Today's dress is so easy and simple: black and white, fit and flare, perfectly tailored, and wrinkle-free. (Not having to iron or steam a new dress is a big win for me. It's so annoying when dresses you order online arrive stuffed in a small package. Thankfully, RueLaLa.com ships items in large boxes with hangers.)
Dress: CeCe by Cynthia Steffe Sleeveless Contrast-Bow Dress
RueLaLa.com sold out of the dress, so it's only available -- from what I could find -- at Neiman Marcus Last Call. Fortunately, it's on sale.
This brand tends to run a little big. I'm in a size four, but I think I could have easily fit in a size two.
Shoes: Prada Black and White Striped Bow Pumps (no longer available)
With a simple black and white outfit, you can easily add a pop of color via your accessories -- most notably, your shoes. Today, I decided to go with black and white pumps and adds that pop of color via my lips. I love a good red lip with a black and white dress.
Plump Up Your Lips by Brushing Them
I recently learned that "brushing" your lips before you apply lip liner and lipstick can actually irritate them enough that they puff out a bit. It really works, and also helps slough off dead skin. (I tend to pick at my lips, so that is a good tip for me.)
Step 1: Prime your lips with lip moisturizer or Vaseline.
Step 2: Use a toothbrush -- your own or that extra one they always give you at the dentist -- to actually brush your lips. I would not do it for more than 30 seconds or so.
You will see them plump up and even redden for a natural pout.
Using lip liner is also a good idea to help get your lips extra full.