Did you have a good Valentine’s Day? Mine was fabulous, just laid back and casual. Joe and I hardly ever go out to celebrate occasions like this because we don’t have any nice restaurants in town. We usually cook a simple dinner and maybe build a fire. Last night we cooked ribs in the instant pot and had chocolate-covered strawberries for dessert. YUM!!! That is my favorite valentine’s gift for him to give me, and he gets them for me every year. He also buys Emersyn and her mommy Kayla strawberries too. Emersyn likes the milk chocolate ones like me, but Kayla likes the white chocolate version better.
That is not all that I got for Valentine’s Day. I learned years ago that if I wanted something specific for any type occasion, then I needed to buy it myself. I’ve tried hinting and leaving clues, but that never worked. Joe can tell me if I bought something new, he can tell you when my hair is ready for a cut, and he can tell you if I’ve gained or lost three pounds. BUT, for some odd reason, that man pays no attention to any of my hints and clues.
So, about ten years ago, I wanted a Coach handbag, and since Valentine’s Day was approaching, I started leaving hints. I could tell that he wasn’t picking up on my hints, so finally, I ordered the dang bag myself. When the handbag arrived, I told Joe that he didn’t have to worry about buying me a present because I had already purchased the gift for him. He was thrilled! He didn’t feel guilty for not buying me something, and I got exactly what I wanted. I still have the purse, and here it is below. This year I found something else that I wanted. I was watching an Instagram story of a lady that I follow, and she had on these gorgeous sunglasses. I messaged her and asked the brand, but it was Versace, so I said, “crap” and forgot about it. Then, a few days later, I saw her with them again, and I decided to look on the website to see if I could afford them. She told me that she bought them about three years ago, and I wasn’t surprised when I couldn’t find them on the website any longer.
Then, I got the bright idea to look at The Real Real, which is a luxury consignment shop. I found them, and they were on sale for 20% off! I debated and debated about buying them because I was afraid that they might not fit. Finally, I ordered them because I could return them if they didn’t fit, and they fit great! Once again, Joe was happy, and I was delighted that I got what I wanted for about 1/4 of what they originally cost. You need to remember that website (here) if you want a luxury item but don’t want to pay the luxury cost. Lol! How do you like my sunnies???
This floral cotton button-up shirt is one that I showed you in my try-on session. Here is the link to the session in case you missed it before. It seems like the clothes that I bought for the try-on session are selling out quickly, so I wanted to style this top for you before they all sold out. The print is adorable and perfect for spring, but the contrasting print at the cuffs and neckline, are what sold me on this shirt. Here is a link to the floral shirt, and I am wearing a medium for sizing purposes.
I thought that a white blazer would look amazing with this shirt, so I grabbed an old one that I had in the closet. The jacket would be perfect for the spring and summer season that is fast approaching, and it adds a tad bit of classic styling to the look. Here are a few white blazers that I found for you.
But, because I sometimes what to dress more casually, I decided to try the shirt with a white denim jacket. I tucked in the shirt so that it didn’t hang out because this jacket is a cropped version. Here are some other white denim jackets that would look great also.
And, I figured that some of you might not like wearing a jacket at all, so I added this lightweight v-neck sweater to the look. I love a v-neck top of any kind, and I think the sweater/shirt combination looks fabulous together. This was a sweater that I bought earlier from Target, but it has already sold out except for a bright lemon yellow color. Here are a few sweaters that would work for this look.
I added silver jewelry to my look. I am wearing the Katrina bar necklace from Plunder, but it is retired. The hammered silver matte cuff is still available. It has a magnetic closure, so it is easy to put on and take off. And, finally, I am wearing the Avi large silver hoops with a twist from Kendra Scott. I have recently fallen in love with this brand of jewelry, and I keep ordering more. I like that it is good quality and I try to buy items that I know that I can wear over and over again. So, I am steering away from the items with stones, and am instead buying items that are metal only. If you would like to make a purchase, and you have never bought from this brand before, here is a link that you can use to get 20% off your first purchase.
My flare jeans are the Natalie from Kut From The Kloth. I love this pair of jeans, and I love Kut From The Kloth jeans in general. I am wearing my usual size 10 in these, and I think that they fit me like a dream.
The boots that I am wearing are an older pair that I bought at Old Navy a couple of years ago. I love the color and the chunky heel. I am wearing my usual size 9, and they fit great. You are going to like that they are on sale fo 15.00!!! Hurry before your size is sold out! Here is the link to the shoes.
A casual jacket deserves to be worn with a casual shoe. I like these wedge sneakers that I bought last November, and I think they go great with this look. They are comfortable and modern looking, so that is a win-win in my book. I am wearing my usual size 9, and they fit great. Here is a link to the wedge sneakers.
I know that the jeans are too long for these flats, but I still wanted to give you an idea of how a ballet flat would look with the shirt and sweater combo. I would probably choose a shorter pair of pants or maybe a pair that could be cuffed to show the shoes. These are by Michael Kors, and I love the white color with the monogrammed logos. I am wearing my usual size 9, and they fit great. Here is a link to this pair in brown, and here is a link to a cream/white pair in a crocodile print.
Which look was your favorite?
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