Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy V-Day.

I've never been a big fan of V-Day, but V-Day took on a whole new meaning for me five years ago (or really, the day before, if you want to be technical). It was the day I met my son! I'll never forget getting the call in my hotel room from the lobby saying he had arrived, riding down the elevator, shaking nervously, the doors opening up, and seeing his little brown drooling face pulling up on a chair. Instant, instant falling in love for me. So in our household, we now celebrate V-Day for a different reason -- more like celebrating the love of family rather than as much the romantic side of things. It's how we roll.

How are you celebrating V-Day?


I rarely put anything about fashion on this blog, but it's definitely something I enjoy. Anthropologie has been a huge influence in not only my own personal style but also in the decor of my house. I need to start putting some more fun fashion-y posts up on the ol' blog, don't you think? And as a proud team member of Anthropologie, I thought I'd draw your attention to the romantic love side of things and tell you about the newest member of the Urban Outfitters company, BHLDN. Today, the day of all things loooooove, just so happens to be the highly anticipated launch of BHLDN's online shop.

One of my favorite Anthropologie-bloggers, Kim, has a great three-part blog post series all about it, chock full of swoon-worthy pictures. She was one of the lucky girls invited to the Urban Outfitters campus to see it all for herself! What a dream.

BHLDN (pronounced "beholden") is a whole separate brand under the Urban Outfitters umbrella, although it's quite obvious it was heavily influenced by its sister company, Anthropologie. I can't tell you how many times girls have come into our store and mentioned wanting their wedding to have that "Anthropologie look" -- and now it can!

Now, I've been married almost nine years (our anniversary is coming up soon in May!), but if I was a bride-to-be, I'd be saving my pennies like crazy to deck myself out head to toe in any of these looks!

Just for fun, I'm posting what I would pick if I had to plan a spur-of-the-moment gorgeous affair:

If I was tall and leggy (which I'm not, by the way), I'd pick this unbelievable frock --

Since I'm all kinds of short, I'd probably pick this little number --

My bridesmaids might wear either this (oh who am I kidding, I would totally want this one for myself!) --

or maybe this one since most of my friends are usually taller than me --

And since my mantra is "always the pianist, never the bridesmaid" (get it? instead of "always the bridesmaid, never the bride"), I'd deck my best musician in this one --

There's no question that these might be my shoe of choice --

although going with the "something blue" idea warrants these a place in the spotlight --

There are also oodles of other things to shop for as well -- lingerie (ooh-la-la!), jewelry, hair accessories, and wraps. Grab your heart-shaped box of chocolates, put your feet up, and go window shopping. Their gorgeous online shop is truly a feast for the eyes.


~Michelle~ said...

Happy <3 Day! And yes, I saw BHLDN this morning - wowza! I wish I could wear one of the BM dresses from there, rather than the sack of blah I have to wear from DB for my SIL's wedding!

Pray~and~Wait said...

I love the fashion post!!!! Do it more often, please!!! :) Happy Valentine's Day! We don't do much either. We get each other a card and I make Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta every year. Thats about it. :) Nice and simple.

Angie said...

What a great story. My kids and I are eating leftovers. They are going to bed early, and I am going to grade student work. I know you are envious.

BTW, I want another wedding for the photos. No digital photos for us, and wedding photography is just so much better now.

sacha said...

love the short mod frock!!

Rhonda said...

Our v-day is typically pretty laid back. We exchange gifts (usually) and MAYBE go to dinner. This year, small gifts and dinner together at home. No TV, no computers, no Kindle. Just time together.

And speaking of fashionable pianists: you were ROCKING that red (velvet maybe?) dress and short hair on that piano bench on Sunday. Maybe you've had that cut for a while, but I don't think I'd seen it. So cute!

cssolomon said...

Awh, I didn't know that you met Henry on Vday! Thats totally worth celebrating. My friend had her triplets on Feb 14.

I have absolutely ZERO sense of fashion, so these blogs will serve me good to educate me :)

Baloney said...

VDay is all about love of a family for us too - I'm not much into the romantic side of it. Too cheesy!!
Loved the story of meeting your son.