Yours Truly

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Y’all. It has been a wild 2017 so far. Can you tell by my little leave of absence there?! Oops! Part of the reason is because work (my *real* job) has been nuts and is currently sending me all over the place – and the rest is because of some very exciting news that I can’t wait to share shortly. I don’t want to give away too much yet, but some really fun things are coming to the blog soon, so please bear with me and my scarce posts for a bit!

Now onto sweeter things – like this Valentine’s Day look. When I discovered last year that I had absolutely no pink in my closet, I made a vow right then and there to change that. This bright pink turtleneck brought me from zero to Barbie in .5 seconds, and I can’t say I hate it. Sometimes I like to go subtle with my holiday outfits, but not this time. Although I went classic with dark jeans and neutral booties, I topped off this festive Valentine’s getup with a pop of leopard (duh), big sunnies, and a pair of statement earrings.

Turtleneck: Asos | Jeans: J Brand | Booties: Aldo (similar) | Clutch: Clare V | Sunglasses: Karen Walker c/o Ditto (use code TOPKNOTS for your first month free!) | Earrings: J. Crew | Ring: BaubleBar

Happy Valentine’s Day, sweethearts! ❤

Happy Galentine’s Day!

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According to my queen, Leslie Knope, Galentine’s Day takes place on February 13th, and is a day to celebrate your best pals. I don’t know about y’all but I’m a lot more into this than I am actual Valentine’s Day (sorry bf), and have started observing this holiday every year. In honor of Galentine’s Day tomorrow, I got together with my blogger besties, Brittany of Southern Meets Chic and Tara of Northern Lights – Southern Belles, to celebrate lady love and cupcakes.

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So ladies, leave the boys at home tomorrow and plan a playdate with your gal pals. And for all of you who just hate Valentine’s Day and its cheesiness and commercialism blah blah blah, now you have the world’s best alternative. Happy Galentine’s Day, y’all!

Keep scrolling for details on my full outfit, as well as info on all of our looks.

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My Look:
Dress: See U Soon c/o StyleDwell | Jacket: JOA c/o StyleDwell | Shoes: Shoemint (sketchily closed down, similar here) | Jewelry c/o Hermosa Jewelry | Flower Crown c/o Kerry Ann Stokes

Tara’s Look:
Dress: Love Stitch c/o StyleDwell | Boots: Simmi Shoes | Jewelry c/o Hermosa Jewelry | Sunnies: Sunglass Spot | Bag: Ms. Little’s Bag

Brittany’s Look:
Dress: Tularosa c/o StyleDwell | Booties: Aldo | Jewelry c/o Hermosa Jewelry | Headband: Sara Gabriel | Coat c/o StyleDwell

A huge thank you StyleDwell for dressing me and my gals, Hermosa Jewelry for blinging us up, Kerry Ann Stokes for my gorgeous flower crown, Sugar Bakeshop for letting us crash their courtyard for the afternoon, and of course, my sweet galentines, Brittany, Tara, and my fabulous photographer, Jess, for bearing one of Charleston’s coldest days to celebrate the magic of girlfriends ❤

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

What to Wear on Valentine’s (& Galentine’s!) Day

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Can you believe it’s almost Valentine’s Day? Ugh I know, #shitgirlssay, but seriously! This day of lurrrrve falls on a Saturday this year (!) so you can make all kinds of plans. However, the thing about plans is that they come with many outfit decisions. Bummer. Lucky for you, I adore the commercialism of Valentine’s Day a regretful amount and like to spend my time decorating my apartment with hearts and candy and curating festive yet subtle V-Day outfits. YOU’RE WELCOME. See what you think below!

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Who says you have to wear pink or red on Valentine’s Day? This year, opt for a pale lavender instead. Not only is lavender having a major moment right now, but it’s such a breath of fresh air from those obvious V-Day colors. I’m so in love with this precious scalloped shift dress – it’s feminine, flattering and oh-so perfect for a date with your boo thang. Slip on some delicate nude heels (currently having a love affair with Shoemint), accessorize with a pastel statement necklace and a little heart ring, then top off the look with kissable pink lips and bright red nails – hey, I didn’t say there would be no pink and red at all. Before you head out the door, spritz on your most romantic perfume (one of my faves is Chance) and you’re good to go.

Scalloped Dress: Tobi | Nude Heels: Shoemint | Necklace: Loft | Ring: Aurelie Bidermann | Lip Gloss: NYX (Tea Rose) | Nail Lacquer: Essie (Lollipop) | Perfume: Chanel (Chance)

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If you don’t celebrate Galentine’s Day, you need to make it a tradition starting now. According to Queen Leslie Knope, Galentine’s Day takes place on February 13th every year and gives you the chance to celebrate the real loves of your life, your lady friends. Me and my galz typically drink margs and eat our body weight in Mexican food, but to each her own. ANYWAY, since there will be no boys there to judge your weird trendy outfit #storyofmylife, break out all the fun fads – graphic tees, distressed boyfriend jeans (the ones above are called “ex-boyfriend jeans” – teehee), a peplum leather jacket… The possibilities are endless. Accessorize with some festive two-tone pumps, colorful cluster studs, and pretty gold jewelry. (Sidenote: I just got that Gorjana bracelet in my Rocksbox and I CANNOT stop wearing it – more on that soon.) If you’re really feeling sassy, and I hope that you are, go bold with a neon pink lip. My coworker (hi Liz) always wears the most incredible lipsticks and introduced me to NYX matte lipstick in ‘Shocking Pink’ – and it has kind of changed my life. It’s the perfect bright Barbie pink and stays on for 234809258 hours. Bonus: if you’re looking a little hungover tired in the morning, swipe some on and you’ll immediately look awake and alive, even if you feel like death. Wait, why am I talking about death in my Valentine’s Day post?

Graphic Tee: Nylon | Boyfriend Jeans: AG Adriano Goldschmied | Peplum Jacket: H&M | Two-tone Pumps: Shoemint | Cluster Studs: Kate Spade | Bracelet: Gorjana | Rings: Gorjana | Lipstick: NYX (Shocking Pink)

Okay so now that your outfit is taken care of, it’s time to think about a valentine card to give your person. It can also double as a gift if it’s frame-worthy and you’re poor (aka me). Whether it’s for your best pal, your fam, or your dude, here are a few of my favorite *not your average* valentines:

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Thanks for reading, guys – you’re all my valentines ❤