Valentine’s Day Outfit

Are you feeling the love this Valentine’s Day or are you boycotting it this year? We don’t usually make a big deal out of the holiday, opting to spend our money on travel and other experiences throughout the year. We’ll be making dinner at home, including this Chocolate Fruit Dip recipe. But that doesn’t stop me from wanting to wear something romantic. I got this super cute skirt at Loft right before Christmas for 40% off. Talk about love at first sight! Loft has had great skirts lately and this one has the perfect shape for twirling. What are your plans this year? Wearing anything special? Sending lots of love your way and hoping, no matter how you celebrate, it’s everything you want it to be!

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Valentine’s Day Crafts

Valentine’s Day always seems like the best time for handmade gifts. What better way to pour your heart out to the ones you love than with a creation all your own? Here are three things I’ve been working on this year that are so easy and cheap, they don’t even need a tutorial. And I think the simple sweetness of each speaks for itself.

Handmade cards
I bought the supplies for these handmade cards at Michael’s for maybe $5 including a coupon. The only thing I had on hand already was the paint. These blank cards with envelopes are available in packs of 10 and come in a few different colors. I thought the brown would give these cards the rustic, handmade feel I was going for.

To make the shapes, I found images in a Google search, put a piece of paper on my computer screen and traced the shapes with a pencil. I then cut them out so I could use them as a stencil for drawing them onto the cards or for cutting out shapes with the fancy paper. You can buy individual sheets of the sequin paper and the lace paper for a nominal value. For the lace card, I just cut off the lace edge of one of those sheets of paper and glued it on with my glue gun. I painted the heart and lips using my water colors.

Bow Hair Tie 
This craft only cost me a $1.50 because this velvet ribbon was on clearance at Michael’s. I tied a bow and pulled on the ends and the loops of the bow until it was the size I wanted. Then I cut the ribbon still attached to the spool to match the length of the other side. I glued a hair tie to the back center of the bow with my glue gun. To make it look a little more polished, I wrapped a shorter piece of the velvet ribbon around the center (and over the hair tie) and secured it with my glue gun.

Heart Wreath
Do you ever start crafts that you don’t finish? Me too! It is my goal this year to finish this heart wreath that I started a few years ago. I started it by bending a wire hanger into a heart shape using pliers. Then I cut thin strips from a yard of cheap red fabric. Using the end of the wire hanger as my needle, I poked a hole through the center of the fabric, essentially threading the wire through the fabric accordion style. I still have a long way to go and I need to buy more fabric, but until then I actually think this looks kind of artsy and cool.

3 Valentine’s Day Outfit Ideas

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

Easy Valentine’s Day Gift

Valentine’s Day brings back fond memories of decorating a shoebox and passing out some sort of cartoon-themed Valentine. These days I feel like I am lacking in the Valentine’s Day creativity department. So I decided to think of an easy Valentine’s Day gift. Giving someone these flowers in a vintage tea cup is like two presents in one. It would be such a nice little Valentine’s Day surprise for a good friend or relative in your life.

I bought these vintage tea cups at a local antique mall and purchased the tiny flowers at Trader Joe’s. I placed the flowers in the cups and filled in potting soil as needed. I would say it was pretty easy, and they don’t need too much watering.

 You’ll need:

  • Vintage tea cups
  • Small flower variety 
  • Potting soil

Valentine’s Day at Home

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Because of scheduling conflicts, the boy and I celebrated this past weekend. We tried this trendy restaurant in Pittsburgh called Salt of the Earth. It was amazing! It features local and seasonal gourmet cuisine.We had the prawns and scallops and the pork — both good choices. The dining room feels both relaxed and elegant with its modern design, long tables and chalkboard menu. I wore this dress and these tights:

So that means on the actual day of love, instead of peacocking around town with my man, I get to stay in and avoid the crowds. Read about my ideal Valentine’s Day at home after the jump

Ideally, I would be eating Chocolate Covered Strawberries:  (Dean and Deluca, $60)

Drinking my new favorite wine, Cupcake Vineyard’s Red Velvet ($12.99):

And not watching a romance, but something a little more light hearted, like Troop Beverly Hills. I was born to play that role by the way.

Wearing this nonchalantly sexy shirtdress (Gap, $29.95):

 Or maybe these adorable leggings (Gap, $29.95):

And cooking an amazing dinner in this heart-shaped Le Creuset pot (Amazon, Sold Out!). May need some help with the cooking part.