Valentine’s Day is officially 2 days away and I wanted to leave you guys with this darling lace detail dress. Lace is one of the most feminine and dainty looks and pairing that with the color red sure does make for a perfect and elegant Valentine’s look. So I couldn’t end the week of Valentine’s Day inspired posts without a girly red dress and my top date night ideas. The thing is, it doesn’t matter if your Valentine’s day is spent with family, friends, gal pals, or a loved one, let’s get a little dressed up and enjoy some time with those we care about! I have some pretty fun “play dates” that I think you all will enjoy!
This little cocktail dress is super girly, probably why I love it! You will see that the only accessories that I felt the need to pair it with are some statement earrings and a bold red lip. The dress has so much detailing on it that I didn’t want to overpower the dress with added jewelry.
Dress (very similar and only $35) // Shoes (only $20) // Earrings (similar) // Lipstick
These shoes are a knock-off of the popular Steve Madden Stecy shoes but at a quarter of the cost. When I saw them at Target I immediately bought them in every color because that’s what any sane person would do right?! Don’t worry they only came in nude and black. Thank the lord there weren’t more colors than that because I probably would have bought those too! I like to give you guys options since I know everyone likes something a little different. I have found some more red lace dress options here, here, here and here.
- Wine Night- Inspired by my most recent idea to start a wine club, get a couple of girlfriends together or your significant other and each bring a bottle of wine. The more wine the better for this one. My roommate has taught me this game that we find to be so much fun, especially for all you winos. Try to guess the ingredients of the wine! We usually have one person that doesn’t participate and gives clues. For example: 2 berries, 1 “earthy” ingredient, and 1 spice. It makes for some funny answers for sure. Get a cheese and meat platter selection from your local grocery store and enjoy some good conversation, play a game (mexican train is always my favorite!), or watch a movie and relax.
- Pizza Bar- Now if I didn’t actually have to really think about 5 good date ideas all of them would be something like this one: donut bar, pasta bar, chocolate bar….you get the picture. Go to the store and get all of the ingredients you would need to make a pizza. Set everything up at home in an assembly line format and start making away! You can find some yummy and simple pizza recipes on Pinterest if you are wanting to get adventurous! And you know what goes great with pizza right? Wine.
- Netflix and Chill- Now I’m not sure what your version of Netflix and chill is, but mine is basically a pajama party. Go get a couple of Netflix movies, your favorite snack, put on your fuzzy socks and pile on the blankets. For an added bonus you can take all of the couch cushions off and make a pallet on the floor with pillows and blankets like you are a little kid again! It. is. AWESOME.
- Painting with a Twist- If you have never been to one of these types of places they really are a blast and they are BYOB (or BYOW in my case) so that’s an added plus. Essentially it is an art class where they have a teacher that is walking you step by step how to paint a certain picture. Believe me you do not have to be an artist. They will make you feel like Picasso by the time you are done with it.
- Local Dessert Bar- Go to a local place that serves desserts. In Houston, my new personal favorite is Cacao & Cardamom. They have gourmet chocolates that are a work of art. Have fun sampling a few of your favorite desserts. Calories don’t count on Valentines Day!
Have a great Valentines Day with your loved ones and I can’t wait to hear what everyone did 🙂
Ok we continue on with our week of Valentine’s Day outfit inspiration! Don’t forget to read all the way to the bottom of the post because I have a little “how to” on Like To Know It. Don’t know what that is? Well its your new best friend so see below! As some of you may know, I have a full time job as a supply analyst. Because of this, I am in business casual attire Monday through Friday so having a look that I can transition from the office to after work functions is important to me. And it’s not always easy to pull off either. I battle with wanting to be comfortable yet professional at work and then fashionable yet not too done up after work. Can you see how that might get a little difficult trying to please all of those requirements in a single outfit?!
This peplum trend is definitely one of my favorites. It is so flattering! Any top that lets my stomach expand (because let’s be honest you are bound to have a food baby some days after lunch) without actually showing it is a good top in my book! Plus when a top can be bold on it’s own, it doesn’t require you to pile on accessories. I usually tend to wear minimal jewelry as it is so I try to to spice up my outfit where I can!
Pink and cheetah… could it get more girly? They really do pair so nicely together!
Top (similar) // Pants // Shoes // Bracelets (similar) // Earrings (similar) // Lipstick
As girly as I am, I can honestly say that pink is not a very common color in my closet. This pink peplum is flirty and bold- 2 qualities your outfit should be for Valentine’s Day! I’m proving that you don’t have to get done up in a dress to look sexy. Hot pink and cheetah does the trick as well! If you are loving this peplum trend and what to try it in a dress version, I went ahead and found some options here and here.
For more office inspired looks check out my most recent post on my #girlboss suit here.
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I wanted to bring you guys a different spin on the usual red or pink outfit post for this Valentine’s Day inspired look. Red is undoubtedly a color of love, romance, and passion. Black on the other hand is more mysterious, powerful, and sexy. You’ve probably heard that every woman should own a little black dress (also known as an “LBD”) and you know why? Because black is timeless and has the power to make a statement without needing bold colors or accessories. The right black look has the ability to show off your body without having to show any skin at all, its magical that way! So if you are over the cliche red dress this year, try breaking out some black and gold pieces from your closet. I chose to add in some pops of red for the occasion to be more festive but the great thing about black and gold is that they go with any color! So choose whatever your favorite color is and rock that.
Look #1: Leather Pencil skirt and Crop Top
Skirt // Top (similar) // Heels // Purse (similar) // Earrings
Look #2: Ruffle Dress
Heels // Purse (similar) // Earrings // Bracelet // Ring
This flirty little dress is from last season but don’t you worry because I went ahead and picked out my favorite black and gold dress options here, here, here, and here. All are under $75! As I said before if you do not already own a LBD, you can find my favorites here, here and here and my advice is that you should always have one handy! You never know when the occasion might strike to pull out that secret weapon 🙂
Happy hump day friends! We are only 4 sleeps away from Valentine’s Day!
Since this week is full of Valentine’s Day inspiration and outfit ideas, it only seemed fitting to show off the most beloved suit I’ve ever owned. Yes, I only own 3 suits but that is besides the point. I bought this red suit on a complete whim because I saw it and immediately fell in love with it’s pink trim and bold features. It screamed #girlboss and I couldn’t say no! I firmly believe that every girl deserves to have at least one outfit that makes her feel like a down right boss. An outfit that simply exudes confidence, power and beauty. This red suit stands out and is definitely against the norm, every reason why I loved it.
So all of that is to say that I have waited an entire year to wear this suit and I am so glad that I get to finally show it off to you guys! When I bought it I had absolutely no idea where I would ever get an opportunity to wear it. Valentines Day I thought? Maybe Christmas? “You shouldn’t buy an outfit to just wear one day a year” I thought to myself. Then my mother chimed in “It’s 65% off.. you have to get it”. And just like that I was SOLD. Gotta love mom’s sound of reason…
The great part about buying a suit is that you don’t have to wear the suit jacket and skirt (or pants) together. So while buying a suit is normally quite the investment, you really do get a lot of use out of each piece. I wear this pencil skirt with more casual tops to work all of the time! The blazer makes for a cute pop of color to other outfits as well. So I may have bought this suit on a whim but I can assure you that it has had it’s fair wearing!
Suit (similar) / Tank // Shoes //Earrings (stud version)
Stay tuned for more Valentine’s Day inspired looks every day this week. Do y’all have any exciting plans for the big day? Whether it’s galentines or something special with your significant other, I hope you have a lovely day 🙂 I’m excited to spend my 3 day weekend binge eating chocolate and probably watching the Notebook. It’s a pretty strong possibility and there is no shame in my game!
Houston sure did see some beautiful weather this past weekend and I soaked up every bit of it that I could! I spent my weekend with my best girl friends eating some good food, checking out Karbach Brewery’s new renovation, and celebrating Margret’s (from Style The Girl) soon-to-be bundle of joy. How did you spend your weekend? I would love to hear!
This look was created from a lot of old pieces that I had in my closet and my new pair of over-the-knee boots that I recently picked up from my neighborhood Marshalls. The faux fur trend has stuck around and if you don’t already own a faux fur vest in every color (I’m definitely guilty of this), then I would highly recommend getting one that has mainly blacks and browns in it. I love that I can wear it with black or brown shoes!
My birthday was last month so I used my 50% off birthday discount to get this beautiful Kendra Scott ring. If you didn’t see my previous post with all of your birthday month specials, you can check it out here.
Dress (similar) // Vest (similar splurge) // Boots // Watch // Ring
With Houston’s weather being so bipolar this vest is an easy go-to piece for me because it keeps me warm in the morning when it’s cooler but is not too hot for when it warms up a bit. I linked a splurge option but here is a cheaper option that I still love. Have a great week everyone and thanks for stopping by 🙂
Photography by: Kamden Photography