Monday, April 2, 2012

Bonus Footage: Red is Not Boring


On Saturday night, my friend Jodi and I went to a benefit dinner and auction for Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals (OFOSA).  OFOSA is an organization that, among other services, helps provide medical care and placement for those shelter animals that have been severely abused such as those with missing limbs and other significant health problems.  It’s a wonderful cause and I was very excited to go, however, I realized, when trying to decide what to wear, that one side affect of blogging is that I feel pressure to wear outfits with some “interest.”  That means different things to different people, but for me, it tends to be creative pattern mixing, layering and/or unique pieces.  And if I don’t do or have one of those things, I worry that an outfit is boring.

I even thought this dress was boring:


I know I look like I'm trying to sell you this clutch, but I just really like it.

Until, that is, my friend, Alex, reminded me that red is not boring.  And, she’s right, it’s not.  This is an absolutely lovely dress and I felt very pretty in it.  I paired the dress, which I got in a clothing swap with Alex, with black strappy sandals (Nine West) and black and gold accessories.

Of course, just to make sure I felt like me, the accessories I wore were unique accessories, like my lion earrings and this newly thrifted vintage clutch of awesomeness:


Close up of the bird applique

I have no idea what label it is.  It’s satin and the bird appliqué is actually made of metal instead of fabric or thread.  It was $4.00 and I love it.

I also borrowed this gorgeous vintage Lisner choker from my friend Kendra’s Etsy shop, House of Heirlooms:


She has some amazing items, from jewelry and handbags to household items to brand-name vintage clothing such as Christian Dior and Versace.  You can take a peek for yourself, here.

So, no, red is not boring.  If anything, it’s highly visible, which is why I’m linking up to Visible Monday, hosted by the always fabulous Patti at Not Dead Yet Style.

Happy Monday, All!

Gracey

33 comments:

  1. I don't think red is boring either! Granted I own just about zero wear-able red in my wardrobe... (I have a lot of red t-shirts but they all have the University of Wisconsin logo on them in some way, and that doesn't always look the cutest paired with skirts.) I really like the simple dress with the really quirky/out-there clutch - great for your event!

    -Z
    zplustheworld.tumblr.com

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  2. I know what you mean about wanting to create "visually interesting" outfits! But I really think you knocked the ball out of the park with this outfit!

    -Nico

    www.SatinAndsalt.com

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  3. You're visible and gorgeous in your red dress, Gracey. And yes, your clutch is awesome too! Thanks for sharing it with us at Visible Monday, and have a wonderful day.

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  4. gracey, you look elegant, & anything but boring whether wearing red, black, polka dots, stripes, or applesauce.

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  5. What a wonderful cause to support! There is NOTHING boring about a red dress! The style of that dress is so cute and looks so flattering on you, and I love the vintage accessories you've paired it with! I'd kind of love that necklace or something like it for my wedding this fall - do you know if it's still available? I couldn't find it in the shop.

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  6. you looks stunning! The dress is so great and all the accessories are extra special!

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  7. Oh, wow, not even close to boring. Everything about that outfit is completely fabulous. I've never seen anything that looks even close to what that clutch looks like; totally unique!

    You looked utterly gorgeous in a very good cause.

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  8. Glad Alex was the voice of reason. Nothing boring about that fab frock!

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  9. nothing boring at all...you look stunning! absolutely gorgeous! and what a great cause!

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  10. Not boring at all. Guhhhhh you look so great!!!

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  11. Oh, fashion blogger syndrome - where you don't wear the clothes you love because they're too "plain"! I do that all the time - I have so many pretty vintage dresses in my closet that I haven't worn for the past year because I feel like they'll look too simple and boring to my blog readers. But your dress is gorgeous! That clutch was a nice touch.

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  12. This dress looks fab on you! I do know what you mean, though - when pieces other (non-bloggers) people might find too bold, I look at and think, "What a yawner," case in point most everything I wear these days. Oh well. Loving the clutch, too - what a great find!

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  13. Yay for people who help animals! It's not boring at all! It's beautiful and on top of being red, it has such pretty details! Very nice!

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  14. You look amazing in this! The cut and color of the dress are beautiful on you. I also love that choker and that clutch -- and that game-show-model pose. :)

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  15. Red is never boring and it just looks smashing with your skin tone. Your accessories are perfect! I'll bet you caused a whisper or two at this event.

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  16. HOLY CRAP, you look amazing! Not to sound surprised or anything, but geez girl, red is gorgeous on you!

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  17. That dress is not boring. Its picture is in the dictionary beside "Va-Voom". It looks like the coral red I'm craving in everything these days. Can't wear the color next to my face, but by George I'm trying it everywhere else...:P

    Great bag. I usually carry one of my great-aunts' vintage bags to special events.

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  18. You look beautiful and the dress in Gorgeous. I am a big vintage fan and love the bag. If you have time stop by for my trending link up. this week it's all about brights............You'd fit right in!

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  19. Gracey red is your colour- wow you look just stunning! I love your updo, that clutch is so unique and the choker is so elegant. Sounds like an amazing cause- definitely something I would love to attend!

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  20. Awesome dress. And it looks extra-special on you because most of your outfits have several components. The single simplicity of the dress is a nice change.

    The shoes are a perfect match and that clutch! Wow!

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  21. you look INCREDIBLE gracey!!!! i love the dress and that clutch. wow!

    xo,
    steffy
    http://steffysprosandcons.blogspot.com

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  22. Not boring at all! I think if the clothing is "too interesting" it takes the focus away from the wearer. You have just the right balance.

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  23. Gorgeous! You look so great in red! My sister has a huge fondness for Lisner necklaces, so I'll have to check that etsy store out.

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  24. Oh, I love this look! You look great in red :)
    And the clutch is a great find!

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  25. That dress looks AMAZING on you, and I agree, red is not boring!!

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  26. I disagree...not boring at all! I think the detail and flow of the dress is very interesting to the eye, as is that fabulous red colour. And your clutch/jewelry are so pretty and unique that it really even amps up that gorgeous dress a whole 'nother notch.

    <3 Cambria
    jupefashion.blogspot.com

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  27. I don't even like red, but I love this dress on you.

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  28. First of all, you look so very, very pretty! Second of all, everything with gold birds makes me think of Hunger Games right now so I am totally digging your Hunger Games clutch. And finally, as the owner of 3 shelter babies and the foster of another. YOU ROCK! for attending that benefit.

    www.stylinggame.blogspot.com

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  29. This look is CERTAINLY not boring! You look gorgeous. And...if you ARE selling that adorable little clutch...I'll buy! =)

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  30. Hmm I totally get what you mean, layered/patterned outfits do seem more interesting, but when a dress looks and fits as great as this its definitely not boring! :)

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  31. you look adorable! what a great dress and that bag, just perfect! Loving your hair and the accessories as well!!

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  32. You have a great sense of colours!

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