Whether you are a hopeless romantic or a cynical “Valentine’s Day is a made up Hallmark holiday” kind of girl, one thing we can all agree on is that this “love day” is the perfect excuse to get dressed up! (Not to mention the candy!!) I ran across this flirty little ruffled number by After Market when I was recently checking out Pomp & Circumstance Boutique’s precious new Rice Village location. I’m a sucker for seersucker, and the flattering ruffled double v-neck on this dress sealed the deal for me. These ombre BaubleBar drop earrings gave this outfit the perfect Valentine’s vibe, and a hot pink lippie by NYX was just the right finishing touch for a romantic look. Although my real V-Day evening plans include ballet class, tae kwon do, guitar lessons, and the final pee wee basketball game of the season, at least I have an outfit ready should another Hallmark holiday appear on my calendar in the near future!
I won’t let the day go by, however, without some festivities. My kids get way into celebrations, and my daughter adores “setting up” (i.e., decorating) for each and every holiday. We were a little late to the party for Valentine’s and only got things “set up” last night, but exuberance is high today with the anticipation of class parties and boxes of mystery chocolates. We have decorated a Star Wars box to receive cards from friends and drawn hearts on lollipop-adorned princess Valentines. These two have my whole heart today and every day!
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. — 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.
Dress: After Market, available locally at Pomp & Circumstance Boutique (also love these ruffled dresses by Sea, Chelsea28, Miss Selfridge, and Joanna August and this cute tie-back dress by the same designer, After Market) | Shoes: Vince, sold out (similar by Steve Madden and Missguided) | Clutch: Moyna, sold out (similar by Steve Madden, Tory Burch, and Figue) | Earrings: Bauble Bar | Lip Gloss: NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Funnel Delight