Love is in the Air

Love is in the Air - The Dressed Aesthetic

As we all know, that all loved up day that comes but once a year has come around the mountain again. Where the world succumbs to a glittery, heart-shaped confetti explosion at every turn. I know that a lot of people are pretty down on the whole concept of Valentine’s Day. Dubbing it “Black Sunday” and cursing it into oblivion. But, I think the V-Day tends to get a bad rep: “It’s a Hallmark Holiday,” “It was invented by the candy companies,” “It mocks singletons”….etc etc etc. We’ve all heard them (and some we may individually agree with). But, much like any holiday, you can take the parts that are meaningful to you and leave the rest. As someone who isn’t the biggest fan of chocolate or much in the way of sweets at all (I know. My membership into the Women’s Club will be revoked any day now), the candy companies makes very little off of me anyway…

My main concern with Valentine’s Day is where, despite being a day about love, it oftentimes turns into an “us versus them” situation – where, if you’re single, you can feel that the holiday (and everyone who partakes) mocks you, as if not being in a relationship is somehow a failure (P.S. It’s not. You’re awesome). And if you’re in a relationship, you feel the magnified glares of single people the world over, as if by celebrating you are somehow gloating about your relationship (P.S. You’re allowed to be happy about your relationship. You’re awesome). Ultimately, what results is a holiday that doesn’t make a lot of people happy. But, who says Valentine’s Day has to just be about romantic love?

Love is in the Air - The Dressed Aesthetic

Love is in the Air - The Dressed Aesthetic
Outfit styled using Dressed for iPhone

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Truth is, I love my husband. I love having an excuse to get all dressed up and go out and celebrate how much I love him. We don’t just do this because Valentine’s Day dictates it so and sometimes go out on a random Tuesday, but for us it’s fun to have an excuse and a prefix menu. I get excited to surprise him with a present he didn’t even know he needed. And I love when he pulls out his vintage 1960’s suit and gets that familiar twinkle in his eye when I come down the stairs.

But, I also love a lot of people in my life. As long as I can remember, whether I was single or in a relationship, I decided Valentine’s Day was going to be about love – for my family, for my friends, myself, and a few hilarious years where I passed out chocolate on the street (not sure that would fly nowadays. I would probably be arrested for assault with a deadly chocolate weapon or something). I’ve had parties with my gals on various V-Days, received presents from my mom, my sister, even my 3-year-old niece (which makes you feel loved like nothing else!), and have spent a few alone, because V-Day is a good reminder to love yourself most of all.

Oddly enough, despite it’s somewhat negative reputation, St. Valentine actually holds some of my favorite memories – some of which had nothing to do with being in a romantic relationship. When it comes down to it, can a holiday about sharing love really ever be a bad thing? I guess only if we let it…

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This year, Mr. Dressed and I decided to celebrate on Saturday night, so that we could overindulge and keep the happy train rolling by sleeping in the next morning. I donned a new (to me) sequined dream from Ruby Fayes Vintage and don’t believe I’ve ever gotten more compliments walking down the street in my life. I don’t know much about the woman who was lucky enough to wear this beauty before me, except that she must have had a life of glamour and had no problem spoiling herself (my kind of lady).

So whatever you are or aren’t celebrating today, I hope you shower the people in your life with love this weekend. And spend a little bit of time on yourself. Luxuriate in a bubble bath, spoil yourself with a new dress, remind yourself that you’re worth it. The one with yourself will be the longest relationship of your life, and it is definitely worthy of nurturing.

How did you love the world this Valentine’s Day?

 

 

xoxo

Outfit Details:
Dress: Ruby Fayes Vintage (similar hereherehere & here)
Necklace: Gift (similar)
Handbag: DSW (similar)
Shoes: Rene Caovilla, thrifted (similar herehere & here)

Lip Color: Nars Semi-Matte Lipstick, Jungle Red

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6 comments on Love is in the Air

  • Natassia Crystal

    You look amazing in that dress.. I love how it is very clear that you love wearing it! Twirling around must have felt great! And I love your heels! 🙂

    As someone who’s single, my Valentine’s Day was pretty uneventful.. but I think everyone should spend that day in the way they want it to. 🙂

    Though, honestly, as a Dutchie (who are known to be cheap 😉 ), if I were in a relationship.. I’d suggest to have that romantic dinner a couple of weeks sooner or later. On second thought though, I just don’t know how well that would go over. 😉

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    • kara@dressedapp.net (author)

      Thank you Natassia! That means so much to me (and yes, I absolutely loved twirling like a fool in this one!). There’s just something about chiffon that inspires twirling. 🙂 I completely agree with you – Valentine’s Day should be spent however you want to, and there should always be some part of it that involves spoiling yourself. 😉 I was recently introduced to your blog when you were featured by Lindsey at HCWT and I’m really looking forward to following along with your fashionable adventures. I love when my fellow scientists embrace wearing the things they love. And seriously, those shoes… 😍 xxx

  • Cortnyy

    You look absolutely STUNNING in this outfit. It’s definitely a head turner. I agree with you in regard to “Valentines Day” being created solely for those people who are ‘coupled.’ Over the years I believe it’s actually become a ‘social norm.’ I’m a single lady by choice and because of that I haven’t been anyone’s Valentine in years. I refuse to let society make me feel disassociated in any way. Each year for Valentines Day I buy myself a gift. Usually something red. This year I stopped by Victoria’s Secret and picked up the most gorgeous red brassiere. It’s the best gift. Someone once told me that wearing a red bra under my clothing was like a whisper to myself that no one but me knew that I was feeling beautiful & sexy that day. I’ve had s smile on my face all day and a bit of a lift in my step. 😁

    Cheers to you and Mr. Dressed. Happy “V” day.

    • kara@dressedapp.net (author)

      Thank you! We had a magical weekend. And I couldn’t agree more with you! Valentine’s doesn’t have to have anything to do with romance – it’s just about love (and that includes loving yourself). I love your lingerie theory (and subscribe to that notion myself). Nothing feels better than walking around like you have a secret. =) Congrats on spoiling yourself – you deserve it! xxx

  • Caroline

    Amazing! This Valentine’s Day I bought myself TWO new dresses – and an early birthday gift to you! 😘 Sending love from home!

    • kara@dressedapp.net (author)

      Ohhh yay! I’d love to see what you ended up scooping up! Can you send pix? (and I looooovee birthdays!) xoxoxox

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