Happy Saturday May 13th! Hope everyone is well and happy. Hope everyone you love is well and happy. And if you’re not, I wish joy and peace for you. Take a deep breath. Smile. Try to spread good energy around. Your good energy might help lift up someone. And even if you don’t want to spread around good energy for the purpose of helping other people, do it for yourself. Because what you spread around comes back around to you. While you’re shopping and treating yourself to all the wonderful things you deserve today, keep the thought in mind that the happier you are the better for the world. On that note, I am shopping for a red cocktail dress so I can make a video to start promoting my album project. Here are some dresses that I’m looking at as far as styles go. I can’t really afford these, but I do love the styles so if there are any seamstresses out there who feel they can make me something similar, please feel free to contact me to discuss.

Dolce Gabbana runched red cocktail dress

Dolce Gabbana runched red cocktail dress
Dolce Gabbana runched red cocktail dress – $3,595

I love this dress. It would be absolutely perfect if it had sleeves that were at least three-quarters length. I prefer sleeves on my dresses and tops. I don’t like to bare my arms. So for me, this Dolce Gabbana runched red cocktail dress would be perfect if it had sleeves. I think three-quarters length would work better than long sleeves.

Oscar de la Renta red tiered silk gown

Oscar de la Renta red tiered silk gown
Oscar de la Renta red tiered silk gown $7,990 – image via ModaOperandi.com

Not sure if this Oscar de la Renta dress would be classified as a red cocktail dress necessarily. Although, by definition a cocktail dress is a dress you wear to attend a cocktail party or semi-formal occasion, and this would surely be suitable for a cocktail party or semi-formal occasion; but it’s quite long; and it seems like these days cocktail dresses are typically somewhere between midi and mini. In any case I think this dress is gorgeous, but I would have to modify it a bit in order to be able to wear it. Like the Dolce & Gabbana dress, I would prefer this dress to have sleeves; and I would alter it so the neckline isn’t a plunging neckline.

Cushnie et ochs off-the-shoulder red cocktail dress

Cushnie et ochs off the shoulder red cocktail dress – $1,395

As long as I could find the right bra, this Cushnie et ochs off the shoulder red cocktail dress is perfect as is. The arms are covered enough, although I prefer coverage to at least below the elbow.

Costarellos Guipure lace tiered ruffle burgundy red cocktail dress

Costarellos Guipure lace tiered ruffle burgundy red cocktail dress
Costarellos Guipure lace tiered ruffle burgundy red cocktail dress – $1395

This dress is more burgundy than red, but burgundy is in the red family so it can still qualify as a red cocktail dress. And I can’t complain about the neckline or the sleeve length. Admittedly it’s a little over-the-top with the ornate design, but I still love it.

You can shop these particular dresses at ModaOperandi.com or you can swing by Nordstrom.com to shop for red cocktail dresses. You might find some more affordable prices at Nordstrom. (Note: Links are affiliate links)

In case I don’t write a Mother’s Day post tomorrow, Happy Mother’s Day to all of you who are mothers. I hope you are showered with love and the loveliest gifts.

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Hello, I'm Adela Lewis aka singer songwriter Adelamonica. I am the founder, creative director, editor in chief and main writer for avenuesixty.com. First let me say, I myself cringe at some of the things I've written on this blog which I started in 2012 (including what I'm writing now). It is completely embarrassing to realize how miserably I've been failing to hide the fact that I lack sophistication, and often times lack enlightenment on very basic topics. I wish I had never written half the things I've written on here, but I did write them. In my defense, I'm human. There is much I do not know about anything and sometimes we have to make mistakes in order to learn and grow. To be clear, I am just a regular person who enjoys writing, modeling, and doing things that make me happy and keep me actively engaged in living and being . I refer to myself as "editor in chief" and "creative director" because, owning the blog as I do and being the one who creates and edits the content (with the exception of content submitted by third party contributors), I feel that I have the freedom to do so. Via this blog, I am contributing my personal thoughts and ideas and beliefs on everyday topics of discussion--at times topics on which I am not particularly well informed, but about which I might still have a point of view--much like most other people on the planet . The things I write should be regarded in the light of diary/journal style and essay style writings, reviews and reports exploring the topics I attempt to discuss. Please recognize that I have no academic or other professional credentials and I do not represent my points of view as carrying any weight or having anything of significant value to contribute to serious discussions held by experts on any topic featured. I apologize in advance for any errors major or minor that I make in my writing (I have made some embarrassing errors), anything I write that can be perceived as an offense or that is otherwise insensitive or needlessly critical and disparaging of any person. I am a work in progress and committed to striving to live consciously in a spirit of light and love. It does not mean I will not sometimes act and write in contradiction of that goal.


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