Janise from Mama in Heels!

Hello everyone!  I'm Janise from Mama in Heels and I hope you enjoy this guest post I've written for Avril!

It’s a known fact that I love to shop, especially for deals that I can scour from places like sample sales, online flash sales, TJ Maxx or outlet stores.  One of the places that I need to pay attention to is my own closet.  I don’t think I have a lot of clothes but some friends that have seen my closet said I had too much while others thought it was not enough.  I personally think it is subjective…a girl can never have enough clothes, shoes, accessories, etc…!
I’ve learned in my early 30s (yes, I’m a late bloomer in almost everything!) that buying staple pieces was worth the investment.  A peak into my closet will find that I have a fair amount of classic staple pieces  that I can go back time after time.  This is one of the ways that I shop to stretch my dollars so that I don’t have to spend a bundle to look stylish for each season.
//dress: Armani Exchange //earrings: Zoetik //necklace: Olivia Welles //bracelet: Zoetik //shoes: Steve Madden//

Recently, while rummaging through my closet, I found this maxi dress crumbled with another dress.  So, it was in hiding for the past few years and I had forgotten about it.  I was so happy because I’ve been looking for it for the past couple summers and sort of gave up.  I remember purchasing this dress 4 years ago at the Armani Exchange outlet store.  I wasn’t going to buy it but the dress was made of 100% silk, the colour was black, and it’s a maxi style (still on trend today).  All pointed to “the investment piece” staple.  What sealed the deal was the price.  The original price was $159 but was marked down to $29.99, and on top of that I received an additional 30% off.  That was a steal!
Each time I wear a staple piece like this I try to refresh the look by adding a statement necklace, bracelet, and/or earrings.  Thank goodness the maxi trend is still alive and well.  For this look, I paired it with the bib necklace that I recently received from Olivia Welles.

I love the color of the stone, and the size of the necklace fits just right for my small frame.  If you have not heard of Olivia Welles, check out their entire collection here, and they are having 30% off on all regular price jewellery right now.  

Thank you so much for reading, have a fabulous day and do drop by my blog today!


  1. That is a great dress! I love it when you find something you thought you had lost or sold long ago! I also love your necklace, I've seen a few bloggers with similar here in UK, I must get one! x

  2. Wow what an utterly beautiful necklace and chic wardrobe staple classics you can return to time and again are so important! Thanks for this fabulous post. I don't usually add my link but I would love it if you linked up to my new style linky Fashion Friday

  3. Gorgeous necklace....simply stunning, H&M do one that's very similar if anyone's interested x

  4. That necklace is stunning. It really makes the maxi dress. Great choice :) x

  5. Your black maxi with the colour pop necklace is perfect:)


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