With Valentine’s Day around the corner, a group of talented and creative Sonoma women decided to put together Valentine’s Day looks and include fashion and beauty ideas. Kelly Dolata of A Savvy Lifestyle asked me to join in the styling fun and of course I said yes, please!

A Savvy Lifestyle is a Wine Country lifestyle site, chock full of beautiful styling ideas, recommendations for local food, DIY projects, wine and travel, an events calendar and much more. Be sure to visit this beautiful blog. You are sure to be inspired!

Once the date was set for the shoot, I went right to work, carefully picking out my Valentine’s Day outfits. I chose outfits that I would wear on a date – day or night – and that fit my Wine Country lifestyle.

The morning of the shoot, I packed up my clothes and headed to the studio of Sonoma makeup artist, Beautycounter consultant and hairstylist Jenna Maze, who did my hair and makeup for the shoot.

We started by going through my outfits so Jenna could strategize my makeup and hair styles. Our friend and professional photographer Sarah Deragon of Sarah Deragon Photography took photos of the day from start to finish.

Jenna got right to work with my first look, which included a bright red tunic. Jenna decided this first makeup look would be my lightest. She would build from there, eventually ending up with a smokey eye and dark lip by the time we got to the final outfit.

Jenna used products from Beautycounter. This was my first experience with this well-known brand. I was excited to try it as I have heard so many great things about this makeup and skincare line, namely that it is verified by EWG which means I can feel good about using it.

For foundation, Jenna used two different shades of Tint Skin Foundation to match my skin tone: Linen and Sand. For my brown spots and under-eye circles, she applied the Touchup Skin Concealer Pen in Medium – 1. This concealer has a click brush, making application a breeze. I love the coverage both products gave me.

Jenna used the new Desert Sunrise Palatte on my cheeks and eyes, along with a navy blue liner and medium Brow Pencil. For my first outfit, she went with a red lip and applied Lip Sheer in Scarlet and Lip Gloss in Ruby. I loved my makeup look!

Once my hair and makeup were photo ready, we headed to Cornerstone Sonoma. We had a little cottage where I could change outfits, Jenna could freshen up and re-style my hair and makeup, and we could style gorgeous jewelry from BLACK & BROMSTAD to go with my looks. Lucky me!

BLACK & BROMSTAD, a personal jewelry concierge offering a high-level of customer service for luxury jewelry from high-end designers, brought a selection of pieces I could use to style my outfits. Kirsty Black and Nicole Bromstad have many years in the luxury jewelry and styling businesses. They teamed up to provide a specialized jewelry buying experience for their customers, offering personal consultations to help you find the pieces perfect for you or someone you love. To schedule an appointment, email Nicole at nicole@thejewelrybook.com. All the jewelry I am wearing is from BLACK & BROMSTAD.

Now for my Valentine’s Day outfits!

For my first look, I wore the most popular Valentine’s Day color, red!

I made my red high-low tunic the star of the show and styled it simply with black ponte leggings.

I wore black suede block-heel pumps with two delicate ankle straps (same shoe but in patent leather for spring) and carried my Louis Vuitton clutch.

Kirsty and Nicole suggested I wear a long gold necklace with a variety of gold, rose gold and diamond pendants along with some gorgeous diamond and gold earrings.

For my second look, we stopped by Chateau Sonoma at Cornerstone for a few photos. Chateau Sonoma is one of my very favorite Wine Country boutiques and has the most beautiful home decor, furniture, French antiques, home accessories and more. It’s my go-to when shopping for a special gift.

In this Valentine’s Day look, I bared a little bit of shoulder in a navy blue dress with shoulder cut-outs. I hope this trend sticks around for awhile because it’s an easy way to feel daring and playful without showing too much skin.

My Ralph Lauren Cold Shoulder dress is no longer available but I found one similar.

BLACK & BROMSTAD styled me with a Tahitian pearl necklace with a diamond-crusted closure. Such a gorgeous necklace!

For my third look, we stopped by Prohibition Spirits, a hip and fun distillery tasting room in Cornerstone Sonoma, to take some photos. I chose lace this time. Incorporating lace into your look for Valentine’s Day – for a casual daytime look or for a night time outfit – will add romance and femininity. I wore a black Lace top with bell sleeves with wide-legged jeans and black pumps.

BLACK & BROMSTAD chose large diamond hoops for me to wear so Jenna gave me a loose up-do to show them off. I also wore a delicate single diamond pendant necklace.

Jenna darkened my eye makeup a bit and added Lip Sheer in Twig, Lip Gloss in Fig.

My last look works for a romantic Valentine’s day picnic or a day spent exploring with my sweetheart. I wore a white Easy Going Sweater with a white camisole underneath and girlfriend jeans. For footwear, I went for flat and comfortable, yet stylish in a pair of gray suede booties. A playful ponytail styled by Jenna made my look fun and flirty.

My sweater had a swath of silver on it so I wore smaller diamond and platinum hoops with this final look.

Valentine’s Day is in winter after all, so a little extra layering is a must in Wine Country this time of year. This luxurious Peruvian Alpaca wool coat, with a shorter inside jacket and high neck, was just what I needed to stay warm.

With the high neck, Jenna thought a bun would be the best look. And who doesn’t love a good bun?

What a fun and fashionable day!

Thank you to Kelly and Emily of A Savvy Lifestyle, Sarah Deragon of Portraits to the People, Jenna Maze and Kirsty and Nicole of BLACK & BROMSTAD.

What a treat and an honor to collaborate with all of you!

What will you be wearing on Valentine’s Day?

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Welcome to February’s How I Wear My, the 67th post in this long-running monthly fashion series!

It’s no wonder blue is considered the favorite color of women and men around the globe. With so many shades to choose from, how can you not find a shade that mesmerizes you? It is with this fondness in mind that Jill of Everything Just So and I decided to devote February’s “How I Wear My” to blue.

Let’s get right to it and see how February’s participants style blue 💙 starting with Jill!

Jill of  Everything Just So

“I am a fan of almost all shades of blue but the two I wear most are navy and royal. I love this J. Crew lace shirt I picked up during their January sales and I especially love how good it looks with black! I added a J. Crew feather brooch to a Carolee necklace to create a new piece of jewelry with a vintage feel.”

Cheryl of Northwest Mountain Living & Style

“Karen Kane is a brand I have recently discovered and love. This top is so pretty and has so much detail. I wore it with skinny jeans, and these amazing copper shoes that have a gold heel by TAHARI, scored at a thrift shop! To give my outfit more edge, I added a denim jacket.  I wore another one of my amber necklaces for jewelry.”

Michelle of RetroChicMama

“I think BLUE is my most worn colour, which surprises me, really, because if somebody asked me what my favourite colour is I’d have said purple! This is a powder blue pleated skirt from Whistles London that I bought on Ebay for a teeny tiny £22! I absolutely love it styled with strong black for Winter but come Summer I’ll dress it right down with a T-shirt and flip flops.”

Malia of Style by Malia

“I love keeping my blue simple and there is nothing simpler then a chambray shirt. My shirt is from Lane Bryant and the skirt is from Grass-Fields.”

Nicole of High Latitude Style

“Blue is such a great color for all occasions. Blue is one of the work-horse colors in my closet. I wear blue for everything from play to work, casual to black tie. I love to combine blue with black, brown, gray or white. This blue and white sheath dress is great for work with a blue (or white) sweater and either brown, blue or black shoes. It’s one of my winter favorite work looks.”

Susan of Une Femme d’un Certain Âge

“Denim is how I most often wear blue. Usually that means jeans, but here I’ve added touches of blue with a denim jacket and sandals.”

Laura of Laura Madden Lifestyle

“I’m wearing a dress by By Malene Birger that I consigned from TBC in Scottsdale, Arizona. And the cute turquoise clutch is from Coach (another of my favorite blues).”

Tamera of Tamera Beardsley

“Denim on denim is such a quick go to for me.  These utilitarian pieces can quickly go from home chores … to lunch and errands with the addition of my beloved accessory collections!  My kind of daily uniform dressing!”

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo

“This dress is a vintage 1950-60’s plaid shift dress that I adore. This dress is all about the gorgeous neckline. Normally I wouldn’t wear a shift dress, as it does nothing for my figure, but I made an exception for this sweet vintage piece.”

Ana of Mrs. American Made

“I was very excited about this month’s theme! Blue is my favorite color, from inky navy to royal medium blues to aqua to pale pastels and even periwinkle! I wear some version of blue almost every day. But if I had to choose one shade, I would go with navy and I love this long NYC-made navy trench coat from Rag & Bone. Here I am wearing it with a green silk shell by Weston Wear and some dark blue jeans paired with navy patent pumps.”

Nora of Jacket Society

“I am wearing Jacket Society red, gray and blue boucle hooded poncho and blue-gray bead necklace with Rag & Bone dark flared jeans, Zara sweater, Calvin Klein booties and Prada red bag.  The poncho and the necklace are both available in our shop although we only have 2 ponchos left!”

Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge

“I wear my blue with green stripes. This outfit features a dark chambray shirt dress (from Shelbee’s Shoppe) worn as a jacket over a green and navy striped dress.  I paired it with navy tights and brown boots, belts, and choker necklace.  Blue with green is one of my favorite color combinations!”

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun

“Most of the blue in my closet is denim, but I do have this cobalt and black plaid shirt. Come to think of it, I always get compliments when I wear bright blue, so I should buy more of it!”

Trina of Tea Time With Trina

“This is my go-to run around attire on any given day, but especially fun for a weekend day full of fun actiivites or shopping. By pairing my navy leggings with some sneakers, it instantly says fun and casual. By pairing them with a striped mock sweater over a polka dot button down it just gave it an over all whimsy casual look.”

Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style

“I only like this dress with my blue boots! I bought the boots especially for the dress. Normally I wear it with a denim jacket, but I love my military one!”

Greetje of No Fear of Fashion

“It is hard to choose how I want to wear this dress as I like it just as much with the blue legging as with the golden boots and studded belt. I even have a third option and that is to wear it as a jacket over a long cream tunic. This dress is worth the investment.”

Rena of It’s All Fine. Whatever Tickles the Fancy.

“I adore the color combo of blue and black, so I was thrilled to find this blue and black tweed skirt.  One of my go-to work looks is to wear the skirt with my open-front black cardigan and t-strap blue suede pumps.”

Rosemary of Distinctly Southern Style

“I too am loving Blue! It has always been a go to color for me and is one of my everyday favorites. This is a classic “Tommy Bahama” polo styled maxi in navy blue. It is the upmost in comfort and easy to wear. I especially enjoy it for those times at home when I am in need of a break from jeans or slacks. It’s classic, yet comfortable and a perfect choice for me during the winter months here in Florida.”

Jacqueline of Petite Silver Vixen

“One of my favourite shades of blue is cobalt. I love its vividness and intensity. I bought this sleeveless dress years ago on a whim, purely because the big, cobalt blue polka dots made me smile! It came with the matching shrug meaning I didn’t have to hunt around to find one to match. It’s the kind of outfit you can dress up or down. For a fun night out at the cabaret, it was the ideal choice and I indulged my love of blue by upping the blue ante with strappy sandals and a necklace.”

Dale of Savvy Spice 

“One of my favorite pairs of heels and walls in Dallas (before it was demolished to build a new high-rise building) are both cobalt blue. I love how these Kurt Geiger heels pop and have a 90’s vibe that I can wear with distressed skinny jeans.”

Marek of Savvy Senior

Sidenote: Marek is Dale’s father-in-law!

“One of my best blue summer suits is by Hugo Boss. I wore this last Spring visiting family in Poland. I’ve also worn this to summer weddings and events, who doesn’t love a blue suit?”

My Look

For my Blue look, I chose to wear my powder blue winter coat from Chadwicks of Boston with my new Karen Klein Gathered Dress, that I blogged about in my last post.

To tie in the blue coat and black dress, I added a light blue and black animal print scarf I bought on Etsy several years ago.

I love this shade of blue and appreciate that it’s a color I can wear throughout the year, not just in wintertime.

Thank you to all the participants this month!

We loved to see how you wear Blue!

And now for March’s theme!

Next month, we’d like to focus on clothing, jewelry, and accessories that carry with them fond memories or good luck🍀! Is there a bag you carry that always makes the day seem to go your way? Do you have a sweater or scarf or pair of shoes that hold special meaning for you? Please join us in March for “How I Wear My: Lucky Charm.”

Outfit photos are due by March 6, 2017. Send them to howiwearmy@yahoo.com and be sure to include some text about your outfit, which we will use directly in our posts. Visit the How I Wear My page for more information.

Be sure to visit Jill’s to see even more stylish looks featuring Blue 💙!

Disclosure: My Chadwicks of Boston coat was given to me in exchange for a review as was the Karen Klein dress. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always. 

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