Dressing for V-Day!

Call me cheesy, but the older I get, the more I love celebrating Valentine's Day!! Looking back at pictures reminded me how much I already wear red and pink, but you don't have to be head-to-toe heart eyes to get the look.
My (very old) red Old Navy coat paired with a sleeveless navy and white check shirt from Target and white jeans with booties. 
My African skirt by lovely Natal, worn with a black scoop neck tee and simple gold earrings. I like to wear it out with chunky heels and a fun red leather clutch! 
Classy and casual with a white button-down and pumps like Leandra Medine, or a fun pleated skirt and t-shirt complete with heart glasses on Giovanna
The first part of my day will be dressed down and kid-craft-friendly, so I think I'll do black and white separates with a pop of pink.
{Black Forever 21 jeans, Wilt White Tee, Pink Pashmina, World Market Hoops, J.Crew Factory Coat}
I love an oversized pink sweater paired with edgy leather pants like Emmanuelle AltOr a crisp white button-down shirt tucked into pink trousers with nude heels à la Victoria Beckham.
For an engagement party over the holidays, I raided my MIL's closet and wore my black pants with this silk top and fun Kate Spade heels layered with a long sequined jacket.
We're going on a casual date night, but if I was dressing up I'd love something frilly like this!!
My J.Crew black pants that I wear with EVERYTHING and a fun pop of color with clutches I've made...
I love florals in an unexpected color palette, like this silk Joie dress that I've dressed up or down with flats, sandals, booties, etc...
Zara has SO many floral dresses right now that I'd pair with black booties, inspired by this Olivia Palermo look.
I think turquoise and red can also be a fun combo with black or white thrown in the mix.
 {J.Crew eyelet top and gold earrings, with Mar Y Sol clutch and white jeans}
Chunky vintage necklaces make an all-black ensemble festive, or a fun long dress even more eccentric...
{Black jeans, Rebecca Taylor sweater, Target tank, vintage necklace}
I wish they made this Crewcuts dress in my size! It looks so cute on P, especially with Annie's red leggings and ballet flats!
If you want to add just a touch, I love a bold pink or red lip paired with black and white, like my Target top I got for a steal!
{Red nails}
Aunt Lela tied a sweet velvet ribbon around her bun last week and it was so chic!!
An all-white look layered with a pink coat--H&M has so many fun ones on sale- like this pale short version or a bright long one.
New York Fashion Week is in full swing right now, and there's pink and red all over the runways. Literally! Tory Burch lined hers with 14,000 carnations, drawing her inspiration from Jackie O's chic sister Lee Radziwill-
Photographed by Horst, Vogue 1971
Her Paris apartment and that iconic pink sofa!!
Lela's been living in this FAB coat she got for her birthday, which suits her personality perfectly :) Whatever you decide to wear for Valentine's Day, I hope its a good one!! xoxo 


Lisa Congdon Art & Illustration

You Are My Jam Print
We're big fans of Lisa Congdon's coloring books, but I just discovered her Etsy shop and these fun 8.5"x11" prints!!


Handmade Valentine's Day Ideas!

I can't believe it's almost Valentine's Day! It's my favorite holiday for handmade details, but it sneaks up on me every year, so I like to keep it simple. This year the kids made their own cards with paint and stamps, and I love how they turned out! If you're up for some last minute crafting this weekend, I put together some of my most treasured V-day projects we've done in the past!
{Splatter Paint Hearts and Toilet Paper Roll Hearts}
I'm not sure why we don't splatter paint more! Seriously so easy, and if you have boys, this is a good project for them :)
{Watered down paints for splatter-painting}
 These are still my favorite, just simply bend the top of a toilet paper roll, and dip in paint! P also splatter-painted her envelopes, a fun touch for any holiday!! 
I bought one giant bag of dum-dums and we taped them onto all the kids' envelopes with washi tape. 
 Lela really wanted glitter, so she did stamps on the front and I wrote her name in glue so she could cover it in glitter! Here's a few that we've done in the past with hand stitching and dinosaur cookie cutters..
I still love these simple Heart Stamped Treat Bags I made with muslin. You can also find the plain ones on Amazon for so cheap and add any kind of stamp you like!
We have plenty of red and pink in our closets, but I do love to add a little something special...
We got these cute patches at Target and Lela put the lips on Fred's white button-down!! 
It would be perfect on a striped tee like this Anthropologie one.
{Simple Embroidered heart for Pearl}
I did a hand-embroidery class with Hibiscus Linens this week, and it was so relaxing to sit and stitch :)
When P had to wear a uniform, I made this red linen skirt with heart pockets, which was a fun touch.
 I'm so excited this year Lela can finally fit into the Lollipop dress I sewed for Pearl girl! 
 I made it out of a women's J.Crew button-down with the buttons in the back and oversized flutter sleeves. 
 Pregnant with Fred!
We just started this skirt for P out of the cutest Moda fabric with pink ric rac at the hem.
If you want a quick DIY art to gift, this lips print I made simply out of blotting different lipstick shades and lining them in pen!
{Framed in a vintage gold frame}
Valentine's Day also brings out the best grocery store flowers!! Nothing makes me happier than carnations and mums!!
{Color-blocked in a soup can}
(Spider mums in an antique vase}
{With a pop of yellow in a plain glass vase}  
And don't forget about paper flowers! I wrapped them around votives, and they're also great to tie around a teacher's gift or give as a hostess gift!! xoxo