My husband and I have a tradition of celebrating Valentine’s Day twice. It started on our first Valentine’s day when we had just started dating in college. I had a huge Latin test the next day and needed to spend the majority of Valentine’s night studying my translations, so I decided to make a quick spaghetti dinner for us in Bot’s dorm kitchen to celebrate and we would do a “real” dinner later in the week. Thus the tradition began, two Valentine’s days, the first is always a simple(ish) Italian meal made at home and the second is a nice dinner out. This is what I wore for Valentine’s Day Pt. 2 this year.
I absolutely love this Monif C dress! I begged, pleaded and bargained for it as soon as it went for sale on Monif C’s site. I loved how dramatic it is with the black velvet, lace and gold and I stalked it online. But Bot and I had just revamped our plan to pay off our debt and the end of my car payment was within my sight so I resisted purchasing. Then before Christmas, Bot kept dropping hints about the big gift he had gotten me and I dared to hope again. On Christmas morning, when we first opened gifts, there was no dress. Other fabulous presents, but no dress. I wasn’t disappointed because, let’s be honest, it was Christmas morning and I was surrounded by my family and many fabulous things. So, later that day, when Bot and I headed to his parent’s house to celebrate, I was snuggled on my In-Law’s floor, basking in the presence of the whole family together for Christmas this year and opening presents with reckless abandon, I did not expect the soft velvet of this dress to slip over my hands. Let’s just say I freaked out. Maybe not outwardly, because I am aware that a grown woman screaming and jumping up and down in excitement about a Christmas present is a bit much, but inwardly I was stomping my feet and screaming my head off.
The dress is everything I hoped for. It is so dramatic without being too over the top. I wore it to Valentine’s dinner Pt 2 at our favorite Thai Restaurant and while I was certainly more dressy than everyone else there, I was by no means over dressed. Looking at these photos, I thought maybe I should have gone with a size 3 (22/24) as opposed to the 2 (18/20) you see me in because the dress clings to my hips a bit much. However, it fits perfectly in the chest and I’m afraid the 3 would have been loose there. I added my Lucie Lu Instant sleeves because VA weather was attempting to be a bit like winter this week, though not enough to necessitate a coat until the sun went down. Otherwise, I kept the outfit simple wearing no jewelry other than my wedding rings and a simple headband in order to let the dress take center stage and shine.
Many Thanks to my Mom and Dad (in Law) who made this outfit possible. Love you both!