”  I replied.

“I say this because it’s casual Friday,” he continued.  “You don’t have to dress up.”

“I know.”  I smiled.  Dressing up makes me happy.”

Although it’s Friday and I could have worn jeans, life is about the moments- especially the small ones- that bring you joy.  Slow down and smell the flowers, spritz on that special perfume, and splurge on a delicious lunch.

Here’s to Casual Friday- and doing what gives your own workday a little pizzazz.

Summer Style in the City


It has been a beautiful summer in Boston!  I was born and raised along the shores of Lake Michigan (which is hard to beat) and I’m thrilled to be living on the East Coast where Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and the Cape are right at my fingertips.  I can’t  imagine living in a place where I didn’t have water all around me; it’s my source of inspiration, peace, and is perfect for my morning meditation.  

Boston is also known for its beautiful neighborhoods, lush parks, lovely architecture and rich history, so my summer has been filled with exploring and photographing the beauty around me.  Although I haven’t made it to the beach yet, I’ve enjoyed many days in Boston Common, along the Charles River and strolling through the Seaport District.


I spent the past three summers in New York City, where humidity is much more fierce than here in New England.  My go-to ensemble– the little black dress and oversized sunglasses- still suits me well for any occasion; work, play or for a night out.

Some may say to avoid black in the summer due to the heat, but I highly disagree.  There’s nothing chicer and easier than throwing on a black sundress, bangles and shades, complete with a bright bag and lipstick.

What’s your summer style?

Black and white and red all over 

If I could wear a little black dress every day of the week I would. In fact, I usually do. Give me some bright lipstick, a great bag and my signature Karen Walker frames and I’m good to go. My wardrobe has primarily consisted of shades of black, white and grey for years; it’s not only classic, it’s easy.

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The High Line, NYC
I always feel polished when I slip on a little black dress, which is also an amazing choice for a minimalistic lifestyle. My go-to stores are H&M, Zara and ASOS for basics, Henri Bendel for accessories and Ulta for cosmetics (I love the variety of brands- both drug store and high-end).

There are many reasons I love black other than it being sophisticated and chic… it doesn’t give much thought, either!

Everything matches

Unless we’re talking about two shades of black that don’t blend together, you can’t go wrong with black-on-black. Black dress, black trench, black tote, black flats. An all-black outfit is also great when adding statement pieces; my personal favorites are pops of red or bright pink.

It’s easy to accessorize

I love accessorizing. An arm full of bangles, pearls, statement necklaces, bright bags or hats; all of my favorite outfit additions complement my simple wardrobe perfectly.

I always plan out my outfits for the week on Sundays, and surprise, surprise- they’re usually variations of black, white and red. 


Black goes with any makeup💄 

My favorite lip shades vary between shades of red, pink and coral. Here are a few of my favorites to complete my daily look:

Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids “Shocking Coral” Although this is a bright shade, it’s my everyday color. The coral hue brings out the pink  in my cheeks and never fails to help me feel complete before heading out the door.

NARS “Schiap” This bright pink matte is a staple in my makeup bag. While it’s not a typical everyday lipstick, I wear it with confidence even when it’s to the office or running errands during the day.

e.l.f. “Velvet Rope” I love e.l.f. cosmetics- they’re great and don’t break the bank. This is a fun red with an orange undertone, bringing me to my next pick…

Make Up For Ever Rogue Intense #40 This has been my go-to red lipstick for years. The orangey tone makes it bold and bright, perfect for both day and night.

It’s coffee-stain proof

Anyone that knows me rarely will find me without a coffee cup in my hand. I can caffeinate morning, noon and night, so you can imagine that I spill from time to time (more regularly than I would like to admit). I carry a Tide stick with me at all times, but with black, no need for instant stain removal! Have to love it.

Black is slimming

Whenever I’m having an off day I throw on a black top, black leggings and boots. Forgiving, chic and sassy; can’t beat that. You’ll leave the house looking like you tried much harder than you did.

For those who are with me on the all-black train, I stumbled on this article about women who wear black. Accurate, if you ask me!