Romantic Braid Tutorial

Top: ILY Couture //

This is one of my very favorite hairstyles these days! It's very easy to do, once you get the hang of it. Plus, it keeps my hair out of my face when I'm playing with James! It is just really really feminine and pretty and I always get compliments when I wear my hair like this. I think it is PERFECT for Valentine's Day or a date night!

1. Part your hair on one side, and swoop all of your hair over the opposite shoulder.

2. Start french braiding your hair up at the top by your part. Continue the french braid until you're at your ear.

3. Start adding in hair from the opposite side by grabbing sections and bringing them around into the french braid. You can play around with how big of sections you use for different looks.

4. Tie off your braid with an elastic, and then gently pull the braid apart to give that big, messy look. Again, you can play around with this. Go crazy for a chunky, bed-head look, or leave tighter for a sleek and tidy braid.

There you have it! Be sure to tag me in your pictures if you try this braid - I'd love to see how it turns out!

Wild Eats: Cupid's Arrow Fruit Skewers

Looking for a fun, light, fruity snack that you can serve up for Valentine's Day?? Well, look no further! These fruit skewers are a pretty hors d'oeuvres, perfect for a festive party!

Here's What You Need:

1 Watermelon

1 Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter

Blueberries

Wooden Skewers

Here's What You Do:

Slice up the watermelon and use the heart shaped cookie cutter to cut the watermelon into hearts. Alternate sliding the hearts and the blueberries onto the skewer sticks. Then, slice the green rind of the watermelon into little strips. Slide them onto the end of the skewers as the fletching at the end, making the skewers into Cupid's Arrows!

Serve up and enjoy!

What are your favorite healthy Valentine's Day recipes?

Valentine's Day Outfit Guide

Top: Nordstrom (Not available online), but I also love this, this which is on SALE!!, and this // Watch: Lord Timepieces // Jeans: 7 For All Mankind // Shoes: Target - I got them last year, but these are similar!

It's almost here!! One of my FAVORITE days of the year...Valentine's Day!

I can't quite explain why I love this day SO much. Maybe it's all the frilly pink and red and lace, maybe it's the chocolate, the candles, and the romance, or maybe it's just the perfect excuse to celebrate the love you share with a special someone - whether that's a lover or a friend. I love love.

I'm not sure what Ben and I are going to be doing to celebrate Valentine's Day this year. More than likely we'll go out to dinner the weekend before Valentine's Day since the actual holiday is on a work day. We might go away somewhere (with James, of course!) for our Valentine's Day Weekend Getaway that we used to do and go hiking etc... We'll see! I'll keep you guys in the loop! ;)

I've put together some great outfit options for whatever your plans may be. Whether you're going out on a hot date, or staying cozy at home with the kids...I've got you covered!

Click each photo below for more information!

What are you planning to wear for Valentine's Day??

Wild Eats: Healthy Valentine's Day Truffles

Valentine's Day is such a sweet holiday, that it would practically be a crime to not indulge in some sweet treats!

I love coming up with healthy treat alternatives. Remember this Valentine's Day fruit salad from last year??

This year, I'm sharing a recipe that is SO easy, SOOOO chocolatey, and SO yummy. And it is relatively healthy too! It's a perfect option if you need something decadent to indulge in!

Here's What You Need:

1 ripe avocado

3/4 cups of dark chocolate chips

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp cinnamon

cocoa powder

Here's What You Do:

First, mash up the avocado in a medium sized bowl. Then, melt the dark chocolate chips (you can use the microwave for this, or the stove top. I prefer the stove top.) Once the chocolate is melted and creamy, pour it into the bowl with the avocado and mix the two ingredients together well. Add in the vanilla and cinnamon and mix. Then, place the mixture into the fridge for a half hour or so. You want the mixture to cool and harden.

Once the mixture is hardened, remove it from the fridge. Form the mixture into balls. You can make the balls as big or as small as you'd like. Then, roll the balls in the cocoa powder, and voila!

Serve and enjoy!

Wild Eats: Valentine's Day Fruit Salad

Valentine's Day treats are the best! Cookies, brownies, cupcakes, donuts... all covered in beautiful red and pink sprinkles! So hard to resist! Usually, I love to bake tasty cookies or brownies for Valentine's Day, but this year I decided to find something a bit healthier to try! I found this fun idea on Pinterest and decided that this would be the perfect snack for Ben and I to enjoy! It's super simple, healthy, and tasty! 

Here's What You Need: 

1 Grapefruit

1 Orange

2 Kiwis

A heart shaped cookie cutter

A small paring knife

Here's What You Do:

Slice the grapefruit, orange, and kiwis into thin slices. Take your heart shaped cookie cutter and use it to cut heart shapes out of each slice of orange and of grapefruit. Then, take your small paring knife and cut hearts out of each slice of kiwi (if you have a tiny heart shaped cookie cutter, you can use this on the kiwis instead of cutting out heart shapes by hand!). Voila! That's it! Super simple, super beautiful, and super yummy! These fruity hearts are the perfect, healthy alternative to all of those sugary baked treats. Let me know if you try this out! 

xo, Anna

 

What To Wear For Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is one of my absolute FAVORITE days! I love all of the romance and cheesiness. I am EXACTLY the type of person that Hallmark is catering to. I dig it all: the lace, the flowers, the sparkles, the chocolates… Valentine’s Day is the best! Any opportunity to celebrate love, and I am IN.

This year, Ben and I are planning on cooking a candlelit dinner together at home. We just got back from a week in Paris, which was the most romantic, fun place to celebrate our love. So for Valentine’s Day, we are keeping it simple. We love cozy nights in! 

Whether you are going out with a love interest or just with your girlfriends, or if you are just planning on staying in like we are, here are a few of my favorite Valentine’s Day outfit ideas and accessories! Click on each picture for more info.!

I hope you all have a WONDERFUL Valentine's Day, and that you feel beautiful and loved, whatever your plans may be!

xo, Anna