Anyone else remember thinking that was possibly the least romantic candy heart ever?
Wishing you all a fun Valentine’s Day, be it with your sweetheart or gal pals. All you haters out there, at LEAST do yourself a favor and locate some chocolate! Then enjoy it guilt-free.
Weather allowing, I’m off to Nantucket this weekend for a little birthday celebrating! Be sure to follow along my chilly adventures via Instagram :)
Last weekend I kicked off February with such a fun morning at West Elm Fenway, crafting with some blogger gals at Kate‘s Valentine’s Day DIY Workshop! We made the sweetest little stuffed hearts that could be turned into lavender sachets, pins, necklaces, or garland– as seen on my bar cart.
Clearly I was too focussed on Kate’s darling set-up, snacks, and supplies to snap many photos of the finished products, but you can see them on Dariel and Jaime‘s blogs!
Whether hanging with your sig-other or with your lady friends, I fully support + encourage dressing for Valentine’s Day. This year, as opposed to traditional pink or red, I have my heart set on a little white number, with some sweet pink accessories to stay in theme.
[ Topanga Tunic Dress, Lilly Pulitzer, $168 ]
[ Secret Garden Studs, Kate Spade, $58 ]
[ Statement Bib Necklace, Forever 21, $11 ]
[ Francesca Joy Citrus Clutch, York Design Co., $160 ]
[ Everly Suede Pumps, J.Crew, $245 ]
What will you be rocking this V-Day? Do you scoff at the sight of all this and avoid pink + red altogether this time of year?
I’m sensing a seasonal project coming on… I loved the look of our bar “cart” all decked out at Christmastime, so I thought I’d try my hand at dolling it up for Valentine’s Day. My male roommate is far from impressed at its glitter-soaked girly-girl state, but how perfect would it be for a little Galentine’s Day party?
The heart garland is from a DIY workshop Kate hosted at West Elm this past weekend– more to come on that!
Bar Cart, vintage [similar splurge//similar save] | Glitter Garland, Walmart [similar] | Printed Heart Bowl, West Elm | Pop Fizz Clink Card, Kate Spade | Straws, Paper Source [similar]
What do we think– St. Patrick’s Day next?? Could I serve as a stop on the annual St. Paddy’s pub crawls?
Gal pals! This week I’ll be taking over The @MiddlesexCommons Instagram– be sure to follow me there as I share snippets of #MyKindOfLove and fun giveaways [hint:: pay special attention Tuesday and Thursday; you can win yourself some Visa gift cards!]. And let me know what you’re loving this Valentine’s Day by tagging your photos with #MyKindOfLove :)
Say what you may about February, but as a whole, it is my favorite month of the year. Excited to welcome it tomorrow with open arms and lots of pink, red, glitter and hearts! Plus, with the exception of this beauty, everything on the list is a sweet little steal. Happy V-Day to you!
[ 1 ] Mini Heart Headband, ban.do, $18
[ 2 ] Love Pillow, Assemble Home via Urban Outfitters, $19
[ 3 ] It Girl Bobbi, ban.do, $12
[ 4 ] Hearts iPhone Case, Urban Outfitters, $16
[ 5 ] In Love Sunglasses, Urban Outfitters, $16 (also in black!)
[ 6 ]
Initial Heart Midi Ring, Urban Outfitters, $5Now sold out! Similar here//here//here
[ 7 ] Delicate Heart Cuff, C.Wonder, $34
[ 8 ] Love: Quotes and Passages from the Heart, Anthropologie, $15
[ 9 ] Metallic Heart Cosmetic Bag, Forever 21, $6
[ 10 ] Printed Poplin Shorts, GAP, $20
(extra 35% off with code TREAT!)
[ 11 ] Confetti Heart Print Poster, Amanda Catherine Designs, $15
[ 12 ] Ooh La La Tobyn, Kate Spade, $348
Filed under Fashion, Home
The true January temperatures are back this week… meaning the only sort of social drinking I will be doing in the foreseeable future is most likely going to have hot chocolate as a base. This spiked mocha-like drink is the perfect mix of coffee, chocolate, and spirits, and—looking ahead to Valentine’s Day next month—is quite seasonally themed.
[ drink this ]
lovers’ hot chocolate from hot chocolate by fred thompson
[ ingredients ]
1 ounce creme de cacao
1 ounce amaretto
1 1/2 cups hot brewed coffee
4 tablespoons chocolate ice cream
8 pecan halves, chopped for garnish
[ directions ]
Divide the creme de cacao, amaretto, and coffee between 2 Irish coffee glasses [cheating here!], stirring to blend. Top each with 2 tablespoons of the ice cream and half of the chopped pecans. Serve immediately.
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[ in that ]
[ Pad Printed Mugs, West Elm, $8 each ]
[ Traditional conversation hearts ]
[ Sweet treats from my mama-- I prefer macarons over chocolate any day ]
[ Last year's Valentine's TOMS; purchase this year's here ]
[ Spicy red nails ]
[ Messages left in the snow ]
Happy Valentine’s Day sweet readers! While so many find Valentine’s Day ridiculous, I happen to love the holiday. Whether you are in a romantic relationship or not, I fully believe today is about celebrating the people in your life who bring you love– whoever that may be. Enjoy it! xx
I’m super excited to be participating in a contest with French Connection and Gilt City this week! Participants were asked to come up with a Pinterest board showcasing a look made up of their favorite items from FCUK’s new line, while sticking to a $1000 budget. Everyone is so big on dresses for Valentine’s Day, but I thought it might be fun to pair a sweet pink skirt with a comfier top, and add some crystal jewelry made with Swarvoski elements to keep it dressy. I would LOVE for you to head on over to the contest and vote for my outfit. If your name is selected, you could win this entire look!
[ Alex Knitted Jumper, $128 ]
[ Loving Crochet Pencil Skirt, $168 ]
[ Colville Cross Body Bag, $238 ]
[ Crystal Stretch Bracelet, $130 ]
[ Crystal Stud Earrings, $40 ]
[ Nina Leather Heels, $120 ]
Thank you so much for your support!! xx
Rounding up some of my favorite Valentine’s-themed products, all very full of heart!
 We’re Young at Heart Sweater
, ModCloth, $43
 Heart Shoe Clips
, ban.do, $25
 Heart Cutout Back Dress
, Urban Outfitters, $49
 Heart Birch Cuff
, Anthropologie, $108
 Heart Sweater
, Garage, $27
 Squiggle Heart Stud Earrings
, ASOS, $9
 Heart Ring
, Diament Jewelry for Urban Renewal, $12
 Hearts & Spades Scarf
, Kate Spade, $128
 Heart to Heart Tights
, Kate Spade, $32 // iPhone Case
, Urban Outfitters, $16
 Quilted Heart Bag
, ASOS, $28 // Heart Work and Dedication Heel
, Minna Parikka, $350