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Valentines Day - Red and Pink


Love is in the Air


"The only way to be happy is to love.  Unless you love, your life will flash by." - Tree of Life (2011)








There are two ways to perceive life either through grace or through nature. Lately, nature has taken precedent with anger and madness at the forefront.  The result is an absence of grace and a lapse of understanding that life has many twists and turns with endings that often shock and disappoint. When events are opposite of expected a choice needs to made to move forward with love (grace) rather than lash out with spite and vitriol (nature).  Alas, the glorious month of February has arrived signaling a time to bring forth love, respect and grace towards humanity with words of kindness either written or spoken.  The opposite only reflects on the person initiating the wordsmith stream of discontent.   Thus, let's as a collective move together towards love, let's spread love and let's find a few red and pink pieces to wear daily reminding us of the importance of being kind and loving. 


"The nuns taught us there are two ways through life - the way of nature and the way of grace. YOU have to choose which way to follow." - Tree of Life (2011)




Lady in Red 









I. The Little Red Dress:  It is essential to own a little red dress preferably a sheath frock that can be worn over and over again.  Express love and kindness with a red dress.

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Felicity & Coco Seamed Pencil Dress




Felicity & Coco Seamed Pencil Dress





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St. John Collection Lattice Pique Knit Dress




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St. John Collection Lattice Pique Knit Dress


"Grace doesn't try to please itself - accepts being slighted, forgotten, disliked;  accepts insults and injuries." - Tree of Life (2011)



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Pretty in Pink








II. Add Pink:  Pink is the hue of compassion, nurturing and love.  Whenever pink makes an entrance, softness, grace and kindness is a forgone conclusion by many.  A few pink hued pieces in an wardrobe can start the day off with joy.





Trina Turk Philo Floral Lace Sheath Dress



Earrings






kate spade shine on mismatched drop earrings


Sparkly Diamonds 




"Nature only wants to please itself.  Get others to please it too.  Likes to lord it over them.  To have its own way.  It finds reasons to be unhappy when all the world is shining around it.  And love is smiling through all things." - Tree of Life (2011)


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Signature - Elle Woods - Style






III.  Red & Pink Firecracker Handbags:   Every fashionista requires a red or pink handbag for extra special pops of daily joyfulness.   The hues bring smiles and beauty to the beholder. 




 Classic Reds




Longchamp Le Piliage Cuir Leather Handbag





kate spade new york cameron street - dody leather crossbody






On Trend




Chloe Mini Marcie Leather Crossbody Bag




Love Pinks!


Longchamp Le Pliage Cuir Leather Handbag




kate spade new york cameron street - sophie leather shoulder bag


"The nuns taught us there are two ways through life - the way of nature and the way of grace.  You have to choose which one you'll follow."  - Tree of Life (2011)



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The Accents










IV.  Accessorize with Loveliness:  Add a flourish of pink or red touches to any outfit for instant glow.  The effect will be pleasing and upbeat day or night. 






Nordstrom Tissue Weight Wool & Cashmere Scarf






kate spade new york snake print scarf




Tory Burch Perry Leather Zip Continental Wallet 






Ted Baker London Leather Matinee Wallet



"Help each other.  Love everyone. Every leaf.  Every ray of light - are a gift."  - Tree of Life (2011)


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Valentine Sweaters








V.  Sweetheart Sweaters:  Wrap up in a cashmere sweater for Valentines day.   Add a pearl necklace, earrings and lipstick for a finishing affect.





Equipment Asher V-Neck Cashmere Sweater




Halogen High/Low Wool & Cashmere Tunic Sweater






Nordstrom Collection Mitered Rib Cashmere Pullover


"The only way to be happy is to love.  Unless you love, your life will flash by.  Do good to them. Wonder. Hope."  - Tree of Life (2011)



Valentines day is around the corner with love and hope in the air with reds and pinks centerstage.   Take time to share goodwill and happiness verbally and written by choosing grace over nature.   The harder path is to love, forgive and to understand. The path of nature is always easier and doesn't require or care about the effects of communication on humanity. Natures sees the moment, is selfish and self absorbed.  It is easy to implode and pontificate rather than to artfully and thoughtfully communicate with the skill to persuade. Simplify the journey of life with pinks, and reds while choosing to live by the standard of grace.  The world will suddenly brighten and the things out of ones control will be set aside.  Relish the beauty, peace and tranquility and remember to love, forgive, forget and to give thanks. 



Happy Valentines Day!

Forever Chic Style - Kim Hardwick




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