Tweed Chambray and Pearls

Tweed Chambray and a Blazer

Blazer and Cream Dot Sweater with Pearls

Tweed Pants and Black BlazerBlazer: Express – similar at Express here (in black) or here (heathered); Sweater: Banana Republic – another option at LOFT here or here; Chambray: Old Navy – similar at LOFT or J.Crew; Pants: Victoria’s Secret – similar at LOFT; Necklace: LOFT; Booties: Vince Camuto – similar Louise et Cie or Acne Studios (splurge)

Hope everyone enjoyed their Valentine’s day weekend. As I mentioned, my hubby was out of town, but if you follow me on Instagram, you caught a little peek of the Valentine’s Day card I created for him.

As for the outfit, its still really cold and I’m still wearing lots of layers. Clearly, my pale skin needs some warmth and sun asap! I’ve stayed away from skirts lately because tights just don’t keep the legs warm enough. So, lined wool pants, with leggings underneath, and three layers on top are what I’ve been going with lately. As you’ve seen here or here, a button down, sweater, and blazer on top are my cold weather uniform and my key to dressing in layers in the winter. Any fool-proof, winter layers you go for?

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Strawberry Lillet Rosé Cocktail

Strawberry Lillet Cocktail

Heart Coasters Valentine's Day

Orange Strawberry Lillet

Lillet Strawberry Orange

Strawberry Lillet Rose Cocktail Recipe

Strawberry Lillet Orange Cocktail

Cocktail GlassesSyrup Bottle (8oz); Slate Board

If you’re in need of a yummy pre-dinner Valentine’s Day cocktail, this one is perfect! I’ve heard a lot about Lillet in recent months and as we searched for wedding cocktails, I found a Lillet Rosé cocktail with gin and rose simple syrup that seemed perfect and romantic for a wedding…unfortunately, we weren’t fans. Something about drinking flowers that I just wasn’t in love with. I’m sure I’ll give floral cocktails a chance again at some point, just not yet.

So, I had this bottle of Lillet on hand, and needed more options. Lillet Rosé has hints of strawberry and bitter orange peel, so I played up those flavors with a homemade strawberry simple syrup (using this recipe but reduced to 12 ounces of fresh organic strawberries, 1 1/2 cups of water, 3/4 cup of sugar, to make just under 8 ounces of syrup) and some orange bitters. Topping it off with a little club soda adds a little fizz and lightens it all up a bit.

We don’t generally go out for Valentine’s Day, so staying in with this cocktail and a homemade dinner would be perfect for us. Sadly, this year my hubby will be in Vegas for a bachelor party…can’t you feel the love between us newlyweds?! Just kidding, we’ll be celebrating with a nice dinner out on a different weekend. Hope you enjoy your Valentine’s Day whether its with your love, your girlfriends, or your favorite book and this cocktail.

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Red with Polka Dots

Polka Dot Scarf with Red Blazer

Red Dots and Black Dots

Red Blazer with Black White Pants

Black White Bell Pants with Red Blazer

Blazer: F21 – similar at F21 or The Limited; Turtleneck: White House|Black Market – similar at Target (save), Splendid, or J.Crew (splurge); Pants: bebe – similar at Express or NY&Co.; Scarf: J.Crew – similar Neiman Marcus Last Call or Target; Booties: Vince Camuto – similar by Vince Camuto ; Earrings: NY&Co. – similar by Kate Spade, Kendra Scott, or Bauble Bar

Snow, snow go away! That seems to be a daily tune I’m singing lately. So, layers it is! You’ve seen the red, white and black mix before here and here. You can’t go wrong with the classic color combos.

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