Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m not sure what you’re thoughts are on V-Day, but I’m a big fan. Surprisingly, my love for the holiday really doesn’t come from a place of romance. I think my love for this holiday stems from childhood nostalgia more than anything else. Growing up, my parents would always place little surprises at the kitchen table for my sister, brother, and me to discover when we came down for breakfast before school. I always loved waking up knowing that when I got downstairs, I’d have a little gift waiting for me to start my day. Our gifts were small, but sweet and usually included a card with our favorite candy, cutely decorated socks, and maybe $20 as we got older. I guess that’s why for me, Valentine’s Day is all about chocolate! I’m going to try to hold off today, though. Steve and I won’t celebrate “our” Valentine’s Day until Friday since it works better with our schedules. Our tradition is another one I love, and is another reason I continue to love the holiday. We usually get takeout (nothing fancy) or cook dinner (sometimes fancy). I always get him chocolate covered pretzels and he always gets me a box of chocolates (one of my most favorite things for some odd reason…) and we relax at home with a glass of wine and just hang out. Honestly outside of the candy and cards, it’s not really different from our normal Friday night since we can usually be found sipping a glass of wine and ordering pizza or cooking together, but it’s special to us and something we look forward to. This year we are hoping to get some fire pit time in the backyard if the rain holds off since it’s unseasonably warm in Philly right now. I hope you have something fun on the agenda…whether that’s enjoying a special treat, dinner plans with girlfriends or a significant other, or just getting in some you time!
Valentine’s Day is all about the red and pink color palette. While I haven’t fully embraced pink in my wardrobe, red is a color I love working into my personal style more regularly. Red is a dominant color with so much psychology around it. Themes of power, sexuality, even aggression surround the captivating shade. In fashion, we think of red as a color that is daring and attractive; in politics, red represents the Republican party; in medicine, red denotes hazardous waste. The list goes on. I think the one thing we can probably all agree on in regard to the color red is that it is controversial. It is a love-it-or-hate-it type of color. Red can mean something different to everyone. To me, red means confidence and when I’m adding it into my personal style, I’m doing it with that purpose. Below are all the ways I love adding red to my wardrobe. Enjoy your day and as many sweets as you can handle today! You deserve it!
My favorite red “accessory” is a powerful red lip. There’s no doubt that a red lip adds a boldness to any look. It can transform a casual outfit, and when balanced with the right eye makeup, is an unstoppable force of beauty. I believe there is a red lip for everyone, but not everyone’s red lip is the same. It’s important to find the right color for your skin-tone; that may mean a shiny, bright red lip for one person and a matte, darker red for another. I personally enjoy mattes, shines, bright red, cherry reds, burnt sienna reds. If it looks good, I like it! I used this link when I was researching a potential red lip for my wedding – it might be helpful to see what can work for you!
Coat, Shoes, and/or Bag
I’ve been all about statement coats lately. My recent favorite being this Diane Von Furstenburg coat with red and blue woven throughout it. It sold out on Nordstrom where it was on sale, but found it here. Recently I had to get a new work bag since mine had seen better days. My old bag was a black bag with red stitching from Lodis. I loved it so much I knew I wanted another one of their bags, but this time opted for a very bright red with black stitching. I love the bold color of it and feel like it goes with any coat! On sale here.
My final, simple way to incorporate red into my style is in my nail color. Growing up, my mother always painted her finger and toe nails a beautiful bright red. I’m not sure she’s ever had a professional mani or pedi before; she just simply enjoys doing her nails herself and I always associate red with her. Of course, I wear other colors on my own nails, but a bright, hot red is one of my personal favorites. I’ll also dabble into a deeper, cherry red. I prefer gel, but own a few red traditional polishes for those times when I’m taking a break. The one pictured above is Revlon’s All on Red.