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Valentine’s Day The Casual Way

Love Valentine’s Day, but prefer to spend it at home with the one/s you love? Don’t need to get into date night attire? Here is a casual look for V-day that is still fun!

My Outfit

Now you can’t exactly have that Italian night out in this top, as it may just get stuck in the sauce, but if you are making a meal at home, and aren’t fussing about what might get on your sleeves, just go for it!

These dramatic sleeves were quite trendy last year, and I have a few tops similar to this. They make a statement and are fun to wear. I have another top from a Canadian designer, Joseph Ribkoff I was gifted a few years ago with even more dramatic sleeves.

I wanted to share a look that was romantic, yet casual, and this blouse in a red floral, fit the bill for Valentine’s Day. Since the sleeves are wide, I like to style this blouse with a skinnier jean- my grey jeans from Old Navy. These soft, skinny jeans get a fair amount of wear and are a nice change from blue denim. The top has a smattering of grey in the pattern, and since it is a neutral, works quite well.

I have been wearing my Dolce Vita wedge sneakers often and it adds a bit of spunkiness to this look.

My red Prada bag added more Valentine;s Day love to this outfit as well.

I’m in the process of looking for a pair of prescription sunglasses. There is a Prada pair I am oohing and awwing for! I am wearing some sunnies in the last picture, in a grey tortoise. I am looking for a warm brown tortoise or similar shade, so presently, “just looking.” You may be wondering why I am wearing sunnies, when it is Winter and we just had enough rain to need an Ark!

Any favorite tunes out there when you think of Valentine’s Day? I love the song by Eric Clapton, “Wonderful Tonight.”Β  and of course, the jazz tune , “My Funny Valentine.”

Do you dress up or casually for Valentine’s Day?

** Affiliate links*

Banana Republic- blouse ( older) If you want the statement sleeve blouse ( red blouse)

Love this floral blouse

grey rockstar jeans-Old Navy ( presently sold out online) similar and great brand

sneakers-Dolce Vita

bag- Prada ( the Real Real)

earrings– Amazon


jess xx


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  • Reply
    February 18, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    Beautiful top Jess! I love big dramatic sleeves, even though they make eating a bit tricky! Gorgeous red bag too. Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

  • Reply
    Robin LaMonte
    February 17, 2020 at 9:31 am


    What a beautiful blouse you wore for Valentine’s Day!
    Such a feminine blouse. I love the sleeves!


    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      February 17, 2020 at 11:01 am

      Hi Robin,
      thank you! I loved the print! Hope you had a fun Vday too!

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    Mica - Away From Blue
    February 17, 2020 at 6:41 am

    What a beautiful blouse! It looks so nice with your jeans! πŸ™‚ We don’t really celebrate Valentine’s day here although I did wear pink – not intentionally though, haha! πŸ™‚

    Hope that you had a wonderful weekend πŸ™‚

    Thanks so much for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup! The new link up is live on my blog now, I’d love you to join again.

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      Jess Jannenga
      February 17, 2020 at 11:04 am

      Thank you Mica! We dont always celebrate it . Usually we buy a great bottle of wine and have it with dinner at home. This year it was a spur of the moment decision πŸ™‚

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    February 13, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    Such a beautiful blouse! I love it. And the earrings too. Have a great Valentine’s day and thanks for linking up Jess !

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    February 13, 2020 at 9:14 am

    Truly a beautiful and subtle Valentines look! This top is gorgeous and I love your pops of red!

    xx, Elise

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    Shelly @ The Queen in Between
    February 12, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    Jess!!!! I adore these sleeves on you so much. They are so fun and work so well with your slender frame. Super cute look!

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    Kristie Wilson
    February 12, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Such a pretty blouse and the sneakers go quite well with it! I really like the whole ensemble.

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      February 12, 2020 at 10:27 am

      Thanks so much! The print caught my eye and I have been wearing the sneakers often!

  • Reply
    Cheryl Tucker
    February 11, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    I always love every look you put together. Those grey jean with this look are beautiful and I am so loving those sneakers. I really need a pair of grey jeans.

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      February 12, 2020 at 10:29 am

      Hi Cheryl
      These are so comfy and I love grey over black sometimes. thanks so much!

  • Reply
    February 11, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    Jess, that is the perfect top for Valentine’s Day! And I will have to check out those jeans and especially those wedge sneakers. I’ve been eyeing some of those and do love Dolce Vita! We, too, are having a casual Valentine–with our son! Lol!

    Have a wonderful week, my friend,
    xx Darlene

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      February 12, 2020 at 10:33 am

      Hi Darlene!
      Sounds great! We dont go out for Vday, but will share a great bottle of vino! Glad you like the outfit. The wedge sneakers I have never went on sale, even at Christmas, but I wear them often. Enjoy your week as well!

  • Reply
    February 11, 2020 at 7:55 am

    Love, love the sleeves as long as I am not cooking. I have a cardigan with similar sleeves and I have to take it off when I wash dishes. It is so pretty though and love the print!

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      February 11, 2020 at 9:55 am

      Yes, with cooking that could be a fire hazard! I loved the print too! thank you!

  • Reply
    February 10, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    I really like the gray with the Valentine motif–it gives the outfit a different feel.

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      Jess Jannenga
      February 11, 2020 at 9:51 am

      Thank you Kim! There is a bit f grey in the top and I thought it would be a bit softer than a black jean or wearing blue.

  • Reply
    February 10, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    I love to dress up for Valentines always. Now this year with my tiny baby, I might be in my PJs. Lol

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      February 11, 2020 at 9:53 am

      Hi! I posted 2 other outfits for dressing up and now this is casual. I like both, but if we go out I will dress up πŸ™‚ Aw, yes you might!

  • Reply
    February 10, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    I just love that blouse. But I know what you mean about the sleeves. In fact, I shortened the sleeves of one like this just so it worked a little better in life.

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      February 11, 2020 at 9:54 am

      You and your mom have great sewing skills, I bet it looks great. I cant sew at all!

  • Reply
    February 10, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    Love this look Jess. It’s perfect on You and the sleeves. . . . . so kool.

  • Reply
    eva @ CostumeTakeOut
    February 10, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    this look is 100% spot on!….love the earrings, blouse, jeans styled with the sneakers!….it’s the combo of femininity with the sportiness i like…and i am an earring freak! love those! are they heavy?!
    xo eva

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      February 10, 2020 at 12:52 pm

      Hi Eva! Thanks so much! I have been wearing the sneakers often, they are something I wanted and got them at Christmas. The earrings are not heavy! I cant do heavy earrings either. πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Phyllis Lerner
    February 10, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    Love this outfit! It says Valentine’s Day without screaming! I especially love the earrings and bag. And I love that Erica Clapton song!

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      February 10, 2020 at 12:53 pm

      Hi Phyllis, thanks so much. The bag was a great gift 2 Christmas’ ago, I love the darker red for me. Yeah, Clapton is one of my favorites.

  • Reply
    February 10, 2020 at 4:43 am

    I love that blouse! I have a dress with a similar print and sleeves, they are so pretty and perfectly paired with denim! I bet V-day is going to be nuts this year since it’s on a Friday. I don’t like crowded restaurants so we’ll see where we end up – may be at home which is just fine by me!

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      February 10, 2020 at 10:49 am

      Thank you my friend. I loved the print on the bright white. Oh yes! We dont tend to go out, but will have a good bottle of wine with dinner a thome. It is fun to dress for the holiday!

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