Last February, I shared this post where I focused on self-care rather than the traditional valentines’ fashion post. Just because Valentine’s Day is traditionally associated with romance and spending time with someone special, doesn’t mean you can’t also take time for yourself—making time for yourself, incorporating self-care into your routine, and practicing positive self talk are things that can be done year-round!
Now I am not the biggest fan of Valentine’s Day, but I love the idea of dressing up for the occasion. After being married for almost 6 years, it kind of loses it’s luster. We don’t have any plan, but even a causal night in with a big bowl of popcorn (real butter) or dinner at our favorite burger spot sounds fun. With that said, I hope you have something fun planned with girlfriends or a significant other. Before you rack your brain on what to wear, check out Megan (Diary of This Girl) and I’s photos to get inspired, and remember that no holiday is complete without a side of tulle and cupcakes. If you missed our first post you can check it out here.
I love how our outfits compliment each other. It’s pretty impressive considering we only discussed wearing tulle skirts. Megan’s skirt is actually a dress that she layered a sweater over. Her white statement necklace, red bag, and ballet flats suit her so well. I want her gold dainty layering rings too! So cute and perfect for everyday. Megan – if you ever want to part with that bag, you know where to find me.
I have always found tulle skirts challenging to style, especially in the colder months. To make things easier I started with the shoes, and decided that gray tights would work best. The gray sweater made the most sense and pulled everything together. For the accessories I wore a vintage brooch from the Victorian era adorned with a cameo and rhinestones. I found this piece at a cute shop in eastern Washington on a shopping trip with my mother-in-law.
The purse is from Old Navy. They have really upped their accessory game. The pink chain bracelet is a oldie but goodie as are the rings.
Enjoy your weekend and be sure to swing by Megan’s blog to see more photos from our Valentine’s Day shoot. Thanks so much for reading. See you next week!
Photos by Michelle Dorman Photography
(Me) Sweater: Ann Taylor (similar) | Skirt: Club Monaco (similar) | Brooch: vintage (similar) | Rings: Gorjana (old) & Nadri (similar) | Bracelet: J.Crew (old) | Shoes: Dr.Scholl’s | Purse: Old Navy (similar) | Lipstick: Wet n Wild (Mocha-licious) | Lashes: Ardell (similar)
(Megan) Sweater: Forever 21 | Dress: Target | Necklace: Francesca’s | Bag: thrifted via Goodwill| Ballet Flats: thrifted via Goodwill
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Whenever I collaborate with Megan from Diary of This Girl I have way more fun! This is why we are bringing you two Valentine’s Day looks this week – one causal and the other dressy.
I love how Megan went for a non-traditional Vday look, but still managed to look girly and romantic. Her polka dot quilted jacket is super cute and flattering. I like how she choose to wear a flowy white tank underneath. Her black & white printed clutch and sweet bow flats add some flair to her monochromatic look.
I went the traditional route and wore pink. Although this sweater is not the most flattering on my frame, I couldn’t resist it. I love peplums and liked how this one came in a structured knit material.
In my goal to wear more brooches, I added my rhinestone bow brooch and a sweet thrifted button bracelet. I layered on a few dainty rings and made sure to include my heart-shaped one. For some extra glam, I attempted to do two dutch braids in my hair and wore my not-so-secret weapon, Ardell false lashes. I went with distressed jeans and rose gold ballet flats to keep things causal.
Visit Megan’s blog to see more pictures from this shoot, and be sure to swing back here on Thursday for our second look.
Photos by Michelle Dorman Photography
(Me) Sweater: Ann Taylor | Jeans: Zara (similar) | Brooch: J.Crew (similar) | Bracelet: thrifted | Rings: Gorjana (old) & Nadri (similar) | Earrings: Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Shoes: Sam Edelman (gold) | Lashes: Ardell (similar) | Lipstick: Wet n Wild (Mocha-licious)
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Sweater: J.Crew (old) | Blouse: J.Crew (identical) | Jeans: AG (similar) | Boots: Dankso (similar) | Bracelet: Loft (old) | Necklace: J.Crew (similar) |Earrings: Nordstrom Rack (similar) | Purse: Foley + Corina (similar) | Rings: Gorjana (old) | Lipstick: Bobbi Brown (Warm Beige) | Lip Gloss: Smashbox Limitless Long Wear (Endless)
These photos were taken on Valentine’s Day. It was pretty chilly out, so I decided to wear my favorite dog sweater layered over a gingham shirt. I wasn’t sure about the colors in the necklace, but I ended up liking how it brought out the details in the sweater.
Last year for Valentine’s Day, my husband and I ate at our favorite local burger joint, Burgermaster. It’s super causal and the location we dine at has a drive-in. The plan for this year was to cook at home, but that quickly changed when we found ourselves running errands near Burgermaster. We happily munched on burgers and fries while splitting a chocolate shake. It was heavenly.
Dress: Marc by Marc Jacobs (old) | Cardigan: J.Crew (old)| Ring: Marc by Marc Jacobs (old) | Necklace: Michael Kors (old) | Bracelet: J.Crew (identical)| Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs (similar) | Booties: Jambu | Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs (similar) | Lip gloss: Giorgio Armani color 519| Lip liner: NARS color Rosebud
I can’t believe we are mid way through February. I feel like my life is moving at warp speed. I’m hoping things will settle down soon. My husband and I are planning to stay in and do a surf and turf dinner for Valentine’s Day.
I chose this heart print dress for my second holiday inspired look (see the first outfit here), but kept it causal by pairing it with booties. I got this dress a few years ago on sale. It was the last one and in my size! I was ecstatic. Fun fact: I interviewed for my current job in this dress, and they made me an offer. 🙂
Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day. If you have President’s Day off, enjoy your extended weekend (I sure will)!