Posted on February 06, 2017, 2:00 pm
6 mins


Valentine’s Day isn’t just a day for sweethearts. It can be a time to celebrate all the people that bring you love and happiness. Whether you want to get dolled up for a night out or maybe hang at home, a day of heartfelt celebration is the perfect way to mark mid-February.



Open Hearted


Warm All Over

This styling is a look for the girl that may or may not have a sweetheart, but she certainly has a lot of love in her life. She doesn’t wear her heart on her sleeve, but on her back, with this Ecote Icon Bomber Sweater. The bold floral of the Eleonora Embroidered Poet Sleeve Flare Dress from Alice + Olivia is a perfect pairing for the bold sweater. This look would be gorgeous with over the knee boots in cool weather or sandals on warmer days. The Gray Matters Blue Suede Mildred Pump gives an edgy appeal that is on point.

As for her Valentine gift? Books are perfect gifts, because like art, they come from a personal place. Olympia Le-Tan celebrates her love of literature with her unique take on clutches. This “A Spy In The House of Love” clutch seems the perfect modern girl bag.

An outfit this good doesn’t require a ton of jewelry, just one stand-out piece. This gold and diamond French Bulldog necklace by Carrie Cramer is simple and elegant. Check out all of her animal necklaces featured on Favery to find the silhouette of your favorite pooch. The subtle sweetness of wearing a likeness of your favorite, four-footed friend around your neck is a beautiful way to show your love. Don’t forget to apply a kick ass red lipstick to complete your look.


Open Hearted #2


Happy Home Bodies

Staying in this year? Here’s some outfit inspo for a stylish, comfy Valentine’s night at home.

Start with a great pair of denim, like these Derek Lam 10 Crosby Jane Mid Rise Flip Flop Flares. The mid-rise means comfort and the cool cropped flares will look killer with Stella McCartney’s Ruby Elyse Star Shoes. Pucker up with a super cute checkered plaid shirt by Madewell underneath J.Crew’s classic embroidered lips Tippi sweater.

What could be better than to curl up with this Nordstrom Faux Fur Accent pillow, found in their Valentine section of Nordstrom home? You can find all their Valentine picks here. And we are obsessed with Secret Squirrel wine. Secret Squirrel is a project from Corliss Estates (who also own Tranche Cellars) and is a blend of high end grapes that does not disappoint. Even if you are pairing it with takeout, it is amazing. Put on the soundtrack to the Oscar-nominated La La Land and you have the perfect night in.


Open Hearted #3


Be Mine Valentine

If you are headed out to celebrate V-day, a feminine dress is always a good idea. Dresses are a lovely and easy way to show some style, and there are styles suited for every kind of figure. The fitted bodice and flare skirt of this Alice + Olivia Belva dress is beautiful and flatters with a tie belt and modern midi length. The bustier style top means you can show off a gorgeous necklace or killer pair of earrings. The Ladyday Drop Earrings by Seattle designer FARIS are indeed just that, with bronze flower-shaped drops suspended from circular silver studs.

Resist the urge to be matchy-matchy with your shoes by wearing a pop of color instead. The SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Fawn Satin Point Toe Heels hit the mark perfectly. Make a kitschy cool statement with this Lulu Guinness Powder Black Lips Clutch. It’s a cool way to make a heartfelt statement. Add a groovy faux fur jacket to keep you cozy on your way to celebrate. Nasty Gal’s Fairy Floss Faux Fur Coat is both salty and sweet.

Finally, if you need a sweet little something to give that evening, why not this gorgeous limited edition diptyque candle? In honor of Valentine’s Day, diptyque partnered with Antoinette Poisson, a creator and restorer of domino paper. Poisson designed two exclusive motifs—one floral, one geometrical—for this collection. Uniqueness, light and fragrance all in one pretty package.

Whatever your plans on February 14, may they be full of love, friendship and fashionable fun.

Featured image: Ladyday drop earrings by FARIS. Image courtesy of Faris Jewelry

Lisa Cole is the fashion and style writer for Vanguard Seattle, and her work includes covering fashion news and events, runway shows and boutiques. She has her own fashion and lifestyle blog,, and is a member of Independent Fashion Bloggers and Fashion Group International.