Shiny Black Sequins

by jennine on November 10, 2010


Since I’ve moved to New York, being dazzling has moved up the list of priorities. Not that I didn’t like dressing up before. But dressing up before would often mean being dressed up in a room full of casuals. New York is way more dressed up, much more than I previously thought. It was then I realized I had no night clothes anymore. I’m in my 30’s, I like to snuggle on the sofa and go to bed early. Yeah, I don’t mind being a square! That’s how I’m able to be online and blog all the time! Oh dear.

So rather than signing myself up for What Not To Wear, I had better get me some glittery, only comes out at night clothes. It really hit me when WindowsPhone invited me out to see Katy Perry. I invited Wendy Brandes to be my date, so I had to look nice!. I had no concert clothes. So rather than over thinking it, I stopped by Forever21 on my way home (yeah, yeah, it’s been YEARS) to get something with sequins. I found this black sequin dress that I could wear with a blazer and some other shiny bits that I got recently, like the Club Monaco gold metallic scarf with some Betsy Johnson cashmere socks. (hey, I gotta keep warm).

Lately, it’s been hard to take outfit shots. I live in a neighborhood with a lot of foot traffic and it’s hard to get out there with a tripod and take photos. The lovely Monica Shulman of Ciao Chessa! offered to help out, and it was a lot of fun!

Wearing: Sequin Dress: Forever21 • Blazer: courtesy of Juicy Couture • Scarf: Club Monaco • Socks: Betsy Johnson • Shoes : DSW • Rings; Wendy Brandes (Diana and Asterisk), Erin Watson for RVCA, Heirloom Vintage.

Monica L. Shulman is a self-taught, award winning fine art and assignment photographer and the author of the art, photography and lifestyle blog, Ciao, Chessa! She is based out of New York City where she lives with her husband and their baby daughter.

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1 grace November 10, 2010 at 11:33 am

There’s something about these photos that is just so adorable. You look so happy!

Did you really ride your bike to a Katy Perry show??


2 Maegan November 10, 2010 at 11:36 am

I LOVE the jacket! ..and how on earth do you ride in that mini?!?! lol … say hi to Monica for me …these photos are fabulous ;)
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3 jennine November 10, 2010 at 11:39 am

oh people stared. but i don’t think i flashed anyone!
no really, it’s a girls bike, it’s pretty skirt friendly. ;)
will say hi to monica, she’s so lovely!


4 Ashe Mischief November 10, 2010 at 11:36 am

THIGHS! You did it again! YAY! ;)
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5 jennine November 10, 2010 at 11:40 am

haha, i know, after i said i wouldn’t do it!


6 Alicia November 10, 2010 at 11:37 am

I really love that you made a Forever 21 dress look like a million bucks pairing it with knee high socks and a vintage looking bag!! ;)


7 liz November 10, 2010 at 11:39 am

love the last pic of you next to the bike
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8 Paulettew November 10, 2010 at 11:51 am

Love the sequin dress! Everyone needs a little bit of sparkle :)
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9 jesse.anne.o November 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm

I have a similar dress I picked up @ Buffalo Exchange - I figured at the very least I could wear it for my co. holiday party. I’m not yet sure how I’ll style the layer over it since it’s short sleeve as well but it was nice seeing your version.

That bike is adorable. Is it yours?
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10 jennine November 10, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Maybe you can style under it with a lace long sleeve top?
Yes, that bike has been with me to three cities! Crazy!


11 Tami November 10, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Love that sequin dress and how you paired it with the socks.
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12 kileen November 10, 2010 at 12:06 pm

the sequined skirt is so pretty and i really like how it looks with those knee-high socks!

beautiful pictures too, as always. :)

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13 Sylvia November 10, 2010 at 12:15 pm

I second the thighs comment! So great to see you embracing them. I adore the socks and the dress and the detail on the back of the juicy couture blazer is awesome!

Great look, Jennine!
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14 fashion butter November 10, 2010 at 12:56 pm

You look awesome. Love all the black paired with the red lips. And your opening line made me choke on the tea I was drinking.
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15 jennine November 10, 2010 at 2:11 pm

haha, dazzling?


16 meligrosa November 10, 2010 at 1:16 pm

rocking it girlfriend!!!
sequins and schwinn and smiles = winwin situation <33333
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17 jennine November 10, 2010 at 2:13 pm

oh yeah! me and the old lady! she’s happy here that she doesn’t have to go up hills, but probably won’t like the chills. we’ll see! :)


18 Storm November 10, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Newyork looks like such a dream, lucky you! I’ll be there one day.


19 Chessa! November 10, 2010 at 1:26 pm

You look amazing, Jennine! Can’t wait for our next shoot! x

ps-hi, maegan!!


20 jennine November 10, 2010 at 2:12 pm

me too! it was sooo much fun! and i don’t normally like when people take photos of me. so that speaks volumes how fun you are!


21 Fashion Herald November 10, 2010 at 1:41 pm

You looked fantastic! Very good Forever 21 buy. I’m going to have to drop by there this week.
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22 jennine November 10, 2010 at 2:14 pm

well everyone has that one piece… it was just a matter of time before i could find it, even if it took years.


23 the clothing menu November 10, 2010 at 1:59 pm

love that bag, and the heart and star ring, and the dress with the blazer!
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24 WendyB November 10, 2010 at 3:08 pm

You were way better dressed than I was that night!
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25 Velta November 10, 2010 at 3:37 pm

I really liked your socks. And you have a charming smile:)
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26 Christina November 10, 2010 at 3:50 pm

That second to last picture of you is AMAZING! So pretty. xoxo
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27 Jacqueline November 10, 2010 at 4:13 pm

I love the dress! I’m so happy the holidays are approaching because all of the sequins come out of hiding.
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28 Liana November 10, 2010 at 4:14 pm

wow you look great! i really love the sequins, and the back of that blazer is amazing! you fit right into trendy New York :)

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29 Carly November 10, 2010 at 4:34 pm

That dress is adorable. Might have to head to forever 21…..too darn cute to pass up and looks so much more expensive. Enjoy!
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30 Meghan November 10, 2010 at 4:42 pm

I love the sequins, Jennine and all the rings are great.

On another note, Natalie and I got together today for lunch and chatted about missing you, but how happy you look in all your recent photos and sound in your posts. can’t wait to play with you in the city! we’re sending you love from san francisco!


31 marni November 10, 2010 at 5:14 pm

oh jennine!!! i love your style. what a great outfit for a fun night out in nyc! i too admire monica’s skills behind the lens. so glad i found the link to your blog on her fb page. you are definitely a fun one to “follow” and imitating your hair color is now a must on my fall to do list. :)
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32 Eboni Ife' November 10, 2010 at 6:15 pm

you look fabulous! I’m glad to see you gave the OTK socks another go. The look really great. I really need an oversized sequin dress like that. Maybe I’ll luck up and stumble across one at my local F21. We all know that no two F21’s will ever carry the same merchandise.

Oh, and I really adore all your rings…
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33 previously owned November 10, 2010 at 6:15 pm

oh wow! That blazer is to die for. Die for while biking on that awesome bike that is! Jennine you seize to amaze me. haha
<3 it!
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34 Joy D. November 10, 2010 at 8:21 pm

The blazer and rings (go head Wendy B!) really do it for me. I am glad you decided to “dress” up. But sexy casual is also a more subdued way to look put together.

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35 Chic 'n Cheap Living November 10, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Stay dazzling lady. You’ve also convinced me to get the ASOS sequined dress I’ve been eyeing - love the sequins and jacket pairing!
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36 Susu Paris Chic November 11, 2010 at 1:13 am

What a lovely, girly and utterly playful look! Sequins never displease me. They spice up the days in the most glamorous of ways:)
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37 katie kirby November 11, 2010 at 6:09 am

I really like some of the jewellery pieces!


38 Chessa! November 11, 2010 at 8:27 am

oh and btw, I forgot to tell you that a few weeks ago I bought a black and white striped sequins top at F21. The sequins are on the black stripe and I wore it out with black skinnies (from my new cheap fave ON!) and suede heals but now you’ve inspired me to wear it during the day like you’ve done here. maybe next week for our next shoot I will bust it out for daylight wearing. x
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39 MOUSEVOX November 11, 2010 at 9:35 am

I’m a NY transplant and miss the norm of bedazzled dressing as opposed to the casual comforts of Nashville! Though, I still wear sequins whenever I please, it’s usually met with more attention than I anticipate. :)


40 Grace November 11, 2010 at 10:00 am

You look lovely in sequins!

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41 Casey November 11, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Wow! I love this outfit! I think that it’s monotone makes it really elegant, but still sassy enough for a night out. I love the vintage tapestry bag too-such an unexpected addition! I can sympathize with not having a lot of “night out” clothes any more… I’ve had a couple of times in the past year when I’ve had to scramble to come up with appropriate outfits! I guess I’m too much of a square too anymore… lol. Seeing this is making me want to pick up a 60s sequin top next time I see one in the thrift shop… just in case!

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42 Penny Dreadful Vintage November 11, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Ooh see - you look awesome in socks! Sexay. Little bit of sequins never go astray either.
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43 Pink Ronnie November 11, 2010 at 4:15 pm

You look amazing, as always! Wish I had opportunities to wear little black sequinned dresses like that… I think people in Sydney would think me a little strange if I walked around the streets in the daytime like that. Great knee socks!
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44 FarmGirl Fashionista November 12, 2010 at 6:48 am

LOVE this look!! And the purse…fabulous!! So envy you’re new adventures in NYC!! I tried a sequin tank around here…you’d think I showed up naked with all the stares…so I understand being overdressed in a room of casual peeps…even though I felt quite casual?! Posted it on my blog if you get a chance…check it out! =)
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45 Greta November 12, 2010 at 8:33 am

Jeninne- you can turn it on when you want to girl! This outfit is dynamite and so are YOU! Xx
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46 propriatress November 12, 2010 at 1:17 pm

yes…you sure look happy! and it’s always the right time for Sparkle!


47 Nickie Frye November 12, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Wait, what?! New York? How long has it been since I’ve visited your blog? When on earth did this happen? I need to read up!

Ok, well you look great! Some things never change. :)

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