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Monday, September 24, 2012

London Times Day to Evening Challenge

Today I am participating in the Day to Evening "Savvy Style Challenge" sponsored by London Times.

The challenge at hand is to take this stunning metallic stripe dress from day to night on a budget of $100.

Several bloggers are participating in this challenge, and you get to vote for your favorite blogger on Facebook. Once you vote, you will be automatically entered to win:
A $150 Giftcard to London Times
And a $100 Amex Card to complete your own savvy look.

The Fan and Blogger winner will be announced on Monday, October 8th.

I actually did quite well with my budget - I managed to only spend $95 (including sales tax) and got some pretty great deals. The temptation to go to Forever 21 and accessorize the heck out of this dress was definitely there (isn't every piece of jewelry in that store $5.80?) However you know my focus is on quality over quantity, so I did all my shopping at TJ Maxx.

Side by Side... To me, transitioning from day to evening means shedding some layers, adding some sparkle, some height, and letting your hair down.
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A closer look at day... A sweatshirt blazer is an easy, comfortable way to make a dress causal while still being polished. The studded boots add a little bit of an edge to the look. I would definitely wear this look to work on a Friday, or even for some errand running on a Saturday.
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The Rundown
Dress c/o London Times Metallic Stripe $88
Sweatshirt Blazer Olive and Oak $25
Studded Boots Toi et Moi $18

A closer look at evening... The spiked necklace was a bit of a splurge at $20 considering the budget restraints, but I had to have it, and more than made up for it in savings on the shoes - these little BCBG peep toes were on clearance for $26!
As any evening look would require, I amped up the makeup with a bright lip, some shimmery shadow and a few coats of mascara.
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The Rundown
Dress c/o London Times Metallic Stripe $88
Spike Necklace Natasha $20
Snake & Nude Pumps BCBG $26
Nail Color Butter London Wallis

(which is Me, right?)

This post was sponsored by London Times, who provided me with the dress and a $100 Amex gift card.


  1. lovely dress I love the transition both looks are great that sure is a great dress !!

  2. Oh my gosh, Lyddie, this is my favorite that you have ever posted. It 's gorgeous. It hunk you have a second career as a stylist in the wings. From the perfect polish color to the incredible shoes for each outfit, this is a winner. Those shoes for evening are oh-my-God gorgeous. Palpatations!

  3. Totally going to vote - I think you did a really good job with the challenge!

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

  4. Oh wow!! These looks are amazinggggg!! You are killing me! Ha ha :D
    I want that dress too... *drools*

  5. Oh what fun, time to vote LYDDIE! Seriously though I love what you did, and those black studded booties... I am so envious of them, my gosh.

  6. I can't decide which look I like more! Great transition, girl.


  7. You've got my vote!

    Great job with the challenge. I love the idea of a sweatshirt blazer. I think I need one for casual Fridays.

  8. Who else would I vote for, eh?!
    Both outfits are amazing and you did a hell of a job accessorizing and staying under budget! I love all of the accessories and jacket as well as the dress!

  9. Great job! Both looks are great. The boots are seriously awesome. Good luck! Going to vote now.

  10. I voted for you! I hope that you win!

  11. Gorgeous!! I love both of your looks, and those shoes for your night look are KILLER. So I have another blog buddy in this contest and I already voted for her today, but if I can I'll head back and vote for you tomorrow!!

  12. Great looks Lydia and I love that they were both limited to a budget! The day look is my favorite! Can't get over those boots!

  13. You did a great job transitioning this dress from day to night and I would have to say that the night look is my favorite!

  14. Looking good Lydia and I am off to vote for you! I love those BCBG pumps - great find!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  15. Just voted for.... YOU !
    I loved the night look :)

  16. I love this dress on you! Both looks are great, but I LOVE it with those cute pumps!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  17. What a great transition from day to night! Love those nude/black heels! Definitely voting for you!
    Juneli from Fashionably Yours

  18. Super cute day to night change. AND I loveee the night look especially! It's so classy, the belt and the necklace and heels. TOO PRETTY!! :)

  19. Lovely pictures! follow you now :-) hope you can follow me back!!


  20. both looks turned out great. I think you should win, for shizzle.

  21. both outfits look amazing :)


  22. Great nail color!! Really digging your evening shoes.

  23. I love that dress! Going to vote for you now

    xo, Courtney

  24. I love both looks - what a versatile dress, and it looks SO cute & comfy!

    P.S. I will get back to you about drinks/shopping this week - I haven't forgotten :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  25. you look great in both looks! i love that dress!


  26. Great dress. And yes, you would be my favorite blogger ;)

  27. That dress is so cute and will be so versatile!

  28. Oh I love this challenge and this look is so stunning on you! Gorgeous styling. xx /Madison

  29. I wish I could have participated in this!!
    Love your looks!

  30. I really like what you did with this dress. I'm a huge fan of London Times, having bought a number of their dresses over the years. This dress looks really comfortable, maybe a little more day ready, at least in pics, but you really turned it into a nice date night outfit as well, especially with the great sandals. I will check y'all out on Facebook!

  31. Wow, you really did a great job stretching $100! I love your evening pumps - those are so cute and will work with so many things! And that dress is pretty great.

  32. Great dress, I like both looks you created :)
    It's amazing how much a change of shoes can change an outfit.

    P.s Up until now I've been able to revert to the old blogger interface, now I have no choice :(

  33. off to vote now
    you did a great job

  34. I think the knit on this dress is ultra flattering and I really like it on you. I think it's out of your comfort zone or at least it's a different type of look than what you post here, I love!
    The Fashionable ESQ

  35. Nooo F21 jewelry is so expensive now, bracelets are like $12... bleh. I like your day look, but night is definitely my favorite. That necklace is so cool and I adore the shoes!

  36. I can't decide which look I like better but I LOOOOOVE those $26 heels!


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