Valentine’s Day is just another excuse to dress up. Sure it’s about love too, but its in the middle of February and when it’s as cold as it has been I am excited to find any reason to dress cute. I put together these three simple outfits using pieces already in my closet. There is no reason to spend a lot on your outfit especially considering how much will be spent on dinner, movie tickets, etc. A little creativity can go a long way.
1. Red Tights – This one is so simple. Red tights automatically make any outfit that much more interesting. I love this BB Dakota dress that I got at a consignment shop for $15. It’s form fitting and perfect for a fancy dinner date.
Kohl’s Scarf / BB Dakota Dress via Avalon Exchange / Hue Tights / Old Navy Boots
2. Mix and Match Pinks and Reds – There are a lot of ways to combine various shades of pinks and reds. I went with this hot pink top and a maroon skirt for an interesting and bright contrast. I like this outfit for a work party or meeting up with girlfriends for drinks.
Ann Taylor Top / The Limited Skirt / Franco Sarto Boots / Illy Couture Necklace
3. Use Unconventional Red Patterns – Everyone automatically goes for the heart shape and polka dot patterns when it comes to Valentine’s Day, but I think a buffalo plaid scarf paired with simple black and white really pops! This outfit is perfect for ice skating in the park or a cozy night in.
Gap Men’s Scarf / Loft Top / James Jeans / Calvin Klein Shoes
features artists like the Shins, Rufus Wainwright and Paul McCartney singing classic Christmas Songs. For those of you who live in Pittsburgh, it’s all of the artists you would hear on 91.3. It’s a nice break from the same versions you hear over and over again on the radio. I can’t wait to play this for my Christmas Party. The only thing that could be better would be a Mumford and Sons Christmas CD. Maybe next year?
Next week is Thanksgiving and I realize that most people are pretty stressed out. Out of town guests, feast preparation and Black Friday shopping culminate into a very hectic time. Luckily, I have not reached that stage in my life where I actually have to host Thanksgiving. Everyone in my family should be very pleased about that as I am just starting to learn how to feed myself. However, I did make an effort to get festive where I could around my apartment. I bought this basket for $1.50 at Goodwill and purchased the seasonal potpourri for around $4. This is definitely not centerpiece material. Like I said, I am not there yet. But I do think it would look nice in another room or entranceway if you want the Thanksgiving theme to carry on throughout your home.
Jack Wills, UK clothing line and recent arrival to the U.S., has some perfect looks for the winter/holiday season. You can always count on their preppy plaids, blazers, and oxford button downs, but I am loving the glittery detailing on the Arkendale Sequin Dress and Runfold footless tights. I will definitely be using these looks as inspiration, especially pairing my plaid shirt with a ruffled skirt.