I don't fully agree with the whole hype around Valentine's Day - I am one of those people who say "you should show people you love them every day of the year!" I think it is ridiculously over commercialised and there is far too much pressure on couples to do the cliché things associated with the event. However, I do think that sometimes we get caught up in our own busy lives and forget about things that really matter, such as appreciating your loved ones. For that reason, I think Valentine's Day is a nice tradition to remind people to step back and show the people you care about how much you actually care (this doesn't mean you need to buy them roses, chocolate lingerie and jewellery, but you can if you like! (especially the chocolate)).
Dress - Boohoo
Leather Jacket - Oasis
Bag - ASOS
Over-the-knee boots - ALDO
For Valentine's Day this year, I went down an edgier route with my outfit as I wasn't really feeling pinks, reds and heart patterns. I paired a fitted floral skater dress with my leather jacket and my beloved over-the-knee boots to create a look which lasted me from day to night through the two dates I went on with my boyfriend (a little extreme, I know!).
I haven't actually mentioned these boots on my blog yet, but I have had my eye on them for quite a while, so when ALDO had a sale and these were included I really couldn't resist! They were quite pricey but I've had them for over two weeks and have worn them almost every day, so I'm definitely getting my money's worth. I love how I can add them to any outfit and they instantly give me a more sophisticated and 'sexy' look without being too risqué. I'm going to do a future post all about how to style over-the-knee boots, so keep an eye out for that!
I kept my make-up quite natural as my boyfriend is very vocal about how he prefers it when I don't wear any. I used The Body Shop's Tea Tree BB Cream in Light as my base as it is perfect to even out my skin tone without completely masking my natural skin's glow. As my outfit was so lacking in colour I decided to go with a pop of pink on my eyes, using the MUR Iconic 3 Palette and an e.l.f Baked Eyeshadow in Toasted to create a subtle and shimmery effect. I flicked out the darker shade in the corners of my eyes to create a winged effect without going in with a black liquid liner, which I think turned out really well. I lined my upper lash line with Soap & Glory Smoulder Kohl in Cocoa Bean, a nice natural alternative to using a black pencil or liquid liner. I topped off my eyes with a few layers of my favourite mascara, Soap & Glory Thick & Fast, and then finished the look with a "your lips but better" shade of lipstick, MUA Lipstick Shade 11 (I can't recommend this enough for the price of £1, but I have been disappointed with the other shades in the range).
Firstly, my boyfriend & I went to one of my favourite places to eat/drink in Cardiff, Cocorico Patisserie. I am obsessed with all things French, and this little patisserie allows me to indulge in my fantasies of sitting in a real French patisserie, drinking coffee and eating little cakes and pastries, without having to travel so far! We spent a few hours there, just talking, playing cards and enjoying each others' company.
In the evening, we went out for dinner at Kasturi, an Indian restaurant which we had never been to before. Both me and my boyfriend are really keen on Indian food so when we realised we hadn't tried a restaurant so close to our houses, we had to book a table! When we arrived we realised that one of our friends from high school works there and was actually our waiter which was really funny. I didn't manage to snap any photos of my food but it was GORGEOUS. We had poppadoms and chutneys to start, then I had a Chicken Tandoori Sizzler dish as my main with a Chapati, and Owen had Chicken Madras with Rice. We both agreed that it was one of the best Indian meals we have ever been out for, and I definitely think we'll be returning as regular customers!
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