The Rich Life On a Budget

Red Slacks and Lobsters

Saturday night, I attended a fundraiser for the St. Helena City Fire Department in Napa county.

Bill, my husband, was able to get four tickets to this sold out event. We invited Bill’s best friend and his lovely wife, who we are going to Italy with, to join us.

Dressing for this party is tricky. You see, you eat with your hands. Lobster, shrimp, artichokes, corn, sausage – all of it,  just with your mitts. You are given a lovely apron to wear and take home with you as a souvenir, but still – it’s a messy meal with cracking shells, drawn butter and lots of wine. You wouldn’t want to wear light colors, silk, or draping sleeves.

I opted for a black H & M top with off-white stripes, a leopard belt and black pumps with my new bright red slacks. 

I like the fit of these pants and the color is so vibrant.

When we first arrived, we got our seating assignments, then grabbed a glass of wine.  We spent the first hour catching up with one another and watching the fire fighters cook dinner.

Then it was time to start dinner. Besides the aprons, were also given lobster hats which we were instructed to put on.

We were then told to stand back from the table and wait for them to come by with giant pots filled with lobster and such. They slung the food down the center of the tables…

and we began our messy lobster feast.

Bill ate his money’s worth in lobster.

We were entertained by Louis Prima Junior and his band. They were so energetic and fun.

Next, they held the live auction. Wine, dinners and trips were on the auction list. Bill and I resisted the urge to bid since we are saving for our upcoming trip. Simply watching the bidding was entertainment in itself! They even had a fireman striptease performance for the crowd – bare chests only.

What a blast we had! I really can’t remember the last time I enjoyed myself so much at an event. Hopefully we can attend next year, too. It will probably take a year before I can eat lobster again anyway – it’s so rich.

Do you wear colored slacks or jeans?
I am developing quite a fondness for them.

85 thoughts on “Red Slacks and Lobsters

  1. Terri

    I do wear colored jeans…which you’ll see when my Monday post goes up. These photos helped me realize just how tall you are. Love the lobster hat and the eats look so delicious.


    Hi Adrienne,

    Looks like you had such a fun time! The last time I had lobster was soooo many years ago when I was in Ensenada,Mexico with some friends. Sadly we have no desire to go to Mexico anymore because of all the violence occurring down there.

    I love your red pants…I tried on a pair of red NYDJ recently but they were too short. I might have to look into the Gap!


  3. Leigh Powell Hines (Hines-Sight Blog)

    I saw your outfit on FB earlier, and I liked it. The red pants are pretty. I do not own any colored pants right now, but after I saw Kate in the coral JBrand jeans, I want some. However,I’m not as tall as you or her so I can look hippy if not careful. At 5’4, my hips are the biggest part of me.


    Oh! What an event!! I LOVE lobster…this would have been really bad for me!
    The red looks fabulous on you!! I do have colored jeans…love them.
    Btw, the leopard belt is perfect!! 🙂
    Have a great week Adrienne!


  5. jill815

    You look great in that outfit, I love every bit of it. I can get a sense of just how tall you and Bill are when I see you with the couple you attended the feast with. Wow! Looks like you had a fabulous time. I can’t remember when I last had lobster, it was so long ago. Can’t wait to hear more about the Italy trip! XO, Jill

  6. Adrienne Shubin

    @LRS4AMANDA I haven’t been to Mexico since I was a kid – too bad it’s not very safe for tourists anymore.

    I checked and my red pants are still available. Let me know if you need the link and I will email it to you. They would look great on you with your svelte figure and long legs.

    Gap has some great pants and jeans right now and at reasonable prices.
    xo, A

  7. Jennifer

    Love your gorgeous red slacks. Are they Gap? I’m also very tall and are always on the look for a great fitting pant. I’m new to your blog and really enjoy it. My husband is from Napa and my father-in-law was the Battalion Chief many years ago. A beautiful place to be from, go to and visit often!

  8. Adrienne Shubin

    @jill815 I sported some 3″ heels that night – so I am about 6’5″ in the photos. I should have worn flats, but the red pants are too long and I really wanted to wear them.

    We are still planning our trip! It’s very exciting and feels a little surreal. I need to get back to working on my packing list. These pants will not be coming along – too long to wear with walking shoes.

  9. Adrienne Shubin

    @Jennifer I wonder if my husband knows your FIL – those firefighters all seem to know one another it’s such a brotherhood/sisterhood.
    We love Napa – have family there, too. If I didn’t live where I do, I would happily live in St. Helena. It’s so charming (but expensive).

    My slacks are Gap. Is the link not working on your end? Someone else had problems, too. I tried it and it worked fine. The slacks come in khaki and white, too.

    Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment, Jennifer!

  10. Ping

    Oh, how I love St. Helena when we went there 3 years ago. You look gorgeous even for eating lobster:) Also, the color combinations too! I have the same color pants but a skinny jeans, love love!!!

  11. Pam @ over50feeling40

    What a fun event and your outfit was perfect! I can already tell that I am going to be accused of wearing my red demin too much…I like is so much more than I thought I would. You looked great…lobster hat and all.

    Come by and register to win the $100 gift card I am giving away and see how to help women in India!

  12. kathy peck

    The evening looks like so much fun and you look gorgeous in your outfit, even the hat!
    Easy to overdose on lobster, as I used to every summer on Martha’s Vineyard.
    I have a pair of fuchsia skinnies and green skinnies – will be taking them to Florida this week for a trial run.

  13. Fashion-isha

    Thank you so much for stopping by and your inspiring comment. All the positive feedback helps me heal. And WOW you look amazing in those pants, they’re so hot! Can’t wait to get all dressed up again real soon!

  14. mette

    The red pants look perfect on you. Your part of world is so bright in colors, that bright colors are almost a must!
    I got rid of my red pants, they were not the same red you have, but suddenly, they just felt so-not-me.
    The northern light favors a different color palette.
    A certain” worn ” wash in jeans + off white is my choice in pants.

  15. Debbi@SheAccessorizesWell

    Your outfit is perfect and you look perfectly fabulous in it! Love the touch of leopard.
    It looks like a really fun event and quite tasty too.
    Yes, I do wear colored jeans and I am thinking of getting some floral ones too! Crazy old lady for sure.

  16. Anonymous

    I love those colored jeans, they are really cute! I used to own a pair of thrifted, Marella light blue jeans slightly flared but I could not bear the sight of me with those jeans on so I gave them to my mother in law….you either have to be really slim or really tall to look good in them…

  17. Adrienne Shubin

    @Ping Isn’t it a darling little town? I would live there in a heartbeat if given the chance.

    I wouldn’t mind some red pants in a skinny cut. These trousers are made for a heel – would be nice to have red pants I could wear flats with.

    I hope you had a great time in SF!

  18. Adrienne Shubin

    @kathy peck Even three days later – the mere idea of lobster makes my stomach turn after eating so much the other night. I’ll be good to go by next March though.

    I look forward to hearing how you like wearing your fuchsia and green skinnies – and what you wear them with. Safe travels! xo

  19. Adrienne Shubin

    @mette Welcome, Mette!

    Interesting. I never have thought about the way the lighting in our geographical area plays into how our clothing appears but it makes sense.

    I like my white jeans very much – although they aren’t fitting me as well as they did since I lost some weight. I would also like an off white pair for the upcoming warm seasons.

    Thank you for stopping by!

  20. Adrienne Shubin

    @Suburban Princess Thank you, SP! I bought a pair of fuchsia skinnies – they aren’t too low waisted, thankfully, and not too tight – from Gap. Check them out for a pair – you might really like them!

    I do tower over many people but not everyone…and never Bill or my dad 🙂

  21. Adrienne Shubin

    @Jodie (aka mummaducka) I like that they are trousers, too and not skinnies…although I do have some skinnies – colorful skinnies – that I will be wearing on the blog soon.

    It was a fundraiser – a FUN fundraiser – for the fire department. It’s a volunteer department – like the one my husband will soon be running in our town. We have one every year too but ours is much smaller and we serve crab. We are thinking that we need to up our game for next Feburary’s feed – maybe some crab hats? 🙂

  22. Sara Louise

    This looks like so much fun!
    I’ve recently become addicted to colored pants and I have a bright pink pair that I’ve finally been brave enough to wear and now I want some in every color! And I desperately need a leopard print belt to wear with them 🙂

  23. Adrienne Shubin

    @Sara Louise It’s hard to go back to plain old blue jeans once you’ve worn brightly colored pants and jeans.

    I hope you find your perfect leopard belt. It took me ages to locate mine and I am so glad I did! I don’t know how I dressed myself without it.

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