Happy Valentine’s Day

Let me preface this post by saying, I’m not a big Valentine’s day girl – the hoopla of it all is overwhelming, and the pricey set menu’s at every single restaurant make me want to stay in… which is what we do every year.  We make dinner together, and cozy up with some wine.  The one thing I do like about this day though is the conscious effort everyone makes to say I love you.

With everything going on I haven’t given much thought to Valentine’s day this year – no fun crafts, and I haven’t even gotten my cards in the mail (sorry mom and dad!)… but for whatever reason, I woke up today in the celebrating mood.

And what better way to feel a little festive for perhaps the most over-hyped, over-rated holiday than to dress a little special??

I have a little bounce in my step after putting on a VERY similar outfit to the one below… a full red skirt (with pockets… LOVE), a silky floral blouse, some fun kick-y booties and my beloved pink coat.  Mine is from Jcrew, and I get complimented on it every single time I wear it – it’s so pretty (and surprisingly versatile)!

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Red and Pink are also allowed together now the same way navy and black are.  It’s a fun color combination, and especially festive for a day like today.

I mean if SJP says it’s ok, then you know it’s no longer a fashion faux pas.

Anyway, I’m off to drop some V-day goodies off with some clients, but wanted to pop in to share a little V-day love and style inspiration with you all.

xoxo

Engagement Photos: Rustic Session

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Unicornpwrz via Tumblr
A lot of my friends are starting to get engaged and married, and so my world is full of everything “wedding” (kind of awesome).  With weddings and engagements on the brain, I always get excited when I come across photographs that grab me.

Isn’t this one so sweet?  It’s nothing fancy – no props, no designer shoes, no “model-y blank stares at the camera”.  It’s casual, simple, and keeps the focus on the couple.  I just love it!

Happy Hump Day!
xo

Happy Valentine’s Day


Picture Courtesy of Style Me Pretty
Happy Valentine’s Day to  the smartest, kindest, most wonderful man I know.

I love that you sing over every song on the radio… with your own lyrics.  I love that you eat whatever I cook for dinner… no matter what.  I love that your butt looks cute in your jeans.  I love your boyish smile, and the laugh lines around your eyes.  I love that your feet find mine in the middle of the night.  I love that you love my family.  I love that you know how to make me laugh, comfort me, and love me.

You are the love of my life, and I am so lucky I met you that fateful night 5 years ago… and again two weeks after that.

xo

Valentines Gifts for Her

JEWELRY: 
Kissing Birds necklace – it’s as charming as it is lovely, and at $42, its extremely affordable!
LOVE this
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FLOWERS:
What girl doesn’t love flowers – whether it’s sent to her at work, or brought home at the end of the day, think outside the box of the standard dozen red roses.  I hate red roses.  The show The Bachelor completely ruined red roses for me forever, so now I see a red rose and think, “Cliche!” “Tacky!” “Standard!” White flowers are timeless and classic, and a tulip is much less common than a rose.  Teleflora delivers nationally, but my recommendation would be to find a local florist – you will get a better quality arrangement for your money.  Some other less thought of blooms to surprise her with?  White Orchids, White Peonies, and White Lillies (Stargazer or Calla).

       

    
     


A WEEKEND AWAY:
Surprise her with a weekend getaway – whether you live a few hours from the seaside, the mountains, or the wine country, look into making reservations at a cute bed and breakfast that caters to couples without children.  If you have kids, book a baby-sitter well in advance, or bribe the grandparents into watching the babes over night.  Pop some bubbly, book spa appointments, have a hotel room picnic with cheese and chocolate in front of the gas fireplace!




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A HOMEMADE CARD:
It’s small, it’s sweet, and it shows that you put time and thought into telling your sweetheart that you love them.   I always find the cards at the drugstore so cheesy.  They usually involve too much glitter and a photograph of two wine glasses, two hearts, or two small children holding hands, and you KNOW that one million other people are getting that same card.  Skip it, and save yourself the $3.50 – Martha Stewart has some fun tutorials on pop out cards, or if you are really feeling creative, get some thick gorgeous linen paper (you can get this at Staples or another business supply store), and make a cool potato stamp.  Make a heart, kissing lips, or an X and and O.  Use red paint on creme colored paper, keep it simple, and you will come out on top.
       
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Potato Stamp Tutorial via polkadotdesign.com


PRIVATE COOKING LESSON:
If you live in a rural or small town, this could be tricky, but for most people within an hour of a large city, this is simple, intimate, and fun!  Have a chef come to your home with the fixings to make a fabulous dinner.  Not only do you not have to worry about finding all the fancy ingredients on your own, but you get to learn – hands on – how the pro’s sear a steak, or make homemade pasta.  A lot of these places let you choose the type of cuisine you want to make, and some even let you hand pick the dishes!  No fussy dinner, no overpriced menu – just good food, good company, and an opportunity to surprise yourself!  And guess who will be able to make Beef Bourguignon for the next anniversary? 🙂

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A ROMANTIC EVENING IN:
Light some candles in the bathroom, bedroom, kitchen.  Draw her a bath, or set up a small table for two in the living room.  The secret to a romantic night in, is doing things you wouldn’t do on a normal night.  Make it a rule to keep the TV off, the lights low, and candles going.  Even if it’s Chinese takeout on the menu, use the good dishes, and think outside the box.




TWO AIRLINE TICKETS:
Where have you both been dying to go?  Is it a long weekend in Mexico, or a lavish vacation in Bali?  Has she been dying to visit her family across the country, or visit her best friend one state over?  Plan a few months ahead, and buy two plane tickets to make it happen.  Booking in advance minimizes the risk that she won’t be able to get the time off, will have conflicting plans, etc.  With the tickets booked, you two can plan the rest of the trip together, and have something fun to look forward to.



A GORGEOUS RING:
If you aren’t married but have talked about it, you know it’s going to be on her mind, but if you really want to surprise her, pop the question the day after when her guard is down.

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Happy Valentines Day!!

Who’s that Handsome Guy??

This was actually a photo I snapped while we were watching TV on the first Saturday after we moved into our apartment.  Doesn’t Kris look especially cute here?

Last night, I dreamed that we had just gotten engaged and we were excitedly telling our families and friends.  I woke up this morning a bit sad upon realizing it was just a dream.  My friend Lindsay told me that if you dream it, it’s going to happen soon.  I don’t know if I’d go that far, but it certainly is a lovely thought…

All Loved Up

I met Kris 5 years ago.  At a bar.  As all great love stories start.

I’ve always known how lucky I was to have him, however, recently I have found myself more in love than ever.  That actually sounded way more cheesy out loud than it did in my head, but it’s true.

After 5 years of dating, we have made the decision to move in together.  For us, this is a big step.  It’s grown up.  And it’s us finally acknowledging that unless we kill each other in Ikea over which ottoman to get, then we will most likely get married.  It’s scary and exciting, and having him meet me at lunch to see a 1BR/1BA in the Marina (a neighborhood which he hates and I love) reminds me of everything I love about him.

To my hunny bunny – with whom I have never celebrated an anniversary – I am luckier than you will ever know.  Thank you for not calling me back when I first gave you my number next to the mechanical bull.  Thank you for making me work for it.  And, thank you for showing me what real love is like.