I was thinking of inspirational life quotes and jewelry for a little black dress at about the same time, and figured sometimes you can make a statement with quote jewelry rather than with big jewelry. Part of that statement, if you're wearing quote jewelry with a black dress at a (New Year's) party would be that you're up for some conversation. So pick a great topic then.
Here are some of my favorite quote pendants and a nice leather-strap bracelet.
You can choose from several sterling silver necklaces and a stainless steel necklace from Amazon, and custom-made sterling silver-plate quote necklaces from Zazzle. You can also make your own necklace on Zazzle, whether in sterling silver-plate or sterling silver. Just pick some words, an image, or both, and you'll be able to create your own personalized necklace in no time. You can create a custom name necklace or one with your monogram, if you want. Or use a photo that inspires you.