Valentine's Day, Two Ways

On a recent trip to Fort Worth, Texas, I connected with a local photographer named Ben Alan Brown (find him on Instagram as @benalanbrown) and had an awesome evening shooting a couple of glam Valentine's Day looks after hours at a super fun spot, the Acre Distilling Co. which operates both a distillery and a coffee house.

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I favor gin, and the two versions I tried at Acre were both incredible.  The bartender and the owner were as lovely as the drinks, and I couldn't have been luckier to find a cooler place to spend the evening with new companions.

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If you're headed somewhere casual for Valentine's Day, or just not one to wear a dress, a metallic top and shoe combination is an easy way to elevate a casual pair of jeans.  While the December holidays are squarely in metallic season, it's still winter, and I say metallics still work, especially after dark.

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If you're in the Fort Worth area for Valentine's Day, I can't recommend a trip to Acre Distillery Co. highly enough.  It's perfect for a first date or a tenth anniversary night out.  Such a great spot!

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When I want to maximize the sultry factor, I always turn to Agent Provocateur.  It's a brand that never fails to disappoint in terms of luxe design, flattering sizing, and sumptuous fabrics.

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I've worn this Agent Provocateur dress a number of times, all of which were wonderfully romantic outings with my husband. If you opt for a look like this, believe me, heads will turn! I love the way the fabric drapes and the cut of the dress suggests a world of erotic possibilities.  The challenge with very long dresses is how to properly pair them with jackets in colder weather.  Floor length and cropped options are best; and for this look, I selected a gorgeous Lise Charmel cropped jacket from my very favorite lingerie boutique, French Theft Lingerie. The jacket is so versatile.  I have worn it dressed down several times since wearing it with this formal dress.  It is also incredibly snuggly.  You won't want to remove it, ever!

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Happy Sunday, everyone! Hope you have something special planned for your Valentine, no matter if it's an old flame, a new romance, a dear friend, or just yourself. Who couldn't do without a little love?


First look: American Apparel top // J.Crew jeans // Cathy shoes (very old) 

Second look: Agent Provocateur dress (old) // Lise Charmel jacket // Steve Madden shoes (similar) // Vivienne Westwood bag (old)