Black basics

lover the label shelley dress mademoiselle fashion blog wellington
lover the label leather jacket see by chloe mademoiselle fashion blog
lover the label whistles leather jacket mademoiselle fashion blog wellington
lover the label whistles leather jacket mademoiselle fashion blog wellington
whistles leather jacket proenza schouler ps11 bag mademoiselle fashion blog

Lover ‘shelley’ a-line dress (similar), Whistles leather jacket (similar), See by Chloe boots (in tan), Proenza Schouler PS11 bag

I think I have writer’s block. You know, where you try and try and try to put pen to paper, but the words aren’t coming out the way that you expect them. Each line you write, every keystroke made, is just a pool of mismatched words and letters, akin to a bowl of alphabet soup. The harder you try, the worse it seems to get; Inspiration is such an organic process, it comes along suddenly and can’t be switched on and off at will like a light switch or a tap, which isn’t exactly convenient (and would also explain to the outside observer the large number of notes on my iPhone that contain little more than four words). The worst of course, is when inspiration never comes, no matter how many times you walk away from said project.

You could probably describe this outfit as the getting dressed version of writer’s block. On those days where barely anything I try on looks right, I always find myself going back to my trusty collection of black basics, be it a mini dress, skinny jeans, simple tee or pair of heels, the combination of black on black always seems to be the solution. If only the solution to writer’s block was as easy!


  1. rachel May 14, 2013 / 10:37 am

    you look fantastic! I agree though, all-black outfits are perfect for when you don’t know what to wear. that leather jacket is amazing. so edgy + chic x

  2. Theresa May 14, 2013 / 11:13 am

    All black just always feels so chic to me and this is one killer look that you pull off amazingly! That dress in combo with the leather jacket is so good! Love it! And I totally feel you on the writer’s block thing. Happens to me more than I’d like it to haha!


  3. Ashleigh May 14, 2013 / 10:05 am

    I’m so obsessed with all black outfits and this is AMAZING! Everything works so perfectly to create an edgy outfit … you massive babe! xo

    poison in a beautiful bottle

  4. Code Overdressed May 14, 2013 / 3:12 pm

    Gorgeous in all black! Those boots are really something, love the silhouette of your dress, really feminine and flattering!

    Cee. ♥
    Code Overdressed

  5. Jess May 14, 2013 / 9:03 pm

    Apparently the widely acknowledged approach to dealing with writer’s block is to just keep on writing, no matter how crap you feel the writing is, and that helps you to work through the block and get your brain on the right track again. Not sure how that approach translates to dressing though, haha. Try lots of outfits? Just put on an outfit and wear it out and try not to worry about whether you’re not entirely happy with it? Probably the latter, I guess.

  6. Adela May 15, 2013 / 3:56 am

    Simple and chic! Love it.
    Adela x

  7. Kristin May 15, 2013 / 8:33 am

    I love your boots. Are they comfortable? Also, how is the sizing? There is one pair left on Saks, but they are a half size bigger than I would normally take…

    • jamie-lee May 15, 2013 / 8:47 am

      Hey Kristin,

      I find them to be incredibly comfortable – I got them in my usual size, and they were a perfect fit, although you could probably go up half a size and still be okay 🙂


  8. Catherine May 16, 2013 / 7:54 pm

    You do black on black so well! Love this.

  9. Jessie May 17, 2013 / 6:20 am

    Babe in black! Always got some for those boots.

  10. fashion westie May 24, 2013 / 12:23 pm

    Argh…stop being so cool. You’re making us all look bad 😉

    But seriously, love this [obvi, it’s all black] and those boots make my heart ache.

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