Back to Black with a touch of pink

Updated on Nov 13, 2008
Zara Basics shirt - Zara belt - Mango skirt - Zara tights - the Librarians shoes
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I’ve been wearing a lot of colors lately particularly RED so I decided to give the dynamic rainbow bright color palette a rest for a day and go back to what is essential… BLACK.

Black will always be the new black!

My brother commended me on having guts to wear an all black ensemble. When I was trying it on and asking his opinion (since I trust his style so much), he commented that I looked totally fierce and that the outfit worked miraculously though he expected it not to when I mentioned it was all black. But he was glad to be wrong in this case.

I will always still love black. No matter what colors I experiment with, black will always be THE wardrobe staple and almost everything works in this color except for maybe a wedding dress. My closet is made up of a lot of blacks especially skirts, shirts and little black dresses (I have the most dresses in black!!!) simply because it is very effortless and dynamic. Style it up with a different set of accessories, and it ends up looking like an entirely different piece of clothing. Right?

Not to mention that it is dramatic and totally versatile.

The Highlight of my day was that I bought amazingly gorgeous shoes from Zara today thanks to our informant who texts when they have a new shipment. I saw these “just arrived” gorgeous strappy black heeled sandals with silverish studs and embellishments and I could not resist but take ‘em home with me! Thank God for the privilege of getting to pick first… seriously, that’s why I am very close with the salesladies in stores…they’re my eyes and ears! ! I find myself buying more shoes than clothes from Zara lately! This is probably because I support local designers for clothes more. The pair I got today was totally fabulous! And I cannot wait to wear them!!! They are magical on my feet!

I was feeling very under the weather today due to sore throat and a runny nose. Had to take medications for these symptoms but even sickness won’t dampen my love for dressing up! I felt totally Euro-chic today when I headed off to my favorite place to have a classy night out with my guy. So, I decided to pay tribute to one of my most favorite style blogs, the sartorialist by coming up with the ensemble. I remember one photo of a girl in an all black ensemble and purple shoes and I decided to re-do that look with a bit of my edge and attitude.

I was originally planning to wear Purple Satin Stiletto Heels with the black outfit but my friend, Nicole Young who owns retail store and Rockwell Urban Bazaar concession also found online at The Librarian’s Multiply Account sent over these awesome lilac strappy gladiator sandals that I ordered like a month ago to my house this morning and the minute that I put them on my feet, I didn’t want to take them off. I couldn’t. They were too pretty!

My mom was practically laughing at me since I was walking around in our house in these shoes and my pjs like nothing. She totally said that she gets it… that I loved the shoes but me prancing around with them in pjs was too much to bear. It was such a classic moment.

So after a while, I took ’em off and decided to wear them for the night out. I watched the Meg Ryan/ Anette Benning/ Jada Pinkett-Smith and Debra Messing comedy The Women and ended up liking it so much I was practically laughing out loud the whole time since everything they did was so familiar it reminded me of my friends and I.

Chick flicks are a guilty pleasure.
But not the heavy drama movies.
I love comedies!

It was a good two hours of cattyness, name calling and crazy ‘WOMEN’ things that were all so familiar and true that I totally enjoyed while my boyfriend was just squirming in his seat wondering why he agreed to watch it with me in the first place. He could not relate since there was not a single scene in the movie with a guy present. At one point, I saw him wishing he watched Passengers instead…. But he did say he learned a thing or to about girls so I have to give him credit for that.

Anyway, I mixed and match black clothing articles from my closet like the button down shirt with the studded belt and the Mango skirt with tulle and lace. It was a tad too short to wear alone and I was not feeling too showy that night so I added leggings to complete the look and to keep me warm. Finished off with the wonderful shoes I got from Nicole (as mentioned earlier) and a Vivienne Westwood North South Argyle Bag in Purple (A bag I totally missed using and forgot about!)

I hope it worked in the non gothic/ creepy kind of way!
The shoes were meant to brighten up the look and break the monotony.
At the end of the day, I really love how I felt in these clothes!
That’s all the matters right?
Lemme know what you think! XOXO

Song inspiration: NEW SHOES by Paolo Nutini

_Woke up cold one Tuesday,
I’m looking tired and feeling quite sick,
I felt like there was something missing in my day to day life,
So I quickly opened the wardrobe,
Pulled out some jeans and a T-Shirt that seemed clean,
Topped it off with a pair of old shoes,
That were ripped around the seams,
And I thought these shoes just don’t suit me.

Hey, I put some new shoes on,
And suddenly everything is right,
I said, hey, I put some new shoes on and everybody’s smiling,
It’s so inviting,
Oh, short on money,
But long on time,
Slowly strolling in the sweet sunshine,
And I’m running late,
And I don’t need an excuse,
‘cause I’m wearing my brand new shoes.

Woke up late one Thursday,
And I’m seeing stars as I’m rubbing my eyes,
And I felt like there were two days missing,
As I focused on the time,
And I made my way to the kitchen,
But I had to stop from the shock of what I found,
A room full of all off my friends dancing round and round,
And I thought hello new shoes,
Bye bye them blues.

Take me wandering through these streets,
Where bright lights and angels meet,
Stone to stone they take me on,
I’m walking to the break of dawn._

Comments (57)

NathaliaV
NathaliaV on August 01
beautiful
4everUSMC
4everUSMC on August 05
chic
bjkdAnc3r
bjkdAnc3r on March 18
awesome belt!
la_fashionista
la_fashionista on September 14
sick oufit...love!
megro
megro on January 23
love the accessories.. the contrast between the bright shoes and more serious bag is brilliant
Inked_Laces
Inked_Laces on January 23
omg I love your outfit! It's really edgy with a touch of femininity, and the red shoes looks great with the black colors. I am so envious that you got that Vivienne Westwoods handbag!
adrienneee
adrienneee on November 27
Love this outfit! I like how you added a touch of color with this outfit! Adding such a bright color heightens the outfit!
n00dles
n00dles on November 18
Oh wow! The combination of the funky shoes with a more or less serous outfit is perfect!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 18
Thank you so much gorgeous! that is such a nice thing to say! xoxo
theminx
theminx on November 16
amazing outfit, I love the color of the shoes with the all black
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 16
Thanks so much! such a nice pop right? glad you liked it dear!!!
Erzsebet
Erzsebet on November 16
You rock babe hehehe :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 16
Thanks so much gorgeous! i am very honored!!!
Nanny
Nanny on November 15
Honey, this is fantastic! You showed a lot of very feminine looks lately - that I totally adore - but this more edgy looks makes a fine break. I'm going out with my girls tonight and you make me wonder whether I should also give a "back with colored shoes" look a go!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 15
Thanks dearest! i know! edgy twist to my rather feminine style! i am very very honored by the nice words my dear thanks so much! you always do have the nicest things to say! such a deviation from the usual style but it works! teehee and i hope you do! cant wait to see it!
strangekid
strangekid on November 14
this is really chic. good style here.
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 14
Thank you so much!
Tashhh
Tashhh on November 14
I love this outfit. The shoes definitely make it less dark, they're really nice.
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 14
Thanks so much! i am very very honored!
LiV
LiV on November 14
i love the combo. so stylish. you look gorgeous, btw. :-)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 14
Thanks so much dear! xoxo
NatsumiMaria
NatsumiMaria on November 14
Well I think you look amazing!!! Yes way to go on wearing all black! I love it too, black is always the new black haha. Hope ur feeling better!! I had a sore throat and runny nose today too!! It better not last the weekend! Hehe kisses sweety, gorgeous as always :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 14
thanks dear! xoxo
NatsumiMaria
NatsumiMaria on November 14
Oh u r so sweet! You're welcome and I'm glad you are feeling better hehe! Thank you!!!!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 14
Thanks so much! that is such a lovely thing to say! love black all the way! haha and yes i do agree! its back and here to stay or it never left? teehee i am actually feeling better thanks so much! it is a circulating virus! and yes i hope it doesnt! thanks so much and you are totally gorgeous too! love your last post! chic!!!!
TheDemoiselle
TheDemoiselle on November 14
Love everything!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 14
thanks so much!!!
deathbyplatforms
deathbyplatforms on November 14
tres, tres chic! do show us a photo of those new Zara shoes, JL! I've seen those shoes from the Librarians as well. I've been eyeing them before actually. Haha! :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 14
Thanks dear! yes i shall do so in the next post! haha that's great! they're ultra stylish and very very chic too! i know nicole, one of the librarians but im not just saying that its great cause she's my friend but it really really is amazing!
kringles_pringles
kringles_pringles on November 14
I have the same vivienne westwood bag, different shape though. :) fabulous shoes, btw! and am totally diggin the outfit! :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 17
Thanks dear! glad to have helped you and inspired somehow style-wise!!! teehee i am very very flattered that you did that! and yes Vivienne Westwood is fab!!! Stylish girls that we are, our minds are so synced! teehee!
kringles_pringles
kringles_pringles on November 15
You're very much welcome! :) I did take a photo but I my photog-skills at that moment didn't do justice to our fab bag! I'll take better shots of it next time! And I am so inspired by your outfit posts! :) Actually, to leave a comment here was the reason why I registered myself! ;) I was like, "hey, that's like the cousin of my bag right here! And she used it the day after I used it! Cool!" :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 14
Thanks so much dear! i am very very honored to have you comment! hope you took a photo when you used it cant wait for your fist upload! got this from mum as well! haha xoxo
kringles_pringles
kringles_pringles on November 14
*haha* Right! You know what, how timely it is that I stumbled upon this site and saw this post of yours! :) First time that I used my VW bag was just 3 days ago, Nov 12 and that bag has been with me for almost a year now! Christmas gift that I got from my mommy! *haha* ;) P.S You're so nice! I love chic people who are nice! :))
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 14
Thanks so much! gotta love vivienne westwood right? anglomania! haha and yes the shoes are fabulous!
Grammarous
Grammarous on November 14
the shoes make the outfit!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 14
Thank you so much! i do believe so too!
pixienish
pixienish on November 14
very edgy. love the shoes!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 14
thanks so much!!!!
wattabouts
wattabouts on November 14
wow! this is amazing!. i love the skirt in there and the shoes are to die for. you always look great. i always love to visit your page. i find new and exciting ideas. =)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 14
Thank you so much! the skirt was something i bought from before and never wore! its been about a year! haha thanks so much too! i am very very honored and flattered!
lilisasa
lilisasa on November 13
uhhhh i love the shoes
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 14
Thank you! Isnt it lovely? xoxo
Chuen
Chuen on November 13
Your shoes are so ♥♥♥!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 14
Thanks dear! the powers of friends!
jos
jos on November 13
amazing shoes........love going all black with colourfull shoes!! just adds a touch of fun and style to any outfit!!!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 14
Thanks so much! colorful shoes are indeed accent pieces! teehee thanks!
inKARLcerating
inKARLcerating on November 13
very chic again! you always make me drool over yer looks! babe i think u heard of stellaluna shoes
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
thanks babe! yes i have...its at rockwell and adora! i love the shoes! its a sister company of tyler actually! i'm getting the red hot heels there! haha isnt it great?
Tailorstitch
Tailorstitch on November 13
the shoes are hot...sets off the oufit well
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
thanks so much dear! pink or lilac is love! haha
dizzyrizzy
dizzyrizzy on November 13
love your shoes! you look fab! can't wait to see your new shoes!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
thanks dear! i am seriously loving them as well and yes i cannot wait to wear my new pair =) xoxo
lyssashiiine
lyssashiiine on November 13
i loveeeeee those heels! so killer!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
thank you so much they are a great great find indeed!
bittersweetsymphony
bittersweetsymphony on November 13
i am in love with those shoes!!! the colour & style is perfect!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
thank you so much! cheers! xoxo
fugee
fugee on November 13
love everything! you're chic as ever :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
thanks so much i am very very honored =) cheers! xoxo
suibug
suibug on November 13
I agree with your brother 100% FIERCE!!!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
Thank you so much! xoxo i am very honored!
Sheiqs
Sheiqs on November 13
Love those shoes!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
Thank you so much!!!!
fashiolution
fashiolution on November 13
you look so chic!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
Thanks so much! i am so honored!
ferociacoutura
ferociacoutura on November 13
all black can (almost) never go wrong. you look great(:
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
Thanks dear! I love black too! haha cheers!
lissakahayon
lissakahayon on November 13
JL! I super love this, I'm a big fan of black!! and those shoes, I remember seeing those at the Rockwell Urban Bazaar but again, they didn't have a size 8 :( Love everything about this!!!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
The one they gave me was a size 8 =) it's preorder dear so maybe you can get it pa =) haha and yeah gotta love black! who doesnt right? thanks xoxo
Grets
Grets on November 13
loveliçy touch of pink :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
Thanks dear!
megz29_29
megz29_29 on November 13
beautiful shoes!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
thank you so much!
KellyJoy
KellyJoy on November 13
fantastic style once again. i love those shoes and waiting to see your new Zaras.
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
Thanks so much! i am very honored and yes i cannot wait as well!
LizParker
LizParker on November 13
fucking amazing! Love everything about this.
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
thanks so much i am very honored!!!
angelgo03
angelgo03 on November 13
lookin' wow as usual!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
Thanks so much! xoxo
stefy
stefy on November 13
i love your shoes!!!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
Thanks dearest!!! =)
gabiatch
gabiatch on November 13
black is just so timeless!!! i love it, you look fab! :) and your shoes..omg i want one! by any chance, would you know if they do international shipping?
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
Indeed black is classic! black will always be the new black right right? haha and thanks dear! my shoes are available for order online! cheers! and you can inquire perhaps they do!
Coconut
Coconut on November 13
I love PAOLO
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
yeaaaah!
Stern
Stern on November 13
:O F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S P.S.: question actually, how big is your closet? lol
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
Thanks dearest! haha actually i converted my brother's old room to my walk in closet since it's directly in front of my room after my sister moved out. He now stays in her room! haha
DigitalLove
DigitalLove on November 13
Oh yes, all black is just amazing! You are Madamme Chic ^_^
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
Yes indeed! i love all black and thanks darling xoxo
phantasy
phantasy on November 13
love that belt! sweet outfit!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
Thanks dear! xoxo
slight_ingenue
slight_ingenue on November 13
sooo cute!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
Cheers! xoxo
ChloroformPerfume
ChloroformPerfume on November 13
so hot!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
haha thanks!
h8nd5
h8nd5 on November 13
love the bag and studed belt !!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
Thank you so much!
Ofiellia
Ofiellia on November 13
Omg i love the shoes. It's gladiators righ? Or not? (: Anyways, i love this one.
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
Yes it is! thanks so much!
hirondelle
hirondelle on November 13
wowwow. great. lovin it
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
Thanks dear! cheers to great style! xoxo
glamourstains
glamourstains on November 13
Cute! I like the added color of the shoes and that belt.
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
Thank you! =)
bianx
bianx on November 13
i love the shoes! i've been looking for a pair in that color! :)
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
Thanks! you can order it online through multiply! its totally comfy too!!!!
ninjaneko
ninjaneko on November 13
of course i left a chic vote...good for u. :) hubby is allergic to chic flicks.
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
Hahaha too bad! =) thanks so much! xoxo
modedamour
modedamour on November 13
very nice!!! love the shoes
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
Thanks dear! yes the shoes are pretty great!!!!
anjsalan0
anjsalan0 on November 13
WOAAAH. Fierce!!!! :-) Your all black ensemble totally suits you and your shoes are lalalove <3
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
Thanks Anj! I know! i'm totally loving black now! haha and yes the shoes are great! they wee by a friend!
jetaime
jetaime on November 13
woww! that belt and the shoes just set off the black!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on November 13
Thank you so much dear! i meant to accent it with them indeed!!!
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