a little valentine's post

dress: Nordstrom Rack // shoes: LuLu*s // earrings: Francesca's Collections // headband: local grocery store (similar)

photos by Briley Noel

Sorry this post is a little belated--I like to make my holidays last as long as possible. Can we just have Valentimes all the times? I love so many things about Valentine's Day. Sweet treats, pink, getting dressed up, telling people how much I love 'em, and having 'em tell me they love me back!

This year's Valentine's is easily the most memorable I've had yet. Dago asked me a few weeks ago, "Bae, do you want to chaperone a high school dance with me on Valentine's Day?" We stared at each other for a few moments, smiling, and then decided that would be the perfect way to spend the evening. The dance was for a leadership program that Dago's organization does in high schools across the state, and it was actually held in the cafeteria of the high school I graduated from! I went out and bought a dress and snagged the shoes I linked to a couple weeks ago, and then I patiently awaited the big day.

Friday was a gorgeous day in Austin. It was 80+ degrees, and the sunset looked just like an Instagram filter over the whole town. I left work early, got all dressed up, and met Dago at his office. Before we left, we exchanged gifts. I've been struggling to keep Dago's present a surprise, both from him and y'all. I got us tickets to see Aziz Ansari in April! So, so excited about that. The only thing I asked Dago for was a box of assorted chocolates and to spend the evening together and out of the house. I got both! He also made a sweet Valentine card for me with our favorite inside joke, and he discovered my new favorite candy. He's a keeper, ain't he?

We got to the dance and the kiddos started showing up. There were so many weird things occurring to me throughout the night: high school girls look so much older, and the boys all look so young; why does no one dress up for events anymore?; since we do we crowd surf at a high school dance?; I can still do the Cha Cha Slide and the Cupid Shuffle; I'm not a very good chaperone; but I love to dance!

Also, the girls kept complimenting my dress, and I asked Dago if they were sincere or if they were trolling me. His response: "They love it! They think you look like you stepped out of The Carrie Diaries!"

Best. Answer.

Overall, it was a super fun night. I got to get dressed up and dance and laugh and love with my guy, and I couldn't have asked for anything more!

How did you spend the day? I hope it was filled with love, both for yourself and others!

// read about Valentine's 2013 here and here


  1. Oh my god. You guys are too cute! That sounds like the best Valentine's Day ever. You also look adorable, of course!

    Becca | Ladyface Blog

  2. hahahahaha at Dago's answer! I love that! You are so cute. Dean had to work so we're postponing Valentine's day until (not this Friday but) next Friday. I have off the wholeeeee day and he's going to get out of work early so we can spend some quality time outside of the house for once.

  3. you are so cute. i can't wait for our photo shoot together one day.

  4. You are so adorable!! Love the outfit!! Happy belated Valentine's Day!

  5. This sounds like so much fun. And it's so true... my brother is in high school and anytime I go to his football games the girls look so much older and it's not just because I'm super short! They just really do look older these days. Also, so jealous about Aziz. What a great gift. I'll have to look into getting tickets. I wanna go!

  6. Awww! I love it, and it sounds like such a fun valentine's date! I love that you mixed hot pink and purple together. I feel like if anyone was to pull that off, it'd be you. Speaking of purple... those pumps... to. die. for. Please, give them much love and wear them often.

  7. What a cute way to spend Valentine's Day! Glad you guys had fun, your outfit is perfect!


  8. Adorable outfit, and I LOVE that Carrie Diaries comment (not just any boyfriend would be so astute!) It's so cute and great that you guys chaperoned that dance together - I wish I had had more positive real-life examples of young couples in love when I was in high school. Glad that you had a blast!


  9. Love these photos! Hope you and Dago had a fab night!

  10. Awwww, that headband is adorable!

  11. Those shoes are perfect. Seriously. I can't imagine a better word to describe them. As my campers used to say, I'm "supa jel" (translation: super jealous)


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