:: Looks of Love ::

Valentine’s Day has always been among my favorites. It immediately follows my birthday and seeing conversation hearts begin popping up in stores was always a fantastic sign!

Among the other reasons I adore Valentine’s Day – pink and red are the best color combination, angels and arrows are the best symbols, and hello – cards filled with the best puns?! Count me in!

Of course, I’m also a closeted hopeless romantic who grew up on 1940’s black and white films. I believed men should dance like Fred Astaire, sing like Bing Crosby, speak like Cary Grant and have the passion of Rhett Butler, I mean, Clark Gable.

Let’s just say I had a rude awakening around 2003.

Regardless, I love love, I love my birthday, and I love Valentine’s Day. We are going rogue this year (!!!) and heading to New York (!!!) to celebrate my birthday and Valentine’s Day (!!!). Here are a few fabulous picks to make your Valentine’s Day special. There’s a little e-mail icon at the bottom of the post if you feel a certain someone could benefit from these hints…

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:: South Meets West ::

Two years ago, I spent a summer in the southwest. Phoenix to be exact. And yes – I said summer. Between learning how to be a teacher (that was a process that definitely took more than the six weeks I spent there), the 120 degree heat (very real), and walking through a haboob – it was definitely memorable. The drive down Route 66 is fascinating, particularly the trading posts and travel stops. I have always been drawn to turquoise, but something in the unique southwestern prints piques my interest. ┬áIs it how it is woven? Somewhat abstract? The tradition in the culture? The number of arrows to appease my Pi Phi loving soul? No idea. But when I spotted this beautiful jacket, especially with the arrow, I had to take it home. No doubt, you will be seeing it a lot!

Jacket: San Diego Boutique Find, Top: J.Crew, Necklace: Gifted, Jeans: J.Brand, Bag: Kate Spade, Booties: Forever 21, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Rings: David Yurman, C. Wonder
Jacket: San Diego Boutique Find, Top: J.Crew, Necklace: Gifted, Jeans: J.Brand, Bag: Kate Spade, Booties: Forever 21, Sunglasses: John Randolph, Rings: David Yurman, C. Wonder
Loving the southwest flair and suede sleeves.

Loving the southwest flair and suede sleeves.

A bright spot.

A bright spot.

Do you see the arrow on the back? Clearly, I had to have it after discovering that.

Do you see the arrows? Clearly, I had to have it after discovering that.