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Valentine’s Day, My Way: Inspiration for Any Celebration

No matter how you celebrate—with your friends, family, or that special someone—Valentine’s Day is an excuse to spread the love, even if it’s making sure to give some to yourself. We’re getting inspired by a few of our favorites bloggers: how they’re spending the holiday, what they’ll be wearing, and we’ll even be treated to a little love-themed poetry! Read on to see how Gavyn of The Curvy CutieMindy City Beauty, and Alex Michael May make this holiday their very own. 

Meet Gavyn, The Curvy Cutie: GBColorBlock2 GBColorBlock4 Universal Standard Rhine Color Block Split Top in Red and Pink and Melissa McCarthy Seven7 Splatter Pencil Jean

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1. What are you OOTD plans for this Valentine’s Day? 
Valentine’s Day my girlfriends and I are taking a trip to Disneyland! Since the weather has been a bit up and down, I’m probably going to wear something comfortable and easy to layer. Those stretchy and super comfy Melissa McCarthy jeans and the color block Universal Standard shirt are my top picks!

2. Do you have any style tips for the budget conscious Valentine?
As a 20-something single freelancer, budgeting is so important. That’s one of the reasons I love Gwynnie Bee, I get a huge bang for my buck. When styling for Valentine’s Day keep in mind low key = low cost. Maybe suggest to your honey this year you stay at home and cook, have a romantic a picnic, or even head to your local arcade for some childhood fun. You don’t have to wow in Vera Wang, your partner loves you no matter what you’re wearing. The more you feel confident and comfortable, the more time you can spend enjoying each other and worry less about how much you spent on that dress.

3. What is the most creative V-Day gift you have ever received?
When I was a kid every year for V-Day my mother would buy a giant white poster board. She would then write a story on it about a kid (me) and her journey through the day, attaching real candy. I would look forward to coming home from school, so that I could read the story and eat the candy. It’s something I plan on doing with my children because it’s so simple but the stories were very personalized, I will never forget that.

4. What’s the best Valentine’s day gift to treat yourself to?
Love yourself first. I know, it’s so cliché, but honestly the climate of the world right now is just extremely hard on so many of us. Women, LGBTQ, Black, Muslim, the list goes on, even being an ally of any of those groups can be emotionally and physically taxing. Stress manifests in so many ways physically we don’t realize it until we’re sick, or in need of help. Loving yourself and taking the time to really assess your needs and pursue self-care is pertinent and the best gift that you can give yourself. Not just on Valentine’s Day, but every day.

5. Write us a haiku to express your feelings about Valentine’s Day!
Chocolate pj’s
Netflix and puppy cuddles
Single and happy

Meet Mindy City Beauty:

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1. What are you OOTD plans for this Valentine’s Day?
This year I have to work, go to a friends party, and then out to dinner with my hubby, so I am going to wear the Luxe Jogger Pant from City Chic with the Floral Print Bomber from Yours Clothing. This stylish option will allow me to be stylish and comfortable all day long.

2. Do you have any style tips for the budget conscious Valentine?
Sign up for Gwynnie Bee to get a a free trial and start today! The Gwynnie Bee closet sales always have amazing budget friendly options too.

3. What is the most creative V-Day gift you have ever received?
A hand made valentine from my husband. It was thoughtful, creative, and made me feel so loved to know he put so much time and effort into it. :)

4. What’s the best Valentine’s day gift to treat yourself to?
Clothes that make me look and feel good! I am able to enjoy life and live the way I want when I have clothes that fit my body and my mood! GB has helped me achieve this and that is why I am so excited to tell others about this amazing service.

5. Write us a haiku to express your feelings about Valentine’s Day!
Valentine’s day is
Friends, family, self-love
Everyday love

Meet Alex Michael May:

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City Chic Pleat Front Tunic Dress in Black

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Processed with VSCO with a8 preset Melissa McCarthy Seven7 Heavy Bang Sleeveless Pintuck Blouse and Melissa McCarthy Seven7 Side Zip Pencil Jean in Cape Cod Wash

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1. What are you OOTD plans for this Valentine’s Day?
I plan to dress for every occasion, and for me, I take any chance I can to celebrate so there will be several! I always do a Galentine’s Party or brunch with friends, and try to surprise my single girlfriends with something sweet to make sure they know how much they’re loved! I love to do something silly to surprise my fiancé and we generally do an at-home breakfast in bed style brunch or breakfast-for-dinner I cook at my house. Then, we do a date night on the town! I like to be cozy when at home, and I loved the Pink Zip Back Sweater I got from Gwynnie Bee for Gal’s brunch or cozy at-home time. I love the Melissa McCarthy Top with the eyes, and it’s such a fun girls’ night out piece! For date night, the City Chic Zip-front Tunic Dress is my new obsession! It’s so structured and modern, yet feminine, and it’s THE most flattering piece!

2. Do you have any style tips for the budget conscious Valentine?
Multi-purpose and accessorize! Try mixing pink and red pieces you already have in your closet (IRL or Gwynnie Bee!) for a color-blocked effect, or add a pop of pink or red to any outfit with shoes (note I wore the SAME pink heels with every outfit I styled) a scarf, pin or brooch. Sometimes a new combination of existing pieces can create a festive look. Also, never underestimate the power of red (or pink) lipstick!

3. What is the most creative V-Day gift you have ever received?  I LOVE cute V-day gifts! I got a really cute V-day box full of cheeky, funny, and adorable Valentine’s Day goods from my girl Paper By Parcel last year that I’m still not over. My mom sends a sweet card in the mail every year, too! :) I also always love the classic flowers, and my man always gets me the prettiest bouquets.

4. What’s the best Valentine’s day gift to treat yourself to?  Honestly? A subscription to Gwynnie Bee! I think when you look awesome you feel awesome, and it plants a little seedling of self love in the morning when you leave the house feeling fly. You kind of carry that with you all day. That, and for me, a giant, hot bubble bath with a glass of red wine. Maybe some chocolate or Sugarfina champagne gummies, too. HA!

5. Write us a haiku to express your feelings about Valentine’s Day!
YES!!! I haven’t written a haiku in decades. Here goes nothing:
Love is all around
Just choose to see it
V-day’s Every Day

Thanks for sharing, ladies! Getting ready for a Valentine’s celebration of your own? Closet from our Valentine’s Day Collection to complete the look. 
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