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Valentine’s Day Date: Romance in a New Age


Valentine’s Day Date

To Remember

My husband and I enjoyed a Valentine’s Day Date at a cozy restaurant, with flowers and candlelight. We have been happily married for 33 years, so we celebrated in a traditional, if a bit “Hallmark,” sort of way. But if it makes you happy, who cares?!

fashionista wearing red

I wore a white tulle skirt with a red bouclé jacket shot with a bit of metallic, by Christina Makowsky. A similar design can be see here. The jacket is well-made and has a definite CHANEL kind of vibe. My two-toned spectator pumps have a sweet bow detail by COCCINELLE Official. Always a fan of tulle, I wore it recently in black, and the look is entirely different.

  Gold knot earrings added some shine similar to these here. A more affordable version can be seen here. I love the symbol of the knot, tied together in romance, and entwined as one. This was a sentimental choice, too, as they were my mother in law’s.

Take a closer look at the fringe detailed jacket below!

close up of red bouclé

My statement ring is from KCSignatures. It is a fun cluster of sapphires and white topaz. The stones are rose-cut and this details gives this large ring a sightly less formal look. It is one of my favorite dinner rings.

In this modern and fast-paced world, it is good to slow down now and then. It is important to take the time to celebrate a relationship that has lasted and flourished over more than three decades.

A Valentine’s Day date

is like any other date, it is planned in advance and assigned a certain priority. We need to set and access our priorities; it is vital to a healthy, long-term marriage or lasting relationship of any kind.

flowers for Valentine's Day Date

I received tulips, my favorite flower,  and also found two dozen roses in a vase. I love fresh flowers. Two festive balloons sat patiently in my entryway. Emails, texts, and hand-written notes were shared. Chocolate was happily received and gleefully eaten, okay only 3 per day, but they were delish!

Simple romantic gestures transpired, so red and pink in the romantic flourish of them, they seemed almost cliché. They were not, however. In a happy marriage, each and every year,  seems new and fresh.

balloons for Valentine's day

Dinner at the Kings Carriage house is romantic. This townhouse duplex has an old-world feel that transports one to a New England Inn from another century; quite a cool trick in the slick-fast, pixellated pace of Manhattan life.

Here is a cool shot of my ring. It looks even prettier on the vibrant green leaves nestled in the urns that flank our co-op entry. I love blues and greens together !

sapphire cluster ring

Below I am having fun outside as the playful wind sends the balloons in a waltz .

enjoying valentines day balloons

Did you Celebrate Valentine’s day? Do you ignore the day, or do you like the idea of Galentine’s Day better? If you do celebrate this day, do you have a Valentine’s Day date in a restaurant or at home, by candlelight? Homemade dinner or food delivered by Seamless? If you have children, do you bring them along?

I hope this week finds you well, warm, content, and vibrant !

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30 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day Date: Romance in a New Age

  1. What a lovely way to spend Valentine’s Day! I love your outfit too, just perfect for the occasion 🙂 You’re making me wish I did more for Valentine;s day – it’s not such a big thing here, so I took the excuse to get takeaway for dinner and that was it, ha!

    Hope you had a great weekend. The heatwave continued here unfortunately, so it was another fairly quiet and aircon filled weekend for us!

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    1. Getting Takeaway for dinner is a great thing. Being home with your family is a wonderful way to spend any special occasion. It’s just my husband and me, and we do go out and do something a little bit special !

  2. I love that you and your husband get into Valentine’s Day – it obviously is special to you, and good for you for just enjoying it to the fullest. My hubby and I used to go out for dinner, but we didn’t like feeling rushed, so now we just stay home and have a dinner cooked by me (a bit fancier, like a steak or stuffed chicken breasts). Your outfit is gloriously romantic and beautiful, Elle. Tulle forever!

    1. A lot of the restaurants are overcrowded and overpriced for Valentine’s Day. But in Manhattan there are so many choices we always find a low-key place that we like. Yes tulle forever!
      ❤️ Elle

  3. You’ve been married five years longer than us.

    We don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, we celebrate the day we met which was on Feb 16th.

    Your hubby knows how to spoil you nicely. I agree…relationships take effort to maintain.


    1. That sounds very romantic. Many of the restaurants in New York very crowded. He is very good to me I agree. But I insist that he buys me the very cheapest box of chocolates. LOL.
      ❤️ Elle

  4. Congratulations! It is wonderful, dear Elle, you and your husband are already married since 33 year! This is a true achievement and I wish you many more happy years together. Kudos to you you celebrated Valentine’s day – in your case this makes especially sense and you look absolutely wonderful in your red coat and the additional pieces you have chosen! I love your wonderful ring!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    1. Yes 33 years is a long time. Sometimes I do not know where the time goes! Thank you very much for your lovely words. Have a wonderful week ahead.

  5. You look gorgeous, and that ring and the shot is so pretty – I also love blue and green together. I think love is worth celebrating, even if a little bit, as often as we can! We don’t have a routine for any holiday, really, we just take it one day at a time. This year, we celebrated at home, the three of us (well, five, with our cats). I prepared an Italian-inspired meal with a warm spinach salad (it was a hit), salmon and tortellini. It was lovely, and we all shared a wonderful time together and our love for one another. I think when you include your kids in a romantic celebration, it also teaches/shows something. Our daughter loves being included! On the other hand, my parents are happily married for 51 years, and they don’t celebrate, but their love for each other is amazing. Every day matters in relationships, and you know it as a happily married woman for 33 years!


    1. Your meal at home sounds very special. I actually really love warm salads. I do love to include my children with us whenever they are home. And I tried to make each day special not just holidays, so yes, I agree!
      ❤️ Elle

    1. Congratulations on your engagement Sydney! That is very cool and I am very happy for you. My son is also recently engaged! So much romance!

    1. Dinner in London sounds so amazing and romantic! Congratulations on 30 years, that is also quite a happy accomplishment !
      ❤️ Elle

    1. That sounds wonderful too. I was hoping to spend part of the day doing that but I wasn’t feeling too well. But I did get dressed up and went out for a little bit and it was nice. We have a wonderful little restaurant that’s technically in our building – it doesn’t get easier than that !

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