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Valentines Day

Dress in size 4, Sandals, Earrings // Reid’s Suit // Reid’s Shoes Reid’s Belt // Reid’s White Shirt (Use code Shalice15 for 15% off your purchase at Hugo Boss)

dress (I’m 5’9″ wearing a size 4)// mules  // bag

 No, it’s not too soon to think about Valentine’s Day. Afterall, it is only 31 days away. I’m the last minute kind of girl, but this year not so much. I found this LRD Little Red Dress at Rebecca Minkoff recently, and fell in love. It’s flowy, sports a flattering waistband, a nice length and I love the sleeve detail. I think it would be flattering on petite or tall, a true sign of a good dress.

I’m so grateful for 11 years of marriage, and what better time to celebrate your partner than Valentine’s Day? I’m so grateful for Reid’s sacrifice for our family. His quiet leadership, patience, and simple kindness bless our family daily. Today, I’m sharing 5 tips for a successful marriage:

1. Make a list of all his positive traits
Marriage is hard. Make it the best it can be

2. Make her HAPPY (hubby’s tip for a happy marriage) And hey, this makes me happy 🙂

3. If you’re angry, take a breather. Get alone, get a coffee and chat about it later.

Read this post about 10 Ways to Improve your relationship

I’d love to hear from you, what are some of your tips for a healthy and happy marriage? 

See more LITTLE RED DRESSES below:

dress (it’s under $100!) // heels // similar jacket //  “H” belt

 

For Valentine’s Day I thought I’d share 10 Ways to Improve Your Relationship. After nearly 11 years of marriage, (yes 11!) our relationship is a work in progress but a hundred times better than day one, year one, and everything in between. I’m definitely thanking God for his grace in our lives! Read on:

1. This may seem little, but say thank you for little things. Like if he cleaned dishes before they left for work, text them “THANK YOU,” write them a short note on a post-it, or leave them their favorite chocolate by their keys. Saying thank you is the balm to sometimes intense moments. Just stop everything and do it.

2. Say Sorry, it’s so hard to do, but seriously you must. Give each other grace and don’t expect your partner to be perfect. After all, you aren’t.

3. Take an interest in his hobbyHe likes to workout, I like to shop and we found we both like to coffee shop hop. Yay! Don’t try and change his interests and hobbies, rather take an interest and count that as quality time together.

4. Give 100%, expect 90%. On the plane on our way to Hawaii for our honeymoon, an old lady who sat next to us told us to give 100% in marriage, and expect 90%.

5. Don’t take each other too seriously, give grace and work hard.

6. Time Together – make dates a priority. This is especially important after you’ve had kids! Whether we have a one hour window to get coffee or a working lunch date, or date night at home with the kids in bed early, its really important to ask each other how they’re doing. It’s the LIFEBLOOD of our relationship.

7. Make the bed, haha I try and do this and it really helps. It’s the little things right?

8. Words of encouragement when we were first married, I would put notecards in his briefcase. Now, I’m more likely to send a verse in an email or text to encourage him.

9. Declutter this is hard for me, since I blog I have lots of products coming, going and laying around. One of my goals in 2018 to be better about spring cleaning. This means a lot to my spouse so when I do declutter, I’m loving him. And when I’ve had a nutty day, he gets it and helps me clean up.

10.  When in doubt, do a check- up and read the love verse: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. I Cor 13:4-5

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours! Read more about our engagement and anniversary here and here. What are some ways you have found that work to improve your relationship?

Share in the comments below <3

 

 

 

red pants c/o ALICE + OLIVIA // studded boots // blouse // sunglasses // chloé bag c/o FARFETCH and similar

You already know I’m obsessed with red and, well, wide leg pants for that matter as well! I really think nothing packs so much of a punch as wide leg pants in the color red. They just kind of make a statement, don’t they?

I was attending an event in Beverly Hills last week and needed a chic, sophisticated outfit without too much frill or layering. They’re a great option for when you need something slightly more formal, but don’t want to go over the top. Perfect balance! Also, I don’t need to remind you, it’s been a steady 80 degrees around LA, and this outfit fit the bill. I linked below some additional options for Valentine’s Day as well as some of my favorite red pants.

Who loves the wide leg fit as much as me?

Red pants from cropped to wide leg to flared, they’re sure to make a statement! I give  every price point from $31 to $500!

 

White Tops are so flattering. I love how this front tie works for high waisted pants and everything in between. It looks cute dressed down with jeans as well!

 

More Small Bags – Anyone else as obsessed with small bags as I am? I usually put my favorite lip treatment and credit card in them and I’m off. It’s nice to give the mom bag (and your back) a day off.

 

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Nothing takes my ripped jeans and sneakers to chic faster than a scarf tie blouse. Recently I was thinking of writing a 20 Things I Can’t Live Without post because, as I was just telling Reid, when it comes right down it, I’d find that I really just style my outfits using 20 items over and over. I imagine we all could use a good closet edit. I know, I know, big words from a girl with shoes all over the house and an overflowing closet. But think of it!

For this particular outfit, this cute heart skirt is the focal point. I wanted to give you girls time to order your Valentine’s outfits, so if you order now you will get it in time for Valentines day! I paired it with a scarf blouse, camel coat and boots in neutrals that strangely color match with my faux fur collar. I like pairing red with neutrals and here it just works! What are you wearing for Valentine’s Day?

heart skirt (I got a sz2, fits TTS) // boots // neck tie blouse // camel coat zara similar // faux fur collar // red hat // chloe bag

Who said you can’t wear pink and red? I guess you could say I’m gearing up for Valentine’s Day just around the corner. Consider this a heads up for what is yet to come. Order yours before everyone else?

I’m loving these cropped polka dot pants with a casual graphic tee, blush heels, pink faux fur jacket and my go-to red cap. The graphic tee doesn’t take the outfit too seriously and the polka dots add just enough whimsey. What are you wearing for Valentine’s Day? We don’t have special Valentine’s Day traditions per say, but I am planning on making these cookies with my girls and eating with this cute pink dinnerware I just ordered. I’m not a huge baker but my kids always love when do, so I try! Any excuse to wear pink or polka dots and drink tea and cookies together right?

 

red hat // polka dot pants and this jumpsuit version is cute! // graphic tee // faux fur coat similar and similar //blush heels  // sunglasses 

 

See more Shopbop faves from the sale here

Photography by Jordan

Valentines Day is coming up and Reid and I are headed someplace warm, sans kids. We’re super excited to get away and can’t wait for an excuse to sit by the pool without an interruption. So, this Valentines Day, I’m loving bright pink ruffles (no surprise), trusty Levis, and blush ankle strap heels. If you’re unsure how to style bright and loud colors, pair them with jeans and a muted suede trench. It looks a lot more pulled together. Since we’re talking about Valentine’s Day, here’s me and Reid’s engagement story if you missed it. Hope you are off to a lovely week!

Shop some of my top looks for Valentine’s Day

What I’m Wearing

jeans LEVIS and THESE  :: heels VIA SPIGA SIMILAR and SIMILAR :: top STORETS  :: suede trench SIMILAR and SIMILAR