Edgy Elegance in Red and Black. (My Annual Blog Birthday Party - Part Two.)

Happy Birthday to me once again and Thank You to all of you who have wished me here on the blog, via Instagram or on my Facebook. This Edgy and Elegant Red and Black Outfit is what I wore the eve of my Birthday (on May 3rd) for a Girls' Night Out and it is one of my most favorite Birthday Outfits, as well as My Favorite Outfit of 2019 so far. It is very different from the outfit I blogged in Part One of my Blog Birthday Party but equally fun, vibrant, feminine and very me! This one gets its dose of color via the bright red and the pops of yellow. It is the perfect outfit to wear for the evening time to celebrate your birthday.

Speaking of Birthdays, I share the same birthdate as my uncle. He celebrates his 65th on May 4th and my aunt (his wife) turns 60 on May 8th. Big birthdays for them both this year and they are both very dear people to me. I also have a cousin born on May 3rd and my cousin's daughter is a May birthday. My ex husband's birthday is on May 6th and I have dated another guy who had a May birthday. I have a co-worker whose birthday was on May 3rd and overall I have known a lot of people that are born in May, especially who belong to Taurus, though some are Gemini's. As a matter of fact, in my middle school class in Albania (you have the same classmates in all your grades in Middle School) half of us had May birthdays and some who didn't were in late April, which were also Taurus(es). I may be a tiny bit biased but people born in May are in general wonderful people. They are stubborn as hell, set in their own ways but they have kind hearts, a good sense of humor, like the finest things in life and have many admirable qualities and good characteristics. People born in May are known for their great taste, from clothes, food, traveling, accessories, wine, etc. they appreciate the finer things in life!

First, let's talk a little bit about my hair. The photos were taken before I went out Friday evening for my birthday, just a few hours after I left the hairdresser. I usually color my own gray roots monthly, but twice a year I go for a trim and a full color to the hairdresser. My hair hadn't gotten cut since late August so I decided to do more than a trim. I had 4-5 inches cut off and my layers were also trimmed and framed. She also did a full coloring of my hair, I had a hair massage and thorough deep-clean shampoo and last but not least a blow-out. It was fairly expensive yes but once a year it's OK. I had no makeup or anything when I went to the hairdresser but as soon as I saw my new hair I literally felt 100 times prettier, younger and great in general. All the people that have seen my hair these last couple of days can't help but compliment it. Everyone loves it. So of course, I had to wear a fun and celebratory outfit with my fun and fabulous raven hair. I went for these Black Leather Leggings that fit me perfectly and my 3/4-Sleeve Bright Red Sweater by Halogen (both of these pieces are from Nordstrom; I have had them for close to two years). The Neon Yellow Suede Nine West Pumps and Soft-as-Butter Marigold Leather Bow Clutch are both gifts to myself for my birthday this year (they were purchased on great sale at Macy's). Yellows and Mustards are huge in 2019 and yellow happens to be one of my most favorite colors and of course red is my absolute favorite color. I love mustard+ketchup additions to black which is always slimming, sexy, edgy and beautiful. My Pom Pom Statement Earrings by Sugarfix via BaubleBar, two Coral+Gold Stretchy Beaded Bracelets and my Bright Perfect Shade of Red Audacious Nars Red Lipstick (my favorite red lipstick hands down - and I own about 10 red lipsticks) completed this Edgy and Elegant Look. By the way I am wearing the Annabella shade. What do you think of this sexy yet classy and put-together red and black outfit?! Isn't it great for a date night or a girls' night out?! And by the way all the selfie up-close photos are taken with my phone and there is no filter or changes to any of them.

Now for the second day in a row I have invited a bunch of my amazing, kind-hearted blogging friends. Most of these ladies are mothers and full-time career women. They not only have great style which I love, but they are beautiful inside out. I invited about 35-36 ladies to this year's blog birthday celebrations and I am glad to say I had 29 participants. Since this is also the first Sunday of the month, it is time for The Sunday Showcase that I co-host with KellyAnn from This Blonde's Shopping Bag and Chrissy from Granola and Grace. So I start this display of outfits (and little messages for me) with my two fabulous co-hosts and wrap it up with Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge who is one of my dearest and kindest blogging friends, and who also celebrates her birthday in May. But I want to once again thank everyone for being a part of my celebration this year! THANK YOU TO ALL THESE FANTASTIC 29 LADIES WHO PARTICIPATED!

CHRISSY "I'm so glad to showing up to Ada's birthday link up with another GAP dress. This coral, floral print dress is so comfortable, features pockets and is perfect for summer. Thanks for having me Ada and here's to a very, happy, happy birthday!!"

KELLYANN "This pink and red outfit was inspired by another blogger and I was thrilled to already own the pieces to recreate her style. I have worn this look twice to work events and it's gotten rave reviews! I feel confident and powerful in this. The pieces are not trendy but it just goes to show you that classic styling does not have to be boring - it's all about the color!"

NINA "This red dress was a new find this winter! I’m pictured in Murcia, Spain where I went to visit a friend for the weekend back in February. Happy Birthday Ada!"

JILL “So happy to be part of Ada’s birthday celebration! Ada connected with me right when I started blogging 5 years ago at Doused in Pink and she has been so supportive and always has a sweet comment to brighten your day! Happy Birthday Ada! Wishing you the best year ahead!"

ROXANNE "I'm Roxanne, and I write the Chicago-based blog glassofglam.com! I'm currently 25 weeks pregnant with my first child - a baby girl! I also have two kitties (Jake and Elwood) and a sweet husband who I met in high school. Happy birthday to my dear friend, Ada, who always brings us together!"

SHEA "Happy birthday to Ada! I may be a little biased, but I think springtime is the best time for a birthday. I wore this out to celebrate with some friends, so I hope you get a chance to go out and celebrate as well. Cheers to you! I've been choosing a color palette each month, and last month included a bright orange-y red, or dark coral. I love how that color pops against an otherwise neutral look."

BROOKE "I'm so excited to be participating another year in Ada's blog birthday party! One of my very favorite things about blogging is the friends I've made, and sweet Ada is one of those who has been so kind to me for years! I hope your birthday is wonderful Ada!"

LINDA "Spring time in Ottawa has been crazy, the snow has stayed far to long, the rains have not stopped and the temperatures well crazy cool.  For Ada's birthday celebration I thought I would try a transitional Nautical look.  Springtime with a side of winter.  The perfect red and blue striped pant topped with a fun nautical blazer and cami.  Two tone vans top off the look. To really pull in the theme yet stay true to the weather a fun red coat from Old Navy lined with a blue and white stripe."

DEBBIE "Happy Birthday Ada! Thank you so much for the invite to your Style Blog Birthday Party! No surprise, I chose to style pink since it's definitely my color. I had looked for the perfect pink chiffon skirt for months and was so exited when I found this one. It's soft and floaty and makes you want to twirl! I paired it with my favorite floral print graphic tee, a denim jacket, and my Adidas Superstars. Obviously this skirt would be easy to dress up, but I'm a sucker for a good casual/dressy mix!"

LORENA "Hope you have a marvellous birthday my dear friend."

CHRISTINE "I love a lightweight jumpsuit for summer, especially for summer parties. This mustard jumpsuit is my latest addition. I’m obsessed with anything mustard this summer and a jumpsuit is so effortless chic! Just accessorize it with your favorite earrings and clutch for a party-ready look. I’ll be wearing it this weekend at my friends’ Cinco de Mayo party and raising my glass to you! Happy Birthday Ada! (FYI, the only shade of pink is my lipstick.)"

KATIE "Happy Birthday Ada! Even though I am known for my colorful wardrobe, I don't exactly have a ton of red in my wardrobe. I did, however, just recently get this red lace dress that would be perfect for a birthday party!  In reality, I wore it to tea at the Hello Kitty Grand Cafe last month, which would be a perfect place to have a birthday celebration!"

AMBER "Hello, everyone! I'm Amber, a corporate professional by day and writer behind Avec Amber by night. I am thrilled to be joining Ada for her birthday celebration and grateful for the opportunity to share a spring outfit with you here. A trench coat is a timeless trend, and this bright red color is my favorite hue that is so easy to style this spring all the way through fall. Wishing Ada a very happy birthday!"

SHELBEE "This dress is a few years old from Cato Fashions and is sort of a dark coral color. I love the bell sleeves and the lace details as well as the deep saturated shade of coral. I feel all feminine and boho when I wear it. It has the perfect amount of swingability which is always a great feature in a dress to go twirling around for a birthday celebration! I also love that it is lightweight with long sleeves so it lends itself to being paired with tights and boots or with bare legs and sandals for versatility nearly all year long. Wishing you the happiest of birthdays, my friend! It is always a honor to join you for your annual celebration!"

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  1. You look amazing! :) adore your color combo here - Happy Annivesary! Mine is coming up next month and I'm starting to plan my shoot for it now!

    xx, Chanda | www.mschanda.com

  2. Happy Birthday Ada!! I hope you have an amazing day! Love this color comb, you look beautiful!

    xx, Elise

  3. This edgy look is so chic on you! Your hair looks beautiful! Thank you for letting me celebrate your birthday with you!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  4. Happy Birthday Ada! I hope you have a wonderful birth Day and Month! You are looking beautiful and fabulous young lady!

  5. Happy birthday Ada! Your new haircut is absolutely precious!

  6. You look amazing Ada! I also only get my haircut twice a year. Have a great week.


  7. You look absolutely stunning Ada! I love your hair! Fabulous outfit too, those colours are great together. I hope you had a wonderful birthday!

    Emma xxx

  8. HB ADA ! I just arrived to the party ;) hope I'm not too late for a drink :)

  9. I hope that you had an amazing birthday my friend! You look beautiful and I'm loving your hair! Thank you so much for inviting me to the party... xo

  10. Oh my gorgeous friend! Your hair is stunning! So sassy and sexy! Love, love, love it. And this outfit is equally stellar! I hope you had the best birthday! And thanks for inviting me to the big blog party!


  11. Happy birthday Ada! It was so much fun joining in this party, and I loved seeing everyone's red and pink looks. Your look is so edgy and fun, and I love your gorgeous hair!

  12. You look phenomenal and ready for a great night on the town! Hope you had a spectacular weekend celebrating. Per your comment, I'm a fellow May girl as well, although on the Gemini side of May. So much fun being a part of your link-up, thanks for including me!

  13. Happy birthday Ada. I hope you had a great times. And thanks for having me as part of your birthday link up.

    Xx, Nailil

  14. I finally made it here. Even though it took me a while to make it over, you were 100% in my thoughts. I absolutely love the new hair and more importantly how it made you feel. I am simply wishing for all your goals and dreams for this next year to come true. You are so well deserved. 😘

  15. What a beautiful outfit Ada! You are totally rocking this edgy and chic look. The pops of red and yellow are fabulous and love the new do! Most of the people I know have birthdays later in the year. So, it's so fun to know more friends who are celebrating earlier in the year! I hope your special day was marvelous!

    Maureen | www.littlemisscasual.com


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