Valentine's Day can be a hit or miss for most people: some find it fun and others just take it as a commercial gimmick. February 14 is actually a thing: it commemorates the Christian Saint Valentine paying heed to courtly love. Whether you jump on the V-Day bandwagon or not, it's great to know that love is still celebrated. Whether you're going for dinner or running errands that day, you can take these looks and draw inspiration from them for any day of the week in the months to come.
A mini dress straight cut with peplum cuff and high neckline: this is an ideal dinner-date dress. The fabric has stretch which contours the body, and the mini length is balanced with the high neckline so that you show just enough skin while leaving some content to the imagination. A mini dress like this is also very practical because you can scoot around in it with a pair of comfy kicks during the day, keep a pair of heels in arm's reach and switch into them for your after 5 pm dinner.
HOH MONOCHROME HEELS - WHITE
This is a luxury brand without the luxury prices attached. This 4" heel is available in sizes 5-10. Peta Certified Vegan Leather, these stretch almost up a size. I recommend you visit Artemis Boutique to try your ideal size. Not only are they beautiful and sexy, but they're ultra comfortable so you can smile all night and mean it without that nagging toe-crunch pain.
NAVY FAUX LEATHER LEGGINGS
If you want to look and feel a little different, and you're used to wearing black, navy is a perfect way to get out of your comfort box without going too far. The Faux Leather Legging by Commando offers incredible quality and stretch without the saggy after-effects of wear and wash. These leggings are made with quality European fabric and don't sweat on the body. They're incredibly easy to wash: just pop them into the washer and hang-to-dry. They're easy to zip around in by day with our cute little sneakers or comfy bottom boots, then voila slip on a heel, blazer and accessories and you have a whole new look!
A look that's monochrome from foot to leg visually extends your height by making your legs appear longer. These Navy HOH heels are the perfect combination of colour and comfort. You can literally walk in these for extended periods of time without feeling like you have to run for the nearest seat!
HOH MONOCHROME HEELS - NAVY
Try your ideal size. Visit Artemis Boutique
NAVY PEARL SATIN TURBAND
An easy way to update your look with some newly found energy is trying on a trendy hair accessory such as the highly coveted Turband: a hybrid between the traditional hairband and turban. The knot on the top of the band is awesome far beyond than simply being a design element. It actually offers height to your overall look. If you have enough height already, think about it's other added benefit: it covers the top of your head where your scalp tends to collect oils. So on a bad hair day sister, just reach for your turband and go!
When putting yourself together, look at the elements involved. With the styled look above, beyond the basic legging and top, you have a blazer, turband, and high heels. That's already enough to paint an interesting story. It's not boring, yet not overboard. And whether it's a first date dinner or long-term relationship kind of rendez-vous, you'll still want to keep the jewellery simple. Opt for thin line wire bracelets with a one to a few rings so that when the sleeve of your blazer is pulled back, you'll see a little sparkle here and there. With respect to earrings, the Turband is taking care of your look from the neck up so there's no need to overpower it by any means. A simple stud at most will do the trick.
DON'T GO HOME. JUST GO GLAM.
If you're weekend is calling for a little more glam, you'll want to spice things up from head to toe including your make-up. A good bold lip always elevates the drama. Imagine yourself sipping on a glass of wine (hopefully) whispering sweet nothings to your partner. Don't forget, your partner-in-dine is typically sitting across from you at the table, so small details from colour of your lipstick to the sparkle emanating from your ear all count. Nothing captures light better than Swarovski Crystal, aside from diamonds of course. A heart-shaped statement Swarovski earring is all the statement you'll need, with of course a matching choker to pour on a little more sexiness.
HEART DROP EARRINGS & MATCHING CHOKER
Swarovski Rock Crystal
A LITTLE ECCENTRICITY GOES A LONG WAY
Sometimes it's just easier to stick to your basic black dress or black pant and top, and that's okay. Dressing is a form of empowerment so if that's what makes you feel best, then go for it. Try experimenting a little here and there to extend the horizons. It's amazing what new people and conversations you can attract to yourself by simply wearing something a little eccentric and different than what you're used to. The simplest and safest way to start is through your accessories, rather than changing up your whole outfit from black to red for example. Any of the accessories below will work with basic black and are all available at Artemis Boutique.
THE LOVE BAG
Plush Blue Velvet. Gold Studded Trim. Jewelled Letters.
WOVEN HEART EARRINGS | MULTI SEQUIN CLUTCH |
SCARLET HOH MONOCHROME HEEL
This clutch is just perfect: it pulls in so many colours and definitely gives off a fun flirty feel. I emphasized the red with the earrings and heels because let's face it when we think of V-Day, red is the default colour. But you could easily pull out the blue or purple or any of the colours you see in the sequins. When you shop for accessories, don't always opt for basic black or neutrals. You'd be amazed at how versatile a colourful accessory can be. It's worth a try! I promise you won't be disappointed.
To get these looks, visit Artemis Boutique, 8611 Weston Road, Unit 35, Vaughan ON, L4L 9P1.