I chose a black wool jersey babydoll dress and my black Chanel boots and handbag. But the highlight of my ensemble, I believe, was my jewelry. Remember, accessories are the difference between being dressed and well dressed. A basic ensemble paired with the right accessories can make you look like a million dollars.
I simply love pearls!! By far they are my favorite gemstone so that was my starting point. I took a 100 inch strand of 6 mm white freshwater pearls and wrapped it four times around my neck. Then I took a 50 inch strand and wrapped it three times. I wanted to achieve that Chanel look of layered pearls. I think I accomplished that goal.
The Peninsula is a treat. It's a hotel of the rich and famous, so I decided to pair my pearls with the one designer jewelry that I own. I typically don't buy designer jewelry because you can get more bang for your buck buying jewelry that has no name attached. But I wanted to be a member of the Van Cleef Club. Van Cleef & Arpels has been worn by the rich and famous for over 100 years. When I got my advance for my book deal a few years back, I marched right down to Van Cleef on Chicago's Mag Mile and treated myself. The French designer Van Cleef is known for his wonderful diamond designs, however his Alhambra collection launched in the sixtes has also been big hit.
I love the Alhambra collection because it is classic beauty that can be dressed up or down. I thought that it was a perfect combination with my pearls. Around my neck is the black onyx and 18k gold Alhambra necklace that I paired with matching earrings.
I had a great time, and I think I achieved my goal of Classic Fab! Remember, you don't always have to glitter to look fabulous, but no matter what you are wearing on the outside, beauty begins on the inside!
Note: The blog on my Tea experience at the Peninsula is coming this Friday with all the wonderful details!