One of my favorite outfits for going out to dinner with my husband is a core group of classics: button-up blouse, pencil skirt (or full-length pants), good handbag and jewelry, and a pair of sleek pumps.  And usually I’ll toss a sweater over my arm or shoulders, since restaurants can sometimes be chilly.  This same ensemble works well for a business meeting (minus the necklace); it’s quite versatile. ~Janis Lyn Johnson

What I’m Wearing

ACCESSORIES…BAG: Prada Saffiano Tote (Similar at Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus; similar look in Tory Burch at Nordstrom / SHOES: Ralph Lauren, in Polo Tan, Past Season (Similar here or here) / BELT: Talbots, Black with Novelty Buckle, Past  Season (Similar) / CLOTHING… BLOUSE: Brooks Brothers, Black, Past Season (Similar) / SKIRT: J. Crew, Ecru, Past Season ( Similar) / JEWELRY…WATCH: Michele Diamond CSX With Interchangeable Bands, Quite Old (Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus) / RING: Ross-Simons, 14k Rope-Textured Gold, Multi-Stone, Old (Similar) MAKEUP (All Natural and Organic Ingredients)…FACE: 100 Percent Pure Healthy Flawless Skin Foundation Powder in both Creme and White Peach / CHEEKS:  Gabriel Color Powder Blush, in Vibrant Pink / LIPS: 100 Percent Pure Fruit Pigmented Anti-Aging Lipstick, Calendula / EYELIDS: Gabriel Color Eyeshadow, Chocolate Brown / EYELASHES: 100 Percent Pure Fruit Pigmented Ultra Lengthening Mascara, in Black Tea. (Some links are affiliates. For more, see About JLJ.)


ABOVE AND BELOW: Although my heel is narrow, the ball of my foot is wide.  So even if my shoe is the right length, I sometimes must place an insert in it to keep my foot from sliding down into the toe.  As you can see here, I forgot to place an insert in these pumps.  Inserts are how I compensate when the shoe I want to purchase doesn’t have a narrow option in the width.  I’d been looking for ages for a pair of pumps to match my Prada bag, when I found these Lauren Ralph Lauren pumps at Marshalls–and on sale.  Have to remember the inserts next time!



4 comments on “Easy Elegance: Brooks Brothers Shirt, J. Crew Pencil Skirt, Ralph Lauren Pumps, and Prada Saffiano Tote”

    • Linda, thank you for taking the time and care to share all of these links with me. So kind! I look forward to viewing them! ~Janis

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