Live Well: Grumpy Valentine's

Image via Jonathan Caslan photography, found via VMac + Cheese

If I could eliminate one holiday from our cultural consciousness, it would be Valentine's Day. It's the worst. Even when you're in a happy relationship, everything about it always seems second-rate. If your husband/boyfriend/BFF doesn't do something for you, you feel terrible about yourself. But almost anything they can do always seems a little cheesy. It's our once-yearly reminder that it's hard to make obligatory demonstrations of love look meaningful.

Luckily, my husband very kindly accommodates his Scrooge of a wife - tonight we will be staying home, watching TV, and eating takeout ramen. No fancy dinners, no red lipstick, no champagne. Just time spent relaxing on our couch, tucked away from the world, enjoying another normal night together. It's funny - although Valentine's Day is not my thing, my husband's and my distinct lack of traditional Valentine's celebration is one of many reminders that I've found the right person for me in life. I guess the holiday has accomplished its purpose after all.

Hopefully a few of you love Valentine's Day a bit more than I do! No matter what your Valentine's plans are tonight, I hope you have a lovely time.

Have a very happy weekend!

Live Well: Watching, Reading, Listening - Lonely Hearts Edition

For some reason, I've never really been into standard love stories. I like my love stories to be filled with heartbreak, misunderstanding, and, in the best ones, redemption. For this week's Watching, Reading, Listening, I'm highlighting some of my current favorite heartbreaking love stories that somehow make you laugh (and make you think) while your heart breaks and then heals again. For those of you who tend to shy away from anything that doesn't have a happy ending, I urge you to give these a try - sometimes non-glossy love can be the most beautiful love of all.

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Guys, I'm in major trouble. I'm only six days into my "no dessert" month and I just spent thirty minutes pinning various amazing-looking chocolate desserts on Pinterest. I have 25 days to go, and I'm just not sure I'm going to make it. I keep looking at my calendar, hoping that another day has magically gone by, bringing me this much closer to chocolatey goodness. I feel like every Girl Scout selling cookies on the street is taunting me. I'm about three doughnut sightings away from seeing dessert mirages as I walk around town. Has this been enough melodrama for your morning? Good. It's kind of like you're living in my head now.

Have a great Thursday!

Dress Well: Valentine's Day

J. Crew sweater, J. Crew tank. AG jeans (similar), J. Crew bracelet, J. Crew bangles, Old necklace, Anthropologie mug

I don't know about you, but I'm not a big fan of going out on Valentine's Day. There's just something about sitting in a restaurant with a bunch of other couples, all eating the same tasting menu, surrounded by a manufactured "romantic" setting that just seems vaguely twilight-zone-ish to me. Instead, I prefer to stay home, cook dinner with my husband, and lounge around in comfortable clothes. So, baggy jeans and an appropriately-themed sweater are what I'll be wearing for my big Valentine's date - perfect for eating homemade pizza and watching a movie, right?

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DSC_1633Have a wonderful Valentine's Day, however you choose to celebrate it.

Dress Well: Double (Valentine's) Copycat

Anthropologie dress (wish I had enough $$ for this one), Urban Outfitters cardigan (similar), Old necklace (similar), Vintage clutch (similar), J. Crew bracelet, Coach sunglasses, Outfit 1 shoes: Rocket Dog boots, Outfit 2 shoes: Steve Madden flats

I have had not one, but TWO inspirations for the pairing of this eyelet dress and this red sweater. The first was two years ago, when Quinn wore this outfit on Glee:

Sorry for the low-quality picture, image source here

Yes, she is wearing the exact same dress that I'm wearing in the pictures above. And she's also wearing heavy brown boots, which I unfortunately could not find a picture of. When I first saw her in this dress on Glee, I hated how they styled it - brown boots with spaghetti-strap eyelet? Too unexpected. At the time, the only thing I thought this dress went well with was sandals. But as time has gone by, I've come around to the Glee version, and now my Rocket Dog boots are one of my favorite things to throw on with this dress.

Here are a few more photos of my interpretation of Quinn's outfit:

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I am so proud of these curls.

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I told you you'd see this bracelet soon enough!

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My second inspiration came from Sequins & Stripes. When Liz posted about Valentine's outfit consisting of an eyelet dress paired with a red sweater, leopard flats, and the J. Crew heart bracelet, I realized I had every single outfit component and decided to put it together myself.

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