black pea coat: christmas gift from my mom (macy’s), black lace dress: stolen from Kayla (altered — the before photos are coming later this week!), black belt: from another dress, black heels: target (shop), earrings: from my wedding, bracelet: no idea
On Saturday night we attended Philip’s company holiday/20th anniversary party. Before we left, I ran outside and took some outfit photos, then we rushed off to the party. There was amazing food (prime rib! salmon! stuffed chicken! cheesecake!), a photobooth, a candy bar, a lady taking everyone’s “prom photos,” and lots and lots of people. Everyone (except a few of us) got drunk and danced like fools (to our great entertainment), and then finally it was late and we were exhausted, so we went home. 
Then yesterday after church, I came home and went to upload my photos, only to find out that they were gone. All the other photos on my card remained, but all outfit photos had vanished. So I threw my dress back on and went outside to retake them….but the camera wasn’t working. Every photo I took, no matter what I did, was out of focus. Finally I figured out the problem, got it to focus,  and after two photos, my battery died. 
I went back inside, charged the battery for a few minutes, and then finally on my third try, I got some photos.  This fashion blogging thing is hard work!
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I’m linking up with Kayla again this week for the 10 Day Challenge. Today is decade or region day. I think that black fur collared coat is totally twenties-inspired. Don’t you??
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Also, do you remember my Little Black Dress post from a few weeks ago? Well today I’m over at Kristina J’s blog talking about it again, but going a lot more in-depth. Hop on over to her awesome blog and check it out!


  1. Rachel says:

    wow this dress is amazing! I love your hair too.. does it take you forever to curl it like that? The party sounds fun! -Rachel (for the birds)

  2. Kelly says:

    What a gorgeous dress! And you sure were determined to get pictures of that outfit, but it was worth it!

  3. .Chrissy says:

    It turned out perfect! You really look great!! I am glad the party was so fun!

  4. Abby said, "It's Merrick. She's not wearing any pants." Ha!

  5. Kayla says:

    Wow you made that dress so much cuter with the belt and v-neck! So glad you had so much fun!

  6. Mary says:

    It was fun seeing you at the party. LOVE the dress! You are so talented!

  7. Erica says:

    That dress is beautiful! And I'm always the only sober one at my company's parties as well, which means I have a lot of dirt on my co-workers, haha!

    North Meets South

  8. Gorgeous all around. And that coat is a definite classic.

    Freckles in April

  9. okay I'm in love with your dress- and you must ask Kayla where she got it, because seriously you look adorable in it! And who doesn't love a wonderful coat. great job!

  10. You look fantastic! Sounds like a fun company party, too. 🙂


  11. I love the all black ensemble, especially that lace dress. Looks great on you!

  12. preethi says:

    You look so classy – love it!

    lace, etc.

  13. Sayaka says:

    You look gorgeous!! I love the lace details on your dress too.

  14. Bridget says:

    That coat is so much fun! And that dress is beautiful, that cut is very flattering!

  15. Kelly Jo says:

    So classic! i love the lace detail on that dress!

  16. Oh goodness I love this dress. It is so beautiful! And so flattering! And so modest! You look amazing.

    See Me Rwar

  17. Rachel says:

    Love! Love! Love this dress! The lace is so classy and chic. You look gorgeous!


  18. Elisabeth says:

    Merrick… your dress is absolutely beautiful! Excited for the before photos so we can see how your seamstress magic worked! 🙂

  19. Janine says:

    i love that black dress. i've been looking for something similar for a cruise i'm going on in april. i'm so jealous.

  20. This is so pretty! I love the dress and the coat. Very nice.

  21. Urban Nester says:

    Hey Merrick! I'm so glad I stumbled upon your cute blog! I clicked on your photo, because I loved your name {I'm stashing it away for future kids names}! I also have a style blog, and I'd love for you to stop by and follow along! I'm your newest follower!


  22. Omigoodness, dear….you saved the dress and it looks ammmaaaazing on you! Great work.

  23. I love that your style is modest but still attractive. Very classy.

  24. I love that your style is modest but still attractive. Very classy.

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