Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Red Dress for Valentines Day

Feeling Like A Princess

In honor of Valentines Day, I'm styling a beautiful red dress that I picked up for a song at a local Goodwill store. 

What caught my eye with this dress is the beautiful embellished flowers on the bodice. The white against the red is stunning. I also like the longer length of the dress.

Since wearing this dress makes me feel like a princess, I decided to wear my Princess Diana ring by Avon. There was a time when these replicas of Diana's engagement ring were available everywhere. I love seeing Prince William's wife, Katherine, wearing the ring now. I'm a huge Princess Diana fan and equally besotted with everything Katherine, as well. 

I decided to wear my hair up for elegance and added some "blingy" Paparazzi earrings for extra glitz factor.

You've seen these shoes on the blog before, but they bear mentioning again. To have such a high heel, these shoes are surprisingly comfortable! The material is more like a bootie and it wraps around my foot to give really good stability. There is a zipper in back for ease of putting on and taking off the shoe. 

Since this is a short sleeved dress I want more covering on my arms. It is February after all! So, I added this pretty shawl that was a Christmas gift to me from my oldest sister. I just love it and tossing one end over my shoulder gives quite the "regal" look don't you think? When my husband came home tonight, after a late night school meeting, he found me all dressed up. I asked him if he remembered he was taking me out to dinner. Ha! I told him I thought he might like to see me in something other than jeans a sweater and tennis shoes which is my normal uniform since retiring!

Here is the back of the shawl. It hangs nicely with the dress and is a good length.

I also like the ruffled edging on the shawl. I have noticed more and more ladies wearing short sleeves or even sleeveless dresses during the winter. Notice this if you are watching television. Aren't they cold in the studios? Even though we've had a fairly mild winter so far in my part of the world, I still like a longer sleeve or at least something to cover my arms. 

So, I'm ready for a Valentines date with Mr.thisandthat.  Of course, his favorite restaurant is always Subway. Do you think I'll look overdressed?!  I wonder if Katherine has these issues with William......

Until Next Time,

Dress: Thrifted from Goodwill, tag says "Sarah Elizabeth."  Same dress on *Ebay here
Shoes: Impo Stretch Similar *here
Ring: *Avon
Earrings: *Paparazzi Similar here
*Site links given for information purposes only. I do not vouch for the shopping experience on any of these sites. No compensation was given for mentioning brand names in this post. All writing/opinions are my own.


Lay said...

Love your style and your humor in the post! Have a wonderful Valentine date wherever you go!

Sharon said...

The dress is beautiful, and I really like the way you accessorized it. That shawl looks like a piece which will be quite versatile. Your humor in your blog post got my morning off to a cheery start!

Debbie Styles Life said...

Hi Laura:
So glad you enjoyed the post! I love having you visit!! Have a great day!

Debbie Styles Life said...

Hi Sharon:
Thanks so much for your kind thoughts about the dress and accessories! It felt good to get dressed up for a little bit, at least! Continue to have a cheery day!

Karen said...

You look so pretty!! I love that shawl too! (Huge fan of shawls!) Red is such a striking and pretty color, and the length and fullness of the skirt is really so pretty! I can see why you feel like a princess! I am also very much interested in what Katherine is wearing! Of course, she looks fabulous in whatever she wears, but she tends toward classics and I like that. We can get good ideas if not the same items!!

Debbie Styles Life said...

Thank you, Karen! This dress was a real find, for sure. I think Katherine is so beautiful and she is a fashion icon just like Diana. I like her classic style, as well. I'm sure I will get lots of good use from the shawl. My sister has good taste!

mummabstylish said...

I really hope you had a lovely evening, you look the part for a great night out! Stylish shoes. Jacqui

nancy said...

I do wonder about the way people dress on TV such as the news. The men are wrapped in from chin to toes in warm clothes and the women are wearing sleeveless knee length dresses. I know studio lights are hot but everybody looks comfortable? I'm supposed to be watching the news and instead I'm looking at the clothes and shoes and wondering why aren't the men sweating or the women freezing.