3 Valentine’s Day Outfits That Aren’t a Red Dress

Hello Lovely,

February is upon us and apart from my birthday, there’s one big thing a lot of people look forward to. Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to get out for an extra special night with your SO or a few of your besties. But if you’re like me, you don’t necessarily need your V-Day outfit to scream V-Day.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a good red dress, but that doesn’t mean I only wear it come February 14th. So if you’re like me and want to look stylish, but will pass on the obvious choice, check out these alternate Valentine’s Day outfit options to celebrate in style.

Whether you’re headed out for a girls’ night, doing a super chill date night, or going big with a fancy dinner and a show, we’re sharing a few fun outfit options that work for Valentine’s Day that AREN’T a red dress.

This look is the perfect Valentine's Day outfit when it's cold outside but you still want to look your best. Cute and practical: Best of both worlds!

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No matter the ocassion, nothing says ready like a little black dress.

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In the third installment of outfits for Valentines Day that aren't red dresses, we have my favourite colour coral, paired with a black leather mini skirt for a flirty evening on the town.

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Rosé All Day Cocktail

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With Valentine's Day coming up you're going to need a little (or a lot) of liquid courage. I named this one the Rosé All Day Cocktail because it genuinely tasted like Rosé, even though it's just a blend of juices and a few different liquors. I made this when I had a friend over for dinner and even he had to agree that it tasted like a fancy wine. So if you're excited for this weekend, let's jump into this quick and easy recipe that's perfect to serve to your girlfriends, or before asking out your crush.

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Rosé All Day Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1 can Snapple Mango Punch
  • 1 part Mr. Boston's Peach Schnapps
  • 1 part Gin
  • 1 shot Barbancourt (Haitian Rum)
  • Orange slices for garnish

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients except for the orange slices in a blender on medium. If you don't have a blender, or don't want to use it just for this, just shake it up in a mixer.
  2. Pour into wine glasses then garnish with orange slices if you want to feel fancy and enjoy
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Heart Toast

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Forgot about Valentine’s Day did you? This quick and easy breakfast idea will wow your partner and save your backside! Isn’t this a cute way to say I-love-you at breakfast on Valentine’s day? Pair it with the room service printable from our February E Magazine for a cute breakfast in bed for your hunnie.

 

Ingredients

· 2 slices of bread

· 2—3 tablespoons milk

· 34 drops red or pink food colouring

· Heart shaped cookie cutter

· Paintbrush

Instructions

1. Use a heart cookie cutter to mark the shape of a heart into a slice of bread.  Be careful not to completely cut through the bread.  (Although, heart shaped coloured toast would actually be pretty fun too!)

2. Take a little bit of milk, maybe 2-3 tablespoons, and add 3 or 4 drops of red food colouring until you get the shade you want:

3. Use a paint brush to paint the heart red with the dyed milk:

4. Toast it in the toaster oven (not an actual toaster) to desired toastedness!

 

 

Valentine's Day Snack Cup

Hello Lovely,

Today is Valentine's Day! A day when lovers fall in love all over again. But today doesn't have to only be for couples. Because I'm in a long distance relationship. my options are pretty limited on big holidays such as this. So since I can't be with my boyfriend today, I decided to spread the love to my co-workers. I couldn't make a gift for everyone, but I was able to make something for the ones I talk to every day.

I wanted to go the healthy route because I know the first excuse people like to give is, "I'm on a diet". I also wanted it to be really colourful, but without the Valentine's themed M&M's I had to settle for regular milk chocolate M&M's. This mix is the perfect blend of sweet and salty with a crunchy textures all beautifully wrapped in treat bags.

So this mix is light butter popcorn (I couldn't find butter free popcorn) generously coated in white candy melts, topped with mini pretzels, heart healthy mixed nuts and milk chocolate M&M's. I spruced it up with these cute heart printables that have really corny jokes on the back to add some personality to them. These can easily be made and given to someone today. Even if it can't be completely red and white, still try it out. After all, it's the thought that counts!

Who would you like to give one of these snack cups to? Maybe you'd like to make one for yourself! Share your reactions to this gift idea in the comment section below!

Double Dipped Love/Hate Cookies

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Tomorrow is Valentine's Day, so we're totally taking a break from all of the healthy eating for the day! I remember in college the Psychology Club had an annual bake sale every Valentine's Day called the Love it or Hate Bake Sale. We sold desserts for people who both celebrated and hated Valentine's Day. It was the perfect marketing strategy! People who didn't care for Valentine's Day were happy with their Anti-Valentine's Day treat and lovers were happy to share their bright and colourful treats with each other. That was actually the inspiration for this cookie. To be honest, I never thought I would make cookies , but as the saying goes, "Never say never."

This recipe doesn't get any easier. In fact, it's not even actually a recipe. It uses so many shortcuts that none of it is from scratch, but that doesn't make it taste any less delicious! All you'll need is a package of Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Mix, two cans of frosting (chocolate and strawberry or vanilla with food colouring), and of course sprinkles!

Bake the cookies according to the package directions, and wait for them to completely cool. While the cookies are cooling, you can melt the frosting in the microwave. But just remember, melt it too much and you've got watery frosting that won't stick to anything and in about one minute the frosting will return to it's original texture so you've got to work fast.

Share these cookies at a bake sale, with co-workers, friends or your loved ones. Go crazy with the sprinkles and even paint a design on the cookies. Happy Valentine's Day!