Raiding My Sister's Closet: Dress it Up/Dress It Down

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day is a low-key celebration in our house.  We don't make loads of heart-shaped sugar cookies, or buy hundreds of dollars of red roses, and expensive jewelry, but we definitely celebrate.

Adam often gets me the $4 flowers from the grocery store (which I totally love receiving), and usually there is a sweet and sappy note or two received.  I usually get him something thrilling like a $3 bar of dark chocolate (can you tell we are on a student budget?).

We also usually have a special dinner at home, and make a fancy dessert together (we are making these this year).  In fact, two years ago, Adam and I both got dressed up (fancy shoes included), to go into the kitchen to eat a heart-shaped pizza together while our baby slept.  Totally romantic.

These clogs were a post-Christmas purchase, and I am loving them, but struggle to dress them up, despite the fact that they are a heeled shoe.  This dress it up/dress it down was a challenge to see if I could really dress them up for a date.  The fancy combo isn't actually my favorite, but after 15 outfit tries, this was the best I could do with the clothes in my closet.

The casual outfit on the other hand is basically what I wear every day.  I am wearing button downs with skinny jeans and cute shoes 3 or 4 times a week right now, and totally loving every minute of it. These shoes fit in perfectly, but can be worn with a skirt if need be.

Happy Valentine's Day!

 White winter legs... 

 Gosh, I love these shoes!
 Dress it up: dress (similar)//shoes//necklaces (a gift)
Dress It Down: shirt//pants (via ThredUp - $10 off your first order through this link)// scarf (old)//shoes//earrings

Janssen and Merrick are probably better at getting fancy than I am currently. Check out their gorgeous Valentine's Day ideas! 




  1. Those shoes are amazing. I'm totally buying a pair.

  2. Such great shoes, and I especially love your casual outfit with that fun scarf!


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