If you're like me, you enjoy a good plan. (Okay, maybe I LOVE a good plan; let's be serious here). I asked my hubs what we were going to do for Valentine's Day last week, and being the incredibly patient and understanding man he is, he knew that was a nudge to make some ressies. Again, he knows me so well!
Mike chose Villa Verone
for our romantic dinner (we ADORE VV; we went for my birthday this year and a few times over the last three years of knowing each other).
I have already purchased Mike's Valentine's Day gifts, and I'd love to share them, but it's going to have to be post-February 14. (Hi, babe!). But I'll conjure up some ideas of great gifts for the men in your life for Valentine's Day in a coming entry.
Now for the fun part: dressing for Valentine's Day!
Last year I wore this outfit:
How cute is my man in that bowtie? <3
I get so much wear out of these red pants and polka dot shirt! The pants are perfect for Fridays at my school, as our colors are red and blue!
Equally adorable shirt (with cherries!): here.
Lauren and I, accidentally twinning!
Last year, Mike and I had dinner at Fiora's
(another phenomenal restaurant in Geneva), and I remember the wind chill being (literally) 40 below 0. It was PAINFULLY cold. My fingers are crossed that this year's temperatures will be slightly less torturous, but you know how Northern Illinois can be! Thus, the range of outfits for this Valentine's Day will vary, as I know some of you are in much warmer climates! (Hi, Mom in Florida! Hi, Kelly and Sarah in California!).
Here are my top 4 picks for Valentine's Day looks this year:
1. This Lovers + Friends fit and flare dress
I first saw it on Megan Runion's blog
, and I knew I had to have it. Particularly at that price point! Check out her fabulous blog-- she's so stylish!
Similar dress idea here
(in blush-- currently 50% off!), but it could also double as a work outfit (since the back isn't cut out like the Lovers + Friends find).
2. I talk about the BB Dakota Rhianna Illusion dress in practically every three blogs, but it is just THAT amazing. Mike recently purchased the green for me for my birthday, and here I am in the red for my friend's wedding at Notre Dame in December
. It would be perfect with tights and a cardigan for Valentine's Day!
My recommendation to you is to buy this dress in the Crimson pictured here or the Fuscia/Rose here
. You will not regret this purchase! It's perfect to wear as a wedding guest, too!
3. This Camilyn Beth scalloped dress
would be absolutely romantic for your Valentine's Day evening! I have to say, if I had the means, I would buy every. single. Camilyn Beth dress ever made. I swoon over every dress she creates! The team at Camilyn Beth is extremely helpful (they helped me decide on a size in my scalloped dress) and truly personal. If you are looking for a dress that is extremely high quality and a company that cares about you as a customer, go to her website
and make a purchase.
Side note: her spring line can be pre-ordered, but the pieces would come in post-February 14. Otherwise, this
would be the best V-day dress, ever! It is worth every penny, I promise you. Check it out! Love that blush with the ruffle! To die for!
I wore this Camilyn Beth scalloped dress for my wedding shower hosted by my sister and bridesmaids. I received so many compliments! I also wore it for my engagement photos by Blossom Lane Photography
Perhaps, a lower price point would be more appealing (trust me, I know!). If so, this
(under $20, OMG! and that back!) are two other awesome scalloped options for Valentine's Day. The scalloped detailing is to die for, and that red is va-va-voom!
I wore a much more affordable coral scalloped dress for my friend Leah's wedding and again in Jamaica on our honeymoon. It was last season from Loft, but this Adrianna Papell dress
(for under $60!) is very similar!
Wow. I want to be that tan again!!
If you prefer a dressy blouse for your Valentine's Day and still want to incorporate scallops, Banana Republic has you covered. Here is my blue scalloped shirt
. Adorable! And 50% off currently!
There's something so dainty, fun and romantic about scallops! And the blush and red will be perfect for February 14!
4. My mom recently got her first Lilly Pulitzer items the other day in Florida. Of course, I was super jealous! But it has encouraged me to start shopping her new pieces. Check these out for warmer climates for Valentine's Day. This dress looked so cute on her! #BuyMeLilly
shirt dress incorporates pink for the holiday! Throw on some black tights and black pumps if you're in colder climates or pop on your pink Jack Rogers sandals
My mom also purchased this top
, which I am totally lusting after! How fabulous would that look with a pair of punchy pink pants
and gold wedges
? (Can you tell I am daydreaming for warm temps? You're so lucky out west and down south!).
I'm already looking forward to a romantic dinner with my hubs. I can't believe this will be our third Valentine's Day together. :) Here's to 85 more.
Who are you spending Valentine's Day with? And what will you wear?