Wednesday, February 4, 2015

What to Wear for Valentine's Day

While I'm a romantic at heart I've never been someone who gets completely wrapped up in Valentine's Day like some girls do with grandiose expectations. I like to buy a little gift for my 2 sweeties (hubby and my sweet daughter) but I don't make big wish lists for my husband or have big expectations for the day. If Paul surprises me with flowers, perfume or chocolates it's always appreciated as is a meal out whether it's lunch or dinner but not expected. He's usually pretty thoughtful and will bring flowers home but if he's traveling out of the country like last year when he left for China the first week of February, I just buy them for myself-no big deal. Even when I was unmarried, if I didn't have a date, I'd always try to plan something fun and/or do something to love on myself such as go to a yoga class, treat myself to a pedicure or plan a dinner outing with my other single girlfriends.

As a family of 3, whether we decide to make it a day out at a Disney park with Lily, have a picnic in the park (yes, we can do that here in February (one of the perks of living in Florida), or choose to enjoy a quiet dinner in with a movie, I still like to get dressed up in something festive but comfy and wear a pop of pink or red. Before having our little one whom we have yet to find a trusted babysitter for (haven't had a solo date night out since a few days before she was born which was over 17 months ago and totally our own fault), we enjoyed dressing up and I love any excuse to wear a dress, pretty pumps, favorite clutch and my best jewelry. This year though, all I'm craving is a weekend trip to a log cabin in the woods with a roaring fireplace to sit by roasting s'mores and drinking hot cocoa curled up under a warm blanket.

No matter where your Feb.14th plans take you, I've got three different looks to inspire your own Valentine's Day style whether you'll be donning a little black dress whisked off to a fancy restaurant or staying in for something more laid back like us. I'm a big believer in buying classic pieces that stand the test of time and can be worn for a variety of occasions instead of just once or once per year. All of these pieces I'm sharing will allow you to do that.

Here are a few more pieces that I thought were perfect to celebrate this fun holiday and beyond!

Ladylike in a Little Black Dress

This classic knee-length black shift dress with cap sleeves and a darling bow detail at the waist is anything by boring! There are so many directions to take it. I've paired it with these fun black & white polka dot pumps and a blush colored clutch and soft pink lips + nails. For those who want a bolder pop of color, I've also shown the same dress another way with these stunning red bow heels, a glam red clutch and of course red lips + mani. I've thrown in these ankle strap bow pumps if you like a solid go-to pair in a solid color. This is an classy dress for the opera, ballet, fine dining, dancing and more.

Go-Anywhere Ensemble

This floral skirt is the focal point of the entire outfit. There are so many jumping off points color-wise but I chose a white/off-white long sleeved blouse to keep it simple with the option of a short sleeve in red. A long sleeved red sweater would also be perfect but the heels should be kept neutral like this gorgeous nude pair. As the weather is still cool, I've paired this outfit with a jacket that ties into the color of the skirt. The red strappy heels would be a nice pop of color to complement the skirt when paired with a white blouse. These gorgeous chandelier earrings add extra wow factor along with a red clutch and lipstick.

Casual Yet Chic

If you're headed out, a pink moto jacket is the perfect bit of outerwear to provide a bit of edge to balance out the color. For a slightly dressier but still casual vibe, this black + white heart print blouse with skinny jeans and nude flats is a great go-to outfit. A hot pink boyfriend blazer adds a punch of color, perfect with a tee or sweater and these kissy lip loafers which were just too cute and unique not to include. In the same hot pink hue, these satin flats are uber gorgeous too! A festive beaded clutch is the perfect accessory. For those staying in wanting to be really cozy, this gray heart elbow patch sweatshirt would be adorable with your favorite pair of jeans.

Maybe a little red dress (love this red one too!) or little white dress is more your thing, here are some more options I'm loving right now along with some fabulous accessories.....

I hope you'll be inspired to put together a look you'll feel beautiful, confident and comfortable in.

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