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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 Mood + Shopping Guide

Valentine's Day Mood + Shopping Guide

It's that time of year again! An arbitrary day for showing love and affection to the people we show love and affection to everyday! I actually made my first (and up until this year, only) mood board last Valentine's Day. I noticed that I'd been pinning and reblogging a lot of pink, red, girly, valentines-y things and wanted to pull them all together into a post. Scrolling through my feeds this year, I can't say that much has changed.

Last year's Valentine's mood board was on the softer side. This year, I'm focusing on all things red. I'm more of a neutral gal myself, but when I do wear color, I gravitate towards reds. Even my room is very, VERY mildly red-themed (I'm currently writing this from my bed and can confirm that my black, white, and red posters are the only things in here that hint at me having any kind of design idea for this rat cage). Red might be the color of love, but it's also a rather abrasive color. It's powerful, strong, sexy, and dangerous all at once, which is why I love it! Whether you're single, taken, or "it's complicated", Valentine's Day is a time for loving yourself and reflecting on all the ways that you're a total badass. Use this day to feel powerful and awesome - and celebrate the people who support you in feeling that way.

I realize that it's too late to be buying things for Valentine's Day today. However, I think that this day serves as the perfect kickoff for spring shopping! Like last year, I really wanted to focus my shopping guide on promoting smaller, independent brands and stores. I strayed a bit here, but I think I did a pretty good job. Lisa Says Gah has an awesome Valentine's Day shop going on right now, and it was so dangerous for me to be pulling items from there because I had to resist the urge to add $700 worth of stuff to my cart! Yikes! But seriously, their website is SO GOOD right now! Check it out after you check out all these rad items:

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Lucille Ribbed Wrap Top by Lisa Says Gah // Vampire Lips Pin by Verameat // Massage Oil Candle by Soap Cherie // Don't Touch Signet by Verameat // Duet Underwire Demi Bra by Timpa // Faded Pink Duster Jeans by ROLLA's // The Valentina Cherry Dress by Realisation Par // Smashing! Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer by Butter London // Olive Cherry Red Ankle Boots by Vagabond (I have these in black and love!) // Pink Open Tote by WALKER BAGS 

With that, I'm off to my favorite neighborhood hole in the wall for some homemade pasta and a carafe of red wine with my better half. What do you plan to do today?

xoxo Karis

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