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Valentine’s Day Outfits

I’ve had my ups and downs on Valentine’s Day for sure. When I was in third grade, I still remember getting a Valentine with a neatly drawn broken heart on it. Serves me for breaking up with a boy less than a week before card handout day.

This year, I know I won’t get a broken heart on a card, because my boyfriend is taking me out. Yup, that’s all he told me. No idea where we’re going, if I need to get dressed up, or if I can slum it in a pair of yoga pants. So off to Loft to battle this issue with a few outfit choices.

Outfit 1: Boyfriend Jeans and Some Love

So to be fair, I started simple, since I might need a comfy outfit. Don’t know if he’s dragging me to the movies or bowling, can’t rule that out. Add in some popcorn (ok, a lot of popcorn), and he’s a happy camper. Doesn’t take much. For me, I still want to look cute, so I found this new T-shirt with sketched on hearts, popped on some bracelets and pulled my hair up into a headband. Simple, cute, and not too “HEY-IT’S-VALENTINES-DAY, WHY-AREN’T-WE-CELEBRATING-WITH-FLOWERS-AND-PINK-AND-RED-EVERYWHERE?” Not that I want that, just saying I’m not getting all mushy for a dark theater.




T-Shirt | Jeans | Bracelet | Headband | Bag

Outfit 2: Upgrade Me To Dinner

So there is nothing wrong with the previous scenario, but on the off chance he wants to show me off, I thought, why not add a little bit more sparkle into the mix and step up the outfit. So we grabbed this white sweater and a pair of skinny jeans, then beelined it for the jewelry so I could glitter a bit.

Also, any of you Loft girls out there know I’m a sucker for a good belt. When all else fails, belt it! And that’s exactly what I said when I put on the necklace and thought, “Something is missing.” (Not gonna lie, really love this look!)



Sweater | Cami in Whisper White | Pants | Belt | Necklace

Outfit 3: Out on the Town

To start, I know I have red hair now, which ultimately means I should not be wearing pink. Just clashes with my hair. But, it’s Valentine’s Day, and everything is pink and red, so why not me? Also, it’s good to know that I do not normally wear pink. It’s been slowly creeping into my wardrobe, but not at the rate of having a dress completely pink. But I thought, what the heck, why not do it for the holiday?

So we paired it with this really sweet polka dot jacket to separate my hair from the dress and then popped on a blue necklace to pull it all together.


Dress | Jacket | Necklace

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Food, Savory

Breakfast Sandwiches – Chicken Sausage

Chicken Sausage Breakfast Sandwich

Last year at this time, I was waking up early every day to make myself a breakfast of eggs, fruit, and chicken sausage. But in the last few months I’ve started sleeping in more, not leaving enough time to make food before work. Ultimately, it just made me snack more because I was hungry before lunch time. So I’m making a stand to stop that.

So I’m gong to try a few things, like breakfast sandwiches to spice things up. Starting with a taco-seasoned chicken sausage one. Easy, simple, and delicious. Also figured out a trick to melt the cheese. Just cook your egg over hard, add the cheese on top, splash a half a tablespoon of water in the hot pan and add a lid. The steam will help melt the cheese!

So at only 315 calories, I got this:

Chicken Sausage Breakfast Sandwich

I could have dropped a few more calories by removing the yolk from the sandwich, but I read that if you remove the yolks, you lose a lot of vitamins: A, B12, D, E, and K. And being that I’m trying to eat better, I figured keeping the yolks, and reducing the calories in other places makes sense. So I used a 100 calorie English Muffin and low-fat shredded taco cheese. Basically the cheddar is tossed with a dash of cumin, chili powder, garlic, paprika, and salt. Add half of a link of Al Fresco chicken sausage that’s been grilled, and there ya go!

Fashion, Life In General

Romancing the Rose

Romancing the RoseThere are a handful of reasons people give flowers, particularly roses. They did something wrong and use them as an apology gift, are guilt-ed into it because it’s a socially acceptable holiday to do so (Valentine’s Day & anniversaries), to make someone sick feel better (because daisies and sunshine can solve a cold), and condolences (someone passed away). Yes, there are other reasons.

I’ve never really received flowers until recently. Sure, I’ve been handed a stray bouquet for graduating high school and a bunch of fresh cut tulips (my favorite) to brighten my room in college from a visiting friend. But not from boys or boyfriends. I still remember one of my college friends crossing campus with a huge bouquet for my roommate. (I still have pictures of him carrying them across the quad with an accompanying vase). She was thrilled, I was perplexed. It wasn’t an anniversary, he didn’t do anything wrong, what’s the reason? He said it was simply because he wanted to give her something nice.

My first thought, Really? People do that? It’s taken almost 10 years later, and I’m just finally on the receiving end of that curious anomaly.

Recently, I had a very frustrating day, and my boyfriend knew it. I came home to a miniature bouquet of wildflowers precariously perched into an English teacup.

Another day, he walked in with a handful of flowers, because he had grabbed everything to make dinner, saw them in the flower department, and thought I’d like them.

Then the other day he came home, exhausted and barely keeping his eyes open. And he handed me something – a single rose. So pretty, so simple, and for no reason at all but to give me a rose.

Which makes me think I don’t need a holiday or a reason to want flowers. I shouldn’t get upset that February rolls around and a bouquet isn’t waiting for me. Because when it really matters, in those tiny little moments, a single rose is way more important than any obligatory Valentine’s Day heart-shaped box of chocolates with an accompanying bouquet of roses. I’d rather take just one, on a random Saturday night.

Photo by Perfect Perceptions
Dress from Rent the Runway – Allison Parris, Winter Wonderland Dress


Life In General

Confetti Love & A New Site


What better way to celebrate a new website launch than with pink confetti, am I right? I have to admit, I did decide to do this photo shoot prior to launching the website, but it fit perfectly! Double the love – my new website and Valentine’s Day! Expect to be showered in pink for the next week!

Anyway, I was inspired by the following Pinterest pin (see below). Andy and I spent a good two nights hole punching mini pink hearts in multiple colors, then practicing how to blow them on cue without spraying them in every single direction and making a funny face. Had no idea it was so hard to make a confetti picture, but totally worth it!

New Website Announcement

And I got to make my new website announcement! Thoughts on the new look? On the name? I tossed and turned so much on what to pick for a URL, but in the end it just made sense to do my name. Can’t wait to use this site. Subscribe to my blog and follow me if you already haven’t!

My pink confetti picture by Andy Watkins with Perfect Perceptions.
Dress from Rent the Runway – Allison Parris Winter Wonderland Dress.