All About That Affordable Valentine's Day

I'm not really all about the Valentine's Day "holiday". I've also never really had a 'successful' one, whatever that means.. except for 2010 when I bought my car... that was my gift to me from me. All of the other times were blah or nothing was done to make it special. I don't really expect much anymore; I wouldn't categorize myself as high maintenance or prissy where I expect fancy jewelry or really anything at all. expensive jewelry makes me nervous, too much pressure around my neck, buy me a hefty burrito or a steak instead. 

This is the first year where it feels different. in a good way. It's also very rare when a guy gives a flying fuck about Valentine's Day and making it something. Spencer wants to do something so, I'm leaving it up to him because he knows I'm cool with whatever.. just spending time together is good enough for me. sorry, that was cheesy. but what I do know is I'ma look damn cute for whatever it is. Any excuse to dress up is alright with me.

I'm completely notorious for online bargain shopping.. I will fill up my shopping carts to the brim and weed stuff out over time in order to get the most bang for my buck. So when it comes to holiday's or whatever, I try my best to keep the outfit spending to a minimum and leave more room for gifts/food/things that are more important. 

Being into fashion, it tends to be difficult doing this BUT I finagled my way around the internet this year to come up with a pretty adorable Valentine's Day outfit for under $60.00, if that doesn't make your heart race, pffffffft you're on the wrong blog honey.

Here's my final outfit purchase. I'll list some other cute affordable dresses underneath. Just for funzies. 




Red T-shirt dress, $12.90

Forever 21





Faux Leather Charm Choker, $7.90

Forever 21





Lace-Up Peep-Toe Booties, $32.90

Forever 21


Outfit total = $55.00 aka the biggest steal, ever.

i also may have a forever 21 problem. no shame.

For those of you needing some clothing ideas, I thought I'd give you a helpful hand. Here are some cute dresses under $50 that could literally be worn for any occasion and i would totally purchase. Dresses are allowed to be worn more than once, think big picture, people.





Heart Cut-out Dress, $40.00 >>











<< Sandy Dress, On Sale Right Now, $34.00











Ladies Night Tank Dress, $48.00 >>


These are just 3 of my favorites. Some good dress stores that are reasonably priced are...

P.S. If you're looking for the best gift for you and your significant other, my favorite "Love You, Fuck Me" pillowcases (& all of the others) from Said The King are 14% off until Feb 15th. Hurry!


With your purchase you'll also receive a personalized valentine from Spence and I. :) 

I hope I helped a bit for those of you who were struggling to find something cute, simple and affordable for this love-filled, overly-hyped "holiday". 

On behalf of Spence and I, we're sending you all our love ... Thank you so much for following me and my completely unorganized crazy life. You're all saints. I appreciate every single one of you. *single tear rolls down cheek

35mm Gold.

There's nothing I love more than gritty, old fashioned semi-out of focus film photographs. Okay, maybe a few things, but not much. Spencer just recently hit up a local camera show in downtown Anaheim and snatched a pretty Welta 35mm baby from the 1940's. Unsure if it even worked or if the expired film from Walmart he rolled would even come out, we took our chances.

I'm so glad that we did.

35mm Welta

35mm Welta

35mm Welta

35mm Welta

It’s how we see the world that keeps the darkness beyond at bay. Keeps it from pouring through and devouring us. I think all of us might know that, way down deep.
— Unknown
35mm Welta

35mm Welta

The whole reason I got into photography was because of film. Fifteen years old basically closed my eyes and chose an elective. Best choice I ever made. It makes me sad that many schools these days don't have it as a choice. I'd love to have my own dark room, hold on while I dream. 

The more I see Spencer play around with all these different cameras makes me want to get back into it more... and it makes me love him more, actually. He never ceases to amaze me. Who knew two photographers would work so well together. but that's for another blog post... ;) 

This post is also featuring my dear internet friend's new clothing brand Three Leaves Co. I've known Annmarie for years. She's followed my silly mixed up life and I've followed her sweet adorable one.  (It's true.) It's also quite unreal the connection you can make with people without ever meeting face to face. We will meet some day soon though, I swear on it. Some of my closest friends I've met that way. She is the sweetest soul.

I'm stoked for her and her new brand and I gotta say, this tank is probably the softest one I now own. Jackpot. Go check out her shop and follow her on the Instagrams: @threeleavesco

Mtns Tank // Three Leaves Co

Black under shirt // NastyGal

Leather leggings // Forever 21

Maroon pea coat // H&M

Suede cutout platforms // Jeffrey Campbell

All photos taken by: Baldwin Media Photography