Guest Contributors


Red Shoes. Red Wine. is a personal blog written and edited by Sheila Echols-Smesny.  But on occasion, Red Shoes. Red Wine. accepts guest blog posts, photos, and other fun content, by invitation only.  Frequent guest contributors are featured here!



Tracy Thornton, Guest Blogger

I’m a native Texan, amateur photographer and legal secretary who’s desperate to find a way to make a living traveling, drinking wine, and taking photos.  Until that miracle occurs, I’ll settle for the outrageous freedom that comes from having no children, spending my days devouring great food, traveling as much as possible, drinking way too much wine, fanatically watching Houston Texans football, and photographing every moment of it (to the great irritation of my boyfriend of 20 years).

Tracy may be contacted at  Follow Tracy’s adventures in Travel, Wine, and Photography on Instagram: @texanstracy and see her featured blog posts on Red Shoes. Red Wine. here: Tracy Thornton, Guest Blogger



Jerome Smesny, Paparazzi and Husband of Sheila

Husband sidekick to adventuring blogger, Sheila.  I take pictures of my wife taking pictures.  She mostly doesn’t mind.

Jerome may be contacted at  Follow Jerome’s adventures in Travel, Scotch Whisky, Food, and #mywifedoingthings on Instagram: @jerome1788



Aimee Miller, Costume Maker and Marketing Consultant to Sheila

Radio Promotions/Marketing Manager by profession, leathercrafting and costume hobbyist, sports and music fanatic, quiet observer of detail, runner, weight lifter, and sarcastic until death.

Aimee may be contacted at  Follow Aimee’s adventures on Twitter/Instagram: @ajmiller31 and see her featured blog posts on Red Shoes. Red Wine. here: Aimee Miller, Costume Maker