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I CHOO-CHOO-CHOOSE YOU

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One of the best (and heartbreaking) Simpsons episodes ever created: when Lisa declines Ralph’s sweet “I Choo-Choo-Choose You” Valentines Day Card.

Now I know you wouldn’t be so heartless as Lisa originally was to Ralph to your secret admirer/or others this Valentines Day, you sensitive soul you!

The day that is either hate/love for most, V Day gets either really out-of-proportion or shut down altogether.

Do you go all out for your Valentine’s Day, spending major dough on an amazing gift and dinner out? Or do you prefer a more laidback low-key VDay, full of more thrift and thought?

Either way you roll, lovely possibilities of Valentines Day gifts (big and small) have been compiled here in a neat little bow for you so you can tailor it to your VDay needs:

FOR GUYS

LUXE (AND SLIGHTLY LUXE) 

ARMANI CLASSIC GENTS BLUE FACE WATCH

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£189.00 JBWatches

Polished and a little bit different with its standout royal blue face, this is the watch I would definitely buy my husband if he were more of a watch-wearer. (He barely wanted to wear his wedding ring because he’s a no-frills-or-watches kinda simpleton guy.)

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Calvin Klein  Purple Patterned Silk Slim Tie $39.95, The Mens Shop

This Calvin Klein tie is an unexpected tie gift with its deep purple shade and pattern. Even though he may not purchase it for himself in real life, he will secretly appreciate the push to colour you give him with this tie. (Expertise = from buying my husband salmon and pink business shirts, coloured ties galore to get him out of his black white and navy-wearing self. Although he says he would never buy it personally, he loves all the colour I bring to his life and rewears his gifts constantly!)

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My fave: Concert Tickets to his favourite band

Who says you have to use your Valentines Day gift straight away? Why not give the gift of an awesome concert experience on Valentines Day and wait a little bit?

For a headliner such as Queens Of the Stone Age and Nine Inch Nails in Brisbane, he will love this present.

FOR LESS 

MAGNETIC BOTTLE OPENER 

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Magnetic bottle opener, shaped in different sports balls such as golf and soccer = genius in a guy’s eyes. Likely to be a big smash at home football events; everyone will thank you whenever they open their drinks with novel ease.

$9.95 AUD, Getprice

FOR GIRLS 

LUXE (AND SLIGHTLY LESS LUXE)

LADY DIOR BOX BAG GRADED CALFSKIN

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POA, Dior

Look at Marion Cottilard slay with this beautiful, ombre gradiated from yellow to orange Dior Lady handbag I have been lusting after ever since my eyes first saw its glory. Okay, so this present may break your Valentines piggy bank 4560 times over (and slightly more,) but it is worth every penny.

TARINA TARANTINO PAVE HEART NECKLACE

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Oh how I lust after you, Tarina Tarantino Crystal Pave heart necklaces. With a myriad of pretty colours to choose from such as pink, purple, blue, green and every other colour under the sun, one day these will all be mine.

(The rainbow one above is a hint to get started, dear husband!)

$150 USD, TarinaTarantino

MOSCHINO HEART AND CHAIN PRINTED SCARF

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She will be thanking you for this adorable Moschino heart and chain print scarf, guaranteed to be a winner cherry-topper to every outfit. $180 USD, Farfetch

LESS

KITSCHY CUTE HEART 1970’S DOUBLE FRAME 

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$13.76 AUD

          

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This cute little vintage heart photo frame holder is the kind my mum used to have in the 70’s. This would look so cute on a dressing or vanity table with photos of you lovebirds adorning it.

BETSEY JOHNSON CANDY HEART EARRINGS

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These Candy Heart Earrings by Betsey Johnson, $30 AUD, Amazon.com = the cutest thing ever.

Betsey and her craziness always fares well in designing her cute, girly, quirky and romantic pieces.

OTHER NEAT & THRIFTY IDEAS 

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-Rent out/buy his favourite movies and have a movie night of all the action movies you actually love as well (you can also have a night full of your choices next time – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The First Wives Club anyone?)

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– Tear up paper into strips and on each piece write memories that you have shared together – the sillier or smaller, the better. This is a nice idea to save money and also give a really thoughtful gift that shows how much you do care/how many memories you still treasure.

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-Put together his “favourite things” basket for him/her – grab their favourite treats such as chocolate, snacks, drinks (a few beers, some wine) sports memorabilia or girly things (i.e. keychain of his favourite team or some jewellery.) Use a basket, bowl or box you already have in the house and wrap with clear cellophane with a red bow to give a DIY thrifty and thoughtful Valentine’s gift.

TIE-DYE (AND STRIPES) ON THE HIGHWAY

 Tie-dye… the maker of all things magical, hippy, splendorous, ethereal and the subject of one of my idols, Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)’s amazing song “Tie Dye On The Highway.”

Why do I love thee so?

Luckily for my tie-dye lovin’ ways; the print has been coming back again and again for decades, like every fashion known to man (even culottes are big again, right?)

Proof: every tie-dye hippy boho dress you see on the likes of Rachel Zoe, Vanessa Hudgens, Kate Hudson, and even Rodarte’s drool-worthy collection.

Heading out for a few drinks with the husband tonight, I needed a not-too-dressy outfit for the not-too-dressy pub we might frequent. I have a sick tendency to mix and match patterns all the time lately, so I couldn’t resist the urge to pair my basic striped long sleeve tee from Kmart for $10 AUD with a bright purple, yellow and green tie-dye splattered skirt (from Supre for $5 AUD.)

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I grabbed my Nine West gold-sequin Ipad sleeve (which I always use as an oversized clutch and haven’t ever used as an Ipad sleeve… my thought processes for things sometimes aren’t all the way thought out.) Nine West Ipad Sleeve Cost = $20 AUD

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These yellow lucite flats with a slight wedge are just the pop of colour to finish the outfit off in, and were a steal at $2 AUD from one of those Asian kiosks in the middle of the mall. (They have also lasted frequent use over 3 years – who would have thought?)

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TOTAL OUTFIT COST = $37 AUD

For you fashion history buffs, check out a few fun facts about Tie-dye on Peace, love and tie-dye by Emily Blake. (2009)

One standout fact = While tie dye of course gained popularity with the free-loving hippy movement of the 60s, it really started to take off when Halston started using it in his designs which garnered the likes of Janis Joplin. (Blake, 20090

VINTAGE HALSTON TIE-DYE (DROOL)

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I can see myself sunning on a lounge chair with a cool breeze and margarita in hand in this glorious vintage Halston caftan

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TIE-DYIN’ CELEBS

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If all Nicky Hilton has done lately is team this sleek corporate-up-top looking ensemble with a hippy tie-dye bottom (which works so perfectly,) that’s alright by me.

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Although not a massive fan of the Reese, I am a fan of this chic tie dye ensemble she wore running errands.


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Elle Fanning got ripped into two for this glorious Rodarte tie-dye creation she wore at the Met. I guess people sadly just don’t understand Rodarte?
For outfit ideas for teaming stripes + tie-dye, look no further than what we have here for you:
STRIPES + TIE DYE

Soles patent leather sandals
$110 – theiconic.com.au

Silver jewellery
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Wooden wall art
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Do you mix tie-dye with any other patterns (i.e. stripes?)
Are you still a fan of tie-dye and wear it all the time for relaxed bohemian chic times?
Leave a comment below, dude.

KOOKY KIKI + POLKA DOTS A LA KIRSTEN

I have always been a fan of Kirsten Dunst and more importantly, Kirsten Dunst’s snaggleteeth and style. I feel somehow we are like kindred spirits, as I also have one snaggletooth to the side (which I was supposed to get braces for but decided to go against as I liked it’s charm) and love everything she wears.

Whether she is in one of my childhood faves, Jumanji, an intense baby vamp in An Interview With a Vampire, mysterious Lux in The Virgin Suicides, MJ in Spiderman or on a depression journey in Melancholia, Kiki nails it every time. If I were a celebrity, I would probably aspire to Kiki’s career and style.

KIKI’S CANDID STYLE

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Contemplating the meaning of science – intelligent and stylish!

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Making floral crop tops cool again in Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides (my all time fave)

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Doing masuline luxe oh so well

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Floral shirt + matching floral shorts = too cute

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20’s style flapper headband for the Met

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Street chic in a polka dot dress and trilby

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Sophisticatedly sheer

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Killer shades + Fruit Loops = Great combo

ULTIMATE KIKI OUTFIT DU JOUR:

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Prada silk blouse and Cream Chanel skirt. I swoon!

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Polished to perfection

 So, I have been obsessed with this outfit ever since I saw it. But with no funds to buy the real deal Prada blouse and beautiful white Chanel skirt, I improvised with items already found in my own closet.

THE PERFECTION OR NOTHING WAY:

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Red polka dot blouse, $10 AUD, Ebay.com.au

This red and white polkadot ruffle blouse gives me life. I feel so happy wearing it. At only a steal for $10 AUD from a little boutique on Ebay I can’t recall the name of years ago, I paired it with a $5 Kmart taupe maxi skirt and $10 Mustard loafers from Rubi picked up on sale a few seasons ago. All in all,  the Kiki-fied (and Zooey Deschanel-ish) outfit came to a total of $25 AUD, with the added bonus of feeling good making use of stuff I already have.

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Mustard loafers, $10 AUD, Rubi.com.au

      

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Enjoying the backyard foliage

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To get yourself Kiki-fied, check out the great statement pieces below:

Polka dots a la Kirsten

Polka dot blouse
yesstyle.com

Donna karan skirt
$1,645 – harveynichols.com

Jigsaw long maxi skirt
$49 – jigsaw-online.com

Jessica Simpson nude platform pumps
$125 – debenhams.com

Prada vintage black purse
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Laura mercier eye makeup
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Christian Dior pink blush
$49 – johnlewis.com

Any tips for mixing/matching and updating your polka dot pieces?
What are your fave Kirsten Dunst movies and outfits?
Please leave a comment below.