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I'm Karis, your resident boutique geek. I created this blog to showcase my own personal fashion while celebrating the inspiring people behind my favorite independent fashion businesses.

Valentine's Day Style + Shopping Guide

Valentine's Day Style + Shopping Guide

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Ah, Valentine's Day. It's a holiday that you either hate to love or love to hate, but whether you're single, taken, or "it's complicated", one thing that we can all agree on this year is that Valentine's day is super on trend. From bright red and subdued pink hues to satin and lace, so many hot trends of the moment tie into the holiday perfectly. I created a little Valentines's Day mood board with pictures I saved off of tumblr (my favorite place to still lurk around when I'm killing time) to prove the point. 

I realize that, since it's Valentine's Day today, it's rather pointless to be doing holiday online shopping since, well, nothing is going to get to you in time. However, this year I'm carrying the spirit of V Day with me all through spring. Inspired by delicate feminine designs I see on the catwalks and, more accurately, my Instagram feed, my style has definitely softened this season. While I still do enjoy an all black outfit 4-5 days out of the week, I find myself buying more delicate white and cream pieces to pair with my cut-off jeans and kitten heels. What is this new me? Could it be that my ice heart has finally thawed? We may never know. However, if you've caught the girly bug as well, here is my Valentine-inspired shopping guide (good for all year). All pieces are either from independent designers or the websites of independent boutiques. In the spirit of this love-filled holiday, show a little love to your favorite small businesses! 

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From top left: Black Faux Fur Clutch (Frankie Shop NY) // Silver Geometric Studs (By Adeline, sold by ESQUELETO) // Blush Pink Dani Dress (By STYLE MAFIA, sold by Lisa Says Gah) // Satin Midi Wrap Dress (Azalea) // Amour Sweatshirt (By Double Trouble, sold by Lisa Says Gah) // Kristina Floral Wrap Bralette in Cherry Blossom  (Uye Surana) // The Bianca Top in Lip (Realisation Par) // Rose Rosehip Body Oil (URBapothecary) // Dark Heart Ring (By Acanthus, sold by Crown Nine) // Shanti Blouse (Never Fully Dressed) // Jardin Heel in Cherry (Marais) // Terra No. 1 Sugar Body Polish (By Aenon's, sold by Viscera) 

I hope you all have a fantastic day loving whoever it is you love - your friends, your family, your significant other, or YOURSELF! That's right, no matter your relationship status it's always important to set aside time for some self care. If you're like me and love small fashion businesses, be sure to follow me + the blog on Facebook and Instagram

*none of these photos are my own, they all come from tumblr and thus the source is very difficult to trace* 

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