valentine’s day

Ethical Valentine’s Day Outfit

Happy Valentine’s Day, belles!

I have always loved Valentine’s Day, regardless of whether I’ve had a significant other or not. I adore love and warm, fuzzy feelings. I love celebrating all of the important people in my life who I love, including my friends and family members. I love the excessive amounts of pink and glitter, and of course, I love the chocolate!!

I’m keeping it fair trade on the day of love this year in this black and gold dress by Threads 4 Thought (it’s hard to see the gold in the photos, but I promise there is gold thread in the stripes!). Am I the only person wearing black on Valentine’s Day? I think the black is sophisticated, while the gold adds a festive touch. And I love that the dress is work appropriate, but also cute for an evening out. Not having to change or think about multiple outfits = winning in my book.

Fair trade black dress by Threads 4 Thought | Très Belle

I’m also wearing this adorable gold vine headband by Headbands of Hope, a for-good business that gives a headband to a child with cancer for every headband purchased. They have some seriously adorable headbands, too…from workout bands to delicate pieces you’d wear to a black tie affair.

Gold Vine Headband from Headbands for Hope. For every headband purchased, a headband is given to a child with cancer! | Très Belle

And of course, y’all know I worked some fair trade chocolate into a special treat for hubs tonight. Shhh, it’s a surprise. 😉

Did y’all put any thought into your V-Day outfits? Are you excited about today or totally over it?

xoxo Laura


Easy, Faux Boarding Pass Gift Idea

I’m a little behind the times here, seeing as how Valentine’s Day was a month and a half ago (what??), but I still think this is too cute not to share! Real talk, y’all: men are so hard to shop for. Give me a lady to shop for any day. When in doubt, a great smelling candle or cute scarf are an easy fall-back. But men? Gosh. And especially if your fella is like mine and isn’t huge on sweets or alcohol (how are we even married??).

Hubs already has most of the “things” he needs, so I decided to gift him a weekend trip for Valentine’s Day this year. I still wanted him to have something fun to open, and I came up with the idea to print faux boarding passes detailing our weekend destination. Thankfully, many others have also come up with this idea in the past, and there are lots of fun boarding pass templates out there on the interwebs. I’m sharing the one I used to save y’all the trouble of having to click through 218 templates and Google images like I did in order to find THE one.

Easy, Faux Boarding Pass Gift Idea | Très Belle

The template, from Aylee Bits, is fairly easy to use and quite customizable. There are detailed (and I mean detailed) instructions on the site for how to use the templates to make wedding invitations, but I didn’t take things quite that far. I wanted to spend 10 minutes on this, tops.

The only issue I had with the template was that the bar code came out as a bunch of wonky symbols on my laptop (maybe because I was using a Mac?). Finding a bar code image on Google and inserting it into the document was a quick and easy fix, though.

I think the final product was cute, and Wes loved it! He actually thought they were real tickets when he first opened them. He is excited to plan his trip to Stratford!

xoxo Laura