Nov 13rd, 2016

Technically I should have “plenty” of time to enjoy a cup of coffee at ease in a café.  Well, like most of you, my day gets filled with pursuits and responsibilities like two young boys, my high standard for house organization/tidiness, and my various creative outlets…. etc…   So I made an extra effort to have a nice café day.

My photographer Andrew suggested Black Rock Coffee Bar Cafe. I fell in love with this cafe the moment I walked in. It is spacious, sophisticated and upscale. The bookshelf in the back with a reading light has a very comfy couch.   The brick wall, wood furniture, metal legs, and leather couch create textures with great harmony.
In today’s look, I applied a very typical pairing technique which in fact is one of my personal favorite:  short jacket over a dress. This Nicole Miller crystal-print sheath dress shapes with the body.  If you have a rectangle, or pear/apple shaped body type, then this might not be a ideal choice for you. I layered a black jacket over the dress for two purpose: 1) to tone down the colorfulness of the crystal-print, 2) to keep myself warm during the Fall.  You might ask why I picked a short jacket instead of a long jacket.  Because this dress showcases my body, I don’t want to cover completely by layering a long jacket.  A jacket that sits just above the waistline becomes a perfect length to add sophistication while still allowing the dress to be the focal point.  I picked open toe pumps due to similar shaped crystals to match the dress print.  The dress also contains the colors of the pump.
Why did I choose this black & white stripe purse?  This brings us to a new style tip.  Tip No.4:

  • Pairing a black and white stripe pattern with another busy pattern such as this crystal print dress creates an edgy pairing.   This may not always work to pair; but apply an  80%-20% rule. : )

Shop the Look

Nicole Miller Crystal-Print Sheath Dress, Express Jacket {Similar Here & Here }, Jc Collection Open Toe Pump {Similar here }, 3.1 Philip Lim Soleil Mini Textured-leather Shoulder Bag {Similar here }, Maxmara Black Collar Necklace, Marco Bicego Blue Lopez Earring {Similar here }, Su wood cuff {Similiar Here}

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Photo shoot location: Black Rock Coffee Bar
Photographer: Andrew Mesa @AMP Photography 


  1. That dress is gorgeous. It looks much better on you and in your photographs than it does on the sale website – the color and pattern are more vibrant and interesting. Thanks for giving insight into why you chose this combination – I love a good jacket and like how you paired it with the dress.

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