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I HEART YOU (BELATED VALENTINE’S DAY POST)

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….

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 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.

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Great little wrapping and taping job of his present (done last minute!)

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Virtual Valentines card posted on Facebook to Craig

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One of Craig’s gifts – Geelong AFL football team playing cards

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.

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Barbie action-shot- playing with her new puppet-toy

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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 $$!

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Pink heart-print dress, $20 AUD
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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.

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Red spike heels, $20 AUD
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The new Marc Jacobs!

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!

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Gold glitter cuffs, bought in every style by me (as they are the same style as Armani Exchange and Dorothy Perkins)
$2 AUD each,
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Betsey Johnson oversized red heart ring, $25 AUD
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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.)

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Romantic night out

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Craig no-likey photos at dinner or anywhere very much!

CELEBRITY HEART DOLL – ZOOEY DESCHANEL

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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?

Please leave some more comment love below.

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.