3 Outfit Ideas for Valentine’s Day (Or Simply a Night Out!)

3 Outfit Ideas For Valentine's Day

Oh hey there girl!

Time is going by so fast, I can’t believe we are in mid-Feb already, and Valentine’s Day is next week! Richard and I are real foodies, so we normally celebrate by booking a nice place to have dinner, but we aren’t too fussed either and are equally happy to do something low-key.

Whether you are spending a romantic evening with your man or seeing the girls, I’ve got you covered with these 3 outfit ideas.

1. Romantic Red

Here I paired a red floral blouse with basic black shorts. The blouse is quite patterned and busy, so I decided to pair it with something more minimal. Red and black are a classic match, and yes, this outfit is totally inspired by my beautiful Kate Spade wallet! I am also all about the block heels this summer – so comfy, but classy at the same time. These nude coloured heels seriously make any outfit look more chic!

Blouse Dotti | Shorts Dotti | Wallet Kate Spade – Hyde Lane Poppy Stacy | Block heels Therapy from the Iconic | Lipstick bareMinerals – Marvelous Moxie (Risk It All)

2. Neutral and Feminine

Some of you guys may have already seen this outfit on my Instagram story a few weeks ago, but I just love it! I am in love with my black and white chequered skirt – the bow on the front makes it even more stylish. These style of skirts are really coming in this season. Such a nice shape and a bit more adventurous than your standard A-line skirt. An easy pairing with a basic white singlet.

White singlet Cotton On | Chequered skirt Ava | Block heels Therapy from the Iconic | Wallet Kate Spade – Hyde Lane Poppy Stacy | Lipstick Yves Saint Laurent – Rouge Pur Couture (No. 50)

3. Pink, Purple and Denim

I remember I was on the hunt for a nice denim skirt and was looking for something not too short and not super tight. Found this one and thought I’d go for something a bit quirkier – love the rose stitching! Of course, you can’t go wrong pairing denim with a white singlet, but to add a bit of edge, I threw on this pastel pink leather jacket from Dotti. This jacket also matched my shoes, which was a bonus! A bit of a girly theme going on here – pink, red, white, denim…so I thought, why not add purple in there as well? The wallet featured here is another one of my Kate Spade splurges…how could I resist?!

Leather jacket Dotti | White singlet Cotton On | Denim skirt Rumor Boutique | Wallet Kate Spade – Hawthorne Lane Pinwheel Stacy | Block heels Therapy from the Iconic

Whatever you are up to, I hope you have a special Valentine’s!

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6 Tips to Create an Easy Flat Lay.

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Over this past month I have been working on building my online brand, and creating fun and inspiring content. Part of this also means I have been getting creative and finally ventured out to ‘flat lay’ territory…

If you aren’t sure what a flat lay is, it’s basically a beautiful photo that captures a range of your personal belongings, organised in a creative and engaging way. This could range from books, to makeup, to clothes to anything really.

I struggled with flat lays for a little while and decided to keep practicing, and I’m proud to say that I am quite happy with some simple ones that I’ve put together (check out these ones I’ve included in this post)! There are many different ways to flat lay, but check out the 6 tips below that I use to create easy, clean flat lays!

1. Set the background – colour and textures

Set up a nice clean background to put your items on – I normally like a white-coloured background, but it’s also nice to incorporate some different textures (e.g. a marble board, clean white bedsheets, an opened book or even a fluffy rug).

2. Natural lighting

This is so important for any photo! Make sure you have natural light hitting the photo – open all the blinds or just make sure you are close to a window. Otherwise, I like to increase the exposure just a tad with the VSCO app.

3. Choose one ‘main’ item or focal point and work other items into the photo around this

Not sure if anyone else does this, but I find this really helpful, especially when starting out! I like to use the following as my ‘main’ items:

  • A cosy winter jumper
  • A magazine/book
  • A bag
  • A laptop
  • A bowl of food

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4. Decide on a colour theme/ambience and add other items

Decide on the colour theme for your flat lay and from this, find and add other items – e.g. if you have chosen a magazine as your main item, try to pick other smaller items around you that are the same colours as the magazine. Thinking about the ‘ambience’ you want to create is also helpful, such as dainty, colourful, rustic, urban, edgy, simplistic, etc.

You could do a crowded photo with lots of items or a simple one. I personally believe it’s easier to start with less as you can move things around quickly to see how the photo looks and packing up won’t be annoying afterwards!

5. Move the items around to see how it makes the photo look different

I personally like the less rigid look, so I’ll put things on a slant, layer different items and have part of some items peeking into the photo (e.g. the corner of a book or the petals of a flower). Don’t be afraid to experiment!

6. Stand up on a stool or chair to take your photo!

Oh yeah gurl, gotta be seriously about the whole set up! Stand up on a stool or chair and take the photo from a high angle so that it looks nice and flat. I also like to take photos from both my iPhone and DSLR camera so that I can use them for my Instagram and also my blog.

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Go and give this a shot! It’s a fun way to experiment and get creative, also to promote your products/services!

Jade xx