Here’s everything you need to get in the holiday spirit.

Sure, seeing a dozen roses being delivered to my desk on February 14 makes my heart flutter. But, having been with my husband 10 years, married five, I sometimes find Valentine’s Day to be more stressful than special. I don't always want to come home from the office on a Wednesday and rush to “freshen up” — a.k.a get ready for a second time — in order to make a dinner reservation at an overcrowded restaurant. Some years, all I want is a quiet night at home with a home-cooked meal, a little champagne, a romantic movie, and our Labrador mix Jack (whom we jokingly call my true life partner). But no matter what Brian and I do on Valentine’s Day, I’ve learned to embrace it, to take the night off from my regular routine and celebrate love — hearts, doilies, mushy cards, and all. Whether you plan to hit the town with your sweetheart this year or just snuggle up on the couch, hopefully this roundup of my V-day favorites will put you in the right mood for the occasion.

For Staying In

Fold-over ribbed sweater from The Rollin’ J. Harry Barker canvas bone with squeaker from Draper James (a Valentine for your pup). Refound Love reclaimed pine coasters from Sundance. Eco over-the-knee socks from In2Green. Emma sheepskin slippers from Overland. Rob Roy reversible throw from Pendleton Woolen Mills. Le Creuset heart casserole dish from Crate & Barrel. Cozy winter joggers from Spool No. 72.

For Going Out

Juan Antonio tooled leather clutch from A Cowgirl’s Promise. Calinda gold stilettos from Lucchese. Anna Sui rose embroidered skirt from Anthropolgie. Retro matte lipstick from Mac (my favorite red is Ruby Woo). Competitor custom hat in cranberry from Greeley Hat Works. Loving Heart hoop earrings from Anthropologie. Fabric flower headband from Anthropologie. The Hinton buckle from Savannah Sevens Western Chic. Holly Drive Darling compact from Kate Spade. Custom lace crop from Westerngrace.

For Skipping Town

Johnny Was silk scarf from Desperado. Cleo ruffle flat from Free People (because flats are easier than boots at the airport). Aspen weekend tote bag from Desperado. Brooklyn blush fedora from Lovely Bird. Heart Cloister tee from Draper James. (This is from Reese Witherspoon’s new clothing line, and this pic features her daughter, Ava, as the model!) Kocostar rose lip mask from Anthropolgie (to keep your lips from getting chapped).

For Doing Some Boot-Scootin’

(Because I couldn’t pick just one pair of boots for this post!) Bramble Rose boots from Junky Gypsy. Red Beauty custom boots from Rocketbuster Handmade Custom Boots. Tahoma velvet booties from Double D Ranch. Little B tassel booties from Miron Crosby. Old Gringo Marrione boots from Rivertrail Mercantile. The Bowie 15-inch boots from City Boots.

 

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