A quick note before we get to this plaid shirt with black vest outfit…
Since cutting back to three blog posts per week, I’ve been in many debates (mostly internal) about what to talk about. I love sharing my outfits and talking about great jeans and comfortably chic shoes (I doubt this will ever go away), but there are also other topics that cross my mind to talk about (including today’s conversation about Valentine’s Day).
As I dip my toes into these other topics, I hope you’ll be patient with me as I figure things out and (pretty please) let me know what you think about my adding in these topics.
It seems like a well-balanced blog diet of outfit inspiration and surviving real life is really what it should all be about, doesn’t it?
Plaid Shirt + Black Vest Outfit
I got this shirt last fall and wore it quite a few times before letting it sit in my closet for far too long. I’m not sure why I stopped wearing it, but you know, these things happen.
I wanted to wear my black vest and jeans the other day but needed something to break up ALL that black.
This plaid shirt was perfect and when I pulled out this red purse from a few years ago (another item sadly collecting dust in my closet), I loved how it turned out.
I could never part with this purse, not just because it’s cute, but it fits my wallet, phone, and keys without hassle. It can be hard to find a small crossbody that does all that, so this one will be here to stay!
How to Enjoy Valentine’s Day
So, about Valentine’s Day. Last week I assigned my students a blog post about Valentine’s Day since it was only a week away. As I walked around the room to help them, I heard complaints and groans about how much they all hated Valentine’s Day.
I remember when I was in college I hated it too, but now I really don’t have a problem with it and it’s NOT because I’m married (we don’t even celebrate Valentine’s Day).
I’ve decided it’s all about your mentality. If Valentine’s Day only symbolizes a day to express your love for your significant other in a physical sense (i.e. flowers and chocolate – not getting X-rated here), then you’re either going to love or hate the holiday depending on your relationship status and if your partner fulfills your dreams (no matter how far-fetched they are).
If you see the holiday as a day to express love to those around you (friends and family), however, then it’s actually a great holiday. My mom started giving gifts to all the girls in the family for Valentine’s when I was in college. We all started looking forward to the little treat coming our way (it’s no different this year).
And I think her gift-giving and my immense enjoyment around it explain my love for Galentine’s Day! It’s not about buying something to illustrate your love; it’s an excuse to remind your friends and family (men and women) just how much they mean to you.
So whether you celebrate on the 13th or th 14th, use Valentine’s Day to express your love, appreciation, or whatever you wanna call it for EVERYONE who brings a little light to your life. And if there’s some chocolate involved, so be it!