Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Playing Dress-Up

Is it so much to ask to just want to get dressed up for a night out or a fancy party every once in a while? I am a big time sucker for a cute dress and pair of heels, but I VERY seldom get to actually wear such an outfit. My everyday work outfit consists of blue jeans, a t-shirt and a hoodie or thermal shirt (it's too friggin cold in GA right now! Summer...come to me!) The closest thing to me being able to "dress up" is when I go out for Mexican with my family every Thursday. Sad. I know. So I put on my skinny jeans, a cute top and heels only to be surrounded by people who :

A.) Just got off work and don't give two craps what they look like


B.) Are moms with 8 screaming kids - complete with "mom" jeans and sweatshirts


C.) Redneck men with Wranglers and Skoal rings (no offence to those of you whose boyfriends/husbands rock this look...I'm just sayin!)


Moral of my story is this is pretty much the only time I get to feel like a girly-girl. That's why I'm absolutely giddy about visiting my boyfriend for Valentine's Day. I am V-Day freak! Repeat - FREAK! I loooove this holiday and always have! I know some people think it's too commercial, and you shouldn't have to only show the people you love special attention one day out of the year - agreed. I love it anyway! I always start planning way in advance cute things to get the ones I love. No one is left off the list; from my boyfriend to mom to little cousins. So I thought I'd share some of my ideas so far :





















My Mom is a very frequent grocery shopper and is always talking about these cute reusable bags...and since I'm always trying to save the environment, what could be better?



FOR BROTHERS


Weird that I get my brothers boxers...? Nah! One less thing my Mom has to buy them!


FOR OTHER RELATIVES/RANDOM FRIENDS


I LOVE baking! These super easy sugar cookies are adorable wrapped in colored cellophane with ribbon.

My BF is a different story. I'm still on the fence about something for him. I'm trying to get really sentimental and sweet this year. Music is his passion in life and he plays a ton of instruments plus listens to music pretty before his time. ( Think Eric Clapton, Jimmy Hendrix, The Beatles) I asked him what a few of his favorite albums ever were, and he said he'd have to think about it for a while. After he gets back to me on this one, I'm going to attempt to paint it on a canvas for him. I'm pretty artsy (used to be, anyway!) and have wanted to get back into painting for a while now, so hopefully this will be a jump start. What do you girls get your guy on Valentine's Day? Any other good ideas?

5 comments:

LyndsAU said...

You are too cute! i am not a huge Valentines fan, but I love all things red and heart shaped so it's good with me :)

Laurel said...

Still loving your blog... I am really excited for Valentines day becasue Justin is taking me to Seattle and we are going to see the off broadway show the lion king! I love musicals! I am trying to be really sweet this year too... but so far Justin is way ahead of me... he has already got the room that we first stayed in when he first flew to Seattle. I was thinking of totally decking out the hotel room... but that means I would have to get rid of him for a little bit... and I just dont knwo how to do that! Anyideas?

Jenn said...

I'm notorious for giving the same gift every year - an hour long massage. My fiance hasn't complained yet. Maybe I'll mix it up this year...

Laurel said...

Ashley... I just nominated your blog for the lemonade award... check out my style blog. :)

Sarah Danielle: Jeune Marie said...

Aww - what sweet gifts!