I had a wonderful Valentine’s day. Smashing even, if you will.
So yeah, Vday’s over; I know. But lately I have been working so hard for the money (so hard for it honey) that I haven’t had the time to keep updating as much as I need to on this delightful blog. (Why are you so demanding, blogging?)
Anyway, back to my Vday play by play.
In the morning I was greeted by my lovely husband who is a really nice fellow. A really nice fellow with good taste too, I might add. He gave me the best surprise ever when I opened up a gift he had picked out himself (albeit for me *hinting* at it about a year ago when we were in a massive Australian department store, think our version of Nordstrom’s, called David Jones one day.)
And it was….
A PINK OSTRICH MARC JACOBS HANDBAG!
Seriously dude, can it get any better? All my favourite things in one, ostrich, Marc Jacobs and pink. And you can convert it to a shoulder bag with the strap and also a clutch.
I thanked Craig profusely for this gift and gave him his in return. His gift? Since he is notoriously hard to buy for, un-materialistic (opposites do indeed attract) and not into fashion, was some casual shirts from Jay Jays, and his favourite AFL (Australian Football League) team’s – Geelong- playing cards, to take him back to his 12 year old playing-card collecting days.
I thought it was a pretty unimpressive gift, but he was impressed with my thoughtfullness at acknowledging his football obsession. I have been to a few games and enjoy watching football more in person, but on the TV I do nag him to change the channel. So this made the gift all the more good in his eyes.
Our beloved cat, Barbie even got some Valentine’s love. (She is after all my one true love.) I bought her this totally creepy puppet toy from The Reject Store for $3 AUD, a discount Australian store (below Walmart, I think.) My childhood cat that lives with my parents, Richie never really played with toys, only one teddy bear he used to bite when he was younger and bottle cap rings and boxes. Barbie on the other hand actually plays with toys and was entertained for hours with this one, as you can see below.
To top the night off, for the first time in years, we decided to go on a romantic date to a fancy expensive restaurant called Fenton’s in Ipswich, Australia.
I kept up my thrifty ways by shopping my closet to find a nice festive pink dress and red spiked heels which I hadn’t even worn.
This pink heart-print dress is by Target and was actually found in the juniors section (shhh.) Another one of my secrets for cheaper clothing and great styles is to shop the juniors section where you can find quirky, cute prints and styles and save a lot of $$!
At only $20 AUD, I thought it was a steal and must have bought it by osmosis on the subconscious knowledge that it would be perfect in 2 years time for such a special occasion as this. (My thought patterns sometimes, make sense.)
I paired it with my $20 AUD red spike heels (which look comfy but looks can be deceiving,) bought eons ago on Ebay. I have one real pair of pink Christian Louboutins which have been sadly lost in our move (why couldn’t I have lost something less valuable???) I have always wanted his red spike or red stud heels but alas, can’t afford at the moment. So I thought these puppies were a good option to get the look for less.
I also grabbed my $2 AUD each gold glitter cuffs, bought on Ebay to add some glitz to the outfit. These are made in the style of Dorothy Perkins cuffs and Armani Exchange. Not bad for some designer look bling!
My much-loved but never worn red heart Betsey Johnson ring, bought for $25 AUD from the States on Ebay years ago was also finally used. Although never worn, the centre heart had actually come unglued and dropped when I tried it on after purchasing. Heartbroken for a second, my Dad quickly fixed it with some super glue as all handy Dads do, and it was good as new save for a few noticeable cracks. Oh well, just a reminder of my Dad! (I have long been obsessed with Betsey Johnson and her jewellery as well as everything else. I have a lot of her jewellery and none of it has come apart either thankfully!)
My earrings, although I forgot to take a pic (sad face) were also Betsey Johnson handbag and dress dangle earrings. I will add a pic in later!
TOTAL OUTFIT COST (excluding the lovely Marc Jacobs handbag) = $70 AUD
Fenton’s is actually the only nice restaurant Ipswich (where we live,) has to offer, and it was amazing. I didn’t even know it existed! We will have to save it for future special occasions though as with my thrifty ways I’m not too keen on spending heaps on restaurants *all the time*. (I’d rather clothes, then whinge to Craig about why I don’t have anywhere to go out and wear them …. it is a vicious cycle that I acknowledge and accept.)
We enjoyed Fenton’s great food with a candlelit dinner and some wine while chatting about our usual topics, reality TV – including Mob Wives and the Real Housewives of everything; work, and ridiculous small-talk. Our seats were outside in a dimmed alleyway (doesn’t sound great does it but it was very nice.)
CELEBRITY HEART DOLL – ZOOEY DESCHANEL
Zooey, my girl crush wearing a Rachel Antonoff Zooey Heart Dress ($396 AUD) on SNL. Zooey can do no wrong, which is why this cute dress was named after her! Who else can don a quirky heart print as well as her?
How was your Valentines day?
What did you do?
What gifts did you give/receive?
What are some thrifty Vday tips you have?
Are you a fan of heart-print?
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