Monday, May 2, 2016

Red Shoes Birthday Blog Party (part 1) and a Navy Jumpsuit.

It is no secret that I love shoes. I don't even know how many pairs I own but it is over 100, over 120 maybe? I seriously haven't counted. Today and tomorrow I am sharing two special posts all about shoes - red shoes to be exact and some fabulous bloggers are joining me, too. Now as far as I know, from the top of my head, here is where my collection of red shoes stands: 2 pairs of D'Orsay Pumps (one of which I am wearing today), 1 pair of Satin Pumps, 1 pair of Faux Suede Pumps, 3 pairs of Open-Toe/Peep-Toe Pumps, 1 pair of Ballet Flats, 1 pair of Oxford Shoes, 1 pair of Ghilly/Laceup Flats, 1 pair of D'Orsay Flats, 1 pair of Wedge Sandals, 1 pair of Thong Sandals, 1 pair of Laceup Gladiator Sandals and at least 1 pair or 2 of Flip Flops. If my math isn't failing me that is 15 pairs of red shoes and I am positive I have given away/gotten rid of some, before. Three of these pairs are currently stored in Albania, but the others are here at my home in Michigan so clearly coming up with red shoes for today's and tomorrow's post is an easy task for me. Yes, I am obsessed with red shoes. Red is my favorite color after all. I would love to own some red booties and red sneakers, too. One day...

Red shoes galore. Can you guess who is wearing what pair? (Stay tuned and scroll down furthermore to find out who.)
Over the past four years since I have been blogging, during my birthday, I have done a Birthday Blog Party for fun, on this blog, where I invited some of my favorite bloggers and blogging buddies to participate. I usually have asked them to style a dress for the occasion since I am almost always wearing a New Dress for my birthday (I love dresses) but I switched things around this time and I asked all the lovely, stylish participants to style a pair of red shoes of their choice and write a little bit about their outfits. In case you are wondering, here is what I wore to my blog birthday party last year: Dress #1Dress #2. After you see my outfit photos for today, check out all the beautiful ladies that are celebrating with me today (a day before my birthday) with their gorgeous red shoes.

I paired my Satin Red D'Orsay Pumps (which have the prettiest bows and laceup corset detail on the back) with a New Navy Cropped Jumpsuit which has a White Leafy Pattern, almost like a Floral. This pair of red shoes are by Anne Klein and my Jumpsuit is by Old Navy. My jumpsuit is currently sold out but this one is a current very similar option. I brought out the red from the shoes via the Merlot Loren Hope Statement Teardrop Earrings (I have been wearing this for the 4th OOTD post in a row #SorryNotSorry) and a double stranded Deep Red Crystal Bracelet. I also added pops of Teal and Aqua with some Bracelets and one of my Cocktail Rings. I accessorized this entire look with an Oversized Aztec-Patterned Clutch with Sequins and Shearling detail. Coincidentally, I paired this same clutch and today's shoes together the last time I wore them. I ended up wearing this outfit to work sometime last week when it was still pretty warm. I did wear a jacket on top, too. I apologize for the squinty eyes and hair on my face in most of my pictures but it was very sunny and very windy at the same time (#StupidMichiganWeather). With the navy, red and white my outfit gives some Patriotic vibes, doesn't it? I think it is playful enough to wear to a dinner date afterwards (which I did) and dressy enough to wear to a girls' night out, a bachelorette party and even a shower.

Navy, Cropped, Short-Sleeve Jumpsuit in a White Leaf/Floral Pattern w/ Mandarin Neckline: Old Navy (New) (masculine-inspired, Steal), (similar, Great Deal, love this), (similar w/ culotte legs, Splurge).
Pave Teardrop Fuchsia (Merlot) "Abba" Earrings: Loren Hope, borrowed via Rocksbox (New) (similar, Steal, love these), (same in lavender, Great Deal, love these), (same in iridescent sparkly stones, Splurge).
2-in-1 Burgundy/Deep Red & Smoke Crystal Beaded Bracelets: White House Black Market (similar, Steal), (similar, Great Deal, love this), (very similar, 1 strand).
Gold Tone Ring w/ Oval Brown Stone: Old Navy (New) (similar, Steal, love this), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Splurge, love this).
Silver Ring w/ Large Square Citrine Stone in the middle & 2 Small Square Zirconia Stones off the side: Kohl's (similar, Splurge), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Steal, love this).
Gold Tone Teardrop Bangle in Aqua Chalcedony: Margaret Elizabeth, borrowed via Rocksbox (New) (very similar, Splurge), (similar, Steal, love this).
2 Turquoise Crystal Bracelets w/ mini Rectange Beads: Express (similar, Steal, love this), (similar, my Favorite), (similar, Splurge).
Tortoise Plastic Hair Claw: J. Crew (very similar, Steal), (similar, Great Deal, love this).
Silver Tone Ring w/ Large Marble Aqua/Mint Stone: A Boutique in Albania (similar, Huge Steal), (similar, Splurge, love this).
Gray+Ivory Chevron Clutch w/ Sequins, Faux Shearling trim & Long Tassle on the side: Target (New) (gorgeous Spring option, Steal, love this), (similar, on Sale), (similar, Great Deal), (similar, Splurge). 
Red Satin D'Orsay Pumps w/ Kitten Heels & Mini Bows: Anne Klein (very similar, Great Deal), (similar, Steal, love these), (similar, small Splurge, my Favorite).

See what everyone else wore and what they had to say about their outfits. Doesn't everyone look fabulous in their Gorgeous Red Shoes and Red Boots?

"There is nothing better than taking your wardrobe classics and mixing them together to make the perfect outfit, especially when you are dressing for a special occasion!  When Ada asked me to be part of her birthday celebration, I just couldn't say no to breaking out my red shoes.  Red, being a bold color, is typically a hue that I shy away from, so the perfect way to add red into my wardrobe is with an accessory.  I added these red lace up flats to my wardrobe last fall, and they have since been a favorite.  Paired with a classic chambray top and my black party skirt,  and I have an outfit that's worth a celebration!

"The minute Ada mentioned this fun birthday celebration, I knew the lace up red heels that were on their way to me in the mail would be the piece to ensemble my outfit around. I chose an off the should gingham tunic with Capri leggings and added a trend piece making a comeback ~ the neck scarf! Add some chunky bracelets and I'm ready to celebrate the beautiful Birthday gal!! 

"Hi Y'all!  Happy Birthday Ada, hope this year is a great one and brings you all the best!  I'm Monica from Jersey Girl, Texan Heart.  For this collab with Ada I chose to wear my red cowgirl boots.  Cowgirl boots aren't just a "wild, wild west" thing anymore.  They are such a fashion statement nowadays!  Not to mention they're comfortable and they last forever.  I wear my boots with just about anything.  Don't get me wrong, I love my heels, but there's just somethin' about a broken in pair of boots!  If you want to keep up with me on the daily just head on over to my Instagram."

Amy Ann from "Straight A Style"
"Hi, I'm Amy Ann Arnold, blogger behind Straight A Style. I believe fashion doesn't have to cost a fortune and that all women deserve to feel good in their clothes. I'm thrilled to be celebrating Ada with my red shoes today! I wore this look for a recent date night with my hubby. You can see the full post here. I love a good shoe with distressed denim!"

"I am helping Ada of Elegance & Mommyhood celebrate her birthday by wearing red shoes.  She does a fun birthday post each year and this year her theme is red shoes.  I bought these shoes on clearance (for under $40!) and they are so comfy and my go to shoe for a pop of color."

"Hi I’m Megan from The Fashionista Momma. First off Happy Birthday to Ada and thank you for letting me be a part of the style challenge.  I chose to style my red heels for a date night with the hubs.  I paired them with a vertical black and white striped top and a leather jacket.  I like to mix girly and edgy pieces for most of my looks and I love how the girly bows mix with my jeans and motorcycle jacket. It’s finished perfectly with this snakeskin purse, adding a little pattern mixing to the whole look."
"I think we all know that jumpsuits aren’t really my thing but when this number arrived in a StitchFix box, it called to me like a siren song.  It truly did. As did those booties.  Red and mesh and laced-up and 5” tall.  Resistance was completely futile, my friends.”

A lot of these ladies have lately posted these outfits on their blogs and some are posting them this week, so check each of them out to see the full details on their fun and stylish outfits. And as always thank you for stopping by and reading today.

Also linking with the ladies of "Tuesday Talk": BeckyBethLauraMichelleStasiaStephanie and Whitney.
Also linking with the ladies of "Ageless Style" a new monthly linkup that starts tomorrow  and it is on the first Tuesday of each month. This month's theme is Floral. This linkup is run by several of my blogging friends like Alice, Carrie, Debbie, Jennie, Nicole and Shelley.