valentines day

red lace

H&M red lace romper
Red lace romper with black accessories
Red lace romper with a black fur vest
Steve Madden black snakeskin heels
Dressy Valentine's Day outfit: red lace romper

romper:

H&M {

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heels:

Steve Madden

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bag:

Rebecca Minkoff

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 earrings:

House of Harlow

On the agenda for today: part two of the Valentine's Day lookbook! In total contrast of Monday's post (

seen

here

), this red lace romper is a much more formal approach towards the holiday. While the other outfit would be great for the day, this outfit would be perfect for night. 

A few months ago, I saw Arielle from

Something Navy

wear

this

gorgeous

red lace romper

. I was pleasantly surprised to come across one that looks almost identical from H&M, but with a much more affordable price tag! Since it was a few months ago that I found it, it is no longer in stock - what's new. I hate not being able to link exact products for y'all, but I found some look alikes that are just as amazing, if not better! Three of them are under $75 (

here

,

here

, &

here

) and one of them is even available

to rent

! While the remaining two are more of a splurge, they make for great investments (

here

&

here

). All of the rompers, as well as the rest of the outfit, are linked above and in the "Shop the Look" section below. Although I went with black as an accent color, a great pair of nude or blush heels would look amazing as well! 

Let me know which Valentine's Day look was your favorite in the comments below. Thanks for reading and have a great Valentine's Day:)

xoxo

SHOP THE LOOK:

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pastel pink

J.Crew puffer vest paired with spring hues
Winter white jeans with a pastel pink sweater
Pastel pink sweater with a puffer vest
Layered gold necklaces
Pink sweater with a vest and booties
J.Crew beige puffer vest

sweater:

Zara {

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vest

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J.Crew Factory

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jeans

: The Impeccable Pig {

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booties:

Call it Spring {

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necklace

:

Kendra Scott

I've always loved mid-February because Valentines Day brings the perfect excuse to start wearing pastels again! It's usually still cool outside, but I'll take any excuse to break up the same dark toned clothes with some lighter hues. I feel like once we make it to Valentines Day, it's perfectly acceptable to start wearing spring clothes (

even though I'm sure it's still too early

). 

I found this sweater for less than $15 at Zara last year, but unfortunately it's now long gone. I've linked some other options that are almost identical though, seen

here

,

here

&

here

. While I try to make it feel like spring with brighter colors, the temperature outside says otherwise! By pairing a staple 

puffer vest

with the sweater, it adds just enough warmth without being too hot. To keep the look bright and "springy", I added my go-to pair of

winter white jeans

, and finished the look off with a staple pair of

booties

Make sure to check back later this week to see how I style my second "Valentines Day inspired" outfit. Thanks for reading!

xoxo

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gluten free homemade {healthier} brownies

I'm so excited to share with y'all this amazing recipe! I'm a sucker for anything chocolate, especially a good brownie! I love this recipe because it's a much healthier alternative to the classic we all know and love. Not only is it gluten free, but it's 100% homemade (aka no sketchy ingredients from a box) and uses healthy substitutes to make it even more guilt-free! It's the perfect treat to make for Valentine's day, and it won't ruin your summer-bod diet! 

GLUTEN FREE REDUCED GUILT BROWNIES:

3/4 cup all-purpose gluten free flour

3/4 cup cane sugar

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 tsp baking powder

3 eggs

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup canola oil

1/4 cup water

1. Preheat oven to 350*

2. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, and baking powder into a medium sized bowl

3. Mix in eggs, vanilla, oil and water

4. Pour into a greased 8 x 8 pan

5. Bake for 20-25 minutes

Printable Recipe

[adapted from 

this

 recipe] 

I've only made this once, but it has easily become one of my favorite sweet treats. You would never know it wasn't made from a box, which is always a huge problem I have with homemade brownies. Even the batter tastes like Betty Crocker made it herself, and we all know that's the most important part! 

Substitutes:

I switched out canola oil for butter, but there are still even more healthy subs you can make! To reduce the sugar, both applesauce and medjool dates can be substituted. I personally have never found a recipe for brownies using applesauce that I like because I can always seem to taste the apple! Medjool dates, on the other hand, sound like an amazing addition! They would definitely make the brownies more dense, but it switches out cane sugar for natural sugars. Just make sure to pit the dates before blending into a paste! I measured 1/3 cup oil, and then continued to fill the measuring cup with water until it reached 1/2 cup. That way it cut out some of the oil but still added liquid! The next time I make these, I'll probably try 2 eggs instead of 3 to get a denser brownie, but 3 works for a more cakey dessert. Also, don't skip the sifter! I used to always think it was pointless, but if any of y'all have made homemade hot chocolate, you'll know how clumpy cocoa can get! Sifting (the cocoa especially) gets rid of those annoying clumps and creates a

much

 smoother batter!

I would love to hear what y'all think about them if you try them out yourself!

ps: there's still a giveaway going on on my Instagram for TWO winners of a $170 cash prize!

xoxo

date night inspiration

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There's something I love about Valentines day because it's like you're almost

expected

 to wear something super girly and feminine. I love outfits that feel so chic - so Jackie, Audrey or Diana. Something about putting in a little bit of extra effort makes all the difference. 

Like I mentioned last week, I was hoping to get to show y'all a new skirt I have that would have been perfect for the occasion. Unfortunately the timing just didn't work out. Also, I didn't really think that chicken pox scars screamed girly! So the skirt will have to wait for now, but I still want to feature it when it gets a little warmer. Valentines day makes me feel like it's spring, so I break out all my pastels and shorts, but I'm very quickly reminded by the weather that it in fact is

not

 yet spring. 

I originally thought I would just create the outfit I was planning on posting in a collage, but unfortunately the skirt isn't on the

website

anymore! It turned out to be a great thing though, because I found this super chic and feminine skirt instead!! I would almost say I like this outfit more because it really couldn't get any more girly. I kept with the feel of the skirt and added simple pieces that all have a little twist. I love playing with texture, and I think the necklace and clutch do that so well. Calf hair has been a recent obsession of mine, and this

one

from Anthropolgie just seemed perfect for this outfit. It also can't hurt that 

everything is less than $150 :)

Have a great weekend!

xoxo

red & pink

dress:

greylin

|| necklace:

baublebar

|| trench:

tobi

 {

similar

} || booties:

aldo

I have this problem with falling in love with different garments. When I find a dress I love, I can't just wear it once, I want to wear it everyday! I know this breaks so many unspoken rules, specifically the "I've already been photographed in that" one. I just can't deal with that though! When I saw this red dress, I immediately fell in love. Like- saw it in late October and decided two months early that this was my Christmas dress- love. Even after seeing it week after week hanging in my closet, I couldn't give it up after Christmas. 

Something about red and pink is so classic Valentines day to me. So naturally, I had to rewear the dress in mid February! That's one of my biggest tips for y'all:

find pieces you love that can be reworn in multiple ways.

 It justifies whatever price you may pay, and allows those of you like me to keep wearing the pieces you love! [This dress is also on sale, so you can't pass that up!] 

Have a great week!!

xoxo