Welcome to the Weekend: Committing to Red

Welcome to the Weekend: Committing to Red

Welcome to the weekend ladies! I usually associate weekends with relaxing and recharging but that’s all changed. With our house pending, the pressure is on to find a place to live. I’m glad we decided to rent which relieves the pressure of choosing the perfect spot to live but comes with its own set of challenges. Most places won’t take pets. Of course, Lucy isn’t a pet, she’s a member of our family but landlords see her as an animal. Go figure. The competition for rental properties is as hot as the market to sell so we will be looking long and hard for a place we’re willing to live in whose owner is willing to have us.

After my DRD yesterday, I got thinking about red. Its an emotionally intense color that’s associated with power, danger, passion, and determination that elicits a reaction and inspires us to take action. Wearing red is not for the faint of heart or shy among us and is seldom ignored. You’re more visible when you wear red and likely more of an extrovert.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing Elizabeth & James handbag

In theory, I should love wearing red but I don’t. I have 2 red handbags (similar to above- on sale) and a few scarves with smatterings of red in them but few garments. I want to love wearing red and bring more of it into my wardrobe so I’m exploring some picks from weekend sales that may be easy to add.Red metallic handbag on A Well Styled Life


A bag is an obvious choice and if you’re going to sling red across your chest why not do it with a tassel? This crossbody is similar to the gray one I have and is right on trend with its round shape. I love the shape of this bag but am not sure how practical it is for me because I prefer handbags that close securely with a zip or snap. This bag is a fun novelty to pull out summer after summer.


Shoes should be a simple add to my predominantly neutral wardrobe and surprise…they are! I added these to my shopping cart the second I saw them.

These slides are unique with their wooden heel but too warm for my coloring, even on my feet. These suede slides would be great with skinny pants or jeans. These flats went into my shopping cart right away because I know this brand to be amazingly comfortable.



When choosing red for your wardrobe, look for the tone that matches your coloring. Very deep reds take more commitment and can easily overpower. The larger the garment the more intense the effect and solid red is more of a commitment than in a stripe or pattern. Breezy or sheer fabrics lesson the impact of red as does wearing it with other intense colors.

Red often enters the room before I do because it overwhelms my coloring. My personality can handle it but my skin tone can’t. Warm toned red makes me look ill so I gravitate to raspberry and plum. Red and white stripes look pink so I ordered this jacket. It looks warm-toned online but the reviews say it’s cool so I will let you know.

Do you wear red? Is it your signature color?

More weekend sales to hunt for red or not-

Ann Taylor is giving 50% off trending styles and an extra 40% off sale with the code REFRESH.

Loft is giving an extra 50% off all sale styles.

Gap is giving 50% off almost everything plus an extra 20% off with the code FORYOU.

Talbots is giving 25% off plus triple points for members with the code CLASSIC.

J.Crew Factory is offering buy one item, get one item free with code FREESTUFF, online only.



Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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  1. Lea
    April 7, 2018 / 6:32 am

    Interesting post. I enjoy wearing red (with orange undertones) but not in a handbag. Clothes and shoes do it for me, also jewelry.
    Good luck in your search for a place to live! We will enjoy reading all about it.

  2. Allison
    April 7, 2018 / 6:57 am

    I’m a winter so ya know I am all over the red! You are right, there are certain reds that don’t work for every one. My parka is scarlet, in a sea of black and navy Canada Goose it stands out. Red looks great with all neutrals olive, black and white, grey and navy. The key is concentrating it in one piece. A top, bag or shoe. Most of your choices I would consider more claret, wine or plum. Red for me is scarlet, no pink or brown under tones. It can be daunting when considering an investment piece but my favourite bag is my black and red leather Longchamp, just bought a bright pair of scarlet pumps which were $$ but will get lots of wear. Of course bright red nail polish is a safe way of adding red OPI’s Madame President or Dutch Tulip are great shades.
    Good idea about renting, we will probably go that route for a year or two until we find what we want, don’t want to ‘settle’ because we need to find shelter!! Good luck.

    • Jennifer
      April 7, 2018 / 8:18 am

      Thats exactly our attitude about renting. Since we are open to living anywhere on the west coast, including Canada, it will take us a while to look. I gravitate to cool tones so did find mostly cool ones. Scarlet sounds so fabulous…I wish I could wear it!

  3. April 7, 2018 / 7:13 am

    This is one of my favorite looks of yours…the shoes and the handbag are perfect!! Who wouldn’t want you and Lucy living in their place…both super chic ladies!! I know you will find a perfect spot.

    • Jennifer
      April 7, 2018 / 8:20 am

      I hope landlords agree with you Pam! xx

  4. Catherine
    April 7, 2018 / 7:21 am

    Love the bag, the shoes. Ok I love everything red. I wear it lots, purple/blue undertones all year! I am by nature an introvert but my work forces me out of my shell. Red helps by giving me confidence. It is amazing the impact the colour you wear impacts or shows your personality. As always great post

    • Jennifer
      April 7, 2018 / 8:22 am

      Excellent point Catherine! Color plays an amazing roll in how we feel.

      • Joanna
        April 7, 2018 / 8:58 am

        I agree about wearing red in the workplace. That is why men often wear a red tie. It shows confidence and/or power. I always wore red to an interview, for two reasons- it gave me confidence and that showed in my demeanour.

  5. Linda
    April 7, 2018 / 7:39 am

    Red isn’t my favorite color but I do wear it on occasion! I like the red purse you are carrying in the photo. What brand is it? Last night I saw a red shirt that caught my eye and I bought it, which is unusual for me, especially since there was a pretty blue one right next to it!

  6. Eileen
    April 7, 2018 / 7:47 am

    Good luck with your rental! I hope to see you, when you get settled! I’ll be on vacation for three weeks in May, to Europe. Let me know if you need anything…. Now, about red, I also feel overpowered by it. It takes a great picture, and makes people comment positively. Bright colors must have a psychological impact of some kind, like “ welcoming “, or “ friendly “ or some of the other words you used. Being pale myself, and being told, “to add more color, and brighten up” I do wonder, does “ pale”=“ bland”?…. just thoughts…

    • Jennifer
      April 7, 2018 / 12:37 pm

      Pale can be bland, but so can many other colors. I prefer to see pale as elegant and understated. One woman’s knock out color is another woman’s poison. We have to choose what we love and wear it with confidence. I’ll keep you posted on our progress and thanks!!

  7. Barb
    April 7, 2018 / 8:14 am

    I LOVE red. (My family would probably say I’m obsessed with red.) I am a “winter” and wear true to deep reds. I have a red version of just about every article of clothing; my more recent red purchases include a trench, jean jacket, and rain jacket! I am on the hunt for a red crossbody bag, but it seems there’s more orange/tomato red out there this spring, and that shade doesn’t work for me. Thanks for the shoes and bags links and happy house hunting!

    • Jennifer
      April 7, 2018 / 12:41 pm

      How Fabulous to have all of those essentials in red. It sounds like it’s your signature color, awesome.

  8. Joanna
    April 7, 2018 / 8:52 am

    I love red! But, I wouldn’t wear red to toe, like I’ve been seeing online. I love a red jacket or coat. It brightens up those cloudy days. Red feels powerful, confident and happy. I just bought a red, fitted jean jacket (similar to the one you tried on in your last DRD) and plan to wear it a lot this spring. I also bought a long red duster that seems to elevate my simple outfits. I think there is a shade of red for everyone.
    I’ve read that folks with pets are finding it hard to rent. The same problem exists in BC where the vacancy rate is very low. Our dogs are more like our children, so how dare they?! Good luck, Jennifer!

    • Jennifer
      April 7, 2018 / 12:43 pm

      I agree Joanna, how dare they! Headed to red wouldn’t be my choice either, but then I hardly ever wear it. I have seen it done Brilliantly, and I do mean brilliant.

  9. Arell
    April 7, 2018 / 9:35 am

    I love red and have worn it for years. I am a Winter, so I go for the jewel tones. I like that you are using red in your accessories. It is a nice way to incorporate a color that you might not want too close to your face. Or have too much of one color.
    Best of luck finding a rental. I hope that you find something that you like.

    • Jennifer
      April 7, 2018 / 12:45 pm

      Thanks, we’re going to need all the good wishes we can get. I do love the energy that read red gives an outfit, so I’ll be looking for a few more pieces to add to my wardrobe.

  10. Yvonne
    April 7, 2018 / 9:49 am

    You look great in that outfit. I’m wary of red and usually only have it in accessories, but happened to purchase a red summer top the other day and am trying it on with a few pairs of white pants to be certain I will keep it. We’re still getting snow here, so summer is a long way off LOL.
    Good luck with the search for a house rental.

    • Jennifer
      April 7, 2018 / 12:47 pm

      Thanks Yvonne. Try it in with darker bottoms too so there is less contrast. You may prefer it that way.

  11. Barbara Testerman
    April 7, 2018 / 10:42 am

    I, too, wear a lot of red. I have a whole wash load of just reds and hot pinks. I just can’t get into the muted colors. They make me look like I’m on my death bed.

    • Jennifer
      April 7, 2018 / 12:48 pm

      That’s not a good look:). It’s smart to wash them all together.

  12. Lee
    April 7, 2018 / 11:40 am

    Hi everyone, So red is not in my wardrobe, except for one v neck tank I bought too quick at Christmas last year. I think it’s not the right red so I will have to find someone who loves it. I love Red on others but cannot find it for me. So, I have decided I would love a red casual bag as I think denim, a white top and a Red bag is me! I also love red in a cute shoe with the white shirt and denim!

    • Jennifer
      April 7, 2018 / 12:49 pm

      That sounds like a great way to wear red. That’s how I prefer to wear it.

  13. Sophia ann montgomery
    April 7, 2018 / 11:47 am

    Why not research Residence Inn by Marriott? They accept pets and the hotels are designed for extended stays.

    • Jennifer
      April 7, 2018 / 12:32 pm

      We need a home with a garage to store all our things. It could take us a year to decide where we want to live and I Wouldn’t want to be in a hotel for that length of time.

  14. April 7, 2018 / 12:10 pm

    Lucy a pet! No. Ridiculous. I’ve decided that there won’t be a lilac at all suitable for my warm colouring. I have a few reds including sandals. They do brighten up an outfit.

    • Jennifer
      April 7, 2018 / 12:51 pm

      Lilac is actually a very tricky color. There are verses for warm toned people, but they May not appeal to you. Lilac seems to be the opposite of red for me.

  15. Janet Williams
    April 7, 2018 / 12:41 pm

    I feel the same way you do so agree with your choices especially purse and shoes. Still prefer purple, plums and deep pink.

    • Jennifer
      April 7, 2018 / 12:52 pm

      I’m having a love affair with deep pink this year, and I don’t see it abating anytime soon.

  16. Gail Schwartz
    April 7, 2018 / 12:59 pm

    I’ve been wearing red all my life. When I was little my mother, a painter, assured me that red, navy and grey were my best colors, and this has proved true throughout my life.

    Right now I have a new red handbag for spring (Coach) an Eileen Fisher raincoat in Poppy and I will be looking for those red shoes you are showing. Not to worry, I won’t be wearing them all at once!

    I guess I don’t mind red, because I am an extrovert.

    Good luck with the home sale. Ours is on the market, but it takes a long time to sell in the northeast.

    • Jennifer
      April 9, 2018 / 7:42 am

      That’s so wonderful that your mother knew!! I’m still trying reds to see if I can wear more of it.

  17. beth byrd
    April 7, 2018 / 3:05 pm

    I understand what you are saying about red, but that jacket you wore in yesterday’s post looked so great on you!!

    I don’t think I have a single item in red in my wardrobe. But your post today made me think about using it with accessories! Thanks for the food for thought!!

  18. April 7, 2018 / 6:23 pm

    WHEN IN DOUBT WEAR RED. I can’t count the times this had saved my day. I always feel stylish in red, and often get compliments.

  19. deede
    April 8, 2018 / 3:07 am

    I am thinking about your rental situation and precious Lucy…Why don’t you have Lucy declared your therapy dog?…I am sure that she preforms therapy with you daily…I am really serious about this…Maybe having her in an OFFICIAL capacity would influence owners…Smile…

  20. April bracey
    April 9, 2018 / 7:25 am

    I really Luv Luv this look on you!. Especially the long black duster- like cardigan sweater and the white blouse with ruffled sleeves. Can you give any information on where you bought these items?

    • Jennifer
      April 9, 2018 / 7:45 am

      Thanks. They are both from Talbots last winter. I don’t think they’re availabke any longer but they do have similar things often.

  21. Laurel
    April 9, 2018 / 8:56 am

    I love red, but it has to be the orangey red. When I find it I jump on it. It’s been easy to find this year. I found a really great red puffer in Italy and have worn it all winter. I will say it’s memorable, but I get compliments on it from strangers almost every time I’m out. And I have a similar colored raincoat from Talbots a few years back. I feel happy and upbeat when I wear them.

    This year I’ve also gotten into red shoes after having none for quite a while. I bought suede loafers, suede sneakers and great pair of short booties. I guess that and turquoise are my happy colors. 🙂

    • Jennifer
      April 9, 2018 / 3:46 pm

      They are happy colors for sure. If it makes you feel upbeat, I say wear it as often as possible!

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