I’ll never forget my first Valentine’s Day with my boyfriend: we had only been dating a few months, and as rather unenlightened wee things we got dolled up and trekked to the “nicest” restaurant in town. There, we joined seemingly every other couple in Austin to find our white tablecloth covered table adorned with a tight bunch of red roses, two chocolate covered strawberries, and a special “Valentine’s Day” menu. It was cheesy, but it was cute.

*photography by Kate Zimmerman

Five years later, our V-day plans look a little different. Not unlike our personal styles and approach-to-going-out in general, this Saturday will likely be a whole lot more laid back and casual. Since Eric and I both love to cook — and during the week, typically take turns preparing dinner — we’ll spend the 14th collaborating on an at-home menu that’s just a bit more special than our average go-to meal. I’m in charge of dessert, and since my New Year health kick is still going strong (anyone else?!), I’m looking forward to making this raw vegan carrot cakeMy, how far we’ve come from those chocolate covered strawberries. 

As for what I’ll be wearing, chances are that in lieu of a cocktail dress and heels, I’ll be kicking back in an outfit that I feel more comfortable in, like this one from chico’s. And since layering is my favorite way to add a bit of interest to any casual ‘fit, I’ll be reaching for my regular wardrobe staples, but combining them in a way that’s new and different. My current can’t-live-without pieces: black coated jeans, this super soft tank in a dark khaki, and this tie front denim shirt, of which I definitely had a child’s version in the 90’s (paired with biker shorts and Jelly sandals), but now can’t seem to get enough of. And since silver jewelry is back, I need little more than this multi-strand necklace to accessorize any ensemble.

To be perfectly honest, I’ll probably be barefoot and jacket-free while prepping our meal. But since we have plans to go out and meet up with friends after dinner, I’ll keep adding layers by throwing on a jacket — like this amazing boyfriend duster in white — and slipping on some classic loafers. These denim ones with white piping are the perfect way to tie together a stark white blazer, and though they’re flat, they’re fun and interesting enough to wear out to a nearby bar or restaurant.

I’d love to know: what are you all planning for Valentine’s Day? Do you have any traditions that you come back to year after year, or better yet, a surprise in store? We’ve still got three days to prepare, so if you have any favorite recipes, crafts, or outfit ideas, do share them in the comments section!

*photography by Kate Zimmerman

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    karin | February 12, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Trying to make Chico fresh and young again? Its working….might even have a look at the store again….cute commentary.

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    Gabriella | February 12, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Those shoes are stunning! Might need to look out for a similar pair to buy in Europe.

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    dianna | February 12, 2015 at 7:44 am

    I’m in love with those shoes!

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    kristen | February 12, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Love this outfit so chic yet casual! Mind sharing your lipstick brand and shade?

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    Vanessa @ Living in Steil | February 12, 2015 at 8:38 am

    I, too, am still going strong with my New Year’s resolution (#sugardetox). I love the layered look you put together. The outfit is perfect for a casual night in or for going out. Those flats are great and that tank looks super comfy!


    • Chanel Dror | February 12, 2015 at 10:44 am

      The tank is my new bff… it’s so comfy, and i’m obsessed with how perfectly it seems to go with everything!

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    Cara Greenstein | February 12, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Too stunning, Chanel!

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    Jessi Afshin | February 12, 2015 at 9:09 am

    I just adore this and you! Love how you layered the pieces! xx

    • Chanel Dror | February 12, 2015 at 10:42 am

      Thanks sister. Just trying to keep up with you!

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    The Office Stylist | February 12, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Love your shoes!! Your whole outfit is gorgeous!

    The Office Stylist

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    Emily -- The Rossetto Blog | February 12, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    The flats are awesome! As for my Valentines Day, we actually booked a show ages ago on a deal (we’re going to see “Once”). We were surprised they didn’t block out Valentines Day! A simple appetizer/wine&cheese may do the trick before, as we don’t want o join the restaurant madness.


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    Clever Girl Reviews | February 12, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Love the smoking loafers!

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    Kate Stafford | February 12, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    So cute. Always love your style! xo

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    Jeanine | February 12, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    You are the cutest! I love everything about this post – let me know how the raw carrot cake works out 🙂

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    Delaney | February 13, 2015 at 11:33 am

    I adore this! Being in Arizona the temperatures are drastic in the evenings and daytime and this is a perfect post to refer too. Thanks!

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    Sarah | February 13, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    love chico’s! they have such cute things mixed in.

    • karin | February 17, 2015 at 1:57 pm

      yes, except the sales personnel needs a refresher training in being pleasant to customers and not pushing all the darn print stuff….I rather shop online than walking into a Chico’s store….mainly because of the not so ‘with it’ attitudes.

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    Annie Tucker | March 5, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Love this look so much! Clicked on every link to the pieces from the outfit!
    Y’alls sweet Molly featured this look in her guest post on my blog!
    see it here: http://www.takeabiteblog.com/2015/03/guest-post-sense-appeal-xxix.html


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