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Why we celebrate Valentine’s Day | Shane Company

Why we celebrate Valentine's Day, it's a day for traditions vs. expectations.

You always hear about how people DON’T love celebrating Valentine’s Day. I want to share with you why we love celebrating it and why I personally think it’s a misunderstood holiday.

Celebrating Valentine's Day with a beautiful ring as a reminder.

Celebrating Valentine's Day with a beautiful ring as a reminder.

Celebrating Valentine's Day with a beautiful ring as a reminder.

Celebrating Valentine's Day with a beautiful ring as a reminder.

Celebrating Valentine's Day with a beautiful ring as a reminder.

Celebrating Valentine's Day with a beautiful ring as a reminder.Celebrating Valentine's Day with a beautiful ring as a reminder.OUTFIT DETAILS

HERS: SWEATER c/o | COAT c/o | JEANS | BOOTS (on MAJOR sale!) | HAT | LIPSRING c/o

HIS: TOP | JEANS | COAT | BOOTS

MUGS

During this time of year, I’m always hearing people talk about how much they hate Valentine’s day. How awful that there is a holiday centered around gifts and how they don’t need a special day to recognize their significant other. I am actually a person who loves Valentine’s Day and I always have. You can probably make a connection to my love of pink or love of candy, but it goes much deeper than that.

Growing up, Valentine’s Day was a day that my mom would bring us a fun lunch at school. Some years that lunch would be accompanied by a balloon where as others it was a stuffed animal. When we got home from school, we would have a fun themed dinner where we would go around the table and express what we appreciated about each other. This holiday was centered around making each other feel special and loved in the way that meant the most to that person. It wasn’t about getting the biggest gift or the most extravagant day. Rather, it was a day of appreciation for each other and the life we have lived together.

Jason and I choose to see this day as a tradition versus an expectation. A tradition of celebrating what we love about each other and how much the years together mean to us.

This year has been about cherishing each moment, whether it be a perfect moment or a moment where we realize just how blessed we are to be able to go through this crazy life together. After the wedding day, there are times that can be hard. These times can grow you or break you. Jason and I have slowly begun to allow these times of struggles to bring us closer together. Choosing symbols that can remind you of your love and commitment are so important to encourage each other.

For Valentine’s Day this year, we picked out this ring from Shane Company to exemplify this stage in our life. The infinity detail reminds me that Jason and I are together in this unpredictable journey called life. That no matter what hits us, we are unified. I am wearing this Shane Co ring on my right hand to remind me of the continued years of growth together from our commitment that my wedding ring exemplifies on my left hand (also a Shane Co ring set)!

Choosing a way to remember your commitment, relationship, friendship, and adoration for each other is a vital piece to a successful marriage. This is what Valentine’s Day is for Jason and I. Try and find a way to do this for each other. I wear this Shane Co ring as a daily reminder of what we choose to celebrate on Valentine’s Day. It may be a necklace or a pair of earrings that remind you of this in your relationship. THIS bracelet from their Cosmic Love Collection is beautiful! It’s an example of the stunning diversity of their pieces that will meet anyone’s needs.

Whatever piece you choose, make it a priority to be reminded through it.

Celebrating Valentine's Day with a beautiful ring as a reminder.

 

Thank you to Shane Company for sponsoring this post. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Topknots and Pearls possible.
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Subtle Valentine’s Day look.

The perfect subtle Valentine's Day look with bows on your sleeves and red roses.

The perfect subtle Valentine's Day look with bows on your sleeves and red roses.

Your outfit of the day for Valentine’s can be over the top or subtle. This year I think I am going to opt for subtle because this top is just too cute! The bows have me swooning and the price tag is unbeatable! 

The perfect subtle Valentine's Day look with bows on your sleeves and red roses.The perfect subtle Valentine's Day look with bows on your sleeves and red roses. The perfect subtle Valentine's Day look with bows on your sleeves and red roses.The perfect subtle Valentine's Day look with bows on your sleeves and red roses.The perfect subtle Valentine's Day look with bows on your sleeves and red roses. The perfect subtle Valentine's Day look with bows on your sleeves and red roses.

 

TOP c/o | JEANS | HEELS | HANDBAG | NECKLACE (code ‘topknotsandpearls’) | LIPS (ruby woo)

I personally love Valentine’s Day! I don’t allow it to be the only day that I communicate my love for Jason, but it is a fun day to specifically remember and communicate that love! For the last couple years, I have done a themed dinner at our house for each other. Going out on Valentine’s day is expensive and anything but romantic because everyone is out! This year, I am not sure what we are doing since we aren’t in our own home yet. 

One thing I do know is that 2/14 will be a fun and cheesy day.  Probably filled with lots of conversation hearts, chocolate for Jason because he is an addict, and something bubbly to drink. I love having a day that I can out together cheesy cards and little gestures for him!

There are so many ways for you to wear this top. I have it with jeans and heels but you can also wear it with jeans and boots, leggings and boots, or tucked into a cute skirt! 

Have fun being cheesy! Valentine’s Day is more than just for couples, celebrate your girls in your life by sending them love for Galentine’s Day too! 

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My Attainable 2017 Goals.

Twirling this Winter in a black skirted pea coat, floral dress, and glittery tassel earrings.

DRESS: c/o Shein (wearing S but should have worn M) | COAT: Sammy Dress | HEELS: similar here | EARRINGS: Baublebar | CLUTCH: TJ Maxx | LIPS: MAC Snob

New Year’s Eve is always cold in Oregon so wearing a dress is something that involves layers, hence the coat. This dress is $20 and worth every penny! The black background is perfect for an evening party, the flowers make it the perfect statement piece for a New Year celebration. This is a perfect option for something that is fun but not too glam. All these NYE outfits have had me thinking about my goals for 2017. I am not good with resolutions so I try and make a short list of ATTAINABLE goals for myself. I wanted to share these with you to bring encouragement that 2017 will be a great year!

  1. Take my health seriously: This goes much farther than just fitness and a healthy diet. This is tackling the battle within me I haven’t wanted to face. Tackling my hormonal imbalances, migraines, anxiety, and depression. I am taking a very natural approach to this and will share more once I am a little farther into the process.
  2. Organized: I am usually pretty organized. Moving back to OR and being in this transition for much longer than we bargained for, I am bound to get my “transition” organized. Jason and I are in my old room as we are saving to buy our first home. Our space is small so getting it all organized and functional is necessary.
  3. Time for relaxation: Whether it be a massage every couple months, a pedicure, girls day, or a mini night away with Jason: I am making the time.
  4. Blog Planning: At this moment, I am flying by the seat of my pants on the blog. Seriously, I don’t have anything planned more than a couple days ahead. My goal is to work up to having it planned at least 2 weeks in advance. Working less and having more productivity is the goal.
  5. Un-Plug: I have a serious issue with this. I can’t ever unplug or let my mind rest. I am always thinking, planning, communicating. I need to take the time each day to unplug and let myself enjoy the things around me and the people around me.
  6. Value myself: This year I have seen my opinion of myself drop. This is due to me comparing myself to others around me and in my career. I need to see where I am at in life and realize God has a plan for me and my family, I am supposed to be right where I am.

What are some goals that you have this year?