Monday, February 6, 2012

pretty things -- utterly romantic.

http://www.lulus.com/images/large/bPPd1271cf336rstBa.jpg
ATTAINABLE: Modern Fairytale Colorblock Dress
www.lulus.com; $53
I. Love. Colorblocking. I realize it's not a particularly new or revolutionary trend, but I just find it so chic and flattering. And in a fun, modern shape like this, I'm totally smitten. I love the contrast in hue, fabric, and, most of all, attitude between the fitted bodice and filmy skirt. And although I tend to be intimidated by cutouts in dresses, these sweet side ones are just subtley sexy enough to attract the right kind of attention.

{pretty inspiration}

http://images1.freepeople.com/is/image/FreePeople/24047623_060_e?$detail-item$
{my pick for this year}

I'm a big fan of dressing appropriately for the occasion -- and when it comes to holidays, that means wearing something just special enough to denote a special day without looking as if I've just popped off a Hallmark card. When Valentine's Day rolls around, it's easy to fall into a trap of cheesy red-and-pink-heart overload, but I'm convinced that there's a far more sophisticated way to celebrate. Luckily, there are plenty of fabulous options out there: pretty cream lace tops, gold jewelry with subtle heart themes, soft makeup, and sweet, flirty pink dresses. How utterly romantic.

pretty things -- utter romance.



What will YOU be wearing for Valentine's Day this year?
xo Josie
Thanks to Lulu's, Cupcakes and Cashmere, and Free People for the photos.

41 comments:

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

I feel like I have been crushing on that heart sweater for ages.

Vanilla - Notes from my closet said...

I'll be celebrating Valentines on the 11th, It's our engagement anniversary so why not combine the 2 :) I think I'm going to wear a blue and nude lace dress but these beautiful red's and pinks have made me rethink! :)

Love, Vanilla

thenauticalwheeler said...

Still not sure what I want to wear but this post definitely gives me a lot of inspiration!

From Brooklyn with love,

Jen

meg said...

Love the red...but I'll probably be in my pj's eating lobster..at home.

Jess said...

When it comes to Valentines Day.... I have NO clue! But I love that 2nd red dress! It's gorgeous! You can never go wrong with classic red!

Erika said...

Colorblocking is seriously one of my favorite things right now. I especially love the way brights pinks, oranges, and reds look together. And, of course, reds and purples. Gorg! :)

Cate said...

Still haven't planned out that far - I'm just thankful to have my Valentine each year no matter what I wear:)
cate @ wildruffle.com

Sarah Frills4Thrills said...

Love these! I guess it depends on what we end up doing :)

C said...

OK, since my belly does not allow lots of fancy options, Im gonna go for a lovely home-made candlelight dinner while wearing a fabulous and super fashionalble PJ. LOL!!!!

Jenna Hughes said...

i am obsessed with the cutouts!

http://underthefluorescents.blogspot.com/

DiamondsandTulle said...

That middle dress is divine! I have a couple of red dresses I might choose from to wear this year.

Despina T. said...

beautiful choices!so lovely and romantic indeed :)

Beautygirl24 said...

I agree Josie, although it's easy to get suckered into wearing something that feels like a costume for V day, I think there's a prettier way to do it! I already have my TWO outfits planned (something for Valentine's dinner on Tuesday night, the other for a night away that following Saturday. It's our anniversary). A pink pleated skirt and gold jewelry is involved for the dinner on V night, a gold sequined skirt and black blazer for that weekend. What do you think? Sound appropriate?!

Tamra {ever swoon} said...

Ohhhhh I absolutely adore the little red dress in your board!

Fashion Court said...

i've been obsessed with all things color block lately!

SG Angela said...

colorblock sure is not new but i love it for spring. : )

Jéssica Rodrigues said...

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Honey said...

Love the rebecca minkoff pink purse and that white top next to it. really great picks for valentine's.

Rachel {Da Paura ♥} said...

Josie! Adore ALL of this!! Perfection...especially the first dress. Sigh...

xRachel

Molliee said...

so cute! I love this outfit with the socks! adorable

Style, She Wrote said...

Great picks, Josie! I especially love the first dress -- what a steal! xo style, she wrote

Lesley said...

I love the combination of red and pink so I might be wearing something to that effect!

Jess said...

How cute is that heart sweater?!

Punctuation Mark said...

not doing much for Valentine;s but the firs dress reminds me of a ballerina's dress... very cute!

Audrey Allure said...

Omg, so loving that dress in your inspiration. Gorgeous!

Grace said...

these are so pretty and sweet ( i also love love love the free people!)

beancakes said...

hi josie, i just love that orangy dress and those cute pumps w. the ankle socks!!
xx, kristina

TheGirlAtFirstAvenue said...

Love your inspirations! And I haven't yet decided what am going to wear! Eeep!
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Sandra Leiva said...

That first dress is so cute, I love it! <3

TheChambrayCountess said...

I love the red dress in your compilation, but I will probably be wearing something closer to the heart sweater and pink flats this year :)

LifestyleBohemia said...

LOVE that lulu's dress! Wondering if I can get it in time for next Tuesday?!
xx
Joanna

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Such beautiful, romantic items! I'd totally wear them all :)

Lucie Srbová said...

I love Lulus so much!! I have few dresses from them and they are awesome:)

http://stylewithoutlimits.blogspot.com/

Jen @ redsolesandredwine said...

Loving your romantic board, I recently bought a pink chevron dress so hoping to wear it for V-day! As you know from reading my blog, loving pink/red and V-day.

Red Soles and Red Wine

xoxo Kellz* said...

I love thissssssssss such a great post doll

Kristin said...

I wish I was wearing that darling pink strapless frock!

modanistajunkie.com said...

Perfect dresses for V-day!!!

xoxo

STYLE'N said...

So inspired by pink and red right now too Josie! Just bought red (and pink!) pants :) Now I just need a nice red dress in my life :)
Naina

Heather said...

totally agree on the color blocking - such a fun and chic trend :)

XO
www.pearlsandpaws.blogspot.com

alicia said...

all so pretty!!

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