Do you always plan your outfit based on the occasion… or do you ever lay eyes on a dress that’s so fabulous, you tweak your plans just to have an excuse to scoop it up (and then strut your stuff!) Luckily, my dream Valentine’s dress is so versatile, it would be just as perfect for a romantic dinner at home as it would be for a night out with the girls. The cutout back is a little bit daring while the lace and flared skirt keep it totally timeless. So what other must-haves would make this February 14th the most romantic one yet? Modern cupid-inspired notecards to pen little love notes, classic novels for a midday lunch in the park, afternoon chocolate indulgences…then great-smelling bath treats and an extra-bold nail color to make getting ready feel extra special. And my evening plans? I’ll pass up a busy restaurant in favor of a cozy dinner in front of the fire with my sweetheart, curled up with something decadent like a cheese plate and champagne, followed by wild mushroom ravioli and then more chocolate, of course. What do you have on the agenda this Thursday? And the even bigger question… what are you planning to wear?

My Valentine’s wish list:

*Sunstream Eyelet Dress by Anthropologie

1. “Summer in the Afternoon” limited edition print by Wayne Pate
2. Scotch nail polish in “To Hell with Swords and Garters” red
3. The Loved and Envied by Enid Bagnold, illustrated by Cecil Beaton, 1951 edition
4. Bright red french lantern from Wisteria
5. Karen Linder antique sterling napkin ring cuff bracelets
6. Glimmer collar cardigan from Anthropologie
7. Pecan and sour cherry chocolate bar from Cacao Prieto
8. Botanical garden journal from minted
9. Love letter kit from Terrain
10. Perrier Jouet Fleur champagne
11. Cayenne cadiz racing stripe table runner from Serena and Lily
12. red velvet slippers by Soir De Lune
13. archival cheese serving paper pad

*this post was created in partnership with anthropologie. all opinions are my own.

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Comments (6)
  1. 1
    alexis February 11, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I LOVE that Scotch nail polish color. Is there any specific store you get it at?

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    Maya February 11, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    My philosophy is to never wait for the perfect occasion to wear a certain outfit (which is why I’ll show up to work wearing feathers or more gold accessories than Cleopatra)! Granted, I am a graphic designer and that allows for a dash of eccentricity, but regardless of the profession, I have decided that life is too short to wait for the perfect occasion to dress up. At the end of the day, fashion is nothing but clothes and if an outfit doesn’t work, all you have to do is take it off. 🙂

    P.S. Loooove the layout of this post!

    • Camille Styles February 11, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      I love that philosophy!! You’re right – fashion should be about taking a few risks, because really – what’s the worst that could happen? Love this layout, too… complements of our amazing art director Jenn!

  3. 3
    Phyllis February 11, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    LOVED this list. Camille, you have such fantastic taste, I would love to see more posts from you of Wish Lists and recommendations for gifts {baby, wedding, birthdays, housewares, etc.}!

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    Bianca February 12, 2013 at 5:07 am

    Hi Camille! I’m travelling through the US from down under and will be in Austin on Valentines Day. Any must do recommendations for me and my hubby in your home town? Thanks a bunch! Bianca

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    classiq February 12, 2013 at 9:59 am

    I don’t like to wait for the right occasion to wear something special. If I really love a dress I go for for it and “invent” an occasion to wear it. That journal is so lovely! I always have a notebook or journal in my bag or close by when I work or read.