Valentine's Day The Single Way: Nail Art and Outfit Staples

13 February 2012

Whilst I'm not single, tomorrow I'll still be spending my Valentine's Day alone. Unfortunately my fiancee is thousands of miles away working in Australia and although I'd love nothing more than to spend the day with him tomorrow I'm not going to let that turn me into a Valentine's Day Scrooge.

Yes, I know it's just a big commercial marketing ploy really but I can't help getting sucked in to the lovie dovie-ness of the day. Perhaps it's all the red and pink?! Whatever it is, I love this day despite the bad press it sometimes gets. Of course the first Valentine related thing I did was send a gift and card to my lovely other half. Then in the spirit of things I attempted to make some Red Velvet cupcakes....which turned out...brown. Fail.

Not satisfied with my poor attempt at themed baking I set about doing these Valentine's themed nails. In my opinion there's only one colour for your nails on February 14th. As if I need to tell you what that is.....!!
China Glaze - 'Ruby Pumps' & OPI - 'Top Coat'
 

 
I very quickly (...and you can tell) did a simple nail art - small white heats using a nail art pen. You could use a toothpick dipped in white polish if you don't have a pen though.

Although this year I won't be one of the lucky ladies going out for a romantic date, this is usually the one night of the year where I tend to go for a particular look and outfit. These are my staples for a Valentine's look:
  1. A little black dress is understated, flattering, sexy and classy all at the same time. You can't really go wrong with a LBD for a romantic dinner date.
  2. Since I don't go in for the obvious choice of a bright red dress I get in the spirit of the day more subtly with a few Valentine's inspired accessories like heart shaped rings and red heels or jewellery. Yeah...I know it's naff and a bit tacky but that's what I love about Valentine's day! Don't go overboard though, there's a fine line between having fun with the day and looking like an idiot.
  3. MAC Superslick Liquid Eyeliner to create feline flicks topped off with long false lashes. Then you can flutter the night away.
  4. A spritz of Gucci Rush - my favourite perfume when I want a luxurious and sensual smell. I pesonally find this too strong for everyday use but it's perfect for a date because it envelops you with a lingering, very recognizable scent. Apparently it's smell is supposed to be intoxicating?? This could be true because I often find myself being drawn to smell it again and again on my wrists when I wear it. Obviously I avoid doing this out in public or on said romantic date night. That'd just be weird.
  5. A striking red lipstick like MAC Ruby Woo to give that intensely passionate look that only a red lip can.
Gucci Rush Perfume. Pre-made Bracelet Stack & Rose Ring  - F21
Black Wrap Watch with Gold Studs - La Mer. 'Kiss' Heart Shaped Ring - F21.
Black Ruffled Black Dress & Gold Sequin Clutch Bag - Zara.
Sadly all that will have to wait until next year because tomorrow I will be curling up on the sofa with Me, Myself and I.


What do you wear on Valentine's Day? Do you have a date tomorrow? I'd love to hear what you're doing or whether you're anti-Valentines Day so leave a comment and let me know. Feel free to leave a link if you've written any kind of Valentine's Day themed post!

xxx

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94 comments:

  1. woah i love the nails!

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  2. My dear,
    I found your blog by chance, while peeking others and I decided to check it out! I’m glad I did it, because I am really delighted with yours. It's beautiful, well structured, interesting, sweet amazing [probably your own qualities right?] and it has completely got me hooked, so I'm your new follower now... i think we're going to get along just fine! ;)
    I'd like to invite you to follow mine as well. I’d be very pleased.
    I wish you lots of success and will surely come back often
    kisses

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    1. Aw thank you so much Sweetie! That's so nice of you to say, it really makes me happy that you think those things :)

      I will stop by your blog very soon and say hey.

      x

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  3. Wow you take great pics.. love this post..xx

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    1. Thank you, that means a lot to me because I always see blogs with good photos and wish mine were good :) x

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  4. I like your nails, it´s cute and perfect for a Valentine day :)

    Fashion&Chocolate

    Elle ღ

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    1. That's what I thought, pretty easy to do really as well :) x

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  5. your nails look lovely
    love that gold clutch too!X

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    1. Thanks. The clutch is my fave, I don't get to use it as much as I want to though. x

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  6. Ooh I really love the red color!!! It's beautiful!

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    1. Thank you hun. It's my idea of 'Valentine's' red :) x

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  7. I love the nails! If I wasn't such a Valentine's Day scrooge I'd be very tempted to try them! Sadly they'd be wasted as I'm working :( x

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    1. Haha, I bet you're not really a Valentine's day scrooge! You should try them they might help you get in the spirit ;)

      x

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    1. Thanks, shame I'm not getting chance to wear it though :(

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  9. Beautiful nails! I will be spending mine (alone!) finishing off my essays and then having a serious pamper night, M will be having a night in with her other half and an M&S dine in, drool!

    I think you should have a pamper night if you're on your own, would be rude not to ;)

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    1. I think you'e right it would be rude not to!

      Maybe with an M&S dine in, yummy! Just got no-one to eat the other half and I'd be a bit concerned I'd eat both parts, haha!!

      x

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  10. those are stunning! i wish i could do that!

    sadly i'm use to getting mine done professionally and lack the skill to paint mine myself! haha!

    hugs, xo!
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    1. You know what they say, 'practice makes perfect'! You should try, you might surprise yourself :) x

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  11. bautiful nails.

    I hope you will have lovely day tomorrow :) xxx

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    1. Thank you lovely, I hope you have a nice day too! x

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  12. Gorgeous nail design <3 I need to get nail art pens etc to do my own nail art!
    x

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    1. Thanks, glad you like them. It's possible to do it with a toothpick instead, that's what I used to use before I got a nail art pen. Give it a try. :)

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  13. Gorgeous nails! You have mad skillz. I am impressed!
    xx



    The Urban Umbrella
    xoxo


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    1. I'm not sure I do have mad skillz but thank you for the compliment! :D I always think I'm not vey good at all, this attempt looks a bit messy to me :(

      x

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  14. Love the nail dot pen! I NEED that!! Your nails look so cute by the way :)

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    1. Thank you. The nail pen is really good, definitely try to get one if you can. x

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  15. I *love* these nails - yours always look gorgeous but these are a particular triumph! I also adore the lilac ones in the previous post - New Look have some jeans in a very similar colour that I can't wait to get my hands on - it just screams spring!

    My boyfriend is working abroad for Valentine's day too so I feel your pain, although he is still in Europe and it's only for a few days so not quite the same! Have a lovely evening whatever you do, and keep up the blog, you're my favourite! :)

    Lizzie xx
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    1. Aw thank you so much Lizzie :) I'm so happy you like my blog! I will try my best to keep it up!

      I want to see the jeans you're talking about, they sound nice! I was actually out shopping this weekend and saw shorts in lilac that I loved but it's just too cold to justify buying anything like that yet. Jeans however....now they are completely justifiable!! :D

      x

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    2. You're up as late as me! Not a good idea really as I have work in the morning, but as I'm here these are the ones I was looking at; http://www.newlook.com/shop/womens/jeans/32in-supersoft-coloured-skinny-jean_236296955. They look superskinny so probably not an option for me but I do love the colour!

      xx

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  16. I am so doing this tomorrow wow! love it!!!

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  17. I like your staple for Valentine's. Little Black Dress always works.

    Super cute nails. Love the little hearts.

    Girlie Blog Seattle - Beauty Tips, Makeup How To, Seattle Lifestyle

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  18. Wow. I LOVE that gold clutch!!

    XO,
    Catherine
    (Click here to enter my anthropologie kitchen tools giveaway.)

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  19. this post was such a good idea xx

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  20. Nails look AMAZE!!! Love the blog, I'm now following! Please follow me back!

    xxxxx

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    1. I stopped by your blog, wrote you a comment there :) x

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  21. Love the nails and great choices on outfit

    xoxo aley

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  22. Que bonitas fotos
    Feliz San Valentín!
    Un besito!
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  23. oooh LOVE the nails! It was a toss up between pink and red for me, but I went for pink. Also I love love love your La Mer watch, you're the only other person I've seen who knows what they are. I'm getting one for my bday and I canNOT choose :(

    Here's my Valentines manicure if you want to see!
    http://alice-in-lacquerland.blogspot.com/2012/02/funky-valentines-french.html

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    1. I had that problem, I actually wrote a post a while back about all the different ones I liked. There's a few more I'd happily have if I could afford to!

      I went with red as I feel like I always wear pink so it wasn't as special to me as red on Valentines. I love pink on my nails though!

      x

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  24. Adore Gucci Rush but have been absolutely in love with Gucci Rush 2 for years!!!

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  25. Love the Zara clutch. I'm not anti Valentines day but would rather go out for a meal with my boyfriend when the tables aren't crushed together, no set menus and timed sittings, it never feels relaxed. Tonight we shall be curling up in front of a dvd!

    The doll on fashion

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    1. Yep, I know what you mean, I was the same when I lived in England. In korea Valentines isn't really celebrated so my fiancee and I usually go out without any fuss.

      I hope you had a lovely evening! x

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  26. Thanks os much for your lovely comment dear!! I really really love your nails!!!!
    Kisses!!

    Happy Valentine's Day!!

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  27. Really nice blog..AMazing..

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  28. This is a really great post and the nails are so cute!

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  29. Aww your nails are so pretty, I wish I could recreate them but I have no red nail polish :( or white nail pens :(. I hope that you have a lovely valentines day, I'm sorry that your fiancee is so far away! xx

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    1. Thanks hun. It's okay because I'm going back to Korea next week and will see him again then, not long to wait :) x

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  30. I love that Zara Cluth :D

    Marie
    oxoxo
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  31. Pretty nails!! :))


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  32. omggg these nails are insanee i love them! xxx

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  33. I like the nails and that bracelet! So cute :)

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  34. Perfect for Valentines! Love it!

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  35. Hey

    I just came across your blog through Laura's and I've been reading through it for the past hour and I am in love!!! Am looking forward to all your future posts :)

    Annie
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    1. Thank you so much hun. Glad you've enjoyed reading, stop by again soon :)

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  36. uuummm Gucci rush my favorite all time ;-) great stuff you got

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    1. Yeah, it's a great smell, definitely one of my faves too but I do tend to save it for evening though as I like a lighter scent in the day :) x

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  37. Nice nails, so cuuute!

    Happy Valentine's Day! :)


    xoxo
    Antonia

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  38. oh wow i love your nails!!!
    Krissy xoxo

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  39. Love these! I need one of these nail art pens now :)
    Laura xo

    www.loveontopxo.blogspot.com

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  40. Such a gorgeous colour of red! You do your nails so well, Amelia!

    I hope you were able to enjoy your Valentine's Day somewhat with your fiance being away in Australia (my country!) My boyfriend who I have a house with occasionally has to travel to the other side of the country for work, last time it was for 4 weeks, so I know how it feels!

    XO,
    Pauline

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    1. Yeah, it's lonely when they're not around isn't it!!
      Seeing him again next week though so it's okay. I hope you had a lovely Valentines hun! x

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  41. Those are great nails! I love the hearts! I'm a blogger too, it would be nice if you could stop by my blog sometime :) :)

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  42. lovely nails! <3 xo

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  43. nice pics!!! enjoyed your blog...

    visit my blog too..

    http://voguelyvan.blogspot.com/

    kissses!!!

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  44. I just found your blog! Great choices and happy V-day to you! I like the polish color

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  45. Cute nail art! Love it :)

    Cheers,
    Karina Dinda R. ♥
    BLOG | TWITTER | SHOP

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  46. Loved the nail print!!!
    kisses
    Patri
    http://www.siemprehayalgoqueponerse.com/

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  47. Lovely nail art. It's so cute & romantic.

    I didn't go out on a fancy date either. D': There's always next year, hehe.

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    1. Thats a good way of looking at it :)

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  48. I am pretty sure that this LBD must be very romantic :)

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  49. hey gorgeous! :)
    i love the nails!

    so creative .. i need to get one of those
    nail polish pens to do designs :)


    happy vday ♥

    xoxo
    MELINA ♥
    www.onlyaflightaway.blogspot.com

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  50. I love this and v day. It's about love, after all.

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  51. i love the nail art its super pretty, great post x

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  52. love your nails.
    zara clutch <3
    i'm following you :)

    betweenracks.blogspot.com

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  53. i love the nails !! ♥ good job !

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  54. I have just discovered your blog and definitely love it. You’re in my daily reads now :)
    So, i’m your newest follower! Do you want to follow me back? :)
    xo
    ♥HeelsAreMyDrugs♥
    ♥HeelsAreMyDrugs♥

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    1. Thanks for following me. I checked out your blog and commented there :)

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  55. the nails, divine!!

    xo nicol
    check, follow or whatever you like:
    www.fashiontnt.com

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  56. WOW. I'm going to have to go to the faceshop and get that nail art pen. wasn't sure if it would really work, but your hearts look SO good!

    hehe and you're so cute for still taking pictures of your outfit IF you were to go out.

    miss you !!

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  57. Loving these nails :) they are truly amazing!

    Love H

    www.hannahroyall.blogspot.com

    xx

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  58. Your nails are beautiful, love that red colour. Will definitely be trying this out.

    Now following you, great blog!
    Have a look at mine if you get a chance :)

    faithlessmusing.blogspot.com

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  59. SO cute!! Hearts are always on trend. planning on trying this ASAP :)

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