Red & Gold for the Chinese New Year: Glamming It Up With Sheela & Eve
The Chinese New Year may not be on your calendar as an anticipated holiday, but why not take the opportunity to celebrate? If you are aware of this feast, then you might realize that it started last week. But since this festivity lasts for 2 weeks, and we had to work this around our busy schedules, we are good to go to celebrate with these outfits!! Besides you could also interpret them as fabulous Valentine Day outfits!
Quote of the day: “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.” Proverb
Since Sheela & Eve are of Chinese nationality, you can probably guess that this was their brain child. But you should know by now, that I’m always up for a challenge and enjoy styling different kinds of variety to a theme!
We are talking about the year of the rooster for Chinese New Year 2017, so if that doesn’t get you cockadoodledooing, I don’t know what will?!! Hopefully these glammed up outfits will bring a smile to your face and some ideas of how to gussy up your red and gold!
Eve (The World According to Eve): Let’s talk about how Eve & my mother are basically wearing the same items! A red dress & gold topper! This is why I love our collaborations. It’s more proof that style is ageless!
Sheela (Sheela Writes): This wonderful, lace dress is a knockout on Sheela. And isn’t it perfect how it matches her hair color! What a standout!
Jodie’s (50’s) Chinese New Year Outfit: I discovered when getting ready for this series, that I have no shortage of red & gold in my closet. On top of that, I love being able to glam it up with outfits!! To me, it’s so fun to get all dressed up, even if I’m just posing for blog pictures behind the strip mall…LOL (full disclosure–I did wear this to church that evening, so it did get appreciated)! So here I am in a gold, sequinned skirt, and red silk blouse (with hidden layers under it to keep warm).
I had gotten this faux fur wrap from my book club holiday party exchange and figured it would be the perfect accessory to this outfit. Who doesn’t remember their mom or grandma sporting a fur wrap when going out for a special night? And if you didn’t see it on your relatives, I certainly remember seeing it in the older movies! So that’s what I felt like in this! And the wrap has pockets…you can see me playing around with them in the last photo of me below.
I’ve been so much more conscious of trying to style my brooches since we just recently styled an entire series around the little items. This could be another addition to adding them to our accessories, here, and it has a function. I pinned them (there are 2 side by side) such that it acts to keep the wrap closed together!
Since I had the brooches as my bling, I didn’t add in a necklace, but I did wear my sparkly snowflake like earrings, that my Aunt Nancy bought me! The skirt has been worn quite a bit on this blog, the last time was for our Christmas collaboration, here.
Skirt: INC-thrifted (similar here pleated or here plain)~~Blouse: The Gap (similar here as a wrap version)~~Boots: Diba (similar here without the ruching)~~Fur Wrap: Restoration Hardware—I know, right? (similar here in navy)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Headband: (similar here)
Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: This series about gold and red was the most challenging for Nancy’s closet. She has a good amount of red, but very little gold in her clothing items. Thus for her dress up look, we went with all red and used the gold in her jewelry.
I wanted to add in a little spunkiness by having Nancy wear her leopard wedges! For those of you interested, she is wearing nude hose in this photo. It was quite nippy outside, and I know many older women feel more comfortable in some kind of hosiery.
Nancy does have quite a bit of gold jewelry, so that made the accessory part of this outfit easy. I pinned on a brooch since I’ve been more in the habit lately. This in part, because our latest brooch series that you can visit here, here & here.
Nancy was having a fun time taking these photos! It reminds me of the movie “The Woman in Red!”
Dress: Peter Ngyard (similar here)~~Cardigan: Zen Knits (similar here)~~Shoes: Franco Sarto (similar here)~~Brooch: (similar here)~~Necklaces: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelets: (similar here)
Charlotte’s (70’s) Chinese New Year Outfit: Since both mom and Nancy had red dresses in their closets, it makes me wonder if this is a common item in most women’s wardrobe? I could see how it’d be very versatile. We styled this same one for mom in our first holiday party series, here, here & here. And then how perfect for Valentine’s Day too!
Check out this stunning purse, mom is toting along for the post. I actually borrowed it right after seeing it here, for a date night!! The funny thing? It’s actually a jewelry box that mom picked up at Tuesday Morning awhile ago. Isn’t that so smart? Because there’s plenty of room in in for my phone and essentials!!
For mom’s accessories we piled on some gold pieces, and then she chose the red, print scarf. It’s a little hard to see in these photos, but she’s actually wearing 2 earrings at once. The long dangly ones are separate from the gold swirl. The swirl earrings just wrap around the ear canal and wrap around the lobe. I’m sure there is a name for them; however, I just don’t know it?!!
The gold jacket my mom wore in her Christmas Memories post. It’s a very boxy jacket, and there was a suggestion to take it in on the sides, but my mom decided to leave it as is.
Dress: Liz Claiborne (similar here)~~Jacket: Blair (similar here in a faux leather)~~Boots: (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Purse: (similar here in fabric)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Ring: (similar here)
I may say it all the time, but I mean it all the time—thank you so much for reading!
Charlotte’s photography by Kari Strand Photography
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