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Valentine’s Day Looks Day to Night and the Alternative Date Night

January 25, 2017

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and for those of you who haven’t gotten your significant other a gift, I’m sorry, but this isn’t a gift guide.

I really do love Valentine’s, but not because of all the typical hype. I’m not lying when I say that it is like Valentine’s day year round in my house. Ian has always treated me like a princess, still opens every car door for me and brings me flowers just because. I am super excited though because this is my second Valentine’s day with Cove. I feel so lucky to have two Valentine’s now.

This year I wanted to give everyone a few alternatives to the fancy dinner and overpriced bouquets, and let you in on how we celebrate. I am also sharing an easy day-to-night outfit to transition the day.

The first year we were married, Ian and I were both stressed about Valentine’s day. We weren’t making very much money, and I think we both felt so much pressure from society to do certain things to celebrate the day, that it seemed more overwhelming than enjoyable. After a failed dinner reservation and a few tears we decided that a holiday is never worth that kind of stress. We vowed to only celebrate in ways we truly enjoyed and that expressed our love. One year, we ordered take out, set up a fancy table at home and then made a huge pallet on the floor with extra pillows and watched movies all night. The next year, we skipped the fancy restaurant and had pizza and ice cream and just walked around one of our favorite places. That year, Ian made me a wood burned card and an air plant as an untraditional “I love you.” I think it was one of my favorite Valentine’s day gifts to date because it was “him”.

But our new tradition is my all-time favorite way to celebrate and it’s simply loving on others. Valentine’s doesn’t have to be just about romantic love. Instead of focusing on St. Valentine, we started focusing on spoiling others around us. This can be bringing your neighbor dinner, buying your grandmother roses, or loving on someone you know may be celebrating alone and make them feel special. Additionally, we want to teach our kids to serve others in the community.

When we make Valentine’s day about us and what we’re getting, we usually feel empty and the holiday typically turns into a complete dud. But, when we choose to love on others, we all win. This isn’t to say you can’t show some special attention to each other, which we still do, but instead, our main focus is on those outside.

Mark 12:31 says to love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus also says it is His second greatest commandment besides loving Him first. Instead of spending a fortune on a five course meal and overpriced roses, spread love to those around you. It’s the best Valentine’s day gift you’ll ever get. I promise.

  

In addition to our Valentine’s tradition, I wanted to share some easy Valentine’s day looks with you. I paired my favorite blush cardigan with a babydoll top, jeans and booties for the day and this super cute Kestan linen blend dress with ultra chic suede pointed toe heels for a night look with the same cardigan. Super simple and comfortable for whatever your day may hold.

You can check out the details for my DRESS here, and my SHOES here and shop the rest of my look at the bottom of this post. Happy Valentine’s Day planning!


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28 Comments

  • Reply Emily January 25, 2017 at 9:34 am

    LOVE how you’ve celebrated the last few years and the idea of focusing on loving others that day!!

    • Reply Victoria January 29, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      Thank you so much, Emily!

  • Reply Komal January 25, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Great alternatives! Love the grey!

  • Reply Jessica January 25, 2017 at 9:46 am

    I love these looks! My look for Valentine’s Day is usually more like these. More casual and every day!
    xo Jessica
    http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com

    • Reply Victoria January 29, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      Thanks, Jessica! I am always casual:) Love to be comfy!

  • Reply Leah January 25, 2017 at 10:08 am

    I absolutely LOVE both outfits! The first is so girl with those top details and then you take it so chic for night time, amazing!

    x – Leah
    http://www.ellemaebloom.com

    • Reply Victoria January 29, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      Thank you, Leah! You are so kind!

  • Reply ellie January 25, 2017 at 10:11 am

    I love how you’ve styled this cardigan in these 2 ways! The second look is gorgeous! I love long cardigans they can be worn so many fun and chic ways! This is definitely my kinda date night look!

    Ellie
    http://www.scotchandstilettos.com

    • Reply Victoria January 29, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      Thank you so much, Ellie! I love comfy looks!

  • Reply Laura Mitbrodt January 25, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Your sweater is so cute, I love the colour
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

    • Reply Victoria January 29, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      THank you, Laura! It has been my go-to color lately!

  • Reply Megan Garrison January 25, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Those nude shoes are SO gorgeous! And I love the idea of making valentine’s about serving others <3

    • Reply Victoria January 29, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      Thank you so much, Megan!

  • Reply Danielle @ Follow My Gut January 25, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Those are such cute outfits and the way you transition them was so smart. You look so well coordinated for the holiday and you don’t look like you tried hard at all. It’s so natural on you!

    Danielle | FollowMyGut.com <3

    • Reply Victoria January 29, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      Thanks so much, Danielle! Such kind words!

  • Reply Anna January 25, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Love your idea to spoil others and love both outfits! XO ~Anna http://www.pepperedinstyle.com

    • Reply Victoria January 29, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      Thank you, Anna! Have a great day!

  • Reply Victoria January 25, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    yay name twin!! love this look!! so perfect for a casual valentine’s day and a dressier valentine’s night

    xoxo
    Victoria
    http://www.agallonofglitter.com

    • Reply Victoria January 29, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      Yay! name Twin! Thank you so much!

  • Reply April January 25, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    What a special and unique way to celebrate Valentine’s day. I agree sometimes all the traditional ways to celebrate can be a bit much. I love your cardigan and your heels!

    • Reply Victoria January 29, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      Thank you, April! Hope you have a great weekend!

  • Reply Danielle Rabb January 25, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    So true. The objective is to show and give love freely.

    And those shoes 👍🏼

    • Reply Victoria January 29, 2017 at 9:12 pm

      Thank you, Danielle!

  • Reply Ellie Boyce January 25, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    You look absolutely gorgeous in those photos! Loved the post 😀

    • Reply Victoria January 29, 2017 at 9:12 pm

      Thank you so much, Ellie!

  • Reply Angelica January 31, 2017 at 12:09 am

    That is such a beautiful concept <3 Everyone gets so caught up on bf/gf stuff, but this is so much better to create memories and bring beauty to others. I love your outfits btw!

  • Reply Sumana February 1, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Beautiful Victoria!

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