Red & Black Week 2013, Day 1: Delicious Red Velvet

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Welcome to the exciting first day of Red & Black Week! Well, I’m excited, anyway. πŸ˜‰ Last year on the first day we had 33 excellent entries covering a variety of topics (fashion, beauty, art, literature, food and cars). Think we can surpass that number this year?

Questions about this theme? Visit the Red & Black Week Rules and FAQs or e-mail me.

I’m kicking off the event with a fun weekend look, featuring a darling velvety dress I picked up at Forever 21 ages ago.

Red Velvet Dress and Black Shrug

It originally wasn’t an ideal fit, being an a-line dress. I envisioned it being more elegant if it were form-fitting, so Momma Kitty took it in for me. That’s when I realized how empowering it us to be able to do some basic alterations at home, so she taught me the basics and I bought my own sewing machine. I’ve altered probably 20% of my wardrobe pieces since then, mostly nipping in the waist to accommodate the curves!

Red Velvet Dress and Black Shrug

This dress is a forgotten favorite for me! I often pass it up because it’s terrible for wearing around the house (velvet + cat hair = frustration!) but I really love it for a day out with Mr. Kitty.

Red Dress, Black Hair
Haven’t done a gratuitous hair shot in a while… πŸ˜‰

The shrug is a recent purchase from a random mall store. And I think I’ve worn this cross necklace for every Red & Black Week so far. I think I will make it a tradition! πŸ™‚

Red & Black Crystal Cross

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  1. “Darling” is the perfect word for the dress. It’s adorable! And ooooh, a gratuitous hair shot! πŸ™‚

  2. That dress is so beautiful, you look absolutely stunning!

  3. I love the red and black week, I hope I have time to participate everyday like last year πŸ˜€

    You look amazing, the red shade of that dress is very pretty!

  4. We’ve been looking forward to this- lots of fun πŸ™‚ Going to go share now, see if we can get other folks joining in !

  5. Great entries so far. Can’t wait to read people’s posts!

  6. Oooh, what a beautiful dress! It really goes well with your complexion.

    I love wearing velvet, so I accepted that it would be covered in cat hair long ago.

  7. Happy Red and Black Week! I’m loving that dress! You have the perfect figure for it!

  8. ms. kitty u are so gorgeous! and i love you nail color, can i know brand and color you used for the nails?

  9. This outfit is so stunning! And I like the way you placed both red and black on your lips πŸ™‚

  10. That dress is adorable! πŸ™‚ Perfect start of the Red and Black week! πŸ˜€

  11. Amazing dress ! You look so beautiful. And your hair…!
    I love the idea of the Red & Black week but I don’t have the time to participate the whole week. Maybe I will post something friday…

  12. Beautiful! I love that you customized your dress! Looking forward to a week of red & black on my favorite blogs! Thanks for hosting such a fun theme!

  13. I adore the dress! It’s a stunning colour. I’m really excited to take part in Red and Black Week for the first time – I’ve loved reading the posts in the past, and it’s a great way for bloggers to come together.

    I have to apologise, but when I was trying to link my post in it automatically chose my home page, and I’m unable to change it – is there a means of doing this myself and change it to the post?

  14. Now that’s a Ms. Kitty way to kick off Red and Black Week! WAHOO! *insert wolf whistle here* That dress is GORGEOUS on you and look at your hair! Holy smokes! Thanks for hosting again this year, my darling! And congrats on three years of Red and Black goodness.

  15. Twisted Princess

    …That dress is absolutely gorgeous. There aren’t words for how much I love it <3

  16. Gorgeous dress, I can’t believe it started out as something that came from Forever 21!

  17. That dress is absolutely amazing! I think I would dress it even at home β™₯

    I look forward to see the rest of your red and black event posts!

  18. I love this dress so much and it really suits you. Also I have serious hair envy! Simply stunning.
    I’m off to read all of the other red and black week posts now, yay!

  19. Ok I can’t resist…you look like you would make a totally awesome vampire in that.

  20. Daughter of jaded era

    Now that really is a pretty outfit! πŸ˜€ Love the dark red of that dress, it really suits you. Makes me wish I myself had more velvet in my closets!

  21. Very excited for the week, since it will be my first time participating.
    And may I say, that dress is lovely ;3

  22. That is a beautiful dress! I’ve always wanted a dress like that, I am incredibly jealous of you! Also, your makeup is stunning.

  23. So glamorous!
    I absolutely love the dress! β™₯

  24. wow i had no idea your hair was so fabulous! and of course the dress too

  25. Wow, that dress is stunning! Maybe I need to start shopping at Forever 21… The cross necklace is gorgeous, as well!

  26. Great outfit! I especially like the cross necklace.

  27. The cross necklace is fabulous! You should definitely wear it for every red and black week.

  28. Sorry I`m late, will try harder for next time

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