you make my heart all warm and fuzzy

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jacket: thrifted H&M (similar) // dress: francesca's (similar) // shoes: ASOS (currently sold out, but these are similar!) // purse: STRUT // hair clip: francesca's // earrings: Gorjana c/o Shopbop (similar)

photos by Chelsea Laine Francis

Happy Valentine's season, kittens! We're less than a week out and I couldn't be more excited about all the fluffy Lofthouse cookies, assorted chocolates, and heart-adorned stuffed animals in my future. People always ask me what Dago and I are doing for Valentine's, and honestly, I have no idea! I love him and I know we'll have fun no matter what we do, but Valentine's is all about Sisterhood for me. Leslie Knope aptly reclaimed the holiday for her favorite ladies, calling it Galentine's, and I'm all about that too. I've got two Galentine's parties this week, and I plan on wearing this 'fit to 'em both. And then again for my Valentine's date (probably to see Deadpool and eat wings, if we're being honest). How could you not want to wear this, like, every day??

Most of you know by now that I buy myself a Valentine's dress every year (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 - lol!). I have also ~historically~ worn the Valentine's dress to every wedding I attended that year. Well, this year, I'll be wearing this bridesmaids dress (in navy) to the only wedding I'm attending, so I'm mixing things up a little bit! I decided on a similarly navy dress to wear to the rehearsal dinner, and instead let my accessories do all the sweet talkin' for Valentine's.

Everything started with these shoes. Holy moly, I haven't been so giddy about a purchase in a long time. Metallic pink, ankle straps, chunky heels, and pointy toes; I couldn't ask for anything more! And then, I stumbled upon the purse on Instagram while I was in the dressing room trying on this dress. My fav local boutique STRUT posted it, and I went straight there, walked in, and said "I need the furry purse from your Instagram."

Lastly, I knew I needed a jacket. It's the one thing I'd wished I'd had for last year's outfit, because Valentine's is still very much in winter, even in Austin, and especially at night. I've secretly been wanting a fuzzy jacket after falling in love with April's. Albeit, mine is significantly more on the ridiculous side of things.

What I love most is that I can wear these accessories all year round and keep a little Valentine's spirit with me, no matter the season. In fact, I think I may just wear them all with jeans and a t-shirt as soon as V-day is over!

What are you wearing to celebrate the holiday of love this year? Do you have any fun traditions for Valentine's? I have so many cards to make and send still!

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