Holy Cow! How is Valentine’s Day almost here? I swear time is slipping away! I haven’t even sent out my New Years Cards yet… oops! Like I’ve said before… loving Valentine’s Day is new for me. It really wasn’t until I felt the security of my marriage that I saw it as a true way to spoil someone I love. I used to get stressed over it… like really stressed. When Luke came along it just became different. Our anniversary is February 16th (for actually being a couple) and this year is five years! I can hardly believe it! So I thought what better way to start the celebration than a festive outfit and some budget friendly Valentine’s Day date ideas?
In true Luke fashion… I kept it simple. He likes it when I dress up… but way more when I’m dressed down and comfortable. To be honest I think is when I feel my best and that shows through. He also happens to be the most frugal of the frugal… so date nights on the cheap that are still fun are a must for us!
I love some dalmatian print ya’ll! This top was a local find, but I found several spotted tops that you can recreate this with. I got these flats last year, but there are so many dupes for them! These are $25 and these are $17 and so cute! You really don’t have to spend a ton of money to create a cute outfit! My mantra for my closet this year is to have just a handful of fun fashion pieces each month to create blog looks and staples that I can rotate in and out year round. Fun shoes that are under $50 and fashion tops and dresses are perfect to pair with higher end staples to create a version of your own capsule collection.
I’ve been battling with the struggle of having way too much STUFF. Anyone the same? It makes me kind of sick at the waste. While a lot of it really comes from blogging and the feeling of urgency to have new things to post… I’ve honestly always been this way. It really bothers me and I have a serious mission to declutter and keep it that way FOREVER! Keep an eye on my poshmark closet… because starting this week I am adding TONS of stuff there! It must go.
Top: Local Boutique (similar here and here), Denim: Articles of Society (size down!), Flats: old (similar here and here), Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, Earrings: J Crew , Lip: Maybelline Color Jolt in Never Bare
Budget Friendly Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day:
Date night in: I mentioned yesterday on instagram that I love buying flowers from The Fresh Market, Trader Joe’s, and Aldi. I can always get a bouquet for less than $12 and they are literally the best! They last so long and are gorgeous! No need to spend $40+ for flowers people! So grab some blooms, find a flick that means a lot to you and your babe, and make a simple dinner at home. This for sure will come in well under $50!
Takeout and the drive in: We are lucky enough to have a drive in theater close to us. How much more sweet and romantic can you get? Go grab yoru favorite takeout and head to the drive in with some blankets… maybe a little vino? This is a date you’re sure to remember and will come in under $50 (even on Valentine’s Day)
Take it Outside: Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a night thing. Take it outdoors. Go on a hike to your favorite spot and take a picnic lunch. This kind of thing is going to mean so much more than going out for an expensive dinner and spending way too much on those fancy flowers!
Buy an experience: Have you heard of the escape room? Something comparable would be such a fun date for Valentine’s Day! Laughing and having fun? How can you beat that? (You can sub out other things based on your interests… maybe the shooting range… maybe ziplining..) Just do something out of the ordinary that will create a lasting memory!
Girls Night In: This was the best in college and really even still now. If you don’t have a special someone to celebrate with… make it fun with your friends. Have everyone bring a dish and binge on the Bachelor or watch a sappy movie! This would be great even the days before Valentine’s Day so that you celebrate with all the important people in your life.
I hope you’re having an amazing week so far! Thank you so much for your sweet words on my post about going Vegan in January. We are so happy with the change and can’t wait to learn more that we can share with you!
I’ll be back on Friday with another post and as always! Let’s be friends on social media!