If today had a theme song, it would be Lou Reed's Perfect Day. We didn't drink Sangria in the park or feed animals in the zoo, but we did play chess by the river and watch homeless people bum cigarettes. Ben and I both had today off and since Valentine's Day falls on Monday, we thought we might celebrate early with an afternoon in Downtown Jacksonville. It was cool but not rainy, perfect weather for getting bundled up for a stroll among the skyscrapers. We wandered through our favorite used book store, picked up some new reads and had warm beverages in the cafe (chai latte for him, raspberry white mocha for me), played chess on the riverfront and grabbed a warm dinner of soup and salad before heading home. Regardless of what we do, every minute spent with Ben is pure pleasure. It was an absolutely perfect Friday afternoon.
I've been saving this red dress for over a month, waiting for Valentine's day to roll around so that it would be seasonally appropriate. It was super cheap and it's made of jersey knit so it feels light and loose. You can't see it with the belt shown here, but it's got an empire waist which I usually avoid but with the fabric and hem length, it works with my figure. All those features combined with the boob-enhancing scoop neckline make me feel hot to trot in this little number (Ben liked it too). Given my complexion and my chosen hair color, I don't own or wear much red at all and the red items I do have rarely get out of the closet much, but I want to find ways to incorporate it into my daily looks. In an effort to do this, and to get as much wear out of this new dress as possible, and in honor of V-Day weekend, I'm going to remix this one dress for 4 days. So if you like it and want to see more of me in red, tune in for the next three days. If you hate it, then I'll see you on Tuesday.
Do you have plans for Valentine's this year, or is it just another February weekend to you? Do you relish the opportunity to celebrate love and romance, or is it a Hallmark holiday in your book? I used to be cynical about the 14th prior to meeting Ben, but now I'm just a big ol' mush-ball when it comes to hearts and love and roses and such. Tiffany from 5 years ago would scoff at the Tiffany of today.