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Be My Valentine: Getting Ready for Love {Part I}

Feb 13, 2013

One of the things I miss the most about college is the times spent getting ready together for a night out. Swapping clothes, borrowing jewelry and having an educated panel of experts on hand to let you know how your outfit REALLY looks.

When I was brainstorming a Valentine’s Day feature, I immediately went back to memories at the 227 (our college house) and getting ready with my roommates. I’m very excited to be spending the holiday with my best guy but I also wish I could cram in a little girl time before hitting the town.

So with that in mind, I rounded up a gang of girls, some amazing clothes from Clodhoppers and Dress & Dwell, lots of baubles from Dandelion and the talented duo of Whitney & Jaclyn from the Dixie Design Collective to whip up a little Valentine’s treat.


p.s. – lots more details after the photos… i just want you all to get to the good part faster!

First up, here’s the credits:

* Photography: Whitney Neal {Dixie Design Collective}
* Set Design: Jaclyn Journey {Dixie Design Collective}
* Styling: Danielle Rudy Davis {Lou What Wear}
* Location: The Pointe
* Models/Friends: Shannon Kincer, Megan Kute, Katie Gandolfo, Mallory Trogdlen and your truly.
* Clothes: Dress & Dwell and Clodhoppers (want more specifics? stop by tomorrow for a detailed post on the clothes)
* Jewelry and Accessories: Dandelion
* Home Decor: Dress & Dwell
* Champagne: MARTINI Rose

So I know you’re all probably wanting to know where all the look are from. Stop by tomorrow for {Part II} full of individual looks and detailed info on the clothes and jewelry. If you just can’t wait, head on over to the stores Facebook pages and give them a shout. They can let you know if the items are available and hold it or ship it out to you.

A huge thank you goes out to everyone that made this possible. I, for one, wanted to pack everything up and recreate it at home. Jaclyn and Whitney did an amazing job putting together this set in The Pointe. I wanted to just snuggle up and read a book once we were all done.

If you’re looking for a last minute Valentine’s Day outfit (or just a little happy for yourself), I suggest stopping by Clodhoppers or Dress & Dwell. You’ll easily find something casual or with a little more sass and sparkle. I’ve also added Dandelion to my go-to list whenever I’m looking for a little gift. With a couple exceptions, every piece of jewelry used in this shoot was under $75, most of it was under $50. After stopping in for Christmas gifts, I’ve now gone there for little happies for myself and for any one else I’m in need of a unique, special gift without spending a fortune. I’m thinking about going and buying up whatever is left of those arrow hair pins (I think they are $3) and giving them to friends on Valentine’s.

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  1. Katie says:

    So much fun! Thanks for letting me be a part of the day! You’re very talented, Danielle!!!!

  2. KMK says:

    Love everything about this spread, Danielle! You did an amazing job styling everything. And any time someone features something from Dress & Dwell, it’s a win. 🙂 Happy (early) Valentine’s Day!

  3. shannon says:

    fun! Still need to get over to Dress and Dwell.. loved all their stuff.

  4. Quinn says:

    you guys are such babes!!!!

  5. OMG! I LOVE this!! What an amazing job all you ladies did – the jewelry is phenom. Such a cool idea. 🙂
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