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I always feel like Valentine’s Day sneaks up so fast. All of a sudden it’s February and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and what do I even wear because is it winter or spring because Utah can’t make up it’s mind. I’m still basking in the New Year, New Me glow (and recovering from the heartbreaking loss of the Superbowl) and more focused on the three day weekend coming up and now Valentine’s Day is literally next week. What the heck? Anyone else always feel blindsided by Valentine’s Day like I do?
Dustin and I usually keep Valentine’s Day low-key around here. My birthday is in March and our Anniversary in April and we like to go all out for those holidays, so we usually stay in and cook dinner together. However, Valentine’s Day holds such a special significance for me – 12 years ago, I came home from my first chemotherapy treatment on Valentine’s Day. It used to be a hard day for me with some hard memories, but I’m trying my hardest to turn Valentine’s Day into a day where I practice self-love for the body that beat cancer. So, I always try my hardest to dress up, put my makeup on, and curl my hair because it’s my way of feeling confident in my skin and celebrating the hard things I’ve overcome. It is not always easy for me – because I still have some major insecurities when it comes to showing off my left leg, but I am trying my hardest to appreciate the fact that I HAVE two legs instead of focusing on how lumpy and swollen it looks.
ANYWAY – I asked on Instagram stories if anyone was interested in seeing some Valentine’s Day outfit inspiration and the answer was yes, so I pulled together two different outfit ideas for anyone who needs a little outfit inspo for Valentine’s Day.
Casual Valentine’s Day Outfit:
I saw this cozy sweater on Nordstrom when it was on sale for under 30 bucks and I thought it would be the perfect sweater to transition into spring and would work well for Valentine’s Day (can’t get any more perfect than pink flowers, am I right?) I love that the sleeves are oversized and slouchy without being super flared. The mock neck was a little weird for me at first but I like that I don’t have to worry about cleaving all over the place.
The distressed jeans are a MAJOR win for me – I’ve loved the trend from afar but have had a hard time committing to buying my own pair because that knee replacement of mine is swollen most of the time and holes in jeans are actually pretty tight and uncomfortable for my knee. Plus, I’m always paranoid about my knee looking really funny in ripped jeans because of how swollen it is. But, I found a pair of distressed jeggings at Old Navy that had a NICE sized hole for the left knee so it wasn’t super uncomfortable for me. Wearing these was a HUGE step for me and I’m really proud of myself for doing it!
I finished this outfit out with simple black booties and my black tote – comfy, casual, and perfect for Valentine’s Day.
Outfit number two is definitely a bit edgier and fancier – I wanted to put together some inspiration for anyone who might needed something a little more dressy for Valentine’s Day. I am ALL about that leather jacket edgy vibe and guys, I felt SO BOMB in this outfit. I mean, it’s always been hard for me to show off my leg, but I didn’t even think about my scar in this outfit. I just felt so sassy and bad-ass and like I could take on the world!
So, moral of the story is to always have a leather jacket to throw on because it will make you feel like you can take on the world, scars and all. And since my leather jacket is such a statement piece, I went easy on the accessories – no jewelry minus some earrings. The print on my skirt is a little bold, but because it’s only two colors, I felt like it paired well with the jacket. Normally I would wear this with booties to keep the edgy feel, but I forgot to bring them when I shot this outfit, so I put on the heels I had in the back of the car. Still looks awesome in my opinion, but I definitely will wear this with booties next time.
Which outfit would you wear? And what do your Valentine’s day plans typically look like?