Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Valentine


Here's the deal...I am not a romantic at all. This is the tenth Valentines Day that Josh and I have spent together and I have to be honest, when he first said we had dinner plans, I was slightly annoyed. Valentines day plans? Seriously? I imagine the outside world somehow becomes more pink and full of superficial love like hearts and flowers today. Josh is a server and Valentines Day is one of the busiest days of the year. I always say the best Valentine's Day present is a wad of extra cash. (what can I say..romance oozes out of me). I have been putting on the Mommy loves Valentines day show for the nine years. I dressed the girls in pink and red when they were babies and this year we picked out special heart school outfits and painted our nails. (Coral for Layla and blood red with black crackle for Liv). We made the usual shoeboxes of love for their school parties and they both got gifts.

 I always thought of Valentines Day as sort of a "couples" in unmarried couples. It is one of those things you have to do until you get married. Like the pressure to stay thin and and attractive..the pressure to celebrate Valentine's day seems to wear off with each passing year of marriage. You look at couples who celebrate and think..rookies. Maybe the reason Josh and I never really celebrate Valentines Day is that we went from dating to married in a little over a year...I guess no one told us that dating is a marathon and a sprint. Before I was old enough to legally rent a car, we were beyond that new couple puppy love. I guess a baby added to the mix is quite the game changer.

Then somehow, I started to feel a little love. Like the grinch at Christmas, maybe my under-candied heart was two sizes two small. Maybe, just maybe I can let my overly practical cynical side have the night off and enjoy a dose of school girl crush sort of love. My annoyance with the idea of being one of those couple started to fade and I was starting to get a little excited about celebrating. If a budding romance is worth a celebration, than we sure as hell should be celebrating our tenth Valentines day together. It was nice to get dressed up and go to a wine tasting dinner. The sweetness of chocolate and the warmth of red wine somehow turned me into one of those people who celebrates Valentines day.

Inspired by this girl's beautiful color pallet of coral, I paired my red skirt with a peach button down. My new necklace gave the dainty top a little edge. See that great bracelet I am wearing? That was a gift from my Valentine.  This is one of my favorite outfits I have done....I felt classy and elegant as well as Valentines Day festive. I hope everyone had a great Love day.








Shirt: Gabriel Brothers
Skirt: The Limited
Tights: Kohls
Shoes: Seychelles (DSW)
Necklace: J Crew (Ebay)
Bracelet: Gift from My Valentine 

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